1.01.2013

A Guest Post: "Staying Thin" by Gretchen Wendel


This is from my good friend and award winning children's book author who somehow juggles staying fit, three kids and her writing. Read on chickadees... 
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Introduce yourself:
Gretchen Schomer Wendel; I’m a mother of three young children (ages 10, 7 and 3) and I write a series of children's books. It's harder juggling the logistics of the three kids schedules then it is to write the books. :-)

Recommendations for someone who wants to lose a lot of weight?
To lose a lot of weight it takes time; be patient and try to stay active. I try to walk everyday for about 30 minutes to an hour and usually I schedule the walks with a girlfriend so time flies. I secretly hate to exercise so walking works for me but do some type of exercise to get your metabolism moving. Then eat less. I grew up in an Italian family eating lot's of pasta and bread; I was chubby as a child growing up. In high school I started watching what I ate and lost the 20 pounds I needed to lose. Now I eat what I want (I do not snack) in about 3 or 4 meals consisting of about 400 or so calories per meal. I don't count calories, I just know when to stop eating. Do not over eat or you'll never lose weight. 

Quick, skinny tip?
Don't skip meals and eat when you are hungry. If you want a turkey sandwich with mayo and avocado eat it but don't eat the chips.

Cocktail of choice?
Antioxidant Mojito - it's kind-of an oxymoron which makes me laugh and I love how they taste!

Fav healthy snack?
Parmesan/Gouda cheese and crackers.  

One word describing how you feel after a hard workout?
Sore and alive - that's two words! Remember walking up hills is a good workout. 
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Thanks Gretchen for your tips ; ). Check out Gretchen's website if you want to know more about her books and background: www.BBbubble.com "Becka and the Big Bubble"

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