Health

One Day on Weight Watchers Take 2

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My Weight Watchers notepad from DollarTree. I don’t bother with printing the Food Logs anymore instead I write into this handy pad that has enough lines to fit my consume list. I also find the cover ironic! ūüėČ

In my last healthy living post here, I already mentioned that I moved back to my Sister’s for the remainder of the summer. This brought some changes to the way I eat and implement Weight Watchers. When I started this diet I was roped in by one of my Canadian friends I stayed with so we had a lot of snacking (especially in the evening), lighter lunches, big dinners, lots of roast and big salads prepared for sides with at least seven different choises of dressings on the menu. My family is from Hungary, Eastern Europe so our eating habits and meals are kinda differ from the American style: we are not so big on crackers, eat warm, big lunches and light, cold dinners and try to not snack afterwards. We prepare different salads: they are made with distilled vinegar or pickled and truely only a side-dish, cannot be consumed by itself. I do think that I eat more healthily on Hungarian lifestyle and snack less but in the end it’s different for everyone what healthier means and when I will be back in the U.S. and a kitchen of my own I’ll most likely follow a mix of the two.

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My Battle Against Cellulite – Weight Loss Edition

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Nivea Q10 Cellulite Gel, Champion trainers from Payless ShoeSource, Old Navy knee-length black sports pants, Bazinga! T-shirt from Walmart, Indianapolis Colts cap (inherited from my dear Sister)

I’ve already mentioned on the blog that I started dieting (post here and here) and feel quite accomplished with Weight Watchers. Since then I stayed¬†silent on the topic, but kept working hard and tried to follow the instructions to a T. It paid off splendidly but halfway through I realized it’s not enough to change my eating habits. Since my teenage years, like most women I was cursed with cellulite in¬†my thigh to waist area. This is where I start gaining first and losing last. So when I moved back to my Sister’s, for one I changed my eating habits again (they keep to a more Eastern European meal plan,¬†explanation’s coming in a not-too-far future post) and decided to start the most readily¬†available and inexpensive workout, running coupled with Nivea Q10 Cellulite Gel.

Every day I wake up and go for a 25-30 min. tops running routine in our neighborhood. This consists of a quick (less than 5 minutes) warm-up for my muscles and joints, a minimum of 15 minutes of uninterrupted jogging that I do in a nearby longish crescent road that leads back home (generally I go for three laps), a 2-minutes wind-down walk and a 3-minutes stretch at the end. This works for me quite well, though I try to keep my days pretty active too (with a 3 and a half year-old around the house I have a lot of opportunities for extra walks, playground visits and so on.

Step two of this process is Nivea’s Q10 Cellulite Gel from their Q10 range that I’ve been applying religiously¬†every night, before bed¬†in the last 2,5 weeks.¬†This is a light gel that has quite a runny consistency and a fresh smell (reminds me of a cross between unscented¬†soap and lightly smelling men deodorant). After bath I gently rub a dollop¬†into my problem areas where it absorbs quickly and leaves a nice cooling effect on the skin. Fancy! It actually feels like it’s doing something. There are other Nivea Q10 products (moisturizers and lotions) targeting cellulite that you are supposed to use in conjuncture with the Gel. Since I’ve never tried those I cannot form a clear opinion on them but they are something I should look into based on my success with the Gel.

All in all this combination seems to be a good one because I started dropping cellulite left and right after the first 3-5 days. My skin in general appears more smooth and tight and my legs and abs started to finally show some muscle tone too… Now, with the diet on top that I adjusted slightly¬†to compensate the more active life style, I weight 154.0 lbs (working myself down from a whopping 169.8 lbs that is quite more compared to my regular, pre-USA measuring)¬†and dropped at least 1-2 sizes in pants depending on their cut… A miracle! I also feel more energetic and less winded after activity, and more alive in general. An all around win… now I just have to keep up with it!

See you soon!

‚ô•Eszter

One Day on Weight Watchers

06-16-2014_WeightWatchers-012Last time I wrote about my decision to diet and my goals in this post. Now I will elaborate on Weight Watchers.¬†First you need to determine your daily allowance, here’s¬†how¬†to calculate (via):

1. Gender:
Female- score 2
Male- score 8
A nursing mom- score 12

2. How old are you?
17-26- score 4
27-37- score 3
38-47- score 2
48-58- score 1
over 58- score 0

3. What do you weigh?
Enter the first two digits of your weight in pounds.
(for example, if you weight 198, you will add 19 to your score)

4. How tall are you?
Under 5’1- score 0
5’1-5’10- score 1
Over 5’10- score 2

5. How do you spend most of your day?
Sitting down? score 0
Occasionally sitting? score 2
Walking most of the time? score 4
Doing physically hard work most of the time? score 6

My tally:
Female – 2 WWP
Age between 27-37 years – 3 WWP
Weight at first 170 pounds – 17 WWP
5′ 10″ tall – 1 WWP
Occasionally sitting – 2 WWP

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25 WWP

Plus you get 35 WWP flex points for each week that you can use whenever you need to (outings, special occasions and craving) but be advised that it slows down weightloss. Then you count with every food you eat, snack, devour until you reach your allowance (and flexes). I also keep a Food Log during the day.  You can register at Weight Watchers or find resources about food points.

