Here is an email I received that I am going to answer.
Subject: teen weight
I am a fifteen year old girl who was not able to exercise for 1.5 years because of a knee problem. I have been able to exercise for five months because my knees have gotten better after physical therapy. I am 5’4 and 131 pounds. My doctor told me to lose a few pounds. I would like to lose around five. I have been doing indoor walking and aerobics DVDs. There is no junk food in my house because of me and I eat healthily at home. When I leave home, I eat a lot of unhealthy foods. My doctor told me to eat 1800 calories a day. I have a problem with motivation, too. Do you have any tips?
Thank you for using good judgment and writing to me instead of going to some drugstore and getting hyper diet pills that ruin your health make your metabolism a chaotic mess.
1. If you are going to eat 1,800 calories you need to make sure that you get a calculator out and split your calories up so that you eat three to four equal meals throughout the day. You don’t want to eat a little in the morning, and a little at lunch and then eat a lot at night. You need to make sure that your last meal is by 7:00 PM!
2. Make sure you are using your DVD’s every week alternating them so that you don’t over-stress your knee by over-training using one particular type of a workout.
3. Drink water, cut out all sugar, switch to fresh fruit for any sweet snack attacks.
Your mind sees and thinks in pictures. “What you think about, comes about” write out your goals and look at them first thing in the morning and right before you go to sleep. Let your goal become a part of your thoughts in a fun and positive way.
Get your favorite magazine and cut out pictures of your favorite looks and body types that look like yours and inspire you. Also cut out words, phrases, poems or anything that brings a smile to your face and make you feel good.
If you have a pair of jeans or something that you want to wear a few pounds from now put them someplace where you can see them.
We all need visual inspiration. You have to Picture Yourself Perfect and then take the necessary action to make it happen. Train right, eat right and sleep well.
What you see is what you get. Only look at good and healthy pictures, only watch
good shows and read great books. Look for what is good and good will be drawn to
you. Think of healthy and happy and that will show up in your life. DO not become
diet obsessed, but develop a lifestyle of healthy eating, training and thinking.
Make your world a world of fun, possibility and beauty. Clear all the things out of your room that make you feel uncomfortable or not empowered. Organize your room and
keep it organized. An organized space creates a quiet mind. A quite mind is a powerful mind. You can develop habits now that you can use the rest of your life to help you be successful.
Go back through and print out your favorite newsletters i have done and read them often and become self educated about your body and metabolism.
5. Get a Fitness Friend
If possible, get a fitness friend. Someone who likes to workout with you and is also wanting to get in shape. It is much easier with a friend. If not, that’s okay. I’m your friend and every time you put in my DVD, just know that I AM talking to only YOU as we work out together. I will motivate and inspire you!
Miss Teen, You can do it. You can be five pounds thinner by summer break! Woohooo! just in time to go outside for beautiful nature walks and sport some cute shorts!
Blessings and Hugs,