Another New Year Still Fat…

Here we are moving now into 2011, another new year and I’m still fat, which accounts for why this blog has been so neglected. One thing I did accomplish last year that I hope to carry into the new year, is I actually have exercised. I will be moving this year and rebuilding a home, so I already am thinking that will be quite a bit of exercise in itself, but there is a senior center in our new location that is also free to join if you are a resident of the city. Count me in. I really miss my time at the senior center here, but I have been walking 2 miles minimum 3 days a week, plus it’s about a quarter of a mile every time I go visit my mother. Already I am getting more exercise than I’ve had for the last 2 yrs. You would think it would show somewhere. LOL.

I got a new idea for the new year from one of the guru coaches that I follow for New Year’s Resolutions. I thought it was pretty interesting and will be giving it a try. He says to write a paper on 2011 as if it’s already Dec. 31, 2011. Write down all the things you’ve accomplished for the year. This is very close to what another teacher of mine teaches about starting with the end in mind, sort of backward planning. Hey, anything that will help! LOL. I’m tired of carrying around this extra 50 lbs. I’m tired of looking at clothes in a 1 or 2X.

So, I wish you all a Happy New Year and much success as we all try our own thing to bring us to better health and a sexier, new us!

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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.

Weight Loss, A New Year, Free Gifts

Self Improvement

Free Gifts For You

Here we are facing a whole new year in front of us and most of us have great aspirations. There is something in all of us that we would like to change whether it’s losing weight or something inside of us, begging to get out.

I recently got invited to a 4th annual “Self Improvement Giveaway” which is just like it says. It’s many, many products, (e-books, software) given away for free. Many of them are top products that would cost a fortune to buy them all. I would like to share this opportunity with you.

Just go to Self Improvement Giveaway 4 and register. It’s just your name and email, confirm your email address and you’ll get a link to log in. This year they have made it for internet marketers also, so the first couple of pages you see are “One time offers”, but if you’re not interested just scroll to the bottom. There will be a button to say “no thank you” and you’ll move on to the next page. Once you get past the couple of offers, there’s a whole treasure chest of stuff inside. It’s well worth the effort.

If you have never been to one of these online before, if you wish to get a product they will most likely ask for your name and email. You usually have to confirm and they send you a download link. If you start getting newsletters or anything else you don’t like, just “unsubscribe”. It’s that easy. Meanwhile you can pick up some great e-books, music, etc.

I hope you enjoy, but you’ll have to hurry. It’s only open until the 19th of January. If you should actually decide to make a purchase (which is totally not necessary to be part of this) I may make a small commission. By law I have to disclose this, but it’s not why I’m recommending it. I don’t make enough to make me recommend something I don’t believe in. I just think this is a great opportunity.

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Day 5, Week 1, New Year, New Weight Loss Goals

Here we are on day 5 of week 1 of the New Year with our new weight loss goals instead of resolutions. How’s it going for you?

I’m not doing too bad. My goal was to add one healthy fruit or vegetable to my diet this week and I have been doing so every single day. My thing was to ad a salad at lunch. I almost always have a vegetable with dinner, but then that’s usually about it. The benefits to this are:

1) Salad is a natural appetite suppressant. I have a very good appetite so any help I can get in that department without taking some over the counter appetite suppressant works for me.

2) Obviously the one vegetable I eat at night is not going to replace the 5 servings a day I should be getting, even when I eat enough to count as 2 servings at dinner.

I’ve also been walking from the far end of the parking lot to entrances of the places I go. It’s funny. I got a handicapped placard for my mother, for when I have to take her to the doctors or take her anywhere, as she has a walker and cannot walk too far without needing to sit down. The police in the Bay area are starting to crack down on people using handicapped placards and stickers that aren’t handicapped when the handicapped people these things are meant for aren’t with them. I told my mother of all the times in my life that may have been me getting caught pulling that, they don’t have to worry about me anymore. When I took her to the doctors yesterday, it’s the first time we’ve gotten to use it, and there wasn’t a handicapped parking space open anywhere. I still ended up dropping her off at the bench out front while I went and found a parking place! LOL.

Let me know how you’re coming with the goals you set for yourself this year when it comes to weight and fitness. I’m always open to new, better, easier, ideas. LOL.

January 1, 2010- Well maybe January 2

Happy New Year every one! Is today the day? I thought it was, but for me actually with having family, friends and food for New Year’s Day, I’ll probably start my new plan tomorrow. I hope all of you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and may 2010 bring us a weight loss to be proud of! Getting older, sexier, and skinnier in the new year!

happy new year

For you!

What Really Works for Weight Loss?

Oprah pulling fat

If it was out of the bag?

