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Thursday, December 29, 2011

emoticonWhy do you want to lose weight?
Answer: I want to look and feel better. Right now, I'm a fluffy version of my fitter self. I want Emily to have the energetic mom that Colin & Logan had.

emoticonNext, take each of those reasons and reflect upon how your life will improve if you address these reasons.
Answer: Looking better will bring back my self-confidence. Feeling better will make me a happier person. Increasing my energy will make playing with my children easier and more enjoyable.

Finally, set some weekly, doable goals for yourself to help you move forward in a positive manner.
emoticonWhat can I do this week to improve my appearance?
Answer: STOP dressing so "fat". Wearing baggy clothes just makes me look fluffier.
emoticonWhat can I do this week that will increase my energy?
Answer: Eat healthier. Walk/run or SOMETHING that will rev my metabolism.
emoticonWhat sports, exercise, or other physical activity can I do this week to improve my fitness?
Answer: see above
emoticonWhen and how often will I do it?
I've already run twice. I have plans to run once or twice more. I will do my best to do two more workouts that aren't running or walking.
emoticonWhat can I do this week to boost my self-confidence?
Positive self talk. Also, accept compliments as they are given.
emoticonWhat actions will I take this week to improve my health?
Make better food choices. Move more.

I got this list of question in an email from the Biggest Loser. I decided to use it help me with my blog for today. Gave me a lot to think about. Hopefully, I can follow through with the "eat better" part. I've got so many baked goods in my house right now it's insane. Thanks Mom but YIKES.

Oh and here's the latest new picture -

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/29/2011 12:31PM

    OMYGOSH!!! the black and white of you 2 is SWEET!!! sooo very precious!
oh,yeah...the blog-great questions to ask~~maybe I'll ask those to ME.

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CANDIS799 12/29/2011 11:38AM

    I'm soooooo jealous that you ran!!! Ok, I know I'm a broken record. LOL Love the new pic!!

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LIZZYP609 12/29/2011 8:54AM

    LOVE the picture. Questions are awesome! very thought provoking for me!

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CASSIOEPIA 12/29/2011 8:30AM

    Pretty good thought provoking questions. And I love the black and white!

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DREBENEZER 12/29/2011 7:58AM

    Great picture. Love the black & white style. Great goals - you know how to get yourself back into shape. You can do it!

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This is what 40 looks like:

Monday, December 26, 2011

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 1/3/2012 4:45PM

    Happy belated birthday! I turned 40 this year, too. 40 feels great, doesn't it? Hope you and baby are doing well.

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RUNNINGWILD 12/27/2011 3:18PM

    It is (there is still 1/3 of it in the freezer) an ice cream cake from DQ.

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CANDIS799 12/27/2011 3:16PM

    Simply gorgeous!!

P.S. what kind of cake was it??

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GAYEMC 12/27/2011 3:10PM

    You wear 40 well! Hope it was a great birthday!

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AUNTIE65 12/27/2011 11:40AM

    Lookin' GREAT! Happy 40th!

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LILY_SPARK 12/27/2011 9:10AM

    Happy Birthday and welcome to 40!

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MARATHON_MOM 12/27/2011 9:06AM

    Happy Birthday! I turn 40 in February!

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LIZZYP609 12/27/2011 8:56AM

    You sure look good! Happy Birthday!

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MARLIMOO 12/27/2011 8:52AM

    40 aint bad huh?

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COOPSM 12/27/2011 8:10AM

    Looking good!!! Happy Birthday (again)

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RUNNINGWILD 12/26/2011 12:40PM

    Yes, Anne, I'm a Christmas baby emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 12/26/2011 12:04PM

    Looks good!
Can I be 40 again?

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/26/2011 11:31AM

    Looks awesome,healthy...SPECTACULAR!!!!R>Happy Birthday!!! Are you a Christmas baby????? emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 12/26/2011 7:43AM

    Looks pretty darn good to me!

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QUEEN_REINA 12/26/2011 2:05AM

    Wow, you look FANTASTIC! Happy Birthday!
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Pre Christmas promise

Friday, December 23, 2011

Soooo yesterday I blew my nutritional range completely. Like KABOOM completely. I visited my work for the Christmas potluck and then we had Chinese takeout for dinner. I feel kinda puffy today so (so far) I'm behaving.

