Like with everything small changes or baby steps as they say can lead to big results over time. For me I started by making small changes in my diet, eating whole fresh foods and omitting processed foods. That in itself was significant in changing my mindset. Then I added exercise to the mix and the most important thing for me was to find something I like. I used to play tennis and racquetball and while I grab a game of tennis now and then, being over 50 with too many injuries I knew I needed to find something else. I traded tennis for pickleball and I play 3x a week and love it. The other most important thing is to schedule your workouts otherwise you will never find the motivation or time to exercise. I lost 40 pounds over two years just by tweaking my diet and playing pickleball. This year my goal is to lose 40 more pounds and I am ready to make even more changes. Now that I am dedicated to exercising, I have added two 60 minute cardio/strength classes to my regime and I am getting serious about my calorie intake and use the tracking tools at Spark religiously.
Recognize that change takes time and patience. So often we want a quick fix and that usually leads us to give up too quickly. A friend who needed to loose more than 150 pounds lost 60 pounds in 9 months. She said it was very hard, she was tired, cranky and miserable the whole time. She was still dedicated to losing weight but said she would be happy if she only lost 10-20 pounds each year. She has been morbidly obese almost all of her life and her thinking was 10 pounds each year would add up to 50 pounds in 5 years. She was much happier and she did in fact loose another 95 pounds in 3 years. Losing weight and getting healthy is a journey, we need to be kind to ourselves and set realistic goals. I want to lose 40 pounds by my birthday in July but if I only lose 20 pounds I am still a winner!
"It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abe Lincoln
| Pounds lost: 17.0