Take the Bus to Work

By Laura Moncur @ 2:42 pm — Filed under:

Take the bus to workIt’s winter in Salt Lake. As paradoxical as it may sound, sometimes the fastest commute to work is the bus. When the snow is heavy, like it was this morning, a relaxing ride on the bus is the most logical route.

The added benefit of exercise is just icing on the cake. Sure, the walk is cold and slushy, but my heart rate is pounding with a brisk walk and the added weight of my laptop on my back.

Next time you think that you don’t have enough time to exercise, look up the public transportation for your city and try taking the bus to work. It might be just the thing that works for your schedule.


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-29

By Laura Moncur @ 12:32 am — Filed under:
  • ran 1.1 mi on 12/26/2009 at 10:58 AM with a pace of 26'42"/mi http://bit.ly/72n7b5 #: This was the first walk I did using the Couch to 5K Podcasts [iTunes Link]. I am working up to being able to run a 5K in April. When I’m walking, I go at 2.0 mph on the treadmill. When I’m “running” I go at 3.0 mph. I’ll go through the program with these speeds and then I’ll go through it again with faster speeds.
  • ran 2.5 mi on 12/20/2009 at 4:37 PM with a pace of 26'55"/mi http://bit.ly/5ea0n9 #: This was a walk I did with NakedJen, Buddha and Stella. She was nice enough to come to my house and we walked to the frozen dog park. There was plenty of room to play ball, but it was so cold, the dogs just wanted to huddle near us.


Merry Christmas from Starling Fitness

By Laura Moncur @ 12:25 pm — Filed under:

Just a note to wish you all a Healthy Christmas this year and leave you with one of my favorite Christmas visuals:

Have a Sexy Christmas

When you are tempted to overindulge this holiday, remember this photo and imagine yourself looking just as sexy as these girls…

Unless you’re a guy…

Then just imagine yourself WITH one of these sexy girls!

Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!


Best Workout T-Shirt EVAR!!

By Laura Moncur @ 3:39 pm — Filed under:

I absolutely LOVE this t-shirt for working out.

Roland Semprie's Personal Trainer T-Shirt

It’s a t-shirt for a personal trainer in Canada by the name of Roland Semprie. The shirt has markings along the front indicating when your workout is done. When the sweat reaches the appropriate mark, then you can stop working out.

I wish I could buy some t-shirts like this. They’re a great idea!

Via: » Roland Semprie Personal Trainer advertising/design goodness – advertising and design blog


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-22

By Laura Moncur @ 12:32 am — Filed under:


Mott’s Figure Control Meals

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

Long before Healthy Choice and Jenny Craig, Mott’s provided these three course, 300 calorie meals. You can see the ad here:

Motts Figure Control Meals: click to see full size

It reads:

Eat 3-course, 300-calorie meals of “forbidden food” and lose up to 5 pounds a week.

Be sleek and slinky. Buckle into a beautiful new beltline. Eat Mott’s Figure Control Meals. They make every other diet seem strictly from hunger.

You eat meals of “forbidden food” like beef stew. Casseroles. Chicken a la king. Appetizer and dessert, as well. Three wickedly wonderful courses. Yet each meal is less than 300 calories!

Why feel starved when you can eat meals that are a pound and a half of deliciousness? Why be bored when you can choose from seven different meals?

Mott’s lowers the calories in 48 other Figure Control Foods, too. Foods you can buy separately, like breakfast drinks. Salad dressings. Pancake syrup. Fruits. Mott’s famous no-calorie sweetener. All are high in satisfying flavor – low in fattening calories.

Take off weight this wicked new way. Lose up to 5 pounds a week. Just fix a delicious, convenient Mott’s Figure Control Meal for lunch and dinner. Slim breakfast down to 300 calories with Mott’s Figure Control Foods. It’s great to be a loser with Mott’s!

I’ve found in the world of processed food, you can only have two out of these three options: low in calories, large serving size or tastes good. If something is low in calories and tastes good, then it MUST be a small serving. If something is a large serving and tastes good, then it MUST be high in calories. If something is low in calories and a large serving, then it MUST taste like cardboard.

Mott’s brags about their Figure Control Foods being low in calories and “a pound and a half of deliciousness.” I know that all three are impossible, so what was it? Were they really delicious? Were they really low in calories? Were they really a large serving? I never got to try them, so I’ll never know, but I suspect that they might have been exaggerating the “deliciousness” of their three course meals.

