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Health O Meter Weight Scale

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Photo from the website where you can purchase...

As many of you know, my husband has been really trying to get me to toss the weight scale that I have had for almost ten years away. Granted, it was not digital (I know, old school, right!) and wasn't very good at weighing in on my hard work. Actually I would step on it multiple times in the morning just to find the number that I liked.. haha It was a good system that I enjoyed every morning! Don't like the number, just step on it again and again until it gives you a better number.

But about a week ago we went to the doctors for an annual checkup and blood tests. Our weight was much different than the numbers that the professional scales told us. Actually it was about five off for me and seven for my husband. Shocked I declared through teary eyes that I would purchase a weight scale.

Funny enough, I fell in love with the scale! It is nice to have a proper scale that tells no lies. It also does some other things such as hydration level, BMI and also bone density. Very nice!

Something that I didn't expect though was that the hubster would find it as his newest toy! Yes, toy! Embarrassing as it is, he has found that the digital scale is very fun to use after going to the restroom. haha Men, right? (sorry, men reading this...) So, the other day as it was very quiet out and nothing really going on the whole day, we were bored. He went to the restroom and then afterward announced how much "weight" he had lost after his bathroom interview. In addition, he proceed to tell me his hydration level that had gone down.

Laughing on the floor still, I just had to share the funny story with everyone. haha Sorry if you find bathroom humor offensive but it was just so funny. Who would have known a weight scale could be so much fun!
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SUGIRL06 5/31/2010 9:31PM

    Ah that's something my husband HAS DONE. Men!

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PAPRINIKA 5/28/2010 1:15AM

    Haha! Hopefully he don't get obsessed with the numbers! XD

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DJ4HEALTH 5/27/2010 8:36PM

    emoticon emoticon

Your bathroom scale sound just like mine and I too want to get a new one. Thanks for the info and the good laugh.

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BBGOOGIN 5/27/2010 4:49PM

    I think this is hilarious!! emoticon Glad you're enjoying your new scale, and I totally understand what you're saying about men and their toys! I could easily see my husband doing the same thing. LOL

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Book Review: The Face On Your Plate

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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As always on my quest to learn more about healthy food and how to properly be addicted to it without it taking over my life...

I found "The Face On Your Plate" by Jeffery Moussaieff in our local library. I was thrilled because I was just about to purchase it but then I came across it - so excited! I just got finished reading "Animal Eaters" so I wasn't sure what I was going to take out of the book. Thankfully there was some really good information in the book about what is going on with our food sold in America. I was alarmed by some of the things since it wasn't mentioned in the other book. For instance, who knew (or was it just me) that most salmon in grocery stores in America have a pigmented dye added to it to make the meat look pink! Yes, it isn't naturally pink!!! Apparently the fish "farming" that is done in America (mostly but not all) prohibits the fish from living a natural life and the fish suffer so much that the pigment of the meat is a murky gray color instead of natural pink. Yuck! In addition this color dye is dangerous because it can cause retinal damage and other side effects. Who would have known!!??!

The book was wonderful in teaching how to find the best resources of meat (if you so chose to do so). I did enjoy reading the book as it was a fast, interesting read however I found that "Eating Animals" had more in-depth information in it for the general public. So, if you are one of those people that want to steer clear of Eating Animals out of mere denial (I can't blame you though), I highly suggest reading this book. It is a watered down version but does have many interesting points in it.

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VEGFAERY 5/31/2010 10:33AM

    I liked The Face on Your Plate for its philosophical view of eating animals. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is a wonderful writer, speaker and researcher and I like the way he presents his argument.

Another fantastic read if you are so inclined is Food Revolution by John Robbins. He is an excellent writer and I know you'll LOVE this book.

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SUGIRL06 5/30/2010 9:21PM

    Ewwww. I knew they dyed the fish but not that much. I'm so excited its summer time. There is a local seafood place (seeing as I live near the ocean...) and I can't wait to check it out! I've never been there but have always known its there! What a better way to get wild fresh fish?!

