Friday, July 31, 2009
She's quoted as saying:
“It’s OK to be big, but let’s be big and healthy,” she said. “I started at 262 pounds, and now I’m between 220-224. ... I want to meet my grandkids. So that’s why I had to lose some of the weight. Get myself into shape. I want to be here.”
“I can’t get too much smaller because my head is big.”
She also talks about her latest role in Precious which some are whispering "Oscar Nomination" in the offing--I've only seen the trailer for Precious and I gotta say that alone had me weepy.
So, a big Fat Feminist Fitness Blog Thank You to Mo'Nique for your good example.
Conley’s high school sweetheart Gaylyn tells a different story. He was “the tall, buff, football-playing boyfriend” all her friends were jealous of, she tells PopSugar.com, which also posted old photos of the couple together in skinnier times.I am so sick of Hollywood trying to make us feel bad. I can't believe he sold us the I have always been fat story.
Below is list of the women by age. Why do these shows waste people's time? Four of the severn women older then prize/man were eliminated on the first episode. I also bet you the remaining older women will be released sooner rather then later.
Melissa – 21 – Beverly Hills, Calif. – Plus-size model
Heather – 22 – Ankeny, Iowa – Cocktail waitress
Christina – 23 – Brighton, Mich. – Student
Amanda – 23 – Los Angeles – Student
Magali – 24 – Los Angeles – Teacher
Bonnie – 25 – Portland, Ore. – Make-up artist/Stylist
Danielle – 25 – Los Angeles – Theater company technical director coordinator
Natasha – 25 – Los Angeles – Rocket scientist-Eliminated on 1st episode
Kristian – 26 – Wallington, N.J. – Substitute teacher
Lauren – 26 – Atlanta – Event planner
Malissa – 26 – Los Angeles – Waitress
Mandy – 26 – Long Beach, Calif. – Fitness and dance instructor
Tali – 26 – New York – Artist and motivational speaker
Anna – 27 – Los Angeles – Plus-size model
Natalia – 28 – Dallas – Make-up artist -Eliminated on 1st episode
Sandy – 30 – New York – Dancer -Eliminated on 1st episode
Vanessa – 32 – Los Angeles – Criminal defense attorney
Michelle – 32 – Orange County, Calif. – Production -Eliminated on 1st episode
Shari – 34 – Los Angeles – Corporate trainer -Eliminated on 1st episode
Arriane – 37 – Santa Monica, Calif. – Entertainer
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I think it is pretty whack that we can request fat acceptance, but the white man on television can't give woman of color an equal chance to find love.
The only person on a dating show who gives all types of woman ( size, race, age, ect.) a chance was Flavor Flav.
So I am going to give out a shotout to Flavor Flav for holding true the commitment to try to get with any woman.
"The idea of the mechanics of cleansing is that you're taking away the need for digestion and digestion normally absorbs most of your energy," Tim says. "So when you take away the need for digestion your body can focus that excess energy on healing itself and giving your body a surplus of energy."
iZo features two types of cleanses.
1. The iZO Juice Feast, which is also known as the "Couture Cleanze" consists of fresh organic juices, teas and superfoods made overnight and delivered fresh every morning.
2. There is also the iZO Superfood Cleanze, which is made up of nutrient-dense superfood powders you mix with juice or water yourself.
The fact is Celebrities have lost their minds yet again. The notion that digestion takes up so much energy, that you have to take a rest from it. That is plain crazy. There are plenty of naturally skinny people who eat daily without needing to take a break.
The second kicker to this "diet/scam" is that is cost $150 a day to not eat. You can have raw food meals or the zone meals delivered to your house for about $70 a day. At least you are chewing something with these plans.
People never be so desperate to lose weight that you stop chewing food. You will just be angry and hungry.
1. Maximize your muscle. Muscles are fat-burning furnaces.
2. Don't forget the cardio. It improves definition and blasts the fat that covers your muscles.
3. Be sure to stretch. It can help your muscles work better so you can more effectively isolate your problem areas.
4. Focus on your assets. Playing up your favorite body parts can boost your confidence and draw attention away from spots you want to minimize.
