NANCYANNE55's SparkPeople Blog NANCYANNE55's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Selective Amnesia Yesterday, or more specifically last night, I went off the rails with my eating. <BR> <BR> The problem started because I was genuinely hungry later in the evening. All I could think about was carbs. One trick I have to keep myself from eating once my daily food has been consumed is that I brush my teeth and put my retainer in. (I had braces a few years ago and am very interested in keeping my teeth strait!) I had done this, but the hunger was getting to me. So I did something I NEVER... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:31:37 EST My First Cooking Video: Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins We learned a lot making this. We know it's long and are looking into ways to make the upcoming recipe demos shorter. Some things I learned from watching myself: I need to stop saying "um" so much, I need to keep my hands off of my face (there was a hair tickling me), and I need to smile more! <BR> <BR> The story behind the Apron: My daughter brought this back for me from her mission trip to the Jamaican Deaf Village. It is the colors of the Jamaican flag. One of the residents in the village ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:47:27 EST Trigger Foods In the Spark Coach program, today's community challenge is to blog about how today's personal challenge went. So, once again, you all are the victims of my Spark Coaching program. <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> The personal challenge for today was to get tempting treats out of the house, or at least out of site. This is actually how I already live- Rarely do I have anything that would tempt me sitting out where I can see it. The only visible food in my kitchen is a big bowl of fruit on the ce... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:36:25 EST 3 Positive Things....... As I mentioned in my last blog, I am currently doing the Spark Coach program (which, for the record, has been very helpful in getting my head back into a healthy place). <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, today's challenge was to write down 3 positive things that I've done recently. I did this, thinking "This is private, so I can write down whatever I want because no one will see." What I didn't know was that the community challenge was to blog this list. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, again, the German in me ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:09:27 EST Planning Meals for Tomorrow..... As many of you know, I changed the main section of my Spark Page to reflect the honest truth about what has been going on with me in the mental/weight gain area. In doing so, I arrived at the conclusion that I needed some help. After praying (literally) for an affordable way to get this help, I somehow tripped across information about Spark Coach, which is a paid service here on Spark People. It's largely a computer generated program, but you can also have access to an actual human via mess... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:09:07 EST A Few Quick Oatmeal "Recipes" I love oatmeal and eat it almost every morning. But I also like variety, and have found ways to spruce it up and make it a complete meal with protein powder. The only brand I use is Beverly International, since I know their quality is sound. And for my oats I use their UMP (Ultimate Muscle Protein), which is mainly casein. I am sure other brands of casein protein would work, too. Casein works much better with heat than other protein powders. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, here are a few of my fav... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:39:58 EST Only Undertake What You Know You Can Maintain One lesson I have learned the hard way in my fitness journey: Don't take on anything to lose weight that you aren't willing to do on a permanent basis. <BR> <BR> If you do a bunch of nutty stuff to lose weight, you are very likely to gain the weight back once the nutty stuff is ceased. Why? You didn't learn a darned thing about how to exist in your real, day-to-day world. <BR> <BR> I've been heavy and I've been very thin, and here is what I know: The stuff you did to lose weight is the... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 16:35:48 EST My 4-M Method of Goal Setting When it comes to fitness and weight loss, I have learned that if I have a specific and measurable method of both setting and looking at my goals it not only helps me with achieving and believing I an accomplish them, but also with visualizing and staying encouraged along the journey. I call it "My 4-M Method of goal setting". With this method, I break my goals down into four categories: <BR> <BR> Micro <BR> Mini <BR> Moderate <BR> Max <BR> <BR> For the purposes of this blog, and because... Tue, 6 May 2014 17:27:13 EST Miraculous Menopause! In case the title wasn't enough, any men reading need to be informed that this blog is about "the change". Should male-types choose to continue reading, consider yourselves warned. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> In November or 2011 I posted this blog on not having the horrible side-effects of menopause since getting into shape: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4620611 </link> The blog you are reading now is "The rest of the story". <BR> <BR> A yea... Thu, 1 May 2014 11:56:12 EST Sugar is NOT My Friend! I won't say I gave up refined carbs for Lent, since I am not Catholic, but I will say that I gave them up for approximately the 6 weeks before Easter in an effort to become more of what I believe God created me to be. <BR> <BR> I'm a firm believer that God calls me to be a good steward of this body He has entrusted me with. The truth is that I hadn't been doing a good enough job of that in the eating department. I didn't particularly like the idea of giving up refined carbs (white flour,... