Thursday, January 28, 2010

Smoke Free

Today, I have been smoke free for 2 years. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Heart Disease

WeightWatchers put out a fabulous article on the benefits of losing weight and Heart Disease. 

Losing weight can do more than make you look better — it can save your life by reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease.

The weight-heart connection is simple: Weight loss is an important shield against coronary heart disease.

If there is heart disease in your family, or you're on prescriptions for blood pressure, or your doctor warns you about extra heart risks, you may feel a bit like disease is your destiny. But take heart. In its Guidelines for the Treatment of Overweight and Obesity, The National Institutes of Health report that a 5 percent to 10 percent weight loss can make a huge difference, and February — American Heart Month — is a great time to pick up the pace toward your weight goal.

But first, find out what losing weight can do for you. It can:

•Lower the scary numbers. "Obese people frequently have abnormal blood-cholesterol levels, higher blood pressure and even sometimes bigger hearts," says Gerald Fletcher, MD, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. All of these things are risk factors for heart disease, but losing weight can help you reverse them.

•Do double duty. Overweight and obesity are independently linked to heart disease, too. "Until a few years ago, it was thought to be an indirect link (for example, excess weight causes elevated cholesterol, which causes heart disease), but now we know that even if blood pressure and cholesterol are normal, extra weight can mean extra risk for heart disease," says Karen Miller-Kovach, Weight Watchers chief scientist. So when you lose weight, you can get double and triple benefits — you'll lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and you'll conquer a primary risk factor for heart disease.

•Work overtime. You don't have to wait for your weight goal to see a difference in your heart health. "When it comes to heart disease and weight, there's an exponential curve," says Miller-Kovach. "A little bit of extra weight increases your risk for heart disease a little bit, and vice versa." In other words, a little bit of weight loss decreases your risk a little bit.

•Add exercise to the equation. As you're losing weight, you're more likely to start exercising, which has bonuses of its own: "Exercise has been recognized as an independent positive factor to heart health," says Miller-Kovach. "We now know that exercise tends to mobilize the fat stores in the abdomen, which are the ones that put you at the greatest risk for heart disease." Plus, says Fletcher, in addition to preserving "good" cholesterol, exercise will help you control your blood pressure, among other things.

•Help at any age... "Age factors into [the weight-heart connection] prominently," says Miller-Kovach. "Being slightly obese at a younger age causes a greater increase in risk of heart disease than does being slightly obese and elderly." In other words: It's not just how much weight you have, it's how old you are. So you might reconsider the idea that there's no reason to worry about your heart until you're older.

•...and no matter who you are. Weight loss will improve the heart health of both men and women. (Women, take note: After menopause, you're just as likely as a man to suffer from heart disease.) It will also make a difference even if you're African-American, Hispanic or Native American, populations that are said to be at a higher risk for high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.

According to a 2006 report published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, "diet and lifestyle therapies remain the foundation of clinical intervention for prevention." In other words, while drug treatments and surgical procedures can treat cardiovascular disease, the best protection you can get comes from eating right and exercising.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Banana Nut Bread

I Love Banana Nut Bread!    I found this recipe from Betty Crocker for a "lighter/healthier" version.

Prep Time: 15 min

Total Time: 3 hours 25 min

1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup fat-free cholesterol-free egg product
1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts, if desired

1. Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven. Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2x4 1/2x2 1/2 inches, or 1 loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches.

2. Mix sugar, applesauce and margarine in large bowl. Stir in egg product until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Pour into pans.

