Update On Low Carb Way Of Eating

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I’ve started another way of eating, (not going to say diet)! It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change for the long haul for good health and weight loss.

What Have I Lost In (One) Week?

 

 

 

I have lost 8.2 pounds! That’s the most I’ve ever lost on any eating plan (for one week). 🙂 I know you lose more on your first week on any program or healthy eating plan you go on.

I’m enjoying eating new things and also, my taste buds are changing. And I sure don’t go hungry, that’s for sure! =)

Below are photos of various meals I’ve been eating

Just A Quick Note Here: If you want to try low carb, you should watch the strawberries and carrots. Eat those maybe twice a week. DON’T eat them every day!!

Another Quick Note Here: With low carb, it’s easier when you dine out. You can have steak, chicken, beef (no bun), fish and most types of salads. However, when eating salads while eating out, tell them to hold the croutons! 😉

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I grabbed a quick burger at the Golden Arches and tossed the bun, ordered a side salid. Was a good meal. 🙂

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I’ve also been working out…I feel so much better when working out. 😉

Put On My Walking Shoes

heartvalentineWalking or any type of workout is great for the heart! 🙂 Grandma decided to get with it again.

Also good for your whole body, mind, mood, and pretty much good for everything! =)

Not sure why these pics ended up so small! lol 😮

I had a walking partner with me yesterday!

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My walking partner in the corn feild

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My son’s driveway…long, long! 🙂

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Me when I got back from walking…it wasn’t too bad. I think the temperature helped a lot, it wasn’t hot at all! 🙂

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Weight Loss Update – Good News and Not So Good News

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Yeah….Finally lost 30 pounds!! I’m feeling so much better too. 🙂

My last doctor’s appointment, I was taken off my blood pressure meds. I sure didn’t think I’d ever stop taking those1 LESS pill I have to take daily.

 
 
 
Read My Original Nutrisystem Post and Review Here

The Weight Loss Has Seemed So VERY Slow For Me!

However, my doctor said it is NOT! I’ve maintained a loss of 1 pound per week and that’s actually quite healthy.

Ok, I thought, well that’s great news! lol

Some Unexpected Health Stats Though


My cholesterol has been slightly elevated! 🙁 Wow!! The doc wants to check it again in January and to limit my fat intake and keep working out.

I was not giving a second thought about cholesterol on the labels, I was always checking the fat, calories, protein etc…!!

So then I began checking all the labels for cholesterol…and sure enough, most of the pasta food items had 25 to 30 MG of cholesterol. And I was of course eating a lot of their pastas. I also checked their other food items (that were not pasta items) and a lot of them had the same high cholesterol. 😮

The food is really good, don’t get me wrong!

However, I’m on my last batch of the food items and eating it every other day; and for the days I don’t eat the NS food, I have been eating healthy meals, fruits and veggies throughout the day.

Honestly, all the NS plan has really taught me was “PORTION CONTROL” and eating the small meals/snacks throughout the day…which IS good, and I’ve lost the 30 pounds. The plan has also gotten me super motivated! Another plus 🙂 🙂

I’m so determined to get this weight off, that I’ve saved some of the bars (which they are NOT high in cholesterol) and will be taking them with me on our upcoming vacation. I will eat those for lunch along with a small salad wherever we go. Also, where we are staying will have some walking trails, (that I will be checking out)! :p

So, all in all…it’s good news and some NOT SO good news here today for my weight loss update…

High motivation for getting healthier here for sure!

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Staying Fit with Your Grandkids

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Recently I read a study that said that kids who are around their grandparents a lot tend to be overweight! Why that is true is easy to understand. Grandparents typically give their grandkids snacks and treats parents would avoid and also are less active around their grandchildren. However you can change this alarming trend by encouraging your grandkids to stay fit right along with you. Here are some easy ideas for you and your grandkids to stay fit and healthy, no matter what your age is:

Healthy Snacking – While it is natural to want to give your grandkids fun treats you should try to avoid giving in to requests for candy and fast food. Instead, make eating right fun and tasty. Be sure to stock your refrigerator with kid friendly snacks like apple slices, fruit ice pops, crackers and cheese. For dessert offer to take the kids to get frozen yogurt instead of ice cream or cake. Or make oatmeal cookies with applesauce to cut down on the fat. There are lots of easy ways to make your home a healthy place to eat.


