Tip of the Week

Roll with the punches! Life is gonna smack you right in the face when you don't expect it. If you're head's on straight, you're certainly gonna handle it just fine. Roll with it. Complain a little bit, and let it go.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Truth Tuesday 12.29.2009

Worst Hot Chocolate
Starbucks Venti 2% Salted Caramel Signature Hot Chocolate (20 ounces)
760 calories
37 g fat (22 g saturated)
85 g sugars
380 mg sodium

Since when did hot chocolate require salt and caramel to meet the expectations of consumers? Seems a bit gratuitous, no? Thanks to Starbucks’ monstrous creation, the classic winter comfort beverage is now sullied with more than a full day’s worth of saturated fat and as much sugar as nearly 4 Hershey’s chocolate bars.

Drink This Instead!
Grande Nonfat Vanilla Crème (16 ounces)
270 calories
7 g fat (4.5 g saturated)
38 g sugars

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Friday Find 12.25.2009

Hey, I found Christmas.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Truth Tuesday 12.22.2009

Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Panera
Frozen Mocha (Largo)
670 calories
26 g fat (19 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat)
79 g sugars
It’s bad news when a drink packs more fat than a foot-long sub sandwich.
An Iced Chai Tea Latte or Iced Green Tea will satisfy your sweet tooth and save you more than 500 calories.
Drink This Instead!
110 calories
0 g fat
23 g sugars

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Friday Find 12.18.2009

It's December, I'm Catholic, and I come from a large family. What does that mean? I love Christmas. I'm making a wreath. Today. I'll let you know how it goes. :)

Wanna make one too? Martha Stewart can certainly tell you how. And, by all means, if you make one, let me know how it goes! :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Truth Tuesday 12.15.2009

The Worst Pizza Hut Pizza

620 calories
32 g fat (12 g saturated fat)
1,440 mg sodium
Just four pieces of pepperoni add 108 calories to your slice. Cut major calories by ordering your next pie with thin crust and ham and pineapple-they add a meager 12 calories and virtually no fat to a slice.

Eat This Instead!
12 g fat (6 g saturated fat)
1,140 mg sodium

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Friday Find 12.11.2009

I'm kinda obsessed with legs in this moment.

To the point that my research...

...began to get extensive.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Truth Tuesday 12.8.2009

1. Spinach

It may be green and leafy, but spinach is no nutritional wallflower. This noted muscle builder is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus: Folate also increases blood flow to the nether regions, helping to protect you against age-related sexual issues. And spinach is packed with lutein, a compound that fights macular degeneration. Aim for 1 cup fresh spinach or 1/2 cup cooked per day.
Substitutes: Kale, bok choy, romaine lettuce

FIT IT IN: Make your salads with spinach; add spinach to scrambled eggs; drape it over pizza; mix it with marinara sauce and then microwave for an instant dip.

PINCH HITTER: Sesame Stir-Braised Kale > Heat 4 cloves minced garlic, 1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger, and 1 tsp. sesame oil in a skillet. Add 2 Tbsp. water and 1 bunch kale (stemmed and chopped). Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Drain. Add 1 tsp. soy sauce and 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds.

2. Yogurt
Various cultures claim yogurt as their own creation, but the 2,000-year-old food's health benefits are not disputed: Fermentation spawns hundreds of millions of probiotic organisms that serve as reinforcements to the battalions of beneficial bacteria in your body. That helps boost your immune system and provides protection against cancer. Not all yogurts are probiotic, though, so make sure the label says ""live and active cultures."" Aim for 1 cup of the calcium and protein-rich goop a day.

SUBSTITUTES: Kefir, soy yogurt

FIT IT IN: Yogurt topped with blueberries, walnuts, flaxseed, and honey is the ultimate breakfast--or dessert. Plain low-fat yogurt is also a perfect base for creamy salad dressings and dips.

HOME RUN: Power Smoothie > Blend 1 cup low-fat yogurt, 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 cup carrot juice, and 1 cup fresh baby spinach for a nutrient-rich blast.

