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March 03, 2008

(Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle)

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Week of March 2, 2008

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* Launch of the Personal Weight Loss and Coaching Program *

Launch of the Personal Weight Loss and Coaching Program

How would you like to have your own personal weight loss and exercise coach? Do you need someone to give you step-by-step instructions of what to eat and how to exercise? How about a person who can answer all of your questions and help motivate you?

Many people know that they should eat right and exercise, but just can't seem to get started. An ancient Chinese proverb states that the longest journey begins with the first step. It's making that first step which seems to be the problem.

The very first thing that you should decide which will make it easier to make that first step is your goal. What is it that you are looking to accomplish? Do you need to lose weight because you are overweight or obese? Do you need to eat better because your diet is leading to health issues? Maybe you need to exercise because your job requires you to sit in front of a computer eight hours a day, and you need to get fit.

Set a goal, and do it for yourself. This goal is personal--it is for you. Your goal will be your anchor and foundation. Once you have determined your goal--whatever it may be--the first step toward accomplishing it will be easier.

Unfortunately, many people attempt to lose weight or get in shape for someone else. This is a recipe for disaster because you are doomed to failure. Unlike many people, weight loss was never my problem. I was underweight and needed to gain.

Gaining weight was my goal. I was 5'-10" and weighed 140 pounds. I was being picked on and made fun of. Although these were motivating factors in my wanting to gain weight, my goal was to gain weight for myself. I didn't do it for anyone else.

With that goal firmly in mind, I proceeded to take the first step. Having discovered bodybuilding, I decided that it would be my ticket to weight gain. I went to a bookstore and purchased Arnold Schwarzenegger's book Education of a Bodybuilder. It was all new to me so I devoured every page.

I then began to buy magazines dedicated to bodybuilding. Knowing that I needed to started applying the principles I learned, I purchased my first weight set. I remember it well. It was a 110 pound barbell set that I bought from the now nonexistent store Two Guys From Harrison.

My apartment became my first gym. My goal kept me focused and motivated. And I was doing it for myself. That's important. If you want to lose weight or get fit to please someone else, I guarantee that it won't last. It won't last because your goal is based on someone else's expectation.

I was faithful lifting weights in my 7th floor apartment living room. Then I began to see progress. Slowly but surely I began to develop muscles, and gain weight. Bodybuilding involves nutrition also. So I began to eat better and learn about the right foods and supplements.

And do you know what happened next? The progress I saw in the mirror and on the bathroom scale, and the complements I received from other people, became self-motivating. That's right. My goal or objective was being reinforced.

Now why did I go into all of that? I just wanted to let you know that I have first-hand knowledge and experience in meeting self-imposed expectations, goals, or objectives.

Your goal is inseparably tied into your mindset or mentality. It all begins in the noggin (your head.) I was fortunate in that I didn't need a buddy or workout partner to succeed. But many people do. Maybe you are one of them.

You may need a coach--a mentor--someone to hold your hand and tell you what to do, and encourage to to 'keep on keeping on.' You may need a personal coach to make sure that you reach your goal--your objective. That objective may to lose 50 pounds or maybe a 100 pounds. Or maybe you are one of those rarities who needs someone to show them how to actually gain weight!

Okay, you may be asking yourself, you have experience gaining weight, but what about losing it? Glad you asked. I managed to put on 70 pounds--going from a twig-like 140 pounds to 210 pounds. I then decided that I wanted to compete in bodybuilding competitions. These contests are decided on leanness and muscularity.

The 210 pounds that I gained over the years wasn't all solid muscle. Some of the weight I gained was fat. Well, I had to trim the fat. Bodybuilding judges want to see each and every muscle crisply defined. They need to be able to count every abdominal muscle and see every muscle separation in your chest, back, arms, and legs.

I have a very small bone structure. I don't have the genetic potential to carry a lot of muscle mass at a weight of over 200 pounds. Therefore I had to diet down to 175 pounds to achieve the required muscle definition.

In bodybuilding you want to get as lean as possible while simultaneously holding onto as much muscle mass as possible. This is an almost impossible task. A knowledge of nutrition and exercise is required. I successfully dieted down to the bodyweight needed for maximum definition.

However, after the bodybuilding competition was over, I intentionally regained the weight I lost. You see, when you lose weight, you will inevitably lose valuable muscle. The goal is to minimize the muscle loss. I entered several competitions and had to lose weight each time.

So you see, I do have experience in losing weight and retaining as much lean body mass in the process. For those of you who need to lose weight, I will show you the right way to do it. There is a right way and a wrong way to do anything.

I have butted my head against the wall many times in finding the right way to gain weight and to lose weight. That, coupled with my knowledge of nutrition and health, will be at your disposal so that your efforts will not be futile.

