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Eat Breakfast!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

We've all heard the importance of starting our day off with breakfast, for not only weight loss but also general health. But I hear so many people say "I'm just not hungry when I wake up!'. While I normally don't advocate eating if you aren't at least a little hungry, breakfast is one time I break that rule.

Two reasons:

First of all, with breakfast you really are breaking the fast from the night before. To make a long metabolic description really short, when you are fasting your body will begin to turn to muscle for fuel. I don't know about you, but I've worked very hard for this muscle and I'd rather see it sitting on my body than being burned up as energy. So to keep as much muscle on our bodies as we can it's very important to eat breakfast and keep the fasting state from sleeping all night as brief as possible.

Secondly, I usually work out in the AM. I've done this both without eating breakfast and with. I note a big difference between my energy level in the gym when I eat first as opposed as to when I don't. I sure as heck don't want to spend any amount of time trying to better my body without the ability to put max effort into it- I don't have enough hours in my day to be wasting time like that, and I'm sure you don't either.

As for the "I'm not hungry" excuse, it won't last long! After a couple of weeks of eating breakfast as soon after rising as possible, you will start waking up hungry. These days I usually wake up pretty much starving and breakfast has turned into what is often my biggest meal of the day. This is a big departure from the gal who used to eat a very small breakfast in order to hoard up her calories so she could eat a big dinner.

Breakfast is usually my biggest meal in both calories and carbs now.

You don't have to start off with anything huge. If your appetite is virtually nonexistent first thing in the morning, just have a few bites of a good-quality protein bar and a drink of water. If you can handle a little more than that, have a scoop of protein powder in water and a small piece of fruit, or 1/4 cup of dry oats cooked and 1/2 C of cooked egg whites or egg beaters. As time goes on, you'll be able to eat more.

I record breakfast on Spark just about every day, either as "Before AM Workout" or "Breakfast", depending on if I worked out that day or not. If you like you can go back through my Shared Food and Fitness Logs and peek at what I've been having for some ideas. ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_tracker.a
sp?id=NANCYANNE55&dte=6%2F29%2F2011
Although I'll be honest- it's usually some variation of eggs and oatmeal, so you may not find it too exciting.)

As an aside, most days I also get my "after AM Workout" meal logged, as well. This might give people who are confused as to what to eat before and after working an idea of what they can do.

Breakfast is too valuable a meal with too many health and weight loss benefits to be skipping. It is really, truly, no-kidding important that you eat breakfast. So no more excuses! Time to start making your morning re-fuel a habit!

  
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MISSYGEEN 7/2/2011 10:44PM

    Lucky for me I love breakfast foods. I just choose healthier options now. I like to have something a little light before and a nice breakfast after. I used to like a tall glass of milk or muscle milk but I can't drink milk anymore. Need a new after workout drink.

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ALESHABEE 7/1/2011 8:54PM

    Agreed...I wake up starving. Breakfast of choice for me...oatmeal with PB, egg beaters with 1 egg and veggies and some kind of fruit. I think I can eat it every day for the rest of my life. Been eating it almost a year now and still not tired of it, haha.

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THEHONESTME 6/30/2011 8:42PM

    Great Blog! Breakfast is (and always has been) one of my favorite meals of the day! Now I especiallly look forward to Shredded Wheat with Almond Milk and 1/2 a grapefruit - Yum, can't wait for tomorrow's breakfast already :D

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MAJORMOM68 6/30/2011 12:09PM

    Breakfast was one of the hardest things for me to get used to. It has really helped though. Good blog!

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LUVYA04 6/30/2011 11:55AM

    Great Blog Nancy. I still struggle w/ the whole preparing of the Breakfast but I'm getting better.

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HEALTHYONE2008 6/29/2011 9:06PM

    Could not agree more, breakfast is a must. That is way it is call Break Fast. Like HEALTHDUDE said it be something that can be easy, such as a piece of fruit.

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FITPRIS 6/29/2011 7:17PM

    Right there with you on the eggs and oatmeal! Good blog!!

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HEALTHDUDE 6/29/2011 7:15PM

    I agree with everything you just said. And can add that with all the fruit that is available this time of year even when you are on the run you can grab a banana, pear, peach, nuts and protein bar and go!

