I got a lot of comments this week on my recent weight loss post asking me how I've been losing weight. The simple answer is: a LOT of hard work, both mentally AND physically. I've read tons of books on dieting and tried plenty of different exercise DVDs over the years and I have combined several tricks and tips from each of those to make a plan that works for me.
The first month I went on a very strict diet. I did give myself a few cheat days, but 90% of the time I cut out: potatoes, pasta, rice, desserts, red meat, alcohol, soft drinks, sweet tea, etc. I ate tons of fruit, veggies, whole grains and lean meat. I drank only plain water or cranberry water. (Cranberry water helps get rid of bloating. Just add about an ounce of unsweeted cranberry juice to each glass of water) I also did an hour of cardio every single day. I lost 13 pounds that first month.
Of course, me being me, I knew I couldn't stick to such a strict diet and exercise routine for long. Now I'm just trying to work on portion control and adding more fruit & veggies to my diet. I try to work out 5 days a week. I love to go to the gym and get on the treadmill, but since my husband is deployed that is not an option for me right now. So, I go for a 2 mile walk daily. I also try to do a workout DVD 3 days a week. These are my favorite workout DVDs:
Here are some of my other dieting favorites:
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So what are your tips & tricks for losing weight and staying healthy?