Donut Queen: What A Strange World We Live In

By Laura Moncur @ 6:40 am — Filed under:

Donut QueenThis photo of a donut queen from Found in Moms Basement just highlights bad food to me. Every day I am bombarded with images of beautiful people eating food that is poison to me. Some reptilian part of my brain believes that if I eat that food, I would be thin and beautiful, too.

Maybe I could even be the Donut Queen.

The saddest thing is, the Donut Queen doesn’t become the queen by eating the donuts. She becomes the queen because she DOESN’T eat the donuts.

Donut Queen via FlickrIf you think this is a fluke, this Donut Queen thing went on for quite some time. I’ve seen photos from 1948-1951.

In fact, National Donut Week is still an event in the UK, supporting The Children’s Trust. Buying donuts to help children is an oxymoron. It would be better to just donate the money to The Children’s Trust outright than to go through a middleman like a donut bakery.

If you want to help people, donate money directly to them.

If you want to be the donut queen, you can never eat donuts.

What a strange world we live in.


Water: My Only Drink

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

Since I’ve started my Nothing Sweet Campaign, my beverage choices have been limited. At any restaurant, I’m pretty much restricted to just water. At home, there are various herbal teas I could drink, but really, it’s just easier to fill my glass with tap water.

I’ve gotten to the point where I feel as if all other drinks are contaminated water. They’re kind of what I need, but have been contaminated with sugar or artificial sweeteners. It’s not nearly as bad as sewage water, but I have the same feeling about it. If Diet Coke came out of my kitchen tap, I would call the city, worried about the quality of my water, yet I was willing to drink it for most of my adult life.

I don’t know if the contaminated water idea is a mental trick I’m playing on myself to make drinking merely water easier, but I don’t care. For years, I’ve known that I should just be drinking water instead of soda, but I never bothered to do it. Now that I have the concept of soda being contaminated water, I’ve had no trouble choosing contamination-free water.


Low Carb Living: An Introduction Video

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

This is a LONG video (27:34 mins) interviewing Dr Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD. It’s a great video talking about how to stay on low carb for the rest of your life. My biggest problem with Atkins was increasing the carbs after Induction. Every time I increased my carbs, I would start craving them again and go completely off the rails. This video talks about how to live on low carb for a long time.

The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living at Amazon.comHe’s promoting his book, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, so I downloaded the book on Amazon, but I haven’t had a chance to read it. I really like in the video how he emphasizes when something hasn’t been proven scientifically. He’ll mention the theories, but clarify when it hasn’t been shown in clinical trials.

If you’ve been wondering how to lose weight AND maintain the loss with a low carb diet, this video is a pretty good introduction.

The New Atkins for a New You at Amazon.comUpdate 05-14-12: The book is VERY technical and not very good for the lay individual. I was able to follow it, but BARELY and there was little in there for advice as far as adhering to the plan aside from adding more fat into your diet when you reach the maintenance phase (which is different than the original low carb diets suggested). This really just a book for you to give to your doctor so they stop telling you to reduce the fat in your diet. Skip it and buy The New Atkins for a New You instead. Dr. Phinney contributed to that book and it is much more helpful if you need to know how to eat low carb.


Thinspiration or Anorexic Porn? I Can’t Tell…

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

I found this video on YouTube and I was strangely inspired by it. It shows images of starkly thin girls and peppers in a few quotes and advice.

The advice and quotes were both helpful and disturbing to me.

