Fat Talk

Friday, 13 April 2012

"Oh!  Why in the world did have that bowl of ice cream and those cookies?!  My mother was right.  No man is ever going to want a fat woman like me and yet I keep giving in.  I keep letting the food get the best of me!  I’m gonna end up fat for the rest of my life!"

I like to call these kinds of personal chats we have with ourselves…fat talk!  Those talks are so self-defeating!

Well!  Now tell me, did you ever have a conversation like that with yourself?  Okay, I guess we all have.  (I know I did, long time ago.)  I like to call these kinds of personal chats we have with ourselves…fat talk!  And may I tell you something? Those talks are so self-defeating!

And I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, men and women are equally guilty of these conversations with themselves.  They just approach them differently.  Men often use humor as a way of coping with their weight.  They try to head off the nasty comments someone might make about them by poking fun at themselves first.  Before someone else has a chance to say something ugly about their weight, they’ll make a “funny” remark about their weight,themselves.  (It’s sort of a reverse-psychology thing going on there.)

Women, more often, don’t take that route.  That’s because they’re usually more emotionally wrapped up in their size and take their weight much more personally.  What they weigh is nothing to joke about…ever!

But, truth is, whether you’re a lady or a guy, the “verbal bullets” you shoot at yourself about your weight only end up causing your own self-worth to go down.  Those bullets are FAT TALK and you need to cut them out of your life!

Fat talk goes two ways.  You can do it to yourself and some people may decide to do it to you.

Fat talk goes two ways.  You can do it to yourself and some people may decide to do it to you.  The worse part is that fat talk hurts your self-image and can lead to even more self-destructive behavior.  Which, by the way, includes turning to food…even more!  (Oh, my…talk about one bad thing leading to another.)

As you’re working to lose weight, or if you’re just getting started, please stop it with the fat talk.  Stop putting yourself down about what you weigh and, while you’re at it, don’t let others do it to you either.  Hey, just tell them…”I’m working hard to lose weight and to make my body healthier.  In the meantime, I’d really appreciate it if you didn’t make those snide little remarks about how I look!”  You’ll be surprised how far a short but forceful remark like that can go with the senseless person who makes nasty comments about your weight.

Don’t spend the day making ugly remarks about your weight and yourself.

In the meantime, take your own advice.  Don’t spend the day making ugly remarks about your weight and yourself.  Instead of fat falk, how’s about a little SMART TALK!

"I’m so glad I decided to start working to lose this weight.  I may have just gotten started but I’m already feeling better.  And I’m gonna feel even better with every pound I lose.  And I’m not gonna stop…until I reach my goal!

Now that’s what I call…smart talk!

Love, 






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Be aware of the warning signs of diabetes;
Increased thirst
Increased hunger, (especially after just eating)
Frequent urination
Unexplained weight-loss, (even though you’re eating more and feeling hungry)
Fatigue, (feeling tired and weak)
Blurred vision
Headaches

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Be aware of the warning signs of diabetes;

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased hunger, (especially after just eating)
  • Frequent urination
  • Unexplained weight-loss, (even though you’re eating more and feeling hungry)
  • Fatigue, (feeling tired and weak)
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches

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Signs

Thursday, 12 April 2012

It’s one of the most common chronic illnesses to affect people with serious weight problems.  I’m talking about diabetes.  Diabetes occurs when your body’s blood sugar, (glucose), level is too high which leads to your body not producing enough insulin.

Diabetes has become a bigger health problem in our country than ever.

There are two types of diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes occurs in children and young adults.  People with Type 1 diabetes usually end up having to take daily insulin shots.  Type 2 diabetes is much more common.  Older age, a family history of diabetes and obesity are high risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.  Do you fall into any of these categories?


Diabetes has become a bigger health problem in our country than ever.  Why?  Well, our more sedentary lifestyles have a lot to do with it.  We spend more time watching TV, sitting at our computers or playing video games.  In the meantime, we’re not making enough time for exercise.  (Which, by the way, helps prevent and control diabetes.) Now top that lack of exercise off with our bad eating habits.  We’re eating more processed and junk foods which are usually filled with fat and calories.  You see?  Our lifestyles are a big contributor to the surge of diabetes diagnosis in America.

I want you to be aware of the warning signs of diabetes.

Diabetes can lead to a number of other health problems, too.  They include heart diseases, stroke, eye problems, kidney disease, foot problems, nerve damage, even teeth and gum problems.  That’s why, if you have diabetes and aren’t aware of it, the disease can be doubly dangerous.  Now, I want you to be aware of the warning signs of diabetes.

