Fat to Fit at 59

My quest to lose 50 pounds in 150 days. (Now that you know about it, I'm committed.)

Day 79—Comfortable In Our Skin February 2, 2010

Gabourey Sidibe, Oscar nominee for "Precious"

I came home from the barn this morning just as Anne Hathaway and (someone) were announcing the Oscar nominees on GMA.

First, let me say that I’m disappointed that “Precious” never came to my hometown and I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to catch the movie on DVD. So I have nothing to base my admiration on except for the couple of times I’ve seen 26-year-old Gabourey Sidibe in brief interviews. But I find her so charming and down to earth. And even though she’s heavy, she emits an aura of being comfortable in her skin. I like that. And I can’t wait to see the movie.

Have you seen it? Tell us what you think!

Oh BTW, my exercise routine today consisted of 1 hr 45 minutes of stall cleaning and hay hefting. Hope to get to the strength training routine in a bit…

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Day 76—Half-Way Weigh-In January 30, 2010

It's drum roll day—again.

I’m amazed that I’ve already reached the half-way mark in my 150-day quest to lose 50 pounds. And it’s evident from the chart below that unless I do something drastic (does The Biggest Loser have an opening??),  I’m not going to be achieving that goal.

And yet, I’ve achieved other goals:

1. To be more aware of my health and fitness, and do more to be better to myself

2. To form a community of sorts to help and support each other

3. To give myself a daily writing fix

4. (I hope) to stir a chuckle or some other pleasant emotion in you

So thanks for reading, thanks for contributing and thanks for helping ME out. I’m not giving up (6.6 pounds is less than I’d hoped for, but it’s still loss)! Start that drum roll…

Weigh-in history:

Date    Weight    BodyFat  BodyH2O

Today       193         29.5      44

1/18/10     193        30.0%   43.0%

1/4/10     194        29.5%   43.5%

12/15      195.2      27.5     44.0

12/7        196.6     30.5     43.0

12/1        197.6      30        43.0

11/23      196.2      29        43.5

11/16      199.6       31        42.5

 

Day 75—Slimbesity: You Can Be Slim Yet Still Be Obese January 29, 2010

Can we look this slim and yet still be obese?

The old saying is true: Looks can be deceiving. We can be stick-slim, and yet still be obese. How?

Even when our weight falls within the normal range for our height, it’s not really the weight that determines if we’re obese or not. Or rather, it’s not only the weight. It’s also the percentage of that weight that’s body fat.

Enter the importance of resistance training in our daily fitness routines. Even when we do our cardio religiously, we can still be out of shape if we don’t build muscle as well.

NOTE—Don’t confuse body fat percentage with BMI. The two are quite different. For a good explanation, visit http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/fitness/a/bodyfatpercent.htm .

And to read more about the subject of slimbesity, go to http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/HealthyLiving/people-considered-average-weight-normal-weight-obese/story?id=9671590 .

(And BTW, thanks to my oldest daughter Kristin for the use of her photo above. She religiously works out and is nowhere near obese.  😉 )

 

Day 70—Diet Reminders January 24, 2010

Another great diet gadget...

Do you need a constant reminder that you’re on a weight-watching mission? Fear not! This dumbbell-shaped knife and fork will never let you forget that it takes a workout to lose every calorie that crosses your lips. Visit http://knifeandforklift.com/ .

 

Day 69—Senior Moments January 23, 2010

Alzheimer's? Or just Old Timers.

Sometimes I worry about being forgetful. What’s normal for my age, and what’s not?

Recently on a Good Morning America segment wit George Stephanopoulos, Dr. Oz said that the incidence of Alzheimer’s will triple in our lifetime, and we’ll all have—or know someone who has—the disease. He described it as power lines (our brain’s message system) that have been covered with sap, which inhibits their ability to transmit thoughts.

How can we prevent it? Some causes are hereditary, but some are influenced by lifestyle choices that can cut our chances for Alzheimer’s in half! He recommends eating a Mediterranean diet (olive oil, omega-3-rich fish and nuts, leafy green vegetables and berries), regular and vigorous exercise (there’s that brain/body connection again!), aspirin (anti-inflammatory), B-vitamins (which rebuild neuronal cables), and turmeric (a spice also referred to as curcumin). Note: The incidence of Alzheimer’s in India is just 1/4 of that in the U.S!

He also cited five warning signs that should serve as Alzheimer’s red flags:

1. (Your) memory loss is destructive to (your) life

2. (You) accuse people of stealing because really, (you) can’t remember where (you’ve) put something

3. (You) put things in unlikely or illogical places (eg: keys in the fridge)

4. (You) repeat questions over and over because (you) don’t remember asking or getting an answer

5. (You) make up new words for words (you) can’t remember

Do you like quizzes? Here are eight items. Read them once, then scroll this post so you can’t see them any more. Do something else, and after two minutes, try to recall the items. If you can remember 6-8 you’re a memory master. If you remember 4-5 your memory could use some work. And if you remember 3 or less, you have reason to worry:

House       Professor       Palm Tree       Teddy Bear      Beach       Pasta       Nun       Cigar

To listen to Dr. Oz’s segment, visit http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/HealthyLiving/dr-ozs-warning-signs-alzheimers-disease/story?id=9618672 .

‘Til tomorrow, stay confident and resolute! Now where did I put those earrings…?

 

Day 68—Feelin’ The (Heart) Beat January 22, 2010

Should we be worried about irregular heartbeats?

This is a question I posed to my doctor during my last annual physical. Her response was reassuring: Don’t worry unless the irregular heartbeats were racing or frequent (like more than 6 extra beats per minute).

That was a relief! I could now compare a little irregularity to an eye twitch. Annoying, but harmless.

What are irregular heartbeats, really? They’re called cardiac arrhythmias (CAs). They include any abnormal heartbeat or rhythm—fast or slow.

CAs include a wide spectrum of irregularities and causes. Some can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices (eat a healthy diet; exercise; control your weight; and don’t smoke).

Once they’ve occured, some—like mine—can be ignored; others need medical intervention.

Likewise, treatment and prognosis depend on the cause. If you’d like to read more, visit the following web sites:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003081.htm

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_a-z_detail.asp?AZ=81

Of course, for all medical concerns, contact your doctor for advice and treatment.

 

Day 67—Puttin’ On The Gloves January 21, 2010

Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig battle it out in court

Weight Watchers is fighting mad at diet rival Jenny Craig. They claim that JC’s TV commercial showing actress Valerie Bertinelli stripping off her lab coat to reveal a svelte body—and claiming that the JC program produces twice the weight loss that WW does—are “patently deceptive,” to quote WW’s David Kirchoff.

WW claims JC compared a current study of JC results with a 10-year-old study of WW results. They may have a valid case, as a judge has granted a temporary restraining order barring further airing of the ad until the false advertising lawsuit is settled.

What are the differences between the two programs? Jenny Craig relies on sales of prepackaged meals; Weight Watchers teaches lifestyle change, promotes group support and uses a point system to quantify food intake.

Regardless of the ad’s contents, do you have experience that favors one program or the other? Share your thoughts!