When I was in my 20, my dad described me to others as being busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. It that was true then, it’s cold hard fact at 45. Therefore, I knew it was going to be hard to find time to workout. It turns out there’s plenty of time if you get to the gym at 5:30 AM.
In case you missed it yesterday, I am trying to lose 45 lbs while I’m 45. I reported to everyone yesterday that I was 220 lbs, which is high considering my height and build. However, I weighed this morning and realized that I am actually only 217! So, only 42 lbs to go.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been going to the gym at least 4 times a week, building up my time on the elliptical machine. I like the elliptical machine because it works out your arms, chest, glutes, and legs at the same time. Then, if you add an appropriate amount of resistance, you’re not just doing cardio, but building muscle as well.
My first step is to continue exercising on the elliptical for at least 45 minutes for 4 to 5 times a week, then begin adding additional weight training. This morning, I stopped at just past 48 minutes. 🙂
If you have exercise advice for me, I invite you to comment.
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Walk as much as possible–don’t cut corners, use the stairs. Wishing you all the best, John! You can do it!!!
Thanks, Cathy. Good advice.
I added a pedometer and am challenging myself to a minimum of 7,000 steps per day. It’s easy to make that on days when I go to the gym, but if it’s a day I don’t go, I find myself checking it in the afternoon to see how close I am, and sometimes walk around the block a couple of times to make sure I make it. I’m sure you could find a pedometer app on your phone if you don’t want to go out and get one. You can set other personal challenges as well. For example, mark on a calendar each day you go without sugar, or fried food, or soda, or whatever it is you are trying to avoid to stay on track. You’ll find yourself not wanting to break that streak and see how many days straight you can go without it. There lots of interesting and innovative challenges you could make like doing a few jumping jacks during commercials when watching tv. use your imagination and have fun with it.
Great advice, David. You’ve been doing great with your own exercise and diet program. I’m going to try out the pedometer app. I sit in so many meetings that I think it would be really good for me. Thanks!!!
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