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Its OK to want to get in shape and look good!

Posted by ST on May 25, 2002, at 4:04:56

In reply to Losing weight, posted by janejj on May 20, 2002, at 19:10:12

Hi Janej,

So you want to lose 5-10 lbs. The fact that our society usually only views thin women as "attractive" has nothing to do with your post! Unles you're woefully underweight and hiding anorexia form us, there's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to lose 5-10 lbs. Besides, taking care of ourselves by eating well and exercising our bodies boosts our confidence and helps with depression.

ANYWAY, I feel that exercise truly is the key to losing weight. Even if you're just walking fro 15 minutes every other day. And building muscles is the way to get your body to burn calories and fat even while you're not exercising. Push-ups, squats, leg lifts - any exercise where you are lifting your own weight - will help you burn calories and tone you. And if you want to use weights, buy ten pound dumbells. I used to just do a ton of cardivascular exercise and never touch weights. Now I'm amazed at how much less time I have to sweat to get results because I've added light weights and toning exercises to my regimen.

(If I'm telling you things you already know, I'm sorry!)

If you do work out at a gym and are willing to get on some machines or use dumbbells at home, try

On this web site, you can click on a muscle group, it'll show you what exercises to do for it.(You'll actually see a person doing the exercises - I think it's animated) Also,

will guide you through some at home exercises. Warning - beautiful models in bikinis on this web site!

As far as eating goes, eat often (to boost your metabolism) and eat sensibly with lots of veggies and fruit, try not to eat too many carbs - expecially late in the day or evening - and don't eat after about 7 pm.

This advice comes to you from a woman who has been thin and in shape, gained 30 lbs and now is trying to get back to where she was!

Best of luck and let me know how it goes!!





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