Full flavor, full calorie … mmmmm beer

I used to hate the taste of beer. Probably because it was a Coors or something.

And I still remember someone telling me that eventually I would get used to the taste and actually like beer.

When I was in college my friend Robert got me into microbrews. Many nights after our shift at the Arizona Daily Wildcat a group of us would go out for beers.

That’s when I really got into trying a variety of beers and what I would refer to as good beer. (I was also drinking a good deal of gin and tonic as well.)

Curt is a beer drinker. So when we first started dating I had my fair share of beer and that continued.

We have gone on vacation over beer: Oktoberfest in Munich; Newcastle, England–OK, that was about football, but I love Newcastle Brown Ale; Prague, London, Barcelona, Dublin–damn good places to drink beer (and eat some good food as well).

In my quest to lose weight and keep it off I have experimented with the light beer imbibing. Hey, I can have “insert number here” of light beers vs. “not as high number here” of regular beers.

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Walking a golf course and then some

Curt and I drove down to Monterey on Friday night.

That’s one of the great things about our life and lifestyle … our friend Tag, who is a professional golfer, texted Curt on Monday night asking if he should save tickets for us for the weekend. Before I hit the sack we had decided that yes, we would come.

Walking a golf course is challenging and there is a lot of standing around, too.

The first time I ever walked a golf course was probably 2006 and I was about 30 pounds heavier than I am now. That was the first time I met Tag and am now happy to be a regular supporter.

According to Swifty, Tag’s caddie, Pebble Beach is about 6 miles. Tag teed off on Hole 10, which meant Curt and I had to walk all the way in … and Tag’s last hole was 9 … Yea, so we did a lot of walking.

Besides the challenge of walking the course there is also a lot of temptation with food and booze. I also have to be careful and try to maintain decent water intake while being in the sun and drinking and walking.

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How to survive Super Caloric Intake Sunday

So tomorrow there is this huge TV event where the best commercials of the year are shown and then there is some American football thrown in occasionally.

With this huge commercial/football event lots of drinking and eating will also be happening.

This Super Bowl Food Quiz is a good way to get you to realize how much you and the average American will be eating and drinking.

Though I have to say the average caloric intake seems low. I think this article is a better reflection on how much many will be consuming tomorrow afternoon/evening.

I had planned to write this post anyway. But this evening my friend/neighbor, Jessie, asked me how I planned to survive tomorrow.

Here’s what I told her and a few extras we didn’t talk about:

Gettin’ snacky with protein

I thought one of my readers asked me about snacks I could recommend after a workout, especially a hardcore one. Then I reread the question and realized they were asking something else, which I will address later since I have already been thinking about this “question.”

After bootcamp or spin or body conditioning or Vinyasa yoga flow or some other aggressive class you are tired and probably pretty hungry. The last thing you want to do is scarf down a bunch of calories and fat and reverse all that hard work you just did.

You want something that is small and easy to carry in your purse or gym bag or laptop bag for you to snack on the way home or to work. Something that will tide you over before your next meal. You need something to help curb your hunger

Here’s what I regularly have with me: raw almonds; apple; orange; Babybel cheese; banana; carrots; water.

What I would also recommend is peanut butter and crackers, either the ones you buy already put together or make them yourself with Saltines or Ritz crackers. Just be careful not to use too much peanut butter as it has a lot … Continue reading

Healthy routine pays off

Yesterday I talked about weight-loss pills. If someone chooses to take a weight-loss pill they should combine with exercise and a balanced diet to make it work to it’s fullest potential. (And discuss with your doctor.)

As I said I personally would not take a weight-loss drug. But I am all for the regular exercise and balanced diet.

For about three weeks in December I went a little nuts with the food and treats and sweets and alcohol. The exercise was still pretty consistent until we hit San Diego and then I got super lazy.

In about three weeks I gained almost 5 pounds.

But I had told myself if I wanted to eat and drink whatever I wanted I could and I would get back to my healthy routine starting Monday, Dec. 31.

And that’s exactly what I did.

So for the past week I have been tracking my food (and exercise) via Weight Watchers online and am back to my regular exercise routine. And, friends, let me tell you: THIS WORKS! Balanced diet and regular exercise is the key to weight loss and/or maintaining weight and keeping that healthy lifestyle.

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Are weight-loss drugs safe?

