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5 Weight Loss Tips for Women

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Special thanks to Kiqplan for making this post possible.

Losing weight, getting into shape and making the time to live a healthy lifestyle can be difficult, as I know full well. Losing weight in the short term is relatively easy. What is not so easy, however, is achieving long-term weight loss goals and ensuring that the pounds aren’t piled back on within weeks.  Fortunately, you can adopt some relatively simple lifestyle changes that will make the quest for weight loss and increased fitness a little easier. If you have the will-power and motivation, there is nothing you can’t achieve.

5 Weight Loss Tips for Women @thatbaldchick

  1. Try new foods instead of cutting out treats

Many women tackle the issue of weight loss from a wholly negative point of view. For those women, losing weight is all about feeling hungry and depriving themselves of their favorite treats. However, a far more effective strategy involves thinking about what you can add to your diet. Rather than losing motivation because you’re facing several months of deprivation, concentrate on all the new foods you’ll be trying during your health and fitness regimen. Try new cereals, nuts, fruit snacks and vegetables you don’t usually eat, and your journey towards a fitter, healthier you will be far less painful.

  1. Do the exercise you enjoy

Most leading health institutions and fitness experts suggest that exercising rigorously for around 30 minutes, three to four times a week, reduces the risk of heart disease, obesity and a range of related health problems developing. However, a great many women get stuck in a cycle of performing exercises they just don’t like. If you find the constant pounding of treadmills at the local gym boring, don’t do it. Join the local football team, or sign up to a local volleyball or roller derby league. If you want to workout, try to vary what you do by designing some circuit training programs that will keep you motivated.

The Kiqplan 12 week fitness plan is the perfect fitness aid for the busy women. This intuitive fitness app is compatible with a range of smartphones and activity trackers, including the Fitbug fitness device. Based on the user’s goals and personal information, the program will suggest workouts, recipes and lifestyle changes with the ultimate goal of significant and sustainable weight loss. The exercises suggested by a Kiqplan fitness program will keep things fun and varied – which should greatly improve your chances of achieving your long-term weight loss goals.

Kiqplan app

  1. Make walking your new best friend

Walking provides a great cardiovascular workout that burns calories. But rather than viewing walks as part of your exercise regime, you should look for ways of making them part of your daily lifestyle. For instance, use the stairs instead of the elevator wherever possible. Walk to the corner shop instead of taking the car, or park your car a mile away from your place of work in the mornings. Taking a walk every day could also be a simple case of getting off a bus a couple of stops early.

  1. Drink lots of water

Staying hydrated is good for your overall health, but it can also act as a natural appetite suppressant. Drinking a glass of water before you eat a meal will leave less space in your stomach for food. Always have a bottle of water with you, as constantly doing something with your mouth might stop you from snacking on high calorie foods when you’re bored. And if you are always well hydrated, your workouts will be far more effective.  Can’t stand the taste of water?  Try adding lemon oil or grapefruit oil to your water for a refreshing change.

  1. Downsize your portions

It is easy to get used to meals of a certain size, but you’d be surprised at how easy it is to settle for 20 to 50 percent less on your plate at meal times. Switch to small dinner plates and bowls, and the meals you cook will appear larger. Your stomach will eventually become accustomed to a different amount of food being consumed, and your new, smaller portions will become the norm. No one likes to leave food on their plate, so don’t give temptation a chance.

Losing weight – and keeping it off – is surprisingly simple. Burn off more calories than you consume, and you will drop pounds and inches consistently. What many women lack is the long-term motivation, lifestyle advice and willpower needed for a successful health and fitness regime – all things a digital weight loss plan for women can deliver. The Kiqplan fitness program can help you with that.

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Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 23

The last time I checked in with you on my Advocare 24 Day Challenge was before Thanksgiving.   When I said I was fairly certain I’d be able to make it through turkey day without gobbling too much, I had NO idea I’d be sick the whole holiday!  We actually went to Kansas City on Wednesdsay to spend the holiday with Hubs parents and sister.  I’d started having some post nasal drainage on Tuesday evening, but honestly thought it was a result of the on again off again cold weather and allergies.  I realized about halfway between Columbia and Kansas City that I was indeed, getting sick.  When we got there, my Father-in-law informed us that he and my Mother-in-law were also sick.  Whatever viral illness it was, it swept through my family like wildfire, and I spent Wednesday through Sunday feeling like I was once again working the med-surg unit during flu season, alternating Ibuprofen and Tylenol for everyone… including myself.