  • Eat less, weigh less, fail less, feel less This one was disturbing. I don’t want to FEEL less. If anything, I feel as if I’m wrapped in cotton when I’m fat. I want to feel MORE.
  • Eat slower, full faster That’s true. I wish I could learn how to slow down my eating.
  • Eat only when needed. Occupy your mind This one was helpful. I tend to eat when I get bored. It really helps me to keep busy.
  • Don’t do anything today that you’ll regret tomorrow YES! Almost EVERYTHING I’ve done in the past I’ve regretted. I want to stop regretting my decisions about food.
  • Eat on darker colored plates to eat less I have no idea if this is true or not.
  • Take pictures of yourself weekly. Wouldn’t you want to look different every time? Never in my life have I lost weight quickly enough to show progress on a weekly basis. Is this even possible?
  • Drink and eat everything cold to burn calories I’ve heard this before. The difference in calorie burn between cold and hot food/beverages is so minimal that it would have little effect.
  • Anyone can have inner beauty, but a very few can earn real beauty inside as well as out. Problem is, even when I was thin, I never felt beautiful. This one doesn’t really work for me.
  • Every time you say “No, thank you,” you say “Yes, please,” to thin I had never thought of it that way. This just might help me say, “No, thank you,” to my family more often.
  • Every day that you succeed you get one day closer to your goal God, I need to say this to myself EVERY DAY.
  • Do not think of today’s failures, but of the successes that may come tomorrow If I did that, I’d just be dreaming all the time instead of actually doing what I need to do.
  • Thin people look good in any kind of clothes This is something I have told myself over and over, but I don’t really know if it’s true. I keep thinking it will be easier to find clothes I like if I were just thinner, but I don’t really know.
  • Anyone can be thin some aren’t trying hard enough Is this true? Can anyone be thin? I’ve failed so many times that I’m beginning to believe that it might not be true.

More importantly, the girls in that video are SUPER thin, which isn’t my goal. I’d love some HEALTHY thinspiration, but whenever I look for some, all I find are these kind of videos. At least I got a couple of quotes from the video that helped me and I’ll leave the rest of it to the borderline anorexia pile.


Portabella Pizza Bites

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

I was looking for something interesting to eat that was still low carb and I came across these Portabella Pizza Bites. The recipe was made all low fat, so they had to add an egg to help the low fat cheese melt. I took all that out and I’m going to make it FULL fat and low carb.


  • 6 mini Portabella mushrooms (or 2 large Portabella mushroom caps)
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce (Get the kind without any added sugar. Tomatoes have enough carbs on their own.)
  • 1/2 oz. pepperoni (approx. 6 slices)
  • 2 oz. black olives
  • 3 oz. Mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Clean mushrooms and scoop out the insides and stem with a spoon.Place on baking pan and bake for 7 minutes.
  • While mushrooms are baking, grate Mozzarella.
  • Remove mushrooms from oven, and turn the broiler to High.
  • On the mushrooms layer pizza sauce, cheese mixture, olives, and pepperoni slices. Return pan to oven and broil on High for 3 minutes or until cheese has melted and started to brown.

I can’t wait to try this on my own!

Recipe and photo via Portabella Pizza Bites – P90x Recipes – P90x Nutrition Plan » My P90x Nutrition Plan


Nothing Sweet

By Laura Moncur @ 9:00 am — Filed under:

In the ongoing effort to stop my bingeing, I have taken the vow of “Nothing Sweet.” No sugar, no aspartame, no Splenda, no saccharin, NOTHING that tastes sweet. It has helped a little bit, keeping me from obsessing over food, but I have absolutely NO science to back it up.

Sure, every once and a while, the media trots out the studies that have shown that eating artificially sweetened foods actually made rats GAIN weight, but they never provide links to the actual studies.

Yesterday, I found them: (more…)


Don’t Let Bowling Fears Stop You

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

Seeing this quote from Shoebox yesterday made me laugh.

It reads:

If you could see the insides of bowling ball holes, nobody would ever bowl again.

Bowling isn’t really a cardio sport, but I have had sore muscles after a bowling party many times. I call it Bowling Butt and sore muscles means I must have been working SOMETHING, so don’t let bowling fears stop you from getting a fun workout.

Fear 1: Germs

If thoughts of germs in the bowling ball holes or wearing shoes that have been worn by hundreds of other people bother you, here are some ideas to get past them.

  • Clean them yourself: Bring some Lysol or your favorite antibiotic cleaner and clean the bowling balls yourself. You can also spray the insides of the shoes with Lysol.

  • Wear disposable socks: Wear an old pair of socks to the bowling alley and bring a new pair with you. After you bowl, throw away the old pair of socks and put on the fresh pair.

  • Invest in your own: Bringing your own bowling ball and shoes to the alley not only saves you a bit of money on shoe rental, but it’s better for you. The ball has been drilled specifically for your hand and the shoes fit you better than any rentals could.

