A few things I’m doing right now to lose weight and tighten up

In no particular order, I’ve incorporated these rules into my life recently and I’m progress in my weight loss and health goals.

I’ve lost three pounds in ten days (and I haven’t even been exercising, but that’s about to change).

half of a tomato slice face matched with half of a bicycle tire to create a circle

(photo compliments of SuperTracker.usda.gov)

1. Consume nothing but plain ol’ tap water after 8 o’clock. Breakfast is around 10 in the morning. If you’re only eating 10 hours a day, it’s easier to trim calories. Besides, I’m not hungry when I’m asleep.

2. Use USDA.gov’s SuperTracker to create goals and track my calorie intake. Reduce calorie intake to 1600 or fewer daily.

3. Drink 10-14 glasses of water daily. This helps me stay full, energized, and saves me from feeling hungry when I’m actually just thirsty. Also, I want my skin to glow and stay hydrated as I make these changes and lose weight, too. Chant with me: No more stretch-marks. No more stretch-marks. Twelve more

See your nutritional health in a daily bar graph with SuperTracker

ChooseMyPlate.gov's SuperTracker Website allows users to input their food and activity information to create nutritional and exercise goals. it provides users with a comprehensive report on their nutrition and links to information regarding the individual's daily habits

The SuperTracker at ChooseMyPlate provides comprehensive reports on a user’s nutritional needs and successes.

No, calorie counting is not my thing.

I just posted about it. But while researching for that post, I found the SuperTracker at ChooseMyPlate.gov and the curiosity was too much.

All of a sudden I have a profile and I’m entering my breakfast information.

But it’s amazing! And soooooooo much more than a calorie counter.

I set any 5 goals from 5 categories: weight managment, physical activity, calories, food groups and nutrients. Daily, I get to watch a graph display my progress on each goal, and when I succeed at one, I get an email.

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My rules for eating healthy and managing my weight

new US food pyramid, featuring vertical categories of the whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and lean proteins with a stick figure person climbing the pyramid to represent exercise. next to it is the old food pyramid.

(photo compliments of choosemyplate.gov)

I’ve never read a diet book. These fancy-schmancy planned-out diets are not my thing.

I have created some rules over the past few years that keep me eating healthy, and keep me in the healthy weight category.

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  • Quit drinking soda. Drink water (eight 8 ounce glasses daily). With a glass of 100% fruit juice watered down and/or a glass of low-fat milk daily.
  • Eat 3-5 fruits and vegetables per day. That’s 6 to 10 all-in-all.
  • Get quality protein with every meal. The top ones are: chicken, turkey, eggs, tuna fish, shrimp, low/non-fat cottage cheese, low/non-fat greek yogurt, and whey protein powders.
  • Include fiber-rich foods as often as possible. I love popping corn on the stove plain and adding my own low-calorie flavors. Delicious!
  • White foods are evil. Enriched, bleached foods need to be replaced with WHOLE wheats; read the ingredients to make sure you’re not being conned by misleading labels. Read 6 more…

The health lesson I learned from Burn Notice

scene from the tv show Burn notice. two men standing in a kitchen. man on left, Sam, is a little chubby wearing a Hawaiian shirt with a large tub of fried chicken on the counter in front of him. man on right, Michael, is shirtless and very muscular and fit and is eating a cup of yogurt

(photo compliments of Netflix.com from Burn Notice: Season 1, Ep. 11)

Michael Westen is obsessed with yogurt. In every episode of Burn Notice, he eats a cup of yogurt, opens the fridge to reveal that it’s filled with only yogurt, or Sam escapes a weird conversation with Fiona by slipping out to get some more yogurt for Michael.

What is that about?

Well, Michael Westen is cut (see photo). And yogurt is a super food.

I’ve talked about the general foods that fuel fat loss, but let’s highlight yogurt.

Women’s Health magazine boasts on its list of the 12 Best Foods for Your Abs that fat-free or low-fat dairy, like yogurt, builds strong bones and fires up weight loss. It also fights osteoporosis, obesity, high blood pressure and cancer.

How do you lose 81% more abdominal fat?

Most people do not care about their health.

How do I know this?

two slightly overweight men leaning on a waterpark inner tube

I went to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia, for two days. It’s an indoor waterpark. Hundreds of random American people with their families in bathing suits were strutting around half naked.

About six people appeared to be in good shape. Two women. Four men. And one woman had obvious surgical help in the chest area, so I can’t be sure of her overall authenticity.

Two days. Ten hours. Hundreds of people. Six of them noticeably in shape (meaning lacking excessive fat on the body with reasonable muscle development).

And what’s funny is that those six people were pointed out in surprise and awe. Like, “damn, look at those abs.”

There were plenty of pot bellies, fat rolls and flabs hanging out everywhere.

What does this tell you?

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Larry Winget, author of Your Kids Are Your Own Fault, writes a “You might be a bad parent” list

“Some of you are now spewing and sputtering and shouting “yeah buts” at me because your kids are great yet they have a TV in their room or are overweight or blah, blah, blah-de-blah-de-blah!  Okay, you can tell yourself that, and since I don’t know you or your kid I’ll step back and give you the benefit of the doubt.  But I still don’t believe you.” Larry Winget responds to parents regarding his list.

And his “Top Signs You Are A Bad Parent” list is hilarious and right on point.

My question is, why aren’t these things clear to most people? Do all parents think that they are allowed an exception?

My theory: you probably shouldn’t reproduce. Few people left have the solid values and personality traits to properly raise children. So I wish they’d stop pretending and use a method of birth control.

Better yet, vasectomies should be free.

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