My surefire five-point plan to lose five pounds this summer
I had my last weekday glass of wine for the summer last night. (O.K., make that two glasses.)
After reading Greg Scheinman's account of how he has gotten into the best shape in his life, I was inspired. But with a bad knee and not nearly as much energy, a CrossFit program seems beyond my reach. Yet I know it's time to shake things up. Every pair of pants I own is too tight and even though I teach a couple of weight training classes each week at the Trotter YMCA, my otherwise sedentary work and lifestyle is getting the best of me.
The way I see it, the only way to lose weight is to eat less, exercise more or do a combination of both.
So starting today, I have come up with a summer plan of action and set a do-able goal. I'm convinced I can lose five pounds in a few weeks by following these simple steps:
1. No wine on weekdays
Sure, it's nice to unwind after work, but one 5-oz. glass of wine is 120 calories. And over the course of a week that adds up.
I believe in the reward system, so I'm keeping weekend open to drink moderately — for now.
2. Water, not soda or energy drinks
Sugar is not the friend of someone who wants to shed pounds. If a person drinks one can of non-diet soda a day, he or she will consume 65 pounds of sugar in one year. So when tempted to reach for a Coke, I plan to drink a glass of water instead. A 12-ounce soda contains 10-12 teaspoons of sugar. Those 10 teaspoons add about 150 calories to your diet. ( Diet soda contains almost no calories and does not contain sugar that causes tooth decay. It contains an artificial sweetener that is not metabolized in our system.)
By mid-afternoon, cranky so went for coffee.
3. Walk 10,000 steps a day
Lots of exercise plans say that if a person walks 10,000 steps a day, it will go a long way toward keep weight down. Right now, other than walking the dog
Take a walk with your spouse, child, or friend
Walk the dog
Use the stairs instead of the elevator
Park farther from the store
Better yet, walk to the store
Get up to change the channel
Plan a walking meeting
Walk over to visit a neighbor
Get outside to walk around the garden or do a little weeding
Couldn't find pedometer
4. No bread on sandwiches
Cutting carbs is bound to help. Where to start? How about no bread on sandwiches, no kolaches, no
5. Watermelon, berries and
If I'm cranky at the office, you'll know why.