A Simple Approach to Living With Less

Lifting Weights to Minimize Yo Butt

My life was so busy that I didn’t have time to do biking, hiking or any other physical activity that I enjoy. I had gained 40 pounds in the last 10 years. At 220 pounds I was out of shape, unhappy with myself and not able to keep up with my son.

I had to do something. Like many people I tried every fad diet plan and every diet pill that promised quick weight loss. I did lose weight quickly. But then I would gain it back just as fast.

Then I decided to try a boot camp style workout. It was high energy and explosive exercises (like flipping tractor tires) intended to maximize the number of calories that you burned.

Freaky Food is NOT Your Friend

I strongly believe we have really messed up our eating habits with “healthy” foods. Sugar-free, fat-free, carb-free, and taste-free creations are all over the shelves in our supermarkets. Have you ever looked at the nutritional labels on these “healthy” foods? It can be downright scary!

Simply Healthy and Simply Delicious Simple Cooking

Cooking healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. You can probably tell from the title of this post that I like keeping my cooking as simple as possible.

I know from personal experience that if things get too complicated in the planning and preparing of food, that is the quickest way for it to not get done. Those are times when I’m most tempted to order pizza or pick up something quick while we’re out.

I thought it would be helpful to share a couple of my favorite sources for simple recipes. I hope you enjoy them.

A Minimalist Guide to Eating Better

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. – Michael Pollan

This quote makes eating simple pretty straightforward. Whatever type of eating plan works best for you, whether it’s low-carb, slow-carb, vegetarian, or Paleo, it’s always best to keep it simple.

The two main steps to Minimize Yo’ Butt are:

Eat better.
Move more.

Let’s focus on the “Eat Better” part today.

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

With the launch of Minimize Yo’ Butt this last Monday though, I would like to talk about the goals that some of us have for this challenge, and inject a dose of common sense that I had to learn the hard way.

The common sense is: “Ease into it.”

You owe it to yourself to make this work, and that requires taking the time to do it right. Toward that end, I have one tip, one warning, and some closing advice.