Category Archives: Good Health

Great Expectations

My desire of becoming healthier through diet (not starving myself or following fad diets) and exercise can bring undue expectations for results. As I’ve aged I realize I cannot do what I did when I was twenty, at least not right now, but there are things I can do at fifty-something (sigh). My three week powerhouse workouts that dropped weight and re-shaped things all while not changing a thing with my diet just don’t work anymore — age does seem to have messed with my metabolism. Talk about wanting to turn back time — now I have Cher singing in my head — and with her money I could surgically turn back time too!

Back to expectations … I’ve started down this healthy road many times over the last few years but got stuck when things didn’t change after putting in a good four to six week effort. I hope that will change for me because of what I read today in the February 2013 issue of Real Simple:

“It takes six months to get into shape and two weeks to get out of shape. Once you know this you can stop being angry about other things in life and only be angry about this.” Rita Rudner, Naked Beneath my Clothes “THE WORKOUT WHISPERER”

Hum, I think someone needs to reevaluate her expectations. Everyday I need to serve myself up a huge portion of consistency and patience! I may need to be reminded of this next week, but I’m hoping this message sticks to become my great expectation that will result in lifelong changes.

What about you? Ever wish you could turn back time and get a do-over?

Resolutions … yada yada yada

Oh my! 2013 is here and my list of resolutions is still in draft form. One item that is the typical suspect on a New Year’s resolution list is exercise. The older I get the more I understand the importance of regular exercise. I’m not talking about becoming Ernestine Shepherd, even though I find her story quite motivating, I’m talking about being functionally fit. I’m still working on what that looks like both in exercise and eating healthy. I want to create a realistic plan that will work for me.

In the mean time, I found this list of exercises we’d be better off leaving behind in 2013.

– Jumping on the bandwagon.

– Beating your head against the wall.

– Beating your own drum.

– Dragging your heels.

– Jumping to conclusions.

– Grasping at straws.

– Fishing for compliments.

– Throwing your weight around.

– Passing the buck.

-Repeating excuses.

Seriously. To me, healthy living is at the center of the target for 2013. I don’t think the rest of my resolutions will be successful without it. I’m not standing still while I figure out what will work best for me. I’m working on doing something that points to my healthy living goal everyday. What plans do you have for 2013?

Remember caring about these carbs?

Remember the good old days?

A friend of mine had that car. I remember taking it for a few rides. Fast rides!

Time to start on that biker body?

Here in Minnesota I can tell spring is coming because the sun sets a little later every day. I leave work at 5 p.m. and last week it was pitch black walking out to the car. This week has brought a surprising change, it is not quite that dark! I know, it’s the little things in life …

This got me thinking about riding my motorcycle. Which lead to getting back into exercising and eating right. And then, I found a copy of this diet. A friend received this from a doctor several years ago. The first time I looked it over I thought she was kidding. Believe it or not neither she nor her doctor meant this as a joke.

Dr. McGillicutty’s Diet

No sweets

No snacks

No seconds

Smaller helpings

Smaller bites

Chew more

Eat slowly

Drink a glass of water 1/2 hour prior to a meal to stretch the stomach, which lowers the appetite when you are ready to sit down to eat.

NO EXCUSES!

Watch out for the word, BUT, it usually means an excuse is coming.

Weigh yourself daily and record it.

Continue to weigh yourself even when you get to your “ideal” weight to keep from regaining the weight you worked so hard to lose.

You should be able to lose at least one pound per week on this diet.

Personally, I have not tried this diet! My friend lost over 60 pounds quite a while ago. She has kept the weight off by continuing to follow this diet!

Bon Appetit!

Disclaimer: Try at your own risk. Wisdom would dictate that if you need to lose weight seek doctor’s advice before starting any diet and/or exercise program.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Almost everyone I know has had a family member or friend fight the battle of breast cancer. My cousin at 29 yrs. old had a radical mastectomy on both sides and eventually lost the battle. My mother-in-law back in the late sixties had the same surgery and lived into her eighties. When I was in college I had a breast cancer scare. Thankfully what the doctor found was not cancer.

Men, don’t think this doesn’t happen to you! There are several resources out there for you too! (Here’s one.) Live aware! You guys are important to us gals!

Ladies and gentlemen early detection and screening is important – don’t neglect yourself!

Give a FREE mammogram whenever you can at The Hunger Site tab for Breast Cancer!

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One Shameless Plug for Good Nutrition

You do not need to look far to hear someone talking about their health, especially if their health is suffering. A few years ago that was the case in my house. Hubby came home from the doctor with high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, and the onset of rheumatoid arthritis (translate that to joint pain, continuously). Needless to say this was a wake-up call that turned into a loud alarm when he started taking methotrexate for the rheumatoid arthritis. I won’t go into it, but the side affects of that drug were so awful he had to stop taking it.

What this did was push us into looking for a better way to combat the health issues. Diet and exercise topped the list. We have several exercise DVD programs so it was just a matter of using them.  The diet part wasn’t that bad either because we both know what makes for a healthy meal or snack so we bought the good stuff! What we did next has changed hubby’s health. Through a lot of research and trying different things we found a nutritional product that brought with it some phenomenal results*. It is amazing what the human body will do with the right nutrition.

When hubs went back for his annual health exam the report was: cholesterol dropped over 50 points and now in the normal range; blood pressure normal; rheumatoid arthritis pain under control through natural supplements. I’m not claiming a miracle cure, but what we’ve found is a product that has actually changed our health. I have family and friends who are also experiencing results that have benefited their health too*.

I invite you to try it too. The company offers a 30 day, empty bottle, 100% money back guarantee. If you want to know more about the products go here. We are brand partners and do benefit from any purchases. We would take the product whether or not there were financial benefits. Here’s to your good health!

*Disclaimer: This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Individual results may vary. You may not experience the same results.