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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Whew...! Finally weighed in today after missing last week due to travels / vacation and I was SOOO relieved to find that I DID NOT GAIN! But I also did not LOSE so it's sort of a two week plateau...not a biggie, but I'm ready to move on. The pounds are going slower now, but I'm not sure that's a bad thing as I've lost @ 60 pounds in the last 11 months.

I don't want to disappoint myself with an unrealistic number so I think I'll pick 250 as my goal to achieve by 12/31. That's 17 more pounds in 7 weeks...2-3 pounds a week or so. 250 will feel like a great milestone to pass.

I have already been doing well to avoid high cal, high carb foods at events / gatherings and plan to continue these efforts.

One of my weak links of which I'm becoming more aware lately has been a de-stabilizing pattern of staying up too late on Fri. & Sat. surfing the 'net, doing email and the like. This results in a topsy-turvy pattern of oversleeping and not having time to hop on my treadmill in the morning as soon after awaking there are too many things that need to be done so I'm off and running and it isn't until much later in the day, if not late evening, before I get to my treadmill, dumb bells, resistance tubes and swiss ball. Everything is much more difficult for me to do at night.

So...my second area of work will revolve around getting a minimum of 8 hours of sleep each night as I also tend to nip at my sleep during the week often going to sleep at 11 or midnight and popping up at 6 or 6:30...and I really feel the difference...dragging my behind through the day, sluggish at night.

The third area of my work will be to restore my veggie intake and increase if possible. I definitely got off-track of veggies during my vacation. So I want to maintain a minimum of 3 veggies a day and strive for five.

Wordy today ain't I? So to boil it down:

1) 250 by 12/31
2) 8+ hours of sleep per night
3) 3-5 veggies per day

Off and running on this challenge!!

  
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MIMULELADY 11/9/2007 9:14PM

    Way to go on your weight loss and goals. I think it helps to have the short term goals rather than the end goal as a target. That end target can seem over whelming.

I gained back almost everything I lost since joing SP but I'm not going to give up. I see others making progress and that kelps to keep me going in the right direction. My set backs are mainly due to hip and knee pain. This past week there has been progress made pain wise so I will get back to getting some pounds off again.

Found an eliptical on the internet close to home (used) and purchased that and have been using it for just over a week now. It seems to be so much easier on the joints than anything else I have tried.

Stick you your goals now and post how you are doing.

Carol

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Big Engine, Little Winky

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Did anyone catch this piece of health news posted at the SP Health News section? I've copied/pasted it below and my rant follows:

Americans' Health Declining: Report

The overall health of Americans declined by 0.3 percent over the past year, even though progress has been made in several key health indicators, according to the 18th annual America's Health Rankings report released Monday by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the Partnership for Prevention.

Between 1990 and 2000, the United States had annual 1.5 percent increases in overall health. But improvement has stagnated since 2000, the report found. While there have been modest gains in reducing rates of cancer and cardiovascular death rates, these advances are overshadowed by increases in obesity, numbers of uninsured people, children living in poverty, and the continuation of risky health behaviors, such as tobacco use and violent crime.

Obesity has increased from 11.6 percent of the population in 1990 to more than 25 percent (55 million) today. The number of uninsured Americans has risen from 13.4 percent of the population in 1990 to 15.8 percent (47 million) today.

The U.S. continues to trail many other nations in important health indicators such as overall life expectancy, healthy life expectancy and infant mortality. Life expectancy in the U.S. is at its highest point in history (77.9 years) but is behind 43 other countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, and Sweden.

In terms of healthy life expectancy -- number of years of active, healthy life expected at birth -- a baby girl born in the U.S. can expect 71 years of healthy life, compared to 78 years for a baby girl born in Japan.

Based on the 20 health measures included in the report, Vermont, Minnesota, Hawaii, New Hampshire, and Connecticut ranked as the top five healthiest states, while Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi (the least healthiest state) were the bottom five.

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Is this any surprise to folks? I was SO STEAMED UP and still am over this which I believe is further proof that corporate America hardly has John Q. Citizen's health and wellness interests at heart!

Couple this with an example of how corporate enterprise and the media CAN, if they so CHOOSE, pair their forces for GOOD instead of BAD: In Australia they wanted to do something about the hazards of speeding on the roadways. They knew that all the huffing and puffing along the lines of "Don't-Speed-It's-Dangerous" have never worked. So they put some of the creative advertising minds at work.

Have you seen or heard of Tarantino's movie DeathProof? Haven't seen it myself, but have heard from someone of a funny scene in which Kurt Russell revs up his highly-charged car in an attempt to impress a woman, who responds along the lines of, "yawn...big engine, little winky" and crooks her pinky finger at him. Sounds like a great laugh!

Now back to Australia's efforts: their ad-campaign came at the speed problem using this same rationale: Speeders are only trying to make up for their insecurities by revving up their engines! So the billboards use a lot of humor along the "big-engine, little-winky" lines.

Guess what? It's working! All of a sudden it has become so UN-cool to speed!

Now some say: "what we eat is up to ourselves and our free will."