—Increased thirst
—Increased hunger, (especially after just eating)
—Frequent urination
—Unexplained weight-loss, (even though you’re eating more and feeling hungry)
—Fatigue, (feeling tired and weak)
—Blurred vision
—Headaches

Diabetes cannot be “cured” but it can be controlled.

So, do you often experience one or more of these symptoms?  If so, and especially if you’re overweight or diabetes runs in your family, please, please please get to a doctor soon and have yourself checked for diabetes.  If you get a clean bill of health, great!  But, believe me, if you have any of the symptoms of diabetes, your body is trying to tell you.  Diabetes cannot be “cured” but it can be controlled.  That’s why, if you have the disease, early detection is so important.

So, one more time, when it comes to diabetes, please don’t ignore…the signs!

Love,
 








Leftovers get a bad rap! Freeze half the entree and build a completely new meal around it.

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Leftovers get a bad rap! Freeze half the entree and build a completely new meal around it.

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"Awww, Mom! Leftovers, again?"

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

How many times a year do you moms out there hear that one, huh?  And hey, it may not be only your kids asking that question.  Your husband may not want leftovers for dinner tonight, either!  “Leftovers?  Let’s just order a pizza.  Okay, honey?”

I think leftovers get a bad rap!

May I tell you something?  I think leftovers get a bad rap!  Some of those foods from last night’s dinner actually taste better after “sleeping” in the refrigerator overnight.  It gives the flavors in those foods a chance to “marry” and often enhances their taste.  But here’s something else to think about when it comes to leftovers.  It’s not about taste, it’s another word.  It’s about…waste!  Here’re some facts I want you to think about.

Of all the things thrown out in American households, foods are thrown out the most.  That’s right, more than paper, more than cans, more than glass.  But when you throw those foods into the trash, think about it.  You’re also throwing out something else…cash!  I read in The Wall Street Journal that the average U.S. family of four, in a typical year, throws out $500-$2,000 worth of foods they never eat!  I was shocked to read that number.  In this economy especially, who’s got that kind of money to throw away?  Hey, that’s enough cash for a nice little family vacation!

The mistake we make with leftovers is that after everyone enjoyed a great meal on Wednesday night, we serve them the very same thing on Thursday night.  Where’s the fun in that?  Well, here’s what you should do.

You can freeze half the entree and build a completely new meal around it later.

As you’re preparing your meal, it might not be such a bad idea to make enough of your entree for two meals.  That way, you can freeze half the entree and build a completely new meal around it later.  By the way, I always freeze my own leftovers.  See, if I left them in the fridge, it’s just a few steps from there to the microwave and I’m reheating that food to have some more!  So whatever leftovers you have after dinner, I suggest you freeze yours, too. 

When you have no choice but to serve leftovers the very next night, be creative.  Turn leftover roasted chicken into a delicious soup or make chicken salad with lots of colorful mixed veggies.  That leftover pasta sauce?  Add some new ingredients to give it a whole new flavor.  Chop that leftover roast into thin pieces and make an outta-sight stir fry.  Use your imagination and your family may not even realize they’re having some of the same foods they had from last night.

And oh yes, remember.  While you’re creating your little leftover-makeovers, you’re gonna have something else left-over.  Ka-chingmore cash left-over in your ATM account!  

Love,
 






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Make this weight-loss adventure yours alone.

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Make this weight-loss adventure yours alone.

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Who’re You Gonna Tell?

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Tell what?  Okay, who’re you gonna tell when you go on a weight-loss program, that’s who!  Well, unless you have a weight-loss partner, I think the only person who should know about your weight-loss efforts, especially in the beginning is…you!

Oh, I know.  You’re all excited about starting your weight-loss program.  But, truth is, you’re a little nervous too, aren’t you?  Hey, it’s an important decision, taking on losing the weight.  I mean, just think about it, depending on how much weight you want to lose, you could very well be about to change your life, forever…for the better.  And yes, it may be tempting to share your news with someone close to you.

According to a New York University study, those people who announced their weight-loss plans to others, did not end up meeting their weight-loss goals.

But according to a New York University study, those people who announced their weight-loss plans to others, more often than not, did not end up meeting their weight-loss goals.  For one thing, those people you’ve announced your plans to, though well-intentioned, may actually end up getting in the way of your weight-loss efforts.