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:20:17 EST Stability Ball Crunch Tips When doing ab curls on a stability ball (the big ones full of air), make sure you extend back over the curve of the ball, and only come up to where your head is just barely above parallel with the ground. <BR> <BR> I see so many people start with their torso parallel with to ground (or higher!) and wind up almost sitting up on the ball at the top of the movement This pretty much negates the advantage of having a ball. You'd get a more intense ab contraction if you did regular ab curls on... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 19:18:06 EST Links to Some of My Recipes I had someone tell me this morning that they searched Spark Recipes and couldn't find the link to my Chicken Noodle Casserole I'd just posted. Thought I'd do a blog with live links to some good, healthy recipes I've posted here on Spark and used regularly (most are my own that I created!): <BR> <BR> Chicken Noodle Casserole: <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2711533 </link> <BR> <BR> Chili with Corn: <BR> <link><BR>l... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:11:48 EST My At-home Workout Setup Most days I work out at the gym, but on Friday I was doing my "Strong Curves" workout at home. I have a rather unconventional set-up to make it work, and thought I'd take some pictures to show that you don't need extensive equipment or copious amounts of space to get a good workout in. <BR> <BR> My exercise equipment has migrated it's way into my son's room. (Looks better in a boys room, as I am a very aesthetic person.) We have a "no shoes on the carpet" rule at our house that I try to f... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 12:57:29 EST Grocery List Template Sooooo...... I just did a SparkPeople Radio interview and said I would put a template in for my grocery list. Well, it just figures that SparkBlogs don't let you upload documents. So I've done the next best thing and copied and pasted my grocery list here. Now the whole world gets to see our menu for this month. :-) <BR> <BR> A few things to note: <BR> 1. Yes, I'm uber-organized. Call me OCD, if you'd like, but this makes menu planning and getting in and out of the store as quick and ea... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:35:57 EST You Can't Cliff Note Lasting Fitness! The other day here on Spark I posted this status update: "You can't 'Cliff note' fitness. If you only learn WHAT you should do without the WHY, you won't stick with it because you won't know why it's important." <BR> <BR> I have had many people tell me that they don't want to read a book or get informed about how to make their own diet or exercise plan. "Just tell me what to do and I will do it", they say. They'd rather not be bothered with taking the time to learn the details. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:00:06 EST It's a Crisco and Karo Kind of Superbowl! This morning I did some baking/cooking for the upcoming week. Two things I made were to help me stay on track with my eating plan: Chocolate PB Protein Brownies ( <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2670894 </link> ) and No-Bake Protein Balls <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2247792 </link> . (If you try either, I'd really appreciate it if you would rate and leave a comment!) <BR> <BR> The other two things I baked were for the Superbowl ge... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:55:15 EST 40-Year Key Study Flawed? I recently read a very interesting article in my IDEA Fitness Journal, which is for ACE certified professionals. (A great publication with cutting-edge fitness and nutrition information). I was so happy when I was able to find this article online so that I could share it with my Better Body group on Facebook. (If you want to join, search "Better Body" on Facebook. It's a private group, so you will have to request to join and see the posts, but as soon as me or one of my admins sees the re... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:14:21 EST Link to Great Article on Detox Diets I don't usually do this, but here is a link to a fabulous article on detox diets. It ties into my last blog post about juicing. <link><BR>demystified/ </link> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:01:20 EST No, I Don't Juice! This morning while purchasing frozen berries, my checker asked me if I juice. (And by this I mean make juice in a juicer, not use steroids.... which I also don't do!) She looked surprised when I told her I don't believe in it and asked why not. I explained because everything I've seen about juicers shows that they leave the good stuff (the pulp and peel) behind. <BR> <BR> Juicing seems to be the symbol of health and vitality lately, but in reality it's cutting one's self short of a lot o... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:25:16 EST Double Meat Cheapskate Here is a tip I use at Subway. This will REALLY apply now that they it is January and they are selling all foot-longs for $5. <BR> <BR> I like to get my turkey or ham 6-inch subs with double meat. This is usually an extra dollar. When I can get my sub in foot long for $5, it's less expensive than the 6-inch double meat. So I order it in the footlong, ask for a fork, and only eat half the bread. I either use the fork to move the meat and toppings over to the half of the bread I am going t... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:32:54 EST Journey Back to Size 6- Starting Stats and Thoughts First of all, thanks so much to everyone who commented on my "Journey Back to Size 6- The Intro" blog. The encouragement means a LOT to me (not one critical comment!), and I REALLY appreciate my followers. You are the BEST! <BR> <BR> Let's get right down to the nitty gritty. Here are my starting stats, and comments regarding them. <BR> <BR> Weight- 170.8. This is high, but not as high as I thought. I was expecting more like 174. Because of this, I am pretty sure this is my true weight... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:26:39 EST Evening Up Your Weak Side Almost all of us have one side that isn't as strong as the other. Usually this is our dominant (writing) side for the upper body and, interestingly enough, the opposite side for your lower body. This is because we tend to cross-brace with our opposite leg for our working arm. <BR> <BR> At any rate, it's not usually much of an issue until you start working out in the gym. Then, the difference can be frustrating, particularly when you look in the mirror as you progress and see more devel... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 19:59:04 EST Mental Prep For Weight Loss: Get Rid of Clothes That Don't Fit! With the New Year approaching and all of us beginning to think of our fitness goals for 2014, many are targeting weight loss. I have a simple suggestion to get your mind in the right place to finally get smaller: Get rid of your clothes that are too small you've been keeping around as "motivation". <BR> <BR> I know this seems counter-productive. Get rid of a motivator? Ummm.......... How's it worked for you, so far? In my experience, clothes that are too small just add to my guilt. And... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 19:43:22 EST A More Practial Approach to Batch Cooking It seems that everyone who is in really good shape recommends batch cooking, which means cooking up a whole lot of healthy stuff at once for meals in the upcoming week. This usually happens on Sunday. <BR> <BR> This simply isn't practical for my life. While I do have hours available, I don't want to spend them in the kitchen. Sunday is my down day and I like to keep it that way if I can. So instead, I have an alternative method that isn't brilliant, but works for me: I cook a lot at o... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 16:34:23 EST Don't Let The Holidays Rule You! So, here we are.... A week before Thanksgiving. Do you feel your healthy eating and weight loss plans slipping from between your fingers? Are you thinking "What's the use?", ready to throw in the towel already, because you've been here before and you know that it ends with a 5-pound (or more) gain on the scale once the season is over, even though you swore you wouldn't let it happen again? <BR> <BR> Well, guess what? You are not alone! It's a tough time of year for most of us to muddle t... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:56:44 EST Ever Wonder Why Personal Trainers Charge So Much? Been a while since I've blogged, eh? Like everyone else, life has been throwing me curves and loops lately. But I thought I'd take a few minutes and address something I have heard folks question: Why do personal trainers charge so danged much? <BR> <BR> In a nutshell, it's because our expenses are very high. Before you roll your eyes, bear with me: <BR> <BR> First of all, if we are working for a gym, they often get 50% of our client income. It can vary a bit, but in most gyms I've talk... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:29:17 EST For Moms With Multiple Young Children (or anyone else in a perpetually time-crunched situation) On a board helping people overcome eating disorders that I am a part of, a gal posted saying that she was on the verge of tears: She has three young children at home that she is homeschooling and simply can't find time to exercise. It sounded to me like she was suffering some guilt from this. She also stated that she is worn out all the time and concerned as to why this might be happening. This was my reply to her. I thought it might help some of my blog readers who struggle with similar ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 15:39:17 EST Simple Social Solution: Pre-Eat So, you have a big party or event coming up, and you are wondering how in the Sam Hill you are going to manage to not eat everything in sight. Especially since you know they are having it catered in by your all-time favorite barbeque and cheesecake places. Feels like a social binge just waiting to happen, doesn't it? <BR> <BR> Trust me, you can still eat at your event and not devour everything in sight. Really. When you hear my solution, you are going to smack yourself in the head and s... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:48:06 EST Food Snubbing: Red Meat Wow! It's been a while since I blogged! Life has been coming at me full force, to include visiting my two beautiful new grandchildren out of state and dealing with injuries pretty much from the top (shoulder) to the bottom (sprained foot and ankle) of me. But I promised I'd finish up my "Food Snubbing" series with one on red meat, so here we are. <BR> <BR> Before I commence, here are a couple of pics of my beautiful little grandbabies. (Yes, I am taking advantage of a captive audience fo... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:44:10 EST Food Snubbing: Dairy So far I haven't received near as much flack as I thought I would for my Food Snubbing blogs, but I have a feeling that is about to change today as I blog about my refusal to snub dairy. <BR> <BR> I'm going to start this blog out stating that I am not a dairy expert. Far from it. The biggest reason I still eat and drink dairy is because I've never seen ANY conclusive evidence that any of the evil/scary things I've heard proclaimed about it are true. I make it policy to not blindly belie... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:17:30 EST Food Snubbing: Corn and Potatoes I want to apologize for taking so long to get to the next subject in my "Food Snubbing" blog series. Aside from my regular life of mother, wife, grandma, personal trainer, and homemaker, we've been dealing with the way-to-long installing of counters and back splash in a rather gi-normous kitchen (had no sink or counters in there for a week!), painting of said kitchen, plumbing emergencies, massive hail storm that required lots of insurance people and repairs, and trying to find a MIA ex-husb... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:52:55 EST Food Snubbing: Fruit I'm a big believer that eating foods as close to the way God made them is the healthiest way to go. So when people start villainizing fruit I get a little irritated. <BR> <BR> The biggest beef I hear people raise about fruit is that it has so many sugars. And of course it does indeed have a natural source of sugar in it, since it tastes sweet. But the key word here is NATURAL. It's sweet in the form sweet is supposed to be: In a food un-tampered and strait from nature. There are fiber... Sat, 4 May 2013 18:24:53 EST Food Snubbing: Wheat Poor wheat. And fruit. And Corn. And potatoes. And dairy. And red meat. They are all getting an unnecessarily bad rap. <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but I have heard reports speaking against all of the above, even to the extremes of saying many of these shouldn't have been in the human diet in the first place and should be eliminated. I think this is, at least, very inconvenient (and expensive) and, at most, dangerous. My belief is that God put on these foods on earth for our consum... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:50:09 EST The Great Weigh-In Debate Do you ever struggle with how often you should weigh yourself? I've seen rather heated discussions on the subject. Everyone seems to have an opinion. It can get confusing. <BR> <BR> Personally? I don't think there is one answer for everyone. I think this has more to do with your own personality than anything else. And, to a lesser degree, your goals. <BR> <BR> If you are someone who needs constant accountability to keep your head in the game, daily weighing is what I would suggest. K... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:45:45 EST Gym Judgements I've heard so many people who are not where they want to be in their fitness journey worry about what others in the gym will think about them. I get this- I have been not fit and afraid to go to the gym, not fit and going to the gym, fit going to the gym, and a trainer who works IN the gym. Basically, all sides of the equation. <BR> <BR> And so, based on not only my own personal experience but from what I have polled other people of all categories, here is what people of various points ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:30:48 EST Handy Dandy Gadget Blog #3- My Rice Cooker I really suck at making brown rice on the stove. White rice? I'm a pro. But Brown rice? The long-cook kind? Just about every time it comes out crunchy. <BR> <BR> I knew about rice cookers (Who doesn't know about rice cookers?), but I thought it would wind up being just another appliance that was more trouble than it was worth and after two frustrating attempts it'd wind up in a garage sale. That is, until I posted another whiney status update on Facebook saying that I, once again, brok... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:20:08 EST Handy Dandy Gadget Blog #2- Mini Coffee Grinder Yep. I said coffee grinder. And it's all Carolyn's fault. <BR> <BR> My friend Carolyn, of Fabulous Fitness fame, read me whining one day about having to buy ground flaxseeds in such large quantity that I feared they were losing their nutrients before I could use them. See, flaxseeds are wonderful little nutritional powerhouses, but you can't get absorb their nutrients in the whole form. They have to be ground. Here's where the problem comes in: They start to lose their nutrients fairly q... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:12:49 EST Handy Dandy Gadget Blog #1- My Bread Machine Do you ever look at a kitchen gadget or tool and think "I wonder if I'd use that?". Yeah.... me too. <BR> <BR> So I thought I would do a series on three gadgets I would have normally thought were a big, fat waste of money and kitchen space, yet have wound up becoming indispensable to me in my never ending quest to eat healthier. <BR> <BR> The first "gadget" (although it's really more of an appliance) I am going to herald the value of is my bread machine: <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:26:42 EST HIIT Explanation and My Favorite HIIT Method. One of the big buzzes in the fitness world today is HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training. What this means is working at super-high intensities for a short period, then at a lower recovery intensity for a short period, over and over, again for about 20 minutes or so. <BR> <BR> There are several advantages to this, but here are my three favorites: <BR> <BR> 1. It helps to develop your system to be able to do longer, steady-state cardio at a higher intensity, therefore increasing your he... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:14:24 EST Respect Your Limitations I so admire the people who can keep weight off without logging food. How much more convenient life must be without having to write it all down! But I'm not one of them. <BR> <BR> Rarely can I let junk food in the house. It's just to hard for me to keep my mitts (and tongue) off of it. <BR> <BR> I've had people question and challenge me on both of these issues. In years gone by I have let others bully me into bringing foods that were not in my best interest into my home when I knew I wa... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 22:31:02 EST Accept Your Own Unique Body Type "I want your abs!". <BR> <BR> I get this comment a lot. While I know it's meant as a compliment, some of the people who say this are seriously trying to get abs just like mine. They will write me telling me they've eaten what I eat, exercised like I exercise, and done their level best to emulate me. And still they don't have my abs. They want to know what they are doing wrong. <BR> <BR> And here is my answer: Nothing. They are doing nothing wrong. <BR> <BR> See, other people doing wha... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:16:18 EST Don't Jack With Your Program! You know what I think is one of the biggest reasons people don't lose weight on a program? Because they don't follow the program in it's entirety. They do part of it, but not all of it. They hire a coach and do the exercises he says but don't follow the eating plan. Or do a pretty good job of following the eating plan 5 days out of the week, but go off the rails and eat whatever they darned well please two. Or follow the eating plan perfectly but don't exercise the way he tells you to. ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:54:26 EST Have You Heard of Baking Eggs Instead of Boiling Them? I love having hard boiled eggs around, but they can be a pain in the tush to make. The pot can boil over if the eggs break in there, making a horrible mess to clean up; there is a risk of not getting them done enough; and there is always the chance that I'll forget about them and wind up with smelly, exploded egg on the ceiling (now THAT'S a riot to clean up!). <BR> <BR> Then I read about baking whole eggs, in-shell, on-line and gave it a try. I gotta tell ya- I was nervous. But amazingly... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:43:23 EST For the Guys, On Behalf Of Women Everywhere I'll come right to the point: Guys, we women like for you to have butts. And it seems that as you age, if you don't get your.... er... butts into the gym, you wind up with flat backsides. <BR> <BR> This flattening pretty much expressly comes from sitting a lot. I can spot a guy with a desk job who never visits the gym within 100 feet: Wide, flat, and almost narrow at the very bottom. Yeah, guys- We women notice nice butts on men that are in their 40's and beyond. It impresses us. If you ha... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:54:53 EST Coconut Oil- Try it and You'll Never Go Back! Have you ever heard of coconut oil? I hadn't either, until I read about it in Tosca Reno's "Eat Clean" books. She says she eats 3 Tablespoons of it a day. Now, Tosca doesn't eat any foods that are not clean, so I'm sure that 360 calories of a good source of fat don't hurt her. But for the rest of us it might not be the best idea to consume this quantity if we are trying to lose weight. However, it's a great food to substitute for some other fats in your diet for a myriad of reasons. Here... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:41:47 EST Tweaking The Weight Watchers Program I've lost a majority of my weight on the Weight Watchers program. It is the plan that I return to most often when I need to reign things in again, and to this day I log my foods in my Weight Watchers Points Plus food log even when I am maintaining. (I've always done better with a pen and paper than virtual tracking.) But I've found that with the new program that came out earlier this year I was having a hard time losing weight when needed and others were commenting the same. <BR> <BR> No... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 18:36:35 EST Ever Wondered How the Most Muscular Guy in the Gym Lifts? I have mentioned my workout partner, Ivory, in my blogs a few times. He's a big fella (6'2" or so) with the kind of look many men aspire towards: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (No, he's not on steroids- trust me! Everyone wonders, but that fact is that it's a combination of genetics and willingness to suffer in the gym. Also, interestingly enough, he has never and ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 17:06:49 EST I HATE Cheat Meals! Man.... I have a real problem with this whole "Cheat Meal", or worse yet, "Cheat Day" concept. <BR> <BR> First of all, could we please stop using the word "cheat"? Cheat makes it sound like if you don't over-indulge in foods that are horrible for you, you've failed your mission. Do you really want to cheat yourself out of your healthy eating plan? <BR> <BR> Additionally, for someone who is a recovering binge eater (like me), it's an open invitation to gorge. I can easily do 3,000 or more... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:53:03 EST Tip For Females to Adjust Cardio Calories Burned I have a tip I use when figuring out how many cardio calories I have burned. This stems from something I read in David Greenwalt's book "The Leanness Lifestyle", which I consider my fitness bible. In the book he states that it's reasonable to assume that a man working very hard burns 10 calories a minute and a woman 8. Since he goes off of scientific studies and not hunches, I trust David's book and the things he says in it. <BR> <BR> I've always felt like cardio machines are a little gen... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 20:41:20 EST Motivating The People Around You To Get Fit I must admit, I was a little misleading with that title. <BR> <BR> Because now I am about to disappoint you. And I am also about to get lambasted by people for a myriad of reasons that even I can't predict. It's a touchy subject, but I have come to the conclusion that the answer to the question "How do I get my loved one to get in shape" is, quite simply, "You can't". <BR> <BR> That's right. There's not a blessed thing you can plot to do to motivate someone who is not you to change. I'v... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:57:44 EST