National Women’s Health Week!


Hi Ya’ll,

Sorry  I have been absent–I admit I have had some issues with my scale, WE aren’t friends! And trying to ‘get my act together’ has been a struggle! I am FINALLY back on track, getting my head together and what not. I will discuss all THAT in my next post.

I though ya’ll find this interesting, thanks Michelle (the below if from her) for getting me off my tail and helping me motivate

 

xoxoxo

Traci

Smart Ways To Stay Healthy and Fit

 

Smart ways to stay healthy and fit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women seem to have natural tendency to focus on their bodies, appearance, health and fitness. National Women’s Health Week, May 12th to 18th, gives women another opportunity to learn new information on the best ways to maintain fitness levels and improve health. Researchers have learned that there are three basic ways woman can keep their nutritional levels and exercise levels in healthy balance.

 

Balanced Nutrition

Healthy eating should being early in life with an emphasis on nutritious foods and avoidance of fast foods and processed foods that are high in calories, fat and sodium. Lean meats, whole grain carbohydrates, lots of vegetables and plenty of fruits will help to maintain healthy nutrition and will promote weight loss naturally. Low-fat or fat-free versions of dairy products will help to keep calcium levels up and calories down. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil help to maintain heart health and normal cholesterol levels. If you stick to healthy foods, you will find that you have less need to snack on sugary foods to curb hunger. Your skin, hair and complexion will have a natural glow from the vitamin and minerals contained in these foods.

 

Regular Exercise

All women should incorporate regular exercise into their week to improve health, maintain weight and regulate mood. Exercise has benefits throughout women’s lives, regardless of the type you choose. Combining exercise types can often produce the maximum effect on fitness. Aerobic exercise like running, walking, tennis and bicycling works out the large muscles of the body and burns calories. It also improves cardiovascular health. Stretching exercises such as yoga and Pilates help to keep muscles and joints flexible to avoid injury. Strength training such as free weights, resistance bands and weight machines help to increase endurance, prevent fatigue and strengthen bones.

Special Situations

Women should also ensure that they make the proper adjustments during those special times in their lives when nutritional and exercise needs change. Pregnancy requires women to double the efforts to eat right and choose foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and protein to help nourish the growing fetus. Though exercise is still important during pregnancy, you may have to revise your routine to prevent back problems or joint injuries as the baby grows. As women mature, the hormones that protect them from heart disease and stroke diminish, so they must compensate by taking additional care with nutrition and exercise. Eat more calcium-containing foods to help keep bones strong and protect your joints when exercising to avoid long-term damage from osteoarthritis

 

I have just joined Planet Fitness and going three to four times a week and REALLY enjoying it! They have given me activities, weights, machines to build up my thigh as well.  If not at the gym, I will be walking outside, my favorite!

 

Another easy way to boost your motivation is by music or inspirational quotes.  Take this water bottle from Lululemon for example; a humorous quote to look at when I exercise or to keep on my desk.  But the change that makes the most difference in how people feel is in their improved diet.  Now I’m older and I need to protect my skin from the sun.  Like most people I have sensitive skin, so I need a special sunscreen that is made for sensitive skin from natural ingredients.  Hat and sunglasses are also important!

Green smoothies make for an easy on-the-go breakfast for those hectic mornings.  Smoothies are great because you can customize the ingredients you use in your smoothie.   It’s important to improve your diet when looking to improve your overall health.  Your body needs nutritious foods as fuel for when you exercise.

 
http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/physical-activity.cfm#d 

 

 

Three heads and hachu, hachu, hachuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I have been a tad under the weather and just not feelin’ up to snuff…

Between me, and the hubby and people at work, it’s just goin’ around–so that is where I have been!!!

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Tryin’ to kick it and hoping this sneezing will stop soon!!!

xoxoxox

Traci

Mexican Town with the Ladies, Tosca’s Cleanse and an Awesome blog AND Margs!


Hya Everyone,

We had Ladies Night with my co-workers and it was SO much fun! As some of you know I am from Texas–grew up in San Antonio and ADORE mexican food! Since coming to Michigan I have found a few places but everyone says if I want to find ANYTHING even remotely similar, I need to go to Mexican Town in Detroit.

