Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Lauren Locke is a certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Her love of fitness has taken her everywhere from Colorado back to Michigan helping people shape their fitness dreams. She has worked in many different gym settings where she strengthened her knowledge and love for fitness and nutrition. In 2012 Lauren helped start a women's only fitness studio in her home town with her lifelong fitness role model, her mother and finally in the Spring of 2013 she competed in her first NPC Fitness Competition where she took first place in her division and won overall as well.
After getting engaged to the love of her life, she moved to Rockford to start a family and a new studio where she hopes to help the women of Rockford's community to accomplish their fitness desires. Today you can find her hanging out with her two dogs, Amos and Sarea. Spending time outdoors with her fiancee, Tom, or catching up on the latest studies and trends in the fitness and nutrition world.
Are you thinking about embarking on a weight loss journey and still in the planning process? There are all sorts of ways to help you.
diet and exercise programBut if you feel like a diet and exercise program is not being as effective as you were hoping for, why not try out these five ways you wouldn’t normally care to remember.
Unconventional Way # 1 – Keep a journal and write down all your problems and emotions.
Boss giving you a hard time at work, kids are being noisy and running around, and your mood is just getting darker by each second.
Everyone has responsibilities but sometimes things can get out of hand and you need a break. Sometimes that break involves grabbing a box of donuts and sitting your butt on the couch, pigging out and watching TV.
You’re just adding oil to the fire by doing this! With all the problems you have while trying to lose weight, you’re just going to get more frustrated at losing weight and may resort to giving up.
So next time you feel stressed out, take it out on a notebook. It can help you deal with your issues minus the ‘rewarding binge.’
Unconventional Way # 2 – Quit complaining.
Simple, yes but how many of you can honestly say you haven’t gone on edge and vented out about everything that’s wrong with the world?
Complaining will not solve the problem and it won’t make you feel better. It’s a matter of perspective. Annoying boss? Be grateful you have a job and you have money. Crazy kids? You still love them nonetheless and are your inspiration.
So, instead of wasting all that time complaining, use it on other things like exercise, cooking, reading, or any hobbies that interest you. A positive attitude is the key to weight loss.
Unconventional Way # 3 – Don’t think about it. Stop thinking about food and your weight.
Constantly thinking about food is going to make you hungry and constantly thinking about your weight is going to frustrate you.
If you just had breakfast and keep thinking about what should you have for a snack and lunch and dinner you’re going to become obsessed. Don’t let food control your life, just be mindful of what you eat is healthy and listen to your body.
Unconventional Way # 4 – Believe in you.
A very cliché line that is said and heard time and again but it’s very important. Losing weight is a mindset.
If you look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself, you can do it and that you’re worth it, you will be naturally determined to discipline yourself. If you think you can’t, do you honestly expect to lose weight?
Unconventional Way # 5 – Take the time to research loss tips and experiment.
If your friend recommended you try out a diet because they lost 10lbs in a week doesn’t mean it will do the same for you. You need to find something that works with your habits and your lifestyle without driving you insane to stick by the rules.
There are all sorts of diets, supplements and exercise programs available. Take the time to read and pick out what you like and what you don’t like and make your own plan.