5 Things to Do Now to Lose Weight

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Me!

Are you struggling to shed excess weight? If so, you know just how frustrating it can be to get rid of a few or several pounds. Fortunately, I’m here to help! I lost 60 pounds in high school and let me say that’s been more than a “Little” while ago! I’ve kept off the weight for decades and even through menopause and now middle age. Is it easy? Well, not always but is it worth it? Yes, yes and yes. I love staying active and having a body that defies the test of time. Here are things I do every day to keep my weight in check.

Exercise

I can’t stress enough how crucial keeping your body active is as you age. I’ve always exercised, and I know beyond of a shadow of a doubt it has helped my health.

Why do I know this? Well, I’m closer to 55 than not, and I’ve never been hospitalized or had a severe illness. I do know much of this is luck, but more of it is how I’ve lived my life.

Here is what I do every week:

  • Walk two miles two times per week.
  • Do strength training at the gym using machines and free weights.
  • Do at least 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical twice a week.
  • 25 sit-ups, leg lifts, and squats three times per week.

You see my routine isn’t anything fancy, but it works for me. Find out what works for you and stick to it. I love walking outside and watching my feet move. Lol

Choose an exercise you enjoy and commit to doing it. Yes, you’re busy but what is your health worth to you?

Stop snacking


A couple of years ago my cholesterol was high. I was concerned due to heart disease in my family. Guess what? I stopped snacking and lost ten pounds in a couple of months.

Mindful eating will take you further on your weight loss journey than anything else. Watch what you put in your mouth, and you will see a weight reduction.

Typically, I eat twice a day, and this is lunch and dinner. I do start my day with some important vitamins, and I think these have genuinely helped my health.

I’m not saying this is what you need to do, but I am telling you must watch your food intake if you wish to shed the pounds.

Prep your meals

One thing I do on the weekend is to think about what I’m going to eat the following week. I usually will prep and prepare more significant portions of food and divide these into containers.

For instance, I’ll cook a massive pot of pintos or vegetable soup and eat on this all week. Other items I prepare are tuna salad, chopped fruits and many others.

The weekend is a great time to do this, and you’ll be more likely to reach for a chopped-up apple if you want a snack versus a candy bar when hunger does strike. If you’re going to lose weight, it’s ideal for preparing for the tougher times that will be ahead.

Additionally, knowing what you intend to eat for lunch and dinner throughout the week can help you stay more routinized. Many people find it hard to lose weight when simply grabbing something to eat at a fast food joint or not being more mindful.

Creating a meal list for the week will help you avoid eating an excessive amount of calories and could be the key to reaching your weight loss goals. This works for me, and it can work for you.

Let cravings pass

How many times have you wanted to reach for that cookie on the counter? You may give into cravings occasionally but doing this all the time will bust your weight loss plan.

Wait 10-20 minutes before you do anything when it comes to placing food in your mouth. Go for a walk around the block, sit down and do some deep breathing or relax.

You’re likely to find that when you commit to weight loss, it will be much easier to let the craving go. You can then stick to your caloric goal per day and lose weight while improving your health.

Weigh often

I weigh every day, and this either motivates me or encourages me. At my age, I don’t want to gain a lot of weight because losing it is a nightmare.

My metabolism has slowed down, and I keep this in mind daily. Weighing daily allows me to know what’s going on with my body.

I do know weight changes a great deal per day but the tips I’m giving you are what have worked for me for decades. Of course, I’ve taken spells where I weighed once a week and then once a month.

One time I didn’t weigh for weeks and had gained 10 pounds during menopause. The body will change I’m here to tell you, and if you don’t prepare yourself, you can lose your health.

Weighing daily keeps my mind focused and allows me to keep a better handle on your weight. I’ve gotten to where I take my blood pressure frequently, as well.

Health is wealth, and I’m determined to do all I can to maintain mine with age. Is it easy? No. Do I love being active and feeling good? More than ice cream, so you can do it.

Put yourself first, and you’ll reach your weight loss goals. It will take time, effort and dedication but it can be done. I’m living proof of it. I’m not perfect or even young at this point, but I’m thrilled with my body because it’s the only one I have.

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