Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Maintainer's World Wednesday

So many great ideas, many questions asked below and the food pix are divine!!!  The weather is getting to me a little but it's the end of February and Spring is coming!!!

110 Pounds and Counting – Three Meals A Day
300 Pounds Down -- Controlling Our Thoughts
Fixing Myself Happy -- So Much Time
Garden Girl – Lunch time walking at work--try it!
Half Size Me -- Tune in for the Latest Podcast
It Sux To Be Fat -- Hovering – Stepping Stones
Keeping off 200 lbs -- Fitness Goal Results
Keeping the Pounds OFF -- Don't be Held Hostage in the name of Hospitality
Lap Band Gal! -- Weigh-in Day
Losing 147 -- Weigh-in 
Lynn's Weigh -- "I must have done something good."
Maintain My Weight -- So You Want to Start Cycling?
Myra's Journey -- Declare a Fast?
Paleo Mom -- A New Study has the Media Buzzing about Gluten. Again.
Poonapalooza -- Weight-loss and running goals
Prior Fat Girl -- Taking guess work outta next week's heathiness.
Refuse to Regain -- Circadian clock linked to obesity, diabetes and heart attacks...
Roni’s Weigh -- The Screw-Today-I'll-Start-Over-Tomorrow Mindset
The Anti-Jared -- Because I Owe You One Dance
The Fit Bee -- Maintaining a Large Weight Loss Part 2
Undressed Skeleton -- Workouts, Dinner & Protein!
welcome to my world -- Visual Ideas

Fitness Maintainers

MetamorFit -- Pushing our Luck: March Push-up Challenge!!
MizFit -- Fitness Mission Statements
Tracy Reifkind's Training Food and Thought -- Times Have Changed, and Times are a Changin'. It's Time!
Weight Off My Shoulders -- *Virtual* Half at the Hamptons...

Healthy Cooking Maintainers -- Caution possible cravings ahead!!

Can You Stay for Dinner? -- Strawberry Banana Pancakes
Finding Radiance -- Just the Food
Green Lite Bites -- Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Bulb
Hungry Girl -- Chew the Right Thing
HungryHealthyHappy -- Lime, Chilli, and Mustard Salad Dressing
Kath Eats Real Food -- Day in the Life of Nutrition
Kaylyn's Kitchen -- Vegetarian Greek Lentil Casserole Recipe...
Mother Rimmy's Cooking Light Done Right -- ...Pork Chops, Broccoli with Garlic Oyster Sauce
Nosh My Way -- Chipotle & Toasted Wheat Berry Salad Recipe
Simple Nourished Living -- What Does Jennifer Hudson Eat?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Disney Princess Half Marathon

My Swag
So, this is what I did this past weekend, had a really good time with some of my Running Group members.  We took a few pictures and I may put one up.  I really do not like taking pictures--I do not feel pretty when I run--the size thing is getting better and I am OK with how I look but I am usually making a face, my hair is up and I just don't like any pictures of myself when running!! That said, I did weigh in before my trip and my weight is 157 lbs, and that is 1 pound less than I was at my last half in October.  I am OK with this because it's been a long winter (not complaining, just cold).  The picture to the left is of my swag.  Oh, also I didn't dress-up---I am just not the tutu princess type.  I wonder how many other Maintainer's did this Half Marathon?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food---NY Times Article

A really good article in today's NYTimes.  An investigative report on the industry of snack food.  I love the title because that's what it is--addictive and it was designed to do so.  I can truly say that I have beat the addiction of sugar (processed sugars--small amounts of natural sugar); I don't crave it, don't eat and don't want it.  I have seen a few Maintenance bloggers entertaining the thought of no sugar and I say try it and then try it again.  In the beginning, I did reach for sugary fruit--pineapple, watermelon, mango; now I reach for grapes (1 cup/serving) or strawberries (1/2 cup/serving).  I still feel that this is an individual decision and every body is different.  I found my triggers.  At a dinner a few weeks ago, I gave my slice of cheesecake to my friend sitting next to me  to take home to her husband---she was so happy because she had eaten her slice and she wanted to take something home to him.  It didn't faze me at all and when I got home I ate an orange.  I would love to hear your stories about salt-sugar-fat---the trinity of junk food addiction.
Also, here is where I get a lot of my inspiration.  She breaks down sugar facts, how to cut down on sugar and artificial sweeteners.  The post I am pointing to in the previous link is about sugar and weight gain, perfect!!!

