Sunday, December 30, 2007
A few of us already got a jump start from the holidays by losing weight. One of those jump-starters was our biggest loser for the last two weeks - Papa Teeter, with a loss of four pounds! Incredible job, dad. :)
January is the best time to lose weight because we're using our New Years Resolutions as motivation. Most folks give up after a few weeks - but the MWC'rs must not! Set your weightloss goal for the next two months and keep your eye on the prize.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
This week was a better week for us all. We collectively lost eight pounds, and K.C. was the biggest loser with a loss of four pounds! Wowza! I guess his NCO military training academy is paying off in a big way. Great job, K.C.!
We only have a little over two weeks left until New Years, thank goodness. To help alleviate my indulgence guilt, I plan to work out every day this week. This will give me the freedom to eat a bit more during the holidays. If you have the time, I suggest you do the same. God speed everyone!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Before you know it, we'll be done with the holidays and our weight loss efforts will go into overdrive. I can't wait... These holiday parties are tough to overcome.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Holiday Stress Relief
The holidays inspire visions of sugarplums for some, but for most of us, they also inspire dread. After all, between planning the perfect get-together and dealing with friends and family, it can be easy to overeat. But experts say you can avoid this trap. Consider this: Unless you examine your priorities and assumptions, chances are you're setting yourself up for stress, says Dr. Joyce Nash, PhD, a clinical psychologist. "Women especially get a picture in their heads about what the holidays have to look like. They hold high expectations and try to do too much," she says.
Nash says that by making a list and choosing only the things that are really important, you can avoid getting overwhelmed by things that don't matter. Unfortunately, when you're dealing with people — especially family — that's sometimes easier said than done. For example, it's often difficult to say no to a favorite aunt and her special holiday cookies or your mom's piled-high dinner plates.
In these cases, it pays to be firm but nice. Let yourself have a cookie and decline seconds. Likewise, tell mom that you'll serve yourself. Even better, offer to do the doling out this holiday season so she can sit down and enjoy herself. That way, you avoid turning a reasonable dinner into a calorie-fest.
You can employ the same strategy for relatives who insist on having you stay at their home while you're visiting, a scenario that may inspire stress eating. Tell relatives firmly that you'll be staying at a hotel. But be kind, says Nash.
"Remind mom and dad that just because you're staying elsewhere doesn't mean you don't love them. Tell them that it's something you need to do and remind them that you'll be visiting a lot," she says.
And if you are stuck in an uncomfortable situation, try the following strategies that can help minimize stress eating:
Don't skip breakfast. You've probably heard it over and over, but Lola O'Rourke, RD, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, says that this is key to a smart weight-loss program. "You'll be less likely to binge if you fuel your body early," she says.
Chew gum while preparing food. Those little "tastes" add up. Chew minty gum, which will keep you from noshing pieces of cheese or pinches of seasoned meat.
Give yourself permission to snack. Love your grandma's latkes? Work them into your plan. Saying "no" to foods you love is unnecessary and will only make you crave them more.
Keep your hands busy. Wrap gifts or wash vegetables in the kitchen. Go out and play touch football. If you keep yourself busy, there are fewer opportunities to eat.
Take small bites and leave some food uncut on your plate. Pre-cut food is easier to eat quickly. Cut your food one bite at a time and take small pauses in between swallows.
Pile on the lettuce. Avoid eating seconds by filling your plate with lettuce and fresh veggies.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Keep on trucking, and get out and exercise. The good and bad thing about Christmas is the shopping. It sucks to have to spend so much money, but at least you get some exercise while you shop! Do you ever notice how exhausted you are after shopping? It's because you walked three or four miles.
God speed through the holidays, everyone. I'll be pinging you again next weekend!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
She knows that now is not the time to give up.
So, mom tells me that you all want a reprieve this week from weighing. Fine, I will grant you a reprieve - but you must give it your all to eat well and exercise between now and Christmas. I will be collecting weigh-in numbers on Dec. 1.
