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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?

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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JAZZID 7/4/2011 4:38PM

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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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    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 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.


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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!


MA_DIDDLES post made me giggle :)

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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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Don't Pre-Load Your Fork

Monday, June 06, 2011

This is a really simple tip that I heard somewhere lately (I think it was a Weight Watchers meeting): Don't pre-load your fork. Wait to put more food on it before you are done chewing and swallowing the current bite.

I have a deserved reputation among family and friends for being a very fast eater. This is going to sound like a excuse akin to "The devil made me do it", but I really was born this way: There are literally photos of me screaming because my poor mother (who looks caught between amusement and horror) is not shoveling my baby food into my mouth fast enough. When I went off to boot camp I got faster yet. Then add motherhood to the mix and I developed the ability to positively inhale my food.

But when following the "Don't pre-load your fork" rule, I have to pay attention to my food and the process of eating. This helps me to feel more satisfied, which, in turn makes me less likely to overeat.

Nothing horribly earth-shaking, but perhaps it can help someone else.

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HEALTHDUDE 6/12/2011 10:10AM

    It's a great tip but.....remember this one your mother told you..."Chew your food twenty times before you swollow!"

Yea that really worked.

I eat fast, really fast, faster than my dog. If there was a Super Hero of fast eaters, I would be on that poster. Now, I don't eat like a slob, nor make alot of noises. See, I've perfected nice eating habits at an incredible rate of speed. So I must work very hard at slow eating - my talking. I talk while while food is in front of me. It slows me down to a "normal" rate of eating. Try It.


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ALESHABEE 6/10/2011 10:33PM

    Thanks! Great tip :-)

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CCSDESTINY 6/10/2011 2:18PM

    I love these short cuts and they do work when I remember. My problem is when i get hungry LOOK OUT! I dont remember until I am nearly finished with the damage.

Thanks for sharing, every time I see these reminders it helps!

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KRISTI2661 6/9/2011 6:50PM

    Love it. Always looking for easy sayings that can trigger reminders. My other current favorite is "hunger is not an emergency." Thanks for sharing this!

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TJBLEEKER 6/9/2011 2:58PM

    Good pointer!

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KIMMAS82 6/8/2011 12:42PM

    Great tip!!

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CONTUSIONS2012 6/8/2011 12:28PM

    Great tip! I also have the ability to inhale my food, usually finishing long before my meal companions. Iíll have to give this a try.

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CHUNKY-DUBSTEP 6/8/2011 10:23AM

  If there's one thing we're similar in is our velocity in which we consume food. My family would always make fun of me on this, and my girlfriend looks at me in horror as she takes her 3rd bite of food and see's my food being devoured.

Great Read

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EMPTRS 6/7/2011 10:49AM

    Love this idea-such a great plan!!! Thanks for sharing-I definitely have problems with pre-loading and shoveling!!! But now I will try to be more self-aware!!!

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PAULAMARIEF 6/7/2011 10:47AM

    Thanks Nancy.

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SARAHNICOLE__17 6/7/2011 2:33AM

    Chewing food properly is so crucial! For so many different reasons. What a great post! It really makes you think.

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KOOZIE1 6/6/2011 10:56PM

    Oh yes this IS me - especially once you have kids. They ask SO MANY QUESTIONS when we eat that I feel like I "have" to shovel in it.
We now have a rule that if someone asks you a ? while you are eating, you just point to your mouth showing that you are chewing. And then everyone waits PATIENTLY while you finish your bite. And it WORKS!
Great post!

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GETSTRONGRRR 6/6/2011 10:16PM

    Great idea, thanks!

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MISSYGEEN 6/6/2011 8:44PM

    Thanks for the tip. I grew up a very slow eater. I was always the last one left at the table. I was forced to sit and eat everything on my plate. I have know idea when it happened but now I eat so fast I don't even notice how good it is until its gone and must have seconds. I've tried counting but that's not a song I want to hear over and over in my head. I have to write this one down. Too bad I was reading this as I was finishing my last bite of pre-loaded forkful salad. Well, at least it was a salad. emoticon

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ONEWAYALI 6/6/2011 7:06PM

    Thanks for posting that tip! I am such a fast eater (perhaps because my mom is as well?) and I am always done with my plate before I even realize it! My boyfriend is usually sitting across the table, with 3/4ths of his plate full, with a look of disbelief!!

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DREMARGRL 6/6/2011 6:44PM

    Fabulous tip, NancyAnne. I shall pass this along with the "dip the fork in Balsamic vinegar before piercing the lettuce" rule. Have a fab new week! Xo MaryAnn
PS I must confess....I know most of the rules, but I don't always follow them. MY BAD! lol.

