Sunday, November 25, 2012
and I haven't gotten anywhere. So today, I am getting a head start on my New Year's goals. A friend of mine is setting a goal for himself to write (he's a writer) at least something for a hundred days straight. I am setting that goal to exercise for 100 days straight. By then, it should definitely be a habit!
I don't eat as healthfully as I should, but I eat less than I used to. I know the problem of my weight is basically that I don't expel any energy. At my age, there is no excuse for that. Also, my energy level is low due to my being sedentary, not to mention that my mind is going to mush.
So as they say "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again".
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Since closing my brick and mortar business in 2007 I am sorry to say I've gained approx. 60 pounds. I've been a member of SparkPeople probably close to that long, just dabbling with it here and there. I now have to face the fact that I am to old to be carrying that much extra weight!
My latest motto is "My back can't seem to carry my front".
My back has gone out on me before. This time I caught it before it completely debilitated me, but it's not over yet. The pain has moved now to my sciatica and I'm finding it very painful to move around. I have to face the truth, that this is a symptom of being too heavy.
Yesterday I started back on my WeightWatchers. Many times over the years I have turned to them to lose excess weight, and once I do it, it stays off for years. I'm tired of being in pain, worrying about my back, and all this doesn't even take into account my vanity. LOL. I hate looking obese.
So this is just one of many announcements I am making to the world, my family, my friends to help me stay accountable. Here's to everyone's success that is a part of SparkPeople!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I have been weaning myself off of HFCS ever since it became one of the subjects on a message board here at SparkPeople. I never really knew too much about it until then, or didn't pay attention. When I started researching the affects on the body and how it was processed by the body when we eat it, I decided then and there it was not a healthy alternative to sugar.
Now over and above that I find out it is full of Mercury. Evidently I was slow to learn this fact also as it appears many of my SparkPeople friends already knew.
This morning I read a health newletter that has been sitting in my inbox begging for my attention for quite awhile. Apparently due to how common HFCS is in our food and beverages, the average American consumes 12 tsp. of HFCS per day. PER DAY! Kids who live on sodas and snack bars consume even more.
Isn't Mercury the neurotoxin that they found in certain fish and told us not to eat it any more (or very seldom)? And isn't Mercury the reason they told us to get to our dentists and have all our old fillings pulled out and put new ones in of a different substance? And isn't Mercury one of the main ingredients that promotes Alzheimer's?
In one study researchers found measurable amounts of mercury in nearly half of the 20 HFCS samples tested, collected from three different HFCS manufacturers. This study was followed up by similar research from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. The IATP team examined 55 brand name food products that listed HFCS as the first or second ingredient. Almost one-third of the products contained mercury. The first study was gathered from the FDA in 2005, while the second study examined food products purchased from grocery stores in late 2008.
Despite what the Corn Growers say, first animal studies showed HFCS consumption might contribute to insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and elevated triglyceride levels, a cluster of symptoms that put a patient at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Five years later, a study of human subjects confirmed those conclusions.
In addition, studies have linked increased body weight, fat storage, and symptoms of irritable bowl syndrome to HFCS consumption. To me, even in moderation HFCS is a scarry ingredient. At least the other bad things I do to my body I do knowingly. I think I'll skip this one.
Thanks to Health Sciences Institute of Baltimore for such timely information.
Friday, September 12, 2008
When Dr. Phil first debuted on TV, I watched him constantly. Oh he can be an ass, but he generally seems to have a good common sense approach to things, which is what I like about him. Of course, there is the other side of the Dr. Phil spectrum. People like my mother who don't like to take responsibility for their actions, hate him because he doesn't take excuses.
In his second season or so they moved his timeslot, so I never got to see him. Just recently they moved him across from the 5 o'clock news in our area which is perfect for me as I'm usually working at the computer and can have him on in the background. It turned out to be perfect timing. Dr. Phil has started his new season off with a new "Ultimate Weight Loss Race" . He's spent the last two days just picking teams, etc. so if anyone's interested in joining in, you haven't missed anything yet.
His website is full of interesting free tips and self analysis, etc to get to the underlying causes for our weight getting out of control. He has what he calls the 7 keys to weightloss and all that stuff is up there. If you want to keep an online journal or read the message boards while you follow his show, you can sign up for free.
Now I am not saying that he's the answer to be all to end all, but it never hurts to have a little extra motivation. Even tho I have my own basic diet, etc. I'm looking forward to the "homework" assignments and picking up some new knowledge vs. the same old diet tips (that we've all read, heard and know). You can find him at Dr. Phil.com
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