Hello and welcome, good luck on embarking on a new journey towards health and longevity. I know it's tempting to want weightloss to happen fast but around here we like to take it one step at a time, tackling our behaviors around food and incorporating healthy new habits.
There are many "diets" around here that people swear by. They all have something to offer - there's calorie counting using a calorie counting app like MyFitnessPal or LoseIt, there's low-carbing, Intuitive Eating, Intermittent Fasting, and the good old "eat less move more." Whichever you choose just remember to make a few better choices throughout the day, eat as many fresh veggies as you can, avoid processed food and fast food, drink water instead of calorie-full beverages, and take care of your portion sizes.
A lot of people have time constraints when it comes to exercise. But exercise does not have to be something that takes a lot of time out from your day. I can imagine that the thought of going to the gym, taking a class, showering afterwards and then heading home sounds like a huge sacrifice of time - that's why I don't do that. I'm a mommy and I can't afford to take such a large chunk of time out of my day for exercise - for those who are single, don't have kids yet and have more time to devote to themselves then yes it's awesome and I used to do it and enjoyed it while I could. I always say that while you don't have kids it's all about YOU, enjoy it. But it's not possible now, not until my little one is firmly in a dayschool.
Instead I try to be active throughout the entire day. I wear a pedometer and take every opportunity to walk that I can. I park far away from the entrance to the building, I take the stairs instead of the elevator, I walk to the market instead of drive, I take my son out for a walk once or twice a day, if I was in an office building I'd take little walk breaks and use my lunch hour to walk outside. Vegging infront of the tv after work? Take that time to do a few lunges or get a treadmill. I like to do squats during commercial breaks and tv time means upper body free weights. There are ways to inject exercise into your day.
“If you try to lose weight by shaming, depriving and fearing yourself, you will end up shamed, deprived, and afraid.” Geneen Roth
Last edited by Palestrina : 03-10-2014 at 10:38 AM.