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6/18/12 4:02 P

Hi Suzana,

What about instead of looking at this journey as just another diet, you look at this journey as a way to change the way you are living? And in doing so, you throw out the need to be perfect, which for many of us can keep us trapped in a diet mentality. There will be no deprivation, but moderation. Exercise should be something you enjoy and not something you dread. You may lose the weight much more slowly, HOWEVER, according to a recent study, those individuals who lose the weight slowly and make this a lifestyle are more likely to keep the weight off for a much longer period of time. It's about making this your new way of living.

I wish you well!

Coach Nancy

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6/18/12 4:01 P


You don't have to hit the treadmill for exercise. you shouldn't have to dread exercise. exercise should be fun. because when we enjoy doing something, we look forward to doing that something each and every day. Do you have a gym membership ? If you really want to avoid the heat this summer, you'll need a gym membership where you can enjoy the a/c. If you can't afford a gym membership, then try getting up early in the morning so that you can take a walk. There are members who will tell you how they lost 100+ pounds just by walking and watching what they eat. If you walk early in the morning, you can take advantage of the cooler temps.

While it's true that a person shouldn't exercise in excessive heat, you can't avoid exercise just because it's hot out. Go to the beach or lake. go for a swim. swimming is fun and fantastic cardiovascular exercise. go to your local pool. I can assure you, no one cares what you look like in a bathing suit. so, go have some fun.

Mostly, as I tell all new members, start with some simple changes. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Start with some simple goals. Example, if you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not used to drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not used to regular exercise, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. once you've achieved these goals, you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. don't look at weight loss with an all or nothing mentality. start with some simple changes because every little bit does make a difference.

LYNSEY723 Posts: 3,114
6/18/12 3:51 P

I understand the feeling!! I have stopped and started so many times it's ridiculous. I would suggest starting slow. When I started this time (my longest and most successful attempt) I only changed my diet. I did not add in exercise for a full 3 months. I have always enjoyed exercise, but I know that I always take an all or nothing mentality when it comes to weight loss and I needed to break that. Then I started working out and now crave it daily. I am not a morning person, but I am now waking up at 4:30 each morning to get to the gym before work (it also helps that I beat some traffic that way).

Since you don't like the treadmill, check out your local gyms and see what classes they offer. If you can get to a class before work 2-3 days a week that is great! If you don't want to take the gym approach, get up early and do a workout video before work. There are so many fun ones out there! I find morning works best for me because I won't decide to go out for a drink with a friend or lay on the couch instead.

Either way, I would say work on your eating before you start on the workout side of things. The majority of weight loss has to do with your diet, so start there! Then when you're ready to start adding in exercise, maybe the worst of the summer heat will have passed. :) Good luck!

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,456
6/18/12 3:43 P

"Also somewhat related, any suggestions on how to exercise when 1) I don't like the treadmill and 2) I *really* can't stand summer and the heat?

1) Find something you DO like.
2) Exercise early in the morning before it gets hot, or later in the evening as it cools off, or indoors.

DENVERSUZ Posts: 290
6/18/12 3:39 P

Hi all,

Well I have started/stopped, started/stopped (rinse, repeat) my weight loss efforts over and over and am trying to start again. My problem? I'm having difficulty taking my efforts seriously anymore because of all the ups and downs. Add that to a job I'm feeling suffocated by (which has a very busy and time consuming schedule) and I'm struggling to even start, which I have to do b/c I hate feeling this way. Any thoughts/tips?

Also somewhat related, any suggestions on how to exercise when 1) I don't like the treadmill and 2) I *really* can't stand summer and the heat?

Thanks all...

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