One of fave gal pals (Cari) asked me a great question today and I thought I would share the question with you for your insight on the topic. This journey to a healthier life style for all of us will take tweeking (I assume). What works today may not work tomorrow. What is being implemented (see my response to her question below) may not be at all right for a 40 year old gal (ok, I'm 39 and 3/4ths); although it seems to be making me feel better. What works when you're 40 may not work when your 50. Do you know what I mean?
Her question was: "What program or just what tips are you using to lose weight?"
My response was:
'No real program, just using tips from different programs/guidelines. For me I need/ed to change my mindset....
Since the beginning of the year (and signing up for the half) I continually tell myself "run Forrest run" and "slow and steady wins the race". What I mean by these famous quotes is to just keep going physically, keep it consistent, and watch my portions. The weight won't stay off if I lose it really quick and go back to past eating habits (which are to over indulge and not pay attention to what is going in my mouth).
I plan ahead what I am going to eat during the day and keep it pretty much the same (changing only one variable-which is meat-for lunch). For breakfast I have a bowl of special K strawberry (by 730), yogurt for a snack (900 or 930), lunch about noon, and a snack (fruit natural’s fruit cup) sometime between noon and 4. I came across a recipe for "one dish meals" that have everything my body needs for a healthy lunch meal (meat, pasta, can tomatoes/ff mush soup, & veggie).
For the most part leave dinner as a "freebie" so that I can enjoy dinner with the hubby BUT I do try to skim it back (as in not a full portion). I'll have a half a cup of yogurt with FB around 8pm and I have some candy (yes candy) between dinner and bedtime.
As for exercise-anytime I can walk I do. If I can't walk I do the bike. I've recently started including the elliptical machine during the week. The goal is to do a minimum of 3 miles of some sort of exercise outside of my normal day to day walking. So far I've been successful at this goal average 4 out of 7 days of the week. Saturdays have been the hardest and I'm not sure why (ok I do-laziness).
I still need to work at these but it is getting easier. I've lost about 1 to 1.5 a week (according to the scale). My clothes are fitting nicer and my endurance is up. I won't reach my goal of losing 60 pounds by July 8th BUT I will have a lost a substantial amount of blubber by then.'
BTW: I am just a blogger, not a doctor or any sort of professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions. Of course, always consult your doctor before trying a diet or new workout program.