Last week I received an e-mail from a reader who wants my opinion about her journey. She knows I’m not an expert, but it seems like she reached out because she’s not sure what to do. And it was a smart move because now I can ask you to offer your opinions and advice as well.
She prefers to stay anonymous, but here’s her story:
“I’ve been dieting off and on for years and now I’m needing a little advice. I started my journey (again!) at 424 pounds and with Medifast I am now down to 390 (in 6 weeks). Here’s the “rub” though…I’m now at a point where I am exercising every day and at 390 pounds it doesn’t take much to burn 400 calories in a workout. But, I’m only consuming about 800 calories so my NET calorie intake is only around 400!
…I’m still so far under my calories it isn’t even funny. Am I at the point now where I need to walk away from Medifast and do this on my own?
My Medifast coach obviously wants me to stay with that program, but, how in the world can I sustain that? I want to exercise! I need to exercise! She is telling me to stop! And, I am of the opinion that without exercise my loss will be temporary and I’ll be right back where I started!
…Now that I’ve typed all this out, I feel like I may have my answer but I’d like to hear your thoughts…“
In her e-mail she said that she knows I’m not an expert, but she needs some advice. Of course this means it’s a perfect topic for my blog because so many of you will have wise things to say on the subject. Will you take a few moments to share your thoughts and insight?
My opinions are simple. I struggle with food in a major way, but I like exercise. I enjoy endorphins, and my heart craves movement. Some days I exercise for hours, and some days it’s as simple as a 30-minute workout. Some days I skip it, but when I’m moving I know I’m doing something good for my body. I’m more confident when I’m in a stellar workout groove, and I can’t imagine why any fitness professional would suggest not working out (if there’s no serious medical issue involved.)
Tomorrow is a special day for kids (and adults like me) because people across America will get moving for one minute. While it may not seem like much the first minute of exercise is always the toughest because we look for excuses to skip it. JAM is a school program dedicated to getting kids moving, and they’re trying to break a world record in fitness by getting us to move.
At 10:00am local time today people across the country will be Jammin’ in an attempt to make kids and adults more aware of physical fitness. I’ll be Jammin’ too, and if you want to join the fun you can pledge to join us in this exercise minute here.
Do you have advice for the person asking the questions above? What are your thoughts? Can a healthy lifestyle be complete and sustainable without proper nutrition and exercise?