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Friday Fit Tip: Supercook

Friday, July 25, 2008

I haven't actually tried this yet (maybe because I have 500 cookbooks or so), but www.supercook.com looks like an intriguing idea.

Not sure what to make for dinner? Haven't had time to shop? Plug in the ingredients you *do* have on hand, and supercook.com will hand you a recipe. They'll start listing recipes as soon as you enter an ingredient, and tell you what else you need. It will also recommend ingredients that will enhance the flavor of what you already have on hand.

And yes, it's free. An no, I have no commercial interest in the site.

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MTER67 7/25/2008 8:48PM

    Neat idea! Thanks!

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LSFBOOK 7/25/2008 4:12PM

    This is great. I typed in some ingredients and got some new ideas.

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NOMI_822 7/25/2008 4:05PM

    I'm gonna have to check that out. Too many times I end up in that situation. Thanks for sharing this. emoticon

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STARTSPARKING 7/25/2008 11:14AM

    Although I'm a terrible cook, I do love looking through cookbooks, checking out recipes online, and watching the Food Network on TV. Thanks for sharing that awesome website! I'll have to play around with it when I have some time. Maybe I'll enter some weird ingredients and see what recipes it comes up with... emoticon

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A strange obssession

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I admit it; I'm officially obssessed with exercise DVDs. Even though I've been motivated to exercise -- whether at a gym or by myself -- for many years, I do find I just need someone to push me.

Gyms are great for that. Personal trainers are great for that. I gave up my gym membership when I stopped working. It didn't cost all that much, but one of my dogs just can't hold it for long periods of time, so getting to the gym is more problematic these days. Yes, he can hold it for several hours, but not an entire day. Well, he probably could, but it would be difficult for him, and as someone who's suffered from many urinary problems, I'm very sympathetic to that. TMI, probably.

I found that when I started adding exercise DVDs back in, I was pushing myself harder and my body was definitely changing.

So now I'm obssessed. I lurk on several Sparkteams that I've never joined, just to see what they say about the various DVDs. SP has been an incredible source of information on exercise DVDs for me!

Another good source is www.collagevideo.com -- I've been getting these guys' catalogs for years, and a newsletter even mysteriously showed up in my inbox the other day.

I still find SP to probably be my best source. And the DVDs from www.beachbody.com are my latest obssession. So I lurk to find out which ones are worthwhile. The latest one I've seen recommended is Rockin' Body by Shaun T. It's on my list.

My next purchase, however, will be Zumba. I've seen quite a few people mention Zumba in their blogs. It's dancy, and I'm not a dancer, but it looks like fun -- so doing it in the privacy of my own home is perfect.

I've been bidding for it on Ebay this entire week. It's incredibly popular, though, and I haven't wanted to go high enough to win it. The package on Ebay (and there are oodles of them) are an older version. I've finally made up my mind I'm going to spring for the newest one from www.zumbafitness.com , despite the fact that it will set me back more than the package on Ebay. It's got some goodies that make it seem worthwhile.

I want to add this to my mix in August, otherwise I might wait a while and see if the newer ones start to show up on Ebay.

I could still have my gym membership for the amount of money I'm spending on DVDs these days . . . but it's nice to work out in your own home, especially when you look like a dork -- the dogs & cats don't care.

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NOMI_822 7/24/2008 8:46PM

    I like exercise videos too. What is zumba? I don't like going to the gym because I don't like anyone watching me exercise. I get embarrassed, that is why videos are great for me. I get a person showing me what to do and no one to see how funny I look when I try and do the exercises just like the pro. I use the videos on SP and I have another video that I won through the Bootcamp class we had.
I don't even like my hubby to see me workout. I'm just too self conscience, I guess. emoticon emoticon
Thanks for all your comments and the bananas, how did you know that I love bananas. emoticon emoticon

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STARTSPARKING 7/24/2008 5:16PM

    Ooh, did I hear someone say "Zumba"?! It's so much fun! I can't vouch for the DVD's because I exercise in group classes exclusively. However, I do LOVE my Zumba class at my health club. It's high energy, and all the participants have so much fun. It's great that people of all ages and sizes can enjoy this electrifying form of exercise.

