When you have 6 weeks to get in shape for that big event

It happens to all of us, especially as women.  We want so badly to feel sexy, gorgeous, confident and stunning in that gorgeous dress at the next big event.  

In the video I share with you 6 steps to losing weight in a healthy, safe and effective way. 

Listen, there’s nothing wrong with being vain and admitting that, yes, even though you love your body exactly the way it is now and are grateful for it, that you want more from yourself or want to look and feel a certain way.  And if losing weight is going to get you there then have at it.  At the end of the day, it’s about optimal health and the way you feel about yourself certainly ties into that. 

 

Step 1: Get REAL with yourself. Look in the mirror and acknowledge where you are RIGHT now

  • Don’t expect to lose 50 pounds in 6 weeks
  • Don’t expect to have a completely toned body in 6 weeks if you’ve never lifted weights in your life
  • Don’t expect to weigh a certain amount if you’ve never weighed that much in your adult life
  • Do expect to lose about 10-15 pounds if and only if you are laser focused and embrace the pain of discipline
  • Do expect to change your habits if you want results

Step 2: Try on the ideal dress in your size right now

  • This will help you see the potential of how you can make what you already have work for you
  • Try on the dress with a push up bra, spanx, in different colors, with accessories, etc. so you can start to FEEL that rocking this dress IS a reality and that losing about 10 pounds would only ENHANCE the dress and great physical qualities you already possess.
  • Too many women make the mistake of waiting until the last minute to find a dress because they want to lose the weight first.  By doing that you’re only setting up yourself to fail because you don’t even know how much you’re going to lose and in your head you’re probably envisioning something that is completely unrealistic – like losing 100 pounds – not going to happen – especially in 6 weeks.  Get real. 
  • By trying on the dress right now it will pull you back to reality and help you accept where you are right now and see the potential of what could happen in 6 weeks

Step 3: Laser focus. Get over the idea of “living to eat.” Right now you are strictly “eating to live… and not feel like $*** ” the day of the event.

  • Look at your calendar over the next 6 weeks.  What events do you have going on?  Client lunches, dinners, etc.?  What is your plan of action? 
  • This means no alcohol, no little fun size candies, no digging into the office candy bowl, no more eating your kid’s leftovers, no more triple grande mocha pumpkin spice frappuccino with whip… it stops here. Stop it. 
  • When will you make time to make your meals for the next several days?
  • How bad do you want this?

Step 4: Water – drink up buttercup and absolutely redefine “bottoms up.”

  • Listen, your body is made up of two thirds water and needs water to purify your blood so it can carry nutrients to your brain!
  • Start by drinking water first thing in the morning. Don’t make this complicated and start asking me about lemon water and apple cider vinegar, blah, blah, blah.  Just drink the water – plain room temperature water – about 16 – 32 ounces. 
  • In terms of how much water you should drink in a day, rule of thumb is start with your weight and drink half of that in ounces.  
    • For example, a woman that weights 200lbs should probably drink about 100 ounces of water.  
    • Ideally, when losing weight, strive for 3 – 3.5 liters a day. 
  • Water also helps absorb nutrients in your large intestine. This is important because half the time we overeat is because we are not full because of the lack in nutrients of our food OR the inability for our bodies to absorb the nutrients
  • NO soda, sugar beverages, etc.  

Step 5: Get yourself 5 meal containers and eat every 2.5 – 3.5 hours 

  • Every meal should be balanced and nutrient dense. Below are some examples
  • Meal 1: egg whites, spinach, sweet potato, and an ounce of avocado
  • Meal 2: protein shake w/ 2 rice cakes and 1 tablespoon of almond butter 
  • Meal 3: spinach/ kale/ asparagus (all natural diuretics) salad topped with sunflower seeds lemon, pepper and a bit of salt; 4 oz chicken breast/ tofu/ lean fish and 1/2 cup quinoa OR brown rice OR sweet potato
  • Meal 4: 1/4 cup of hummus and 1 rice cake OR 20 almonds/ walnuts/ cashews and raw veggies OR chia seed pudding (4 tablespoons of chia seed with 8 oz almond milk (use the unsweetened one)
  • Meal 5: Same as meal 3 BUT perhaps less of the quinoa, brown rice or sweet potato
  • Meal 6: Optional if you’re still hungry drink a protein shake with water or 2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter like PB2 and ONE rice cake or veggie like celery

Step 6: Decide. Which pain do you want?  The pain of suffering or the pain of discipline?

  • That’s what it all comes down to honey.  
  • Do you want to suffer the day of the event when you’re not happy with how you look and feel?
  • OR do you want to experience the pain of discipline and enjoy fully the fruit of your labor the day of the event???

 

Closing thoughts:

Listen, at the end of the day all of this is about OPTIMAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING.  How you look and feel about yourself definitely plays into that.  

Yes, yes, some of it is subjective but don’t dismiss the objective part of it unless. you can actually look in the mirror naked and be happy with what you see.  It’s time to get very real with yourself.  I’m all about loving myself just the way I am but I have no problem admitting that my physical appearance definitely affects my entire wellbeing.  Call it vain, call it being “full of myself” I don’t care.  It matters.  

Also, long gone are the days of laxative abuse, crazy detoxing and obsessing.  Do it slowly, take your time, be patient, loving and kind with yourself.  Trust the process.  Do it with real food and do it by honoring and loving yourself every single day.  It’s OK to want more, it’s okay to want to look a certain way and it’s okay to want to feel and look sexy, to be desired and look and feel absolutely stunning! 

And I hate to say this but I have to be real – It WON’T BE EASY! But it will be SO worth it.  Anyone that tells you it’s easy is LYING. 

YOU GOT THIS!!!!!!! 

 

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With love, health and happiness, 

Brenda

Brenda V. Sillas, MBA, CHES, INHC

Weight Loss Strategist & Nutrition Coach
Transformation & Wellbeing Specialist
Workforce Health Consultant 
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