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 nomoreexcuses3 - (ricia16)
02:45pm 25/08/2009
Patricia/Patty/Tricia/Trish/Ricia Take Your Pick posting in No More Excuses: A Livejournal Support Group
So, since its the start of a new school year, I've been thinking about how I need to get into better shape and overall health.  I'm doing my best to remember to eat breakfast and regular meals throughout the day, as well as taking my vitamins.  My vitamins are a little one sided right now as I've only got Iron supplements and Vitamin C "Immune Health" supplements.  I figure I'll finish out these, then get a multivitamin.
I've also started walking more.  No surprise there.  My apartment is about a five-ten minute walk from campus, depending on if you're going campus grounds or actual class destination.  On Tuesdays I have an hour and a half break between my first two classes (I do Thursday as well) and then my last two have a three hour break, so walking home between them is completely feasible.
I'm also going to attempt Reid's kick boxing thing.  We'll see how that goes.  I know Callie and I were planning on doing something at the WRC.  Not sure what yet.  But I will enjoy it, I'm sure.  :)
So here's to a healthier me!  (Hopefully this lasts!)
mood: chipperchipper
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A fun way to extend your life!
 nomoreexcuses3 - (beldarrin)
12:55pm 06/05/2009
beldarrin posting in No More Excuses: A Livejournal Support Group
Knock back half a glass of wine daily, and it might add 5 years to your life, according to a new Dutch study.

Researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands tracked the drinking habits of 1,373 men from 1960 to 2000. Light drinkers (those who drank as little as 0.7 ounces of wine, beer, or spirits a day) lived 2.5 years longer than abstainers. And light drinkers who consumed wine lived 2.5 years longer than those who drank the same amount of beer or spirits, and 5 years longer than nondrinkers.

But you don't have to cut yourself off at half a shot glass of wine to lengthen your life: The study showed that drinking moderately—up to two glasses of wine or beer or two shots a day—extended life expectancy nearly 2 years compared to abstainers.

The scientists credit wine's polyphenols (antioxidant chemicals found in plants) for producing heart-healthy effects. Resveratrol—a polyphenol found in grape skins, so it’s particularly plentiful in red wine—helps lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and even cancer. Resveratrol reduces inflammation, improves insulin sensitivity, inhibits toxic proteins from destroying brain cells, and blocks abnormal cell formation. Plus, it’s mighty tasty going down with a nice merlot.

So go ahead and have a glass with dinner—and that doesn’t mean you need to uncork your budget at the same time. Find the perfect (cheap) wine for anything from burritos to a romantic dinner here. Going to a party hosted by a wine snob? Impress him by bringing along one of these labels. Even better: Sip a wine with higher levels of heart-healthy polyphenols than others. Double up on the dose, if need be. Your health is worth it.

(article taken from Men's Health Daily Dose email, and yes, this applies to women as well :D)
location: Kirkwood
mood: accomplished
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 nomoreexcuses3 - (retiredbandnerd)
12:15pm 19/04/2009
retiredbandnerd posting in No More Excuses: A Livejournal Support Group
So, to keep people updated with me, I'm slowly loosing weight. I'm down to 144 which is the lowest I've been. Thats the nice thing about donating, doctor scales twice a week telling me what I weigh. I'm also trying to get a good walk in twice a week. Good walk meaning more then an hour. So I do this with walking to donations, or walking home. Or walk to LARP when I have a chance to, aka when I have no kid to take with me.

The only things I have to offer is CAlories make a huge impact. They add up fast. And I know it's lame and a lot of work, but count them. You'd be surprised by how much you eat in a day. That really the only thing I do, along with lessen fried greesy food. Even that alone can help a lot. Then I slowly cut those down from normal to 2000, and lowest I've gone is 1500. You use up 1100 with normal activities, like breathing and blinking.

I'm also going to start a stomack excersise dvd thing to try to help with my blown out mom stomach. I'll let you know how it works Tara. Also. Wiggles is amazing excersise. That'll some into play later when Emma gets older. Seriously, 4 songs inculding the bouning I'm pooped.

