Who Are We and Why Are We Headed for Shamrock?

We met online in 2005 trying to--what else--lose weight. We've had our ups and downs along the way, but we're not where we want to be. This is our journey to get fit and healthy. We invite you to follow us as we "exercise" our way across the country--track our progress on the map to Shamrock below-- in an effort to each lose 50 pounds by the end of 2009 and adopt a healthier lifestyle along the road.

Where will we go once we reach our goals? The sky's the limit... but we're thinking Greece would be nice.

Friday, January 2, 2009

My focus? Not dieting, that's for sure.

It's true, I've had some success with diets in the past. But, obviously, not lasting success. My biggest roadblock usually has to do with me struggling with myself to make time for a "diet". Time to plan meals, time to cook different versions of meals for all the different preferences that exist in my house, and time to regroup when I'm having a bad day or week, so that I don't just give up. I've had a change of heart when it comes to dieting. I'm not dieting anymore. I'm focusing doing what I know works for the long haul:

  • Eating reasonable portions of whole, organic (whenever possible) foods. Period.
  • Allowing myself a single portion of whatever I want, if I really want it
  • Getting my heart rate up for the equivalent of 5 miles, 5 days/week and getting some strength training in 3 days
  • Staying hydrated
  • Getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night (no matter what's on TV!)
These are changes that I want to make part of my life permanently, not the next three months or the next year. I don't want to struggle with myself over a strict diet just to rebound later.

Dieting is war.
And I hereby declare a truce with myself.

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