Tuesday, January 11, 2011


In the Dr. Oz Live Better Newsletter, there was a lot of interesting reading. Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary is giving tips on how to fight fat with Ayurveda.
The first step is to drink the detox tea, 4-5 cups, sips throughout the day. For several weeks. It involves drinking a boiled concoction of cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. Sounds disgusting. But I'll give it a try.
Wonder if I can get WonderHusband to do it, too. Nah.

Don't Laugh

Okay, don't laugh. I joined Dr. Oz's Move It and Lose It in 2011. I shamelessly love the man.
Now why don't I watch his program? Hmm. Should. I could record, watch and skip through the commercials! Great opportunity to focus, work out every day.
That could be genius.
Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hmm, chopped salad.

I saw Mark Bittman's video on nbc.com about three recipes that will change your life--lentils and rice, broccoli stir-fry, and chopped salad. Chopped salad I say what is that? Ahh, well, it's salad makings chopped into small enough bits that you get many ingredients in one bite. Makes sense. Also, it's a healthy and good-looking meal. So I googled chopped salad, and low and behold, not only is there a restaurant called "Chop't Creative Salad Company" , but there is a whole web site for chopped salads. I'll be trying some of those combinations soon.
By the way, I googled "lentils and rice", and by golly, there used to be a a blog called--you got it--lentils and rice, but it is no longer there. Poop. Looked interesting.
And, of course, there are innumerable sites/recipes for stir-fry. I'll be looking at those as well. The seasonings/sauce are a mystery to me.
Saturday, January 8, 2011

me 'n Ed Levine

For those of you that follow Ed Levine of Serious Eats, you know that he posts about his diet every week and how much weight he has lost. Or not. Sometimes he gains, sometimes he loses, but as he states this week, "it's the bigger (or should I say the smaller) picture that counts".
I was surprised to read that he has chosen to lose one pound a month for the next year. Great minds think alike, eh? Oh. I didn't tell you that I was going to try to lose one pound a month this year. Sorry. Really, I'd been saying it at work. Everyone looks at me like I'm nuts. Wow, Barb, GREAT GOAL.
Hey. Better than gaining weight. Or not losing ANY weight.
Oh. And did another season of Biggest Loser start? Wow. Missed that. Luckily, my dvr knows to record any new Biggest Loser shows. So, now to watch it.
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Maybe not the BIGGEST loser. . .

but I do want to lose. What better excuse than to lose with Biggest Loser.

More later. . .
Sunday, August 8, 2010



Not in as "I did well", but rather, as in, "sigh".

In typical Barbie fashion, I couldn't leave well enough alone. Always gotta be tweaking and pushing forward. And I just have to rein myself in and not tweak so much that I hurt myself.

As it is just too durn hot to do most anything outdoors, I went to our beautifully appointed city fitness center. I walked a couple miles at 3.5 mph and rode the stationery cycle for 6.5 miles, 10mph/75rpm/level one. I also went to our subdivision's pool and "swam" 250 yards.

That night, my right knee was cussing me. And I think it was the cycling, because that's the only time my knee was uncomfortable. I think the 6.5 miles was too much.

And I just didn't know a think about riding a stationery bike. Heck, I had to ask how to turn it on. Oh, you have to actually start pedaling for it to turn on. Who knew?

I decided I needed to do some research. I dragged out the beloved Cooper aerobics book and started looking at what it recommended for old geezers like me. And good gracious, the plan doesn't call for riding 7.5 miles until the 15th week. Hmm.

While I was looking at the Cooper book goals, I made some new goals for walking. Cooper calls for swimming 300 yards the first week, too much. I'll work up to that.

The next workout I also went to the workout center. I walked two miles at 4mph, 30 minutes. And I planned to ride the stationery bike at 15mph/55rpm for 4 minutes. (that's 1 mile, geez.) It took some fiddling and diddling with the levels to get comfortably to that goal, but I ended up at level 12/13 to get there. And I ended up riding for 10 minutes. (that's 2.5 miles--I'm smoking, folks!) I didn't always stay as high as 15mph, but my knee isn't screaming at me today, either. I plan on doing this workout for a few more times before moving ahead.

And, finally, I went to the pool and "swam" for 200 yards. That wasn't my goal, but there were a lot of kids at the pool, and they were swimming across the pool, instead of with the lanes. I am beginning to think I need to consider the pool at the fitness center earlier than I had planned. They always have lanes open just for lap swimming. But for me, it's an embarrassment thing. No one in the lanes swims as poorly as I do, or is as heavy as I am. My goal is to continue to improve my swimming skills and lose enough weight by the time our outdoor pool closes so that I can swim laps at the indoor pool, which I am guessing (unable to find info at the hoa website) is 4-6 weeks away. I can do it.
Monday, July 26, 2010

Down and out

I will post more often. Promise. There hasn't been a whole lot to say. Injured my shoulder, not exercising, but at work. It was all I could do to go to work and do my job for two months. I think the durn thing was semi-dislocated, because as I was healing, I started lifting light weights and when I did a chest press, there was a distinct CLUNK and although it hurt like a mother at the time, (seriously, it was one of those moments where the tears sprang out of my eyes), my shoulder hurt much less afterwards.
I know, I shoulda gone to the doctor. Have I gone yet? No. I know. I'm stubborn like that.
One of the blogs I follow, Tallgrass Prairie Studio, is sponsoring a quilting/fitness challenge called the "Improv(E) Your Butt Challenge". And heaven knows, I need to exercise more and quilt more.
My goal is to complete a quarter triathlon every week. That's 0.6 miles swimming, 28 miles cycling, and 6.5 miles running. Every day I'm not working (4 days a week), my goal is to "swim" 0.15 miles, bike 7 miles and "run" 1.625 miles. Since I'm just starting out, and I'm still dealing with my shoulder injury, "swimming" will consist of just moving through the water as best as I can, biking will consist of me trying my best to move forward and not fall off the bike, and running will consist of a combination of walking and jogging.
I do want to continue with a couple sessions of yoga and pilates per week and getting back to lifting weights regularly.
And eat clean. I know I can do it.