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Walk, Walk, Walk…It’s Good Exercise

I’ve been posting more about food than I ever thought I would, and I am enjoying it.  Although I am not a gourmet cook, I enjoy doing it and when I find a good recipe, I like to share it.  That’s usually the way I feel about a lot of things.  With that in mind, I thought today I’d share one of the ways I like to exercise.

Believe me, I’m no fitness nut and I don’t go to the gym.  As a matter of fact, I don’t even belong to a gym.  I did that once upon a time, years ago.  Now I find ways to exercise at home.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I found exercise routines at Sparkpeople.com, which were a big help.

For almost 2 years now I’ve been doing walking exercises with Leslie Sansone videos.  She has many different videos, but they all basically contain the same moves and (sometimes) she incorporates weights or bands.  The focus is on walking and moving to get a mild cardio/aerobic workout, along with weight loss and body toning.

Here’s a video I just found on YouTube.  What’s great about that is, it’s FREE.  It is a good one for me because I try to do a 3 mile walk, 3 times a week.  This video is a 3 mile power walk.  The second mile is pretty fast, which I like.  She also uses light hand weights in some of the exercises, but you don’t need them to do the routine.  Don’t forget to watch the whole thing, because she does a cool-down stretch at the end.  During the video, they focus on some of the people in the background and how much weight they’ve lost. It’s pretty amazing.

I’ve found that working off some calories and keeping my body moving helps me feel strong.  It’s also helped me maintain the weight loss I accomplished last year, which is pretty difficult when I love to cook and EAT.

If you like this video and would like to see some of the other routines available, you can check out  this YouTube channel.  It has some Leslie Sansone walking videos and other easy exercise routine videos.  You can also search YouTube for Leslie Sansone videos and you’ll find them.  Make sure you check to see if the entire routine is included because some of the videos are advertisements that last only a minute or so.  If you aren’t sure health wise about this type of exercise for you, check with your doctor.

Anybody like to share their exercise routines with us?

Weight Loss Hint and How To Poach an Egg

Photo by Debbwl

Photo by Debbwl

In the summer of 2011, I decided it was time I lost some weight.  I had been letting myself go over the past several years and realized that I was getting a little bit bottom heavy, if you know what I mean.

My other reason for wanting to lose weight was that my mother had a lot of health problems, including bad bones.  She was never “officially” diagnosed with osteoporosis, but she had four hip replacement surgeries and several broken bones over the years.  She had gained weight as she got older, and it was very difficult for her to lose it, especially with her physical problems.  And being overweight, it was a lot harder for her to get around.

Well, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.  I had been diagnosed with osteopenia several years ago, and I began to worry that I was going to follow in my mom’s footsteps with the bone problems.  My doctor put me on medication to help with bone density loss, but other than that, I wasn’t doing anything to help myself.

The one thing I did have control over was my weight, so I decided that being lighter would help me deal with the physical problems I might have if my osteopenia diagnosis turned into osteoporosis.  And, as fate would have it, last year I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, so losing the weight was a good thing.

I know how hard it is to lose weight and then keep it off, so I’m always happy to share my “secret weight loss site” with anyone who asks how I lost the weight.  I found it by accident.  I was all ready to join Weight Watchers online (which charges a fee) when I found SparkPeople.com (which is FREE).  There are several sites out there, but SparkPeople worked for me.

The SparkPeople site has many links on it to help you lose, monitor and control your weight. There are fitness and food trackers, exercise videos, recipes (you can even figure out the calories of your own recipes), all kinds of dieting, health and exercise articles and a Facebook-like community for support.

SparkPeople helped me lose 25 pounds in less than a year and I’m keeping it off.  I took it serious, practiced portion control, tracked what I ate and exercised.   Yes, I know it’s a pain in the butt, but it worked.  I feel a lot better, too.  I still exercise and watch what I eat, but I don’t have to track the calories anymore.  I also believe that portion control is very important.  It has become a life style change. I don’t deny myself too many things, I just don’t pig out (well, not very often).

I am going to share a video from SparkPeople with instructions on how to make poached eggs.  We love poached eggs and it’s a low-calorie way to prepare them.   I’ve been using this technique ever since I first saw the video, and they always come out great.   I heard a tip (where, I can’t remember), that the newer the egg, the better it stays together when poached.  Oh, and we use black pepper and it tastes fine.

UPDATE – Photo Added:  I was reminded by my friends (Tree & Sue) about our old egg poaching pan.  My hubby thinks he got it from his Mom.  It was the pan I always used before I saw this video.  I would spray some oil into the cups before putting the eggs in, but they always stuck a little anyway and I would have to use a teaspoon to slowly release them.

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If you decide to check out SparkPeople.com, let me know what you think.  Oh, and let me know how your eggs turned out, too.

Hope some of you found this post helpful and no, I don’t own stock in SparkPeople.com.