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Tackling the Weight Battle

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Tackling the Weight Battle I remember as a child loving food.  While growing up, I had no brothers or sisters to compete with; therefore, I tried to compete with my dad to be the first to get second helpings.  I remember being sort of  “chunky” most of the time, but as a young child, this didn’t really concern me so much.  The only one that seemed concerned was the nurse at my school during my 6th grade year.  I had reached the awesome weight of 100 pounds!  Thankfully, as I hit my teenage years, I took a big U-turn.  Admiring a “skinny” friend in junior high, I soon lost interest in those second helpings! I do recall reading from a weight loss book one summer break during my college days.  This was actually the first time that I had done any reading on this subject. I remember the author stating that all her family had been heavy, but she had learned that she could overcome that tendency by eating right.  I remember being shocked.  It seemed that society had always blamed weight issues on hereditary traits.  My grandmother was very heavy when I was young and my mother had faced the weight battle as she got older.  I guess I thought I would have no choice but to face heavy weight in years to come.   This was my first realization that I needed to take matters  into my own hands and become accountable for the things that I ate. My weight has been up and down over the years.  The three times that I actually lost a lot of weight, I did not even realize that I was losing it.  All three times someone else had pointed the fact out to me that I had lost weight before I had even noticed it myself.  Considering this now, I realize that we often become way too preoccupied with food. I know that I was much more active during these times, but I also know that I was too busy to worry about “watching my fat calories”. After having my third child, I had reached my highest weight ever.  I still remember the shock the first time I reached back to scratch my shoulder and felt the fat beneath.  And like many people, after seeing a photo of myself, I knew I had to do something!  I started doing some 10 minute exercises in the morning and then began to include some stair stepping exercises during the evening.  My weight gradually fell off. Shortly after, I began to notice that I was exhausted all the time and had an extremely hard time facing the cold and my hair began falling out.  After being tested, it was found that I had problems with my thyroid.  And as many of you probably already know, the thyroid affects your metabolism.  So of course, keeping the weight off began to be quite a struggle. Since then, I have read numerous articles over boosting metabolism.  The best advice by far which has helped me tremendously has been weight lifting.  Now don’t misunderstand me.  I do not lift huge weights that you see men lift.  I started with 2 pound weights and have now worked up to 5 lbs weights.  As you get older, your muscles tend to decrease and your metabolism begins to slow down as a result.  Muscle burns more calories, and so building muscle has always given me 100% positive results.  I actually find it more pleasant doing muscle building exercises than any other exercising that I’ve done.  You get faster results in shorter periods of time. Eating healthy foods has been the key to long-term weight maintenance.  Yes, I still gain some weight at Christmas and Thanksgiving time, but it’s not nearly as difficult now to gear myself back into shape because I’m building healthy eating and exercising habits.  When you have established a habit, it will seem odd when you are not performing your ordinary routine.  You will become more anxious to get back into your normal routine when the holidays are over. It’s surprising to realize that when America began to introduce sugar substitutes and fat substitutes and more processed foods…America’s average weight went up.  Our bodies began to starve nutritionally for real foods…and soon we found ourselves eating even more and struggling with cravings that couldn’t seem to be satisfied.  I beg you to do your own research on the downside of sugar and sugar substitutes and learning what benefits healthy fats can do for you! To be continued next Monday… Here’s some additional superfoods and superspices to include in your daily diet. *Sidekicks following (Click here to check out last week’s list.) Apples: pears Avocado: artichokes, asparagaus, extra virgin olive oil Dark Chocolate (Check for real cocoa butter) Dried Superfruits: apricots, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, currants, dates, figs, prunes, raisins Extra virgin olive oil: canola oil, coconut oil Honey Kiwi: guava, pineapple Onions: chives, garlic, leeks, scallions, shallots Pomegranates: plums Superspices: Cinnamon, Cumin, Garlic, Oregano, Thyme, Tumeric P.S. Boost your metabolism with exercise; if you haven’t committed to exercising at least 10 min. in the mornings…join me by visiting my post on health & fitness (click here).  Just leave me a comment! Disclaimer: I would like to clarify the fact that I’m not a certified dietician.  I rely on health-focused research and learned experiences.  Any major diet changes should be consulted with your own doctor.   Some people are diabetic and others have food allergies.  This is something to always consider when making any changes in your own diet.]]>

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February 2, 2010 at 9:50 am

I’ve read a lot of books about lifting weights also. At the gym they have different weight machines that I have been using. I have been losing inches, but not pounds. The “gym ladies” all say that I need to keep doing the wieghts but increase my cardio exercise to lose the pounds.



    February 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Sounds like you’re definitely on the right track! As you gain muscle you will lose inches, but you may not notice any decrease on the scale because muscle weighs more than fat.

    This is where a lot of people get discouraged because they focus on the numbers of the scale instead of the fact that they’re losing inches with their muscle toning.

    Adding some cardio exercises to your weekly routine at least 3 times a week can really help with the extra weight loss. I can’t wait until the weather warms ups in spring because I love getting out to go bicycling.



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