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Skinny Bitch!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

If you haven't read the book Skinny Botch do it! I learned so much about health, getting into a better mind set, and what to look for in my food good and bad.

I was a vegetarian for several years and let meat creep back into my life but after having read the book, balling my eyes out, and really seeing the ugly truth I won't be going back. I evaluated my weight gain over the past 6 years and have noticed the time I gained weight is when I was eating meat. I feel a huge contributing factor to the weight gain is all the hormones that are in meats and I never really looked at milk as something that would put weight on me.

We're told that milk does the body good, builds strong bones and gives us calcium and that women who "milk their diet" are proven to have a healthier body weight. But after reading this book I understood what milk really does. Just as breast milk makes your baby grow - cows milk is intended for calves to grow into cows so if we're drinking cows milk we'll be the size of a cow! Milk was never put into that perspective for me before.

I'm really shocked about all I learned - where we get our vitamins from, other resources that are available, the affirmations and self confidence, what the FDA and USDA really do. It was a clever book and opened my eyes again. I don't want to give away the whole book but I've gone vegetarian and working on becoming vegan. You can't be a true animal lover and eat them.

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ROCKLAND2010 2/6/2010 8:16AM

    This book sounds interesting. I WILL check it out. I stopped eating meat about 10 years ago and do not regret it. I still eat fish because I live in an area where it is fresh and plentiful right off the boats.

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MOMMYSWAMI 2/5/2010 11:26PM

    Whether you "believe" in being vegetarian or not, it is an excellent, factual, informative book that is written in a very entertaining fashion. I highly recommend to everyone that they read it. I'm just glad my sister was inspired by it to take compassionate action.

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NYXWOLFWALKER 2/5/2010 11:16PM

    Milk didn't get me to the weight I am now ... nor did eating red meat get me where I am ... life and other things within it got me to where I am and nothing more. Milk is healthy for many people it might not be for everyone but then again being a veggie isn't either - to each is to their own.

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CELESTIALAXIS 2/5/2010 10:16PM

    Skim milk isn't making me fat. Sorry, but I honestly believe we're omnivores, we were built to eat meat and plants, it's just in our biology. Just my 2 cents.

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MOMMYSWAMI 2/5/2010 9:36PM

    woot woot!

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SKINNYMINNIE25 2/4/2010 1:11PM

    Good for you. I've been a vegan for 5.5 years. Wouldn't have it any other way.

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NEWPORTBAY 2/4/2010 11:00AM

    Hi, like you I also went without eatign red meat for so long, incept for the occasional burger every now and then. Your right in what you said about meat casuing you to gain weight and now I've switched to turkey meat based products too. Sometimes eatign meat can be like eating candy, hopefully you get the analogy.

Whole milk, tryed the other versions and it doens't agree with my body, so still stick with cows milk.

Best wishes on being a vegan too.

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Emotional Eating and "TOM!"

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It really bothers me that my "TOM" (time of the month) I eat like crazy! And it isn't just the week I have my period it's the week before maybe even a week and a half before, my hormone spikes are crazy and I eat and never feel satisifed or full. I try to get a handle on it I just need to have more contol, anyone have any suggestions I'll take them?

And the spike in hormones and food/sugar spikes makes me that much more moody, my poor husband. It also clouds my mind, I lack clarity and discipline. Just something that's been weighing on my mind. I thought if I got it out there it might be easier to handle.

I'll keep you posted on my progress:)


Shaving Time!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

As you may or may not know I've decided to make it a personal goal to run a half marathon in the spring of 2010. I'm just starting out running a mile but I think I'm getting the hang of it, my lungs don't feel like their going to explode and my heart isn't beating out of my chest, and I've been working on finding my pace and relaxing my arms to my shoulders don't get so cramped up. I haven't really researched the proper way to long distance run yet but I will do that.

I'm really proud of myself, yesterday I ran a mile consistently than walked half a mile and ran another half mile without stopping!!!! I did a total of 4 miles yesterday and did some resistance training with bands and a ball, I'm not looking to bulk up at all I want to look smooth and streamline:)

Today I didn't have time to do 4 miles so I did 2 not bad, I ran a mile in 13:06 seconds that's 54 seconds less than my original time. Slow and steady will win the race here:) My goal is to slowly shave time and increase my distance, I'm not looking to run a mile in 7 minutes or anything just find a nice pace and push myself for distance.

Someone commented on my previous blog and gave me the idea to think in .25 mile increments when running distance, I've done that and it's really been helping me to push just a little further and a little further, I'm really excited and I just know this has been great for my overall energy, health, and positive attitude.

I tell you what getting married and running my own business is not an easy task to take on at the same time and the stress level is not condusive to weight loss but I've been really smart and consistent about it and exercising has really helped me maintain focus and keep my energy level up, plus when you exercise you don't want to undo all your hard work by eating junk so it really has helped me make healthier choices!

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SARAHABROAD 1/29/2009 11:11AM

    Way to go!!! It feels so good to run, doesn't it. And it can make a whole day of tension disapper!

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I Ran A Mile!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ok so it may not seem like a big deal but I ran a MILE! Without stopping on my treadmill, a 14min/mile, which is like between 4.5 and 4.8 mph. I can't remember the last time I was able to run a mile without stopping!

I think it was in 8th grade before I had boobs!

I wanted to die but I kept telling myself, "You're a strong and powerful person, you can do it!" Sometimes to myself and sometimes out loud. I don't recommend saying it out loud unless you have a treadmill at home:)

I'm not great in the cardio area, I have little stamina so one of my new goals is to be able to run a mile with ease and slowly improve my time. It's a really great way to get a quick work out in too.

I love hiking and this will definitely help with my long hikes. I always envy those people who run and hike and do other outdoor activities in the winter time, I want to be one of those people one day. I have a new found long term goal of also running a marathon. It's important to me to be competitive with myself and I push my personal boundaries. I want to keep my heart healthy and pumping with ease, it's important to me to have a strong heart muscle for loving and for my health:)

My goal for one year from today is to run a half marathon!

That's 13.1 miles right? Yes so it's on, my goal is to run 1 mile with ease and build each month till I can run a half marathon, so I guess the next step is to find one in my area!

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LINDSEY326 1/27/2009 6:26PM

    congrats on the mile. I know the feeling of finally getting through and feeling great about it. Just this past week, i finally got back to running a mile without stopping and it felt great. Keep going, slow and steady and eventually (and more likely sooner rather than later) you'll get to increase the speed. Best wishes, keep running!

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SARAHABROAD 1/23/2009 3:33PM

    Way to go! Now that you've done the one mile, you'll start to see developments quickly. If you can, I recommend that you try to run outside every once in a while, because it is a bit different than running on the treadmill and it will help you push yourself toward that half marathon!

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EASAGREDO 1/23/2009 3:09PM

    Way to go! That first mile is the hardest. After it, though, you'll soon be thinking..."if I did one, I can do two. I f I can do two, I can do three.... etc." My strategy when I run...break it up into quarter mile segments. I push myself to do just another .25, and pretty soon find myself having run an extra mile.
Best wishes on your goals for a marathon!

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Wedding Dress!

Friday, January 16, 2009

My wedding dress is in! I'm excited, nervous, just every emotion imaginable! I've been saying for months since I got engaged 9 months ago that I needed to loss weight and was "trying." I wasn't really trying I felt like I had all the time in the world but when you want to loose 40lbs the healthy way you need a year or more which I don't have now.

My goal has changed I don't really care if I loose 40lbs before my wedding I just want to look smooth and healthy. And I don't want to loose weight just for my wedding I want this to be a permanent lifestyle change, I never had a problem with weight until I after college I didn't realize I couldn't still eat like a horse, I thought I it wouldn't happen to me and I didn't think I was as much of a chunky butt as I was until it was time to dress shop!

I do want to look my best on my wedding day but don't want to loose the important of why I'm gettin married and the man I'm getting married to over fitting into a dress.

I have to say it was a major psychological switch that went off in my head almost a panic mode like OMG my dress is in how can I drop 15lbs in a week so at my first fitting I'll look good, um crazy right? But that was my first thought and honestly before I even started loosing the weight my fiancee said to me umprompted, "you're going to be a sexy bride!" Just goes to show they love you at any size but you should want to be healthy for your future family. Which is my ulitmate goal, I want to form excellent habits now so I don't pass on this crazy world of fad diets and poor self image and self esteem to my kids!

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SARAHABROAD 1/18/2009 4:26PM

    Hi there! Great to hear that you are feeling positive about this lifestyle change and you're approaching the upcoming wedding with a healthy attitude toward your shape and your health! You will look amazing on the day.

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