Mamavation Monday: Move It & Lose It


Watch Lives ChangeOkay, I’m an idiot and thought the Move It & Lose It challenge started THIS week… but it turns out it started last week… So I don’t even know if it counts that I’m doing a post for it now. I’ll try anyway though, and hope for the best.

Here’s my weigh in for this week:

Feet on scale - 187.2

Feet on scale - 187.2

Current weight: 187.2
Previous weight: 190.6
Starting weight: 225
Week change: -3.4
Total change: -37.8

So yeah… I’m THRILLED! After last Saturday’s crazy bingefest, I worked really hard all week to eat well and move more, and it clearly paid off! I’m feeling really good about it.

Here are my measurements:

Left arm: 13.5in
Right arm: 13.5in
Chest: 39.5in
Bellybutton: 38in
Hip: 44in
Left thigh: 24.5in
Right thigh: 24.5in

I never took my measurements in January when I started this whole health journey, so the earliest comparison I have is to measurements I took in March. Since mid-March, I’ve lost 3.5 inches in my chest, 3.5 inches from my waist, and 3.25 inches from my hips. That feels pretty awesome.

And… my pics:

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Mamavation Monday: Move It & Lose It


Watch Lives ChangeOkay, I’m an idiot and thought the Move It & Lose It challenge started THIS week… but it turns out it started last week…  So I don’t even know if it counts that I’m doing a post for it now.  I’ll try anyway though, and hope for the best.

Here’s my weigh in for this week:

Feet on scale - 187.2

Feet on scale - 187.2

Current weight: 187.2
Previous weight:  190.6
Starting weight: 225
Week change: -3.4
Total change: -37.8

So yeah… I’m THRILLED!  After last Saturday’s crazy bingefest, I worked really hard all week to eat well and move more, and it clearly paid off!  I’m feeling really good about it.

Here are my measurements:

Left arm: 13.5in
Right arm: 13.5in
Chest: 39.5in
Bellybutton: 38in
Hip: 44in
Left thigh: 24.5in
Right thigh: 24.5in

I never took my measurements in January when I started this whole health journey, so the earliest comparison I have is to measurements I took in March.  Since mid-March, I’ve lost 3.5 inches in my chest, 3.5 inches from my waist, and 3.25 inches from my hips.  That feels pretty awesome.

And… my pics:

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More from me:

Hike – my weekend recap

Tiny House – How small is too small?  How big is too big?

Top Five Books About Wine

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Fitness Friday: Mix & Match


Fitness FridayWelcome to another Friday!

Here’s what I’ve been up to in terms of fitness this week:

Saturday: Ha ha ha! Nothing, unless tremendous consumption of crap counts.

Sunday: two 1.5mi walks around the neighborhood with the husband & daughter, 3mi total

Monday: 1.65mi morning walk, 3 sessions (30 min) 10 minute Solution Knockout Body DVD

Tuesday: 2mi Leslie Sansone walking workout from On Demand, 20min 10lb Slimdown Core workout

Wednesday: 1.65mi morning walk, 40min Pilates

Thursday: 1.65mi morning walk, 2mi Leslie Sansone walking workout from On Demand

Friday: AM Standing Abs 10min workout from On Demand, 3 sessions (30min) 10 minute Solution Knockout Body DVD, 2 sessions (20min) 10 minute Solution Knockout Body DVD

Saturday: 3mi hike on sand wearing my Rock and Tone shoes!

Sunday: given my work stress this week, and the amount of work I’ll likely be doing this weekend, I’m hoping this will be a rest day, though it’s possible I’ll toss in some NYC Ballet workout since it’s pretty rejuvenating.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this week, and I’m enjoying switching things up.  What are YOU doing to move more?

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Another magic pill


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According to an article from Yahoo! news today, there is a new diet pill being tested.

According to the results from a relatively small test group (around 3,000 people) the pill helped almost 50% of the study participants to lose five percent of their body weight in a year.  Only 20% of the placebo participants also lost weight.  Because a mich lower than normal percentage of people stayed active in the study, it’s being assumed that side effects are of little concern.

During a second phase of testing, placebo takers continued on while the pill group was split into those continuing the pill and those switched to a placebo.  Patients and doctors were not told who was who.  The study touts the success of the drug by pointing out that 68% of the patients who kept taking the drug were successful in keeping off the lost weight.  They gloss over the fact that 50% of those who were switched to the placebo pill still managed to maintain their weight loss.

So what does this say to me?  People just need a little push, a jumpstart, a helping hand.  They need something that makes them feel like it’s not all up to them in the beginning…. and then once they see results, a fair number of them will be able to keep it up without the initial help.

Does that mean I think the pill is a good idea?  No.  I do think there are people out there who are so dangerously overweight that even more risky measures *might* (with the aid and support of doctors and nutritionists) be better for them than staying where they are… but I can’t help thinking there is a lot of worth in doing things the “hard” way.

By getting up every morning and making the decision to eat right and move more, even when you’re so heavy that taking a short walk gets you out of breath… even when the results are painfully slow and gradual… you are changing not just your body, but your mind and spirit too.  By continuing to push through every day, despite the struggle and the delay and the emotional issues you might be carrying, you’re strengthening yourself inside and out.  And for me, when I finally get to the end of this weight loss journey and step onto the path of “healthy and staying that way,” I am going to look back with immense pride knowing that I did this on my own.  I did it even though it took forever.  I did it even when I felt like I couldn’t.