Billions of ad-campaign dollars have tossed free will aside for the majority of Americans who are zonked into TV and other media. This health report statistics above only proves it. Nobody wants to be obese, yet it is on the rise. Hardly because our society deems it more acceptable!

Now if Australia can put the forces behind ad-campaigns to such a laudible purpose as to avoid speeding and speed-related accidents, don't you suppose that similar campaigns could make spinach and broccoli as tempting and desirable and "cool" as Nike, Big Macs and Twinkies?!?!

And furthermore, couldn't corporate America find great wealth and profit in selling spinach, broccoli et. al. via such creative advertising? Look at WATER...! Who among us older farts ever would have dreamed such industry would have sprung up around WATER? Look at how "fashionable" water has become! Why does profit have to revolve around poor health and disease?

We all need to send the message to our restaurants, grocery stores and other retailers that we want healthy foods, health eating promoted.

Corporate America: Use all your capitalistic methods to Razzle Dazzle us into healthy lifestyles!

(of course the vitally important subtext of this is THANK GOD SPARKPEOPLE IS HERE TO SERVE THESE FUNCTIONS!!)
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=415

  
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KSSME39 11/6/2007 10:41AM

    Great points, Don! Thanks for sharing! I concur! Karen

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Travels...

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Life's getting hectic in preparing to leave town for the next week to visit my son in Grand Rapids, MI. He's completing a year in a surgical residency and his birthday is on Halloween.

We'll be staying with my son so there won't be any treadmill available and my 'net access is liable to be limited (depending on whether we can use wi-fi @ the hospital) so you may not see me posting as often over the next week, but I'll be out there pounding the pavement every morning getting my cardio!! Looking forward to exploring the city. Bringing my resistance tubes and dumb bells too.

Update:
In the absense of my treadmill I've been out and about walking through the downtown Grand Rapids, MI area with my shorts and t-shirt every morning in the 40-some degree (F) temps as I get so hot so fast I don't feel the chill. Gloriously clear blue sunny skies! It's been terrific jumping into the city life watching all the goings-on as the city gets in full gear.

Trying to stick to my plans...but have indulged a bit here and there. I figure I'll just buckle down when I get back to re-coup my losses.

  
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KSSME39 10/25/2007 10:58AM

    Have a GREAT time, Don! My parents live near Grand Rapids...so I am very jealous! I grew up in a little town called Spring Lake (Michigan), it's just south of Muskegon. I have been away for 21 years, but it's still HOME to me. I miss it terribly! One day, I hope to live there again...but ENJOY your time with your son, and great job on commiting to a routine even before you go! You can do it!

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No Candy For YOU!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Recently someone passed along to me via email a coupon for a free bag of candy at a store chain.

Now I love a bargain and I love to pass them along if I can...that's a fundamental value of mine.

However, there's a NEW fundamental value on the block: health, wellness and NOT buying into the corporate sugar machines!

I realized that I could not, in good conscience pass this coupon along. I certainly knew that I was NOT going to use it...why encourage ANYONE to use it?

We have "Delete" buttons on our keyboard for very important reasons!

  
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DDOORN 10/23/2007 8:43PM

    Re: united2gether's comment...it is truly astonishing the amount of candy that is being pumped out there...the industry does its almighty best to OVERWHELM us with candy...as though it is UNAVOIDABLE! You WILL EAT CANDY!

Well...guess what? It IS avoidable! And my money is staying in my pocket, thank you... :-)

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EXIT2LEFT 10/23/2007 6:29PM

  hmmm, my *eyeballs* pinged at the thought of a coupon! i think this will be the 1st year i don't buy any bags of candy for halloween. we're giving quarters for the kids who do come bye... i would consider apples, but i don't want to candy them and don't want em chucked thru our window ;) Can't say as I won't be tempted though. Was in the store the other day and utterly amazed to see 6 or more aisles dedicated to Halloween and the piles of candy.

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GLORYSEEKER65 10/23/2007 12:24PM

    Good job for you !!!
i recently felt the same way with free donuts at work.
They aren't doing anyone any favors .
You really encourage me !
60lbs is amazing.
My husband likes the 10 i have lost and he says he is proud of me .
If I lose 60 i will be a whole new woman! lol .


Much continued success


Lisa

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Colors

Monday, October 22, 2007

At last the leaves of upstate NY have begun to peak in their color...such a glorious time of year!

Which has me thinking about color and clothes. I've become aware that one of the things draws me toward others, that I find appealing is the colors they choose in their clothes. I long realized that the obese me never cared much for color...the more drab the better as far as clothes were concerned...let me fade into the background as much as possible!

Now, however, one of the not-so-little ways that I celebrate my weight loss is that I gravitate toward color and as much as possible attempt to bring a splash of color to the clothes I choose. Instead of picking the same or similar colors in my slacks and shirt, I'll pick contrasting, yet complementary colors that I believe are more striking and pleasing to the eye.

Maybe it's paid off, my off and on eves-droppng when my wife watched "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"? or "What Not To Wear?" :-)

  


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