New Book

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There’s a new book out that looks right up my alley. It’s called Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It by Gary Taubes.

Based on the blurb I read in People magazine, it appears to have advice similar to my book and blog here – overdoing it on carbs is bad.

Will post more once I get the book and read it.




Goal 1

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Have you set some goals for this year yet?

My first goal is to be in good shape for the St. Pat’s Run in March.  It’s a 4-miler and it’s a tough course.  It’s a rough one to start out on, but its fun.  The weather can be nice and people dress in all kinds of outfits.

My goal is to finish in 32 minutes.

I’m beginning to prepare by continuing to watch my food intake and with consistent exercise, with a variety of activities and consistent rest.

Happy New Year 2011!

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Here’s to a safe, productive and prosperous 2011.

If you are interested in losing pounds and eating healthier, and sticking with it, here are some tips:

1. Forget “No Pain, No Gain”. Instead, strive for consistency and patience.  People burn themselves out by trying to get into top shape in a month.  Slow down, it’s okay to start off easy and establish your habits.
2. Give up potatoes and rice for one month. Instead eat fruits and vegetables as side dishes.
3. Introduce fruits and vegetables for each meal.
4. Try new fruits and vegetables to find some you may like.
5. Invest in a good pair of running or walking shoes. Hold off on the gym membership for now. To this one, I’ll add that you may want to try to try some yoga, pilates and aerobic videos from your library.  The main goal here is to establish time that you move your body in your schedule.
6. Set a goal to compete in and complete an organized recreational event like a 5k or bike ride in the March – June time frame.  This is a good motivator.
7. Re-prioritize your schedule so that exercise doesn’t get pushed off the list.
8. Try one or two new activities to discover something you may not have known that you’d enjoy.
9. Join groups and meet people who get together for recreational activities.
10. Keep a food diary for 2 weeks and then use my book to figure out how to calculate your food needs.