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Thursday2Q: Exercise/Diet

 


Hello Kittens & Dawgs, I can’t believe it’s almost mid-January. This morning’s feature artist is new-to-me. I like asking Google for  suggestions and discovered this girl, Dua Lipa. She’s an English singer, songwriter, and model who started her career at the age of 14. The above YouTube playlist consists of two of her best songs, # 1, “New Rules” was a number one single in the UK and #5 “Be The One” hit the UK top 10 singles chart.

Over the weekend I wanted to share 5 goals for this week in my Sunspiration slot but failed due to a shortage on time. Anywho, I decided to share them now.

  1. Exercise daily. I stopped sometime around Halloween after getting consumed with holiday prep and never returned. WomensHealthMag says, the National Institute of Health recommends to lose weigh you need to do moderate aerobic activity for 30-45 minutes at least three times per week. I will shoot for my normal routine of 60-minutes for 4-5 days this week which is totally doable.
  2. Food journal. Okay, this stinks but I know I need to do it for at least two weeks. This forces me to focus on my diet causing me to question every bit. Am I hungry? Am I thirst? FYI: Being thirsty sends mixed signals to the brain making you think you’re hungry. Learn how to tell the difference, here. Am I bored?
  3. Stand often. I do way too much sitting down. There are so many studies showing that’s bad for you. Duh, like I need someone to tell me why? That’s just common sense but what I didn’t realize is that standing burns significant calories. Lifehacker.com says this about standing versus sitting for three hours per day….Standing caused the volunteers to have a higher heart rate (around 10 beats per minute higher), which adds up to burning about 50 calories more per hour versus sitting. Over a year, that adds up to about 30,000 more calories or 8 pounds of fat.
  4. Lose the junk. This is an ongoing chore 365 days and after nearly 39 years of marriage we have stuff that needs to go. However, after reading this article, I think I will dedicate 5 mintues each day to finding items to toss with the hopes of filling at least one trash bag per week. Sounds like a good plan to declutter our home!
  5. Create. Last year, I discovered by forcing myself to sketch it revealed I had some hidden talent but another thing I found out is by creating it releaved stress and boosted my mood. My goal is to do something creative every day. There are many mental health benefits for everyone to take advantage of if one is willing to unlock his/her ability to test the waters.

Sketch created on iPad Pro using Apple Pencil in Procreate following YouTube illustrator.

Next week, I’ll report how my progress went with working these steps into my day. I’m sure I will struggle to get going but I know I will eventually get back into the groove of doing the things that I’ve allowed to slide.

I’m trying to find that happy balance between the blog world and life after the holidays. I haven’t quite gotten it just yet. This week I made a concerted effort to get back into using the elliptical for an hour every day.  That’s one of the goals I set over the weekend and I hope to bump that to two hours after I my building my stamia. I haven’t exercised since…gosh, I can’t remember maybe Halloween. There’s no excuse for dropping the ball on keeping active and I seriously don’t think raising my fork and spoon to my lips qualifies as weightlifting. *smack forehead*

I love my Zumba videos but haven’t used them in years. Our living room is small and when we got the elliptical it made it even smaller, so I’m hoping when we move this year, I know that’s not guaranteed but if I keep saying it enough then maybe it will happen, we can find a home that will accommodate this need.  An unfinished basement is an ideal place for a workout room, don’t you think?

In keeping with getting back my blogging basics, here are this week’s Thursday Two Questions. Feel free to answer these in comments, borrow to create your own T2Q post or come up with your own. This is a great way to initate conversation while learning new things about one another.

1. Do you exercise more for weight loss or just for general health?

It took me years to figure this out but exercise isn’t the key to weight loss as much as it is my diet. So, now I exercise mostly for my overall health. Using my elliptical is about the only way I get some serious aerobic activity and while it’s important to keep the heart rate up, I think it’s essential to keep your body moving to prevent muscles and joints from growing weak and stiff.  That makes a person feel old.

2. What’s the best diet tip you found works for you?

The best thing I found that works for me is realizing how many calories I’m consuming each day. Unless you’re a highly motivated person who always makes the right food choices then this isn’t a problem but if you aren’t like me then keeping a diary ensures I don’t over eat.  After a long break away from my normal diet routine, I found keeping a food journal for a couple of weeks is a huge help to reset my diet habits.

 

Speaking of diet/exercise, you may want to check out the “Dear Diet Diary” funny I shared last Friday. I hope you enjoyed my little Q&A session. Eventually, I hope to include other Thursday hop connections. If you visit my Daily Blog Hop page you’ll find a few listed. Some of which I participated in last year but my timing was off and I couldn’t latch on to them properly. I hope to change that this year. Wish me luck! I invite you to stroll back over tomorrow for some giggles and a whole lot more of Friday Fun Stuff!

X💋X💋, Cathy

 

 

Do It or Else die Trying to Do Right #AtoZRoadTrip #music

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs!  DH share an interesting article the other day, which pretty much resonated what Rush Limbaugh mentioned on his show where he stated…

I’m on record as saying that exercise is not the way to lose weight, and all this preoccupation with it as a weight loss regimen is absurd.

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It kinda makes sense, you know? I’m not advocating abandoning your fitness routine (I’m not quitting) nor is Rush or the article because exercise does give many good health benefits. What it all boils down to is, you eat more calories than your body burns and that’s why we gain weight.