Exploring – Kids love to explore new places and see new things. Even a walk around your neighborhood can be an adventure if you look at it the right way. When your grandchildren come to visit why not take them for a walk? Go as slow as you need to. It is better to be moving then sitting still, no matter what speed that moving may be. As you walk point out interesting things. Teach your grandkids the names of flowers and how they grow. Talk about how big the trees are or what color the houses are. Keep an eye out for frogs and lizards. Talk about how ants work or bees. Discuss cloud formations, how you know a storm is coming, or what the wind smells like.

By sharing your knowledge with your grandkids you can help them better understand the world around them and still be active doing it. If you need to take a break sit down on a bench and send them on a scavenger hunt. They can stay in your view as they search for a purple leaf, a pink flower, a ladybug, something yellow or whatever idea you can come up with. You can even offer to time them as they race from one tree to another, see how long it takes then to do twenty jumping jacks or other active activities.

Bike Rides – A great low impact exercise, bike riding helps keep you fit and allows you to keep up with the grandkids. Kids love to go for bike rides. If you can, try to pick a route with few cars so you don’t have to worry about that. Parks and hike and bike trails make fun places for kids to ride. As you take it easy they can roar through puddles, jump over hills, and skid to a stop. Or go long distance and turn it into an expedition. If you give kids a fun destination to shoot for, like the yogurt shop or the playground, they will go further than you think without complaining. You can even bike to the zoo or the children’s museum if you are close enough.

Stretching – Being active does not have to mean being outside. Sometimes the weather just does not cooperate with you. However if you are stuck indoors that does not mean you have to spend your day in front of the television. Stretching and yoga can be a fun way for you and your grandkids to work out together. Even kids need to work on their flexibility or they will lose it. Help them to stay calm and focused as they hold the stretches. If giving directions is not your forte, pop in a tape or download one that shows you both how to do it the right way. You can laugh and have fun as you strain, balance, and tangle yourselves up trying to reach those ‘easy’ positions.

You can also go back to the basics by teaching them how to do sit-ups, push-ups, leg lifts, and other simple floor exercises. Count how many you can both do and turn it into a game.

Active Games – Speaking of games, there are tons of active games that you can play with your grandkids. Think about your childhood. You didn’t spend hours sitting in front of the computer or television. You were always up and active. What did you like to do for fun? Play catch, hopscotch, Simon Says, Red Light- Green Light, badminton, croquet, darts, basketball, kickball, jump rope, kick the can, hula hoop and much more. There are so many old games that you can play with practically nothing but imagination. If you don’t have a ball to play with then wad up a piece of paper. No dartboard? Draw one and throw sharpened pencils at an empty box. No jump rope? Any rope will do.

Even running around trying to keep a balloon from touching the ground is an active game that kids love. Volleyball, table tennis, horseshoes, bowling and more can be done with things just lying around the house. Make up ‘fair’ games with empty canned goods. Set up a shooting gallery with a water gun and paper cutouts. Whatever you do stay moving and active.

Make Believe – Kids love stories and they love them even more when they can be involved. One way to get kids active and moving is to play Army. Maybe you were in the military or maybe you just watched a lot of war movies but you are sure to impress your grandkids as you train them in Grandparent Bootcamp! Pretend that you are a Sargent training a new recruit. Stand up tall, put your hands behind your back and start barking orders.

Make sure the kids know you are just playing by giving them a smile or wink every once in a while. Insist they say “yes, sir” and salute when you give an order. Have them crawl through obstacle courses like your kitchen table and chairs, scout out the enemy (your neighbor’s cat), make up camp with a sheet and some clothespins, and march in time to a song. You can even put them to work if you would like. Have them rake the leaves (looking for mines) or wash the dishes (KP duty). Together you can go on a march (take a walk) and keep a lookout for suspicious activity and signs of the enemy. A broken branch, a ripped leaf and a lost shoe can all be signs the enemy is near. Let the kids have fun playing soldier and making everything an adventure.

