Weight Loss Surgery

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

I think this video is supposed to promote weight loss surgery, but it seems to do the opposite for me. If you have ever thought about having weight loss surgery, this video is a vivid reason on why you shouldn’t. Not only do you have to endure an unpleasant surgery, you have to eat healthy to keep the weight off. Weight loss from gastric bypass surgery or any other weight loss surgery happens because you change your eating habits. If you have to change your eating habits anyway, don’t bother with the medical torture. Learn how to change your habits now.

Sometimes I think people are tempted by weight loss surgery because they think they deserve the pain. Maybe they think that if they suffered so much that they wouldn’t dare go back to eating poorly. Or maybe they think that the cost of the surgery is going to be a deterrent to eating poorly. It all sounds like punishment to me.

Instead of punishing yourself with weight loss surgery, do something nice for yourself today. Feed yourself some fresh veggies and fruit, maybe even some lean protein. Give yourself the rush of some heart-pounding exercise. Find other non-food-related ways to be nice to yourself. You don’t need weight loss surgery. You need someone to love you so much that you WANT to be healthy. That someone can be you.


Question of the Week: Weight Loss Propaganda

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Months ago, I looked through YouTube to find inspirational weight loss stories. I didn’t find much. Now, YouTube’s tubes are full of weight loss videos promoting weight loss surgery, hypnosis and other weight loss gadgets and pills. Instead of finding personal stories about people trying to lose weight, I am buried in commercials and propaganda.

How do you evaluate weight loss commercials?

What do you use to filter out the crap? How can you tell if something is real?

Are you tempted by options like weight loss surgery, hypnosis, gadgets or pills?

What do you tell yourself when you see weight loss propaganda?

I’ve gotten so fed up with the weight loss industry that I’m to the point where I don’t believe ANYTHING. I have found gadgets that have actually helped me exercise more often, but I still don’t believe in them. That sort of backlash can’t be healthy either. I don’t know what’s right for me…

The Question of the Week is meant to be an Inner Workout for you. Find some time during the week and allow yourself to write the answers to the questions posted. You can write them on paper, on a word processor or here in the comments section. Whatever works for you as long as you do it.

Keep writing until you find out something about yourself that you didn’t know before. I’ve also heard that it works to keep writing until you cry, but that doesn’t really work for me. Whatever works for you. Just keep writing until it feels right.


Biggest Loser Water?

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

The Biggest LoserI stopped watching The Biggest Loser pretty early this season. I don’t like that new trainer. I really miss Jillian and it seemed even MORE commercial than last year. Last year’s constant Jello commercials really bugged me, but this year, everything was a commercial, so I stopped watching.

I guess my instincts were right on about the commercialization of the show. Last week, on my trip to the grocery store, I saw a huge display of bottled water with last year’s “Biggest Loser” advertising it. Penta Water is filtered water, so it doesn’t pretend to be diet water, but I was still offended. The look on Matt’s face told me all I needed to know about Penta Water. His mouth was smiling, but his eyes weren’t. You don’t watch a season of reality TV without being able to recognize when someone isn’t happy. Matt, if you’re out there reading this, you don’t need to sell your body to Penta Water.

I looked away when they did the “Pudding in a Cloud” episode. I glazed over every glimpse of Jello, One-A-Day vitamins, Diet Rite and Timex watches. I even turned the other cheek when an entire episode was turned into a commercial for The Planet Hollywood Casino and Las Vegas. But, come on? Biggest Loser Water?

Bad form, Biggest Loser, bad form…


Ammonia-Scented Sweat?

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

I have run pretty hard, but never hard enough to smell like ammonia.

Releasing ammonia in your sweat is caused by burning protein during your exercise instead of carbohydrates. If you are low are carbs, the body dips into the protein reserves, which means your muscles or whatever protein you ate recently. I’m not a long distance runner, so I have never had a workout that was this intense.

It makes me wonder what it would be like to workout so hard that you end up burning off all the carbs you have eaten. I’m such a carbohydrate hound that I don’t know how far and long I would have to run to achieve this. I wonder if it’s healthy. According to Devine Sports, it might not be:

“The smell usually isn’t anything to worry about. But if it persists, you probably aren’t taking in enough carbohydrates. If you emphasize carbohydrates before, during and after running and the ammonia smell is still around, you should get checked out by a physician.”

If you have noticed an ammonia smell after exercise, try increasing the percentage of carbohydrates in your diet. If the smell, persists, make sure you talk to your doctor. It might be enticing to know that you are burning off so much fuel that you are dipping into your protein reserves, but it might be a sign of a bigger problem further down the line.


Plus-Size Exercise Clothes

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Signature Workout CamiWhen I first started exercising, it was always a struggle to find any exercise clothes to fit me. I remember finding some plus-sized shorts and tops at K-Mart once. I was so grateful that they had my size that I bought EVERYTHING that fit me, despite color or fashion. I just wanted anything to fit me and I am STILL grateful to K-Mart for that day. Even though I’m down to regular sizes now, I still hit K-Mart first to give them a chance at my money.

