Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I found this article about 9 ways you could be sabotaging your weightloss from Mark Sisson rather interesting. Even for those not following his Primal lifestyle, I think the principles of not stressing out about the food rules, not over eating even healthy food and others will give you food for thought.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
You know those recommendations that women of child-bearing age (pregnant, nursing women) get to limit their intake of tuna, mackerel because of mercury? Well, it turns out that the benefits of eating fatty fish far outweigh the risks of eating mercury-laden fish.
I just learned that the fish and seafood have the protective mineral selenium that binds with the mercury, making it unable to poison you. What I also learned was that if a fish has higher levels of selenium than mercury, then it's safe to eat. Fish that are higher in mercury? They don't even come on my radar for things I can buy or want to eat.
Selenium and its great benefits for my thyroid issues doesn't have to come from a supplement or brazil nuts, but a wonderful array of fish. I don't think I am going to fear those cans of albacore or mackerel any more.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Yes, goodbye 24 pounds. It may have been since January that these particular friends of yours finally got off my @#$ and left me, but it's taken me years of learning just how to shove you all out the door.
10%, I am glad to see you gone not only because of all the increased disease risks research and statistics tell me about, because I already feel lighter and fewer pains from the changes I've made in how I eat. I am so glad to feel better that I look forward to saying goodbye to your friends 15%, and 20% soon as I move to the healthier world of Onederland and its wonders of greater movement, strength, better sleep and improved mood.
So, as I said, so long 10%. You're gone for good this time. I've learned a new way to live and I am continuing to learn more every day.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
B2W Friday - Sunday Missions!
This Weekend, MAKE ME _BEGIN_.
1. If you have not taken your before picture (if you are brave enough to take one) or you measured yourself or any of the other things you know you should do because you said you would... DO THEM.
Before pics -- have some stored, but will get some new sparkly ones
Plan: yoga pants and tank top in the sunshine outside
2. This is about getting outside of your compfort zone and sometimes that means knowing a little more about yourself instead of choosing not to know. Knowledge is power, if you don't believe me... ask PBS.
Go HERE: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutrition_edit
.asp and add some nutrients to track daily. If you aren't getting enough of what you NEED in order to lose weight, then how can you lose weight? if you aren't getting what you NEED to go faster or get stronger, then how can you go faster or get stronger. It's math people! Let's be smart, not ignorant!
Tell us what new thing(s) you are tracking in your food tracker!
Tracking is extremely difficult for me with SP tools. I cook from scratch and entering recipes is an extreme chore that guesstimates way too much. I also don't eat the same stuff over and over. I use the tracker to spot check that I am eating enough, since generally I eat too little rather than too much on a regular basis.
New: I found out how to turn on the Quick track on the new start page so that I can make sure that I am getting in at least my 5 veggies and fruits and my 8+ glasses of water.
3. MISSION ***Total Body***
This weekend- your MISSION is to:
1. count how long you can hold a plank (elbow or hand). You want to find out your MAX! This is your limit- the one you cannot break through. Find out! I double dog dare you!
3 minute step test: ?
Resting Heart Rate: ?
2. find a new ABBREVIATED TOTAL BODY WORKOUT. If you have one that is working for you- CHANGE IT UP OR DO IT IN REVERSE OR JUST ADD TO IT. If you don't have one- you can put together several of the sparkpeople workouts depending on what equipment you have. OR you can grab one out of a magazine, get recommendations from a friend, try a DVD you haven't started yet- but do an abbreviated total body workout THIS WEEKEND..... AND..... prove that you did it. Whether its a cameraphone pic of yourself or a professional photoshoot of your heart monitor, I don't care. Hell you can get a note from your trainer saying it was done for all I care. if you have no access to a camera - then write what you did and tell us about the experience.
New Tai Chi Video
Tai Chi for Beginners by Dr. Paul Lam
Worked with the Warm-up and basic exercises for 45 minutes
Rough to keep the knees flexed so much, will have to find a happy medium. Definitely this a strength AND cardio workout, the way it raises heat and heart rate.
This is also a much better teaching video than the one I was using in January. I recommend it so far.
DUE MONDAY MORNING.
4. have a multi-faceted plan. Pick the **ONE** that you usually AVOID and follow the corresponding instructions. We need to get uncomfortable in order to make a difference.
PLANNING: I have been avoiding all these with having been so sick lately. Lazy getting in the head kind of head sick too. Since stamina is a big issue, I want to make sure I don't do heavy stuff each day, so my plan is the Tai Chi Friday and Sunday as cardio/strength and flexibility Saturday as an active rest. I need to customize this to fit my recovery state.
A) Cardio (do at least 60 minutes of dedicated cardio between Friday morning and Sunday night when you go to bed.)
Friday: 45 minutes total: 30 minutes I will call aerobic
B) Strength Training/Toning/Sculpting (pick up the free weights. You don't look stupid. Time to swallow your pride and use them. No more procrastinating- play around with them and at least TRY a workout. Cmon. be BRAVE!)
