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ShariFitness Weight Loss Success Tips

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Recently I did an interview with Harry Shade and Phillip Gornail, hosts of the syndicated show Marvelous Mondays on Motivational Radio where I spoke about how my weight loss success tips and tricks helped me transform my body, improve my health and changed my life.

Perpetual “Before” Picture
My interview with Harry and Phil started out with my humble beginnings as a perpetual “before” picture.  I know there are many people who are experiencing what I went through.  I would go to the gym on a regular basis, I wasn’t eating junk foods and I don’t have a sweet tooth and for the life of me I couldn’t understand why I was getting fatter and not losing weight.  It was very frustrating and I felt like I would never be that “after” picture.  I couldn’t figure out what it was I was doing wrong.

Are You Making These Mistakes?
A lot of the mistakes I was making are the same mistakes many people make.

  • No game plan
  • Too much time doing cardio
  • Not enough strength training
  • Not eating the “RIGHT” calories

The Easy Button
Many people who are in the situation I was in tend to look for the “easy way” out.  I believe we are of this mindset because we live in a society of instant gratification and lose patience.

In the age of technology, we want our information in 3 minute, You Tube sound bites and our content in 140 characters or less, and the information you need to make real, significant changes require much more detail than those mediums allow.

When it comes to mother nature and the human body, there is no quick fix.  You just can’t press the “easy button” and get instantaneous, miraculous, results.

Weight gain is a process and so is weight loss.  You don’t wake up to discover that overnight you’ve become overweight.  Yes, overnight you can come to the realization you are overweight, but you didn’t wake up that way one morning.  You can’t expect to lost weight overnight and wake up leaner with more muscle tone.

The process of transforming your body and improving your health is a journey.  People expect to be lean, have muscle, drop body fat and have 6-pack abs simply by popping a magic weight loss pill and working out only “minutes a day.”  We’ve all seen the ads on TV.  Logically, we all know that those are false expectations, yet millions and millions of people are shelling out hundreds and thousands of dollars on false hopes.

Is it human nature to look for the easy way, or has society conditioned us into this type of thinking?

Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle together

  • Hired a “Fitness Professional”

Once I came to the realization that I was spinning my wheels, I hired a “Fitness Professional”.  There’s a big difference between a “fitness professional” and a “trainer”.

A fitness professional is certified through a reputable association such as the ISSA, ACE, NASM, NSCA and is very knowledgeable and focused on helping you meet and reach your goals beyond counting reps.  A fitness professional will educate you, inspire you, keep you motivated and accountable.

  • Putting together a “Fitness Game Plan”

A successful business has a Business Plan. To build a house or structure requires a blueprint.  A sports team has a game plan strategy on how to beat their opponent.  When it comes to your health and fitness, you need to have a strategy.  You need to have a “fitness game plan”.  Without a game plan, you’re spinning your wheels.

My fitness mentor had noticed that I was doing too much cardio and told me I needed to stop doing the marathon cardio sessions and do more strength training which meant:

– Hitting the Iron

– Getting aggressive with the weights

– Lifting beyond the 5 and 10 pound dumbbells

  • Eating the RIGHT calories

Although I didn’t have a sweet tooth and wasn’t eating fast foods, what I was doing was eating the wrong calories.  I was consuming too many starchy carbohydrates, not enough lean protein, healthy fats, fibrous fruits and vegetables.  I also fell victim to eating “unhealthy” healthy foods, which are foods that are marketed as being good for a weight loss program, but really aren’t such as “healthy” frozen entrees that were high in sodium and carbohydrates and yogurt which is loaded with sugar.  I have found that over the years of doing nutritional coaching, most people are making the same dietary mistakes I was.

Today, my diet is abundant in lean, healthy, sources of protein, healthy fats from nuts and seeds, fibrous vegetables and fruits, while cutting back on the starchy carbohydrates and eliminating hidden excess sugars that are found in many foods.  I simply avoid foods that come in a box, wrapper or can that contain “ingredients” keeping my foods as natural as possible.

The Mental Journey
To make the journey from unfit and unhealthy to fit and healthy is just as much a mental process as it is a physical one.  There is a mental transformation that takes place.

Do you think of eating healthier and going to the gym as something you “have to do”, or something you “want to do”?  Right there starts the mindset and the chain reaction.  It’s a very conscious choice/decision.

“Friendly Fire” is a chapter in the book I’m writing.  Those closest to you, the people you think would be supportive of your health and fitness goals, will actually try to sabotage your efforts by trying to make you feel guilty for going to the gym or try to make you feel guilty about making a healthier choice from the menu and not having pizza or the burger and fries.  They try to make you feel as though you’re being unsocial for making healthy lifestyle choices, which is ridiculous.  You’re doing the things they know they should be doing which makes them feel bad about themselves.  Instead, they try to psychologically sabotage your efforts by making you feel guilty.  You know the saying, misery loves company.

