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Don't Jack With Your Program!

Friday, December 28, 2012

You know what I think is one of the biggest reasons people don't lose weight on a program? Because they don't follow the program in it's entirety. They do part of it, but not all of it. They hire a coach and do the exercises he says but don't follow the eating plan. Or do a pretty good job of following the eating plan 5 days out of the week, but go off the rails and eat whatever they darned well please two. Or follow the eating plan perfectly but don't exercise the way he tells you to. Or decide they're going to have rice with dinner even though the coach told them to just have asparagus and fish. You get the idea.

Here's the thing: With most programs, whether they are a company-owned plan like Jenny Craig or a pricey one made by a coach personally for you, your best success is dependent on doing ALL of said program. It's made to work as a whole. You take one part of it out, and like the gears in a watch, either the whole mechanism stops working or it isn't nearly as effective as if you did the program in it's entirety.

Particularly i you are working with a coach, I would advise to put blinders on and just DO it. Don't read Weight Watchers material if you are following Julie Lohre's program. Don't decide it's time to brush up on the Paleo diet or read "The New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women" when you are paying Mike Davies to make a program for you. Why? Because in there somewhere is going to be something that isn't going to be what your coach or program has lined up specifically for you. They have you doing a particular program, either completely made or heavily tweaked for you, because in getting to know you a bit their instinct is telling them it will work. By taking in information from other sources you run the risk of doubting the effectiveness of what they have you doing. And with doubt comes lack of enthusiasm. And with lack of enthusiasm comes lack of adherence. And with lack of adherence comes lack of results. And who wants to pay someone the big bucks to create a program for them and not get results?

Commit to whatever plan you are doing in it's entirety. Focus like a laser beam, block everything else out, and just GO! Pick a plan, follow the WHOLE plan, and stick with it. You'll be the one getting the results while others are saying "This plan just doesn't work for me."

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IRP1114 1/12/2013 7:15PM

    So true. We need to have patience and give the plan a chance to work giving it 100%.

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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 12/30/2012 9:44PM

    I agree with you and since starting P90X, I am trying to stick to the diet and everything. It's a little harder though because I dont' have the shakes or meal replacement bars but I'm trying to stick to the macro percentages. I know I won't get the best results if I don't.

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HOLLY255255 12/30/2012 9:27AM

    Guilty emoticon
I never follow any of the diet plans from my workout videos. But I did lose weght because I tweaked my own food plan for food that was healthy, easy and that I like.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/30/2012 8:10AM

    You are very right. I tend to have program ADD and my lack of results speak for themselves.

TIme to pick a plan and stick with it!!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 12/29/2012 12:26AM

    Here I disagree with you. Every plan must have room for flexibility because one size does not fit all. Using the Weight watchers example, I many time had to change things up to jumpstart things when they weren't working anymore. It's like a tool box, but I don't have to use all the tools all the time.

In fact, I think Weight Watchers is the one of the more flexible plans. Paleo, for example, would fit in if I count the points and track everything.

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JULIA1154 12/28/2012 9:03PM

  I'd been coming to the same conclusion, that I was undermining my commitment (subconsciously) by just reading too many different fitness gurus.

Thanks for spelling it out so clearly and forcefully, Nancy. I think a bunch of us needed to read this!

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1EMMA2011 12/28/2012 8:46PM

    I couldn't agree more. Brilliant.


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PINKNFITCARLA 12/28/2012 8:09PM

    Great advice and so true! Thanks!

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HDHAWK 12/28/2012 7:58PM

    You are so right Nancy. I always want to rush the results and switch things around too often which makes the progress slow down instead. Patience!

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Have You Heard of Baking Eggs Instead of Boiling Them?

Friday, October 26, 2012

I love having hard boiled eggs around, but they can be a pain in the tush to make. The pot can boil over if the eggs break in there, making a horrible mess to clean up; there is a risk of not getting them done enough; and there is always the chance that I'll forget about them and wind up with smelly, exploded egg on the ceiling (now THAT'S a riot to clean up!).

Then I read about baking whole eggs, in-shell, on-line and gave it a try. I gotta tell ya- I was nervous. But amazingly, it worked! I am certainly not the first person to blog about this, but thought I would pass this on to my readers in case they did not know about it.

