The Best Way for Former Athletes to Lose Weight

UPDATE:  Hey y’all!!  So in the post below, I share the secret to getting in shape for good (hint: it’s your lifestyle:)).  Trust me, I know it can be overwhelming to think about changing your lifestyle cause I’ve done it myself, so I’d recommend changing one thing at a time.  As former athletes, we tend to have an affinity for exercise, so many times it’s easier for athletes to change up their workout routines FIRST before changing up other aspects of life in order to lose weight and get back in fighting shape.  

To help support you as you take your first steps towards changing your lifestyle, I created a 6 week DIY exercise program that you can learn more about by clicking here.  The workouts are ass-kicking and in a word, AWESOME.  So read on, grasshopper, then check out the DIY program :)

<3, Lauren


It’s not a magic pill.  It’s not a crazy “eat only caviar and radishes” diet.  And it’s not a workout routine from some trainer to the stars.

The secret to get back in shape is to alter HOW YOU THINK so that body change becomes a lifestyle – a journey really - instead of only a crash diet.

To adopt a new lifestyle, it’s going to require a shift in your thinking and perspective.

Maybe you just need to tweak your perspective a little – or maybe you need to tweak it a lot (**raises hand**).  But whether you’re looking to hit cardiovascular goals, strength goals or lose some body fat permanently, you’re gonna need to change up your definition of “better” options.

Change your mind, change your life

Let’s ruminate on this a bit…

Back in our heyday, “more” usually got us the results we were looking for.  More practicing, more eating whatever, more running, more studying, more partying, more late nights, more intense workouts…  It all focused on “more” in order to get results.

Welp, not anymore.

If you’re going to lose weight as a former athlete, you’re going to have to learn that “more” is not better.  BETTER is better.  That is something that my mentor’s husband and a founder of Metabolic Effect (Jade Teta) likes to say.  And it’s worth repeating.

More is not better.  BETTER is better.

This is what I mean by a change in perspective.  This is why I’ve had to look at life through different lenses.  The “more is better” perspective worked in the past, but I’m seeing that more of something doesn’t necessarily get me the results that I’m looking for.  Instead of just doing more, I can see better results when I make “better” choices.

Let me give some specific examples of what this means in my life.

It means I actually don’t need to hit up the gym every single day of the week for at least 1 hour or more.  It means I shoot for efficient workouts, not longer or more frequent workouts.

It means that instead of carb-loading like I used to the night before the game (or just eating a ton of carbs in general), I make better choices about WHICH carbs to consume and figure out my optimum amount of carbs.

I remember sometimes deliberately pacing myself during Belmont practices cause I didn’t want to be dead by the end of the session. [And subsequently have to run more because I was one of the last people to cross the finish line in sprints - ugh.]  Adopting the “better is better” approach means instead of pacing myself in order to get through the workout, I push as hard as I can until I get breathless, my muscles are burning, the weights I’m lifting feel heavy and I’m hot and sweaty.  And I rest when I need to.

[Of course I sweat at the drop of a hat so that part is not too tough for me]

It also means that instead of constantly pacing myself in life, I intentionally push myself (maybe at work or with family stuff), then I set aside time for relaxation and recovery time.  So it means I carve out time in my schedule for things that truly rejuvenate me instead of just zoning out in front of the TV or mindlessly surfing FB or Twitter.  I don’t need more downtime, it means I need better spent downtime.

It also means I set boundaries in my life and enforce them.  I don’t take on more things because I feel like I have to.  I better invest my time in things that I REALLY want to do and things I feel like I can really contribute in.  

See?  More isn’t the answer.  Our lives have changed drastically since our college or high school sports days.  Our bodies are different both inside and out.  We have stress we didn’t have before.  We have families.  We have taxing jobs.  We have bills.  So the approach we took in the past probably won’t work anymore.

We have to find better ways of doing things, and I believe that changing our thinking will allow us to do just that.  To me, that is the “better” approach.

I firmly believe that when you change your thinking, you truly can change your life.  And while it’s not easy, it’s possible.  And if you set out on a fat loss journey, I can guarantee you will learn TONS about yourself and your body in the process.  And I’m guessing lose some weight and improve your health along the way ;)

So tell me, are you in it for long haul?  Leave a smiley in the comments if you are, and if you have any questions, please feel free to find me on FB or Twitter and ask away (see right side of this page).  I’m always here for ya!

<3, Lauren


UPDATE Cont’d…. Remember if you’re interested in changing up your workout routine to something that’s BETTER (not more), then check out this awesome program I made to help you transition to a smarter lifestyle.