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Monday, March 12, 2012

“FITNESS IDEAS” How do you include fitness activities in your daily schedule. What things do you try to do throughout your day to add extra exercise to your life. (An example would be parking far from the entrance to the store to add extra steps.)

I'm not doing very much real fitness right now because my neck is messed up.

I do park in the "back" parking lot so I have to walk through my building to get to my office.

I also make a point of walking to people's offices quite a bit (I send emails instead of talking face to face so I have a black and white "paper" trail, but I still walk around a lot).

I go to the bathroom allll the way down the hall instead of the one next door to my office.

I go shopping frequently and buy small amounts of stuff so I have to go shopping again 'soon'. This allows me to walk the store. It's on the way home so there's no extra gas really involved.

I walk around with my baby niece when I'm at my sisters.

I keep my clothes in the basement so when I get dressed every single morning I have to go up and down at least 1x. If I'm doing laundry I go up and down several times.

I park further away from the stores than need be so I can walk the distance to the doors.

I do a small amount of housework every day.

I stand the whole time I'm cooking on the stove top.

I can't really lift anything heavy right now and I can't walk fast because it jars my neck so this is about the best I can realistically do right now.

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RFJSJ50 3/17/2012 6:01PM

    You should be so proud of yourself for doing such a good job adding in fitness with your current limitations. Some people really don't understand how difficult that can be to do. I know I often get asked why I do seated exercises when I walk as much as I do (walking uses different muscles than standing cardio exercises - my left knee bends very little and is painful, so seated exercises are great for me).
I hope things improve soon.

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NICKI109 3/17/2012 11:00AM

    Great ideas. Don't feel like you aren't doing enough. We also have to know when to take a break from certain movements, thats important as well!

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RAENDROPS 3/15/2012 9:54PM

    I think these are great ideas! I love that you still walk around at work even tho you email. It's sometimes easy to forget that although communication has gotten 'easier', it's nice to still chat face to face.


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AMYBELLES 3/14/2012 11:01PM

    These are all wonderful ideas of how to add more fitness into our daily lives. Every extra minute we are active helps us live a healthier and happier life! emoticon

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BARBIE176 3/13/2012 10:10PM

    emoticon blog. I am sorry you are unable to do a lot of exercise, but you are doing a emoticon job of fitting in extra exercse into your daily life. Keep up the great work and you will be ready to increase that when your body allows it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANH102712 3/13/2012 1:21PM

    Sounds like you do quite a few things to help you get that extra exercise in! I might copy some of those ideas :)

Great job!


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48MYYEAR2014 3/13/2012 9:11AM

    great blog i am the opposite i have to sit when i am cooking at the moment it is too dangerous not to at the moment with the pain in my shoulders

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JAMARIGOLD 3/12/2012 10:16PM

    Good for you in finding ways to be active even when you don't feel your best. Everything counts and adds up!

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CJWORDPLAY 3/12/2012 8:38PM

    You are doing a great job of doing what you can. I salute you for finding creative ways to increase your activity within your limits. WooHoo! emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 3/12/2012 8:14PM

    I love this. Little things can add up to big results!

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Sugar Addicts W1B3

Friday, March 09, 2012

So yesterday I had a salad for lunch and later on started craving sugar. I stopped and got some meat and ate it (I didn't bring any to work so didn't have any with the salad) and lo and behold I stopped craving sugar... I'm thinking there is something to this thought!!

I am all set to go "sweetener free" this weekend... we will see how it goes... especially since I think I'm about to get my "tom". :P

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SILVERANGEL6 3/28/2012 5:05PM

    Darl, I lost my weight by going low fructose, 19 kilos in 13 months, now I am trying to go low-carb, much harder for me than low fructose...,
My advice, research low fructose, as it's the fructose that keeps you addicted to sugar.
I only have to look at bread to put weight back on, plus I have a love/hate relationship with it, (and potatoes)....
Plus, are you eating good fats? Coconut oil is the best, but there are others, look up Dr Jack Kruse on facebook, or he has a website, try to do his Leptin Reset regime, for 6 - 8 weeks only, it's based on Paleo eating, and you WILL lose weight on it. As well as get healthy....
I can give you heaps more advice here, if you want it, of course..I like to get the word out about fructose, but only if people want to go further will I give more advice, your choice....

Saying you are sick of failing, is a no-no, take that away right now!! Go
to Poetic Blonde's blog & see her affirmations for weight loss, link :-

and, BTW, I still need to lose another 19 kilos!! emoticon

I wish you well......

Love Sylvia xxxx

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EXOTEC 3/9/2012 2:22PM

    There is very absolutely "something to" your thought! Bacon will provide the same service! My go-to snax are jerky, bacon, and cracklins. Sugars (sometimes even just the taste of sweetness) definitely jack up those cravings.

Good for you in finding an alternative!