Here's how it's done:

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Put an egg into each of either a regular sized or mini muffing tin. I have two muffin tins that make 12 muffins each, so I can either cook one or two dozen eggs at a time. (Alternately, you can put the eggs right on the racks in the oven, but if one of the eggs cracks I'd rather clean up a muffin tin than the bottom of my oven.)

Stick the tin in the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes. (Now you have something screaming at you at the end of the cook time, so you won't forget and boil all the water out of the pot and risk your whole kitchen smell like burnt egg shells. Nasty!)

Hang on to your egg cartons- You'll store the cooked eggs in them when they are done.

When the timer goes off, take your eggs out of the oven, but leave them in the tin for 5 minutes at room temp. They will have little brown spots on them, but don't worry about it: They will come off in the next step.

In the meantime, fill something with cold water (I just plug up my sink and turn the water on, filling it enough to just cover the eggs). At the end of 5 minutes, put the eggs into the cold water. (I use tongs if they are still too hot to handle.)

The muffin tin is usually clean still, so I just put it back in my cabinet.

When the eggs have cooled, put them in the saved egg carton. Be sure to mark it, so that you know which eggs are hard boiled and which are not in your fridge. I put an "HB" on the sides of my carton with a sharpie so I can see it easily when I open the fridge.

That's it- Perfectly cooked "hard boiled" eggs without the watch-time and potential mess of doing them on the stove. Yay!

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FEELINGFITERIN 12/28/2012 9:48PM

    I did that for Easter. The whites were kind of speckled with brownish spots, but they tasted fine. emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 11/28/2012 6:47PM

    Never heard of this. I have head of microwaving them.

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ASHPATCH11 11/14/2012 10:19AM

    sweet thanks gonna try it!

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OPTIMIST1948 10/27/2012 4:53PM

    Is the texture different? Alton Brown says they have a slightly different texture but are easier to peel.

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CHICA_BORICUA 10/27/2012 4:23PM

  I heard that on pinterest and you can freeze them too!

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MIZINA730 10/27/2012 1:47PM

    I have an egg cooker, but it doesn't make 12 or 24 at a time! This allows you to make them perfectly with little mess without another gadget sitting around the kitchen. When mine breaks (I'm on my second one), I won't be buying one! Thanks for posting!

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FITANDFIFTY2 10/27/2012 1:08PM

    Thank you for the info.. never heard of it! Think I will try it n ext time, how quick and easy! emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 10/27/2012 1:00PM

    I remember a FB post about these once, but forgot to go back and try it out. Thanks for the reminder!

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BERRY4 10/26/2012 1:58PM

    I've never heard of this option. I guess I can give anything a try... but I will probably stick to hard boiled since I haven't had much of any accidents worth writing home about.
(Yikes! Cleaning them off the ceiling!?!)
Enjoy your weekend! emoticon

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BANKER-CHUCK 10/26/2012 12:41PM

    I may give this a try, I am open to something new. I usually put eggs into a pot and once the water boils I turn off the stove and let the eggs sit for 20 minutes. The eggs come out perfect.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/26/2012 12:20PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I'll give it a try. Right now I have an omelet baking in the oven, so why not a whole egg.

Regarding marking them with HB, one funny story. One day I discovered my 4 year old son breaking eggs on the kitchen table making a real mess. He was upset too since he expected them to be hardboiled. "What's wrong", he said, "I wrote the H on them!"

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K-GETTING-FIT 10/26/2012 12:19PM

    Heard of it, but never tried. Thanks for sharing. Will give it a go this weekend:)

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FIXED531 10/26/2012 12:05PM

    When I was in school my mom tried to cook an egg in the shell in the microwave. She did poke a hole in the shell to vent steam, but it wasn't big enough, so I woke to the sound of a grenade going off in the kitchen at 6 in the morning. That was about 30 years ago and I still bring it up on occasion. I like the baked method much better.

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IRP1114 10/26/2012 11:41AM

    Thanks for sharing :-)!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 10/26/2012 11:39AM

    I have heard of this but not tried it.... yet

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ROCKMAN6797 10/26/2012 11:07AM

    I have never heard of this....very interesting.
Thanks for sharing!

