My One Simple Way To Avoid Girl Scouts At The Grocery Store Entrance…

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Yep, it’s that time again when we see these little jerks kiddos at the grocery store entrance selling boxes of Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, etc. Sure, for most of the people who don’t gain weight just by walking through the frozen foods section, a little Girl Scout table at the front entrance of a grocery store is no big deal.

However, for those of us who see those little minty nuggets of goodness from the parking lot, all we can think of is the delicious taste of the first Thin Mint to hit our lips. Let’s face it, there is NOTHING thin about these mints. N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

As to not get sucked in to the Girl Scout abyss, I prepare ahead of time. I turn off my cell phone so it doesn’t make any noise and I put my car keys in my purse. I lock the car and I head towards the entrance. With the cell phone to my ear, I start talking to myself about anything that may sound important. I usually go with, “The files have been in the office for three weeks.” I say it loud enough so the girls who have locked their eyes on me realize that I am in the middle of a conversation and will not interrupt me to ask if I want to buy their cookies.

The same goes for leaving the grocery store, because yes… they will lock eyes on you again as you leave the check out stand and wait to pounce as you are quickly walking by. Unless, of course,  you are on a cell phone talking about the files that have been left at the office.

There you go friends!

1- Turn your cell phone off

2- Place phone to ear

3- Talk about something important as you walk by the Girl Scout table

4- You have successfully bypassed another diet roadblock

You’re welcome!

 

 

 

Egg-cellent Weight Loss Food!

If you hate to hard boil eggs as much as I did, please do yourself a favor and check out this awesome machine.  Dash

 

It’s called the Dash Go http://www.toptenreviews.com/home/kitchen/best-egg-cookers/dash-go-review/

Over the past several months I have learned how important eggs are to eating healthy. I make a few dozen at a time and then place them into little baggies to eat throughout the week/day.

If you have a Dash or another way of making your eggs, please let me know. I’m learning as I go and love the feedback!

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Silly Fatty, Meals Are For Kids!

One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn is eating smaller and slower! Smaller portions and taking the time to taste the food not “inhale” it as my Mom would often say. I have to admit that I thought a “normal” portion was the perfect amount of food…for a family of ten!

So I started ordering from the kids menu – where the portions are smaller and the price is a little cheaper.  When I would order off the adult menu,  I would guilt myself into eating the entire meal, because let’s face it — there are children in Africa who are going hungry. So on behalf of all of the starving people in the world, I was eating for you!! You’re welcome!

Now as I start to wrap my head around this mental process I’m taking back the power and removing the risk. They say a typical portion is the size of your paw. Well, that’s terrific but who are the people conducting these tests? I mean if you had a 6’5 person chances are their portion would be larger than the girl who is 5’1. Just sayin. So my portions are the size of MY hand. I certainly don’t get out a ruler and measure each area of my plate. I just guess and hope for the best! Who says size matters?! (Don’t worry guys, the ruler has been put away.)

Anyhow, if you have man hands or little baby paws here is a chart that might help you out when you’re trying to guess how much slop you should be eating. Enjoy!

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…

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

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Fatty, Party of One — Your Trough is Ready!

The one gift not under the tree this year is the gift that Jeramy, Bob and my Better Bodies family have given to me over the past several months. As most of you know by reading my entries on this blog (or the lack thereof) I have had several challenges along my journey of losing weight. This was something that Jeramy, the owner of Better Bodies, expected from the beginning. He was the first person to look me in the eye and tell me I would FAIL. This was coming from someone who didn’t know who I was or how determined I am at finishing something. So, naturally I was quick to meet his stare and tell him he was wrong. Well, little did I know how truly challenging this process would be. I thought that with some “creative scheduling” I would be able to maneuver around my job, take care of my emotional issues and walk off all of the weight within a few months. Piece of cake! Hmmmm Cake. Okay, so the joke is on me.

I believe that both Jeramy and I have been right. I’ve failed to lose the weight in a specific amount of time, but I haven’t given up. Just the opposite actually. This blog has gone dark for several weeks now, not because I was locked in a food pantry hogging down on pastries eating myself into a sugar induced coma.  I’ve actually started planning and preparing for some life changing decisions that I have made.

For so long I have taken care of others, and while I’ve settled for a life that I thought was “honorable”, it’s been physically killing me. We can only work so much and take care of others for so long before those actions take their toll. The first step in this process is admitting that we are number one to ourselves and no one else. While we all have our demons, mine were deeply rooted and needed a little more time to reach the surface. Which they did… finally.

I hope that Jeramy, Bob, and my friends will continue to support me as I continue down this path and share my adventure that I am about to embark on. I read a quote recently by Henry David Thoreau that said:

“Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.”

I’m headed in the right direction…