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March To Blogher – A Trip to the Dietician

1st March 2012

Happy March my friends.

I’m starting a new thing on here that I’m calling March to Blogher.

What is it?

I’m planning on going to Blogher in August, and like most people, I want to look my best when I’m surrounded by hundreds (thousands) of fabulous bloggers that I adore and respect. So, I’m giving myself a challenge and calling it March to Blogher!

The real long-term goal here is to get healthy and get to a healthy weight. Will I get to my goal by Blogher – sadly, no because I have too much to lose. However I can make a great dent in it for sure, and I know I can make a difference in how I feel overall.

Since it’s March 1st, I’m starting today and plan to blog every week on Thursday, and I would LOVE for you to join me.

You don’t have to be doing a certain diet or losing a certain amount or anything like that. You can write about anything that you’re doing each week to get healthier – it’s up to you. It’s really about supporting each other, no matter what plan you are following or exercise you’re doing and inevitably, we can all learn from each other’s success and failures. So, if you would like to join me, grab a badge (badge to come!) and sign up using the linky below – hopefully, once this gets going, there will be several of us supporting each other and finding each other through the linky.

And if not, I’ll be here doing it on my own. Ahem.

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SO, yesterday I had an appointment with a dietician for the first time. She was really sweet and honest and it was an eye opener for sure. She asked me some basic questions, then asked me what I ate during the day and how often, etc. She was kind of shocked by what I told her and I was kind of shocked by what she told me – we schooled each other basically.

What did I learn?

Surprisingly, she told me that I was not eating enough and wasn’t eating meals spaced throughout the day so that my metabolism would work properly. She also said I have to give up Diet Coke, which I knew but it’s hard to hear regardless. I was actually expecting really strict rules and guidelines from her but that’s not what I got at all. What she suggested is very doable and realistic and it all made sense. I’m going to visit her once a month, and we’ll tweak the guidelines if needed then.

Here are the actual recommendations she gave me and honestly, I think they’ll work for anyone so please feel free to use them as well.

  • Eat 3 meals and 2-3 snacks spaced 3-4 hours apart – This one is crucial for me because my metabolism is totally screwed up right now. Also, when you don’t eat regularly, your body just holds onto everything on your body for dear life because it’s in starvation mode – ie. it’s much harder to lose weight.
  • Eat from 3 of the 4 food groups for meals, and eat 2 of the 4 food groups for snacks – The food groups I mention are those in Canada’s Food Guide. She told me that there is a lot of science behind the food guide and so as long as I follow the suggested serving sizes, that counting calories wasn’t actually necessary. She said that the goal is to get into a pattern where you are eating the right amount from the recommended food groups – this essentially cuts out junk food, sugar, crap and the like. She also mentioned that being able to eat like this is very sustainable for a healthy lifestyle long-term.
  • Eat breakfast within one hour of waking up – This one is key and she said it’s super important to eat within an hour of waking up to get your metabolism going.
  • If eating an evening snack (and an insomniac like me) eat a starch and dairy – When I mentioned I wasn’t sleeping, she suggested I eat a snack that contained one serving of starch and one dairy, to help me sleep.
  • Drink water as your main beverage – If I’m feeling bloated it means I’ve had way too much salt – water will help get rid of that water your body is holding on to, and water is essential to being healthy.
  • Walk daily or exercise in some way every day – She suggested I start slow, with ten minutes and add to it every day until I can get to at least 30 minutes.
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night – She couldn’t believe how little I was sleeping and said that unless I start sleeping more hours, weight loss will be harder to achieve.
She also made a point of telling me that I should be losing 2 pounds a week MAX. In the first couple of weeks, the numbers may be higher because my body will inevitably drop water weight that it has probably been holding on to, however it should level out after that. Losing more than two pounds a week really affects your skin’s ability to bounce back and results in loose skin that so many people have when losing large amounts of weight quickly. Loose skin – me no likey.

