So the question of the day is from Ms. M a 30 year old mother of 2..........
I love your blog. I am thirty years old :( and it seems like my body is going down hill. Due to age and having twins, so I decided this summer to get into shape.
What do you recommend that I do to tone and eliminate fat and cellulite that has accumulated to my thighs and stomach. (I am 5'2 weighing at 128lbs, with a huge gut and signs of cottage cheese on thighs)
Diet, exercises regimens, I am game for anything at this point. Just not sure on how to start.
Also, I want to start jogging. How did you begin?
If you have the time, please email me back with your suggestions.
You want to increase your fruits, veggies, whole grains (oatmeal, whole wheat pasta, brown rice), and proteins. Try to focus on making sure you get those basic nutrients as opposed to "dieting." You can also try weight watchers which will teach you portion control. But you want figure out what lifestyle changes you can make and be realistic. Think about the unhealthy things you can cut like Soda, Fried Foods, Sweets, Packaged foods (w/ high sodium and preservatives).
You want to increase your water intake and I recommend adding green tea (3-5 cups a day) to boost your metabolism. The tea should be unsweetened (they have boxes of 20 at aldis for $1)
Take your lunch to work so that you are less tempted to get fast food. Keep your lunches creative by adding yogurts (like Key lime pie by Yoplait, my fav.), different fruits, carrots, hummus and pita, etc.
If time is a major issue, perhaps try 30 minute circuit training at a place like Curves. That way you tone and get some cardio. I would recommend trying to do some additional cardo like jogging. How do you start jogging?
Here is a great article.....
How to start Jogging (From Kristens Guide.com)
You need to be able to walk before you can jog. If you can't walk for at least 30 minutes, don't bother trying to jog. Get your walking stamina up first.
Don't worry if your first jogging sessions are only 10 to 15 minutes long and are mostly walking. What's important is that you build on the jogging endurance you already have. If you never jog, then you have little or no jogging endurance, so any jogging (even if its only a few seconds) is an improvement.
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