Sep 162010
 

I knew I was in for a good laugh before I even clicked on the link. Lose 35+ Pounds Without Working Out!

“8 no-sweat ways to increase metabolism, burn calories and get big weight loss results”

Really? There was nothing of substance in that article. It was just like every other trashy magazine article claiming they have the secret to losing 10 pounds  a week!

“Lose Weight Fast!”

“Drop 4 Dress Sizes in a Month!”

“Be Bikini Ready By Summer.”

WOW! 25 Pounds in only 2 WEEKS?!? Sign me up!! Not.

“Try Jennifer Aniston’s Workout.” Or remember when Jennifer Aniston was supposedly on a Baby Food Diet?

Etc etc etc.

They all make me chuckle.

QUESTION: Do you buy into the fad diets and weight loss scams in trashy magazines? Are you hopeful that they will work and get disappointed when they don’t?

Okay–I have a big revelation here. When I had reached my breaking point about being obese I broke down and asked my doctor for diet pills. She refused. I cried and pleaded and said I couldn’t be 250 pounds anymore and nothing I was doing worked. I was desperate.

She caved. She gave me a month’s worth of diet pills — for the life of me, I cannot remember the name. I took the pills for about 3 days and then threw them in the garbage. THEY WERE AWFUL. It was basically speed. I was up for 3 days. I could not sleep. I felt like I had had 100 cups of coffee and a Red Bull. It was a nightmare.

But it was a learning experience. I knew there was another way. That’s when I started counting calories and I started swimming. Check out how I lost 100 Pounds Here.

I’d tried a quick fix and got burned.

I learned that weight loss happens through HARD WORK.

Simple as that.

Yeah–it’s not a magic pill, or a super fast process, but it works. Slow and steady works. It means the weight will most likely stay off. It means you’ve learned healthy, good habits.

Here is an example of 1 month’s worth of exercise for me. It was from May of this year. Looking back I can see a bit of over-training (training for Reach the Beach AND Hood to Coast) but it’s a general idea of my exercise routine.

As you can see, it’s a lot of work.  It’s a screen shot of my Google Calender where I log all my exercise.

Nothing says you must become a gym rat or an obsessed workout freak. You just need to have a steady routine that  you stick with. Consistency pays off.

I haven’t quite figured out what my “happy maintenance mode” is yet in regards to exercise. Not only that, I LOVE working out. I grew to love the high and working out FEELS good to me.

Swimming is my Zen Time. It relaxes me. It clears my mind.

Running is my Aggression Time. I get a Super Runner’s High and if I’m frustrated or mad about anything, running purges that.

Biking is my Fun time. It’s when I get to explore the city and see new places. It’s something I love to do with this guy:

Hiking is my Adventure Time. I love exploring the beauty that is the Oregon Wilderness.

Growing to love activities like the ones I listed above have enriched my life AND kept the weight off.

QUESTION: Have you been burned by any “quick fixes?”

About Lisa Eirene
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  6 Responses to “Lose 35 Pounds Without Working Out”

  1. i fell for this one. haha saw it on my twitter feed and i was like, “yes! this is exactly what i need.” thanks for the wake up call

  2. …and I just heard they’re taking Meridia off the market because they FINALLY proved it caused health problems. The doctor giving testimony basically said “anything that helps you lose weight will always have serious side effects.”

    That said, I did take Phen-Fen back in the day, and it totally worked. It made you a complete space cadet, but in LA no one noticed. Thank goodness I didn’t have heart complications (I wasn’t on it for long, and I’ve had an EKG to make sure there was no damage). Now I realize how dumb it was to take a pill but live and learn.

    I love how you break down your exercise. That’s sorta how I’m going to have to look at it b/c my mind will talk me out of it (Oh, ps, I have to laugh at the OTHER people who say “You can eat like this, never exercise, and lose all the weight you need to.”).

    For me Hydrofit is my social time, weights are my aggressive time, and walking is my relaxing time. Still working on yoga but it bores me….

  3. Wait – totally need to clarify…”Oh, ps, I have to laugh at the OTHER people who say ‘You can eat like this, never exercise, and lose all the weight you need to’ ” is different than those original ads you were referring to. There are some low carb/low sugar people (not pill people) who claim you don’t have to work out to lose weight as long as you follow that plan.

    While that can be somewhat true based on how much weight you want to lose, I firmly believe that the SHAPE of your body can only be improved when you exercise while you’re losing weight.

    Ok, enuf outta me today.

  4. I definitely used to believe those ads and fad diets. And I always thought, it can’t be as easy as it seems. I soon learned it ISN’T!

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