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Life Happens....

Sunday, December 04, 2011

I just read a post about someone who took a detour on losing weight because "life happens". This got me thinking about how many times I have used that as an excuse to eat poorly, not exercise and become downright lazy about doing the things I need to do to be fit and healthy.

"Life Happens" should not be an excuse to let myself go, rather it ought to be the motivation for me to make all the improvements I can so that I can enjoy and/or cope with whatever life deals out to me.

Yeah, life happens, but that is no excuse to let myself go downhill without a fight.

Never give up! Never Give In! I am worth the effort to be healthy and strong!

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JUGE300000 12/8/2011 7:52AM

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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/5/2011 6:21AM

    I so agree with you!

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ARCHIMEDES2 12/4/2011 3:19PM

  Couldn't agree more! Great reminder.

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LIV2RIDE 12/4/2011 9:33AM

    I totally agree! Life happens should be a very good reason to get yourself together. Because when you allow yourself to get lazy and let go of those healthy habits life won't happen anymore. Keeping up with the healthy habits help keep your mind off of the stresses of life or whatever situation is giving you grief. Sometimes you need something else to think about other than your troubles. Think instead of healthy recipes you can make, exercise you can fit in to alleviate the stress you may be under, a friend you can reach out to that may also need support or just think about how you can improve the situation. Either way life is all the reason you need to keep up with those healthy habits you have worked so hard to incorporate into your life.

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EJHEINRICH1 12/4/2011 9:24AM

    I agree! Thank you for the reminder! :-)

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Ways to help with those cravings this season:

Friday, December 02, 2011

Some tips to help with those cravings over the holidays:
1. Drink more water - I find that when I am eating more junk food it is because, in reality, I am really thirsty not hungry.

2. Brush Your Teeth - some how a clean, fresh minty mouthful makes that chocolate cake seem less appealing.

3. Out of sight, out of mind... don't store those treats where you can see them. If you are at a gathering, then don't, I repeat DON'T, stand by the treat table.

4. Don't skip meals - keep your body well nourished to make it easy to say, "No, thank you," to junk food.

5. Relax - too often we eat due to being stressed out. Practice deep breathing exercises and/or yoga poses.

6. Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Too often we grab a sugary fatty treat for a pick me up, these won't be necessary if we are well rested.

7. Remind yourself why you should be avoiding sweets. Make a list and put it on a notecard to carry with you if you need a constant visual reminder.

8. Most important, this holiday season, have fun!!!

Hope you all have a healthy, happy holiday season!! Stay warm :-)

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7WORSHIPS 12/3/2011 1:34AM

  Thanks for all the great tips. I plan to use all of them to keep me from making the mistakes I made during the Thanksgiving holidays.

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DDESERTDDAWN 12/2/2011 9:09PM

    GREAT list.
Love the idea of having reminders written on a card! I was thinking on a phone note, might work too-- could look like we are checking messages, heehee

Whatever the form, reminders make sense!

Thanks for this,
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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/2/2011 6:40PM

    The best way bar-none to handle the potential problems is to eat large amounts of crustiferous--green leafy vegetables. Not only do they give your body what it is craving, but it tames the craving monster right down.

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    Those are all great reminders! Especially for this time of year!

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MNNICE 12/2/2011 5:18PM

    Great reminders. I think my biggest struggle right now is with #5. I know there are, and will be, time I need to take a few deep breaths, stretch, and stop to think about whether I really want that treat or not!

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LIV2RIDE 12/2/2011 2:09PM

    Great list! I use #1 and #2 and they seem to work MOST of the time. I still like your idea of freezing the cookie dough.

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ARCHIMEDES2 12/2/2011 12:54PM

  Great list! I am a big fan of the brushing your teeth technique ... I just wish I remembered to use it more often! Good idea on keeping the list with you of reasons to avoid sweets. I'm going to do that! One that I would add (or an addition to #5) -- is when you are faced with the sweets, relax at that moment, and take a few deep breaths. Sometimes that helps me expand my awareness to more than just the brownies in front of me.

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I am going to need an extra dose of...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

committment to eating foods that will nuture and strengthen my body because it seems DH is almost proud of the fact that he is over-indulging in sugary snacks and is constantly buying the stuff so it is in the house.

Last night when we were went out doing errands, before we even got to the first stop he was talking about going to the local cafe to have coffee and pie. We had just eaten before we left (getting in the car seems to be a trigger for him because eating out is the only time he gets to eat that fatty meaty items [and he loves to eat like that]). I told him I did not want to eat pie because I just had a healthy meal. So, he decided that when we stopped at Wally-World (Wal-mart) that he's buy a something there and bring it home.

Fortunately, by the time he got to the bakery section of the store, he had decided to limit his eats to just a donut. Yeah, that meant no leftovers in the house for me. My daownfall in that bakery is the chocolate cake donuts. I was so glad that the only ones that were on display were the ones covered with colorful frosting - I do not like that so it was easier for me to say no. Then, I started going around the displays thinking about what I would like for my treat (never mind my "I am only going to eat sweets one day a week and I had already had my day).

