Go Fit Girl! is thankful/grateful for many things

Today is Thanksgiving and I have many things to be thankful and grateful for.

This list is just some of the things Go Fit Girl! is thankful for. (If it was Ann … it would never end.)

I am thankful and grateful for:

Yoga.

Meditation.

Setting intentions.

In-Shape City Gym and teachers: Jenn, Jessica and Will.

Namaste yoga studio and teachers: Vickie, Baxter, Lily and Hannah and the occasional sub.

Being healthy all year long.

My supportive husband.

Grace and Gratitude Thanksgiving workshop.

Weight Watchers.

My readers, the regular and occasional, the new and the old.

My laptop in which I can write my posts and do my research.

The salad bar at work.

My gym friends.

Wellness plan at work.

My weekly weigh-in.

New spin bikes at the gym.

Exercise/health/nutrition challenges at work.

My friend Monica who is my Monday night gym class buddy and motivator.

That I can afford to grocery shop every week (or really anytime) and buy healthy food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables.

Namate yoga studio focusing holiday workshop proceeds on charity (and yoga mat rentals going to charity as well.)

My subscription to Yoga Journal.

My husband being my new-ish gym buddy.

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Fruit, veggie tips & tricks

I have recently gotten into eating grape-nuts. Funny, I hated them as a kid. (My brother and I weren’t allowed to eat a lot of sugary cereals.)

Grape-nuts are crunchy, yummy, filing, healthy and have some fiber and protein.

But that’s not really what this post is about.

Over the summer I was eating my grape-nuts with about a half sliced up nectarine. Perfect combo!

But sadly summer fruits are disappearing …

A tip I learned when attending Weight Watchers meetings was you could use canned fruit and just rinse the syrup out so you were just eating fruit and none of that yummy sugary syrup. Yes, that is the best part, but the unhealthy part.

So this morning at the grocery I bought the little snack packs of peaches. I rinsed one out and added it to my cereal. Not quite as good as the fresh nectarine. But good enough.

As I was thinking about this I was thinking about some other quick, easy fruit/veggie food tips I have learned along the way, either from trying something or from advice from someone else:

Back on plan, on my way to goal weight (again)

Right before Curt and I headed to Mexico City I weighed in super close to my goal weight. Like ounces away.

My hard work is paying off.

Like I said I would, while in Mexico City I ate and drank what I wanted. I had a lot of amazing food and beer and margaritas.

We did a lot of walking. So that usually helps when on vacation to keep the weight gain minimal.

And it was minimal. I am just a pound away from my goal weight. Easy peasy!

We flew back Saturday evening. Sunday morning I was attending my regular Vinyasa yoga class with Ashley.

And today I got back on plan and am tracking my food again.

And I also went to my now regular evening body conditioning class at the gym, while meeting up with my friend Monica.

While in Mexico I was careful with what I ate and drank. I avoided most fresh fruits and vegetables. I always drank bottled water. I used bottled water even when I brushed my teeth.

It was a bummer to avoid fresh fruits and veggies. But I had to be careful. And that paid off. I didn’t get sick.

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Cactus, it doesn’t taste like chicken

Growing up in the Southwest I ate a lot of Mexican food, especially my mom’s cooking.

She never used nopales to cook, which are prickly pear cactus. I have had it a few times.

On Monday when Curt and I had lunch at a cafe both of our meals came with nopales.

Curt had a Mexican fusion dish with fish, nopales, cheese and salsa verde. I had chicken tacos with chilis and nopales.

So, of course, this prompted me to do some research on the nutritional value of the cactus.

According to Livestrong, a serving is one cup of raw, has 14 calories; 1.1 gram of protein; 0.1 g fat; 2.9 grams of carbohydrates; 1.9 grams of fiber. The cactus also provides vitamins and minerals.

According to Gourmet Sleuth, nopales is a vegetable that can be grilled or boiled. If boiling be careful to not overcook or the cactus can get slimy. (I have definitely eaten it that way and it is kinda gross.)

The Gourmet Sleuth also says, the best preparation we have tried is to prepare the nopal leaves (remove spines) then grill over hot coals till tender and slightly browned. Then slice into nopalitos … Continue reading

Tips on forming good, healthy habits

A friend recently asked me if I had any tips on how to eat healthier. She may regret that she asked.

Just a reminder to my readers … I am not a doctor, nutritionist or personal trainer. This post and all of my posts are based on personal experience and my own research.

So here we go:

It takes time to break old habits and form new good habits.

Drink lots of water. I try to drink at least 64 oz. of water a day. Yes, you will pee a lot. But that’s the point. You are cleansing yourself.

I recommend keeping a food journal. My weight loss and healthy eating is most successful when I am tracking my food. I am not saying you have to join Weight Watchers. Though if you are asking for advice on losing weight I would definitely recommend WW. Regardless the food journal keeps you honest, accountable and makes you aware of what you are putting in your mouth.

