Support with your weightloss…look for the success at the bottom

Support  is another key elements to achieving weight-loss and maintaining it.   Many of you see me as your  fit trainer/ Zumba/fitness instructor/ nutrition consultant and friend but some of you may or may not be aware that I have an ongoing challenge with my weight.  I gained weight at university and then for many years my weight yo-yoed.  Then again after childbirth, I really struggled  for many years to get back to my pre-baby weight.   For a long time it was about that number on the scale but things shifted for me was when I was more focused on health and fitness…it was still a challenges but finally I started to make some real changes in my life with the help of a workout buddy and then with a fitness club.  Some succeed with one on one support of a trainer, nutritionist or a friend where they can have an individual plan and others seek and do better with organized support group like our Weight conscious get together (group of similar minded Ellefitness participants).  Your support individual or groups will help you with

  •  Accountability –  great tool is a journal to record your daily food intake, water, and exercise

  •  Encouragement – when things aren’t going as easy help you keep going

  •  Celebration – smile when you get into that favorite pair of pants that you haven’t been  able to  wear or goes shopping with you to get smaller clothes

  •  Sounding Board – talk about challenges and successes

  •  Advice – ideas to try, suggestion of meal…when things aren’t moving forward and just tips

  • Kick in the Pants” and at some point we will all need this whether you are skipping your workout or turning to old defeating habits or a reality check.

This fall  some of my ladies started a support group of Ellefitness participants who all want to lose weight, eat healthier, get fitter and maintain weight loss success.   Some have been to weight watchers, others were looking for something to help…and  together decided to meet, have weekly weigh-ins, talk about things that hamper/support their efforts in meeting their individual goals.  It seemed like the best option to gather at 9am before the Wednesday morning 9:30am TMC class since most attend.   Chris led the discussions about Dr Oz’s 10 commandments; survive the holidays/outings; keeping it off; 5 main rules for shopping and portion sizes and others offered feedback on their success/challenges on the various topics.

Weigh-ins are done privately…just you and the scale.  Giselle provides you with a chart to keep a record.   AND as always everything is optional.

I have given the group tips about how to measure your chest, waist, hips, thighs, calves and arms accurately and give you guidance on how to keep those measure consistent from one recording to another and Chris will lead discussions through more helpful topics.

Remember you will have a greater chance of successful weightloss with a strong, supportive network.  Who is your workout buddy, network… or group

Congrats goes out to the one that proudly announced I now fit into my size 8 jeans….Keep at it its all your hard work! To Jen who has been achieving great muscle tone especially in her upper body.  And a big round of applause to Chris the leader of “Ellefitness group get together”  since the start 5 weeks ago has lost 15lbs and 11 1/8 inches and 4 of those inches straight off the waist!!!

Giselle Bergeron-Raganold



~ by ellefitness on November 15, 2011.

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