I love all my exercise classes because all my instructors are energetic and are such motivators. It does take some effort to get to the gym, find parking, get checked in, etc. However, others who take classes with me are so supportive with their compliments about my weight loss. I probably look like a dork, but I'm fine as long as nobody calls security on me! emoticon

Good luck getting the Zumba DVD's, and have fun!

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Be your best

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

There I was doing an exercise DVD the other day, when the "instructor" said don't worry about what anyone else is doing -- just be your best you.

How true is that? In everything?

Some people lose weight quickly, some lose slowly -- but we all get there in the end. Don't worry about how quickly others are losing weight, just worry about yourself.

DH has a longtime friend. This friend seems to have the midas touch. DH always grumbles about the deals this friend gets. But that friend has his own problems, of course. You never know what's going on behind closed doors. Don't worry about others doing better or getting better deals, you only have one life to live -- so live your own, not someone else's.

Some people make exercise look so effortless. They barely break a sweat. I sweat buckets. I sweat easily even when I'm not exercising (and it's not genetic, because my mom almost never sweats). I huff & puff, but I get there in the end. I only have this one body. All I can do is try the best I can.

Be your best you. Don't worry about anyone but you.

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MTER67 7/24/2008 10:33PM

    I am another bucket-sweater. It's bad and I really smell. I consider myself very fit, but I am envious of people who are fitter. And, I am downright jealous of people who, by genetics or the grace of God, are faster and stronger than I am, without even training to be. But, that's life. Maybe if the grass wasn't so much greener on the other side, none of us would ever bother with the fertilizer and compost, you know? You are absolutely correct, however, we just have to be the best for ourselves, and stop trying to compare our progress to everybody else's.

Hope you are doing well. Can't wait to read about your Zumba. "Start" is a zumba zealot, you know!

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STARTSPARKING 7/24/2008 5:21AM

    I take exercise classes, and sometimes it's hard not to pay attention to people around you. Fortunately, I'm always in the first row right in front of the mirrored wall. Therefore, I'm usually just concentrating on doing all the moves correctly.

Everyone's fitness level is different, and we can only exercise to the best of our own abilities. Instead of comparing myself to others, I find that it's more satisfying to find that I am improving over time.

You're doing well with your exercises. Keep up your great work!

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Obstacles require teamwork

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

On Tuesdays I do agility with my dogs. Agility is an obstacle course for dogs, including jumps, a tire jump, an elevated dog walk, and more. It requires teamwork between us: I have to come up with a strategy for running the course, and then my dog has to focus on me to direct him/her where to go.

The focus part can be hard. The last couple of weeks Chester has been extremely unfocused. Since I now know that he also had a tapeworm, I'm suspecting that might have been part of it. Because of the tapeworm, he wasn't getting any nourishment from the food he was eating.

When he's on, he's really on. His world centers around me, so he generally focuses quite well -- although he does have a stubborn streak, too, as he showed a couple of times today when he ran off the course despite very clear signals from me. Still, he was definitely on in a way he hasn't been in quite a while today.

It's horribly frustrating when he's unfocused. It's embarrassing, not being able to get your dog to focus on you rather than hoovering up whatever it is they're finding on the ground (despite the fact that no other dogs seems to notice something there).

Lola, on the other hand, was a tad unfocused today. Probably because I didn't have enough time between classes to warm her up. She has to wait an hour while Chester has his class, and waiting (despite having a chew) is just not her best talent. By the time her class rolls around, she's got a whole lot of nervous energy. Usually I'll try to run it off by running her around first, but some days I just don't have time.

She did finally settle down, and her last run was beautiful.

If you're interested to see a little bit of agility, you can check out my blog post at judysworld.net/blog/index.php/2008/0

Of course you know by now where I'm going with this. Heck, I'm pretty sure that I've used agility a time or two here before. But obstacles in weight loss require focus & teamwork, too.

