Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Support Organics and Non-Genetically Engineered Crops

URGENT! Take Action Now!
Support Organics and Non-Genetically Engineered Crops
Cow Eating Hay
*Alfalfa is the main food for dairy cows, beef cattle and honey bees.
 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is about to announce its decision on deregulating genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa.* 
Do you believe organic and non-GE farmers have a right to grow foods without fear of contamination from genetically engineered crops? Do you want the choice to buy organic and non-GE products?
If so, please consider taking action immediately! Contact the USDA, the White House, and your Congressperson by Monday, January 24..
 1.Email the USDA and call the White House (202.456.1111) and tell them you support the COEXISTENCE option of conditional deregulation. 
2.Ask your Congressperson to contact House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas to express support for USDA Secretary Vilsack’s COEXISTENCE plan.
3.Share this with everyone you know and ask for their support.
 The COEXISTENCE option means the USDA would place restrictions on growing genetically engineered alfalfa to limit contamination of organic and non-GE crops. Find out the details on the USDA’s upcoming decision and background on the issue on our Whole Story blog. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Train like a Triathlete....(this is my new workout plan for the remaining weeks)


Mondays: Hit the pool* for an easy 10-minute warm up followed by 10 x 50 meters with 45 seconds rest in between. Cool off with another 10-minutes easy.
*A standard lap pool is about 25 meters from end to end.

Tuesdays: Lace up your running shoes and go out for 10 minutes at an easy clip. Then step up the pace for one minute, followed by a one-minute walk to recover. Repeat the run/walk four more times and follow with a walk or jog for 5-minutes to cool down. Then jump on a stationary or spin bike for 20 minutes.

Wednesdays: Back to the pool: Follow an easy 10-minute warm up with 10 x 50 meters with 45 seconds rest in between, then an easy 10-minute cool down.

Thursdays: Repeat the run workout from Wednesday, but do a total of eight run/walk repeats (instead of five). Follow that with a 30-minute bike ride.

Fridays: 45-minute easy bike ride, stationary cycle, or spin.

Saturdays: Easy run for 20 to 30 minutes.

Sundays: Rest day! Put your feet up and get ready for the upcoming week of training.

*Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1/25-2/17 I will be brushing up on my swimming.  It's been over 15 years since I last swam and I need to make sure I still can (LOL)

I'm BACK!!

Sorry for my long absence but GA was hit with a pretty bad ice & snow storm.  The kids have been out of school for 10 days straight and I've been out of work as well.  I have a new workout plan that I am going to start next week but I will post it shortly.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Day 8

Today I went to Dr Jockers whole foods tour at Harry's (it was GREAT!)  He provided a lot of helpful tips that you can also find out his website  You can tell this is his passion and he isn't doing it just for the money.  One of the important things I learned today is I want to eat only berries while trying to lose weight.  So I will limit the apples and oranges to once or twice a week.

Today for breakfast I had: 1 bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, 1% Organic Milk and oranges
snack: Roasted Cinnamon Almonds
Lunch: Grilled Cheese with Roast Beef on wheat bread, Sun Chips and apples
snack: a few all natural corn chips & Peach Ice tea
Dinner: all natural slice of pizza from Whole Foods and spinach salad
Dessert: 1 Dark Chocolate square

100 ounces of water
50 crunches

Friday, January 7, 2011

Day 7 (83 days left)

So I made it pass my first 7 days (YAY ME!!) that means I have 83 days to go!  Today I took it light, allowed my body to rest.  I had lunch with my children at there school, I made them an all natural HOT lunch (it feels really good to know that I am feeding my children healthy foods).  My son had an AMAZING week at school.  His teacher called me to tell me how GREAT! he has been in class.  She said something is really different about him, he is calm, focused and a joy to have in class.  (I thought I would NEVER hear those words LOL just kidding).  Changing his diet has been the best thing we did for our son.  (I will keep you posted to see if it was just a phase LOL just joking).

Breakfast:  1 whole wheat thin bagel, scrambled eggs with cheese and apple
Snack: Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
Lunch: Spaghetti (whole wheat noodles, sauce and ground turkey) and broccoli
Snack: Sun Chips
Snack: Graham Cracker with Peanut Butter, honey and cinnamon
Dinner: Broccoli & Cheese (had to have a very light dinner due to the extra snacks)

30 minutes of cardio (jump roping, jumping jacks, jogging in place & stairs -the kids worked out with me -a lot of FUN)

50 crunches on Pilate ball
100+ ounces of water

Tomorrow is the tour and I can't wait

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day 6

WOW!! I did it!! I ran on 5mph for 28 minutes, walked on 3.5mph for 12 minutes and burned over 400 calories in 40 minutes!!  GREAT! workout today!!  Tomorrow I will take it easy (I have to pace myself over these next few months).

Breakfast: 1 whole wheat thin bagel, scrambled eggs with cheese, turkey bacon and strawberries (everything all natural or organic)

Lunch: Chicken Salad (lettuce, tomatoes, chicken and ranch dressing) and Roasted Cinnamon Almonds

After workout snack: Carrots & Organic Peach Ice Tea

Dinner: (leftovers) Curry chicken, brown rice and broccoli

Very light snack: Sun Chips less than an ounce

100+ ounces of water
50 crunches on the Pilate ball
10 minutes of strength/weight training (I am glad I am done for this week)

8 more days until my first weigh-in (I can't wait LOL)  I feel a heck of a lot healthier just in these last few days :)

Drinking at least 32 oz REALLY works!!

