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Why Weight Watchers

We are inondated with weight loss programs particularly at this time of year. Company’s hoping to capitalize on our New Year’s resolutions take advantage of our weak spirits and over indulging lifestyles.

The first time I lost alot of weight, I gave up Wheat for a year. You can see a glimpse of my Wheatless journey here. or by typing in Wheat in the search bar. I lost about 10lbs just giving up wheat for a year. I’ve added wheat back into my diet, but through that journey I learned the food items to stay away from that effected my digestive system.

In the past I’ve also lost weight using the app My Fitness Pal. I was able to lose at least 5lbs., and keep steady weight management.

I gained about 10lbs. when our pipes burst in our home January 2018, and we were put temporarily in a Residence Inn (blame it on the pipes, right?). Temporary turned into 7 months! I think I would have gained even more weight if we had not had a kitchen. We actually went out to eat very little, but in spite of the situation, here I am, 10lbs. heavier!

 

So why Weight Watchers?
Several reasons.

  • I had good success with My Fitness Pal.  It’s a tracking system for calories, similar to tracking #WeightWatchers, so I was already familiar with this type of system.
  • I wanted to learn how to change my eating habits through the foods that “I” chose to eat. I didn’t want to buy food from a weight loss program. I need to learn how to choose, and prepare my own food in a healthy way.
  • Although I was afraid of the “point” system, it has created a calculator in my head that I can associate with food items. So grabbing a “zero” point snack is now associated with fruit, veggies, chicken, seafood, and eggs!
  • I wanted to have the flexibility to plan meals ahead of time, and cook healthy meals that my family can also benefits from
  • The cost was good

It’s only been 7 days, and my second weigh in is tomorrow. But so far it’s been a great experience. Based on my height, current weight and goal weight, I get 23 points a day. Here are some things that I’ve learned so far.

  • “Zero” points are an opportunity to change your eating habits. Over 200 food items are zero points. So when you’re hungry, you grab one of those 200 items, that you can eat unlimited. Your old habit may have had you grab chips, or cookies, very high in calories, fat and sugar, and also unlimited in consumption, but doing alot of damage!
  • Planning dinners ahead of time allows me to have more flexibility with meals during the day. So I plan weekly meals Saturdays, and shop Sunday. So far, many of my dinners are recipes from WW, Skinnytaste (included WW points), or  or recipes that I already love that I modify. Most of the dinners are between 0 and 6 points. Everyone is always looking for new recipes!
  • Leftover points from the day allow me to have a dessert.
  • Leftover points also rollover into the week if you don’t use them. They call them “weeklies.” Use your “weeklies.” Remember your body has to have enough calories to burn to lose weight.
  • You can earn points by achieving Fitness activity.
  • Join a WW facebook group for support, questions and ideas

I’m ready to take on my 2nd week!

 

Time to get healthy

So it’s 2019!! Time to get healthy.

I decided that I want to lose 10lbs. The possibility of being border line for several now common diseases is not appealing to me at 53!!

So I joined #WeightWatchers Saturday January 5th at 158lbs. I lost 2lbs. in 4 days. I’m very encouraged.

Blogging has always been like therapy for me, so I’ve decided to blog my weight loss journey.

Now there are many #weightloss blogs out there, but I hope to encourage others with my journey, delicious #low-calorie #recipes, tips and ideas.

Below is a great recipe. Sometimes I modify to original WW recipe to get the points down, or to eliminate food items that I don’t like.

 

Salmon with Warm Blueberry Vinaigrette

(WW Recipe. WW FreePoints per serving: 3pts.)

Yields: 1 filet and 1/4 cup sauce per serving

1 tsp. unsalted butter
1 large shallot, minced
1 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened blueberries
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 (5-oz.) skinless wild salmon filets
1 Tbsp. chopped chives

You can either grill or roast the salmon. If roasting, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray.

Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and add shallot. Cook, stirring constantly, until softened, 1-2 minutes. Stir in blueberries, vinegar, syrup, water, rosemary and salt. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally and pressing the berries with spatula to crush, until mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, sprinkle salt and pepper over salmon and, if roasting, place on baking sheet. Bake until salmon is just slightly pink at center, 10-12 minutes.* Alternatively, you can grill the salmon 4 minutes per side.

Spoon blueberry sauce over each serving and sprinkle with chives.

iTovi – A great tool for the trainer

The @iToviscanner is a great tool for trainers who want to recommend essential oils, and supplements to their customers. A simple body scan can determine what essential oils and supplements are needed before and after a workout.

Through scientific technology and a patented algorithm, the pocket-sized iTOVi scanner provides a personalized recommendation of supplements and oils. Our scanner does not treat, cure, or diagnose any medical conditions, but rather focuses on personalizing recommendations of the best natural supplements and oils that the user responds to most.

Since every individual’s biological composition is unique, there is no single supplement or oil that works best for everyone. A scan from an iTOVi scanner may interpret what your body reacts to and suggests/recommends products that may improve overall health.

Lack of sleep, sickness, stress, and other health issues are only a few of the handful of factors that can prevent our bodies from reaching optimal equilibrium. Through the help of the iTOVi scanner, we can communicate better with our bodies to achieve this balance by knowing what supplements they respond to most.

The personalized results from a scan can help provide an encouraging roadmap to begin to achieve your body’s optimal equilibrium. It does this by sending small electrical currents through the body then measures the vibrational frequencies found within the body and compares them to frequencies contained in supplements, oils, and vitamins.

Once the scan ends, the frequencies are recorded, analyzed, and compiled into a personalized iTOVi report. The iTOVi mobile app will then recommend the oils and supplements that your body had the best reactionary response to.

iTovi’s Mission is to provide customers with the very best innovative tool for their business and/or personal wellness. As they continue to research and develop the iTOVi scanner and the platform, they do so primarily with customers’ health and wellness in mind.

For more information or to purchase the @iToviscanner visit https://goo.gl/r6r11X.

 

Essential Oils and Exercise

From the outset trainers have been anxious to learn about the safety and benefits of essential oils, knowing that when they can pass along the benefits of a powerful, natural product to their athletes it makes a real difference. Over time, trainers’ confidence in essential oils has grown as they have used the products themselves and seen the performance of their athletes improve. The doTERRA Athletes Kit is great for pre and post workouts.

Whatever sport you participate in, trainers recommend using different oils in both pre and post-workouts.

  • Before any workout or therapy use Deep Blue Rub, and then reapply post workout.
  • An AromaTouch® Hand Technique treatment before or after an event can help relieve tension.
  • Pre-workout some runners like to use Peppermint or doTERRA Breathe essential oil for a feeling of clear airways. Apply four to five drops to the chest five minutes before exercise or an event.
  • Post workout, apply Lemongrass to calves.
  • Also try White Fir, Wintergreen, and Frankincense essential oils during post workout for muscle tension.

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