So if you’re out there and you’re feeling desperate, you’ve tried everything and nothing works, you just don’t know what else to do because you hate your own body, and you’re thinking of taking a diet pill?  If you read that Yahoo article happily?  Please don’t.  Just go for a walk.  Get up every day and make the best choice you can.  Get up and remind yourself how very much you are worth the work, the effort, and finally the beautiful result that is your own improved health.

(In unrelated news, I won a giveaway on Peanut Butter Fingers!  –I love her blog!– and now I’m looking forward to some Snikiddy fries!  I don’t know what kind they’re sending, but I really am hoping for the ketchup and the buffalo!)

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Water, Water Everywhere?


Don’t care about my opinions on water?  Want to win some Olympic Granola instead?  Go say hi to Healthy Ashley

Can I ask an honest question that I imagine will make me NO friends?  If recent science has shown that drinking more and more water has no particular health benefits (which it has) why is there such a focus on it?  Is it just that water helps us feel full?

The Mayo Clinic says the 64oz/day rule is not supported by science and also says ALL beverages count toward your daily fluid total.

And from Snopes (you may not credit Snopes with much, but if you look at their listed sources below the article, they’re legit):

“Kidney specialists do agree on one thing, however: that the 8-by-8 rule is a gross overestimate of any required minimum. To replace daily losses of water, an average-sized adult with healthy kidneys sitting in a temperate climate needs no more than one liter of fluid, according to Jurgen Schnermann, a kidney physiologist at the National Institutes of Health.  One liter is the equivalent of about four 8-ounce glasses. According to most estimates, that’s roughly the amount of water most Americans get in solid food. In short, though doctors don’t recommend it, many of us could cover our bare-minimum daily water needs without drinking anything during the day….”

“In a study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, researchers at the Center for Human Nutrition in Omaha measured how different combinations of water, coffee and caffeinated sodas affected the hydration status of 18 healthy adults who drink caffeinated beverages routinely.

“We found no significant differences at all,” says nutritionist Ann Grandjean, the study’s lead author. “The purpose of the study was to find out if caffeine is dehydrating in healthy people who are drinking normal amounts of it. It is not.”

The same goes for tea, juice, milk and caffeinated sodas: One glass provides about the same amount of hydrating fluid as a glass of water. The only common drinks that produce a net loss of fluids are those containing alcohol — and usually it takes more than one of those to cause noticeable dehydration, doctors say.”

I’m not saying (nor are these sources) that we shouldn’t drink any water, and I would certainly say that if weight loss is your goal it is better to drink water than the empty calories in a soda, but I’m just wondering why there is such a push for water water water, with some programs pushing people to drink 100oz a day and more, when the science just doesn’t seem to support it?

Full disclosure: I drink water almost exclusively, but mostly because I started doing so to avoid excess calories and now I’m used to it.  I keep a large cup nearby, and I get anywhere from 32-64oz per day by only drinking when I feel thirsty, including when I exercise.

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Mamavation Monday: bounce


Wow… I look a little weird in that video, huh?  I was tired after a long, humid walk.

bouncing basketballI’ve got to tell you, I’m feeling pretty proud of myself this week.  After Saturday’s HORRIBLE eating, I was expecting the typical cycle of guilt and embarrassment.  I’m not going to say I wasn’t at all guilty or embarrassed, but it was different this time.  Of course I wish I hadn’t done it, but for the first time… maybe ever… I was able to walk away from those bad choices like they didn’t matter.  I was able to say with absolutely certainty that this was NOT the beginning of a backslide into bad habits.  I knew without a doubt I’d get back on track, and within 24 hours I was eating healthy foods and walking three miles.

I bounced back with a vengeance, and in some ways this has made that unhealthy, vicious splurge of a day into a positive.  In some ways, Saturdays string of bad nutritional decisions has become a bigger victory than falling numbers on the scale or smaller measurements or more time logged in exercise.

Finally, this is about the journey.

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Really, really bad


Oh man, you guys.  Today was… bad.  I woke up feeling crampy and cranky thanks to my cycle.  I then found out it was raining and would be all day, which cancelled my planned long walk.  THEN I weight in and saw ZERO loss in weight or inches, even though I tried really hard to cut back this week to speed up the weight loss.  Between the hormones, the gray clouds and rain, and the progress disappointments… I just let it all go.

I ate cookies for breakfast.  I ate a bacon cheeseburger and fries for lunch, and then we stopped for ice cream on the way home.  I ate half of a buffalo chicken calzone for dinner, and then made rice krispie treats.  I feel horrid.   I feel sluggish and a little sick.

I’m not allowing myself to feel guilty about today’s choices… and I will definitely be starting anew tomorrow… but the whole thing has made me wonder two things.

#1 – After so many times doing this, why haven’t I learned?  I know now that the food isn’t going to taste as good as I want it to, and it doesn’t help anything.  In fact, it tends to make me sick and that just makes everything worse.  So why do I do it over and over again?

#2 – I was worried earlier in the week that I wasn’t working hard enough, since I’m definitely not as sore or sweaty as I was during my month-o-Jillian.  I decided that was alright, but now that I’ve hit a standstill, maybe it’s not alright?  Maybe I need to be pushing harder?  I know it’s partly hormones, but last month I still lost during that week…

Anyway, I’d appreciate your thoughts on all of this… and I promise to get back to tracking tomorrow.

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