For the first few months when I first started my blog I had no idea of what I wanted to write about. I knew I wanted to start a blog and knew I wanted to help women achieved the look they desired, but instead of following what I thought I should be doing I went with what everyone else was doing. BAD MOVE!
Then enters my wife who is the love of my life (most of the time) pictured above. Like I mentioned in the previous post she read over a few articles and was like O-M-G. (Read that post here) So I did a little soul searching and decided that I would change my blog to what is should have been in the first place.
What am I Changing Here?
Well for one thing I actually have a story to tell that shows I know what you are going through and that I can actually help you get where you want to be. You see that lovely women pictured above with all the smiles wasn’t always a happy camper! Of course when she’s not happy my life is miserable needless to say.
Over the years I have seen my wife’s weight go up and down and all around. I have shared with her successes and been there when she needed someone to push her harder. Using a couple of simple approaches (three to be exact) I was able to help my wife go from the pictures below to the pictures you see above.
The pictures above were of my wife in 2008 when she let WORK, being a WIFE and LIFE in general take its toll on her body. She didn’t know what to do and to her it seemed like the world was on her shoulders. Of course I was there complaining saying that she wasn’t working hard enough to lose weight but the fact was she was working too hard. Actually too hard doing all the WRONG things!
My wife had a problem of jumping from one diet to the next and the same with exercise routines. If she didn’t see results quick enough she would think it was a waste of time. Another issue is that she is a people person so she enjoys doing what all her girlfriends are doing.
The biggest problem with doing what everyone else is doing is that a lot of times no one gets results but you stick it out because you are all are there to support one another. After not losing weight for months on end my wife was finally ready to listen to me!
Can you believe my wife was actually willing to listen to me?
What I will be doing here on Waist Hips & Thighs is sharing with you the story of how using Eat Stop Eat, Turbulence Training, and now Visual Impact for Women (her current workout) I was able to help transform my wife’s body.
NOTE: Remember ladies losing weight is a process! It’s not easy and if it was every woman would have the body they desired. As for my wife she still feels she has a long way to go but I know if she continues using these three programs she will get there.
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Last week I did a post about how men and women differ when it comes to losing weight and working out. I thought it would be better to get input from readers before I actually finished the post. A lot of people replied to the post both men and women.
Overall I would say that it would seem that women don’t like doing activities for fun if it’s going to get categorized as exercise and you seem to let one mishap mess up an entire week.
So What Does This Mean?
I’m not expert but this would seem to be a problem with a person’s way of thinking. Whether you want to believe me or not before you will ever lose weight you are going to have to change the way you think. The first step in fat or weight loss is not getting a gym membership, counting calories or even the food you eat.
Know instead the biggest battle you are going to face in the battle of losing weight is your mind. It’s all about the way you perceive things to be and changing the way you view things. Your current attitude and opinions about weight loss, dieting, exercising and activity has to be taken into account before you can move on.
It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint
The feelings and beliefs you have about eating healthy and fat loss have to be adjusted to realistic terms before anything else is even considered. Why, because losing weight and keeping it off is about a lifestyle change and is a long term commitment. You have seen people lose weight and then in a few months they are back to gaining the weight again.
Doing activities outside of the gym and being active doesn’t have to be negative or even boring. But in order for it to work you have to change your views about them. Instead of thinking of volleyball, running or swimming as working out think of them as things you enjoy doing (pick something you enjoy doing!)
When you are playing tennis or eating smaller portions think about how great you look and feel rather than focusing on the negative aspects.
You Owe Yourself That Much
The one thing you have to remember is that you first have to make a commitment to yourself and stick with it. There is no need going to the gym if you are going to consistently go out with friends and over eat and drink empty calories.
You must be willing to make a commitment to yourself and let go all of the negative feelings you have about weight loss, calorie counting and working out. Instead be positive and look at all the wonderful things that will come about from your new lifestyle.
Not only will you get stronger, feel better, and have more energy but you will look awesome! You have to be realistic and not let roadblocks get you down. We all have roadblocks but its how you deal with them that matters most. Stay the course, be realistic, and most of all accept the fact that fat loss takes time and patience.
Everyone messes up but one “BAD” meal or day should not RUIN the ENTIRE week!
This is a little different than normal but the question seems to always come up as to whether it is easier for men to lose weight. Honestly I have given this much thought and don’t find that to be the case. Of course there are going to be people to agree and other that disagree but it’s something I must address.
You see I personally think that men are just simply fueled more to lose weight and have a stronger desire than most women to be in shape. Does this mean that women don’t want to be in shape and have sexy bodies? The answer is NO, but when you look at all the reasons men end up losing weight and actually keeping it off there is a big difference.
A Man’s #1 Reason for Losing Weight – WOMEN!