Ad via: vintage_ads: Mott’s Figure Control Meals


Loungewear For Losers?

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

I saw this vintage ad and it confused me.

1970sss by moustacherides from Flickr

It reads:

Loungewear for Losers

Here’s the wingingest look in Hostess Gowns for the woman who’s losing weight. The colorful skirts is light in weight because it’s 100% acetate satin quilted to fluffy Kodel polyester fiberfill. Sizes 38 to 44 $20

Also in black/orange. And note this: this Hostess Gown also comes in sizes 8-18, which should gie you something to aim at. $18

This “gown” looked like a robe to me. Was this something that people wore in public or was it for sleep? Fortunately, Xtabay Vintage explained it to me.

Back in the day, a hostess gown was a long dress the lady of the house would wear when she entertained. The dress only left the house to go to the cleaners, otherwise it was paired with silver mules or some other cross between a slipper and a sandal. In summer, the hostess gown might be made of cotton barkcloth with a Polynesian design custom made for Mai Tais on the patio. In the early 1960s, Vogue magazine even suggested having hostess gowns made to match your living room curtains and upholstery.

The hostess gown had many advantages. First, it was usually cut loose so that you wouldn’t have to wear a girdle. Many of the gowns had comfortable empire waists. It was fancy and informal at the same time, so it let guests know that this was an occasion, yet they could feel comfortable in your home. Hostess gowns briefly morphed into maxi dresses in the early 1970s, but they quickly fell out of fashion to be replaced first with Carol Brady outfits.

So, this wasn’t a robe, it was an informal dress that you wore when company came. I like that they made it in all sizes from 8-44, but the thought of wearing something so very quilted just makes me cringe. I think I’ll stick to my blue jeans and sweaters instead.


Don’t Drink Yourself Fat

By Laura Moncur @ 10:08 am — Filed under:

New York is trying to help their residents be healthier by launching a “Don’t Drink Yourself Fat” campaign. They talk about it here:

Here is the commercial they have talking about the dangers of sugary sodas. Warning, it’s kind of gross.

It says:

Drinking one can of soda a day can make you 10 pounds fatter a year.

Don’t drink yourself fat. Cut out soda and other sugary beverages. Go with water, seltzer or low fat milk instead.

It’s true that sugary sodas can pack on the pounds, but quitting them isn’t just as simple as switching to water. Many sodas have caffeine, which is a powerful drug that will kick you in the gut if you go off it cold turkey. Sensitivity to caffeine withdrawal is different for each person, but there are tried and true ways to stop drinking soda and minimize the symptoms. I wrote an article about it here:

If you are ready to stop drinking yourself fat, give yourself a few days to muscle past the caffeine withdrawal. Once you’re past them, you’ll be free to substitute water or seltzer for your soda.

Via: Rudd Sound Bites: Nauseating New Anti-Soda Ad


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-15

By Laura Moncur @ 12:32 am — Filed under:


Tab: 1 Crazy Calorie

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

This ad for Tab soda reminded me of my childhood:

Click to see Tab 1 Crazy Calorie

It reads:

1 Crazy Calorie

Unsticky. Unstuffy. Uninhibited. The Now Taste of Tab. Not so sweet. With 1 crazy calorie in 6 ounces. It’s what’s helping so many people keep slim and trim. Tab. That’s what happening. To the nicest shapes around.

There isn’t actually any medical proof that diet sodas keep people “slim and trim.” In fact, there is some evidence that says that overuse of artificial sweeteners actually makes things worse.

I am conflicted when it comes to diet soda. For me, it’s a great way to get a little caffeine and satisfy my sweet tooth. There is all that research saying diet sodas are bad for me, though, so I feel like I SHOULDN’T drink it. I enjoy them, but I feel guilty about them. I’m sure a lot of us are dealing with food guilt for any number of things.

I’m sick of feeling guilty about food that I eat. No matter how healthy I eat, there is always some vegan raw food puritan out there telling me ANOTHER thing that I shouldn’t eat. I keep thinking that if I were thin that they would shut up about what I eat, but I have a feeling that even that wouldn’t stop them.

I think I’ll go find a Tab…

Ad via: vintage_ads: Tab: 1 Crazy Calorie

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