I am planning a trip to Southern California in mid-June and want to loose 20 pounds by then. (Parents have a pool and I will have to put on a bathing suit). My reward to myself if I meet this goal will be an annual passport. Anyone else trying to shrink? Would love to share motivation.
Been there, done that. But it took 2 years and 14,000 miles for me to lose 20 pounds
Originally Posted by TikiRoomLiz
And, now that I can get around I'm getting ready to participate in a bike tour last year ... so I've got a goal to work towards. Currently I'm strengthening my leg by trying to walk everywhere! So far it has helped with some weight loss, and in a few weeks I'll be going to the gym.
I wouldn't mind hearing about the bike tour, but this probably isn't the thread. I've done some bike tours and had a blast.
Originally Posted by Disneyphile
The key is to not "diet", but change your lifestyle. Diets are temporary fixes - they're not designed for longterm use, especially because the diet industry would like to rely on repeat business. My weight went up and down for over a decade, because I was always trying to "diet". But now, I've changed my habits and thought processes - I eat to live, not live to eat.
I couldn't have said it better. I changed my diet (that is, the foods I choose to eat) for health reasons, and the weight loss was a beneficial side effect. Now, I'm maintaining a healthy weight for my height and age.
I wish you success not only in reaching your short-term goal, but in the long-term one in reaching and sustaining a healthy weight.
Have bicycle, will ride. Finished 2012 with 10,089 miles, 683 hours, and 482,000 feet of elevation gain. 2013: 201 rides, 8171 miles, 544 hours, 480K feet.
2014 so far: 5751 miles, 319,000 feet
I'm basically copying and pasting what I wrote down in a weight loss thread a couple of weeks ago:
This is my diet plan:
breakfast - raisin bran (or any high fiber, whole grain cereal)
snack (about 2 hours later) - apple, or any fruit
lunch - salad + green tea
snack (about 2 hours later) - banana, or any fruit
dinner - whatever's for dinner
Basically the key is to eat food more spaced out and in smaller portions. Also, replacing fatty, sugary snacks with fruits and vegetables or anything healthy is a great lifestyle change that will help in losing weight.
The key is lifestyle changes. My mom tried the south beach diet, and it worked, but she ended up putting the weight back on. this is why fad diets are usually not recommended.
Of course, exercise is great too! If you have an annual pass, a good stroll through the Disney Parks is also great exercise!
And the reason why weight lifting is also good for you is because muscle mass drives weight loss. The more muscle mass you have, the easier it is to burn calories.