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How I Lost 2 Inches From My Waistline In 4 Days!
Move It And Lose It!
Now that I've got your attention, here's how to lose inches all over your body in mere days: walking! It's true, I kid you not!
Walking can be done anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. Well, there are exceptions to this rule...I wouldn't walk in a field with an angry bull...at midnight...with someone that only wears red, BUT, you get what I'm saying. Right?
Here's how I discovered that I had lost those two wonderful inches. Last Friday night, I was trying on some clothes I had packed away a few years ago. I need some spring and summer clothes, so I was going through my closet. Sometimes, that's the best place to shop!
Anyway, I found a pink button-up shirt that I used to love to wear, but I had packed it away because I couldn't button it near the bottom. Some people can wear clothes that way, but mine have to fit. Actually, I've been told that I wear my clothes too loose. I guess I think I'm hiding something behind all that fabric! Silly me!
Well, those pesky two buttons on the bottom of my pretty pink shirt would not button when I tried it on last Friday, but today they do! Now, I'll be honest here, they button, but I wouldn't wear it just yet. It's still too tight for me and I'd be tugging and pulling the whole time if I wore it now. I'll do another test next Tuesday to see if I've made any more progress!
Just Do It!
When I started walking a couple of weeks ago, I started out on the road in front of my house. It's usually quiet in the early morning hours with few cars. Most people slow down when they see people walking and I always make sure I walk correctly, meaning I walk against traffic not with it.
Last week, I had a couple of close calls while walking. A huge truck carrying logs buzzed by me going way too fast and it kind of took my breath away. He was able to move over, and although that let me know he saw me and should have made me feel more safe, it was not safe for him because he had to enter the other lane of traffic.
The other occurrence was done intentionally, I think. A white truck with protruding side mirrors was heading towards me. I did what I normally do, and moved over to the tiny strip of grass by the side of the road. There's only that little bit of grass and beyond that is a ditch so I have to be careful not to trip myself up and go tumbling. The driver must have seen me and decided to scare me a bit because he(or she) did not move over and if I had not moved my head back, the passenger side mirror would have clocked me! I knew right then and there that walking on that road was not for me!
So, I decided to make a walking track on my own property. The only hazards in my yard are holes, snakes, and ticks, and I'd much rather deal with those than that white truck!
I've heard it before and so have you, walking can be done anywhere. I don't have anything fancy, it's just a yard. I only walk behind the house because I will end up killing the grass and making a track so it might end up looking pretty ugly until I get cedar chips or something to put down and make it look all official.
Even if you have to walk in a circle around your car, you should really think about walking for exercise. It's so easy. It'll seem like you are not doing anything special, but just give it some time, you'll see results plus you'll feel better!
Go do it! Now! Well, first read my tips below!
Do a warm-up!
- Warm up those muscles or they might attack you! I do 15 minutes of toe-touches, sit-ups, leg kicks, squats. Anything to increase your heart rate!
When walking in grass, wear long pants!
- Tuck your pants into your socks. Ticks will have to travel farther to get at your skin, but they will get in so you might also consider some kind of spray to protect yourself. I admit I don't wear any, but I definitely need to!
Carry a walking stick!
- It will help you with balance and can be used to smack at snakes and the neighbor's angry poodle! Note: I said 'smack at' not hit, so don't think I'm a critter abuser!
- I started out walking a steady pace, not too fast/not too slow, and walked for about 30 minutes. Today, I increased it to an hour and I do that once in the morning and once at night.
Drink water before, during, and after!
- Water is just important. Everyone knows it. I shouldn't have to tell you that!
To Make A Long Story Short...
I lost those 2 inches by exercising. I didn't change my eating habits, I just moved more. It's as simple as that!
This should work for the average Joe or Joan because I have thyroid problems and a very sluggish metabolism and it works for me!
Get out there! Move!
Note: I am not a licensed doctor, personal trainer, or exercise nut. I'm just a fluffy human that needs to shed and wants to share what works for me because it might just work for you!