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Forward to Victory!!!

About this time last year, I set forth on an adventure, to teach myself how to lose weight, and do it. I wanted to be healthier, and able to enjoy life to a greater extent. I wanted to do a year end review (or year beginning review I guess) of my progress.

As far as weight goes, I have, so far lost 37 lbs. This is a total of a little over 3 lbs a month over the last year. This is less than I had planned, but any progress is good, and I have not, at any time this year, gained anything other than what is normal with fluctuations of the body.

For fitness, I am feeling so so much better. Last year, I could not jog at 4.5 mph for 30 seconds even once. Last summer, I ran a 5k with 4.5 as my average speed. I run for 30 seconds at 10, and it tires me, 1 minute at 8mph. and 3 minutes at 6, but these are not one time during a workout anymore either. These are now thrown in constantly. As soon as my heart calms below where I want it, I run again.

My asthma is nearly non existent. I notice it only once in a great while, usually when the air is bad quality at the same time as I am running.

Just a thought: I was carrying a box of 25lb cat litter upstairs, and realized I have lost 1 and 1 half times that amount almost exactly. “Man, I used to carry around this extra weight all of the time! No wonder I was low on energy!” I thought to myself.

Forward to Victory!!!

Starting the New Year Right

“If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.”  ~Elbert Hubbard

Did you know that 50 percent of us will not be following our new years resolutions three weeks from the beginning of the new year? Is this a reason to say that resolutions are silly, and should not be made? Not necessarily. Maybe what we need to focus on is how we make our resolutions.

We should be making decisions on a day to day basis about what we need to change in our lives, not just wait until the beginning of each year to make some drastic change. This last year, I lost 33 lbs, gone down 5 BMI points, and dropped 2 sizes. I also have infinitely more energy! I still have work to do, which I have resolved to continue this year.

How, then, do we make resolutions that we are going to keep? We need to make resolutions that are doable: not too far reaching. We also need to make a plan of action about how to accomplish our resolutions.

For instance, saying that we are ‘going to work out more’ doesn’t give us a firm goal. We can put it off more and more until halfway through the year, and then we realize that we failed, and give up. We could also say ‘I am going to go to the gym five days a week, every week’ but if we have not been going to the gym at all, that may be too far reaching. Maybe we should start out with something like ‘I am going to go to the gym at least three days a week, and do at least 20 minutes of cardio.’ The at least leaves room for growth. We can accomplish this goal. It pushes us, and we can bite off an amount that we can chew.

When we are making our resolution, we should also make a plan of action. If we plan to attend a gym, which one? when do we plan on going? Morning? Evening? Afternoon? How do we plan to do what we plan to do? By choosing a plan of action, we enable ourselves to follow through with the things we want to do by making them achievable, and following through.

What are your resolutions? How are you going to reach them?

May God Be with you and give you strength on your journey!

Healthy Beef Hot Dogs?

Hello All.

I love beef hot dogs. When summer rolls around, I find myself craving that big beefy taste of great barbecued hot dogs with mustard and ketchup. I have tried turkey dogs, and they are just not the same. They leave me longing for those beefy wonders. This year, I may have found the solution.

Hebrew National (One of my favorite brands) now makes a 97% fat free kosher beef hot dog! There is only 1 gram of fat per link in these things!  I decided to try them, and tell you all if they are good, or too good to be true.

To complete my ‘healthy hot dog,’ I used Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat hot dog buns, French’s Classic Yellow Mustard, and Heinz Reduced Sugar Tomato Ketchup (with only 5 calories per TBSP).

In all, each hot dog, completely assembled, has 3 grams fat (0 saturated or trans) , 155 calories, 11 grams protein, 3 sugars, 25 carbs, and 3 grahms of fiber: pretty good for a barbecue meal.

They looked good, but it was time for the test. How did the taste measure up?

To my pleasure, these hot dogs were wonderfully good. They had the same beef taste as the hot dogs I missed. The only drawback to these is that they are not as juicy as the full fat hot dogs of my past. No worries, though. I have gotten as close as I believe I can to the yummy hot dog qualities I like most. It is still not the best meal for you, thanks to sodium and a higher than should be ratio between carbohydrates and proteins, but if you are doing a backyard barbecue, and desire a healthy alternative, this is the way to go!