3. Bake 8-inch loaves about 1 hour, 9-inch loaf about 1 1/4 hours, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

Serves: 24 Slices per Loaf
Nutrition Information:

1 Slice: Calories 60 (Calories from Fat 10 ); Total Fat 1 g (Saturated Fat 1 g); Cholesterol 5 mg; Sodium 65 mg; Total Carbohydrate 12 g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 1 g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 2 % Exchanges: 1 Starch

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Total randomness, but am I the only one who thinks the Olsen twins look like Troll Dolls?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

More Pizza

Ok, I have found my weakness.  Pizza.  I had it twice this week.  I'm suppose to be on a diet!  I can't control myself.  I dont just eat one or two pieces.. I have 4 or 5!  I need help!  I'm addicted to Pizza!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Product Review = Laughing Cow Cheese

 I LOVE cheese!  And being on a diet makes the selection of good, yummy cheese limited.  My husband decided to buy me the Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges. He bought the "Light Original Swiss" with only 35 calories a wedge.  We bother were very skeptical about a good "healthy" cheese that wasn't waxy, that didn't clump when you try to spread it, and that wasn't so dry you coudln't swallow.  To our surprise, we loved it!  The taste was wonderful, the texture was smooth and oh so spreadable.  We topped it off with Special K Whole Grain Crakers.  Yum!  We give it a big YES! You guys gotta try it!

25 small tips for weight loss

Weight Watchers article: The surest way to succeed is making small changes. Think in terms of manageable baby steps, like swapping the half-and-half in your morning coffee for fat-free or low-fat milk. There are lots of little changes you can make—in your food plan and daily routine—that will add up to a lot of weight loss over the long haul.

