Friday, February 10, 2012
for summer beaching,
Up and down
to the ground
to the sky
ain’t too great.
Donna G Fowler
I love to write poetry. But one thing I have found along the way is that most diet food doesn't really taste like cardboard even if our minds think it does. We have a mindset from years previously that tend to show / tell us that things just don't taste as great without the added sugar / fat / etc.
I did buy the Spark People cookbook and have actually made a few very tasty recipes from them. So folks I'm here to say, it can be done. Food doesn't have to taste blah just because it is reduced.
Have a healthy, happy Friday ~ Donna
Thursday, February 09, 2012
I was reading a spark article this morning entitled Could You Lose 626?
Well I thought sure I could. I have. I lose weight, gain it back, lose again and gain back. So I figure somewhere in my 51 years of being alive I have lost 626 lbs.
Now the real idea is how to lose 626 lbs and keep it off. I am learning how to do that here at Spark-people.
If you have been here at Spark-people a long time or just a newbie you understand the importance of what this site has to offer. The many advantages of being here, i.e., Spark buddies, nutrition tracker, exercise tracker, the numerous articles, and the message boards are just the tip of the iceberg.
For those of you who don't know yet what a yo-yo diet it is the explanation below is right on target:
Yo-yo dieting is a cycle of losing and regaining weight. This can affect your metabolism in damaging ways. Here is a short guide to explain the relationship between yo-yo dieting and your metabolism.
I did not know that it could reek havoc on my metabolism. Heck when I first started spark I didn't even know what metabolism was. Below is a definition of metabolism.
1. life-sustaining chemical activity: the series of processes by which food is converted into the energy and products needed to sustain life
2. chemical activity involving particular substance: the biochemical activity of a particular substance in a living organism
When you think about metabolism do you think of it in the aspect above or do you think about what it means when you exercise? I think about it in the exercising sense rather than the 'life sustaining' sense. Both are correct.
Back to the yo-yoing of dieting. (see back and fourth even in my article, )
Fortunately, while yo-yo dieting can damage your metabolism, it won’t ruin it. Metabolism is defined as the number of calories it takes to maintain your current form. The more calories your body needs to burn just to sustain itself on a daily basis, the higher your metabolism. This number is derived from many factors—such as the amount of fat or muscle your body has that requires sustaining. So the good news is that if you damage your metabolism by yo-yo dieting, you actually increase your metabolism when you gain the weight back. However, the reason why it is lower is because you replace lean muscles tissue with fat—which requires fewer calories to maintain than muscle.
So what’s the solution?
To increase your metabolism, you need to build more muscle mass. The answer to this is exercise. By exercising your muscles, you can build up your muscle mass—thereby increasing your metabolism. Do this in combination with a healthy, balanced diet and you can burn fat and build muscle at the same time. Doing this can help you break the cycle of yo-yo dieting that can damage your metabolism.
Yo-yo dieting is not healthy for you. It damages your metabolism in a way that makes it hard to break the yo-yo cycle. However, if someone tells you that yo-yo dieting wrecks your metabolism in such a way that it’s permanent, don’t believe it. Weight loss is a long, frustrating journey, but it can be done and will lead to a healthier you and a longer life.
Remember the following and you'll do just fine.
Have a great day ~ Donna
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
by Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour Magazine
We've talked super-skinny models before, but Ioana Spangenberg definitely takes the conversation to a whole 'nother level. Check out her story--and weigh in with your thoughts--after the jump.
At 20 inches, Ioana Spangenberg's waist is just five inches bigger than a compact disc. She was profiled in The Sun UK recently, where they shared that the 30-year-old Romanian model eats three square meals a day (including indulgences like pizza and kebabs) and simply can't gain weight around her midsection. "I just have a small stomach," she told the paper. "It's a bit like having a natural gastric band — if I eat too much, I feel sick."
She had been self-conscious about her body her entire life, but when she met her now-husband, "Jan was the first person who saw me as beautiful and encouraged me to celebrate my body. He asked me to pose in some photos for him." He put the photos up online, and the response was good enough that it eventually propelled her into professional modeling.
Human beings come in all shapes and sizes and of course, they should all be treated with dignity and respect and as the beautiful creatures they are...but what do you think of Ioana as a model?
Is it a strange choice of work for someone with such a unique body type? Is glorifying her skinny-ness by making her a model dangerous for our collective body image?
Would it be different if she had any other type of unusual frame other than extreme thinness, which is, unfortunately, so celebrated in the fashion world? Do you think it encourages women to want smaller waists and thinner bodies, or do you imagine there just aren't many people out there that actually want to look like this?
What are your thoughts? ~ Have a great day ~ Donna
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
An elderly woman made a phone call to the local police station requesting a police officer come to her house to remove a sign that had recently been placed in her front yard. When asked the nature of the problem, she complained about the traffic sign, which warned, "Caution: Deer Crossing."
"I want that sign removed right away," she demanded. When the police officer asked her why she wanted it removed, she exclaimed, "Because I do not want those deer crossing in or near my yard. Just move the sign somewhere else and let them cross there."
I thought of that old joke this week when driving down a road with that very sign. This curvy residential road not only has a history of deer and car mishaps, but the very nature of its curves brings out many drivers' need to speed. I had to slow down to cross many recently installed speed bumps, which were designed to do what the speed signs failed to do. What a nuisance these bumps were because they seemed to be abnormally tall and required me to reduce my speed as I crossed over these obstacles.
I have to admit that by slowing down I was able to see and appreciate the scenery along the roadside. It also reduced the likelihood that I would collide with a deer. I probably need a lot more speed bumps in my life, because I seem to go at a faster pace than is necessary. While I have never collided with a real deer, I have collided with many other situations as they crossed the roads of my life.
Speeding down life's road, I find myself running into obstacles that I could have avoided, had I only been more patient. I have also collided with people as my eagerness to get to my destination made me less willing to be patient with them. I have also had road signs in my life warning me of the dangers, not the physical kind, but those that cause emotional pain.
I can't say that I blame the woman in the story. If I had my way, I too would want the warning sign moved away from me so that threats, as small as they may be, would not trespass on my life.
The seasoned part of my inner being, tells me that I can't control what comes along in my life and the challenges I will face, but I can control my actions and slow down to avoid an inevitable collision. I guess that I will learn to respect the speed bumps in my personal road and will take them as a sign to slow down.
Affirmation for the Week:
"I will move at a pace that will allow me to appreciate the journey and to avoid any unnecessary collisions with challenging situations in my life."
Have a safe driving week, and heed the warning signs!
Written by: Mary Rau-Foster
Remember what the word slow really means:
Monday, February 06, 2012
A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn't want his mother to walk with him.
She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe.
So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her.
She said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.
The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor girl he knew. She did this for the whole week.
As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally she said to Timmy, 'Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week?'
'Do you know her?'
Timmy nonchalantly replied,
'Yeah, I know who she is.'
The little girl said, 'Well, who is she?'
'That's just Shirley Goodnest,' Timmy replied, 'and her daughter Marcy.'
'Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us? '
'Well,' Timmy explained, 'every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, 'cuz she worries about me so much.
And in the Psalm, it says, 'Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life', so I guess I'll just have to get used to it!'
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always.
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