Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Vancouver, WA 98682
There are so many wonderful foods for Thanksgiving. I have a great recipe that many have asked me for. It's low fat, very yummy and very simple. Orange Cranberry Relish. 12 ounces of raw Cranberries 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. 1 medium Orange (wash and peel half) 1 inch of peeled fresh ginger. 1 cup of sugar or Splenda. Cut the orange and ginger into cubes that will fit not a food processor. Put all ingredients into the food processor and pulse until its the consistency that you would like. Then refrigerate. It's best when you make it the night before and let it sit and. Cool in the refrigerator.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 • Vancouver, WA 98682
This week my husband was bored and staring at the boxes of Christmas stuff in the garage so he began to decorate the inside of the house for the holidays. I love Christmas and yes it's pretty, but I have a really hard time decorating for Christmas already. Growing up, we went to the relatives house, played football, had dinner, then waked around the neighborhood looking at the Christmas decorations being hung that day. It was always a traditions so decorating early just seems so un natural. I live in the Northwest so Thanksgiving is often more rainy than southern California where I grew up. With the weather, tag football and the group walk after dinner has been so hard to get anyone to share it with so I just haven't been doing it. But a few years ago I created a new tradition just for me. Near my house, every thanksgiving morning is the annual Turkey Trot. There is a 5k and a 10k race. Although I have bad knees which make running irritating I have started walking it. The 5k Turkey Trot was the first race I have ever participated in. Now it's something I do every year. Not only that, but this year I have challenged several members of Snap Fitness to join me in this years race. I don't expect to run or to even come close to the front of the pack, but I plan to be there again this year. The difference is, I will have many new friends joining me. So, what new tradition are you doing this Thanksgiving???
Friday, November 02, 2012 • Vancouver, WA 98682
Today is November 2nd. There are twenty days until Thanksgiving. Success isn't something that you just arrive at, although it would be sweet if it did. Success is something that you journey toward, one step at a time. Sometimes that journey has twists and turns. Sometimes that journey gets really pretty hard. How you handle those difficulties can lead you to success. I have found that making a plan really helps in that journey. Food is a big part of Thanksgiving. Health and weight loss has a great deal to do with choice. I have a really hard time looking at those pies, breads and the rest of the goodies and not be tempted. One plan I have is to create my own menu and stick to it. I find yummy healthy recipes such as some I shared on my last blog. But what if you are going to someone else's home for that excellent meal? Here are a few strategies that I have used... 1). Ask what they are going to be serving. Planning is everything. If you know what they are going to be serving then you can plan what to do when faced with your temptation. 2). Ask if you can bring something. Maybe you can bring a healthy dessert that you can share. Or a nice big fancy side salad. 3). Spill the beans. Let them know you are trying to eat healthier or lose weight and ask them to help you by serving some steamed vegetables or something. 4). Eat before you go. My hubby is an excellent cook and sometimes when we have friends over for Thanksgiving they will wait all day to eat until they get to our house so they can gorge on the wonderful food. You don't need to do that. Have a salad before leaving your house. Have a sandwich. Have a nice healthy brunch. You can still taste and enjoy the wonderful meal... Just not so much of it. 5). As you are visiting before dinner with your family and friends have a BIG glass of water. It's healthy for you and helps fill your belly so you don't eat as much. 6). Put your fork down between bites. Really enjoy your food and enjoy the conversation.
Thursday, November 01, 2012 • Vancouver, WA 98682
Today is November 1st. In a few weeks we celebrate Thanksgiving, then shopping, parties, Christmas, New Years, family, dinners, treats cookies and on and on and on. Before Trick or treaters made it to the doors, Christmas decorations were already in the stores. For people who battle weight and food issues, this is the most dangerous time of year. You either give out candy or have kids bringing it home..or both. Then Thanksgiving with the big dinners, pies cakes and breads. Rushing around shopping and eating on the run as you look for that perfect gift and squeezing in the parties, pot lucks and so many other things this time of year. Do I even need to go on? When you are trying to watch what you eat and make healthy choices this time of year can be such a challenge. The best thing you can do right now is to make a plan to succeed. Make this plan fun too. Last year I discovered a cranberry orange relish that is so easy to make, very low fat and tastes so good that everyone was asking me for the recipe. It's basically a small bag of cranberries, an orange (partly peeled) an inch of peeled ginger 1/2 cup of sugar (or splenda) and a teaspoon of cinnamon in the food processor. So yummy and I loved the compliments I got. They didn't even care that it was healthy. They only cared that it tasted so good. I made a pumpkin pudding with sugar free buttlescotch or vanilla pudding, 1/2 can of pumpkin pie filling and add nonfat milk until you get the texture you want. Lower fat than pumpkin pie and I can enjoy my treat while the rest of the family enjoyed there's. in fact the kids wanted my pudding instead of pumpkin pie. How great and easy is that? For dinner, I just didn't have skin with my turkey, I had larger helping of vegetables and chose mashed garlic cauliflower instead of a roll. I have always been a mashed potato lover but the garlic cauliflower tastes just as great. What recipes can you discover or create to make part of a healthier family tradition?