3. Tomatoes

There are two things you need to know about tomatoes: Red are the best, because they're packed with more of the antioxidant lycopene, and processed tomatoes are just as potent as fresh ones, because it's easier for the body to absorb the lycopene. Studies show that a diet rich in lycopene can decrease your risk of bladder, lung, prostate, skin, and stomach cancers, as well as reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. Aim for 22 mg of lycopene a day, which is about eight red cherry tomatoes or a glass of tomato juice.

SUBSTITUTES: Red watermelon, pink grapefruit, Japanese persimmon, papaya, guava

FIT IT IN: Pile on the ketchup and Ragú; guzzle low-sodium V8 and gazpacho; double the amount of tomato paste called for in a recipe.

PINCH HITTER: Red and Pink Fruit Bowl > Chop 1 small watermelon, 2 grapefruits, and 1 papaya. Garnish with mint.

4. Carrots

Most red, yellow, or orange vege- tables and fruits are spiked with carotenoids--fat-soluble compounds that are associated with a reduction in a wide range of cancers, as well as reduced risk and severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis--but none are as easy to prepare, or have as low a caloric density, as carrots. Aim for 1/2 cup a day.

SUBSTITUTES: Sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, yellow bell pepper, mango

FIT IT IN: Raw baby carrots, sliced raw yellow pepper, butternut squash soup, baked sweet potato, pumpkin pie, mango sorbet, carrot cake

PINCH HITTER: Baked Sweet Potato Fries > Scrub and dry 2 sweet potatoes. Cut each into 8 slices, and then toss with olive oil and paprika. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 350°F. Turn and bake for 10 minutes more.

5. Blueberries

Host to more antioxidants than any other North American fruit, blueberries help prevent cancer, diabetes, and age-related memory changes (hence the nickname ""brain berry""). Studies show that blueberries, which are rich in fiber and vitamins A and C, also boost cardiovascular health. Aim for 1 cup fresh blueberries a day, or 1/2 cup frozen or dried.

SUBSTITUTES: Acai berries, purple grapes, prunes, raisins, strawberries

FIT IT IN: Blueberries maintain most of their power in dried, frozen, or jam form.

PINCH HITTER: Acai, an Amazonian berry, has even more antioxidants than the blueberry. Try acai juice from Sambazon or add 2 Tbsp. of acai pulp to cereal, yogurt, or a smoothie.

6. Black beans

All beans are good for your heart, but none can boost your brain power like black beans. That's because they're full of anthocyanins, antioxidant compounds that have been shown to improve brain function. A daily 1/2-cup serving provides 8 grams of protein and 7.5 grams of fiber. It's also low in calories and free of saturated fat.

SUBSTITUTES: Peas, lentils, and pinto, kidney, fava, and lima beans

FIT IT IN: Wrap black beans in a breakfast burrito; use both black beans and kidney beans in your chili; puree 1 cup black beans with 1/4 cup olive oil and roasted garlic for a healthy dip; add favas, limas, or peas to pasta dishes.

7. Walnuts

Richer in heart-healthy omega-3s than salmon, loaded with more anti-inflammatory polyphenols than red wine, and packing half as much muscle-building protein as chicken, the walnut sounds like a Frankenfood, but it grows on trees. Other nuts combine only one or two of these features, not all three. A serving of walnuts--about 1 ounce, or 7 nuts--is good anytime, but especially as a postworkout recovery snack.

SUBSTITUTES: Almonds, peanuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts

FIT IT IN: Sprinkle on top of salads; chop and add to pancake batter; spoon peanut butter into curries; grind and mix with olive oil to make a marinade for grilled fish or chicken.

HOME RUN: Mix 1 cup walnuts with 1/2 cup dried blueberries and 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks.

8. Oats

The éminence grise of health food, oats garnered the FDA's first seal of approval. They are packed with soluble fiber, which lowers the risk of heart disease. Yes, oats are loaded with carbs, but the release of those sugars is slowed by the fiber, and because oats also have 10 grams of protein per 1/2-cup serving, they deliver steady, muscle-friendly energy.

SUBSTITUTES: Quinoa, flaxseed, wild rice

FIT IT IN: Eat granolas and cereals that have a fiber content of at least 5 grams per serving. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed on cereals, salads, and yogurt.

