Don’t Mess With My Coffee

When I wake up in the morning while I wait for the coffee to get done brewing, I have gone back to drinking a full glass of 1 part unsweetened cranberry juice and 7 parts water. It wakes me up pretty fast, it hydrates me from sleeping all nite (altho I keep a big glass or bottle of water on my nightstand for during the night), and it flushes my body. The unsweetened cranberry is pretty tart so I’m not sure if that’s what wakes me up or the fruit itself, but it works well for the reasons I drink it.

My true love in the morning, after a big meal, or in the afternoon when I really need a pick-me-up is coffee. I pretty much gave up diet sodas for water a few years ago per WeightWatchers instructions to drink at least 8 glasses per day.

I probably only took up coffee because my Dad used to drink it. I was definitely a “Daddy’s Girl”. I remember he used to drink it with cream and sugar and it would just taste so good. I wasn’t really allowed to drink it at home except when I would steal a sip while getting it for him, but every Sunday in between the 2 services at our church I could get coffee and stand there so grown up for my 9 years.

Later in my teen years, when my father affectionately started calling me “Bubbles” because of getting fat in puberty, I laid off the cream and sugar as a way to decrease my intake of calories. I’ve drank it black now for so many years, that I can’t hardly stand the sweet in it anymore if I actually get one with sugar.

I probably drink at least 12 cups a day as a minimum, so you can imagine my dismay a few years back when they came out with the big coffee scare that it was so bad for us. Like most things to do with health they have done a backflip on that and now say it’s actually good for us and has antioxidants that prevent certain diseases. (I wish they’d come out with a study like that for a fifth of vodka. LOL)

The other day in my inbox is the headline “Coffee Could Be Sabatoging Your Weight Loss”. My heart jumped. I drink so much coffee, and I never thought of it having any calories. I just don’t count it at all. Most of the article talked about all the stuff we put in our coffee, or the special coffees we get at those “special coffee” places, but it did get me to wondering how many calories I was consuming per day.

The internet seems to be a bit confused as to whether an 8 oz. cup has 2, 5 or 9 calories per cup. A lot of the sites that have their oppinion on how many calories don’t tell you anything about what else is in there.  The nutritional facts below is the one I’ve decided to go with, and at 2 calories per cup, I don’t think it’s going to make or break me. Notice the “B” vitamins and the amount of protein? Who’da thunk? No wonder we get moving. LOL

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 8 fl. oz.

Amount per Serving     8 oz.

Calories 2 Calories from Fat 0

% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
    Saturated Fat  0g 0%
    Monounsaturated Fat  0g
    Polyunsaturated Fat  0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 116mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
    Dietary Fiber  0g 0%
Protein 0.3g 1%

Vitamin E 0%
Thiamin (B1) 2%
Riboflavin (B2) 11%
Niacin (B3) 2%
Folic Acid (Folate) 1%
Magnesium 2%
Panthothenic Acid 6%

Est. Percent of Calories from:

Fat 0.0%     Carbs 0.0%
Protein 60.0%

I Feel Better Now

Not because I’ve lost a ton of weight, hell no, but I spent the first part of my morning this morning looking at female celebrities. You may ask how that would make someone like me feel better? These were side by side pictures of some of our favorite stars with and without make-up. I am here to tell you, without make-up there are some ugly women who are superstars. LOL. 

What got me there was a little blurb about how JLo has lost all the baby fat since having her twins back in February. While through the months she has been seen by papparrazzi working out, it seems the secret no one knew is she sleeps 10 hours a day. Must be nice, aye? How can you do that when you just had a set of twins? With lots of money and a very involved father, that’s how.

It seems her routine is to not eat anything after 5 pm. That’s one rule I’m having trouble with. I end up eating way to late, because I know if I eat dinner I’m done for the night and I usually have more stuff I want to get done. I know a lot of advice is to not eat after 7 or 8 pm when trying to lose weight.

After dinner the only thing she has is a some green tea, and then off to bed by 8. I don’t know how she’ll keep that schedule when she’s working. I guess she probably won’t have to since she’s already lost the 40 lbs. of baby fat she had gained.

According to this “sleep therapy”, in the same way 10 hrs. of sleep keeps you trim and younger, they say that naps make you gain weight. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am to hear that one. I love my naps and according to everything else I had read they are supposed to be so good for you. They’re a stress reliever and also I thought since I don’t sleep that long at night it would help make up for some of that on the “sleep to lose weight” issue. Guess I was wrong on both counts, although the article did say her husband has gotten pretty thin and he’s the one who takes care of the twins when she’s getting her beauty rest. 

I’m going back to bed. LOL.

I Love Science And Weight Loss

When you’ve dieted as many times and for as many years of your life as I have, you get to a point where just about everything you hear is the “same old stuff”, which I guess no matter how you cut it, it keeps being the same old stuff because that’s what works.

“Watch the calories. Burn more than you eat.” blah, blah, blah.

Every once in awhile science makes a breakthrough that helps the same old stuff work better or faster. One of those new things is the way we exercise.

I get a lot of health magazines and newsletters. I sell vitamins and nutritional supplements so I like to keep up with that kind of information. Some of the newsletters I get are from doctors that don’t necessarily “conform to the norm”. LOL. They do a lot of their own research, come up with their own theories, and fight an uphill battle until the regular populous of doctors “get it”.  One such doctor is Dr. Al Sears.

I have read his articles and looked at his P.A.C.E. program for exercise for years. His big thing in life seems to be making people aware that cardio is actually bad for your health (heart) and the way we should be exercising for health and weight loss. Now his way of thinking has pretty much taken off. While they don’t tell you how bad cardio for extended periods of time is for you, they are preaching more about circuit training and interval training as a way of boosting your metabolism and burning more fat.

The first one to “get it” was Curves, the gym that was basically women only and you move between resistance training and cardio every 30 seconds. They had everything set up in a circle and you move from machine to running in place to machine to running, until you completed the circle twice. For a beginner, I thought that worked pretty well. If you were more experienced you could always ramp it up.

Now as I look at some of the trainings for these marathon and half marathon runners, they are teaching the interval training. The “Couch to 5K” is a great example of that. It’s where you do bursts of high intensity in between regular brisk walking. This kind of exercise is supposed to strengthen your heart, plus keep your metabolism working long after your done. They say their interval training will have anyone running 3 miles in just 2 months following their plan.

Since getting older and so much more sedentary than I’ve ever been, strengthening the heart is a biggy for me. They say the reason that people run marathons and then kiel over dead when appearing to be in perfect health is that while running, the heart is under constant stress. The interval training “conditions” it vs. stressing it.

Did you know if you just stand instead of sitting one more hour per day, you burn an extra 100 calories? I thought that was interesting.

Also being post- menapausal the things that used to work for me to lose weight aren’t working any more. My body reacts differently to things than it used to. I’ve been using the interval training and the circut training, and I do feel a difference. Now I just need to be a bit better about my eating plan.

Speaking of eating, any body else go to Superbowl parties yesterday where there is much more food on the buffet table than there are people to eat it?