We’ve all seen ads that make weight loss promises. Losing weight is about as individual as our fingerprints. Something that works for one person may or may not work for someone else. Today I am going to share a success story with you. One of my clients lost 10 lbs over the first 5 weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown. I would like to tell you that I’m a miracle-worker but the truth is that I only played a small part in the process.
Chris has been struggling with his weight for many years. Like so many he has a busy life. A demanding job, a wife with a demanding job, and 3 boys between the ages of 8 and 13. From what he shares with me his life consists of a long commute to and from work, long days at the office, and then standing in an arena watching one kid on the ice after dropping one kid off at gymnastics and an other at a music lesson. He does manage to meet with me once a week for an online workout.
Chris has tried to lose weight before. He would get down a few pounds and then he’d lose momentum and the weight would creep back on. This time he’s making some headway. A big factor is that he’s having lunch at home and that has removed the temptations of the food court he would visit for lunch during his workday. Specifically, he mentioned the lack of Suzy Q doughnuts in his life these days. These are famous in Ottawa for their incredible mouth-watering flavours.
In addition to being able to better control what he is eating, he is tracking his calories – religiously. And because there isn’t a doughnut in sight he is hitting his calorie targets every day. I know this because; and this is where I have helped out – he reports to me via text on a daily basis.
Chris feels it’s those 3 things – eating at home, tracking calories and accountability that have made the difference this time. The challenge will be when he heads back to the land of temptation. We are talking now about strategies to set him up for success. Things like taking lunch to work, remaining diligent with tracking his calories and continuing to report on the outcome of his day.
He still has a long weight loss road ahead of him. He has 50 lbs more to lose to get to a healthy weight. It’s amazing that he’s used this situation to get started. It’s nice to share some good news these days.
As I am writing this we still don’t know when the lockdown will end. There’s still time to implement Chris’ tips to help you find your way to a healthier you.
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