7.30.2011

20 Habits You SHOULDN'T Have

20 Habits that Make People Fat

http://health.yahoo.net/experts/eatthis/20-habits-that-make-you-fat

I am going to address the 20 items on the list and where I am in terms of whether or not I do the listed offense. I found this article on Yahoo Health. It was an eye opener for me.
Undecided - 3 counts
Guilty - 10 counts
Innocent - 7 counts


FAT HABIT #1: Eating "low-fat"- Innocent. I think the only thing I get low fat is milk. Yay!

FAT HABIT #2: Not seeking nutrition advice. Guility!-- I think it would definitely help to meet with a nutritionalist. I do however try to stay abreast and well read on nutrition and health info.

FAT HABIT #3: Sleeping too little or too much--Guilty! I am working on this. Shooting for an earlier bedtime.

FAT HABIT #4: Eating free restaurant foods---Guilty! Hard to pass up a bargain. It may not be much of a bargain for my body.

FAT HABIT #5: Drinking soda—even diet!---Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! I plan on working on this eventually.

FAT HABIT #6: Skipping meals---Innocent! I could stand to have healthy snacks between meals.

FAT HABIT #7: Eating too quickly--Guilty!

FAT HABIT #8: Watching too much TV---Guilty ...really GUILTY!

FAT HABIT #9: Ordering the combo meal---Guilty!

FAT HABIT #10: Facing the buffet. Changing. But we don't go very often.

FAT HABIT #11: Eating off larger plates--Changing. Trying to change this.


FAT HABIT #12: Putting serving dishes on the table--Innocent! I serve from Kitchen on regular meals. Only on holiday do we put food in front of us on the table.

FAT HABIT #13: Choosing white bread ---Guilty! I have used my family as the excuse for not buying whole grain, but I am going to have to buy and eat it just for myself.

FAT HABIT #14: Taking big bites--- Undecided. I am going to have to take a closer look at if I do this.

FAT HABIT #15: Not drinking enough water--Innocent! I stay hydrated.

FAT HABIT #16: Having overweight friends---Innocent. My newer GA friend are slim. I do not really have a best friend here. My FLA friends were normal sized/slim. I hung out with them also.

FAT HABIT #17: Eating too late --Guilty. I need to work on this. I need to eat during the better time range. I also need to avoid late night snacking and boredom snacking that occurs late night.

FAT HABIT #18: Not using a scale---Innocent! I have to work to stay away from the scale to often. I also know that if I ignore the scale too much that the weight definitely has a way of sneaking up on me.

FAT HABIT #19: Drinking fruity beverages---Innocent--The only exception is if I go out with girls.

FAT HABIT #20: Eating when emotional--GUILTY!!! I suspect that is why I am overweight now.


Feelings-Not weight related


I have been feeling really numb lately. Like I am not totally tuned in to my life. Like my wants, desires, needs, etc are of no importance. Also my patience has gotten shorter, my sex drive is all but non-exisent... and I am concerned.

It is like mini-depression...I feel capable and upbeat one day... then a few days later I am worn out and overwhelmed. I woke up practically in tears on Monday. And here I lay in my bed about to cry again. This sucks...

I want my emotions to be more even. I want to feel excited and happy with my life the majority of the time. It is my husbands birthday saturday and I got him a card but no real gift. I couldn't find or steal the time to go get him stuff. I have lost my vest for stuff and it doesn't feel good.

Anyway... I just wanted to get this of my chest so that I could hopefully fall asleep without crying. I do not have it in my explain everything that I feel is wrong or bothering me. Maybe it is just my period coming and that is why I feel so crappy. I guess only time with tell. It sucks being such a mess.


7.29.2011

Friday Jeans #1



MY fellow blogger NoFatLadySinging has a tradition that I have decided to painfully participate in .....

So I am in it... It is very challenging as I can't breath in my friday jeans. They are a size 20short.

So weighed in this a.m. at 227.4.
Here I am....





7.28.2011

S-T-S Week of July 25th, 2011

Week of July 25th
Starting Data --Weight 228 (down 7# since start of challenge)
Body Fat 47.6% ( done 0.1%since start of challenge)
Ending data 225
Summary: I finally turned a corner. I pray for the strength to continue on this journey. I go back to work in a week. That is why I changed my weigh in day to Sunday. Gonna be stressful enough getting used to going to work.
Goals:

Nutrition-- Under calories as defined by My
Fitness Pal. 64 oz or more of water.Take pics of most meals and post.

