Nicki Anderson

Reaching Your Destination Doesn’t Require Speed

By Nicki On March 23, 2010 Under childhood obesity, cleanse diets, cleansing diets, Diets, Exercise Barriers, Extreme Weight Loss, family obesity, fast and easy weight loss, healthy eating, Motivation, Nutrition, obesity, Uncategorized, unhealthy dieting, weight loss
Me and my daughter, Allison

Me and my daughter, Allison

My daughter is a freshman at IU. ‘Sigh’ (Still mourning her absence).

She came home this past week (joy) and before I knew it, she packed up and headed back to school. The following morning I received a text from her:

“Mom, got a speeding ticket. UGH!”

That text was followed up by a couple of others, cursing her choice to put the pedal to the metal.  After reassuring her that it wasn’t the end of the world, I reminded her about the importance of staying within the speed limit. This got me thinking about weight loss. I know, a surprise.

How many of you want to hurry-up and lose weight? How many of you have opted for fast and furious weight loss methods only to find yourself back where you started and in some cases, further back than when you started?

You see, my daugther was in a hurry to get back to school, I get it, but at the end of the day, she ended up losing time and getting a ticket, counterproductive.

The truth is, the best and most efficient way to lose weight and keep it off is to take it slow. What’s the rush? Studies show that the folks that take longer to take weight off, are more likely to stick to the healthy habits they created, resulting in more permanent success with weight loss.

So the next time you think about jumping on a fast and easy weight loss plan, take it slow and you’ll be more likely to arrive at just the right time, with the right results!

Here’s to your health!

Nicki

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14 comments - add yours
Annabel

March 23, 2010

Thanks for the advice Nicki – I couldn’t agree with you more – I’ve been on a more consistent plan lately (based largely on the great info you’re putting out there 🙂 and I’ve gotten better results with less effort than any complicated plan I’ve tried before. And with these results I know I’ll keep them this time too.

Angelica V.

March 23, 2010

OMG! The two of you look totally like sisters! How do you keep your arms looking like that Nicki? You’ve got start spilling the secrets girl!

Kaiser

March 23, 2010

Great advice Nicki – that’s the difference between the info that a trainer puts out there and a marketer puts out there – you’re message doesn’t make for sexy marketing, but is the solid info that people need to hear and try to make use of.

Barbara Benson

March 23, 2010

Hey Nicki – just got my copy of REALITY FITNESS and I LOVED it! Let me know when the coaching program gets started – I’m REALLY looking forward to getting on board!!!

Jess

March 23, 2010

I’ll just add one thing – that if you do get focused and decide to take action in every area (instead of just one thing, like a crash diet or burn-out inducing work out program) you may end up getting faster results anyway – funny how that works huh?

Great post Nicki – keep up the awesome work!

Angela

March 23, 2010

Nicki, I loved this post because it describes exactly how I’ve looked at losing weight for more than 20 years AND IT HASN’T WORKED – and also for the cute relationship you have with your daughter –

Would love to see more posts like this about you too –

Chani

March 23, 2010

If you’re thinking lose weight quick, or get rich quick, you’re setting yourself up for failure!

Rebecca Lee

March 24, 2010

This was too funny Nicki! Unfortunately, my son gets one of those almost every day!

Susan

March 24, 2010

This is exactly what I have learned. Focus on eating healthy (not dieting), focus on the gains you have made in workouts (not the pounds that have come off), and you will find much more reward. The plus side is that the weight will come off, slowly but surely, but in a realistic manner. It really is about a lifestyle change.

I’ve done the quick weight loss and diet thing in the past and always put the weight (plus some extra) back on within a couple years. This time I am not really dieting at all. We have merely changed the foods we eat. I keep a list of specific items I can get at fast food and casual restaurants that meet my requirements for sodium and fat content for those few times that I do need to eat on the run. It really is all about eating the right things, and I am actually rarely hungry! I exercise regularly using a combo of pilates videos, the treadmill and biking when the weather allows. I find by switching things up a lot, I stay much more interested in exercising. It is finally becoming something I just do, not something I have to do. On the rare occasions now when I may not feel like exercising I remind myself that if I don’t take care of myself, I am going to end up on meds for blood pressure. (My BP has gone from 150/90 in October to 120/72 at my last check up in February. I am sure that my borderline cholesterol numbers have probably gone down too – we’ll find that out in June.) This has turned out to be the right motivation for me to do things the right way. Who wants the side effects of a med if you can change things in a way that is entirely beneficial for you and your body?

Kaiser

March 25, 2010

Awesome Susan – you’ve done a bunch of things right – got leverage on yourself, made healthy eating a habit, and made variety of activity a part of your life.

Nicki

March 25, 2010

Susan, you are all over it! I am so happy to hear about the success of the numbers that REALLY matter, blood pressure and cholesterol! I’m hopeful more people will read your post and be motivated to make the positive lifestyle shift like you have. Keep up the great work!

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Jennifer

March 27, 2010

WOW! What a refreshing message in this post Nicki! Not what you’re used to hearing out there, but I had a feeling this was right!

Kris Nielson

March 27, 2010

Cute story Nicki with a nice moral Nicki. And yes, the two of you really do look like sisters. It’s really amazing.