Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This is an interesting turn of events... I have heard that people are taking these supplements so I thought I would throw this little information out to everyone. Not sure what the outcome will be but it is interesting... just goes to show that you have to lose weight the natural way through diet and exercise. You have to do the hard work yourself not a magical pill. www.tmz.com/2010/02/10/the-biggest-l
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
During the winter I seem to have this craving for everything that is in the snack category... I believe it deals with being stuck indoors for too long and my boredom causes me to snack. Thankfully I am learning to stop lots of snacking however at night with a nice cup of tea I have gotten into the habit lately of eating something a little sweet. I know that I have these cravings all the time during the winter (nothing in the summer) so I have to learn to moderate how much and how often I eat snacks. One little snack a day will not make me obese, so I am learning to have something if I desire it and not subtracting the things that I know in the future after reaching my goal weight I will crave.
Here is something for those of you looking for something healthy and a little sweet all at the same time. Please note: this is not my recipe, I printed it off from a vegetarian website a while back but can't remember where I got it from. I will post again if I remember...
8 ounces dried figs (one round package)
4 ounces pitted dates
2 tbsp. silvered or chopped almonds (optional)
2 drops anise extract (optional)
1 tbsp. agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener)
2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ginger
Snip off the figs' stems, and put the figs, dates, and almonds into the food processor. Grind to a coarse paste. Stir in the remaining filling ingredients and process until mixed. Set aside.
1 cup regular or quick oats, ground in blender until fine
1 cup regular or quick oats, uncooked (not instant oatmeal)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces unsweetened apple sauce
3 tbsp. agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener)
1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir in the wet ingredients, mixing well to a thick consistency. Press half the crust mixture into the bottom of an oiled, eight-inch square cake pan (use a wooden spoon or your hands). Spread the fig mixture evenly over the crust. Smooth the remaining crust mixture over the filling. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
Mix powdered sugar (about 3 tbsp.) with a little water (Start with 1/2 tsp.) until the right consistency. Add vanilla or almond extract to taste (just drops). Drizzle over top of bars before cutting.
Makes 16 bars. Each bar (with almonds) contains: 117 Calories (kcal); 1 g Total Fat; (10% calories from fat); 2 g Protein; 26 g Carbohydrate; 0 mg Cholesterol; 67 mg Sodium; 4 g Fiber
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
It has been a while since I have posted my current status: yes, I have been just been too lazy to get the measuring tape out to check my stats.. I admit it though...
I've been doing really good lately with calories eaten - there have only been a few days that I have gone over my calorie intake minimum. On these days I was careful to stick in a healthy range though and not to exceed the limit I have given myself. I believe that if anything I am learning a lot about calories and nutritional facts from all types of foods. In fact, if you ask me how many calories are in a serving of just about anything, I can tell you off the top of my head. That is very beneficial to me since I plan on never being overweight again.
Pounds Lost in Total: 21-24 pounds (exact beginning a little fuzzy) Now that I know how many calories I am supposed to be eating daily (the healthy way) I am finally losing weight more regularly. Yes, I am not losing massive amounts of pounds in each week but I am trying to do everything the healthy way this time. I am not about to crash diet just to lose pounds faster this time around - it just hurts the body and has no long term benefits. So, I am proud of my one pound a week loss. It's a win in my situation!
Foods eaten. I'm working really hard to eat more healthy foods to fuel my body instead of ones that just fill up my calorie count daily. Lately I have gone back to eating mostly vegan and raw vegan. I do sneak in some daily products, fish and once in every blue-moon a meat product. Even though I wish I could go 100% raw vegan, it is really hard in the snow land of Ohio. I can't wait until summer comes around and pray that there are some more good farmers opening up their pick your own options this year!
Lately I have been exercising on a more normal basis. There are weeks that I wish I were doing more, but let's face it, it's winter! I'm not about to go out in freezing weather, threatening my body in harsh cold winds, just to lose some weight. Health is the most important thing and losing the overage weight is the second thing. Since I have started to exercise and lose weight, I have started to run. In the beginning I was a non-runner (couldn't make it a mile) and now I have just completed 10K. I am thrilled with my accomplishments! The next few months I want to really get involved with 30 Day Shred to work my core and also to do some more weight lifting. I average around 10-20 minutes a few times a week now but I know I need to do more weight lifting to live the healthy lifestyle. It is my goal!