Take a look at our 25 tips below for eating healthfully, fitting exercise into your busy day and revamping your daily routine. Start by picking five changes that you're sure you can tackle and practice them this week. Then try another five next week (click the 'print' link above to print this out for easy reference).
Not every idea is right for everyone, so experiment and see what works for you. Lots of little changes can yield big weight-loss results—and a healthier new you!
1. Good things come in small packages.
Here's a trick for staying satisfied without consuming large portions: Chop high-calorie foods like cheese and chocolate into smaller pieces. It will seem like you're getting more than you actually are.
2. Get "water-wise."
Make a habit of reaching for a glass of water instead of a high-fat snack. It will help your overall health as well as your waistline. So drink up! Add some zest to your six to eight glasses a day with a twist of lemon or lime.
3. Herb it up.
Stock up your spice rack, and start growing a small herb garden in your kitchen window. Spices and herbs add fantastic flavor to foods without adding fat or calories.
4. Slim down your soup.
Make a big batch of soup and refrigerate it before you eat it. As it cools, the fat will rise to the top and can be skimmed off the surface.
5. Doggie-bag that dinner.
At restaurants that you know serve large portions, ask the waiter to put half of your main course in a take-home box before bringing it to your table. Putting the food away before you start your meal will help you practice portion control.
6. Listen to your cravings.
If you're craving something sweet, eat something sweet—just opt for a healthier nosh (like fruit) instead of a high-calorie one like ice cream. The same goes for crunchy cravings—for example, try air-popped popcorn instead of high-fat chips. It's just smart substitution!
7. Ease your way into produce.
If you're new to eating lots of fruits and vegetables, start slowly. Just add them to the foods you already enjoy. Pile salad veggies into your sandwiches, or add fruit to your cereal.
8. Look for high-fat hints.
Want an easy way to identify high-calorie meals? Keep an eye out for these words: au gratin, parmigiana, tempura, alfredo, creamy and carbonara, and enjoy them in moderation.
9. Don't multi-task while you eat.
If you're working, reading or watching TV while you eat, you won't be paying attention to what's going into your mouth—and you won't be enjoying every bite. Today, every time you have a meal, sit down. Chew slowly and pay attention to flavors and textures. You'll enjoy your food more and eat less.
10. Taste something new.
Broaden your food repertoire—you may find you like more healthy foods than you knew. Try a new fruit or vegetable (ever had plantain, pak choi, starfruit or papaya?).
11. Leave something on your plate at every meal.
One bite of bagel, half your sandwich, the bun from your burger. See if you still feel satisfied eating just a bit less.
12. Get to know your portion sizes.
It's easy to underestimate how much you're eating. Today, don't just estimate things—make sure. Ask how much is in a serving, read the fine print on labels, measure your food. And learn portion equivalents: One serving of pasta, for instance, should be around the size of a tennis ball.
13. Don't give up dips.
If you love creamy dips and sauces, don't cut them out of your food plan completely. Just use low-fat soft cheese and mayo instead of the full fat stuff.
14. Make a healthy substitution.
Learn to swap healthier foods for their less-healthy counterparts. Today, find a substitution that works for you: Use skim or low-fat milk instead of whole milk; try whole-wheat bread instead of white.
15. Bring lunch to work tomorrow.
Packing lunch will help you control your portion sizes. It also provides a good alternative to restaurants and takeaways, where making healthy choices every day can be challenging (not to mention expensive).
16. Have some dessert.
You don't have to deny yourself all the time. Have a treat that brings you pleasure, but this time enjoy it guilt-free be—sure you're practicing portion control, and compensate for your indulgence by exercising a little more or by skipping your afternoon snack.
17. Ask for what you need.
Tell your mother-in-law you don't want seconds. Ask your other half to stop bringing you chocolates. Speak up for the place with great salads when your co-workers are picking a restaurant for lunch. Whatever you need to do to succeed at weight loss, ask for it—make yourself a priority and assert yourself.
18. Improve your treadmill technique.
When walking on a treadmill, don't grip the rails. It's fine to touch them for balance, but you shouldn't have to hold on. If you do, that might be a signal you should lower the intensity level.
19. Simon says... get fit.
Here's an easy way to fit in exercise with your kids: Buy a set of 1 lb weights and play a round of Simon Says—you do it with the weights, they do it without. They'll love it!
20. Make the most of your walks.
If your walking routine has become too easy, increase your effort by finding hills. Just be sure to tackle them at the beginning of your walk, when you have energy to spare.
21. Shop 'til you drop...pounds!
Add a workout to your shopping sessions by walking around the mall before your start spending. And try walking up the escalator—getting to your destination faster will be an added bonus.
22. Walk an extra 100 steps at work.
Adding even a little extra exercise to your daily routine can boost your weight loss. Today, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or stroll down the hall to talk to a co-worker instead of sending an email or calling.
23. Brush your teeth after every meal and snack.
This will be a signal to your mouth—and your mind—that it's time to stop eating. Brushing will also give your mouth a nice fresh taste that you'll be disinclined to ruin with a random chip. At work, keep a toothbrush with a cover and toothpaste in your desk drawer.
24. Clean your closet.
First, it's great exercise. Second, it's an important step in changing your attitude. Get rid of all the clothes that make you look or feel bad. Throw out anything that's too big—don't give yourself the option of ever fitting into those clothes again. Move the smaller clothes up to the front to help motivate you. Soon, you'll be fitting into those too-tight jeans you couldn't bear to part with.
25. Take your measurements.
You might not like your stats now, but you'll be glad you wrote them down when you see how many inches you've lost. It's also another way to measure your success, instead of just looking at the scale. Sometimes even when the numbers on the scale aren't going down, the measurements on your body are.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Is it ok to break cardio up into multiple sessions?

Well, I've been told that it's ok to do your work out in shorter sessions.  For instance, it's ok to break a 30 minute cardio up into 3-10 minute sessions. 

But the almighty Jillian Michaels was asked and here is her answer:


Well, not really, and here's why: The longer the cardio session, the better the afterburn. "Afterburn" is technically known as post-exercise oxygen consumption, and what that fancy term refers to is your elevated metabolism after a workout. Afterburn can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 48 hours, depending on the intensity and duration of your workout — therefore, if you break up your cardio, you'll burn the same number of calories during training, but you'll minimize the number of calories lost because of afterburn.

