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Back End of a Caterpillar

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Love those tubes of fresh herbs.

Nobody else in my household is really keen on fresh herbs. For me, they add flavour and vitamins and colour to my soups and salad dressings and omelettes without much in the way of additional calories. So I'm a big fan.

But when I buy a whole bunch of dill, or cilantro, then generally speaking I won't get it all used up before it's gone a bit slimy. Which has gotta be sub-optimal. Whereas a tube of fresh chopped cilantro comprises three average bunches and stays fresh to the end. And in addition, if I want, say, "Italian" then I'd have to buy a bunch of basil, and a bunch of rosemary, and a bunch of Italian parsley, and a bunch of . . . you get the idea. Which means that the tube of mixed chopped fresh herbs in whatever "ethnic" variation is also a terrific idea.

So yeah. Getting a tube of fresh chopped herbs is a huge bargain.

And this morning when I was preparing this week's pot of curried lentil soup, I added a big squirt of the fresh cilantro right at the end. Mmmm. Delicious.

As a person who looks for and raises Monarch caterpillars every summer on milkweed leaves until they spin up into their jade green chrysalises, and then ultimately hatch and fly away, I'm really not all that squeamish about the back end of caterpillars either.

Still, while making my soup this morning it did occur to me . . . and I immediately suppressed that thought. Firmly. Because I really like fresh herbs. And am not a vulgar person, not at all!!

Just sayin'.

  
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LEGALLYBLONDE81 6/21/2011 7:48AM

    I never even thought of using the tubes. I got so sick of composting 3/4 of a bunch of herbs that I planted cilantro, chives and mint (for mojitos!) in my side garden. I'm going to try this. Where do you get yours? I can't remember where I've seen them.

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PENNYAN45 6/21/2011 7:46AM

    Thanks for the tip. I also like to use fresh herbs when I cook - and often wind up with a slimy bunch of stuff in the bottom of the refrigerator.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/20/2011 11:46PM

    LOL!
Thanks for sharing this tip! I'm really enjoying fresh mint from the garden at the moment. It's great minced into yogurt with salt and pepper, eat chilled.
You have also reminded me of the cilantro my mother planted in the garden a couple of years ago. Last summer it reseeded itself. I'll wander out into the corner in the morning and see if it's growing this year.
Hugs,
Usha.

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NEWKAREN43 6/20/2011 8:39PM

    Thanks for sharing this bit of info and the link. I grow basil and use it all summer but as I get too much, I make pesto from it and freeze it in ice cube trays to use as I want through the fall, it never lasts much into winter, I have a pesto eating family!!! Herbs...love them...I added you as a friend, I hope you'll add me too. Blessings on this journey of health and fitness. Karen

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BARBIETEC 6/19/2011 6:50PM

    omelettes!!!! I have not thought of that!!! Wow I am going to try that out!

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FLOWINGWATER 6/19/2011 5:15PM

    Hmm...gotta check out those tubes. I've never seen them, but herbs are so darn PRICEY! It's a shame when the go slimy. I'm trying to plant as many as I can, so I don't have to buy, but things like cilantro, basil, and parsley are annuals, so they're a pain.

Thanks for the tip!!

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NANCY- 6/19/2011 4:21PM

    Thanks for the info about the tubes. I hate it when good herbs go bad.

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WATERMELLEN 6/19/2011 3:31PM

    The tube herbs I've been buying are called Gourmet Garden, manufactured in Australia and imported into North America through a California distributor:

http://www.gour
metgarden.com/

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IMAGINE_IT 6/19/2011 3:28PM

    I love to experiment with fresh herbs..even though i just started a few months ago...i usually 'throw' a little bit of "this and that" into my soups..and other dishes...and nothing tastes better!! But i am not sure if we have 'Herbs in Tubes'...that is probably another cool Canadian Thing?? emoticon
Ellen..you raise Monarch caterpillars??? Awesome!!
I love Butterflies..and been looking into planting more Butterfly friendly shrubs...etc... emoticon

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CAROLJEAN64 6/19/2011 3:06PM

    Give us some information about how to get these herbs, sounds like just what I am looking for. I love the fresh herbs and hate the slimeys when I don't use them up.

