About a year ago, Val pointed me to the RealAge.com website and I took the RealAge test. The test is designed to calculate your “real age” as opposed to your “chronological age” based upon your answers to questions about your health and lifestyle.
- Cut out all junk food completely: I loved anything sweet; no donut, cookie, cupcake, danish, etc. could escape me once it presented itself. So, I made the decision:
- Nothing at all between meals; nothing after dinner. I stood firm by this rule for about four months, eating as much as I wanted at meals, but nothing in between. Now I largely follow it, save in special situations. I do, however, often allow myself pretzels (Utz Sourdough) with mustard (Grey Poupon) after dinner if Val and I are watching a movie or a TV show. It helped a great deal that Val is such an excellent cook and we
- Eat healthy food, locally grown if possible, in reasonable quantities. I tried to listen to my body when it told me that I was full; I ate more slowly (knowing this would be all I would have until the next meal). Val and I also agreed to
- Exercise regularly. We starting doing the YOU: On a Diet 20 minute Workouts every other day together. We began with the Beginner Workout, moved through the Intermediate Workout and now we have progressed to the Advanced Workout. In the year we have been doing this, we have remained very dedicated to our every other day schedule. Working out together after the girls are in bed has been one of the best things about the whole process. Sometimes we talk during the workout, but just as often we workout together in a supportive silence.