Category Archives: Using Your Mind

Need Control

In January 2007, I reached my goal weight. I had to lose 58 pounds to get there. But, I did it. And, from that time until (around) April of 2013, I was able to maintain that number of (around) 174 … Continue reading

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50 Dietary Changes To Be Healthier & Lose Weight

Great stuff here from Runner’s World today.  Here are some of my fav’s from what they share: Eat Often Aim for three healthy meals and two small snacks a day, which means you’re eating something around every three hours. A … Continue reading

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5 Diet Tips Of Slim People

I saw this in Spark, where they borrowed it from Shape. It just doesn’t apply to women, in my opinion. These are a great five rules for anyone to follow: # 1 Weigh in regularly “Hopping on the scale consistently … Continue reading

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Making That Fitness Resolution Stick

A nice summary from Matt Fitzgerald on six tips for making “Getting Fit” a lifestyle change - About half of those who start a new exercise program abandon it within three to six months. The reason is no mystery–people are lazy. It’s … Continue reading

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About Half Of What You Eat Is Due To Conditioning

Just saw this from an older feature in Women’s Health – Taste buds may not rank on your list of the most important body parts, but the reason we even have them is likely to help us survive. Scientists have … Continue reading

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Brain & Hormones Work Against Weight Loss

Via the Seattle Times – When you’re trying to shed more than a few pounds, chances are pretty high that both your brain and hormones are conspiring against you, even when you’re not facing a groaning holiday table. Researchers have … Continue reading

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No Cookie For Me

I just stopped by the cafeteria at work to pick up something to drink.  And, when I arrived, I discovered that they’re giving out free fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies today. I didn’t realize it until the person behind the counter presented … Continue reading

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Free Your Mind & The Rest Will Follow

An interesting school of thought on time and energy management from “Dr. Oz” – What are some other tricks in your daily lifestyle that you think help you maintain emotional equilibrium? [Dr. Mehmet Oz]: You know that I have not … Continue reading

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Keys To Staying Fit

Chalene Johnson, over at BeachBody, offers her “20 Secrets of Very Fit People.”  It’s a perfect list.

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Beating Food Addiction

Via Today.com – NBC News’ chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, appeared alongside Williams on TODAY to discuss her own family’s struggles with overeating and weight. She noted that her sister recently lost 50 pounds, and that she herself used to … Continue reading

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Drawing The Line On Mindless Snacking – Albeit Healthy Snacking

I’ve had it. I got on the scale this morning and I am around four to five pounds heavier than I like to be – at this time of the day.  Yes, I just got back from a Disney vacation, … Continue reading

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What Floats Your Boat?

Depends on your age. Via MSNBC – People’s happiness levels change with age, an idea reflected in personal experiences and public opinion polls, but a new study shows that much of that change may boil down to how people define … Continue reading

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Starvation Triggers Appetite-Increasing Proteins In Your Brain

What’s next Lap-Bands for the mind? Via MSNBC – When a dieter starves themselves of calories, they starve their brain cells as well. New research finds that these hungry brain cells then release “feed me” signals, which drive hunger, slow … Continue reading

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Every Picture Tells a Story

This weekend, I saw a picture of me taken by the pool on Saturday, and, another one taken of me playing ball in a field on Sunday. I thought I looked terrible in the one from Saturday. Not that I … Continue reading

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Putting A Number On Your Food

Via the folks at RealAge.com – To feel more satisfied with your food — and possibly avoid pigging out — use this mind trick: Just focus on the calories. Doing so could dial down your hunger big-time — especially if … Continue reading

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My Own Fitness Plan 1.0 – Day 29

I found out this evening that I have to take a mandatory two-week furlough at work. Yeah, that’s really going to help pay my bills! (We’re a family of four on one income – mine.) I could have used that … Continue reading

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The Call For A National Nutrition Database

Via a New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene press release – The New York City Health Department along with 35 health authorities and organizations called on the federal government today to track nutrients in the U.S. food … Continue reading

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Putting A Time & Effort Price Tag On Junk Food

There are 880 calories in a Cinnabon® Classic Roll. An average person burns around 600 calories running for one hour – if they run at a pace in the ballpark of five miles per hour. Think about that the next … Continue reading

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What’s On New USDA Plate?

The other day, I shared that the U.S. Department of Agriculture was planning to swap in a plate icon for their food pyramid. And, it’s out now. Here are the highlights of what the new icon suggests: Balancing Calories ● … Continue reading

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Such A Thing As Too Much Health Food?

This afternoon, I was really dragging at work after lunch. I needed something around 3 pm for a boost. Usually, I would have an apple or another piece of fruit in this situation. But, today, I felt like I needed … Continue reading

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Eating Smart While Eating Out

Great tips on how to eat out without pigging out via the KXO Radio website – Seventy-three percent—that’s how many adults say that they now try to eat healthier when at a restaurant, reports the National Restaurant Association. Here are … Continue reading

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90 Hours Break From The Normal Routine

My weight went up three pounds since last week. Could be anything. Ate too much at Easter? Creatine kicking in? Maybe last week’s weight was a mis-read because it wasn’t my usual weigh-in time and clothing? Maybe it’s some combination … Continue reading

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Even Captain America Has His Gym Slacker Moments

I saw this last weekend in a USA Today interview with Chris Evans regarding his new movie Captain America: The First Avenger which comes out on July 22nd: [Chris] Evans on getting in (and out of shape):”As soon as we … Continue reading

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Study: Restriction Decreases, Not Increases, Cravings

Interesting news from the L.A. Times The prospect of going on a diet makes many people nervous. Once cravings for verboten foods set in, dieters may fall off the wagon. But a study finds that over time, restricting some foods … Continue reading

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Study: Improving Body Improves The Mind

The news on this via the USA Today – Here’s another good reason to lose weight: It may improve your memory and concentration, new research suggests. Scientists know that overweight and obese people are at a greater risk for memory problems … Continue reading

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