If you really have to break up your cardio, all is not lost —

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Biggest Loser

I didn’t find this week’s Biggest Loser to be very motivating. This week was Student/Teacher week, where one team member trained the other. I was very impressed with the Pink Teams loss. I like the PINK team, I can closely relate to her. It’s about time they had a fat girl on there that looked fat! She has my legs and arms and belly! Go PINK!

This week also made me realize that I’m not cheering for the RED or GREEN team. The RED is too arrogant for me and the GREEN is too much personal attitude. Hopefully my opinions of them will change in the future. I wish all the contestants luck with weight loss, just some more than others.

The WHITE team was the lowest percentage of the night.  I liked Mike when I started watching the show, however, at 500 pounds he really needs to start showing that he belongs to be there.  Because next time he's going home not his mother.

4 weeks to gorgeous skin

4 weeks to gorgeous skin

It’s no secret that my skin can use a little help, especially this time of year. I don’t have a lot of wrinkles, however, I do have some patches of dry skin. In an article written by Sally Wadyka, she goes over some simple solutions that should get your skin glamorous in 4 weeks. I thought I’d give it a try and see if it works.

Week One: Feed Your Face

For healthy skin, Sally Wadyka suggests that we feed our face. Our skin needs fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains and good fat in your diet. Fruits & Veggies are loaded with skin protective antioxidants, as well as water to keep your skin hydrated. Whole Grains contain nutrients that help the body produce glycosaminoglycans, which assist in building firming collagen and elastin fibers. Protein rich foods also assist in building collagen and elastin. Eggs help to strengthen cell membranes. Healthy Fats help to keep skin soft and supple. Some healthy fats include olive oil, flaxseed oil and nuts. Water helps to hydrate your body and it plumps lines and wrinkles. Taking Supplements is also suggested to ensure that you skin and body gets all the nutrients it needs.

Week Two: Transform Your Skin Tone

Brown spots and splotchiness can be minimized by using products that increase cellular turnover. Exfoliate every morning by using a gentle granular scrub or glycolic acid lotion to sloth off dry, dull skin cells.

Week Three: Make Over Your Medicine/Make-Up Cabinet

For daily use, be sure to have a mild cleanser that is suitable for morning and night. Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) is the most essential part of any skin care routine. To make it easier on yourself, try to get a moisturizer or foundation that has SPF in it. Antioxidants provide an extra layer of protection for your skin. Layer the antioxidant cream under the sunscreen. Some products come with moisturizer, antioxidant and sunscreen all in one! Eye Cream & Night Cream should also be used daily.

Week Four: Minimize Your Wrinkles

At week four, you may still see a few lines, so they suggest using a product that will fill in the wrinkle lines or camouflage them. They don’t suggest running out and getting injections, however they recommend trying Olay Regenerist Filling & Sealing Wrinkle Treatment.

Hopefully in a few weeks the dryness will be better!


“Lettuce” talk about Lettuce. As promised, more information from “Eat This Not That”.

Did you know that Iceberg lettuce has basically the same nutrition as a plastic plant? Me either! It has little fiber, vitamins or minerals. Instead of Iceberg, they suggest the following:

• Romaine – best vegetable sources of beta-carotene – cancer fighting lettuce

• Arugula – one cup of Arugula has 10 % of the bone building minerals found in whole milk and less saturated fat – bone builder lettuce

• Endive = one cup provides almost 20 % of your daily requirement of folate – heart healer lettuce

• Mustard Greens – packed with amino acid tyrosine – brain booster lettuce

• Bok Choy – one bowl has 23% of your daily requirement of vitamin A and one third of Vitamin C, also includes isothiocyantes and dithiolthione – antiaging lettuce

• Spinach – top source of lutein and zeaxanthin – Vision enhancement lettuce

• Kohlrabi – 25% of your daily requirement of potassium in one serving – blood pressure lettuce

I haven’t heard of a few of these; however I plan on picking some up instead of iceberg for my next salad!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Eat This Not That

So I have heard that the FDA allows food companies to have a certain percentage of rodent hair and poop and things like that in their products, however I never knew if it was true. Well, the other day (before my diet) I was eating a bag of potato chips and to my surprise, at the bottom of the bag, was a bird feather! YUCK! If it’s true, I wasn’t sure, all I knew is that that bird feather had caused me to never eat that brand of chips again.

