Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Here is an interesting post from Coach Dean regarding "why plateaus? - esp. if your logs show you are burning more calories then you are taking in?" The post appeared in the Spark People Cafe portion of the Community a couple of days ago
Well, the basic reason is that your body doesn't operate like a calculator. It's a complex system that's designed to keep you alive under a variety of conditions, and it can and does respond to changes in your food intake and activity level by adjusting your metabolism so that you don't lose too much weight.
Basically, you will lose weight when your calorie intake is lower than your calorie expenditure, but your body has the ability to adjust your rate of calorie expenditure so that you are using less calories to do the same things. It can also adjust the hormones that regulate hunger and satiety, to get you to eat more (or less), often without noticing it. That's what usually happens during a plateau--after a period of decreasing your food intake and increasing your exercise, your body adjusts so that you're burning fewer calories and subtly eating a little more. You may not notice the extra food consumption if you're just estimating your portion sizes and not measuring, or not being very careful to write everything down, because it will often be several pretty small changes, instead of something dramatic like major cravings. And of course, you won't notice the change in calorie expenditure at all, except for the fact that your weight stops going down.
This is why the advice for ending a plateau is to shake up your routine--eat a little more for a while, change your exercise routine so you're not doing the same basic things each week, etc. You need to force your body out of the adjustments it's made to what you've been doing.
Hope this helps.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Wine is so much more then the little buzz it gives. Wine is romance, wine is color, wine is aroma, wine is different tastes, different textures, wine is history, culture and geography, wine is evolving - even as you drink it, wine is a bargain and a luxury - but not at the same time. A wine glass is beautiful, sensual, and yet extremely functional. There are more ways and more untensils to open a vessel of wine then any other container in the world. Only water has more books, songs and articles written about it than wine.
Wine is captured sunlight.
And I have to find ways to depreciate its value to me! What a bummer!
Sunday, March 04, 2007
I ran into an article about smiling in the paper today:
1. A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
2. It lingers for a moment with effects that often last a lifetime.
3. It travels quickly.
4. A smile has no value until it is given away.
5. It is the closest distance between two people.
6. A smile brings joy to the home, creates good will in business, makes friendships flourish and brightens the day of passing strangers.
So, if ever you should meet someone who is too tired to give you smile, please give them one of yours; for no one needs a smile more than the person who has none to give.
There is lots more to read and see about smiles at www.smilestogo.com
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Today I joined WORLD GYM in Shelby Township - a one year membership. This is my first fitness center membership in my life and I am very serious about using the facility on a regular basis. I just competed a one week trial for free and although it is not a large gym, it does have everything that I need - lots of aerobic machines and enough strength machines to keep me happy - and it is not overly crowded. It is active, but their is always a machine available no matter when I show up. This could be the start of a "big time" change in me!
I no longer have to rely upon good weather to get my aerobics in! Whooopeeee
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Positive people tend to have many similar characteristics, such as respecting everyone's contribution to a project and knowing during hard times that things will get better. They have the power to make that change happen, an understanding that their attitudes can directly affect outcomes, and a commitment to increasing positive thoughts and diminishing negative ones. Are you putting effort towards becoming a more positive person?
Avoid complaining when things are turning sour, realize that the negatives and the positives in life will level out, and take responsibility for your life and actions. You are the only person responsible for your attitude--and your life
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