5. Don't starve yourself. Undereating causes your metabolic rate to drop and your body to hold onto fat.
6. Go graze-y. Eat 6 small meals a day to avoid blood-sugar spikes and minimize urges to binge.
7. Get real. Fuel your body with wholesome, nutritious foods, and limit your intake of refined carbs (anything sugary or white-flour based).
8. Drink More Water. Staying hydrated will help you feel full longer and keep you healthy.
9. Sleep tight. Get 7-8 hours of Z's a night.
10. Control what you can. Keep stress levels in check by managing your time, focusing on the present and not over-committing.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wednesday morning on The Early Show, celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson addressed the controversy over the 50 year olds bulging biceps that looked like they were literally hanging off her arms. "She's strong, healthy, and gorgeous," Tracy told the reporter when she was questioned about the "scary" arms she had in a photo taken recently.
She denied that the Material Mom was over doing the workout and said that the photos could have been misleading. "She does my method so well - she looks like she's 18," Tracy said as she showed the audience how to work out to achieve the Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow look.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
2. Buy in season.Blueberries are a cheap treat come summer but practically an investment once it's fall. Consider growing some of your own produce as well.
3. Use coupons.Sign up for your supermarket's shopper discount card, too.
4. Purchase sale items in bulk."Use the same main ingredient and dress it up differently," Mercer suggests. Turn ground beef into chili, burritos and a topping for baked potatoes. Plus, freeze some beef for the weeks to come.
5. Buy generic.Follow this rule except when you know a certain brand is of higher quality. A major national brand of sliced Swiss cheese recently sold for $4.49 per half pound versus $3.49 for the store brand (priced on shoprite.com).
6. Think whole foods."The more processed foods you buy, the higher the price," Mercer says. Even a banana in pricey New York City only costs a quarter whereas a small candy bar costs at least 75 cents.
7. Do it from scratch."You're paying more for convenience," says Mercer. So grate your own cheese and shred your own lettuce.
8. Shift those proportions.Use pricey meats as an accent; not the main event. For instance, skip the pork chops and cook up a pork stir-fry.
9. Load up on beans.Meat is expensive, says Mercer. A pound of 85% lean ground beef purchased on shoprite.com costs $3.69. A 1-pound can of black beans? A mere 50 cents.
10. Shop at wholesale food stores. Some examples include Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's and more. Make sure you know prices, though, to guarantee a savings.
Monday, July 27, 2009
The 50-year-old Material Mom shocked on-lookers in London Sunday night when her protruding muscles and thick bulging veins were on display as she sported a short white T-shirt.
The problem is Madonna most likely has an Exercise Based Eating Disorder. We all need to remember that women need some body fat in there lives for hormonal health. I think Madonna has been on the exercise deep end since her first baby.
I think it is Hollywood that has created the " talent equals thin" mentality that causes many artist to go off the deep end when it comes to diet and exercise.
1. Write off weight. To lower BMI, keep a food journal.
2. Befriend a farmer. Shop at a farmers' market to balance your diet
3. Eat heartily in the A.M. Make your morning meal the main one. Aim for up to 500 calories.
4. Start cookin'. Prepare at least half of your meals at home.
5. Snack smarter. Stop smoking and munch right to help your body stay at a healthy weight.
6. Limit yourself to one glass daily of soda or alcohol. Replacing caloric beverages with water can help you drop up to 20 pounds in a year.
Get your brain on board
1. Chill. Relaxing daily can lower the stress hormones that spur overeating, a study from Harvard Medical School in Boston finds.
2. Swap reruns for sleep. Replace half an hour of television watching with additional shut-eye daily and you'll wake up with lower levels of hunger hormones.
3. Pace yourself. Slow down at meals so your mind has time to register fullness before you go back for seconds.
1. Hoof it. Can't change your commute from car to foot? Achieve a similar effect by delivering news to coworkers in person, not via email.