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GOPINTOS 10/26/2012 11:01AM

    Sounds interesting!! Thanks for sharing!!

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For the Guys, On Behalf Of Women Everywhere

Monday, October 22, 2012

I'll come right to the point: Guys, we women like for you to have butts. And it seems that as you age, if you don't get your.... er... butts into the gym, you wind up with flat backsides.

This flattening pretty much expressly comes from sitting a lot. I can spot a guy with a desk job who never visits the gym within 100 feet: Wide, flat, and almost narrow at the very bottom. Yeah, guys- We women notice nice butts on men that are in their 40's and beyond. It impresses us. If you have one, endeavor to keep it. If you don't, get to the gym and get one!

Now, I'm a gal who loves a nicely defined upper body. I'm a self-admitted chest girl. But true fitness is displayed in a man in his midsection and his butt. That's the area that takes the most self discipline for you guys to build up and maintain. So while a moundy muscular chest gets my initial attention, I have respect for a man in mid-life with nice glutes.

Not only is it about appearance, but having a well-developed lower body is good for your health and quality of life. A strong lower body will carry you around longer, be less likely to suffer things like back problems in the lumbar spine that so often start hitting men in their 40's, and greatly reduce your likelihood of suffering broken bones when you fall as you age. (Does hip replacement surgery sound like fun?)

Chances are that if I have inspired you to go to the gym, you will head for variations on the squat and leg press, because not only are those the grand-daddy of moves to develop the lower body, but they're also done on masculine equipment: REAL men use the big plates. (Insert caveman-type laugh here.)

But the fact is that the guys I see with good butts in midlife and beyond are the ones in the gym that aren't too proud to do lunges, step-ups, all variations of split squats, and cable kickbacks. And you'll see them getting cardio sometimes on the step-type equipment. Yeah, I know all those have the rep of being girly, but they do NOT create a girly look for you guys! They create a butt that gets our attention.

We women miss your butts! Please, bring them back!

Guys, are you listening? And women, do you agree?

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TIMOTHYNOHE 12/29/2012 12:29AM

    I have asked around. I am told I have a nice butt. Not a nice butt for a 59 year old guy. Just a nice butt. Of course She(WMBO) is a little prejudiced, butt I will accept her ass-essment.

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KSIGMA1222 11/7/2012 5:35PM

    I think I have a butt? I run, swim, spin, weight lift and do core workouts. Guess I really never thought about it. Actually now that i think about it my chest and but are about the same at about 44 inches but my waist is 36 or 37. Mind you I am 6'6" and 225 pounds.
So from what i read here:
1. have a butt
2. Workout
3. Have a chest
4. Do not have a gut
5. Work your legs
Any other words of wisdom?

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FIXED531 11/1/2012 12:27PM

    Ok, I got it. Cycling, squats, deadlifts, and lunges.

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HUSKERLAND3 10/31/2012 11:01AM

    ya.. i hear ya

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PAMNANGEL 10/27/2012 1:41PM

    We don't want you guys to necessarily get rid of your butt. We just don't want you to have 'grampa butt'. A nice, round, squeezable hiney...mmmm, yum. A flat, saggy pants patootie...not so cute!

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FITANDFIFTY2 10/27/2012 1:10PM

    I totally agree!!

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OPTIMIST1948 10/25/2012 10:47AM

    Hmm. I'm proud that I ran my @$$ off and here you are pleading for guys to put them back on!

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XXJDXX 10/25/2012 10:23AM

    lol...didn't see that one coming, but I think I've put it behind me.

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MISSYGEEN 10/24/2012 12:19PM

    emoticon I had to laugh, but there is a serious side to men taking care of their mid section and I am glad that you pointed that out. The argument for taking care of yourself goes both ways. Women still like a man who looks good and takes care of himself as well. The elliptical is not just for the ladies.

And guys, after you try this go out and buy a pair of Levis and walk pass me on the elliptical.

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PSCHIAVONE2 10/24/2012 3:59AM

    I run stairs every day for 15 minutes. Good cardio and I believe it helps the lower body. I do all my lunges at home along with the core exercises and some plyo exercises that I am embarrassed to in public. Then I do my upper body workout at the gym.