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Video of Commercial

Monday, June 27, 2011


The commercial I shot recently for our local Gold's gym. The final version has the exact same footage, but instead of talking about working with the trainer it has me saying that the atmosphere is friendly and the facilities are complete. I think that was a wise change.

  
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JAZZID 7/4/2011 4:35PM

    Nancy, this wonderful!... emoticon... I don't have a Gold's Gym membership, but I do have a home gym and a lot of motivation.

Thank you so much for sharing and emoticon on your commercial... I loved it... You inspire me, always! emoticon ~ Dee emoticon

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CHICKENCHASER78 6/30/2011 9:43AM

    AWESOME! Great commercial! emoticon

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AMC120 6/29/2011 5:05PM

    Love it!!! emoticon

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MILLER*TIME 6/29/2011 9:30AM

    awww you are AWESOME!

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LAXMOM167 6/29/2011 6:21AM

    Great job! You inspire me and I don't even belong to Gold's Gym!!

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CCSDESTINY 6/28/2011 8:57PM

    You did a great job! Of course, I was looking at you coming through the door and I think you looked perfectly natural :) Awesome commercial - you have a great voice!

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GODZDESIGN95 6/28/2011 6:50PM

    You make it look easy! awesome as usual!

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CICI510 6/28/2011 4:12PM

    That is so awesome!!!!!

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EDWARDSC393 6/28/2011 11:35AM

    Glad I got to see this! You made it happen! I sitting here with ankle weights on, doing some leg and glute stuff in between reading e- mails. Have a good day! Cherie

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PINKBEANBOO 6/28/2011 10:31AM

    Your a natural - the camera loves you!
Thanks for sharing!

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JENNJO322 6/28/2011 10:04AM

  Nancy, THANKS so much!!! You are truly an inspiration to me as a 40 year old mother of three.

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_FITMAMA 6/28/2011 9:41AM

    GREAT JOB!!



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SARAHNICOLE__17 6/28/2011 2:13AM

    I absolutely loved this!!! Thank you for sharing with all of us.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/28/2011 1:26AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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MYWALK2FITNESS 6/27/2011 11:34PM

    Nicely done! You rock! emoticon

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_RACHEL 6/27/2011 10:46PM

    NancyAnne,
You did awesome! I'm so proud of you!
I come to your page whenever I need inspiration. And today seeing your commercial was great! I also birthed 4 children and man...... you again motivated me! Thank you so much!
emoticonBy the way I love your background pictures of Rachel Mclish!

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ONEWAYALI 6/27/2011 10:21PM

    That's awesome! You look wonderful!

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WIZKEY 6/27/2011 10:20PM

    Congratulations again Nancy!! That was so cool - I had to brag on you to the boys and make everybody watch it, LOL.

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SMILEFRECKLES 6/27/2011 10:12PM

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SUNNYBUNNY112 6/27/2011 9:51PM

    That was really cool! Great inspiration :)

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MINUS50PLUS00 6/27/2011 9:47PM

    Awesome...great job!!!
Great role model!!!

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MISSYGEEN 6/27/2011 9:33PM

    emoticon I had to watch it twice. I know what you mean about the cheers thing. Most of the trainers and the clerks behind the desk know my name. It feels great and tells me that I must come pretty often for them to know my name.

Cheers!

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THIRTEENREASONS 6/27/2011 9:03PM

    You look fabulous!!! You did great!

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HANKENSTEIN 6/27/2011 8:57PM

    Sweet, and inpiring. Awesome work, as always.

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THEHONESTME 6/27/2011 8:55PM

    AWESOME!!!! That is so cool!
Congrats - I know from what you said that it wasn't easy, but you made it look like it was!
You look fabulous btw! :)

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Commercial Shoot

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This blog is a little different than most of my blogs. I'm going to talk about an experience I had, at the request of my SparkFriend Kathy, AKA TheHonestMe.

I had the opportunity to do something truly unusual for me today: Shoot a commercial. Now, it's not a national commercial or anything that will be seen by millions of people, but it was still a big deal for me, because I've always dreamed of doing something like this but never had the opportunity.

