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New Yum Tea Discovered

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Last week I discovered a new beverage I love while eating at my mom's assisted living. It is my new favorite drink. Besides having the healthy green tea antioxidants it also has pomegranate which adds a slightly sweet, fruity flavor that I love. I have been trying to cut my coffee intake so this was a welcome discovery. It is good both as a hot drink and an iced drink. If you haven't tried it give it a try. I am including the nutritional facts on it. Nothing bad there.



I am having to spend a great deal of my day prepping for a class I start teaching in a few weeks. I resent the time having to sit at the computer and not be active. I am trying to take as many breaks as I can giving myself it as a reward when one of the tasks are done. I am also trying to do some leg lifts as I work on the chair. I find when I sit too long my back becomes very sore. I have a new computer chair which seems to help, but I can feel the difference in my body when I have to sit so long.

I was happy to see yesterday with the help of my new fitbit flex that I at least got 5000 steps in during the day. I hope to increase that amount today. I also plan to use Lisa's Black Panther optional challenge today as I work. I am putting my dumbbells next to my computer as a reminder to do the dumbbell lifts. It will be interesting to see how many I can complete while working.

Last week was a disaster to my weight loss because I had too much good food while at my mom's and did not exercise as much as I would have liked due to time spent helping my mom. I want to turn that gain around this week and want to have a loss instead. I don't know if I can recover all I gained last week but I am trying. Last night was my DH's birthday so I felt I had better go out to celebrate with him and even had a little of the cake. I hope it didn't set me back too much. I tried to make as wise choices as I could.

Back to the computer work now. I will be glad to have this course finished and ready to teach.

  
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DS9KIE 9/30/2014 9:36PM

    the tea sounds yummy

good luck with your class

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16TO10 9/30/2014 9:06PM

    Thanks for the tea recommendation. I'll have to look for it.

Great idea with the dumbbells.

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NORWOODGIRL 9/30/2014 3:26PM

    Love the sound of that tea! Thanks for the suggestion. I'm going to try it.

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MKT-PLAN 9/30/2014 3:07PM

    Just keep at it!

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STARLITNIGHT 9/30/2014 2:48PM

    I love tea, I have so many kinds and brands that I have a cupboard just for my tea. emoticon I think you made the right choices with family, I never worry about having a little extra indulgence when I am with family celebrating an occasion. emoticon But when it is just us working on health on any other day, we have to dig in and make sure to be making the healthiest choices we can. emoticon You are doing Awesome! emoticon

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A Non-Scale Victory and Reward for Eating Right

Tuesday, September 16, 2014



I think the most surprising non-scale victory (NSV) for me since eating a nutritarian diet was the reward of food tasting so much better. When I first looked over the diet I thought to myself "It looks like something I could do if I really tried", "I will miss all of those foods that are not allowed", and finally "It's only six weeks. I can do anything for six weeks". If I had only known then what I know now!

Much to my surprise food tasted so much better and I did not miss my old way of eating. In fact, when the six weeks were over and I ventured back to old styles, I found that I didn't feel as well and the food did not taste as good as I remembered. Some of it I'm sure was due to my changing taste buds, but I actually think most of it was from a side effect of eating right.

Dr. Furhman suggests only eating when hungry. The hunger has to be a true hunger which he describes as being felt in the throat rather than the stomach. I can feel that feeling now. If I don't feel it I know I am not really hungry, but instead just giving in to an urge to eat. The feeling is in my upper chest and throat and is difficult to describe. It took me awhile on the diet to actually feel it.

Dr. Furhman further states that if you only eat enough to satisfy that real hunger that the food you eat at the next meal will taste incredibly good. The trick is not too eat too much at one meal and not to eat in between so when you eat again the food tastes so very special.

I find that I can use that enhanced taste to signal to me whether it is time to stop eating. This takes paying attention to what you are eating. When the food is no longer satisfying like the first few bites were it is time to stop eating the food. This has been a good gauge for me of how much I should eat. If I find myself feeling true hunger before it is time for the next meal I know I did not eat enough. If that happens I have a small snack, but I hardly snack at all anymore because I am usually not hungry until the next meal.

This enhanced taste of my food is probably my favorite non-scale victory. If I find myself eating emotionally or too much at a time I remind myself that the next meal will not taste as good and that is usually enough to stop me.

It has taken me awhile to develop this mindful style of eating but now that I have I really enjoy it. Not only do I get the reward of losing weight, but I also get to enjoy my food so much more.

