The Importance of Walking

I received this in my email and thought you might get a kick out of it. Since my emphasis has been on exercise lately, I thought it appropriate. enjoy=)

The Importance of Walking

>>>Walking can add minutes to your life.
>>> This enables you at 85 years old
>>> to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing
>>> home at $7000 per month. This is my reason. DWB

>>> My grandpa started walking
>>> five miles a day when he was 60.
>>> Now he’s 97 years old
>>> and we don’t know where he is.
>>> I like long walks,
>>> especially when they are taken
>>> by people who annoy me.

>>> The only reason I would take up walking
>>> is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
>>> I have to walk early in the morning,
>>> before my brain figures out what I’m doing..
>>> I joined a health club last year,
>>> spent about 400 bucks.
>>> Haven’t lost a pound.
>>> Apparently you have to go there.
>>> Every time I hear the dirty word ‘exercise’,
>>> I wash my mouth out with chocolate.
>>> The advantage of exercising every day
>>> is so when you die, they’ll say,
>>> ‘Well, she looks good doesn’t she.’
>>> If you are going to try cross-country skiing,
>>> start with a small country.
>>> I know I got a lot of exercise
>>> the last few years,……
>>> just getting over the hill.

>>> We all get heavier as we get older,
>>> because there’s a lot more information in our heads.
>>> That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
>>>>>>> AND

>>> Every time I start thinking too much
>>> about how I look,
>>> I just find a Happy Hour
>>> and by the time I leave,
>>> I look just fine.
>>> You could run this over to your friends
>>> But just e-mail it to them
>>> If you don’t forward
>> this to 1 of your friends within
>>>>the next 5 minutes your belly
>>>>button will unscrew and your
>>>>butt will fall off.
>>>>Really…. It’s true Ha! Ha! Ha!

The Month After Christmas- New Year’s Resolutions

I found this in my inbox and thought it was so cute, I had to share. I don’t know who wrote it. I would love to give them credit for it. Hope you enjoy =)

Twas the month after Christmas,
and all through the house,
Nothing would fit me,
not even a blouse.

The cookies I’d nibbled,
the chocolate I’d taste
and  the holiday parties
had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales
there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store
(less a walk than a lumber),

I’d remember the marvellous meals I’d prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I’d never said, “No thank you, please.”

As I dressed myself in my husband’s old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt…
I said to myself, as I only can,
“You can’t spend a winter, disguised as a man!”

So, away with the last of the sour cream dip.
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won’t have a cookie, not even a lick.
I’ll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won’t have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie.
I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore…
But isn’t that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all, and to all a good diet.

Halloween Candy 75% Off- Weight 100% On

Another Halloween has come and gone, and unlike the Christmas retailers who are buying scaled down stock because of the economy, there was leftover chocolate Halloween candy everywhere!

I’m usually pretty good at passing up the candy when it’s for sale prior to Halloween because I think most of the time the prices are ridiculous. After Halloween though is a weak point. When the same big back of bite size candy bars is finally marked down to what is reasonable, I usually have to partake. you know, now that I think about it, I have the same problem at Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Christmas. Man there are a lot of “candy” holidays!

I also pride myself on the fact that I only have to have 1 piece to be satisfied, and even that isn’t a daily thing, so a big bag will last quite awhile. Not the case with my mother. She has 2 sitting in the freezer at the ready at all times, and the bag is disappearing quickly. Now I remember why I used to hide it in our room or in the bottom of the freezer behind a bunch of stuff.

There’s no reason why we can’t partake in the finer foods of life (chocolate, cheesecake, etc) but like everything we do, we need to be able to stay in control. Planning is a great way to do that, if you know you’re going to be having something you shouldn’t. You can move calories around so that you’re not destroying all your hard work by having something you normally wouldn’t. Another great deterrent and tool is journaling. If you’re totally and brutally honest about writing down everything you stick in your mouth, trust me, you begin to have second thoughts before you have that second piece.

It’s getting into Thanksgiving now and we all need to do some planning in advance. How do you handle the holidays?


Random Weight Loss Thoughts

WeightWatchers free registration ends today. If I rejoin will I go or will it be something else I pay for every month and don’t use? If I go to the meetings will I go ahead and go around the corner to the gym? (which I haven’t been using because I couldn’t get to the equipment I wanted when I wanted).

I read all the time about how dangerous it is to gain weight around the middle of your body, which is where I’ve gained most of mine. Now they say that a “fat neck” is an indicator also. The magic number for a man is a neck size of approx. 16 inches and 13 for a woman. Mine is 15 which leads to the question of “Where does my double chin end and my neck begin?”

In light of this new reseach are they going to be coming out with a “throat band” to keep you from swallowing too much food?

Why do I have 3 pedometers and I can’t get any of them to work right? I’ve changed batteries. I even have two that talk, but I don’t think they’re supposed to credit you with 5 steps every time you go to the bathroom for pulling down your pants, sitting down, and then pulling them back up. If I drink enough water, I wouldn’t have to walk hardly anywhere.

Could I really lose weight by eating waffles covered in melted chocolate chips? (The Mediteranian diet)

Happy Saturday everyone. Off to join WW and go to the gym. LOL.

It’s A “Chocolate” Time of Year

Important: For anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, Lean Cuisine is recalling 900,000 lbs. of their different chicken dinners. Evidently some people have found bits of hard blue plastic in their frozen dinners.  You can get more info by calling the Nestle Company at 1-800-227-6188. They probably have which ones up on their website also, if not at the Nestle site, then at the Lean Cuisine site.

