Up and Down

My exercise routine has taken a different turn.  My husband has decided to join me.  While spending time together is nice, he has a longer stride than I and I feel I am slowing him down.  Plus he use to be in the army.  Hut two, three, four, double time march.  While we both need to lose some weight and get our health back on track, I just did not want to sign up for boot camp.   I might have to go AWOL.  All kidding aside, I love that we have a goal together.  My only problem is his diet.  He is a snacker, all day and all night.  I am concern about his health.  While he is trying, I want him to change the way he eats and what he eats.   So I have been buying most of the things I want him to eat and drink.  Here are some things we have started with.

 

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$1.00 a box at Walmart. Soothing and relaxing

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$1.00 and the smell is wonderful. The taste not so much.

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Another $1.00 box, but this one taste nice. I have even used it on my skin.

The two I like the most are Chamomile and Green tea.  The Peppermint tea is a little tough to take.  I have plans for the peppermint tea(will let you know).  My last addition is the purchase of flax-seed powder.

 

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Flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3.  

The other benefits are 

1.Protecting against cancer

2. Lowering cholesterol

3. Preventing hot flashes

4. Improving blood sugar

Here are the side effects the wonderful flax-seed. which is gas, stomach pains, nausea, constipation, diarrhea  and bloating.  I feel safe that I have not experienced any of those symptoms, but I do not use it every day.  I add to my oatmeal, pancakes, smoothies, muffins and cakes.  My husband use it to make some cornbread.  Oh my god, it was delicious.

With all things taken internally, consult your doctor and don’t over use and research, research and research.  I will usually take about a couple of weeks to gather information when trying something new that I eat, drink or apply to my skin.   I hope everybody else will do the same.  Here is a recipe of one of my favorite smoothies.

1.  Packet of sugar-free hot chocolate

2. I cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt

3. Coffee ice cubes(leftover coffee frozen in ice-cube trays

4. One banana

5. Two tablespoons of honey

6. Dash of cinnamon

Hmmmm good.

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3 whole pounds

I went to the doctor last week because I was having problems with my left heel.  The pain was awful.  Apparently I have inflammation and I need to find another form of exercise.   I have lost a total of 3 whole pounds.  While some might say that is nothing, for me, it is the motivation to keep me going.   I just need to step up my game.  Here are some of the things she suggested.

1.  Try water aerobics.   Less stress on my feet and more resistance.  2.  Keep a food log(I am starting this one on Monday).  3. Riding a bike.  While it gives the same effect as walking, but, again less stress on my feet.

I am checking into the local gym around my area to see what type of deals that they offer.    Money and pain are my enemy now.    Money to join a gym and keep my heel from being irritated.  Until I find both, I will keep on walking.

Oh by the way, I made my first smoothie yesterday and it was delicious.  Check out my recipe.

I  wanted to find a way to use leftover coffee.  Then it hit me.   I freeze the leftover coffee in ice-cube trays. I can make ice coffee( my way) or this smoothie.  I used what I had on hand

I added the coffee ice cubes (6), lite vanilla ice cream (1/2 cup), one package of hot chocolate, banana  ( whole), flax-seed powder (1 tablespoon) with a little water. I also added 1 tablespoon of honey and a few drops of butter pecan oil .   You can add cinnamon or nutmeg, with a dash of vanilla extract to your desired taste.   I am sorry I don’t have a pic.  Next time I make one, I will ready with the camera.    I need some more recipes.

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Defense

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Restarted my walking this past week.    It’s funny how something  ingrained into your routine,in such a short time.    I finally weighed myself and I lost 3 lbs.  I feel so much lighter.  I could float on …….. OK, I’ll float later.   I am  proud of that. Before I wasn’t doing anything.   My doctor states that it’s best to lose slowly, build muscle, tighten the skin.   As time goes on, I will lose more as my body adjust to my new way of eating.    My skin/hair/nails are going through a transformation as well.    Let me introduce you to my first line of defense.   You can look up the advantages of the vitamins I use.  I only copied the information that aids in overall health and weight loss for me.   Gotta go.   The Strain is on.