My gym, Gold's Gym here in Wichita Falls Texas, has found itself with a new General Manager. Jenna is a friend of mine who has been working at the gym for 10 or more years now, since she was 16 years old. She has moved up through the ranks and finally found herself in the position of GM. I am really happy for her! She is making some wonderful changes, and after me winning the local 12-week challenge that was at the gym (free gym membership for a year. Yay!), she thought maybe I would be willing to shoot a commercial for them to help boost membership. I wasn't paid, of course, but it was still an honor to be asked and I would like to help my friend, so of course I said yes.

I was jittery before the shoot, but as time got closer to film I calmed down. I'd posted a status update here on Spark and on my facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy
-Anne/214680815221122
- like me so you can get my fitness updates and info! ) asking for prayer to calm my nerves, so it must have worked! Thanks to all of my praying Sparkfriends!

First of all, they did the interview portion. The gal asked me about things like what brought me to Golds, what motivated me to want to lose weight and get in shape, about the people at Gold's. Then she said she couldn't think of anything else and Jenna said she thought it was good. But I asked "Can I say one more thing?". I spoke from my heart about how I am 44 and no one special, that I've birthed four babies, am not athletic and have absolutely no agility or coordination, so if I can lose weight and get in shape, anyone really can do it. Jenna was so happy with me! She got all excited and said she was thrilled I'd interjected that. I have no idea which parts of the interview they will use, but I hope I gave them good stuff to work with.

Then it came time to do some actual exercising for the camera. We went into the women's only gym and I did some chest flyes on the cable machine (I tried to look like I was working hard- really the weight was down relatively low), and they got a shot of the pool over my shoulder while I walked on the treadmill. Then down to the co-ed lifting section where I did something I called reverse hack squats (It's like a hack squat machine, but you are facing down). They look kinda bad a*#, and I loaded 45-lb plates on there to make it look like I was pumping serious weight. Of course, it was my legs I was working and 90 pounds on legs is pretty light, but for the camera I thought those large plates next to my head might look more impressive.

Then I did a few other lifting exercises, ending with dumbbell shoulder presses. For that one I picked up a little bit heavier weights for me- 20 pound dumbbells- and put out about 14 reps. My exertion on those were for real! I was struggling to get the last couple out! Then we went into the cardio room and I did a little stretching for the camera.

At that point they wanted to get a shot of me walking in and waving to Randhal, the gal behind the desk. This is where I think it may have looked a little cheesy, because I simply do not wave at anyone when I come in. I swipe my card, say good morning, and get to work. So it took several takes (a couple because we were being silly, doing things like acting like we were running towards each other in slow motion, which set my kids, who were there, into a fit of laughter- Mom doesn't usually act goofy), before we finally got something that they may be happy with. But personally, I think that part is going to be unnatural-looking no matter what, because I was doing something that is not natural for me. I'm a horrible actress.

And then we were done. Jenna sent me a message thanking me, that she was really happy with how it went. She used the word "perfect", which I thought was kinda exaggerating, but still very nice. I was just glad that she was happy.

If I get a link to the commercial somehow on line, I'll post it here if folks would like that.

It's funny how being willing to have a big mouth about your weight loss story and trying to help others can branch into things you never thought would really happen: There is also a local photographer who has expressed interest in using me as a model to try some muscle-y type pictures, which he has never done before. Again, no pay there, but still very flattering and an experience that I am sure will wind up being a valuable one. And I may get some more good fitness pictures out of the deal, if it ever actually comes into fruition.

I don't have any type of fantasy that I'll become a fitness model or anything of the sort, but if I can use what I have worked for physically to help my friend boost the membership in our gym and look better for her bosses or bring in a bigger paycheck, or help a photographer find a new avenue to use his skills (we have NO fitness photographers here in Wichita Falls and I think it would be a valuable skill to have since we are 2 hours away from any significant cities), or motivate someone else to make themselves more healthy by any of the above means, I'm more than willing to put myself out there. Success for ones self is good, but success for the benefit of others is being who my Creator made me to be.

  
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MARINEMAMA 7/7/2011 7:30AM

    Awesome!!!!!

