Plank Challenge – How long can you hold it?

by Christine on February 7th, 2011

filed under Exercise, General Information

Thanks to Patrick’s blog, I decided to try the plank challenge. How did I do?  A smidgen over 2 minutes. What a pity–I could do much better, I’m sure.

How long can you hold it?


Friends & Fun!

by Christine on February 7th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Well, my Steelers didn’t win, but that didn’t keep our group from having a good time.  People started trickling over around 4 pm to play some board games, then more came over when the game was supposed to begin. All in all we had close to 30 people at the house. I had some food put out, and some other people brought food, too. We had enough food to feed an army, and today I brought my leftover bean dip into work to give away. I did extremely well with my eating–I had a few scoops of bean dip on potato chips, 2 beers, and a couple (1 handful) of peanuts. All in all, not bad at all!

Despite my restraint, the scale is still up a teensy bit.  The top end of my “maintenance range” is 125 pounds, but I’ve been holding steady at 126 for over a week now. It’s one pound; it’s NOT a big deal. But it’s also time to cut a little something out to shave two pounds off. That’s what maintenance is all about, right? Keep your perspective, keep an eye on the weight, and just tweak your diet here and there so that the weight stays within range, right?

Hubby wants to start P90X sometime in the next few weeks. I fully support him doing this, but I told him that I haven’t the need, time, or energy to adhere to the diet and daily exercise plan. I will, however, support him any way that I can, including periodic exercises and cooking him whatever healthy meals that he needs.

Today starts a new, busy week for me! We are hosting another get-together at our house on Tuesday, three work-related luncheons, skiing on Saturday, and perhaps a spa (swimming & relaxing) on Sunday if I can make the reservations.  With these work luncheons, it is very important that I plan ahead and make smart choices! Salad (dressing on the side), soup, and fish dishes are my healthy fall-back plans.



by Christine on February 4th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Go Steelers!

Go Steelers!! I hope they kick some Packers butt this Sunday!

We are having a Superbowl party this weekend. Now, what do I need to buy for the party to offer healthy alternatives for everyone? I was going to get some frozen pizzas to make (not healthy) so I wanted some healthy alternatives. My bean dip is pretty good…canned black beans that I mash myself, some ground beef, topped with lots of salsa, onions, peppers, and low-fat cheese. Not too bad if you don’t count the potato chips used to scoop it up.  Maybe I’ll put out some fresh veggies and hummus.

As for me…I don’t actually eat pizza, so I’ll confine myself to my bean dip and maybe some cheese & crackers.

What are some healthy Superbowl party alternatives on your menu? What will you plan on eating?


Calorie-free chocolate for the choco-whore in you

by Christine on February 2nd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

All the chocolate taste, none of the calories

7567..also in coffee flavor!

We have a problem with the name of this product. “Le Whif” is not a word in French. Although we suppose that “Le Smell” or “Les Microns of Food” just doesn’t sound quite the same. Oh well. It is what it is. We have to say, despite looking a little like you’re sucking on a lipstick or smoking an extra short cigar, this product is pretty darn cool.

Pop it open, stick it between your lips, and inhale through your mouth. Suddenly it will feel as though you are bathed in tiny molecules of delicious chocolate. Because that’s exactly what happens. You get all the taste of chocolate, but with none of the calories or guilt. Perfect for chocoholics on a diet! But because we know our audience, we’re also stocking the coffee flavor pods, just in case you want the kick of coffee without drinking a cup.

Product Specifications

  • Special inhaler allows you to taste coffee and chocolate without eating
  • Available in 3 packs of coffee or chocolate. (Chocolate 3 pack includes 1 each of raspberry, mint and milk chocolate)
  • Tube is 100% biodegradable
  • Each Whif contains 300mg of chocolate, 40-80mg per inhalation (less than 1 calorie)
  • Great for dieters and possibly smokers who prefer chocolate flavor .
  • No, it won’t go into your lungs. The particles will fall deliciously on your tongue.
  • Coffee and Chocolate Whifs available

Smashed with snow!

by Christine on February 2nd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Snow, snow, snow is what is on everyone’s mind in Upstate New York today. Most of the people I know had work cancelled, and although I don’t think my workplace was officially cancelled, I got the okay to work from home today. I’m proud to say that I’ve been very productive and have gotten a lot of busywork done so far today!

Being stuck at home means a whole new challenge: avoiding food. Do you guys find that it’s a lot easier to avoid food at work because your choices are limited, but at home you have cupboards filled with food, so the temptations are more numerous! It doesn’t help that I have raging PMS and so I want to devour anything remotely chocolately-looking in sight, and for some reason I’ve been on a major cereal kick–I can’t seem to get enough cheerios! I feel like an addict! Hold me back, kids!

So far today I’ve had 1 cup of coffee and 1 omlette (1 egg, a dash of skim milk, 1 slice ham, 1 slice cheese, for a total of about 180 calories). I’m trying to think of  something clever to make for dinner…maybe I shred up some baked tilapia and make some fish tacos…hmmm…

One great thing about staying at home: there’s no excuse not to get a little exercise in! Every time I finish a little project for work, I do 100 situps. Hell, I’m just lounging around in my PJ’s…why not?

My hubby is out of town for the week, which is some really rotten timing with all this snow. I have absolutely no idea how to work my snow blower. Thankfully, my neighbor and friend Bill agreed to come over and dig me out of my driveway. I’ve got about 12 inches of snow that needs to be removed, but the 4-foot wall at the end of my driveway (thank you plow trucks!) is going to be a real bitch to cut through. I tried to do my part by shoveling out the path to my front door by hand. It took me about 45 minutes, and now my back is sore. There’s no way I could hand-dig-out my entire driveway!  Still, the shoveling was something similar to exercise, so I’m going to count it.

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