So you see, it wasn’t all that hard to stick to my guns and not gobble too much for turkey day.  Here’s what my dinner plate looked like…

Thanksgiving dinner

After nearly five days in the infirmary, we drove home yesterday, all still feeling pretty miserable.  The kids and I are still under the weather today, so I’m not my perky self in my Day 23 photos for this check in.

Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 23

My measurements are…

Advocare 24 day Challenge Day 23 Measurements

I’ve lost 8.1 pounds and 12.75 inches since I started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge.  Not bad considering I literally haven’t worked out in two weeks.  I could have gone back to the gym on the 21st, but my left foot cracked open, and it was hard to walk, let alone work out or run.

cracked foot

My foot is finally starting to heal, and I’d planned to leave the kids with Hubs and the in laws and run while in KC… those plans were thwarted by this upper respiratory virus.   I can only pray it vacates soon, because I have a 15K in 13 days that I am now completely unready for!  After doing 10K four weekends in a row, I thought I’d be more than ready for 15K, but I don’t think I could run a mile right now if hungry zombies were chasing me, especially since I feel like a zombie myself!

I’ll post my final results on the challenge, and hopefully be feeling better, in a few days!  If I don’t get out and run soon, I just may go loco!

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Did you miss my other challenge posts?  Read them here…
Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 1
Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 5
Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 11
Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 16

***I am an Independent AdvoCare Distriubutor.  All opinions are my own. The statements contained in this post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please consult your doctor before starting ANY health, exercise or nutritional supplement program and/or before using our products and services during pregnancy, and/or if you have a serious medical condition.***

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Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 16

Woot!  I’ve made it to Day 16 of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge!  I got up bright and early this morning so Hubs could take my pictures and I could share this.  I am really excited about these changes.

Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 16

 

In 16 days, I’ve lost 5.6 pounds and 10.25 inches.  In addition to losing a bit off my neck, upper arms, and wrists, I have lost 2 inches off my waist, 1.25 inches off my hips (man, my hips are stubborn), and 2 inches off each thigh, plus a half inch off each calf. Day 16 Measurements

For the first time in a LONG time, I’ve worn size 14 pants and jeans.  And they are the OLD size 14, not the new size 14.  LOL.  You KNOW clothing sizes keep getting larger.  LOL.  Anyway, my husband bought my Levi’s for me a few years ago (i.e. the last time I lost weight) and the dress pants I’ve had since then, too.  What’s funny is that the last time around, I couldn’t wear 14’s until I hit 170.  I wore them 9 pounds sooner this time, which I am certain is because of the exercise (i.e. body pump class and running).  I am trimmer at 178.4 pounds than I was at 170 pounds!  That’s pretty awesome.

Here’s a comparison of Day 1 and today…

Advo24 Day Challenge Day 1 and 16

Same outfit.  Different body.  Woot!

The last time I lost weight, my low weight was 165 pounds.  At this rate, I think I may hit that by year’s end.  I had originally set my weight goal at 140, but I did adjust that to 145 just based on how things are shaping up.  I’ve lost 46.6 pounds total, and I think that extra 5 pounds might be too thin.  Of course, I can adjust my goal again later, if I want to.

I have 8 days left on this challenge, and yes, I know that includes turkey day.  I think I can make it through turkey day without gobbling too much.  LOL.

I’ll check in again in a few days to let you know how things are going!