Eat what you want this week, but stick to small portions. Please read the advice James emailed out to all of you yesterday. It has some great nuggets of advice.
Good luck this week everyone. I will be checking in with you next week!
Monday, November 12, 2007
You must get moving and exercise.
You must watch what you eat.
You must support others!
So come on, get back on the bandwagon. It's good for your health, longevity, and mental well-being. Oh yeah, and there's no getting around this fact - you will be on a tropical beach in March. Just think about it.
On a more positive note, I'm proud to announce that this week's biggest loser was Jillian, with a loss of 2.4 lbs! She made fantastic progress by amping up her fitness routine. Jill is fortunate to have a personal trainer friend, which is a great motivator. Great job, Jillypoo!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The Skinny on Holiday Eating
With these seven simple tips, you will make it through the holidays with all of the jingle, but none of the jiggle. And you can thank us when the ball drops on New Year's and you're still fitting into your "skinny" pants!
1. Don't go to a party hungry.
You know not to grocery shop on an empty stomach, so don't hit a holiday shindig on one either. "It's way too difficult to make healthy decisions when you're that hungry," says Samantha Heller, MS, RD, senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Medical Center. "Everything looks good—even the ornaments." Take the edge off before you go with a piece of fruit or small container of yogurt so that you're not starving and tempted to storm the buffet table upon arrival, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, Nutrition and Exercise Specialist for The Wellness Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
2. Don't eat just to be polite.
"I couldn't refuse the apple strudel—Aunt Gertie spent hours slaving over it!" Sound familiar? We often fall off the wagon during the holidays for fear of crushing our hosts' fragile egos, but that's a poor excuse, says Heller: "Your thighs don't care that you didn't hurt their feelings." The next time you're being strong-armed into eating a high-calorie confection, simply say, "No thank you, it looks great, but I'm trying to lose weight." If Aunt Gertie's on clean-plate patrol, that's her issue.
3. Get your priorities straight.
The holidays come but once a year, and so do some of the season's quintessential treats. Ask yourself which foods you won't likely see again until next year—then savor them in moderation, says Jackson. For instance, pass over the mashed potatoes, which will likely reappear at the next family dinner, and make a beeline for the pumpkin pie.
4. Keep a friendly distance from the food.
Stay an arm's length away from the buffet table, says Jackson. You'll be less tempted to mindlessly nosh while you're mingling if you back up a step or two. And when you're finished eating, ditch your empty plate—it screams for second helpings. Instead, grab a glass of club soda so you'll have something to do with your hands while you talk.
5. Add it up.
Never leave a party without knowing how much you've eaten, says Jackson. Yes, that includes those seemingly innocent yet addictive canapés! At a cocktail party, allow yourself one pass of the hors d'oeuvres so that you can pick your favorites. Zero in on those you like best and keep count—it's a good idea to keep a "diet diary" and log what you eat. This technique works well on baking days, too—your diary won't let you "forget" those extra tastes.
6. Go easy on the drinks.
Alcohol, which tends to flow freely during the holidays, packs a double whammy. It's chock-full of calories, and it lowers our inhibitions, making us dive into dishes that we'd have a fighting chance at resisting if we were sober. Try following every drink with seltzer or diet soda, Heller suggests. "You'll save yourself extra calories, a hangover and embarrassment at the office the next day."
7. Get moving.
Sure you have a shopping list to plod through, but that's even more reason to hit the gym. After a half-hour on the treadmill, your mother-in-law's impending visit and the holiday cards you have to mail won't seem quite so overwhelming. "If there's ever a time to exercise, it's during the holidays," says Jackson. "It's one of the most stressful periods of the year!"
Monday, November 5, 2007
Halloween just ended so we've now officially entered the holiday season (you'll realize this if you go shopping). This is the time of year when people forget about diets. But the MWC participants must not! Once December is over Maui will be right around the corner. We don't have the time to backtrack or gain what we've lost. Keep up the good work, and let's encourage each other to stay on track.
