7 Weight Loss Tips

Trent J ACEO’s Weight Loss Tips – September 2012

Although this is not the season most people decide they want to lose weight (The Holidays), I wanted to put these tips out there to encourage you to live this healthy lifestyle by not only looking good but feeling food as well. Please check out my tips for losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle below! Hope you enjoy.

 

1) You didn’t get FAT overnight, you will not lose all the weight over night. 

If you haven’t noticed, you did not gain the “Freshman 15” in two weeks, so do not expect to lose it in two weeks. A key tip to weight loss is setting realistic goals that allow you to lose weight in a safe and healthy way. In a way that will not cause you to gain it all back once you change your diet patterns.

 

2) Focus on the Mirror, not the Scale.

STOP spending so much time worrying about what you weight, and more about how your body is sculpted. It’s possible for you to stay the same weight or fluctuate 5lbs either way or your body drastically changed. I encourage anyone starting a weight program, or looking to make body changes to take body photos, and track their progress. Maybe taking pictures every 2-4 weeks and compare. This is an accurate ‘picture’ of your fitness success.

 

3) Starving yourself will cause you to gain more than lose.

 It really bothers me when people (especially women) say they are going to eat 500 calories a day, and think that is going to solve their overweight problems. Our bodies need a certain amount of calories a day at minimum to function. This is where you want to start measuring your calorie deficit to decide how many calories to eat a day. If you are very active this will be different from someone who is sedentary on a daily basis. You should be eating 5-6 times a day in moderation. Break your meals down and eat smaller meals relatively all day.

 

4) A Cheat Day is just that, not 3-5 times a week. 

“Today is my cheat day” is one of the most common excuses of eating badly. The only issue here is, a day is singular not plural. Yes, cheat days are good to keep you motivated and actually good for your metabolism during a strict diet regiment. BUT just because you have started to workout does not mean that it’s OK to eat what you want, this will most definitely set you back.

 

5) Abs are shaped in the gym, but made in the kitchen.

 We all want those 6/8 pack abs. Period. Just about every person that has started a diet/workout regiment is looking to improve upon their mid-section. BUT what many fail to realize is that  you can do all the crunches in the world, but if you do not burn the layer of fat covering your abs you’ll never see them. Work hard on burning body fat to “reveal” the abs you probably already have!

6) Surround yourself around like-minded people. 

If you have 9 broke friends, you’re bound to be the 10th. This is absolutely true when it comes to working out. I’m not saying drop your overweight friends, but find some people that are gym rats, or losing weight, etc just like you that can help keep you motivated. Those that will encourage you to get up go to the gym, eat the right foods, and push yourself more and more.

 

7) Stay Consistent. 

Last but not least… being fit is a lifestyle not just something you do for 60 or 90 days with Shaun T. Getting started is tough, overcoming a plateau is tough, and continuing to workout once you reached your goals is tough. Keep getting up, change your workout/diet frequently, and continue to set new goals. Stick to it, and don’t slack off when you start to see results that should be your motivation to working even harder.

NO STRUGGLE, NO PROGRESS!

 

With Passion, Purpose, & Pride, 

Trent J ACEO

 

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When Reality Sets In…

In starting off the New Year, and approaching my 27th birthday, I began reflecting on the day I began my first “real” job as I call it here at a Consultant. I was pretty convinced that I had figured life out.  For the last 18 months of college, I stayed alone and was very familiar with what it took to handle “responsibilities” and balance a difficult “work” load.

However, as those years have swiftly passed I’ve come to realize a few things that I THOUGHT I knew, and really didn’t know until Life happened.

So yea, reality sets in very quickly.  Below I captured a few lessons that I’ve become aware of either voluntarily, or involuntarily.  Enjoy!

 

$1,000 is NOT a lot of money:

You know growing up seeing a $100 bill was foreign to me, we’d be happy to have a 20. Even though I was exposed to some ‘pricey’ situations with tuition and board, I never really experienced how much money was truly in circulation. When I received my first bonus, which was just short of the $1000, and was hit with a tax that nearly cut it in half, I quickly learned:  This is really not a lot of money. Thus, it was time for me to set my aspirations and financial goals to a higher standard.

