I can’t actually do much for you accept tell you what works for me. I should tell you first that I am so. not. a. professional. I’m just a 29 year old girl who needs to lose quite a lot of weight. I’ve lost about 72 since April, and I still have a lot to lose to hit my goal weight. hehe
That being said, I know I can do it. And I do believe that you can do it too. It won’t be easy…In fact, it might be one of the hardest things you ever do, but it’s also so unbelievably rewarding. I already feel like a new person though I’m nowhere near my goal.
Okay, now…if I were you, I’d go to a doctor first to be sure there’s no reason that you shouldn’t be exercising. If he clears you then super! It’s amazing what our bodies can do (even when we assume we cannot.) So I’d start with the basics.
– Eat lots of fruits and veggies. I eat 9 servings per day, but starting with 5 would be fantastic. Things like a cup of cucumbers, 10 baby carrots, an orange, a couple slices of cantaloupe, an apple, a banana, etc. I like bananas because I exercise a lot, and I need the potassium so I don’t get cramps. 🙂
– Speaking of exercise…I know it seems overwhelming at first, but walking for 20 minutes three times per week will help you burn calories and build up endurance. So walk outside if it’s nice or walk in place inside if it’s lousy outside. Just walk! Walk! Walk! And when you’re walking, lift your hands above your head and sway to the beat of your steps every few minutes. Lifting your hands over your head once in a while will increase your heart rate which burns more calories.
– Make a specific time to exercise everyday. I mean, if you’re walking every other day then decide on a time and do it then. I tend to hit the gym at 2:45 in the afternoon (I prefer a late lunch.) And believe me, I know what it’s like to be busy. It is really easy to use time as an excuse not to exercise, but don’t even try it. 😉 It will not work. There is no TV show, trip to the store or nap that can make you feel as good as the changes you’ll see in your body if you stick with the program.
– Eat well. If you’re not sure what that means then send me another message because it would be hard to sum it all up here. Here’s the basic idea. You must eat breakfast. We’ve all heard that it’s the most important meal of the day, but I didn’t actually understand why until recently. When we eat breakfast we are jump starting our metabolism for the day thus burning more calories. So, see? Eating is good. 🙂 We just have to learn to eat healthy things like foods that are high in fiber and/or whole grains, lean proteins and fruits and vegetables. Your Weight Watchers cookbook will help you make balanced and healthy decisions that the whole family can eat. I use my WW cookbooks a lot.
– Drink water. If you’re a coffee and soda drinker, replace some of it with water. It may not be super exciting at first. Who am I kidding? It sucks at first, but several months down the road you won’t even crave it. In fact, you’ll feel better knowing you’re not drinking that junk. It takes time. Don’t give up. Don’t try to change all at once.
– Don’t make excuses. Don’t say I’ll start tomorrow. I’ll eat better later. You get the idea, right? You have to accept that sometimes you’ll do really well and other times you won’t. But you do your best. Forgive yourself when you do something you wish you hadn’t done. And keep going forward. If you do well most of the time then you’ll be good to go.
– Here’s the last thing for now and probably the most important thing. It will be tough to make healthy choices sometimes, but it will get a little easier (at least most of the time.) So think about how amazing you’ll feel when you step on the scale weighing less. Don’t think about what you’ll be giving up. Think about what you will gain – a new lifestyle that makes you happier. It will be awesome. It will not be easy, but it will be totally worth it.
Wow, if you got through this entire message you’re already a champ. I wish you all the best with this, and I’m here if you need me. You can do this…I believe that. And I can also tell you that you’ll start feeling great long before you hit your goal. You’ll feel like a new person who has more pep in your step, more stamina and a healthier lifestyle.
Get started and keep going…and take it one day at a time!
All the best,