Activity-- Gym. Swim. Walk. Weights 3 days a week. Cardio 15 minutes minimum every
day. I logged 2hours 40mins exercise total.

Support-- Blog, talk to, post on FB my successes, setbacks, & failures. Read & comment on the blogs of others. Could've been netter at this. I did post some interesting articles but I did not get a chance to read as many blogs of others as I would have liked.

Fun--some TV time, some games on FB, QT with kids at movies, park, pool, etc. Took kids to 2movies, 2malls, and to church.

----Mini Updates on my progress----
07/25 Monday: 900cals :20exercise
07/26 Tuesday: 1300cals :25exercise
07/27 Wednesday: 1800cals 1:05exercise (1:50total)
07/28 Thursday: 1350cals. :10 exercise (2:00total)
07/29 Friday: 1200cals. :30exercise (2:30total)
07/20 Saturday: 1650cals. :10exercise (2:40total)
07/31 Sunday:

7.27.2011

New (free) Blog Design

I found a talented young lady who is giving her skills for free for the month of July.
I am excited to see what she comes up with.

7.25.2011

Rockafeller Skank-Just Dance 2

I decided to video myself doing one of my favorite Just Dance 2 routines...
Rockafeller Skank...

Please once... you stop laughing... send positive comments...

video

Here is a YouTube Video of the screen I see...
ROCKAFELLER SKANK by Fatboy Slim

Questions

    I took this from Miss Haneefa at BLACK GIRL GET FITS and decided to do it as well. I also think I am going to use some of these questions when I video tape my older kids this weekend. I would love to hear your answer to these questions...
    1. What do you like most about yourself? I’m outgoing, loving, and true friend
    2. List three characteristics that you like to have in your friends. Honest, fun loving, and genuine
    3. How often do you brush your teeth? First thing in the morning and at night
    4. If you could travel anywhere today, where would you go? Someplace on a beach with no kids...
    5. Have you ever met anyone from the blog world in person? Nope, but I would love to.
    6. What is the last show you watched on TV? Young and the Restless on DVR
    7. What kind of perfume/cologne do you wear? Varies... lately I have been wearing a scent from AeroPostale
    8. How long ago did you complete your last workout? yesterday evening
    9. What will you eat for dinner tonight? Stir fry veggies with chicken
    10. Share something fun that you did over the weekend.

    S-T-S Week of July 18th, 2011

    Week of July 18th
    Starting Data --Weight 228.8 (up 1.2# from last week)
    Body Fat 47.7%
    Ending data 228.0

    Goals:-- I want to get to 225.... Sooo Bad.



    Nutrition-
    - Under calories as defined by My
    Fitness Pal. 64 oz or more of water.Take pics of most meals and post.


    Activity-- Gym. Swim. Walk. Weights 3 days a week. Cardio 15 minutes minimum every
    day.
    Support-- Blog, talk to, post on FB my successes, setbacks, & failures. Read & comment on the blogs of others.

    Fun--some TV time, some games on FB, QT with kids at movies, park, pool, etc.

    Mini Updates on my progress----


    07/18 Monday: 30mins cardio on Just Dance 2. Some of the songs I did include. Its Raining Men, Wake me up, Hey Ya, CRazy in Love, S.o.S. and others .Very fun way to get in cardio. Calories total: 1575.

    07/19 Tuesday: Did Just dance 2 for cardio 7 songs total, I think. I did Call me, Dagomba, satisfaction, Soul Bossa NOva, Holiday, I want you back, When I grow up, and maybe a few more. Next time i'm gonna write them down.

    07/20 Wednesday: 15min bike at gym(100cal)..25min exerbeat(300cal) plus at leads 30 min of Just Dance 2.. My food was on point. I want to keep this streak up and make a serious dent in my weight.

    07/21 Thursday: 15min on Wii Fit PLus. 30 mins on Just dance 2- 11 songs. 1600 calories consumed. Ate ok but had 2 much junk food.