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10 Things That Might Surprise You About Me

Saturday, May 21, 2011

1. I eat. A lot. I enjoy a large volume of food and this helps to keep me from binging. My secret? My plate is piled high with non-starchy vegetables, and I have gi-normous salads often. To season my veggies I sprinkle on various seasonings, but most often I just use salt, pepper, and lemon pepper (the secret here- no butter or oil!).

2. I eat out often. I have to. Right now I am raising my daughter alone, plus I have an adult handicapped son that she and I frequently spend time with (my husband lives and works far away). As the sole driver for her many activities I just don't have time to do as much cooking as I would like. Plus, I really enjoy letting someone else do the dishes. I always look for places that have healthy options at a great value.

3. I rarely share my meals. I'll let you have a taste, and I might taste yours, but it's my food, and I'm hungry! If it's a day where I need to be careful I'll order a grilled chicken salad and have them hold the cheese and crunchy things (Dressing is always on the side and I fork-dip), or get the baked chicken with broccoli and baked potato (toppings again, always on the side and I use sparingly). If I feel like splurging I work it into my daily macronutrients, but I'll be eating the whole danged thing, thank you very much!

4. I'm not careful at all about sodium. Yes, I know this is evil, but the rest of my diet is pretty tight (most of the time), so I've been letting myself have this one. I imagine there will be a day when I start to work on this, too, but not today. :-)

5. I have an intense sweet tooth. A couple of times a week I'll have a few cookies or a small ice-cream cone or some other yummy thing. I've found that as I've gotten leaner I can afford to do this less and less, but the fact is that I have a sweet tooth and to deny it entirely is unreasonable, if not impossible.

6. I usually take weekends completely off from exercise. I do long and hard workout sessions most weekdays, but I don't want to have to worry about going to the gym on the weekends- they're for me and my kids.

7. I binge. This is a hard one to admit, but it does happen sometimes. Thankfully, not as often as it used to, but occasionally I do go nutz with the eating. This is a psychological (and sometimes hormonal) issue, and I'm working on it. But it still happens from time to time. (It usually starts with peanut butter.) The difference from now compared to when I was heavy is that I no longer view it as utter failure and allow it to send me into a downhill spiral of continuing to eat like crap for days on end. I start fresh the next day and really clean up my diet to help off-set the damage by reducing carbs, being careful about sodium, and making sure to get plenty of lean proteins, non-starchy veggies,and water to help the garbage I ate move out of my system. I also try to get in a little extra cardio the next few days to help burn the stored glycogen from the binge out of my system before too much of it can get converted to fat.

8. I take at least a week off of exercise every 10 weeks or so. This varies according to A.) How intensely I have been working out and 2.) What is going on in my life. When I am really hitting the gym hard, the break will come closer to the 8-week mark. When my intensity level isn't so high, I'll take a break every 12. These breaks are important to both my fitness and mental well-being, and I look forward to them.

9. I usually go for the full-fat/higher calorie version. Fat free sour cream? Way to ruin a perfectly good taco! Light mayo? Would rather have a scraping of the full-fat on my sandwich. Deserts made with Splenda and apple sauce in place of the oil? Forget it! I'd rather have a little of the "real" stuff than a bunch of bad-tasting (and unsatisfying- at least to me) low-cal stuff. And don't lecture me about how much worse this stuff is for my body. I know, and I'm eatin' it, anyway.

10. I eat a great, big breakfast. I mean, huge. It's calorie dense and yummy, although usually very healthy. A typical breakfast for me is 1/2 C of dry oatmeal (this makes a pretty big bowl of oatmeal, BTW) with a chopped up apple cooked in it and about a teaspoon of Smart Balance Margarine and cinnamon mixed in. I'll eat along side this a whole egg scrambled with 1/2-3/4 C of egg beaters or egg whites. I like to start my day with a full belly.

Being fit is work, but I am far from perfect, and there are some things I just won't compromise on. Maybe some of these things will change as I progress (#7 would be a great one to lose!). But if none of them do, I'm not kicking myself.

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    Excellent blog.

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DVASQUEZ 6/6/2011 7:14PM

    Thanks for sharing! Love reading your blogs!

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DAISY4114 6/1/2011 3:23PM

    Thanks for being so truthful. I believe that the journey I'm on now is a lifestyle. I'm not going to give up the desserts and other favorites, but I'm not going to have them all the time nor in as large a portion as I've had in the past.

Thanks for being a great role model.


