Can you limit your sitting and sleeping to just 23 1/2 hours a day?

14 12 2011

Today’s post is just a video that shows that it takes just a minimum effort to be much more fit.

Growing your own food

15 11 2011

Some people get into the growing your own food thing but have only read all the fluffy happiness when things go well. If you want to see someone genuinely trying this and walking through when things go wrong and when they, very often, go right – check out Cat Capin-Bishop’s blog Quaker Pagan Reflections. She’s been blogging on this topic for a while and is an awesome read :).

Climbing over the Wall

11 11 2011

There’s a saying, “I’ve hit a wall.” This means that someone has successfully been losing weight but their tactics are now ineffective towards getting past a certain weight threshold. I’m currently in one of these ruts. But, by using a calorie counting app, I’ve discovered some deficiencies in my diet causing this wall.

Calorie Counting? Isn’t that a pain in the rear tedious task that is ultimately pointless? Well, only if you’re doing it by hand. I use an app for my Android phone called Noom Weight Loss. It will nag you to keep entering data for all meals. Thankfully it’s way easy. You can just type in what it is you ate like “TGI Fridays Wings” or “Bagel” and it’ll generate a color-coded pie chart for you. You see a progress bar of how many calories you have consumed vs. the max to meet your weight loss goal and a star rating depending on how well balanced your diet is. It’s green yellow and red. Obviously you want more green and yellow than red.

I began noticing my diet was a lot of red, and there were some minor modifications I can make to go into yellow and green. Yay jalapeno popper kolaches, it puts some green in my diet! I always thought those things were terrible, turns out it’s actually slightly better than a bagel with cream cheese at home.

The trick with this is DOCUMENT EVERYTHING! Drink soda? Document it. Even if it’s just between meals. There is a mode for tracking water, though the program argues that the benefits of drinking water are indirect. Are there some inaccuracies? Well, yeah – it’s simple so there will be inaccuracies. But it’s a great tool for the job and is an awesome way of doing a diet analysis to see what needs changing. And if you browse through the program, you can find good substitutions without the assistance of a professional dietitian.

So remember to eat, just document what you eat. It’s well worth the 90 seconds of effort every meal.

Carbohydrates, RUN!!!

7 11 2011

So in a previous post, I discussed using the Wiccan ideal of balance when it comes to Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats in one’s diet. One thing I still find counter-intuitive is how an imbalance in these really screws things up. I’m not talking about balance as in equal amounts of all, just having too little/too much of anything.

If you have been trying to lose weight for a while and researching what to eat, you are probably fairly convinced we (the US) invaded Iraq because it contained carbohydrates. We’re fighting the war on carbohydrates because of what they’re doing to our youth! In fact, Bush might have even had a speech about an axis of carbohydrates and ESPN probably fired some guy for comparing Obama to carbohydrates.

Yep, we’re a bit nuts about carbohydrates being evil. Yet, cutting them completely out of my diet usually results in me being fatter, heavier and less healthy? Yay the effects of imbalance. So, again, don’t do stupid things if you’re trying to be healthy. Low-carb is a bad choice, as is high protein or even high fat. All 3 of these things are needed… just in different quantities.

Dave on Diets

4 11 2011

I hate diets. Weight loss isn’t effective long-term if your attitude is “I’ll do this now and quit it later” because you’ll just gain it all back. The bigger problem is that many diets are about intentionally creating an imbalance. Wiccans don’t buy into the whole balance thing because it’s unnatural – it’s because it works and things tend to go smoother when in balance. Your food intake should be the same. Ultimately, your food intake is categorized as: proteins, carbohydrates and fats. That’s what determines a healthy diet, or so my diet educator tells me.

So I was browsing another weight loss group and stumbled on this: Now, I take any claim that “person x is doing evil in your food” with a grain of salt, but overall I agree with many of the recommendations. So if you’re looking for a guide or just confused about what’s better than what, it’s worth checking out.

Again, I don’t like diets – but if you can live like this permanently – go for it.

Detox Guides, Many do it Wrong!

2 11 2011

There is a trend in our community to latch onto detox guides, especially with many Pagans being environmentalists. If there’s something talking about ZOMG, the pesticide runoff – chances are Pagans will cling to it. Never mind that with the cost of everything going up, farmers now have collection basins to collect this runoff to re-distribute unused fertilizer.

But we must be aware of the evils of tomatoes! The benefits of farm grown produce! The 100 mile diet!

Sure, these are all great things, as long as you’re not “doing it wrong“. Don’t not eat vegetables because of the evil tomatoes. Don’t avoid vegetables because they’re not organic and you don’t want to buy organic. Don’t avoid healthy food just because you don’t want to have something over 100 miles away. Don’t use detox guides as excuses (conscious or subconscious) to put less good food in your diets like so many do. Instead, keep that information in the back of your mind for when the choice arises, but still choose to have good food in your diet.

Pedometers, cheap and useful!

31 10 2011

I love my pedometer. I constantly use them, so I can tell you that the one I have is $10.99 from Fry’s.

I often get asked what it is, because it’s an extra white box on my belt that’s obviously too small to be a phone. Next, I always get asked “well, how’s it work.” So, here’s a blog entry on how a pedometer works.

Basically there’s a mechanism inside that detects bounces. When you walk, you cause a bouncing action for everything attached to your belt – that’s just how walking works. So, you enter in the length of your stride (or keep the default if you’re average height, like me) and from that it can calculate bounces multiplied by length of strides to figure out how far you’ve walked. And if you enter a time, it can determine how fast you walked or ran. Then if you enter your weight, it can guesstimate how many calories (kcals actually) you’ve burned.

Personally, just because I constantly lose these things, I just stick with the cheapest thing I can find. Though there are some cooler pedometers out there that will automatically link up with fitness sites via wifi and all that.

Couldn’t I just do this on a phone app? Phones have the same sensors.

Most Blackberries do not have these sensors. On Android, the better apps either completely drain your battery or cost money. I haven’t investigated this on iOS since the only iOS device I have is an iPad. So, technically – yes. But expect it to suck in some way (at least with the present selection of apps).

Tips on how to avoid losing your pedometer

First, ensure it is tightly connected to your belt. Sometimes with motion, it naturally gets loosened up and just falls off. Whoops.

Make it a rule of thumb that when you get to a TSA checkpoint that you just take off and pack up your pedometer until you get to your destination hotel room/guest room. I’ve lost A LOT of pedometers in airplane seats, baggage claim etc. Too much moving around in tight quarters and BLAM it’s gone.

Check it periodically. When you first buy a pedometer, you may think the hinge is upside down, it’s not. That’s because it’s supposed to be attached to your belt and flip down for you to read it. Just by doing this, you get a good feel for if the pedometer is about to fall off you so you can act accordingly.