A Maintainer's World Wednesday

Have a Great Week Everyone!!!

Fitness Maintainers
Fit This, Girl -- Holy Shoulders workout & a quiet focus for 2013
MetamorFit -- The weekend of back-up plans
MizFit -- I am Six. Or Twelve
The Fit Bee -- Training for a 100 Mile Ultra Marathon First Month Check-In!
Tracy Reifkind's Training Food and Thought -- Smile
Weight Off My Shoulders -- Learning to Run...

110 Pounds and Counting – Preparing for a Binge
300 Pounds Down -- Preconceived Notions
Garden Girl – Stress & weight-my 2 pound connection
Half Size Me -- Tune in for the Latest Podcast
It Sux To Be Fat -- Ice Martini Bar-Review
Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit -- TTFN – Hello World, It's Me, Jonathan!
jenful -- President's Day, a close call and an anniversary
Keeping the Pounds OFF -- Into Silence Passes Another
Keeping off 200 lbs -- Fitness Goals
Lap Band Gal! -- How Easily I Forget
Losing 147 -- Scary Truth about Calories
Lynn's Weigh -- We Can All use a Little "Self-Inspiration"
Man Meets Scale --Colonoscopies and weight maintenance. Like peas and carrots.
No Celery Please! -- Bloggy Dry Spell
Poonapalooza -- The post about 20K, cramped toes and medieval torture
Prior Fat Girl -- Not a Break-up, but a break
Roni’s Weigh -- ...Chipping Away
Paleo Mom -- Sometimes a Little Change Can Make a BIG Difference
The Tippy Toe Diet -- City Sidewalks, Killer Sidewalks
Welcome to my World --  Intimidated by the Gym?

Healthy Cooking Maintainers -- Caution possible cravings ahead!!
Can You Stay for Dinner? - Peanut Butter and Nutella Cheesecake Bars
Finding Radiance -- Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken
Green Lite Bites -- Simple Ham Avacado Quesadilla
Hungry Girl -- Chew the Right Thing
HungryHealthyHappy - Salmon Burger with a creamy lime and basil sauce
Kath Eats Real Food -- Weight Loss:  The Thought Behind
Kaylyn's Kitchen -- Fattoush Inspired Chopped Salad with Tahini-Buttermilk Dressing...
Mother Rimmy's Cooking Light Done Right - Stay Satisfied with a Fiber Packed Soup...
Nosh My Way--- Homemade Chocolate Syrup
Simple Nourished Living - Weight Watchers Cauliflower and Zucchini Soup
Undressed Skeleton -- Project Preparation: Breakfast Sandwiches To-Go All Week Long
Your Lighter Side -- Making a Peep

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What's mine may definitely not be yours....

Sometimes I start reading other Maintenance and weight loss blogs and I am always shaking my head in agreement.  I can relate to just about everything; I started my weight loss journey when I was 19 years old.  Well, what year is it now?  Yes, I have tried just about everything to lose the weight and to keep it off.  As the quote I love from "Weight of the Nation," "you just never know which time will work for you...."  I remember I bought the book, "The Beverly Hills Diet" and you know what, it didn't work for me.  I only bought the book because I unexpectedly ran into my cousin out and about one day.  Our families used to get together a lot but when my parents retired out west; we all stopped getting together so it had been maybe three years.  The last time we saw each other my weight was down and she had just had her 3rd child in six years.  Well, of course it was reversed this time and I just held my breath because although I don't offer opinions or make comments about a person's weight or size but it's not the same for others, especially a relative. So, I was like "hey M, so good to see you, you look great," we hug, she slightly steps back, looks at my size and says nothing.  Many of us have been there, ouch!!!  We start talking about the kids and then as we are parting ways, she suggests I checkout "The Beverly Hill Diet" because that's how she's lost ~70 lbs (my memory escapes me of the exact amount).  Well, I worked part-time in a bookstore and the book was purchased and read right away.  I gave it a great college try but it didn't work for me.  I say it didn't work for me because the pounds that I lost did not stay off.  I really liked the idea of food combining (its basic premise) but did not have the ability to sustain this way of eating (I remember thinking this or was this cop-out #67??!!!)
Anyway, I think I wrote this just to say you never know which time but keep trying!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Maintenance World Wednesday

