A Year of Struggle

For someone like me, who has reached the age of forty four; losing weight can be very challenging.  If you have been a follower of this blog, you probably know that almost two years ago, I quit smoking. 

The first months were a struggle; not with the cravings to puff but with food.  I was pretty determined to quit so I didn't have a difficult time.  It was an abrupt stop and I thought I did it right.  What made it really difficult for me was the nicotine withdrawal.  To suppress my cravings for cigarettes; I turned to food.  I kept on eating and my appetite has increased.  In two months, I gained about 25 pounds.

To shed it off, I went back to exercising.  I did an hour of aerobics a day but nothing happened; my weight remained the same.  Although I wasn't losing weight, I still went on with the exercise.  Okay, I am not shedding any pound but I'm doing something good for my health.  That, at least made me feel good about myself.  But after a year of quitting and still nothing happened, I knew I had to start a new diet plan and I thought maybe I need a new exercise plan; something that will help me lose weight fast. 

I searched the internet for weight loss tips and the most effective exercise moves.  And you know what?  I discovered that I don't even have to leave home to lose weight.  Simply jumping on a trampoline can help you get rid of unwanted pounds fast.  And you don't even have to jump there for an hour; a few 10-minute short bursts will do the trick.  According to fitness experts, one 10-minute burst is already equal to an hour of aerobics.  Plus, doing it with intervals will help you lose weight even faster.

I did 3 short bursts daily; one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and once again in the evening.  The intervals don't have to be that long; you can do it any time you want just as long as you rest after doing one short burst.  I didn't have high hopes with this when I decided to try it but what have I got to lose?  Pounds hopefully, but I was already used to not losing any for the past 12 months.  So imagine my surprise when I lost a pound after a week of using my mini trampoline.  I know it isn't much but hey, a pound is still a pound, and if you have been exercising to death with no results, that is already something.  It's only been a couple of months and I have shed a total of 7 pounds.  I still have a long way to go but it's so much better now.

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