Saturday, January 05, 2013
Total Burned 2,210
I started the day out well with a 55 minute ST session but when I went grocery shopping, I bought my new favourite snack. It's called Zen Mix. It has almonds, sesame sticks and rice crackers in it. I had a salad when I got home and then had some of that snack mix with my green tea. After I tired of that, I had some popcorn. I wasn't actually that hungry but it was calling my name (it had been in the pantry for over a week since the last time I had any). And, even though I didn't exceed my calorie range, I still ate more calories with my snacks today than I did for any of my meals and I wish I could say that was pretty rare but honestly, it's a typical Saturday afternoon at home. I like salty snacks. There! I said it. So, if I stay in range, does it really matter if I indulge one afternoon a week?
Friday, January 04, 2013
Here is today's Calories In/Calories Out (CICO) report:
Total Burned 2,189
I overdid it at lunchtime today. I had lunch with a friend and that included a small bowl of pho (rice noodle soup) and steamed spring rolls. That part was majorly high in sodium so that's not necessarily good but I don't do that too often so I'm not really worried about that.
If I had stopped at that, I probably would have been okay but I decided to stop at Tim Horton's on the way back to work to get a tea and their current promotion is that a donut is only 49 cents with any hot beverage so I caved and bought a chocolate-glazed donut, my favourite. I NEVER buy donuts! I can't remember the last time I ate a donut; it's been that long ago. And, although I did enjoy it, it definitely wasn't worth the 260 or so calories that the nutrition tracker says it is.
Fortunately, I wasn't hungry again until just now and I'm being good just having a salad for dinner.
I got a good kickboxing workout in this morning as well but I didn't burn as many calories as I normally do doing it but I don't know why.
And, FYI, any time anyone wants to see what I eat and what fitness I do, my trackers are shared for all to see.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
So the watch that I've had for the last 20+ years is a watch that DH bought for me, which I loved.
However, it's been disintegrating for the last couple of years and when I had to wrap scotch tape around part of it at work yesterday to prevent my sweater from continually catching on it, I knew it was time for a new one.
(see the tape)
I've also needed to wear a bandaid under my old watch because with the weight that I've lost, it's too loose and it's been rubbing my wrist and causing chafing:
So, with all of that (plus DH telling me to go and buy myself a new watch that "we" would pay for rather than it coming out of my personal money), I headed off to my favourite jewellery store in Dundas, Martin's Jewel & Gift Shop (I've been shopping here since I was a teen). And, after trying on various watches while trying to find something that was close in design to my beloved old watch, I finally decided on this one and I LOVE it:
The face is bigger than my old one but it has the fake diamonds around the face the way my old one did and that was the deciding factor. Because the reason I liked my old watch as much as I did is because it was functional AND feminine and that's the reason I ultimately chose this one as well.
When the lady took it into the back to take out a couple of links, I wandered around the store and while she was gone, I found 4 pairs of earrings that I liked plus a key-chain pink pen and a set of 3 miniature penguins. When she came back out, I picked two of the pairs of earrings to keep as a reward for successfully completing BLC20 and the key-chain pen and miniature penguins I bought for my MIL for Christmas (and I had hers wrapped). Here are the earrings I bought:
These ones are a little blurry (I couldn't get it to focus):
But, while she was in the back wrapping the presents I found for my MIL, I found something else for her (salt and pepper shakers that look like birds and they hang on a tree - she loves birds so I figure she'll love this). So, back went the lady again to wrap this new present. It was so hard not to buy more stuff because there was a LOT in there that I knew would be good presents but although, I continued to look, I didn't buy anything else. Although, there was a framed black and white photo of an aerial shot of a train going along the tracks by the old train station in town, which I think DH would love so I may go back and get that for him. I'll have to think on it.
So, in the end, my $85 watch ended up costing me $215 with all the additional purchases plus taxes. But, all in all, I think everything I bought was worth it.
Monday, November 12, 2012
BLACK TEA LINKED TO LOWER TYPE 2 DIABETES RISK - Black tea represents 90 per cent of the tea sold in the West
Type 2 diabetes is less common in countries where people often enjoy high tea, a statistical model suggests.
The number of people with diabetes has increased nearly six-fold over the past few decades, stimulating interest in how foods could play a role in prevention, researchers said.
Calling tea the most widely used ancient hot beverage in the world, a team of French, British and Swiss researchers mined information on tea consumption in 50 countries based on 2009 sales data from a market research firm and looked for any correlation to five major diseases.
"We observed that, among the five health indicators, only the 'prevalence of diabetes' indicator appeared to have a strong statistical relationship with black tea consumption," Ariel Beresniak of Data Mining International in Geneva and co-authors concluded in Thursday's issue of the journal BMJ Open.
The correlation only points to a potential cause that needs to be further investigated, they cautioned, noting that establishing causality is one of the most difficult challenges in public health.
In the study, consumption of black tea was highest in Ireland at nearly 2.16 kilograms per year per person and lowest in South Korea at 0.0007 kilograms per year per person. Canada was at about the midpoint for consumption at less than 0.5 kilograms per year per person.
But the quality and consistency of consumption and health data among the 50 countries likely varied.
Other factors that weren't considered in the analysis may also be important, the researchers said.
The findings do back those of previous research, including a similar study in Europe.
While interest has grown in drinking green tea for its flavonoids in industrialized countries, black tea still represents 90 per cent of the tea sold in the West, the researchers said. In contrast, the Chinese population drinks 30 times more green tea per inhabitant than black tea.
Green tea is fermented to form black tea, keeping the caffeine about the same while different flavanoids are released. Flavanoids including theaflavins and thearubigins are thought to carry potential health benefits.
One of the authors is employed by Unilever and provided access to the global tea consumption data without any financial agreement or grant to support the study, which was carried out independently.
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