2. Firm up. Muscle burns calories even as you rest, but women older than age 35 lose about a quarter pound of muscle per year.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
My lastest example is THIS which is entitled: "Turn Off TV During Meals or Kids May Get Fat Study Says." What the study actually says is far more interesting:
Studying childhood obesity, University of Toronto nutritionist Harvey Anderson found that kids who watched TV while eating lunch took in 228 extra calories than those who ate without the television on.
"One of Anderson's conclusions is that eating while watching television overrides our ability to know when to stop eating," the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, which funded the study, said on Tuesday.
"In effect, mindless television watching produces mindless eating.... Anderson has some immediate advice for parents -- turn the television off during mealtime."
In other words TV is distracting and as we are not paying attention to what we eat, both a conscious and unconscious process of assessing satisfaction, is disrupted leading children to consume 228 more calories than they would eating at the dinner table. 228 calories is quite a bit for an adult's caloric intact, yet for a child is even more significant.
Parents, turn off the TV and eat at the table. Now, this is weight-loss industry advice #47 and for those who have a table, I would say go for it. However, we have to look at a couple of factors that might get in the way of all families realizing this daily goal: 1. You don't have a kitchen/dinner table because you live in a small apartment; 2. You work the night-shift and your child/ren are home alone, the TV is comfort/baby-sitter; 3. Readers, tell me more reasons why this might be difficult for some families.
Now, I think that eating together at the dinner table is a worthy goal and I will strive to do so once I have a family, but often stories like these are used to hit people over the head with the image of the perfect family, disparaging the families and diversity of families (like single-parent households, GBLTQ families, urban families, singles, etc.) that are reality.
So, mainstream media, give us the studies, not the lecture. Give us accurate titles, not provocation. If you don't have a dinner table, its still possible to turn off the TV in the living room. Night-shift folks with self-sat kids, I don't know what to offer, I really don't, but I would like to help by advocating for state-sponsored childcare to help you with that burden.
p.s. Oh, for portion understanding, that is a salad plate, not a dinner plate. That quiche was cut into eight pieces, not six.
Friday, July 24, 2009
So, dear reader, do you have a love-hate relationship with a medication you take? I'd love to hear about it.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
As you know I am doing WW and with the program I have to obtain Activity points (Measurements of Exercise).
I currently gain my Activity points from walking. My walking routines are as follows:
1. I will get off the Subway two stops and head or walk to a Subway stop two stops ahead.
2. I will walk my neighborhood
3. I will walk in the park with a friend.
But this Spring I was looking into joining a gym. Well in the past month, three of the gyms I visited this Spring have been calling me to see if I was still interested or if they could tell me about there specials.
Obviously the Gym industry has been hit hard by the economic down. Cause these same gyms were not very attentive when I was trying out there gyms in the Spring. I actually felt that the service people at one gym were on the verge of being rude.
Therefore, I told all 3 gyms that I was not interested and had no times for their calls.
So I would like to remind gyms and other business that you need to being good to customers and potential customers in the good times, because you just might need them in the lean times.
peace & good health,
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
My biggest challenge this week: obviously, failing my biggest challenge. But I did throw an amazing first b-day party on my own!
I am most proud of: I'm not gonna lie – I'm proud of the fact there is still candy left over. It was a hard week.
I think she is a perfect example of when we don't take time for ourselves the eating gets out of hand.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Meeting your weight-loss goal can be daunting, especially when you have a double-digit amount to lose. But shedding even just a few pounds can have a huge impact on your health. For every 2 pounds of excess weight you lose, your cholesterol drops an average of 3 points. And in a study from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, men and women were able to bring their blood pressure down after losing as few as nine pounds. "Our bodies can tell when we lose weight, even when it's a minimal amount, and they adjust very quickly," Snyderman says. "So even if you have a significant amount of weight to lose, taking it a few pounds at a time will boost your overall health—and make your ultimate goal more manageable."
For a mid-morning snack I had a piece of sharp Vermont Cheddar Cheese, individually packaged (110 calories and very tart).
