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5 Things That I Will Do This Week To Lose Weight-Part 1

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We are still in the midst of the holiday season, a time when indulgences are plentiful and temptations are high. I am a real Mom losing real weight. I will be describing the goals that I set for myself and my progress. I am not afraid to work hard but my goals must be attainable to keep me motivated.

Here are the five things that I will do this week to start:

5. Get rid of all temptations around the house.
I have happy memories of making the cookies, chocolate covered pretzels and all the other sweet holiday goodies with my kids. I have even better memories of eating them. The best thing that I can do is remove them from my house. Yesterday morning, I packaged up a beautiful tray of carefully arranged cookies and candies and sent them to work with my husband;

4. Keep a Food Journal.
I typically do this but have neglected it for several weeks. I like to do this for two reasons. First, it allows me to see what and when I am eating and where my weak periods during the day are. The second reason is because it makes me think about what I am eating and if it is worth my time to eat it if I have to record it. If for no one but yourself, it makes you accountable for what you are putting into your body;

3. Do 10 push ups every time I am tempted to eat something unhealthy, then drink a large glass of water.
This is for a craving, not to be confused with being hungry. I have found that I need to eat something healthy every 3 hours. I plan it so I don't get hungry. The goal of good eating and planning it out is to stabilize blood sugar levels so you never get to that hungry stage. Think of the exercise as motivation not punishment. Not that the water will satisfy your cravings but it may fill you up enough until the next one hits. If that doesn't curb your craving, have some fruit or veggies and some raw nuts;

2. Exercise three times this week.
This one will be really hard for me due to the fact that I have been sick for over a month. It will be a huge challenge to make myself go back to the gym and I dread the killer classes that are so good for me. Whether it is the gym or my new Wii Fit Plus, I will exercise 3 times this week.

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EmpowHER Guest

Some sound, actionable tips here. Speaking from personal experience I've found that the best weight loss methods are often the simplest. And usually boil down to better eating strategies and regular exercise. When I was shifting my first 50lbs I found it helped a lot to follow a blog or join in at a forum so I was in contact with others going through similar weight loss journeys. There's a website with lots of great weight loss tips at www.slimmingresources.com that I still read now, and there's a pretty good weight loss forum at www.3fatchicks.com that's grown a lot in popularity since I first joined up!

October 23, 2010 - 12:08pm
EmpowHER Guest

OK, that is great, you are on track, keep it going. I am looking into the cupboards and getting rid of all that crap!! I am wondering about my friends who gave chocolate now!! Thanks for the simple but great ideas. I wish you well.

December 30, 2009 - 9:56pm
EmpowHER Guest

I accept the challenge and plan to start this week!

December 30, 2009 - 11:17am
EmpowHER Guest

I like what you are trying to achieve here. In my experience (for what it is worth) your net calorie intake is what determines your weight. If your net calorie intake is lower than the number of calories that your body needs to maintain its current weight, you will lose weight and vice versa.

Calorie counting is the only thing that has worked for me over the years when trying to lose weight. You need to be disciplined by noting down everything that you eat and drink and how many calories are in all of these foodstuffs. If you don't do that, you'll never know if you are on the right track or not.

The best thing to do is to use an online food diary. A good free site that I quite like is called Purple Weight Loss (www.purpleweightloss.com). There are others but this is the best one I have found as it doesn't take long to complete all of your entries.

Anyway, good luck to everyone trying to shape up in 2010. Keep up the good work!

December 29, 2009 - 10:29am
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