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…


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 61—Vitamins Vs. Victuals January 15, 2010

Be your own judge of whether supplements benefit you.

“If I don’t eat all the nutrients I should,” you say to yourself, “this multi-vitamin will pick up the slack.”

Well, it probably will. But if you’re already eating what your body needs—or easily could with a pittance of effort, that money may be better spent on nutritional foods. One reason: In addition to nutrition, foods like whole grains, fruits and vegetables also provide fiber that’s essential to our digestive health.

The American Dietetic Association advises that the best thing you can do for your nutrition is to choose and eat a wide variety of healthy foods. That hardly seems like “news.” But sometimes the most obvious is the least considered.

To read the ADA’s entire position paper, visit http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2009/12/09/Dietitians-Most-dont-need-supplements/UPI-51011260384749/

If you know you need the vitamins, by all means take them. But ask yourself: What will bring me more pleasure and health—a hard, tasteless pill? Or a crisp, juicy apple!


Day 57—Potluck? Good Luck January 11, 2010

What tips can you add to the list below?

I attended a monthly potluck yesterday. Naturally, the thought occurred to me, How do I keep on track when there are sooooo many scrumptious offerings to choose from?

Here are 6 strategies for avoiding potluck remorse:

1. Pre-eat. Before you go, eat a small amount so you’re not ravenous as you walk the potluck line.

2. Be the Goody Two Shoes. Take a healthy dish. Vegetables and healthy side dishes are always in short supply at potlucks—but much appreciated by those of us who are watching our weight.

3. Avoid the choose blues. Select the healthy versions: a whole wheat roll instead of white; the brown rice dish instead of the white… You do have options. Exercise them.

4. Exercise portion control. When so many options clamor to be sampled, try taking smaller (start with half a spoonful) samplings. You can always go back for a larger helping of a favorite.

5. Take your time. Savor the conversation and eat your meal slowly so your brain can keep up with your belly and register “FULL” before you’ve consumed everything on your plate.

6. Un-friend the Clean Plate Club. Once and for all, admit to yourself that the starving children will not be saved if you finish everything you’ve taken. But you might be saved if you don’t.

Until tomorrow, stay confident and resolute! We can do this! And if you have tips to add, be sure to comment!  😉


Day 46-Pledge To Purge December 31, 2009

Ta-da! The new and improved recipe binder

It took a day and a half, but here it is–my newly re-typed family-favorites recipe binder. Not only are all the pages encased in protective plastic, but all the pages contain useful information.

I trashed all the recipes that I snipped from magazines in hope of “someday” putting them to use. From now on, they don’t make it into the binder unless they’re tried and true.

I love de-cluttering! It makes me feel good. The less “stuff” I have to wade through to get to what I need, the more time I have to do the things I want (exercise, work, play, eat, sleep, serve)!

So here’s the pledge for the day:

“I, (insert name), do hereby pledge to make each moment more relevant and useful in pursuing my personal goals. To that end, I will pare down and avoid accumulating all unnecessary junk that costs me time and/or work without adequate ROI (return on investment).”

I started this post with the intention of celebrating my accomplishment, not making a New Year’s resolution. But it seems that somewhere in my subconscious, it was called for! So there it is.


Day 33—Holiday Treat Temptations December 18, 2009

Is there such a thing as weight-friendly holiday treats?

I believe there is such a thing, to a degree. Take these peppermint meringues. Pretty much egg whites mixed with sugar, with crushed candy canes sprinkled on top. Granted, they’re not sugar-free (although I wonder about making them with Splenda or something similar??).

Here’s the recipe and the nutritional breakdown:

Peppermint meringues

Whites of 2 eggs at room temperature

1/8 tsp each of salt, cream of tartar

1/2 c sugar

2 crushed peppermint candy canes (red and/or green)

Heat oven to 225 degrees F. Beat the egg whites, salt and cream of tartar ’til soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. Gradually beat in sugar, beat 5-6 minutes ’til smooth and glossy. Drop teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet (lined with foil or brown paper), close together. Lightly sprinkle the crushed candy canes over. Bake 1 1/2 hrs. Turn oven off and let cool with oven door ajar. Loosen with metal spatula or peel off gently. Store loosely covered in cool, dry place (tin works great). Makes 3-4 dz.

Nutritional Info: Serving size one meringue.

Calories: 15

Fat: 0

Cholesterol: 0

Sodium: 11.5 mg

Potassium: 4.8 mg

Total carbohydrates: 3.6 g

Dietary fiber: 0

Sugars: 3.3 g

Protein: 0.3 g


Day 31—A toy for Grandma December 16, 2009

Early Christmas from my kids!

I have this (annoying to my kids) habit of waiting for holiday sales to buy something for myself. So when I blogged about the BodyBugg on Day 29, they got worried that I might indulge. Which would ruin their surprise for me. 😉

So today Lyanne handed me a package to open. “Before you do something crazy,” I think she said.

Inside the package was the weight-watcher’s dream: a heart rate monitor that you wear around your ribcage and that comes complete with a watch that not only keeps time (evidently only ancient watches do only that!), but records the length, intensity and calories burned in my workouts, calculates my target heart rate zone, my average and max heart rate during a particular exercise session, how many times I exercised in a week and the week’s sessions’ total calorie expenditure and duration. I could go on…

What a great gift! I can hardly wait to try it out! Thanks, girls & guys!

BTW, I have an all-day-long job interview today. Wonder what my heart rate will be during that??  😉