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I agree with Heather on the dance workout videos. I love my zumba dvds.
I think the fact that you are asking for help is a big step in the right direction. One step in front of the other is the way that you will make change.
I've been working on living a healthier lifestyle since June. It feels really good to be stronger and have more energy. Even so, I've been noticing myself lose a bit of focus. I had a little more than I should have last weekend, so I'm doing something a little silly.
I made myself a healthful advent calendar. You know the ones with chocolate that you use to count down to Christmas as a kid? Well, I got a big poster and put 20 days worth of boxes on it to check off. I'm counting down to the end of my law school exams. I'm marking down the minutes I exercise each day and my calorie intake. I'm hoping the extra accountability will help me be more consistent about logging everything on spark and get me through the stress of exams and temptation of the holidays in a healthy way.
Great suggestions so far! To throw my two cents in, think about ways to sneak in exercise at work - do you have a choice of bathrooms? Use the one that's farther away. Once or twice a day, walk the stairs once or twice during the day. Of course the often-suggested park farther away from the office. Also, is the gym open at a time when the pretty boys aren't there that you'd be more comfortable going? For your protein shakes, you might consider getting a Blender Ball cup or (probably better for yogurt) one of the personal blenders (such as a Bullet or Ninja blender). Also, think of healthy foods and snacks that you don't have to prepare - I splurge on pre-cut and washed broccoli, baby carrots, etc- things I can grab for a snack or to pack in my lunch.
Well let see here. I follow if I can't track it I don't eat it. Measure everything. Read labels. I also starting finding out the affects of food on the body. I walk for exercise or my daughter and I dance around to music.
pre op wt. 334.5
surgery date December 10, 2012 with Dr. Gorospe
2 week post op wt. 325.2
“We never repent of having eaten too little.” Thomas Jefferson
:) Thanks, Ms Heather! Geeze, you really just reminded me that I used to LOVE blasting the music and swing dancing around to old Benny Goodman songs. And by "Swing Dancing" I really mean "Jump and kick and spaz around like a maniac, thinking I am as cute as a Gap commercial" - hahah. That was essentially my warm-up to my workouts back in the day! Good times!!
In any case, thanks for all the tips and the friendly welcome, you are too cute :)
Well, hello there! So, tips... well mine may be different than others. But its what works wonderfully for me.
First, get the spark people app for diet if you have a smart phone. It's been my very best friend because I can track how many calories I've eaten and burned. I love it.
Second, I eat mostly "normal" foods. I don't have tons of money, so I have to buy what I can afford, and for me, its been portion control, plus keeping an eye on fats, cals, carbs, and proteins.
If you input all your info, spark helps you calculate what all you need.
I don't do supplements, they make me sick.
Make water your best friend! It's really not that bad.
Lastly... and this has been my finding... find a workout you love. dance around for 10min at a time... find a class, I love DVDs personally. I'm in my home, not uncomfortable, and it gets the job done.
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So here I am on Spark people. I am somewhat... I won't say 'pessimistic' or 'jaded', because those sound bitter (hee hee)... but let's just say I am not quite at the 'yahooooo! I know I can DO this' phase just yet. :)
I've done this once before (but that was waay back in the day of 'low fat everything') but now I'd like to hear what your 'first steps' recommendations would be for me. Begin by drinking water like a maniac, that I can start with easily :) Log my foods, I can try that too, for sure.
But how about food? Workouts? Mindsets? Reading material? Suppliments?
A little about me, to help with your suggestions:
- I am late 30's (*sigh* that sounds older than I like - haha)
- I am married and have a 6 year old and a 2 year old. Hubby is very supportive of anything... but he is also a very naturally slim, athletic guy - the bum :)
- I work in an office all day. We have a great gym at the office, but all of my (very fit, very attractive) male employees go there, and I would NOT be comfortable working out there. I do have a treadmill and some other equipment at home, and I love walking
- I am in Canada... and yes, we have a lot of the snow on the ground right now :)
- we do not have much time at all to cook, and in fact neither of us really enjoy it. Unless it was a weekend, I'd never actually have time to cook breakfast or lunches, so make-ahead and eat-in-the-car options are good.
- I'd be perfectly happy having the same few breakfast or even lunch options over and over
- i LOVE protein shakes and usually make with skim milk and greek yoghurt.
That's all :) I really welcome anything at all you would like to share with me. I am hoping something gives my brain the little ass-kick it really needs right now. I am THISCLOSE to being super hyped up to start my journey... but not there yet.