I always thought that all my weight and body image problems would be solved if I became a runner. I mean, you don’t generally see fat runners, right?
Where I used to live, I had a neighbor that ran all the time. In fact, her whole family ran. She belonged to a running club. But she wasn’t skinny like the typical marathon runners. She was meaty, in a fit way.
I was at her house one night where she was having some sort of home cooking party and all of her running club friends were there. In my naivete, I looked at them and said, “Wow. I bet you can eat whatever you want.”
The answer was a surprising (for me) NO! They ran to stay in shape and keep fit but it wasn’t a invitation to eat cheeseburgers and french fries every day. So I became a little disillusioned with running but I was determined to find another exercise that worked for me. I didn’t want to change my diet so I was willing to just exercise instead.
When I joined an athletic club about a year ago, I had an initial fitness assessment with one of their trainers, who casually told me I wasn’t in ideal shape. I told her I was ready to work out and lose the weight. And then asked about food.
How important is diet if I really work out a lot? Can I still eat what I want?
And she said no.
insert a very sad face here
She told me that generally diet makes up about 70% of your weight loss and fitness goals and 30% is exercise (I’ve also heard the same stat as 60-40. The point is that diet IS important.)
I didn’t really hop on the exercise bandwagon and I didn’t change my diet. The worst of both worlds.
Now you know what really led me to start my Shaklee 180. And I made the diet changes and added some exercise. Then I dropped off on the exercise. Then I didn’t do well with the Shaklee plan.
I swore to go back to the basics to help me lose weight and THIS time I was really going to add in the exercise. And I did!
If you’re like me and you don’t love to exercise and even if you do, you find it difficult to make time for it, then I’ve got the video for you. I shot a few clips over the past month to show you some of the ways I fitting fitness in and I promise none of it includes a treadmill (or running for that matter).
How are you getting fitness into your life? I’d love to hear some of the ways you’re getting your exercise in (formally or informally).
This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating in the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. My opinions are my own.
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