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GYMRAT_AT44 10/23/2012 2:06PM

    Bums all around please!

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DATMAMA4 10/22/2012 10:36PM

    I love looking at my husband's butt in a nicer-fitting pair of jeans, and will always tell him when it looks especially nice. Maybe I'll ask him to do some lunges with me so he can get a little more roundness back...

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LOWFATFOODIE 10/22/2012 6:01PM

    ha! thought it was only me that hated flat butts!

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KANSASROSE67 10/22/2012 4:07PM

    My expectations are pretty low...I would just like to see no beer gut hanging over the belt!

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LIZZYP609 10/22/2012 2:39PM

    Preach it girl!! LOL emoticon Great blog!

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KATYMS 10/22/2012 2:23PM

    O-M-G! I couldn't agree more.
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K-GETTING-FIT 10/22/2012 2:06PM

    Hee hee! Yes, I love a nice butt. However my favorite is legs. Kind of feel bad saying it because a lot of guys have a heck of a time building them. Ahhhh...meaty, cut thighs and monster calves are beautiful :)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/22/2012 1:41PM

    i emoticon cycling because I'm usually a little slower than the leader of the pack, and the view is often very nice...


Apparently aggressive sprinting and hill climbing on a bike works too...

And Amen, BERRY4! LOL

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IRP1114 10/22/2012 1:23PM

    Lol totally agree Nancy! Great blog ;-)

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CICI510 10/22/2012 1:07PM

    emoticon Truth!

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BERRY4 10/22/2012 1:05PM

    Personally... with the men in my life, I would rather them NOT have a paunched gut as a "first" priority.
Hey...why do you think we watch football!?! emoticon

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MISSB8604 10/22/2012 12:58PM

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BLUE42DOWN 10/22/2012 12:35PM

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Thank you for a great laugh this morning. My EX and his brother naturally had no butt to speak of, and when getting ready to go out, both would pad their pocket with a thick wallet and do tush checks to see if it looked more filled out. Used to make me die trying to avoid laughing. (And, of course, if they hit the gym or had equipment available ... it was all biceps. Silly boys.)

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BOBINVA 10/22/2012 12:21PM

    I am listening. I think guys look strange when they only work upper body and have no butt and skinny legs. You can count on me to work it.

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Coconut Oil- Try it and You'll Never Go Back!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Have you ever heard of coconut oil? I hadn't either, until I read about it in Tosca Reno's "Eat Clean" books. She says she eats 3 Tablespoons of it a day. Now, Tosca doesn't eat any foods that are not clean, so I'm sure that 360 calories of a good source of fat don't hurt her. But for the rest of us it might not be the best idea to consume this quantity if we are trying to lose weight. However, it's a great food to substitute for some other fats in your diet for a myriad of reasons. Here's an article that goes into detail, because I am too lazy to type it all out:

At any rate, I have discovered how versatile this oil is and how wonderful it makes food taste! I have tried substituting it in almost all of my recipes that call for fat, from stir-fries to baked goods. Every time, without exception, it improves the recipe tremendously. The texture makes even recipes where whole-wheat flour is subbed in for regular white (which usually results in a tougher product) melt-in-your-mouth.

Case in point: I'm GREAT at making pie crust, but have always had to use refined white flour for it to be flaky enough to grant my approval. Last night I made my traditional pie crust (my own recipe and technique), but substituted 1/4 of the white flour for whole-wheat and all of the shortening with coconut oil. It was wonderful! Next time I am going to try it with all whole-wheat flour. I'll bet it turns out terrific.

Coconut oil can be substituted strait over for any kind of fat a recipe calls for, but is especially good in recipes that call for butter or shortening, the latter of which is particularly bad for your heart and arteries.

An unusual property of coconut oil is that it holds solid at temperatures 76 degrees Fahrenheit and below. Above that and it starts to melt. I was keeping it in a cabinet where I always had and it was beginning to liquify. It finally occurred to me that it was being stored next to an exterior wall: With the Texas summer heat on the other side of the wall, the coconut oil was getting a little too warm to hold it's solid state. I moved it to my pantry, which is on an inside wall, and it went back to solid.

