Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Diet and Exercise

Last night I spent the evening with a friend of mine.  We talked about a lot of things, but one of the main reasons for the visit was to chat about diet and exercise.  I was actually pretty excited that she would come to me about this issue.  It's a hard subject to bring up and I have a hard time talking about my weight without bursting into tears.  Thankfully we both were tear free.

I remember telling her that for the most part, all diet programs work.  The key is to do them.  The reason why diets fail is because people stop eating right and exercising.  If all you are doing is eating right and no exercise, you cannot make any mistakes (like eating that piece of cake) because you aren't burning off the calories.  Most people choose a diet program because they want to follow something.  It takes the guess work out of it. Follow this, get this result.  Don't follow this, stay where you are.  The diet program that a person chooses, has to be one that they feel they can that they think has the best chance of fitting into their current lifestyle.  That's why there are so many programs out there  -- we all have different needs. 

However, one thing remains the same.  Eat a sensible diet and exercise.

Have you ever looked at a "quick fix" program or pill?  In teeny tiny letters somewhere it says - for best results follow our eating and exercise program included.  No matter what, eating right and exercise is the key to weight loss.  Who knew?!!

I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "those who can do, those who can't, teach."  I'm a very good teacher.  I started out a pretty good doer when it came to diet and exercise, but I went back to a sedentary lifestyle and because a teacher again.

After our chat last night and after having so much trouble regulating my blood sugar levels the past year, I know I need to be a doer again.  My friend asked me if I would walk on a treadmill with her a few days a week.  (although my first thought was to be a smart ass and ask if they had a treadmill for each of us!)  I think I was interventioned and didn't know it!

Of course I said yes - I'd do about anything for her.  But what I realized when I got home, was that I wanted to do this for me.  It was just a bonus that a friend was going to come along.

So, do you eat right and exercise?  Do you have a diet program that you follow?   Are you one of those naturally thin people?  It's OK, I'm not a thin person hater!  I just envy your metabolism. 

Have a great day!!

PS.  I have to say though --  we didn't give a start date to our exercise plan.  I'd better get on that.  A month can go by pretty quickly!


Lisa said...

I need to do this too. Now that our basement issue has been fixed I am hoping I can wrangle some funds to make a nice little workout space down there. Nothing fancy, a used treadmill or elliptical and a TV would suit me just fine. I don't have a lot of time to do it, but if it's that convenient I might be able to make it work.

Keep us posted on your progress, you're an inspiration!

42N said...

I love that video...and apparently it was all done live - no edits.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Mmm, I love boiled eggs.

I could always do so well on a diet/exercise plan in the beginning. But slowly I'd fade out, cheating here and there, then giving up entirely. It's so incredibly hard, harder than anyone who hasn't been there can ever understand.

What prompted me to have weight loss surgery was when I was sticking to my diet & exercise plan really well and the scale didn't move! That had never happened before. I don't know if it was age, or what, but it prompted me to make that huge step, and I'm glad I did.

Good luck, I wish you success! =)

Ann in the UP said...

I started at Wt Watchers at the end of May. As of this morning I am down 18 pounds, and I can NOT emphasize the value of having a buddy enough. I can make an excuse every day for not walking, but Marcia walks with me every morning and we depend on each other. I walk because she's counting on me! She walks because I'm counting on her! Good luck!

jb said...

I am very proud of you for posting this. The video was a fab bonus. I know how hard this subject is for you, for me, for all of us. I am also trying to hop back into my treadmill/elliptical routine with my buddy Tara.
Being filled with steroids since March has caused me to gain back every pound I had worked off of my body last year (almost 35 pounds). I went from fitting into size 18 comfortably to squeezing into 22's....argh!
But no matter what...I love you!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I've seen that video before and it's so cute. Anyway I relate to this. I do believe that eating right and exercise are the only way to do it. I have had my best results with a South Beach diet plan and actually a diabetic diet is pretty close to it. I am working towards doing it again. I wish you complete success and it's time to get healthy and live your life to the fullest.

Harry Hilders said...

Thanks for the insights!