Valerie Bertinelli says:
Next on Bertinelli's to-do list? "My trainer thinks I'm going to do a [full] marathon before I'm 50. I have till April," she says. "I'm not committing yet! I haven't wrapped my head around it. We're negotiating."
I am happy with Valerie Bertinelli accomplishments. Yet, as her commercials state results not typical. I think having 50 year old person running full marathons is over kill and is not necessarily the be all and end all of health achievement.
Apparently, Marathon Running times are up significantly since the economic down-turn. The title of the article I read about this phenomenon is "Unemployed People Run Faster." Haha--right? Not so much. Correlation does not equal causation and significantly more data supports the fact that general health DECLINES in times of economic depression--due to stress, worse nutrition, and lack of affordable medical care. So, let's hold up on the glib prounouncements about the "benefits" of recession/depression. What do you think, dear reader?
There's a new website called Squeeze It In which seeks to show people how they can fit exercise activities into their already over-scheduled lives. The research they draw on, that 10 minute bursts of exercise, three times a day is as effective as 30 minutes at a go, has been demonstrated to be true (to a certain degree). Some exercise is always preferable to no exercise, and this website encourages you (through their short videos and tips) to fit in exercise while you go about your tasks of daily living (like doing squats while blow-drying your hair or fitting in arm weights during the commercial breaks of your favorite TV show). Check it out!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Here's the veggies with the strips of meat stir-fried (the meat I pre-cooked on its own). To avoid anemia, I'm having red meat around my cycle. I'll also double-up on the multi around then as well.
Altogether now: pasta, steak strips, zucchini (from my garden), red onion, fresh tomato, parm cheese, and quinoa pasta. I've made enough for tonight's dinner and tomorrow's lunch.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
After lunch, I went to Common Ground Coffee House and ordered a Honey Bee--Latte with Honey and Vanilla. It was WAY too sweet, I only had like three sips, but I stayed at the Coffee Shop for at least on hour and a half working on a my novel. Next time I'll just get brewed coffee--cheaper and I can better control the sweetness myself.
Here they are, made in the pan with spray and then I put some smart balance and honey over them.
Friday, July 17, 2009
I'm very proud of these green beans--all homegrown. There's Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, Royalty Purple Beans, Beurre De Roquencourt Wax Bean, and Blue Lake Green Beans (and I had a couple sugar snap peas I threw in during the cooking process). I cooked them in some chicken stock I made and froze into ice-cubes. I think that I finally have this making stock thing down--the trick is to simply heat it up, then let it simmer or even sit hot to cold for a whole day and then you get that good Umami essence.
For dinner, I had my homegrown green beans with some frozen enchiladas (also note, that's 30 calorie fat-free cheese melted on top). I also had a BL Lime with this meal.
Here's a close-up of a couple homegrown sugar-snap peas. These were HANDSDOWN THE BEST SUGAR SNAP PEAS I'VE EVER EATEN. In this picture, the appear to be breaking Lisa's "no glistening" food, but I didn't use added fat, its just an effect of the flash on the camera! I swear, they don't need to be added to the "This Is Why You're Fat" website!
So, why I bring this up is because I'm trying to do more with weights/toning in general because I'm not very strong and as I learned a few months ago, 1lb of muscle burns much more resting than fat--50 calories vs 2. And second, I'm interested in how gender and anxieties about performing gender can get in the way of health. Yes, during the 80's especially, weight lifting women were typed as she-men, Eastern Block, and ugly--and that probably had to do with tons of steroids involved in the sport at the time. Like with many sports, weight lifting has had to clean up its act--see, Baseball. Steroids are bad for your health, so there's no question there. But, muscle is not--muscle is good for your health and muscle accounts for why men get to eat more food than women, even when said man/woman is of equal height. It is just that the male gender is statistically more likely to gain muscle, more easily due to a variety of biological pre-dispositions, but women also need and should work on their muscle development.
We all have human bodies that benefit from muscle, regardless of gender. Yet, women are soooo damn worried about "looking masculine," many are willing to forgo the benefits of a regular toning regime because of a phantom, illusionary fear of becoming a member of the East German Weight Lifting team.
