I’ve received so many e-mails lately! And there are a couple of recurring questions so I’m going to answer the first one today. People have been asking what I’m doing to get healthy so I’m going to break it down for those of you who may be newbies to my blog.
I joined Weight Watchers in 2009 to learn what and how much I could eat. What I didn’t know when I walked into my first meeting was that nothing would be off-limits. I still eat cupcakes! I just do my best to make good decisions most of the time. And Weight Watchers is awesome because it works in real life so I’m not doing anything that I can’t do for the rest of my life.
I am currently down 127 thanks to Weight Watchers. And while I was hesitant to try the new PointsPlus program, I can say that it rocks.
I also workout regularly. In the beginning, that meant a few times a week. Now I aim for 1,000 minutes per month. When I started, I walked a little, but I also purchased “Party Off the Pounds” my favorite workout DVD by Richard Simmons.
Dancing with Richard was so much fun, and after a few weeks I started feeling coordinated and athletic so it was perfect for me. And now I have the Sweatin’ to the Oldies box set, but ‘Party Off the Pounds’ will probably always be my favorite. =)
I also do strength training and run a couple times per week. My running coach, Brad Gansberg, is a wizard! When I met Brad I couldn’t run 0.1 miles without feeling like I might die. Through interval training, Brad customized a running plan for me so I could get started without hurting myself. Now I can run about 2.28 miles without feeling like I need to stop. I hope to run an entire 5k by the summer before my first triathlon!
If you’re interested in learning to run – or if you’re intimidated by it, contact Brad. In addition to being a fantastic friend to have, he’ll help you change your life. He’s currently looking for a few more folks to add to his free Run a 5k in 100 Days program. I’ll be a part of it so don’t be shy!
Changing our bodies – making them healthier – requires time, patience and consistency. Sometimes I breeze through it, and sometimes I find myself hanging on by a thread. I’m no expert so I can’t say what will work for you…I can only share my own experience and wish you luck in yours!
I can tell you that by starting and not giving up, we’re better today than we were yesterday.
Does anyone have advice for those who are trying to get started? What works for you?