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PIP103 6/29/2011 8:13AM

    COngrats Nancy - love that you are spreading your inspiration! The video looks awesome!

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MISSYGEEN 6/26/2011 10:10PM

    That"s awesome! I hope that you get the link to the commercial. Congratulations on winning. Free membership for a year is nothing to sneeze at. Every bit of savings count. It's good that you want to help out your friends and their businesses. You must be so proud of your friend, I can just imagine a 16 year old girl starting out in the fitness industry of all businesses and moving her way up. that is wonderful.


If Spark had an award for trailblazers you would certainly be one of them.

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CCSDESTINY 6/26/2011 6:09PM

    Sweet! What a great experience! I hope you get a link so we can see!
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EDWARDSC393 6/25/2011 10:57AM

    Hi! Is there a way to bring your pics to Spark? I would love to see them. Having trouble with getting on facebook, not your fault, but my e-m changed. Now everything is screwed up. Including my work=outs! Cherie

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GODZDESIGN95 6/25/2011 5:40AM

    Impressive good for you!!! emoticon

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SARAHNICOLE__17 6/24/2011 6:03PM

    What a great opportunity! So happy for you. :)

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SHAKENBAKE 6/24/2011 12:26AM

    Hi Nancy, I would LOVE to see this but the site you listed does not work. Can you send it another way?? :) hugs, Wanda


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SUNSHINE667 6/23/2011 10:10PM

    Well you know I'd love to see your commercial! What an experience it is to live something you probably never dreamed of seeing yourself doing. You have always inspired me to do my best. I remember when you referred me, regardless of the situation, I would have never been able to get where I am today had you not reached out to me and helped me. You have helped so many people and I personally am very grateful!

I am very proud of you Nancy Anne!! You will always be my SHERO!!!
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ALESHABEE 6/23/2011 1:38PM

    Awesome Nancy...definitely post pics when you can! Would love to see them...I know that you have inspired me a lot on my journey and I'm forever grateful to you for that. I still remember one of the first things you said to me was..."Why all the fruit in your diet?" LOL. I now understand why gorging on fruit is not particulary good for getting lean. I still eat it daily but not nearly the quantity I used to, haha. I also remember thinking how in the heck does this lady drink over 1 gallon of water a day, LOL...now I drink 2+ gallons myself. Thanks so much for everything...I really mean that!!

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KITKA82 6/23/2011 10:33AM

    loooove it!

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TINARETTER 6/23/2011 8:35AM

    Way to go!!!

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TX.PATRICIA 6/23/2011 8:11AM

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SLBRANTLEY 6/22/2011 7:07PM

    How cool! emoticon

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LHIEBEL 6/22/2011 3:52PM

  What a fun and wonderful experience--pretty cool! Hope you can find a way to post a link so we can see it! Very excited for you that you got to do that! : )

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ALWAYSCHANGING 6/22/2011 12:24PM

    So proud of you! This sounds like it was a blast and a way to prove as well that all of your hard work has not gone unnoticed! Way to go Wonderwoman!!Today you win my Shero (female hero). emoticon

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BREEVES3 6/22/2011 11:49AM

    This sounds like it was a lot of fun, way to go!

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EDWARDSC393 6/22/2011 10:22AM

    I can only imagine how much of an ego boost that was! Awesome feeling, and knowing all your hard work is being noticed. Great blog! Cherie

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JENNJO322 6/22/2011 9:39AM

  I would LOVE to see the commercial. You are such an inspiration to me. Glad things are going well on your end!!! emoticon

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*ERICA* 6/22/2011 8:30AM

    Awesome! I'm so glad you had a good time! I'm sure it will be very inspiring to anyone that sees the commerical!

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BLACKJACK67 6/22/2011 8:29AM

    Can't wait to see it!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/22/2011 2:12AM

    That is so cool, Nancy Anne! I'm sure your commercial will inspire. Please post a YouTube when it's ready -- we'd love to see it.

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WIZKEY 6/21/2011 11:21PM

    Congratulations again Nancy and I hope you will be able to post the finished product - I would love to see it!!

