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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I just read this email this morning and wonder what my Spark friends think.

"If you want to lose weight, there's one thing you must do...stop exercising.

And that's not some trick way of saying do more weights than cardio or make sure you only run in 3-minute bursts. I mean stop exercising. Back away from the treadmill, put down the weights, put your workout clothes away and cancel your gym membership.

I've been saying it for years. And now, a 20-year study proves I'm right.

But I didn't really need a study because I know it works. In fact, I lost almost 22 kilos/48 lbs without exercising at all./

Dumb belle

I've told you before how much I hate exercising. I used to really envy the people that loved it. I thought I could never get in shape or get healthier without torturing myself at the gym.

But then I figured something out.

I wasn't overweight because I didn't work out. After all, people have been thin for millennia before the advent of the treadmill, stair climber and running shoes.

I was overweight because of food and how I used it. I didn't eat for sustenance. I ate for entertainment.

Once I learned how to stop doing that, the weight came off on its own. I lost about 22 kilos in 7 months and have kept it off for years.

The proof is in the (chocolate) pudding

Now I know what you're thinking...that I probably ate lettuce-wrapped tofu and drank hot water with lemon.

Well, I have done that (and grapefruit, apple cider, etc.), but none of that worked for me either.

So I designed my own plan to address my personal issues with food. I ate literally anything I wanted, but focused on when I ate and how much.

With that guiding principle in mind, here are five quick tips I built my plan around:

1. Don't eat until you're hungry. Don't plan in advance to eat at a certain time. Don't automatically eat breakfast or 3 snacks a day. Wait until your body tells you it wants food. (In fact, I never eat breakfast and I hardly ever snack.)

2. When you get hungry, don't eat yet, wait a little longer. Not an hour but 15 or 20 minutes. Try to push off your hunger when you can.

3. Stop eating when you're not hungry anymore. That means when the edge is off your hunger. Don't eat until you're full. If you eat out a lot, like I do, this usually means finishing less than half the food on your plate.

4. Always leave at least one bite on your plate. (I leave one bite of anything bigger than a cracker.) Once you decide to do this, you have to pay attention when you're eating. You can't just mindlessly shove food in your mouth.

5. Don't eat after 8 pm (or 2-3 hours before you go to bed).

I did this, plus a few other tricks here and there. Not only did I lose weight but my blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides all got in a healthy range (if you care about those sorts of things). All without exercising even one day.

Once I lost 19 kilos/41 lbs, I did start exercising because I wanted to tone and found out that I liked seeing some actual definition in my arms.

But for losing the weight, it's about the food and making the changes that you'll be able to live with long-term.

The real biggest losers

That was my story. Now let's see what happens when you DO exercise.

First, let's look at some shocking numbers...

Take 3,500 young subjects. Follow their weight gain and activity levels for 20 years. What do you get? A lot of people who still look a lot alike.

This study, reported recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that men with low activity levels weighed, on average, less than three kilos more than men with high activity levels.

Less than three kilos!

In 20 years!

And the average difference between their waistlines was only two and a half cms/1 inch.

So you have to wonder: How can all that stairmaster/exercycle/treadmill burning of calories result in such poor results?

It's actually pretty simple. When you burn those calories, your body craves replacement calories. And you're going to respond by eating. Maybe not at first. But the demands of your body will wear you down and win out.

You'll start by bargaining. You'll reward yourself with a little treat here, a little treat there. But those little indulgences are exactly the fuel your body craves and needs. Before you know it, those rewards completely offset your gains.

And then, if you're anything like me, you just give up altogether. I mean what's the point of exercising and eating right if it doesn't show on the scale?! Pass the pizza!

No question, I know from my own 20-year struggle that dealing with food and exercise separately is the best formula for effective, healthy, long-term weight loss."

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GOANNA2 2/2/2011 3:47PM

    Interesting aspect. I must just learn to eat only when
I am hungry, but alI I know is that by just sitting and
not moving, I am getting a huge backside.

As Susie says, we cannot generalise. I need to move
as well as doing some form of physical activity.

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SEYSARAH 2/2/2011 6:10AM

    The issue it seems is teaching your brain the difference between true hunger and "appetite" using behavioral therapy methods to "retrain your brain" so to speak.

