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She’s A Beauty! And She’s a Runner!

Mirna Fat Girl Running
Mirna Valerio – Inspiration!! Beauty Incarnate!

She’s a beast too. I dare you to run like this woman does. This made me feel so good this week. There are so many ghastly things in the world right now. There are so many people fighting, judging, killing and hating. There are people struggling for all kinds of reasons. This sweet woman though, she won my heart, my awe, my respect and my gratitude. I would love to thank her for putting beautiful vibes and great energy into the Continue reading “She’s A Beauty! And She’s a Runner!”

Low Carb Lifestyle Benefits: By The Numbers

numbersHealth benefits should outweigh (pun intended) vanity for us all when trying to lose weight. I mean, gosh, it really doesn’t matter how good you look, or how thin you are if you’re sick. If you’re life/health are in jeopardy, what’s the point? I know, looking better is big (there’s that word again…) for most of us, but feeling better and knowing that you’re not a ticking time bomb is HUGE!

My health has always been pretty great. With my weight gain though, I was on the verge of Type 2 Diabetes, and was at a fairly high risk, after having gestational diabetes 14 years ago, but other than that? Well, I’m a high-risk for Alzheimer’s too. My grandmothers both had it, and my sweet mom had it too. Considering that research is now tying Alzheimer’s to diabetes, it looks like my health was more dangerously imperiled than I believed. Denial? Oh yes.

I’ll give you a peek at my numbers. Keep in mind that last year, I weighed about 30 pounds more. I’ve been on a low carb, high protein diet for the last 112 days (almost 4 months).

Blood pressure a year ago was 123/81 (pre-hypertensive). Most health care practitioners would say that it was fine. However, I know that for me, that was pretty high and it always shocked me to see it like that. This year my blood pressure was taken after having blood drawn and having been poked TWICE trying to find the proper vein (uh, yes, my blood pressure went up with those sticks thank you very much…), my blood pressure was 119/70. Honestly, it’s consistently 110/70 when there are no needles involved. Awesome.

My total cholesterol which was already in the “ideal range” at 181 last year, is now 153. My only downer was that my good cholesterol dropped slightly too. That, I’m sure is because I’ve done no exercise for the last 3 months because of the knee surgery. That will go up with exercise, I’m sure.

My fasting glucose was below 100 for the first time in years! That’s a good sign too!

My hubby’s cholesterol dropped on his screening too. His is not naturally low like mine, so that makes me super happy! He’s been eating (fairly) low carb with me. He’s not as strict, but he is sticking to gluten-free most often too. We’ve had plenty of red meat and eggs which traditionally were no-no’s. He also adds a lot of naturally cholesterol lowering foods like steel cut oats, grapefruit, extra fiber and  chia seeds. We’re not eating “low” fat either. I guess that we’re living the article I posted a few days ago.

I really hate doing those health screenings for his insurance company. Every year I’ve rolled my eyes and gone in because we save money by doing so. This year, I went in genuinely curious at what my numbers would look like. I was rewarded with big improvements where I didn’t think I needed any (cholesterol) and my health went from a C grade to an A!

I can’t argue with the numbers. Huge strides were made health wise in just four months. And, though I said vanity shouldn’t really matter, we all know it does. I don’t just feel better, I look better in my own healthier skin!

Day 43: You Know You’ve Changed Your Life When…

You get giddy over a new water bottle. What has happened to me? I’m suspicious of plastic. All plastic. BPA free, or not. It’s just a matter of time before we find out that there’s some other chemical in there messing with our bodies — not to mention the mess it’s making of our planet. So, lately, I’ve experimented with a couple of different glass bottles. To be honest, my favorite glass water bottle was, stupidly, left on a tennis court (DOH) at a tournament… (Hey, where I first learned about Ideal Protein…) so it wasn’t a total disaster. I haven’t been able to find another like it. However, while in Colorado, I found this sweet replacement. My only issue is that the drinking hole is small. I have to drink out of it sideways so that air can get in and you don’t create suction. Once I figured that out, I’m very pleased. The other thing I always watch for is a “wide mouth” at the top. Easy to get ice, or scoops of drink mix in.

Don’t be too jealous. Just saying.

Shiner is a bit jealous of my new bottle, but she'll get over it.
Shiner is a bit jealous of my new bottle, but she’ll get over it.

Life Factory‘s even got a line of baby bottles, wine glasses and food storage containers. Check them out!

 

Oh, Hello Pie!

Pies on my Thighs
Size Sighs: Thanksgiving Pies are now on my Thighs…

The holidays are upon us and the thought of the holidays makes me sweat. Not the good cardio sweat though, the stress sweat. And dammit, the stress sweat just makes me fatter, and that fact stresses me out more! I would like to say that I don’t hate the holidays, but I really do. Times have changed and I’m not that kiddo that can eat with abandon and just show up for presents. I am the (reluctant, resentful even?) cook, cleaner and planner. YUCK. The stuff I dislike the most is now my duty on parade. The stuff I hate the most defines (to some folks) how much I “love my family” by how much of it I do and how well I perform. And all that stress makes me want to eat pie. Lots of pie.

Oh, when will I get this right? After the pie, maybe? Pass me a fork.

Hot Stuff! Infrared Saunas?

I love to sweat! I have always loved to sweat. I don’t mean the sweat in your work clothes because it’s 105 degrees kind of sweat, I mean the good, clean, pour outta your pores kind. The kind that comes with the sort of activity that’s so fun, that before you even notice it, you’ve got sweat dripping off your elbows. That’s a good sweat right there. So, sitting in a sauna sounds boring and awful, and I’ve always been an avoider.

When my mom (and all of us, really) were suffering with her Alzheimer’s, I started reading about natural medicine and really exploring staying healthy and detoxification. I ran across an article on Far and Near Infrared saunas and their many health benefits. I bought one.  I had inherited a little money from my mom, and decided that she would want me to be healthy. That, and they were on super-duper half price, year-end model sale. It arrived in HUGE boxes and my hubby and I fit all the pieces together, and low and behold, it worked. I have used it off and on, and so has my family. There are multiple settings: detoxification, skin, pain relief, weight loss, relaxation and so on. Mine lives in our garage.

Sarah Rooney Infrared Sauna
A 30 Minute Sweat in Infrared Sauna… Now that’s a good sweat!

Recently, I read an article by a doctor who mentioned how much he loves and believes in his Infrared Sauna. This endorsement inspired me to ramp up my “consistency” factor on the sauna. I’m feeling great. I’m sweating buckets of toxins, sleeping better and my back hurts far less. So, I may not be getting in my 4 workouts every week, I am getting in my sweaty sauna time. I bring my iPhone out there and use a speaker to listen to an audible book. I’m reading 52 Books this year so there’s no time to waste! There’s a built-in stereo/cd player, but I prefer books or my music library.

The sauna makers say that you can burn up to 600 calories in a session and that the benefits run the gamut from cardiovascular to better skin. I have seen sessions in a sauna just like mine listed at a local spa for over $100/session. What? That makes me feel smart. I’m well on my way to breaking even. Maybe I should invite friends and charge a dollar a minute to keep me company? Either way, I’m suddenly loving my sauna!

I bought my suana at: www.sunlighten.com (tell them Sarah R from Texas sent you. Maybe they’ll send me a free towel or something!)

Here’s an article by Dr. Mark Hyman.

 

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