Now, I think I can take reading this book! Although, I may not switch to vegan/vegetarian but at least it would lead me to eating less which is good for you in general! I was excited to find hormone free, non medicated beef at the store the other day. Baby steps?

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SHERRY822 5/26/2010 7:07PM

    It sounds very interesting. I'll have to look for it in my local library. Thanks.

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New Goal Set in Place

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

These last few cold months I have been rather depressed because I haven't seen very many (if any) changes in my body even though I have stuck to the main goal. Thankfully the sunshine is finally surrounding my little metropolitan city and I want to get back into goal setting mode. If you have never setup a goal, I highly suggest it. Goals are a kick-the-butt motivator that just screams at you every time you think to yourself - "shall I eat this"... "shall I sleep an hour or go run"... and so on. I love goals and even more so I love to meet and exceed them. (only not in the annoying way that some people can get...)

Today is May 26, 2010, about one month before my fifth anniversary! I love my husband so dearly and can't wait to celebrate this major achievement in our lives together as a married couple. There is nothing more encouraging than a special event in ones life, so that I can setup a goal. Right now I am 124 pounds (.4 of a pd up from yesterday). On my anniversary to my husband I plan on giving him a healthy wife. I will (not a plan -it's a definite) be 119 pounds on July 25, 2010!!!! Sounds like a strange number I know but it is the number that takes my BMI into the healthy range and out of the "overweight" category that has been tormenting me for years now.

I have been stuck at around 124 for about three-four months now wish is a little depressing. I have increased my exercise to 5-6 times a week (seriously God put that 7th day of rest in there for a reason). Right now we are running 5 miles each day but I hope to get it back up to around 6-7 miles daily. In addition, I am keeping at a 1200 calorie restricted diet - all vegan foods. Also, I have stopped using extra virgin olive oil and other oils whenever possible. I hope that cutting down the fat will help reduce the fat in my body. The fantastic research book "The China Study" found that a body lives better off from less fat intake, so that it what I intend on doing.

If you have any suggestions that have gotten you out of plateau-ville, I would really love to read/hear them. Please send me anything that works for you! Comment/suggestions are always encouraging to me.

My goal is set now all I have to do is the hard work. emoticon

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SUGIRL06 5/30/2010 9:18PM

    Great goal!!! You can totally do it. Maybe you should start adding some speed work/intervals to your runs? It will burn more calories and help your cardio too! Besides, I always feel awesome after a speed run. Its just exhilarating knowing you can run faster than your normal speed (even if its not for that long!) You've got this!

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PAPRINIKA 5/26/2010 12:49PM

    Lets do it!!

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Status Update May 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

It's been a while since I have done a status update but I felt as though it was high and time that I did another one. This last weekend I finally listened to the hubster and got a new weight scale. We were intending on purchasing online but I just got tired of searching for a good one and purchased a $40 one called Health O Meter... It is digital (unlike my previous ancient one) and checks weight, body fat, hydration, body fat, BMI and bone mass. I'm sure the only weight is the only true reading but at least I can have some sort of idea of the other measurements too. I have been double checking my BMI with an online calculator compared to the scale and it has been the same each time. I'm pretty impressed. The only thing is that my weight on SP is off now because my old scale was not accurate - about 5 pounds off I think. So, you all will see the change but really it wasn't a loss... just a gain of a good scale.

emoticonPounds Lost: .6 according to the reading this morning. I have not been losing weight really but I have felt better and I guess that is what is important. I am very close to a "average-healthy" weight that it is really driving me crazy at times thinking about not losing any pounds in the last few months even though I am not "cheating".