Monday, October 29, 2007
On another note, last week I ran the Nike Half Marathon in San Francisco. It was so gorgeous that I became a bit teary-eyed. Yeah, I was running up steep hills at the same time, but the pain was worth the ambiance and beautiful views. I beat my half marathon time from last year by almost 20 minutes so I was pleased. I've been bit by the running bug (even though I'm slow as heck), and James and I are going to sign up for a Spring marathon - probably the Santa Cruz Half Marathon. I definitely recommend these races as a way to kick start a work out program, even if you aren't a gifted runner.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Overall it was a tough week; the MWC participants collectively gained .8 pounds. Now isn't the time to let up because the holiday season will soon be in full swing. I don't know about you, but my goal through the end of December is to lose at least a pound. It'll be like losing 20 pounds during any other two month period. My plan is to eat what I want but in very small portions. I will also keep up my exercise routine, which should help burn the extra calories. I remember that a group leader at a Weight Watchers meeting said the average person gains 10 pounds during the holidays - eek! Be careful folks, and think about wearing that swimsuit in March...
Friday, October 19, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
How do you cope while suffering from the cold or flu? I get ultra lazy with my physical fitness and eating habits. It's amazing how much I can eat even though I can't taste anything.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Here's a suggestion: Try journaling what you eat and your workouts. That way you can reflect on what you ate and perhaps figure out what is hampering your weight loss. I know what my problem is...eating out! I hate having to write down that I ate a Royal Red Robin burger and a margarita. Eating out is the bane of my dieting existence. But I at least know what I need to fix.
FYI: I emailed everyone their 5-week snapshots. We've all lost weight, which is outstanding! There are many more weeks to go so there are plenty of more pounds to lose. To help build my motivation, I just have to think about wearing a bathing suit. What's your motivation?
Friday, October 5, 2007
Good luck when weighing in tomorrow!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Our focus this week is to jump start your fitness routine. Whether it be walking 20 minutes a day or attending kickboxing class three times a week, try to incorporate some sort of fitness regime in to your life.
Here's a quick fitness tip: James and I ran a 12K run today in San Francisco. We (more like I) kept the pace slow but steady. We enjoyed our time together, the vibrancy of the crowds, the beautiful sights/weather, the runner's high, and the race freebies. I really hate running but I like having a fitness goal to work towards. I recommend you check out local 5/7/10/12Ks in your area. You won't regret it!
Monday, September 24, 2007
"The Best Chili EVER"
2 lbs ground turkey
1 large can crushed tomatoes (no salt/sugar added)
2 large cans diced tomatoes
1 small can diced "chili style" tomatoes
1 package frozen corn or 2 cans "niblet" Green Giant corn
4 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small can diced green chiles
1 pkgs "Hot" McCormick Chili Seasoning
2 pkg "Regular" McCormick Chili Seasoning
1 tsp cumin
1 small bunch, fresh basil, rough chopped
1 small white onion, minced
1 clove fresh garlic (not dried or jarred!!) minced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers (jarred works better) diced
Mrs. Dash Hot Spice
Brown ground turkey; drain once when about 85% cooked through, replace in pan and season the turkey well with Mrs. Dash and ½ tsp of cumin. When cooked through, place on platter lined with paper towel. Let stand for a minute or two. Place all ingredients in large bowl, mix well to combine. Place in crock pot to heat through at low temp for at least least three hours, no more than eight.
1 cup = 3 points (approx. 150 cal)
The chili tastes great with a small slice of toasted sourdough bread. You can also amp up the spiceness with more jalapeno peppers or green chilis. Enjoy!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I think my eating went off the deep end this week even though I kept up my exercise regime because of the arrival of Fall. I ask you - what are your personal weight loss goals? With the arrival of the cold weather it's important to keep those goals in mind when you make eating decisions. It'll be especially important the closer we get to the holidays.
Does anybody have healthy but tasty crockpot recipes? If so, please post them to the blog.