If you want to use it in a recipe that calls for liquid oil, just melt it first. In a recipe that calls for a solid fat (butter, margarine, or shortening), use it strait out of the jar.

Unlike olive oil (which is also heart healthy), coconut oil is heat stable. So you can use it for types of cooking that call for prolonged exposure to heat and it won't destroy the flavor of your food.

And it's not just good for cooking- I like to stir a teaspoon of it into my oats or whole-grain cream of what in the mornings. It adds a nice flavor and texture to it, and the added fat slows digestion and helps to keep me full longer.

Most stores carry coconut oil on the shelves with other types of cooking oils.

One caveat of coconut oil is that it is more expensive than most other commonly-used fat sources. But I think that once you've tried it you'll be sold and never go back to shortening, at least, again. It's worth the investment to get that artery-clogging stuff out of the diets of yourself and your family.

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JULIA1154 11/20/2012 3:02PM

  I've been using coconut oil for a while but hadn't thought of subbing it for shortening (which I've not used in years). I'm looking forward to using it in pastry crusts. Thanks for the suggestion!

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MIZINA730 10/27/2012 1:52PM

    I like coconut oil too. I just found another thing that coconut oil is good for in Bottom Line. It may help with Alzheimer's disease! With Alzheimer's, the brain doesn't use glucose efficiently. Coconut oil helps the brain compensate for its reduced ability to use its main fuel, glucose. Studies are promising. They recommend usng several tablespoons in place of other oils for cooking and in salad dressings. They do not say if this is per day.

I have even tried it when I make eggs and I like the slightly sweet taste that results. Sometimes I mix it with olive oil when I cook.

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MELROSE13 10/16/2012 2:34AM

    I use coconut oil-recently started, first saw it in a recipe my mom had got off Dr.Oz. Though it is a little pricey-it doesn't take as much of it to cook with and it is healthier so in the long run I don't think it is as expensive as doctor bills can be for heart problems! Great blog!

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IRP1114 10/15/2012 6:54PM

    Oh yea I also add about a quarter cup per pound of nuts to my nut butters. So that adds more to my day as I do eat nut butter daily.

And it is actually not as expensive as it use to be. More places have it now so prices have gone down a little. Trader Joe's has some now too. So you can find the 14-16oz jars for around $6 instead of around $10 or more like before.

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IRP1114 10/15/2012 6:11PM

    Great blog Nancy :-)! Nice of you to share your experience with adding coconut oil to your clean eating. You made many great points. Coconut and coconut oil is listed on my page as one of my favorite superfoods. You are so right. Benefits are endless. And on top of being better for cooking than olive oil it remains a healthy fat unlike olive oil once heated. It does work well with whole wheat. I use it in all my baking as well. Just baked hubby's cake with some yesterday. And in a few other cakes I have been baking this month. (lots of b-days here this month lol) I also add it to my oatmeal! It does make the calorie count sound scary but they are definitely worth it as far as taste and benefits. I have shared this with many of my spark friends and some think I am a little weird but I keep an extra jar by the boys tooth brushes and have them rub it into their gums after brushing to keep their gums healthy. And I do the same when I have my teaspoon in the mornings along with my greens. Tosca had mentioned the book coconut oil miracle a few years ago in an article in the oxygen mag too! That is a great book. Very interesting stuff.

Can't wait to hear more about your experiments with coconut oil :-)!
And Kristin hope you finally tried the fresh coconut lol ;-)!

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MISSYGEEN 10/15/2012 2:54PM

    I've seen someone on Dr. Oz mention it. but the price has kept me saying "I'll try it next time." However, I love oatmeal and may have to try it for just that reason.

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CICI510 10/15/2012 1:58PM

    I have been wanting to try coconut oil and I think I will now! Thank you so much for another awesome blog!