So the plan for this first week? Incorporate the recommendations that the dietician gave me, drink water as my main drink and lots of it, and move/work out every day in some way, and we’ll see what happens. Are you working on getting healthier? It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting or have been at it for a while, link up so that I can visit and support you too!

Five months to go until Blogher!! I would love it if you would join me!

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Ubisoft Your Shape Xbox Kinect Game – Review & Giveaway

14th March 2011

It’s amazing how many options now exist when working out at home.

Your Shape for the Xbox Kinect is actually the first workout game that my kids and I have had a chance to try out on the Xbox 360. As with all the Kinect games, you require no controller – just room to move, so that the sensors can properly read you.

Your Shape begins by allowing you to create your profile, and it literally scans your body to take measurements, which will then be used to tailor exercises for you. The kids were AMAZED by the body scanning – they got to see Mommy’s “bones” so it was a thrill for them. Less thrilling for me was the very realistic reflection looking back at me during the workout – not pretty at all. Also, a huge eye-opener, as if I need yet another one.

The game is separated into three different fitness modes – Personal Training, Fitness Classes, and Gym Games. The Training is the main part of Your Shape, where you work along with a trainer on over 80 different exercises routines. It is extremely accurate, and it had no problem reading my every move. The Fitness Classes include Cardio Boxing and Zen – loved the cardio boxing routine that I tried out. It was really fun, and a great workout. Finally, the Gym Glasses were the biggest hit with my kids, and again, really fun.

I think this is a great option for working out at home, and a family-friendly one too!!

GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to  and Ubisoft, I have ONE copy of the Your Shape Fitness Evolved fitness game for one lucky winner!

ENTRY:

1. Leave me a comment below telling me your favorite way to workout!

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2. Follow me on Google Friend Connect, or let me know if you do.

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RULES:

This giveaway runs from March 14 to March 21, 2011, at 5:00p.m. EST

Winner will be chosen randomly using Random.org

Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents.

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While Ubisoft sponsored this review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. UbisoftClever Girls Collective and I promoteBlog With Integrity.

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UPDATE: CONGRATS TO #54 – SAMANTHA @imaclutz89 –  THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!! Look for more great giveaways coming up!!

It’s Ugi Time!

8th March 2011

Look what I got in the mail!

It’s Ugi Time!!

Ugi is a company created by three Canadian moms who wanted a “challenging, effective and sustainable workout that could fit into their busy lifestyles.”

So what is the Ugi philosophy? I’m going to quote their site here:

  • It is all about you.
  • It is about working out for real life, for health and happiness.
  • It’s functional training that helps you operate better and feel better every day.
  • It’s health training that helps you benefit from the relationship between good eating and exercise.
  • It’s happiness training, that helps you get more joy out of each minute, based on the idea that there are 1,440 minutes in every day, and if you use 30 of them for physical activity, the other 1,410 feel better.
  • So Ugi is really about helping you make small choices that add up to big, realistic results.

I was sent the Ugi at Home set, which includes the 8lb Ugi ball, an easy-to-follow workout guide, a five day workout dvd, and a guide to making good food choices, access to the online library and a free Ugi timer iPhone app.

I’m going to be using the Ugi for the next six weeks – a program that involves 30 minutes a day – 30 exercises – 1 piece of equipment.

I’m looking forward to blogging about my experience.

For more information about Ugi -check out their site, on Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy their promo below:

 

UGI Promo from Adam Rootman on Vimeo.

Weight Watchers Points Plus – Week Three

24th January 2011

Week Three was le suck.

I had a bad week – It’s that hellish time of the month, I didn’t follow the plan 100% and worse, I didn’t keep track of my food the entire time.

I didn’t exercise. I blame the new treadmill, which up until a couple of days ago, was just a huge dirty box in my front hall.