I should look up some stuff I found a while ago when I dieted the first time. And there some awesome recipies I have too. I'll do it later once I get back home.
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More healthy foods!
 nomoreexcuses3 - (beldarrin)
07:01am 16/04/2009
beldarrin posting in No More Excuses: A Livejournal Support Group
To drop pounds with lightning speed:

* Make a clean sweep. Rummage through your refrigerator and pantry and dump everything that's high in sugar or high fructose corn syrup and white flour.

* Go the whole 9 yards. Replace all those foods with whole-grain breads and cereals, 100 percent whole-wheat pasta, lots of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, and lean protein.

* Add this delicious, healthy fat to turbocharge your resting metabolism. The avocado in your guacamole is a terrific weight-loss tool because it is high in monounsaturated fat. This heart-healthy fat, also found in extra virgin olive oil, not only satisfies your hunger better than fast-burning carbs will, but it actually boosts your basal metabolic rate—the calories your body burns 24/7!

* Control binge eating. A lot of people eat healthfully all day long only to blow it by uncontrolled snacking late at night. Try this strategy: Eat the same snack every night—and, no, we're not talking Ben & Jerry's. Choose a cheese stick or a bowl of cereal. In one study, people who ate cereal 90 minutes after dinner dropped 4 pounds in a month!

* Eat often. Forget three square meals and no snacks. Keep your metabolism revving high by eating four to six times a day.

-From Men's Health
mood: Motivated!
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 nomoreexcuses3 - (tarabyte)
01:41pm 13/04/2009
Tara posting in No More Excuses: A Livejournal Support Group
Easter Weekend is evil. Between the chocolate and the fried finger foods at a wedding I went to, I gained 2 pounds. That's definitely the opposite of what I wanted. As far as diets go, I have learned that on the weekends it is easier to fall off the bandwagon. Though no matter what, I always start over again on Monday. It's better to fall off for a few days and hop back on than stay off completely. So today I am staying away from all the chocolate in the house and trying to eat good foods instead.

Here is a list of surprisingly healthy foods and why they're healthy:

Preliminary studies indicate that oatmeal raises the levels of free testosterone in your body, enhancing your body’s ability to build muscle and burn fat and boosting your sex drive.

Apples (along with berries) are a fantastic source of pectin, which limits the amount of fat your cells absorb because of its water-binding properties. They elevate your blood glucose (sugar) levels in a safe, gentle manner and keep them up longer than most foods. The practical effect of this is to leave you feeling satisfied longer. Secondly, they’re one of the richest sources of soluble fiber in the supermarket. This type of fiber prevents hunger pangs by guarding against dangerous swings or drops in your blood sugar level

Vitamin C
Fruits rich in vitamin C like limes, lemons, oranges, guava, grapefruit and tangerines have fat burning properties. Vitamin C dilutes the fat and makes it less effective and helps in releasing the fat from the body.

Low fat Dairy
The calcium in dairy help break down fat cells. Just by adding the recommend amount of dairy to your diet, it is possible to nearly double the amount of weight and fat loss.

Cayenne Pepper
There's a reason you sweat when you eat spicy foods. Cayenne pepper, one of the best fat-burning spices, burns calories by triggering a thermodynamic burn that lasts hours after eating.

As little as a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon added to food helps your body to metabolize sugar 20 times faster and lower your body’s blood-sugar levels. This means if you have a family history of diabetes, cinnamon is probably a good addition to your diet as it helps your body prevent diabetes.

Bananas have approximately 450 mg of potassium, a naturally occurring chemical that boosts metabolism and regulates the body’s water balance. 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 proved that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. They also help with PMS because the vitamin B6 they contain regulate blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

and Soybeans
They contain lecithin, which helps your body to keep your cells from accumulating fat. If you don't have the time to steam them frozen, just snack on dried or roasted ones. The same for many soybean products.
mood: accomplished
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