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“10 Tips to Fool Yourself Into Getting Fit: How to trick yourself into exercising when you’d rather skip it”

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This February 21, 2014 Next Avenue article talks about ways to help overcome our desire to skip exercising on days we don’t feel like doing it.  The tips are actually pretty simple and as I read over them I realized I already do a few of them myself.  The tip about keeping workout videos in plain sight is one I’ve done for a long time, only in my case its my “Wii Fit Plus” and “Walk It Out” games for my Wii that I keep out in plain sight.  I use walking to the store to pickup one or 2 things as an excuse to go for a walk on days I don’t feel like doing it, and as suggested in the tips, I find that if I set a goal of a specific destination to walk that I will get creative and my impulsiveness kicks in and I find myself taking a different route because I’m bored with the usual route (having ADHD can be a benefit sometimes when it comes to walking different routes).  Other things I do, is since I’m huge on using my tablet pc to help keep me on track with appointments, I’ll include reminders on it to go for a walk or have my ride drop me off further from the entrance to a building I need to go into, and even things like reminding myself to drink enough water.  I also will put little notes of encouragement for myself with little things like “If you exercised today, Keep it up!” or asking myself “How far did you walk today?”  simply putting those questions in are helpful to me in reminding myself to exercise.

 

English: Logo for Wii Fit Plus.

English: Logo for Wii Fit Plus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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“Diet Soda: Fewer Calories In The Glass May Mean More On The Plate”

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This January 17, 2014, NPR: The Salt article talks about ongoing research that looks at diet sodas and whether they help or hinder with weight loss.  The findings seem to be indicating that people who drink diet sodas tend to eat more calories worth of solid food than folks who drink regular sodas.  They also found that folks who drink diet sodas tend to gain weight and are more likely to become obese then people who don’t drink diet sodas.

English: Diet Coke Products

English: Diet Coke Products (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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My hopes and goals for 2014

Tippy

Tippy (Photo credit: Wolves68450)

 

A lot happened in my life in 2013, I retired my long time Service Dog “Tippy” and started training her replacement, “Orca” the same day.   There have been some health issues nothing too serious, but definitely disruptive.  I got off track with my weight loss goals and have actually gained back some of the weight I had lost (I’m at 236 pounds up from my lowest weight of 226 pounds).  2013 was definitely not one of my better years in more ways then I care to delve into.

 

So, what do I want to aim for in 2014?

 

  • I’ve been working on learning how to write raw code for websites, specifically HTML, XHTML and CSS, so I’m thinking I want to continue to work on those skills (I’m still a noob in many ways)
  • Getting back on track with my weight loss goals is something I want to do.  My specific goals include sticking closer to my 1200 calorie limit and get back to doing an hour of exercise each day as instructed by my doctor.   I would like to get my weight down to 220 pounds or less by this time next year.
  • Read at least 3 books this year (any topic that looks interesting to me when I look for a book to read)
  • Once the snow melts and the roads aren’t icy in the spring, go for regular bike rides, of at least 1 mile per day (I have a steep hill to contend with so a minimum of 1 mile per day is a good starting point)
  • Buy some new clothes (It’s been years since I bought anything new and my clothes are starting to develop holes in bad places so a few new things would be a good idea)
  • Start and finish the website I said I would do for someone else once I finish the book I’m learning raw code from.
  • Aim for at least 365 posts in 2014 (I just missed it this year)
  • Continue to work on my mental health recovery

 

While I prepare to start working on my goals for 2014, my hope for my readers is that it will be a safe and healthy year for all my current and future readers as you go about your day to day lives.

 

 

 

 

 

“Hating On Fat People Just Makes Them Fatter”

Logo used during 1970s

Logo used during 1970s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This July 26, 2013 article on the NPR Shots: Health news website, talks about the negative effect of discrimination based on a person’s weight.  Research has started to discover that judging people because of their weight doesn’t encourage them to lose weight, if anything it tends to cause those being judged to gain weight.

I know from personal experience that losing weight is a difficult task, but gaining it is super easy.  I have had to re-learn how to do all kinds of things starting with what I write on my shopping list, and including learning better ways to prepare food so it is healthier.  Cooking and organizing aren’t things that come naturally to me, so not only am I learning to make healthier choices, but I’m also learning new skills so I can benefit from those choices. for exercise, I started by walking to the store near my home 3 times per week, and over time worked to increase the distance and frequency of my walking.  Once I reached a point to where I could easily walk most places downtown, I got a bike, which is where I’m at now, and just like walking, I’ve had to start with short rides, but am pushing myself to increase my speed and distance when I ride.  I occasionally am able to borrow a vehicle from someone, or get a ride from them, and when I do use a car for transportation, I will purposely park further from the entrance than most people would typically choose to, because for me this extra distance I need to walk to get into the store gives me an opportunity to get a little extra walking and burn a few more calories.  I eat food prepared at home probably 99% of the time, but when I do opt to eat out some place I do the best I can to make the healthiest choice I can and since I enjoy salads, I will often get a chef salad or some other type of salad with lots of veggies in it and for a beverage, I love Mountain dew, but in all honesty I’m finding that having a glass of water with my meal not only gives me something to sip on while I’m waiting for my meal, but it also costs less, so I’m able to save a little cash by drinking water.