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CARRAND 6/19/2011 2:35PM

    I'll have to look for those fresh herbs in tubes. I don't think I've seen them.

I make a curried lentil soup that I love. I just finished the last bowl of it out of the freezer, so it's time to make more.

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LESLIELENORE 6/19/2011 1:07PM

    I had never heard of fresh herbs packaged like that, so thanks for the info. I love fresh herbs, but usually only get them in the summer from the farmer's market or my parent's garden.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/19/2011 12:58PM

    LOL... love it! I have a recipe that calls for fresh cilantro but it's rather a big deal when I make it... this suggestion might make me more likely to prep it!

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PHEBESS 6/19/2011 12:36PM

    ROFL!!!!!



I have to add that certain herbs freeze well, rosemary being a prime example. Also oregano and thyme. Basil, not so much. Not as good as green and fresh, but better than dried. (I LOVE cilantro!!!!! Mmmmmm, so much like the taste of summer!)

And I'm thinking that I need some milkweed in my garden......

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To Waste and Not To Waist: That is the Question!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4304834


CMRAND54 has a wonderful blog -- link above -- about learning how to waste food. Not eating everything on your plate. Discarding part of the cheese. Setting aside the top half of the bun. Selecting only the most perfect fries, the ones that are "just right": neither too limp or too dark. Then dumping the rest because they're just not good enough to be worth the calories.

This blog reminds me of my mother, who had the same super-efficient metabolism I "enjoy" and that my daughter "enjoys" as well.

Mum was a fitness instructor in the early 50s at the local YWCA, long before fitness classes were the norm. When we went dress shopping together (mother in her girdle and bra and garter belt and nylon stockings and slip and heels and day dress and short white gloves and small hat with a veil: my sister and I in matching Mary Janes and ankle socks and slips and crisp starched hand-smocked cotton dresses), she prided herself on fitting into a size 16. The very same size, she'd tell us, as Marilyn Monroe.

Back home for supper? She did not require us to "eat everything on our plates, or no dessert". She did not entertain us with harrowing tales about the starving children in India.

She'd shake her head when my father offered her a second helping of roast beef and potatoes. Take just a sliver of her own superb home-baked apple pie. Then push aside part of that portion, and sip a cup of black coffee instead.

"Better it should go to waste than to my waist," she'd say.

Self-regulation. That is the question. And the necessity, if that's the reality of your biological legacy.

Unfair? Maybe so. But on the other hand, both my daughter and I also inherited my mother's double cheek dimples!!

  
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LEGALLYBLONDE81 6/19/2011 10:40PM

    This questions can be rhetorical, but I'd be curious to know whether your mother (or her family) were comfortable during the depression.

Now I'm dreaming up a whole blog on weight and class.

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PHEBESS 6/19/2011 12:39PM

    I always feel so virtuous when I leave something on my plate. Although I don't throw it away, it goes into the fridge for another meal. Even an uneaten baked potato from a restaurant meal comes home and gets scrambled into eggs for dinner in a night or two.

I don't want to waste, but I don't want to waist either!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/18/2011 9:52PM

    One of my favorite experiments a couple of weeks ago was to go to an all you can eat soup, salad and bakery bar. I allowed myself a taste of the breads I wanted, the top of a blueberry muffin, a bite of brownie, and let the rest go to waste. A taste was enough. Not all calories are equal in nutritional value, as you know.


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WATERMELLEN 6/18/2011 8:39PM

    Eating food I didn't need is just another kind of waste: a "waisting" waste, in fact, because that's where I'll wear it!!

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CARRAND 6/18/2011 7:42PM

    You're lucky you learned from your mother not to clean your plate. My parents hated to waste food. It took me 60 years to realize that the food is just as gone whether I eat it or toss it.

