May 2012 Blog Posts

You Are Unhappy With Your Weight - Now What

You stood in front of the mirror and regardless of which way you turned; you were not a happy camper.   You even pulled out your favorite top and realized it's too tight.   That was the moment when you knew you’re overweight and you really need to do something about it.  Summer is here and before long you'll be standing in this spot with a bathing suit on.  I can just feel your heart drop.  I know because I've been there.  You've already made your first decision by joining this site.  Congratulations for taking back control of yourself.  I say that...

Coffee, good or bad for you

The latest addition to my kitchen counter is a Keurig.   While I've always been a dedicated tea drinker I couldn't resist the urge of having a variety of flavored coffees at my fingertips.   Finding out that there is an array of tea's for the Keurig just made it a win-win situation for me. With a Keurig there is no compromise.  I do not have to have hazelnut flavored coffee because that is what everyone else likes.  I'm able to have my cup of vanilla biscotti flavored coffee with no problem or inconvenience.  The clean-up is a dream come true.  Me...

Medical Advances

Medical Advances are being made every day.  Incredible advances that have can have a major impact on your average person's life.   We tend to hear about some of these things when they occur to celebrities but the truth is these advances are happening for all of us. Here is an example of someone whose name you might be familiar with.  Rush Limbaugh suffered from sudden hearing loss.   Something like that is horrible when it happens to anyone, but when you making you’re living as a radio talk show host it's even scarier.   He underwent surgery for a cochlear implant.   It's works...

Challenges

Challenges are ways to push yourself out of your comfort zone.  They are also ways of committing yourself to attempting something that you desire.  I think many of us challenge ourselves daily and aren't always aware of it.  I am usually that person that goes for the extra repetition when working out.  After walking for 2 miles I always have to add another few minutes.  I just want to see if I can do it.  I just add that little challenge.  On the message board we have a challenge section full of challenges.  Some were huge hits and others fell...

FDA Guidelines

FDA (The Food and Drug Administration)  Guidelines   The first set of guidelines was published in 1980 and it's revised every five years by law.  The guidelines are based on the recommendations of a scientific advisory group of 11 non-government experts. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture a healthy diet is one that:     * Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;     * Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and     * Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. Americans are encouraged to:     * Make smart choices from...

Keeping a Food Journal

I’ve read a lot of articles about weight loss and if I were asked to find one tip that is suggested over and over again it would be to keep a food journal.  I know you don’t like the thought of doing it.  The truth is statistics back it up.  People who keep food journals see greater success with weight loss. It doesn't matter if it's on line or on a scrap paper.  All that matters is that you put down the information you need.  Before you groan and skip to another blog, give me a chance.  I've been at this...

Meditation

Meditation is great.  The more you meditate the calmer and in control you feel.  It's all about observing and coaxing your mind to do what you want it to do.   As someone interested in weight loss this would be helpful tool.  The effect of meditating is what will help you with weight loss. Let's say that you’re an emotional eater.  You get stressed out and then you head for the pantry.  You come up after eating 1/2 box of Oreos.   Now, you’re also feeling guilty and it's just a downward spiral.  What if you could mediate for 10 minutes and...

Saunas and Steam Rooms

Have you ever spent time in a steam room or sauna?   The ancients knew what they were about when they came up with this idea.  If you've never tried it this is something you can add to your to do list.  Just look for a local spa and I'm sure at least one of them will offer either a steam room or sauna if not both.  A steam room is basically just that.  A room with tiled benches and lots of steam.  It's moist heat and it can be so relaxing.  After a few minutes you just feel every little...

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