Thursday, May 30, 2013

SANE Foods

So I've renewed my library book "The Smarter Science of Slim" as many times as I can, and it's finally really coming due in a few days, so I'm really trying to stay focused and finish it rather that get so excited that I go google and preach.  I read a lot of it yesterday and took notes.  I think most of what the book shares is on his blog.  For example, the links below about SANE foods.  SANE stands for:

S - Satiety (part 1 & 2) - How quickly calories fill us up and how long they keep us full.
A - Aggression - How likely calories are to be stored as body fat.
N - Nutrition (part 1 & 2) - How many nutrients (proein, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, etc) calories provide.
E - Efficiency - How many calories can be stored as body fat.

from page 71 of "The Smarter Science of Slim"

"The more Satisfying, unAggressive, Nutritious, and inEfficient a calorie is, the higher it's quality.  The more SANE it is.  The more body-fat-burning hormones it triggers.  The more it clears our clog and prevents overeating.  The more it restores our ability to burn body fat and maximizes our need to burn body fat.

The more unSatisfying, Aggressive, not Nutritious, and Efficient a calorie is, the lower it's quality.  The more inSANE it is.  The more body-fat-storing hormones it triggers.  the more it creates a clog and encourages overeating.  The more it destroys our ability to burn body fat and removes our need to burn body fat.

The more we understand the four calorie-quality factores, the more clearly we will see how eating more high quality SANE food is the only practical way to burn body fat long term.  When you stay full of SANE food, you will not have any room for clog-causing inSANE calories.  When we are totally full from a super-sized SANE supper, skipping the sundae after isnt' a burden.  It's a blessng in disguise.  By stayign full of SANE calories, we clear our clog, drop our set-point, and enable our fat metabolism system to burn bodyfat for us automatically.

All that is nicely summed up in the video posted below this post.  Also, found this on his blog, a pdf file to a 7 day Start Guide.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Excellent VIDEO!!! Must Watch!

This video sums up his book - tell me if this does not totally ring true!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

33 Weeks

Well, 33 Weeks yesterday, 6 to go (excited!) ~ 165 lbs, so going to eat super duper healthy this week and see how it goes for my weigh in next week.  If I'm able to keep it here, then this pregnancy will tie with Hyrum's for my best (least) weight gain.
(Can you tell I'm trying to hid the muffin top buldge there?)

Monday, May 20, 2013

32 Weeks and No Weight Gain

Well!! I have exciting news.  Well, it made me excited anyway.  I think I'm gonna be in a super good mood all day, perhaps all week, and I am motivated big time.

So, after only one week of trying to eat healthy, I think my clog is already clearing up.  I weigh myself on Monday's since I'm due on a Monday, so today I'm officially 32 weeks, just 7 weeks left.  My original plan was to start eating healthy at 12 weeks, since that seems like the number lots of exercise programs use, a 12 week program.  So I was going to do a little 12 week experiment of my own, but I ended up being a month behind with that plan.  So I started last week, making it an 8 week program, still enough time to make and see I difference I thought, and after giving myself a week to recover from our vacation AND after just one week of my challenge for myself, the scale has shown a big difference!  And this is for a hungry and constantly eating pregnant woman too, mind you.  So, two weeks ago when I weighed myself I was 163.  The last week, my weigh in was 168, which I was upset about, and I avoided the scale that week, trusting that it might have been a fluke but to scared to find out for sure.  Then today (and my wishful thinking is that I could finish this pregnancy without breaking 170) I went in a little braced for harsh reality, when, lo and behold.... 163 again!!!  Woo-hoo!!  That is after just one week of filling up my cart and my tummy with lots of healthy food.  Friday that healthy food consisted of cashews and dates (yum!), yesterday was celery and a salmon and honey mustard spinach and romaine salad, ANYWAY, I'm super EXCITED!!!  What if I get below 160 eating this healthy?  And I'm eating plenty, so we'll see if they are concerned at all at my doctor appointment on Wednesday.  "You lost a few pounds from your last appointment, that's not good..."?  As if eating junk and gaining weight automatically means that all is well.  I'll say, "actually, I've just been eating healthy" and I know it will be okay, but on paper it might not look good at first.

When I was pregnant with Hyrum, who is my 4th child, I weighed 164-ish when he was born, I was doing a Marilu Henner diet and Body for LIFE exercising at that time and was really diligent.  He was 8 lbs 10 oz when he was born, I was 144 at my 6 week appointment, and that was my best pregnancy yet weight wise.  This one still has a chance to be like that.  I have 7 weeks left, and we're gonna keep shoving in the veggies and keep clearing out the clog.  Acutally though, he says in the book that the clog clears very very quickly and the weight will come off eastily once you start - see chapter 3 of Jon's book "How to Lower Your Set-Point Weight"

So, it's gonna be a good week.  I know it's kinda silly to let the scale rule my mood and my emotions, and I usually try not to let it, but if it's making me in a good mood, well, that would be silly not to embrace that, right?

