So… am I the only one who wants to know how LITTLE exercise I can do and still see results??? Hey, I’m just being honest. I wish I enjoyed exercise, but the fact is, I really do not like it. I’ve tried everything to try to “distract” myself from the task at hand (TV, music, etc.) – but the fact remains that I really don’t want to do it.
I read something that made me so very happy! Apparently, a Scottish study found that just 10 minutes of leisurely cycling with two 20-second bursts of hard pedaling, done three times a week is equal to a quality workout!
Is it too good to be true? You can bet I’ll try it and hope for fabulous results. Feel free to join me!
Sometimes I get bored with the bike – so I go bowling. I burn 237 calories per hour (if I stay away from the snack bar) – yikes!
Eating habits still count as well. If you can find some blue plates (they are not easy to find here in Wichita) that would be great. Why? Psychologically, blue does not stimulate the senses – or make us think we need to eat more.
The happiest plate is not the one that is empty – it’s the one that is filled wisely. Most of the plate should have green on it (i.e. broccoli), then a protein source (i.e. beef, chicken). You can have a bit of complex carbohydrate, such as 1/4 baked potato with that, but if I can skip it, I do. I’ve learned to enjoy veggies, fruits, beans and nuts.
I learned that skipping meals just makes you binge at some point. It’s best to just eat all three meals and be smart about portions.
Have you ever kept a food journal? I didn’t used to, but sometimes it helps because I catch triggers that make me want to fall off the diet wagon. I can thwart the urge to sabotage my efforts and be successful.
If you have a choice between eating out and brown-bagging – pack your own lunch. It’s a matter of control. For example, I like the Arby’s Turkey & Swiss sandwich, but they use mayo on them, which adds about 100 calories that I can do without. I can get similar ingredients and make my own – but hold the mayo. I think the bread I use is probably fewer calories than the bread they use too (certainly lower in carbohydrates).
I’ve learned to swap ice cream for yogurt. It’s going to sound weird, but I am hooked on Dannon Light & Fit 80 calorie yogurt. All of the flavors are delicious – no lie. Some of them are fruit, but others are dessert flavors like Boston Cream Pie and Toasted Coconut Vanilla.
Heart disease is the number one health risk for women – and a major complication of type 2 diabetes. I have to make some small changes in my daily diet and exercise routine. I’ve also learned that it’s okay to laugh more and stress less.
I’m thankful that with a few baby steps, this diet thing seems to be working well. 🙂