Thursday, September 22, 2011

What Works

There is so much information out there about how to lose weight and how to get into better shape. No doubt about it, it can be overwhelming and confusing. As a breast cancer survivor, I like to keep life simple. I want to find what works and get on with it.

I don't know about you, but going through breast cancer treatment taught me a life-long lesson about stripping life down to the bare essentials because it was the only way I could get through the day. When treatment was over, I thought: Why bring back this extraneous crap into my life when I got along just fine without it for eight months? Now that I've been doing the HOPE exercise study for eight weeks, I'm trying to take everything to the next level.

This is what is working for me, and I hope it works for you too.

1. Get it in your mindset to at least try to walk or go on the treadmill for 30 minutes every day. I know that's a tall order. I've only managed to do 30 minutes of cardio 3-5 days a week. But if I didn't make it my goal to do it  everyday, who knows? My blood pressure is already close to normal thanks to at least going for it. There is no doubt in my mind that it has helped my quality of sleep, too. And just so ya know, the day  I do cardio every day,  I'm going to go out and buy myself something reallly special. Just try.

2. If you like to drink, like I do, trade in your wine for vodka and seltzer with a slice of lemon or tequila with a slice of lime. Wine has a lot of sugar. I don't eat a lot of sweets, but when I drink more than 2 glasses of wine, the end result is the same thing. I might as well pig out on a box of Oreo cookies.

3. Be cognizant of feeding your body protein, vegetables and fruit everyday. Just try to focus on those things. If you are like me, some warm, Italian bread and butter inevitably finds its way on to my plate when I eat out. Try as I might, the carbs still keep creeping in--put some mashed potatoes, pasta or bread in front of me, and it's all over.  So I play games with my mind to limit them. For instance, I just tell the waitress not to bring the basket of bread.  This is where the battle gets tough.

4. Consistency counts. Today my trainer said: Be patient. Just keep coming to the gym twice a week and over time, you will see the difference. I'm banking on that, pal.

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