1/29/2009

New Year’s Resolutions: Week 5

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

Last year, I wrote a weekly plan to get you on track for a healthy and active life. If you followed the plan last week, then here is the link to this week’s plan:

The Short Version:

  • Reduce your daily caloric average by another 100 calories. Write down EVERYTHING you eat including measurements and calories.
  • Save enough calories to eat one teaspoon of healthy oil each day.
  • Avoid the feeling of deprivation by finding non-food activities to nurture yourself EVERY day.
  • Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Save enough calories to eat two servings of dairy products each day.
  • Increase your mileage. Walk 1.50 miles five days this week. You are allowed to increase your speed to the point of sweating, but if you are sore the next day you MUST go slow again.
  • Give yourself kudos for coming this far.

1/25/2009

Felicia Day Comments On Fast Food

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

Felicia Day on TwitterI laughed out loud when I saw this tweet from Felicia Day on Twitter:

Felicia Day: It’s the post-production phase of eating fast food that takes the experience all downhill.

For me, fast food can cause “explosive” results, so I immediately assumed the worst. The rest of her followers must have done the same because within a minute, she responded:

Felicia Day: I meant I had a tummy ache but I can see how that could be misinterpreted LOL.

How does eating fast food affect you? To me, it tastes GREAT and gives me a little rush when I eat it. It’s only HOURS later that I suffer the consequences. That’s why it took me years to even make the connection between overindulging in convenience and the lower intestinal pain I experienced. If I keep my intake at a low level, I’m just fine. It usually takes a couple of fast food meals in a row to knock me out.


Felicia Day is the creator (and star) of the online serial, The Guild. You can see the first episode of Season 1 here:

She was also in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and some episodes of a little show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

1/23/2009

MissBHavens Tries Stevia

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

MissBHavens Tries SteviaThe unstoppable MissBHavens started the new year with a modified South Beach plan. She is cutting out some carbohydrates in her diet and she thought she would try Stevia with her coffee. Unfortunately, the results weren’t even near to palatable for her.

One thing that tripped me up last time was that I have a zero tolerance policy for artificial sweeteners. They’re vile. I’ve tried Equal, Splenda, Sweet n’ Low and even the 50/50 Splenda/sugar baking blend to no avail. They’re hellagross.

Stevia? I had high hopes.

The sh*t is nasty. It makes my coffee taste contaminated.

Honestly, out of all the sweeteners, I like Stevia the best. They all have a sickly sweet taste. They all taste wrong when compared to sugar. In the end, it might be better to just give up coffee altogether, MissBHavens. After my fights with caffeine, I am to the point where I won’t touch the stuff.

Read more about caffeine here:

Read more about Stevia here:

1/22/2009

New Year’s Resolutions: Week 4

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

Last year, I wrote a weekly plan to get you on track for a healthy and active life. If you followed the plan last week, then here is the link to this week’s plan:

The Short Version:

  • Reduce your daily caloric average by another 100 calories. Write down EVERYTHING you eat including measurements and calories.
  • Avoid the feeling of deprivation by finding non-food activities to nurture yourself EVERY day.
  • Eat four or five servings of vegetables every day.
  • Save enough calories to eat two servings of dairy products each day.
  • Increase your mileage. Walk 1.25 miles five days this week. You are allowed to increase your speed to the point of sweating, but if you are sore the next day you MUST go slow again.
  • Give yourself kudos for coming this far.

1/19/2009

Hunger Personified

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

I LOVE this commercial for the new Weight Watchers plan:

I’ve always felt at war with the part of myself that wants to eat EVERYTHING. Seeing hunger personified by that furry orange thing was so motivating to me. It was like Weight Watchers gave a body to the demon that has haunted me my entire life. With that fluffy and orange body, it is so much easier to see the constant desire to binge as a pathetic monster that needs to be ignored and shunned.

Via: Funnymoods: Weight Watchers has a new program and it’s called Momentum

1/15/2009

New Year’s Resolutions: Week 3

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

Last year, I wrote a weekly plan to get you on track for a healthy and active life. If you followed the plan last week, then here is the link to this week’s plan:

The Short Version:

  • Reduce your daily caloric average by 100 calories. Write down EVERYTHING you eat including measurements and calories.
  • Avoid the feeling of deprivation by finding non-food activities to nurture yourself.
  • Eat three or four servings of vegetables every day.
  • Save enough calories to eat one serving of dairy products each day.
  • Increase your mileage. Walk 1.0 miles five days this week. You are allowed to increase your speed to the point of sweating, but if you are sore the next day you MUST go slow again.
  • Give yourself kudos for coming this far.

1/8/2009

New Year’s Resolutions: Week 2

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

Last year, I wrote a weekly plan to get you on track for a healthy and active life. If you followed the plan last week, then here is the link to this week’s plan:

The Short Version:

  • DO NOT change your eating regime at all, but write down EVERYTHING you eat, including the measurements (i.e. 1 cup of rice) and calories.
  • You are allowed to ADD two or three servings of vegetables every day, but you are not allowed to restrict anything in your diet.
  • Increase your mileage. Walk 0.75 miles five days this week. You are allowed to increase your speed to the point of sweating, but if you are sore the next day you MUST go slow again.
  • Give yourself kudos for coming this far.

1/1/2009

Happy New Year! Welcome To Starling Fitness!

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

It’s a new year and I’m sure you’re all fired up to be healthy. Last year, I wrote a weekly plan to get you on track for a healthy and active life. You can get started here:

If you are ready to get going with your fitness and eating plan, start there and get started RIGHT!

If you just want the short version, here it is:

  • DO NOT change your eating regime at all, but write down EVERYTHING you eat.
  • You are allowed to ADD a serving or two of vegetables every day, but you are not allowed to restrict anything in your diet.
  • Start exercise slowly. SLOW, SHORT and EASY. Whatever you were thinking of doing, cut it in half. Recommended exercise: Walk 0.5 miles five days this week.
  • Check with your doctor.

12/31/2008

Use Twitter As A Food Journal

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

There are a lot of ways to keep track of the food you eat, but one of the simplest ideas is to use Twitter as a food journal. Since you can send a tweet from a computer or your cell phone, Twitter is with you WHEREVER you go. It’s pure genius.

For those of you not familiar with Twitter, it’s a social network site that asks the simple question, “What are you doing?” You have 140 characters to state what you are doing all day long. One of the most simple ways to keep track of your food is to use Twitter.

If you already have a Twitter account, you can follow me at http://twitter.com/lauramoncur/.

For a tutorial on how to set up an account, please read more: (more…)

12/25/2008

Have a Very Merry Christmas

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

Christmas Tree 2008As you’re enjoying the holiday today, remember to:

  • Keep the meals light: No matter what is served at Christmas you can keep your meals light by choosing small portions. Don’t deny yourself the traditional foods that you only get once a year, but keep the portion size SMALL and you’ll give yourself a present this year.

  • Put away the food after the meal: Leaving the food out is an invitation to graze all day long. After the meal is over, put the food away.

  • Take a walk with your family after Christmas Dinner: You’ll burn off some of the calories and prevent food coma.

  • Play in the snow with the kids: Christmas is the one time of the year when parents actually PLAY with their children. Make it an active time and throw some snowballs or built a snow fort in the backyard.

  • Remember it’s a holiDAY, not a holiWEEK: Christmas is ONE day. Don’t continue celebrating with food after today is over.

As always, have a happy holiday and be here bright and early tomorrow morning for more inspiration!

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