PINCH HITTER: Quinoa Salad > Quinoa has twice the protein of most cereals, and fewer carbs. Boil 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups of water. Let cool. In a large bowl, toss it with 2 diced apples, 1 cup fresh blueberries, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, and 1 cup plain fat-free yogurt.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Friday Find 12.4.2009

Look at this girl! Look at her! She's radiant. She is breathing, and exciting. At ease, and ready to run all over the world. Perfectly groomed, stylish, classy. Trench coat. White Shoes. AND she's (currently) carrying her own luggage. I love it.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Truth Tuesday 12.1.2009

This is what we think we are getting.

This is what we get.

Now, do I really need this? I can absolutely make a better decision.

Worst Triple Burger
1,250 calories
84 g fat (32 g saturated, 3.5 g trans)
1,600 mg sodium
This Triple Whopper is triple trouble. You could remove 2 patties and still be looking at more calories than you should tussle with in one sitting. And the fact that it's got more trans fat than you should eat in a day only adds insult to injury. The problem with BK burgers is that not a single one comes without the heart-harming trans-fatty acids, despite their long-standing promise to (someday) make their menu trans-fat free. Your best bet when dealing with the King is to choose a chicken sandwich, instead.

Eat This, Instead!
490 calories
21 g fat (4 g saturated, 0 g trans)
1,220 mg sodium

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Friday Find 11.27.2009

This past August, I was the luckiest girl in the world and got braces right before my 21st birthday.

I obviously love them.

Guess what, Blogoworld! There are celebs (or as I like to call them, "celbs") who have had braces far more public than my own!

Danny Glover!

That girl from "Desperate Housewives!"

And, drumroll please..........King of Publicity, himself, Tom Cruise.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Truth Tuesday 11.24.2009

520 calories
24 g fat (14 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
45 g sugars
This is the type of snack you pick up at a gas station in a pinch and feel vaguely guilty about (GET OVER IT. YOU ATE IT, YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE EATING), not knowing that you just managed to ingest nearly three-quarters of a day’s worth of saturated fat before your tank finished filling up. And considering these little packages of doom cost a buck or less across the country, the pudding pie qualifies as one of the cheapest sources of empty calories in America.

Eat This, Instead!
Lärabar Jacalat Chocolate Coffee (1 bar)
190 calories
11 g fat (2 g saturated)
19 g sugars

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Friday Find 11.20.2009

This is an outfit I LOVE from a wonderful website at ModCloth.com.

Why do I love this website oh so much? Personality. Yes, it's full of adorable clothes, amazing outerwear, and too many weird pictures of a pug dog. And, yes, it is all enjoyable. Personality. Creative pairings. Quirky ideas, played out in fashion. It's worth it. You'll be surprised to find what you love.

I have, for weeks, been agonizing over my new one-true love: The Trailblazer Boots. Am I from Texas? Yes. Do I love to trailblaze? Absolutely. Boots, you belong to my heart.

So why do I not have them? Because they are only mine with an exchange of much dinero. Not yet, Life, not yet. You shall wait. But they are amazing, no?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Truth Tuesday 11.17.2009

Worst Burger in America 2009
Chili's Smokehouse Bacon Triple Cheese Big Mouth Burger with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
1,901 calories
138 g fat (47 g saturated)
4,201 mg sodium

Any burger whose name is 21 syllables long is bound to spell trouble for your waistline. This burger packs almost an entire day's worth of calories and 2 ½ days' worth of fat. The Chili's burger menu rivals Ruby Tuesday's for the worst in America, so you're better off with one of their reasonable Fajita Pitas to silence your hunger.

Eat This, Instead!
489 calories
21 g fat (4 g saturated)
1,543 mg sodium

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Friday Find 11.13.2009

Interesting article. Read it. See if it hits you. If not, don't worry about it. Something else will.

What are your thoughts on this article? I'm interested in the way people live their daily lives, and this definitely plays into that.

New York (CNN) -- Like most people, I'd given some thought to what meat actually is, but until I became a father and faced the prospect of having to make food choices on someone else's behalf, there was no urgency to get to the bottom of things.

