I wanted to share with you how I am going about achieving my goal in the physical.
Step one: Eat Correctly
It has been proven over and over again that when you cut out carbs (especially the bad ones aka: sugars/starches) you will lose weight, and not just weight fat. This is not a gimmick, this is science, let me explain.
Energy eaten that day gets burned off first during exercise. If it is not burned off, you body will store it. Therefore, if you limit your energy (carb) intake, your body will have to resort to finding another energy source. It then starts breaking down your stored fat and using that as energy instead.
This is not a life time way of living, however if you are trying to reach a weight goal, it is a good way to get there. Once you are at your goal, you can add carbs and whatnot, as long as you are still exercising. This is how you maintain a healthy weight.
Step Two: Exercise Regularly
I have some favorite types of exercise that I love to do. I go to a gym class twice a week (at 5:30am! Eek!) It is a HIIT class, High Intensity Interval Training. In the class we do lots of stuff, but it comes down to short bursts of high intensity cardio with added weights or just your own body weight, depending on the exercise.
I know that I need to work out more than twice a week so I also try to fit in a couple at home workouts as well. I love bodyrock.tv, they have great 12 minute cardio workouts that are really fun! Sometimes I will find a good workout on pintrest.com and try that at home, too.
When it comes down to it, I try to work out four times a week. It has also been proven over and over again that doing high intensity cardio workouts for 12-15 minutes is more effective than jogging on the treadmill for 2 hours! These small burst cardio routines not only are super effective, they elevate your metabolism for the next 24-36 hours! I love working out this way, it doesn’t take forever, it’s not expensive and I still get results!