My promise to me today is to eat healthy and stay out of the crap food. I've distracted myself with a little cleaning, some healthy snack foods and a movie, "White Christmas". It's my favourite. After this, I'll be watching "Miracle on 34th Street". Hopefully, I'll find my Christmas spirit this afternoon. I'm hoping for a little less emoticon

I took Emily to the doctor this morning for her two month check up. I can't believe how fast the time is going. She's up to 10 pounds and 5 ounces now and the doctor is VERY happy. I laughed, even her head is growing... 3 centimetres since our last check up. I told her daddy that it's her ego from him telling how beautiful she is every day. Here's a new photo from this past weekend:

I hope you don't mind... we're all in it. emoticon

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GAYEMC 12/27/2011 3:12PM

    Great family photo!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/24/2011 12:42PM

    LOVE the Christmas picture!!!

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ETTEZEUS 12/23/2011 10:13PM

    Love the picture!!

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BLACKROSE_222 12/23/2011 8:57PM

    Great picture, and the best Christmas present ever - good health for your family. HUGS.

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DREBENEZER 12/23/2011 6:43PM

    Great picture...and don't worry about a the holiday cheer - a little indulgence won't hurt! Merry Christmas!

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CASSIOEPIA 12/23/2011 6:07PM

    Beautiful family.

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Snacking smart w/Tommy Europe

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Here’s How to Snack Smart
Everyone loves a good snack. But what defines "good"?

If your stomach starts rumbling and lunch is still two hours away, you're going to need a snack to make it through the day. What you reach for at snack time can make a big difference in your energy level, weight, and overall health. Choose the wrong snack, and you'll feel dragged down and even more tired. Choose wisely, and you'll get the boost you need.

Before your next snack break, think twice about what you are about to eat and remember the following information when you're craving a snack!

Snacking for Energy
If you find yourself fighting sleepiness in the afternoon, what your body needs is a boost of energy. Snacks eaten midday should contain good fats and protein to give and sustain your energy level.

Here are a few good options when you need an energy-boosting snack.

A small apple or sliced banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter. The natural sugars in fruit take longer to metabolize than sugars found in candy, and the peanut butter provides the protein needed for long-lasting energy.
A quarter cup of nuts and dried fruit. This slow-burning mixture provides protein, good fats (that's right - fats aren't always bad), and plenty of fiber, all wrapped up in a delicious package. Just be careful. Eating too many of these carbohydrates can cause low blood sugar and make you feel even sleepier.
One tablespoon of hummus spread on four whole-grain crackers. Made from garbanzo beans, hummus is a great energy booster and is also full of fiber. And the whole-grain crackers are made with complex carbohydrates, which help fill you up without dragging you down.
Snacking for Weight Management
Many people eliminate snacks when attempting to lose weight. Unfortunately, this is counterproductive, as snacks keep you satisfied between meals. If dinnertime arrives and you're exceptionally hungry, it's easy to overeat. Eating several small snacks throughout the day will help keep your hunger in check. However, you should avoid eating snacks when you're bored, stressed, zoning out in front of the TV, or not paying attention to what you're eating while studying for your next exam.

The key is to choose snacks that fit with your daily calorie and nutrient needs. If your goal is to lose weight, choose low-calorie, nutrient-filled snacks. If you need to gain weight or if you are physically fit and need to replenish energy from a strenuous workout, go for higher calorie, nutritious snacks.

Low-carb snack ideas include vegetables, reduced-fat yogurt and cottage cheese, half of an avocado, and a few deli slices.

Snacks for Healthy Living
What you eat for snacks can help you meet recommended guidelines for the amount of fruits, vegetables, calcium, protein, and whole grains your body needs to stay healthy. Keeping a variety of yummy, ready-to-eat nutritious snacks available for you and your family is important. After all, when healthy food is easily accessible, you won't be tempted to stop at the vending machine or the nearest fast food chain.

In addition to choosing the right foods, include plenty of variety. If you eat too many carbohydrates for breakfast, snack on some protein. If you're eating a steak for dinner, munch on some sliced fruit for an afternoon fill up.

Snacks full of goodness for your body include egg salad for protein, a cheese stick for extra calcium, baby carrots for a serving of veggies, canned tuna, or a handful of almonds.

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LOPEYP 6/4/2012 3:46PM

    I love Tommy!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/15/2011 1:59PM

    GREAT article...thanks for sharing! Don't forget to grab yourself a snack while Roo is snacking,Momma!

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ETTEZEUS 12/15/2011 1:52PM

    I think I'll go have me a snack right now emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 12/15/2011 1:45PM

    Wise words - isn't Tommy great!

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to remind me...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."
~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.~

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CANDIS799 12/15/2011 10:04AM

    Yeah, but they didn't have the Internet and email to distract them!!! LOL

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LIZZYP609 12/15/2011 6:48AM

    Very good!

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BLACKROSE_222 12/14/2011 3:44PM

    Fantastic quote and point - I love it.

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