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April 2001

by Gabby

Slim up for Summer - Part 3

It's been 2 months since I decided to shape up for summer. The first month I concentrated on eating a little healthier. I cut down on bread considerably, added more fruit and veggies to my daily diet and tried to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I didn't do too well dropping any weight, but I felt a lot better about myself.

Last month I added some exercise to my routine. Up until then I was walking 3 to 4 times a week on the treadmill, minimum 1/2 hour, sometimes as much as an hour (depending on what was on TV). Then this infomercial junkie saw the "Total Gym" for sale and bought it. It arrived 3 weeks ago. It took me a week to assemble it and watch the videos that came with it. Then came spring break and I went away. Out went my diet. Out went my walking. I vegged out for a week...a sorely needed mental break. When I got back I had 2 parties in 2 days (not including my daughter's birthday weekend...cake, ice cream, pizza) and when all was said and done I had gained back what little I had lost, so it was back to square one.

For all practical purposes my starting point was March 19th. I won't disclose my starting
weight, but I will tell you that in the last 2 weeks I've lost 7 lbs. In addition to walking, I've added 2 starting exercises daily: leg pulls (calves, hamstrings, lower and upper abdominals) and arm pullovers (shoulders, upper back, triceps, upper abdominals) - 2 sets of 15 reps of each exercise. Next month I'll be adding an additional 5 exercises, for a total of 7. I don't anticipate moving on to the intermediate exercises until late summer. However, you don't need a gym in order to work out. Self Magazine shows you how to create a workout using little more than a couple of pillows, some soup cans and your own body weight. Step-by-step pictures and videos help you get acquainted with the exercises until you feel comfortable doing them yourself.

One of the most motivating sites I found to help me reach my goals is
Goaltenders on . Whether you want to lose weight, get fit or quit smoking (my next goal), Goaltenders has a 6 month program to help you get started. You'll get monthly goals and weekly objectives, expert advice and group support.

Another site I like is . While I don't do the "slimfast" diet, I like their healthy recipes and found 4 "buddies" who share my goals and offer personal support and motivation. Once you sign up, you can search their database of users to find buddies who match whatever criteria you choose (location, amount of weight loss desired, age, sex, etc.). The users you choose are sent an e-mail notifying them you're interested in being their buddy. If they accept, you can begin corresponding via user email right on the Slimfast site. I like to maintain my anonimity, so this works well for me.

Finally, has a great diet and fitness section with loads of information on the latest diets and workouts, tools to assess your level of fitness, expert advice and even inspirational stories to motivate you into action.

Whatever you choose to do, develop a routine you can follow; don't try to do too much too fast. Remember, as in the children's fable, the tortoise, with his slow, steady and consistent pace, wins the race.