Wendy Bumgardner at About.com has a great entry about Plus-Sized exercise clothes:

Having enough workout wear is essential. I always set out my workout clothes the night before so I don’t have to make decisions when I’m half-asleep. I just throw on the clothes and get moving. I always make sure I have at least seven outfits so that if I want to exercise every day this week, I can. I don’t want to have to worry about doing laundry before I can workout and I NEVER want to have to wear the same sweaty clothes two days in a row. I did that enough in junior high dance class for a lifetime.

Don’t let the fashion designers tell you that you can’t workout just because they refuse to admit that you exist. Fashion designers aren’t fitness experts. Find a company that makes clothing that fits you and reward them with your loyalty.


Shoe Reviews: Why I Don’t Do Them

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Ryka Women\'s SolsticeI don’t know if you noticed, but I don’t do shoe reviews. I don’t even mention the shoes that I wear by name. I have had such bad luck with shoes that I found one version of a shoe from one company that works for me. One, out of all that are out there. I can’t even find these shoes in Salt Lake City anymore. I actually order them online from the company that makes them. Every time my shoes start to wear out, I think that I should try a different brand or shoe so that I can just walk into a store and buy them.

Every time I try to go shoe shopping, I regret it.

I have tried on hundreds of shoes and I have only found one pair to ever work for me. Most shoe shops don’t have treadmills in the store, so you can’t really try the shoes out. Every time I have bought shoes other than the ones I use now, I have found weird things wrong with them. I try lacing my shoes in all the ways that they talk about in the running magazine to make it better, but in the end, I order my running shoes online.

Each of us is unique. Running puts a lot of stress on our feet and can cause a lot of rubbing in sensitive areas if the shoe isn’t perfect. If you find a shoe that works for you, buy a few extra just in case the company stops making that shoe. Or go with a reliable company that makes the same shoes over and over for years like New Balance or Ryka. Reading shoe reviews won’t tell you how the shoe fits your foot. All you can do is hit every store in the city and when you finally find that perfect shoe, stick to it like glue and hope that the manufacturer is still making it next year.


A Burrito Is NOT A Sandwich

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Thank goodness the lawyers have settled this:

The White City Shopping Center signed a lease with Panera stating that they would not allow another sandwich shop within their mall. Panera sued them when they leased to Qdoba Mexican Grill. In the end the judge ruled that a burrito is not a sandwich. I’m glad the courts are spending time and tax dollars resolving the all-important burrito issues.

Panera's Spinach and Artichoke SouffleToo bad there aren’t any clauses in those leases that require them to provide healthy food. A single serving of Panera’s Spinach and Artichoke Souffle has 490 calories, 32 grams of fat and only 2 grams of fiber. That’s a pretty hefty caloric price to pay for only 6.25 ounces of food.

Via: Accidental Hedonist – A burrito is NOT a sandwich


Nike+ Distance Inaccuracies

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Nike + iPod Sport KitWhen I first got my Nike+, it was pretty accurate (within 0.05 miles) compared to what the Google Pedometer said. Lately though, I had been having REAL troubles with inaccuracy. Runs that I knew the mileage for were reading less than half the distance they should have. The only thing that changed was how I attached the Nike+ pod. When I started, I used the Shoe Wallet, but later, I got the Marware Sensor+. Yesterday on my walk, I pulled out the Shoe Wallet to see if the mileage would go back to almost accurate. Guess what, it did.

Shoe Pocket for Walkers, Runners, Cyclists & Travelers That Easily Carry Cash, Id, Keys & Credit Cards While on the Go.I have NO idea why the Marware sensor holder doesn’t work as well as the Shoe Wallet, but sadly, that’s the case. I like the look of the Marware product so much better, but I want to actually USE my Nike+ and get fairly accurate readings. I don’t mind a little off, but a 50% difference is unacceptable. I’m back to wearing the big bulky Shoe Wallet on my running shoes, but that’s okay. There’s room for my house key and credit card…


Question of the Week: Autumn Exercise

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

I have been enjoying running and walking outside this season. It made me think about what other things I could be doing to enjoy the nice Autumn weather.

What exercises do you enjoy during Fall?

Are there things during this season that you don’t do the rest of the year?

Are there certain exercises that are just better when the weather turns a little colder?

Which exercises are harder this season?

What did you used to do as a kid during Autumn? Are you still doing them now? Why or why not?

What do you think is perfect exercise weather?

What do you think about not-so-perfect exercise weather?

The Question of the Week is meant to be an Inner Workout for you. Find some time during the week and allow yourself to write the answers to the questions posted. You can write them on paper, on a word processor or here in the comments section. Whatever works for you as long as you do it.

Keep writing until you find out something about yourself that you didn’t know before. I’ve also heard that it works to keep writing until you cry, but that doesn’t really work for me. Whatever works for you. Just keep writing until it feels right.


Rainy Morning Walk

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

You might think that the rain would make the walk unpleasant, but strangely, it made it better. I carried my umbrella and let the rain fall while I walked around my neighborhood. I got a little wet, but I’m not made of sugar. Years of running on the treadmill has made me shy away from running in the rain or snow, but this walk reminded me of how interesting and different the same neighborhood is when it’s raining.

It made me excited for winter and the snow. I remember many winter runs under the heavy snow. The snow would dampen the noise of my footfalls and scare away other runners. I had the whole place to myself and it was a quiet and white sanctuary. I love the treadmill, but sometimes I need to be reminded that there is a whole world out there waiting to expose itself to me.

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