I've Started Juicing/blending And An Exercise Program

I've entered into my next phase of self improvement and hopefully improving my overall health. 

I've been looking at a lifestyle change rather than just doing a modified diet. It's been plainly shown that people can lose weight on just about any diet, but most gain it back in time and I believe if we don't change the way we eat and live then those old habits are going to contribute to gaining the weight back. 

I'm no expert. I have just been reading up on what I believe will work best for me. I should have done this years ago, but back then I was not concerned about the extra weight enough to do anything about it. I was able to do whatever I wanted so it seemed more work than it was worth. Well today, I can still do pretty much what I want, but at 52 I would like to insure that I have better health and a better quality of life moving forward and avoid any unnecessary health problems. Life has enough problems it's going to send our way. Why create more?

I believe whatever we should do it should be natural. I've decided to eat 90% fruits and vegetables and often I am juicing or blending them. I just started blending tonite. The difference being you are getting the whole fruit and all the nutrients with blending whereas juicing you eliminate most of the pulp. It's a high nutrient rich lifestyle and you aren't sacrificing taste. In fact, with the variety of fruit at your disposal, you can have some great tasting options and by experimenting you can make it to suit you. 

Tonite, I blended 6 strawberries, 2 oranges, 2 Gala apples and a handful of blueberries. It was delicious! Next time, I'll add ice cubes which I believe will enhance the taste. Why buy a smoothie when you can make one?   :-)  Blending will also fill you up more than if you just juiced and there are plenty of nutrients and fiber in the pulp that would otherwise be throw away if you just juiced. 

Exercise Program

I'm blessed that I work at a private college-security and starting this week they are offering a free personal trainer. So Monday, I'll give them my goals of what I would like to be able to accomplish and then on Mon, Wed and Friday's I'll work with the personal trainer at the college's Athletic Wellness Center. I also plan to do other things on the other days. I already walk several miles a day with my security job which helps a lot, too. The free personal trainer is just a good boost to get this exercise program going. I believe there is plenty enough good info on the internet that I could have developed a program myself, but I feel with a good trainer that should be an added boost or incentive to get going and keep going so I am looking forward to this. 

So don't put off for tomorrow what you could start today! 

Best Wishes! Mel 

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51-55, M
3 Responses Feb 28, 2010

One week into this new lifestyle and I've lost 3 lbs and I feel very good. I've heard at work starting this coming Monday they'll have some kind of losing weight competition and so I am going to check that out. Any extra incentive is a good thing! I really enjoy the blending of fruits and continue to try different combinations. As to the exercising, there was a glitch of sorts at work, but rather than get all excited about it I started Wed night working on routines from home. That's where the internet has a lot of valuable info for us to use. <br />
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Best Wishes! Mel

Hi Suan, <br />
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Well the fruits and veggies continue to go well. No complaints there. Today was supposed to be the start of the exercise program at work but they weren't ready and there I was 2 hours early. So tonite, I searched the net and selected various exercises for the upper body and did my workout from home instead. I think this will work just fine after coming home M, W, F. <br />
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It's just getting the hang of doing things differently and I am looking forward to seeing the results a few months from now. <br />
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Best Wishes! Mel

Congratulations on your new goals. I love to exercise and can't imagine what I'd be like if I never developed the habit. Once it becomes part of your lifestyle you'll find it as necessary to your well being as eating. I'm also 52 and I thank my workouts for keeping me feeling young. Let us know how it goes. Having this program at work sounds like a true blessing.