Today, reading “Eat This Not That” by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, I discovered just how much the FDA allows. Reading the amounts brought a sickening feeling to my stomach.

• Canned Pineapple = can contain up to 20% moldy fruit

• Canned Tomatoes= can contain up to 5 fly eggs or 2 maggots per 500 grams

• Frozen Broccoli= can contain up to 60 mites per 100 grams

• Ground Cinnamon=can contain up to 400 insect fragments and 11 rodent hairs per 50 grams

• Peanut Butter= can contain up to 30 insect fragments or 1 rodent hair per 100 grams

• Popcorn= can contain up to 1 rodent pellet in one sample or 2 rodent hairs per pound

• Potato Chips= can contain up to 6 percent rotten potatoes (looks like bird feathers aren’t allowed!)

I’ve never wanted to grow and prepare my own food so bad in my life! This book as been very helpful so far and I hope to post more informative facts from it soon.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Golden Globes

Golden Globes Review

I’m not a big Ricky fan, however I thought he did an OK job as an host. Maybe he was OK because he wasn't hosting much!  A few of his jokes had me laughing. I am more interested in the fashions then who win; however, I was very excited when Meryl Streep, Drew Barrymore and Glee won!

The Men: George Clooney looked amazing! I loved the beard. The salt and pepper makes him so distinguished. I also thought Neil Patrick Harris looked great. He wore his Tux well. Too bad he bats for the other team… Harrison Ford always looks good; however I do wish he’d lose that earring. Kevin Bacon… I’m not sure what was wrong, however it just didn’t look right. I’m thinking his tux had skinny pants? My favorite goes too: Bradley Cooper.


The Women: I didn’t find too many that looked horrible, however Cher was top on my list. I’m not quite choice for a gown... again. Not to mention that her nipples were shining thru. Cameron Diaz was also unimpressive. Her face looked like she rubbed oil all over it. Yuck! I thought there were a lot of “unattractive dresses” with attractive people. Kate Hudson, Drew Barrymore and Christina Aguilera for instance. They looked beautiful; however I just didn’t like their gowns. Drew’s gown looked like she had a sea creature on it, maybe it was a porcupine. I thought Mo’nique was stunning. I loved her gown; it was so elegant on her, very flattering and she gave a great speech. One of my all time favorites is Meryl Streep. She is just a classy lady.

Many looked wonderful, but my favorite goes too: Fergie. I love the simplicity of this dress, yet it’s so elegant. And I LOVE the light purple! Runner up goes too: Reece Witherspoon.

My not so favorite goes too: Cher! and the runner up is Patricia Arquette. Here’s the pic, need I say more?

Speech of the night goes to Robert Downey Jr. He shoulda been the host of the show instead of Ricky!

Best Motion Picture: Avatar
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: The Hangover
Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical: Glee
Best Director: James Cameron, Avatar
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Christop Waltz, Inglorious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress, TV: Chloe Sevigny, Big Love
Best TV Series, Drama: Mad Men
Best Foreign Language Film: The White Ribbon
Best Actor, TV Comedy or Musical: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Best Miniseries or TV Movie: Grey Gardens
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture: Up!
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture: "The Weary Kind," Crazy Heart
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Michael C Hall, Dexter
Best Animated Feature Film: Up!
Best Supporting Actor, TV: John Lithgow, Dexter
Best Actress, TV Comedy: Toni Collette, The United States of Tara
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Mo'nique, Precious
*pics from*

Breathe Right Free Sample

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And the scale says?....