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THEHONESTME 6/21/2011 10:47PM

    Sounds like an amazing experience! Thank you so much for posting! Proud of you, lady!! You're doing amazing things with your life - congrats!

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DONNA47FMFL 6/21/2011 10:22PM

    emoticon I knew you would do great!

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ATINYDANCER 6/21/2011 10:20PM

    Yay I am so happy for you and them...Good for you for going for it! It sounds like it went great! emoticon

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Another Product Recommendation: Micro Steamer

Friday, June 17, 2011

First off, I want to say that I am NOT a Pampered Chef consultant! (I don't even know a Pampered Chef consultant, come to think of it!)

Now I want to ask a question: Do you own a Pampered Chef Micro Steamer?

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I've had one of these things for YEARS and all I thought I could make in it was vegetables. It got quite the workout, but that was the limit of it's usage.

Then we went to visit my sister last Christmas, who pulled hers out and used it to make slow-cook oatmeal in the microwave. I was stunned! I'd been making my oatmeal the old-fashioned way on the stove before that. She just put the amount of dry oatmeal she wanted to cook in there, added as much water as she wanted, and nuked it for a few minutes. No boiling over (my common problem with making it in the microwave), no watching it on the stove constantly and stirring so that it doesn't burn to the bottom. She found it humorous that I was so amazed and said "It's good for more than just vegetables!".

So I went home and tried it for myself, and that thing has been getting a workout almost every day. As a matter of fact, I think I need to get a second one because I find myself washing the one I have every morning to have it ready to steam veggies that night. I think I might get the smaller one next time around.

At any rate, for 1/2 cup of dry oatmeal I put in about an equal amount of water (I like mine thick), put the lid on and nuke it for 2 minutes. Then when it's done I let it sit a minute or two to soak up any additional water that didn't get cooked into it. If it so happens that I put too much water in there and it's too soupy for me I just tip it over the sink, because the little steam holes also act as a strainer. Then I add whatever I like to it (this morning it was pureed pumpkin, maple syrup, stevia, and cinnamon- yummy!). After it's all mixed together I dump it into a bowl and enjoy.

If I am having eggs and oats, I'll make my eggs while the oatmeal sits after cooking and then scramble the cooked oats in at the end of the cooking time.

Great way to get a quick hot breakfast before hitting the gym!

Maybe everyone else already knew this, but I thought I'd pass it on to any of you who hadn't thought of it before.

  
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KJERSTEN4469 1/17/2012 4:49AM

  I forgot that i even have a micro steamer going to try this. Thanks

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CCSDESTINY 6/24/2011 4:31PM

    That is awesome!! i run my oats over almost every time I put them in the microwave if I dont stand there and look in. You'd think I'd have it mastered by now - I NEED THIS THING! :)

Thanks for the recommendation!

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THEHONESTME 6/18/2011 10:30PM

    Sounds like a great idea -- and the oatmeal sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!! BTW, I posted a 9-month update blog today comparing my first Rachel Mac Challenge pics against my pics from today. The change is amazing to me! I'm so glad I took those initial pictures now (wasn't so happy back then about it)
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MISSYGEEN 6/18/2011 3:41PM

    I love oatmeal and your ways sounds delicious. I have a co-worker who used to sell Pampered Chef products. She still occasionally throws a Pampered chef party. I see they have a rice steamer. How good is it for steaming brown rice?

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CICI510 6/18/2011 1:29PM

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FRENCHPRINCESSE 6/17/2011 11:55PM

    This looks like a great product!!!

I'll be giving it a try since I've been looking for another solution to make my oatmeal in the morning...

I probably won't use it for veggies though since I already have my system.



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ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/17/2011 11:05PM

    I actually use my rice cooker to make steel cut oats. So easy! But this is an even quicker way. Thanks for the tip!

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The Older You Are, The More You Gotta Move To Lose!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

When I was 34 years old I lost 30 pounds without exercise. I followed the Weight Watchers program (materials purchsed on Ebay because I was a broke single mother of four) and occasionally took short walks during my lunch at work. That was it. I lost at the rate of 1-2 pounds a week, just like I was supposed to. Back then it wasn't all that hard.

