Despite being a cliche, the words "life begins at 40" holds a deeper meaning for me. On the month I turned 40, I was also turning two years cancer-free! So literally, it's my second chance at life! On the advent of my 40th birthday, I made a decision to eat well. It is the best gift I can give my self. I joined some friends in their quest to eat right and live well. It was a bit difficult at first because as a kindergarten teacher, I am always exposed to kids' snacks like chips and sweets!
When I joined some friends in a program we call "Biggest Loser" one of the things we do to encourage each other to keep fit and stay fit is to share photos of what we eat and what forms of exercise we do. We weren't a big group, so it was easy for us to update each other. I'd say, this is one of the factors that kept me in the game. It was exciting to share results with people of the same interests.
To start with I had to keep a diet diary -this would help me track my calorie-intake since am still new to calorie counting. Next, I need to do some form of exercise.
As for eating, I started by lessening my carb intake and had to do away with junk food. Yes, at my age am still into junk food -yikes! But I made up my mind to give it up. Instead, I would snack on fruits! First thing I had to get use to is to have ready accessible "good eats" so I will not be tempted to hit the vendo machine at school for chips or chocolates. I gave up too much fried food and eat lean for protein supply.
I then hit the treadmill. This, I would say did not come easy since I gained over 20 lbs after two major surgeries -related to my illness. To start with, I would run for ten minutes a day for a week. It was all I could do in the beginning because I would easily tire. But I persevered. It did not take me long to build up stamina and stay longer in my machine.
Dieting is not easy, I had to seek some form of help. I am not into slimming pills, I was looking for something natural that would help me curb my appetite and at the same time help me burn calories. I started taking Walgreens Green Tea, a natural, drug-free dietary supplement that contains natural antioxidants. Walgreens Green Tea also provides certain nutrients especially formulated to help curb appetite, burn calories and support weight loss. It's such a huge help. Wow, I was thrilled to find a dietary supplement that combines all these benefits. Not to mention the competitive price it offers against name brand products! I noticed, my stamina build up. I was staying much longer in the treadmill. Now, I can run for an hour and burn some 500 calories every run. My hard work paid off, the weight-loss was evident right away. I lost 10 pounds in my first 16 days! But more than the weight I lost, I feel good because now am eating right!
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