To make the transition from 4,000 calories back down to 2,500 easier, Anita allowed herself one cheat meal a week to prevent bingeing. She also kept tight restrictions on the snack food she brought into her house and put the snacks she did purchase into prepackaged portion-size baggies to limit how much she allowed herself to eat in any one sitting. In terms of exercise, she let Siddiqu be her motivator in the beginning meeting with him once a week for 45 minutes to an hour. He focused on cardio and stretching exercises. One such workout session might follow as a bike warm-up, elliptical interval training, standing and walking lunges, crunches, wrapped up with a bike cool down. Once her stamina improved, Siddiqu began to include more strength training into Anita’s workouts. This inclusion helped move Anita closer to her goal weight faster.
Yet, although Siddiqu could be Anita’s motivator face-to-face once a week, Anita struggled to keep herself motivated the rest of the week. Her schedule was restricting because she worked full-time and attended school part-time. Yet, because she was serious to her commitment to get back to her old self and break from her sadness she made an adjustment to her school schedule. This allowed her to work out two to three times a week on her own. She kept her interest peaked by trying a variety of workouts and group classes offered at her gym. Siddiqu further encouraged this method by sending her new workouts to try as well as variations of ones they did together each week.
His constant support and reminder of how proud he was of her helped Anita stay on track and gradually reclaim control over her motivation. She lost her goal of 20 pounds in three months. When asked, Anita now shares she is most proud of herself for sticking with the plan she and Siddiqu built together as well as picking up extra days of training on her own. Most importantly, she is now her own motivator and enjoys training more than she thought she ever could. Her new goal is to become a better runner and increase her stamina enhancing her overall fitness level.
Siddiqu "The Personal Trainer" author of the inspirational book Confessions of The Personal Trainer! www.cf4life.com
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