Now first off let me say I am an hour from Detroit and don’t get down there very often for if you don’t know your way around, it can be kinda crazy…

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This is where we were, it was YUM! :)

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These are the wonderful Ladies of my work!! We have decided to do something every two months…

 

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My co-worker Linda and I have decided to do Tosca’s Cleanse which you can find here…

 

 

http://toscareno.blogspot.com/2011/06/detox-defined.html#.URatcY5D38s

 

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Linda and I….

I have gained a little weight ( about 12 pounds). This is from dealing with my knee, trying to figure out my lifestyle ( this will be one of my next posts and plain just being lazy so I am trying to get back on track and Linda and I (below) have decided to do this, isn’t she gorgeous? She doesn’t really need to, she is very healthy and actually ‘starting to eat clean’ with me, not that she didn’t really before, but we are helping each other. This is a horrible pic of me, but great one of her…I look at this and say, wow, I have gained tons of weight, when I haven’t really but it sure looks like it??

 

I also want to tell you about this amazing blog, once I’m done with my Cleanse I am going to try this, I did buy what I needed…

 

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I won these from her site, please check out Jess, she has an amazing site, with lots of fun things, great eats and it’s just packed with good fun things and great advice… ( Jess I am going to be drinking these this coming weekend, I can’t thank you enough!!!

http://alotonyourplate.wordpress.com/

 

This is a reduced calorie margarita mixer from Powell and Mahoney ( that is actually OK for you!!) Imagine that!!

Please check out their site here…

http://powellandmahoney.com/

I can’t wait for next weekend to actually partake, WHOOT!

 

Still trying to get back on track with working out, I struggle, it hurts my knee and then I falter, but this week I will have three days so I am getting there!

 

Off to watch the Red Wings with the boys, hope everyone has a great weekend!!

 

xoxoxoxo

Traci

Babykins, Happy 19th Birthday, still blowing kisses to your heart Courtney


I can’t believe you are 19, I still think of being terrified of being a new Mama at 24!

Mama Traci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had NO idea what to do, what I WAS doing, what YOU were supposed to be doing! :)

You were amazing–still are…

Cort and Mom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I stil recall you asking me, since you were outdrawing me by the time you were about 6 ( hey I could at least color in the lines with you!!) if you could sleep with you pencils, no dolls for Courtney, always artistic, like the rest of the fam. I miss getting those, still have all the ones you have given me, even looking at my computer desk right now, I have a clay pot, a heart that says ‘ Happy Mother’s Day’ and and a another heart you made me–I even have your first drawing, what you were like 2? So many memories, so even though I shed a tear for we are so far apart, know you are never more than a ‘ blowing kisses to your heart’! I love you more than you will ever know!

Enduring pain and fear, these tangles caught
in strokes of brush to tame unruly curls;
and brave a smile for you, a hug is sought.

The precious moments spent as eve now swirls
with mother, daughter, laughter- bonds are deep.
As reading starts this thread, the words will twirl…

While painting sky with hues in peaceful sleep,
a teddy she enjoys is pad and ink.
as rainbow streaks arise, the pastels leap.

When morning breaks, the dawn begins to link
a day with pals and swimming pools-her smile.
Then walking past she looks, your eyes now wink

As sun begins its fade, returning her,
With grins and hugs for mom, a child will stir.

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Happy Birthday Courtney!  I can’t wait to see the woman you become — I really think you are on your way…

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Love,

Mama

Reviews of the Paleo Diet


Like before, I don’t tell you what they say, I want YOU to figure them out….

 

I got some good information, so I think you have a basic idea of how this idea works.

 

The next few diet plans I do, I WILL have more knowledge of ( personally).

 

I am going to do Weight Watchers ( now I haven’t done the new version they have out, I am going to do something on being a Vegan and Vegetarian and  I also may do Jenny Craig which I don’t know much about but jI know it’s big.

 

I will end this series with Eat Clean…

 

So that is what is coming up!

 

http://www.jonbarron.org/article/paleo-diet

 

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=154824&start=1

 

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/diet-review-the-caveman-paleo-diet

 

xoxoxoxoox

Traci

Sometimes you feel like a nut, Paleo you don’t…


‘People all over the world were becoming weight-conscious. Way back in 1919, the Continental Scale Company saw a market being created and introduced the first bathroom scale, called the “Health-O-Meter”. Then in 1942, the Metropolitan Insurance Company started using weight tables in their calculations of premiums – the closer your were to the “ideal weight”, the lower your premiums. Industry was cashing in on the weight-loss consciousness.’