I would also like to blame the fact that trying to assemble the beast was trying at best. Also, we don’t really have a home for this treadmill that is much, much bigger than I initially thought, so it’s sitting in the middle of our playroom/tv room and I hate it.

It’s a hideous monstrosity. (Yes, making excuses for my failure is my specialty -thank you for asking).

Anyway, by some miracle, I didn’t gain any weight (I didn’t lose any either) so it’s a tie I suppose.

Blah.

I did want to also talk about a couple of new shows that I’ve been watching about weight loss – HEAVY and I USED TO BE FAT.

I’m not sure if you’ve seen either show, but they are really worth checking out.

I USED TO BE FAT is on MTV and follows younger adults who are transitioning from high school to college and need to lose weight. They get a trainer, who works with them every day for approx. 3 months to try to “give them their life back.” The only thing I don’t love is that most of these kids need to lose about90-100 pounds which equals 1 pound a day, and they are led to think that it’s possible and “normal” to lose that. I think that’s crazy talk. The most recent episode involved this sad, beautiful blonde girl, who needed to lose 100 pounds in that amount of time, but was disappointed when she only lost 50 (which is amazing in my book). The great thing was that they followed up with her three months later, and she continued on her own and lost another 25 – again, amazing. I think the great thing about the follow up was the change in her mental state, from a sad girl who didn’t think she could do it, to this strong, independent women. Despite the unrealistic expectations that some of the trainers use, I think it’s a great show.

The other show is called HEAVY on A&E and I really like this show – much better than The Biggest Loser. This show follows two morbidly obese individuals, who are in a life and death situation in terms of their weight. It’s not a competition, there are no prizes – it’s sole purpose is to help two people get healthy and lose weight. I love that the two individuals can work together to support each other as well. It’s a great, inspiring show with POSITIVE, trainers that are there to do their jobs, and not become household names/personas.

If you enjoy this type of show, and find them entertaining or inspiring, I think they are definitely worth checking out.

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Things I did right:

  • Still pondering this one

Things I did wrong:

  • Didn’t track my food
  • Didn’t drink enough water
  • Didn’t exercise
  • Didn’t get enough sleep
  • I could go on for days

What did I lose:

The big ZERO (I didn’t gain – miracles do happen)

Total Weight Loss:

8.5 lbs

HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?

 

Cute is a thing of the past (a.k.a. Holy Crap I’m Fat!)

23rd June 2009

OK, so I used to be cute. USED TO BE. Its a thing of the past these days. It happens to people all the time. It happened to me. It happened slowly, so I didn’t really realize it was actually happening at first. But it happened.

Back in 2000, when I got married, I was young and happy and cute and THIN. I was able to wear anything in the size 6-8 range, and it was relatively easy to shop for clothes. Of course, I actually didn’t realize how thin I was. I thought I was fat. Yup, I was one of those annoying girls who would always complain about being too fat. “I’m sooooooo fat. I can’t believe how fat I am. I weigh 135 pounds and I’m 5’7″ – I’m sooooooo huge.” If I could go back in time and slap that stupid biatch I would!!! GET IN LINE!!!

I came from a very traditional home where Mom cooked, the daughters cleaned and lived at home until they got married. Sort of like a prison sentence, but more like wearing an ankle monitor under house arrest. It was our parents way of protecting us from any sort of reality. Thankfully, I went to school full-time, plus had two jobs so I could ensure some sort of social life. Girl’s gotta dance! Unfortunately, my parents, both of whom are excellent cooks, never really bothered to pass along their mad skills. I didn’t realize the implications of this until I got married.  Poor guy assumed I would be ready to feed his ass the minute we said “I do”. (Oh, and technically we didn’t actually say ‘I do’  because you don’t speak during an Orthodox wedding ceremony, but that’s a whole other post).

So fast forward to married life. During meal times, I pretended I knew what I was doing; we would just stare at each other for inspiration, then give up and go out for dinner.  We did that alot. As anyone can expect that began the slow weight gain that took over. All it takes is a pound here, a pound there, 5 pounds a year and before you know it, you are HUGE.

