Who is Kathy M. Miller?
As I was getting older I experienced health problems due to the excess weight — diabetes, high blood pressure, extra pressure on my joints — and I decided to do something about it. I didn't want to retire and have a miserable life. I’m still young inside!
It wasn’t until I saw a note from my doctor that I realized my health was in danger.
The Starting of a Super Fit Living & Weight Loss Journey
I wanted my story to be different… So I did something about it!
Slimming down can easily become the focal point of a woman’s life because like work and family, weight loss can take on a life of its own.
Why? Because losing weight requires constant effort and resources in order to be successful. You also need to invest plenty of time perfecting your personal method of losing weight. But at the end of the day, you get to enjoy all of the rewards of your hard work!
When I started out with my own weight loss journey, I didn’t know anything about proper dieting or exercise. All I knew was that I had to lose weight because my doctor told me that I was at risk of diabetes and permanent cardiovascular problems because of my extra pounds.
I come from a family with an “interesting” medical history.
My dad has high blood pressure and diabetes; the same can be said of my mother, who developed type 2 diabetes later in life. My siblings have similar health issues. A few years ago, my doctor stated that I was ‘next in line’ because my cholesterol and blood sugar levels were up.
Of course, I was terrified of the idea. I grew up seeing my parents taking medication after medication every single day. Day in and day out, my parents battled their chronic metabolic diseases with ever-changing pills and tablets.
Every six months or so, we waited for test results to see if the medications were working… Sometimes they didn’t. That meant more pills, more tests and even more visits to the doctor’s office.
I wanted my story to be different… So I did something about it!
A few years into my weight loss journey, I finally hit my target weight and was able to maintain it. My doctor congratulated me for my success in losing weight and also informed me that my test results had improved significantly!
I felt empowered and finally, in control of my body. I was no longer waiting for health problems to simply claim my body. I was able to stand up and say “I refuse to be unhealthy because of my weight!”
And now, we’re here and I am in the position to help others feel the same way I did when I lost weight.
When I was starting out, what really helped me were the little things that enhanced my overall performance. Working out and dieting can be very challenging at times, but they become easier when you know the secrets.
Are you ready to take that first baby step towards achieving permanent weight loss?
How can you make your weight loss journey easier?
Every journey begins with a single step. Are you ready to take that first baby step towards achieving permanent weight loss?
Weight loss is an exciting journey filled with ups and downs. Sometimes, people give up because they don’t see results overnight. Like we have discussed before, it is incorrect to assume that your extra weight will melt away in a matter of days or weeks.
If you are ready for the long haul and you really want to be healthy and fit at the same time, then I’d like to share with you the 4 Cornerstones of Healthy Weight Loss:
The 4 Cornerstones of Healthy Weight Loss
1.I Choose to Exercise – For many years, medical science has taught us that successful weight loss has two main parts: diet and exercise. You can’t choose one over the other. You need both of them!
And while it is true that there are now other options such as gastric band surgery, in the long term, diet and exercise are still considered the ‘major movers’ in terms of maintaining your weight.
If you want to be healthy, sexy and fit, you need to accept that exercise will now be part of your new lifestyle. Congratulations on your choice to become healthier!
2.I Choose to Eat Smart – Healthy eating isn’t centered on calorie counting or avoiding food. True healthy eating is the result of understanding how your body functions and why type of food it needs to become stronger while losing weight.
Healthy eating also takes into account your current nutritional requirements, especially if you have a set goal in mind, such as losing weight. If you are already working out in the gym or at home, it doesn’t mean that you can eat anything you fancy.
Exercise without the right type of diet will not result in significant or permanent weight loss.
The amount of calories or energy stored in popular treats and flavored beverages are often much higher than what a person can burn off easily through his/her daily activities or even during an intense workout.
What should you do to avoid excess calories?
Instead of putting yourself through the ordeal of having longer workouts in the gym because you indulged in foods that are high in calories, it would be best to just watch what you eat.
You need to start snacking on healthy treats!
If you are like 80% of all women, you probably like sweet treats like chocolates and candy bars. You can substitute your Snickers for low-fat, soy-based beverages and snacks that have the same flavor but not the same amount of energy stored in them.
Do you love potato chips and other fried commercial chips?
These snack items are filled with sodium which causes water retention. Water retention can have a negative impact on your weight and your heart. Make your own potato chips at home and hold the salt, please! There are countless healthier snack alternatives out there. Many of these snack alternatives can be prepared in the comfort of your home. Neat!
3.I am Ready to Switch to High Gear – I hear this all the time from TV shows: you can lose plenty of weight even if you don’t touch weights. Or worse: weights can make you lumpy and manly!
There is so much inconsistency with commonly available information that I had to set some things straight.
First of all, resistance training is actually a vital component of exercise. Why? Here are three good reasons:
a.Resistance training gradually strengthens your cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Your heart, lungs and blood vessels all become stronger and they become more efficient as you continue exercising using resistance training methods.
b.The beach body that you’ve always loved to have is actually the result of muscle firming which occurs when you lift weights.
The female body doesn’t become bulky because it doesn’t naturally have high levels of testosterone, the male hormone responsible for exponential muscle growth.
When a woman lifts weights, muscle becomes firmer in the right places. Hate sagging bottoms? Me too! That’s why I lift weights to beat the effects of aging and so should you.
c.Lifting weights transforms the body into a natural fat burning machine. The body shifts from low gear to high gear in terms of clearing the body of excess energy.
Your muscles are metabolically altered and your body is just burning off calories like a true champ. Don’t you want this wonderful advantage all to yourself? If you do… I’ll show you how later!
4.I Choose to be Consistent – Consistent weight loss is almost always permanent weight loss. Why? Because you gave your body enough time to adapt to your new eating patterns, food choices and exercise regimens.
Don’t be discouraged if the pounds are slow in melting away because eventually, all those tiny pounds that you have shed will amount to a big number and you will be very happy with the results.