So listen up ladies--TONE YOUR MUSCLES and stop freaking out about how being female equals being dainty and weak. Strength is good.
I haven't posted all my glorious produce I've brought in from the garden this year--I will post some back pic's soon. Here's a yellow squash, green and royalty purple beans and one very unripe tomato. There are TONS of tomatoes on the vine, but this particular tomato's nearest neighbor was eaten by a pretty big creature because it wasn't touched by bugs, more likely a racoon or squirrel. I accidentally dislodged this tomato when trying to pick and dispose of the other (to not attract more pests). Calliope is outside guarding the tomatoes right now, so hopefully things will be alright. I'll just try to ripen this tomato in the window.
Pretty salad for lunch (pre-dressing and chicken--I think that the veggies alone make a better picture, but both versions will be posted).
My super favorite red-pepper and tomato soup, honestly I love this stuff. I didn't quite have a whole cup :( must go to the grocery.
Altogether now: salad with mixed greens, snow peas, red pepper, avocado, chicken, goat cheese, and lite balsamic dressing; red-pepper tomato soup, and a glass of iced-zinger tea with a smidge of lemonaid in it.
Thursday's food is not pictured because although I bought the battery recharger/rechargable batteries, you have to take them out of the package and charge first--which I didn't do until today (Friday) and the camera (newly found) was out of juice. It was a high-calorie day, Mexican Food and Birthday Cake for a co-worker's birthday.
When WebMD asked the experts for their tips on setting realistic weight loss goals, their recommendations came down to a few simple strategies. But before you put these to use, remember to talk your weight loss plans over with your doctor.
1. Resolve to lose slowly
2. Do the math.
3. Set short term goals.
4. Track your progress.
5. Think about long-term goals.
There's also a great quote she offers from Frances Kissling that I'd like to share:
We need more mature, holistic views about these things. Frances Kissling gets at it in this comment:
This country is full of above-average weight women and children struggling for dignity as well as to lose weight. Achieving either of these is not easy. (Never mind that none of these criticisms have mentioned any actual health concerns Benjamin might or might not have, instead presuming “obesity” as a catch-all for bad health.) Having a confident, big-bodied and big-spirited woman as America’s family doctor could do more to improve their health than skinny HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius. It’s good to know that even doctors struggle with their weight—and lead full and active lives in spite of adversity.
Can I get an Amen?
As you know I am doing WW and with the program I have to obtain Activity points (Measurments of Exercise). The ultimate goal is to obtain 24 points a week when you are at peak fitness and weight health.
Well I give myself about 9-13 points a week. Yet to get honest with my self I took yesterday city walking and recaluated my milage using http://www.hopstop.com/ . What I found out was yesterday's life walking was the equvilant of 1.21 miles. Which is about 24 minutes of lesiure walking and equal to one activity point and not the 2 activity points I give myself. There I should be given my self 4.5 - 6.5 points a week.
The reason this is important is that I tend to eat my points versus reserve them. Therefore, I am not reaching my goals because I was eating more points then I earned through exercise.
Therefore, when feeling defeated with weight gain go back and recalculate your actually habits more accurately so a white lie/delusion doesn't turn into 20 lbs.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
So, when I got into town to work, I stopped off at Quidoba to get a Naked Burrito (no tortilla), just rice, beans, meat, roasted veggies, corn salsa, pico, cheese, and some sour-cream. Not the lightest, but it really hit the spot.
Then I had a diet coke with both lime and lemon in it--very decadent. Honestly, the diet coke thing is becoming quite regular again which isn't that great. I used to have quite a habit, then I gave it up for a year or more, only having it a few times the whole year, now I'm getting back in the habit, though I haven't bought it and brought it into my home, which is where I draw the line. We'll have to see if cold turkey is the answer for a while, or if I can try to cut back again.
