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4 Tips for Major Weight Loss

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I’m so pleased to have my sweet, older sister here to guest post for you all. We’ve talked a lot about health/fitness lately in posts like the 5 commandments of weight loss, 6 moves for thighs like a dancer and so on.  We’ve had such an astounding response from you all about your own stories, struggles, goals and how much you’ve enjoyed these posts, but one thing in particular got an amazing response. A while back I posted about my sister on a throw back Thursday and how much weight she has lost. Wowza! We got so many comments and emails asking about her journey so I invited her here to share it and I hope you all will help support her by leaving your comments and sharing on pinterest and facebook. I love how one person can change others. So, take it away, Rachelle and let’s hear your 4 tips for major weight loss.

What would I change about my Weight Loss Journey? If I could go back and change just one thing about my weight loss journey, it would be to

Invest in Myself Sooner. Truly invest in my goal and myself.

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Lesson 1: Are you deceiving yourself?

During the 10 years after High School, as I added the weight and then tried to lose it again, I sabotaged and deceived myself. I was not fully invested in myself. I bought exercise videos but skipped anything on the video that seemed too difficult. I gave myself frequent “cheat meals/snacks”. I would work out at a gym and then stop at a restaurant, order a small cheeseburger, cheesy French fries, and a small salad, which was mainly croutons and ranch dressing. I told myself that it was ok because it was smaller portions and the salad made it healthier.

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(side note from Carrian. I’m allowing this photo even though I literally had a baby a couple of days later, but this was the first time I’d seen Rachelle since she had begun her journey and I couldn’t have been more proud of her. Plus, look how cute Cade looks. 🙂 )

Lesson 2: Support is necessary!

For a long time I had kept what I was doing a secret. Since I was certain I would fail, there were only 4 people who knew that I was attempting to change my life.  As it became obvious that I was losing weight, I became strengthened by the fact that more people knew. They could rally around me and help me to feel the love I and support I needed to feel like continuing the journey. Not only can you not do it alone, but you shouldn’t! There are ways to get support even when you think you are alone. I am now a Beachbody coach and I can even be your support! 

Lesson 3: Nutrition is more important than exercise!

Does that mean you don’t have to exercise? NO! It just means that there is very little value in exercising if you aren’t going to change the way you eat. I feel that change in your eating habits has to be a long term change. Temporary changes lead to temporary results. (Aka, kick the diet business because a diet ends, but lifestyle doesn’t)for the family

Lesson 4: You’re worth it and so are those you love!

In the beginning I didn’t want to waste any more money on trying to lose weight. We didn’t have much money for “extras”, especially fruitless endeavors. I didn’t really believe that I could lose weight, at least not enough to make a difference. But these faces made me look at things differently. I honestly believe that if I had invested the money in myself earlier, my journey would have taken less time. Investing money and time in myself would have provided me with the quality workout programs, both the nutritional education and healthy food, and the support that I needed to reach my goal in less time! More importantly, it wouldn’t have been so difficult to reach that goal! When you have a good support system and great motivational friends behind you so much more can be accomplished. The trials don’t end just because you reach your goal. I have to maintain the life that I’ve found, or rather, created. That is not an easy thing to do. I still need support and motivation just like I did when I started. I count myself very lucky that I have a phenomenal team, outside of my family, to help keep me on track!

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Here is my story in detail. You can also find out more about the wonderful team I have supporting me and helping me to not only maintain my weight loss, but also to grow as a person and Pay it Forward on my blog.

If you have questions, would like to be on my fitness team, or are interested in finding out more about becoming a fitness coach, you are more than welcome to email me at Rachpatch (at) beachbodycoach.com or visit my website at Beachbody.

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About the authors

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • So cool! Just what I’m looking for! I am so happy to read this.

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  • Congratulations on your great weight loss, Rachelle!

    I’m in the slow process of losing 120 pounds–now am slightly waylaid due to a serious injury to my right shoulder from a hard fall at work–so I can relate to the journey. Still, my health will benefit, and that’s what I’m concerned about. I have no immediate family to worry about being around for, so this is all for myself.

    Your story is inspirational, and I’m going to continue despite this very recent “setback” (the injury just happened this past Sunday morning).

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    • Good for you Joyce! Set backs can make it difficult but if you stay committed you will eventually get there! 🙂 Sorry to hear that you have hurt your shoulder, I hope everything heals with it quickly. Just stay focused on what you can do in this condition. Things like nutrition and rest are even more important than exercise! 🙂 Good luck!

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  • Some great tips. Congratulations!

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    • Thank you! 🙂

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  • How absolutely inspiring. I was once able to identify with the first lesson faaaar too much. I finally understand that I used to trick myself into thinking something is healthier than it is (like the salad making it a healthy meal,) or that “I deserve this terribly unhealthy food” because I ran a little at the gym. It was vicious and one of the reasons that the weight never came off. Emotional eating is still something I battle with. I’ve tried journals, distractions, drinking water, etc. but it is proving to be the hardest habit to break.

    The realization that it’s been a year and I still haven’t reached my goals is kind of a slap in the face: I haven’t invested as much as I should and that needs to stop.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

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    • Jeannette,
      I completely relate! When I was going to the gym I had a personal trainer. I worked out 3 times a week and I thought I was being better about my nutrition. After 6 months I had only lost 2 dress sizes, which is nothing when you have as much weight to lose as I did. I got so discouraged that I literally gave up. Completely. For many many years. In fact, when my husband and I were dating he made some comment about losing weight and I yelled at him and told him I would NEVER lose weight. I told him to accept me as I was or walk away then and there. Surprise…7 years later I started my journey and 18 months after that I reached my goal. It was very very slow going though, as I stated above. You CAN reach your goal. It is NOT impossible. I truly believe that since I was able to do it ANYONE can do it! You just have to be committed and get the right tools. Let me know if you want help…I would love to help you get there too! You can find me on Facebook too at http://www.facebook.com/mypoundsonpoundsoff

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    • Jeannette,
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this. We would love to help and Rachelle is amazing at being there for you. Let us know if you need us and I encourage you to reach out to her. 🙂

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