    07/22 Friday: 40 mins om wii. Spent afternoon checkin gout daycares with not much luck.

    07/23 Saturday: 5min jumping jacks. 15mins Just Dance 2.
    07/24 Sunday: 15min. mowing lawn. 30 mins Just Dance 2.


    Summary....
    I thought I had a great week, but the scale did not move enough for me. I am upset with myself and I am not giving up. I do feel a but defeated and worn out. I know that getting healthy is a marathon... not a sprint. I know I can do it. It just feels like whats the point right now. I woke up with a headache. have the sniffles. I am stressing about my day care situation for my 2 youngest. I go back to work in 2 weeks. I really wanted to be to in the 210s when I went back to work.


    7.21.2011

    Overcoming Laziness

    1. Move your body... take a walk.
    2. listen to music
    3. Shower
    4. Read something inspirational
    5. Review your goals
    6. Examine consequences for not doing what i said I would
    7. Call someone
    8. Take deep breaths
    9. Have fun
    10. Practice visualization

    7.20.2011

    Countdown to fall

    I have just a few short weeks and then summer is over. I wanted to go back 20lbs lighter but I would be happy with 10lbs at this point... maybe even 15lbs. I have built great habits this summer. I have been thinking a lot lately about how to incorporate all I built this summer into the fall.

    I have been thinking about freezing my gym membership and just working out at home. I am a little unsure if that is the best move. My thought is that I will have my plate full getting back to working and going to the gym may not be a workable activity after work. My little ones struggle with going back to school.

    Fun, easy contest from Masterlock


    I just entered a contest to win a free MasterLock and a $10 visa card. Easy and fun from MomBloggers Club.
    Check out the link to their Facebook page www.facebook.com/masterlock.

    video

    Check out a cute video from Master lock.




    7.19.2011

    Just Dance 2






    I just bought Just Dance 2. I had the 1st Just Dance and I really like this one. It also give you the ability to download additional songs/routine. So I hoping to get some competitors and see who can get the best scores on a given Dance.


    I found a list online of all of the songs....
    I will list my High Score on each dance plus the date if I have it in red, bold font.

    Here is the complete Just Dance 2 songs list & my high scores:




    7.18.2011

    S-T-S Week of July 11th, 2011

    Week of July 11th
    Starting Data --Weight 227. 6 (down 7.4 # since start of challenge)
    Body Fat 48.8% (up 0.8% since start of challenge)
    Ending data 228.8 (up 1.4# from last week-WTH)

    Update: I am up 1.4# from the previous week. It is upsetting but I will work thru this. I know that part of it is my food, not intense enough exercise, not exercising daily, plus it is that time of the month. I am still very frustrated. I am not giving up. Getting and staying healthy is a lifelong journey for me and this is just one moment in time in that journey. Again I will re-evaluate and fine tune what I need to do to reach and maintain my goals.
    Goals:

    Nutrition-- Under calories as defined by My

    Activity-- Gym. Swim. Walk. Weights 3 days a week. Cardio 15 minutes minimum every
    day.

    Support-- Blog, talk to, post on FB my successes, setbacks, & failures. Read & comment on the blogs of others.

    Fun--some TV time, some games on FB, QT with kids at movies, park, pool, etc.

    Mini Updates on my progress----
    07/11 Monday: Cal1740(a lil high), Exercise 55min cardio. Took super long nap. Lazy day overall. Commented one a few blogs.

    07/12 Tuesday: Cal(1440). Exercise 35min cardio. No nap today. Check out my pics on FB. These came from pics that were taken in relation to an article done by an Associated Press Write. The article was about dealing with if children should be taken away from their parents if they are obese. Check it out on Yahoo. Definitely fun getting my opinion out there. Today my oldest daughter went to her 1st meeting at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. Due to her connection in their ads, they are really working with her. She had her 1st visit to the Health4Life. She met with the doctor, the nutritionalist, and the exercise specialist. They came up with small goals and now she has a focus for the next month. I want to be able to encourage her and support her the best I can. I really want us both to get this being healthy thing down.

    07/13 Wednesday: 30 mins cardio and weight training.
    07/14 Thursday: no gym
    07/15 Friday: Wii fit 20min. Gym Cardio 40min
    07/16 Saturday:90 mins cardio- Dancing. OMG Time of the month arrived. UGH.
    07/17 Sunday: No exercise. Tried to eat healthy. Didn't drink enough water.

