London Olympics 2012 has now come to an end, but what a show it was. I didn’t see as much as I would have liked to, but I did caught some spectacular moments. The opening and closing ceremonies were breath taking, and the athlete’s performances were nothing short of amazing, they were faster, stronger and fitter, they broke records and set new ones ready to be challenged, they left us with emotional memories that will last for a life time.
To raise the bar to new heights and to perform at the level the athletes did, they had to train hard and push their bodies and minds to the limit, they had to stay focused, be committed and make huge sacrifices to compete in the worlds greatest sporting event. Their rewards were symbolised by medals but their greatest rewards were their satisfaction of accomplishment and to be a part of a great, heart touching historical event.
I remember watching Tom Daley perform in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and was impressed with his ability at such a young age, to see him take bonze in London and be ecstatic with joy, put a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.
But did you know, for Tom to be on top form he had to lose weight, and he did so by giving up his favourite food “ice cream”. Yes Tom loves ice cream, but nonetheless he made the sacrifice and gave it up. Read all about it… Taken from The Mail Online.
Tom Daley Sacrificed His Love For Ice Cream And Won Bronze
Tom Daley has revealed he lost over a stone in weight in the lead-up to the London Olympics after being told he was too fat by one of his coaches.
Daley claimed a bronze medal on Saturday night in emotional scenes following one of the most dramatic Olympic 10-metre platform finals in history.
The 18-year-old celebrated by immediately jumping into the diving pool with his team-mates and coaches, including British Diving performance director Alexei Evangulov who delivered his weight warning in December.
The Russian has often been an outspoken presence since taking charge three years ago and hit the headlines in February when he claimed Daley was jeopardising his Olympic dream by focusing on his media commitments.
Evangulov drew widespread criticism for his comments, which including likening Daley to former tennis player Anna Kournikova, whose media coverage far outweighed her sporting achievements.
But in the wake of his medal success, Daley revealed Evangulov’s warning to ignore the sweets may have booked his place on the podium on Saturday night.
‘At the beginning of the year Alexei wanted me to lose a lot of weight,’ he said.
‘Since December I’ve lost seven-and-a-half kilos (1.2 stone) in total, which is quite a lot of weight. I’ve slimmed down quite a bit after Alexei’s recommendation that I was getting a bit sluggish.
‘I lost the weight in time for the World Series and dived well there so Alexei’s point was proven.’
Daley revealed a sweet tooth for ice cream had been at the root of his problems.
‘I love ice cream generally although I don’t like strawberry. I’m a classic vanilla or chocolate man,’ he said.
‘I used to have one every weekend and then I cut it out and said I’d only have one after each competition.
‘It got to a stage where I need to cut out the sweets, cut out the not-so-good stuff.
‘I had to have healthy balanced meals, which I was anyway, but just cut out the snacks in between and cut down on portion sizes so that I got to my fighting weight.
‘It’s worked out for me so I’m glad I did it.’
Daley revealed he had rewarded himself with an ice cream when he returned to the Athletes’ Village on Saturday though. Read the full story here.
Tom knew what he wanted, he knew what he had to do to get it, and he had a plan to get him there. So how can you take what you have learnt from Tom Daley and apply it to your weight loss efforts, well it’s quite simple…
First you need to know what you want, what weight do you want to be, then draw up a plan of achieving it, to have an effective weight loss plan you need to identify the foods in your diet that are jeopardising your weight loss, and eliminate them or cut back on them like Tom did.
Yes Tom had coaches to keep him on track, but you might be part of a slimming club that can help you stay focus, and if not ask your family for support ask them to remind you how much weight you could gain every time you’re about to tuck into that full fat chocolate cake.
I hope this story of achievement shared by young Tom Daley will inspire you to go forward with a positive attitude, and furthermore inspire you to take the necessary actions of achieving your weight loss goal.
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