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July 2012

Challenge

90-Day Challenge: Day 89

July 31, 2012 • By

Okay, as promised, I am back.  Okay, it’s only the second day of my challenge so, it’s easy to keep my word, for now.

Yesterday started off well.  I am actually using a points app to keep track of my eating so, I know when I’m doing well or poorly.  Breakfast and lunch were actually pretty okay.  I had bacon, yogurt and fruit for breakfast and had a nice, healthy salad for lunch (I don’t do bacon, cheese or heavy dressings).  According to my, I get quite a good number of points to use and I was well below them.

Then, the quandary hit.  This will be another crazy week so, we handn’t prepared a meal.  As a result, we opted to order a family meal from Bob Evans – Turkey, dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, cranberries, gravy and dinner rolls.  So, guess what I did.  I managed to blow past all the points I had for dinner.  Oh, did I mention the butter pecan ice cream I had for dessert?

Fortunately, I was able to dip into the weekly points you also get for just such an emergency.

I am proud of one thing in all this.  I got up off my butt and went for a real walk.  I mean a really brisk walk, for 3.5 miles.  As a result, I was able to get back 20 points for the day.

Still, why risk it?  I see that part of the challenge is not only to challenge myself physically but, to also challenge myself mentally to make better decisions, particularly when I know what the outcomes are (weight loss or gain).  So, today, I am working on the 6 steps I shared yesterday but, will be working on the mentality that should come along with following those steps.

Off I go!


Diet & Exercise

Spice may reduce diabetes risk

July 30, 2012 • By

Want to reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes?  Researcher have found that a component found in curry spice may help with that goal:

Researchers, whose results were published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that over nine months, a daily dose of curcumin seemed to prevent new cases of diabetes among people with so-called prediabetes – abnormally high blood sugar levels that may progress to full-blown type 2 diabetes.

Curcumin is a compound in turmeric spice. Previous lab research has suggested it can fight inflammation and so-called oxidative damage to body cells. Those two processes are thought to feed a range of diseases, including type 2 diabetes.

More research is still needed to determine if this is truly as helpful as researchers hope.  However, changes in diet and exercise habits have proven to be beneficial in staving off the onset of diabetes.  So, adding spice to your meals may help but, healthier eating and workouts will do wonders, also.


Challenge

90-Day Challenge: Day 90 — The Beginning

July 30, 2012 • By

Not, this is not me posting the results of some 90-day challenge.  This is me at the very beginning.  I am in a very different place, mentally, than I was a year ago.  I was pumped, motivated and ready for a challenge.  These days, I am more ready for a nap.

Yesterday, I went to church and, believe it or not, the message was about fitness and taking care of one’s body.  They offered up the notion of a 90-day challenge.  The difference with what I saw with this one is that it was kind of open to what the person wanted to do to better his/her fitness.  So, I’m taking up my own challenge.  I’m calling it my “90 Days to Better Health Habits” challenge.  I am calling this Day 90 and will be counting down.

You see, it’s not me saying I am going to lose X pounds in this 90 days or be down to this pant size.  Instead, I want to take 90 days to get back my motivation toward healthy habits.  So, over the next 90 days, my goals are to:

  1. Cut out sugary soft drinks
  2. Seriously curtail my fast food intake (to 1 time per week or less)
  3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
  4. Exercise 3-5 times per week
  5. Have at least one serving of fruits and/or vegetables with every meal ( a real serving, not just a couple of spoonfuls of green beans or corn)
  6. Post my progress every day, good or bad.

So, I am going with a simple approach to getting back into better habits.  I don’t do complicated very well when it comes to my health so, for the next 90 days, I am going to go with these 6 basics.  I fully expect there to be days when I drop the ball but, it is my hope that, at the end of these 90 days, I will have created a better set of habits.

I also invite you to take up your own challenge.  Feel free to use any or all of the ones I am using (you can post in the comments here if you’d like to share your progress) or you can make up your own.  The point is to try to create healthier habits.  We only get one go around so, let’s make it a good and healthy one.


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