These are just a few of the fun ways you and your grandkids can stay active and healthy together. Staying fit does not mean you have to run on a treadmill or hit the gym. Instead take little steps towards a healthier lifestyle and make it fun. You and the kids are much more likely to keep it up if you both enjoy it.

Author Byline:

Blogging for was a natural progression for Allison once she graduated from college, as it allowed her to combine her two passions: writing and children. She has enjoyed furthering her writing career with www.nannyclassifieds.com. She can be in touch through e-mail allisonDOTnannyclassifiedsATgmailDOTcom

My Progress Report – Lifestyle and Healthy Changes

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Well here it is a whole 9 days late with my weight loss progress report. A lot has been going on recently; you know; life just gets in the way sometimes. 😉

 

 

—->>> For folks that have not read my NutriSystem review, here you go; you can read that Here….Includes pics of some of the food itself and also my “before” pics 🙂

For the most part, I’m happy with my continued progress on the Nutrisystem plan. I think I should have been losing much quicker, however, hey; that’s about 75% of the population’s complaints when dieting. I have to remind myself too that I’m still in the process of menopause, yep! lol that definitely makes a bit of a difference.


Right up front, I’m still having a few days when I don’t consume enough water. I will have to practice some more discipline in that area. I always take out 2 or 3 bottles of water out of the ice box every morning after my work outs and place them on my desk right next to my to do list. (Still, it’s hard getting the water down even with it in front of me). I get so very busy with my work, and a lot of days, I just don’t drink the water I’m supposed to. 🙁

I’ve lost a total of 20.2 pounds since March 11th. I hear of various NS members losing more consistently. They could be much heavier than I am and thus, have more to lose. That does have an impact on how fast you lose.

I have about 1/2 box of food left and my next shipment will be coming soon. I’m seriously thinking of stopping the NutriSystem plan and just eat more healthy foods and eat small portions more often throughout my days.

And above ALL else, keep up with the workouts and meet that goal of consuming a certain amount of water every single day! I HAVE to do it. 🙂 I also will be eating a few Healthy Choice or Weight Watchers meals over the course of the weeks ahead.

So, here’s to some more healthy eating for 2013!

Thank you for reading my progress report! 🙂

Another Report Will Follow! 😉

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Grandma’s Daily Walks – Getting More Active and Healthy

 

 

 

 

Grandma has been taking a little time out of her work day to walk “outdoors.” I feel SO MUCH better when I’m active, and I’m going to stay active. I do a video workout every morning @ 5AM as well. This activity is not only awesome for my health; it’s excellent for my depression too. It clears my mind and also gives me motivation in many different areas. My health, weight loss, my business, and ME TIME too! I will walk until it gets icy cold outside. And then, I’ll add another workout to my daily schedule. =)

So, Granny has been “stopping to smell the roses” (don’t you love that idiom??), lol AND enjoying and appreciating the outdoors and life!

My son is always saying, “Mom you’re too sheltered, you need to get out and get some activity!” And you know, he’s so right! Even though I do the workouts in the morning. This gives me a good break from sitting in my office all day (which is not good for anyone of any age)! So now, he can no longer say this to me LOL !!

Looking into the foreseeable future and getting fit; maybe I can even get off of some of my medications I’ve been taking all these years?? (At the moment), I feel like taking on the challenge. 🙂 Time will tell. I feel awesome that I’m doing something for my health and for ME!

I’ve been walking approximately 3 miles every week day 🙂

You can see a full article I wrote for one of the blogs I write for on some good benefits of walking Here

Look and Feel Your Best at Any Age – Grandmothers Included Guest Post

 

 

 

There’s a saying that age is just a number, and now, perhaps more than ever, it’s especially true. Don’t be tied to preconceived notions about how people your age should look or act. Take steps to look and feel your best, regardless of how many birthdays you have had!

1. Be active

 

 

 

Incorporating physical activity into your usual routine is a great way to maintain your weight and keep you looking your best. Plus, it also helps ward off many health concerns, from heart disease to diabetes. The Center for Disease Control recommends adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. In addition, two sessions of strength training help tone and develop muscles. Try joining or starting a running or walking club with others in your neighborhood if you’re having a hard time finding the motivation to get started.


