Saturday, January 05, 2013

402 people in the challenge at last count. The emails have stopped pouring in. In fact, I think I only got one new one today. For me to lose 13 pounds in the first 13 weeks of 2013, I need to get away from the computer some and do my fitness, plan my good eating, chug my water, which means visiting the water closet!

Have you noticed that a lot of TV programming is centered on weightloss? I guess I always knew it was true that January is the month when we all think about our waistlines. You expect it on Dr. Oz, but I caught a bit of 20/20 last night and it was about BLC people and Ruby.

I went over to AARP site looking for fitness that doesn't hurt my knees for strength training. Martina Navratolova is their health and fitness guru. She has some exercises I want to try. I don't think I'm in Coach Nicole's league.

Made a tasty casserole for my husband this morning. The yield was high and we've both had seconds. It is from Hungry Girl's new cookbook To the Max. This gigantic book has 650 recipes in it that are easy to make, and low in fat and calories. Plus, the serving sizes are satisfying. She uses some unusual ingredients like Fiber One Cereal ground up to make a coating for mock fried things, but whatever she uses can usually be found easily at both of my groceries. If you are looking for inspiration for something good to eat that won't wreck your diet, I can't recommend any other source more highly than Hungry Girl. Her recipes are online too and if you look carefully, she has a show on Food Network and Cooking Channel. I've seen her on Dr. Oz.

I've been doing okay on my eating. Last night I made a Thai curry that was pretty rich and exceeded my calorie allotment. Oh well. It was mostly veggies so that's good. I would make and eat it again, because I love Thai curry! I got the recipe from Food Network. It's a Melissa D'Arabian recipe and pretty easy if you have the ingredients. Despite it's being kind of rich, it was chock full of veggies as I used two bags of stir fry mix veggies from Publix. I needed to up my veggie eating!

I've been getting on my Wii Fit faithfully. I know there are more strenuous workouts a girl could do, but Wii Fit is better than nothing at all. I like how the Wii keeps up with the time I have spent doing it. It lets me know if I have gotten in 30 minutes of time or not. If left to my own devices, I tend to guessimate. I know I need to do more strength training. I want to have the strength to get off the floor with ease. Hopefully losing weight will make this easier.

If you made it this far, that's pretty impressive! This blog is not very exciting, but here is something that will excite you: just losing 10 pounds can reduce your risk of heart attack by more than 50%! At least that is something I read on Facebook! Keep on sparking!
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  • AMBERT27
    Where can I find this group? I would like to join.
    2259 days ago
    2261 days ago
    wiifit is good! try doing the strength exercises, and the hula hoop. will definitely work your core and help your strength. plus, it's just so fun!
    2263 days ago
    emoticon for the tip re: Hungry Girl. I will definitely check that out.
    emoticon on all that you are doing toward a successful weight-loss journey!!!
    2263 days ago
  • VALYNN26
    You're doing great. Keep up the good work. emoticon
    2264 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Yes and today DH tells me that overweight people live longer according to the news.
    I looked at him sideways and said, yeah, 5 or 10 lbs overweight, not obese like US! Everyone knows when you get the flu you lose 5-10 lbs so I am sure that is why some experts now decide to say that.

    If I lose 100 lbs will I have no chance of heart attack then? I wish.

    I can get quite a walking workout if I do some of the wii fit games, longer walks. I still like my silly Walk It Out game. There have been times I walked on longer than I planned. I think it is meant for kids but the music suits my inner 12 year old.

    I too would like to get off the floor with ease.
    2264 days ago
    You're so inspiring!
    2264 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    You are doing amazing. Wii works - why change a thing! Love how you are cooking Thai!! Woo Hoooooo! Very cool about Martina Navratolova - I'm going to tell my husband too about that! Great tip!

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    2264 days ago
    I joined your challenge today. I write for a medical journal full time; sitting at the computer, about 60 hours a week. And then I wonder why I can't lose more weight? I love working from home, and I try hard to exercise a lot, but its really hard at (very close to) 54 to lose more weight. I love your blog. I love the challenge. Keep it up! Feel free to email me directly at

    Take care and best wishes to you!
    2264 days ago
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