Then April 2003 I found out I was pregnant with my son. I was already overweight so gaining 30 pounds during my pregnancy was difficult to deal with. Of course, I didn’t truly notice (ie. pay attention to) how big I really was until after I gave birth that December. The first week I was completely consumed with my baby, but then I got a glimpse of myself in the mirror and couldn’t believe what I saw. It was my first realization that I was HUGE. A year later, I decided to do something about it and joined a weight loss program that focuses on eating very low calorie (less than 800) while they inject you with “vitamins” so you don’t die on their watch. It was very effective. They tell you not to exercise because it will affect your weight loss – AWESOME! Of course, you get so weak, your hair falls out and your skin gets so dry that exercise is the furthest thing from your mind. I did that for 6 weeks and lost 40 pounds. It was great, I was thin again and I got complemented a hundred times a day. The fact that my muscle mass and metabolism were destroyed didn’t really factor in because I was back baby! I was shopping like crazy and hiding my bags so the hubby wouldn’t have a coronary – it felt great!

Fast forward to pregancy #2 with my daughter in 2006 – I still looked great and gained about 20 pounds with the baby. I was 25 pounds less with this pregnancy and I heard about it constantly. Anyone and everyone loved to point out how much smaller I was with this baby. “You look great. Much better than last time!” Seriously, can you keep you rude, bitchy and RUDE comments to yourself! When did it become ok for virtual strangers to tell you their opinion of what you look like. Seriously, MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. I am a pregnant woman – I AM ON THE EDGE. Don’t push me or you may end up eating one or both of my feet, through your ass!

After my daughter’s birth I noticed a major change in my ability to deal with things. I had had post-partum with my first son, but chose not to take the pills my doctor suggested I take. The second time around, I didn’t mention it to my doctor at all. In fact, I lied and told him that all was fine and well. But it wasn’t and truth be told, I still feel the same way sometimes, although most days it doesn’t really affect my ability to function. And how is that you might ask? Well, I have successfully self-medicated for the last 2 1/2 years with food.

I eat when I’m happy, when I’m pissed off, when I’m bummed, alone, tired, stressed, bored and for no reason whatsoever. I never really understood this phenomenon until it actually happened to me. I always thought it was the oddest thing that people would eat when they weren’t hungry. Weirdos. That is just craziness. The funniest thing is that I don’t even get any enjoyment out of it at all. None. I’ve done this for so long, that I forget what its like to eat things that I enjoy, and then stop to actually enjoy them. That sounds pathetic right? I agree with you.

So here I am, very overweight and very annoyed with myself. I need to lose this weight for my health, for my kids, for my sanity. I’m tired of my fatness being something that I have to think about all day long, every single day. I would rather think about Jeffrey Dean Morgan instead – seriously the man is a GOD, how could you not? I’m tired of having a list of things I want to do, WHEN I lose the weight. I am at the point where I MUST lose this weight – I’m really tired of wearing my fat uniform, day in and day out. I’m tired of guys not checking me out anymore – the good old days of being a yummy mummy are long gone. No longer a MILF, I’m more like a MILRASBM (Mother I would Like to Run Away from Screaming Bloody Murder). Not really what I was going for.

I’m ready to start this – I have all the tools to get started. My only problem now is that although I have the motivation to do it, I need the willpower. I need to turn off that voice in my head that says I can’t do it. I need it to stop telling me I’m a failure, and instead tell me that every pound lost counts even if it is a slow process. I need support from people going through it, who have gone through it and have succeeded – I need some warriors on my side.

Are you a work in progress? A Success Story? A Mommy who needs some support of her own? I would love to hear from all of you. I need all the support, encouragement and laughs I can get. I’m done crying about this – if anything is going to get me through it, its going to be my sense of humour!

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