MARCH! Hut-two-three, four...hut-two-three-e-e- four! Get it? That's right everybody, those short 28 days of February are gone already. (I told you they'd be gone before you knew it!) And here we are, at the beginning of the first day of the third month of 2015. HAPPY FIRST DAY OF MARCH, everybody! And this month's name gives me the perfect opportunity to ask how good you're doing...MARCHING towards your weight-loss goal? Are you marching to victory?
You didn't gain weight fast so you shouldn't expect to lose it fast either.
First day of the month, time to bring up my Five Pounds-a-Month Weight-Loss Challenge. I've been issuing that challenge to you for years now, where I ask you to make your goal losing at least 5 pounds per month. You may have wondered where I came up with that number. Well, it's because losing about one pound a week is a very realistic goal for you. And, not only that, it's a healthy rate at which to lose weight, too. Some people want to lose it faster than but please, don't be in such a hurry! You didn't gain the weight fast so you shouldn't expect to lose it fast either.
Those people who do get in a hurry to lose weight often try taking shortcuts on their march to winning this fight. And, more often than not, those shortcuts include starving themselves to lose weight. I'll admit, I used to do it myself when I was still obese. But the thing with that is, when you starve to lose weight, trust me, the effort is NOT going to last. Oh sure, you may be able to do it for a few days and even lose some pounds fast, right after you start. But I'm willing to guarantee that sooner or later, you'll be so famished that you may end up calling up and ordering a family-sized pizza...for yourself. And there ya' go, another starvation diet bites the dust. And so do your weight-loss efforts...one more time. G-r-r-r-o-a-n! Don't let it happen to you.
Losing weight is like a MARCH. You've got to stay on the right track. You've got to follow the rules. And you've got to follow orders to stay in charge...of your eating habits! That means eating the right foods, enough of them and not too much. And whether it's marching, as taking a daily hour-long walk, doing an hour of dancing with one of my Sweatin' To The Oldies DVDs or spending an hour at the gym, you've got to get that exercise time in...everyday! You already knew all of those things though, didn't you? But it's not enough to just know what you have to do. You've got to put that knowledge into action and actually DO THOSE THINGS it'll take to reach your weight-loss goal.
Are you going to weigh less this spring than you did this time last year?
A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the fact that this cold weather was not going to last forever. SPRING will arrive this month...hooray! Are you going to weigh less this spring than you did this same time last year? You don't have to answer that for me. But I do want you to ask yourself that question. Some of you are getting closer to reaching your weight-loss goals since the first of the year, while some of you may still be struggling. But, whichever group you fall into, the important thing is to...don't stop, and to keep fighting!
ATEN-N-N-N-SHUN! Yes you can reach your goal weight. Just stay on track, stay positive, stay focused, put one leg in front of the other and...MARCH to your goals! And oh yes, Sgt. Simmons will be here everyday with his reminder that YOU CAN WIN THIS FIGHT, soldier!