Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Resolutions, especially on dieting, are useless!

And I'm living proof. I haven't put on an excessive number of pounds, but I haven't lost much either. What I am trying to do instead is include more "real" foods in my diet. By real foods, I mean fresh fruits and vegetables, minus salad dressings and lots of mayonnaise. Now it's one thing to prepare coleslaw at home and reduce the amount of mayonnaise. It's quite another to order a meal at a diner, for example, and consume its version of "coleslaw." Proud to say that I didn't even sample the coleslaw that accompanied my meal, as the mayonnaise in it practically sat on top like icing and inside and around the slaw itself. I've also found items like cake, cookies and candy less appealing. They don't taste as good as they used to, they're smaller and way more expensive. Another useful activity that works for me is simply the act of jumping up and down. No jump rope is necessary! Simply put on the radio and jump to a favorite song from beginning to its end. NEVER jump right after eating though! If you do, you'll feel your food coming back into your throat, similar to what happens just before you vomit. Allow some time first and then jump. You'll also find, as I did, that doing this is easier said than done initially. On the plus side, however, you will lose weight. There's something about vertical exercise that works very well. Studies have been done and attest to that. I've also given myself more excuses to walk instead of ride. After awhile, the option of walking just becomes easier and helps keep the pounds off. At least it did in my experience. Now, if I simply "resolved" to do those things for the new year, I'd barely make any progress. It's just that doing something first and then thinking about it later works better than any resolution. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE and thanks for reading.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I Hate My Body Moments

I'm not obese, but I'm not exactly Twiggy either. But sometimes, the fact that I am reminded of fat in all of the wrong places is evidenced by reminders as being unable to fully zipper my jeans or finding a really nice top or slacks and being unable to wear them well because of a few unsightly bulges here and there. These events are what prompt my I hate my body moments. I'm sure that I'm not the only one feeling this way. But the fact that I must deal with such moments is extremely annoying. I do, after all, have other and better things to worry about, the least of which should be body fat. So I try to deal with it as expeditiously as possible. First, I cut out a lot of processed foods and opt for real foods as fresh fruits and veggies. The biggest problem with doing this is that such fresh produce is not cheap. For example, a beg of regular oranges in many supermarkets costs close to five dollars a bag! And don't get me started on tomatoes, lettuce and potatoes. Secondly, I do my best to be more active. Lately, I've shoveled out my sidewalks and driveway, which are now totally free of snow and ice. I tend to walk more than drive and lug more heavy grocery bags than a lot of people I know. You would think that all of that would result in significant weight loss and a reduction of negative feelings about body image. But more and more, I am being slowly resigned to the fact that basically, my body will not change drastically very soon --- and the frustration of having to deal with zippering up a pair of jeans sized 14 will continue.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Would you include insects in your diet?

In a lot of countries around the world, people eat insects as part of their diet.  Personally, I don't care for insects and the sight of someone eating insects strikes me as revolting. Guess that I watched too many Survivor episodes, one of which featured participants eating maggots. Then out of curiosity, I did some research on types of bugs people eat, including ants, bees, wasps, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, fleas and flies.

Just reading that made me lose my appetite for real food. But an expert says that all of that revulsion is psychological. Many of us were bought up to feel repulsed eating bugs, when actually bugs are thought to be nutritious and good for us! They provide proteins, vitamins and minerals. They take much less room to cultivate and breed than livestock and poultry.

In spite of these advantages. I still could not bring myself to eat bugs. I'd rather swat, spray and step on them instead. Given a choice between eating those creatures and starving, I would opt for starving.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Eat sweets and lose weight?

Sometimes, you just have to wonder what people are thinking, espccially when they want an article on double lollipops, aka blow pops, relating to calories and weight loss. Hello!

A sensible dieter would immediately think, Eating a blow pop will make me gain weight. Why, a single lollipop has 80 calories! And this is equivalent to a double lollipop. Whoever wrote anything about losing weight eating such crap has to be full of it. That's worse than a grapefruit diet!

