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How to Walk a 5K by Mistake

So, I've been training to walk a 10K next month and I'm freaking out because it's coming up soon. May 11th to be exact.  It's the 12th Annual ALS Lou Gehrig's Disease 10K in Coconut Grove. I haven't been extremely diligent in my training, but I have been training and I have noticed some improvements in my speed and endurance. I'm hoping that what training I have done and will do in the next two...

Getting Back on the Wagon – the 5K Race

So, I lost 60 pounds a year ago and guess what happened?  I got complacent, lax with my diet, got off WeightWatchers, stopped exercising regularly, and gained a large portion of the weight back.   I was so disgusted with myself and so intimidated by the prospect of taking it all off again (and keeping it off) that, for months, I did nothing.  And I do mean nothing.  No exercise, no attempt...

Tips for the Lazy Dieter Part IV – Making Quick Healthy Meals From Frozen Foods

You don't have to cook everything from scratch to make a healthy meal.  With a little help from your grocer's frozen food section, you can have a healthy, tasty and satisfying meal on the table in minutes - and I'm not talking about frozen dinners. For example. I recently discovered Gorton's Grilled Tilapia Fillets.  Some of you might roll your eyes and call me Christopher Columbus.  You might...

The New Weightwatchers PointsPlus Program

I have to admit that my first reaction to the new PointsPlus program was anger.  Very few people like change - especially when their old habits worked for them.  Let's face it - even if our old habits aren't working for us anymore, we're still resistant to change.  It's human nature.  However, having reinvented myself over the past two years by losing more than 60 pounds, the change in the...

Tips for the Lazy Dieter Part III: Healthy Frozen Meals

Too tired or lazy to cook?  The answer to your dilemma might be healthy frozen meals.  The term "healthy frozen meals" might sound like an oxymoron because a lot of frozen meals are high in sodium, saturated and trans fat and other unhealthy ingredients.  In researching this post, however, I have discovered tasty and satisfying frozen meals that are not so high in sodium, have little or no...

Exercise Videos Actually Work

Hello, my name is L.J. and I am a video exerciser.  At least three times a week, I do all sorts of video workouts, ranging from ballet to bellydance, from kickboxing to yoga, from Pilates to in-home walking, from step aerobics to ballroom dancing.  I've even tried strip aerobics and a hula dancing workout.  Anything to get my behind moving for at least 30 minutes.    I own 2 lb., 3 lb,...

Some Exercises Burn More Calories Than Others

Most of us generally have the idea that some exercises burn more calories than others.  We tend to believe that the more strenuous an exercise routine is, the more likely it is to burn more calories.  Generally, that's true; however, I've discovered an exception to that rule.  Did you know that walking at a 5 mile per hour ("mph") pace burns as many if not more calories than jogging at the...

Celebrate Your Weight Loss Milestones

At the end of July, I hit my halfway weight loss milestone.  When I started this journey on March 16, 2009, I was 50 pounds heavier.  At that time, I set a goal of losing a hundred pounds.  It sounds excessive, I know, but that is how much weight I needed to lose to be within the healthy weight range for my height.  It seemed impossible at first.  In fact, I could barely get my head around...

Tips for the Lazy Dieter Part II: Hiring a Personal Chef And/Or Using a Meal Delivery Service

At one point in time, I was so busy at work that I had absolutely no time to cook or experiment with new recipes.  I was on the South Beach diet and barely had the time to figure out  what was "legal" on the diet and what was not.  I went to an event and met a caterer who also worked as a personal chef.  I decided to hire her to cook South Beach Diet compliant meals for me on a monthly...

Open Your Mind and Your Palate to Succeed at Weight Loss

When I was a small child, my family often took  the train to Chicago to visit family members.  We would have meals in the dining car during the long trips.  One day, my mother bought us breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, toast and bacon.  I don't know if it was the movement of the train or if I was coming down with the flu or what, but I got very sick and I associated the illness...