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How To Create A Simple Weight Loss Program In Five Days

It’s common that people give up when it comes to losing weight. After all, what is the point of losing weight if nothing is left to keep you satisfied? Instead of giving up, consider taking one of the many diets on the market but make sure you know what your goals are, how much weight you need to lose and why you want to lose it. Then start working your way down to a plan that you can execute. If things are not working out as planned, just stick with the plan you’ve been following for a while and see where it takes you.

My goal is to lose 30 pounds in 10 days. I’d like to be as lean as possible, but I want to keep my skin moisturized and not look like I came off my wedding day… which is a shame because I am really proud of my wedding dress, but, ya know, I did. Anyhow, I need to start and start now. And I will be doing my homework. I learned about this site, tried different programs and recipes, and I have two goals – 1) to get more exercise during my rest days (i.e. Sunday – Wednesday) 2) reduce consumption of white sugar and fat in my diet.

After some experimentation, I got pretty good at it…

I’m the only person I know (besides my husband and my friend’s fiance, who was really good at it), who takes a daily walk, and I find that the benefits are tremendous. That afternoon in the park, I’ve been doing Pilates like it’s my job. I am working to improve my speed, increase my stamina, increase my hip flexibility. I walk for 30 minutes (in a brisk walk – there’s no time for a jog), do my stretches & mobility drills (which I always seem to have trouble with) and I’m good to go. It really helps.

I’ve also been doing some weight lifting – a lot. I am very competitive with myself as an athlete, and that means I eat a lot. I think the goal is to get to a point where I’m working out for two hours per day. My workout consists of:

5 minutes of squats

3 minutes of push ups

1.5-2.5 minutes of dips

and 2 minutes of abdominal training (i.e. back raises)

After all of this is done, we switch back to my regular morning routine. I eat whatever the heck I want when I get up and it’s delicious. It’s usually a breakfast of some sort, a large breakfast, dinner and snacks. I eat whatever I want, when I want and I eat it as long as I feel like I need it. Sometimes I skip a meal because I want to keep my willpower up, but usually I’m pretty good about sticking to my plan.

I’ve lost about 15 pounds since starting the diet. The biggest change for me has not been my weight but the amount of time I am able to spend on a treadmill – it’s a great way to lose weight. Since starting the diet, I have gone from being exhausted at the end of the day to being able to complete my treadmill runs without much effort in 4-8 hour chunks. It has also been beneficial for my mental health. I just love the feeling of going from walking to running and I feel better afterwards.

The most difficult part of the diet is being patient while I am waiting on the weight loss to start. I’m not saying I’m lazy (I’m very strict and I never do shortcuts) but sometimes it takes me a day to a week to hit my goal. If it takes me a month to go from being overweight to losing 10 pounds, that means I have to eat about 3 pounds of food just to lose that pound. That’s a lot of food. So I’ll probably always have some food “in the freezer.” But that’s ok, because I have time to prepare my healthy meals. With no grocery store trips or cooking the evening before, I try to cook as many healthy meals as possible that keep my calorie budget low to begin with.

I am working hard on trying to keep my weight in check by continuing to exercise. So far, I’ve been able to do 10 miles each day for 20 minutes, in order to get in a workout at my gym for 2x/week.