Friday, March 20, 2015

Long Time, No Blog

Okay, it's been a while.

What have I been up to, you ask? Well.....
1) I got a new puppy, Bodie.





















2) I've put on more weight, as you can plainly see.
3) I've made a bit more progress on the house but it has been slow.
4) I finished those questions on Facebook but abandoned them here, obviously.
5) As of last night, I signed up with a program offered by our health insurance provider that helps address your health concerns in a doable way. I discussed my health goals, weight loss, fitness and lowering bp with a consultant via telephone. We agreed on a plan which starts with me starting a new food journal. I agreed to do that starting Sunday morning....I have some high fat meals planned for the weekend after all, lol. I also came across this plan on prevention.com for losing belly fat. It tells you how dangerous belly fat actually is:Belly fat is maligned for its way of tampering with any outfit that doesn't involve a muumuu, but really there's something way worse about the stuff: When white fat expands in your abdomen, nestling deep among your organs, it sets you up for some serious health trouble. We now know that this type of fat, called visceral fat, churns out stress hormones like cortisol and inflammatory substances called cytokines that affect the body's production of insulin. The result: It's worse than just being generally overweight; you're looking at increased risks of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Here are the articles nine suggestions for losing the visceral fat.

1) Get more aerobic exercise, at least 12 miles of jogging a week or the equivalent exercise that raises your heartbeat.
2) Eat more protein. Suggestion of 30% protein, 40% carbs and 30% fat daily.
3) Eat more healthy fat...as in nuts, seeds and fish.
4) One to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily.
5) Yoga, especially if you're post menopausal like I am.
6) Sleep.....okay, I've been complaining about the meds I'm taking making me sleep too much but actually, the seven to eight hours each night is what I need.
7) Try going to bed at the same time every day, including weekends, and getting up at the same, too.
8) Green tea.... 'nuff said.
9) Increase the fiber.