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How Acting Like A Pre-Teen Girl Can Help You Lose Weight

Man it’s cold here in Nebraska.

Winter is finally starting to set in after a pretty mild fall which was beautiful.

I was out doing some work on the house on Sunday and Andrea and Maren came outside to check out what I was doing and Maren was all bundled up in her winter coat, pink hat and pink “gubs” (that’s how she says gloves).

She looked so darn cute all bundled up, but I don’t think she could move her arms that much.  Have you ever seen that movie “Christmas Story” where Ralphie’s little brother is all bundled up and he can’t put his arms down because his mom has wrapped him up in so many layers?  That’s kind of what Maren reminded me of.

That and she really wanted to put on her gubs (gloves), but they couldn’t go on all the way because her coat was in the way so it looked like her hands were about 10 inches long.  Quite the sight.

I could go on and on talking about how darn cute she looked but I suppose I better get on with the point of this email.

I’ve been talking with more and more clients about how to fix their eating habits and I thought I would share with you the first thing I told all of them.

They wanted to know how to fix their daily diet to help them lose weight so I asked them all a question.

I asked how and what they were eating right now.

Every single one of them said they were eating OK.  They said they paid attention to carbs, fat intake and alcohol but they still weren’t making any progress.

Having known they were going to say this I knew what to say next. (Yes I am brilliant…I can read people’s minds)

I told them all to keep a food diary for the next week or two.

I told them to write down EVERYTHING they ate and drank…everything.

Don’t leave anything out for the next 7-14 days.

Then after you’ve done that every day, bring it to me and I’ll take a look at it and see what holes we can fix.

To their credit they did it.

They took the action and began to write down what they ate and drank and it was pretty eye opening for them.

It pointed out flaws in their daily diets that were keeping them from losing fat and in some cases was making them gain it.

Sometimes it was something as simple as an unhealthy snack every day.

Sometimes it had to do with not being prepared with healthy foods at work to avoid the box of bagels during the mid-morning TPS Report meeting.

To their credit they all ate pretty well a majority of the time, it was just picking up on those 2 or 3 minor mistakes that lead to major hiccups in terms of fat loss and fat gain.

I challenge you to do the same thing over the next 7 to 14 days.

Write down everything you eat and drink.

And don’t lie because you’re only lying to yourself.  I know that seems silly, but I’ve seen it happen.

And don’t suddenly change your daily routine drastically.  It has to be as close to a normal week as possible.

Keeping a food journal is a very minor thing that is very easy to do that can point out huge flaws and huge holes in your daily diet which will help you lose weight…and a lot of it.

Maybe you’ll find something you didn’t realize you were doing because it’s become such a habit.

Maybe you’ll write something down and wonder how many calories are actually in that, do the homework and find that it’s around 800.  This actually happened to one of my clients and she thought it was a healthy meal.

It may sound trivial and stupid, but it’s not so just give it a try.

The only thing you have to lose is a little blubber.

Have a great day!

Ed

P.S. – Let me know how it goes by leaving a comment.  I’d love to get some feedback about your food journal.  Things you found out, how you fixed them, etc.

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