SuperHero to Everyone But You?
See What Can Happen
by Lynn DeVasto, Certified Personal Trainer
Are you a SuperHero to everybody but yourself? I used to be too. For some reason, women tend to identify their self-worth by how well they take care of everybody else. I had swooped in to save the day one too many times, and had put everybody above myself ALWAYS! In doing so, I struggled with my weight for most of my adult life. My turning point came one day when I realized that at 5’2”, I weighed 214 pounds. How I got there doesn’t really matter so much, but I think many can identify…I put so much time into my family and career that I didn’t have time to work out. I was always exhausted, which then spiraled into having less time to prepare and cook meals, which led to a lot of fast food and take out. It was a vicious cycle. My positive changes came slowly, but I have maintained a weight loss of 90 pounds for over 2 years. Today, I realize that when I put myself first and practice self-care, and even extreme self-care when needed, I am in a much better place to serve the people that are important in my life.
I am a Certified Personal Trainer and work primarily with women in their homes. My desire is to help women know that they can lose weight.Yes, even significant weight! Yes, even after the age of 40! Most important, they can keep it off. There are certain actionable steps necessary to make changes, both large and small. Since we are just starting out, here are some small things I did to begin:
- Take a 10 minute walk. We are coming into beautiful spring weather, now is a perfect time to take advantage of the beauty around us. My guess is that if you set out on a 10 minute walk, you may be surprised that you want to stay out a little bit longer!
- BREATHE! We all do it, but rarely think about it. Generally we take in very shallow breaths. Set a goal for 10 deep belly breaths a day. You can even do it when you take your 10 minute walk! This also helps to break obsessive thought or worry patterns (anybody have these, besides me?)!
- If your diet is as terrible as mine was, aim for one fruit and one vegetable a day. If you’ve got that covered, make one small and manageable change. Maybe you can make the switch from white pasta to whole wheat. Maybe it’s the switch from artificial sweeteners to agave nectar or stevia. WHAT you do is not as important as why you do it. My only real request is that you make it something that you can live with!
So what if you truly are ready for a BIG change? Make a pact with yourself, and tell everybody about it! You know what you want and need to do. Just decide to do it. Keep yourself accountable; tell your friends, family, all of your world. I gave up meat for Lent, told everybody about it…and now I am telling everybody: I am having a burger for breakfast on Easter Sunday! If you need added motivation, email me, I will be happy to keep you accountable and on track.
If you are interested in some added motivation, eWomen Network is having a Weight Loss Challenge that I am happy to be a part of. It is a 6 week challenge beginning May 2nd. There will be nutritionists and personal trainers to keep you motivated, and they will also be offering discounts on their services.
After losing 90 pounds and successfully maintaining that loss for over 2 years, Lynn DeVasto decided get certified as a Personal Trainer to help other women. She understands on a deep level, how difficult it can be both emotionally and physically, to take those initial steps to a healthy life.
This has led her to open her own Personal Training business, SuperGirl Workout, where she works exclusively with women in their homes.
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