Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse, physiologist, nutritionist, or heath care worker. I am simply a friend who cares about your health.
Every time I see an add for loosing weight claiming you can drop several pounds in a week, I’m like nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! DON’T!
Friends don’t let friends DIET! DON’T DIET, LIVE IT!
The weight isn’t going to stay off when you introduce something into your body that is foreign. Think about it guys and gals-there is NO magic.
It took a while to get where you are, there is NO INSTANT cure. The only way to make lasting changes is to change your bad habits, the ones that got you there in the first place. Moving your body daily and controlling your portions (especially as we age) is what will do the trick. After 30 we no longer can eat a whole bag of chips or a whole pound of See’s or have 3 cocktails…those days are OVER BABY! I don’t believe in giving up things either because as soon as you say “no more chocolate” that is all you will want, I promise you.
It’s not difficult to read and educate yourself on healthy eating. It’s everywhere. Here are some tricks I have found to be helpful.
Fill your plate at the stove and DON’T GO BACK FOR MORE. Use a smaller plate not a dinner size plate, the lunch size. Eat slower and realize this is it, no going for seconds so enjoy the smaller portion in front of you. If you have leftovers then you have lunch tomorrow already prepared! When you want chips take a few out of the bag and put them on a plate (a small one) and savor them, don’t take the bag to the TV- that is dangerous!
Figure out how to get some kind of exercise in EVERY SINGLE DAY. It doesn’t have to be conventional gym workouts. (The gyms are crowded right now with New Years Resolution junkies). Yardwork, walking kids to the park, (if you do everything a toddler does you will get an unbelievable workout)! Ride a bike around the block a few times, find stairs and climb up and down them several rounds, dance, do some kicking and punching, try running (jogging) just a house or two in your neighborhood as many times as you can. Watch a U tube video, buy some weights, kettlebells, an elastic band, or / and a balance ball. Skip around your block, while watching one show at night move during the entire show. Plank, try doing push-ups, challenge yourself to learn something new, SO MANY OPTIONS!!! Find something you love to do that gets you off the couch! 10 minutes a day is better than 0 minutes a day. If your having fun you will stay with it longer!
Please, please don’t enter Biggest Looser Contests or take diet anything, just make small changes that you can live with FOREVERMORE! Be healthy, happy and realize it’s going to take some time. A good relationship doesn’t develop in a week, it takes time, energy and interest! So does learning healthy habits for life.
One of my favorite workouts is to go to the park and make up an obstacle course out of things I see. Benches (for squats) (or lunges) hills, a large grassy area for jogging or kicking to the other side, sidewalk for skipping, take a ball and throw it up against a wall and catch it, there is no limit to making up fun things to do while getting work in at the same time. Creating these workout will also challenge your mind (good for the ol’ brain too).
I hope this post has motivated you or re-energized you to find little ways in each day to make big changes!