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Fitness Ideas That Worked

Posted May 03, 2005, 09:07 PM | Ideas For Life | Comments (4)

Before I ask everyone a question, let me give you an update on our little internal "Better Life Challenge".  90 days ago, a number of the Better Life staff took up a challenge to get in shape by May 1st with the winner getting a dinner for two at a 5 star restaurant.  Well, the winner... with a total weight loss of 32 pounds... was Bill Schrupp from our IT department.  Bill drank lots of water, focused a bit more on protein (but didn't go Atkins or South Beach), ate 6 smaller meals a day and walked at least 2 miles a day.  Before and after pictures to come.

Now, for my question for all of you...

"What things have worked for you, over the long term, in losing weight and keeping it off?"

Please share your thoughts with the rest of us. 


Adopt a dog from your local humane society. They won't let you get away with NOT walking every day.

Posted by: Kelli | May 6, 2005 1:01:48 PM

I tried Atkins (twice) and tried diet pills, but nothing really worked, until I returned home from a Tony Robbins conference in Chicago last spring.

Energized and determined to loose weight and keep it off, I armed myself with one of his "health" plans that really gave me the extra edge to loose over 50 lbs. in four weeks. By that summer I was a total of 70 lbs. trimmer. I went from a 46 waist to a 42, from wearing XXL shirts to XL. WOW, I felt great, I looked great and I was quite impressed with ordeal. I spent $100's of dollars on new clothes and gave all my old ones to Goodwill. My wife said, "you should hold onto them in case it doesn't work out". THAT WAS NOT THE ATTITUDE I WAS GOING BACK TO.

But my biggest reason (and to what I credit the most to) for losing all that weight and creating a "better life" for myself was ATTITUDE. Any diet plan will work for you if your ATTITUDE is in the right place. I had to make up my mind that I wasn't going to "try" another diet. I needed to change my attitude about me and what life and lifestyle I wanted to live. Did I want to continue taking high blood pressure medicine the rest of my life? Did I want to become my father and take over his job (www.santadan.com)when I retired?

I remember what it was like to be out of breath just walking up the stairs at church to get to the Terrace Level, not being able to bend over and tie my shoes without having to hold my breath or looking down and not being able to see my toes without bending over. NEVER AGAIN!

If you haven't read the book, "Take Charge of Your Life", by Jim Rohn, DO IT. AND order the DVD "Living an Exceptional Life" available at Better Life's online store (http://www.betterlifemedia.com/shop.do?pID=487). You better have the right ATTITUDE before you start. It really doesn't matter that you have the "right" diet.

To your "healthy" attitude,


Posted by: Mark Lundeen | May 9, 2005 2:40:05 PM

I'm a work in progress : ) but a couple of changes that I made this past year has helped me to lose 12 lbs and keep it off - a struggle for many women over 40. I read a brief article in 'Outside' magazine earlier this year that suggests a person should eat no more than 40 grams of sugar a day. This includes hidden sugar, like the amount of sugar in natural fruit juice or sugar added to peanut butter. I had a voracious sweet tooth so sticking to eating only 40 grams of sugar a day has been a challenge. One canned soft drink has 40 grams of sugar. Nonetheless I now strive to limit consumption to no more than 40 grams of sugar a day. It has helped to change my palette. I also saw the movie 'Supersize Me' and I don't go near fast food restaurants. Lastly, I get some exercise everyday. Sometimes it is only a one mile walk with the dog, other times a full workout at the gym, but I make sure I 'move' everyday.
I have 15 pounds to go. My goal continues to be to make lifestyle changes, not to 'diet' so that the weight lost is permanent.
I was a thin person in my younger years and I have 'skinny' genes, so I'm convinced my weight gain is lifestyle, self induced.

Posted by: K Gibson | Aug 7, 2005 10:47:42 AM

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