It’s Never Too Late

Nine months ago I took a challenge. I wasn’t even really expecting much out of myself because — well, you know — I’m fifty two and have a bad back. http://hallu-forte.org/

What was the challenge? To stick to a home workout program for 12 weeks, competing against other online contestants for the greatest body transformation. There were big cash prizes available, but I had no expectations of getting them. hallu forte

Yep, I set my sights pretty low because for years I’d been nursing this back, letting it keep me from doing what I wanted to do. Always in the way of jumping into any and all activities like I used to, because I’d always pay the price in pain. hallu forte

But this was harmless. I’d go at my own pace, in my own home, with my own judgement. Little did I know that the power of setting a goal, having a deadline, having accountability partners, and seeing the potential of a big reward at the end of it all would create such huge changes. hallu forte

I mean, I’m 52 with a bad back! hallu forte

But I started in. Diligently I followed all the rules, doing three days a week of short but intense workouts that left me pooped after only 30 minutes, start to finish. The other days I did easy activity to keep moving, but no challenge. I started to get strong. Surprisingly strong. ling fluent opinie

And I changed my diet. Only a little at first because, hey, I’m 52 with a bad back! (Seriously, can we get over this?)

Yet when I started to see results from my exercises, like muscle tone I hadn’t seen for many a moon, I got a little more diligent and made a few bigger changes. Success was starting to feel good!

Long story short, I figured out how to eat and exercise in a way that fit my busy, working, single-mom lifestyle that netted me a 15 lb weight loss and a lot better figure. Unsightly lumps and bumps on my back side disappeared!

Now I easily live this lifestyle, because I LOVE feeling light, strong, and free from worry about how I look at the beach (I live in Hawaii, so I’m in a swim suit a lot!).

You can do it, too! The keys are easy; you must have:

1) a clear goal

2) a clear plan – which may always be modified as you go along and learn more

3) an incentive

4) a deadline

5) social support

Don’t forget to tell your friends and family, so they can help you with your goal. Accountability makes a HUGE difference in whether temptation beats you, or you beat it.

So start small, don’t expect miracles, but start.

And by the way, I was one of eight finalists out of 47,000 entries in this contest.

Not too shabby for a 52 year old with a bad back.

Ditch the Artificial Sweeteners

“I’ll have a Diet Coke, please.”

Is this you? Or do you regularly ingest any other type of artificial sweetener? If either is the case, pay attention because this is critical to both your health and your waistline.

In the recently-published scientific opinion piece entitled Artificial sweeteners produce the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements1, the author reviews 54 published scientific papers and puzzles over why artificial sweeteners are repeatedly being shown to increase risk of excessive weight gain, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

I’m sorry to break it to you, but artificially-sweetened no- or low-calorie foods and drinks have repeated been shown to increase appetite, increase cravings for sugar and other carbohydrates, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain. All these factors lead to the clinical diseases considered.

It’s just so very hard to take, isn’t it? We want to be able to eat uber-sweet foods and not pay the caloric and metabolic price, like we’ve been told we can!

Life’s not fair. (Don’t we just hate that reality?)

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Statins Can Undo the Benefits of Exercise

Here’s a good one for you: Walk or jog 45 minutes, three times a week for 12 weeks, and LOSE fitness!

WHAAAT?

Amazingly, this is what can happen to you if you are on statin medications. The reason is that statins inhibit the production of an important mitochodrial enzyme, CoQ10. You remember mitochondria from biology class, right? They’re the powerhouses for the cell. When mitochondria don’t have enough CoQ10, they cannot work to produce energy. The net result is lost strength and aerobic capacity.

All the specifics are clearly explained in this excellent article by Dr. Joseph Mercola. Read the rest of this entry »