Fast forward: Now I'm 10 years older and if I were to do that now, my weight would not budge. Not a bit. I think this is typical for most of as as we get older (and for many people in general): If we don't move, we won't lose.

I know they say that diet is 70-80% of the weight loss battle, and to a degree I agree with that. Why? Because when I eat whatever I want while exercising I GAIN weight. But if I eat what I am supposed to and don't exercise, I stay the same or lose very, very slowly. That tells me the diet is more powerful in keeping fat at bay than exercise. But if I, and most other people in mid-life and older, don't exercise we are going to have trouble shedding serious pounds.

Barring a medical condition, the only time I have seen people drop serious weight over the age of about 40 without exercising is when they have tremendous amounts of weight to lose. At first, these folks can just follow a sensible eating plan and weight will come off at a fairly predictable pace. But I've noted that usually when people get to within about 60-70 pounds of their goal weight their loss will either slow down significantly or come to a standstill without exercise.

At this point, something has to change. After close examination of diet (Are they TRULY following the program? Getting enough protein? Too many calories? Too few calories? Eating often enough?), the next thing to look at is the dreaded E word: Exercise.

But here is the beautiful thing: If you have been sedentary, you don't have to spend hours in the gym every day. You can just go for a 20 minute walk. The important thing is that you go higher than your current exercise level most days of the week. Often this little bump in activity is enough to get the metabolism going and the scale moving downward again.

As time goes on, you may hit another plateau. Then it's time to re-examine your diet and exercise levels again. Assuming your eating plan is on target, it's time to bump up the exercise a little more. I know this stinks, but it's just what has to be done to lose weight as we get older.

One thing you need to keep in mind if you are new to exercise, or if it has been a long time (several months) since you have exercised, is that you do NOT want to start off all gang-busters. If you do this, one of two things will more than likely happen: You will either burn out or get hurt. Bodies need time to adjust. At first an easy walk will be enough. When you feel ready (make sure you know the difference between "not ready" and "lazy"), either pick up your speed or increase your time. When you get to where you can walk an hour (if you have that much time), it's time to pick up the pace. There is really not a lot of point in spending more than an hour doing cardio exercise, unless you are a distance athlete.

When you get to where you feel mentally ready, you can also start to add some weight lifting. But I've blogged about that before. The point of today's blog is that if you want to lose weight when you are middle aged and older (and some younger folks with slower metabolisms) you will probably have to exercise past your current activity level to see the scale move. This is a fact a lot of people don't want to face, but if you truly want to climb out from underneath your excess fat, you are going to have to get going!

Exercise is the key that unlocks the nutrition door so that your healthy eating plan can do it's job and move the excess fat off of your body. Just give in, accept it, and start moving. :)

  
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DENISEFORLIFE 7/28/2011 7:02AM

    im struggling with the belly fat and skinny leg syndrome...lol.. everytime i slip off my diet and hit taco bell i seee results in belly in next day,,,i kid not...i saw a movie on juicing that i want to try next with promising results...i knew a guywith great abs,,,he said he quit doing the hundred a day crunches and just focused and did 30 well done crunches a day and standing twisting at waist...changed his diet and behold dude had abs nex time saw him...i kid you not..more of everything doesnt necessarily work...

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DREMARGRL 6/25/2011 1:42PM

    Just have to say, NancyAnne......Midlife???? Mmmmmm. It just hit me THIS YEAR..... and I'm 63! lol. Carry on, sistah! You rock! xo MaryAnn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILLINITEACHER52 6/19/2011 1:01PM

  This is SO true! I will be 60 next year and am very thankful that I am able to be active in addition to watching what I eat carefully.

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MARINEMAMA 6/19/2011 12:22PM

    Great blog girl!!

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BLACKJACK67 6/18/2011 10:08PM

    I hear ya girlfriend. It's harder as we move further into our 40's!!

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DAISY4114 6/16/2011 10:25PM

    Gurl! You don't know the half of it!! It takes everything I have to get through my Zumba classes, BUT I DO IT!!! Anything that is worth having is worth working hard for!!

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GODZDESIGN95 6/16/2011 5:54PM

    THANKS For the reminder... emoticon

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HEALTHDUDE 6/15/2011 10:41PM

    Nancy - You inspire!

