Has your treadmill become a clothes hanger? Do you put your family first, and your own
needs and health on the backburner? Bob talks to one caller who says she has the workout equipment but just can't find the motivation—or the time—to lose weight and get in shape. Once a fit, former marine, this mother of two says she's let herself go.
Here's Bob's advice to help her get back on track:
- Give yourself 20 minutes of exercise, five days a week, for one solid month. Bob says you should push yourself to the point where, if someone was working out next to you, you could utter a few words but would be unable to carry on a conversation. You'll know you're in the zone when "there's a little bit of discomfort—never any pain—but a little discomfort," Bob says.
- Stop eating 2–3 hours before going to bed.
- If you cave and snack before bedtime, journal it.
- Write about the times you feel like eating, but successfully resist the urge.
- Know that being a positive role model for your children means dropping the weight and staying fit.
- Admit that you're using food as a drug to make yourself feel better.
- Replace the gratification you're getting from food with something else that's good for your body and mind.