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I started running at age 61, after having had knee problems when I was 80 pounds heavier. At first I just ran a few steps with my grandkids and added a few running steps to my Walk Away the Pounds videos. I didn't actually do a Couch to 5K (C25K) program, but I bet it would be a great way to do it.
When you are served salad with dressing you can cut the amount of fat and salt significantly and still enjoy your side dish. Just spoon some of your water on the salad. Much of the heavy dressing will go to the bottom of the bowl. Then you'll be able to eat your veggies without all the calories you did not want! This trick works particularly well with cole slaw.
I tried the suggestion of Judith Beck, PhD, (The Beck Diet Solution) to serve myself the entire meal and spread it out in front of me. Seeing all the food helps me 1) feel more satisfied and 2) judge whether the portions are reasonable. In the past I've often eaten one item and then get the next item and so on. Putting it altogether helps me realize how much I am eating.
The old diet standbys of grapefruit, cabbage with low calorie veggie soup, and crisp salads are good to include in healthy eating plans. They help to fill you up and give you needed nutrients. They are not, however, sufficient for sustenance. Give up the "diets" of less than 1000 calories and develop full healthy eating plans of 1200 or more calories daily. You'll feel better, lose weight, and be able to stick to it!!
You want to exercise but you forgot your sports bra. I find if I tie my bra straps behind my neck with an extra shoe string the straps stay up and I almost have enough support.
Invite your friends, neighbors, coworkers or clients to meet weekly to get healthier. Set and report on Fast Break and other goals. In my group of 6 people, I'm the only one who uses the computer. But the other 5 use the printed meal plans and grocery lists. I present a topic each week based on a Spark article or two. So, even though I planned for a SparkTeam on the computer that has not materialized, every team member lost weight in January, and I'm back to my happy weight! It helped all of us!
Yesterday I walked to the grocery store and enjoyed a couple mile walk in beautiful weather. I made a few purchases, but the bag was annoying me as it hit my legs while I walked. I figured out I could put one arm in each handle and create a spontaneous backpack that was much more comfortable!! I found I needed to move the groceries around to find the most comfortable way to wear it.
I learned a lot about losing weight with Weight Watchers and a little about maintenance. I came to SparkPeople and learned more about losing and a lot more about weight maintenance. I got The Beck Diet Solution and am learning many more skills in dealing with food and thinking like a thin person.