Happy Saturday! I thought I’d take some time this weekend to answer some of the questions that you’ve been sending my way via the comments section of this blog, as well as on Twitter and Facebook. I’ll start with an easy one:
I would like to get a DVD of “Sweating to the Oldies 2″ but don’t know where to get it, if you can help me please I would be so happy. thank you.
An easy one – Just click here, Gwendolyn!
I am dying to know what “healthy choices” you keep for when you want to snack.
First of all, I try to keep a variety of fruits and vegetables around at all times. Most of the time, my desire to snack is satisfied by a simple piece of fruit or some veggies. Right now, I have apples, bananas, pears, and a mini-watermelon that’s just dying to be cut up. For veggies, I cleaned and cut up a bag of carrots and a head of celery just the other day, and often times I grab a handful of those as I’m heading out the door. If fruits and veggies don’t cut it, I also keep rice cakes around (and, lately, I’ve been buying these corn thins, which I’ve really been enjoying), as well as nonfat yogurts and these single-serve cottage cheese cups that Knudsen makes.
Here’s another question pertaining to my fridge, from Robyn:
While watching your taped piece on Ellen, I noticed you had lots of sparkling mineral water in your fridge. Is that just as good as still water for hydration purposes? I have to force myself to drink flat water but love sparkling, and I wonder if the carbonation has any effect on the health benefits.
Sparkling/carbonated water is just as good as flat water for hydration purposes, Robyn! One article I read online suggests not drinking it immediately post-workout, as the added gas will make you feel full before you’ve had enough to fully rehydrate after exercising, so be careful about that, but otherwise, go for it! Contrary to another commenter on Facebook, carbonated water does not have any carbohydrates, it’s just water and CO2, with trace amounts of sodium (35mg per serving). The minerals in sparkling mineral water include calcium and silica (although in small amounts), and one study out of Spain suggest that it actually may help women “keep calcium locked in the bones.” That’s key in preventing osteoporosis, so hopefully Sally Field enjoys her Pellegrino on a regular basis!
I have questions about Slimmons that I feel like I should know already, but I don’t. I see that you used a stationary bike and arc trainer..did you use those at Slimmons too? I mean, is it a full gym peppered with classes by Richard?
Nope. Despite being owned and operated by a huge fitness celebrity, Slimmons is a pretty small facility. There’s one main aerobics classroom (it’s big, and can accommodate well over 100 people), a tiny little lobby where you sign in for classes and can buy Richard’s merchandise, and a little side room that has restrooms. I also belong to a regular gym, where I do cardio and/or toning a few days a week, in addition to going to Richard’s classes.
Here’s another Slimmons-related question, from Ang:
Just curious..Do you do the “Project Me” classes at Slimmons too? I’m curious as to if you feel it helps you in motivation or you just go for the workouts?
I’ve just started going to the “Project Me” classes in the past couple of months, which, for anyone that doesn’t know, is Richard’s once-a-week motivation class. I find them helpful for a couple reasons: 1) Richard always has something interesting/insightful to say, and 2) they’re very interactive, with Richard talking to and engaging people in the class, and I like hearing from others who are trying to lose weight and get healthier, and learn from their successes and struggles.
OK – One more question, and I’ll call it a night. Jen wrote:
What helped you get through that first week by 2010?
That’s a good question, Jen. I think what was really helpful was that I didn’t put a ton of pressure on myself. I didn’t wake up on a Monday morning and start thinking “This is the day that my whole life is gonna change, and I’m not going to make any poor choices, and I’m never going to eat X, Y, or Z again, and I’m gonna lose X pounds every week for a year.” Holy crap, who can succeed with that much pressure on their shoulders? I chose to make it a more investigative process. I decided, that first week, to start writing down everything I ate, cut back on diet soda, and exercise more, and I would see what happened. I didn’t articulate a goal, I didn’t set a high bar… I just decided to change a couple small things. I didn’t weigh myself every day, I didn’t beat myself up if I ate a piece of candy. I just started exploring what changes I could make, tried my hardest to stick to them, and I went from there. The first week was tough, no doubt, but the second week was easier, and the third week was easier still. And that was 160 pounds ago!
Thanks for the questions, everyone! If you have a question, submit it in the comments section.
Keep it up, David!