45.55 Miles Run! This may be a little off since I am not confident in my tracking abilities for miles run. I tend to forget to put in my exercise daily. I am good at tracking my calories however as long as I get those miles run a few times a week, I know that I am going to be okay.
Measuring Progress in Numbers:
Maintain My Current Weight Calories: 1639.02
Calorie Intake for Weight Loss: 1139.02
Waist to Hip Ratio: 0.88 (Still at High Risk- scary!)
(from start date)
Diff in Thigh: 3 inches
in Chest: 5.5 inches
upper arm: 2 inches
weight: 21-24 pounds (exact beginning a little fuzzy)
Waist: 10 inches
Hips: 8 inches
Neck: 1 inch
Weather has really played a decline in my weight loss journey however I am not letting it take full control. My body needs sunshine to be happy; I really should live in a warmer place. I am struggling to get myself to the gym more often, even if it is just to lift weights. My goal these next few months is to lose a few more pounds - I have 8 more pounds until I am at a healthy weight level. It will be so nice to lose 8 pounds and be in a normal (no risk) weight level!!! I can't wait for that day!!! I will continue to whisper sweet nothings to my weight scale so see more results. (maybe I should get a weight scale that is a little better at tracking weight... hmmm...) In addition I plan on reading more books on nutrition and hopefully get a doctors appointment setup to check my progress.
For now though=
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Last night I decided that it was time to see if I could run 10K. As you can probably already tell, I managed to do it in 1 hour and 16 minutes. The time wasn't great but speed wasn't the goal to achieve - the miles were the important part... Yay! I finally did 10K! It's an amazing achievement since I have been running for around around four months, never been able to run one mile before on other occasions. It is amazing what the body can do when you get the mental part in the right order.
Seeing that we have about 6 inches of snow and no one around to plow the roads in our city, I reluctantly walked to the gym and jumped on the treadmill. As I walked in the door a newbie was there and trying to figure out how to work the temperature gauge - it was around 54 degrees indoors! Brrrr... So, after I gently told her it was always cold or too warm in the gym - she gradually started her beginner workout. It was nice to help out a newbie and feel as though I wasn't the only one starting out in my workout journey. I jumped on the treadmill and plugged myself into the wonderful Japanese music from my Ipod Shuffle. Freezing I really had to start with a slower speed than normal and gradually work myself into the proper speed. About one mile in the run, I decided that if I was going to get anywhere I had to shed some layers and work on that speed. I got up to a normal 11-12/min/mile speed and start running like normal. Yes, I can do 8min/miles however today was the day to work on length.
About 3.5 miles into the run I started the mental workout of - should I stop at 5k or keeping going limbo that I generally do each run. Thankfully the better part of me won the mental race and I decided that if I was ever going to run a half or full marathon one day, I was going to have to push my body to higher levels of physical ability. It was at this time I started to feel the heat start to rise. At first I thought that it was just me however my husband finally reached the gym around 4 miles and he was amazed at how hot it was in the gym. As we were running, we felt the hot gusts of air coming from the heating vents above us... I was determined though and kept on. My husband was happy with a little more time on the treadmill also since he was playing with the new Garmin 405CX. haha
6.2 miles later I was finally finished and sweating - strangely though I wasn't sweating as much as normal. I think the heat was turning the moisture into vapor - yes it really was that hot! I sat down after the run to let my heart beat come back to a normal pace a little faster... it wasn't until this time my husband looked at the temperature gauge - it was around 74 degrees! That means we were working out while the hot air was pushing itself down on our cold winter-regulated bodies.
Back home to the showers and time to get dressed in comfy clothes and to make dinner. It was at this time that I started to feel the pain from running such a long distance in a hot temperature. I started to get what I believe was "exercise-induced nausea". I am hypoglycemic so this was a major warning flag waving in front of me... my husband ran to the fridge and thankfully he had bought a coke the other day and hadn't drunk the whole thing. Coke to the rescue... one little gulp and I was feeling better in minutes. Thank goodness!
Unfortunately I was under the weather from the lower blood sugar levels the whole night. I'm not 100% sure why the lower levels or even if that was the case for my sickness but I'm learning from my mistake. I am ready to eat more sugar before a long run and not anticipating such hot weather in the gym again. Maybe it was me pushing my body too much, but then again I do not feel pain in the body before or after and neither do I know.
Life is interesting and I'm glad to finally be starting "Life 101".
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