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Beyond these essential functions, Vitamin B12 benefits can be obtained through other substances. These include help with weight loss, by improving the body’s metabolism; helping with the creation and circulation of certain neurotransmitters that affect a person’s mood and stress levels; and serving as an effective natural energy booster by improving the body’s metabolizing of energy sources and improving blood circulation and production. Answers.yahoo.com

 


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Vitamin C is required for the production of the protein collagen, which is found in the tendons, skin, bones, cartilage, ligaments and blood vessels. Collagen and vitamin C are necessary to support the body tissues, heal wounds and help maintain blood vessel structure. Vitamin C also functions as a cofactor assisting biochemical reactions, as an antioxidant preventing the degradation of substances in the body, and as a detoxifier reducing the toxicity of medications and chemicals. http://www.ehow.com/


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The main function of vitamin D is to help the body absorb calcium and phosphorus in the small intestine. Calcium is needed to support bone mineralization (hardening of bones), cell functions, and proper nerve and muscle function.http://altmedicine.about.com/

 

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I can feel it

This week has not been a good week.  I have not walked and I feel it.  I feel sluggish and tired.  Even my brain feels on lock down. To be fair to myself, I have not been feeling well and I was getting ready for show at UNI.   That experience plus, disappointment with my show, had me feeling blue(hence on the computer at 4 in the morning).

 

So I will be back on the grind starting Monday.  And never ever will I let myself go with walking for a whole week.   Never, ever.   Never ever.   I can feel it.

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Still on this health kick

I have been trying to find ways to log my other activities into a walk or steps.   Since my pedometer is synced with my Walgreen’s Balance Reward account(you get 20 points for every walk/steps.  It is part of their healthy balance program).  I found this conversion chart.   Most of the activity are estimated, but you should get the idea.

 

ACTIVITY CONVERSION CHART

Use this info if you’re counting steps and want to convert activities that are not easily measured by the pedometer.