I'm a novelist and never had it in mind to write nonfiction. Frankly, I doubt I'll ever do it again. But the subject of animal agriculture, at this moment, is something no one should ignore. As a writer, putting words on the page is how I pay attention.
If the way we raise animals for food isn't the most important problem in the world right now, it's arguably the No. 1 cause of global warming: The United Nations reports the livestock business generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined.

It's the No. 1 cause of animal suffering, a decisive factor in the creation of zoonotic diseases like bird and swine flu, and the list goes on. It is the problem with the most deafening silence surrounding it.

Even the most political people, the most thoughtful and engaged, tend not to "go there." And for good reason. Going there can be extremely uncomfortable. Food is not just what we put in our mouths to fill up; it is culture and identity. Reason plays some role in our decisions about food, but it's rarely driving the car.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Truth Tuesday 11.10.2009

Hey Everyone!

Truth Tuesdays are back and ready for action.
What's different?

Well, like most of the features on the blog of now, they've been streamlined for speed. Running to class? Running to work? Running to relax? Get your Sugar Cookie in doses--it's always just enough to keep you focused, make you think, and let you keep on keeping on with your life.


Things You Need to Know About your Food
Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter (1/2 cup)
360 calories
24 g fat (11 g saturated)
24 g sugars

Häagen-Dazs produces their ice creams using only a few simple ingredients; problem is, those ingredients are heavy cream, egg yolks, and sugar, making their ice creams consistently the most calorie-dense in the freezer section. This peanut-butter blast to your gut takes the cake—literally—packing an astounding 1,440 calories into every pint-size carton.

Wouldn’t you rather have dessert three times, instead of just once? You can, if you make the right choice.

Eat this instead

Breyers All Natural Vanilla and Chocolate
130 calories7 g fat (4.5 g saturated)15 g sugars

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November 4th, 2009 YIKES

Dear Blogoworld,

My goal was to have the blog up and running by itself by Monday, November 9th, 2009.

This is not going to happen. I am one of the very stressed out girls on the planet. One of many, I'm certain, but my school work is suffffffering. I have got to take care of that, first and foremost, or my life will take a roundabout that I absolutely do not want it to take.

The New Year will bring the new running schedule of "Sugar Cookie, Don't Waste My Time."

Until then, look forward to the occasional blips that I have succeeded in posting, notably Truth Tuesdays, and the Friday Find.

And hang in there, with me. Everything is going to be alright.


Monday, October 26, 2009


Hey Everyone!

I've been busy, obviously.

In two weeks from today---TA DA--November 9th--I'll be back on the blog, full force. I have some changes in mind, some evolutions, per say. You will, of course, still get your daily blips of health and exercise. Howeeeeever, some of these daily features are evolving. Stay tuned!


Friday, October 2, 2009

The Friday Find

I am all about the Handstand lately. I think my inner child is kicking in, and I like that. I want to be able to flip my body any which way I desire to, and know that I can actually do it. So, here's to handstands, and my ability to get them down, nice and solid.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thursday Things Thin Girls Know

Today's Thursday Thin Girl is a Miss Genevieve Sullivan from Wylie, Texas! Genevieve is a hot mama, in the sense that she is not actually a mom. A childhood friend of mine, I am constantly praying that she'll just stop going to school, and start modeling as a way for me to live vicariously through her. She is beautiful, hilarious, good-natured, giving, and born with naturally good genes. Read through to discover how this sweet girl lives her life!

As a perpetual slacker myself, my advice is is to set easy goals. Yes, of course you can have one big huge mondo goal for the end-- but set easy weekly goals that will keep your spirits up (and make that big huge mondo goal not seem too overwhelming.)

