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Heads Up: Life-Changing Program Begins Today
Join Fat 2 Fit members for Dr. Kelly Traver's 12-week life-changing method based on her book, The Program, beginning today. From November 14 through the first week in February 2012, I’ll share weekly advice, exercises and activities from the book to guide you in your effort to lose weight and adopt healthier habits. To join, simply participate in the topic forum and report your results on a weekly basis. I hope to see you there.
Each week I will highlight the content of one chapter, so you can participate without purchasing a copy of the book. But you may get more from the program if you read and study the entire chapter. If you don’t have a copy of the book, you can find new and inexpensive used copies on Amazon.com. The full title of the book is The Program: The Brain-Smart Approach to the Healthiest You.
Good 2 Know Fitness Tip: Preparing for the New Year—Getting a Baseline and Accepting Who You Are
Dr. Eve A. Wood, the author of Medicine, Mind and Meaning, gives helpful advice on how to prepare for the new year—for a special opportunity for a new beginning. Dr. Wood counsels us that the first step of our journey to fitness begins with getting a baseline and accepting who we are. Each of us has many givens: our genetics, biology, inborn characteristics, feelings, vulnerabilities and any medical issues we are facing. During the process of facing where we are and who we are, Dr. Wood assures us that we will discover that our gifts outweigh our shortcomings and vulnerabilities. Wouldn't this realization be a wonderful platform from which to step into 2012? Are you willing to engage in this exercise?
Featured Member: Annmh88
Members who read this message on a regular basis could easily conclude that positive tips for change are the rule. Not so. To succeed, sometimes we have to learn what not to do. Annmh88 has found that walking around tired defeats her efforts to get fit. She's also found that eating randomly doesn't work for her. Annmh88 has converted these insights into three rules. She writes:
"Losing weight and returning to fitness is harder as we all get older. I have lost my first goal weight (50 pounds) after plateauing twice. For the new year I am headed to my next goal weight (another 40 pounds).
First rule: I have adjusted to taking the required time to sleep at night, waking up refreshed and focused on my work and diet!
In the past year I have also learned the pounds come off better by following number of portions for each food group. So . . .
Second rule: Vegetables are 7-9 portions a day! I now eat three different vegetables at the lunch meal, and sometimes that's all at the dinner meal.
For example, today's lunch is half a small baked garnet yam, half a small baked green pepper stuffed with brown rice and mushroom, and half an Italian eggplant stuffed with zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant, accompanied by roasted chicken breast prepared for Sunday dinner. (And for the cook's note: Italian eggplant skin is not as bitter tasting if you brush with canola oil before you bake!) There's an equal amount leftover for tonight's dinner, which will just be warmed in the oven before serving.
Third rule: When dieting, plan meals ahead, then you won't be tempted to eat anything less than low calorie and healthy foods."
When it comes to weight loss and fitness, learning what doesn't work is as valuable as learning what does work, but only if we use the breakdowns to give us insight and steer us toward lasting solutions. To thank Annmh88 for sharing her observations, I’m sending her an autographed copy of my book From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction. We look forward to reports on Annmh88's progress in losing the next 40 pounds and hope she continues to share her insights with us.
A Few Reminders:
Helping New Members Get Started: We’ve added helpful information for newcomers in a topic discussion titled “New Member Orientation—Where and How to Begin." If you’re confused about where and how to start, you can read the topic and then post any remaining questions. Members will jump in to help you. You can also learn more about how to navigate in a tutorial here: http://tinyurl.com/2d4ke34.
Next Week's Fat 2 Fit Featured Member: Next week, I’ll pick a member to lift up to our community. Who will the person be? Maybe you?