Focus on our goals, both big and small: the ultimate goal, and all those little goals, like drinking our water and eating our fruits and veggies.

It requires teamwork, too. It requires asking for help when we need it -- whether that's here on SP, or our SO (significant other), or our diet buddy.

I'm finding myself struggling a bit this week. I'm hungry like I haven't been in months & months. I don't know why. I'm pretty sure it's not emotional. Despite not changing the way I eat, I'm just finding myself hungry. Really, really hungry. Did I mention that I've been hungry?

I'm trying to focus. I noticed I skipped (edited to add) entering a few meals in my nutrition tracker, so I'm trying to stay on top of that. My exercise, water consumption, and fruit/veggie consumption have all been good. No matter what, I know this too shall pass. Next week (actually, in 2 weeks) is a new agility class. It's a chance to try new strategies, learn what works and what doesn't, and practice our teamwork again.

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STARTSPARKING 7/22/2008 2:17PM

    I love your analogy of an agility class to our journey to good health. I used to only focus on the ultimate goal and forget to use little goals as stepping stones. What I value the most this time is the teamwork. I truly appreciate all the support and encouragement from all my SP friends!

Good for you for using your nutrition tracker. That's how you noticed you skipped a few meals, which could contribute to your hunger issue. Have you also tracked your fiber and protein intake as well? These two help keep you fuller, so you may want to make sure you are getting enough.

Thanks for another wonderful blog post! emoticon

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Speaking of being prepared . . .

Monday, July 21, 2008

I know my husband would like to lose weight, too. The problem is he doesn't really want to change how he eats or think about what he is going to eat. He does try, though, and he is slowly (very slowly!) learning. When we got married, he was one of those annoyingly thin people who could eat whatever he wanted, but that changed as he got older (and stopped exercising).

Yesterday we went out for brunch. I asked him what he wanted for dinner, since I generally don't cook on the weekends. I had some hot dogs in the freezer, but obviously, they needed to be defrosted. He didn't want to think about it.

Fine. Whatever. I had leftovers for myself for dinner, and a couple of frozen dinners he could have.

When dinner rolled around, he said you didn't defrost the hot dogs. Well, yeah, I asked what you wanted, you didn't know, so I wasn't about to defrost a whole package that would just sit there and go bad because I'm not going to eat any.

Then he said how about Chinese. He loves Chinese; it is one of the few foods I can take or leave. I really didn't want all the sodium that comes along with Chinese. I told him he could order it, if that's what he wanted.

Actually, I did finally remember that I had some beef ravioli in the freezer (which are surprisingly relatively healthy), so he made himself some ravioli. He even looked at the portion size, and stuck to it. Although he was still hungry afterwards (and one of my scones mysteriously disappeared this morning). I pointed out that it's meant to be eaten with a salad or some other veggies.

So when you aren't prepared, and you get hungry, it's way too easy to reach for something that isn't going to help your weight loss journey. Yes, it's a pain to have to think about what you're going to eat all the time. But how much pain do you have from being overweight?

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STARTSPARKING 7/21/2008 3:44PM

    Hey, if you got your husband to check out the portion size on the label and to stop to think if dinner satisfied his hunger, that's GREAT progress!

Your blog post reminded me of a hilarious video clip I viewed a few months ago:

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MTER67 7/21/2008 8:59AM

    Our go-to, fast meal is usually an omelet, stuffed full of whatever veggies I can scrounge out of the fridge. Tonight, it was getting late, so I sliced a long Italian loaf lengthwise, spread a thin layer of pesto (although you might want tomato sauce for a skinnier alternative), then piled on sauteed, thinly sliced red, orange, yellow pepper and onion. I sprinkled on a little mozzarella and broiled. I sliced a big platter of watermelon for us all to share and voila, dinner! It was yummy and required no advance planning--which is not something I am very good at doing! Good luck on getting your hubby to eat healthier--sounds like your good choices are rubbing off!

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