Fear 2: I’ll Look Dumb

I was completely surprised by some of the responses when I said that I was enjoying bowling.

Aren’t you afraid of looking stupid?

Aren’t you bothered when your score is so low and posted on those TVs for everyone to see?

I’d play, but I get so many gutter balls, it’s embarrassing!

Since Mike and I went bowling just to have some fun and maybe get a little exercise, it never occurred to me to be embarrassed by it. I don’t get great scores. I throw gutter balls and air balls all the time. I have even fallen on my butt a couple of times with those slippery bowling shoes. I have never felt embarrassed.

Why? Because I look at the end product. The most perfect bowlers look just as silly as I do when they bowl. Take this video for example. Brian Voss does an AMAZING job of picking up a 7-10 split, which is the hardest thing to do while bowling.

In all honesty, he looks a little dorky out there bowling, even though he did something amazing. If the best bowler looks a little dorky, then I don’t need to worry about being embarrassed. I’ll just go out there and have some fun.

Fear #3: I Don’t Know How To Keep Score

This was a big fear for me. When I was a kid, my dad kept score, but I never learned how to do it. By the time Mike and I went bowling, the entire bowling industry had changed. Now, there is automatic scoring at almost every bowling alley. The most archaic of bowling alleys in Salt Lake City uses this system from the early 80’s.

The automatic scoring systems take care of all that stuff for you so you can just get a fun workout and have an idea of who is winning. The more you play, the more you’ll learn about bowling and how to score your games, so you don’t need to worry about this at all.

If you REALLY want to know, however, you can find out everything about how to score bowling here: Wikipedia Bowling Scoring

Fear #4: The People Are Distracting

This has been my own biggest deterrent to going bowling over the last few months. Whether it’s the screaming kids, the dating teenagers or the drunk league players, there are times when it’s downright UNPLEASANT to go bowling.

The key to getting past this fear is knowing the bowling alleys in your area and knowing their schedules. I’ll gladly bowl next to drunk league players because they know the rules of the game and do their sloppy best to be polite. But the birthday party of screeching five year olds? I’d rather avoid them. The teenagers more interested in making out during Cosmic Bowling are basically harmless, but the family of idiots who allow their kids to overrun not only their own lane, but mine as well are infuriating.

I avoid the bowling alley that is connected to the arcade and pizza parlor because that one tends to attract the screeching parties and idiot families. I bowl late on the weekends because the loud music and dark atmosphere of Cosmic Bowling tends to drown out the teenagers in the next lane. I bowl right before the leagues start because I’m more likely to encounter someone who knows the rules and is warming up for their games.

I know my limitations, so I avoid the bowling alleys and times that are irritating to me. All you need to do is do the same. Maybe the sound of children’s voices is like music to your ears. If so, you’ll bowl at a very different bowling alley and at different times than I would.

No Excuses

No matter what fears you can pluck out of the ether to avoid going bowling, in the end, they’re all just excuses. Don’t let excuses get in the way of a fun workout for you and your family. Don’t let bowling fears stop you from getting your own case of the Bowling Butt!


Arthur’s Yoga Transformation

By Laura Moncur @ 9:11 am — Filed under:

I found this story of a disabled veteran of the Gulf War, Arthur Boorman, who transformed himself using yoga to be very inspiring.

After watching the video, I found myself wondering what DDP Yoga was. Apparently, it’s a DVD yoga program offered by Diamond Dallas Page, a former professional wrestler. The program seemed really expensive at $105 for the complete set. At my Five Buck Workout calculation, you would have to workout with those DVDs three times a week for almost seven weeks to make it worthwhile. It’s hard to justify spending that much on yoga DVDs when you can buy so many different boxed set of yoga videos from Amazon for under $40.

Heck, you can even find full-length yoga workouts for FREE on YouTube. Here are a couple that might be good if you are just getting started out:

It’s possible to transform your life, just as Arthur did, but you don’t need to shell out over a hundred bucks to do it. Borrow yoga videos from the library, buy cheap yoga videos from Amazon, or even find free yoga videos on the Internet. Just like Arthur says, “Do not waste any time thinking you are stuck – you can take control over your life, and change it faster than you might think.”

Via: Boing Boing: Disabled vet transforms himself though yoga


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