emoticonFitness: We have been taking a lot of walks and going to the gym to lift weights each week. We could be doing more however I have hurt my hip somehow and haven't been able to run long distances. Yesterday though (Sunday) we were back into it again. It was sunny (finally no rain after like two weeks!) so we had to get out there... We ran 5K in about 35 minutes. This wasn't a good time for us however we were glad to get back into it. Considering it was around noon (full sunshine) and in the 80's with 60% humidity, I think it was an okay run. It was nice to get out there and sweat! In addition we walked 5K and also did a nice 1.5 walk with our furry baby. So, it was a nice day in the sunshine but boy was my hip feeling it!

emoticon Foods Eaten: We are doing really good with food lately. We are still proudly eating vegan and enjoying every moment of it. In fact, my bro-in-law came last week for a week long visit and we fed him only vegan foods. We did have problems eating at the Cleveland Zoo (no there are no meatless foods! Shouldn't they be the one place that serves only non-meat foods?) but I managed to eat some fries and almonds (from my purse) and had a little snack when we got home. The bro-in-law didn't complain once about the foods that we were feeding him even though he is a "meat and potato" person. It was rather fun to serve all our yummy healthy vegan foods to him.

Measuring Progress in Numbers:
Maintain My Current Weight Calories: 1594.752
Calorie Intake for Weight Loss: 1094.752 (but I'm not going to eat that little - way too low)
BMI 25.83
BMR 1328.96
Body Fat %: went down .93 (but again this is a difference in a good weight scale too!)
Waist to Hip Ratio: .64 (now I'm in the "low risk" zone!!!)
Diff in Thigh: 0 inches
in Chest: 1.5 inches lost
upper arm: 0 inches gained
weight: .6 pounds (as of this morning)
Waist: 3 inches gained (thanks TOM! )
Hips: 1 inch lost
Neck: o inch

I have not seen my weight go down much (although I am happy about the correction from the old scale to the new one). I do have problem areas but I think I have to focus on losing some flabby areas. Toning is my nearest future! I'm trying to keep positive and not worry to much about the scale number. I am watching though to make sure I don't slip up anywhere though. In addition, I have been reading some very interesting books to keep me motivated. I have read China Study, Eating Animals and am now in the beginning of The Face on Your Plate. These books are really enlightening me to remember that what goes in my mouth can not only make a difference now but will also in the future. It's important to feel healthy on the outside and inside. I'm pretty positive right now though seeing that we are eating healthy and our blood test results/physical exams were very positive this last month. Our bodies are a temple and we should keep pampering them with a good sweat and good food!

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BBGOOGIN 5/24/2010 11:24AM

    Good job--keep it up! ~Susan

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Spark Recipe Cal Help?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Okay, so I am a huge fan of sparkpeople's calculator to find out what my recipes contain when it isn't listed. I have millions on the system - seriously it's one of the best features here! But, lately I have been finding that when I input all the ingredients and check the calorie count, I am given one number. Then, when I push the enter button at the bottom of the page to submit - a new page comes up and a new calorie count comes out. Today I was doing a recipe for TVP "Breakfast Veggie Chorizo" and was given:
Amount per Serving
Calories 198.2
Total Fat 8.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 639.7 mg
Potassium 167.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 19.1 g
Dietary Fiber 7.1 g
Sugars 6.7 g
Protein 13.7 g

After submit:
Nutritional Info

* Servings Per Recipe: 4
* Amount Per Serving
* Calories: 237.8
* Total Fat: 9.8 g
* Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
* Sodium: 767.7 mg
* Total Carbs: 22.9 g
* Dietary Fiber: 8.5 g
* Protein: 16.5 g

Despite the fact that I have to change some things to lower the sodium and fat, the numbers are completely different. The calorie count alone is about 40 calorie different!

Does anyone know if I'm doing something wrong or what is happening? Just want to make sure I'm not making a mistake...

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LAURAKOHORST 5/21/2010 5:27PM

    emoticon better let the information center know about the problem you are having

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SUGIRL06 5/21/2010 12:50PM

    Weird. I would report it to the help center!

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