So far, so good. I have had two for two good days on eating. I know how small of a victory this is, but right now any progress is worth celebrating.
How about some news that might spark your interest:
Is Fructose Making You Fat? “Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.
Of course, some say the Secret to Longer Life is Being Overweight?. Personally, I agree with many others who think BMI is Bunk. It’s too bad they chose this as their meter. If you don’t understand, peruse some of these photos at Illustrated BMI.
Speaking of sparks – I want to give a special shout out to Shannon over at Superwoman Spirit. Thanks for thinking of me – your encouragement came at a great time. Shannon’s not the only one I owe thanks to. You know who you are.
One thing I really miss about blogging is the relationships. Shannon brings up a good question though – have you found your spark? If so, what is it. For me, it is the same as it has always been: health! As I wrote a few days ago, even that had to be put on the back burner as I did what it took during some challenging times. Right now, at this very moment, I am happy to have the spark back.
Today was another great day. That is significant because I knew being off from work all week and at home was going to bring a lot of temptation with regards to eating. So far I haven’t struggled with this at all. Of course, it helps that I have been working most of the day every day on a big honey-do project that is long overdue.
My exercise today was focused on the legs. I did sprints, jumping jacks, jump rope, squats, plyometric jumps calf raises, and walking. I have really noticed the rubber legs the rest of the day, which is a nice feeling I haven’t had in a while.
As I said earlier, eating was spot on. It was another IF day, which I broke with a terrific rotisserie chicken meal prepared mostly by my oldest son.
I ran across a great exercise article this evening on How to Train Like a Boxer. I think I will incorporate some of these ideas into my workouts. Some of my long-time readers know I have a desire to box, but I don’t really have a good opportunity to do that in the rural area in which I live. I may have to just break down and buy a heavy bag to hang in the garage to give me at least a part of the benefit of boxing.
Day one is done and over as far as eating goes, and it was a great success. Now to continue this for the next two weeks. I am shooting for some very big losses. If I really work at this I can lose 3-4 pounds a week, which means I can be 185 by my scale for my physical. That is big dreaming, but I know I can do it.
Exercise was also great today. I did 148 push ups this morning (21, 25, 21, 21, and 60) and then another 120 (40, 40, and 40) throughout the day. I also did three sets of curls and three sets of shoulder raises this morning. During the day, I did one set of dips using chairs in my office. Woot! I am very pleased!
Do you need another reason to exercise? How about prevention of a cold?
As if I needed an online article to tell me this – American’s overconsume everything! Is there any question why American’s are overweight?
Not much inspiration here tonight. There is nothing wrong, just a long day. Eating was so-so, exercise was really non-existent. The exercise part was planned. I start the 100 push ups program again Monday, and I felt like I needed a couple days off before beginning.
Does this scare anyone else as much as it does me?
On the flip side, how about the top nine antioxidant foods for preventing cancer?
A quick update on the food poisoning incident – it seems there was a vegetable processing plant in Texas which was shut down recently over contaminated vegetables. The restaurant has been in contact with us, and they are stating that they are almost certain it was indeed the vegetables. Coincidence? I am not sure. Either way, both my co-worker and I are feeling much, much better today.
Now on to the report for the day. I had one of my best workouts in some time today. I did four sets of push ups (170 total) and several other arm exercises using my Gym-in-a-Bag. I am planning on doing another set of push ups and maybe another arm exercise before bed. Tomorrow will be squats and planks.
I am not going to judge my eating today. I think I did fine, but I thought that the last time I was here too.
I thought I would share a few recent articles I have come across. First of all, and most disturbing, is a story indicating Diabetes may double or triple by 2050. I hate to say this, but I don’t doubt this a bit. As the article states, “The numbers are certain to go up as the population gets older, but they will accelerate even more unless Americans change their behavior . . .”
Next is one of my favorites. Of course, any time something is a favorite, it probably means I enjoy it, right? Does a dark chocolate a day keeps high blood pressure away? Apparently so, at least in moderation. I do eat a very small amount of very dark chocolate (85% or 90%) a few days a week. I didn’t read the originating study, but I have read similar studies in the past that support this.
Okay, all you Hotties who have a goal of more sleep, this is for you. Are you aware that a lack of sleep can truly threaten your health? That being said, get to bed on time tonight!