Let's set easier goals so you don't have to focus on them, and sing that Miley Cirus song ("The Climb") to try to keep you motivated (everyone might will hate you.)
I feel pretty durn good about my body. YES there are pieces of me I don't like, but I have learned to try to balance them with other things I do. For instance, some days my belly flab really bothers me and I just remind myself how nice and shapely my knockers are. Or sometimes I will wish I didn't have chicken legs, but hey! At least they are nice and long! Focusing on the positive is very important.
The one habit I swear by is finding clothes that fit correctly. I see so many girls walking around with clothes that just do not do them any good. Previously, I mentioned how you have to focus on the positive things about your body. Once you've found those positive things you have to learn to play them up! If you have a small waist but a bodacious booty, find some empire line dresses that will accentuate your waist and flow right over the curves down under. The right outfit can make you feel loads lighter.

If you think skinny, you will feel skinny. Go put on a pretty dress that makes you feel thin and think thin all day. If I'm thinking about being thin and about how utterly smokin' hot I look, I'm not likely to shove a double bacon double mayo cheeseburger down my trap. Truth.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Work It, Wednesday!

Today's Work It, Wednesday! takes a different approach from our previously published listings. What is this difference, you may ask? Well, dear Blogoworld, it's that you can do it RIGHT NOW. And should you? Well, that's a different story. Are you in church? You should not be doing yoga in church. Also, you should probably sign off of your Iphone in church, as well. :) Are you at your Texas family reunion? You should probably not do yoga there. Chances are you'll get hit on by your first cousin, Adam and the rest of the family will try to exorcise your demons away. Are you at work or sitting in your apartment/lavish mansion? Then, yes, this could be a good time to do some yoga. :) (P.S. if you're at work, go lock yourself in the file room for ten minutes. I do it all the time.)

So what exactly are we covering today? Oh my darling Blogoworld, it is yoga: the practice of strength and meditation. As the savvy weight loser that you are, I'm certain you've heard about yoga before. Does it help to melt pounds away? Sure, it does, especially if you've already lost the extra baggage. The most common misconception about yoga is that it will give you the results you want, quickly. NOTHING WILL DO THIS. Every weight loss adventure takes at least two weeks. So if you want a toned, amazing, strong yoga bod, you're going to have to put the hours into getting it. Use up energy, that is the point of weight loss.

So what can you REALLY do, if you've never done yoga before? Well, you CAN put yourself into the positions listed below, and this will be fun and hilarious and challenging, but you're missing out on the philosophy and principles of yoga. In order to love it, you probably need to understand it. So sign up for a class. Visit a website. Buy a video. Or learn online.

Child's Pose
This pose lengthens the spine, stretches the tops of your feet, and relaxes your body. Starting on your hands and knees, arms underneath your shoulders, pull your hips back so your buttocks rest on your feet and your torso on your thighs. Keep your forehead on the mat and let gravity help you sink into the pose. Shift your arms to the left and right for a deeper oblique stretch.

Bridge Pose
This pose opens the chest. Lie on your back with feet planted close to your buttocks, palms on the floor. Breathe in, and, as you exhale, press into your feet to lift your tailbone. Clasp your hands together underneath you and walk your shoulder blades closer together so your weight rests on your posterior shoulders and feet. Lift your hips upward.

Boat Pose
This pose builds core strength and creates heat in the body. Start seated -- legs together, knees bent, feet planted on the floor. Holding the back of your thighs, rock your weight back so it rests between the sitting bones. Lift your feet, knees still bent, keeping your lower back drawn inward. Inhale and extend your legs. Let go of the back of your legs, and extend your arms out parallel to the floor.
Warrior II
This pose increases leg, back, and arm strength. Standing at the top of your mat, step your right foot back about 4 feet and turn it 90 degrees to the right. Turn your left foot slightly in. Adjust your torso so that it faces to your right, inhale, and raise your arms out, shoulder blades wide, palms down. Exhale, bending your left knee until your thigh is parallel to the mat. Switch sides.
Forward Bend
This pose stretches the back and hamstrings. Standing tall with your feet hip-width apart, inhale and sweep your arms overhead. As you exhale, lift your tailbone and begin to bend forward from your hips, sweeping your arms with you as you go down. Keep your spine long and straight as you move, bending at the knees if need be. To return to standing, curl up slowly, one vertebra at a time.
Downward Facing Dog
This pose circulates blood to the head and stretches the back. Start on all fours, with hands under your shoulders. Curl your toes, take a breath, and, as you exhale, press into your hands, lifting your hips back. Holding the pose, keep your spine straight (bending your knees if need be) and your weight resting evenly between the legs and arms.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Truth Tuesdays

Betty Calman, 83

Hey there, Blogoworld. Let's take a look today at one very important reason why taking care of your body should be a priority in your life: It's gonna wear out someday.

