How many times have trainers/instructors heard those phrases? Answer: each and every day.
Exercise is, of course,very important but it isn't the only component to a healthy weight and body. People forget about (or don't want to think about) the nutritional aspect of fitness.
The equation is simple people, calories in vs. calories out. If you want to lose weight, you need to ingest less calories than you burn off. Plain & simple. Move more, eat less.
Well, for us baby boomers (people born between the years 1946-1964), thats tough. We were always reminded by our parents that they grew up during the great depression and you need to eat everything on your plate. There was also the starving children in Ethiopia or China or wherever. By the way, don't get all huffy with me, I do take starving peoples anywhere very seriously. But these are the ideas we grew up with.
We ate everything we could when we were kids 'cuz we never sat still. So now we don't move as much as we did as kids, we go to the gym or whatever to get some exercise for about an hour. We don't get recess at work, right? Ahhhh, the real world, LIFE. But we still have that way of finishing everything on the plate mentality. It's a hard one to break. Believe me,I know.
I remember living with my mom when I first moved out to Tucson before I found a place of my own. I was a bit larger than the average fitness bear and Mom reminded me of that issue repeatedly. BUT! She would cook 6 chicken breasts and a load of potatoes and then say to me, " Oh, why don't you finish these chicken & potatoes so we don't have to have left-overs?" Say what? "NO." We'd actually get into a little battle about it.
First of all, it was just the 2 of us so why so much food? Second, I don't want that much food at 1 time. 3rd, what the hell is wrong with left-overs?
I had finally gotten to the point of eating to satisfied rather than stuffed & uncomfortable. That was tough. Some people say to just eat 1/2 of whats on your plate and that works for some but I would prefer to just put that 1/2 amount only on my plate so I don't see it.
I'm not a big fan of diets, especially since I got interrupted while writing the word 1 day and looked down to see "die-t." Wow! I try to eat very well nutritionally but still have difficulty dropping these annoying lb"s.
I don't just sit around eating bon-bons all day but what gives? somehow my doc thinks I'm still getting too much sugar in my diet which, according to him, stops the fat burning process so he suggested I try a more Paleo type way of eating for awhile. No grains, no starchy carbs and very little fruit. AAAGGGGHHHHHHH!
I'll give it a try though. I doubt that I'm going to go full out with this though but I will do a lot towards this end. We'll just have to wait & see how this goes. I would love to drop a bunch of #'s bedore my vacation with sis. as well as for my own happiness and well being.
Wish me luck and I'll keep ya'll posted on my progress. I've got a lot of salad makings, a lot of meat in the fridge and put the bread in the outside fridge. I've made a pot roast yesterday and will take some of that to work today.
Have a safe 4th of July everyone. Celebrate love!
Keep dancing and peace out