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Nov 22

I Hate Diets because They Begin and End

Debbie Hatch  |  Family & F.I.T.
I love learning even more than I love teaching.  As such, I’m constantly reading, studying, and going to any variety of seminars/classes.  Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the Unleash Your Greatness Summit.  It was awesome!  
 
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Bill Phillips, the Editor of Men’s Health Magazine (the largest men’s magazine in the world) did a presentation entitled, “The Power of Just Doing ‘Something’ Every Day.”  His talk was focused on how to simplify taking care of our bodies.  
I adore two specific things he said.
 
1. “I would love to be able to tell all of you that I go to the gym every day and that I am the fittest person you’ll ever meet. The reality, though, is that I have two kids in travel soccer, an 80 hour a week job, and it’s just not realistic.  I do what I can. The best workout is the one you enjoy doing and the one you’re actually going to do.”
 
That means:
If you like working out in the gym with a trainer – do that.
If you like walking, or jogging, or running – do that.
If you like to dance – do that.
If you like playing basketball – do that.
If you like follow along videos on your TV – do that.
If you like biking – do that.
 
When we talk about health….h.e.a.l.t.h.  It’s for life.  We make it so much more complicated than it has to be.  Do something every day.
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Personal example:  My niece called me crying the first day she went to the gym and got on an elliptical. She was completely frustrated because she could only do it for two minutes. I talked to her and got her to stop crying. “It’s not that you can only do two minutes. It’s that you CAN do two minutes. Do two minutes today, two more minutes tomorrow, and maybe three the next day.”
She now does cardio 20 minutes three times a week and has lost over 80 pounds.  One step at a time. One minute at a time.
Start where you are right now and build from there.
 
2. “I hate diets because they begin and end. You can’t be on a diet for your entire life. You need to find a way to apply moderation to your nutrition. You have to have a mindset change in order to change your life, and you have to realize this is FOR life!!!
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The only thing he didn’t say was, “I got this quote from Debbie Hatch” because he certainly could have!!!  So much…..YES!!

Personal example:  There have been numerous times when I’ve been physically (typically because of my crazy travel schedule) unable to work out.  Yet, being mindful of my nutrition has actually caused me to maintain, if not to lose fat.  Even though I wasn’t exercising.  More than a few of my clients have experienced the same results.

Exercise is important for a ton of reasons!

Reasons to lift

…but, increased physical activity alone has an incredibly small impact on obesity prevalence.

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  1. Emi

    Hi Debbie,
    I couldn’t agree more with you, do what you will enjoy I like it!
    And when you know that you can’t eat something all you do is think abut it 🙂
    Thank you for sharing!
    Emi

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