Realistic Goals

19 Oct

So, carrying on with my last post, how can you shed those stubborn lbs?

Well, first of all…I’m writing this post for myself too. I think the first step is realizing that I/you need to change.

I don’t want to call it a diet…why? Because, I don’t want to live my life on a ”diet”, that’s just silly. I want to have a healthier lifestyle.

The main thing is water. People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. So you can end up eating extra calories when an ice-cold glass of water is really what you need. Aim to have between 10-15 glasses of water a day, that’s roughly 2.5litres. “If you don’t like plain water, try adding citrus or a splash of juice, or brew infused teas like mango or peach, which have lots of flavor but no calories,” says Cynthia Sass, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

Start by focusing on getting the recommended 5-9 servings of fruit and veg each day. It sounds like a lot but you can cram this all in all day.

Make your ”diet/lifestyle” change public. Tell people you want to change. It will improve your self-esteem and allow people to comment on your (hopefully) weightloss.

Give yourself one day off. That does NOT mean that you sit down on a Saturday afternoon with a bag of cookies and a big bottle of pop but treat yourself, have a slice of bread, have a cookie. One slice of bread and one cookie will NOT kill you and WILL NOT allow you to gain 5-10lbs.

Exercise: Aim to walk at around 6/7km p/h. 5 times a week. Gradually build this up to 7 days a week of one hour exercise. DO NOT over estimate what you can do at the beginning, remember your body has been in survival mode. You will only end up hurting yourself.

Have a red flag weight
Once you’ve lost the weight, you need to keep it off. This is where the red flag comes in. You need to pick a weight and vow to never get heavier than it again. It is normal for your body to fluctuate five to ten pounds. I recommend picking a weight that is ten pounds heavier than what you “normally” weigh and never weigh more than it again.

So those are my tips, it’s now time for ME and YOU to put them in action.

An example of a meal plan should be like this:

Breakfast:

Lukewarm glass of water with a dash of lime or lemon BEFORE food.

A handful (NOT A BOWL) of special K or Alpen/Muesli with either soya or skimmed milk.

Lunch:

A piece of brown/multigrain bread with flora NOT butter.

A cup of soup.

OR

Lean Meat with Salad

Dinner: Lean Meat with Salad or Salad alone with piece of fruit after.

This is my aim.

I will lose weight.

I will stop eating junk food.

I will exercise more.

AND I WILL DRINK 2.5litres of water a day.

I will be happy NAKED. LOL and ..when I reach that plateau and it won’t shift, I will resort to fat burning pills.

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2 Responses to “Realistic Goals”

  1. buzfairy October 20, 2010 at 1:30 am #

    I went on a diet\exercise program with Flex gym back in May, just before beach season. And I lost 6 kg in about 5 or 6 weeks. I loved the exercise part a lot, i used to do an hr of swimming in their pool 3-5 times a week, and stayed on the diet, left all outside food completely.

    I gained back 1 kg so far, but I wud love to do it again now, before winter season kicks in, and u have to wear those fluffy wintery clothes again.

    I mite chk them out tmrw, and see if they got any good offers going on 🙂

  2. American Girl October 20, 2010 at 5:38 am #

    Another thing you might want to keep in mind is that you must eat! Some people assume skipping meals will result in weight loss — which is true for the short term — but not healthy or a long term answer. Breakfast is the most important meal… it starts your metabolism in the morning and keeps your body in ‘fat burning’ mode for hours. When you feel like you’re getting hungry again eat whole grains or raw nuts… these are difficult for the body to digest, in turn forcing the metabolism to work even harder — burning more fat. You’ll also find whole grains and complex carbs keep you full much longer than sugary processed foods. Allowing you to eventually eat much less than you normally would.

    No fat burning pills! Your body is a fat burning machine — use it to your advantage! 🙂

    You’re going to do great — set small goals — don’t get frustred — and never give up. And if you want food or recipe ideas… email me!

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