  
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1SURFWALKER 9/17/2014 8:20PM

    Good for you! I missed the name of that diet, if you posted it earlier. I have heard of Dr. Fuhrman before. I know what you're talking about on that hunger feeling. It almost to me feels like a what i call a sugar plunge. Eating healthy is a great victory and the more we stay away from the bad food the better we are! Congrats! Keep going! You can do it!!!

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ALIHIKES 9/17/2014 12:23PM

    Congratulations! What a great NSV.

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KALIGIRL 9/17/2014 11:35AM

    Wonderful - that's emoticon and incredibly mindful!
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16TO10 9/16/2014 10:12PM

    Very interesting. Hadn't heard about the throat thing before. Glad you're embracing healthy eating. I'm getting closer to that point every day - starting to crave the good more and the bad less.

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Black Panther Pride Knowledge-Jalapeno Dip Review

Thursday, September 11, 2014



Yesterday I participated in the Black Panther Pirate Challenge. As usual, the activity was very enlightening. All of the activities were fairly easy for me except the one of planning all of my eating in advance. I did it, but found that the style of planning was not for me. Everyone has different things that work, and I believe there was a time where the activity of pre-planning meals would have been valuable to me, but not at this point. I just found it frustrating. I like to develop my menu sides as I go. Generally I only have a general idea of my main course and work from there. I missed the creativity yesterday.

The planning process took a lot of time that I could be doing other things instead and I ended up eating two snacks (even though very healthy) that I didn't really want to eat at the time. I realized while participating in this challenge that I plan differently. Since I have been on the Dr. Furhman eating style I no longer have to track food anymore. I only eat when I am hungry most of the time. Since I went on the diet I have only gained a pound or two a few times and took it off quickly after. During this process I have been able to lose about 34 pounds now and keep it off. I have enjoyed not having to track food carefully. As long as I eat what is allowed on the eating plan I have no problem as Dr. Furhman says. The only thing I really have to be careful of is nuts. Those have to be limited, along with a smaller serving size of a few vegetables.

At this point I know the diet very well. It is second nature. Recently I have developed what I call a "Chopped" style of menu planning. In the TV show Chopped contestants prepare an appetizer, entree, or dessert featuring what is in a basket. They can use limited other items from a pantry and fridge, but the main ingredients have to be from the basket. There are some really strange combinations. I love watching the show and seeing what people dream up. In the process I have learned a lot and become quite adventuresome in my cooking.

My basket is my pantry, garden, and refrigerator. I let it control my food preparation. I see what is in it that needs to be used up before spoiling and plan an entree around it. Usually I google the ingredient with other items I have and see what recipes come up. I choose one that fits my eating style and make that. It is surprising what strange combinations of ingredients will bring up delicious recipies on google. Lately I find that I often skip the google step and just put things together that I think might be good. For example for lunch today I have a small container of beans and edemame with a little brown rice in the fridge so I put in more beans that I cooked from dried yesterday for the challenge, heated this mixture up, and added a tsp of Jalapeno Greek Yogurt Dip that I got at Trader Joe's. It was a delicious and healthy lunch.

I highly recommend this dip. They were tasting it as Trader Joe's last time I was there and I was highly impressed. I love jalapeno. A serving size is 2 tablespoons and has 50 calories, 4.5g total fat, 3g saturated fat, no Transfat, Cholest. 20mg, sodium 120mg, Total Carb. 2g, Fiber 0, Sugar 1g, Protein 1g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 4%, and Calcium 2%. Generally I only use a tsp for seasoning in foods I make so we are talking about less than 8.5 calories for something extremely delicious on my food. When I am feeling really bad I eat the entire 2 TB by dipping it with veggies. I'm now thinking of adding a little almond milk to thin it out a little and use it for a salad dressing.

I think I am really going to enjoy being part of the Panther Pride. You have to experience new things to know what does and does not work for you. I want to thank those creating these challenges for doing so. The one day challenge this week was a good idea. If I had to plan meals all week I would not have continued to participate.

Another part of the challenge was to do a plank. I knew I was not very good at it but when I tried it I found it impossible to do for me. When I tried doing it from the recommended lying down position as soon as I started raising I had a terrible stabbing pain in my hips and upper thigh and I could not continue. I looked up the modified plank but found it still had the same result. I was able to substitute another exercise for it for the challenge, but it became a challenge to me to find out WHY I could not do it.

