Starting on the road to fitness can be challenging enough. But are you staying on that road for the long haul? Well, that can be another issue altogether.
That’s how Clay Lambert feels these days. The 56-year-old journalist in Silicon Valley is off to a great start in exercising more and eating better. In just three months, he lost 20 pounds and went from 26 percent body fat to 14 percent.
He feels better, looks better, has more energy, and is enjoying his more active life.
“But I don’t know how to maintain it,” he says.“I feel vulnerable as far as what comes next. It’s a long commitment.”
Yes, it is. And it is this understanding that might be essential to Clay’s long-term success.
'Mix It Up' and More Tips
Anyone who ever has made a good start on a healthy habit can relate. We get so excited about making a positive change that the first rush of success feels like bliss.
After the initial euphoria wears off, what will motivate us?
Here are a few tips.
Remember why you started. Internal goals (you exercise because you love it) will take over when an external goal (like a class reunion) comes and goes. Our clients over 50 want to be fit because of powerful motivators like:
Spending more time with grandkids
Sports and hobbies
Avoiding obesity, medication, and falls
Maintaining their sense of identity
Keep setting new goals. If you’re where Clay is, you’ve already met some initial goals. It was probably fun and exciting. So, do it again with a new target in mind. When you hit a goal, celebrate with a healthy reward.
Mix it up. You might’ve started with lots of cardio, as Clay did. That’s great. Now add resistance and balance training, maybe even a class with us. Get outside and play. HAVE FUN.
Lighten up. Like Clay said, healthy living is a long commitment. You’ll have periods where you can’t do as much as you’d like for whatever reason – work and family commitments, injury, or illness. It’s OK. It’s natural and unavoidable.
Make it social. Work out with a friend, spouse, trainer, or small group. The social aspect is valuable, and you’ll be motivated if you know someone is expecting you.
How’s He Doing?
Based on these guidelines, Clay is doing great -- and he's smart to stay vigilant.
He joined a gym with his longtime girlfriend after she received advice from her doctor. The couple enjoys their time together, working out, and eating lighter meals. They also have their individual goals and new habits.
Clay -- a single dad of a daughter in college -- rides his bike and enjoys the outdoors. He has built his routines into his workday schedule. He’s having a blast moving more and pushing himself in healthy ways.
“It became apparent that if I didn’t take care of myself, there would be things I wouldn’t be able to do. At 56, how was that ever going to get better if I didn’t make some changes that would last for the rest of my life?”
> If you can relate to Clay's story, as certified functional aging specialists we're here to help you start your fitness journey and continue it for a lifetime.
Your Personal Best Training Studio
4102E. South Staples
Corpus Christi,TX 78411
When you are eating, pay attention.
Sounds simple, but how often do you snack in front of the T.V. or eat your dinner while in rush hour traffic?
Paying attention means eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full. It means never eating just to eat, but rather because your body needs it.
Do this and you will quickly reach your ideal weight.
As you work towards your fitness goals, finding desserts that are low in natural sugars will facilitate your results. It will take some time for your taste buds to adjust from enjoying refined sugars to appreciating the subtly and delight of natural, wholesome sugar found in fruit. This pudding is a spectacular way to enjoy creamy chocolate while avoiding refined sugars entirely. The avocado, banana, and dates provide real, usable nutrients and vitamins while pleasing your sweet tooth.
What you need
1 avocado, pitted and peeled
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 dates, pitted
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until creamy and smooth. Place in serving bowls and chill for 10 minutes serve and enjoy!
228 calories, 17g fat, 16g carbohydrate, 26mg sodium, 7g sugar, 7g fiber, and 4g protein
Help me spread the fitness truth. If you know any friends, family, or co-workers, who would enjoy my newsletter give them a subscription by using the ‘Refer a Friend’ link below!