Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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Monday, January 25, 2010
"More than one-third of adults, or over 72 million people, were obese in 2005-2006, the NCHS said in its report.
The numbers are based on a survey of 4,356 adults over the age of 20 who take part in a regular government survey of health, said the NCHS, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Sunday, January 24, 2010
Portion sizes are ABSOLUTELY KEY to weight loss! You can eat TOO MUCH of a good thing. So how do you know that you are eating the right sized portion? Here is a rule of thumb. A proper portion size for a piece of meat is about the size of the palm of your hand 5-6 ozs. [You also can be REALLY good at portion sizes by purchasing a food scale!] A proper portion size for a complex carb or starch is about the size of a cupped hand. (Umm... this means if you must eat mashed potatoes you are getting ONE SMALL SCOOP!! As opposed to filling half the plate! ;o) ) The proper portion size for fruits/veggies is about the size of two cupped hands! And in case you were wondering... The proper portion size for simple sugar carbs is NONE! ;o) But at least read the label and KNOW how many calories/fat g/carbs etc you are eating before you put it in your mouth.
*My suggestion for being successful in this challenge is to WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN!! Everything that goes into your mouth should be measured out. If you are writing it down, it's just a little extra focus/effort on achieving your goal. *
There are a zillion lessons that can be learned by taking on this challenge!! ARE YOU IN?!?!?
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I have met a few women as of late who are ready to make huge changes in their lives and although this competition is CLOSED to new competitors... I am excited to add a new "LIST" to the side bar called "Support Other Losers." This list will be for guys and gals who find the comp too late who are looking to support and be supported by others on the same journey.
Our first gal is SAMANTHA!!
Sammie was hoping to join the comp back in December but was unable to due to cirumstances that have since changed! I WISH that I could add her to the comp.. BUT.. I KNOW that so many of you will be willing to give your support anyway. So.. please go check out Sammie's blog. She has got a lot going on and life is insane.. but she DEFINITELY could benefit from the support of you fantastic people who have been there/or are there!! I know that we are already putting alot of energy into the other competitors.. but.. it surely doesn't hurt to check out other blogs and support others that you can relate to! If you can relate to her.. add her to your blog list.
When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite and Jacuzzi.
As they "oohed and aahed" the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. "It's free," Peter replied, "this is Heaven."
Next they went out back to survey the championship golf course that the home backed up to. They would have golfing privileges everyday and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on earth.
The old man asked, "What are the green fees?". Peter's reply, "This is heaven, you play for free."
Next they went to the club house and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out. "How much to eat?" asked the old man. "Don't you understand yet? This is heaven, it is free!" Peter replied with some exasperation. "Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol tables?" the old man asked timidly.
Peter lectured, "That's the best part...you can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven."
With that the old man went into a fit of anger, throwing down his hat and stomping on it, and shrieking wildly.
Peter and his wife both tried to calm him down, asking him what was wrong. The old man looked at his wife and said, "This is all your fault. If it weren't for your blasted bran muffins, I could have been here ten years ago!"
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
70% of Cardiovascular disease is related to obesity.
42% of breast and colon cancer is diagnosed among obese individuals.
30% of gall bladder surgery is related to obesity.
26% of obese people have high blood pressure.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
PS: You will go through a large amount of toilet paper this week so make sure you've stocked up! :o)
Friday, January 15, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I've noticed that some of us don't really seem to know what a "reasonable weight loss goal" is. We get a lot of opinions from outside sources, many of which seem to tell us NOT to reach too high... and so... I asked the expert! ;o)
I have 50 + lbs to lose and am determined to really do it this time. People around me keep telling me not to set my goals too high for monthly losses etc. I want to do this right but don't want to get burned out... so... what is a reasonable goal for weight loss?
Dear 50 pounds+:
First of all - let me say congratulations for taking control of your life and deciding to lose weight to be healthy!! Let me help you determine a healthy weight loss goal for your first month. The first thing you need to understand is the more fat you have to lose, the quicker it will come off in the beginning. It is very common for the first week or 2 to lose a lot more than what you will continue do do on a weekly basis. Part of the reason for that is that your body will be shedding some water weight (water retention - which cause bloating). Some participants can experience a 5-7 pound weight loss in the first WEEK! (That's right - WEEK!!) Another reason for this rapid weight loss is: your body is just READY... Remember - your body WANTS to lose the weight. YOU should want it too! Don't be afraid of setting high, but attainable goals!! Your second week weight loss will be smaller than your first, which is good. Maybe a couple or a few pounds [less] (but maybe more). It is a sign that your body is now losing fat not just water or muscle. The more fat you have, the bigger your weekly losses will be. As you get closer to your goal the losses will be smaller. But for the first couple of months - especially the first, GO FOR IT! If you have 50+ pounds to lose and you are eating small healthy meals and snacks to meet your daily caloric needs, you can realistically lose 10-15 pounds each month. I recently met with a new client who had 45 pounds to lose to reach her healthy weight. She has lost 11 pounds within the first 14 days of meeting with me! If she keeps going with the same enthusiasm I wouldn't be surprised if she loses 20 POUNDS by the end of the month! IT IS POSSIBLE. IT IS DOABLE! HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT IT?! Good Luck!!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I will also include some OTHER examples of acceptable before outfits. Because some women might be panicking thinking they are required to pose half naked.. this is not the case HOWEVER... with permission from Debbie... I wanted you show you how to do a before pic without showing extra skin:
These pics are not meant to be flattering in any way/shape or form! They are meant to be brutally honest and are a great tool for myself to measure your progress and to keep the competition HONEST!
There is also the option of wearing clothes that are TOO small and taking progressive pics as you start to fit into them... something like this! (Thanks Mindy!!)
Also.. you may notice that the before pics are FULL BODY PICS! Please make sure any pics you send to me ARE full body! I will crop them to post them on the blog (when you win) but please do not send pics that do not include your face! Also.. remember that you are not REQUIRED to post these pics on your blog. They are fantastic to share IF you want to but... don't worry that you HAVE to... because YOU DON'T!!