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Did you miss my other challenge posts?  Read them here…
Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 1
Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 5Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 11

***I am an Independent AdvoCare Distriubutor.  All opinions are my own. The statements contained in this post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please consult your doctor before starting ANY health, exercise or nutritional supplement program and/or before using our products and services during pregnancy, and/or if you have a serious medical condition.***

 

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Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 11

My intention was to post an update on my Advocare 24 Day Challenge on Day 10.   Tuesdays are our busy days, though, with homeschool co-op during the day and then the kids have AWANA in the evening.  So, that didn’t happen.  Anyway!  I’m here now, and that’s what matters, right?  When I checked in on Day 5, I had lost 1.5 pounds and 3 inches.  Today is day 11 and here is my check in photos…

Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 11

And my measurements today are…

Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 11 Measurements

In total, I’ve lost 2.5 pounds and 6 inches so far on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. That’s half an inch from each upper arm, 1.25 inches from my waist, 1.25 inches from my hips, an inch from each thigh, and half an inch from my right calf– which is habitually larger than my left calf.  My left calf will likely be smaller next week.  LOL.  My body fat percentage has gone from 37.1 to 34.9, and body muscle percentage has gone from 34.9 to 35.3.  I have 13 days left on the challenge and remain excited about it.  The difference is easier for me to see when I look at the photos side by side.  My muffin top is shrinking.  YAY!

Advocare 24 Day Challenge Side by Side Comparison Days 1 to 11

Several people have asked me if I had any “issues” with the cleanse part of the program.  In all honesty, I didn’t have any bloating, cramping, or uncomfortably quick trips to the loo and I imagine the fact that I was already eating fairly healthy was helpful.  Since the Advocare 24 Day Challenge isn’t a fad diet that eliminates entire food groups, it was relatively easy to follow the recommended guidelines.  The food suggestions promote a well-balanced diet of lean proteins, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and other snack items such as healthy fats, fruits, dairy, and AdvoCare products. I continued to count calories while on the challenge, and was able to easily maintain my desired calorie budget.

My biggest challenge right now is twofold.  First, my toddler was suspended from the child care area at the gym for a week, so I haven’t taken my body pump class this week or been able to hit the treadmill.  I’ve used the elliptical at home a few times, but the heel of my right foot has cracked open (courtesy of my skin disorder) and even that has been slow going.  Not being able to work out like I want means that I have less leeway with my desired calorie budget, and that is frustrating for me.

I’ll check in again in a few days to let you know how things are going!

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Did you miss my other challenge posts?  Read them here…
Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 1
Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 5

***I am an Independent AdvoCare Distriubutor.  All opinions are my own. The statements contained in this post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please consult your doctor before starting ANY health, exercise or nutritional supplement program and/or before using our products and services during pregnancy, and/or if you have a serious medical condition.***

 

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Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 5

I mentioned in my Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 1 post that I would be sharing my progress as I go through the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge.  Today is Day 5, so I thought I’d check in and let you know how things are going.

When I started, I had already lost 41 pounds on my own with calorie counting and exercise.  I figured Advocare could only help propel me toward my final goal.  I wasn’t sure what to really expect, though, because I am already eating healthy, limiting processed foods and so on.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that I’ve lost 1.5 pounds since Sunday.  I’ve also lost a total of three inches, with a half inch off each upper arm, a half inch off each thigh, and an inch off the waist.  Now, if the hips would follow suit, I’d be over the moon!

Here’s my Day 1 photos…

Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 1

I tried to make sure my Day 5 photos were taken in the same place with the same clothing, etc, so you’d know there’s no camera trickery.  Unfortunately, it’s overcast and the lighting stinks, for which I apologize.  I need to invest in a tripod, so I can make sure the angles are always the same, too.  Anyway, here’s my Day 5 photos…

Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 5

I don’t SEE much of a difference myself, but I was able to wear a pair of jeans that I haven’t been able to wear in a long time?  Woop!  And the number of comments that I’ve gotten this week alone about my weight loss is very encouraging.

And here’s my measurements…

Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day 5 Measurements

As you can see, the percentage of fat went down, but the percentage of muscle stayed the same.  Which means I lost fat and water, but maintained muscle.  Yay.

I’ll check in again in a few days to let you know how things are going!

Learn more about AdvoCare products. You can save 20% on AdvoCare products when you sign up to be an Independent AdvoCare Distributor.

***I am an Independent AdvoCare Distriubutor.  All opinions are my own. The statements contained in this post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please consult your doctor before starting ANY health, exercise or nutritional supplement program and/or before using our products and services during pregnancy, and/or if you have a serious medical condition.***

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