I recently discussed weight loss/exercise with a friend of mine, Jennie. Jennie has a claim to fame on this blog by coming up with the title "Climbing out of the Lard Pit." She's a funny gal!
Now, I have never considered Jennie overweight in the slightest, but she has been taking health and exercise quite seriously. She has some major self will and determination! I wanted to ask her, since she has a rockin' post- *garbled mumbled age* body, what her regiment was and if she had any tips for me.
The first thing she said, and I totally agree, is that you have to make the decision. I know that is the reason I was unwilling and unable to do anything about my weight before this. I just hadn't gotten to the place where I was ready to do it. Get your mind in the right place, and it will happen from there.
One tool that Jennie found extremely helpful for her and suggested for me is Livestrong's "The Daily Plate." I took a look at it and it really is a great website tool. It allows you enter how many pounds a week you want to lose and it calculates how many calories you need eat for that weight loss. (Just don't put in 10 pounds for a week okay?) You can track the foods you eat and get your calorie count for the day - - which forced some accountability on you too. (As long as you don't "forget" to add that donut you had at this office. ha ha) You can enter any exercise that you do to find out how many calories you actually burned. And the best part is that it's free. YAY! Something worthwhile that you don't have to pay for. Isn't that something?? :)
Something that worked for Jennie is the dreaded 'no eating after 8pm.' That's a hard thing to do for night owls like us! Also, if you need a snack during the day, pick something like one package of light string cheese (60 calories), or a piece of fruit or a veggie. That is much better than chips out of the vending machine (even if they are baked chips).
For exercise, when she's not hitting the gym hardcore, she suggests an 1 1/2 hours at the gym. I didn't write this down but I think that is an hour of cardio and 1/2 hour of weights. When she's hitting the gym hardcore, it can be anything from yoga to weight training to cardio classes to treadmill, etc. And if I'm correct, I believe she hits the gym twice a day when she's hardcore. Let me tell ya -- this woman has some determination!! Did I mention she runs marathons too? I know... I think she's crazy too. :) But what can I say? I like crazy people.
And so ends Volume 1 of "Fabbity Fab Advice from the Dr. Ruth's of Health and Wellness to the Attempting Escapees of the Lardpit."