Better luck to all of us in the next week!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
1 loaf Italian or French Bread
1 to 1 1/2 lbs. hamburger (lean)
1/2 c. onion chopped
1 can diced tomatoes (any kind)
2 T. brown sugar or splenda b. sugar
2 T. white vinegar
6 oz. (1 1/2 cups) reduced fat Mexican blend cheese
Brown hamburger, onion. Add 1 can tomato bits, the brown sugar and vinegar. Let simmer...meanwhile, slice bread in two halves. Put in preheated 425 degree oven. Toast until light brown (5 min). Remove from oven, fill both halves with hamburger mixture. Add cheese over top. Return to oven and let bake until cheese is melted.
Serve with green salad and there is your whole meal.
WW Pts: 9
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I also want to take this opportunity to explain the ranking system. Instead of posting an overall ranking, I thought it would be more exciting to list the weekly weight-loss ranking. If you follow the rankings closely week-to-week you may have a good idea of who is in the lead. But the possibility exists that the overall winner will never actually achieve the top ranking for any week. Interesting, eh?
Keep up the good work everyone! We still haven't had any weight gainers, which is really remarkable. If you get in to a healthy routine, you should be able to lose bit by bit each week. Just imagine, one pound lost a week equals 27 pounds!
Monday, September 10, 2007
Below is an article that explains why drinking water is good for your health, and tips on how to increase your water intake. One way I've been able to keep up my water intake is to not stock my fridge with soda or juice. I spike my water with Crystal Light To Go during meals and keep a large supply of cold water in the fridge. I also bring water with me in the car wherever I go.
Good luck this week, and if you have any troubles with weekly focus or have questions, feel free to post to the blog!
Why Drink Water?
Why is water crucial to your health? The average adult body consists of about 50 to 80 percent water and relies on it for many vital functions, from body temperature regulation to nutrient dispersion and toxin removal. As you breath, perspire and urinate, you deplete your water resources. If you don't replace what you use, imbalances can occur that affect your bodily and brain functions.
Effects of Dehydration
If you're not properly hydrated, you're apt to suffer from dehydration, which can cause symptoms such as headache and fatigue. Drinking enough water—six 8-ounce glasses each day at a minimum—may also help you avoid overeating. If you're hit by a craving, try drinking some water, seltzer or juice and seltzer mixed. This will hydrate you and help fill you up.
Need another reason to drink your H2O? Being even slightly dehydrated can also make you feel irritable and cranky—a mood that leads many of us to eat unwisely. "People tend to seek out comfort foods when they're not feeling their best," says Therese Franzese, MS, RD, director of nutrition for the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers in New York.
According to a Rockefeller University survey of 2,818 Americans, only 34 percent drank the recommended amount of water daily. To make sure you're getting enough water:
Track your water intake.
Record every glass of water or other beverage you drink.
Bring it with you.
Buy a large, refillable bottle and take it with you wherever you go. If you fill it with two thirds ice and one third water, it should stay cool for most of the day.
Drink up while drinking.
Alcohol is a diuretic that can deplete your hydration level. Drinking water or seltzer between alcoholic beverages can help you stay hydrated—and save calories, too, by filling you up.
Spike your drink.
Don't like the taste of plain water? Try a home water-filtration system to improve the quality of your tap water. Or try cutting it with a bit of fruit juice or lemon. Another option is to try mineral water, which has an added bonus: Many brands contain calcium, a mineral that can help prevent bone-weakening osteoporosis.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Nobody gained weight, which is also great. Our total pounds lost for the week was 19.2. Next week let's try to surpass 20.
Tomorrow I'm going to post our first weekly focus item, so stay tuned!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
My lunches are almost entirely composed of TJ food. Here's my typical lunch menu:
2 slices TJ Multigrain bread (2 pts) w/mustard (0 pt)
6 slices of Oscar Meyer lowfat Turkey meat (1 pt)
1 pack of TJ 100 Cal Crackers (2 pts)
1 Kids Chocolate Chip Clif Bar (2 pts)
1 cup of grapes (1 pt)
Total points = 8 (approx 400 cal)
My lunch is filling and cheap, and I think it's the type of lunch a kid could eat (since I'm semi-picky). Veggies can easily be substituted for the chips, which would bring down the cal/points count. I think the 100 cal packs are great because it enforces portion control. Oh yeah, and don't drink juice or soda. Try a Crystal Light To Go pack if you need to add some taste to water.
