Tuesday, August 21, 2007

My day

Uggg, I don't know what's wrong with me today. It's like I'm going through the motions of the day but it feels like my feet are stuck in the mud with every step that I take. I was up at 5:30 this morning for a toning workout. It kinda helps losen me up for the day. I didn't weigh in so I can't say if the scale went up ... down ... or even stayed the same. My DS was a little disappointed that his weight stayed the same. I told him to think of it like this ... it's better to stay the same then to have a gain. I told him if he wanted to lose then he was gonna have to move his but out of his video chair & exercise. We bought the kids bikes for Christmas cause they said their old ones were to small but I swear ... they NEVER ride the darn things. Oh well, maybe when it gets cooler we can start our family walks back up. It was a lot of fun.

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Cal Fiber Fat Carbs Prtn
Regular Coffee, 4 cup (8 fl oz) 9 0 0 0 1
Cream substitute, Coffee-mate fat free, 2 tbsp 20 0 0 4 0
Curves Honey Crunch Cereal, 1 cup 190 5 1 45 4
Milk, nonfat, 1 cup 86 0 0 12 8
Meal Totals 305 5 2 61 13
Bread, wheat (including toast), 2 slice 130 2 2 24 5
Louis Rich Turkey Breast, 1 serving 42 0 0 1 9
Kraft Free American Cheese Singles, 1 slice 31 0 0 2 5
Baby Carrots, raw, 10 large 57 3 1 12 1
Meal Totals 260 5 3 39 19
Whole Wheat Spaghetti, cooked (pasta), 1 cup 174 6 1 37 7
Spaghetti/Marinara Sauce (tomato sauce), 1 cup 143 4 5 21 4
Ground beef, 1 oz 88 0 8 0 5
Tossed Salad, 1.5 cup 33 0 0 7 3
Kraft Light Done Right Ranch Salad Dressing, 2 tbsp 77 0 7 3 0
Meal Totals 514 10 20 68 19
Popcorn, air-popped, 4 cup 122 5 1 25 4
Sargento Light String Cheese, 1 serving 50 0 3 1 6
Banana, fresh, 1 medium (7" to 7-7/8" long) 109 3 1 28 1
Yogurt, Yoplait Light, Strawberry, 6 oz 100 0 0 19 5
Apples, fresh, 1 large (3-1/4" dia) (approx 2 per lb) 125 6 1 32 0
Meal Totals 506 13 5 105 16
Daily Totals 1,585 34 31 272 68
Daily Goal 1500 - 1800 25 - 35 30 - 50 251 - 362 60 - 195

Comments on my day:

Not as great as it was last week ... I'm starting to see the dread in seeing fruit or veggies. I don't know how to spice it up so it doesn't get old & boring.

Dance Off the Inches: Tummy Tone Party Zone! 
Video of the Day
My over the weekend find ... the reason my abs feel like their on fire ... Dance off the ingche, Tummy Tone, Party Zone. All I can say about this baby is OMFG ... from the warm up moves ... dancing, and ending abs routine my abs were worked so much that I almost couldn't make it through the floor workout. I counted the crunches ... 180!!! I haven't done that many sit-ups/crunches in gosh, I don't even know how long.
I purchased this video at Walmart for under $10 & I already know it was a great choice. The only thing I don;t like about it is in the second routine I can't seem to remember the steps. It almost feels like the instructor hasn't gone over the steps enough. I'm sure after I have done it a couple of times this won't be a factor but for someone who usually catches on right away it sucked to know I couldn't catch the steps after the first run through. What I love about this video ... the Salsa routines & the floor work for abs. I love feeling the work ... lets me know that I'm not doing crunches for nothing. Now ... ask me tomorrow if I still love the floor work. I'm sure based on the way I'm feeling now that I will have a hard time breathing tomorrow.

If you secretly sashay across your living room when you're home alone or long to cha-cha with your significant other, you're in luck. Not only is dancing an exceptional way to let loose and have fun, but it also provides some terrific benefits for your health.

In fact, Mayo Clinic researchers reported that social dancing helps to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Increase energy
  • Improve strength
  • Increase muscle tone and coordination

And whether you like to kick up your heals to hip hop, classical or country, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) says that dancing can:

  • Lower your risk of coronary heart disease
  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Help you manage your weight
  • Strengthen the bones of your legs and hips

Dancing is a unique form of exercise because it provides the heart-healthy benefits of an aerobic exercise while also allowing you to engage in a social activity. This is especially stimulating to the mind, and one 21-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine even found dancing can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in the elderly.

