Books and Bread

September 11, 2009

Hi everyone,

My friend got me hooked on these blogs. I found a few that are great. It is a very time consuming task. I wish my laptop were working. Never by a TOSHIBA. It is junk and not worth the money. Is has hardly been used and out of five tech people no one can fix it. It just shuts off whenever it wants. Usually when I need it to stay on it will shut off, black screen. They say it is heat. Really, how hot can it get in just one or two short minutes? Defect.

In reading a blog, I found out that Adam Campbell is coming out with a book in December called “The Big Book of Exercises.” This book appears to have every single possible exercise there is. It sounds like it is going to be the most comprehensive exercise book around. Beginners and experienced can use this book. The best thing about it is there is going to be a women’s version and a men’s version. For those of you who want to look it up here is the info.

The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular You!
ISBN-13: 9781605295503
480 pages
$16.49 on Amazon

The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU! (Paperback)
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Rodale Books (December 22, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605295493
ISBN-13: 978-1605295497

Four hundred and sixty four pages… Yikes.

I would like to pre-order so I get it in time for Christmas, but hate to buy books unseen. If anyone gets a peek, let me know if this book is any good. It has a lot of potential.

As you all know, or those who follow me, I have a garden and this year I planted Spaghetti Squash, why, who knows. I do not care for squash. I have to do the sneaky chef thing to get it down. I just tried this great recipe for Spaghetti Squash Bread. Yummy, Yummy. Those of you who bake, you can change up the recipe in many ways. Have fun. Hope you enjoy it.

Spaghetti Squash Bread

1 1/4 cup Flour (I used 1 cup WW and 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose)
4 tblsp sugar (I used 4 tblsp Splenda)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
Dash of salt
2 med. eggs
2 tbsp oil (I used EVOO)
1/4 c. orange juice
2/3 c. spaghetti squash strands, cooked
2 tblsp raisins

Stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside. Beat together eggs, oil and juice. Gradually beat dry ingredients mixture into egg mixture. Stir in squash and raisins. Pour batter into loaf pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes until golden brown. Makes about 20 slices at 65 calories each.

I pierced the spaghetti squash tons of times with a fork and cooked it in the microwave for 10 12 minutes and I let it stand for five minutes before removing the seeds and shredding it into strands. (You could also bake it in the oven at 375 for one hour.)

Let me know if you try it and how you like it.

I have PT tomorrow and a busy weekend.

I hope you all have a great weekend and remember, keep it clean.

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”

~Bill Watterson

“Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.”

~John Shirley

“There aren’t enough days in the weekend.”

~Rod Schmidt


August 22, 2009

I have been doing some reading and I am amazed. Time to pull the food scale back out and weigh EVERYTHING. Start spot-checking your protein bar and anything that is wrapped separately or a single serving. You will be AMAZED at the discrepancy. Weighing in grams instead of ounces is something to contemplate. If the count is lower, it can be a good thing; IF the count is higher, it can sabotage your hard work.

How about gum. How much gum do you chew? I buy sugarless Orbit bubblemint gum. Less than 5 calories a slice. If you chew the whole package in one day, which I am sure some of you do, it is a whopping 70 calories. Let say you do this five times a week. That is a whopping 350 calories. AND… If you are watching your carb count, there is one carb per slice. A whole package is 14 carbs. Again, if you do this five times a week, 70 carbs.

Holy moly. I will be back to checking my portions to make sure I have them right. I HATE logging my food, but… I must do a check.

I went to the butcher and asked for 4 oz of lean chicken breast. Did I get 4 oz, NOPE, the went went over. I went in the cheese section and asked for 2 oz of cheese. Did I get it NOPE. I will be back to weighing for sure, at least temporarily. I will also be keeping my eye very closely on any pre-packaged items. A mere half ounce does not seem like much, but if you add it up, in the end, it may be enough to cause a significant difference in your goals. Gum is a perfect example.

I decided to read “The Bible Sculpting Book for Women”. I have had it for a long time and pulled it out tonight and was quite impressed. I need to read it cover to cover. If nothing else, more information to add to this old brain. I will use this book as one of my 52DC goals. This book was written in 2007 and their web site is already gone. They have, I believe, five additional books.
The Body Sculpting Bible for Women, Revised Edition: The Way to Physical Perfection (Includes DVD);The Body Sculpting Bible for Abs: Women’s Edition, Deluxe Edition: The Way to Physical Perfection (Includes DVD);The Body Sculpting Bible for Buns and Legs: Women’s Edition;The Body Sculpting Bible Express for Women: 21 Minutes a Day to Physical Perfection;The Body Sculpting Bible Swimsuit Edition for Women: The Way to the Perfect Beach Body;The Body Sculpting Bible for Brides: Look Your Best in Your Wedding Dress. To have written that many books they had to have sold a lot. The information has to be readable and I hope to learn something new.

Sometimes I think there is too much information out there to be read. I can see why people get so confused. I see why people just give up. I have read some really bad things and I have read what I think are good things. It all boils down to finding something that works for your lifestyle and that you can follow AND be healthy. One day I will find that magic balance. Until then, I will keep reading and absorbing all I can to get to a leaner and healthier me.

The book I am really looking for is one that will help me with my short-term memory!!


July 10, 2009

On flipping through this book “You Body Revival Weight Loss Straight Talk” by Dave Draper, I came across a section on “stress.” (Page 125)

“Since the brain cannot distinguish survival stress from chronic, daily stress, anyone who experiences stress overload will store more fat.”

Therefore, my question is…what does this mean. Am I domed forever to store excess fat? I cannot believe that this would prevent me from losing weight.

Dr. Peeke states… “Weight lifting on a routine basis…at lease twice weekly vigorously for 30 to 40 minutes…for both men and women is really the key.”

Whew, guess I need to get my butt in gear and make sure I do this. I mean, come on, it is only twice a week.

Amazing. I keep flipping through books but basically, all books are pretty much the same. Do what we do best, eat clean and exercise. How you go about doing it is personal. Some like the TNT Diet and some like Jenny Craig. The most important thing is to do it. That is why I think the 52DC is so important. It makes you accountable and forces you to stay on track. I wonder when someone will be putting out a diet book about 52DC!!!

Your Body Revival Weight Loss Straight Talk by Dave Draper (ISBN:1-931046-35-2)

Well dang it. I cannot get the link to work.