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At 50 years of age I discovered exercise. I started small like walking on a treadmill, then went out walking on road. Once I got that going I decided to run. Now at almost 65 I am still running. Love it and appreciate you can still be active when you get old. 5 k's rock!!
I make myself 'earn' minutes to watch TV or play computer games by exercising. ie, to watch 30 minutes of TV, I need 30 minutes of activity. 'activity' includes household chores, so this gets me moving, limits how much junk I watch, and gives me a dual purpose for using the vacuum.
If you look at this as a DIET, it's easy to find yourself failing because our weight will fluctuate (sometimes daily). I've chosen to live a healthy lifestyle--therefore each choice I make is about what's good for me. If one choice wasn't so good, that's okay because the next choice will be!
Although it may not work for everybody, I know that my success has been in large part due to the fact that I designed my own food plan. Know yourself and do what you KNOW you can do for life and then work that plan. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!
When I start feeling discouraged about my progress, I fight back by going through the list of things I have already achieved on this journey. By the time I'm done, I feel much better and ready to tackle the next hurdle in my way!
I usually ask my kids ages 4 and 10 what they want to have when I am making up the weekly menu. They are already very knowledgeable to making healthy choices. I figure if I ask them what they want then it is all around a win win situation.