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INSHAPE2011 6/18/2011 6:04PM

    I tried the Beck suggestion of overloading my plate and eating only what I planned recently and it was amazingly difficult but I did do it and feel proud of it. I was brought up to finish my plate and struggle badly with that. I aim to practice again and as prescribed by Beck before every major outing to strengthen my will. "rather to waste, than to my waist!"... I love this, I'll remember it next time!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/18/2011 2:04PM

    Oh, your mom was wise. Glad you learned the lesson. I had great family that was caring and nuturing, intelligent, responsible and hard working, but no one was wise about food. Sometimes even today I eat more than I truly want because I don't want it to go to "waste". Foolish. Thanks for making me stop and think again.

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REJ7777 6/18/2011 1:44PM

    Thank you for recommending that blog. I'm going to go take a peek at it. You had a good model in your mother, as far as controlling food intake goes!

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FLOWINGWATER 6/18/2011 1:11PM

    I must say, I do struggle with not wasting - especially in restaurants. The other day, at Red Lobster, I asked them to pack up half my meal before they brought it to me. I had heard of that tip, but never had the guts to actually ask for it. I'm glad I did, but, they didn't pack up half the dessert and I couldn't stop eating that little devil!!! emoticon

I like the idea of thinking of food as "not good enough to be worth the calories". I'll have to use that one!

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Friday Evening

Friday, June 17, 2011

Work all done: and it was a fairly tough slog.

Isn't Friday evening one of the best times of the week?

Saturday and Sunday stretch ahead. Twenty-four hours in each one! Chores, sure, they need to get done: and I wanna go to the gym, too.

But there will be time to unwind. Relax. Have fun.

Jammies, a book. No need to set the alarm.

Friday evening. Ahhhhhhh.

  
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PHEBESS 6/18/2011 12:28PM

    YAY for Fridays! There's a whole 48 hours of possibilities ahead!

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IMAGINE_IT 6/18/2011 11:19AM

    Have a wonderful weekend Ellen :)

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NANCY- 6/18/2011 9:36AM

    Each day is a treasure.
Enjoy your weekend.


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MIRAGE727 6/18/2011 7:16AM

    I do look at Friday evening as special too. After dinner, I spent time in my pool and it was wonderful. I slept better because of it. Enjoy the weekend!

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TRYINGHARD1948 6/18/2011 2:28AM

    Enjoy!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/18/2011 12:56AM

    A well deserved rest. Enjoy your weekend!

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CARRAND 6/17/2011 9:21PM

    I love Friday evenings!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/17/2011 8:05PM

    Ah, sounds like a great Friday evening! Wanna swap? I've got the overnight shift tonight and SHOULD be headed for a nap right now. emoticon

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Kindergarten Marshmallow Test, Self-Regulation and Obesity

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Toronto Globe and Mail is running an interesting series on all-day kindergarten, and the impact full-day kindergarten may have on early childhood development.

In Ontario this past year, there has been a controversial experiment with tax-payer funded all day kindergarten for junior and senior kindergartens at selected schools. Lots of parents like it, because it reduces the costs of daycare for working mothers and (when integrated with in-school daycares before and after kindergarten) creates a seamless day for little people without those worrying transitions to the daycare provider. On the other hand, lots of tax payers don't like it, because obviously all-day kindergarten dramatically increases early education costs.

My own kids are long past kindergarten age: they were lucky enough to have every day half day kindergarten still available to them, which seemed to me the happiest compromise at the time. And I was able to be home with them for the other half day, no daycare required. We did all kinds of fun things during those half days together. But I've got to acknowledge, very few kids now will be at home with mum if they're not in school. So it's a debate I've followed with some interest.

