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Changing How I Eat

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hi everyone!

I'm back again. I've had an insanely busy month with my job. Thankfully I'm finally getting some time off and time to get back to taking care of me. Today I'm starting a new diet. I really hate to use the word diet but I don't see myself keeping this meal plan up forever. A friend of mine has been on this while she's been doing a bootcamp style training thing and she has lost an amazing amount of weight. So I've decided to give it a try! So here is the plan:

Breakfast: 2 Slices of McCambridge bread which is a very dense wholewheat bread with either 1 scrambled egg or 2 slices of smoked salmon.

Mid Morning Snack: 2 Oatcakes with peanut butter or one piece of fruit, or carrots and hummus.

Lunch: Brown Rice, Quinoa, Cous Cous or Brown Pasta plus Veg & Protein

Mid Afternoon Snack (If its a workout day): 20g of nuts, a few pieces of cold meat/fish, seeds, or 100g yogurt.

Dinner: No Carbs or Root Veg. 2-4 dinners a week are salads.

No eating after dinner! If hungry have a small spoon of peanut butter.

Other general rules for the diet include: Nothing white (processed), no junk, no cereals, no soft drinks.

So this morning I had two slices of the McCambridges bread with a scrambled egg. It was a little bit dry so tomorrow I'll try adding a bit of butter to it and see if it helps. For my snack today I'm going to try the oatcakes (never had them before) with peanut butter. For lunch its brown rice with sugar snaps and prawns. No mid day snack for me as I'm not working out today. And dinner is still up in the air. Though a salad does sound very nice.

I get the feeling I'm going to find myself hungry for the next few days while I adjust to the new diet. But I'm really excited to be doing it.

Hope everyone else is doing well!

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    Just remember that your body can adjust quickly and the hunger you think you might feel is in your head. emoticon

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Shocking The Biggest Loser Finale

Thursday, February 06, 2014

First off I want to put a spoiler warning in place. If you haven't watched the finale of The Biggest Loser yet this season please stop reading this blog entry now. I'm going to be discussing the episode and reading this entry will ruin the surprise for you.

Last warning. Past this line there be spoilers.

So, I just finished watching the season finale of The Biggest Loser. I watch it online because I don't live in America to watch it on TV. For most of the season I had been hoping that Rachel would win. So imagine my surprise this morning when I'm scrolling through Yahoo News and see the headline 'Social Media erupt over Biggest Loser winner'. And I see Rachel, less than half the woman she used to be. While this sounds like it should be fantastic it really is anything but. She weighed in at 105 pounds. I know the goal of the show is to lose weight. And they have a poor track record for their methods. But Rachel has gone too far the other way. Usually contestants gain weight back. And hopefully with time she will as well. But as she looks now she is skin and bones. She might have an eating disorder. Maybe she has some body image issues. Or maybe she just can't stop the routine she developed. Whatever it is I went from hoping Rachel would win to wishing that someone would step in and stop her weigh in. Because, for all we know that could be adding fuel to the fire.

I thought it very telling that we never actually saw Bob and Jillian talk to or hug Rachel. I would love to know their thoughts. There was a brief glimpse of it when Rachel first walked out and we saw Jillian whispering to Bob. I hope that Rachel gets help to get herself back to the healthy athletic weight she had when she finished on the Biggest Loser ranch. And I hope that the men and women who were inspired watching her on the show understand that she is not normal or healthy. And no one should ever want to look like she did at the finale.

All of this makes me wonder, should this be the end of The Biggest Loser? Finalists are getting smaller and smaller, more and more of them are ending up in unhealthy lifestyles and often going back to their original weight or more. Has The Biggest Loser forgotten that the show is supposed to be about being healthy not just being skinny? Should we as consumers put an end to this show before it gets worse?

I don't know what the future holds for anyone. But I do truly hope that Rachel gets the help she needs and that changes are made to The Biggest Loser to protect the healthy.

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AMBUDMAN 2/16/2014 10:43AM

    I agree.

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HYATTI1 2/15/2014 8:03PM

    It's the mental challenge along with the rewards that force us to go into over drive. It all sounds nice but like you said....many are coming out in poor health. But, are they in worse health than when they started? I know getting the weight down for me will be a big plus and I will mentally feel so much better just being able to bend over and tie my own shoe. The flip side of that is...I am not in front of a camera so I can take my time but, I am not loosing the way I want to either. So I guess it's all in the way you look at things. The cup is half full or half empty.


Dance as if no one's watching, sing as if no one's listening, and live everyday as if it were your last.
Irish Saying

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DEBBLO 2/7/2014 5:20PM

    My first thoughts were OMG now she is anorexic?? It's a shame what people will do for money and success. I am the same height and 115-120 was my high school weight. Though not super thin but at least I had some curves.
Hope they revamp the show a little to follow the contestants home before the big win. emoticon

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WESTERNSAGE 2/6/2014 6:52PM

    Amen to all the comments above. I heard on a news item that she says she follows the 1600 calorie a day diet that the people at The Biggest Loser gave her, and that she is only working part-time so she can go to 4 exercise classes a day. I am hoping that the exercise classes will taper off and the diet stay pretty close to the same. EVERY exercise regimen gets old eventually, and I truly hole that when the hoopla of the show wears off she will adopt a healthier regimen and weight.

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FLYER99 2/6/2014 10:24AM

    "The Biggest Loser" should, IMO, be discontinued. It is NOT the way to lose weight. Any doctor and dietician will tell us that. I have read that some Biggest Loser contestants actually come away from the show with an eating disorder. Doctors would NEVER advise patients to lose that much weight that fast. It is downright unhealthy.

Some people try and follow the Biggest Loser guidelines for losing weight and that is the WRONG thing to do. These people are under constant medical supervision throughout the taping of the show.