The Paleo Dietis based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, the time period from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, about 10,000 years ago. These foods include fresh meats (preferably grass-produced or free-ranging beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat, if you can get it), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed). Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu.

Decades of research by Dr. Loren Cordain and his scientific colleagues demonstrate that hunter-gatherers typically were free from the chronic illnesses and diseases that are epidemic in Western populations, including:

  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, etc.)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Acne
  • Myopia (nearsightedness), macular degeneration, glaucoma
  • Varicose veins, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, gastric reflux
  • Gout

http://thepaleodiet.com/getting-started-with-the-paleo-diet

While our books on The Paleo Diet provide much more detail on the foods you should and shouldn’t eat, here is a basic scheme of things:

EAT:

  • Grass-produced meats
  • Fish/seafood
  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

DON’T EAT:

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I guess for me I have an issue with anything that tells me DON’T EAT SOMETHING, especially things that are important like dairy! Granted, I don’t eat much dairy personally, but still, and legumes–really? I need to read more…

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‘To summarize, the Paleo Diet’s based on what we “think” cavemen ate, based on some historical data and studies of modern-day hunter-gatherers, as well as trace evidence found in archeological digs and a whole lot of guess-work and theory.’

I guess what I’m not getting is, haven’t we evolved? So, wouldn’t our bodies and diets have changed? Wouldn’t this diet have changed to fit that, or doesn’t that matter?

This is the basis for the diet from what I can gather– I am generalizing. The thing is this– I just don’t believe in something that makes you give up something.

I know, I know, there are vegans and vegetarians, but  I do believe that is different since I can speak from that experience, at least mine–it’s for moral reasons and because I don’t want to get cancer ( but this we will get into later.)

I guess I am just confused about this diet for I know it’s popular. But I also know, anytime you sacrifice food groups you will lose weight.

Like before, I will come back with reviews in a few days and see what others think, if anyone else has done this– please let me know. I am curious– maybe I’m  just not understanding enough about it??

That is all for now….

xoxooxox

Traci

PS, haven’t worked out, I tweaked my knee so  I need to figure out things to do that don’t hurt it, sigh. I do have a few ideas I’m going to try.

What, Where and Holy Fiddlesticks!


When I said I wasn’t going to be another ‘January Statistic’, I meant it and do mean it, let me explain…

I do have a tendency to start and stop and ponder and start again! How many ‘weight losers’ can relate to this?

What happened me to me in the last two weeks was not on my radar, I guess it should have been but I was thinking I got lucky!

I have what some women may know of as ( just give me a bottle of Jack and I will see you in a week) pain…

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I have Endometriosis..

‘ a gynecological medical condition in which cells from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) appear and flourish outside the uterine cavity, most commonly on the peritoneum which lines the abdominal cavity. The uterine cavity is lined with endometrial cells, which are under the influence of female hormones. Endometrial-like cells in areas outside the uterus (endometriosis) are influenced by hormonal changes and respond in a way that is similar to the cells found inside the uterus. Symptoms often worsen with the menstrual cycle.’

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So,  the point of this was, I hadn’t had ‘one’ since August and all of a sudden I had ‘one’ this month, I felt like a chainsaw was ripping through me and I was going to die!

I didn’t work out, blog, barely went to work and just came home and went to bed, Traci was NOT  a happy camper-8 days later I started feeling human!

I am calling my gynecologist next week to find out what is going on, sigh. I am only 43 but still, thought I got lucky!

I was going to diets though January but since I am behind I am going to do a few more…

Here is the reviews I promised. I am not going to go into them, I decided that is not really fair. I told you in my earlier post pretty much where I stood. I found all I could on the ‘ Beyond Diet’ and I am going to let you make your own choice.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/diet-review-the-diet-solution

http://consumerscompare.org/beyond-diet-review/

http://www.dietspotlight.com/beyond-diet-review/

http://www.beyond-dietreviews.com/

 

I have a few ‘non diet’ posts coming up I am really excited about but I will do my next diet review by Monday. :) Thanks for hanging in there with me…

I am actually going to clean house, it’s a crazy mess, do some baking this weekend and work out! :)

 

xoxoxoxoxo

Traci