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Weigh-in Wednesday – What???

Sitting trumps fat in killing us off.

Americans buy MORE calories the first three months after the holidays than they bought during!

What?

booksandsuchlogoRather than rewrite two powerful posts by Janet Kobobel Grant, I hope to whet your appetite (pun intended!) to learn more and send you rushing on over to the Books and Such blog.

Did you know long-term sitting increases our chance of cardiovascular disease by 80 percent? According to Janet’s post even one hour of sitting can impair blood flow by as much as 50 percent! Scary stuff not only for writers but for the all of us who work on the computer. While adding a more consistent exercise routine into my day has great benefits, this article showed me that it is not the complete answer to keeping my heart safe. Check out what Janet has to say about SIMPLE ways to reverse the deadly effects of SITTING.

Then pop over to her second post, How to Combat the Negative Effects of a Sedentary Overeating Lifestyle. Remember a few posts back I admitted I found it easier to return to more consistent exercise than I did to fewer calories? Janet’s post said most Americans buy a stunning 890 MORE calories per serving from January to March! This information certainly validates my struggle to eat well, but Janet’s post doesn’t stop there. She offers sounds advice for overcoming as well as more fascinating research about how sitting affects our health.

Enjoy these great resources, and have a beautiful Wednesday, my friend. Let’s do this getting healthy thing together!

Until Next Time,

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PS . . . As an author I am represented by Books and Such. I’m grateful my agent, Rachelle Gardner, as well as all the folks at Books and Such, care about their clients–mind, body, emotions, and spirit. It’s a dream come true to be a part of this powerful and encouraging community.

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Weight Loss Journey Day 48

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Let the celebration begin! I can’t believe it! I stayed in calorie count though I went to a party and ate high calorie food. (I found I didn’t want very many sweets. I hear that as BeNew reshapes your nutrition this is part of the positive change, less sugar cravings! Yay!)

So much of being able to eat reasonable calorie counts and still lose weigh is about MOVEMENT. Exercise, baby! And it doesn’t have to be sweaty, pounding exercise. Just a walk. Or a swim. Or SOMETHING.

MANY people at the party commented on how much I’d lost. It’s fun to see the sparkle in Jerry’s eyes. He’s so proud of me. I felt better than I had in a long time and had a blast at the party.

This whole exercise/calories burn thing is confusing. At first I thought I burned more calories simply if I walked further, but that wasn’t always coming up true on my exercise app (I use Map My Run, but I’ve heard there’s also a Map My Walk).

Then I thought maybe it had to do with not only how far I walked, but how fast. But that wasn’t panning out either. I finally figured out that terrain also comes into play, for example, I burn more calories when I walk the route that takes me up and down smaller hills than I do when I climb up the very long hill (which is over a mile, I think) and then walk back down it. But I do burn more if I walk faster, too.            ~ December 10, 2012

Real Time Update:

I’ve done Pilates twice this week! It’s the first time in over a year. I couldn’t handle such exercise after my car accidents. I feel it in my neck and a little in my upper back, but I’m trying to give it a chance by modifying how I hold my head so as to put less strain on my neck. Just pulling out that DVD felt like a HUGE step forward in fully regaining my life.

Another huge step forward is that I actually wrote fiction this week–three whole chapters! Another first since that second accident last June.

The third huge step is returning to full responsibilities with my job as coordinator for ACFW Colorado, another ball I had to lay down after that last accident.

Now comes a new struggle with weight loss. Continuing BALANCE now that I am able to return to a full schedule with all the responsibilities I had set aside as I fought for healing and health after the car wrecks.

My head still acts up with extended time at the computer, so that helps me take breaks, but last week I still pushed too hard and didn’t keep to the goal of my (almost) daily walk. I’m determined to do better this week. I need the sunshine, the movement, the alone time with God and nature.

What About You?

Do you have a favorite exercise DVD or app? How do you find balance?

Weight Loss Journey Day 47

IMAG0291What a blessing to enjoy traditions even though the kids are (mostly) grown up. We had a lovely  family day. Sarah came home for the afternoon, and we made snowflakes for the living room window—our annual winter tradition.

I have so much more energy these days! I got up BEFORE church, made a southern breakfast (which I ate, just in lesser quantities), and mixed up homemade chocolate chip cookies for everyone to enjoy with our traditional hot chocolate.

After my thoughts last week about needing a day of rest/worship/family time, I didn’t even try to exercise. I was about 1300 calories instead of 1200, but that’s not bad considering I had a few cookies! I ate light at supper—my shake and no extras in it. And I found I was content with herb tea (no calories) when the rest of the family had their hot chocolate. I didn’t feel left out or deprived. I just felt . . . intentional . . . as I made choices for less sweets and smaller meals, but still allowed myself a bit of cookie dough and a couple of small cookies during our family time. I love My Fitness Pal app. It keeps me accountable!

Oh! And a huge thing happened at church that encourages me to believe I’m hearing the Lord with these little nudges on my walk. I saw a young woman who teaches at the elementary school near our house—the one I thought the Lord told me to walk around a couple of times and pray for earlier this week. I told her about the experience, and she told me that the school has been taken over by the state for poor performance!

All the teachers will be fired at the end of the year, and only half will be invited back! I had prayed for hope as I walked around that school, not even knowing how hopeless things must feel for those there, having no idea what was going on! I’d also prayed for change, for revival. It’s incredible to think that the Holy Spirit is this personal, that He  shows a momma in Colorado how to pray about things she knew nothing about.                   ~December 9, 2012

Real Time Update:

Here we are two months later. I’ve been on this weight loss journey for 119 days. Last Thursday I shared that I took a week off from being bonded to My Fitness Pal. I wanted to see if I could keep losing weight without logging every calorie. I hoped I’d learned enough about eating well that it was now habit. Here’s what I noticed:

1) I mostly stuck to my new eating habits, but found it easier to snitch a piece of chocolate or something like that when I didn’t have to record it.

2) While I got in some exercise, that feeling of needing to burn calories to buy more at my meals was diminished, which resulted in less drive to get outside.

3) I lost weight at about the same rate I did the week before.

So, what’s the verdict? There’s NO way (in my mind) I could have changed my eating habits early on without the help of a calorie tracker. However, I’m pretty wise now about what I can and can’t do. Still, the accountability helps.

I thought about returning to My Fitness Pal, but my husband suggested I try to apply what I learned this week and fix it instead of going back to the more rigid approach. That said, I’m going to give this idea one more week. But if I don’t lose, I’m back to recording every bite.

I do have a mother-of-the-bride dress to buy!