If I can find a yoga group that is completely sans the religious aspects of the discipline I think I would join it. In the coming year building muscle mass and increasing flexibility will be added to my walking and nutrition program.View Thread
I am extremely regimented when it comes to this program. I had a real busy Saturday 2 weeks ago and wasn't able to take my second walk of the day until midnight. But I did it, I stayed on track (good for the mind and soul) and it turned out to be a great long walk.
I don't regret not weighing myself. I have slowly learned that I was a lot heavier than I ever imagined. Weighing myself might have been a real detriment to motivation.
After the first of the year I will go back to one walk per day. In the reclaimed time I hope to begin lifting weights.View Thread
I started this nutrition/exercise quest on 01 September making today, day number 60. This is a big deal to me as it marks the half way point of my expected reduction phase. I have felt a lot of changes in the past 60 days including:
Weight loss. I don't weight myself but an XXL shirt was getting to be too small when I began. Now an XL shirt fits nicely. I wore Levis with a 44" waist at the start. Now I am down to 40" and dropping. My goal is 36" -- the size I wore my senior year in high school. Overall I'm sure I'm down at least 50 lbs. I will begin weighing myself on 01 December.
Exercise. Broken-up into 2 or 3 sessions, I now walk 3+ hours/day at a fast pace. For the longest time I was exhausted after the walks (we have some steep hills here) but now they are slowly becoming routine. My bad knee (the main reason I began this program) know feels considerably better. My body now feels like a racing vehicle that easily cruises through each day but can really perform if I drop the hammer.
Food. I now eat very healthy. I feel extremely lucky that I have not had cravings for bad foods. I am also thankful that the hunger pangs have not been bad. I think the key is to eat a large number of fresh vegetables every day to fill up my gut. In terms of junk food and fast food, they just need to remain gone from my life. Not a once in a while treat, but gone altogether because they are not a treat. More and more I view them as poison.
I get my protein now from eggs, nuts, cow's milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, tempeh, tuna, kippers, sardines, beans, lentils and quinoa. I'm not sure if I will add back beef and/or chicken once I shift to a weight maintenance program. If I eat beef and chicken, it would be once a week with something like stir fry.
Overall. My skin and hair look healthier. I am no longer bloated in the face (I suspect I am sensitive to sodium.) I have a lot more energy. Though I do not stretch I definitely feel more flexible. I feel much more relaxed and at ease when I pray. Absolutely zero gastrointestinal issues -- I feel like I have a cast iron stomach again. As I mentioned my knee seems to be healing once and for all.
I am planning to eat "non-diet" dinners on November 20th and 23rd (Thanksgiving) but I still plan to keep things pretty healthy. I might put an extra bit of roadwork in between then and now so both evenings can be absolutely guilt-free.
This is some excellent "out of the box" thinking! I make quinoa and tofu once a week for dinner and have thought about it for breakfast.
To be honest, white rice, brown rice, couscous and quinoa are all healthier than what most people consume for breakfast. I don't care for dates but I love raisins and bananas so I think I'll give it a go.
BTW, why cold? I think rice and raisins right out of the cooker with some milk and almonds would be delicious!View Thread
My choice of exercise is daily walks (about 75-80 minutes in length) which I have been doing for the past 25 years.
For the past 54 days I have been on a new exercise/nutrition program. I walk 90-100 minutes at lunch and another 75-80 minutes at night. I also stop midway on the noontime walk to do leg lifts and some push-ups. I started this program to help my chronically injured left knee by losing weight.
It made for truly exhausting days but the weight has steadily come off and my body is adapting to the daily rigor. On 01/01/2013 I hope to be at my target weight. At that time I will replace the evening walk with strength training and stretching. I am also going to start riding my bike again.
I honestly feel a lot younger then I did 54 days ago. The diet and exercise have been very good thus far. I think diet, exercise, stretching and spiritual nourishment can have a profound impact on one's health and aging.View Thread
Cereal is sort of like coffee or iced tea. Consume it without sugar for a month or two and it will become your preferred way. It's healthier that way, you save calories and you can actually taste the grain.View Thread
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