OHMYGOD, but that is at least forty years away!


Maybe not.

Regardless of how old you are, you need to be aware of the fact that your body is not invincible. It can be hit by a car. It can misstep and snap a bone. It can, and will, age. So what can you do? Well, take care of it. Keep it up and running. Put the right nutrients into it, and watch it heal miraculously when something goes wrong. Know what is and isn't good for your body. Wow, this makes me want to go eat a salad. So, here we go:

The Ten Best Foods to Fight Aging

1. Healthy Greens
They contain folate, calcium, and other nutrients that support bone health, protect against cognitive decline, and help prevent age-related eye problems. Diets high in cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli and cabbage, help reduce risk of memory loss and cancer.

2. Whole Grains
Rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, whole grains can lower the risk of age-related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Because they're digested more slowly than processed grains, they also help prevent high blood sugar and diabetes.

3. Berries
Blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries are rich in antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins, which have been shown to slow the growth of certain cancers as well as improve brain function, muscle tone, and balance.

4. Olive Oil
Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory monounsaturated fat, olive oil figures prominently in the Mediterranean diet. It may explain the lower rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and age-related cognitive decline in people who follow this way of eating.

5. Tomatoes
Certain red fruits -- including tomatoes -- contain lycopene, an antioxidant compound that helps maintain youthful skin texture and may reduce the risk of some types of cancer (especially prostate, lung, and stomach cancers) and heart disease.

6. Nuts
Varieties such as almonds and walnuts contain a generous helping of healthy fats, vitamins, and protein that benefit cardiovascular and brain health. Nuts are also high in compounds that ease inflammation.

7. Red Grapes
Grapes contain an antioxidant called resveratrol, which been shown to extend the lives of lab animals. Resveratrol has anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant properties, which may explain why red wine and purple grape juice also help promote heart health.

8. Fish
An important part of the Japanese and Mediterranean diets, oily fish provide omega-3 fatty acids that help combat inflammation in the body. People who eat several weekly servings of such fish have a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease and stroke.

9. Teas
Of the various types of tea, white and green tea contain the most EGCG, one of the most powerful antioxidants. Numerous studies have linked tea consumption to lower rates of conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.

10. Herbs and Spices
Spices such as turmeric and ginger contain anti-inflammatory compounds that might reduce the risk of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. The antioxidant substances in garlic and onions can protect against heart disease and cancer; cinnamon may help lower blood sugar.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Thirty Minute Monday

Got thirty minutes today? Take this quiz.

Let's talk for a moment about repetitive information. I have been trying to lose weight, let's say, for three years now. Why have I not yet been entirely successful? Because I'm not listening OR paying attention to what it is I'm reading about weight loss. So what's different about this time? Take a look, Blogoworld, I have SURROUNDED myself by weight loss. I keep reminding myself of what this lifestyle looks like, and I keep testing my knowledge of it. I'm doing well.

So, today, if you've got thirty minutes, and I am certain that you can, take this quiz to remind yourself what 100 calories looks like. You're gonna need it. :) This info will stick in your brain eventually, even if you're only halfway paying attention to it. So keep reminding yourself of what it takes, what you love, what makes you happy, and what you like about what you are doing with your body. It all adds up. :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Seeing Skinny


I have a lovely surprise for today's Seeing Skinny. It's a Yoga Flip. A what?! A Yoga Flip, and the video lasts four seconds.

This counts as a Seeing Skinny for multiple reasons: 1) It's in a gym. 2) This HAD to have taken practice, and 3) Look what you can do if you set your mind to it! :)

Sure, it may be a stretch, but I love it.

See today's video HERE.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saturday Success Story

Hey all!
I apologize dreadfully for the lack of posting that has been going on with this blog, as of late. School has been a WHIRLWIND. Have you ever attended summer camp, and when it was over you thought, "Man, I wish I could have done that seven days a week, eighteen hours a day?" Well, I am here to tell you that YOU ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WANT THAT.