I've lost!  Yippee!  All my hard work has paid off this week.  Even after Pizza!
I'm so proud of myself for making it through week one.  I've been reading so many articles this week and my cousin said it best.  "Living at this size is like commiting a slow suicide".  She is right, we are slowly killing ourself and destroying our organs.  Weight loss is hard.  It takes a lot of dedication, time and patience.  You just have to take it one day at a time and one pound at a time.

This weeks mini goal: I must drink 8 glasses of water a day before I have any other type of drink (Exception of Milk for breakfast).

Have a good week everyone!

Joann Craft Store 50% off Coupon!

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Free Victorias Secret Full Size Body Scrub

Free Victorias Secret Full Size Body Scrub ($9 value) with purchase!  Click here to print your coupon!

Inner Thighs

Since I hate my inner thighs... I don't know many women who don't.  I went to Jillian Michaels to get tips on inner thigh work outs and she recommends this:

Sadly, this is where your body chooses to deposit its fat. Genetically speaking, your body is predisposed to carry weight there, so that will be the last place it's going to come off. The best thing you can do is watch what you eat and keep training. This will help you lose weight in general — and eventually those problem areas are gonna have to give!

That said, if strengthening the muscles in this area is the goal, I prefer old-school Jane Fonda leg lifts. They target the muscle you want to hit without creating bulk. I know this isn't exactly the answer you're looking for, but it's the truth, and if you stay the course, your inner thighs WILL tighten up. Just keep doing what you're doing!

I'm ok with this answer.. I am able to do leg lifts!  Many of the exercises and tips they recommend are hard for me because I have bad knees and can't put lots of weight on them... and when you're my size.. that is a LOT of weight!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


So I know that being 100% woudln't last long.  Tonight, diner didn't look as good as I had hoped for and my husband and I ordered a pizza.  I know everyone is allowed to slip on their diets, infact I hear that it's encouraged to not let go of the things in your life that you love, that it's good to combine them into your diet.  However, I don't think they meant 4 pieces of pizza!  I couldn't help myself.. wait yes I could, I didn't want to!  The pizza was so warm and the cheese was so gooey!  mmm Yum! 

But back on track!  I'm not going to beat myself up for one little slip up.  Hopefully on next Monday the scales will show a negative number! 

Monday, January 11, 2010

Weight Loss Lies

I know in my previous post I commented that Weight Watchers hasn't worked for me, however in my previous attempts with them, I signed up for their news letter.  I thought todays information was pretty good and wanted to share with you. 

1. I need to go on a "diet"

"The whole concept of a 'diet' sets us up to think we will be 'on a diet' then 'off a diet,'" says Teachman. Instead, think of your weight-loss plan as a lifestyle commitment to healthy eating and exercise, for the long haul.

(I am very guilty of # 2!)
2. I'll get back on track on Monday/after the holidays/when the sun comes out
There's no day like today. If you slip, just pick up where you left off. Persistence works wonders.

3. All my problems will be solved when I lose weight
Dropping pounds may leave you feeling healthier and happier, but it won't make you more lovable or turn you into a runway model. Be clear about why you want to lose weight, and set realistic goals. "It's far more motivating to strive toward being fit and energetic than it is to strive toward being a size 2," Teachman says.

(#4 could be why I have a fear of Buffets!)
4. Heavy people don't deserve to eat
Do you forgo the office pizza because you're afraid people will think you shouldn't be eating? Seeing yourself through others' eyes in a harsh, critical way "is a surefire way to blow a weight-loss plan," says psychologist Debra Mandel, PhD, author of Healing the Sensitive Heart (Airleaf Publishing, 2005). Instead, she suggests, it's more effective to focus on developing a more loving relationship with your body. A study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine (Winter 1998) found that those who started out accepting their bodies were more than twice as likely to lose weight than those who felt dissatisfied or ashamed.

