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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 (
- 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


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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, 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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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?

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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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 10/16/2014 1:45PM

    Great blog!

But it assumes you are using a fork and not inhaling something that does not require a fork over the sink.


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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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