I thought I had done something like it in a yoga class. Serendipitously, today I was watching a yoga class video from grokker.com and the instructor did a plank. I knew immediately the reason I was not able to do the planks on Spark. This plant started in a downward dog position where your feet and hands are on the ground with the butt up in the air. From there she just schooched her legs back a little at a time one by one until she was in plank position. I tried it and it worked. I did not have difficulty holding the position but just getting into the position. I plan to add that plank routine into my fitness regime for the next few weeks and possibly longer. I did not give up.

If you are part of a challenge, or just meeting the challenges of life, don't give up. There is something that works for you and you just have to discover it. Learn from the experience and adapt it to your own lifestyle. For me it has been Dr. Furhman eating style for the nutrition part and I think it is now becoming Black Panther knowledge for the fitness part. In the last couple of weeks I have really progressed quickly in the fitness category. I find myself inventing movements all day long that add to my fitness along with the strength training I do. I can't seem to get enough exercise. This is all since joining the Panthers.

I read in a link in a Panther Pride blog today that panthers are intuitive and artistic. I think that explains why I am enjoying the group so much and why my intuitive nature fits in so well. Go Black Panthers. Let's win this season of Biggest Loser!

  
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RX_2_RV 9/13/2014 1:06AM

    It's always good to experiment with different ways of accomplishing the same thing...it's also good to know that "when the shoe DOESN'T fit, don't wear it." Good for you for being open, and also for knowing what works for you. emoticon


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ZANYGIRL1 9/12/2014 5:55PM

    Panthers are the emoticon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PINKHONEYLILY 9/12/2014 10:44AM

    Wow!! Awesome Blog! I love Jalapeno's too, will give it a try. Go Panthers!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 9/12/2014 8:26AM

    So glad you are enjoying the team! Dip sounds yummy and here's to doing the emoticon

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MTN_KITTEN 9/12/2014 8:01AM

    We all need to find what works for us. I have a "loose" plan in that I know the food groups I want to eat from each meal and/or snacks. This gives me the spontaneity to jazz it up as I move through the day.

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16TO10 9/12/2014 6:28AM

    Panthers are a great group! Love how you blog - very insightful.

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NOT_A_LANNISTER 9/11/2014 9:09PM

    I love your approach to cooking. I too often find myself sticking strictly to a recipe. Pre-planning is also not my style but I'm glad we both tried it! It did help me get through a camping trip but it wasn't as strict of an approach. emoticon

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STARLITNIGHT 9/11/2014 6:18PM

    This is great, we can all learn to adapt to doing things the way we need, there is no cookie cutter way to eat or exercise. I try to modify exercise that are on the floor to standing ones, we all learn as we go. But thank you for the inspiration, I may have to make a challenge out of a 5 ingredient basket meal.....thanks emoticon

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SGTSUNNY 9/11/2014 5:46PM

    Great blog, GO Panthers!! I love your insights and will try the dip! Thanks for sharing emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/11/2014 4:56PM

    This is great

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Always something new to learn - What I learned about my treadmill today!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014



I've been using my treadmill for many years now. I learned something new though while listening to a Dr. Furhman webinar on exercising. He stated that a treadmill is an ideal exercise tool because you can increase the incline without increasing the speed and get more results stating that you can burn twice the calories at a greater incline.

I decided to give it a try today while also meeting my personal goal for the day of doing 5 miles on the treadmill. I usually only do 1 or less, and I think the most I have done is around 3. I decided to challenge myself to see if I could do all 5. I basically jumped from 1 mile maybe once a week to 5 in one day.

Back to the incline thing. I tested the theory by doing 10 minute intervals at a speed of 2 with varying inclines. The results were 10%-38 calories, 20%-45 calories, 50%-56 calories, and 60%-61 calories. I had only planned to go to 50% but thought I would try the 60% which I found to be no problem to my surprise. The other great thing is that I did not have to touch the handles at all which I usually do for balance.

Dr. Furhman says that it is much easier on the joints to go at a slower speed. Increasing the incline at this speed burns as many calories as the faster speed, but does not result in joint damage. I found that to be very true. After I finished the 5 miles I was a little tired but not sore like when I do intervals with speed. I ended up burning 530 calories during the 5 miles.

I was really surprised that I was able to complete the 5 miles as I had not used the treadmill that much lately. I found that when I knew I planned to do an entire 5 miles my mind did not start to nag me that I was too tired after only a half hour or a mile. I was very energetic and anxious to continue.

