Friday, December 30, 2011
Here we are on the verge of another new year and I am still much too much overweight. I am going to keep trying. I did learn a lot in 2011- one of the best books I read was Mindless Eating. It really cast a new light on many of the behaviors that have been in my way.
Also, I was reading the blog, The Simple Dollar, the other day and the author, Trent, is on a similar path. He met with a personal trainer and I liked his plan so much I wanted to record it for myself. Here's what he had to say:
"First, he (the trainer) said my primary goal should be losing some of my excess weight.
As for my diet, he said that my current diet (vegetarian with occasional fish) was pretty solid but that I should work on portion control. He mostly suggested that I never take seconds during meals and a few other similar tactics.
Where he got down to business was with the exercise. He suggested that simply doing cardio – which was my main method of exercise – wouldn’t lead to long term weight loss and my avoidance of other forms of exercise was responsible for my back injury due to weak back muscles. Larger muscles lead to a higher metabolism and would then lead to weight loss if I didn’t give into eating large portions.
He said that I should spend fifteen minutes to half an hour each day exercising, but that each day of the week should focus on a different type of exercise. I should spend only a couple days a week doing cardiovascular exercise and the rest of the days should focus on different muscle groups. If I get injured, then I just avoid using those muscle groups.
The best part is that virtually all of the exercises are ones that I can do at home, with only a few weights required."
I know that this is primarily what Spark People is all about, but it was neat to see it in a different format or place- just gives validity to all of it.
I've reformulated my goals and I'm going to work on tracking my food choices and getting the 10 minutes of exercise each day. I know SparkPeople works- I've seen the proof so many times! Now I want to see it work for me!