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Wed, January 2, 2013

Weigh-In Wednesdays

This is a big time of year for fitness clubs and sellers of exercise equipment.

All those well-meaning new year's resolutions to lose weight and get in shape kick in today.

Most will give it a go until at least this weekend before giving up!

Here at the PhilCast there is a tradition called "Weigh-In Wednesdays" when I check in on any progress made in this valiant effort.

Between now and Easter I like to at least attempt to lose some holiday pounds and get back into some regular habit of exercise on a daily basis. Then each Wednesday we check to see if we lost any weight. We. You're invited to take part. Just keep track and send me an email on Wednesdays before the show and I'll read how YOU are doing too.

I find a couple of things help doing this. One is to be accountable to the report on the show each week. I know I'm going to have to say something about the effort every Wednesday so I better have something to say!

And two, it helps to share this info and to write it down as well.
I'm not sure why that's the case, but it is.

So feel free to join me and report your progress to me.

My strategy to drop at least 10 pounds is as follows:

1. I go cold turkey on the Christmas cookies and sweets in general. This one is not that difficult to me. At this point if I don't see another pecan finger for a year I'm good with that.

2. Eat a little smarter. Gone are the pizzas, burgers and fries. Hello the occasional salad, veggies and fruit.

3. Eat a little less. This is a tough one for me. Try not to automatically go for seconds at dinner...and no TV snack at 9:00 at night either. (ouch)

4. Drink lots of water. And if you didn't know it, here's a tip...drink a big glass of water right before you eat a meal. It tricks you into thinking you're not as hungry.

5. Back to exercise. I've always used this as a way to ramp up to getting into bike riding shape for spring. So I try to spin on the trainer for 30 minutes 4-5 days a week as of now. Pick what you like to do. It doesn't have to be a lot. Just make sure you make a routine of actually doing it almost every day, be it a walk, sit-ups, a jog, a bike, a stair machine...whatever. You don't need some fancy gym...just a plan and determination to move that body around!

Today in the 3:00 hour I'll go over the Weigh-In Wednesday facts and figures. Meantime, time for me to stop talking about it and start doing it. Are you in with me?



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