Another thing that has always helped me to achieve my objectives is knowing why you do something. In other words I just won't tell you what to do, but will also tell you why. The learning process and goal achievement is a lot easier when you know the reason behind something.

I have explained the necessity of goal setting as a prelude to making your first step. I used my past experience as an example. I set my goal 30 years ago, and have stayed focused on health and bodybuilding to this day. By taking advantage of my personal coaching for weight loss and lifetime health, you too will stay focused and reach your personal goal.

Once you have a goal in mind--one that originated with you and one that you are passionate about achieving--you are at last ready to make your very first step. But do you know that many people formulate a goal only to procrastinate in making the first step?

This is where a personal coach will come in handy. You know the saying 'Why put off for tomorrow what you can do today?' I think we all have done that at some point in time. I know I have--many times. I will remind you of your commitment, and why it is so important to begin the journey to reach it as soon as possible.

And, once you have made that first step, whatever it may be, it is imperative to be consistent. You probably know someone who began a weight loss program only to give up after a couple of weeks. Or maybe they joined a gym to get in shape but dropped out even before their membership expired. Maybe you are one of them.

Consistency is essential to lasting success. Once I took my first step I knew that I had to do it day in and day out. When I outgrew the weights at home I joined a gym. In order to pack on the pounds I had to get up and go no matter what the weather was. But I didn't mind. I enjoyed my journey to a muscular and heavier body.

You will not be consistent and continue any program if you dread it and merely go through the motions. It must be fun and enjoyable. Sure it will take work, but that work doesn't have to be drudgery.

You can lose weight and still enjoy eating. My personal coaching will include healthy lifestyle training. A healthy lifestyle engages the mind. Once you have a new mindset, your goal will not seem like 'work.'

I don't believe that anybody needs to resort to surgery in order to lose weight. Bariatric surgery should be the absolute last resort when all other options have been explored and given time to work. And even then you should think twice about having it done.

As a personal coach I won't tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear in order to reach your goal. You will not hear me say that you will lose 30 pounds in 30 days, or any other fantastic claim. Chances are that you didn't put the weight on overnight. Don't expect to lose it overnight either.

The goal of any weight loss program is to get healthy. It is not to lose an enormous amount of weight just to make you feel good. Losing too much weight too soon is very, very unhealthy. You will be defeating the purpose. My goal with you is to go slow and easy.

This is the only way to lose weight permanently, and get healthy in the process. So, no I am not going to claim that you will lose a fantastic amount of weight in a month just to get you to sign up. But I will claim that you will not only lose the desired amount of weight, but feel a whole lot better once you do.

You know what? When I was on my weight gain journey I actually enjoyed it. You want to be able to enjoy your journey to weight loss or fitness. You want to be able to look forward to it. That was my experience those many years ago.

Since your mind has been changed to embrace a healthy lifestyle, you will continue the program your entire life. Thirty years later I still do the things that got me here in the first place. I eat the right foods and I eat often. I work out no matter what the weather. As a matter of fact, my conscience will bother me if I miss a workout for no good reason.

I call this attitude discipline. Your new mindset--your commitment--will bring about true discipline. Your journey to weight loss or fitness will be a disciplined journey. This is because you started the right way.

If you're on this journey to lose weight, which will be the reason for the majority of people who sign up, weight loss is not your ultimate goal. Your ultimate goal--your final stop--is total health. But you won't get healthy without the weight loss.

You know the numbers. sixty-six percent of Americans are overweight. And of that number, about 33 percent are obese. Obesity is divided into three sub-categories: obese, severely obese, and morbidly obese. And the numbers are increasing. And unfortunately it is not limited to adults. It is affecting children and toddlers--and even our pets!

Being overweight and sedentary reduces your lifespan and raises the risk for developing various cancers, heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, asthma, and other chronic illnesses.

But you already know this. That's why you are reading this, and making a decision about whether to sign up.

What does the Personal Weight Loss and Exercise Program consist of? When you sign up to let me help you reach your health goals, you receive the following:

  • a personalized nutrition and exercise program
  • unlimited access to me for your questions and advice via email
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  • free measuring tape
  • Personal trainers/coaches charge anywhere from $35 to $75 an hour to work with you. My coaching/training program will only cost you $29.95 per month in this introductory offer. This is dirt cheap but I want to help you achieve your goals.

    I won't be there physically to assist you, but I will be there in spirit through email contact. And you won't be limited to one hour or one session. I'll be available all the time. I guarantee that your email correspondence will be answered within a 24 hour period--48 hours at the latest.

    You will receive individual and personalized nutrition and weight loss programs and guidelines based on your objective, previous weight loss experiences, and health and fitness history. These programs will be emailed to you in a Adobe pdf file, or a Microsoft Word document if you desire.

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