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January 26th & Temptations

Maybe you don't know but I am a teacher at a small private school. We were studying how to make alterations to recipes (increasing and decreasing ingredient measurement). They asked if they could get extra credit if they did measurements while baking at home and bring their results in the next day, today.

This is where the temptations came in. Today - during our Math class -- they all got out their gorgeous, sugary, and very carefully made temptations. I have to admit that I had the thought of eating a couple items and then just not posting it on here but I know I would think about it because I wasn't honest to those that read this. I delighted in some of those tasty treats and regretted it later. I am not killing myself over that slip-up because I have allowed myself a small sweet increment every day since I've started this. I understand it's not an over-night change and with that - I have to learn from it.

We went to Subway tonight for dinner and I did overcome that White Chip Macadamian Nut cookie that I absolutely desire when I see it. I did not buy that one and forgot about it as soon as I left the pay counter. Good advertising though on their part because while I got a healthy meal I saw that cookie and about negated the healthy portion.

As rough as it may have been today with the temptations - I know I can finish it out strong.

Food Intake:

1. 1 1/2 cup of Raisin Bran
2. 1 cup of Coffee
3. 15 pretzels
4. 1 Deli Chicken , oven roasted, sandwich on wheat w/ cheese and mayo
5. 12 oz Sprite
6. 1 apple
7. 2 small blond brownies - oops
8. strawberry cookie (?) and p/b cookie -- double oops
9. oven roasted chicken breast salad from Subway w/french
10. 1 cup plain yogurt blended with 1 banana, sliced strawberries and sweetened with agave nectar
11. 60+ oz water


-Treadmill...................4.45 miles --------------- The last two days I have picked up the miles. I have been on the treadmill during two whole movies in two days. It really made the time go by though. Maybe I should do movie reviews at the same time on this blog.

If I finish January at this pace I will only be off pace by 22 miles (approximate).

Miles til Goal: 968.11

January 25th and Processed Vs. Fresh 2

We talked on the benefits of Fresh foods in another post and we are revisiting that today to get get a clearer viewpoint of processed foods. In comparison to fresh foods - processed foods can not hold their weight and will lose the health battle every time. There are many problems that are associated with processed foods when it deals with overall health. Will the one processed meal kill you? No. Will the one processed meal after another slowly build up and gradually take you to poor health in which increases your chances of life-threatening sickness and disease? Yes! Maybe that sounds too hard and I'm not giving it a chance but this is reality and the reality is that America is fat. That fatness is coming from somewhere and it's out of control.

What are processed foods? Processed foods are any food that has been changed in any way from the state that they were naturally. The linked site on processed foods says, " Processed foods have been altered from their natural state for safety reasons and for convenience." There are many foods that will be considered as processed foods with this definition. My opinion is that if you do not grow it or buy it in its natural form it has undergone some type of processing. This does not have to be a negative thing if you know what you are buying. There are some processing techniques that can preserve the life of the natural food; for example, freezing and dehydrating. This does not change the genetic make-up of the food. If you do not know where it came from and it does not look like the natural form -- consider it processed (this does not make it processed - just a guide to go by). Another way to consider if it is processed is to look at the Sodium. Click here to learn more about how much Sodium a healthy adult should take in.

Processed foods use high levels of salts, refined flours, and sugars among other things. This processing leads to an array of health problems like elevated blood sugar levels, digestion problems, obesity (which leads to fatigue, heart problems, gut problems, breathing problems), skin issues, and many others.

Food Intake: approx. 1,745 Calories


- Treadmill ......4.35 miles.......

Miles til Goal: 972.56