Most men I think will probably agree that nothing makes them want to lose weight and get a great body like a woman. That’s right men want to look great so that women will think he’s sexy and it makes his confidence that much higher. The fact is that almost everything men do in some regards is to gain some type of recognition from women. It’s just how we are built mentally!
From the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and even the places we go are usually with one thing in mind and that’s to find that beautiful attractive woman. For women on the other hand it’s not really the same. It’s about how they feel and though they want to look sexy they are not going to go to the gym and kill themselves just to look good for men.
We Enjoy Things Most Women Consider Working Out
Let’s think about this for a moment. Most women consider hanging out shopping, going to the movies, and having lunch with friends fun. However a lot of women consider exercising and running to be strictly forms of working out and a weight loss process. What you will find with men on the other hand is because of our competitive nature we play basketball, football, volleyball, and things of the like.
Though these things are fun men tend to spend hours outdoors doing some type of activity and thus are burning more calories. I’m not saying that women don’t but what you will find is that the males and females that go surfing, play volleyball, football, skating, and jog for fun tend to be in better shape.
Many women consider anything that makes them sweat to be something that should be considered a workout. And if she is already going to the gym why should she be working out again when she could be having fun doing something else?
This is Just Part 1 of the Post
Sorry but I don’t want this to be entirely too long so I am breaking this into 2 separate posts. Plus I want to hear what others think and this may help me write up the second part of my article. I really want to get your input on this.
I wrote this post on my experiences with friends, clients, and even the interaction I have with my wife when it comes to her working out and staying in shape. Feel free to give you input comments are always welcome. Also look out for the FREE e-book that I should be offering soon to my site visitors.
Some of the best workout routines for women can be found on the web everything from free to paid. There are ones that can be customized and others that can be downloaded.
Best Sites on the Web for Workout Routines for Women
Below is a list sites that offer workout routines for women where you can download, view, and customize your own workout routine. If you are looking for that workout routine that is perfect for you then this is the list for you!
Workouts for Women
While workout routines for women should be just as intense as those for men every woman is different and thus requires a different workout routine to suit them.
To really get an idea of all the different workout routines available for women make sure you visit the sites below so you can find the one that is just right for you.
Workout Designed For You Gives Better Results
Find out how Visual Impact for Women can help you lose weight and get a lean feminine physique. This workout program has routines that can be fully customized to fit your needs and completely designed for women. Click Here For a Great Workout Program.
Workout routines for women help women get in shape and look sexy without getting that muscular look.
Top Sites for Workout Routines for Women
7. Woman’s Day
18. Energia Fitness
19. X5 Fitness
20. Canadian Living
23. FEM TV.org
24. Love To Know
26. Full-Body-Licious – Recently Added
List of Kettlebell Workouts for Women
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When is it the Perfect Time
You know a lot of times it would seem like perfectionism would seem like a great thing to shot for. You know getting a perfect score on your test, never missing a day, never late and well you know where I’m going. I mean you can’t get better than “the best” or “perfect”, right?
Though this may be a good trait to have in some aspects it can also be one of the worst trait to have if you only believe in perfection. I mean if you really ever want to achieve and goals in life you are going to have to sometimes settle for less right?
Let’s Think About this For a Moment
Of course you should have high standards and goals in life and I believe this is important. No one should settle for the worst just because it’s easy? Think about yourself when it comes to losing weight and how many times you said that it’s not the right time or you’ll need to wait until such and such is better or perfect.
People who want things to always be perfect end up putting a lot of stress on others and themselves and for the most part end up need achieving anything they set out simply because its needed to be perfect.
When It Comes to Losing Weight
In theory a lot of people on right on track to lose weight and see the changes they wish to see. Somehow or another they get off track because something isn’t right to them or is simply taking too. In fact they end up starting something new that they think is a perfect solution to their past problem.
In short they ended up spending all that time in the gym and days eating better only to start over all over again. Mind you before they start a new program they feel they might as well enjoy a few days of “being bad” before the new better program begins and thus only hurt them more.
In short what I am saying is don’t put off something you can do today for another day. Don’t think that things have to be a certain way for you to start losing weight. There is new perfect diet or workout that is going to help you lose weight. You have to except that everything may not be to your liking but if you keep trying to wait until it is you will never do anything.
Stop Planning and Just Do
I see a lot of women planning to lose weight, join a gym, or make a simple change in their lifestyle. Of all of those women most have failed to do anything. I’ve seen them wait for years to lose 10-15lbs or stop drinking. I’m not sure why this is but I think that they seem to think there is a right time to do something.
You will always feel as though you could have done something different or better. But let’s be realistic, if you hadn’t done anything would you be able to know what you did wrong? Getting started is always the hard part, quit thinking you need more knowledge or need to wait until that perfect time. If you keep that up you will never get anything accomplished.
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