By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY
Jean Nidetch, the founder of Weight Watchers International, was once a housewife who weighed more than 200 pounds. She slimmed down to 142 pounds in 1962 and has never been heavy again.
Now, at 86, she lives in a retirement community in Parkland, Fla., and has written her autobiography, The Jean Nidetch Story.
She says she never dreamed that her weight-loss experience would lead to a successful international company that would help millions trim down.
DIETER: Weight Watchers helps 53-year-old man lose 50 pounds
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Never heard of it. Is it a real word? And what the hell does it mean anyway?
OK. Let me tell you a little about how I came up with the word ZumeWalk. The word, Zume, is more about a feeling than it is about a literal word. It's the feeling you get when you complete a great walk or better yet a month of walks. You're "zooming". A good example is how you feel zooming in your car with the sun roof open or the top down on a beautiful sunny Friday. The music is blasting a favorite song and you're singing at the top of your lungs. And you don't care what the world thinks.
Your doctor is absolutely your best resource. See them before you start your walking journey.
Tell them exactly what your doing and how you plan to do it. I know that they'll love the idea of you starting a program of walking. And that the best idea is to start slowly but most importantly get started right after your appointment. That very same day.
Listen to everything your doctor has to say because they have seen it all. And they have years of incredible experience working with individuals designing fitness and nutritional programs that really work.
I know that my doctor is awesome...
OK, your a crazy walking machine and the exercise has become a part of your life and now you're looking for a step two. Step two is eating healthy and creating the same livable routine for healthy eating and wellness, same as you created for walking and exercise. Check out, Sensei for Weight Loss.
Sensei & ZumeWalk, A Whole New Way to a Whole New You
Forget everything you know about weight loss. Sensei isn't a fad diet or a magic pill, it's a whole new approach to long term weight loss. You life shouldn't stop because you want to lose weight. That's why Sensei doesn't make you wait...
There is a vicious rumor going around that Mike Zume died and went to walking heaven, this is not true and I'm back after a busy couple of weeks. I've been still walking just not posting. So sorry but let's get going and talk a little. Grab a coffee and settle in for a read.
Now that I've got you out there moving and grooving and hopefully using walking to get into shape and stay in shape. The other pressing issue for most people is weight lose. I like to call it weight control because if you put in the work, that's code for exercise, the weight will come off naturally and will...
It's not a long trip for everyone but she fell off the weight loss wagon and now she's telling her story on Oprah this week.
Why did Kirstie Alley Fell Off the Wagon? We'll hear it, in her very own words and I have a prediction, not enough exercise and to much dieting. Here's what happened originally on The Oprah Show but with David Letterman's sly and ironic viewpoint.
It was an eye-popping moment on The Oprah Show—Kirstie Alley in a bikini. Two and a half years later, she's going public again with a big admission. (PG)
Tune in on 04/30 to watch this show at The Oprah...
Don't waste the emotion, channel it into your own journey for a fit life.
NBC's - "The Biggest Loser" is a motivating television show but the rest is up to you. Channel the pain of your situation into something positive, like starting. Starting a lifetime journey toward a fit life.
Take the emotion of Ron, Mike and especially Max. Max is young and obese but you could see in his eyes and hear it in his voice, that he was in a terrible place and need support to move forward, carefully toward changing his life. Max, harness that emotion and don't ever forget that feel as you work toward the goal...
You can lose that weight but we have a few steps. First, before doing anything, put in the time to build a foundation. A foundation, simply put, is stamina. The only way to gain stamina, is creating and dedicating to a daily exercise routine. Walking is a great way to build a physical foundation.
Now let's jump ahead, one year, you've been putting in the walking miles and the fitness and weight control goals you've set, are all working great but you feel there is more. It might be time to add some strength training.
Please get those images of muscle bound, Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime,...
"Weight loss isn't a sprint it's a marathon."
Life change isn't about quick reversals or changing massive number of thing at one time. Start with exercise, like walking, then after committing to walking for a long period of time, then make a caloric change, like reduing by 100 calories each day. The weight will come off and you'll get to your goal.
Take a look at Oprah and Dr. Oz's online video interview.
MikeZ_make it you, then becomes how you live.
Please consult your physician before starting any exercise or weight loss program.
Your physician is your very best resource.
Was it one small step man, one giant step for mankind? Whatever. This is about you and making a small change in eating habits, not changing everything all at once. Take it slow and make subtle changes that can be maintained. At Self.com they're thinking along the same lines in, "One Small Change" by Liz Plosser.
Here's some serious slimspiration for you: Doing only one thing differently can be all it takes to lose weight and improve your life in surprising, healthy ways. We found six women who each flipped a simple dietary switch that set off a chain reaction of positive effects, from...