PLEASE NOTE: Activity Conversions are estimates; your actual steps may vary

Bicycling  |  Dancing  |  Gym Activities  | Household Activities  |  Lawn and Garden  | Miscellaneous  |  Outdoor Activities  |  Running  | Sports & Games  |  Walking  |  Water  |  Winter
Number of Steps per Minute
Activity Steps/Min (Avg)
| Bicycling |
Bicycling (leisurely, 10-11.9 mph) 100
Bicycling (moderate, 12-13.9 mph) 200
Bicycling (vigorous, 14-15.9 mph) 250
| Top |
| Dancing |
Aerobic dancing, low impact 118
Aerobic dancing, strenuously 140
Dancing, choreographed 158
Dancing, socially 93
Line Dancing 139
| Top |
| Gym Activities |
Aerobics (high impact) 182
Aerobics (low impact) 125
Aerobics (moderate) 154
Basketball, game 230
Basketball, playing recreational 138
Boxing, in a ring competitively 213
Boxing, non-competitive 131
Circuit Training 178
Elliptical trainer 203
Gymnastics 89
Handball, recreational 142
Judo 187
Jumping Rope, moderate/fast 244
Jumping Rope, slow 178
Karate 290
Kickboxing 290
Pilates 101
Racquetball 138
Racquetball, playing competitively 198
Rowing, light 111
Rowing, moderate 179
Rowing, vigorous effort 203
Softball 145
Stair climbing, moderate 180
Stair climbing, slow 90
Stair climbing, vigorous 267
Stretching 6
Swimming, leisure 133
Swimming, moderate effort 174
Swimming, treading water 49
Swimming, vigorous effort 222
Tae Kwon Do 290
Tai Chi 8
Water Aerobics 100
Weight lifting, light 66
Weight lifting, moderate 87
Weight lifting, vigorous 133
Yoga 100
| Top |
| Household Activities |
Grocery Shopping 67
Housework, light 72
Housework, mopping floors 51
Housework, vacuuming 101
Housework, washing windows 87
Painting/papering 78
Washing the car 87
| Top |
| Lawn and Garden |
Firewood, chopping 133
Firewood, sawing 113
Firewood, stacking 89
Gardening, heavy 174
Gardening, light 73
Gardening, moderate 116
Hoeing in a garden 96
Mowing 160
Raking leaves 125
Yard Work, general 145
| Top |
| Miscellaneous |
Badminton 98
Billiards 77
Bowling 87
Fishing, from boat, sitting 56
Fishing, from river bank and walking 111
Frisbee, general playing 67
Grocery Shopping 67
Horseback riding, trotting 102
Horseback riding, walking leisurely 31
In-line skating, moderately 125
Jumping Rope, moderate/fast 244
Jumping Rope, slow 178
Mowing 160
Orienteering 151
Painting/papering 78
Pilates 101
Raking leaves 125
Rollerblading, moderately 125
Shoveling snow, heavy 278
Shoveling snow, light 133
Shoveling snow, moderate 174
Tae Kwon Do 290
Tai Chi 8
Washing the car 87
Yoga 100
| Top |
| Outdoor Activities |
Badminton 100
Baseball 111
Basketball, game 230
Basketball, playing recreational 138
Bicycling (leisurely, 10-11.9 mph) 100
Bicycling (moderate, 12-13.9 mph) 200
Bicycling (vigorous, 14-15.9 mph) 250
Canoeing, leisurely 100
Firewood, chopping 133
Firewood, sawing 113
Firewood, stacking 89
Fishing, from boat, sitting 56
Fishing, from river bank and walking 111
Frisbee, general playing 67
Gardening, heavy 174
Gardening, light 73
Gardening, moderate 116
Golfing, with a cart 78
Golfing, without a cart 122
Hiking, 10-20 lb. load 217
Hiking, 21-42 lb. load 232
Hiking, general 172
Horseback riding, trotting 102
Horseback riding, walking leisurely 31
In-line skating, moderately 125
Mowing 160
Orienteering 151
Rollerblading, moderately 125
Running a 6 minute mile 247
Running a 7 minute mile 222
Running a 8 minute mile 200
Running a 9 minute mile 184
Running, jogging 156
Shoveling snow, heavy 278
Shoveling snow, light 133
Shoveling snow, moderate 174
Skiing, cross-country moderately 164
Skiing, cross-country rapidly 256
Skiing, cross-country slowly 114
Skiing, downhill moderate 178
Skiing, downhill rapidly 244
Skiing, downhill slowly 109
Snowboarding, light 150
Snowboarding, moderate 182
Snowshoeing 178
Soccer, playing competitively 218
Soccer, recreational 144
Softball 145
Tennis, doubles 102
Tennis, singles 178
Volleyball, game 232
Volleyball, leisure 87
Walking at a normal pace 100
Washing the car 87
| Top |
| Running |
Running a 6 minute mile 247
Running a 7 minute mile 222
Running a 8 minute mile 200
Running a 9 minute mile 184
Running, jogging 156
Walking at a normal pace 100
| Top |
| Sports & Games |
Badminton 98
Baseball 111
Basketball, game 230
Basketball, playing recreational 138
Billiards 77
Bowling 87
Boxing, in a ring competitively 213
Boxing, non-competitive 131
Cricket 111
Fencing 133
Football 189
Golfing, with a cart 78
Golfing, without a cart 122
Gymnastics 89
Handball, recreational 142
Hockey 178
Ice skating, competitively 162
Ice skating, leisurely 84
Ice skating, moderately 122
Judo 187
Karate 290
Kickboxing 290
Racquetball 138
Racquetball, playing competitively 198
Scuba diving 203
Skiing, cross-country moderately 164
Skiing, cross-country rapidly 256
Skiing, cross-country slowly 114
Skiing, downhill moderate 178
Skiing, downhill rapidly 244
Skiing, downhill slowly 109
Snowboarding, light 150
Snowboarding, moderate 182
Soccer, playing competitively 218
Soccer, recreational 144
Softball 145
Squash 348
Tae Kwon Do 290
Tai Chi 8
Tennis, doubles 102
Tennis, singles 178
Volleyball, game 232
Volleyball, leisure 87
Water Polo 222
Yoga 100
| Top |
| Walking |
Golfing, with a cart 78
Golfing, without a cart 122
Grocery Shopping 67
Hiking, 10-20 lb. load 217
Hiking, 21-42 lb. load 232
Hiking, general 172
Orienteering 151
Running, jogging 156
Snowshoeing 178
Stair climbing, moderate 180
Stair climbing, slow 90
Stair climbing, vigorous 267
Walking at a normal pace 100
| Top |
| Water |
Canoeing, leisurely 100
Rowing, light 111
Rowing, moderate 179
Rowing, vigorous effort 203
Scuba diving 203
Swimming, leisure 133
Swimming, moderate effort 174
Swimming, treading water 49
Swimming, vigorous effort 222
Water Aerobics 100
Water Polo 222
Water Skiing 104
| Top |
| Winter |
Curling 89
Hockey 178
Ice skating, competitively 162
Ice skating, leisurely 84
Ice skating, moderately 122
Shoveling snow, heavy 278
Shoveling snow, light 133
Shoveling snow, moderate 174
Skiing, cross-country moderately 164
Skiing, cross-country rapidly 256
Skiing, cross-country slowly 114
Skiing, downhill moderate 178
Skiing, downhill rapidly 244
Skiing, downhill slowly 109
Snowboarding, light 150
Snowboarding, moderate 182
Snowshoeing 178

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Oh, My God

I forgot to mention in my daily routine.  I read my bible.  The most important part.

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