There are several here on Spark who come in and lose quite a bit of weight prior to exercising much and after losing half or more then they slowly get into a cardio routine. Often this is done with those who lack medical insurance and for safety reasons prefer to lose a lot of bulk before putting more stress on an already burdened heart, lungs etc.

Weight Watcher for many the late 60s and 70s didn't really address the issue of fitness and yet those who were dedicated lost the weight.

It's possible there is merit to this only because we form such bad habits it's overwhelming to redo everything at once.

This much I know..most people I have known with weight issues have had to work hard on lowering portions and calories and have found that much harder both short and long run than getting into an exercise program such as walking..sounds strange but it's what I've found.

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IMAOFSEVEN 2/2/2011 1:05AM

    i definitely agree about being hungry after you exercise, but if you eat properly you can consume more calories and still stay fit. Exercise does so many good things for your mind and body aside from help you lose weight. I think that I would be depressed if I gave it up.

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ILOVEROSES 2/2/2011 12:25AM

    Jo Ann, I received this article from HSI - Jenny Thompson It's a daily newsletter I receive.

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SUSIEPH1 2/1/2011 11:44PM

    Ania I agree with you to a certain extent as I also have experienced hunger after exercise.
I counteract that with leaving some of my breakfast to finish when I get home from the Gym/Pool centre.
But and it is a huge But, So many of us must exercise, in order to not only tighten skin,but also to build muscle to help hold our spines and ribs up.. We also need to be able to keep joints moving..

I came down from 145 kilos ...
When I first came to Sparkpeople I was 116 kilos .....Heaps of flab and so unfit ...I could hardly walk. It is my exercise that has got me back on my feet and moving ..
I don't think we can generalise, as everyone is different ... It is a very interesting topic though!
Have a lovely day and thank you for the great blog ..
Love Susie emoticon

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MKKAYA 2/1/2011 11:07PM

    ania, I really like this and since I love to exercise and especially run it hit home.

I know when I do lots of running I am very hungry - when you are very hungry you make bad food choices and hence the issue.

I have heard it said by a few experts that weight loss is 80% food/nutruton and 20 % excercsie - the food we eat is the biggest issue we have Control the food and the weight will come off


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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 2/1/2011 10:19PM

    Interesting, it brings up valid points. I find the more I exercise the hungrier I am, and conversely no exercising, I'm not hungry. I don't mind some exercise, but I also know I don't have to exercise for hours during the day. I'm happy walking.
Who wrote the article?

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Gustave Moreau and the Eternal Feminine Exhibition.

Friday, January 28, 2011

It was a lovely summer's day today and I went with hubby to the National Gallery of Victoria to see an exhibition of Gustave Moreau's paintings, watercolours, pencil drawings and sketches.

History has bequeathed us a great repertoire of femmes fatales who are not Scarlet Johanssen or Sharon Stone – but had Gustave Moreau been alive today he probably would have painted them too, as kin to the endless number of heroines who captivated him in the late nineteenth century. Powerful and beautiful women like the legendary Cleopatra and the vampiric Messalina, the deadly but fascinating Salomé and Lady Macbeth, and luscious, hapless victims of male lust such as Helen of Troy – beauties whose names are the stuff of legend. Moreau brings them alive for us, as well as men like Oedipus whose lives were bound by tragic destiny.

Really enjoyed it. Afterwards we went for lunch and then later in the afternoon I met with my GF Margaret for a coffee.

As some of you know, I am part of the BLC15 Challenge...I am a Jade Dragon! The Maintenance team. We have 3 current and 4 former Dragons that are going to Miami this weekend to run/walk in the 5K, Half Marathon or Marathon, so I am Ghosting them (thanks Nan and Liz, I am copying and pasting from your blog) ;-).

Beth - Coopsmom...former Dragon
Suezette - Suezette-414 current Dragon and a co-captain
Jopa - Jopaph ...current dragon and former co-captain
Gail - Rhynic...former Dragon
Tammy - Tamtam64 ...former Dragon
John - Freedomstar...former Dragon
Christy - TOBEARUNNER...current Dragon and current co-captain in charge of challenges

What is a ghost you ask? Well, it is traditionally when a person/people who are NOT physically at the race run/walk at the same time as the people AT the race. Us Dragons have put our own little spin on it...there are SEVERAL of my fellow Dragons who are ghosting this weekend, each of us doing our own km/miles and times to get it done. So far these are the Dragons and the mileage.