In the study, participants over the age of 75 who engaged in reading, dancing and playing musical instruments and board games once a week had a 7 percent lower risk of dementia compared to those who did not. Those who engaged in these activities at least 11 days a month had a 63 percent lower risk!

Interestingly, dancing was the only physical activity out of 11 in the study that was associated with a lower risk of dementia. Said Joe Verghese, a neurologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a lead researcher of the study, "This is perhaps because dance music engages the dancer's mind."

Verghese says dancing may be a triple benefit for the brain. Not only does the physical aspect of dancing increase blood flow to the brain, but also the social aspect of the activity leads to less stress, depression and loneliness. Further, dancing requires memorizing steps and working with a partner, both of which provide mental challenges that are crucial for brain health.

How Good of a Workout is Dancing, Really?

The amount of benefit you get from dancing depends on, like most exercises, the type of dancing you're doing, how strenuous it is, the duration and your skill level.

Says exercise physiologist Catherine Cram, MS, of Comprehensive Fitness Consulting in Middleton, Wisconsin, "Once someone gets to the point where they're getting their heart rate up, they're actually getting a terrific workout. Dance is a weight-bearing activity, which builds bones. It's also "wonderful" for your upper body and strength."

Plus, dancing requires using muscles that you may not even know you had.

"If you're dancing the foxtrot, you're taking long, sweeping steps backwards. That's very different than walking forward on a treadmill or taking a jog around the neighborhood ... Ballroom dancing works the backs of the thighs and buttock muscles differently from many other types of exercise," says Ken Richards, professional dancer and spokesman for USA Dance, the national governing body of DanceSport (competitive ballroom dancing).

Specific Benefits of Different Dances

If you're looking for specific health results, here's a breakdown of the benefits of some popular dances. Just remember that any type of dancing is better than no dancing at all!

Belly Dancing

  • Improved posture and muscle toning
  • Maintains flexibility
  • Helps prevent lower back problems
  • Tones and firms arms and shoulders
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Helps prepare women for childbirth
  • Reduces stress

Dancing Off Those Calories

How many calories will you burn while dancing? That depends on the type ofdancing. Here's a range of some of the most popular varieties, based on a 150-pound person, per hour:

  • Swing dancing: 235 calories/hour
  • Ballroom dancing: 265
  • Square dancing: 280
  • Ballet: 300
  • Belly dancing: 380
  • Salsa dancing: 420+
  • Aerobic dancing: 540+

Ballroom Dancing

  • Conditions the body
  • Helps keep the heart in shape
  • Builds and increases stamina
  • Develops the circulatory system
  • Strengthens and tones legs and body
  • Increases flexibility and balance
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Relieves stress

Salsa Dancing

  • Builds endurance and stamina
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Relieves stress
  • Helps you release toxins via sweating
  • May help lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels
  • Can lead to a reduced heart rate over time

Square Dancing

  • Provides cardiovascular conditioning
  • May lead to a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and an improved cholesterol profile
  • Strengthens bones
  • Helps you develop strong social ties
  • Loosens and tones muscles

Physical benefits aside, dancing has a way of brightening up a person's day, says ballroom owner and operator Karen Tebeau.

"A lot of times, when people come into the studio, it's because there's been a change in their life: a divorce or they've been through a period of depression. They (continue) coming in, and you see a big change. After a while, they're walking in with a sunny expression. You know it's the dancing that's doing that," she says.

This article comes from http://www.SixWise.com!




  1. Awwwwwww Emmi sorry you did'nt have a good day today, sending hugs to you, (((((((((((((( Emmi )))))))))))))))))))))) Hugs Lisa

  2. Emmi, your Walmart must be better than ours cuz I swear, everytime I look in their video selection, they have Nothing!!  
    But I think I'll write this one down and see if I can find it.

  3. Emmi... what is up???  I am with you too.  Draging the last 2 days, especially yesterday.  Didn't help that it was not even 60 degrees and pouring rain all day.  Struggling here too, but trying to stay focused.  Don't give up, cus I'm NOT!!!!

  4. Things will look up this week.  Sounds like u had some good food chices.  Re