I know lunches are a hot topic - mom had asked for advice on packing lunches for Dad. Does anybody else want to offer up suggestions?
Friday, August 31, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Everyone submitted their entry fees this weekend and the grand total of entries is $200! Next Saturday will be the first weigh-in day. Please email me the weights by the end of the weekend (or write them down and email them as soon as you can - I know most of you aren't on the web as often as James or I). I will be the only person viewing your weight and it will be strictly confidential! I will only post the weight loss winner for the week and the ongoing standings. Please see the contest rules for more information.
Good luck everyone, and be sure to check in with the blog on a regular basis!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Jimmy Tango's Fat Busters
I lost 155 pounds in less than three weeks! How did I lose all that gross fat? By combining the miracle of technology with ordinary street junkies! Producing this: Jimmy Tango's Fat Busters! It's this simple: wear my patented vibrating heat-bead suit, then jam an unbelievable amount of pure, raw crystal meth into your system! You might ask, "Isn't crystal meth illegal?" You bet! But my scientist, Dr. Cody, spends his days in a tin shed deep inside a small canyon outside San Bernadino, constantly altering the scientific formula of a bathtub crank that keeps us one step ahead the law, and keeps you one step ahead of the fat farm! Fatties, here's my promise: wear my vibrating heat beads, while blasting down handfuls of crrystal meth, and you'll drop weight so fast you'll lose your mind!
I know we're all fiercely competitive losers, but let's not forget that in this competition there are rules. Rules that are not meant to be broken. Let's not soil this competition with ugly rumors about using unapproved FDA dietary supplements.
We want lean, fit bodies -- but not covered in open sores, walking slack-jawed into the sun with loose or missing teeth.
So I beg you, hear me: Avoid the siren call of crack-cocaine use, avoid that cheap meth you can find so easily in Washington. It's not fair to the other competitors who just use a cocktail of black market ephedrine.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Working out with fitness legend Jack LaLanne
By Mike Cassidy
San Jose Mercury News
Work out with Jack LaLanne?
Sure. How hard could it be? What is he, about 180 years old?
So there I was outside San Jose's Fairmont Hotel at the crack of dawn Thursday, approaching a short man in a chair who was watching the crowd gather for a community exercise class led by the legendary fitness guru himself.
Yes, the Jack LaLanne. The godfather of fitness. The man whose "The Jack LaLanne Show" brought regular workouts to living rooms nationwide from 1951 to 1984. The man we have to blame for all this healthy living.
I stroll over and start to introduce myself.
"Shut up," he barks. "No autographs. Well, except yours. Say, you look pretty good. Can I have your number?"
For a minute I'm trying to remember whether I've come to see Jack LaLanne or Robin Williams. But I learn a lot from LaLanne - quick.
First, he's 92, not 180. And this guy could bench-press me. With one hand. Turns out I'm the proverbial 98-pound weakling, facing down the 92-year-old he-man.
Jack LaLanne is a force of nature, a physical dynamo, a comic, a cut-up, a guy who has so many bromides that it seems he's rattling them off rapid-fire to make sure he doesn't run out of time before he gets to them all.
The reason Americans are obese? "They're exceeding the eat limit." Why avoid sweets? "Ten minutes on the lips; a lifetime on the hips."
LaLanne is in town to promote the U.S. gymnastics national championship at HP Pavilion this weekend. He's also here to promote fitness. And, well, himself.
"I'm a salesman," says LaLanne, decked out in a blue track suit. "I get them laughing. I get them crying."
