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Some pretty cool information on weight gain reasons and weight loss inspirations :-))

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Sunday, September 08, 2013

emoticon I LOVE information! Inquiring minds NEED to know! I've always been naturally inquisitive, perhaps it was my mother's photo-journalism background. She too..always wanted to know the what, where, and whys of things.

So...when I came across a GREAT 'More' magazine article about four snappy, gorgeous (and thin) women with their weight loss secrets you KNOW I'm going to read it. AND...if it's full of good stuff to help my spark buddy's you are gonna know about it also.

I love 'More' magazine because it's directed at the more mature woman and has the BEST articles..you should check it out sometime.

I love the way it starts out telling us that sometime around age 40 or 45 we wake up one morning and find ourselves facing a labor problem...our metabolism has staged a work slowdown. Don't we KNOW all about that? I never had to even think about my weight until I got into my mid to late 40's or so.

That is about the time that I realized I liked to eat more than I liked to move. BAD combo right? emoticon

It's also the time that we sold our big construction business and after being in that line of work for SO many years I kind of felt like I lost my identity. Funny how you can so self identify with a career. We built this beautiful house which was a great distraction for about a year or so...(the one we are now fighting so hard now to keep) and I had to completely reinvent myself as to what I'd do next.

The hubs kept busy overseeing our SIL who had purchased our business and he still stayed active out on the construction sites...but ME...who did all the marketing, sales and bookkeeping which was a heap of responsibility... was a little lost.

I cut back on many of the luncheons and social networking I had always done to market our business...I spent more time doing the creative things I loved and was pretty happy redirecting my energies into my jewelry line and decorating the new digs. BUT...those efforts were MUCH more sedentary than my former active life. Inactivity breeds weight gain.

Your metabolic rate - the total number of calories the body burns every day dips 2-4% a decade starting in our TWENTIES...yikes...this causes a big shift in your muscle-flab ratio.

Every 10 years we lose 5-7 pounds of muscle replaced by fat and this exchange continues for the rest of our lives. We all know that lean muscle is a champ at calorie burn and fat is a slacker! emoticon emoticon I HATE slackers, don't you?

A pound of muscle burns 14 calories and hour...a pound of fat burns 3...get the picture here yet? emoticon

When I was moderately active burning about 2,000 calories a day at 25...even eating the EXACT same way and exercising the EXACT same way...I'd only be burning 1900 calories a day at age 35...and at age 45 only 1800. NO FAIR... emoticon

After menopause our estrogen and progesterone drop so our metabolic rate dips even lower. When this happens we require about 70 calories LESS a day just to maintain body weight.

About 50% of women gain about 10-15 pounds during the 10 year perimenopause and menopause period of their lives. I'm NOT liking this news...but it is important to understand and know about if we expect to reverse it.

We need to rev up our basal metabolic rate BMR which is the resting rate of calorie burn even when you are just sitting on the sofa reading a book. This BMR accounts for 60-75% of our daily calorie expenditure. This is just for basic body housekeeping...pumping blood, breathing and maintaining body temperature. An additional 10% of your daily calories are spent on digesting food. The balance of your calorie tally-15-30% is expended through movement, from tapping your feet to music, or training for a half-marathon.

The whole goal is to increase the number of calories burned in these area. So you need to eat and work out SMARTER...and that is something different in each one of us.

Ladies start your engines....here's some inspiration for you on how others achieved some pretty smokin' hot looks! I wish I could post their pics...but you'll just have to trust me..they look HOT! emoticon

First beauty: Rita age 52 height: 5'5" Used to weigh: 169 lb. now weighs: 133 lb

Her secret: Constant movement

One hour POWER walk every day...but then at then at 152 lbs she hit a plateau..so she added some mini bursts of running intervals to the walking program. Since she works at a sedentary job she got up from her desk and paced for a few minutes every hour. Bounced in her chair and replaced her coffee break with a 15 minute walk outdoors..

These clever additions changed her NEAT level (no-exercise activity thermogenesis. NEAT is all the movement you engage in that isn't actually exercise. The average person can boost her daily energy expenditure by 350 calories by just getting off your bottom and standing up.

Rita was inspired by a compact size gadget called the Gruve Personal Activity Monitor (gruve.com) don't you know WHO is ordering one of those today? It counts the calories you burn throughout the day, and as the number rises the color changes from red to orange to yellow to blue to YAY...green! You can program it so the device vibrates reminding you to get up and GET moving! Mini-bursts of activity DO work! I love my Fitbit...but she is a silent partner...I need a NAGGING partner too! emoticon

This is pretty interesting too...in a new study from the Univ. of Copenhagen it was found that participants who worked out at a moderate intensity for 30 min. a day actually lost more weight than those who worked out vigorously for 60 minutes a day. Why? The study suggests that the moderate exercisers were more active throughout their entire day whereas as is human nature...we tell ourselves that if we bust our tushies for an HOUR...we are done for the day and don't push ourselves to remain active and can sit on our laurels for the rest of the day.

Since my blogs get SO long...I'll end this for today...but stay tuned for more INTERESTING information on how these ladies have been successful in their weight loss journey...

