Just wanted to share Bob's latest blog. It was full of good information and reading it reminded me of how frustrated I was with only losing one pound... slow and easy wins the race Tonya.
Okay well, we’re one month into 2010 and I know so many of you have made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, get in shape and be the healthiest you can possibly be, and I applaud that so let’s talk about a few things that you can do to get you AND keep you on track. The first thing that you have to remember, and I can’t stress this enough, be careful to not change everything all at once. Slow and steady ultimately wins the race here. I know that you want to get to the finish line fast and drop the weight that you want to drop but this is a lifestyle change not a quick fix so start small and you can always build as you go along.
Start by doing some cardio activity 3 times a week for those of you that have never worked out before for 30 minutes. This is going to get the ball rolling. If you are used to eating a lot of fast food, start cutting out the processed foods and go for more fruits and veggies. Another key thing to remember is to stay hydrated. Staying hydrated helps with weight loss, it’s inexpensive, easily accessible and REALLY GOOD FOR YOU. Personally, I never leave home without my Brita FilterforGood Bottle. You will always see me in the gym with it and you will NEVER see me with a plastic water bottle. It is the little things that you can do to not only help you but to help the environment.
When it comes time to really focus on what you are eating, the main thing you want to do is to eat to lose weight. So many people think that skipping meals is going to help them lose weight…NO WAY!!! When you put yourself in starvation mode, your metabolism is going to slow down (btw, water increases your metabolism, helps build muscle tone and re-energizes you). Your body is going to hold on to every bit of fat you have waiting for you to eat and let me tell you, you are gonna have no resolve because you are so hungry and you will, more times than not, overeat and a lot of times for many people it will be late at night, the worst time to overeat. Choose more sensible meals, eating about every 4 hours. Have your complex carbs in the earlier part of the day to fuel you and keep you going and choose proteins (I’m a big believer in plant based protein) and all the veggies you want.
Remember, starting small is the key and as you continue your weight loss journey, use these simple tips to keep you on track. This is a lifestyle change….NOT A QUICK FIX!!!