    I went of Friday night with my girlfriends.
    Here is a pic of me.

    7.14.2011

    Know your numbers



    Do you know your numbers....?
    I started thinking about all the different numbers one should know when it comes to health.
    Confession... I do not know all of mine. I actually need to know a few more. But theses are the ones I think you should know.

    Weight
    Highest Weight: 245
    Current Weight:
    227
    Goal Weight: 150
    I have been looking online for resources for what is a healthy weight range for me. I found
    Dr. Halls WebSite. I like it because it lets you put in your weight, height, etc and gives you a few different charts so you can set realistic goal weights. My favorite chart/weight was the Peoples Choice Ideal Weight. It gave me weight of 162. I know if I get to 162 I would be super cute. Thats for sure.
    Healthy Weight Range: 110-140

    Body Mass Index (BMI)
    Starting BMI: 43 (morbidly obese)
    Current BMI. 40
    Healthy BMI Range: 18.5 - 24.9


    ((Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.))

    Target Heart Rate Range: 100-150 (55% to 85% of max Hr)

    Definition: Target heart rate (THR), or training heart rate, is a desired range of heart rate reached during aerobic exercise at which the heart is being exercised but not overworked. This theoretical range varies from person to person and is based on one's fitness level, age and physical condition. The THR can be calculated by using a range of 50-85% intensity.

    Check out this chart I found HERE.



    Blood pressure: 110/71
    Taken from WebMD. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. The heart pumps blood into the arteries (blood vessels), which carry the blood throughout the body. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body and it contributes to hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis and the development of heart failure.

    There are several categories of blood pressure, including:

    • Normal: Less than 120/80
    • Prehypertension: 120-139/80-89
    • Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140-159/90-99
    • Stage 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above/100 and above

    People whose blood pressure is above the normal range should consult their doctor about methods for lowering it.


    A1c level: 5.6
    Taken from WebMD:"For people without diabetes, the normal range for the hemoglobin A1c test is between 4% and 6%. Because studies have repeatedly shown that out-of-control diabetes results in complications from the disease, the goal for people with diabetes is an hemoglobin A1c less than 7%. The higher the hemoglobin A1c, the higher the risks of developing complications related to diabetes."



    Cholesterol: 145
    Taken from WebMD: "Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made in the liver and other cells and found in certain foods, such as food from animals, like dairy products, eggs, and meat. The body needs some cholesterol in order to function properly. Its cell walls, or membranes, need cholesterol in order to produce hormones, vitamin D, and the bile acids that help to digest fat. But the body needs only a limited amount of cholesterol to meet its needs. When too much is present health problems such as heart disease may develop."

    Doctors recommend your cholesterol stay below 200. Here is the breakdown:

    Total CholesterolCategory
    Less than 200Desirable
    200 - 239Borderline High
    240 and aboveHigh




    I feel pretty good about how much I "know my numbers" but there is one number that I have yet to face and it is very important. I can't run/hide/stall this number for long. Especially since it is so crucial. That number is My Waist Circumference.

    My Waist Circumference:????

    WHy Waist Circumference Matters: Waist circumference is the measurement of your waist, just above your belly button. A larger waist circumference is an accurate predictor of abdominal fat, which increases your risk for heart disease. Women with a waist circumference larger than 35 inches and men with a waist circumference larger than 40 inches have a higher risk for heart disease than those with smaller waist sizes.

    Waist Circumference Disease Risk Chart

    The chart below details the increased risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardio vascular disease associated with excess weight.

    Weight Category

    Men < 102 cm (< 40 in.)

    Women < 88 cm(< 35 in.)

    Men >102 cm ( >40 in.)

    Women >88 cm ( >35 in.)

    Underweight

    ---------------

    Normal Weight

    ---------------

    Overweight

    Increased

    High

    Obese

    High

    Very High

    Obese w/BMI>34.9

    Very High

    Very High

    Morbidly Obese

    Extremely High

    Extremely High



    Well this is my take on Knowing your numbers. I Know where I am and what I wanna work on.

    How are your numbers....?
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