C) Weight Training (heavy weights) - (If you have access to a gym or weights- spend a little time grunting this weekend- it will MAKE YOU stronger/sexier/epic/whatever- just give it a go)
D) Flexibility Training (stretching) (Spend 60 minutes over the entire weekend, dedicated to trying new stretches and getting the most out of it. Too many people think that flexibility is a workout that has nothing to do with them- WRONG)
E) Agility Training (Put some obstacles around your backyard or sidewalk/driveway/street/field/roof and time yourself, seeing how fast you can jump side to side and maneuver around everything. You have no idea how much more awake your brain and body will be for the rest of the day)
F) Speed Training (Search Sparkpeople for articles on speedtraining and play around with the ideas that you find!)
5. Motivation Maintenance (fun stuff)
choose **ONE** of the following:
REDO YOUR SPARKPAGE- FRESHEN IT UP- COMPLETELY REDESIGN IT. IN WITH THE NEW!
SUBSCRIBE TO A NEW FITNESS MAGAZINE ($10)
ORDER A PAID OF LIGHT FREE WEIGHTS IF YOU HAVE NONE! ($6)
CREATE A NEW (OR A FIRST) VISION COLLAGE. GRAB SCISSORS AND GLUESTICK AND THING **BIGG**
LEAVE NOTES FOR YOURSELF AROUND THE HOUSE WITH ENCOURAGEMENT.
NAIL A GOAL OUTFIT TO THE WALL
SIGN UP FOR A RACE
WRITE A LETTER TO YOURSELF DESCRIBING HOW FAR YOU HAVE ALREADY COME
GET A NEW CALENDAR TO HANG IN YOUR HOME AND GET LOTS OF STICKERS SO EACH DAY YOU CAN REWARD YOUR EFFORTS
I never said this would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.
Still feeling brave? Yes? Report in by Monday morning.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
~*~ B2W Entry Template ~*~
Lexy's Born2Win--Nothing's Gonna Beat Me Program
MAKE ME Fit, Functional and Healthy.
Make Me Fly!
Current Weight: 222
3.Hips ("Nose" bump of belly) 54
4. Thighs R= 32, L=31.5
5. Jeans/pants size 18-20 depending on company/fit
Amount of time you can reasonably dedicate to exercise EACH DAY (oh yeah I went there): 30 minutes
Number of Rest Days needed per week (maximum): 4
Is your goal for this challenge...
A) Lose weight
C) Lose inches
D) Prepare for a race
E) Surprise yourself
F) Get stronger
G) Start exercising
H) Exercise regularly
I) Break a plateau
J) Combination of these options: A, C, F, G, H, E (as in get freakin' fantastically healthier than I can ever remember being, like when I was a kid -- SURPRISE!)
Do you have the balls to take a new before pic or use one you already have? (If using one you already have- please note the weight on the pic)
The before pictures I have are pretty ballsy. Me belly is sticking out of pants that can't be zipped -- from the beginning of WTF? challenge. Ballsy would be posting it, I suppose rather than just keeping it on my external HDD.
Do you have any physical restrictions due to injuries, babies, vampirism, living dead syndrome, severe laziness, etc?
Injured Right arm/hand
Undiagnosed something that sucks the life outta me (living dead synd?)
Vampiristic preschooler who alternately declares she doesn't want to grow up and is a dog
Lower back/hip issues
Which muscle group do you want to start with? (I will definitely be paying attention to these- so be honest)
A) Upper Body (back/arms/shoulders/chest)
B) Core (abs/back)
C) Lower Body (legs/ass)
D) Total Body (all of above)
Everything hangs on the CORE, so let's keep that up, yet the workouts I want to focus and just downloaded are learning Tai Chi and that will be Legs with the Core, so I am not sure how that will play out.... Let's just say, D) Total Body, All of the Above then. Final answer.
Which of these things are you excelling in the LEAST and which do you think is your BEST area?
A) Cardio -- LEAST -- stamina is a big problem for me, as well as long recovery afterward
B) Strength Training/Toning/Scuplting
C) Weight Training (heavy weights)
D) Flexibility Training (stretching) --BEST my favorite and I have always been bendy
E) Agility Training
F) Speed Training
Do you have a goal outfit or an upcoming event that is motivating for you? No, not really. I still have goal outfits, but they've lost their mojo for me, dagnabbit.
Which kind of Motivation has seemed to work best for you in the past?
C) Your own progress THIS, MOST DEFINITELY THIS see also E)
D) Combining with other activities (such as gardening, volunteering, babysitting, etc)
E) Other PROGRESS IN NOT JUST SEEING NUMBERS, BUT IMPROVEMENT IN WHAT I CAN DO, BEING ABLE TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF MY HOUSE, DO THE JUGGLING ACT THAT IS THE JOB OF LIVING MY LIFE, THE FUNCTION
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