For lunch Tuesday (and Monday, though I still hadn't found my camera), I had Cajun Beans & Rice with Andouille sausage, some fat-free swiss, and a 1/8 an avocado. It was fabulous! I'll definitely make this again.
For dinner, I wasn't really feeling that hungry (at first), so I had a gluten-free bagel with Almond Butter and milk. Quick, yummy--but then a couple hours later, I was really hungry and I realized that since I wouldn't be able to eat until lunch Wednesday (I had to fast to get a blood panel done at the Dr's Wednesday morning) I would probably starve if I didn't eat something else. So, I had two eggs and a piece of millet toast (not pictured because I forgot).
This was definitely a low-veggie day for me! Just the blueberries in the yogurt and the avocado--honestly, that's really rare. I love fruits and veggies--I have a honey-dew melon in the fridge right now, several zucchini/yellow squash from my garden, three egg-plants (small) from the Farmer's Market, tons of green beans from my yard and the FM, and a cabbage (which I've promised to cook up and share with the folks). So, you should see mondo veggies the rest of the week!
For the roles, Zellweger famously had to pack on about 30 lbs.
Can I just tell you my body is whacked by the time we finish one of those?" she told the British Daily Mail of gaining weight for the films. "It doesn't know what has happened because it thinks there's supposed to be a baby and there's no christening."
Here is just another chick who has lost perspective when it comes to her craft. Renee Zellweger got an Oscar nod for her role in this movie, yet she is still bitching about the weight. Chick needs to realize very few woman centric movies get a multi-movie franchise. So she better count her blessings and go eat a damn cookie.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Here is the process.
1. Woman describes herself. Mostly woman focus on the negative.
2. Host describes the positive.
3. Host allows woman to line herself up among 6 other woman to compare her size to hers. Most of the time the woman places herself to be much bigger then she actually is.
4. Host places a giant poster of the woman without head so strangers can comment on her looks. Strangers always rank/describe woman better then she does in step 1.
5. Woman get make over from professionals starting with new underwear. Most woman are wearing a bra two small for them. Then new outfit, hair and makeup.
6. After the makeovers, they take a semi-nude photo that is then placed up in a major trafic area for the world to comment on.
I have seen the show a couple of time and it does allow woman who have a warped sense of self gain some presepective by getting out of their own head.
Rather than treating your body as a disposable product, this 14-day plan will teach you to take care of it in a way that keeps it performing like new. The following two weeks of tips, quizzes, shopping lists and action steps will prepare your mind and body to make lasting changes.
Why 14 days? Because that's how long it takes for many healthy behaviors to become healthy habits.
This is the list that caught my eye.
Your Daily YOU-Do List
1. Walk 30 minutes.
2. Floss and brush the teeth that you wish to keep.
3. Drink several cups of green tea with your copious water intake.
4. Take your pills.
5. Sleep seven to eight hours a night.
6. Meditate for five minutes at some point during the day.
She's an advocate for rural health, for the health of low income and improverished individuals, and now--for every American's health. Let's hope that the confirmation process will be less politically charged (especially considering that she's a woman of color and apparently Republicans believe that non-white individuals are by nature racists--wow their formulations are getting crazier by the day) than Justice Sotomayor's hearings going on right now.
Monday, July 13, 2009
So now everybody's asking about my new plan to take the weight off. And here's what I've come to: My focus is no longer on the weight. My focus this year will be on how to achieve optimum health, get support when I need it, find ways to nurture myself, deepen my spiritual connection—and have some fun.
If I can shift the paradigm from weight to optimum health and well-being, I know for sure my best life is waiting to unfold.
I think it is good for her and other dieters to start focusing on health, well-being, and balance. Obviously focusing on weight alone has not kept her thin and if she can't stay thin with her money then weight loss has to be more than just the tools we use to lose weight.
I also suspect that Oprah also found out what many dieters find out the hard way:
Therefore, if you have emotional, financial, and/or social problems they will still be there when you lose the weight.
