It can be. But you have to be
serious. People who come to the class have the peer-pressure effect,
which you won't have if you're doing this at home, so you
really need to be committed to the process. Attendees can also see that
the people who are doing as I suggest are in fact losing the weight.
Look inward and ask yourself:
"Am I really committed to taking care
"Do I really want to look my best?"
"Do I really want to
"Am I willing to make
the commitment to listen to
one of the CDs every single day for the next three weeks?
And then once a week thereafter?"
During the class
that's what I ask people to do. And then I ask them - in front of
the entire class - how many days they actually did so. (This is
where the peer pressure comes in.) And again,
they can see that the people who are
doing as I suggest are shedding the weight.
So here's your commitment:
I'd like you to listen to the first CD every single day for
an entire week - then move on to the next one for an entire week.
And then the third one.
Once you've listened
to them all this way, then go ahead and listen to whichever ones
seem to apply to you the most.
If at all possible, you'll want to
continue listening to one of the CDs at least once a week for the
next year. (More often if possible.)
There are two other parts to this
I ask each person who comes to the class to write down what they're
going to eat before they eat it.
Before, not after.
This is just for the first three
weeks. We're not talking about counting calories here, or planning
your meals in advance. Just simply put whatever it is that you're
going to eat on your plate, grab a scrap of paper, and jot it down.
Nothing fancy. One potato, one piece of chicken, a bunch of peas, a
piece of apple pie ... whatever.
The whole point is to make you more
aware. I've had people say that they had had no idea how much they
had been eating while standing in front of the open refrigerator
until they did this exercise. And remember, it's only for three
Then, each week, I ask each person
in the class how many days they were able to do this. (Here's that
peer pressure thing again.) And again, they see that the people who
did this were able to release the weight.
And finally, I ask each person in
the class how many days they were able to do 30 minutes of some sort
of activity (if they're able, and if their doctor says it's okay).
It doesn't have to be all at once. It can be ten minutes here, and
ten minute there, and ten minutes there.
I'm not talking about going to the
gym here, or working out, or anything hard and strenuous. Cleaning
the house counts. Mowing the lawn counts. Taking the dog for a walk
In fact, for those who are
physically able, walking can be one of the best exercises there is.
I recommend getting a pedometer and keeping track of your steps.
According to experts, anything less than 7,000 steps a day is
considered sedentary. Many of my clients are surprised to learn that
they walk fewer than 3,000 steps a day.
So there you have it.
If you can commit to doing the
above things, you can have just as much success as those who come to