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First of all, I feel I need to share an important WARNING. If you use a NordicTrak and have pets loose in your home, PLEASE either enclose them or have someone watch them while the machine is in use.
Muff (our cat) was curious about our NordicTrak when I was using it. She tried to inspect the “skis” and almost got chucked good in the throat because I did not know she was there behind me...my husband saw her and moved her.
Then, a little while later, she came back and was almost very seriously injured when she attempted to stick her paw into the rapidly spinning fly-wheel. Thankfully, she was not seriously hurt…but she didn’t learn either…we now take steps to keep her away from the machine when it is in use.
Now, to the calmer part of my blog entry for the day:
When I came home after work, I found a frantic message on my answering machine. A family that we are friends with has decided to give BTD-ing a try! They already knew that they are all A’s (How lucky can you get? The entire family is one blood type!). So what was the problem?
Basically, they were in what amounted to sticker shock over how much this way of life was going to cost them...especially the supplements they had priced on the NAP portion of this site.
I explained to them that they did not have to make the changes overnight. The supplements are not mandatory if you cannot afford them or just do not wish to buy them. You do not have to buy fresh wild salmon if canned is all you can afford or find. It may not be perfect, but it will be much better than giving up. For that matter, there is no one, not one single person, that I can think of that does this diet 100% one hundred percent of the time.
In several ways they were right. Organic “clean” foods are expensive. Some items on the food lists can be viewed as exotic. But they were wrong in their idea that health food stores are just for the affluent. I told them that not all of their shopping would have to be done at a health food store. I also explained that just because something is for sale in a health food/natural food store does not mean that it is good for you…even if you are not following the BTD.
The other thing they wanted to know was my opinion on their idea to combine BTD-ing with Weight Watchers since the mom wants to lose weight like I am. I told her that, yes, I had tried combining the BTD with other weight loss plans when I had first learned that BTD was not really a weight loss diet plan. I had thought that was possibly the reason that my excess weight hadn’t been coming off as fast as I had wanted it to.
I also told her that yes, there are people that I know of who are combining the BTD with Weight Watchers who could even be examples she could learn from (like fellow blogger Cheryl Hendrix). I also mentioned my fellow AB blogger Amanda Shears who has been combining BTD with the South Beach Diet and that there have been/are people on the Forum that have been asking similar questions.
However, I also told her that while I do respect these people and their right to combine the BTD that I, personally, do not recommend it. Why? To me, it is just simply too much trouble and effort to go to. I do not like to try to keep track of all the rules that I need to stick to for one diet plan much less two and then on top of it all try to make them blend together. That’s too much work for me.
I am also of the opinion that if I already have a custom made Rolls Royce in my garage (the BTD is specifically for my very own personal blood type) then why would I want to spend my time and energy looking into a secondary budget model to have to do maintenance on as well?
Have a great weekend everyone!