Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I read an article about 50 ways to burn more calories each day. It said that slimmer people are usually tapping or otherwise fidgeting. It recommends that doing this can burn up to 350 calories daily. In fact, I'll cut and paste it below:
34. Tap your foot. Your skinnier friends are probably fidgeters, who burn up to 350 calories a day just by tapping their feet or being restless. Try it for a few days. Walk around while you’re on the phone, or tap out a tune with your hands or feet (in the privacy of your own office, of course).
Seems too easy to be true. However, where would I start doing this? In the course of a work day, I run the risk of looking like I have had too much coffee and being hyper-active. I can just see me adding this to my fitness tracker and counting it as 350 calories burned. (NOT!)
Let me know if this has actually worked for anyone out there. Have a wonderful day.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Just got notice that this long-awaited book has left the warehouse and is on its way. Very excited as I plan to make this THE tool in losing this last 17 lbs.
Monday, December 28, 2009
It all started a couple of months ago when I ordered some Sweatin with the Oldies DVD's. I saw some other great deals on different exercise DVD's on Ebay and I now have a slew of them. Each day, I'm challenging myself to do a new one. Let's just say it's been hilarious.
First of all, I can see why some of these were so inexpensive. I know some of these people are famous and I won't mention names as not to put anyone down. But they look like they are recorded in someone's garage or backyard.
I know that I don't have to be the workout leader's best friend, but I have to connect with the person on some level in order to enjoy the routine. It's a bit like enjoying dining out and part of the positive experience is the server.
I do like Leslie Sansone, and Richard Simmons makes me smile at the pure abandon of the dancing, but some of the people on these other DVD's are too much. There is one who shouts as a normal tone of voice during the entire hour. Another who is bigger than I am and supposed to be a role model.
It makes me wonder how they imagine, in the cardio segments, one is supposed to be a mind reader when the footwork looks like preparation for a movie requiring a choreographer. And in some of the exercise routines, it reminds me of the game Twister. Where do they dream up all of these contortions?
Okay, I'm really not digging DVD's and after I go through them all, I will probably wind up with the basics like Sansone again. And outdoor walking with home dumbbells and elliptical thrown in.
During tonight's workout, this particular trainer said, "now don't let those elbows touch down." No? I thought that was the way it was supposed to be. I'm lost. And I won't even go into what the Tae Bo DVD's are like. At least the one I already suffered through, and one scheduled for tomorrow. Why do I do this to myself, I ask. Because, hey, they were such a bargain. Remember?
After all is said and done, I guess I'm having fun. I just have to change my definition of fun.
Have a good day, friends.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Just some silly ponderings. Wondered if anyone else has:
-added sparkfriends, only to find, at some point, on your page that you need to add them? (so you do so again)
-tried to add yourself as a friend. (smiling)
-not been motivated by motivational stories. (I'm happy for the success of others, but have never been much of an externally-motivated gal.)
-tracked food until noon, and then didn't want to continue the rest of the day because you realized you exceeded your range. (not seeing it on the screen may make it less painful. yes, silly, i know.)
-made yourself laugh while doing exercise dvd's (the topic of a blog yet to be written) because your arms were flailing every which way and your leg work was nothing like that on the screen.
-not shown up on the leaderboards, or even in the lists, despite a large number of points earned.
Okay, just curious about these things. Have a wonderful day, friends.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
This is a complicated topic. Not only is sugar something that my body has always craved, but I've had psychological needs for it as well. Having always been sugar-sensitive, I believe that if I hadn't started this healthier lifestyle change in October '08, I would have certainly wound up with diabetes.
I made it from October '08 to September '09 w/o any sugar. Not even missing it. Amazing, but true as I'd balanced my insulin level with healthy eating. However, in September, I started the "just a little bit" syndrome. (thinking that I could teach myself moderation)
My idea of "just a little bit" is the entire pumpkin pie instead of the sliver. It is the entire Dove chocolate bar within 10 minutes of leaving the store (large size). I know that my 2010 list of goals will include continuing to work on this "all or none" approach to life.
It's a very simple, obvious point, but one that I have been reminded of during this holiday season. One reason that I did so well the first 10 months is that I didn't keep anything around. Now, knowing that there are goodies in here (for entertaining, of course), they call my name at very unexpected times.
I've noticed that I don't enjoy the sugar as much as I thought I did. When I have allowed myself to have it, I've made myself commit to no regrets. I figure if I am going to make a decision, I might as well enjoy it. Again, I was pretty surprised to learn that I don't enjoy it that much.
Which then comes back to the psychological pull, the topic that is written about in many books. Even though I consider myself a FORMER sugar queen of the universe, I still have to be very careful of that pull down the slippery slope. The cravings that are based in a number of situations unrelated to taste or satisfaction.
Knowing that I am in charge, and having made (mostly) good choices is very empowering. I can do this. So can you.
Happy New Year! (almost)
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