Fat to Fit at 59

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

Day 81—Dining Out: Healthy Choices February 4, 2010

It IS possible to find great-tasting, healthy restaurant meals.

Rush here, rush there—By the time your day is done, you’re exhausted and just want to … you know, “Have A Break Today!” and grab something to eat on the way home.

Take heart. You can give yourself a break, and still stay on your healthy eating plan. Here are a few healthy eat-out options:

Applebees: Offers low-point (Weight Watchers) choices in appetizer, dessert and entree categories.

Chili’s: Nutritional information for lower-fat Guiltless Grill selections are listed on the menu.

Jack in the Box: The chicken fajita pita has only 10 grams of fat. Without the shredded cheese it plummets to 3 grams.

Olive Garden: Offers whole wheat linguine, which has three times more fiber and about 17% fewer carbohydrates than traditional pasta.

Pizza Hut: Fit N Delicious Pizza, which contains less cheese and more sauce, contains as little as 3.5 g fat per slice.

Schlotzky’s:

  • Zesty albacore tuna wrap—311 calories, 7 g fat
  • Chinese chicken salad—127 calories, 3 g fat
  • Fresh fruit salad—123 calories, 1 g fat

Taco Bell: Ordering your entrée “fresco style” (salsa instead of cheese and sauce) cuts fat and calories by about 25%.

Wendy’s: Grilled chicken without the mayo contains just 310 calories and 8 grams of fat.

So on those nights when you just can’t stand the thought of cooking on top of everything else you’ve done all day, go ahead. Give yourself a break.  😉   Just take a minute to check your options and make a healthy choice.

 

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…

 

Day 78—I think I might write about Procrastination—later February 1, 2010

With all you have to do, where is exercise on your to-do list? (Oh heck, I just realized that I typed in 2009 for the date above. Sorry!)

I don’t know about you, but the tasks on my daily to-do list always outnumber the lines available to record them on my calendar. So it’s easy to look at that long list and think (’cause you’ve recorded tasks as they came to you—not in priority order), OK, what do I want to cross off my list next?

What’s your answer? For me, the answer is usually: What can I get done fastest and with the least effort?

So we all know where that puts a 30-minute (or more) run on the list: wwaaaayyyy down at the bottom!

I propose putting exercise at the top of the list. Whether that means making a “starter list” and transposing that in priority order onto your “real” calendar, or physically numbering your entries in the order you intend to tackle them, or…whatever. Starting today, exercise is my #1 priority each day.

If you have more tips to keep from procrastinating to the point of omission, please share!

 

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 73—Free Money For Fitness January 27, 2010

Are finances an obstacle to your health and fitness goals?

Some people (who shall remain nameless but whose initials are GOV) don’t seem to get the concept of living within your means. You can’t spend money you don’t have unless someone—you or your heirs, usually—pay back a whole lot more in interest.

Now I’ll step down off my soap box. But seriously, if your resources are stretched to the max, how do you invest in things like better nutrition, medical care, gym memberships and fitness equipment?

You may be able to redirect the dollars you already have. How, you say?

My friends at GMA outlined some steps that can keep more money in your pocket:

ENERGY—

1. Power down your rate. Check out alternative energy companies called Retail Energy Providers (REPs) that are allowed due to deregulation in some states. They may lock in a lower power rate for you (but be careful to check the reputation of any REP you consider).

2. Take back your taxes. Invest in energy-efficient appliances, heating and cooling systems, doors and windows  if yours need replacing (also included: insulation). There’s a federal tax credit of up to $1,500 in it for you through 2016, plus the possibility of state and utility company rebates.

CELL PHONE SERVICE—

1. Pick your plan wisely. Don’t pay for services you don’t need or use. You can track your talk time at overmyminutes.com .

2. Tap your boss. Participating in employer plans may get you a discount.

CABLE TV—

1. Secret service. Cable companies don’t advertise that they may offer below-basic service. “Lifeline” channels (2–14 only) come at a reduced rate if all you want are major networks and better reception.

2. Save a tree. Going paperless can save you as much as $1 per month on your bill.

3. Opt out. If you’re really determined, cancel your service altogether and use your Internet connection to watch your favorite shows.

You can watch the entire Elizabeth Leamy segment (it contains even more tips and related links) at http://abcnews.go.com/gma . Click on the Tuesday tab, then on Save Money On Your Household Expenses. Or enter the article name in the search box and hit Enter.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a few extra dollars to invest in your health? You’re sooo worth it!

 

Day 72—Didja? Huh? Huh? Didja? January 26, 2010

Raise your hand if you checked out the program. Pat yourself on the back if you DID the program!

If you read Fat to Fit at 59 yesterday, you remember that I provided a link for a series of short daily exercise routines. They only require an exercise ball ($8-10 at WalMart), and hand weights are optional. (Hint: If you’d like to use weights but don’t have any, you can use canned fruits or vegetables, bottles of water…whatever.)

So who in the audience tried it out? I did routine #1 yesterday, and #2 this morning. Seriously, it was pretty painless!  😉 All you need is about 10 minutes and your ball. By the time you realize you’re exercising, you’re done!  😉

Combined with 30 minutes of cardio (walking or whatever you prefer) several times a week, this regimen will improve your endurance, strength and flexibility. Even if all you do is the routine without the cardio, you’ll feel better. And when you feel better about yourself, it’s easier to control those eating urges.

So start where you can. If five minutes is all you can commit to, then by all means, do the five minutes. And don’t feel guilty that you didn’t do more. It’s all about progress at your level of comfort. As you do a little, you’ll want to do even more. (Really!)

If you missed yesterday’s post, go to the box at right that reads “Where We’ve Been” and click to reveal January. All of January’s posts will come up. Or, just click on this link-replay: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1075 .

Until tomorrow…

 

Day 71—Cabo Cruise? January 25, 2010

This looks sooooo appealing at this point in January!

My daughters think I should go on a cruise when I get the check from the sale of my house. I’ll admit, it’s totally tempting! Warm ocean breezes, nothing to do but sun, swim and shop (is there a man-store on board?? LOL).

Then, reality sets in. To totally enjoy myself, I’d have to bake in the sun. And to bake in the sun, I’d have to wear a swimsuit. And to wear a swimsuit … well, we all know what that‘d entail.

So what are my resources? I found this New YOU Bootcamp Workout series on Sparkpeople.com. It may be last year’s workout, but it looks do-able. What do you think? Are you in? Check it out and let me know. Can we co-commit?

Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1075 .