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Stay Motivated

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Whatever you do, remember not to give up. Each step along your way is one step closer to your goal. Look behind you to see where you were. Don't give up your progress by quitting. Hang in there!

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_VALEO_ 5/28/2009 2:06AM

    Logging in every day, and working one day at a time.
"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place."

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When Your Progress Becomes Stagnant

Monday, May 25, 2009

So, youíre trying to lose weight. Iíll be the first to tell you that it isnít easy. It does require consistent effort and sacrifice to see any results. But even when youíre doing everything right and following your plan, you may reach a point at which youíre stuck, making no progress, often called a plateau. Here are my top three tips for getting over that plateau.

First, increase your intake of water. Even if youíre already drinking plenty of water, adding an additional 2-3 cups a day can have some amazing results. Drinking other beverages, such as tea and juice can be good, but (1) you need water to help cleanse your body. The cleansing helps your organs, particularly your kidneys and your liver work more efficiently and that will help your weight loss efforts; and (2) water is good because it can give you a temporary full feeing, which can be ideal to curb cravings.

Second, try doing different exercises or different types of exercises. If you normally do a
combination of aerobics for your cardio, try power walking or using a treadmill. If youíre not doing any strength training, try adding some to your routine. A couple of 5 pound dumbbells are enough to give your workout a boost. If you are already doing strength training, change up your exercises.

Finally, alter your calories Ė a strategy called calorie shifting. Calorie shifting is a way to energize your metabolism or calorie cycling. This can entail changing the time of day you have your heaviest meals, changing the kinds of foods youíre eating, or a number of other combinations of changing your meals. Read up on it for more specific information. The idea of this method is to trick your metabolism, because if your weight loss has stopped or slowed when you have only partially reached your goals, your body has gotten used to your healthy eating habits. Calorie shifting (sometimes referred to as calorie cycling) is a good way to get back on track.


I hope these tips are helpful. If you donít see any change immediately, donít give up. Stick with it and maintain perseverance. Having patience and the fortitude to stay focused is an important tool in helping you reach your goals.

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TEAMROSE 6/2/2009 2:14PM

    Thank you for the nice support. Your blog is most helpful.

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AMJSATURN 5/31/2009 12:16AM

    Hi Will,

See you are faithfully blogging and encouraging other.

It is so true what the Bible says Practice giving and others give!!

The comments are totally on point and practical.

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_VALEO_ 5/28/2009 2:11AM

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing them and for the link.
You just made me drink another glass of water.

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RENA1965 5/25/2009 9:12PM

    Your the man, solid advice! I am never disappointed reading your blogs! Keep em coming my friend!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/25/2009 7:36PM

    Great tips as always, Will
I have been wanting to do the calorie cycling but haven't had much luck so far. I will keep working on it.

I hope you had a good weekend and a good Memorial Day!


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A Simple Weight Loss Tip

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Losing weight is sometimes a challenge. So, here is a little tip for you that hopefully will give you what you need to promote your progress. The first thing that many of us do is limit how much we eat. Of course, if you take in more calories than you burn up, your weight loss efforts will be slow to show you results. But be sure you donít restrict your calories too much. The right amount of calories is essential for you to get the right amount of nutrients everyday and help to stimulate your metabolism for optimal weight maintenance.

So, how many calories should you get each day? The quick answer is it depends. Age, activity level, gender, and general eating patterns are some considerations. Here is a neat tool to help calculate the correct amount of calories you need. This is just a tool, so donít take it as absolute gospel. Depending on your individual situation, you may want to have more or less than what is suggested for you.


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MYTURN817 5/28/2009 10:07AM

    I just checked out the RealAge site and it's quite interesting. Put in the calculations for the calorie count and while it's kind of high (2757), it has given me some thought since SP told me to increase my caloric count based on the amount of exercise I do. I also took the nutrition test and found that helpful as well. My health age is lower than my real age so that was real cool! Guess I'm on the right track!! Thanks for the info.

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BAREADER 5/20/2009 2:11PM

    Okay, I looked again and 2316 is to maintain current weight, but even when I put in my goal weight it says 2100, that still sounds like too much. I usually only eat 1300 to 1400, and I have been losing at a steady rate.

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BAREADER 5/20/2009 1:57PM

    I don't know, it says I should be eating 2300 cals. a day! That seems like a lot, and I don't even burn that many calories total in a day, even when I do my maximum workout.

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DENNIS48 5/17/2009 12:16PM

    Cool tool, Will. Drop me a sparkmail when you get a chance.

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/17/2009 11:35AM

    Thanks so much, Will! I love RealAge, even though the test told me I was pretty ancient (it's the arthritis, muscle disease, and MS, I guess, plus high blood pressure and triglycerides!). According to their calculations, I can eat up to 2178 and maintain my current weight. That's really wonderful to know for the days I tend to eat more, because I have this terrible tendency not to track on such days and to "blow it." Now, I'll know to keep tracking, using that figure as a ceiling. Great!! - Sara emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/16/2009 11:23PM

    Thanks for the tool, Will
According to it, I should be eating a good 500 plus more calories than I am eating now. Wow!
But, I think I will stick with what Spark People recommends.


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PEPCEA 5/16/2009 10:58PM

    I've always admired people who have the discipline to count calories. I'm not one of them. It makes me feel like I'm on a diet and I don't want to think that I am. It was easier for me to give up the junk and eat vegan. I don't count calories or measure my food and have still been successful. Of course, I do have times when I eat richer stuff, like hoiidays and things but this is something that I can live with forever and that's a big plus for me. I really like the RealAge site. It has lots of information. Thanks for sharing!


