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Back in January I wrote a post explaining how I had lost 25 pounds and four inches from my waistline in 30 days without going hungry.
I started my weight loss journey on December 8 at a whopping (for me) 226 pounds.
After following the exercise and diet plans detailed in that original post I lost 25 pounds during the first month.
As promised, I’m here to provide a follow-up report exactly three months later.
This morning I weighed in at 180.4 pounds. That’s 4/10 of a pound over my target weight of 180. Close enough in my book!
Now that I’ve given you the bottom line I’ll tell you about some changes I made along the way…
1 – First of all, several factors that were beyond my control prompted me to switch from “speed walking” to “speed riding” on an exercise bike.
I found this to be a very easy transition because (a) the biking puts less strain on my feet and joints and (b) the time seems to pass more quickly because I ride the bike while catching up on the day’s news by watching TV.
By the way, my research found that while walking burns more calories than riding a bike, biking has several important advantages for those of us who are no longer spring chickens. Enough said about that…
2 – I also made a slight change in my “weight loss diet” by adding a serving of low-fat, high protein yogurt to my breakfast meal.
That’s it. Exercising an hour and 15 minutes a day and eating a healthier diet has helped me lose 46 pounds in four months. And I was able to do it without feeling deprived.
What’s more, my blood pressure is now the lowest it’s been since my teenage years and my blood sugar levels are now in the normal range (they had been slowly creeping upwards in the months prior to the beginning of my exercise regimen).
And best of all, I feel great!
Now lest you think otherwise, I didn’t write this in order to gloat.
I’m simply hoping my experience will inspire others to work towards living a healthier and more enjoyable lifestyle.
This has really made a difference in my life. I hope my experience will inspire you and the people you really care about to begin working towards a healthier lifestyle of your own.
To finish up, here’s a very informative short video from the Mayo Clinic that explains the many benefits of a daily exercise routine. Some of them might surprise you. Check it out!
Note: As always, you can watch the video at full screen by clicking the “square” icon that will pop up in the lower-right corner of the video after it begins playing.