Mike (MKKAYA) - Half Marathon
JoAnn (JOANN562)- 10k
Nan (SEYSARAH) - Marathon - Awesome
Penny (RUNNINGWILD)- 20k
Terri (TKAYSMILES)- 10k Saturday and 5k Sunday
Jackie (MISSJCISRUNNING)- 16 mile
Liz (LIZZYP609)- Half Marathon
Frank (DREBENEZER)- 5k
Tracy (RUNNERMOMTO3)- 8k
Madhu (*MADHU*)- 5k
Candis (CANDIS799)- 10k
Molly (WHITRIDGE)- Half Marathon
Kate (CHEMKATT)- 10k

Me? I am doing a 5k walk on Saturday morning. The actual race isn't until Sunday but it's gonna be very hot here on Sunday, expecting 41C/106F emoticonand tomorrow expecting just 31C/88F!

I am so excited and proud of all our Dragons past and present ( we believe that once a Dragon, always a Dragon!). Good luck and Safe Travels...praying the weather co-operates for everyone to get there and have a great race!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUSIEPH1 1/28/2011 4:54PM

    Glad you had such a lovely day Ania .... Hugs Susie

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LIZZYP609 1/28/2011 7:51AM

    Yea Ania! Good for you! So excited about the number of Dragons that are able to participate!

I could really use some summer temps right now...Have a great weekend!

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GOANNA2 1/28/2011 6:24AM

    emoticonI hope the heat lets up a bit.
Sounds wonderful what you Dragons do.
Good for you.
Anna emoticon emoticon

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

I just got this email from my girlfriend.

This is interesting!! I knew you need your minimum water to flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at certain time maximizes it's effectiveness on the body:

2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs! emoticon emoticon.
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion emoticon
1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure emoticon
1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack emoticon

Please pass this to the people you care about.

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SUSIEPH1 1/23/2011 5:16PM

    Thanks Ania .. great information!!
Hugs emoticon

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KASHMIR 1/23/2011 4:37PM

    Ania, thanks for posting this! I'll be passing it along to my biggest loser group at work too!

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SEYSARAH 1/23/2011 3:33PM

    Great blog and from what I've read of late and heard from Dennis's specialists..they all say the same..water is absolutely essential..those tips come from his surgeon and internist not to mention his gastrointerologist..good info and thanks for sharing!

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PHEBESS 1/23/2011 3:32PM

    Interesting! I do half of those already - not sure why, just seems right to drink water when getting up, and just before bed. I guess I dry out sleeping or something, LOL!

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JOANN562 1/23/2011 2:41PM

    So I should be drinking water before my coffee? Oh, this is going to be tuff!

Thanks for sharing!

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GOHUSKERS2 1/23/2011 2:38PM

    Really interesting....good things to know. Thanks for sharing. Carolyn

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WATERWEEZE 1/23/2011 1:34PM

    Love my water tooo!!!

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PEGGYO 1/23/2011 11:59AM

    Thanks Ania for passing this on to us.

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MILLISMA 1/23/2011 10:38AM


Thanks for posting. Some of these I had heard but not all. The one I have a hard time with is drinking water first thing in the morning - have to wait or it makes me nauseous.

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SLIMTHICK2 1/23/2011 8:59AM

    Sounds good emoticon

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OPALMOON 1/23/2011 6:27AM

    Very interesting - thanks for sharing this information!

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ILOVEROSES 1/23/2011 6:25AM

    So do I and I've already had 12 cups today and will probably have another one or two. It's been very humid today. emoticon

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GOANNA2 1/23/2011 6:22AM

    I love my water. emoticon

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MINNA72 1/23/2011 6:21AM

    That was interesting! Thanks!

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Life is Good!!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's my birthday today and I feel great! I've had phone calls, text messages, emails from family and friends overseas and wishes from my Spark Friends. emoticon
I am just waiting for my girl friend and we're going out to have a coffee together in Elwood. This morning Sonia came over with a lovely Phalaenopsis Orchid that has about 7-8 buds and they should come out and flower for another 3 months!

