@Daizy914: First, this 80/20 number is not one I have ever heard, or read, and my initial reaction is that it is quite misleading, and potentially dangerous. It could send your brain into “scarce food” mode, which will cause you to GAIN weight, and can lead to an unhealthy diet. 50+ lbs in 7 months (28 weeks) is borderline unsafe. The fastest you should be losing weight is 1.5 lbs/week, which would be 46 lbs in 28 weeks. That is the MOST you should lose in that period.
Patience is really key. You want to change your lifestyle to a healthier one, permanently. It truly is as simple as eat right and exercise. Resistance training is a good thing to work in, for many reasons. It will the your muscles. It will build bone density, which Staves off osteoporosis. It promotes healthy insulin production. If it becomes a lifestyle change, it will vastly improve your quality of life as you age; tasks like taking down heavy objects from shelves, opening jars, and climbing stairs will remain simple and routine, rather than becoming laborious and daunting later in life. This, in turn, Willie exercise easier, and more enjoyable, which will make it easier to stay healthy. Keep it to low weights, high reps, or incorporate handheld weights into other exercises like zoomba, or whatever.
Pilates and yoga have resistance training elements and many, many health benefits.
If you like the treadmill and the elliptical, make them staples. Nothing is more crucial to any exercise plan than continuing to exercise! So, when somethingfood for you feels good, keep doing it! On that same note, try all the options, and classes, and exercises you can, to find the ones you like. Variety is good. Continuity is good.
Finally, I have two main pieces of advice, and these are both scientifically supported. First, remember the FIT principle: Frequency, Intensity, Time. Exercising as often as possible is the most important. The intensity of your workout is second. The length of your workout is last. Working out for 12 minutes, 6 days/week is better than working out for 90 minutes twice per week. Start by building up your number of regular gym days. Then, once you are at the peak (5 or 6 days/week), increase the intensity if your training. Only then should you be concerned about how long you spend working out. Do your best not to miss any gym days. Even if you only work out for 5 minutes, that’s immeasurably better than skipping. So, n the days you don’t want to go, make yourself go and spend five minutes on the elliptical. Often you’ll stay longer. Sometimes you will go “k did my 5, now I’m out.” both are good for you
I have forgotten the second, but that’s the beers fault. I will come back when I remember it.
Duncan Pike, BA(PE), MSc(Kinesiology)