In January of 2012 when I decided I had enough of being overweight, I weighed about 256 pounds which put me deep into the class of obese, but by making small changes and learning new skills I have managed to get my weight down to 225 as of a couple of days ago.  I’m a former smoker, and to be honest, for me it was tough to quit smoking, but it’s been even more difficult to stay on track with losing weight.  Not only is food everywhere, but it is a necessity to survival, the problem I have is I enjoy food too much and many of my hobbies have been things like video games and blogging.  The first 6 months were brutal trying to convince myself to go for a walk as many days as I possibly could.  So I literally had to re-train myself in how I looked at getting up and moving around.  I discovered that cleaning can count towards my daily doctor recommended hour of exercise each day, so since I struggled with keeping up with housework also, I developed a cleaning schedule and purposely worked out the schedule so that at least half to 3/4 or the housework I did each day included actively moving around. I did this on top of my walks to the store.  Then I got a Nintendo Wii game system and started playing a game called “Walk it out” that combines a simple game with walking to the beat of music.  The pace might be slower or faster from song to song, so for me it keeps me from getting bored while I walk.  I got an iPod also that has helped when I’m walking outside listening to the music helps me work on keeping a faster pace, much like playing “Walk it out”, I try to walk to the beat of the music on my iPod.

So, why am I sharing all this with my readers?

Well, it’s to show that seeing someone who is obese and judging them based on what you see may not be fair to them.  I can’t look at someone else and know whether they are working on making healthier choices  in what they eat any more than someone can look at me and decide if I ate salad or a big mac for lunch.  I’ve heard people make comments about things I’ve purchased when I’ve shopped, and while they may be right that some things I have purchased aren’t all that healthy, but how does the person making that judgement know if the item is for me or someone else?  or if the item is a special treat or not?  often times when I’ve heard a lot of judgmental comments as I’m going through the store, I will begin to struggle with the idea of ‘fine, they are accusing me of eating unhealthy I may as well live up to their expectation’  and will end up grabbing a bag of chips I didn’t plan on buying, but now feel compelled to because someone made a judgmental comment.  So as I read the article about the research done in Florida on the subject, I didn’t have to think too hard to know that there was truth to what they discovered, because I had experienced it personally.

My bottom line for all this is that people need to actually get to know someone before they make assumptions about them based solely on appearances, it isn’t fair to the person being judged or to the person being judgemental, because the judgmental statements can mean that an opportunity to meet an awesome person will be forever gone all because of a snap judgement.

“Too Fat for Seat Belt: Woman Loses 250 Pounds”

English: Obese man early 20th century

English: Obese man early 20th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This July 4, 2013 video on the ABCnews website is about a woman who lost 250 pounds after a wakeup call in the form a a traffic ticket.  This video is something I’m posting, because I know from personal experience that being obese is more expensive then being at a healthy weight.  Everything costs more, clothing, furniture, healthcare, I’m sure if I really dug, I could comeup with even more things that I have had to pay a high price for because of my weight.  I also know that it is possible to lose weight without a gym membership and equipment amounting to nothing more then a pair of sneakers and a bottle of water.  The exercise I primarily perform is walking, I force myself to walk to the store for my groceries, even when I’m in pain due to my arthritis, If I have access to a vehicle for running errands, I intentionally park further from the entrance of the store then most people do, because it gives me an excuse to get a little extra walking in.  I started out only being able to walk about 1/4 mile once or twice per week, but I’m to a point now where I can walk 2miles per trip 3 or 4 times a week I didn’t reach this point overnight, it was simply me deciding I had enough of being obese and finding ways to increase how much physical activity I get each day.  I’ve also made changes in what I eat, decreasing the mac-n-cheese to almost none and increasing fresh produce, lean meat, fish, and some dairy.  Decreasing my grains and starch intake has also been helpful, not only in helping me to lose weight, but also in helping me manage my pain.  Humans need some starch, but I’m confident that none of us need as much as what is found in the typical American diet … corn is in just about everything, whether it be corn syrup or corn starch, it’s extremely difficult to avoid starch since it is hidden in most processed foods.  My cooking skills were almost non-existent when I started making healthier choices, but since I started learningto improve my cooking skills.  My skills still aren’t great, but I can say I’ve learned a few things that I didn’t know before I decided to try to take charge of my weight.  My weight loss hasn’t been as dramatic as what the woman in the video has lost, but like my doctor has said, any loss is better then no loss at all.   Incase you’re wondering about the bottle of water I mentioned earlier, it can be used as a weight, but more importanatly it will help keep you properly hydrated which is very important for all of us to do.  I think the most important thing I found that helps me keep going though despite the often frustrating journey to a healthier me, is to have a few people who support and encourage me on my journey.  Everyone needs a cheerleader 🙂

 

 

 

“Dogs: Man’s best fitness friends”

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This March 3, 2013 article on The Morning Sun website talks about how dogs can help folks who are intimidated by the idea of going to a gym to still exercise and allow someone to have an exercise partner that isn’t going to cancel due to lack of interest.

 

 

“Serious Mental Illness No Barrier to Weight Loss Success”

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This March 21, 2013 article on the Science Daily website talks about a recent study that seems to show that folks with serious mental illnesses can successfully lose weight if they are given simple nutritional messages, counseling to support their efforts, and regular exercise to help them become more active.

 

 

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