Saturday, October 09, 2010
What changes have you made in your lifestyle that you are most proud of?
I would have to say I am proud that I am sticking to a daily routine of exercise and tracking my food.
It has helped me lose weight and inches. I'm hoping to figure out my HRM so I can tell how many calories I'm burning.
I plan to be fairly well toned and eating healthier by the end of the 12 week BLC-14 challenge.
Friday, October 08, 2010
￼ Today's prompt is writing about what inspires you. Write about a quote or a saying that inspires or motivates you.
Your #2 assignment is to put that inspiration somewhere you can see it! If you have a quote or saying that inspires you.. how about putting it on your fridge, or maybe bathroom mirror.
I have a few favorite quotes:
“The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.” from SP quotes
“As you think, so shall you be.” Dr. Wayne Dyer (taken from book by Norman Vincent Peale).
“Think and Act cheerfully, and you will feel cheerful.” Dale Carnegie
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Normal Vincent Peale
There have been a lot of people with quotes of this type of affirmation.
This is my inspiration picture. I wished I had taken a picture of myself 2 years ago when I was in good shape.
But, this will do. Taken back in my 30s.”
Okay, I couldn't get it to post, but it is in my gallery. picture taken in 1986.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Journal#1 What are your goals... long term and short term in relation to your health? What steps are you taking to reach them? Be specific.
I can fit into another pain of jeans and my legs look skinner in my exercise pants.
I believe life will be different because I will have more confidence once I am fit, toned and eating healthier. I’ll be able to fit back into my ‘small’ clothes. I’m just sorry I got rid of some outfits, thinking I’d never be small again. So people told me, “Oh no, your metabolism has changed with age, you won't be as skinny any more.
I’ve proved that theory wrong, because I was almost fit, healthy and skinny about 2 years ago. Before I had to go up north for a month.
I had lost inches in my inner thighs, butt, calves and abs. INNER THIGHS! I never thought that would happen, but I now know it is possible. The legs of my pants fit loose!
But, tending to family matters I got out of my routine and gained back everything, plus more.
It seems that when I am just this close (thumb & first finger almost touching) to achieving my complete goal….something happens to kick me back.
This time it was going up north to move my mom down. No treadmill, not safe to walk around the neighborhood like I use to in the past.
I plan to keep on target and get my body back. Some people think I don’t need to do anything, that I am skinny because I’m 4’8” and weigh around 102. I can tell when my clothes fit tight or that I can’t fit into them at all.
Since camp, I have gotten more motivated. I can now get down on the floor and get back up without effort. I try to stretch every morning.
Being retired and being a SAHD (stay at home daughter) I am able to spend more time working on my goals.
Long term goal is to hopefully get off my Lipitor.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
I got this in my personal e-mail:
Very interesting - don't delete it till you read it all.
(No wonder this isn't widely known - the pharmaceutical companies would go bankrupt!!)
Very important subject.. especially for those who love to eat onions.
In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people, there was a Doctor that visited many farmers to see if he could help them combat this flu, as many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many had died.
The doctor came upon this one farmer and, to his surprise, everyone in his family was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different, the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then).
The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She obliged and when he tested it, he found that the onion was riddled with flu virus. It had obviously absorbed the bacteria and therefore, kept the family healthy.
I heard this story from my hairdresser: she said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu and also many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop and, to her surprise, none of her staff got sick (and no, she is not in the onion business).
So the sensible answer would seem to be, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office (under your desk or even a windowsill). Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and none of us contracted the flu. if this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case..
Whatever, what have you to lose? Just a few pennies on onions!!
Now there is a P.S. to this, for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions: "Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmers story, but I do remember that I contracted pneumonia and,needless to say, I was very ill. I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion, put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar, placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs.
Sure enough, it happened just like that.. the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.
Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago.They have powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties."
Here is another point: LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS!!
I have often used an onion which has been left in the fridge and sometimes don't use a whole one at a time and so save the other half for later. Now with this information, I have changed my habits and buy smaller onions!
I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products,makers of mayonnaise. Mullins is huge and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters of the Mullins family. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.
Questions about food poisoning came up and I wanted to share what I'd learned from a chemist.The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed. Ed is one of the brothers and a chemistry expert who is involved in developing most of the sauce formula. He's even developed a sauce formula for McDonald's.
Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz.During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise.. people are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil.Ed's answer will surprise you, as he said that all commercially made Mayo is completely safe."It doesn't even have to be refrigerated- there's no harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary", he explained. He said that the pH in mayonnaise is set at an environmental point that bacteria could not survive in
and he then talked about the quintessential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.
Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the victim last ate onions and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says that it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors, it's the onions and/or the potatoes (ever seen a potato go black? Thought so..)
He explained that onions are a huge magnet for bacteria,especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion and he says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator,It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and exposed to the air for a while and can be a real danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you have put in your hotdogs and burgers at the vendors!).
Ed says that if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be OK, but if you slice that leftover onion and put it on your sandwich, then you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will take to even begin breaking down.
Take it for what you will. I (the author) am going to be very careful about my onions from now on. For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist.
And another point: dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.
Please remember it is dangerous to cut onions to cook the next day. They become highly poisonous even if just left overnight and create toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
I had a good workout day. The day before weigh in for my BLC team and I feel like I had a fairly good workout. Walk/jogged on the treadmill and worked out to a tape, plus some other exercises form team challenge. Now, I hope I have a good weigh in tomorrow.
What is your thoughts on Rice? I use that Lipton, well it is now Knorr. Spanish Rice. It calls for 1 cup. I had chicken noodle soup too.
We threw out the brownies and my mom's left over birthday cake. DH bought some apples, bananas and grapes.
Being retired makes it easy for me to get in a lot more exercise than most people. I remember my work days and trying to fit this in and that in. Your day will come.
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