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K-GETTING-FIT 10/15/2012 1:12PM

    Thanks for sharing. Bought some recently and just started using it. A dear Spark friend (who will probably be chiming in) has used it for awhile and loves it. I am adjusting to the flavor. Have had a freaky dislike of the texture of coconut for years and decided it was time to climb out of my box:)

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GOPINTOS 10/15/2012 11:43AM

    I have been using it since about March. Have my adult children hooked on it also. My Dutch store has it the cheapest, so it is a good reason for them to come home to visit and stock up :)

I find it very satiating also :)

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KANSASROSE67 10/15/2012 11:33AM

    I no longer use shortening, but your blog has convinced me to give cocunut oil a try for baking and frying.

Thanks for the info!

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WE_PA_FIT 10/15/2012 9:48AM

    Just bought some this weekend!!! I had read about all of its benefits,.. it peaked my interest mainly because of its "brain benefits" since ALzheimers runs in my fam. I will be using it for cooking and as supplement!

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CHICA_BORICUA 10/15/2012 7:11AM

  coconut oil is good for your hair, make it shiny!

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HOLLY255255 10/15/2012 7:04AM

    I like the comment about the mixture coconut oil and whole wheat flour - I will this! Thanks!

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PAMNANGEL 10/15/2012 12:31AM

    I love coconut oil. Started using it earlier this year after reading some articles about its effects on people with Alzheimer's and dementia. My grandmother was diagnosed with dementia last summer. I've noticed a definate improvement since we started putting coconut oil in her food. We go through a jar a week and it's well worth it.

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AFRITOGUY 10/14/2012 9:59PM

    Will try this. Thanks!

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BERRY4 10/14/2012 9:48PM

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience(s) with this. I have held back from coconut oil since it seems to be the latest "craze" and I've not been convinced that it is so great.
But, since I've quit buying shortening, and have avoided recipes calling for shortening, it IS nice to know that there is a better alternative. -- I've seen it at my local COSTCO, and I figure the cost should be fairly doable from that source.

With the holidays coming, I think I may try this, based on your recommendation.
Have yourself a great week! emoticon

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Tweaking The Weight Watchers Program

Monday, September 03, 2012

I've lost a majority of my weight on the Weight Watchers program. It is the plan that I return to most often when I need to reign things in again, and to this day I log my foods in my Weight Watchers Points Plus food log even when I am maintaining. (I've always done better with a pen and paper than virtual tracking.) But I've found that with the new program that came out earlier this year I was having a hard time losing weight when needed and others were commenting the same.

Now, let me say before I go any farther that if you are using the Weight Watchers program and losing just fine, don't change a thing! If you hit a stall down the line you can revisit this blog and see if it helps, but in the meantime there is absolutely no point in fixing something that is not broke.

It didn't take me very long to figure out what the problems are, and the biggest in my opinion is the unlimited fruits. Now, I've always thought and still think that fruit gets an unnecessarily bad rap, along with wheat, white potatoes, and corn. But to let people eat fruit without accounting for it can completely stall weight loss, and actually cause people who are maintaining gain weight.

The problem isn't that fruit is bad for you. The problem is that most people in the weight loss world have an issue with portion control. Fruit is higher in sugars, albeit natural sugars. I don't have enough room in this blog to explain the entire biological process (and you'd probably get bored, anyhow), so just trust me when I say that too many sugars of any source can actually change how the body stores calories, sending more of them to fat.

Yes, the Weight Watchers gurus tell you to eat fruit until you feel satisfied. But lets get honest here: If people who are or have been overweight could tell when they were satisfied.... well.... there wouldn't be a need for Weight Watchers.

Consequently, my proposal is that you count the first two servings of fruit as "free", and account for any after that in your daily points. In case you weren't around for previous Weight Watchers programs, a serving/points-worth of fruit is about 60 calories, or the equivalent of a cup of cut-up fruit. Or in the case of bananas, a half of a large banana. (So if you eat a whole large banana for breakfast, that's the end of the "free" fruits for the day.)

The unlimited non-starchy veggies are still good, though. While it's not portion control, it'd be almost impossible to eat enough of them to mess with fat storage.

The second tweak I would suggest is to up the intake of water from 6 cups a day to 12. And make it real water- not "non-caloric beverages". (To read my blog on why water is so important, click here:

Another thing I would highly recommend is to rely more on whole foods rather than processed, to include Weight Watchers food products. While I think Weight Watchers is a good program, it bugs me a little that they don't put more emphasis on minimally processed foods. Calories are not all created equal, and the your body turns processed foods into fat much easier than foods the way Mother Nature made them. (This is, by the way, the reason I could never be a Weight Watchers leader: They push the employees to sell their products. I could not in good conscience sell people foods that I know aren't truly healthy.)

