The key to losing weight is to blend eating wisely with a regular schedule of movement. You have so many diets from which to choose as well as memberships to gyms with state-of-the-art exercise equipment. Charged up and ready to go, you start your weight-loss battle by looking up diet programs offering good food and help from certified fitness professionals to guide you along the path to your new body, but the high cost of food and membership fees for service might stop you before you get started on your plan to lose weight.
After the Program is Over
My question is, “How will I do after I finish the designer-diet program?” That is what I am most concerned with when thinking about which program to use. In this age where people are living longer, it is not likely I will be able to keep up a designer-diet program into my winter years when my income is preset. That is why I think it is best to discipline myself with the way I shop for food rather than get acquainted with a designer-diet program only to make an adjustment to ‘real-life’ eating after the program is over.
Home Gym Central
Over the years, I have bought jump ropes, dumbbells, exercise balls, wrist weights, leg weights, pedometers, and hand grips; all of which probably cost the amount of a membership fee to the gym. Considering the cost of gas, it is wiser to use what you have at home to begin your weight-loss program if the cost of a gym membership is not in the scope of your budget. I understand going to the gym has the benefit of meeting new people who share the same interest of getting in shape and networking, but your focus should be on meeting the new you.
The Universal Prescription for Weight Loss
When my two older children were in elementary school, I decided to lose weight to defy the myth that ‘baby fat’ is hard to lose. All I changed was my activity because I did well at eating right, but I ate late at night when exercise was only a thought.
Every morning, I did a 30-minute workout before going to my job. In the evening, I cooked dinner and counted the sampling of the meal (to correct the seasoning) as part of my portion. So when the family sat down to dinner, I put small portions on a saucer and ate slowly. I went from a size 14 to a size 7 in the span of seven months.
I did not use a scale. I checked progress by the way my clothes fit. After my third child was born, I was up to a size 16 and maintained that size for several years. Being diagnosed with borderline high blood pressure was an incentive to lose 68 pounds, but I gained back some of the weight dealing with plantar fasciitis. Sounds like an excuse, I know.
I refute that old saying, “When you know better, you do better” because anyone who has made an effort to learn about grams of fat, small portions, smart food choices and exercise will tell you having the knowledge does not necessarily invoke your will power to do what you know. This year, I bought a NutriBullet. I have increased the weight of my dumbbells to 5 pounds each. I will see what September brings when I reach fifty-five years old. I might look into The Dollar Store Diet Plan.