Just for the fun of it, hope you smile.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!
Here are a few motivational / inspirational posters to keep your head in the game. When you think about giving up, or slowing down…read these…print them out- remember them!
Happy FriYAY everyone!
Mustard Herb Vinaigrette
In a blender puree 1 hard-cooked egg yolk (makes it creamy)-3 tbsp of white wine vinegar, 1tbsp of grainy Dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp of crushed garlic, salt(kosher/sea salt) and ground black pepper
Mix those together and then slowly add in 5 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil.
Once mixed, stir in some fresh parsley, tarragon or basil.
Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette
Puree 3/4 cup of fresh raspberries with 1/4 cup of reduced sodium vegetable stock.
Whisk in 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil – 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and minced shallots – 2 tsp of Dijon or honey mustard – 1/4 tsp of salt & pepper
Whisk together 3 tbsp of balsamic vinegar – 1 1/2 tbsp of warm water – 1 tsp of Dijon mustard – 1/2 tsp of minced garlic, salt and pepper
Continue to whisk and slowly add 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil.
Creamy Greek Yogurt Dressing
Mix together 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt(non fat) -2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil – 2 tbsp of lemon or lime juice-1 shallot or 2 green onions minced – 1/2 clove of garlic minced – 1 tsp of paprika – 1 tsp of chilli powder -1/4 tsp salt & pepper
Whisk together or blend in a blender.
You can double these recipes but they will only stay fresh for a week.
Think about how quick it is to make your own fun salad dressing and what exactly is in the store version that allows it to sit on the shelves for a year?!
Eating healthy isn’t hard.
If you have a healthy salad dressing recipe, share it with us!
I had to take my daughter to the dentist today and while we were waiting I picked up the latest copy of People magazine.
There was a big feature on Carnie Wilson, the singer who had gastric bypass surgery and lost a whack of weight. Good for her! Oh, hold on…she gained it back!! How do you have a huge chunk of your stomach removed and you gain back 2/3 of your weight!!
The story was about her going under the knife AGAIN for another type of surgery. This time, lap band surgery.
Shaking my head while reading this story was an understatement. Even my daughter asked what I was reading about, likely because of the disgusted look on my face.
Really? A second surgery? COME ON?????????? She wrecked her stomach and stretched it SO much that she gained back the weight she lost, so she decided to fix her over eating problem by making her “tiny” stomach even smaller.
So what is gastric bypass? First and foremost, it is a major surgery first and that in itself is a huge risk to your health. Gastric bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller and causes food to bypass part the small intestine. You are “supposed” to feel full quickly. It is supposed to reduce the amount of food you can eat at one time. Bypassing part of the intestine reduces how much food and nutrients are absorbed. This all sounds really healthy and such a simple way to lose weight?? NO
So what happened to Carnie and many others just like her?? They never changed their behaviors. They looked for the easy way out. They didn’t want to do the work to be healthy. They wanted a quick fix, just like the Jenny Craig’ers, Herbal Magic junkies, and every other fad of the week.
Carnie lost weight with the surgery and she likely kept eating crappy food. Day by day stretching her stomach. Stuffing in more and more food. She didn’t learn a thing. She didn’t learn to eat better. She didn’t understand the reason for exercise and tadaaaaa…she is once again morbidly obese. Repeat; AGAIN.
Her answer to “fix” this and to get healthy? Well, I’ll just try a DIFFERENT surgery. She decided lap band surgery was the answer. Oh and the surgeon who agreed to do this? I’ll say what he is…a money grabbing quack that doesn’t deserve a medical license. He should have turned her out the door and directed her to someone who would actually help her to understand what she is doing to herself and why!
So she goes under the surgical knife again and has a silicone band – (because that is a natural foreign object that should be in your body; NOT) placed around the top portion of her stomach so again she’ll feel full quickly and limit the amount of food that can be consumed.