Always eat breakfast. Eat something that will keep you full and satisfied. High protein and fiber foods keep you feeling full longer. My regular breakfasts are: oatmeal with fruit; Kashi cereal; Sara Lee Delightful bread … Continue reading

Staying on track … or not

This past week I was in Tucson for a family matter: My 90-year-old grandpa had a tumor removed from his colon on Tuesday. Surgery is serious for everyone.

But for a 90-year old, well, that’s another story. I decided it was important for me to be home to visit with my grandpa and be there before, during and after the surgery for my grandpa, me, my dad and my family.

The week before I went out to Tucson I had started back on Weight Watchers Online. My first week on plan went well.

I debated on whether to try to continue on plan or to make it OK for myself to be off plan for the week. I decided to not worry about what I was eating and whether or not I was exercising (which I didn’t do once, unless you count taking the stairs at the hospital).

A great friend and avid reader and supporter, Jen, tried to post a comment on my post I love my family via her iPhone. She had difficulty. So instead she posted it on Go Fit Girl’s Facebook page.

Jen wrote: There’s always one food/fitness thing near and dear to my heart: stress … Continue reading

Good girls eat their fruits, veggies

When we were little kids we learned that fruits and vegetables are good for you. Remember the food pyramid? (If you want to read even more about the food pyramid, click here.)

As a kid I liked most fruits and vegetables. And as an adult I like most fruits and vegetables.

The great thing about summer is the many delicious fruits to choose from. Besides the standard apples, bananas and oranges there is so much juicy deliciousness to eat: watermelon, cherries, grapes, all kinds of berries, honeydew …

One of the wellness challenges at work right now is to get in five servings of fruit and vegetables five times a week. This challenge is pretty easy for me to achieve. On Friday after I had had two servings I hit my 25 mark for the week.

According to the CDC website, fruit and vegetables have many benefits. I know we already know that. Yet, so many people don’t get enough in their diet.

Here are some reasons why they are so great for us:

Take me out to the ballpark

Last night I went to an Oakland A’s game with Curt and some friends.

I debated on what I should do about dinner at the ballpark.

There really aren’t any healthy options. But I wanted to enjoy myself but still not go crazy in the caloric intake department.

If you plan, you can still enjoy ballpark food without breaking your diet, going over your calorie count or points count or really without going too far outside your healthy lifestyle.

My plan was to have one beer and bring most of my own stuff with me, which included an apple (nothing says Let’s Go Oakland like an apple), bag of pop chips and Sara Lee Delightfuls bread to serve as a bun for my hotdog (which I planned to purchase at the ballpark and toss out the bun it came in).

I thought that was a pretty good plan.

But I decided to nix the plan.

 

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Watermelon vs. the Twinkie

A friend on Facebook the other day mentioned that she decided to make a better breakfast choice on Friday. She said she had two Twinkies on Thursday for breakfast. On Friday she had a quarter of a watermelon.

She decided to search on Google: calories in quarter watermelon. She found the answer of 339 after her search. I found that same answer.

I personally don’t like Twinkies. I love watermelon. What an amazing summer fruit. It’s sweet, delicious and so great to eat, especially when it is hot outside.

I decided to do a little more research on Twinkies and watermelon.

Two Twinkies are 300 calories, 9 grams of fat and 18 grams of sugar.

A wedge of watermelon is 86 calories, 0.4 grams of fat, 18 grams of sugar and 1 gram of fiber. Her quarter of watermelon was roughly 344 calories, 1.6 grams of fat, 70 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fat. According to Livestrong.com, there are a lot of nutritional benefits to eating watermelon: Watermelon is high in vitamin C. One serving of watermelon does not provide a significant quantity of any one mineral, but you do get a wide range of them. And eating watermelon … Continue reading

Committed to eating healthy

I am having a food intervention with myself.

I am coming along great with the exercise. I exercise 6-7 times a week and I vary it with yoga, spin, weights, abs and body conditioning.

When I was working on losing my 30 pounds about five years ago the first 20 pounds I lost without any exercise. I lost 20 pounds by portion control and making better food choices. The last 10 pounds lost was a combination of my “diet” and exercise.

Many things that I have learned over the years I continue to practice. Such as dressing on the side; Splenda instead of sugar; at least eight servings of water a day; fruits and vegetables make healthy and filling snacks …

I feel like I am not fully committed to my healthy lifestyle. I need to be fully committed, not partially committed. I know how to lose weight. I know how to maintain my weight. I know how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There is some will power involved. And I just don’t always practice will power.

Planning meals and regular grocery shopping are a big part of maintaining my healthy eating. I don’t enjoy cooking and wouldn’t say I … Continue reading