Wellness/Fitness thread 4/24/03

  1. Good morning!

    Another gorgeous day, and nearly the weekend again, too.

    We went to the gym late again last evening. A magazine there reminded me again of needing to shake things up a little as far as cardio stuff. You need to push yourself that little bit extra to get off a plateau. Energy expenditure and returns on time invested in exercise eventually flattens out unless you push yourself to that next level. If you've been walking, try jogging for short pieces. Recently, we started taking going on 3 mile jog/walks. I'm happy to say that over 3/4 of it is jogged at this point, and improving daily. We are also varying our routes and adding some interval training in it; we are fortunate to have a hilly area to choose from. I've been working on some options to up the burn on jogging and get some arm toning in, but I'm not a fan of those wrist and ankle weights; they just seem to promote injury. Carrying small hand weight might be the answer. Maybe some of our more devoted wieght lifters can speak to that .

    I'll bet you have your water in front of you. And try giving breakfast a chance. Something small to start with. When I was first married, hubby couldn't eat breakfast. It actually made him feel ill. He started with easy to digest things: cereals like corn flakes and cheerios. Upped to higher fiber intake when he could deal with that. Start slow. You don't need to change everything overnight .

    Have a great day!!

    Another take on pancakes:

    Bran griddle cakes

    1 1/2 c all purpose flour
    2 tblsp sugar
    1 tblsp baking powder
    3/4 tsp salt
    1 egg
    2 c skim milk
    1 tsp grated orange peel
    1 c All-Bran cereal

    Orange syrup:

    1/2 c sugar
    1 tblsp cornstarch
    1 c orange juice
    1 tblsp butter or stick margarine
    2 tsp grated orange peel
    1 medium navel orange, peeled, sectioned and chopped

    In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat egg, stir in milk, orange peel and All-Bran. Let stand for 1-2 minutes until bran is softened. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. Pour by 1/4 cupfuls on hot nonstick griddle. Turn when bubbles form on top; flip and cook until second side is golden brown.

    For syrup, combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Gradually stir in orange juice, butter and orange peel. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in chopped oranges. Serve with pancakes.
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    OK ! Been up since 0600. checked out Allnurses with my morning coffee, second load of wash is in.. house is picked up and beds made.

    Now it's time to hit the weights.. woohooooo !!! I do love it.
    Then it's out to mow the yard (acre and a half, so it's a good little pushjob)... and yes, it's GORGEOUS here as well !!! That really gets me in the mood. Finally a sunny,sunny day ! Still on the cool side, (mid-upper 60's maybe?) but clear and sunny ! aaahh....

    For those who prefer a lighter breakfast, here's something you might try..

    A good, healthy, crunchy nuts 'n seeds type of cereal, throw in some uncooked old fashioned rolled oats (no milk in this cereal!) and cover with a good, creamy yogurt.. throw a few mixed berries on top (fresh if you have them, or the frozen mixed berries are good, too).

    I always throw stuff into my yogurt... you can get quite creative! I like texture, that's where the rolled oats comes in. Or I just add some of my homemade preserves and stir it in..yummers.

    Have a great day !
  4. by   AmyLiz
    I'm sick.

    Upper respiratory infection.

    Can't exercise right now, but eating as best I can. Drinking a lot of tea. Trying to drink water as well. (I usually do ok on water - at least 6 8oz glasses per day)

    Hoping this thing goes away soon so I can get back on track!
  5. by   JedsMom
    I'm with the husband that gets sick eating breakfast. Makes me sick to my stomach. I'll try to start lite. I'm seriously considering going on the Atkins diet. Any feedback?
  6. by   sbic56
    I love weights, as well. Love that "been worked" feeling. I did arms/shoulders/back today...

    Now to get to that treadmill in a bit. I do an hour onit on my days off. Work really messes with my program. I don't believe that kind of "sprinting" really does much by way of keeping me healthy, so I concentrte extra hard on getting in at least 2 hours combined of weights and aerobics on the days off.

    Love these recipes, but sure am not a cook. Bummer. I opt for losts of easy to prepare veggies and chicken and fish mainly. Brown rice over white, whole grain bread over white. Good thing good food does come prepared or I'd be in trouble. Wish I had a nutritionist like Oprah used to. Still it comes down to dedication to be fit from within....never is easy, is it?
  7. by   nakitamoon
    I too am with the non morning eaters,,, I just can't get anyfood in before 11am,,,,, My lifestyle change,,, started a year ago in Jan.,,,, the only one of many,,,, many,,,, things I tried,,,,,

    I just started eating healthy,,,,,, I have that part down,,,, reached my goal weigh in 12 months,,,,, have held it now for four,,,,, So proud,,,,

    But I know I need to add food intake in morning,,, Thanks for the tip!,,,,

    As for exersice,,, I walk all day at work,,,, so I swim,,,, three days a week,,,, a good cardio,,, with laps,,,, the other days,,,, just working on all other body areas,,,,,

    The water,,,, giving you weightlessness,,, and tension on your muscles,,,, as you try to move them,,,,,

    Take care all,,,, Nik~