As promised I have separated out the Fitness Maintainers and the Health Cooking Maintainers (warning: food cravings).  These are very unique blogs because it's ~65% (imho) of what they blog. It's their workouts and what they have cooked in a very detailed format, for the most part.  I have some more future thoughts for this page and will share or show when I get the time.  I am Maintaining my weight at 157 lbs and I PRd at a 5K last Sunday because I ran (read: tried to run) at my daughter's pace--she slowed down a little for me doing an 11 minute mile (I was exhausted) but that's over and on to the next.  Also, I am so grateful that it was Fat Tuesday yesterday and I didn't even notice.  I really love living in an area whereas it's not heavily populated with pazcki's and kingcakes.  Happy Wednesday!!!

Healthy Cooking Maintainers -- Caution: possible cravings ahead!!
Can You Stay for Dinner? - Quick Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Sausage
Finding Radiance -- Snow and Mardi Gras Feast
Green Lite Bites -- it's Roni - Pumpkin Yogurt with Pepitas and Honey
Hungry Girl -- Chew the Right Thing
HungryHealthyHappy - Healthy Valentine's Day Treats
Kath Eats Real Food -- Top 10 Favorite Nut Butters
Kaylyn's Kitchen -- Recipe for Baked Eggs with Mushrooms and Parmesan
Mother Rimmy's Cooking Light Done Right - ...Nutty Farro Salad with Asparagus and Artichoke Hearts
Nosh My Way - Peanut Butter Protein Bites
Paleo Mom -- Paleo Nut Free Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Valentines
Simple Nourished Living - Chicken Flatbread with Salsa Verde, White Beans and Corn
Undressed Skeleton -- How To Select the Perfect Produce!
Your Lighter Side -- Superior Health made Simple

Fitness Maintainers
Fit This, Girl -- Progressive Overload=Growth
MetamorFit -- Zumba and Kismet
MizFit -- OakTown Six Weeks Later...
Tracy Reifkind's Training Food and Thought -- First Things First. How it all Started....
Weight Off My Shoulders -- Learning to Run...

344 Pounds -- How to Stop Procrastinating
Ask Florine -- the Ultimate Maintainer -- Fat Tuesdays and Beyond...
Garden Girl – Remember-your body keeps track 24/7
Half Size Me -- Tune in for the Latest Podcast
Happy Weight After -- A Warring Week, Good Meals, Bad Meals...
healthy.beautiful.blessed --- Enjoying Exercise
It Sux To Be Fat -- Top 10 Valentine's Day Activities that DO NOT involve Eating Out
Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit -- Red Light. Green Light. – Crabby in the Big Apple
Keeping off 200 lbs -- Demotivating
Keeping the Pounds OFF -- Don't Think Yourself into Gaining
Lap Band Gal! -- The Reset Button for Weight Loss?
Losing 147 -- Second Thoughts - The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas
Lynn's Weigh -- Don't Forget the Inside
Myra's Journey -- Just An Update
No Celery Please! -- Petty People Make Me Sigh
Poonapalooza -- If I fell, and I did...
Prior Fat Girl -- Healthiest fat person you've ever met!
Roni’s Weigh -- I Think I Found MY Weight Loss Edge
The Fit Bee -- Maintaining A Large Weight Loss Part 1
welcome to my world -- Restored Power

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Maintainer's World Wednesday

There are Maintainers who publish only fitness tips or recipes that they have developed or cooked; these are the Fitness and Healthy Cooking Maintainers.  And there are some who do it all, write about their fitness, pictures of their food and be inspirational---whom I admire for the balance.  If my time allows, I will start separating them out with another section.  Today they are all mixed together.  Thank you for checking them all out.