So far, the early results do seem to indicate that most children make big big gains with the all day kindergarten programme. But it's not so much about rapid intellectual prowess with reading or numbers: the all-day kindergarten program has focused on a "play-based" curriculum. It's when kids first learn to love school and learning that they will later learn to love reading and writing and everything else that is part of the academic world: you can get kids reading early, but if they hate it they won't continue to build upon those early academic gains. So the full-day play based kindergarten program gains have been mostly with social and emotional development: EQ (emotional quotient) gains. Here's the link if you'd like to read the whole story.

www.theglobeandmail.com/news/nationa
l/toronto/kindergarten/eq-over-iq-how-
play-based-learning-can-lead-to-more-s
uccessful-kids/article2059603/


What's this got to do with Spark topics of weight loss/weight maintenance? It's the old IQ/EQ debate: and yes, EQ matters so much more.

The article references a 40-year-old Stanford study in which kindergarten-age students were subjected to the "marshmallow test": the child was left with a tempting marshmallow for 15 minutes, and told that if he or she could resist eating the marshmallow, then at the end of the test he could have two marshmallows.

About 30% of the children tested at age four were able to "self-regulate". Regardless of whether they were early readers, or had early numeracy skills (indicating high IQ, intellectual quotient) those self-regulators were the kids with high EQ (emotional quotient).

Follow up testing over the subsequent 40 years has apparently established that those children who at age four had high EQ and were the best "self-regulators" tended in turn to become the most successful in later years academically (intellectually) AND socially.

The early self-regulators got better grades and more education and higher-earning careers. But they were also most likely to avoid sexual promiscuity, drug and obesity problems.

Well, I guess it's too late for me to go back and take the four year old marshmallow test!

But I've been joking for some time that I can resist anything but temptation. So I try hard to avoid temptation by re-arranging my environment. If I had known at four what I know now, I would have hidden that marshmallow behind the plasticine or the building blocks and then possibly been able to wait out the 15 minutes!!

Judith S. Beck's "Diet Solution" is really about catch-up training in self-regulation: learning to think like a thin person. Beck tells us that NO CHOICE matters, that it's important not to eat standing up and to stick with the pre-planned meals -- not so much because of the calories involved (which might be relatively trivial) but because every time we submit to temptation we strengthen the "giving -in" muscle, and every time we self-regulate, we strengthen the "resistance muscle".

Makes sense. Many of us don't need more "intelligence" about weight loss: we know what we need to do. I've known so many pretty smart, pretty accomplished people who've achieved a great deal in other areas of their lives but just cannot lick obesity. That's in part what's so frustrating. Because it's so frustrating to have all the other accomplishments undercut by the (visible, constant, health-harming) evidence of failure in the obesity self-regulation area.

The difficulty is making ourselves do what we know we need to do: resisting that marshmallow, the trick we needed to have learned at age four or so.

What we need is more EQ, remedial self-regulation. And so it makes sense that so much of what we're offered on SP (teams, points, motivators, blogs) is really about building community and boosting EQ.

Thanks, SP and thanks Judith S. Beck. Looks like I've been making up for lost time. Better late than never I suppose!!

  
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PHEBESS 6/18/2011 12:36PM

    Fascinating! I too can resist anything but temptation - and yes, as a consequence, have built in some avoidance of situations or places that I know offer too much temptation. Not easy when I'm married to the 4 yr old who'd eat that marshmallow in the first minute, and then cry when he didn't get the two at the end of the test!

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NINJA_SMOO 6/16/2011 12:53PM

  Very interesting article! Thanks for posting :)

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DANASEILHAN 6/16/2011 12:09PM

    That'd be great if obesity were really about moral failing. But there are slender people walking around with chronic disease, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. If they're diagnosed less often with those things than obese people, we haven't yet established that that isn't because they think they're healthy because they're slender, therefore they go to the doctor less often.

I think most people who try to lose weight fail because they have no idea what they are doing, and they're going about it all wrong. There is so much scientific evidence now that the simplistic notion of weight loss being about calories eaten versus calories exercised off is incorrect. If you're not doing something right, of course you won't succeed at it. Yet every time someone comes up with an alternative explanation that is *better* supported by the science, they are roundly shouted down and then ignored.

