Last night, after reading a post from a friend of mine, and fellow health nut, Christa Mills, I came up with an idea about my next couple of blog posts. She’s transformed herself from a generally unfit person into a fit one. She overcame obstacles and got it done.
I was in the same predicament. I was fat, overweight and my health was horrible. Her posting about New Years, getting into shape and trying to help folks reminded me of when I first started this blog back in 2005.
Before I was into racing, I was into fitness and getting in shape. I lost a lot of weight (40 pounds in less than 6 months), got into shape and had tons of friends asking me how. I turned to the interwebs to let them know how via a blog.
That was over 10 years ago and I can proudly say that I’ve kept it off.
The blog back then was a mixed bag, really. Some days I’d lend a hand with fitness tips and others I was updating the family on my escapades like scooting around the track on my sport bike motorcycle.
I later sold the motorcycle and bought a bike without an engine other than what my two legs could put into it. For a variety of reasons, I turned to racing. Maybe it was boredom. Maybe it was just a new thrill. Who knows. But it became a new found carrot for me to chase and another reason to improve my fitness and so the blog took on a new life. But I digress.
This blog was initially fueled by the topic of fitness. So, I reckon that with the New Year upon us and many folks out there looking for some tips and tricks to become fit, I figured I’d add in some blog posts centered around helping you lose the flab. Heck, if nothing else, it’ll help me burn off the couple of pounds I’ve put on in my off season.
Over the next 10 days, I will be posting 10 Weight loss Tips to help you with your fitness goals. For those of you that follow my blog and are already MACHINES, bear with me as some of this stuff you already know. These posts will be simple, geared towards the beginner and easy to follow. So if you’re just getting started on your journey of a new you, stick around. My hope is to help.
TIP NUMBER 1
1. Break Your Fasting
If you aren’t eating breakfast, you’re already sabotaging your weight loss and fitness goals. You should stoke up your fire as soon as you rise to break the overnight fasting, hence the word: breakfast. One exception is if you do your workout beforehand. When I hit the gym, it’s before the sun is up, so I usually don’t eat breakfast until afterwards. A side benefit is that it acts as a recovery meal as well. On days I don’t do my workout first thing, my first priority is breakfast.
Here are a few ideas:
Idea 1: Try a cup of whole-grain cereal with 1 percent low-fat milk and a banana (if you’re really gung-ho, go with skim milk)
Idea 2: Don’t like breakfast stuff? Eat a turkey sandwich on 100% whole wheat (going easy on the mayo).
My go-to: Check out my go-to breakfast video. 1/3 cup of plain oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of flax meal, 1 teaspoon of chia seed, with almond milk (instead of water), microwaved for 2 minutes, sit 2 minutes. If it is a recovery meal, I usually add 1 teaspoon of all natural peanut butter (the kind you stir).
If you want to permanently change the way you look and FEEL, then you have to permanently change the way you live. There are no shortcuts.