Resolution

The New Year is upon us. How many people made their resolution to lose weight and eat better? I think that is on a list of most people. How many people really stick to them? I love going to the gym and it is packed the first week of January with all those people and their new year resolutions. Then a few weeks later and the gym is back to normal with all the regulars. Ahhh, those people who make resolutions and don’t keep them. Yes it’s hard to make lifestyle changes and more power to those that do it! Most people who are looking to lose weight want a quick fix or a pill to take. Which brings me to this article I read:
On Saturday I was at my hair dresser and while I was under the dryer I was reading a magazine, I think it was OK! Magazine. I was reading an article on two former playboy playmates Holly and Kendra and how they lost weight. Well Holly used NV,reduced portion sizes and chose better food options. She would eat fast food and large portions and now she eats fish/chicken, salad, fruit. Then there is Kendra who uses Ab cuts, hired a personal trainer to work out everyday, and ate healthier. They both claimed these “diet pills” helped them lose their weight. Now if you looked at their diet before and after wouldn’t you think that just changing eating habits alone would promote weight loss? Or hiring a personal trainer and exercising would lead to weight loss, not diet pills? If a person just changes the way they eat and exercise, then yes you will lose weight. Of course both of these ladies are spoke-people for the products. Now if I was famous and had millions of dollars then I would for sure have a personal trainer and a chef. Not everyone can have that. People need to realize that there is no little pill you can take to lose weight. It takes time, determination and will power. It takes 3500 calories to equal 1 pound. If you cut 500 calories from you diet you should lose 1/2-1 pound a week. That is a healthy way to lose weight. Just don’t go below 1200 calories per day. Starving yourself isn’t the answer to weight loss either. There are so many diets and diet pills and programs out there. So if you are looking to lose weight choose wisely. Go talk to a dietitian!!!

Exercise

Billy Blanks

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One of my favorite activities to do is going to the gym. It is a great stress reliever and I enjoy it. I have been working out since I was 15. I would come home from school and do my Tae Bo tape. I can still hear Billy Blanks saying come on 8 more! Now, while I would go exercise my friends would go get fast food. I didn’t eat the healthiest in high school, but what high school student does? I continued to workout through college til now. I loved the rec center at Kent State. It had the Tredmills and ellipticals separate from the weights and it was big and open. I was determined not to gain the dreaded freshman 15, which I didn’t. College was when I started to watch more of what I ate and started eating better. I’m sure my nutrition classes helped too. I worked out all throughout my pregnancies up until the day I delivered. Now I go to the gym three days a week. I usually lift weights and do the elliptical. I would like to go more, so maybe I will work on that. There have been sometimes when I didn’t want to go workout, but I tell myself if after five minutes I still don’t want to be there then I’ll leave. Usually when I do that I end up staying for my whole workout. Exercising just makes me feel better. If I haven’t exercised in awhile I just am not in a good mood, ask my husband if you don’t believe me!
Many people will come up with any excuse not to exercise. “I’m too tired.” “I don’t have time.” “I don’t like to workout.” You don’t have to go to the gym to workout. Even if you walk, that counts as exercise. Exercising gives you more energy. So if you are tired try going for a little walk. No time? Make time! Nothing bad can come from exercising, except for maybe some sore muscles. I’ve had my fair share of torn tendons and sore muscles. I was in physical therapy for almost a year for torn tendons in my hips, butt and knee. It was from overuse and the fact that I didn’t stretch after working out. Needless to say I stretch now and haven’t had any problems since.
Go out and do something active today!