I bet, and this is a shot in the dark, that the exact same thing will happen to Carnie. She will lose weight and then stretch the “tiny” pouch of a stomach AGAIN.
The only thing that Carnie has learned is that she can eat and eat and eat and then get some kind of surgery to fix it.
In the article she said she is doing this for her health–WOW, now that is total BS. She is doing this because she is lazy and doesn’t want to do the work. She wants a quick fix for the last couple of years of binge eating. If she cared about her health she wouldn’t eat so recklessly.
She has been on the diet roller coaster for years. She knows what to eat and what to avoid.
Here is a fact. We’re not born loving ice cream. It is a learned behavior. We mentally condition ourselves to find some kind of reward in eating certain foods.
I have been open and said that red velvet cake makes me start to drool. But I wasn’t born loving red velvet cake. I learned it.
We condition ourselves to what we eat and the habits we have. I didn’t want to ruin the surprise, but, YOU ARE IN TOTAL CONTROL of your weight.
You are in control of the excuses you make or the reasons you make.
OK, before I get hate mail from people who are pro-weight loss surgery. Yes, there are some cases that they do require surgery. Those people are the ones featured on TLC that can’t leave their homes. Most people and yes most people can eat healthy and exercise to stay healthy. They choose not to because its too hard. Or it’s work or requires commitment. There’s no instant gratification in responsible methods of weight loss.
Carnie Wilson, where does this end?? You have PROVEN that you can cheat your way out of surgical alteration of your body. Once you lose weight with this next surgery and then regain it again, what’s next?? Full removal of your stomach along with lipo suction or permanently wiring your jaw shut?
Yes, this fires me up because people read her story and think they are in the same boat as her and then turn to these ridiculous measures.
If you are struggling with your weight, you’ve done it to yourself. There is no fat fairy that is punishing you, you are punishing yourself. When I weighed over 225lbs -I DID THAT TO MYSELF. Eating was my sport and I suffered. But I actually wanted to be healthy and I lost the weight the right way and I am never going back.
Do the opposite of Carnie Wilson. Choose health not quick fixes.
Gregg McBride also wrote a great post on this subject. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gregg-mcbride/weight-loss-surgery_b_1375800.html
Everyone has their reasons for getting and staying fit/healthy.
Some people do it to lose weight, some because they have had a health scare (diabetes, high blood pressure/cholesterol), some do it for protection/prevention.
Whatever your reason, congratulations. I know some days it can be a real struggle to drum up the energy to show up to boot camp (or whatever your fitness program is).
It is key to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind to help you stay focused and on track.
Here are the reasons why I take care of my health:
Health – I want to stay healthy not only for me but for my family!
Strength – I like being able to push myself. I like being able to know that I am working towards a longer/stronger life. I like being able to do 50/50/50 x 50
Pride – I am proud of how far I have come – losing over 200lbs was hard but I did it…and I never want to have to do it again!
My Family - I want to run, jump and play with my kids and their kids. I want to be a great role model for them when they are adults. I want them to take care of their health.
Happiness – Being fit makes me happy – being overweight made me miserable– I choose to be happy, healthy and fit
Me – I am doing this for me. Spending an hour a day to make myself better is better for everyone that I’m involved with.
If things in your life aren’t the way you want them, then change it. YOU HAVE THE POWER WITHIN YOU TO CHANGE!
You and your health are a priority. If you put everyone’s needs before yours that doesn’t make you a martyr in the name of family first, it makes you unhealthy. If you’re not healthy, what good are you to them?
As parents we have self-induced guilt the moment our children are born. We don’t want to miss a minute of their lives. We put our lives on the back burner to take care of our families. Imagine the guilt if you get sick or incapacitated and you must have your kids/family take care of you. When it comes to health issues that you can control, you are insulting everyone who didn’t have that control. Try to look at someone who’s health and wellness was taken from them and couldn’t control it when you can prevent your poor health issues. Our health is precious just as our family is.