Monday, March 08, 2010
OKAY, OKAY ! ! ! ....... I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT ! ! !
1. Thou shall not eat less than 1200 cals per day or you'll effectively shut down thy metabolic drive, and thus thy calorie burning potential. Aim for 1400-1600 calories per day based on activity level.
2. Thou shall eat smaller, balanced feedings every 3-4 hours starting with breakfast and ending with dinner.
3. Thou shall eat lean protein at every meal and the mid afternoon snack. Protein is thy appetite, carb crave killing friend.
4. Thou shall cross train thy cardio (don't do the same thing all of the time--- mix it up). Burn 400 calories of cardio 5 days per week. Increase thy activities of daily living. Get up and move more.
5. Thou shall add intensity intervals. Too many women look like night of the living dead on their treadmill or elliptical. Ramp it up and shake up those post-40 fat cells. Sweat!
6. Thou shall strength train 2 x week, paying attention to thy upper body especially, since thy legs are getting their cardio workout. Don't forget thy core and stretches at the end of each session.
7. Thou shall boost thy daily intake of potassium rich fruits: melons, bananas and citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, which are high in potassium.
8. Thou shall boost thy daily intake of vegetables (inc. Salad) Choose in particular, yam, dark leafy vegetables like kale, collard greens, spinach, pak choi, broccoli and cabbage, as well as peppers, tomatoes and a variety of others.
9. Thou shall eat lots of fiber.
10. Thou shall avoid white carbohydrates: (sugar, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc)
Sunday, March 07, 2010
THE SCALE STILL WON'T BUDGE
Every time someone told me they could not lose weight no matter what they did, I always suspected they were eating more that they admitted to. I would ask them the typical questions, then I would nod understandingly, and console them with words like: ' just hold on a little longerÖitíll come off'.
Well guess whoís wearing the shoes nowÖÖÖ.thatís karma
At my height (5í11), 1200 to 1300 calories a day should guarantee me SOMETHING on the scale. It has been almost a month. Iím not hungry, because I eat a lot of vegetables. I cut my salt intake to under 1500. And Iíve been avoiding the foods I found out could make me retain water. I donít eat simple carbs (bread, pasta, rice etc). In fact I limited myself to oatmeal for a starch. I donít need more calories, because Iím not hungry; Iím just getting my calories from better sources that are naturally less. And for the first time in my life, I can truly say, my food is totally under control. Thank goodness for small miracles.
So why isnít the scale moving???
The only thing left is EXERCISE. I thought I was doing enough. Now Iím convinced Iím not. Maybe I need more effort. So starting today, thatís going to be my focus. I am going to start walking AT LEAST 2 miles a day and strength training 30 minutes a day on the total gym. I need to see some progress. I need to start seriously logging the exercise. I keep watching 212movie.com.
I'M GOING TO DO THIS.....GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION ! ! !
Saturday, March 06, 2010
I CAN'T BELIEVE IT !!!
WEIGHT WATCHERS ENDORSES MCDONALDS ?
OH MY GOODNESS !!!
Now Weight Watchers is going to give its stamp of approval on those items that it deems okay. Case in point Chicken McNuggets and Filet-o-Fish sandwiches. Both fried and weighing in with more than 44% fat.
I don't care how many 'points' someone has, someone should point out to Weight Watchers that THEY are over their limit.
I guess that's one way to increase membership
Friday, March 05, 2010
COME ON GIRL
LET'S GO GET SOME ANTIOXIDANTS
Iím not a drinker (I was a foodie, a chocoholic, a carboholic but not a drinker). I have a small wine collection in the house that collects dust. It is there for an unexpected guest, or a surprise invite to a dinner. But I wanted to know what all the chatter was about.
Question: Why do they say Red Wine may be good for your heart?
Answer: Resveratrol and Alcohol.
What is RESVERATROL?
It is the nonflavonoid that's help prevent arteries from becoming clogged with fatty blockages. Resveratrol might be a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces "bad" cholesterol and prevents blood clots. The resveratrol in red wine comes from the skin of grapes used to make wine. Simply eating grapes, or drinking grape juice, has been suggested as one way to get resveratrol without drinking alcohol. Other foods that contain some resveratrol include peanuts, blueberries and cranberries.
How does alcohol help the heart?
1. Raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol
2. Reduces the formation of blood clots
3. Helps prevent artery damage caused by high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol
The findings on Resveratrol were reported only in mice, not in people. In addition, to get the same dose of resveratrol used in the mice studies, a person would have to consume 100 to 1,000 bottles of red wine a day.
Iíd better get started........
Drink in moderation ó or not at all. A drink of wine is defined as 5 oz.
Neither the American Heart Association nor the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommend that you start drinking alcohol just to prevent heart disease. Alcohol can be addictive and is associated with other health issues.
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Thursday, March 04, 2010
SOMETIMES I FEEL SO BLOATED
I COULD JUST BLEND IN WITH THE OCEAN
As luck would have it, in an effort to lose weight, Iíve been eating a lot of spinach and legumes. And I usually have a cheddar cheese snack every day (1 Ė 2 oz).
I know that one of my problems is water retention. I have been watching my salt. And because I HAVE this problem, Iíve been doing some research on the Net. I knew to avoid processed foods and canned goods, but I also found this:
if you have a water retention problemÖ
ē The consumption of foods with a higher content of sodium like legumes, meat, cheese, olives, spinach, oysters, buttermilk, Swiss chard, and chick peas should be restricted in oneís diet.
ē You should include a lot of cabbage in your diet so as to avert water retention. Cabbage is a diuretic that helps you excrete the extra water and fluids, thereby protecting you from water retention.
ē Here is a list of diuretic foods: Celery, cucumber, green leafy vegetables, parsley, dandelion, juniper berries, asparagus, melons, watercress, artichoke, red beets, Brussels spouts, garlic, oats, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes and raw onions. All these foods are easily obtained in any grocery store or farmers market.
So what did I doÖ.you ask?
I made CABBAGE !!! Lots and Lots of cabbage.
And I never saw the Warning label on the cabbage head.
(Yeah Ö.. you know whatís coming Ö)
If you put me in a canoe and put my tushy in the water, we could pass the speed boat up ahead without using any oars whatsoever.
Iím stocking up on Beano.
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