Monday, June 13, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
The neglected health blog
I eventually lost 35 pounds and got back to a size 8. But as always it's a struggle. At my regular blog I wrote quite a bit about exercise and chocolate. Yes, chocolate (dark) is good for weight loss. Also, I've continued on the exercycle, and I'm at 2,588 miles in 17 months. The little online record for biking across the country with photos lost its funding, so now I just track it in a notebook. Can't walk much; developed bursitis in my left leg last August after having it clear up in the right in June, so it has to be the stationary bike.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Mayo BMI calculator
Just barely squeak into the normal zone. I’ve lost 18 lbs since Christmas. http://www.mayoclinic.org/bmi-calculator/itt-20084938
Yes, it’s the old tried and true ELMM method—eat less, move more. Works every time, but it does take longer as we age. I’m “embracing” healthy eating with no crazy changes or diet books. Just more fruits and vegetables, more salads with a variety of greens, eating all the colors, steaming, no sandwiches, making a lot of soup from home made broth, avoiding all my triggers—potato chips, crackers, cheddar cheese, processed foods in general and no glass of red wine with dinner.
Yesterday I made baked meatballs out of canned salmon—got them nice and brown, really delicious. It’s easy to warm them up for a meal. Even my husband liked them. Also I make up a mess of black beans, brown rice and grilled onions with a smidgen of either bacon or hamburger, divide into 4 packages, and then use that warm on my salad greens with some pieces of fat free feta cheese. I could waste away to nothing before I’d develop a taste for feta, so I think it is pretty safe. If made in Greece, it’s a brined white cheese made from sheep or goat milk, or if U.S. made, may be from cow’s milk. I can’t tell from this label.
Also more exercise—4-6 miles on the exercyle, spread over 4-5 times a day on the bike so I don’t reinjure my bursa. I’m also using my husband’s finger strengthener for his guitar while I cycle, trying to improve my grip which had become so weak I needed help to open jars.
My leg pain of the last 3+ years was gone after the first 10 lbs., but I’m still being careful.
I’m still in Virginia!
How big is this state, anyway? I’ve ridden my exercycle, Gold’s Gym Power 210 Spin, 380 miles since Christmas using an online program called “Tools to Keep you Active” into which you can log your biking, running or walking, and it will show you a photo of where you are. And I’m still in Virginia!
Monday, January 27, 2014
I eat orange peel
I eat an orange every day. About every third orange, I slice the peel, put it in a small amount of water and zap it in the microwave, drain, and do it again and drain. Then I soak it in sugar water for a day. Sometimes I save that water for my tea. I drain the water and sprinkle the peel with sugar and keep it in the frig in a closed container, where I munch a few slices a day for something tangy and sweet (much less sugar than a piece of candy). I used to let the slices dry out and then sugar them, but it didn’t really change the taste. If I were serving them at a party as sugared orange peels, I’d probably do it the right way. I don’t think I’ve discovered all the health benefits that this web page reports (lower cholesterol, anti-inflammatory, weight loss), but at least I haven’t had a cold in 18 months, which is pretty unusual for me. Or it’s a fluke. Either way,I’ve become rather fond of the peels. I sometimes chop them (after I’ve prepared them) in small pieces and add to fruit salads.
Always read instructions for cleaning the peel.Cross posted at Collecting my thoughts.
Monday, October 08, 2012
How are the knees?
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Diet and exercise myths and studies
Sunday, July 08, 2012
Rick Warren's new book
Today Gretchen Carlson interviewed Rick Warren about his "The Daniel Plan" which is about healthy eating and exercise, and she specifically asked what he thought about the Obamacare mandate requiring Christians to violate their conscience and teachings, and after telling her Christians had the first hospitals he moved right back to talking about his book and didn't answer her question which included a clip of Cardinal Dolan on NBC.
One of the guests with Warren commented on obesity and brain function. Compared to people of normal weight, overweight people’s brains look 8 years older and obese people’s brains appear 16 years older. Warren has lost 65 lbs.--so maybe that was his problem with answering a very clear question.