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June 14, 2005

Tale of Two Kitties, Part 2

Back in May I posted “A Tale of Two Kitties,” a story about two female litter mate catsCalicos  (another way to say sisters with the same mother and father) I had for 18 years – one thin, lanky and beautiful, the other pudgy, tubby, and cute in a roly-poly way. I observed them over the years, jeering at one another, and noted with amazement how close to human sisters they behaved at times – with one exception. The heavier of the two never felt compromised by her size – she did the same feats of agility that all cats do, just with a louder landing. Nor did she get a complex about not being “the beautiful one.”

At the end of the post, I revealed that they lived to within a few months of each other, as did their other siblings that lived with other families (they all died at age 18), and promised to write more about that interesting “coincidence.” Well, here is the follow up…

A new study shows that people that are told they are “obese” or their BMI (body mass index) is too high seek medical treatment less often than their “normal weight” counterparts. Those told they were obese, with all the ensuing dire predictions of death and disease, cite two reasons why don’t seek treatment when they know that they should – fear of ridicule by health professionals, and the belief that it doesn’t make a difference anyway. The facts of longevity do not support this notion of early death for the overweight.

And these opinions were held across the gamut of age, social status, income, insured or not. The extreme tactics of those that are supposed to care for our health (although in my opinion, I believe we are all supposed to care for our own health, and be our own health advocate) seems to be causing the opposite effect – fewer people taking care of themselves and making those small lifestyle changes that create the big differences in health (but not necessarily weight).

So stop treating yourself like a ticking time bomb, and just appreciate your body by taking care of it, whatever you weigh….your body can take you for a walk, bounce a child, pick a flower (and smell it), tease your sister and lots of other fun stuff if you give it a chance.

Posted by Gina V. on June 14, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

June 13, 2005

If The Tennis Shoe Fits...

I went shopping this weekend for some new workout threads and was reminded how invigorating it can be tossing out the old and bringing in something brand spanky new. Even exchanging your dingy socks with a fresh pair of crispy white ones can put a skip in your step. Replacing your old tired tees and tennies with ones that are comfortable and well suited to your workout can make a big difference. Clothes that stretch, breathe and most importantly fit!

I think it is important to ‘gear up’ for exercise the same way you do for any other event that is important to you. I’m not implying you go out and buy the most expensive athletic wear you can find just to prove how serious you are. Or waiting one more minute to go out for a walk because you don’t think you have ‘the right clothes’.I’m talking about making a commitment to your new active lifestyle by treating your fitness activity and more importantly your body with respect.

When you start a fitness routine you figure out all kinds of things.Too many layers, not enough layers, shirts that pull and drag as you sweat… or the dreaded undies that ride up or bras that give way under duress. It’s important to appreciate the kind of exercise you’ll be doing when putting together exercise apparel that will endure your workout and keep you feeling comfortable.

At ‘A Weight Lifted’ we appreciate that shopping for good athletic wear can be challenging. In the next few weeks we’ll be adding a shopping link to our blog featuring athletic wear, books and tapes we think you may find useful.In the mean time, here are a few links that could assist you in gearing up for your next fitness adventure!



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Posted by Cindy on June 13, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 09, 2005

Orzo Summer Salad

Who wants to slave over a hot stove when it's muggy outside? This cool salad is simple to make and the only thing you have to cook is the orzo! Choose the tastiest tomatoes in season -- whether they are the small grape cherry tomatoes, vine-ripened heirloom  or other locally grown tomatoes. Add onions, feta, and a few fresh herbs and you have a colorful, tasty salad that can serve as a side or main dish.

Planning a picnic in the park or your backyard? Serve this orzo summer salad with cold sliced deli ham, mixed green and arugula salad, a crunchy whole-grain roll and a wedge of honeydew melon for dessert.

(Makes 4 cups)

2 cups cooked orzo
1 ½ cups cherry grape tomatoes (or 1/1/2 cups diced tomatoes)
¼ cup chopped green onions or scallions
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped basil
1 tablespoon chopped mint
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 container (4 ounces) feta crumbles

Combine orzo, tomatoes, onions and herbs in a large bowl. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and add to orzo mixture. Stir in feta crumbles. Add additional salt and pepper to taste and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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Posted by Laura on June 9, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 08, 2005

It’s Official – You’ll Do Much Better if You Stop Counting Calories & Weighing Yourself

How many times have you reached for that cookie, only to have a well-meaning (or not) friend or family member raise their eyebrows, or even ask if it’s ‘on your diet?’  Unfortunately, the scenario is all too familiar.

But here’s some great news to come back with.  Results of a randomized clinical trial, the strongest type of experiment to test whether treatments work, were just published in The Journal of The American Dietetic Association (especially significant since this is a group that tends to be friendly to traditional weight loss diets).  The study showed that fat women, aged 30 to 45, did much better when they stopped dieting, started eating according to their internal cues, stopped weighing themselves, started moving their bodies for purposes of feeling good instead of weight loss, and worked on developing a positive self image, compared to a similar group of women who went on a traditional weight loss diet.

