I am so happy that you wrote a forum about health and fitness.
I have a spinning bike that I bought from the ymca. So I try to spin four days a week, when I am in the lower 48s. And If I spin, I do it for an hour but for 20 minutues each spinning session three times a day. For example, 20 minutes after breakfast, then 20 minutes after lunch, etc, to total 1 hour. (In college, I had a japanese, equadorian, and russian friend to tell me that they were taught to walk or do some form of low intensity exercise after eating). So therefore, I force myself to spin slow and not fast.
I bought two week ago, the insanity workout. But I have not opened the box yet. I will start inshAllah, next week. I will not do this tape everyday, becasue I really think that a woman should look feminine.
I hate lifting weights, and I have learned that this is something that I WILL not make myself be committed too.
When I lived in Alaska, I walked and rode my bicycle everywhere. So now I am in the lower 48s, I have my spinning bike with me.
I try to drink this blend of ingredients each day:
1. a handful of fresh kale
2. a handful of raw spinach
3. one capful of extra olive oil (the darker the better
4. almond milk (orginal flavor or unsweeten kind)
5.blueberries, or blackberries, any antioxidant frozen fruit.
I made this for shake for many people including americans, foreignors or whomever dont like eating healthy and they all said that they love it. It looks like it will not be tasty but even kids like it. My nephew is a typical 11 year old and he said to my surprised that he loved this shake. I made this shake to people who dont even eat vegetables and they loved it. Anyway,since I have been drinking this, I feel energized and I do not get sick. If I feel like I have a cough or I am catching something, then I will give myself a double dose of this at night, and then I think, a few hours or less the cough or sore throat, etc goes away.
I dont microwave my foods.
I get at least 8 hours or more of sleep each day.
I try to take the steps if possibe, if I am not busy, or have extra time, sometimes I try to help my friends or family cook, clean, anything that will keep me moving, etc. I play sports with my nephews and neice, etc.
When I meet with my friends, I try to get them to meet me at the skating ring, etc.
I try not to eat from a shared plate, because you can not know how much you are eating, etc.
Weight lost is 80 percent or more of what you eat, and the rest is activity.
My recommendations for anyone is that try to cook five variety of meals that will last no more than three days. Then for each of those meals, try to take two table spoons of food from each. I find that when I eat a variety of foods per meal that my body is more satisfy so therefore, my cravings for more foods, or junk food tremendously decreases. The foods do not have to match, it just need to be a variety of greens and proteins, etc, or whatever food pyramid you like to follow. The five foods that will go on your plate should never include friut. This is seperate. If you like to drink a cup of milk, then that will be 1/5 foods you have selected. Trust me it works....I created this plan for myself and it works. I eat this food for breakfast, lunch and dinner but not more than three days.
Once a week, I will eat junk food. It could be a a sneaker bar, or pizza, peanut butter sandwich, pakistani food or whatever, etc. I eat what I want but I never do buffets.
I do not believe in eating many small meals a day.
See what other people are eating and learn from them. I like to hear what the asians or any group of race or individuals who are known to look healthy.
I take a prenatal vitamin which I think is better than a multivitamin, and folic acid.
I hope this helps. and I hope others will participate in this discussion