Now I get it
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I love reading weight loss success stories. I find them infinitely motivating and love to hear how persistent these folks were to shed the weight. What I've always paid special attention to was how often they exercised. I wanna say about half of these people work out 300 minutes or more a week. I used to believe that was MUCH more than I could ever exercise.
But, now I get it. The hard truth is that these "biggest losers" HAVE to workout that much to stay fit and trim. They will HAVE to work out at this level the rest of their lives. If they ever cut back, they regain the weight. (Exhibit 1--Oprah Winfrey)
As I struggle to drop five more pounds, I've ramped up my exercise. I'm now walking 45-50 minutes a day 5-6 times a week. I understand that THIS is what it takes for MY body to release the weight. I've also cut my calories down to about 1,300 to 1,500 calories a day.
So the question is, how much energy am I willing to spend to get to AND MAINTAIN a lower weight. If I'm 5'7" and have weighed over 190 lbs most of my life, is it worth working out 300 minutes a week to get to and remain at 145? OR should I settle for working out 150 minutes a week and be content to weigh 165?
The "Biggest Losers" are choosing to exercise 300 minutes a week to attain and keep a trim body. Am I?