Some of you have been chomping at the bit(which I LOVE!), so I’ll try to break it down quickly.

Body For Life by Bill Phillips is the book that clicked for me.

There is no easy way or magic bullet. It takes hard work, determination, consistency, patience, and a PLAN that’s proven to work. Having a simple plan for a new way of life has made all the difference for me.

Incorporating good habits is “The Secret”. Slow and steady DOES win the race. Also, a winning attitude. No excuses allowed. ;) Excuses take too much mental energy for me anyway.

20 minutes isn’t long, right? Less time than I spend on Facebook(yikes), emailing, or watching TV, even reading. Did I mention bookworms are cool? ;) But I digress…

Can you spare that 3 days per week? That’s all you need for cardio. No joke.

How about 1 hour 3 days per week? Too much to look smokin’ hot(I’m still trying), have more confidence, have more energy, and feel better mentally and physically? Building muscle makes such a huge difference!
Weight training was my missing element all along. The hour spent in my garage with music blaring, gloves on, and mucho attitude is well spent. It’s a positive escape from everything which equals some stress relief.

The diet is based on a list of approved foods. Nothing crazy. It involves portion sizes, 6 meals per day, and one Free or Cheat Day per week to reward yourself and boost your metabolism. Fueling your body is such an important component in the weight loss effort. Did I mention that I love to eat? ;)

It isn’t as hard as you think. Knowing your efforts will be rewarded helps one heck of a lot.

To Recap-

6 portion controlled, healthy meals per day

3 days per week of cardio- 20 minutes using High Intensity Interval Training

3 days per week of weight training- takes about an hour

1 Free Day per week, with no workout and WHATEVER you want to eat (don’t hurt yourself, hee hee ;) )

Plan diet and workouts for each day ahead of time.

Between the diet, cardio, and weight training, there are a lot of mental games to play with myself. What to do and how to actually make it happen every day involves planning and being committed to that plan. It gets easier as you go, but at times it is a challenge to stay on track. It can be done though!

I have so many little tricks that have worked for me, and I look forward to sharing them with you (and hearing your comments)! :)