5. I shouldn't wear a bathing suit (shorts, a tank top) until I've lost all the weight
People of all different sizes and shapes enjoy sexy clothes. "When you love yourself, you start enjoying life," says Mandel. Break big goals into smaller ones, and reward yourself along the way. Rather than saying, "I need to lose 25 pounds," say, "I'll buy a new swimsuit, one size smaller."

6. The less I eat, the faster I'll lose
Wrong. "The less we eat, the slower our metabolism gets, and the slower we lose the weight," says Mandel. "Deprivation also makes us unhappy and actually causes us to overeat and overindulge." Increasing your caloric restriction in reasonable amounts can increase weight loss, but cutting back to an unrealistic intake will likely backfire. A slow and steady approach — including treating yourself to your favorite foods, in moderation — is your best bet for building a healthy relationship with food and reaching your long-term goals.

I hope this helped out a little!
Happy Monday!

Hello Monday!

What a good day today will be!  Last week I was all pumped to start my "new me" challenge,  (I like that, "New Me Challenge") but mother nature had other plans for me.  I was so achy and sick and in pain that there was no way I was gonna be able to pull a sucessful week together.  So today is the day!  I'm ready to turn things around!  I'm talking everything, weight, looks, motivation, cleaning... I am ready for a New Me!

I hope everyone is having luck with their resolutions! 

Sunday, January 10, 2010

FREE Fresco Taco from Taco Bell

So I've seen the commercial for the Taco Bell Diet, it made me laugh... but I guess if Jared can make $$ with Subway, why can't this chick.

Anyway, lol, Taco Bell is giving away a free Fresco Taco.  Coupons are limited to 1 million and expire 7 days from the day you print.  Click here to get your free taco!

Midol $2 off Coupon

I could have used this coupon a couple of days ago!  Midol is my friend so I thought I'd share this coupon with you.  Visit the Midol website or click here to download the coupon!

Planet Hollywood $10 off $20

I have been in total vacation mode since this new year hit.  I can't wait for the family vacation to Orlando in April.  I've been researching and finding the best deals for food and entertainment.  There is a total of 10 going on this vacation and we can use all the help we can get!

Click here to print off your $10 off $20 coupon at Planet Hollywood.  Coupon expires 12-31-10! 

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Free Sample of Purex 3-in-1!

I thought I would share this free sample with everyone.  Purex is giving away a sample of their latest product 3-in-1.  I have never used this product and when I first watched the advertisement, I questioned how well it would work.  Well here is my chance to test it out!  I plan to take this with me on Vacation in a couple months.  It doesnt appear to be big and bulky and should easily fit in the suitcase!  Enjoy!

(thanks tara for the sample link!)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Yankee $10 off of $25!

Click HERE to get your $10 off $25 purchase at Yankee Candle!

Monday, January 4, 2010

What's your BMR?

As part of my New Year's resolution to lose weight and get healthy, I am going to try and incorporate my "life change" into this blog. I plan to post updates on my status, helpful tips and recipes.

My first tip is "What is your BMR?" by Jillian Michaels.

I calculated mine and it turns out to be 2368.8

Your BMR is the number of calories your body burns in a day when operating at absolute minimum capacity. It is the number of calories your body burns just to maintain your heartbeat, digestion, respiration, tissue repair and other organ functions.

BMR is influenced by a number of factors, including age, weight, height, gender, environmental temperature, and diet and exercise habits. Because of these varying factors, it's hard to pin down your BMR to the precise calorie, but we can get pretty close. Here are some formulas for figuring out your BMR. Get out your calculator and plug your numbers into whichever formula applies to you.

MALE: 66 + (6.3 × body weight in pounds) + (12.9 × height in inches) − (6.8 × age in years)

FEMALE: 655 + (4.3 × weight in pounds) + (4.7 × height in inches) − (4.7 × age in years)

Your basal metabolic rate accounts for only about 75 percent of your total daily caloric expenditure, so to learn more about how to apply it to your calorie needs, check out Jillian's Web site now.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Oh My God, Look At Her!