I handled several packages and read the ingredients - boy, are there a lot of ingredients in products that are mostly sugar, fat and salt. One plastic container of chocolate covered donuts had an ingredient list that covered over half the package, most of them I had no idea what they were. Even the package of choclate chip cookies had a long list of ingredients, probable 3-4 times more than if I made them from scratch.

emoticon If I "have" to eat that stuff, then I need to make it at home so I can control and know exactly what goes into it. I am so glad that I was able to resist temptation and really hope to keep my commitment to limiting sugary, snacks to only one day a week until I get to the point where my sweets will be in the form of whole fruits.

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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/1/2011 7:15AM

    I guess he has a death wish. Sorry hon, but it's the truth. What he is doing to his body isn't fun! How long has it been since he's had a full blood screening? Perhaps it's in order.

Stay strong and when he sees you getting healthier he may decide for life.

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BOOKLADY3 11/30/2011 2:31PM

    I am learning to like hot chocolate without the mix: I heat 1/2 cup of water, add 1 tsp. Hershey's cocoa, mix, add cinnamon, fill the rest of the cup with soy milk, add a packet of Stevia. It is not as sweet as I'd like, but is very satisfying in the evening.

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LIV2RIDE 11/30/2011 2:20PM

    emoticon You did great at not bringing anything home. I have a similar problem with sweets. I'm working really hard to either give them up entirely or allow for them in my daily calorie allotment. I'm also making the treats at home IF I choose to have one. If I portion them out and freeze them it takes effort to have one and often I don't want to go through that much pain just to have a brownie bite. LOL It's a trick but it's working for me (right now).

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BARBIE1967 11/30/2011 1:27PM

  Wally world has Odwalla fruit and nut bars and they are wonderfull. Completely satify a sweet craving. I found a couple of them that have like 5 ingredients. I thought that was so awesome. Lara bars are good too and feel like getting treats with out all of the fat and calories. My boyfriend is the same way, in part I think he is trying to sabotage me. He knows I am a fiend for chocolate and sits on the couch late at night with temptation. Which is double bad eating sugar and going to bed on it. Found some wonderful sugar free Swiss Miss hot chocolate for only 25 calories per serving.

You can do this!!!!

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Can I do a Half Marathon?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I set a goal to do a 10k next year, but as I was looking for local races I happened to see one that is close by where I live is going to have pacers for the marathon. And they had just my pace. I think a marathon would be too much for me at this time, but a half marathon may be doable if I start to train now. I figured I could tag along with the slower pacer group and then be able to complete my goal with over exerting myself.

I have til Dec. 31 to decide and get the lowest entry fee. It is something for me to think about.

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KELLEEH 11/28/2011 3:53PM

    I think you can do it! I have completed two half marathons - I walked one and walked/jogged the other. One day I would like to run one. It's tons of fun. It's exciting to train for a race like that. Best of luck to you!

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MISSLISA1973 11/28/2011 7:28AM

    I bet you can! emoticon
My recommendation would be to work out a starting-to-train plan for now to the end of the year and see how it goes for you. I had planned to do a half, but it was too much too soon for me, but you are much more active than I was (am). Plus I did silly stuff, like walk after work in my work clothes and the heat of the day instead of going out in the morning or evening in workout clothes. Wore myself out quick. But you won't make those mistakes, so I think you'll do GREAT!
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LIV2RIDE 11/27/2011 5:57PM

    I'm not a runner so I can't offer any specific advice. I'll tell you what my dad has told me all my life. You can do anything you set your mind to. So if it is something you want to do, come up with a plan and do it. The only one stopping you is you and what is in your head. emoticon

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BREWMASTERBILL 11/27/2011 3:10PM

    If you can currently run 3 miles with relative ease and you have 3-4 months to train (and you can run 3-4 days per week), you can probably do a half.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 11/27/2011 11:27AM

    You will know by then if this is the next challenge for you to take on. Anything is possible with a plan. Find the right training program for you and run, run, run. Consistency is the key.

Daphne in Doral (Miami)

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I did not even miss the turkey

Friday, November 25, 2011

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day and I started it with a Turkey Run 5k, a charity run for the Shriner's Hospital for Children. Then for our dinner, I prepared a nontraditional meal. I decided to do a Fall Harvest Theme rather than the Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings.

Here is what we had:
Butternut Squash soup
Salad with mixed greens
Roasted Vegetables (squash, sweet potato, potato, Brussel sprouts, carrots, onion)
Black Bean and Carrot Tamale
Apple Pie Lara Bar for dessert

It was my first attempt at making tamals and boy, were they yummy; much better than those we get a the local Mexican restaurant.

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ELEMENOPEO 11/26/2011 10:28AM

    Sounds wonderful! We had a stuffed roast chicken since my son hates turkey. It turned out well. But I think tamales sound fantastic. And soup...mmm.

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DORY1949 11/25/2011 3:06PM

    Loved your Thanksgivng Day Menu-next year will try some of the dishes. I didn't miss the turkey either-had Tuscan White Bean soup, baked stuffed w quinoa acorn squash, salad w lots of greens, appetizers of green and orange and red peppers and hummus.

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LIV2RIDE 11/25/2011 10:53AM

    Your meal sounds delish! I'd love the recipe for the black bean and carrot tamale if you are willing to share. I've never made tamales before but LOVE mexican food.

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SPARKLED146 11/25/2011 7:48AM

    That meal sounds delicious!

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IMEMINE1 11/25/2011 7:10AM

    Sounds very good.

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