What really works for weight loss? No this isn’t going to be some sales blog for all my products, etc. I know what works, the same old sage advice “Diet and Exercise”, but what if you know what works, but you just can’t make yourself “do it”? That’s where I’m at. I just don’t have the motivation and some of the stuff I’ve done in the past doesn’t work as well now that I’m older and “post menopausal”. LOL.

I was getting in and out of the shower today and was looking at my body. I know, don’t hate, and I don’t. I just don’t like very much and it doesn’t feel as good as it did when I weighed what I am supposed to. I remembered how flabbergasted I was when I saw the picture of Oprah pulling 65 pounds of fat behind her in the wagon as a representative of all the weight she had lost this particular time. That led me to remember a WeightWatchers leader mentioning about getting a pound of fat and take it home and play with it, feel it, look at it. Yuck! So I was thinking how ugly that 65 pounds of fat would have been if Oprah had unleashed it in the red wagon instead of having it all neatly packed into the bag.

I’m thinking I’m really tired of making the same old resolutions this year that end up not being kept (doesn’t say much for my integrity does it? LOL). I think this year I’ll make a resolution to get more motivated by buying a couple pounds of fat. I can see a roll of fat that runs under my boobs across the front and then it kind of indents, and then the big belly fat below that if I was 30 yrs. younger someone may mistake for a small child growing inside. LOL. But my skin is sort of like the bag around the fat in Oprah’s red wagon. It keeps it somewhat contained. I think it’s time to unleash it and see what it’s really like, figuratively speaking of course. See if that works any better than anything else I’ve tried to stay motivated. Desperate times call for desperate measures. LOL.

Anyone else with any new ideas for staying motivated to lose weight in the new year? I’d love liposuction, but then that would lead to plastic surgery, and then, OMG where does it end?

Oh, speaking of losing weight and good food, I added a link to a food blog today. There is a beautiful recipe for Christmas pudding on there, that if you’ve ever wanted to try it or even see that it’s a real food, this is the place! A ton of recipes. Not all “diet friendly”, but I know how to substitute for most things. Like I said, I know what works, I just may not always do it. LOL.

Happy Holidays everybody, what ever that is for you, and Merry Christmas, Happy New Year for me.

Guess What Unofficial Holiday Today is…

It is “Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions” Day! Always on Jan. 17th.  Supposedly, this is the day where if you have any broken resolutions, feel guilty about any you made, or have resolutions your having a hard time keeping, (maybe made after too much champagne), today’s the day you have permission to “ditch” them. You don’t have to feel guilty any more!

While losing weight is in the top 10 resolutions made every year, I prefer to think of it as a goal. We all need goals, right? And so go my resolutions. Just like my goals, I may not always hit them, but I don’t ever want to quit trying.

In keeping with the fact that this is basically a blog about food and living a leaner lifestyle, I thought I would share a little insight as to some of the “food customs” of New Year’s Day. If you would like to read more about “Ditch Your Resolutions” Day – Pt 1″, visit my blog at http://www.lauriannsnewlife.blogspot.com 

Food is an important part of everyone’s holidays. And in many cultures it’s believed that you can affect your luck by the type of food you first eat on New Year’s Day. Here’s what people around the world will be munching on when the clock strikes 12…

MEXICO, SPAIN and CUBA: For good luck, they’ll eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight, each grape signifying one month of the upcoming year. If the grape for the respective month is sweet, they’ll expect a good month… if it’s sour, a bad one.

JAPAN: You’ll hear the crunch, crunch of Buddhist monks munching on noodles in temples at midnight.

GERMANY: Break out the carp… the traditional New Year’s Eve fish in Germany. Not only will they feast on it, but many Germans will also place several of the fish’s scales in their wallets as a way to ensure financial good luck!

HOLLAND: Olie Bollen – literally translating to “oil balls” – are a traditional New Year’s Eve treat for the Dutch. These yummy, puffy doughnuts are often filled with diced apples, raisins, and currants.

POLAND: Many Poles will feast on herring to usher in a year of good fortune.

SOUTHERN U.S: If you eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Eve, legend has it you’ll enjoy good luck the whole year through. Want wealth? Try corn bread, cabbage, collard greens, or kale!

PHILIPPINES: Here the kind of food doesn’t matter. Filipinos believe it’s important to have any type of food on the table at midnight to help encourage an abundance of food throughout the year.

DENMARK: Boiled cod is traditional New Year’s Eve fare.

WORLDWIDE: Want to start a new tradition? Try this one, shared by many people throughout the world: it’s the practice of eating “ring-shaped” food during New Year’s celebrations. Symbolizing the “coming full circle,” the belief is that good luck will follow all who consume such foods. So bite a bagel or doughnut at midnight this December 31st… and be open to good fortune!

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