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EDWARDSC393 5/24/2011 11:43AM

    I agree about eating more , but clean. My body needs the food every 3 hrs. Glad you wrote this blog, so many people are lowering their calories too much, then they can,t understand why they don,t lose weight! Thx, for teaching! Cherie

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REBYTR 5/23/2011 11:14AM

    Thank you for posting this! I can relate to everything you said!

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JENNJO322 5/23/2011 9:57AM

  Thanks for this blog, I was struggling with the real vs. no fat low fat versions, but you're right a scraping of real mayo once in a blue moon isn't so horrible!! Thanks Nancyanne for your sensibility!!

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MISTYMOVIN 5/23/2011 8:25AM

    As always, awesome and sensible blog! I love the no substitutions. I use real butter (sparingly), since I'd rather have the real deal. I do get reduced fat sour cream lol, but never fat free, yuck. Have you tried the Kraft Olive Oil Mayo? It's pretty yummy!

Salt is my downfall, I love tortilla chips. I've gotten to where I'll buy a bag of chips and salsa every other week instead of every week, hehe. And chugging that water like a mad woman.

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TABS17 5/22/2011 8:45AM

    I am so with you on the low fat junk! lol If I am going to eat something of that nature I am going to enjoy it. Plus I am not a fan of all of the chemicals used to reduce the fat. I never use artificial sweeteners. If I want to sweeten something I will toss in a bit of sugar. It is rare anymore but I still will stick with this plan!! Sour cream is occasionally yummy!!

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LAXMOM167 5/22/2011 7:51AM

    Love this blog!!! I could relate to a lot of #'s!! You are so fit and I am happy to hear about your time off from working out. I thought it was me...losing the mojo after weeks of hitting the gym and road! Thanks again.

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    I definitely agree with #9, when I tell people I've been able to lose weight while eating real cheese and having full-fat versions of things they feel like I am lying to them. I cook with real sugar and I find that it's easier to have just one cookie than have a bunch of them because I'm searching for that taste of real sugar.

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SUNSHINE667 5/21/2011 8:31PM

    Thanks for sharing your honesty! I don't have a sweet tooth (my husband does) and I'm not an emotional eater, but I love a glass of red wine here and there. I too feel that if I want something, I should be able to eat, enjoy it and move on. Good rules to live by!!

You have done well and look emoticon

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BOBINVA 5/21/2011 8:27PM

    Amazing. Loved #2. None of that is easy, but you seem to be able to fit it all in. Great job.

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ALESHABEE 5/21/2011 8:24PM

    Thanks for sharing this and for your honesty!! I too have binged one too many times in the past. Mine are usually triggered by emotions and I have had to be extra careful to ensure I keep myself super organized, happy and satisfied during competition prep to avoiding binging. The times that I have become overwhelmed I have literally had to talk myself out of it, and I have a 1L bottle of water stashed on my kitchen counter that get guzzled when the self-talk doesn't work :-D It's been hard but it gets easier with each day :-) We eat pretty much the same breakfast, lol, I have peanut butter for my fat and swap the apple for strawberries...yumm!!

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MUSCLES586 5/21/2011 8:06PM

    Absolutely LOVED your blog! BTW, you look AMAZING in your picture!

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MRSAWILEY 5/21/2011 6:27PM

    I usually tell people to go for the full fat version of things. Yogurt for example, when you go for the low fat or fat free versions, it has way more sugar in it. So pretty much they're making up for the lack of fat by adding sugar. Not much better in my opinion.

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THEHONESTME 5/21/2011 5:38PM

    It's nice to know you're just as human as the rest of us. Sometimes we look to people who are "there" and think they don't have or haven't had the same struggles. It's comforting to know that you do -- thanks for sharing!

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COCOAMARIA 5/21/2011 4:56PM

    Thanks for the blog! We all neeed to hear that someone is not perfect but is cleary still encouraging to us all. Thanks to you I am finally losing weight again down to 122 emoticon

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KOOZIE1 5/21/2011 3:57PM

    Your honestly is so refreshing and I KNOW that it helps SO MUCH for SO many. I am the exact same on #1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 10. Good minds & bodies (except #7 :) act alike. I just need to work on the "taking an exercise break" waaaaaaaaay more often.
Thanks for sharing!!!

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CICI510 5/21/2011 2:53PM

    It's nice to know that I am not alone on the sweet tooth thing. That is my biggest OMG and I wish I could change it but now I'm trying to embrace it and find healthier sweet tooth options. Thanks for another awesome blog!!

