Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The New Year

2010 is almost here! How many of you are resolutin' on losin' weight again this year? Ha, me too! This year, I wanna "Get Fit". Been doin' some research... lookin' for good ideas to help. Here's what I've found so far. There are 2 focus areas, the Healthy Stuff Focus Area and the Unhealthy Stuff Focus Area.

Healthy Stuff
believing you can do it
working on one-day-at-a-time
making short-term weight loss goals
having a reward system
keeping a food journal
experimenting with lower calorie recipes
eating fruits
whole grains
lean protein
plant-based fats
low-fat dairy/calcium sources
when you fail, you keep trying

Unhealthy Stuff
not planning your meals
skipping meals
emotional eating
drinking sweetened beverages
eating refined grains
saturated/trans fat
not exercising
when you fail, you give up

Here's some helpful ideas to practice:
1. Add veggies - spinach, onions, broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes - to your scrambled eggs.
2. Serve broth-based veggie soups as an appetizer, and add snow peas, onions, broccoli florets.
3. Cut your rice or pasta portion in half and replace the starch with asparagus, zucchini, etc.
4. Use romaine leaves as wraps, with chicken or tuna inside.
5. Before dinner, serve a salad with tons of veggies added, such as carrots, grape tomatoes and string beans.

FACTOID: Jumbo food packages prompt you to eat more. In one study, adults give one pound M&M bags scarfed down 264 more calories than those given half-pound bags!
FACTOID: A chocolate chip cookie at Starbucks has 540 calories, 10 more calories than a McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese! Holy canolees!!

"I keep trying to lose weight but it keeps finding me!"
"Most people lose weight by having intimate dinners for two... alone."
If you have any helpful ideas for gettin' fit,
such as ways to think positive, yummy recipes,
or fun exercises, please send 'em in!
Can't wait to hear for all of you!! LOVE Y'ALL!!

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  1. I'm behind you in your efforts... WAY BEHIND YOU! I can't find the willpower and will only end up disappointing myself, again!

  2. Hi Ida,

    My name is Jennifer, and I represent Starbucks Coffee Company. As we strive to offer both indulgent and healthier options for our customers, I just wanted to let you know that Starbucks has instituted internal nutrition guardrails so that not a single food product in our stores (US/Canada) can be greater than 500 calories. In fact, the Chocolate Chunk Cookie you are referring to has 360 calories (not 540 as listed). If you are looking for ways to indulge without the guilt (and it looks like you are getting ready for your New Year's resolutions!), try the Petite Vanilla Bean Scone at just 140 calories.

    Happy New Year's!

    Jennifer Weber
    Starbucks Coffee Company

  3. Hey Ms A, just because I post stuff I need to do, don't mean I'm gonna do it. I'm no better than you, my friend. Just gonna try to think about eating better is all.

    And Ms Weber, please forgive my misinformation! Just because it's on the internet, doesn't mean it's true. I apologize. It's really wonderful that Starbuck's makes a 360 calorie cookie instead of a 540 calorie one, and that you have instituted internal nutritional guardrails for nothing to be more than 500 calories.

    I found on "Diet Bites" the calories in a couple of your beverages:
    Caramel Brulee Frap. Blended Creme Whip = 510 calories;
    Double Chocolate Chip Frap. Blended Cream Whip = 510 calories;
    Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Whip = 550 calories;
    Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Whip = 580 calories.

    A quote from Jillian Michaels, 9/7/08 -- "...a Venti Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino Blended Creme and Whip. I just had to look up the Starbuck's calories table and check this drink nutrition values. Do you have any idea how many calories this drink has? 750 calories!"

    No ill will intended here Ms Weber.
    Happy New Year back at ja!