2. Go local. Visit LocalHarvest.org or EatWellGuide.org.
3. Play the (green) market. Visit your local farmers' market.
4. Branch out. Try a fruit or vegetable that you didn't think you liked when it's at its peak.
5. Learn the story behind your food. When you connect with the men and women who grow what you eat, it tastes all the better.
6. Plant a garden—however small. Seeing the miracle of a seed turn into a delectable ingredient instills an appreciation for all it takes to grow great-quality food.
"I try to do just 30 minutes of cardio, mandatory," Khloe, 25, tells Us. "Obviously if I have more time, I want to do weights, but really that cardio is what works for me because I'm bigger. Cardio is what leans me out, and it still works your muscle definition too. Any kind of cardio."
Besides her workout routine, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star tells Us her dieting secrets.
"I eat whatever I want until noon. Then from noon on, I watch what I eat," says Khloe, who adds that she is also launching a diet product called Quick Trim with Kim. "I only drink champagne. 100 calories in a glass, and I'm good."
This is where she is getting into disorder eating. I personally think time table eating as a hard and fast rule is stupid. Third shift workers eat after 9pm and are able to maintain a healthy weight. Therefore, the time you eat does not determine the weight gain or loss.
I think the biggest factor in time related weight loss is "are you eating your bigger meals before the times you use most of your energy for the day?"
Also the statement "I only drink champagne. 100 calories in a glass, and I'm good." Has she ever thought of drinking water? If she did maybe she wouldn't have gotten a DWI.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Regardless of the club's official line on this matter, it needs to be noted that only three parents let their white children swim with the black children--in fucking 2009! Most took their children from the pool and complained specifically about "black children."
Here's an exchange quoted from the story linked to Pandagon above:
"A couple of the children ran down saying, 'Miss Wright, Miss Wright, they're up there saying, 'What are those black kids doing here?"'
Wright said she went to talk to a group of members at the top of the hill and heard one woman say she would see to it that the group, made of up of children in kindergarten through seventh grade, did not return.
"Some of the members began pulling their children out of the pool and were standing around with their arms folded," Wright said. "Only three members left their children in the pool with us."
This is absolutely disgusting and the fact that these children in 2009, with a Black President in Office, still have to be scarred emotionally by racist hatred in the USA enrages me.
This case also illustrates how racism denies children of color equal opportunities for quality exercise and active lifestyles. Predominately black neighborhoods traditionally have less clean, safe parks, pools, and recreational centers than predominately white neighborhoods--because of systematic racism. So when the community group that is over-seeing this fun summer camp wanted to take the kids swimming, they leased swimming rights in a predominately white swim club--yet even after paying good money, they were ejected, most apparently because the management did not understand that the children would be mostly black. You can see the swim club's phone number in the picture I have posted above, if you would like to take direct action and call for the manager to be fired. We must show that this is unacceptable!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Oh, back to beets: by peeling afterwards they stay sweet. When I pre-peeled before, somehow they went to starch and lost that sweetness. So now I know--and so do you, dear reader.
Friday, July 10, 2009
The first was a breakfast experiment. I've read about "overnight oats" at a couple of other health/food blogs, so I thought I'd try them. First off, the concept is to soak the oats over night and have cold, raw oatmeal which keeps the maximal nutrients intact. I also wanted to add Chia seeds to this overnight oats experiment because I head that they are loaded with Omega-3's and that they produce some sort of gel when soaked that also contains antioxidents. Unfortunately, Whole Foods did not have Chia seeds and Good Foods Co-op only had a large container at $17.99 per, that I deemed to rich for a mere experiment (I'll try to order a sample size first and get back to you regarding Chia seeds).
So, I mixed some of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats (many oats are processed at plants that also process wheat products, but the GF variety are processed at a dedicated plant and are test for gluten, so THANK YOU BOB! Here's the company link, I love their products soooooo much).
I mixed the oats with vanilla low fat yogurt, flax seeds, and milk. I think I put in too much milk because they were a bit too runny for my taste. I'm not giving up on the concept, but I will have to try differing configurations to get my desired result.