You have two battles going on with yourself.  You have your temptations and cravings that you battle within yourself, and your circle of influence trying to sabotage your efforts.

You need to stick to your guns.  This is what your intention is.  This is what my goal is.  I know what I have to do.  If I give in now, I will give in again, and each time I give in, I will be getting further away from my goal.

When you really put your mind to it and feel like you’re not depriving yourself, or being unsocial, you will find that you’ve developed an inner strength and will power you didn’t know you had.  As you reap the rewards of seeing your body change and your health improving, what will start to happen is that you will start to believe in yourself. When you have this kind of success, knowing that you achieved something you put your mind to, you’ll begin to realize that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

  • The Secret to Weight Loss

The secret to weight loss starts with you and your mindset.

  • Going 3 for 3

1. Think Like a Healthy Person

2. Feel Like a Healthy Person

3. Act Like a Healthy Person

Take small, consistent, incremental steps to build a habit.

When you live like a lean, healthy person, you become one over time

Avoiding the Detours
Why do people who do lose weight, have trouble keeping it off?  Here are some common pitfalls and how to avoid the detours that take you off course.

  • Fitness is a LIFESTYLE, not an event.

This also falls under the mindset.  Some people get fit and healthy for an event such as a wedding, vacation, high school reunion, etc.  What happens when the event is over?  Why do people stop exercising and eating better once the event is over?  The problem is that they don’t think of this as a LIFESTYLE, so when the event is over, so is the diet and exercise.  They end up gaining back the weight they lost and then some.  It’s a mindset.  What you’ve done is program your subconscious mind into thinking that way.  That there’s an end point.  That you don’t continue.

Being healthy and fit is more than just a lifestyle, it’s a daily habit as is brushing your teeth every day and taking a shower.

  • Life Happens

When people veer off course, they tend to stay off course and don’t know how to get back on track.  To stay the course or get back on track, get an accountability partner, whether it’s a coach, health and fitness professional, a role model, or a mentor.  An accountability partner will make sure you stay on your path and not allow set backs to become the rule and helps put them behind you and keep you moving forward.

  • Boredom

Many people become bored and lose motivation.  We are creatures of habit and we fall into ruts.  People tend to eat the same foods day in, day out or will do the same workout day in, day out.

– Change up your workouts

You should be changing up your workout program every 2-3 months.  Find 3 workout programs and alternate between them.  There’s so many great programs out there, several of which I’ve featured on my FitTalk Shows or recommend on, or you can get a program from me.

By doing this, you don’t get bored, you’re constantly changing up your workout style, and you’ll get great results which will keep you motivated.

– Add a variety of foods to your diet

There are many healthy foods available that will tantalize your taste buds.  Eating foods that are in season gives you variety throughout the year.  Eating the same thing day in day out can get boring and mentally, you’ll start to feel as though you’re depriving yourself.  Even if you tried something years ago and didn’t like it, you may discover that if you try it again, you may like it.  I’ve personally had this experience over the years.  Your taste buds change over time so try to be open minded to trying new things.

If you’re tired and frustrated of being a perpetual “before” picture, try out some of the tips I’ve mentioned and let me know how they work for you.

Wishing you optimal Health and Fitness


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  1. 5 Comment(s)

  2. By Sally | Reply

    Shari – Thanks for these tips! They are all simple and effective.

  3. By Blanche | Reply

    Super insightful tips–this is important info the magazines never tell you! I only wonder as the body starts to transition to a muscle burning machine if it’s customary to gain a little weight first before incinerating the fat….thanks for the inspiration and tips Shari!

  4. By sharifitness | Reply

    Hi Blanche
    Thanks for the comment. You’re right, the magazines don’t tell you this kind of stuff which is why I’m writing a book about this. I live it, breathe it, eat and sleep this every day, not just with myself, but with the people I help.

    Yes, as you transition into building muscle, the scale will go up at first. Muscle weighs more than fat, but, as I mentioned, muscle is metabolic and burns fat. You will become a fat burning machine as you build muscle as long as you are consistent with your workouts and diet. If you kind of sort of diet and kind of sort of work out, you’ll kind of sort of get results 😉

  5. By Judy | Reply

    Your words about finding a “fitness professional” and not just a trainer, are really what struck home with me. I find working out with a trainer essential for me to stay motivated to actually exercise. But, they are definitely not all the same. And, the cost (or the investment, as I like to consider it) can be daunting. How do you find a “fitness professional” without bleeding yourself dry? Why does it have to be so expensive??? Do you have any suggestions for finding someone? I live in NYC and have a “trainer” right now, but I’m getting nowhere with improving my fitness level. Plus, after nearly two years, it’s getting extremely boring–the anti-motivator!

  6. By sharifitness | Reply

    Judy, your comment asks as good question and I’m going to answer that question in an article post. As for finding you a good trainer in the area, get in touch with me on the contact form on my site and I will help you.

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