If people are not convinced to get off the couch after reading this blog, well...I don't know what will do it.

Exercise is the key to a health YOU!

The benefits of exercise go far beyond weight loss. To list all the health benefits would be lengthy but I'll give you a few, improved circulation, lower "bad" cholesterol, better sleep, improved bone density, to name a few (oh yea and did somebody mention weight loss). SP is filled with success stories - no need to look very far.

Nancy - your blogs hit my buttons. You know how to get me started.

Tony

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EDWARDSC393 6/15/2011 3:56PM

    Great blog! How well I know, been doing extra burst of sprints for 30 seconds to boost up. I love ST. Its not only for weight loss and body shaping, but it also protects the muscles and joints as we get older. In my yrs of being a hairstylist, I,ve heard a lot of stories about people falling and getting hurt. I,ve seen the difference in myself since last yr. Have more weight to lose, but I,m on my way! You are a lot of help! Thx, Cherie

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AMERAG 6/15/2011 2:46PM

    I just turned 34 and I have a very slow metabolism so it was very hard to lose the weight and you are right it is getting harder but I actually "feel" younger after the weight loss.Its amazing.we are all strong beautiful women, lets have some faith in ourself and we can do it!


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TJBLEEKER 6/15/2011 10:46AM

    I'm with you. We're about the same age and I have the same issues. I can gain weight in what seems like the blink of an eye. It is not something I can take my eye off of.

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MA_DIDDLES 6/15/2011 4:01AM

    The Older You Are, The More You Gotta Move To Lose!

Well, you aren't clicking your teeth there.

I am 72 and it seems next to impossible to lose.
I am not giving up. NEVER!
I do a lot of water aerobics, but if I fall down and can't get up I am in deep doodoo. But if I exercised out of the pool like I do in the pool - I would have heart failure. I feel like I can't win sometimes.

I have to get it off now while the getting is still good. I fear the time I won't be able to get out of a chair - then what?
with any luck, by then I will lose my appetite, Hopefully.

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EGR2BEME 6/14/2011 11:16PM

    Thanks for the blog! It has been tough for me to get moving...but I know that I need to emoticon JUST DO IT!!

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MADAMES 6/14/2011 11:12PM

    Thanks for a great blog! Evelyn



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ALESHABEE 6/14/2011 9:39PM

    Nice blog!!

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THEHONESTME 6/14/2011 9:21PM

    AMEN! At 52 years old, I can attest to the fact that it gets harder, but it's not impossible if you are willing to incorporate exercise in with nutrition. I've given in, I've accepted it, I'm moving AND I'm almost at my goal -- nearly 40 pounds lost! Thank you for stating this so precisely :) Well done, as always!

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NADJAZZ 6/14/2011 9:03PM

    Wow, I feel like you just got inside my head and wrote this blog just for me! I joined WW 8 weeks ago, hoping to lose more weight (I lost 10 lbs on my own). Although my team leader says you don't HAVE to exercise to lose weight (but they do encourage exercise), I find that following any eating plan just helps me maintain. I need to eat right AND exercise just to see 1-2 lbs of weight loss each week. So it's not just my voracious appetite? I'll blame it on my age, LOL! I just turned 55. As always, this has been an educational and motivating blog. Thank you, Nancy!

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CBOWER55 6/14/2011 9:02PM

  Sigh. Not only do I need to move, also need to do it first thing in the morning. Big bills, small income, many hours at work. When I get home no motivation left. But the beautiful thing is that moving and healthy eating reinforce each other. The better the diet (quality of food intake) the easier it is to get up and get going. The more I move, the more incentive I seem to be able to find to eat well.

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ASHARON 6/14/2011 8:39PM

    So so true.

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KIMA86 6/14/2011 8:29PM

    So true! It was much easier to drop the weight 10 years ago. Now that I'm 46, I can watch what I eat and exercise to shed only 1 pound or less per week - UGH!!! Oh, to be young again and have a faster metabolism. Although, I am working at getting that to a higher level (hopefully). Thanks for the reminder - it can get a little depressing to look at only tiny losses. I just have to think of the whole picture.

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