Friday, October 30, 2009

Exercise is not an Excuse to EAT!

I know this may sound obvious to some of you. But I've realized that this has been one of my recent pitfalls. This past summer I was pretty satisfied with my weight and workout routine. I was doing a ton of classes ; spin, body pump, body combat, etc. So I did not monitor my eating habits as much. I figured I would burn it off anyway so why worry. Well, a little extra dessert or second margarita here and there; this made me lose control altogether. I started craving junk food more, and it's been downhill from there.

Coincidentally the past couple of weeks I've learned all about the gastrointestinal tact, hunger, appetite in my physio class. Anyway, I'm dedicated to monitoring myself to make sure that I eat when I am actually hungry and not eating for the sake of eating. It's also important to make sure that things you eat actually provide some nutritional value. If you eat junk food which contain empty calories your body recognizes that junk food has no nutrients and you will be hungry again.

I recognize this is all common sense; but in essence all it takes it is common sense to lose weight. You just have to apply it (and that ain't easy).

Here are some resources on how to monitor your own eating habits. Oh and just in case you didn't know that pic is the Weight Watchers "Hungry Monster."

Are You Hungry?

The Worlds Heathiest Foods

Calorie lab

Weight Loss update: So i'm getting back to my goal weight slowly, but surely. I've been hitting the treadmill everyday this week. I'm up to running 20 min at about 6.5 mph which is good but my goal is 30 min. I'll be posting my workout routine soon!


Do you eat when you're not hungry?
Any strategies suggestions to control eating where you're not hungry?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

How Do You Feel About Exercise?

You have the opportunity to share your opinions in a research study conducted by the University of Texas at Austin. They are looking to collect information via an Internet survey about African-American Women's attitudes about exercise. This information will be used to benefit women so please take the time to participate. It takes about 30 minutes and you get a 10 dollar gift certificate. For more information view the study announcement below:

"You are eligible to participate in this study if you are a midlife womanaged 40 to 60 years old who does not have any mobility problems; who can read and write English; who is online; and whose self-reported ethnic identity is Hispanic, non-Hispanic (N-H) White, N-H African American, or N-H Asian.Data will be collected through an Internet survey among 500 midlife women in the U.S. starting Feb. 1 2008 and ending May 21, 2011.Your involvement will consist of about 30 minutes to complete the Internet survey questionnaire. You will be reimbursed with a 10 dollar gift certificate for filling out the Internet survey.For more information and to begin the survey, please visit our project website ( and/or contact us."

The Journey Continues

It's been a while, but I think I am back to blogging for good. I started a PhD program this past August and for the past 2.5 months I let it consume my life. I have always recognized the importance of balance but I found it difficult to balance things recently. I tried not to let my new schedule affect my workouts and eating but of course it did. All the late nights I've spent studying Physio and typing papers were accompanied by snacks to keep me awake and my workout schedule has been less consistent. As a result I have gained about 7 lbs. It is quite frustrating but I am determined to work it off. I'm back to the basics; running & weight lifting.

Well today I am recommiting to myself and all of you on your fitness journey. I will continue to provide information to keep you educated, inspired, and motivated. I encourage any of you that have fallen off the exercise wagon to recommit to yourselves as well.

So look for more articles to come.
Btw Rose the Fitness Instructor has done an awesome job keeping you all motivated. I look forward to more article from her. Also, feel free to send me ideas about topics and any stories you would like to share

One last thing, I'm looking to revamp NFG so if anyone has any web design or logo skills hit me up at