2. Enhance your look

If you feel like your youthful appearance is disappearing, there are plenty of ways to preserve it and keep yourself looking as good as you feel. A non-invasive procedure like an eyelift can make a huge difference and give you a confidence boost. In addition, consider revamping your wardrobe. Although you won’t be turning to today’s teen fashions to make yourself look younger, you can find stylish clothing that is flattering and age-appropriate.

3. Eat well

The foods you eat have a big impact on both how you look and how you feel. Eating a healthy diet helps you manage your weight. Keeping your diet free from foods that sap your energy helps you feel ready to tackle anything. A healthy diet should include plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Try a new recipe, like a quinoa salad or a Turkish red lentil soup.

4. Manage stress

Feelings of stress can spill over into the rest of your life. Instead of dwelling on things that cause you stress, find outlets to let you relieve that tension. Look for local coupons that let you try out a new yoga studio or pottery class. If you’re more of an introvert, find some instrumental music you like and play it while you sit quietly and meditate for at least 10 minutes each day. Learning stillness can help you focus your attention and remember that stressful situations in your life aren’t going to take over.

5. Maintain a positive attitude

Having a negative attitude about yourself is sure to spill over into how you carry yourself and how you feel on a daily basis. Find friends who make you feel positive and who focus on the good things in life rather than the bad to help support your own positive outlook. You don’t have to be that perfect person your mother may have led you to believe you needed to be. Embrace who you are and enjoy the life you have.

Developing healthy patterns in your daily routines has a huge impact on how you look and feel. Say no to complacency and get out there to make the most of every day, week, month and year, regardless of your age. You might just feel like you turned back the clock a few years.

Danielle, who loves blogging about her favorite brands in her spare time, is an avid yogi and a true believer in positive thinking. She enjoys trying out all the latest trends in beauty. Her latest endeavor has been researching non-invasive eyelifts and stress relieving tactics. Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com.

Grandma Fitness @ 5:00 AM

Hi there,

I’ve gotten back into my morning workouts. Been negligent in this area for the past couple of months. 😉

I always feel better when I workout!

Just wanted to share with you the workout I do every morning. Watch the short video below…

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My first tape has worn out and I had to purchase a new one! LOL

Working out with videos in your home is great. However, whenever you get a chance, and the weather is good, get out and take a brisk walk. The weather right now is ideal for this with fall approaching. 🙂

I have to keep working out to keep up with my grandson! lol


Natural Alternatives to Antidepressants

By: Aurelia WilliamsCertified Personal Life Coach and one of our Guest Bloggers

I thought the following article would be useful to our readers, and also would be fitting to add to the Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Page 😉

I have found “Evening Primerose Oil” to be helpful to me with bouts of depression, especially going through menopause.

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It’s not unusual for people to feel a little down now and again. For some people suffering from depression, antidepressants may not be a favorable remedy. Some may prefer to find more natural alternatives to antidepressants. If you’ve been feeling down more often than usual you’ll want to talk with a doctor before taking any natural or prescription remedies to combat depression. While a doctor may give you a prescription, there are also some natural anti-depressants you can try.

Many people choose natural alternatives to antidepressants because they are believed to have fewer side effects. It is important to speak with your doctor before doing so, however, because some herbs can have an adverse reaction with medicines you’re already taking. Natural remedies can have drug interactions which could be dangerous so please keep that in mind before choosing one of these natural alternatives to antidepressants.

St. John’s Wort has been used as a natural anti-depressant for centuries in European countries. While there are some studies showing St. John’s Wort to be effective in treating depression, other studies claim the herb to be ineffective. Certain prescription drugs may also interact with St. John’s Wort so you’ll want to check with a doctor before taking this herbal remedy.

You may also want to seek the help of a qualified acupuncturist. Acupuncture uses very tiny needles pushed into the skin at specific points in the body. The Chinese use this method of treatment to control symptoms, treat illnesses and improve a person’s overall health. Tiny needles are placed into the skin and it is believed to help treat symptoms of depression including fatigue, appetite changes and insomnia. It will also help improve a person’s mood.

