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I used to be one of those people who only did cardio. Cardio is great and it does result in fast weight loss, but it is not really good by itself. You'll be thin but flabby. If you incorporate strength, your muscles will get toned and you will lose inches. I think I look much better since incorporating strength exercises. I realized endurance is important too. Having a couple of days when you do a long workout is good. You will build more energy to tackle your day and keep up your workouts.
I know most people are thinking, "Yeah right!" I'll admit - this is easier said than done. I think so many people (including myself) try to stimulate themselves with food. Here are my tips to avoid doing this - 1) Get into a eating routine. Find healthy things that can easily work with your schedule. 2) Find something healthy that can excite/stimulate you daily. 3) Exercise and track - think of food as fuel not fun. I find the more control I have over my eating the more I enjoy eating my food.
When I cook, I often take the time to calculate/track/measure everything I put into a recipe. Sparkrecipes don't allow for a lot of flexibility, so what I do is put my recipes into "Food Groupings". I measure out each ingredient and enter it in to the food grouping. I, then, label the grouping with my recipe name. After cooking my meal, I separate the recipe into equal containers. If I separate them into 10 equal containers, then I enter .10 of the recipe as a meal.
I've been eating pretty unhealthy and have barely exercised for the last month. I've been fortunate enough not to gain weight (don't ask me how). Despite not gaining weight and living this way for almost a month, my body feels off. I feel sluggish, weak, and gross. I decided to get back on track to do my body good. We get so caught up in numbers sometimes that we forget the real purpose of a healthy lifestyle - to be healthy. Don't do it for the scale, do it for a healthier you.
When striving towards a health goal, don't compare yourself with others. You have a unique body with unique strengths and limitations. Rather than comparing yourself with others, compare yourself with you. Track your progress and celebrate what you have already achieved (whether small or big).
Strive to eat breakfast, pack your lunch, and cook dinner. Avoid buying (unless you already what you are going to get) - It's cheaper and healthier. Look up recipes and make big batches of healthy meals. Divide them into reasonable portions so they are ready for eating throughout the week.
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