If you are starving (1800 calories a day is semi-starvation, by the way), of course you are going to want to eat. It's not a failure of self-regulation but actually a *success* of it. If all you ever eat are foods that do not induce satiety because you heard those were lower in calories, you are going to be starving most of the time. In the end, you can hypothesize all you want about human beings being walking calorimeters, but you cannot argue with Mother Nature.

Gary Taubes is a worthwhile person to read on this topic. If you like dense science reading, Good Calories, Bad Calories is an excellent book. If you have no patience for dense science reading or you know it's over your head, Why We Get Fat is an acceptable alternative.

I used to have horrific problems being tempted to eat potato chips and drink full-sugar soda. I have completely kicked both (very rarely, I'll still have sweet potato chips--like maybe twice a year), and it wasn't from telling myself I was a non-self-regulating failure, it was from getting all the stuff out of my diet that was making my insulin and blood sugar spike and crash all over the place. Hunger is a biochemical response, not a failure of character. Work with your biochemistry, not against it, and see what happens.

P.S. I daresay children would develop an even better EQ if the adults most important to them in their lives would bother raising them instead of giving birth to/fathering them and then offering them up to the state for rearing. A kid's job is to learn how to be an adult, and they want more than anything else to learn that from their own extended families. That's what they're wired for, that's what they expect, and that's what is routinely thwarted at every turn when they are institutionalized at age six or earlier. John Holt and John Taylor Gatto are good writers to read on the subject.

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/15/2011 10:20PM

    Totally fascinating.

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BLUESKY_321 6/15/2011 9:40PM

    Excellent thoughts here! Thanks so much for sharing!

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DBCLARINET 6/15/2011 6:25PM

    Fascinating post! I agree with what TryingHard said about obese people rewarding themselves with food. My husband came from a family where bonding involved bags of BBQ potato chips and his dad's homemade dip of two bricks of cream cheese, a tub of sour cream, and ketchup to taste. When I had concerts in college, I would often celebrate by going out for dessert afterward.

I think your article is spot-on with the EQ. I just think so many of us have experiences where food is part of building EQ (if I understand it correctly), instead of rewarding ourselves with other things or finding things we enjoy other than eating food.

SparkPeople definitely increased my EQ where food and exercise are concerned and gave me a community to turn to until my husband came around and joined me on the get-healthy quest.

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KALIGIRL 6/15/2011 1:14PM

    When you think about it self-regulation is all there is. We're responsible for our own behavior - choice or 'no' choice.

I agree - better late than never (good thing you can teach and old dog new tricks...)
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MSSNOWY 6/15/2011 9:56AM

    Very good points, Ellen. Thanks for sharing the article and your thoughts.


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NANCY- 6/15/2011 9:22AM

    "The difficulty is making ourselves do what we know we need to do"
Ah yes... I have seen that study... for some children it was extremely painful to wait. I experienced this with staying out of the junkfood aisle, the pull is incredible.
Changing behavior is difficult, not impossible. Resistance is needed to change a habit. Then there is a tipping point. Once resistance is a habit it becomes the norm for us and not difficult at all.
Thanks for sharing this.


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DONNACFIT 6/15/2011 12:56AM

    Love your blog..so true..we all know what to do to lose weght.. eat less/move more...it's the actual doing it that's tough.. I need that EQ..thanks :)

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/15/2011 12:51AM

    I saw that Stanford study with the marshmallow several years ago, when I was raising my own young 'uns. Interesting what it says about resisting temptation and postponing gratification over the course of a whole life. Fifteen minutes can be a long time for a young child. Self talk makes a big difference.
My version is to allow myself small pleasures and enjoy them. Delaying gratification is built into the way I eat. For example, I generally don't eat dessert in the evenings. Instead of an extra helping reward, hopefully my reward will be losing these last ten pounds.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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TBANMAN 6/14/2011 11:21PM

    An interesting idea to say the least. I know I need to exercise my "resistance" muscle as much as I exercise my bicep or my quad.

It's just not as much fun.

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LEGALLYBLONDE81 6/14/2011 9:17PM

    I have no problem self regulating when it comes to marshmallows... they are not tempting...