Many people experience bouts of depression as the weather changes and days shorten. This condition, called Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a form of depression which can be treated by light therapy. This is a great natural alternatives to antidepressants and the treatment basically uses a specific type of fluorescent light to approximate a sunny day. The added light allows the body to produce the correct amounts of serotonin and melatonin which are required to boost mood and allow for proper sleep patterns in the winter months.

Getting outdoors in direct natural sunlight for at least 15 to 45 minutes a day without sunscreen can also improve a person’s mood and help combat depression. The sun helps the body replenish its level of vitamin D which is necessary to increase the serotonin levels in the brain. Of course, if you can’t get outdoors or use special lighting, you can also use a vitamin D supplement.

Don’t forget that what you eat may affect you depression symptoms. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are believed to improve the anti-depressive ability of other treatments. Other foods which are believed to affect depression are walnuts, dark chocolate, turkey, Cheddar and Swiss cheese, spinach, whole wheat and citrus fruits. You may also want to change to a natural sweetener such as agave nectar or maple syrup.

Meditation is another natural alternatives to antidepressants to consider. There have been a number of medical studies related to meditation and its effect on one’s health. Meditation is believed to help you feel more at peace and release negative thoughts which can plague those with depression.

Many people suffer from depression throughout the year. Not everyone wants to take prescription medications because there are so many side effects.

You may want to research the above options. These may be the natural anti-depressant you’re looking for to treat your own symptoms of depression.
Using one or many of the above natural alternatives to antidepressants can help you to feel better both physically and mentally. Be sure to consult your physician if your depression symptoms linger.

Think you can’t do much in 20 minutes? Schedule a free 20 minute coaching consultation , with certified Personal Life Coach Aurelia Williams and start forming your plan of action today!

6 Fitness and Weight Loss Tips For Healthy Grandmothers

Who says since you are a grandmother that you are old and you should slow down? Now if you are 75+ years of age and you have a set of health issues, then of course yes, you should limit your activities and take it easy.

However if you are in your 50’s or 60’s (the normal age when most people become grandparents), and if you don’t have health issues that limit you from certain daily activities, you should challenge yourself to being fit and hip with the best of them.

Tip #1 The first and most important tip is to start on a health fitness program way BEFORE you become a grandmother. If you’ve engaged in daily exercise and healthy eating habits from an early age, then being a grandparent should be a pleasant experience for you. Therefore, you should have no problem keeping up with your grandchildren and participating in various activities. Planning ahead and looking forward to being with them should give you the incentive to being as healthy as possible.

Tip #2 After becoming a grandparent, if your health and fitness habits have been sluggish, It’s NOT too late to change that. It’s never too late to practice healthy eating habits. It’s also a good time to start on a walking program. Of course it’s advised to consult with your doctor first before beginning any exercise or walking routines.

Tip #3 Making small bite-sized weight loss and fitness goals is the right choice for anyone that is trying to lose a few pounds or even to just become healthier. If you attempt making huge impossible goals, it is more than likely that you will not succeed with these. Rome was not built in a day come on, let’s get reasonable! When setting personal health goals for yourself, make them in small increments. You are more likely to achieve small goals and also you have less of a chance for set backs.

Tip #4 If you are a grandmother and you are trying very hard to lose weight, you really do need to be careful on how fast you lose it. Dehydration can be a big issue with the elderly while losing weight as well. It’s best to lose and also add any new activities slowly.

Tip #5 Staying as active as you can will most definitely have an impact on your memory when you are older. Couch potato Grandmothers have much more of a chance of having alzheimer’s than ones that are fit and active. The more active you are, the better your blood and oxygen travels to your brain. So, above all else, try your best to stay active. This is of course true for ANYONE, but it goes double for the elderly.

Tip #6 Lastly, but certainly not least, you need to consult your physician BEFORE beginning any weight loss or exercise programs. Especially if you take medication, you could very well do your body more harm than good. It’s always best to be safe and check with your doctor.

I can’t think of a better reason to get and stay healthy, than for your grandchildren. Of course you want to be an active participant in their lives. The more healthier you are, the better chances there are for that to happen.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

Tammy is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. You can find more weight loss, fitness, and grandparenting articles, tips, and more at Grandma’s Home Blogger Place

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