I tell LaLanne I've come to work out with him and interview him. Silly me. You don't interview Jack LaLanne. You stand back and listen.
You've got to exercise, he says. Vigorously.
"You can't just be sitting on your big, fat butt and watching TV," he says.
My big, fat butt? And suddenly I wonder whether he notices the doughnut crumbs stuck to my sweat shirt. I ask him what it is with exercise people. Why do they have to exercise so freaking early in the morning?
You're too tired at the end of the day, LaLanne says. Besides, it's good for you. "To leave a hot bed, to leave a hot woman and go into a cold gym," he says, "man, that takes discipline."
There's got to be an easier way, right? Some magic fitness pill?
"You know what the magic pill is, baby? Having goals."
His goal, even since before he opened his first health club in Oakland in the 1930s, was to help people. Sure, along the way he built a lucrative empire of gyms, juicers and videos. But that wasn't the goal. That all happened because of the goal.
"Let me see you get on the floor and do push-ups until you die," LaLanne erupts.
"Where's the fun in that?" I ask. I figure it must be the doughnut crumbs. But no, he's making a point. Exercise won't kill you. Your body knows when to stop. So do what you can.
Eventually, LaLanne takes the stage to fire up the crowd of about 80 early-morning fitness freaks in the Circle of Palms downtown. One thing I notice: LaLanne's buff assistants actually do the working out. LaLanne does a lot of encouraging - "Let me see you squat. Drop your butt down. Way down." - but he doesn't do any exercising. Could that be his secret?
No such luck. He tells me he put in 45 minutes in his hotel room before the 6:30 a.m. event. In fact, LaLanne, who now lives in Morro Bay, says he works out seven days a week. He never drinks coffee or eats anything "that comes from a cow or a pig."
So I ask whether it might be better to live 50 years of a wild life than 100 years of a disciplined one.
Not a chance, LaLanne says. Life is what it's all about. And he's more than willing to do the work to make his an incredibly long one.
"Man ought to live to be 120," he says.
Well, I don't know about me. But I do know one guy who's got a chance.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
In regards to your question about Dad's lunches, I left you a comment with some suggestions. I think the secret to having Dad eat healthier lunches is to provide him with filling, yet healthy, food. I heard at Weight Watchers that the heavier the food (in terms of weight), the more full you'll feel. I think apples and grapes are good lunch foods. I'd also try to find a bread that is hearty and low in calories.
Let us know how eDiets goes for you. I'm really curious to see how it works!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Starting to get geared up for this. Good luck to everyone!
Monday, August 13, 2007
James posted this website on his Gtalk status yesterday. You'll find that the even though the site is aimed at 'geeks' the information is simple and useful for anyone. Check it out!
I also put up some more links on the sidebar. I'd like to make this blog a one-stop-shop for us Teeters to keep up on our weight loss progress. Feel free to add your own health links or shoot me an email with the link you'd like to add.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Here are the rules that have been devised thus far:
- Competition begins September 1 and ends March 8.
- Competition habits should be adapted into your lifestyle after the competition ends.
- Winner will be selected based upon greatest body percentage loss.
- Winner will receive a Hilo Hattie giftcard purchased from the entry fee proceeds.
- Each participant will pay a $20 entry fee. Fees will be collected during the Family Reunion weekend (Aug 25).
- Weigh-ins will occur every Saturday morning on the same weight scale.
- Weight Watchers meetings are allowed and encouraged as a weigh-in option.
- Participants will submit results to Aly every week. Weekly tallies will be posted on the blog (pounds lost or gained). A running tally will also be updated.
- Tips, comments, and questions can be posted by all participants on the blog. You must have a Gmail account to post/comment on posts.
- Encourage your fellow competitors - it's all about improving our health and well-being!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Eventually, this blog will be used to post Teeter News, which is currently maintained at teetering.org. I've started incorporating Picasa Web with my posts - that is the first step of many that will be required to migrate the site over to blogger.com. James and I are fairly lazy and have short attention spans, so it may take us a year or two to make the transition.