However, I do have a Saturday Success Story here for you pulled straight from the website of Women's Health Magazine! How do you keep your weight loss going? You surround yourself with information. Get acquainted with this website and magazine, it is a grand one.

Read on to discover Bethany Whirty's way of making her lifestyle work for her. And if you, or anyone you know of qualifies as a Saturday Success Story, give a hoot and send their info my way. :) west.allyson@gmail.com

You Lose You Win: Bethany Whirty
"I can't believe I was once a size 22."

Before: 270 lb, After: 155 lb

Even as a kid, Bethany Whirty, 25, a project coordinator from Loveland, Colorado, was heavy. Though she was active and loved sports, her high-calorie, high-fat diet (she was big on brownies, cookies, and soda) still packed on pounds. "I guess I wasn't raised with healthy habits or portion control," she says.

The Gain

Her weight problem came to a head when she moved out on her own. She stopped exercising, and her eating habits worsened. Meals of Hamburger Helper, pizza, or half gallons of ice cream ("I wouldn't even use a bowl," she says) added up. By 23, her clothing size was nearly the same as her age.

The Change

Her mother, a wellness coach, suggested they diet together, and she agreed to humor her. But when she stepped on a scale for the first time in years and saw that at 5'9" she weighed 270, she was shocked into action.

The Lifestyle

She cut carbs and sweets, starting with soda. Twelve weeks in she was down 30 pounds and had the energy to join a softball team. Six months later, in January 2008, Bethany celebrated her first 100 pounds lost with a gym membership. Then she started running and dropped 15 more pounds before she did her first 10-K that May.

The Reward

This June, Bethany crossed the finish line of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego a slim size 6. Next stop: the Boston Marathon. Bethany's TipsMake the reward as big as the goal. "After my marathon, I took myself on vacation to Palm Springs."Drink often. "The more hydrated you are, the less hungry you feel."

Her Advice: Recircuit your stress. "I curbed emotional eating with a new outlet: running."

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Friday Find

The FRRRRIIIIDDDDAAAYYY FFFIIINNNNDDD is this book. Skinny Bitch. Many years ago, as in two, I lost twenty pounds by paying attention to the no-nonsense attitude of these sassy ladies. Sassy? Did I just say sassy? I absolutely did. Maybe that's why I love them. This book takes a no-nonsense attitude toward weight loss and health, filling your mind with freaking logical thoughts about what you are putting into your body. Sometimes, the "tough" attitude is the one you need to hear in order to get information at face value.

So, love it. I do.

“What makes this diet easy to swallow is the book's tough-love attitude — part best-friend counsel, part drill-sergeant abuse and a dash of sailor mouth, wrapped in a pretty chick-lit package.”— iVillage, Diet & Fitness

"Don't hate them—be them. The authors of Skinny Bitch offer women a no-holds-barred approach to being thin and fabulous." — Metro

“As the authors rightly point out, thanks to slick marketing and food-industry lobbying, we’ve reached such a collective level of ignorance about health and nutrition that a diet telling us to eat lots of meat and no fruit becomes wildly successful. ‘You are a total moron if you think the Atkins Diet will make you thin’ they tell us. Harsh? Yes. But it’s also true. …there’s more solid advice in Skinny Bitch than in most diet and health books.”— Bitch, Anniversary Issue

“Skinny Bitch combines a ‘take no prisoners’ attitude with cogent analysis and scientific proof to make an engaging, wickedly irreverent, and iron-clad case for eating healthfully. If I had it in my power, I’d provide a free copy to every young woman in the developed world; we could then become, instead of the fattest next generation in history, the healthiest.”— Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA

"Skinny Bitch dishes up scientifically sound information that will change your health and your life. Its 'in-your-face' approach is at once engaging and humorous, and belies its serious and well-researched underbelly. It’s the spark that will start your personal revolution. Pick it up. Read every last word. Healthy and skinny you will be."— Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D., Senior Nutrition Scientist, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine