Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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10 Reasons to Lose Weight

10. More stores, styles and clothes to choose from.


09. Look better in swimwear.
08. Look better naked.


07. Feel more confident in your own skin.


06. Never feel self conscious about eating in front of people.

05. Run, walk, take the stairs, play-without being out of breath.
 
04. Set a good example for children/future children.

03.  Less chance of having serious health issues down the road.


02. Longer life.


01. To just plain be Healthy NOW!

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What's your biggest reason to lose weight?

Monday, May 30, 2011

A Few Things...

First of all, Happy Memorial Day!
I hope you're having lots and lots of fun.

Second of all, this weekend was one giant fail.
I mean epic fail.  I cheated my pants off.
But whatevs.  I'm not stressing.
I'll just eat extra well this week to make up for it.

Third of all, I've decided I'm going to interview/spotlight people here.
So do you have a type of excersize, eating habit, tip, etc. that you'd like to share?
Let me know, I'll get you on the schedule.

So far I've got a Yoga person, a runner, and a few ideas.

Love your faces!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Thinspiration Sunday




"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
-Mahatma Gandhi


Friday, May 27, 2011

Fat Ass Friday: An Update

Um... I forgot to weigh myself this morning, so you're not getting one of those updates today.  How about I let you know how my 21 Days to a Lifestyle Change is coming along?

My Goals were: 
  • Give up candy/chocolate entirely. I did it with soda and have no desire to drink the stuff anymore, I can do it with candy now too. I'm going to avoid things like cookies and other sweets too.
  • Choose healthy options when I eat.  Even when I go out to eat with friends.
  • Exercise (some form of physical activity that works up a sweat) for at least 30 minutes, every day.
  • Watch my calories-and keep track of everything I eat.
  • Watch my carbs-when bread is involved (which I plan on limiting) it must be wholegrain/multi-grain.
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day (why do I struggle so hard with this?)
  • Post once a week on my progress. I think I'll link up with Brandy's Fat Ass Friday
My Progress:
  • I haven't had any candy at all! Great, right?  I did have a few bites of cake... and might again tonight... I haven't made up my mind.
  • I have been eating really healthy.  With the exception of the chocolate Mole the other night, it's been mostly parfaits and low carb meals full of veggies and boiled eggs.
  • Exercise = Epic fail.  I've been trying to walk around more-but otherwise I haven't gone out of my way to do anything.  Epic epic epic fail.
  • I haven't really been counting calories, but I've been paying more attention to what I put in my mouth-so I really haven't felt the need to.  I think I'll take this off the list.
  • The water... Some days are good, some days I totally space it-still need to work on this!
  • I'm posting right now!
This week I need to work more on:
  • Getting up and working out or doing something physical! Geez Ang, get it together!
  • Drink more water! 
How is your progress coming along?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Keep Going...

My friend Bird is moving to CA in a few days, so last night we all went out to dinner at The Red Iguana for his "one last time." The Red Iguana is possibly the best Mexican Restaurant I've ever eaten at, and they're especially known for their Mole. I ate Mole with Mexican Chocolate in it, and had a few bites of Tres Leches cake that was shared with the table for desert.

I was bad.  I'll admit it, and this would normally be the point where I feel like a big failure and just give up and go back to my old ways I'd already messed the whole thing up-so why try anymore anyway?

Pardon my language, but I call bullshit.

This time I'm actually in this thing to see it through.  When I slip up, I pick myself back up and keep going.  Just because I'm eating healthy doesn't mean I can't have a few bites of cake now and then, or a high calorie dinner for a special occasion, it just means I'm making better choices and remember that moderation is key. I haven't messed anything up-I simply took a very small break from the plan and am now ready to get back on track and work extra hard at being good.

Besides, the more good I am, the more those moments when I do get to indulge count, right?  Sweets should be a treat that you get every now and again, not a daily staple in your life.  If you eat them every day, there isn't anything special about them.

We've got this.
We can keep going, even when there are deviations.
So what if you fell off the wagon for one meal, or one day, or one week...
Dust yourself off and get back on the horse (so to speak.)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Benefits of Berries



Sometimes I feel like berries might be some kind of secret weapon that most of us forget to use.  They're naturally sweet, and actually one of the more low-carb options for fruit out there.  They're perfect for a quick snack, to satisfy a sweet tooth, or even serve up as desert!

I mean, I used them yesterday to make my perfect parfait-which is low calorie, low carb, and amazing!

Also, little known fact-berries aren't just bright and colorful so they'll be pretty to look at, or so our ancestors could use them for paint pigment-the colors contain phytochemicals and flavonoids that may help prevent some forms of cancer.

Berries are very high in antioxidants, which protect your cells from "free radicals" which are molicules produced by toxins in food, smoke, etc.  Antioxidants help fend that off illness, and certain forms of cancer. Many berries also contain lutein, which is good for your vision, and Cranberries and Blueberries help with your urinary tract and help fend off infection. 

A quick rundown of berries and their benefits:

There are over 600 different types of strawberries, how's that for variety. One cup of Strawberries offers a 140% your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C, which can help boost your immune system and help fight off colds.  They're also high in phytoneutrients (phenols) that help fight off cancer and support your heart.  Studies show that strawberries may also help prevent our brains as we grow older, and that they help protect the muscular function of your eyes.



These pretty little gems are practically packed with antioxidants.  Blueberries have the highest amount of anthocyanidins, which are phytonutrients that fight off the free radicals, and in turn it helps prevent serious deterioration to our skin.  They decrease your risk for cancer, cataracts, ulcers, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemmoroids, and much more.  It's also believed they aid in the reduction of belly fat.


Raspberries are a source of ellagic acid, which is added to a lot of dietary supplements.  High in anti-oxidants, they help prevent damage to cell membraines..  They also have the ability to prevent the overgrowth of bacteria and fungi in the body.  One of those certain bacterias is "candida albicans" which is a leading culprit in yeast infections and irritable bowl syndrome.


Yes, Blackberries are high in antioxidants like the other berries, but these intoxicating little morsels really pack a punch when it comes to fighting off chronic disease with their little cancer fighting bunch of vitamins.  They are also high in fiber and have been linked to the lowering of cholesterol.


Acai berries have recently taken the health and weight loss energy and ran with it.  Everyone is scrambling for the newest product containing these petite beauties.  How beneficial are they really?  They seem to be quite similar to red wine in the way they reduce cholesterol and benefit your health.  They're extremely high in antioxidants. One acai berry holds ten times the amount of antioxidant vitamins as grapes, and two times the amount of blueberries.  See: Acai Berries & Acai Berry Juice What are the health benefits?

Other Berries can be great for you too.  Check out Bilberries, Cherries, and many others!

Other Sources:
7 Berries You Should Eat Every Day - Global Healing Center
Health Benefits of Eating Berries - About.com

Which is your favorite Berry and why?
Have any good berry related recipes to share?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

You'll Never Finish If You Don't Start

YOU'VE GOT THIS!
It may be just the beginning
But every finish line starts at the beginning.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Are You Pouring on the Pounds?


The first step in my weight-loss journey was giving up soda entirely.  I had done this before, but always ended up picking the habit back up along the way-this time I'm determined to kick the habit for good.  

I've been off soda since January, though  I did have two cans of Mountain Dew at a friend's party a few weeks ago, and I've got to say-while it was "ok" it wasn't as great as I remember.  I guess my palate has adjusted to being without it, and my body certainly has because it really upset my stomach!  Then, because of the sugar overload-my body was craving the soda for the next week.  Luckily, I didn't give in.

Let's list some of the CONS of drinking soda:
  • Weight Gain. One 12-oz. soda is 140 calories, all of which can be attributed to sugar.
  • Disease. Drinking soda is linked to things like Diabetes, heart disease, etc. According to ScienceDaily, just 2 sodas a week increases your chance of Pancreatic Cancer.
  • Bones and Teeth: Not only does the sugar destroy your teeth, but soda has been known to leach calcium from your bones.  This increases your chance of osteoporosis.
Unfortunately, Diet Sodas are no better...  While they don't have all that sugar that makes goes straight to fat and leads to Diabetes-they still have the phosphoric acid that leaches your calcium and erodes the enamel on your teeth, and the sweeteners that have no nutritional value may increase the erosion.   

The Harvard School of Public Health conducted research which showed that the artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks can actually lead to weight gain.  Isn't the point of diet soda to not gain weight?  Apparently some studies show that the sweetener (which is actually much more sweet than sugar) tricks the brain.  The brain is used to associating "sweet" with "sugar" and "energy"; however sweeteners don't provide the calories needed to create energy-so the brain isn't quite sure what to do with it.
The human brain responds to sweetness with signals to, at first, eat more and then with signals to slow down and stop eating. By providing a sweet taste without any calories, artificial sweeteners could confuse these intricate feedback loops that involve the brain, stomach, nerves, and hormones. If this happens, it could throw off the body's ability to accurately gauge how many calories are being taken in.
How's that for a double whammy.  YUCK! Here's to getting off of the soda, and staying off!

When you want something more than water try one of these healthy options:
  • Infused Water: Some lemon, orange, grapefruit zest, herbs, veggies, etc. added to ice water-no sweetener, just fresh flavor and much-needed water! 
  • Tea. The benefits to tea are astounding, especially green tea.  My current favorite is Echinacea tea with Eucalyptus. If you want it sweeter, just add a few drops of natural honey!
  • Coffee.  Black coffee has almost no calories.  Take a pass on lots of cream (especially flavored creamer) and sugar, but if you want to add one teaspoon of sugar to a cup-that's still better.
  • Sparkling Water w/ a Splash of Juice. Regular sparkling juices are packed with sugar/sweetener, but if you get just the sparkling water and add a splash of natural juice-much better!
  • Low sodium broth or Miso. A savory and satisfying alternative to sweet!
  • Fresh Fruit Coolers. Store-bought or restaurant smoothies can be fatty and sugary, but if you make it yourself you know exactly what is going in it! Try this recipe:
1 cup of Ice
3/4 cup of sugar-free sparkling water
1/3 cup of melon or berries (melons and berries are low-carb)
Chopped mint leaves or citrus slices (optional)

Throw it all in a blender and voila! A tasty AND healthy choice!

Sources:
Cons of Drinking Soda - Livestrong.com
Sugary Drinks or Diet Drinks: What's the Best Choice? - Harvard School of Public Health
Six Ideas for Low-Sugar Drinks - Harvard School of Public Health

How about you?
Have you kicked the soda habit?
Also, if you have any related tips, please share!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Parfait

Phew! Made it through day one alive! The hardest part? Went to a birthday party last night with a yummy looking cake, which everyone stood around and talked about how yummy it was.  Man, I wanted a piece bad! How did I do?  I gave in and had ONE BITE of the roommates piece, and then nothing more.  I just had some fruit when I got home.  I'll call that a success! :)

Wanna see my new favorite thing I'm using for when I'm craving sweets?

Parfait
Did you know it means "perfect" in French?

I went to Whole Foods yesterday and bought a bunch of healthy food.


I got both Plain Yogurt and Greek Vanilla Yogurt, because I wasn't sure what I'd like.  The Brown Cow Plain Yogurt with a cream top was about the same calories as other plain yogurt, but significantly less carbs.  It tastes buttery and good.  The Vanilla Greek Yogurt was lower calorie and lower carb than even the plain yogurt, and it's really good! 



 I also got a big mixed pot of berries.  Berries are one of the most low carb fruit, but also fantastic in Yogurt.  A scoop of the yogurt and a bunch of berries. Yum! 


I added some strawberries, and a handful of granola.  Granola is he most fatty part, so go easy-but it adds a fantastic amount of crunch and sweet to a tart bowl of goodness.  This is the Vanilla Almond Granola from Whole Foods' Bulk Section.  

Such a fantastic treat!

Friday, May 20, 2011

21 Days To a Lifestyle Change

The other day I read a post by Janna, where she referenced this post by Tricia.

It was incredibly inspirational, and I knew instantly I had to participate.

Reading through Tricia's blog, I was really impressed. She wrote about how she read somewhere that it only takes 21 days to make a habit, so she challenged herself to 21 days of eating healthy and working out.  Tricia also gave herself an out-if she didn't feel better or like it was worth it in 21 days she could just give up.  To her surprise, when the 21 days were over-she'd lost twenty pounds and was feeling really well.  This woman lost 128 lbs in a year and looks amazing.  I really recommend you go look at her before and after pictures and read through her post.

This got me thinking... If she can do it, why can't I?  Why do I constantly hear myself repeating that I'm going to finally do something about the way I look and feel-only to turn around a day, a week, months, or even years later and be in the same spot with no changes made?  I'm tired of being that person.  I'm tired of never sticking with what I start.  I'm going to finish it this time.



I'm committing to 21 Days to form a habit and make a change.  I will stick with my goals for 21 days without deviation in order to form the habit that I can continue on towards my goal with.

If you'd like to join in, feel free to grab the button I made above:


For the next 21 days I commit to:
  • Give up candy/chocolate entirely. I did it with soda and have no desire to drink the stuff anymore, I can do it with candy now too. I'm going to avoid things like cookies and other sweets too.
  • Choose healthy options when I eat.  Even when I go out to eat with friends.
  • Excersize (some form of physical activity that works up a sweat) for at least 30 minutes, every day.
  • Watch my calories-and keep track of everything I eat.
  • Watch my carbs-when bread is involved (which I plan on limiting) it must be wholegrain/multi-grain.
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day (why do I struggle so hard with this?)
  • Post once a week on my progress. I think I'll link up with Brandy's Fat Ass Friday
    So what do you say?
    Will you join me in this change of habits?

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