This is so true... so many people think that just moving is enough or having a cheat day to reward your hard efforts is a good thing, but it’s not… you should NEVER reward yourself or your children with food!!! Food rewards just lead to a unhealthy view of food. I have been a food addict most of my life and for the first time I feel in control over my eating. My whole family has given up processed sugars, Sodas, preservatives, fast food…. And I am so happy that I am now teaching my 4 children how to really live life… WOOHOO for a healthy family
I get what you're saying, but I have often heard it said that you can exercise in smaller amounts throughout the day, as long as they add up to at least 30 minutes? I know that especially in my case, I don't always have a 30 minute chunk of time to devote to exercise, but I do have 5-10 minutes at a time several times a day instead. And when I do, I power-walk through the hallways or parking lots - whether it's on a break at work, or waiting for my daughter at the bus stop. I'd like to think those help in burning calories! Between the days I do a full 30 minutes at one time and break it up into several segments, I have definitely been seeing weight loss changes.
On the positive side, the endorphins and confidence (mental and emotional especially) that I get from exercise make it so much easier.
In my experience, separating an exercise lifestyle from a weightloss lifestyle is key. I think that's the important point here. Exercise is forever, regardless of what else is going on. You're correct that it too often falls by the wayside if it is only about weightloss.
I really just have concerns about strength training... I've got some arthritis type issues, and I am a tiny bit limited by it. I discovered Nicole's series and have found some moves that work for me...but I've also noticed when I have to stop on the dot with other exercise moves. I want to build and tone my body, but I'm only just learning to accommodate a cardio routine ... I better give it some time, I suppose it all works out in the end if I stay focused.
I agree with these for sure! I had come to a stale-mate in my weight loss, once I started changing up my routine the weight came off again. I love variety so knowing that routine is not necessarily good helps me know I am doing something right. :P
I have only truly lost weight when I was regularly exercising. Regular exercise keeps you focused too on making better food choices. When I quit exercising it all went downhill and I QUICKLY gained weight back.
Now I work full time. I really hate spending time JUST exercising because I have so many other things to do. What's working well right now for me is MULTI tasking. I don't really watch TV so exercising while doing that doesn't work too well. But I am combining exercising with my socializing time by walking or working out with friends and family.
I do love me some tough love. Those statements are absolutely spot on. I do need to be reminded that as my stamina increases, I need to train harder. The "two-day rule" for proper sweat-inducing exercise along with lots of random acts of fitness/activity is what I'm doing.
7/18/2012 12:57:00 PM
thanx coach nicole for this
7/17/2012 9:16:07 PM
Very interesting article and a great wake call for me!
This article coupled with the LIVE meeting was such a blessing to me. It let me know that I have been sabatoging my own efforts by not working hard enough, by taking it easy and still feeling like I "exercised". Now it's time to get to work and I won't feel bad because it's hard, It's supposed to be and I'm okay with that!!!
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