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RENA1965 5/16/2009 10:21PM

    Thanks for the tip, I did the test and I am eating around where I should. Great you found this site, pump it so thin people thinking they need to loss weight can see realities to avoid eating disorders..

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How Do You Chew?

Monday, May 11, 2009

When I was little, like many kids, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother. She always told me to chew my food slowly and at least 20 times before swallowing, especially when eating things like nuts or meats or when eating vegetable such as broccoli, green leavy vegetables, or asparagus. She said itís healthier that way. Now, Iím reading all kinds of things about the benefits of chewing your foods more before eating it. One recent report suggested that it help losing weight and maintaining weight loss.

As an adult, I am not usually aware of my chewing. Iím sure that when Iím very hungry, I probably gulp my food down without thinking about it at all.

Do you chew your foods a lot prior to eating? Do you even pay attention at all to your chewing? If you do not, you may want to think about paying attention to that. It apparently is an important weight loss strategy and enhances a healthy lifestyle. Below are some articles on the topic.




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JUSTYNA7 5/12/2009 8:44AM

    If you chew your milk your hair will grow long. Well, that's what my uncle used to tell me, lol and I had very long hair!

Good reminder to slow down at meals and enjoy what we are eating! emoticon

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DEEANN8 5/12/2009 7:52AM

    I try to eat slowly, but guess I don't really pay attention to the chewing. Thanks for sharing.

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/11/2009 9:33PM

    Will, that was some sage advice your grandmother gave you. My late mom used to tell me I "inhaled" my food, and I hate to admit she was - and is! - right. I especially liked the ehow article's recommendation to commit to slowing down for, say, a two-week period. It's an experiment I REALLY need to conduct! It seems natural to me that savoring each mouthful would lead to more eating satisfaction...and more satiety, too! - Sara emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/11/2009 9:28PM

    I do try to eat slowly. But, if I am especially hungry, I tend to eat fast.
I have always heard that it takes 20 minutes for your body to realize it's full.


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BEEHAPPY2 5/11/2009 3:03PM

    William-Once again you have given us excellent advice! I also spent time with my grandma who was a nurse when I was young. I have always been a slow eater and chewed my food carefully. Sometimes it also helps to prevent choking. When I was a teacher, I ate so slowly I was never able to finish my meal before having to pick up the children from the cafeteria :) Thanks for the blog, Bee emoticon emoticon

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MISS_VIV 5/11/2009 10:28AM

    Mikiio I totally agree with you. I would be so WONDERFUL if dinner time could be a pleasant experience for families. In raising my boys, we had family dinner every night, until they were late high school and too involved in other things. We sat together and had our meal. Discussed the events of the day and it was rewarding. Taking time to eat and be healthy and sharing with each other.

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_VALEO_ 5/11/2009 10:15AM

    Great articles!

The key to success is to have a proper meal, not on the go but be sitting around the table -without TV-, eating slowly, and talking (besides it's a great time to catch up with everyone's day life).

Jo Levy is right, our time around the table is longer in Europe -even if it tends to be less and less true.
We put down our forks because we talk a lot between two bites, and it's not polite to talk with a mouthful -not really to eat when someone is talking, so you have to take some bites without anyone else can notice it.
Our diner at home can last between 30 min to 1 hour (and more than 1 hour when we have friends over), as we wait between each dish (starter, main dish, salad & cheese, dessert).
You fight better the feeling of being hungry when savoring every bite of what you eat.

You can only get a satiety feeling with a serving of 10 almonds for a snack if you take your time and chew them properly.

Time is HEALTH!

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ASH41749 5/11/2009 9:16AM

    I gulp my food down. I'm not sure that I have ever chewed a bite of food 20 times. I've even had people ask me if I take time to taste my food. LOL

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Don't Overlook A Second Opinion!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

When it comes to a medical diagnosis and treatment, never underestimate the importance of a second opinion, particularly if the diagnosis is something serious or if the treatment requires surgery. I know of several people who were incorrectly told by their doctor they had one thing, only to find out later they had something else. For one of them, it was too late to do anything about it since the disease was too advanced for treatment. A second opinion could have given her the right diagnosis the first time. When deciding your treatment options, doctors often ask you what you want to do. If he or she doesnít know Ė with the many years of training and experience they have had Ė why do they think their patients would know? Deciding what is best for you may require you to seek a second opinion.

Not to take anything away from doctors, as they have a difficult job to do; however, sometimes you have to take your own health and your own treatment in your own hands. Even if the second opinion differs from the first, the options they recommend for treatment may differ. But different or not, having an additional viewpoint just might save your life.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/10/2009 10:27PM

    Great advice as always, Will

Thank you.


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    This is some of the most important advice a person will ever read, Will! If I'd listened to the GP who told me I couldn't possibly have MS because I was 39 at the time, I might've gone a lot longer without the meds used to slow down its course. I didn't listen to him, found myself an excellent neurologist, and hired an internist based on recommendations and background qualifications. Whenever we found a questionable doctor, my late dad and I used to say, "Du-u-ump the DOC!"

Stay well and be well, Sara emoticon

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_VALEO_ 5/9/2009 3:39AM

    Great advice!
Any surgery act is potentially dangerous because of the anaesthesia, and any stay at the hospital can be dangerous because of drug-resistant staph infections, superbugs or MSRA" (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), checking and asking as many questions as possible can be vital.

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DEEANN8 5/6/2009 3:11PM

    Good advice... not just with medicine/health, but with many things in life.

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