Friday, October 26, 2012 • Vancouver, WA 98682
My son loves the cartoon Ninjago. It was created by George Lucas and that really shows. For a cartoon it has some great values in it. "A razor sharp weapon is only as effective as a razor sharp mind". "The best way to defeat an enemy is to make him your friend". Then there is the theme of the whole show, for the Ninja to reach their full potential. Watching this show gets me thinking of my own life. Do I read and study as well as challenge my body? Am. I working on reaching my full potential? How about you? Maybe more of us need to watch more cartoons.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 • Vancouver, WA 98682
I am so excited. Today I talked to a psychologist/nutritionist Cheryl Butler that works with people who need to lose weight and together we are going to develop a program to help people change their lifestyles so that they can live healthy lives. She will work mostly on nutrition and issues in the head that hold people back from their dreams and I will work more with the physical strength movement and fat burn. This is an excellent opportunity to really make a lasting and long term difference in people's lives. So many people think that weight loss is really one dimensional. Change diet and exercise. But the reality is that food is often used as an emotional crutch. It can be used to bury emotions. True weight loss, especially long term weight loss can only be accomplished by getting to the root of the problem. Teaming up with Cheryl will help so many people in not just Battle Ground, but Clark County really become a healthier and happier place to live. One healthy person at a time. This is going to be GREAT!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 • Vancouver, WA 98682
This morning I took my NSCA certification exam. That was a REALLY HARD TEST! I was stressed going in and even more so coming out of the testing room. As I stood at the desk waiting for my printout of if I passed or failed i cant even describe the feeling. But now, two hours later, the waves of relief are starting. I'm glad to be done and ready to put this behind me and move forward. I am now officially a Certified Personal Trainer. I'm very excited to see what exciting adventures the future holds.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 • Vancouver, WA 98682
As of Saturday, it is officially Fall. But it doesn't feel like it. The weather is still beautiful. The sun is shining and I can still go out in shorts. This weekend I enjoyed going into the yard to rake leaves and mow the grass. The sunshine even makes picking up after the dogs more enjoyable. I plan on taking advantage of this sunshine for as long as I can because here in the Northwest, the winter comes with a vengeance. Still, I don't let the rain stop me. I still walk the kids to school and try to do things outdoors. After all, shoes and clothes will dry and a warm shower & a cup of tea does wonders when you are chilled. As I tell my daughter, you need the rain to make the grass green, the trees grow and the flowers bloom in the spring. So enjoy your sunshine as much as you can, then enjoy the wonderful winter days. Who knows what you will find in the rain.
Saturday, September 01, 2012 • Vancouver, WA 98682
I have recently been working on family history. It's been so much fun looking at our past generations; who they were. What they were doing. And the part they played in shaping this country. I was amazed to trace back my husbands family to the 1600's. His 11th great gradfather is William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony. His family was part of the American Revolution and were pioneers in the Utah and Arizona Territories. They overcame so much to bring us to this point in time. They lived with sayings such as a stitch in timesaves 9. A Penney saved is a penny earned. And don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. I think back to yesterday. Last week and last month. I think of how many things I have put off. How many things I have let go. I watched TV instead of wash the car. I played computer games instead of read my book. I spent time on Facebook instead of play with the kids. How many things in your life have you put off??? Do any of these things sound familiar??? When it comes to fitness I hear people say all the time, I will start my fitness program after the kids go back to school. Or I will start my diet after the holidays. I will eat better starting Monday. My question is, what are you waiting for? And what are you missing.by putting things off? I missed hiking with my daught at Girl Scout camp. I missed teaching my son to ride a bike. I missed being able to do things just because I wasn't healthy enough to do them. I have turned it around over these past few years. last week I swam with the kids at a pool party. They even watched me go down the slide (which was a ton of fun by the way). I just spent an hour doing yard work with the kids. In 15 minutes, we are going for a bike ride in Salmon Creek. When we get back, we just might wash my car. All these new memories. All these new activities and memories we now share. So don't put off working out. If you start now, maybe you can take the kids or grand kids skiing over the Christmas holidays. If you start eating well, just tihink of the amazing figure you can show off at the Christmas parties. Or on a more serious note, why wait until the dreaded diagnosis before you decide that time to work out and eat well has come. After all a stitch in time...
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 • Vancouver, WA 98682
School is out. I'm working at Snap Fitness and having a blast. It's so much fun to be working again and I'm loving my clients and all that they are accomplishing just in the short time we have been working together. Now I'm also starting to focus again on myself and my health. I was so wrapped up in school I lost focus of the reason I was there. So the time has come to renew. Last week I joined spark people and have been tracking my food, exercising and eating better. Although I'm not perfect, my food choices are much better. My weigh ins are Mondays. I weird in yesterday and lost 3 pounds. I expected a larger one being that it was the first week tracking and expected a big water loss, but still. 3 pounds is excellent. As with everyone on a weight loss journey, there are ups and downs. Gains and losses. It takes consistency, focus and work. But I know that I am close and can reach my goal. My prayer is that my journey and my work can inspire others that they can lose too. No one needs to accept the poor health and pain that obesity can cause. There is no better time than now to start down the road toward health and life.