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WOUBBIE 3/9/2012 1:56PM

    Very likely. Good catch!

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Sugar Addicts W1B2

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

emoticonI've been told that eating protein helps stop sugar cravings.

emoticonI am going to try this this weekend... see if I can go the whole weekend without not only sugar (which I think I can live without) BUT FAKE SWEETENERS too.

emoticonI've been pretty good about maintaining enough proteins as far as the 2 servings 3x a day guidelines, but the Atkins site says I should be getting (for a low carb diet) about 12-18 oz of meat. I do not think I'm eating anywhere near that, which may be part of the problem.

emoticonI am also eating plenty of veggies. I have found in the past that if I eat just meat (because it's simpler) I start eating poorly. When I eat veggies every day I am more likely to maintain integrity.

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ADZY86 3/8/2012 5:20AM

    Try and keep/add as much fat as possible in there. In fact, perhaps counterintuitively, try and have more grams of fat in the day than protein. Eating fat won't make us fat, but there is a chance that you could eat too much protein than your body can deal with and that can make us fat (not as badly as carbs do, but there is still a chance). I'm still learning all of this, so read up more on it. But add olive oil, butter, cream, cheese etc to your day and it will fill you up longer and keep you from wanting carbs.

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WOUBBIE 3/7/2012 6:31PM

    What's your fat intake like? Can you increase that as well as or instead of the protein?

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THAISAMUSED 3/7/2012 4:42PM

    I'm also a sugar addict. Protein, particularly from light dairy has helped me with some of my cravings, as well as fruit and yogurt. Good luck!

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Sugar Addicts W1B1

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

emoticonMy name is Lou and I am a sugar addict.

emoticonI have joined the Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge to get over being one!

emoticonI realize that substituting sugary items with artificial sweetener "sugary" items is not the ideal road to take, but for right now it is a step in the right direction.

emoticonI think once I've truly gotten over the sugar addiction then I can start reducing and finally eliminating the artificial sweetener crutch.

emoticonI'm doing a "smart carb" diet anyways so this helps to reinforce proper eating behaviours.

emoticonWish me luck!!

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BARBIE176 3/7/2012 7:24PM

    emoticon blog and I wish you much success in overcoming this addiction. I think I may be teetering on the edge of it also. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/7/2012 6:03AM

    Wishing you good luck.

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AMYBELLES 3/6/2012 11:15PM

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HOUNDLOVER1 3/6/2012 9:07PM

    I was there for a long time. I know you can do it.
What worked for me is to eat low-carb (no grain, no beans, very little fruit) to get rid of any desire to eat sugar. The sugar-free alternatives were worse than sugar because they still spiked my insulin levels and left me hungry every two to three hours. I gradually went from eliminating sugar to eliminating gluten-grains to eliminating all grains and the fewer carbs I ate the less cravings I had to eat sugar.
Best wishes,

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/6/2012 6:25PM

    Good luck, and good blog.

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Shame and Bullying or Education?? What's your take?

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Apparently people who designed the new Disney "Habit Heroes" display either weren't thinking or had never been over weight. Imaging being told if you are fat you are mean and icky, not to mention you have no control and obviously do nothing but sit around eating hohos all day. REALLY???? Seriously???? I am SO glad it was shut down. My mother (who was ALWAYS overweight since I was born although she was thin when she was young) use to feed me fattening foods and would yell at us kids when we ate any fruit or vegetables because "THOSE ARE FOR (a meal or dish or making jam or whatever)" and we were NOT TO EAT THEM ALL UP! We lived on pasta, tinned soup and whatever cheap meat (usually hamburger) they could get. Or potatos or what not. Until my Dad started a garden when we were about 10-12ish and we ate out of that for about 4 years before it got to be too much for him. I am able to eat the EXACT same thing my sister does day in and out and gain weight while she will lose. It's the way my body works. It isn't because I sit around on my butt watching TV and eating ding dong. Then every couple months she would yell at me for being fat and eating "too much" and being lazy (I played outside ALL THE TIME!!) and made fun of me being fat - even though SHE was and SHE was the one feeding me!! This is just wrong.

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AMYBELLES 3/3/2012 9:23AM

    I am shocked! emoticon

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IMREITE 3/2/2012 12:30AM

    very rarely are heroes overweight. at best they are the funny sidekick that screw up everything. i just save time by not watching tv or paying to much attention to pop culture. i focus on being active and improving my attitude and my abilities. Parents need to know what their children are watching/doing and put things like this into perspective.

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WOUBBIE 3/1/2012 6:53PM



That's absolutely awful! On top of that, the exhibit probably exhorted the poor things to eat more rice and grains! Yarghhhhhhh!

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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/1/2012 5:11PM

    Wow! The author summed it up with the blatant hypocrisy of this portrayal as you walk through vendors selling hot dogs and funnel cakes!

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