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A contribution from a KrisFit client named Laura:
"When Kristian asked me to write an update about my journey, I immediately said YES! And then came the tough part…I had to think about how to put my journey into words, when words just don’t seem to do it justice. The best way I can put it into words is to talk about the top 8 things I have learned this past year."
8. There is no quick fix and no magic pill. My weight loss has taken hard work, dedication, tears, sweat, and a whole other gambit of emotions.
7. Be open to the whole journey. It isn’t always going to be kittens and rainbows. There will be ups and not so ups, frustrations and successes. That is part of the whole journey.
6. When you fall off the wagon/train/whatever mode of transportation you ride on, the next moment is your chance to jump back on. In the past, I would take a bad meal/day of eating and then say “screw it! What’s the point anymore?” I have found some of my best successes on this program have come after jumping back on and being even more committed to the program.
5. When I see pictures of myself from before this journey started, I can’t even recognize myself. I am not only physically different than before my journey started, I am also mentally different. The program has not only taught me how to eat and what to eat, it also has changed my mindset and how I view food.
4. Celebrate non-scale victories just as much as the scale changing numbers. For me, seeing my clothes get looser, having to buy new clothes because my current ones are too baggy and can no longer be held up by a belt, seeing definition in my muscles has been my saving grace on days when I want to throw the scale and scream. They are just as important, IF NOT MORE important than the scale (I still have to remind myself of this on a daily basis, thank you Coach Kris for putting up with me in this regard!)
3. Be patient. The scale is sometimes slow to catch up to what is happening with the body, and the way I view it, it is having a 2 year old level tantrum and protesting the number getting lower. By staying patient, continuing to follow the program, and sticking with it, it does eventually give in.
2. Consistency is key. To be honest, I haven’t always been consistent with my workouts, but I have tried darn hard to be consistent with my eating. As my journey has progressed, I have had to make working out consistent so that I can continue with my #weightlossjourney
1. Be kind to yourself. Always. Negative self talk, calling myself names that I would never say to another human being…no one is immune to irrational thoughts. And, as much as I have had to do hard work to change my physical appearance, I have also had to work hard to change my inside appearance and the things I say to myself, because my success would not be as such if I only had one and not the other.
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Kristian Leach is a personal trainer and nutrition coach residing in Calgary, Canada. He is the founder of the KrisFit and Fit Woman For Life online training and nutrition programs.
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