RECLAIMING FITNESS

Reclaiming fitness is not only about fat loss; it’s about developing self-control, strength and stamina!

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  • 12th September
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  • 15th August
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1/2 Pound/Week!!!!!!!

I have lost 34 pounds in the last 18 months.  I exercise 5-6 days/week consistently-a mixture of weight strengthening, spinning, running, yoga and pilates.

On average, I have lost 0.50 pounds/week over the past 18 months.  I calculated my BMR based on my age, gender and physical activity levels and it was 2,279.  If I want to lose 0.50 lbs/week that means I would have to consume 2000 calories/day or less and for 1 pound/week 1750 calories/day or less.

When I calculated my numbers and factored in my weight, age, gender and physical activity level,  I realized how foolish we are to believe weight loss does not take time and consistent healthy eating and exercise patterns.  For me to lose just 0.50 pounds/week, I have to consume less than 2000 calories/day with a weekly moderate to heavy exercise routine.  I have to eat well just to supply my body with the energy to perform my exercises plus work to lose fat.

Losing fat is not easy and it requires so many factors not just diet.  I personally disregard restrictive, deprivation  and low calorie diets.  For me, the promise of quick weight loss does not merit slowing down my metabolism.  Every decade, our body’s metabolism slows down so why would I want to slow down my metabolism more with a low calorie restrictive or deprivation diet?

We are so easily fooled into these diets and there are thousands of weight loss marketers who have capitalized on our impatience and ignorance.  Reclaiming fitness is really very simple.  It’s making the best choices every day about what we are going to eat and how and when we will exercise.  I have come to the realization that becoming fit takes planning, time, consistency, healthy choices and substitutions.  We do not unlearn our unhealthy patterns and habits in just a few weeks or months.  I believe it takes years to develop and establish good habits to the point where it’s second nature.  If it’s not second nature than it’s not a habit yet.

Fitness is not a diet; it’s a way of life.  I don’t live to eat but I eat in such a way to be good to my body.  We cannot escape aging and death but we can make the days we do live better by the way we lovingly care for our bodies.  So for those of us reclaiming our fitness we have to approach it as an architect would build a house - design a blueprint, purchase good solid materials, lay the foundation, build it a section at a time and then lovingly maintain it.

  • 15th August
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Keep in mind that losing weight is not as easy as it sounds on TV diet commercials. It takes a lot more commitment than just drinking that delicious shake for breakfast. And it takes time.

Don’t try to lose more than 1/2 pound to 1 pound each week, and don’t eat fewer than 1,200 calories per day (preferably more). On a super-low-calorie diet, you deprive your body of essential nutrients, and you have a tougher time keeping the weight off because your metabolism slows down. Realize, too, that genetics plays a large role in weight loss. It’s easier for some people to lose weight than it is for others.

(Source: dummies.com)

  • 13th August
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  • 8th August
    2012
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Fantastic FITBLRS?????

Thanks a ton for the response to my question what makes a Fantastic FITBLR?  I am getting tired of seeing the same old pictures being reblogged.  I think we are overblogged with fitspirations.  

I agree with those who gave me their opinions which were:

1) Real life stories

2) Not condemning the overweight

3) Encouragement

4) 90% personal

5) Sharing struggles and imperfections

6) Honesty

We can continue to reblog photo images of perfectly, fit, air-brushed bodies but that is not reality.  We do need honesty and transparency about the difficulties of reclaiming fitness and also how those difficulties were overcome! 

So what’s your opinion?  Message me ;)

(Source: reclaimingfitness)

  • 7th August
    2012
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Sabotaging thought: “It’s okay to eat more than I had planned just this one time”

Response: “It’s not okay to do it this one time because every single time matters. Every time I eat more than I had planned, I make it more likely I will eat more the next time, too. I need to exercise my resistance muscle, not my giving in muscle.

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  • 7th August
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Waiting for our bodies to shape up — or waiting for anything at all — seems to grate on our American psyches. Whatever we want, we want it right now. And we’ll pay more to get it right now. But remember — when it comes to losing weight, unless you’re prepared to start hacking off big chunks of your body, “right now” just ain’t gonna happen.
Dr. Frank B. Smoot, MA, DD
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    2012
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How long have you been overweight? How long did it take you to get there? And how long have your current beliefs, attitudes, and habits been a part of your life? In light of those realities, do you really think you can — or should — lose weight quickly?
Dr. Frank B. Smoot, MA, DD
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Losing weight through a moderate exercise program and healthy diet is a gradual process. The most important point to note is that so long as you stick with the moderate exercise program, the chance of regaining back the weight is minimal. This is because the body has gone through a time consuming metabolic process in which the adjustment to the weight loss and weight maintenance has been gradual. Consequently, no rapid weight gain has been noted in people who have been on a continuous exercise program.

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  • 5th August
    2012
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  • 4th August
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Citrus Cranberry Detox Drink
6 cups distilled water
1.5 cups unsweetened cranberry juice (do not use cranberry cocktail juice)
6 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar (optional)
Mix all ingredients.  Refrigerate.  Drink 1 cup of the cranberry detox drink three times/day or sip throughout the day over ice.  Makes enough for a 2 day supply. 
I don’t use this as a diet but to cleanse and to remove water weight.  I use this in conjunction with clean eating and regular exercise.
Always consult your medical practitioner before embarking on any detox program.Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/467622-how-safe-is-the-cranberry-detox/#ixzz22chwRVQP

Citrus Cranberry Detox Drink

6 cups distilled water

1.5 cups unsweetened cranberry juice (do not use cranberry cocktail juice)

6 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

6 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar (optional)

Mix all ingredients.  Refrigerate.  Drink 1 cup of the cranberry detox drink three times/day or sip throughout the day over ice.  Makes enough for a 2 day supply. 

I don’t use this as a diet but to cleanse and to remove water weight.  I use this in conjunction with clean eating and regular exercise.

Always consult your medical practitioner before embarking on any detox program.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/467622-how-safe-is-the-cranberry-detox/#ixzz22chwRVQP

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    2012
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