Thursday, December 09, 2010
Christmas is coming . There is lots and lots and LOTS of snow here -- and although the work is piled as high on my windowsills as that snow, still I see Christmas in the not-so-distant future, and a bit of a breather at the end of the month.
So: I'm not really slouching towards Bethlehem to be born. More like staggering towards Christmas when I plan to spend several days curled up in my armchair in front of the fireplace, toasting my toes and reading something that is not remotely related to any case or file or work-related topic.
Yessssss. Skiing downhill towards Bethlehem!! Whoooosh!!
Monday, November 29, 2010
An article in today's Toronto Star says that taking a multivitamin helps with weight loss. Here's the link if you want to read the whole article:
In a nutshell, women who took a standard multi for 6 months lost 8 pounds more than women who took placebos. The theory is that taking the multi fills in nutritional "gaps" and revs the metabolism by some 6% while increasing satiety and reducing binge eating. The multi also reduces risk of heart attack some 41% by discouraging plaque buildup in the blood vessels, reducing inflammation and increasing arterial flexibility.
The key is to choose a multi which provides 100% of recommended daily nutrients, and then to supplement that with some additional Vitamin D3 because most multis don't provide the recently adjusted recommended amounts.
With my depodge programme, I have been eating at the low end of my calorie range. I do eat very carefully: lots of vegetables, fruits, lean protein, low or no fat dairy, whole grains: but 1200 calories makes it difficult to get the optimal nutrition in all categories every day. (In addition to calories/fat/protein/carbs I also track sodium, calcium, Vitamins A, C, D, E, folate, magnesium, etc.). So because I was noticing deficits, I had recently started taking a multi, additional calcium plus additional D3. (Recent research indicates D3 may help prevent cancer recurrence, particularly for persons living in northern climates where we tend to be sunshine deprived in winter).
The depodge is going well - I'm eying that black leather pencil skirt size 6 and thinking that any day now . . . . -- so maybe it's been the attention to micronutrients represented by the multi ++ which has been assisting as much as the low range calorie intake.
And that PGX supplement for fibre/satiety/blood sugar constancy continues to be of great assistance: this is product I really swear by when things feel like they're getting a little out of hand. It's a mulberry-derived University of Toronto "invention", so maybe not widely available outside Canada? I've mentioned it here a couple of times and would be interested to hear about others' experience with it if there's anyone else out there who has also tried it.
With my two rounds of flu, I haven't been getting in regular gym workouts -- but much as I love the gym for toning/mood control/strengthening, I know that the key to weight loss for me is nutrition tracking. And I also know that I always get right back to the gym when I'm well, so I don't worry too much about temporary interruptions.
A daily multivitamin: this is a pretty easy and low cost thing to do, especially if it helps with weight loss and weight loss maintenance. The Star article says it will: and from my own recent experience, I think maybe for me it does.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Despite having faithfully bared my arm for a flu shot at the very first opportunity, last Saturday's long-awaited visit with my sister was accompanied by sniffles and sneezes for both of us. Which developed over the past week into aches, sore throats, barking coughs, nausea, chills -- the full panoply of flu symptoms. I made it into work every day (but not for full days): and kept my self as isolated as possible from staff/clients while stamping out urgent fires only.
Sleep, fluids, more sleep, more fluids. I'm seeing some light at the end of the tunnel -- my sister reports the same by email this morning.
Hmmm. Sometimes the only way we permit ourselves to slow down a little is to get a little sick. Although we're successful in concealing it from the world in general, my sister and I do share the same triple type A personality.
I'm impatient with all the time that has fluwn by. There's so much stuff I need to get at. My mission is to be back in full fighting form by Monday!!
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Clothes are feeling a little more easy through the waist band: I had on my size eight pure wool (no stretch) black and white check pants this week with comfort all day long. There are still a couple items in the wardrobe that I know won't work for me right now, however . . . including the fave black leather pencil skirt which is my standard "test" item!! I just eye it and leave it hanging there . . .
So: what am I doing? In addition to the "broth" trick on returning home from work, I've been enjoying hot V8 juice. And experimenting with fat free Greek yogourt which is providing great creamy texture and more protein then my usual brand (although a few more calories as well . . . ). I have been able to stick with the lower end of my SP calorie range . . . no slip ups, daily tracking.
I'm quite a big fan of PGX supplement to help sustain a feeling of satiety. By acting as a carb blocker PGX assists with evening out blood sugar levels. It's a mulberry-derived fibre product developed through research at University of Toronto and the Canadian Centre for Functional Medicine. PGX comes in capsules, must be taken with liquid (which helps me with my water intake, always a problem) and also takes the edge of hunger before meals. Webber Naturals and WellBetX both offer the product. Not a miracle cure by any means, it requires diligence with diet and exercise (nothing new about that). But I've used PGX before and always find it assists with "weight creep" and easing back down into maintenance range . . . before things get out of hand.
In addition, because it's hard to get complete nutrition at the lower calorie range, I have been taking 1000 UI Vitamin D (days are shorter, not out on the sunny golf course, Vitamin D deficiency associated with cancer recurrence) plus 1000 mg calcium and for added insurance, an all round multi-vitamin. And I've been monitoring my caffeine intake and my sleep.
Another week or so and I'll hop back on the scales, but I'm feeling optimistic. This maintenance gig is always so much tougher for me than weight loss -- really it is -- and I have to learn over and over again that eternal vigilance is the name of the game. Way too easy to delude myself that I'm being careful enough -- until the pants get too snug. Always has been, always will be.
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