The other menu item I wanted to share was my evening salad--it was absolutely gorgeous! Organic mixed greens, red pepper, carots, avocado, boiled and cubbed chicken (which I really like boiled chicken on salads--I'm going to try that more often), strawberries, chevre, slivered almonds, and balsamic vingrette! Beautiful and delicious! No camera, no sharing my pretty food is sad. I also had some tomato/red pepper soup--that stuff is addicting! Even in summer.
There will be pictures--I will find my camera! Triumph is within reach--or at least maybe under a cushion?
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Why is it that woman actor have to decide to skip a role that requires weight gain for their craft for fear of killing a future career.
Hollywood has gone crazy.
"I feel pure and happy and much lighter," the actress writes in her GOOP newsletter. "I dropped the extra pounds that I had gained during a majorly fun and delicious 'relax and enjoy life phase' about a month ago."
New York-based cardiologist Dr. Alejandro Junger explains the "Clean" detox works by cutting out most food and "reducing digestive work so detox can occur in full mode. The Clean Program eases digestion by providing two liquid meals a day and a solid one in between, eliminating allergenic and mucus-forming food, which frees up even more energy," the doctor writes.This totally sounds like an eating disorder to me at worst and disordered eating at best. Does she believe eating food is only apart of a 'relax and enjoy life phase'? If she does chick is crazy. Balanced nutrition should be in every part of your life and cutting out food group and/or entire meal times is crazy.
There are varying degrees of overtraining and exercise addiction. For some it may mean running or cycling for miles at dawn, while for others its compulsive daily gym workouts. Some seek the high from certain exercise-related hormones, others feel they have never done enough in their workout and push themselves harder and harder. And some unknowingly may not be giving themselves enough of a break between workouts.I think this is a topic people should be aware of, but don't use it as a excuse not to try a healthy life of exerice.
Monday, July 6, 2009
When I'm gardening, I like to listen to pod-casts, but when I'm doing cardio outdoors, its gotta have a beat!
What about you, dear reader? What are your preferences when working out?
p.s. When inside, I usually watch something on TV at the gym or on my treadmill.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Terry Bryant, a food justice advocate and chef--and a favorite at Fat Feminist Fitness Blog--is quoted extensively and talks about his experience with urban gardening and the renewal of this practice (carefully pointing out that it is in NO WAY new!)
I also like the admission that growing your own garden in no way to "save money" the first couple of years--it takes cultivation, you need supplies, you need to improve your soil or the rented soil, etc. It is an investment because eventually you will save money, but its not just about throwing some cheap seeds over grass and abra-ka-dapra you have a sustainable urban garden! You gotta put alot of work into it and in time, it will pay off in dividends!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Anyway, my monthly resolution for July is to actually train for the August 15th Mid Summer's Night Run sponsored by Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. What I'm going to do is set up a side bar in the blog where I report my mileage/time tracking my progress toward walking the 5k. Currently, I'm working on 2 miles--trying to get 2 miles down a decent time and simply DOING two miles on the treadmill/elliptical for the next two weeks. Then I'll start to do 2 miles, 2 miles, then 3.1 miles (5k), 2 miles, 2 miles, 3.1 miles, etc. until the race.
My hope is to do the 5k in under 1 hour, which in all honesty isn't that hard of a goal, but more realistic given the time constraints. Next year I hope to be able to run a bit of the race, but let's not put the cart before the horse--I need to actually commit to two miles at least 5 times per week first.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Here is where the Bikini became the dagger that it is for the end result of diet prefection.
The bikini certainly complemented the va-va-voomery of Raquel Welch and her peers, who tended to be busty and a little soft in the middle. (In early bikini shots, stomachs are often evidently sucked in.) But the 1970s saw the rise of models like Cheryl Tiegs, who possessed the athletic figure that, for the most part, remains in vogue today. The advent of this lean ideal led many women to wonder: Who, exactly, should wear the bikini? In the 1960s, Emily Post decreed, "It is for perfect figures only, and for the very young." Since then, though, a number of swimwear designers (most notably Malia Mills) have encouraged women of all ages and body types to take up the style.