I wonder how many Biggest Loser contestants have put their weight back on? I bet a lot of them. After all, it is what we call a "fad diet".

I stopped watching the show a few seasons ago and I wish all people would stop watching it. It gives the wrong idea to people trying to lose weight and become fit.

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100LBLIGHTER 2/6/2014 9:29AM

    I can not believe what people will do for money....we are talking about Rachel's health. You do not do that to your body on purpose. Organs can suffer. It isn't just a matter of putting on a few pounds.

I have a friend who had gastric by pass....about 4 years ago. She is now down into the 90's ....she can't stop losing weight even though she don't want to.

Healthy and skinny are not necessarily one and the same. emoticon

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KATHIC2 2/6/2014 8:47AM

  I sure agree. I have enjoyed watching, albeit with some healthy skepticism. Rachael surely needs help. I think if the show is to continue, some new guidelines must be added.

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RSSSLHB 2/6/2014 8:07AM

    It is all being the Biggest Loser and don't for about the $$$$ emoticon

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DEEKELLYE 2/6/2014 7:38AM

    I was hoping for Rachel to win towards the end after Craig was eliminated because he was my original person I wanted to win. I think that Rachel looked too skinny. I am 2 inches shorter than Rachel and 105 is in my normal BMI but I don't want to be that small. I did get a quick glimpse of Bob and Jillian. I want to know what Dolvett thinks. I think that the Biggest Loser needs to come up with some different set of guidelines since there are people, like you, around the world that watch the show and people do use the show as a motivation. I have noticed that the show focuses more on exercise than it does on nutrition. Maybe if t he show shows what the contestants are eating more and less on the exercising that'll help more people out.

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Busy with Work

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hi everyone!

I hope you've all been doing well. I have been insanely busy in my new job. Last week I spent just learning how the new bosses want things to be. It has been a learning experience to say the least. This week I've been having trouble getting to sleep. I blame my reintroduction of caffeine in my diet. Something which I am already working on getting back out of my system. I'm also making the move to 7up Free. I don't imagine that the taste will be vastly different to what I'm used to. And it will be better for me. I may be moving slowly but I am working my way towards a healthier diet.

I started taking German lessons on this awesome program called Duolingo. Its a bit like Rosetta Stone software, except free and made into a game. I've only done two lessons so far but I highly recommend it to anyone looking to pick up another language.

Oh! And the best news I have from this week is that I am back on the elliptical! I managed to stay on it for 9 minutes a couple of days ago. Today my low goal is for 10. But if I'm feeling good I'm just going to keep going.

Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well. I'll see you all again next week when hopefully I will be back to my regular twice a week blogging.

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KAYOTIC 1/30/2014 9:03AM

    Thanks for the tip on the language program....I keep thinking I'd like to learn French...

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Surviving Birthdays

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

My birthday was last Friday, my husband's birthday is today and our wedding anniversary is on Friday. We call it the Week of Awesome. In previous years its also been the week of gluttony. But this year we're trying to do it differently. We're going for a healthier week of awesome this year. Ok, sure we've had Teppanyaki and Chinese take out. But we're going with healthier options there. When we went to Teppanyaki I had prawns and salmon instead of steak or duck which were also options. We're not restricting ourselves from anything we want to have. Instead we're making small changes to them to make them healthier.

The wonderful news is that my seeds arrived! I'm finally going to start the garden I've been dreaming of. Onions, peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, aloe vera, and my favorite the Kale (Cabbage) Walking Stick. The most unfortunate news is that the dirt in our yard is dead. So I'm going to be on the lookout for people giving it away. I'll be starting them this weekend. The garden is not only going to provide me with tasty and healthy foods, save my wallet, but its also going to be part of my workout routine. We hope to expand it every year. Who knows, maybe we will eventually stop buying most of our fruits and veggies. We would need a greenhouse to grow some of the things we like to eat. But if we do well with our gardening then it is certainly an option.

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LINTPICKER 1/15/2014 6:53AM

    I love gardening! but so do all the rabbits in the desert! I think I grow food for them to eat!

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Eat The Right Stuff

Friday, January 10, 2014

I've been working on the next phase of the Spark diet since Wednesday. For me that means I'm working on eating the right stuff. Really this is the basis of my entire "diet." The three action steps for the week are ones that I already do even!

Plan your menu for the week: I actually already plan for an entire month at a time. I do this for shopping reasons but it also helps me avoid any bad foods. Additionally by planning for a whole month at a time it keeps both me and my husband out of the store and away from the temptation to buy treats.

Get at least 3 servings of good carbs every day: Without fail I always get my carbs in for the day. Quite often going over as well. Yes, some of them are bad carbs, but with my diet already being very carb heavy I'm hesitant to introduce more.

Get at least 3 servings of fruits/veggies every day: Smoothies! My daily morning smoothies are going a long way to help me get my daily fruit and veg. Before them fruit was a rare treat and well, I'm still working on the veggies.

There are also three great articles on eating the right things which I've not had the chance to read yet. But I have a feeling they'll end up on my favorite list. They cover super foods, food all stars, and a smart substitution calorie chart.

As today is my birthday I've decided to make a few changes and updates. I finally got around to adding Vitamin D to my tracking today and discovered that there is no way to track your Omega 3 intake. According to several message board posts this is because Omega 3 isn't something that is required to be displayed in nutrition facts so it's impossible to get a clear idea of how much you're getting day to day! This just seems crazy to me. I don't know about other people but I want to know everything that is in all my food. It shocks me how much we don't know about what we put in our bodies. This makes me want to get my garden going even more and eventually get to a point where I only eat what I want.

Have a great day everyone! I know I will!

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