$700 a month for all bills paid full furnished apartment wasn’t really that bad:

My, in college I consistently complained about housing prices sky-rocketing each and every year. Upon graduating I was paying about $750/mo for a 2 story townhome which included cable and internet. I was complaining until I began looking for apartments in Houston, and to be close to my job was paying nearly $900 a month. Not to mention, that only included the roof.

Your Credit Score is EVERYTHING:

One fundamental to financial management that isn’t really taught in many households, and most definitely not in school. “Credit is KING”, as my father put it. Protect your credit, like you would your own life. I was blessed upon graduation not to have any loans, so my debt was pretty low. However, I was always a believer in paying my credit cards off EVERY month. If I was going to be stupid, and charge up a lot of merchandise, or go shopping; I made myself sacrifice with a dusty dessert checking account. Though it caused some painful times, it works. Never charging more than I have has kept my credit usage down and helped to bump my credit score.

It’s so many people making 6 figures, and have a terribly lonely and depressing life.

I.Could.Stay.Here.All.Day : In my line of work of consulting I’m exposed to many different types of people, at various stages in their careers. From Partners, to entry level, I’ve seen how as the pay increases more of your time is demanded. And for many (not all), this results in a work-centered lifestyle with a lot of money, but no time to disconnect and focus on what’s really important to you.

I can’t believe that 4 years for me has come and gone, and some of the depression that I’ve watched others go through was enough for me to say… “its not worth it.” Now, am I telling you not to aspire to great wealth? Absolutely not. “Get Yo Money.”  However, never get to busy making a living that you

 

forget to live your life.  Find out what’s important to you, pick up new hobbies, create and strengthen relationships, rest, and most importantly have fun!

You have to do things that scare you every day. (Overcoming the Fear of Failure)

In 2012, my theme for the year was “living uncomfortable.”  All throughout the year, I adopted my “why not” attitude to living. Why not travel, why not try new foods, why not , why not, why not! I realized for the first time in my life, I was working full time, living alone, and able to do so many things that my time or resources wouldn’t allow.  Now this doesn’t mean go spend money you don’t have for “experiences,” but definitely don’t be afraid to try new things, meet new people, and get some “substance” to your well-being. In that year alone, I came to find out that what differs most people is not their financial status, race, or college affiliation, but simply the opportunities to be exposed to people, places, and things outside of our personal social norm.

 

Travel the World, not just Las Vegas and Atlanta.

Don’t get me wrong, Las Vegas and Atlanta are great places. And I rarely visit either and have a bad time. As someone that has traveled to over 60% of US states, I’ve come to learn that it’s the international travel that will really help to put things into perspective. Find you some friends willing and ready to travel, search for deals and GO.

Start the business now, follow your dream NOW, start the book NOW, transform the world NOW.

This can be rephrased as “It’ll never be the right/perfect time.”   For those of us that allow our minds to dream and imagine greater things in store for ourselves, we sometimes become our worse critics. Most businesses that are started fail, but ALL of ideas never acted upon fail. It satisfies us to know it’s still a dream, and that we didn’t try it and fail.  It’ll never be the right time. Pray about it, plan it out, and go try it out. You might completely succeed, you might completely fail. However, either way you will learn and readjust as you go along!

 

Taxes can really skew how you look at a Salary pay.

I’ve come to learn more about taxes as I looked at my first pay stub for work. Of course I paid taxes with odd jobs growing up, but now that I had a full salary things looked a bit different on that earnings statement.  Though I was making a certain amount of money as per my offer, I wasn’t going to see all of that money because of Uncle Sam. Moreover, learning how to work with and around taxes is the game that the wealthiest of the world have become masters of.  Saving is not how they become rich,  multiple income streams and properly placing their profits in tax deferred or tax free vehicles is what sets the 1% apart. (This will be another blog.)

With Passion, Purpose, and Pride,

 

Trent J ACEO