Dr. Jockers said not only does drinking at least 32 ounces of water first thing in the morning, 30 minutes before eating increases your metabolism but helps you to go (lets say... # 2 or make a BM lol).  I always had issues going #2 on a regular basis.  I use to go #2 maybe once every 3-4 days (SO NOT HEALTH).  Every since I started my day with at least 32 ounces of water, I have been going at least TWICE A DAY!!!  This is HUGE for me!!  (boy has it been a load off LOL just begin silly)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day 5

Today I had a really good workout.  I usually walk on 3.5mph for a total of 12 minutes and 4.6 for 28 minutes.  Well today I had my mp3 player, was feeling good and ran on 5mph for 25 minutes, 4.6 for 3 minutes and walked my 12 minutes.  (Lets see if I can do it again tomorrow -NOT!! LOL just kidding)

Breakfast: 1 Thin whole wheat bagel, smoked turkey sausage & orange

Lunch: Whole Wheat Chicken wrap (All natural chicken, lettuce, tomatoes and very little mayo)

After workout snack: Nature Valley Granola Bar (I love these things!  Time to find another all nature snack besides fruits)

Snack: Apple & a handful of Roasted Cinnamon Almonds

Dinner: Curry Chicken and Green beans

Snack: 1.5 oz Sun Chips

(I really need to cut down on my snacking LOL)

100+ oz of water
50 crunches on Pilate ball (I'm getting better at this)
10 minutes strength/weight training

Going on a Whole Foods Shopping Tour with Dr. Jockers!!

I think I am WAY to excited to be going on a Whole Foods shopping tour with Dr. Jockers this Saturday at Harry's!!! (LOL) He is going to share his ideas on:

Alkalize Your Diet
Hidden Nutritional Secrets
Save Money on Your Groceries
Food Combining for Energy & Weight Loss
Lowest Pesticide vs. Highest Pesticide Foods
Best Herbs for Healing & Digestive Support
Recipes for Enjoyable Eating & Great Health
Can't wait! :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day 4

Today was back to school for the kids and back to work for me.  Boy am I exhausted!!  Today I had for Breakfast: 1 small slice of banana nut bread and strawberries
Snack: 1 banana
Lunch: 1 small salad (carrots, tomatoes, turkey and Olive Garden's Italian dressing)
After my workout I had a Nature Valley Granola Bar
Small snack:  a couple of Roasted Almonds with Cinnamon
Dinner: beef and broccoli
Dessert: Banana Nut Bread

over 100 ounces of water
40 minutes cardio (28 minutes jogging & 12 minutes walking)
50 crunches on the Pilate Ball

Monday, January 3, 2011

Day 3

Today was another good day!!  It's the day before the kids go back to school, so I did some running around, washed clothes and the housekeeper came over to help me out.  With such a busy day I lost track of time and missed lunch (not a good idea but by my surprised I wasn't hungry).

Breakfast: 2 1/2 eggs & banana

Snack: apple & Nature Vally Granola Bar

Dinner: Turkey; broccoli & 1 French Fry

Snack: Nature Vally Thin Granola Square

Dessert: 1 small slice of Banana Nut Bread

100+ ounces of water

50 crunches on Pilate ball

Finally watched Food Inc

I am glad I finally got a chance to watch Food Inc.  Watching this reconfirmed that we made the right decision to go All Natural/Organic.  Must see!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

WOW!! Did you know Coconut Oil is a GREAT! Fat burner?

I sure didn't!! I am listening to a weight loss podcast on and had to share!!  (1 tbsp a day)  and another great fat burner is drinking at least 32 ounces of water first thing in the morning.  (I will start them both in the morning LOL)  Okay I'm going back to listening to Dr. Jockers (LOL)

Day 2

Today I've been listening to a podcast from (AWESOME information!!)  Very informative, motivational and inspirational!!  Love it!! :)

Today for Breakfast I had: 2 (All Natural) eggs (it tasted SO good LOL), 1/2 (Organic) Chicken & Veggie Italian Sausage, apple, 1 cup of (Organic) Orange Juice with 1 tbsp of Probiotic

Had 50 ounce of water before noon (YES!!)

Lunch: Salad (tomatoes, carrots, turkey very little) and Italian dressing from Olive Garden (very little)

Snack: 1.5 oz Munchies

Dinner: Turkey, Cabbage, broccoli and Nature Valley Granola Bar

Snack: 1.5 oz Sun Chips

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Day 1

Well today was a pretty good day.  I went to the Whole Foods and learned so much more about why going Organic is the best way to go.  I am so happy we made this move for our family.  I just wished we had done it sooner (but I guess it's never to late).

For Breakfast I had:  2 eggs, strawberries
Snack:  1 banana
Lunch: Steak Taco from Taco Bell
Dinner: Spinach roll with chicken and steak (my sister made it and it was YUMMY!!)

25 crunches

My 10 Commitment

1. 5 servings of Fruits/Vegetable each day
2. Drink 90 ounces of water daily
3. 160 minutes of cardio each week
4. No more than 1500 calorie each day
5. 25 crunches on Pilate ball each day (add 25 more each week until I reach 100 crunches a day)
6. 20 minutes of weight training a week
7. No bad carbs 1 meal each day
8. Stretch before and after each work out
9. Reward myself with something new EVERY 10 lbs loss
10. Update Blog daily and Most Important of them all HAVE FUN "Finding Me!!"

My reward after my first 10 lbs loss will be a new pair of Uggs!

My Plan to losing 50 lbs in 90 days

Over the next 90 days I track my journey to "losing 50 lbs in 90 days".  I am starting off with 10 things I will commit to that will help me reach my goal, while adding 5 new commit each month.  I will weigh-in at my local Weight Watchers every two weeks but creating my own weight loss plan.  I am so excited to share my successes and challenges to you.  I believe this will hold me accountable for my actions and help me to stay focus on accomplishing this goal that has been a challenge to me for over 11 years.

Thank you and wish me luck!! (I surely will need it LOL)