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Happy Sunday Ladies!  How are you all doing this last week of February?  This week-I have an awful confession:


Menopause and Thyroid problems seem to have made my rear bigger than what I think it should be!  Yes, I went to a doctor's appointment and found that despite my rather anal personality and diligent exercising and diet watching-I have put on some unsightly weight!  And I am due to leave for a romantic cruise in a couple of weeks.  

Egad.  What to do, what to do?  Well that is what this week is about.  I know I always eat and promote  healthy dishes, but even with all that-obviously-it's easy for those of us over 40 to find ourselves in this very unhappy (and puffy) spot.

What can be done?  Here's the nitty-gritty:  

Increase your exercise routine-Personally, with all my health issues (and that pesky broken rib) I stick with walking.  But I did go from 2-1/2 miles to doing over 3 a day. Plus my morning stretches and strengthening routine, I added to it by 10 minutes.  

Weigh out your food-not fun, but it helps by making you aware of your portions.  My son and daughter-in-law-to-be are avid weight-watchers so I have a very nice scale to weigh out my portions of protein, baked potatoes, etc...  And, while I've always measured my morning All Bran, I've been getting lax about doing the same for my soy milk and fruit.

In crease your vegetable intake-with all the extra exercise you will probably feel hungry.  Now Weight Watchers says you don't have to weigh fruit, but there's the sugar thing going on, so stick to the veggies.  However, make sure you're not covering those low-cal tasty wonders with lots of dressings (non/low fat included) that up the calorie intake.  Try new ones too-don't stick with just celery and carrots.  Try slicing up zucchini, jicama, mushrooms, steam some asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower.

Don't be coy about asking for help-thankfully, I have some live in help who encourage me to keep up the daily efforts.  My husband has never dieted, so he has no idea that I actually mean NO THANK YOU, when he asks me if I'd like some cookies.  I've told him I have no intention of letting these 7 pounds stay on my frame.  Hopefully he "gets it" and sticks to asking if I'd like a cup of decaf instead.

Wednesday-let's talk about menus for the calorie challenged.


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      Trudy S wrote Feb 22, 2009
    • You are so good!  I have tried the ‘weigh every ounce of food’ thing and the ‘write down everything you put in your mouth’ thing many times over the years as I have been told that that is the ONLY was to lose weight.

      Didn’t work for me.  I can keep that up for about 4 months and then I ‘fall off the wagon’ and up goes my weight again.  It takes such dedication!

      Now I use nutritional cleansing to keep me fit and healthy and have been doing it for over 2.5 years!  A record for me.  It is so easy and so effective.  No more counting calories - YEHAW!

      More power to you if counting calories and ounces works for are a stronger woman than I.


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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 22, 2009
    • let's talk about menus for the calorie challenged.  

      I look forward to viewing that.

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      Carine Nadel wrote Feb 22, 2009
    • The key to the journaling is that it makes you very aware of just what you‘re doing!  It is so easy to say, “oh, it’s just a small nibble” and not realize you‘re having 5 or more!

      If you have to write it down-out of the disgust of writing it down, you won’t eat it!

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