==== ====NOTICE: You should check out the diet that compliments the exercise! Click on the link.www.bodyfatlosstoday.com==== ====Despite our national propensity to overeat, under-exercise, and grow steadily heavier and moreout of shape, we all yearn to be slender, fit, and attractive. Our culture rewards the thin and thebeautiful; look at how we devour celebrity gossip, mesmerized by the looks and energy of ourcurrent favorites.Why the discrepancy between our aspirations and our reality? There are a plethora of reasons,most of which can be traced to the simple fact that life gets in the way.Id love to cut back on my food intake, we think, But I have to attend all these work functions andhave little control over the meals that are served. I would really like to get in shape, we complain,But theres no free time and I cant afford a personal trainer like the movie stars I see. I really wantto take care of my skin and my body, we wail, But Im so busy that a quick shower and a slap ofmoisturizer is all I can fit into my schedule.It would be so wonderful to have loads of free time: to plan our days; to cook low calorie, healthymeals; to exercise without time constraints; to be able to pamper ourselves without the pressure ofdeadlines. Unfortunately, our lives are too hectic for that to happen in the foreseeable future. Wecan throw up our hands in frustration and join the legions of the overweight and the unfit, or wecan work out a personal plan that fits within our lifestyle, taking us where we want to go, albeit notquite as quickly or completely as we would prefer.Your life, your time, the demands and responsibilities you face, vary on an individual basis. Youwill need to calculate what works for you, and what cannot be realistically accommodated. Hereare some ideas to consider:1. DietEating on the run, at your desk, or on the rubber chicken circuit, wreaks havoc with even the best-laid diet plans. If you weigh even a pound more than youd like, try to identify where you are goingastray.If fast food on your way to an appointment is your downfall, look at what you order. Almost alldrive-thrus these days offer salads. The problems with those salads can be minimized by throwingaway the little bag of croutons (fried) and omitting the packaged dressings (loaded with fat). Carryyour own individual container of low calorie dressing, opt for (unsweetened) ice tea, black coffee,or a diet soda, and avoid those sugar-laden colas like the plagues they are.If you lunch at your desk, ask yourself what are you eating? If its takeout, by all means have acheeseburger or a sandwich. Just discard the bread or bun and eat with a plastic knife and fork,cut into raisin-sized pieces that will fill you up fast. French fries and onion rings? You just dont
want to go there.Is your office always filled with snacks and treats (as most of them seem to be these days)? Whenthe snacks come by, go to the bathroom or, better yet, take a brisk walk around the building tobeef up your wont power and clear the vision of goodies from your head.If business lunches, dinners, or those awful meeting banquets are your obstacles, plan ahead.Lunch is relatively easy: salad (with your own dressing, of course) or fish and cottage cheese areavailable almost anywhere. For dinner, try two low calorie appetizers instead of an entre. Best ofall is something that you have to work at crab legs, unpeeled shrimp, an artichoke (hold thehollandaise) it will take a lot of time and no one will notice how little you are actually eating.Banquets are particularly difficult because a plate is plunked in front of you, filled with food youwould never order by choice. Cut whatever protein and vegetables there are into little pieces andchew slowly. Spread the rest out over your plate and play with it to delay the onset of a syrupydessert. Get a cup of black coffee and place it squarely in front of you to thwart that eager-beaverwaiter who keeps trying to slide a plate of pie onto your table.Entertaining in the home creates a different set of problems because usually you know the hostessand want to avoid creating any bad feelings. Fall back on allergies as no one wants to see youbreak out in hives in the middle of their party. Carry a club soda or mineral water with you and noone will notice that youre not drinking.Over a period of time, these little changes can have a significant impact on your weight. If yourehungry when you get home, make sure that you have some liquid protein or a health shakeavailable to complete your daily nutritional needs.2. Exercise.With the best of intentions, millions of us purchase gym memberships. If we all actually used themon a regular basis, as we promise ourselves we will, there would be waiting lines spilling into thestreets. Health clubs can keep signing up more and more members because they know that thenumber of regulars will stay about the same as the new enrollees will show up in a burst of initialenthusiasm but within a few short weeks will gradually fade away.Unless you have a job with very regular hours, something few of us enjoy these days, its difficult tocommit to going somewhere on a regular basis. We mean to go but then an important meetingcomes up, our significant other asks us to do something, or the kids pester us to drive themsomewhere.Our high demand lives almost force us to obtain our exercise at home. Equipment, except forminimal contraptions such as elastic bands and hand weights, are just too much trouble, andsetting them up takes too much time.Slipping exercise into your schedule is most easily handled (and therefore more likely to beregularly repeated) by pursuing activities that can be initiated without much preparation time.Some of the newer (and more fun!) programs include: forever body transformation, callanetics,pilates, and other video workouts also fit these requirements.
When you unexpectedly find a half hour free, take a walk and, if you can, magnify its benefits withan occasional bout of sprinting.Such a plan may not make you into a Mr. or Ms. Universe but it will keep you limber and semi-fitwhile avoiding that energy-devouring guilt you develop when you set your sights too high and thenfail to follow through.3. Taking care of yourself.Many of us have read accounts of Cleopatra bathing in milk to bleach and smooth her skin. Butshe was a Queen, for heavens sake! She didnt have to get up at the crack of dawn to fight thetraffic into the office. She didnt have to take care of a husband, a house, or a child. Youd have thetime to leisurely bathe if it werent for cleaning the house, washing the clothes, finishing that reportfor the office, helping the kids with their homework, cooking dinner, and picking up Aunt Mildred atthe airport.We know we need to take care of ourselves. We want to perform the routines that will stave off thesigns of age that wait just around the corner. We would love to take a long daily bath or shower,polish our skin to perfection with a loofah and scrubbing powders, envelop ourselves in skinsofteners and lotions, and pamper our face and hair with special cleansers, masques, and skinbrighteners.Again, our lives get in the way. We work out a minimal routine of makeup remover, toner, andmoisturizer. We shampoo our hair when we can and occasionally find the time for a special oiltreatment or facial. It is hard to be fully motivated when the signs of age are brief and fleeting.When I have more time, we tell ourselves, Ill work on it. Twenty years later, the wrinkles have setin, the jowls have puffed out, and our skin carries the scars of sun, wind, and gravity. Then webemoan our lack of care through the years and try to minimize the ravages of time alreadyindelibly imprinted on our looks.By all means, stick to your rapid daily routine. Sure, you could get up earlier in the morning andhave time for more self-care but youre already, like most working-age Americans, sleep-deprived.One solution is to identify one period a week when you can steal a couple of hours for yourself.Women, especially, shortchange themselves, too busy taking care of everyone else and ignoringthemselves. Stake out your claim to that two hour window as if your life depended on it. Use it onlyfor you. Use it to take deep treatments for your face or your hair. Use it to practice relaxation,listen to music, or walk in the rain. Use it to pamper every part of your body and spirit. Use it tothink about yourself, and your goals, and your dreams. Use it to appreciate yourself and the goodthings life has brought you. Use it to lay plans for future self-development and use it to becomeyour own best friend and confidant.Our lives are so filled up with what we have to do that our wants and internal needs are oftenunmet. In even the busiest and most demanding schedule, there are moments we can carve outfor ourselves, but only if we absolutely insist on it. Right now is the time to become assertive aboutyour own self. You too deserve a brief moment in the sun.
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