Different City. Different View. Different Machines. Same Mission!

There was a saying in the movie “Eat Pray Love” that stayed with me. It was the following:

In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call “The Physics of the Quest.” A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.

I have left behind all that is familiar to me and set out on an amazing journey where the canvass is blank. It’s been scary and challenging, but every day I’m learning more about myself and the possibilities to what I can achieve are endless.

So while I’m in a different city, using different machines and looking out at a different view, I’m still going after my weightloss goal. The woman asked if I wanted a trainer and I politely declined, because I have my trainer. Jeramy and Bob at Better Bodies have given me the tools that I needed to succeed. So as I am geographically in a different place for the moment, my heart is always with my Better Bodies family in Tucson. I’m excited to return home and to show them that their time and effort was not wasted on someone who didn’t believe, but instead achieved so much more than just weightloss but truly a life worth loving and living!

Stay tuned for more…

You Know You’re Fat When…

I noticed awhile back that I had cracked the plastic part of my drivers side seat before I started working out at Better Bodies… and it got me to think of Jeff Foxworthy. Then I started looking at other answers from people when asked: “You Know You’re Fat When” and thought I would post their answers along with mine here for your reading pleasure. Please e-mail me if you have one that you would like me to include. Enjoy!

1- You break your seat in your car

2- You get the sheets caught in your fat rolls when making the bed

3- Your waiter hands you your menu and you say “Okay”

4- You start sweating corn oil

5- You use a microwave as a beeper

6- The back of your neck looks like a pack of hot dogs.

7- You have to use a mattress for a tampon

Ashy Cat Tat … Straight out of the “WTF” Files…

While this blog is dedicated to all things weight loss related, I realized that I come across some amazing “WTF” moments that I often share on my Facebook page and would like to share them here with you as well.

So here we begin with this little gem I recently came across…

A few days ago a woman had her shirt lifted up because she just had a tat done of her beloved cat. Sounds okay so far, right!? Well, she went on to say how her cat had passed away and in memory of the cat she had the artist draw the tattoo for her. Still sounds okay… but here is where the story takes a “WTF” turn… she had her ashes from the cat mixed with the ink and injected into her arm as he outlined the tattoo. Gulp. She said “Now my cat is literally with me every day. It looks bumpy because the ashes make the skin raise just a little.” I wanted to vomit but I grabbed my camera phone instead. And now for your viewing pleasure I share with you Ashy Cat Tat.

A Diet So Easy A Caveman Can Do It!

The DASH diet took the first place spot in U.S. News’ second-ever ranking of the best diet plans — for the second year in a row. The undefeated DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, actually wasn’t developed with weight loss in mind; instead, it aims to lower blood pressure. But it earned high marks from a panel of experts for its safety, nutritional merit and usefulness for chronic disease sufferers.

The DASH diet was developed to help prevent and treat hypertension, but it was meant to work in conjunction with other healthful behaviors, such as getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day and drinking alcohol in moderation. There’s no secret trick to the DASH eating plan — just an emphasis on low-salt, high-fiber fare, like eight to 10 daily servings of fruits and vegetables for a standard 2,000 calorie-per-day diet. It limits high-calorie sweets and meats that are high in saturated fat. Instead, in addition to fresh produce, the diet calls for fat-free or low-fat dairy, whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, and nuts. The DASH diet prescribes a lower sodium intake — either the recommended 2,300 mg in the standard version or 1,500 mg for people who are more susceptible to, or already diagnosed with, hypertension, according to The Mayo Clinic.

Its simple, sensible recommendations — developed in concert with The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) — earned it an endorsement from the National Institutes of Health. That involvement makes it cheap and readily accessible: the NIH provides free guides for the DASH diet — a 64-page version and a shorter, 6-page cheat sheet and there are no prepackaged foods to purchase.

The U.S. News diet rating system was developed by a panel of 22 weight loss and nutrition experts across the country. Each expert reviewed diets based on seven measures: short-term weight loss, long-term weight loss, easiness, nutrition, safety, ability to prevent or manage diabetes, and ability to prevent or manage heart disease. Each diet then received an overall composite score.

The DASH diet won best-overall and also ranked first in “best diets for healthy eating” and “best diabetes diets.” Its lowest score was a ninth rank for “best weight-loss diet.” Studies show that the diet can lead to weight loss, though research has focused on overweight and obese individuals who already suffer from high blood pressure (between 130 and 159 mm Hg). One 2010 study found that overweight and obese hypertension patients who followed the DASH diet in conjunction with exercise and weight loss classes lost more weight over four months (an average 9.5 pounds) than counterparts who simply followed DASH eating plans (8 pounds) — and both did better than a control group of participants who continued their typical diet and received basic weight loss advice (an average of 3 pounds).

Does that mean it will work for you? It depends. The panel suggested that a DASH diet planned with a “calorie deficit” — in which a dieter simply reduced their overall daily calories, but stuck to the diet guidelines — could help improve weight loss. And given its high score for ease of use, it may be a good option for many. After all, an effective diet is one that a person can stick to.

The DASH diet’s win is part of an overall trend among the ranking towards sensible eating plans that are free of gimmicks; the second best-rated diet, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet was created by the NIH. The lowest ranking options that were reviewed, by contrast, used complex or restrictive eating plans to shed pounds. The bottom two? The Dukan Diet — popularized by Kate Middleton, who reportedly used it for her pre-wedding weight loss — and the Paleo Diet, which recommends returning to pre-agricultural revolution food sources and eating like a caveman.

2012 Horoscopes… What does yours say!?!?!?

2012 Horoscopes

Ready to see if your Sun sign will shine in 2012?

From your career path to your amorous adventures to just life in general, Astrology.com takes a good, long look at what the stars have in store for you this year! Click on your Sun sign below to get started with your 2012 Yearly Overview, and then check out the stellar insights into Your Career in 2012 and Your Romantic Life in 2012. Here’s to a cosmic time in the coming year!