Inquiring minds NEED to know right? emoticon emoticon

I've taken up 'foot tapping' whilst computer writing.....it takes more coordination than you'd expect...but ANYTHING for a few more calories expended! emoticon
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GRAMPIAN 10/30/2013 7:30AM

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OFFICECHIK 9/26/2013 9:29AM

    Thank you, thank you. Awesome blog and such great information. I appreciate you taking the time to share. This info will help me immensly. emoticon

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WILLIC888 9/26/2013 9:28AM

  Awesome article and I will have to check out the MORE magazine too! Thx!

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BTRTHANEVA 9/10/2013 4:52PM

    I recently got a job at a newly opened kitchen remodeling showroom, which unfortunately still hasn't generated much foot traffic. OK, more like none. Three of my shifts are 10 hour days of basically waiting for someone to walk in. The summer months are not known for much remodeling, so to keep myself from being bored to death, I decided to make this time work for me! I've got my computer up on Cambria Quartz boxes and pushed the chair out of the way. Channeling *NEAT* - standing burns more calories than sitting. I wear my fitbit, and while I'm standing, I try to get in as many steps a day I can! (Good thing the owner likes classic rock, so I'm rockin' it all day - and getting in an average of 25,000 steps or more a day!) The closer I get to 60, the harder it's become to lose the weight that I could almost *think* off in the past.

Loved your blog, Bobbi! Looking forward to what's *MORE* to come!!!

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1BEACHWALKER 9/10/2013 4:24AM

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KALISWALKER 9/10/2013 3:05AM

    So there is a reason for the weight gain.

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JIBBIE49 9/10/2013 1:51AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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JAZZEJR 9/10/2013 12:37AM

    Very interesting. I could 30 of vigorous ex. then NEAT for the rest of the day--but as you say, I'd need something to nag me that it was time to move.

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MISSLISA1973 9/9/2013 11:49PM

    I guess that's why they call it middle age spread... emoticon

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NEWFLABULESS 9/9/2013 10:41PM

    Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to read more!!

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CICELY360 9/9/2013 9:37PM

  Good blog

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SNOWYOGA 9/9/2013 9:28PM

    Great blog, thank you for sharing!

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ROCKYCPA 9/9/2013 9:15PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/9/2013 7:47PM

  This is really good info. Really good. Great resource. I'd like to put it on my favorites. Maybe if you don't have a link: I can go back and clip and paste.

I also enjoyed hearing your story, thoughts, and experience. emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/9/2013 7:31PM

    Great info. Thanks.

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JSEATTLE 9/9/2013 7:12PM

  Thanks for sharing this enlightening information!

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    Good to know info! Thanks!

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JANEMARIE77 9/9/2013 5:38PM

    lol i started tapping my foot before i finished reading thanks for the great info look forward to more

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REDSPIRALWOMAN 9/9/2013 4:46PM

    This WAS useful information! Thanks. I love to think of you toe-tapping while typing. I'm adding that one to my day. And love your wolves too. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/9/2013 4:20PM

    I love that the moderate exercisers lost more weight than the vigorous exercisers! Hooray!!! Score 1 for us walkers!

I'll be interested to see what you think of your new gaget. Anything motivating is a good thing in my book!

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MRSRIGS1 9/9/2013 4:13PM

    GREAT information, thank you! I try to tap my feet or twiddle my fingers/hands when sitting still too. emoticon

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HAPPYMENOW58 9/9/2013 3:47PM

    Good info!! Atta girl!!

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SCRAPBECCA 9/9/2013 3:02PM

    Thanks for all of the good information!! emoticon

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OAKASHANDTHORN 9/9/2013 2:50PM

    Well, I just went to Amazon, and read some of the reviews for the the Gruve Personal Activity Monitor. Before buying, I recommend reading these.

http://www.amazon.com
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ADRIENALINE 9/9/2013 2:47PM

    Great info. Thanks!

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DIANNEMT 9/9/2013 2:44PM

    Love the info--thank you.


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OAKASHANDTHORN 9/9/2013 2:38PM

    Wonderfully informative blog!

Looking to hearing more about this topic.

And let me now head to grove.com

My FItBit needs a friend!

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NONNAOF2 9/9/2013 2:06PM

  Great information, thank you! :-)

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  Thanks for the wonderful information; I look forward to your next one! Have a lovely day! emoticon

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IDICEM 9/9/2013 10:35AM

  I'm moving whenever I can. It's becoming second nature. I like it! Thanks for the blog.

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JOANNHUNT 9/9/2013 9:35AM

    AWESOME INFORMATION. THANK YOU FOR SHARING. WOW! WHO KNEW. KEEP PUSHING AND ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY.

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ARTSYGIRL5 9/9/2013 9:05AM

   

Well this came at the right time. I was just thinking that if my exercise program isn't working, then as I age I will eventually have to exercise 24/ 7 to burn the calories to stay at the same weight. (just kidding)

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However just keeping active all the time is an excellent idea. My DH taps his foot all the time and keeps his weight down.

Thanks for the info.

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MIMIDOT 9/9/2013 9:04AM

    Thanks for the information. Great blog!

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