Thursday, February 14, 2013
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack
This special treat will keep you on TRACK!
361 calories, 48 carbs, 11 fats, 20 protein
Or share it with your special someone after your holiday meal.
And it is 100% anti-angiogenic. That's a good thing for you because food with anti-angiogenic properties help you defeat fat cells, cancer cells, heart disease, arthritis, and a whole lot more, according to Dr. William Li.
That sounds pretty amazing, but we tend to stay clear of food that older people tell us is good for us. I still remember spinach cooked beyond recognition.
So I'll tell you the other unbelievable part. This is a beautiful picture of chocolate goodness. And, at least for me, it does NOT launch a major attack of the chocolate binge monster!!
Want to know how to do it? You can just chop and combine everything. Or slice your strawberry hearts, mix yogurt with cocoa and honey, arrange in blossom fashion and sprinkle with cacao nibs. Serve with a cold glass of water and a pot of tea.
Slice 1 cup of Strawberries into lengthwise halves. (Hint: use your knife to cut off the cap leaving a "canal". Slice across the canal as you cut the berry in half so that it resembles a heart)
3/4 cup no-fat Chobani Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 Tablespoon plain cocoa powder
Place 3 strawberries on your serving plate. Mound the Yogurt mixture over the top. Create the blossom by sticking the pointed end of strawberry halves into the yogurt. Start at the plate level working around the mound. Move up about an inch and alternate placement creating an petal or artichoke look.
Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of cacao nibs. Give it a try! Give yourself a delicious Cacao Valentine. Enjoy!!
What's that? What are cacao nibs?? Well, they are the cacao bean chopped up into little niblets. Cacao beans grow on the trunk of the cacao tree, are harvested, fermented and processed into the chocolate you know in your candy, the chocolate you know that awakens that chocolate binge monster.
Cacao nibs are the whole food before the manufacturers get hold of it. I find mine at my local health food store. They haven't found their way into any grocery I have available yet.
Cacao beans have more of those healthy things that fight off cancer than any other food. And you get ALL of that in cacao nibs. At least half is lost through processing on the way to your chocolate candy that you crave.
Want to know more about chocolate and caco beans?
If you'd like to learn more about anti-angiogenic foods and what they can do for YOU, we have a team her on Spark People: Eat to Defeat Fat Cells, Cancer Cells, and More . . .
You can find links to Dr. Li's video at Ted.com, and also a link to the anti-angiogenic food list at EatToDefeat.org. And you are also welcome to join us as we learn more about how to prevent lots of health issues with WHAT we eat.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
In January, 2012, it was a huge challenge to walk from the parking lot though the door of the YMCA for my first Livestrong session. To say nothing of the treadmill and strength training which followed. I've come a long way since that day.
I've taken on 2 challenges for spark coach this week and I'm starting to feel overwhelmed. One I've done before: 10 minute challenge. And the other, some boot camp challenge. I did the January jumpstart challenge when I was in NC. This new one has you do 30 minutes of cardio daily and a Nicole bootcamp video.
This was strictly my choice but I'm feeling overwhelmed right now. I had set my personal fitness activities to include at least 2 miles of walking and 45 - 60 minutes in the pool, depending upon the temperature.
I felt I needed to do the challenges
1. The 10 minute daily to have that to fall back on if I lose motivation or steam. I can do the 10 minute sessions with my eyes closed, sitting in a chair if I need to.
2. The Boot Camp to teach me what I need to know to learn where I need to take my fitness.
I like the feeling that I can do so much more now when I'm not carrying around the 45 pounds. But I have no clue what needs to happen next for the next 45 pounds.
So my 2 miles and swimming will give me the needed cardio and then some. I guess I'm just worried about the Boot Camp videos. The name makes them sound way beyond my current fitness level.
But I've done the first day, and I modified the jumping jacks, and one other. I wonder if I'll EVER be able to do THAT one?
Well. We'll see. If I'm doing it to learn, I can't expect that I can already do it all.
Well, I have a speaker to go listen to at the Y: Why Eat Raw Food? and I plan to get in some cardio while there. Maybe some treadmill, and the pool before the kids get out of school.
Monday, February 11, 2013
In 1985 I finished with the Cambridge liquid diet and started gaining back the 35 pounds I had lost, plus some more.
So I am NOW working on getting rid of that fat. Layers and Layers melting away with the help of
getting 8 hours of sleep every night
anti-angiogenic food, teams.sparkpeople.com/EatToDefeat.co
great science laid out by Dr. Fuhrman at ETL, www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
and wonderful tools at Sparkdom to manage all of it.
If you need a fantastic tracker to track your nutrition, your fitness activities, your weight, your measurements, or attitude. Spark People has them. If you need ideas for how to eat in a healthier way, or to exercise when you think you can't, or if you need motivation or support or a shoulder to cry on or a deaf ear to rant into, it's all there at Sparkpeople.com
What are you waiting for?
Consider this your invitation.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Every so often, I come out of my fog and things seem to click. The last time that happened was when I imagined a half pound of fat melting off my body, flowing down into a bottomless hole like the Grand Canyon, where it would never be able to make it back up onto my body again. That visualization has stayed with me.
Today, I packed up 44.5 + pounds:
Each black bag from my EZ up tent has two 10-pound dumbbells for a total of 40 pounds. Then I added a 2 pound zumba stick to each for a total of 44 pounds. I figure the bags weighed close to the extra half pound needed.
I had the thought that I would attempt to carry them around the block. I didn't make it out the driveway carrying the 45 pound packs. And then I put them in the wheeled box and couldn't get it up and over the hose.
So I said, "No WONDER I was so fatigued! No WONDER it was so difficult to get me out of my recliner and moving on down the street to the pool!!
No WONDER I feel better than I have since 1995.
In fact 1985 was a milestone year and I can remember what I was able to do, how much energy I had then. I taught school, played the organ at a church, sang with a quartet, directed a Sweet Adelines Chorus, and prepared and led them through their first show AT CHRISTMAS TIME, and also took them to competition with all the rehearsing, choreography, costuming . . .
I wouldn't want to do all that again AND work at the same time, but I'm close to thinking that I could do it. When I reach the current short term goal weight (scheduled for April 1) I will be at the same weight I was in 1985.
I wonder how I'll feel physically then, NOT having to carry around the 50 pounds I was carrying last July?
Saturday, February 09, 2013
I went to a concert tonight-The Marlins. They played and sang every type of music from Glen Miller to Andrew Lloyd Weber through the Beatles and Chubby Checker.
What fun. We were given tickets for this series of concerts, so it really wasn't a reward for my 5th SP Anniversary or losing 44.5 pounds, or starting a SP team, or walking 4 miles on the bike trail, or this 45 minute a day fitness streak, or feeling better than I've felt since 1990.
But it felt like it!!
This is their web page, and I believe you can hear some of their music if you click on the music link on the left, but I am evidently missing a plug in. I'll have to work on it or order a CD.
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