And lastly, eat your exercise points earned, but forget about your weekly Points Allowance, unless you are really desperate. Doing so seems to put the daily calories at a more metabolism-friendly level. And when you count your exercise points, err on the side of caution and don't be too generous with your estimations. But do go ahead and give yourself more than the 42 on the log, if you have earned more than that.

I realize this blog is not going to apply to the majority, and I am sorry for that. I just thought the few frustrated might find it helpful.

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HANDS_UP 10/31/2012 6:58PM

    Thank you....congrats on your weight loss....continued success for the future!!

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FITANDFIFTY2 10/27/2012 1:11PM

    Thank you for the info!!

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MIZINA730 10/23/2012 10:50AM

    I agree with you on fruit and Weight Watchers foods. Fructose is a simple carb and too much of it will be a problem. After thinking about what you said, I'm going to tighten up my eating this week. Great blog.

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LESLIE871948 10/5/2012 1:55PM

    ok, I just had time to find your page and blog, since I am playing today. You are so on target here too. Do a google search on blue zones and see what you think about the argument for 80% full. I do WW of course also, and plan to be a leader when I get freed up from the current job. If I ate ALL the fruit I want? Ha. Their products? I don't eat them. I will do what I need to do to keep that job so that people can see for themselves that there is a path from over 365 pounds to normal. I will deal with the sales part of it some way. My leader now says that she does not eat them, but she doesn't say it in front of the room when she is "on". And she says things like "yada yada is on sale today, if you like that go get it....."

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FITMAMA_ 10/3/2012 9:20AM

    I SO agree with you! The extra water and limit fruit intake are very, very important!

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GOLDIE3331 9/18/2012 10:17AM

    I have did WW in the past it has always helped thanks for posting.

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GODZDESIGN95 9/14/2012 10:58AM

    a lot of good tips I wonder about eating all the fruit you want phrase. I stopped going years ago. I did not like the way they had things set up

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BERRY4 9/7/2012 8:21PM

    Do you think it makes any difference if you include a protein w/ the fruit?

I'm thinking when it gets down to the "under 10#'s" category, little things make a difference for people differently. science to back that up, but just a thought.

I like how Tom Venuto reminds that if what you are is creating results that you aren't happy with, change what you are doing! (Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle)
Enjoy your weekend! emoticon

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K-GETTING-FIT 9/7/2012 8:09AM

    Although I don't follow the WW program, I do log my fruits. Veggies I often just track as servings though. In the beginning I tracked everything, but feel safe with the veggies now. It can be quite eye opening to see the cals in fruit. Did find that the fruits helped in bringing down my cravings for sweets:)

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CICI510 9/6/2012 4:38PM

    Awesome advice!! emoticon

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MARINEMAMA 9/4/2012 7:29PM

    I wondered about the free fruits....I agree with one free and then count the rest.great advice!!! Thanks for sharing it helped!!

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ILOVEJIM851991 9/4/2012 5:24AM

    I guess I should look into weight watchers more emoticon

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MARTHAWILL 9/3/2012 9:07PM

    I agree with you re: the fruit. I am fairly sure WW will be changing that in the program in the foreseeable future. I do disagree with the amount of water to take in however based on information from some kidney specialists. I agree that water does help to fill a person up but apparently too much can overload the kidneys- as well for some of us, send us on endless trips to the loo. We likely do not need more than about 6 cups a day, depending on the level of our activity - and this can include other clear beverages (not alcohol or caffeine). However, there are probably equally convincing debates on both sides on this issue.
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Thanks very much for this. I am one of those women who did WW and ate WAY too much fruit.
I think your comments are right on. Your blogs are very valuable to me, so keep sharing.
Do you find, as someone who has lost weight and improved your body in so many ways, that you still have to be very vigilant about what you eat on a day to day basis? I was just curious... this weight loss thing seems like the journey of a lifetime and I wonder if I'm even up for that.

regards, Hope

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