Just look at some of the results:

·        The dieters initially lost weight but had regained almost all of it two years later.  The nondieters’ weight remained stable.  (While this may not seem particularly encouraging in the weight department, it’s great news for those of us who have only just begun to struggle with weight.  How many of us seasoned dieters look back on old pictures and remember that we thought we were fat then?  If we had never dieted, it’s likely we would have stayed thinner.  Further, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that people can lose weight when they begin eating according to internal cues (or eating mindfully) and moving their bodies in a pleasurable manner; we see it happen in the women who come to Green Mountain all the time.  Clearly, more studies need to be done in this area.)

·        Both groups initially lowered their blood pressure, but it rebounded among the dieters; the nondieters’ blood pressures stayed down. 

·        Cholesterol levels among the dieters didn’t change; in the nondieters, they dropped significantly.

·        The dieters increased their physical activity but had returned to initial levels by the end of the study.  The nondieters nearly quadrupled their physical activity.

·        There was about 200% more bulimia and eating disorders among the dieters.

·        The nondieters saw remarkable improvements in self-esteem and experienced less depression.  The dieters’ self-esteem and depression significantly worsened.

All in all, a momentous study that finally proves dieting really doesn’t help and can cause a great deal of harm.  Of course, I didn’t need a study to tell me that, but now we have some real evidence to debate the naysayers – those hardboiled supporters of weight loss diets who say that counting calories and keeping an eagle eye on how much we weigh is the only way to stay at a healthy weight. 

Posted by Marsha on June 8, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

June 07, 2005

Who's Fat?

A friend wrote me an email that I’d like to share with you today…

Okay, so I’m caught watching MTV – but I saw this show called “True Life” subtitled, “I’m Obese” They followed 3 kids struggling with their weight.

I couldn’t get over this 17-year-old kid who kept repeating, “When I lose weight I’ll be a new person” “This will be my rebirth” “This will fix everything” – like that ever happened, right? What a long row to hoe he’s making for himself.

2 out of the 3 never mentioned lifestyle change or body acceptance. They and their families were steeped in the diet mentality of “all or nothing”

But, I was blown away by the young woman who accepted herself. She had every intention of becoming the new “it” girl of plus-sized models. She went to every casting call, whether it called for “plus size” models or not.

She was the only one out of the 3 who really enjoyed her food. She wasn’t eating in front of the TV or the computer or in the car.

She experienced fat prejudice, but came to a place of self- confidence. She did say she had tried every diet at one point – and of course the failure – so she accepted herself!

Her body image and self acceptance was so inspiring, compared to the latest round of who’s too fat and who’s too thin. If we all just started behaving like people, instead of bodies?

I’m getting back at everyone today – I’m just going to love myself!!

Sounds like a plan – how ‘bout you?  Thanks for the inspiration Amy!

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Posted by Gina V. on June 7, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

June 03, 2005

Sloppy Joe Wraps

Here's a 'neat' recipe! These special Sloppy Joes are hearty and healthy, and they give you plenty of energy to get through an active day. By substituting tempeh for the ground meat, it becomes an easy and tasty vegetarian alternative, too!

Makes 2 wraps (4 servings)

3/4 cup chili sauce
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 pound ground turkey or lean beef
2 cups cooked rice
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup regular or light sour cream
2 tortilla wraps

In small bowl, combine chili sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper and set aside.

In large skillet, cook onions in olive oil over medium heat about 5 minutes or until tender. Transfer onions to the chili sauce mixture and stir to combine.

Return skillet to stove. Add ground turkey or beef, and cook over medium heat about 6 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Add chili mixture and simmer on low heat about 5 minutes. Stir in rice and green onions and heat through.

Divide the sour cream between the tortillas and spread evenly over each tortilla, leaving at least a 1 inch border around the edge. Divide the meat mixture between the tortillas and wrap. Cut each wrap in half on the diagonal. Serves 4 (one serving is half of a tortilla).

*Note: For a vegetarian version, add 3/4 pound crumbled tempeh instead of meat to the chili mixture; cook as above.

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Posted by Laura on June 3, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 01, 2005

Do What You Can, Even if it’s Not Perfect

"I think every writer would rather have people read books, committed as we are to the word. But I'd rather have them listen to it than not at all."
FRANK McCOURT, on the growing popularity of audio books.

One of the “trick questions” Green Mountain’s Fitness Director, LynnAnn Covell likes to ask participants is “What is the best exercise?”

Shouts of “Nordic Skiing” “Dancing” “Weight Training” “Cardio Glide” “Roller Skating” “Basketball” fill the air. LynnAnn slowly shakes her head, and says “No, you’re all wrong…the best exercise is the one that you will actually do.” Mouths fly open, first to argue, then with shock as the realization dawns that what they just heard was the truth!Woman20juggling20many20things_2

Just like the quote from Frank McCourt, what’s possible and doable is always better than what’s perfect, whether you’re discussing exercise, eating, listening to books or shaving your legs.

Lynnann provides some tips for Overcoming Exercise Obstacles in a FitBriefing article – some words of encouragement to help beat off all the gremlins that stand in your way. And if this picture reminds you of you, juggle some time for yourself into the mix.

Posted by Gina V. on June 1, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack