Category Archives: Healthy Living

Applebees, you’re killing me here

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Applebees, may I ask you what’s up? What is it that I have done to you to make you hate me so. Let me fill you in, I am meeting my M.O.M. (which of course stands for Mother of all Mayhem) tonight for dinner to hand off about a pallet of Girl Scout cookies which she sold on my daughter’s behalf. Since she lives over two hours away, we generally meet at a midway point for dinner and Applebees fits the bill.

Now I have always been of the opinion that Applebees is a fine establishment, serving tasty American fare at fairly reasonable prices. All of that may still be true but, has anyone taken the time to read the nutritional information on their food?

I fancy myself a bit of an amateur chef so I am hip to fact that restaurants make their food taste great by adding copious amounts of salt, butter or both. That does not shock me, but the effect it has on the caloric output of the food has given me a case of the vapors.

As chronicled here, I am alloted 1300ish calories in a day. That total day allotment is eclipsed by one serving of Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad (1320), Hand-Battered Fish & Chips (1570) or Three Cheese Penne (1300). Even the Oriental Chicken Salad, an Applebees best seller weighs in at 1390, if you get it will grilled chicken it only brings it down to 1290. Outrageous.

I see that they have a Weight Watchers section that has 7 options.  Since I don’t eat shrimp or mushrooms (it’s a texture thing) that takes it down to 3 for me and even those are in the 500 range.  Of those 3 options the sodium count averages 1926. Yikes, can’t use the butter, so I guess you double up on the salt it’s low cal!

No wonder we all need to lose weight in this country, we don’t have a chance. Unless you win the genetic lottery or are an in-training, professional athlete, there is no way you can eat out and not blimp up.

What’s a girl to do? I know I am being a total Debbie Downer here, but this is depressing.  Applebees, I like you but c’mon man you gotta work with me here this is simply not cool.

Cheers,

Dazey

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YogaDownload luvs u….

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My favorite source for yoga on the web is http://www.YogaDownload.com. It has absolutely the best yoga classes available at the best prices. You can download the audio and pose guides for classes of all levels and duration. Most of the 20 minute classes are free so it’s a great way to test it out.

They are having a sale for Valentine’s Day. Use the code Love20 in the promotional code box at checkout and $10 off a $20 purchase. The code should be good through midnight on February 15, 2013.

That’s a whole lotta chill for not much cash. Check it out, you got nothing but tension to lose.

Cheers,
Dazey

Well that’s just mean…

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Ok so I am putting Lose It! on notice, they are just being mean. Now I know, it is not their fault and I should not “hate the player” but c’mon man!

Here is what happened. As you probably know, I have started a weight loss odyssey. I am fortunate that I don’t have to lose a lot of weight, but losing 15 pounds presents its own unique set of challenges.

I started using Lose It! (exclamation point is theirs, not mine) at the beginning of the year to track my caloric intake and exercise. I plugged in my current weight, how much I wanted to lose and how fast I wanted to lose it. In return, I was given a caloric budget to reach my goal. My budget was 1436, seems reasonable, thanks a lot, nice doing business with you.

After week one I gleefully reported to my Lose It! overlord that I lost 2 pounds. It was great to see the little line on the goal graph head south. There were no bells, whistles or other sounds effects signifying my victory, which would have been nice, but not necessary. I carried on, determined to keep up the good work. I am very coachable.

Lo and behold after another week, I was down another 2 pounds, this really is working out marvelously. I reported my good news to my little digital friend and, again no applause, but the graph line movement was going to have to be enough.  My excitement lasted until the first time I went to key in an english muffin and realized, my caloric budget had been slashed to 1390.

WHAT!!! Well, needless to say I Lost it! (exclamation point mine this time). That is just mean. Now the thrill of stepping on the scale and seeing the needle stop, (yes, I use an old school scale, I like that the result can be open to interpretation) is now tempered by the fact I will have to report this success to my phone and I will be forced to either exercise more or eat less the next week, neither option is super appealing because I am a little lazy and like to eat.

In conclusion, I realize it is not the folks at Lose It!’s fault that you are essentially punished for good behavior, I am just saying I am going to blame them.

Cheers,
Dazey

Dieting is not fun…

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I set this blog up about 6 months ago, patted myself on the back for successfully navigating the WordPress site and promptly forgot to add content.  A lot has happened since last May, I won’t bore you with details, but I figured if I was going to have a blog I should actually write something.

My latest project, or as my husband refers to it, obsession, has been trying to take off a few pounds.   Here is what I have learned about myself, I don’t like dieting, not truly fond of exercise either, but sincerely don’t like dieting. Now I know this sounds like a fairly obvious observation, but I am usually a pretty adaptable person and this is a bit of a revelation for me.

Over the holidays I noticed that my pants were a bit tight and my middle was a little squishier than one might enjoy, so I decided to take charge.  Also, I was teaching a yoga class and caught a glimpse of my reflection in chair pose and wondered what those lumps were on the side of my thighs.  So, I read several diet/lifestyle change books, including Dr. Oz et al’s You on a Diet and undertook to drop anywhere from 12- 15 pounds. I tend to have a “can do” attitude so such undertakings are not unusual in my life.

Well, the first thing I learned is that it takes a caloric deficit of 3,500 to lose 1 pound.  Let that sink in a minute, 3,500 calories less than your daily allotment to lose 1 pound, Fair?  I think not.  A little quick math tells me I have to create a deficit of 42,000-52,500 to reach my goal.  Now I am daunted (and inexplicable hungry).

In my reading, I found reference to this app for my iPhone called Lose it! (the exclamation point is actually in the title, love the energy folks) This little dandy does the math for you and will track your food and exercise, well it will if you input all of your activities and whatever you put in your mouth.

In addition to Lose It! I received a Striiv pedometer for Christmas.  This little gem is addictive.  Striiv is more than a pedometer it is your non-judgmental best friend.  It creates little challenges for you, like walk 100 steps in the next 5 minutes.  Which is a nice way of saying, hey leadbottom, we noticed you haven’t moved in the last hour or so, how about a little stroll.  No judgment.

One of the features of Striiv is that you get to build your own little island, complete with flora, fauna and exotic outbuildings like fountains of youth, magician’s fire and warrior poet statue (you know, the regular stuff).  To purchase the plants and buildings you earn coins and then to build or grow them, you get energy points through your challenges and activities.  Sort of like Farmville or Smurf Village, but with exercise.

My family has questioned my sanity numerous times as I circle the couch while watching TV.  They don’t understand, my village needs me, that mermaid topiary is not going to build itself!

So anyways, I am firmly entrenched in my better living through technology project.  I am 10 pounds down, but have not gained any ground on my goal in almost 2 weeks.   Over the course of the next few weeks, I am going use my alloted digital space in the virtual world to chronicle my quest, so please feel free to check in whenever you want to feel good about yourself and see how I am doing.

Cheers!
Dazey