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A New Year *A NEW ME*

I can’t believe November was the last time I posted here. Weight loss is ALWAYS on my mind. So, how did I end my year?
Well, when I went to the doctor in March he had given me a goal slip with a 5 pound range. Initially I had chosen the lower goal, but as the weight started to come off I felt the higher goal was more attainable and realistic to maintain. I almost did it. 4 pounds away. And then came Christmas. Within a 10 day period there were NO workouts and LOTS of eating and the goal was then 11 pounds away.
That’s okay. I do believe I will reach my goal this year. I want to be trim for my younger son’s wedding and of course I’d like to be a fit grandma when my first grandbaby arrives this summer.
I can do it!
~Angel

Progress….



Operation Motivation 2 ~ Day 2

Today’s Tip:

Read the labels!
Because so many foods can seem alike, but have different amounts of fat or calories, reading labels can be a deal breaker. A little  “reading” just might steer you from a high-fat/high calorie breakfast cereal to one that tastes just as good (or better) but is better for you and with a lower calorie count.

Here are a couple of sites that can help you learn how to read labels:

http://www.weightlossforall.com/food-labels-x.htm
http://women.webmd.com/how-to-read-food-labels

Operation Motivation Once Again

Today’s Tip:
Plan your day! Plan what you’re going to do AND what you’re going to eat.
Here is a great resource I found with free calendars and planners.

Operation Motivation Day 8

Day 8! That means you have only 2 more days left.
How are you doing?

Todays tips come from a weight loss Bible study I did several years ago called “Weigh Down Workshop”.
The author made a lot of sense as she told us to:

~Don’t eat until you’re hungry. Try to listen to your body. Don’t confuse hunger with thirst!
~Use a smaller plate. Today’s plates are larger than they used to be. I bet you didn’t know that?
~Don’t go for seconds. Eat slowly and let the first helping be enough.
~Be finicky. Eat the best bites first. That way you won’t feel like you need to eat it all when the best bites are already gone.
~HALF it! Let’s face it, we could easily get by on 1/2 of what they serve us at restaurants! So why not put the first 1/2 in the to-go box?
~Eat everything with a fork. Even a hamburger! In our “fast” society, we tend to eat on the run and because of that, we eat faster and we eat too much.

From the Weigh Down Workshop website:

The Weigh Down Workshop teaches how to break this vicious cycle:

#1. . Focus off of diets, calories, fat grams, and diet foods…and focus only on loving Jesus Christ enough to follow in His steps – Christ stated that His food was to do the will of the Father and to finish His work (John 4:34)  

#2. Tell yourself that despite what the world has taught for so long, you don’t deserve to eat more food than your body is physically calling for!  Stop eating to reward yourself, comfort yourself, or to compensate yourself for a tiring day. Start eating only the amount of food that your body is actually calling for.  

I hope today’s tips have helped you. Comment here and let me know how you’re doing!

 

Blessings~
Angel ^i^

Oh Banana!

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas.  
He said the expression ‘going bananas’ is from the effects of bananas on the brain. 
Bananas are amazing!
 

After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.


Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.


Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.


But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression:According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS:
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia :
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.  

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers:
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the hey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.  

Heartburn:   Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves:
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
perfect banana
Ulcers:
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control:
   Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use:
   Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress:
Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes:
According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts:
Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A banana a day keeps the doctor away!’

Monkey Banana Holder
Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time!
Want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe…polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit
!!! 

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!

Where have you been?

I know it’s been a while! I decided today to come back and update my weight loss blog. You can see the progression of my weight gain on my “Today’s Weight” page. I try to keep track of my weight somewhat on my calendar so it was easy enough for me to go back and write that info in. It was also easy for me to see what happened looking at my “Today’s Workout” page! Duh! I didn’t work out and so I didn’t lose weight.
Medications are also somewhat to blame. The prescription Lyrica along with the Celexa I was taking, I believe really caused me to balloon! My Lyrica has now been cut in half and will stop altogether next week. The Celexa is done! Due to the medications, getting out of bed was and is an issue for me lately.


But in an effort to get motivated, Kevin and I went yesterday and purchased 3 new workout outfits for me! I plan on turning over a new leaf! I have done it once. I guess I can do it again! I started working out again yesterday. And one day at a time! I have worked out every day so far in April! YEAH!