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Sunshine!!!!

Friday, February 19, 2010



Today is a beautiful day outside -which will make us all healthier on the inside. The sun gives us Vitamin D (well, helps us absorb it better) so I urge everyone to get out in the sunshine today if it is out in your area! Make the most of the sunshine today!

Thanks Yarik Mishin for the wonderful photo!

  
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PAPRINIKA 2/21/2010 10:25PM

    Love it too! I love it when the sun shines on my skin! :D

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D_K455 2/19/2010 12:44PM

    Gotta love the sun

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Lesson Learned...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Isn't it amazing that being one of the smartest animals on earth again and again we continue to make the same mistake and not truly learn from this mistake? Yesterday I was feeling pumped the entire day, more than normal but was probably do to the energizing veggies that entered my mouth. Gotta love nutrient packed foods that not only taste wonderful but are also low in calories! Anyways, so I was feeling a little down because again I was falling behind on my calorie intake for the day. Some of you may be screaming at me, and wishing to switch the page, however it is true, my body just doesn't seem to get hungry as often as before I started to eat healthier. But yeah, so I was trying to get in some more calories and decided that I was going to eat some Ika (a dried squid variety from Japan) and an apple to add some more calories and nutrition. At this time, I did look at the clock and felt that I didn't really care what time it was and ate these two things without feeling guilty.

Bundled up good and walked to the gym - only about 5-7 minutes. Can't believe it is really that cold outside! My eyes instantly water each time I walk to the gym, amazingly no one has ever stopped me even after seeing me "crying" while walking down the street. So I got to the gym and a treadmill was thankfully open. It was then that I started to feel a little under the weather - tiny moments of nausea occurred. Knowing that i just walked through what I like to call the "arctic breeze", I was determined to get my buns on that treadmill and run. About .10 into the run and I started to feel the tiny cramps and cold sweats. Even though I wasn't planning on running my 10K distance today, I was planning on running at least 5K. But, at last, I knew that wasn't going to happen at this point in time. I ran one mile and I was totally knackered!

Tried the bike - thought it would be a nice change of pace to sit and exercise. Nope, didn't work- ten minutes into the bike routine set at level 5 of 12 I couldn't make it anymore. So, I went to the weight lifting to take it a little easier on myself. That part was fine and got through about 10-20 minutes of it. Then my husband finally made it to the gym and I decided that I would try the treadmill again. Nope, really not going to happen again - not unless the lady nearby biking didn't mind seeing the rainbow of veggies and fruits that I ate the entire day. So, walked .5 of a mile at 5-7% incline and convinced the hubster to end it there.

Lesson learned - do not eat an apple or any food within one-two hours before going to the gym for an intensive exercise. I'm feeling good now but oh I hope I learned from my mistake this time.

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Please remember it is the season of Lent. emoticon

  
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MOJAVEMAMA 2/18/2010 1:01PM

    I love ika. It is one my favs, but I will remember not to eat it right beofore working out. Usually I don't eat anything before working out(I know, Bad Cathy), but if I do, it is usually 1/2 a banana. It is easy on the tummy.

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MANDAO97 2/18/2010 11:35AM

    I know the feeling. I try to give myself 2 hours before working out - if I am a bit under 2 hrs I start with ST and then do cardio. Nice effort making the most of the gym trip you could! Next time you'll be able to get your run in :)

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Jillian Michaels "Magic Pill" Update

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

For those of you trying to stay in the know about health factors, I thought I would put this up here as new information. I know some of you take these pills so I wanted to make sure that everyone is adviced about what is contained in the "magic Pills" by Jillian Michaels. According to Wikipedia, these pills contain a 'supplement" called 'Citrus aurantium' which is noted to "Bitter orange contains synephrine, a substance similar to ephedrine, which acts on the α1 adrenergic receptor to constrict blood vessels and increase blood pressure and heart rate." Basically this means it increases your heart rate and can cause an early heart-attack! Now, she is innocent until proven guilty however if you are taking these supplements, it is wise to watch for indicators of a heart attack or other reactions. Let's all keep our hearts healthy! emoticon emoticon

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MANDAO97 2/18/2010 11:31AM

    I really wish Jillian never supported a diet pill - so many people look up to her and think if she says it's healthy than it must be. Diet pills are bad news.

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GIDGETGLAM 2/17/2010 12:13PM

    Thanks Tonya! I've been trying to talk myself out of diet pills! This helps!

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GIDGETGLAM 2/17/2010 12:13PM

    Thanks Tonya! I've been trying to talk myself out of diet pills! This helps!

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LAURAKOHORST 2/17/2010 11:51AM

    Diet pills are no way to be healthy and thank you for sharing. emoticon

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ALICIA214 2/17/2010 11:50AM

 

Another good reason to stay clear of any diet pills and powders that promise miracles,
we all know that exercise and sensible eating habits are the key to weight loss.

Good Luck to Every one.

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MOJAVEMAMA 2/17/2010 11:49AM

    Thanks for sharing. The more information you have, the more empowered you become.

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SKYWATCHERRS 2/17/2010 11:34AM

    Thanks for spreading the word about how awful diet pills are. I loved Jillian until she sold out and started hawking diet pills.

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Lent

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Today begins the long season of Lent - are you ready for it? I am Episcopalian hence I believe in giving something up for this season. As usual I wait until the last moment to think about what I want to give up for the entire season. Usually I go into the easy pace of giving something up that I can live without having too much trouble. This year I am trying to think of something that will help my weight loss and also help in repenting. I am taking today to really think about the season and come up with something that I can give up while still making a large contribution to my observance of this season. After all, this is the season that is most important to Christians around the world.

So, what are you giving up this season? Yes, I'm looking for more ideas. (cheating) Even if you are not Christian, have you thought about giving something up for yourself? It is a great time to take advantage of giving something up that could also help in your weight loss this year. It is a time to rethink your life and your beliefs... Every time you think about the item you are giving up, you will think about your weight loss and hopefully even about the reason why Christians give up things this time of the year. (see link) It might help you find yourself (and maybe even God) this season.

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LINDA6105 2/17/2010 1:39PM

    I'm giving up my insecurity for good.

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PUTOFFPUTON 2/17/2010 9:44AM

    Chocolate.
May Lent be spiritually rich for you. I'm reading a book about an Episcopalian priest-- Evensong, by Gail Godwin.

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Using Papaya Seeds

Tuesday, February 16, 2010



Something new that I have learned by trying to cut out the processed foods is that papaya seeds can be used in exchange for black pepper. I have to admit that even though I used to be raw vegan, I had never cutup my own papaya at home. I have eaten it many times but never at home. The other week we saw this wonderful looking papaya at the store and figured why not try it at home - hello vitamin c! (and many other vitamins) Got home and read up on this wonderful healing fruit that was once known as the "fruit of angels". I believe it was coined that by Christopher Columbus... Thankfully we waited until it was ripe and then went at it - wow! Amazing! It was a wonderful treat in the middle of winter. Sure it was transported from another country - I believe it was Guatemala. But what fruit isn't in the middle of winter in Ohio.

Then I found out that if you save the seeds, one can use them for black pepper substitute. There really isn't anything wrong with store purchased black pepper however I am a modern hippie I guess and wish to not trash anything if I possibly do not have to. So, I saved a lot of the seeds and dried on some towels. The seeds appear just like black pepper and do have a spicy flavor similar to the store kind. It is amazing the fruits that God has given to us that supply more than what we had previously known. Photo is from my personal papaya seed stash for seasoning. (Just grind like pepper and you have made your own at home!)

  
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KTNEWJOURNEY 2/16/2010 8:29AM

    That's so neat! Thank you for sharing!

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GREYSUMMERGIRL 2/16/2010 7:36AM

    Interesting! I had never heard that before. Nice pic too.

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SUGIRL06 2/16/2010 7:24AM

    That is awesome! Thanks for the tip!
~Ang

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