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KNITTY_JESS SparkPoints: (7)
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6/19/13 2:17 P

I'm all about cheap or free. Try looking into park programs to try out different outdoor activities like those you suggested. Our park system offers some great ones to all fitness levels. Gyms can be intimidating, though. As far as alcohol. Try low cal beers, wines, and mixes. Good luck and this is the first step!

6/19/13 1:31 P

I just have to second Jenstress's advice about diet having the most impact. I used to think exercise was more important (and in some ways, I still do), but it took me actually changing my diet for a change to recognize that your diet is what makes or breaks your exercise in that without the proper nutrition, it's very difficult to find the energy to exercise. Once I started eating better, I had TONS of excess energy to burn, so exercise seemed like the logical solution. On the days I don't eat right, I sometimes have to drag myself to workout, and I don't feel like my workout was as good as usual. That being said, there are low-calorie beers and skinny mixed drink recipes around. You can keep drinking alcohol; you just have to be creative with it! I would also recommend trying to save it for an occasional treat (but of course, I don't know if that's what you already do or not). My boyfriend will probably never give up beer... lol.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
6/19/13 12:13 P

I'm not a big drinker either, but my husband does love his beer.

I do my exercise at home, at least for now. I prefer it. I can always do whatever I want then. I enjoy Insanity and those kinds of workouts, and have really found kettlebells to be an awesome workout. All of which I can do at home. Now that the weather is nice, I can also run outside.

Honestly, I have learned that it is at least 80% diet that helps us lose. So, if you are going to have the empty booze calories, just make sure that the rest of your calories are really nutritious!

ANTOINE Posts: 260
6/19/13 12:13 P


Excellent advice. You are right in that I generally have the same feeling you do about going to the gym. I live in Southern California, so I also always feel it to be rediculous to be at the gym on a treadmill when it is nice, sunny, and beautiful outside 90% of the time.

I appreciate your suggestions, and congrats on your own progress!

BLOOGRL SparkPoints: (10,382)
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6/19/13 10:40 A

Well...I never cared for booze after I was 19-20 and now I don't drink at all so I don't have a TON of suggestions for this except - I KNOW there's 10 calorie beer out there...if you're into mixed drinks - I know there's skinny margaritas as well...that's all I got on that.

As far as exercise - depends on your budget. If you LIKE water sports and things...maybe a gym isn't for you this summer, maybe you ARE better off doing something fun like swimming (my love!!), water skiing, kayaking, etc. if you have the equipment or can borrow/rent cheap. Otherwise, I know one reason I won't go to a gym is I have social anxiety so I hate the idea of someone watching my flab sway in the wind as I'm going on the treadmill LOL! So instead I opt for powerwalking a mile 3x a week and I strength train at home with some exercises I learned from Sparkpeople demos on the fitness tracker. I think the dumbbells were like 7 bucks each at Walmart, which comparitvely to a decent gym is cheap.

EDIT: Incorporate healthy fats into your diet...or you're gonna be a GROUCH...monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are your go to snacks i.e. nuts, seeds, I personally like sunflower kernals. :) Stay away from too many carbs and protein keeps you full. Chicken is a GREAT source of protein and low in calorie!

Good luck! You can do this. Just make sure you're in it for the right reasons - like getting healthy..and FOR YOURSELF. If you do it for anyone else or for vanity, you're more likely to give up. Stay strong! :)

Edited by: BLOOGRL at: 6/19/2013 (10:42)
PINK4YOUTOO Posts: 508
6/19/13 10:14 A

Reading motivational books keeps your mind in positive thinking...

ANTOINE Posts: 260
6/18/13 3:45 P

I've gained over a pount a month for the past four years, and now I am very much in a bad place.
I've tried myfitnesspal (not user friendly, better food bank), Apex Body Bugg (causes rash and annoyance on arm) and Sparkpeople (good community, decent food bank, too many ads). I'm going to stick with just Sparkpeople after trying the others.

Help needed with- choosing to move (gym, hiking, kayaking) instead of sitting at home.
Help with- I am not yet willing to give up on alcohol, so what is the best way to deal with these empty calories in other ways? Which foods to seriously avoid? I enjoy a beer or glass of wine.

Thanks for any pointers or suggestions you may have.

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