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HDHAWK 5/21/2011 2:35PM

    Love it and your honesty! I have trouble with a binge now and again too and am working on it.

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SNOOPY-ACE 5/21/2011 2:14PM

    GOOD 10 RULES! emoticon

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RAIDAN988 5/21/2011 1:07PM

  I'm glad your honest with yourself, something some people may forget on their journey. And you still look great too! emoticon emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 5/21/2011 1:06PM


Nr 2 it is impossible with 2 ADHD teenagers-to take them both into town.. Son Nr 2 gets hyper and Nr 1 gets upset at him for embrassing us and I get stressed keeping them a part.. Nr 3, I am getting better at, I draw the line at invading fingers- if there is more in the pot or pan take it from there.. Nr 9 is getting alot easier especially when it doesn't any longer affect my weight since I strength train..

Great blog

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MISSYGEEN 5/21/2011 12:55PM

    I too still binge every now and then but it is no longer an excuse to throw in the towel and it is happening less and less.

What are the names of the restaurants where you can get healthy yet reasonable meals. I don't eat out a lot but would like to make good choices when I do.

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Make Sure Your Trainer or Nutritionist is Qualified

Friday, May 13, 2011

Make sure that who you hire as a Personal Trainer or Sports Nutritionist is qualified to help you. Here's a few tips:

- Ask to see their certification. In person, either a personal trainer or sports nutritionist should be able to show you a little card given to them by their accredited organization that tells when their certification expires. When working with a trainer long-distance they should be able to send you to a profile on-line with the organization they are certified by. I'm not trying to solicit business, but just so that you can get an idea of what I'm talking about, here's mine:

- Watch out for their phrasing when they discuss who they are certified with. For instance, if they say "I have been certified with", and then rattle off a bunch of accredited organizations, beware! This probably means they are not currently certified. It also means they are trying to be deceitful. Do you want to pay money to someone who is trying to deceive you from the get-go?

- While personal trainers can legally give you some help with diet, to hold the title "Sports Nutritionist" a person must have a degree in a related field (duh!), and in most states they also need an additional Sports Nutritionist certification. If you ask to see the certification, you can pretty much know that they have the degree. So a chef who is also a personal trainer does not a Sports Nutritionist make.

Here's an article on it, if you want a little more info:

And trust me, you won't have to ask if they have a degree- any accredited Sports Nutritionist will let you know right off of the bat that he or she has a bachelors in Sports Nutrition. If they don't, either start asking questions or run away!

- Just because someone is a sports nutritionist does not mean they are a personal trainer, although changes are they will also have that certification, as well, because it just makes sense.

Why is certification so important? Because we have to keep our certifications current, which means we are taking CEC courses, which means we are learning the latest in at least one area of our field. I have taken CEC courses in lifestyle and weight management, women's fitness, targeting exercise specifically for the clients needs, and senior fitness. Additionally, at least with ACE, we get a monthly publication that keeps us abreast of all that is the latest and greatest in the health and fitness world. When someone has access to the very latest information (I usually find out about it before non-certified people do) , they can give you the best help possible.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DETERMINED56 6/19/2011 8:02AM

    Great advice. I truly lucked out with my pt. Has the right accreditations, knows his stuff and has been integral in a total lifestyle change. I whined a lot in the beginning but I really feel that he is the best.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 6/18/2011 7:58PM

    Great reminder . This is an interesting topic in a field which is largely unregulated.

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DREMARGRL 6/18/2011 7:33PM

    You've come a long way, baby! Congrats! XO emoticon, NancyAnne

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NSG4729 6/18/2011 7:06PM

    Thanks for the great advice!

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LUVYA04 5/21/2011 3:27PM

    Thank you

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APMAC_D 5/18/2011 10:25AM

    Very good information to know

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JAZZID 5/17/2011 11:06PM

    Nancy, thanks so much for all the information. ~ Dee

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JENERIN01 5/15/2011 5:26PM

    This is really good advice, thank you.

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AARONSGIRL420 5/15/2011 4:39PM

    Thank you for great advice.

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_FITMAMA 5/14/2011 4:32PM

    Great advice!

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ONEWAYALI 5/13/2011 9:32PM

    Thanks for all your great blogs, Nancy!

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CICI510 5/13/2011 3:02PM

    That is so true!

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EDWARDSC393 5/13/2011 3:00PM

    You,re right Nancy, a lot of people are not qualified. Glad you brought this up! Cherie

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KERRYG155 5/13/2011 1:49PM

    Good points. It's also important to ask around and see what others think of the person and find out if they have experience in people with your same needs.

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