So 32 weeks, baby's the size of a soccer ball (I believe it) and I'm going to do 12 minutes of planks today, and life is good, 7 weeks left!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

400 Lunges

I went on a walk this morning, first time I've gone on a morning walk since last fall.  It was a nice and beautiful morning, and nice to get out there when it was starting to get light but before the sun was up.  I put on sunblock everyday on my face or I'll get a bad pregnancy mask as I did for the first time with baby 4.  Anyway, I did 400 walking lunges as I took a walk around the neighborhood, it took me 30 minutes.  I haven't done it for 4 weeks, we'll see how sore I am tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Clog

I read the following in the book "The Smarter Science of Slim" by Jonathan Bailor today (page 24) ~ 

"The Clog: The inability of our fat metabolism system to respond to signals from our hormones and our brain which otherwise enable us to burn body fat.  Academics also refer to "the clog" as metabolic dysregulation, and it's the underlying cause of long term weight gain.  UCLA and Harvard Medical School researcher T. Kelesidis puts it more adacemically: 'The circulating hormone level directs the central nervous system in regulating energy balance, however the vast majority of obese humans are resistant to it's weight reducing effects."

He continues (and I loved this analogy!) - "Think about trying to remove body fat from a clogged fat metabolism system like trying to drain water from a clogged sink.  Eating less is like turning down the faucet. Exercising more is like scooping out the overflowing water.  Both are temporary ways to deal with the symptoms of the problem.  Neither does anything about the root cause.  That is why they tend to fail long term.  The problem is the clog.  The solution is clearing hte clog.  And clearing the clog requires thinking in terms of quality, not quantity.  Fiddling with the quantity of food we eat and the quantity of exercise we get will never clearn our hormonal clog.  Quality - low quality food and low quality exercise - is the cause of the back up.  A sink does not get clogged by putting too much water into it.  It gets clogged when we put the wrong stuff into it."
So we had a Family Home Evening lesson last night that included planning, talking about schedule and menu, which included making a grocery list together and menu for the week, which led to a lesson on the Word of Wisdom.  I told them that they might feel restricted, but we're gonna start in earnest to really try to obey the Word of Wisdom more perfectly.  They might feel, like President Monson says here, that "It may appear to you at times that those out in the world are having much more fun than you are. Some of you may feel restricted by the code of conduct to which we in the Church adhere. My brothers and sisters, I declare to you, however, that there is nothing which can bring more joy into our lives or more peace to our souls than the Spirit which can come to us as we follow the Savior and keep the commandments."

They are going to feel a bit more restricted and think everyone else has cool lunches while theirs are terribly healthy and boring, but we shared some experiences of when we (Corey and I) were eating more healthy in our Body for Life days (the kids have seen those pictures and went off a little bit about how amazing Corey looked, which I think will help the boys know that this plan might help them get some abs) and how much better we felt and healthier we looked.

So anyway, it'll be good.  I'm going grocery shopping today or tomorrow and am going to get lots-o-veggies from Costco, per Mr. Bailor's per shopping list.  Corey said "sounds like they're rabbits..." 

Monday, May 13, 2013

31 Weeks

I don't have many pictures of myself pregnant.  Mostly because it's hard to take full body pictures of one's self, and I don't have the kids or Corey do it cause then I'm buggin them for too long as I ask for retakes untill I get one that I approve of.  Anyway, took a few pics on Friday of my now 165 lbs and 31 weeks along self.  I've gained more than I'd like, but I know I'll lose it.  It will be nice to be able to take a quick jog outside again soon.  Just trying to stay busy and active.  Haven't talked to the Dr. yet, but planning on being induced July 8th or 9th, so that means just 8 weeks left!!  woo-hoo!

Did 12 minutes of planks today, and I also did 200 lunges and 6 static lunges each leg.  Form wasn't great for the lunges, but that's okay.  Going to read more of the Smarter Science of Slim today to try to keep focus on diet.  I ate too many chocolates and cookies yesterday for Mother's day.  And I am homeschooling my 9 year old, and unfortunately his favorite activity last week was cooking, so we made a few too many cookies, rolls, and muffins,  Doh.  Going to do better this week.

Monday, May 6, 2013

30 Weeks

I didn't do great last week wtih diet, but that happens on vacation.  Not a lot of junk food, just a lot of nuts and dried fruit.  Didn't do any exercising either except for 6 excentric push ups on Wednesday.  Still, I think my body survived without too much damage.  I have an appointment this week on Wednesday.  I get to do the glucose test thing.

I'm back on the wagon today, I did my 12 minutes of planks first thing in the morning, good job me.  Going to also do my 6 eccentric push ups, those are burners for sure.  Going to do my lunges tomorrow, the 400 walking lunges and 10 eccentric lunges on each side both sound equally painful, so we'll see which one scares me more.

And I'm excited to be at 30 weeks!  And the weeks fly by in this busy household, so this is gonna be quick!  Take a day at a time, and then before you know it the week is done.  It's good to be busy.  (It's also nice to have a good excuse to take a nap.)  :)

I was mulling over names this week - we need a 3 syllable girl name that starts with either the letter K, N, V. I and R are also still available to use.  Right now I'm liking Kristina Nicole (Kimberly Nicole?).