This was a great blog! Really interesting. But, I would posit that there it may not be as simple as across the board self regulation. I am great at self regulating academically (I always have been). Not so good when it comes to eating... Anyone else good in one area but not in others?

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SLENDERELLA61 6/14/2011 8:56PM

    Great blog!! Very interesting concept. Now I'm debating whether to give my 4 year old gd the marshmellow test or not, but my gut instinct says she would not last 30 seconds. Guess I better read the article to see if there are some ways I can help her. Bet I wouldn't have lasted even 30 seconds at that age, but I am making progress in developing some of those skills now. And you certainly have!

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CARRAND 6/14/2011 8:31PM

    Great blog. It sounds right to me.

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TRYINGHARD1948 6/14/2011 7:25PM

    Great blog Ellen. I was interested in your comment about people who have achieved so much and still cannot lick obesity. I sometimes think that people who have achieved highly still reward themselves with something in the mouth, going back to babyhood sucking which gave so much fulfillment, and because they are so 'good' in every other area. Smoking fulfills this need for some but does have life threatening consequences which some people are prepared to risk, amazingly.

Thanks, indeed, to Sparkpeople.



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Feet or Fork? Metabolic Inflexibility

Monday, June 13, 2011

I've known for a long time that weight loss and maintenance for me are primarily about "diet": controlling calories IN is more effective for me than boosting calories OUT.

Exercise is very very important, of course: both physically (strength and toning, cardio, flexibility) and psychologically (sustaining my typically upbeat and happy mood).

But I could exercise plenty and stay pretty hefty. I can never exercise enough to eat whatever I want -- not even when I was routinely running 10 km a day (and grinding out my knees and hips in the process). Even burning all those calories (which I thought justified eating pretty much whatever I wanted the rest of the day), I was a size 12 and weighed about 20-25 pounds more than I do today.

So you can imagine that today's article about the "feet versus fork" debate in the Toronto Globe and Mail was of great interest to me: here's the link if you want to read the whole thing (and it includes a further link to the actual debate at University of Ottawa).

www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/
fitness/exercise/fitness-research/sorr
y-folks-but-you-have-to-diet---and-exe
rcise/article2055780/


What's it say? In a nutshell, what you'd expect: exercise IS important; diet matters too; but for many people, diet may matter more.

You're more likely to be heavy if you eat more meat; more likely to be slimmer if you eat more fruit. True, the more you run, the less likely meat eating will be a factor . . . but that may be because running more affects the body's tendency to burn fat. In addition, the runner who eats a high fat meal is more likely to adjust subsequent calorie intake for the rest of the day because exercise affects appetite: and so the runner is also more likely to burn off the excess fat intake. An obese person who eats a high fat meal is more likely to keep right on chowing down for the rest of the day and to store the excess fat as . . . yeah, right. So the factors are intertwined, for sure.

The term researchers are using for the tendency of the obese to store rather than burn excess fat, all factors (calories IN and calories OUT) being equal? "Metabolic inflexibility".

Dunno whether the fancy term helps or not. My metabolism, I'm pretty sure, is by its nature both super-efficient AND inflexible. So if my stretching exercises at the gym assist with physical flexibility, I'm thinking that the gym more generally is helping with the innate and inherited tendency to metabolic inflexibility as well.

The fun factor is key for me in staying the exercise course. Loved my 10 km running mostly because it was outside and with friends: ditto cross country skiing last winter. Yesterday's golf game -- four hours twenty minutes -- in cool temperatures, trotting around at a very brisk pace, and taking more swings at the ball than would have been optimal: all that added up to a nice change from the gym, and resulted in me clocking up a more satisfying calorie burn.

Plus, I saw a bluebird!!

  
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PHEBESS 6/18/2011 12:31PM

    Exercise definitely has to be fun for us to keep up with it. But I think "feet or fork" may become my new mantra!

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/15/2011 10:24PM

    Thought-provoking. So much to ponder. Thanks!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/14/2011 5:44PM

    love this. thanks.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/14/2011 3:09PM

    Great blog. Great info. Your status statement made me want to read to find out what you were talking about. Glad I did! I'd vote for fork, but know the feet matters, too.

