Weighing In: Do what works best for you to slim down

Published on Saturday, 11 January 2014 19:27 - Written by By Coshandra Dillard cdillard@tylerpaper.com

I spoke recently to a Tylerite about his weight loss journey. He’s having some success, but only after a few other things didn’t work.

“Everyone has to do things in a way that works for them,” he said.

I believe this is true.

The second Lighten Up East Texas weight loss challenged kicked off this weekend at Broadway Square Mall and from what I can see, people are excited about it. There’s nothing more motivating than the idea of slimming down and feeling better. Plus, there’s a car at stake.

I can imagine that there will be numerous strategies for losing weight. Weight loss does not mean everyone has to participate in a high-intensity program or eat like a rabbit. Yes, any diet and any exercise program will work, but you have to do what you know you’ll continue forever.

We often get discouraged because we set a lofty goal without figuring out how we will tackle it. So, after a couple of months of Body Pump three times each week, you find out it’s not your thing.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t challenge yourself, and I won’t discourage people from being gung-ho about fitness. But I am saying health and fitness don’t have to be complicated. It can be simple. If you love exercise and have been doing it for a while, go full blast. But if you’re new to this, don’t think you have to be like everyone else. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a strategy that includes eating more fruits and vegetables and just walking every day.

I also weighed in at Broadway Square Mall and was inspired by my interviewees and by the conversations I overheard. For them, it was not about a pant size or a certain look. And they seemed to be committed to doing what it takes. They understood that the road to health is a long traveled road without short cuts.

The goal of the contest is to lighten up to reduce risks of chronic illness and to truly enjoy life — your life. So do what fits your life.