If diet pills worked wouldn’t we all be skinny?

I have always been leery of diet pills.

I know as the new year is here some people may be thinking of taking them.

Personally I would not take them. But if you do, please do your research. Some are dangerous. Some have some very serious side effects. And it is questionable if they have long-term effects.

I also would recommend talking to your doctor before taking anything, whether over the counter or prescription. The research I did on a few pills all seemed to agree that they were for people who are obese and should only be taken in the short term.

It’s easy to lose weight quickly, but keeping it off is the real challenge and ultimate goal. And being healthy and maintaing a healthy lifestyle is really what is important.

Most, if not all, weight-loss pills will have in print somewhere that the drug should be combined with exercise and a balanced diet. So in other words, don’t think you can just take the pill and eat and drink whatever you want and stay sedentary and lose weight.

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National Weigh-In Day

I saw a commercial the other day for Special K’s National Weigh-In Day, which is today, January 2.

I remember this from last year. I love the commercial where the women step on the ginormous scale and the results are things like pizzazz, confidence, sass … you get the idea.

The campaign is what will you gain when you lose?

The Special K Gains Project website says, At Special K, we believe we should choose a word–a way we want to feel–and let that be our motivation.

As I was researching for this post only last year’s story was available about the campaign. So information comes from the Jan. 2, 2012 article.

The article said, from a survey, 64 percent find a lack of support the reason for getting off track from a weight loss plan.

Lack of support makes me sad. You finally decide to lose weight and/or become healthier and you have no support? That’s not right. That’s one of the many reasons I love Weight Watchers. There is so much support in the meetings and even online. And even though I am not going to meetings right now I have many friends who are currently … Continue reading

The power of the cupcake

I had another post in mind today. But I have some work to do on it and I am tired.

And something happened at work, which warranted a short and quickie post.

Part of my job is to ensure that our researchers keep their lab notebooks up to date, that they are complete, signed and have a witness verify and sign off on the science and eventually be backed up via PDF.

Because we are closed the week between Christmas and the new year we encourage our researchers to turn their notebooks in to have our vendor PDF them. It ensures a high quality copy of the notebook should anything happen to the actual notebook.

The Law Department hosts twice a year an event called a Witnessing Party, where we provide refreshments and pizza. We don’t have the Witnessing Party at the end of the year.

But we have cupcakes.

And those little suckers are quite powerful. Not just with the researchers but just about anyone in my department and anyone who walked by.

I mean, yes, they are yummy. But wow, who knew that little sugary cakey thing could cause such a ruckus of excitement from Sibby’s.

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‘Tis the season to indulge

And my crazy December really kicks in. The first week was relatively calm.

Today Curt and I are hosting a little gathering with a few friends called Cheesemas. We eat cheese and watch cheesy holiday movies. The first movie stars Rob Lowe called The Christmas Shoes. We ALWAYS watch it. The commentary is what makes our gathering a little raunchy. You have to have a wicked sense of humor to stomach most of it.

Anyway, there is a lot of cheese eating and drinking and a good time.

Then next week the challenges really kick into full swing with two work dinners, a work White Elephant lunch and a cocktail party over the weekend.

Monday night is our team holiday dinner. It will be at a nice restaurant with good food and wine. And that also means I will miss my regular gym class. I initially decided it would be OK for me to miss the gym as long as I make it to the gym 3-4 times this coming week I will meet the December Monthly Challenge.

But then I realized that there was no reason I couldn’t exercise at the gym on site. I haven’t decided if … Continue reading

A week in the life of Ann on Weight Watchers

One of my regular readers, Jen, asked if I would be willing to share what I eat to be successful on Weight Watchers®.

So I am going to share my “menus”/tracking/what I have eaten this week.

For those of you not familiar with WW–just a few things I want to mention before I launch into my food intake.

Right now I don’t attend meetings (I do highly recommend finding a meeting that works for you. The support and ideas are amazing.) I track my food daily online.

When on WW you get daily points, weekly points (which can be distributed throughout the week or maybe for one big outing or “frivolous” meal or party) and you can also earn activity points–if you exercise you earn more points for the day (and week).

To be successful in weight loss or maintaining your weight planning is very important. I will admit that lately my planning hasn’t been great. Lucky for me at work we have a salad bar with a good variety of items and usually a lot of protein.

Monday