For one thing, they start watching what you eat, how you eat and checking your body out to see if you’ve actually lost any weight so far.  Some of them even become “experts” on the subject and start offering you weight-loss advice.  Hey, who asked them?!  LOL.

But seriously, these same people can get very annoying.  They may constantly ask, have you lost any weight yet?  Or they may see what’s on your plate and say, you’re not gonna eat that, are you?!  Others will constantly ask how much weight you’ve lost or may even say something like, I don’t think you’re losing weight fast enough.   Oh, please!

Right now, you need focus and determination…notaggravation from someone who thinks they’re “helping” you!

You’re on a solid weight-loss program, like my FoodMover and you’re eating just what you know you should be eating.  Their comments on what you’re eating or on how much weight you haven’t lost can just about drive you nuts.  And, right now, you need focus and determination…not aggravation from someone who thinks they’re “helping” you!

If you have to tell someone you’re starting a weight-loss program, be sure it’s a close friend or family member you know is going to be supportive of you.  They’re the kind of people who’ll tell you how good you’re doing without trying to tell you what you need to be doing.

And the best thing is, when you don’t tell so many people you’re working to lose weight, in time, they’ll see for themselves how good you’re looking.  And I’ve got to tell you, nothing will keep you more motivated than words like these from one of them…

"Helen, you’re looking so good these days!  Have you lost some weight?"

All of you out there who’ve heard those words, tell me…didn’t they make you feel great!?  And doesn’t that kind of positive reinforcement motivate you to keep fighting and reaching for your goal?  I know it does because I read it from people all the time in the e-mails I receive.

Make this weight-loss adventure yours alone.

Okay, make this weight-loss adventure yours alone and I think you’ll do much better at reaching your goal.  So, when it comes to your weight-loss plans, who’re you gonna tell?  Well, if you can help it, for right now, tell…nobody!

Love,
 






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Today is a good day to review how well you’ve done with your weight-loss efforts.

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Today is a good day to review how well you’ve done with your weight-loss efforts.

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100 Days

Monday, 09 April 2012

97, 98. 99…100!  Whew!  No, I wasn’t counting leg-lifts this morning.  (Although, I’d love to see you get a couple of hundred leg-lifts into your workouts today!)  Instead, I was counting the days.  That is, counting the number of days we’ve gone through so far here in 2012.  Get out your calendars and count ‘em.  You’ll see that today is the 100th day of 2012!  Wow!  Where did the time go, huh?

It seems like only yesterday you were coming here to read my New Year’s Day message.

My goodness, it seems like only yesterday you were coming here to read my New Year’s Day message.  Remember?  We talked about making those weight-loss resolutions and taking better care of ourselves in 2012.

Ahhh, yes.  In 2012, we resolved to be smarter about what we ate.  We were going to count those calories faithfully.  We were going to steer clear of the fast food places.  We were going to be more aware at the supermarket, buying fewer processed foods for ourselves and for our children.  Oh!  In 2012, we were going to show the food who was really the boss in our lives when it came to how we ate.  We’re the boss!

And now let’s talk about the exercise.  Since 2012 was a brand new year, we thought about our exercise programs back in 2011.  For some of us last year, getting in regular workouts was a series of fits and starts.  We’d do okay for a week or two but then we’d find some excuse for skipping a day, which lead to skipping two days or…even more!  But not this year, not in 2012!  We resolved that we would make exercise a daily part of our lives…no matter what!  Exercise was going to become as much a necessary part of our days as well…eating!

Are your eating habits better this year than last?

So, 100 days later, tell me…how have you done?  Are your eating habits better this year than last?  It’s day 100 of 2012. So will today be your 100th day for getting in your daily workouts?  Come on now, be honest.

100 days equals just over three months.  Do you know what that means?  It means, if you’ve stayed on program all year long, you could have easily lost about 15 pounds by now!  And…have you?

Today is a good day to review how well you’ve done with your weight-loss efforts in 2012.

Listen up everybody.  Today is a good day to review how well you’ve done with your weight-loss efforts in 2012.  100 days have past.  But, if you haven’t done so well thus far in 2012, the good news is, you’ve got another 100 days ahead of you to get on the right track…beginning today, on day 100.  So get going!  Be even more determined today, stay determined and, I’ll bet, you’ll be ready for day number…

101, 102, 103 and the rest of 2012all the way to your goals!

Love,






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After dinner, you and the family should all take a walk together.

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After dinner, you and the family should all take a walk together.

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