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FAT and Hungry

Sunday, May 18, 2014

This week my Spark Friend Katie got me thinking about obesity and will power. Am I fat because I lack will power? If I just had more will power, would I no longer be fat?? There’s an interesting article in today’s NY Times titled “Always Hungry? Here’s why”. The authors pose the question “ Are we fat because we overeat or do we over eat because we’re fat?” and suggest that the simple solution is to not overeat by exerting more willpower. The problem, they point out is that this advice usually doesn’t work for most people in the long term.

Why do we have a biological drive to overeat? Basically ,the authors content that the issue is metabolism. Cutting calories leads to weight loss but it can also backfire as it increases hunger and slows metabolism. The increasing amount and processing of carbohydrates in American diets has led to increased insulin levels. Thus not all calories are created equal. There’s more to the equation that just calorie restriction (not that calorie count is irrelevant – it’s just not the best strategy for weight loss for most people.) So what should we be doing if we want to lose weight and keep it off? Make these lifestyle changes – reduce consumption of refined grains, concentrated sugar and potato products- avoid highly processed foods loaded with rapidly digested carbohydrates

Although what they say about metabolism is not new, it’s an interesting article and I’d encourage you to read the whole thing

  
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TRAVELGRRL 6/8/2014 7:39PM

    My mother is 80 years old, 5' 4" and weighs 104 pounds. She admits she's "hungry all the time." I have decided I don't want to live like that.

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THEGROOVYCHICK 5/18/2014 1:13PM

    Reducing carbs is the only way I seem to lose weight. It's a little hard at first, but you get used to it. And I feel so much better. emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 5/18/2014 10:25AM

    Excellent blog Jane, Since I've been diabetic, I am learning a lot about food, the different calories, carbs, what to eat with what..gets so darned confusing.'

Since my surgery have been feeling unwell, and eating very little, hasn't made that much difference on the scale...makes one wonder, what exactly is the right diet for me.? What works for one, doesn't necessarily emoticon work for another!
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Gratitude

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Gratitude Journal

There are so many things to be grateful for:

1. For all those in the healing professions – especially the Dr. who kindly stayed late yesterday to see me and who gave me a cortisone shot to relieve the terrible pain in my shoulder.

2. For general good health so that I can laugh and play and enjoy life.

3. For my wonderful family, for DH who is always there for me, for DS, DD, DSiL who are the light of my life, and for 3 DGDs who make us all a full family.

4. For wonderful friends and for the new friends I have yet to meet

5. For furry friends who are always happy to see me

6. For good food – so many fresh fruits and veggies- and for people to share it with

7. For opportunities to exercise- with lots of choices- like our YMCA.

8. For Spark friends -- who may not live close but who are always there to give support.

9. For the robin sitting in the tree by my window – who is a sure sign of hope for spring although still surrounded by snow.

10. For the promise of tomorrow and the chance to do things better.

  
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TRAVELGRRL 3/8/2014 5:40PM

    Gratitude is such an underrated mood enhancer! I love your list. Viewing life with gratitude for what we HAVE rather than focusing on what we LACK is really empowering. ((hugs))

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CATLOVER110 3/6/2014 8:12PM

    Wonderful list!

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AMARILYNH 3/6/2014 6:17PM

    I fully believe that the more gratitude we show the more blessings we receive!! Great blog!!

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PEGGYO 3/6/2014 3:07PM

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THEGROOVYCHICK 3/6/2014 11:56AM

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LETHA_ 3/6/2014 11:32AM

    Great list.

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-BLESSINGS- 3/6/2014 10:29AM

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BLESSings ALLways ~Deby

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FreshFoods from small farms

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My spark friend Letha asked me to let her know what our Farm Sahre was like. so here goes.
Today we got our first "share" from Field Foods - that delivers weekly from small farms in the upper Hudson Valley. The cost for a 2-3 people is $25. and here's what we got:

Lots of micro greens (enough for several salads for all 3 of us)
Good sized bag of spinach
Good sized bag of baby lettuces _ Bibb lettuce
Gala Apples
Russet potatoes
1 HUGE Macomber turnip - which is supposed to be sweet and creamy and comes from heirloom seeds.
One frozen tomato sauce ( all seeded and no skins)
One bag of frozen blueberries

We also ordeeed one share of cheese - Yummy cheddar cheese curds
and one share of pasta - fresh made spinach pappardelle

Now the best part of all this is that you can cancel at any time or change your order to a bigger or smaller amount. I am excited to see what interesting things we may try in the future. It's not inexpensive but it is a good way to get fresh, local produce and to support our local farms. I'm going to try it for awhile and see how it goes. Plus it forces me to go to the Y on Wednesdays! emoticon emoticon
Tonight's supper is going to be Cod (from the North Atlantc), turnips and a salad of micro greens and tomatoes with pumpkin seeds emoticon

  
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KATIE5668 2/21/2014 12:46PM

    we just found a local supply ...but it is like a left over from sales or nearly out of date items ..either way ...fresh is fresh & if the cereal or such is Really Out of date..as in spoiled...hey ..chicken feed!! or to the neighbors hog...at least it is not going into the trash aye!

will be at the farmers market to supplement what I cannot grow come time..

Have a great weekend All..

thanks Jane for the info!

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MYTHMYTH 2/20/2014 12:33PM

    The Macombeer turnips were really MILD. Interesting.
We had tried a CSA (small share) two summers ago with terrible results. The people who set it up knew a lot less about gardening than they should have. They knew a lot less than I did. We got very little produce from them that summer (I got much, much more from my tiny garden). And the following year they had the nerve to change the name of their CSA and lure other unsuspecting people. So my advice to anybody who has to sign up for a year long share - check out the track record of the CSA.