I did the 5 miles in two sessions. The first 2 were done right when I got up before breakfast. I take a thyroid pill in the morning and can't eat right away. I wanted to start my exercising anyway so did. After two miles I found myself very hungry so took a short break to eat some black eyes peas and swiss chard greens which I had planned for breakfast. As soon as I was done it was back on my treadmill for the other 3 miles.

I think it is important that we challenge ourselves to more than we normally do from time to time and also to make sure we are working in the smartest way possible.

I have also greatly increased my strength exercises this week from almost nothing to quite a bit due to a pre-challenge that was presented to me from my Black Panther Biggest Loser group that starts tomorrow officially. I now find myself craving doing these exercises and doing more and more. The challenge was to increase in some goal each day and I chose strength exercises because I was hardly doing any.

One surprise that I discovered is that one of my favorite times to do these exercises is right before I go to bed. The first time I tried it was when I had forgot to do them earlier in the day. I just got up and did them. I found with my body that I challenge myself more at that time of the day than others and really do sets until exhaustion. It is fun at that time of day. I think it has to do with no other competition for things to do. It also feels really good to go to bed with my muscles screaming from the repetitions. They are all ready for rest. It really helps my insomnia and I quickly go to sleep and sleep well.

Little by little I am learning how my body works. It is not always the way I expect. Exercising before bed flies in the face of the wisdom of completing it first thing in the morning but it works well for me. I have a feeling I will be doing some of that exercise nightly just like how I brush my teeth nightly. It has become part of my life.

  
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KALIGIRL 9/10/2014 8:01AM

    Don't you just love it when you make new discoveries about what works and challenges you?
Sounds like you are rocking it!
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JOOLS7 9/10/2014 6:36AM

    Hi Jenn,

My trainer taught me this. Its much harder to walk on an incline @ 2.5 mph than 4 mph with no incline. So thats what I've been doing.

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NOT_A_LANNISTER 9/9/2014 9:46PM

    Way to go! You are doing fantastic!

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KAREN608 9/9/2014 8:26PM

    Your incline reminds me of all the hills in my town. You go slow but oh what a workout, and as you say, easy on the joints.

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STARLITNIGHT 9/9/2014 8:19PM

    Margi, this is great news! When we find the right fit for our new habits within our daily life, you can't help but have a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Stay strong and focused! emoticon

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16TO10 9/9/2014 7:31PM

    This was really interesting. Terrific that you're so excited about the process -keeps you motivated I'm sure. Great to have a better understanding about what really works for you and that you can try new things with an extra umph!

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/9/2014 7:15PM

    Woohoo - great job - I'm so happy to be part of the Black Panther team with you !

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ZANYGIRL1 9/9/2014 7:03PM

    Margi, that is wonderful!! I hope to be up to 5 miles one day. emoticon

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OMNOMNAMASTE 9/9/2014 6:45PM

   

I so agree with you, it is SO IMPORTANT that we challenge ourselves! Up until today I didn't even think much about it but it is crucial.

You did so well today! Keep up the fantastic work, and sharing what you're learning with all of us.

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August Progress Report

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Started out the last month 220.2 and ended it 215. Not quite as much progress as I would have liked to made but a loss nonetheless. I like to think of it as losing a little more than one of my five pound weights that I use for strength exercises. I no longer have to carry that weight around and I don't plan to ever again.

On to September!

  
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GLJEWEL 9/7/2014 11:33PM

    every pound lost for good is a wonderful thing. It makes our next step lighter, our smile a little brighter. It makes the determination to lose the next one that much stronger. Keep it up!

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ASRMOM 9/5/2014 8:35AM

    Great job!
I always figure if I lose anything it means I sure haven't gained!
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    I agree... you did awesome ! emoticon

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ZANYGIRL1 9/3/2014 3:54PM

    YES! We are on to September and WE WILL DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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MKT-PLAN 9/3/2014 10:26AM

    A loss is a loss. Congrats! emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 9/2/2014 8:21PM

    You did good! I'm stuck at the same weight! I was in the summer challenge and ended up being 2 lbs more at the end than I was at the beginning cuz of muscle weight and water retention. I'm hoping to be at least the same weight at the start of our fall challenge!

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STARLITNIGHT 9/2/2014 6:33PM

    I think that is Awesome! You keep going like that and you can have about 50 pounds off by next summer. Yippee!

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DAISYBELLEKIA 9/2/2014 6:15PM

    Yay! Even though it's not as much as you wanted, it's still a loss and every bit counts! Woohoo!

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