30 April 2006

Realistic weight loss and exercise - your own key






I have been watching a lot of weight loss and fitness shows on TV over the last 12 months or so and I really think they give people the wrong expectations about long term weight loss and health/fitness. We need to find an exercise that we are comfortable doing three to five times a week for the rest of our lives and an eating plan that still enables us to enjoy life.

OK, so spending hours at the gym every day and eating a strict diet will decrease our size, but maintaining it once we are unable to keep up the strict program is another story.

It isn't too hard to find 30 minutes, three to five times a week to walk or jog or do some form of cardio exercise, whether at the gym or at home. Once our desired weight is lost it is important to stick to a low fat, healthy eating plan and drink plenty of water/fluids. Just by sticking to this our new weight CAN be maintained and we can still have a few indulgences.

Next month (May) I will have maintained my goal weight for one whole year. I am so pleased I have now found MY key to staying this weight and I hope everyone, who really wants to, finds their key too!

13 comments:

Briony said...

Very impressive, congratulations. I hope to be able to say that someday too! Just need to find my damn key!! Ha ha
Hope you're having a great weekend.
Bri

littlegrover said...

Absolutely agree with you! We so often want the quick fix but the key is often hanging on the key chain we are holding in our hand! Sometimes we are a little too blind to notice it. Big congrats for your maintenance - that is so fantastic!

Jadey 0:-) said...

What a great post hun! Congratulations on reaching your first anniversary. They say if you keep it off for 2 years you have it off for life so you are so close!

CaramelKitKat said...

Congrats on your anniversary! It is such a great achievement and you've written a great post.

The biggest loser secrets show is on now and they're talking about what they have done after the show to keep losing. They're all talking about moving being the key, so you're not alone there.

Question: Now that you have found your key, would you say maintaining is easy?

M said...

What a great post Suzy. And you are so right, if we find our own key, that thing that gives us the results we want and keeps up living the life we need, then we are going to find it easier to keep up and therefore maintain.

Very happy to hear the other two miners have had contact with the outside world.

Ails said...

You're so right Suzy - the importance of maintenance just isn't emphasised enough! It certainly wasn't something I thought of after my previous weight loss attempts, probably explains why I'm at it again, BUT FOR THE LAST TIME! Finding that time to exercise isn't hard to find with a little forethought and you are living proof! Happy 1st maintenance anniversary! Have a great week, Ails x

Anne said...

Great post Suzy. Yuo have summed it up perfectly.

Well done on a year of maitaining - that is wonderful. You must be so pleased and happy with yourself.

Jaykay said...

Still looking for my key!!

Congratulations Suzy on maintaining for a whole year. You really are an inspiration.

michelle said...

You have it all worked out on the key to success and your own success is very inspirational. Just wish I wouldn't keep losing my keys......... Congrats on 1 year of maintaining. You are proof it can be done.

shinyruby said...

one year - well done! that is so fantastic, and it clearly sounds as though you are doing it the right way. slow and steady really is winning the race :)

Julie's journey said...

Oh sweetie, congrats on maintaining for a year. I am just starting the maintenance yet again and know how difficult it is - sometimes I think it is more difficult than the actual losing. I agree with you about the exercise and am looking forward to walking the neighbourhood again checking out peoples houses and gardens.
:o)

Mary said...

You are awesome Suzy! A whole year maintaining now is fantastic and you are a constant inspiration :-)

Melinda said...

What a great post, congratulations on the first anniversary of your reaching goal weight and maintenance.

Where do you get your great pictures from Suzy and how do you put them on a post? I tried to find one of a baby for my post about how I am to become a Grandmother. No luck finding one or how to put it on top of a post.