Lose Weight at Any Age
Need some slim-down inspiration? Get fired up with three women who shed pounds while doing Prevention ’s DVD program Tone Up in 15.
I’ve tried a lot of different things to lose weight, but I haven’t had great success with them—they’ve either been too expensive or too complicated. With other programs, I didn’t really have the time to tackle major workouts, but Tone Up in 15 was easy to fit in!
I’m a ridiculously picky eater, and I don’t like many healthy foods. When I was faced with having only 1,200 calories a day, I didn’t know what I was going to eat, but Larysa says you can eat almost whatever you want as long as it stays within the calorie count. I couldn’t go eat a big old tub of ice cream, but after a while I got the hang of it and learned to expand my palate. For example, before the program, I hated yogurt, but then I found one I liked.
I ate lots of grapes and string cheese and drank mostly water.
When Larysa said each workout would be only 15 minutes, I thought, There’s no way that’s enough. I figured I’d have to stay at the gym for hours every day to make a difference, but 15 minutes actually worked! Some of the exercises tired me out, and gosh, I was hurting the next day. I thought, I actually feel this. A good surprise!
The exercise part of the program fit into my schedule well—I like working out early in the morning because it gets me going for the day, but later in the day ended up being better. After work, I would come home and start to wind down a bit and do the exercises after my 10-year-old son went
to bed. I particularly liked the boxing part of it.
I didn’t think I’d be able to stick with the program, but it’s much easier than you think. It became part of my life without having to adjust much of my routine, which every other program interfered with.
It also totally changed how I think about exercise and eating in general. I’m not eating as much junk as before—and I used to be the person who always had candy in her bag. I wasn’t doing any exercise at all, even though I have a free gym membership at my job, and now I’m working out three or four days a week, and it’s actually enjoyable! I have more energy. I don’t feel as heavy, and I don’t mean just weight-wise. I don’t feel as weighted down emotionally. I feel lighter and healthier overall.