Now that I’ve done my “Public Service Announcement” LOL, I’ll get on with my topic.

From a bit before Halloween, right up threw drinking shots out of chocolate “bottles” for New Year’s, there is chocolate every where! I was so happy when they came out with the results of studies showing dark chocolate was actually healthy for you. What a great excuse for dieters! What do I care that 80% of the studies were conducted by Mars, the big candy maker? A study is a study. LOL. (So if it had been bad for you, would they still let the results be known or would they just keep quiet about doing any studies at all? No conflict of interest there).

The word is out. Most people close to me know I’m trying to lose weight, so don’t buy me candy at all, but if you’re like my passive aggressive  

Ghiradelli Ribbon Gift

Ghiradelli Ribbon Gift

boyfriend who doesn’t like “fat chicks” but insists on buying me chocolate, then make it dark so I can at least be a “healthier fat chick”.

According to the studies, the dark chocolate has no added milk fat along with having healthy flavonoids (the same stuff that makes red wine healthy). I drink a lot of red wine and eat a chocolate now and then, I can’t understand why I’m not the “picture” of health.  Supposedly, altho it doesn’t have the fiber and vitamins, dark chocolate has 70% more flavonoids than apples! That’s a pretty big plus.

I keep a stash of chocolate in the bottom of my freezer. I have a bag of milk chocolate that I share with people who just want a piece of chocolate, and then I have the dark chocolate underneath. When I get hit by a chocolate craving, I just grab a piece from down below and that’s usually enough to satisfy me, so the See’s candy, etc. that floats around at Christmas and people bring to Thanksgiving, don’t really intimidate me too much anymore.

I thought this was pretty cool. According to Healthnet, there is the growing evidence that chocolate is a mood enhancer. Chocolate contains as many as 400 different compounds that promote a better mood and alleviate anxiety, which helps to explain why so many people experience cravings for it. Serotonin, endorphins and phenylethylamine are all found in chocolate and can lift the mood; it also contains the stimulants caffeine and theobromine, and the amphetamine-like compounds tyramine and phenyletylamine. So if you’re feeling a little out-of-sorts or depressed it looks like dark chocolate is the perfect answer. Didn’t we women always know that?

Just remember to enjoy it in moderation, just like everything else we dieters have to do concerning food.

It’s So Good To Join…

the world again. I actually started out last week going to a  training for Real Estate Brokers. It was so great to interact again. I had not forgotten as much as I thought. It was so good, I started with a hug from a member services person that I have barely known but has helped me a lot recently. We had talked and played tag so many times when she saw me, a hug was automatic.

That on top of my daughter being here, I am working more on getting out and not being the hermit that it is so easy to become.

I don’t know how many read the “letter to my body”, but it has helped. I find myself making better choices based on “us” getting along better and thinking about how I want to be later on in life, than even counting points, (altho that doesn’t hurt, combining the two).

Happy Easter to all those who celebrate. I’m looking forward to the day. The BF is off work, I’m ready to go to church, and I’m feeling happy about Easter dinner. I’m also really happy not to deal with “Easter Baskets” LOL. I have told every one and the only one in my house really disappointed is my mother, who really doesn’t need it, so I will probably go get her candy Monday. This year there will be no extra PeePs, colored speckled eggs, etc. This year, maybe the kids are old enough to finally understand what Easter is all about.

The Season Is Definately Here…

Along with all its usual temptations. First thing in my inbox this morning? a 10% off coupon from Godiva for my birthday. (Birthday’s the day after Christmas). Then I grab something to read in the bathroom, (nothing private here, LOL) and I’m excited to see it’s a Trader Joe’s XMAS flyer. What’s the first thing they tell us will get us back to an ‘old fashioned Christmas’? Belgium Chocolates and Chocolate Bark in a 16oz size! Boy, am I glad I bought some of the WW bars at the meeting last week. I have a feeling in the next few weeks I will be carrying them with me where ever I go. This is one of my strategies for fighting off the urge to indulge in all the beautiful XMAS goodies we’re going to be seeing every where.

I did go to our local rec center and got a program of the classes they’ll be offering starting in Jan. I have to start doing something! I do walk, but not as often as I should. Now with the rains and cold weather it’s liable to be even less. The only on-going class they have is squaredancing that is going right now. I always liked squaredancing when I was younger and in those classes the people are so much older, I would probably be ‘the kid’. LOL

Sometimes I get So Frustrated…

I’ve been playing with about the same 5lbs. for how long now? (Since I started this blog). I have discovered not only is it a little harder to lose weight post menapausal, but my willpower doesn’t seem to be getting any stronger, either. Now, something is just plain wrong with that picture! I know a lot of older people who have taken on eating right as a natural choice and don’t seem to have any problem saying ‘no’ to the things that aren’t good for them. Me, on the other hand, continue to indulge myself.  I know what I have to do, and now the holidays are coming. It’s time for me to rework my recipes to the lowfat version, which are actually just as good, and take advantage of a tip I was reminded of this AM. Instead of candy, which really isn’t that big a weakness for me, (damn it! It would be so much easier if that’s all it was) I will enjoy sugarfree, fat free, hot chocolate as my little slice of decadence on cold nites.

Also, did you know it takes more calories to chew and digest celery than you consume? That’s what makes it a dieting Super Food. Just skip the peanut butter or the cream cheese. LOL