lolol, I laughed just typing the title of this post.
I am the last person that needs to give health and fitness tips of any kind.
Dad was a girls' basketball coach when
I was a child. Once, one of his players asked me, when I was in kindergarten,
if I was going to play basketball when I grew up and I matter-of-factly replied
"no, I do not like to sweat".
This post is being penned with tongue-in-cheek. The only reason I am writing is that apparently, word on the street is that I have lost some lbz in the past year. Sooo, this post will simply address that question.
My dad rises at 5:00 am to the tune of either Insanity or P90X. He's done it for years! Hits the gym even on vacays! "Insane”, right? Actually, I wish I had his dedication and self-discipline but I loathe working out and he knows it. When I am home, he always "invites" me to join him. Here’s how I feel about that question…
I have managed to drop some weight in the past year or so. However, I didn't do anything special and have no secrets but I will share some of my "lifestyle" changes.
Since high school I remained a size 8, sometimes a 10. I was never sad/upset about my size – I am pretty tall and "big-boned" (love that term) so I didn’t take it too seriously. But after college I realized my how poor my eating habits were and I was consuming an enormous number of calories.
First, I simply downloaded one of the calorie counting apps on my phone. This made it so easy to count my daily calories.
Next, I found Lean Cuisines/Smart Ones/Healthy Choice meals that tasted good. I forced myself to have these for lunch during the week instead of fast food. I shockingly learned that my calories were cut in half.
I can’t believe I am admitting this but I do not like fruits or veggies. The good news is, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so I actually lucked out by not eating those apples! ;) KIDDING! But really, I do love salads and grilled chicken so I would alternate between eating salads or a low calorie soup for dinner every night.
I'm a snacker. In my office, I would keep low calorie snacks at all times…I learned that it was vital that I eat throughout the day to keep my metabolism up, but I just made better choices. These little snacks prevented me from become ravenous and blowing it with high calorie junk food.
Now, on the weekends…I was not always as health conscious.
It took seven long months to lose 10 pounds. Which brings me to the most important part of it all: PATIENCE and perseverance. John was so right when he would say “the slower you lose it, the slower you gain it back!” and "slow and steady wins the race". You see, when women starve themselves to get skinny, they gain it back +more! My goal was not be a skinny bride but to be a healthy wife. Now that I don’t diet as strictly, I still stick to most of these rules, except for the dinner time – I eat what I make John.
My daily staples: coffee, oatmeal, lots of tea, snap peas, FiberOne brownie bars, & Cuties (mandarian oranges).
On the weekends, we eat cheese fries, however. :)