This year, as usual, I made a resolution to lose 20 pounds. Same as last year, and the year before. So what is different this year? Well, so far, I'm sticking to it. I went for a walk yesterday, and it felt pretty good. I also carried some firewood in from the backyard and built a fire. That felt pretty good, too. So, to add some detail to my plan to lose 20 pounds is to be more active.
First, I am not joining some health club, although a really nice one just opened up right down the street. No, I am going to walk around the block. I have a route picked out which is just under a mile and it takes about 20 minutes. This gets my heart rate up, gets my muscles moving, and gets me out in the fresh air and sunshine. Better, I think, than sitting on some exercycle inside and staring at CNN for hours. Plus, I see my neighbors and friends while I'm out and about. I have a good song mix in another article if you want to check it out.
Next, I want to move around more at work. Now, some of you probably work at a desk, so it may be hard to stand up all day, but I hope you can get up every now and then to g grab some coffee, talk to a colleague, or go to the restroom. I teach high school music (guitar) so I can either sit or stand while conducting. I have decided to stand up more. I can also walk around the classroom to check on students and burn a few more calories. Some of us have talked about walking together during lunch, and going bowling after school once or twice a month.
Also, I am going to watch what I eat. I don't count calories, but I am careful to watch the portions that I eat. I try not to go back for seconds, and be careful not to snack on chips, cookies, and other junk food during the day. Instead, I keep fresh fruits like apples and bananas, and fresh vegetables like carrots and celery, and fresh cheese and unsalted nuts for protein.
Dave Spencer enjoys writing about health, wellness, and diet topics. He lives in Raleigh-Durham, NC. He enjoys playing music, camping, cooking, and boating. To learn more about how he lost 14 pounds in 2 weeks, click here bigdream.toolsrock.com/