Thought I'd bring that up and vent a little. Needless to say, I gave up on trying to write such an article, since I am also serious about losing weight. I enjoy sweets occasionally, but adding lollipops to my diet is never going to happen.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Skipping breakfast. Again.

Eating, rather than, neglecting breakfast is really good advice. My mom always insisted on everyone eating breakfast. To make her happy, I grudgingly prepared cold cereal and a cup of tea. I wasn't really hungry.....until 10 am, that is. All of a sudden, food tasted good and I was 10 am.

That's my idea breakfast time. Toast, butter, jam, cereal, fruit, such as a fresh orange, are great. But not when I'm just getting done.

I'm still the same way, dietwise. Usually, I prepare something, even if it's only coffee.  The other reason is that there's very little that is available for morning breakfast, such as stale bread, applesauce, Cheerios, coffee. I just think about those foods. Ugh. Not this early in the morning, sorry!

So that's my excuse for not eating breakfast, namely, that I'm just not hungry at that time. I realize that I can lose a few pounds, but have to draw the line somewhere. But don't get me wrong. I can eat breakfast when traveling abroad, when a favorite food such as bacon is featured, and so on. But if breakfast means more of the same-old, same-old boring foods, count me (and breakfast out).                                

Monday, April 8, 2013

Little-known weight-loss secret -- customize your diet and exercises!

Lately, I've paged through a lot of dieting and exercise books whose authors claim that if you follow their advice, you're practically guaranteed to lose weight or fat. We know that isn't necessarily true, as we are not carbon copies of each other. Nor are our needs as far as losing weight are exactly the same.

But how many times do you happen to find really good ideas for healthy meals and exercise in various books and magazines and think, too bad that there wasn't more stuff like this. I'd borrow or buy the book or magazine.

The bad news is that there'll never be a book or video or whathaveyou that is perfectly right for you, ie., match your likes and dislikes, preferences, etc. But the good news is that with all of the variety of ideas, you have a neverending choice available at all times, whenever and however. Your only investment is taking the time to select what food combination and exercise moves are perfectly matched for you.

This is especially good news if you happen to be fussy about foods you'll eat, or at least sample. Ditto for exercises and other excuses to get you moving again. You can easily take advantage of the variety to put together combinations of favorite foods and exercise moves that will help you to lose weight faster and more efficiently.

For example, I happen to be a fussy eater who tends to avoid foods as fish, shrimp, broccoli, cheese, and spinach. Don't know why I don't like those foods --- just don't, that's why. And yet I find many recipes that feature such foods, so therefore take more time to put healthy combinations of foods that will work for me.

Ditto for exercise. A lot of what I've seen in books reminds me of those hated gym classes featuring exercises involving touching toes and jumping jacks. On the other hand, I can really get behind a good game of volleyball and cycling.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

How to sneak in more exercise around the house

Having to maintain a regular exercise regimen is boring, redundant and a pain in the neck! But there's no need to despair or resign yourself to becoming a couch potato. If anything, you will find way less boredom and more excitement in more informal movements, while increasing your movements and spending less time on the couch. Here are some of those ways:

. Clean floors every day, beginning with the one that is frequently used and soiled. When possible, wash them the old-fashioned way, on your hands and knees.

. Take care of chores that are easy to put off doing, such as changing dim light bulbs and/or smoke alarms.

. Handwash your car.

. Reposition some or all of the furniture in a living or dining room.

. Wash windows.

. If you have bookcases, remove books from one shelf, clean the shelf and replace the books.

. Clean out a cluttered closet. The motivation for doing this is that you may just discover stray change in pockets and on the floor.

. If possible, walk to the supermarket, buy what you need and lug the packages home.

. Do limited yardwork. For example, clean up leaves one day. Remove clutter the next. Limit yourself to a single yard project at a time.