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BELLEFAITH42 6/14/2011 11:16AM

    Awesome blog post and interesting article. Its good to see that science is finally catching up to the real human experience. Interesting that the runners' study is about meat vs. fruits (and not protein vs. carbs or some such thing)

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BLUESKY_321 6/14/2011 8:48AM

    Great Blog! and I'm going to check out the full article when I have an extra minute.

I noticed that when I was in my 20s and early 30s I could use my feet to lose or maintain weight. Running an average of just 15 miles per week with some yoga & cardio-combo class a couple times a week and I could eat just about whatever I wanted and lose! Fast forward not so many years and all the running in the world plus eating whatever I want - oh that scale moved all right WAY UP! Bummer!

I still run and enjoy other forms of exercise, but it isn't impacting my weight at all... it all comes down to the fork side of the equation.

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NANCY- 6/14/2011 8:35AM

    For me what is important is both... feet and fork.

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FREELADY 6/13/2011 11:38PM

    Fascinating blog. Thank you!

Another factor I observe is that many of us tend to greatly overestimate how many calories are burned during various forms of exercise. So mentally I may misguidedly give myself permission to eat more after vigorous exercise, when actually I'm way over-doing the intake!

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KRISTI2661 6/13/2011 10:46PM

    Another good one, Ellen.

I used to think that I could just exercise more and maybe lose weight (I actually never tried it - too lazy) but when I really looked at everything that was going into my mouth and how much I was really burning through exercise - there is no way I could ever rely on exercise alone as my only way to lose weight.



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CARRAND 6/13/2011 2:00PM

    I think exercise and calories are both important for me. Building muscle seemed to help me eat a little more without gaining, but I know I can't eat as much as I used to when I was heavy. I found 2 forms of exercise I honestly love to do - strength training and yoga - and I do them because I love to do them rather than because they burn calories. If I focus on eating at least 2 fruits and vegetables at every meal, and getting plenty of fiber, my diet stays pretty much in balance and I'm satisfied.

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KALIGIRL 6/13/2011 12:45PM

    The fun factor is key for me in staying the exercise course."
Makes such sense - I'm still searching for the fun. Hoping I may become 'addicted' to the running or golf may be enjoyable later this season - we shall see.

I do have to admit strength training early morning revs up my metabolism (maybe the biking in does the same) and since I do like my wine and chocolate, I may vote feet over fork. (Wouldn't that be a change!)
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JOHAL52 6/13/2011 12:02PM

    Thanks for sharing that! I have been disappointed that all the extra walking I am doing hasn't seen a resultant downward movement on the scale. And I don't think I am eating more than I was before I added in the extra miles. Sigh, I still think age has to be considered in the mix!


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_LINDA 6/13/2011 10:56AM

    Thanks for sharing this!! I am depending on my exercise to keep my weight from coming back, so it will be interesting to see, when I get my foot surgery, and will be unable to do ANYTHING, whether I will still be able to maintain on diet alone. It will be an interesting experiment for this exercise lover. Good thing I am a vegetarian and really like eating only fruits and veggies!! Last time my layoff for this type of surgery was a half year, a very good test..
Have a Marvelous Monday!!

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OOLALA53 6/13/2011 10:54AM

    Over the years, I read accounts of people who started exercising before they changed their eating, and dropped weight, even though they weren't trying. I'm sure now they are the exception. I eat for loss and maintenance; I exercise, when I do, for vitality and help keeping up with dance class. Thanks for posting this for reinforcement! emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 6/13/2011 10:32AM

    Definitely with you on the super efficient metabolism. Exercise is for health benefits and enjoyment, but to use it as a way of losing weight just does not work for me. Great blog.

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PENNYAN45 6/13/2011 9:59AM

    Feet vs Fork - I love the term. It is a great visual. I think I'll borrow it.
Thanks for the link to the article - it was very informative. There's lots to know.


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