As we are in the latter half of Focus on Fitness Month I wanted to include a few last guest posts from people who inspire me, who hopefully will inspire you in return! This is Holland. Is is over marketing at the gym I go to, and he also kicks my BOOTY in TRX classes. He wrote a book about being a fat personal trainer (his words, not mine). His story is so fascinating and inspiring, I asked him to share it all with you, just in case it inspires you like it does me! Take it away, Holland!
A Fat Personal Trainer
Hello. I'm very honored to be writing this guest post for FCF! I am Holland Newton and I wrote the awesome book “The Fat Trainer.” As part of this month's focus on fitness theme, I wanted to tell you a little about why I wrote my book and give you some tips that have helped me during my fitness journey.
I grew up overweight. Like most, I tried all kinds of things to lose the extra weight and hopefully feel good about what I looked like. Thank goodness for me I also loved sports. This at least kept me active and helped keep me from being grossly obese. I learned how to lift weights and do cardio from sports, but I didn't figure out how to use those tools to help me thin down.
I also had all kinds of misinformation about nutrition. My wife and I read a book that changed our life regarding nutrition: “The Abs Diet“. This book, coupled with our own research and experience, was the final piece that helped me put everything together to get in shape.
I became a certified personal trainer during my undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri. Even though I was a trainer, and was successful at helping others be healthier, I just couldn't help myself. I slowly gained back all of the weight I had lost for my wedding…and then some (and then some more and more)… I ballooned to my heaviest weight – over 280 pounds.
I was surprised about how big I had gotten. It kind of just snuck up on me. By this point we had had our first child and I became fearful that he would follow the same path as me. He inspired me to take control of my life and weight and to be the example I knew I should be. So – I worked smart and hard and lost a bunch of weight and wrote the book, hoping to empower and inspire others to do the same.
Because I want to help as many people as possible, I've priced the book as low as I can and have made it available as widely as I can. It's only $7 as a paperback, $4 as a pdf, and $2 for your preferred tablet (iPad/Mac, Kindle, Nook, Android). Please tell your friends and family and help me spread the word! thefattrainerbook.com, @hollandnewton, facebook/fattrainer
Work on your posture. When you're in your car, set your rear-view mirror at the angle where you're at good posture. When you notice your mirror is misaligned, adjust your posture instead of your mirror.
Have a protein smoothie every day. My favorite one is ½ cup of lowfat vanilla yogurt, heaping spoonful of peanut butter, ½ cup of frozen strawberries, ½ of banana, 1 scoop of whey, ⅓ cup of milk or almond milk, couple tablespoons of ground flax seed, ½ cup of uncooked old fashioned oats, ice to taste/texture (probably about 8 cubes). Blended well. It's delicious! Watch the serving size though. Shakes are dense.
Allow yourself (and look forward to) a weekly cheat meal.
Try using salad plates instead of dinner plates at everyday meals. This will help you limit your portion size.
Don't get stuck on the occasional setback, and don't mistake it for failure. Take today for what it's worth and move forward… things happen once in awhile, but the important thing is that I recommit in my mind to stick to my goals and then follow through.
Reward yourself! Track your progress and reward yourself along the way with new workout clothes, shoes, a night out, etc.
Lift weights hard, then do cardio AFTER lifting.
Sit in the sauna after working out to relax, sweat, and mediate.
Don't use a scale to measure yourself. Scale weight does so little for you. Set goals on how you feel and what you can do. Do you want to run an 8 min mile? Who cares what the scale says if you can reach that goal. Do you want to wear that favorite pair of pants again? Who cares if the scale doesn't move… But you can fit in them again? Do you want to play with your kids and not get tired? You get the point.
…and there's plenty more where that came from in the book 😉 Thank you for reading and please share with your loved ones!
About the author: Holland continues to train and works in management at Treehouse Athletic Club in Draper, Utah. He loves playing sports and playing outside and continues to fight the lifelong battle of getting and staying in shape. Since writing The Fat Trainer, Jen and Holland have added another boy to their family and are inspired by seeing their boys grow. He has just started his second book with a working title of “Get Out Of Your Way!”
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