YES! The gym…I joined last week. Today was my second day in a row. I feel great…(NOT! In SO MUCH PAIN!)…well, I feel mentally great.
JUST GOT IN FROM DAY 2 @ THE GYM. I nearly cried like a baby. I really felt like I was gonna be crippled at the end of the day! Lol. Just goes to show you guys how unfit I am. Never in a million years did I think I’d be using those machines that them mu…scle mutts be using! Hmm, Little did I know. But I did it! It was hard work. But “Victory’s within the miles almost there DONT GIVE UP NOW!” – Have a FAB week ppl!
And BTW, Day 3 is 2moro! Will update ya then.
By Dell White. Excerpt from his book Guide to a Healthier Way of Life
Now, you may be asking yourself how eating 5 times a day could possibly be good for you! This eating plan, of course, consists of good, healthy foods along with good habits — you cannot eat pizza 5 times per day to be a lean, mean working machine. The only thing you would be is a big blob of blubber! Foods high in carbohydrates, like pizza, drag you down, bloat you and deplete your energy. It is time for you to change your habits and start eating light and healthy.
Your first step to change your lifestyle and your eating habits is to start the day with a good healthy breakfast.
Your body needs a source of protein and carbohydrate at breakfast. Continue your day eating a good source of protein, carbohydrates and some fats every 3-4 hours. Do not let your body go more than 4 hours without food as you may slow down your metabolism.
What we are working towards is to raise your metabolic rate so you can burn calories all day long. Drink plenty of water before and after meals and throughout the day to curb your appetite. You want to flush out any toxins and excess fat in your body.
Try to plan your meals with the foods you enjoy.
If you do not like tuna, do not force yourself to eat it. You will never stay consistent if you are dreading what you have to eat. Eat your meals, slowly while sitting down. Too many of us eat on the run, standing in the kitchen or in the car. We do not give our bodies the chance to tell our brains we are satisfied and, as you know, if you are not satisfied, you might over eat.
There are going to be days that you might “fall off the band wagon.” For example, you might eat a high fat meal or over eat at dinner. If this happens, do not give up — just get right back on your eating plan the next day and your body will not be affected. If you throw in the towel, that is where you get into trouble. If you make a mistake at work, you don’t just quit your job — you correct it and move forward.
Here are some tips to follow if body fat loss is your goal:
- Have your food steamed, baked, broiled or roasted.
- Eliminate any rich, thick sauces and soups such as béarnaise, hollandaise, alfredo and sauces (marinara is a better choice).
- Remove skin and fat from chicken.
- Eliminate butter all together.
- Eat smaller portions — more often — never stuff your self.
- Share dessert — do not eat the whole thing by yourself.
- Learn to just have a taste — if it is a food you cannot resist, stay away from it all together.
- Chew gum while baking — especially during the holidays.
- Ask for your salad dressing on the side — dip your fork in for taste.
- Do not go out to dinner starved — this will lead you to over eat. Drink water before your meals
So I have been giving serious consideration to joining the gym since I have a pot belly and extremely jiggly thighs. I’ve been calling around the gyms and weighing my options in terms of membership prices, perks and facilities. My main concern when I’m chosing the right gym is “Am I getting sufficient bang for my buck?” And I have my eye on Bannatyne’s Health Club because they offer a very large range of services and fcilities that I can use to my benefit as a new-gym-entusiast. LOL!
I’m trying to get myself into the “one day at a time” frame of mind because I have to be realistic here I mean I cant expect to come out of the gym after one hour on one day and have Abs. Rome wasn’t built in a day. I know it’s gonna be a loooong and hard fight ahead of my to lose at least 20lbs. I just want a trim and fit body - a flat tummy, firm thighs and arms. I don’r need to come out looking like Im on steroids, and I really dont wanna look like Im Anarexic or Bulimic. I want to go out in my mini’s and not have to tuck in my tummy (lord knows that is HARD WORK!)
And I know gyming is only a third of the battle, I also have to eat well. I have been reading up on the Eat five times a day “diet” – My mommy and Shakira told me about it so you know I had to do further research. Here’s what I found:
**How works eating 5 times a day?**
First: You speed up your metabolism.
Second: When you eat regularly your body doesn’t feel any need to store “food” in secret places (abs, buttocks and hips) for future usage – your body burns everything and even more!
Third: When you eat small 5 portions a day you never experience stomach bloating.
**Rules for eating 5 times a day**
- Eat every 2 or 3 hours. Never stay 6 hours without eating and after that to eat 2 times every 30 minutes. Try to divide day in 5 equal time intervals.
- First week make check list and write every time you eat.
- Practice to eat 1 protein or 1 carb in every meal.
- Drink water. This will make to go to toilet often and you will throw away your body’s “garbage”.
- Workout 3-5 times per week.
Shoot, I have NO PROBLEM eating 5 times a day – its the eating healthy part that gets me.
*…Sigh*Tomorrow I’ll be heading in to my tentative gym of choice for a tour and consultation. Hope to start soon and shed the summer weight BEFORE X-MAS! Lol. Thats another season I am dreading very much… *side eye*