In the past few months, I have gained some weight. My larger sized dress pants now fit a little snug. I knew something needed to be done.
When my sister called suggesting a weight loss challenge, I enthusiastically said yes! We have done this before, and I enjoyed it. I like to have a good challenge that I can overcome. I have a few goals in mind for this weight loss challenge:
My first goal is not to come in last. From that sentence alone you can figure out what happened the last time we did this.
With the exception of Zumba classes, I have never liked exercising. While I still love them, I frequently find excuses not to go. I am also attempting to save money on gym memberships and try doing more cardio at home.
In the past, my neurologist recommended not doing anything too radical. Someone I know made the simple observation that I don’t eat many vegetables. When I was attempting to come up with a strategy, I thought that would be a good place to start. I am also going to eat more healthy fats such as the ones in avocados, sardines, and salmon. I have found an exercise plan online. I want to follow it for 30 days.
My first day was yesterday and I need to report in on Fridays. Maybe this would be a good blog theme on Fridays for the next few weeks. Do you have any good weight loss suggestions?
I have no discipline when it comes to exercise. I have set a goal of losing some weight before I fly to visit my family for Christmas. That will be challenging with Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up soon.
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I needed this reminder for myself more than anything. I need to get back into the routine of exercising to help keep myself healthy. As the infographic below shows, a little bit of exercise regularly can have all sorts of positive benefits for your brain. Not to mention I have to lose the weight that I gained from those donuts that I ate this summer!
Food is one of those items that I think I can make a big difference on if I’m careful. I like to eat out a lot, so it wouldn’t surprise me if my spending got a little out of control in this area. I have given myself a food budget, and am going to try to stick to it as closely as possible.
I have looked for small ways to make my food budget stretch a little farther. I remembered a farmer’s market that sold discounted vegetables, fruit, and fish. When I did some research into this particular farmer’s market, I heard conflicting information. So I didn’t go there until yesterday. It was so much cheaper than my local grocery store and has a lot of variety! I believe the key is to get there early, so you can get the better produce. I then went to my local grocery for items that I couldn’t find at the farmer’s market.
Other Efforts to Save Money
I have made other efforts to same money. For example, I stopped going to Zumba classes. I’m not sure that was a good decision, since it was a great way for me to deal with stress. The Zumba classes were not cheap, but I always left them feeling pretty good about myself. Maybe I could try walking for 30 minutes a few days a week and see if it has the same effect.