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Lose Weight! Gain Friends!

Alexandra Williams, MA and Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA
in Beverly Hills with Sandra Sallin

I’m pinching Sandra’s butt!

We recently posted about the difficulty Boomer-aged women have in keeping weight off. In response, our friend Sandra asked if we could please “put together a group of us to lose weight together,” or at least share some tips.

Okay, Sandy, you get your wish, as we’ll run with your idea. Actually we will walk with your idea. Often and with vigor!

Many studies have shown that women over 50 have a higher rate of exercise adherence when social support is in place. This support includes weight loss via social media. In plain terms, social media used for social support can lead to improved health and fitness!! We even interviewed expert Ted Vickey a while ago on this exact topic!

Giant Exercise Wheel!!

Run, Hamster, Run

 

pic of Alexandra on exercise wheel

Go, Hamster Alexandra, Go!

So let’s help each other, without reinventing the hamster wheel that none of us wants to run on! Well, actually, I would if I thought it would be fun. Whatever your goal, we challenge you to state it publicly, in the comments below. If you’re on Twitter, leave your name too, and we’ll follow each other. We are @AlexandraFunFit and @KymberlyFunFit. Using the already established hashtag #ffcheckin, we can tweet (it works on Instagram too) about our progress, frustrations, successes, requests for help… If you’re not on Twitter, you can check in using our Facebook Fun and Fit page. If we need it, we can always create a group on Facebook or create a community on Google+, but that is down the line, as Johnny Cash would have said if he had been a personal trainer!

As we are the experts when it comes to fitness, we’ll be the pro hand-holders, encouragers, and info suppliers. Mostly that means we’ll link to great info (probably our own posts – haha), and ask you questions. For example, Sandy says she cannot exercise due to recent surgery. But what does that really mean? Is she allowed to walk? If so, that counts as exercise. Is she allowed to lift a 5 pound bag of flour when she brings homes the groceries? If so, she can do some strength training. My point? Let’s all figure out what we CAN do, as well as what we’re WILLING to do, then help each other do those things.

Food Journal

Write Down What You Eat

As a starting point, we’ll give you a suggestion that’s so simple we know you can do it. And it actually helps! Start writing down what you eat. Notice we didn’t say, “Change what you eat,” we just said to write it down. Simply being more aware of your food choices can produce change.

Who’s in? The requirements are in the following LONG list:
* Encourage others
* Post about your goals & progress

Quiz at 11!

By the way, remember when we listed the Koss FitBuds and FitClips in our Gift Guide as part of a FitFluential campaign? Ta da! They have let us know that all models and colors are on sale at Walgreen’s for just $19.99. They’re designed for women, so if music helps you get out and mosey, stroll, gambol, frolic, skip to your Lou, walk, this might be a good motivational purchase.

Be extra friendly and follow us on Google +Alexandra and +Kymberly; on Twitter - AlexandraFunFit and KymberlyFunFit; and Instagram - KymberlyFunFit and AlexandraFunFit. Subscribe to our blog (see over there on the right?) while you’re at it. 

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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11 Responses to Lose Weight! Gain Friends!

  1. Walker Thornton February 10, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    Hmmm? No comments? I need to lose weight, but mostly I need to get in the habit of exercising. I sit still way too much!
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  2. Jody - Fit at 56 February 11, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    I am just here for support to others & I can continue to bitch about all the crappy hormone changes things I have gone thru since 50 & still going thru & how much I have to do to maintain.. :) ;)

    And of course anyone can ask me questions about my craziness too stay fit & healthy as I age… :)
    Jody – Fit at 56 recently posted..Gratitude Monday & a Gratitude Giveaway!My Profile

    • KymberlyFunFit February 12, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

      READERS- take Jody up on her offer as she is one of the most supportive, honest people you’ll meet. And she’s super fit over fifty!
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    • Sheenah June 24, 2014 at 3:47 am #

      Nice thought #Jody – Fit at 56… I like it.. Your post looking good and healthy…i also bookmark this http://funandfit.org amazing health site for my future use.. please keep sharing of relative articles… thanks a lot

  3. Dr. Jason Hurst February 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    I love your approach. I treat boomer patients for back pain and joint pain, most of this is related to their weight. As I’m sure you know, you can see that resources for boomer women and men are limited at best. Glad to know you women are doing what you do. I believe your social media idea is a great one. Keep it up!
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