I know I've talked about this before, but yesterday was so horrible! I spent the afternoon out shopping with my cousin, Marie. Both of us are fairly large ladies. Yesterday must have been "Make fun of fat people day", because that's all that happened everywhere we went. Both of us were dressed nice, had our nice coats on, we were looking respectful. But for some reason, society makes fat people out to be lazy, sloppy slobs who don't care about themselves. At lunch, there was a table of 3 couples and 3 children. We are use to children staring at us, but children and their parents?! I felt guilty eating. I just wanted to turn to them and say "stop staring, I didn't get fat by NOT eating!" When I'm out with my nieces and nephews, I get onto them anytime i notice them staring at anyone, no matter what they look like. But what was I thinking, the parents were staring too, so why would they say something to the children.

After lunch it was off to the book store. I visit this book store a couple times a week. Today was the worst I've ever been treated. Not only by other customers but workers as well. Walking into the store, we had the typical stares, and of course the "Oh My God, Look at Them!" At one point, a worker ran into me, didn't even say excuse me, then just pointed to the door that he wanted in and just said "Uh". Well I'm in front of the worker door because you ran me over with your cart! Not once did he say excuse me, he was sorry or even ask for me to move. I'm fat, it's not contagious. After a few more minutes, we hear laughter and pointing... seriously people, I'm not an animal in the zoo. I am human, I have feelings. Then comes another joke "wow we aren't gonna make it down this isle, it's blocked" and of course we were the only ones in the aisle. As I was checking out, the cashier asked how my visit was... and I told him it was horrible. I said that I have never ran into so many rude customers and workers in one place that made fun of fat people. The cashier behind him turned around and stared at us then started laughing.

I'm so tired of it, my husband is tired of me being made fun of, my cousin and I'm sure many other large people of this world are too. I know people are made fun of all the time for many different reasons. But seriously, how hard is it to just keep your mouth shut?

Weight Loss Failure

It's no secret that I am a weight loss failure.  I have topped the scale at my highest ever and hope that I won't ever have to look back.  You name the diet and I've most likely failed it.  I can't count the number of times I've joined Weight Watchers and failed.  To me, Weight Watchers is too easy to cheat on.  When your as big as me starting out, you are allowed SO MANY points!  I could eat 3 sensible meals and snacks and still have enough points left over to go eat a cheeseburger.  Well I'm suppose to eat all the points right?... so yep you guessed it, I'd fill my points up with the cheeseburger.  So much for eating healthy those other 3 meals.  Don't get me wrong, Weight Watchers works for many people, I'm just not one of them. 

I don't buy into the pills and fad diets either.  My fatness may make me have a heart attack in 30 years, but I'm not taking some crazy fad diet pill and increasing those chances!  I'm going to try the move more, eat less, make better selections, if I want a Dr Pepper I will have one, only if I deserve it "diet". 

Maybe it shouldn't be a diet, it should be a "life change".  This extra weight has changed how I live my life, and now I'm changing to get my life back!

Best of luck to all those who are joining me on the "healthy kick"!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010!

Hello 2010!!!

Happy New Year!!! I hope that everyone had a fun and safe New Years Eve. I played the safe and warm route this year. My husband and I decided to not venture out with the drunk drivers and the negative degree weather and to stay home with our dogs and cats and snuggle in the warm house. We didn't make it to midnight or even 11:00 to watch the ball in New York drop.  We toasted the new year with our favorite sparkling wine and headed to bed around 10:30.

Did anyone make any New Years Resolutions? I have a couple this year.

1. Lose weight (I make this resolution every year, but it’s finally time that I stick to it!)

2. To budget and manage our money better

The last time I kept a resolution was in 2008 when I decided to quit smoking. It took me 28 days to be smoke free.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful and blessed 2010.