Okay, I must confess that when I was about 60 pounds lighter, I bought some sexy exercise clothes to show off my svelte new figure such as these cute things from Otomix. (Although I never did the belly thing. Not me. Not my style.)
Now, four years later, I’m battling to lose the weight again and there’s no way you will catch my butt in one of these right now. I’m busy wearing big ol’ comfortable Villanova sweats and loose t-shirts and that’s okay. You’ve got to be comfortable when you exercise. If you’re feeling self conscious or can’t bend without fear of ripping your pants, find something else.
I must say that I was inspired to start up again by Carole Carson who I met at BEA (you may remember her from an earlier blog). We talked for the longest time about our battles with weight and her success which she’s turned into a book — FROM FAT TO FIT. I’m lucky to have a copy that I’ve been reading through and I hope we’ll have Carole on as a special guest blogger soon!
Anyway, with inspiration hounding me, and my hubby giving me a Mother’s Day gift of personal training sessions, I’m at it again and have lost 13 pounds and a dress size.
Not bad. But here’s the thing — you need to be comfortable with what you wear. That’s my fashion fitness mantra for today.
Comfort. Loose clothes and shirts. Sneakers that support you with whatever you’re doing.
Also, think comfort with what you are doing. If you haven’t exercised in a while, don’t try to run a marathon. Start slow and build yourself. Fifteen minutes of walking up to half an hour of walking will make a world of difference.
Think comfort with what you’re eating. I confess that I will never be a rabbit. I hate most lettuces and salad greens. I HATE SALAD. There. Said it.
But I love vegetables and leafy greens like kale, broccoli rabe and collard greens. So instead of a salad every day for lunch, I’ve been eating some grilled/steamed vegetables with a portion of a lean protein and/or cheese.
Yes, I know cheese is high in fat, but please don’t take away my cheese! How do I get around that? Well, Cabot’s has some great lower fat cheddar cheeses that are quite tasty and even has individual snack packets that are great to take to work or for a quick snack around the house.
Of course, the Kraft Polly-O Mozzarella sticks are awesome as well and if you haven’t visited the Kraft website, please do so. They even have a Healthy Living section where they give all kinds of low cal recipes, have meal and fitness planners and all kinds of helpful tools for those who are trying to change their lifestyles. (Don’t tell them that I told you this, but you can substitute something else every time they mention a Kraft product in their recipes! LOL!)
Also, notice I didn’t say diet. A diet is just for today and as I told myself the first time I lost all the weight, I need to make a lifestyle choice for all the tomorrows that will come.
And it’s got to be a tasty one or else . . . You know what happens.