I've been exercising for about a year now. It began with a weight lifting class at a local junior college which lasted about an hour at two days a week. As of this semester, I'm taking two classes, one in aerobics and weight lifting afterwards. All told, I'm now excersizing about three days a week, two hours a day. I plan to add more.
I was once like yourself. Eating is a comfort. We're all the sum of our experiences, and somewhere along the line it because comforting to eat large volumes of food. I would eat out of boredom and not necessity. Plus, I wouldn't plan any of my meals throughout the day, which lead to binge meals and poor choices.
At first, I looked at the economy of my diet. I figured that when not packing a lunch, or carrying snacks around with me, daily expenditures would total over $20! I'm a college student and live by myself, and this became intolerable. So, I started buying my own lunches at the store and making them before school. Even if you're a working class stiff or whatever you may be, making your own lunch is a big deal. I also make sure to have a big breakfast EVERYDAY! Yesterday, I had pancakes, sausage and eggs, glass of milk and orange juice. With a good deal of carbohydrates and , sugar, vitamins, and protein, I can work hard in the morning when it counts most. I don't care what anyone says about breakfast, I make it big and filling. This way I have a healthy dose of energy in the morning that lasts until about 12 to 1. Then I hit the packed lunch. And I'm not eating salads. I eat sandwiches which consist of meat and bread, unsalted peanuts, a piece of cheese, granola bar (nature valley), and maybe a cup of coffee or water. I usually am hungry again by about 3 or 4. So, I eat a duplicate of the previous meal and have a light dinner if any.
Now, a few pieces of cautious advice. No one is perfect. Even the gonzo health nut has a doughnut every once in a while. Hell, I had one about 4 days ago. It was wonderful, too
Loss is going to be slow. It isn't anything like television where a magic pill or some drink is going to wick away the weight. I've been losing perhaps 2-6 pounds a month. You have to exercise at least two to three times a week, and you have to make it count. Work up a sweat. Lift some weight. But know your exercises. Don't just jump in with a custom plan. You need a dedicated work-out plan that gives you total-body conditioning and core strength training. By core, I mean your mid-section. Ask a local health professional or a gym teacher. Heck, even google. Just remember core and total body.
I weighed 270 pounds about a year and a half ago. I'm now down to about 220 and it keeps coming off. Once your body adjusts to a new metabolism and exercise routine, the weight loss and muscle building starts happening faster than before. The real trick is consistency. If you stick to a work out routine of good aerobics and weight training, and yes some pilates (it works!) you will lose weight and feel better about yourself. Just tell yourself to do it and commit, commit, commit. My latest gym teacher said it best, "With a little bit of discomforture, you can achieve results." Don't be afraid of the soreness and stiffness or the sweat and smell. Enjoy it! Nothing feels better than a nice hot sweat and a burning work out. Another friend of mine said, "You have to pull the joy out of the weight machine."
Don't let any voice in your head tell you you're not good enough or to give up and quit. Just do. Do. Do. DO. And enjoy yourself!
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