Tonight we are going to enjoy theatre under the stars at the magnificent Royal Botanical Gardens. We are seeing a performance of "The Comedy of Errors" by the renowned Australian Shakespeare Company. Before that I've organized a picnic supper for DH, our DD and her hubby and my SIL. It should be fun, and of course I am not forgetting to take a sparkling Pinot Noir to start off the night. emoticonThere will be roast chicken and salads and for dessert apple raspberry crumble cake with tea and coffee. emoticon

To make sure I can afford to have some of the emoticonand emoticonI did yesterday's and today's Bootcamp videos. I didn't get around to do one yesterday, lol so just catching up.
It's LCW today so have to make sure I get more minutes for my Dragons! emoticon

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GOANNA2 1/22/2011 9:24AM

    Happy belated birthday Ania. I hope you had an enjoyable day. emoticon
I hope you had a nice time at the theatre. Lucky you getting thoses orchids.
Thanks for commenting on me freinds feed.

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PEGGYO 1/19/2011 8:02AM

    Happy Birthday so glad it was a great one.

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RDEEEEEEEEE 1/19/2011 7:22AM

    way to plan ahead so you can enjoy the treats guilt free : )

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GRATEFULADY 1/19/2011 12:48AM

    Happy Birthday Ania!!! Sounds like you have a wonderful day planned. Wishing you many more happy years!!

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JUDYBUGS 1/18/2011 7:41PM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a birthday, Ania. emoticon

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MILLISMA 1/18/2011 6:24PM

    So glad you had such a great day. How wonderful to end it at the Botanical Gardens. It is such a beautiful place.

hugs.....Mary Anne

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PHEBESS 1/18/2011 5:10PM

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JOPAPGH 1/18/2011 8:16AM

    Sounds like a great day! Enjoy those orchid blooms.

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TOBEARUNNER 1/18/2011 7:56AM

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Happy birthday Ania, sounds like you'll have a GREAT day!
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LIZZYP609 1/18/2011 7:46AM

    Sounds like a perfect day!
Happy Birthday dear Spark Friend!
See ya in Lair...

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MINNA72 1/18/2011 4:14AM

    Happy Happy birthday, Ania! Hope you had a fabulous day! The picnic and theater sound super nice!

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SEYSARAH 1/18/2011 1:20AM

    Happy Birthday Ania!!!! You have planned a magnificent outing that I would enjoy and I'm sure your family will..have a sip of bubbly for me..and think of the Dragons..all collectively wishing you a wonderful celebration!

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EUPHRATES 1/18/2011 1:13AM

    Happy Birthday!

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SUSIEPH1 1/18/2011 12:12AM

    Have a wonderful evening Ania!.. I am so jealous.. would love to see that show !!.
Hopefully we will have good show to go too when we get down to Melbourne in july!!
Enjoy my friend !! emoticon

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GOANNA2 1/18/2011 12:08AM

    Happy Birthday Ania! emoticon
What a wonderful evening you have planned.
Enjoy every moment.

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AIDELADE27 1/17/2011 11:33PM

    Aw, happy birthday, Ania!
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Well, it's technically not your birthday right where I'm at just yet, lol, but I hope you have an amazing time with your family and enjoy your special day!

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Keeping track of my BLC15 Week #2 Weekend Challenge - Sunday

Sunday, January 16, 2011

It was a lovely warm morning and my SIL walked with me around the park for 50 min. I did stretches at the end. In the afternoon did my ST - 20 minute Resistance Band Workout. I really like doing it!
For dinner we went to an Italian restaurant in South Yarra to celebrate my son's and my birthday with DD and her husband and sister in law. Had a nice meal but no dessert and stayed in my calorie range again. emoticon
Tracked my nutrition, so another 4 points for today!

Challenge #2 - Day 1 of Bootcamp.

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EDDYMEESE 1/16/2011 9:49PM

    Good job!

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SUSIEPH1 1/16/2011 2:35PM

    Way to go Ania !!
hugs Susie

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SEYSARAH 1/16/2011 2:23PM

    Love your blogs..helps remind me to do what I need to do as well..and I too love the SP resistance band my top ten for video workouts or in my case via the computer.

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