 

I fell victim to the in-between eating pitfall. Who hasn’t? I made excuses for it by saying, I’m going to workout a little longer today. Well, that’s the wrong approach. It takes about 30-minutes of cardio to burn 200 calories. How many times per/day do you eat snacks?  Think about that for a moment. Scary, right? I committed myself last week to to not have any snacks. I didn’t entirely, but the diet change along (I actually exercised less and ate normal foods) was enough to shed 2.5 pounds from last Sunday weight check. Coincidence? I don’t know, but it’s an exciting and surprising development.

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This is a wake up call to rethink my diet. I’m not keeping a food journal nor am I counting calories. The thing I’m doing is making well-thought out choices in what, when, and how much I eat. I am determined to Do It or Else die Trying to Do Right!

 

dieting-tip-jokeDo you have successful diet tips and secrets to share? If so, I can’t wait to read about them!

 

It’s time to hit the road again and I hope you’ll hop in the backseat for the ride as I head over to meet a few of my fellow A2Zroadsters. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

More exercise #humor #SundaySillies

Get to your feet with Sid for the Continental Drift!

 

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! This week I spied vintage footage of women exercising in the 40s. Dang, I’m doing it all wrong, too! You can guess where this morning giggles are going, right? Join me for more exercise humor on Sunday Sillies!

 

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Sunday Sillies: Dieting & Exercise #humor

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! If you’re a long-time follower, then you know I’m a perpetual dieter and an avid exerciser. This doesn’t mean I’m a lean, mean fighting machine, but I do take eating right and fitness seriously and I do my best to keep in shape. My motto: One life; one body make the most of it!

However, I am a real person with short comings and the only way to see an end to these self inflected body flaws due to motherhood is cosmetic surgery. Basically, I have two options. They are: I can fret over my imperfections or laugh at them. Hmm, I chose to laugh.  Having the last laugh on me (maybe you, too), let’s take a light approach to diet & exercise.

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Friday Sillies: Exercise

Good morning, my lovelies! This week I am hitting my new elliptical trainer hard. Today’s inspired giggles are from the long, tiring workouts and hopefully these will keep me motivated to stay movin’!dieting-cartoon-comic-glasbergen

 

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 ~ images borrowed from Google~

Keep smiling and a have laughtastic weekend!

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Tuesday Talk Time: Combat Mode

 

I’m in total combat mode! Why? I’ve been a major slacker in my dieting. At the start of the New Year I felt charged with enthusiasm to get things cranking. The truth is I just wasn’t emotionally on board. However, warmer weather is on the loom, and it’s painfully clear it’s time to push myself to melt some unwanted pounds pronto. It’s won’t be an easy battle and it may get down right ugly. Determined to my guns and if necessary going completely nuclear with my approach. Continue reading

Have Your Cake and Eat It To! 5 Ways To Burn 500 Calories

Dieting is such a HEADACHE! None of us liking doing. None of us want to give up the things we love, but NONE of us want to be overweight either. Am I right? How can positive change in our eating habits be done without being overwhelming?

Here are 5 Ways to burn 500 calories that are totally doable!

1. Breakfast:

  • Replace whole milk for skim.
  • Say goodbye to bacon and sausages, but stick with your eggs for an excellent source of protein which will maintain you longer throughout the morning hours.
  • Sub high caloric condiments such as mayo with mustard or hummus to put on your bread.
  • If you must have ready to eat cereals, then choose flakes over granola. These are generally lower in calories. Better still go with a bowl of old fashion oatmeal sweetened with Splenda or sprinkle cinnamon on top. This will satisfy you better than cold cereals, too.
  • Avoid the fancy lattes. A 16oz version made with whole milk has a whopping 400 calories!

2. Snacks:

  • Eat slowly. By doing so, you’ll eat 70% per meal because when you thoroughly chew your food this allows your body time to activate the appetite-related hormones. Set your folk down in-between bites or keep your little paws out of the potato chip bag.
  • You can have your cake and eat it too, just share it with a friend.
  • Don’t ever eat out of a large multi-serving container. You can’t track your portions and are more lightly to over eat.
  • Never allow yourself to give into rewarding good dieting with no-no foods. Keep everything in moderation.

3. Dinner:

  • Avoid cooking with refined oils by replacing with olive oil.
  • Eat vegetables cooked with no oils or butter, don’t serve rice as an option.
  • Begin your meal by having a broth base soup. This will slow your eating and curb your appetite. Creamy soups are high in fat and calories, so avoid!
  • Use fat-free Italian dressing on your salads or bring out the flavors of your salad by using only spices.

4. Eating Desserts:

  • Skip ice cream shop ice creams by replacing with fruit and berries or melons.
  • Omit oils when baking by replacing with equal parts of applesauce in the recipe.
  • Make your own skim milk ice cream alternative, instead of buying premium store-bought vanilla ice cream.

5. Dining Out:

  • Don’t buy separate entrees. Usually, they are large enough for two people to share. Just ask for a second plate. Restaurants are happy to oblige.
  • Drink a warm beverage such as hot tea sweetened with Splenda or have a low-calorie soup before your meal. Having hot liquids before a meal decreases your appetite. Another alternative is to have a salad before your meal arrives, which also helps to fill you.
  • Steer away from deep-fried foods and think grilled lean meats like fish or chicken.

The first three days of any dieting regiment are the hardest, but if you can push through them then you’ll find it becomes easier and I have found the same principle to be true with exercising. Tenacity is the key!

TIP: According to a University of Michigan researcher, sleeping an extra hour a night could help a person drop up to 14 Pounds a year. (removed broken link attached to tip)

What tricks do you have up your sleeve when it comes to shaving calories from your diet?

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