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HARRIET8AL 2/20/2014 8:22AM

    I always buy the local produce at the farm stands, farmer's markets and even our grocery store will buy in bulk and post a sign to let us know which farm the produce is from :-). I've never heard of a farmer's co-op around here. It looks like a great opportunity for fresh produce. Thanks for the info!

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MERRYMARY42 2/19/2014 9:06PM

    I have heard of these farmer co-ops, I guess about the same thing, my niece had them delivered weekly to her job place, and it was all local and fresh, she shared with me often emoticon

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THEGROOVYCHICK 2/19/2014 8:39PM

    I've always wondered how those things worked. Thanks for posting! emoticon

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MALAMI518 2/19/2014 8:34PM

    Very nice! My mother-in-law used to farm organically and had a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in the spring/summer months along with doing a Farmer's Market. She still farms for herself/family but not nearly as much. We used to go help her out on Fridays when she packed and distributed her shares. In return we also got to pick from the food that she had available that week.

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COOLMAMA11 2/19/2014 7:02PM

    sounds great Jane..enjoy those nice fresh foods. I too have never heard of a macomber turnip..will be watching for that also!

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LETHA_ 2/19/2014 6:02PM

    Nice basket. I've never heard of a Macomber turnip. I'll have to keep an eye out for one off those. Thanks for sharing.
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2014 Goals - February Check in

Monday, February 03, 2014

I have been reading the blogs of two spark friend MALAMI518 and TRAVELGRRL, who have been doing monthly updates on their progress toward their goals. That monthly review seems like a really good idea to me - especially in regard to making changes. So I've taken a close look at my goals and revised them (and I invite your suggestions for improving them). I've revised my step count since my fitbit doesn't count my workout if I am on the elliptical or the bike. Plus our cold weather makes walking outside questionable until spring. Instead put the focus on days of fitness (at least 30 min - but typically 45-60 min)

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1. Lose 2 % body fat and get to goal of 199 pounds by July 2014
• FITNESS - emoticon 5 days of exercise each week (2 strength)
find a strength routine to do at home - buy some 10 lb weights
emoticon 10,000 steps once a week
emoticonTRACK nutrition daily
emoticon MINDFUL -Stop eating when I am 80% full

2. Get organized
• Devote 5 hours per week to a house project
• Plan menu for week – include 2 snacks each day
• Plan and stock ingredients for 2 emergency “fast” meals

3. Revisit these goals on the first of each month to note progress and make revisions as necessary.

  
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MALAMI518 2/3/2014 9:05PM

    Great goals...specific and measurable! I think revisiting them once a month not only keeps them fresh but allows us to change what isn't working instead of feeling that we've failed. Flexibility is important.

I think I'll use the emergency meal idea. That is a really good idea.

I didn't realize that the Fitbit doesn't work on the elliptical either. It definitely shorts my steps when I'm on the Nordic Track ski machine.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/3/2014 11:53AM

    Hey, thanks for the shoutout!

I'm thinking reviewing our goals is a great way to keep them in the forefront of our minds.

Your goals look great!

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LETHA_ 2/3/2014 10:21AM

    Great post! I like that your goals are very specific and measurable.
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NEW_PARADIGM 2/3/2014 10:19AM

    Sounds like a great plan!
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SAPHRAEL 2/3/2014 10:10AM

    Great idea to set goals and assess your progress!

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COOLMAMA11 2/3/2014 9:59AM

    Great goals Jane..I too keep emergency meals on hand, often take a day to cook and freeze portion sizes! You are doing great, keep up the good work!

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THEGROOVYCHICK 2/3/2014 9:44AM

    Great Goals! I especially like the one for the emergency meals. I think I will start doing that too. Sure beats eating out. emoticon emoticon

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Approaching Retirement

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Such a busy time of year! emoticon Holiday lunch with colleagues today…friend making dinner for us tonight…..haven't yet planned my meals for the rest of the week but I am pretty sure there are no calories left to eat!
As December ends, my retirement begins. This week will be my last one at my present job - I will finish up two grants over the next year but I will no longer do teaching or do administrative work. Cleared out most of my office today -packed up all of the personal stuff. Will finish up wit the files and other things by Friday. I am thankful for the many wonderful opportunities that I have had - and for so many good colleagues and students who have now gone on to be excellent teachers themselves. I will certainly miss working with them and I am wondering how I am gong to handle retirement ……about what I will do…about how things will change. But at least the should be time to read the spark chat threads!

  
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TRAVELGRRL 1/1/2014 3:17PM

    When I cleaned out my office and said goodbye to students and staff, it seemed like my world had ended! But I soon made MYSELF my "job", and in the past year I have enjoyed more travel time with DH, more fitness center classes, and more time to cook and work on my health. You'll be amazed what you find to do! Trust me, you will not be bored!!! Happy New Year!!!

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KATIE5668 12/19/2013 12:32PM

    ahh ..now life really begins! what you want to do..on your time..when you feel like it!!
Congratulations & the only secret I have learned that is true...
Stay busy....

Merry Christmas to You!!

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COOLMAMA11 12/17/2013 7:15PM

    Congratulations on your retirement, Jane you will be surprised, you will find things to fill your time up!

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THEGROOVYCHICK 12/17/2013 6:09PM

    Congratulations on your retirement! emoticon

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CATLOVER110 12/17/2013 5:59PM

    Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement!

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