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    BETTSI   12,070
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Happy 2012!

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!
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SLENDERELLA61 1/1/2012 8:48AM

    Bettsi, Great plan to include strength training. I had never consistently done strength training until I came to SparkPeople. It is one of the reasons I have managed to maintain this time when I haven't so many times in the past. That said, I must admit I really kicked up the cardio, too. I believe that they are both very important for weight loss and maintenance.

I have a friend who told me something that made me giggle, but there is some truth to it: what you eat determines how good you look in clothes but exercise is what makes you look good naked! Have a great 2012!! -Marsha

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DANNIELLEMARIE 12/31/2011 12:50PM

    --oops--

duplicate :)

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DANNIELLEMARIE 12/31/2011 12:49PM

    So glad to have found you again online! I've missed you.

Finding what works for you is key. There is no right path for everyone, I don't think. Everyone has their "demons" lined up in a different order and the so it's not one size fits all even if we all end up doing the same thing at the end of the road.

It's always work...always a process...but you never give up and that's what matters most.

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BLUE42DOWN 12/30/2011 1:19PM

    Good luck in 2012!

Knowing how is half the battle. Actually doing it is the other half.

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