Friday, December 23, 2011
This was an email sent to me today. This might have been my eating habits before Spark. I do NOT plan to practice these this year -- well, OK, maybe #3 and definitely #9!
Christmas Season Eating Tips:
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare... You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple, Cherry, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have SOME standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry: January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:
"Life is a journey....enjoy and be grateful for God's love sent from above and the hope of heaven...eat to live and live to make it there. Blessings!"
Thursday, December 22, 2011
This is a Maxine joke that I received in email today. Can't say I agree with her, though. The tortoise always wins in the end!
As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I rapidly realized that I don't really give a HOOT...
It's the tortoise life for me!
1. If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.
3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.
4. A tortoise doesn't run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.
And you tell me to exercise?? I don't think so.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Just over two years ago, one of my college professors introduced my "Healthy Eating" class to Spark People. As a class assignment, she required us to record our food on the Spark Nutrition Tracker for two weeks. I completed the assignment, but while doing it, I started checking out other parts of the website, set up my Spark Page, used the Fitness Tracker, joined a couple of teams, and then I was hooked! Fast forward two years, and I'm still here using the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers almost on a daily basis. And having the time of my life making friends with other like-minded Spark People.
Two years ago, I wrote this as one of my goals:
To be able to walk/run with my dogs again after successful foot surgeries.
Not only am I able to walk/run with my dogs, but the day after my 2-year Spark anniversary, I ran my first race - a 5K for scholarships at the college I work at. Here is a pictorial of my first race experience --
Laps with the Chaps 5K Inaugural Run/Walk
(Chaps is short for Chapparals, the college's mascot)
Saturday, October 22, 2011
63 degrees and sunny
Bibbed, chipped, and ready to go!
The college offered a 5k training program with the cross country track coach as our instructor. These are some of my training classmates - Angel, me, Kamala, and Caroline.
Every time I looked at my Garmin watch, I saw "Make it Happen", the name of my Spark People team. It was my "Make it Happen" team mates who inspired me to take up running. It was their encouragement and support that sustained me through two years of double foot surgeries to running my first 5K race!
Just about to enter the track for the final push.
I didn't realize the race clock was the gun time. I was kicking hard to make it under 34 minutes and was disappointed when the timer clicked over 34. Only later did I realize that my chip time was 33:55.45!
2nd Place in my division with a time of 33:55.45. Not bad for an old lady running her first race!
Matt (my 5K trainer & the college's cross country track coach) and I both finished 2nd in our divisions. He was injured, or he'd have been 1st. I, on the other hand, gave it my all! The lady who took first place in my division was a marathon runner. She finished almost 7 minutes before me!
Getting a stretch from the PT guy. Harry thought I was crazy when I asked him to take a picture. I had to experience the whole thing - and have it photo documented, you know what I mean?
Celebrating the accomplishment! Harry was having football withdrawal, so we headed to a sports bar after the race.
Never in my life did I think that I would be a runner. Ten months ago, I was recovering from double foot surgeries and accidentally frost-bit three toes from constricting bandages and over-icing. I nearly lost one of those toes. Thanks to the support and encouragement I received here on Spark People, today I am a runner! And I can't wait to run another race! As my friend, Freddy (LONGBELT) says, "See you at the finish line!"
Thursday, July 28, 2011
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
...Then You Are Probably ..........
The Family Dog!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thought I'd share this article that came across my email this morning. I know this works for me - I just didn't realize why it worked!
To feel more satisfied with your food -- and possibly avoid pigging out -- use this mind trick: Just focus on the calories.
Doing so could dial down your hunger big-time -- especially if you convince yourself you're indulging in a rich, high-calorie treat. Because new research shows that people's perception of calorie content affects their appetite-control hormones...
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