110 Pounds and Counting – 3 year Blog Anniversary
300 Pounds Down -- Deception's Dance
344 Pounds -- Private Trainer's Thoughts on My...
Ask Florine -- the Ultimate Maintainer -- Quick Tips to Avoid Winter "Padding"
Garden Girl – I finished my first Whole30! Whoot!
Half Size Me -- Tune in for the Latest Podcast
Happy Weight After -- A Warring Week...
Hungry Girl -- Chew the Right Thing
It Sux To Be Fat -- February 2013 Goals
Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit -- Tips for Dealing with the Flu – Out of a Rut, Into a Routine
Keeping the Pounds OFF -- Making a Difficult Call
Keeping off 200 lbs -- Interesting reading on weight loss myths
Lap Band Gal! -- Weigh In & Flashback Friday
Losing 147 -- First Impressions - The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas
Lynn's Weigh -- Food is like Brylcreem: A Little Dab Will Do Ya
Maintain My Weight -- Home Gyms and Fresh Starts
Man Meets Scale -- What's really hard?
MetamorFit -- The Rundown on the Best Damn Race
MizFit -- Strong is not the New Sexy (My Thoughts)
Myra's Journey -- Images
My Journey to Fit -- How Knitting is like Dieting
No Celery Please! -- Wasted Time
Nosh My Way-- Sweet and Spicy Pepper Relish
Poonapalooza -- Time is NOT on my side
Prior Fat Girl -- Healthy Hotel Living?
Refuse to Regain -- Are You Nifty over Fifty?...
Roni’s Weigh -- Tough Mudder Madness
The Fit Bee -- Vegan Protein Powder Review...
Tracy Reifkind's Training Food and Thought -- Making Your Own Rules
Undressed Skeleton -- Honey Avocado Cocoa Spread: Got Toast?
Weight Off My Shoulders -- EVERY runner should...
welcome to my world --  Beast Infirmary   -- you may have to scroll down

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What's New in Weight Maintenance research

Over the weekend the following six citations landed in my inbox.  I get so excited each month to see what's new in weigh maintenance research.  Some of the keywords of this batch include, vitamin D, calcium, cardiovascular, and sugar-sweetened beverages.  Please feel free to click on the title link, which will take you to the abstract in PubMed and the related citations which point to articles previously done having many of the same keywords (MeSH terms) and/or other related research recently completed. A few of them are "epub ahead of print" and may or may not be available in full text right now.  Please feel free to email me if you have a question about these citations.

Shapses SA, Sukumar D, Schneider SH, Schlussel Y, Sherrell RM, Field MP, Ambia-Sobhan H.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 Jan 30. [Epub ahead of print]
[PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

[PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Gupta AK, Johnson WD, Johannsen D, Ravussin E.
Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2013 Jan 24;12(1):23. [Epub ahead of print]

[PubMed - as supplied by publisher] 
Free Article

Brøns C, Lilleøre SK, Jensen CB, Toubro S, Vaag A, Astrup A.
Metabolism. 2013 Jan 17. doi:pii: S0026-0495(12)00455-6. 10.1016/j.metabol.2012.12.002. [Epub ahead of print]
[PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Bloomgarden Z, Handelsman Y.
J Diabetes. 2013 Jan 10. doi: 10.1111/1753-0407.12021. [Epub ahead of print]
[PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Waters DL, Vawter R, Qualls C, Chode S, Armamento-Villareal R, Villareal DT.
J Nutr Health Aging. 2013;17(1):3-7. doi: 10.1007/s12603-012-0421-5.
[PubMed - in process]

Monday, February 4, 2013

Maintenance Celebrated...A Super Bowl Ad, no less...

Well, I will take celebrating Maintenance anyway I can get it...although I am sure Subway has no idea that's what they were doing.  Jared Fogle, who famously made eating Subway sandwiches to lose over 200 lbs, is celebrating 15 years of maintenance.  Although unconventional, even still, he lost a ton of weight and has kept it off.  He has gone on to write a book, become the face of Subway, get married and has maintained his weight loss.    Definitely, congratulations are in order.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries

I just wanted to put this out to those of you who like information and research for your blogs.  This project covers a lot of agencies but because of my job, I tend to make note of the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.  The Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries is basically all the evidence done for you with pre-formulated searches you click on.  The citations are defaulted from most recent so you get to see for yourself what is coming out in the area of let's say: Large Topic area of Nutrition and Weight Status---then it breaks down the outcome objectives of Healthy People 2020---when you click on the box in the left margin for PubMed Search---for some of them the PubMed Search opens and then for some it breaks it down further into sub-sub-objectives then click the PubMed Search to see the results.  I clicked on NWS 8--Increase the proportion of adults who are at a healthy weight--which is close to what I research--some of the results tap into types of diets--home-delivered dietary approaches and it's influence for the hypertensive or the fast food and obesity link.  Please take a look at my post here  if you have questions about the abstract or  if you want to know how to get the full-text of an article at your public library please feel free to email me.