Monday, January 20, 2014

Working Out on the Treadmill

Does anyone out there like to use the treadmill?  A lot of people don't but I use ours almost everyday and so does my mom.  She like to run one day and then walk the next.  She's been doing the treadmill consistently since July when she started her Couch to 5K program.  Once she completed the program, she scaled it back and now she usually runs 1.5 miles on her running days and walks 1 mile on her walking days.  And guess what?  She lost 10 pounds in 5 months just by using the treadmill and making some minor changes in her diet.

Now you have to understand, 10 pounds is quite a bit of weight for mom to lose since she was pretty thin to begin with.  She started out at 113 pounds and began her running program because her cholesterol was high.  She needed to make some dietary changes and add more exercise to her daily routine.

So what did she cut out?  Fried food was probably the biggest thing.  She rarely eats fried food anymore.  One of her biggest weaknesses is cheese.  She loves cheese.  She hasn't eaten cream cheese in 5 months and limits processed shredded cheese to when she has a taco or chili.  She switched from ground beef to ground turkey.  She said she barely notices a difference between the two and she's even got my dad eating it.    She makes hamburgers, spaghetti, meatloaf, chili and taco's all with the ground turkey.  She also limits her soda intake to 1/2 can of pop per day.  The rest of the time she drinks a lot of iced or hot tea and plenty of water.  That's it.  Oh, and a yogurt smoothie in the evening.

More than cutting things out of her diet, she is really just making better food choices all the way around.  She eats oatmeal or farina with a piece of toast every morning.  She rarely eats sugary cereals anymore.  All bread is whole grain instead of white.  She favors Clif bars for a mid morning snack and each evening treats herself to a small piece of fudge or a half of a candy bar.  She said one item was nonnegotiable and that was chocolate!  But by limiting it to one small piece per day she satisfies her craving and yet doesn't over-indulge.

Another trick she uses is to always leave a little something on her plate.  She never eats everything and she never goes back for seconds.  It's all a matter of discipline.

How is your discipline coming along?