Here’s what I ate during one day of Weight Watchers diet…

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Dieting and Health – Weight Watchers

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This summer I finally decided to go on a diet. In the last 28 years of my life I never managed to even start let alone follow any diet. Well, I didn’t really see a reason. When I wanted to regulate my weight before I just reined in my consumption a little bit and found a way to move more. It worked until I came to America and even here I had moderate success but I gained so much the first semester and my whole body changed, I’m not a teenager anymore… I’m also spending a lot of time in my swim wear this summer and that made me realize if I want to feel more comfortable I have to do something. This does not mean there’s anything wrong with anybody who’s not reed thin, if you are happy as you are but I haven’t been feeling content in my skin for such a long time… I tire quick and eat when I feel down or bored, that’s not something that I can keep up without consequences. I’ll never be model skinny (I’m not that type) that’s definitely not the goal here. So, let’s see what I’m looking to gain from this journey:

  • Eating smaller helpings (I have a very “healthy” appetite!)
  • Consuming more vegetables and salad
  • Less carbs (I will never get rid of them completely I love bread and pasta too much but limit it)
  • Turning towards fruits when looking for a snack
  • Establish a routine that I can follow easily when I’m back studying
  • Learn to better cope with hunger
  • Loose around 10 pounds

I read about several diets but they are pretty hard to follow, meaning the recipes are weird ()hard to make with strange ingredients so I was looking for something that doesn’t require to modify¬†totally the way I eat and cook, more like encourages me to accommodate healthier options. Then one of my friends recommended the old Weight Watchers and proposed to start it together. We follow the old one not the Weight Watchers Plus because she had a lot of usable materials on hand for the old. It is not a free program unfortunately but definitely worth it. You can register here. It’s also close to my previous philosophy on dieting (less eating more activity) and I’m not suffering by myself! Awesome!!!

Weight Watchers (old) in a nutshell:

Basically you’re keeping track of your meals by figuring out the point value of everything you eat. Depending on your stats you have a certain amount of allowance per day and 35 weekly flex points (for days you need more or have a special event). This means you are not required to give up all the food you know and love just plan ahead so you can have it. Isn’t that awesome? I’ll update you soon how I’m doing…

See you soon!

‚ô•Eszter

Miracle Worker Of The Week – Herbal Tea

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I found a new everyday favourite that I wanted to share… It’s tea!!!

I know it sounds weird during this season, but! I’m in “cold land” again meaning voice’s gone for a summer holiday. Yay for warm weather sickness! Thank you pool time, changeable weather and air conditioning…

So, my passion for good tea is rekindled with a new twist. I was always a fruit flavor kinda girl with lots of sugar and lemon but now I find myself reaching for herbal, caffeine free tea without any extra, added taste.

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Fun Curling in Canada

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I love the sport! I think it is a delight to watch on TV (though others sometimes call it boring…) and even better to participate. I love that you need a lot of skill (good aim, perfectly calculated strength, stamina) and a good sense of balance on slidy ice to play well. I’m definitely lacking on the balance front but it gave life to a lot of hilarity that I took good-naturedly and just laughed with the crowd. I also tend to keep my mouth open wide when I concentrate so I apologies in advance for the weird pictures of me.

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Miracle Worker Of The Week – Echinacea

Just a quick post and status update. Last week I had The Cold of Doom and even this week I felt kinda down. You know… when you are mostly okay but still not completely over it, energy levels still on the low side. I hate to be this fragile and moody, but my stash has been missing my old go to immune system strengthener, good, old Grapefruit Seed Extract (with capital letters!).¬†Oh, yeah, that baby packed a punch and regularly (around 8 times out of 10) helped me avoid any unpleasant colds and flus.

But I discovered something new and just as sparkly.

Echinacea vitamin

Drum-roll…

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Natural Home Remedies For The Cold Of Doom

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I have the Cold of Doom. Yes, a cold brought me down. So I thought I could share my sickness routine with some natural home remedies learned from my Mom and other miscellaneous people I have met.

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