For those of you who have been following my "Project 365" (although I’m way behind on adding pics), you may remember that I posted a picture on January 3, 2011, of a bikini I bought with the goal of losing enough weight to fit into it "by summer."
Guess what? Summer’s here, and here is the progress I’ve made so far: In April, the weather was getting warmer; and I decided it was time to get serious about my weight loss goals. In addition to watching what I eat (especially elminating as many carbs as possible after lunchtime) and exercise, I learned about a company (AdvoCare) that sells nutritional supplements that noy only help maintain wellness but assist with weight loss in a healthy way (the only way I wanted to do it).
On April 12, 2011 (left), I weighed in at 172 lbs and didn’t dare think of posting that picture the way I looked in the bikini. But just 6 weeks later on May 28, 2011 (right), I had lost 13 lbs and weighed 159. As of today (June 8, 2011), I’ve lost 2 more lbs and weigh 157–just 7 lbs away from my goal! In another month to 6 weeks, I should be there! 🙂
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A great weight loss plan strikes a good balance between a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. It sounds so simple in theory, yet most of us who want to lose weight find it hard to stick to this philosophy alone. What’s worse is that we have read a tumultuous amount of literature regarding the “proper” or the “best” way to lose weight, and, somehow, we end up confusing ourselves even more.
When you make a commitment to lose weight, you have to make sure that you’re choosing a healthy weight loss plan. You may ask how can you ensure that the weight loss plan you’re about to make is the right one that will work for you. Well, simply put, it is all about watching what you eat and making sure you are engaged in an active sports or exercise program. For people who are bordering to obesity, it is best to consult a health fitness coach or a nutritionist to ensure that you get professional advice on the best weight loss plan that will suit your needs and lifestyle. However, for people who have gained a bit of weight and are wanting to live a healthier lifestyle, here are the top five characteristics of what constitutes a truly healthy weight loss plan.
1. Proper Nutrition Over Single-Item Diets
There is no short cut to healthy eating. For your benefit, simply avoid any weight loss plan that urges you to eat only one food item. Most people are under the impression that if we eat only foods that will increase fiber or protein intake, we’re good to go. It is worth emphasizing that healthy weight loss means eating a well-balanced diet from all food groups. Starving and food deprivation will definitely crash your system in the long run. You may lose weight temporarily but this will only encourage an unhealthy relationship with food. The key thing to remember is moderation.
2. Calorie-Conscious Diet Plan
Being mindful of what you eat is the first step to healthy eating. The best way to do this is to follow a plan that allows you to track your calorie intake. Being aware of how much calories you take in is an essential part of losing weight. A lot of us find it tedious to count calories. However, a healthy weight loss plan ensures that you get just the right amount of calories your body needs to burn energy. There is no need to eliminate caloric foods in your diet. Just choose a diet program that makes it convenient for you to calculate the number of calories you need to lose a certain amount of weight. Reading food labels is a good start.
3. Portion Management, Water Intake, and Weight Loss
Aside from calories, a good weight loss plan should encourage you to cultivate portion control. Again, there is no need to deprive yourself of food. A good weight loss plan allows you to exercise your inner discipline to consciously eat in moderation and … Read More
Today I scanned a few more transparencies from the 1970 Stone Mountain trip. See the whole set here: www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/sets/72157626055744618/
I grabbed a peanut butter sandwich as I left the house to attend a class, "A Photo Journey of the South Pole," at Valdosta State University’s Learning in Retirement. David Wiza showed his slides taken on trips from 1975 to 1981 with the military. He had been able to develop his own transparencies while at the South Pole. His shots were AWESOME. See the whole set here: www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/sets/72157625945169495/
Then I went to workout with my trainer at the fitness center at the VCC. My trainer worked out on the elliptical beside me to get his knee back into shape after his recent surgery.
As I drove into the driveway at home, I realized that I’d not taken a picture of myself at all. I decided to use the newly downloaded Hipstamatic on my iPhone. I didn’t really like the colors and contrast on the only good pic; so, I used Picnik to change it up a little.
Jim and I enjoyed a sandwich from Arby’s while watching a Wycliffe DVD from Netflix.
I’m still working on solving a problem. I need to plug in a headset (with headphones and microphone) to my Mac Pro. The headset that I have, which is rather old, has a black plug for headphones and a red plug for microphone. I plugged the black part into the port on the front and called from computer to computer to a geek-friend. He couldn’t hear me; so, I typed-chatted with him. I could hear him through my computer’s external speakers. Now what to do? I need the headset by tomorrow night. OK. I think I’ve got it figured out. Jim pulled out the big, heavy CPU of the Mac Pro. I unplugged the external speakers, and I plugged in the two parts of the headset. It seems to work. I’ll call my geek-friend tomorrow and see if he can hear me.
Are you tired of looking down at your fat tummy and wishing you had firm and flat abs? Well, you can benefit from some effective stomach exercises. You may have already tried sit-ups, crunches and leg lifts, but have not seen fast results. Abs specific exercises such as these are good, but they are not enough.
You should keep doing your abs targeted leg lifts, crunches and sit-ups, but you should also add cardio exercises to your exercise workout routine. Regular cardio exercises provide an aerobic benefit, and they benefit the heart and many other parts of the body. You do not need to be a long distance runner to do cardio exercises. Even if you simply walk on a treadmill three times a week in 30 minute sessions, you will see health improvements.
Of course there are many different kinds of cardio exercises, and you should choose the kind that you enjoy, so that you will find it easier to stick with your routine. If you enjoy several types of cardio, then you can mix up your workout routines, switching between different exercises. Walking, running, jogging, swimming, tennis, and bicycling are a few cardio examples.
In addition to cardio exercises, you should include weight training in your stomach fat exercises routine. Weight training will help you burn more fat by increasing the amount of calories that you can burn. This is because weight training increases muscle mass. Your muscles will increase their fat burning ability as your muscle mass grows.
For women who are concerned that building muscle mass will cause them to look like a male bodybuilder, you can stop worrying. You simply need to add some lighter free weights to your workouts. This will tone your muscles, including your belly.
By adding cardio exercises and weight training to abs focused stomach fat exercises, you can make real progress in burning that belly fat. … Read More