I have something a little different for you today (but there is still lots of stick figure goodness!) I was recently sent a book called 21 Days to Change Your Body, by Helen M. Ryan.
The book is broken up into quick, daily recommendations that guide the reader to make small, but crucial changes in both body and mind, in order to start making healthy choices.
I think Helen is pretty inspirational, as she lost over 80 pounds in less than a year through changing her mental approach to food and exercise. She is currently an ACE certified personal trainer and Spinning instructor (you know, my favourite kind of instructor!) You can check out her blog, Real World Weight Loss to learn much more about her.
Here is the Q&A I did with her after reading her book.
What prompted you to write this book?
As a fitness instructor/trainer, I discovered that many of my clients suffered from the same issues I had before my weight loss. I realized that they felt alone and hopeless, not knowing where to turn or how to get on the right track. I was helping people on a one-by-one basis, but realized that by "going public" and writing a book, I would be able to reach more people and maybe, just maybe, help get them on a healthier path and change their lives. I had a great experience last week that solidified for me the reasons behind writing the book. A woman at the gym - who I didn't know - came up to me and told me she bought the book. I asked her if she liked it and she said, "Liked it? It changed my life!" That right there was worth every word I typed all those late nights.
What was the biggest surprise you discovered upon making these changes to your life?People, particularly men, treated me differently. I was also more respected in business dealings after I lost the weight. I found that kind of odd, since I have the same brain I had before. It was a bit surprising, and it goes to show us that weight does play a role in business.
What is the question your clients ask you most often?
What (if any) changes have you seen in your children since you started eating healthy and exercising?
What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten?To make sure my clients and students feel successful. The owner of the very first Spinning studio I taught at shared that gem with me, and I keep it close to my heart. My goal is not to "kill" anyone, but to give them a good workout and help them feel capable and strong. Too many classes, especially Spinning classes (my favorite), make students feel inferior and weak. That is not what exercise is about. You have to learn to love something and build up your strength and stamina. Nothing warms my heart more than taking an overweight and out-of-shape student or client and showing them what their bodies CAN do - not reinforce what it CAN'T do.
What is the worst piece of advice you have ever gotten?
Did you every try any of those miracle weight-loss/tone-up devices they peddle on late night T.V?
Thank you, Helen! I really enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a way to jump-start a new philosophy on eating and exercising, this is a must-read. It's fun, honest, and to-the-point. Helen offers common-sense ideas that can be implemented realistically in a non-punitive, nor highly restrictive way. You can also follow Helen on her Facebook page, at Real World Weight Loss.
Have you had a change in your mindset that has led you to a lifestyle change?
What keeps you motivated to to eat a balanced diet and to stay active?
UPCOMING POSTS: MEETING BLOGGING FRIENDS, LONG RUNS, AND YOGA
Disclaimer: I was asked to participate in this online book tour in return for a free copy of the book and links back to my site. I was not financially compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.