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Thursday, December 27, 2012

January Resolution!

January Resolution - Forget FAST FOOD! In January work to eliminate Fast Food from your diet. Not only does your body deserve better than that, but the boon to your bottom line will be a bonus too! Don't worry about not having time to cook, I'll be helping with that too - with a little planning we'll make sure that's taken care of.

New Year, New Me.

2013 is coming up really fast and just happens to be coinciding with me being able to get back to exercising again after having M.  In my last post I was mulling pregnancy weight gain and all that comes with it.  Well, I did pretty good.  I gained 12 pounds.  M was a little over 6#.  It's been 7 weeks and I have lost 35 pounds.  I am lighter than I have been in about 6 years.  I am ALMOST lighter than I was in 2006 - when I was working out 5-6 days a week and wondering why my weight was STOPPED!

Now I know so much more than I did back then.  Back then I just kept cutting calories and cutting calories.  I even went to the doctor and he told me to cut my diet back EVEN MORE to accelerate my weight loss.  Now I know that is NOT GOOD INFO!  I lose the most weight when I eat about 2000 calories a day while exercising.  If I plateau sometimes I even have to bump that to 2200 or 2400 calories.  Since I am breastfeeding that number will vary, sometimes day to day.  

Go to  and check out their calculators to help determine your caloric needs.

Then download the MyFitnessPal app on your phone or go to  to create your food diary.  Add me as a friend :  metrychick and you can see my food diary, activity level and keep me on my toes!

I'm excited and doing a LOT of research on how to be successful!

Much Love,

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baby H!

In case you have been living under a rock lately you might not know that I am expecting my third child.  Unfortunately, this has triggered a weight gain panic in my mother.  She is terrified that I am going to get "fat".  If you don't know already, I am already slightly rounded.  With my other children I know I was a lot younger, but I didn't gain any weight with B and only 11 pounds with MG and she weighed almost 8.  I know what to do.  I am blessed that right now I am mostly craving fruit and that's a very good thing.

The average woman gains 20-35 pounds during each pregnancy.  Here's a breakdown:

Where Does All This Weight Gain Go?
Here is a breakdown of where you can expect the extra pounds to go: 
Baby7-8 pounds
Placenta1-2 pounds
Amniotic fluid2 pounds
Uterus2 pounds
Maternal breast tissue2 pounds
Maternal blood4 pounds
Fluids in maternal tissue4 pounds
Maternal fat and nutrient stores7 pounds
Well.  I am looking forward to my wee one growing.  I can't wait to rock a bump - that way people will stop trying to rub my tummy fat!

Much Love,

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Little SPARK that keeps my day going....

There are days when I can't seem to get out of my own way and keep going.  I plan 1000 things and carry out usually about 994 of them in a day or busy weekend.  Sometimes I need the energy to just keep going a little more, whether its the energy to hit the gym again or to be with the girls on the party bus for a few hours.  I used to reach for 5 hour energy, but it tasted so awful then I discovered SPARK!  I just LOVE this stuff.   It tasted really really good and isn't harmful.  You should give it a try.  I recommend it.  I believe in it so much that I actually became a part of the company.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Water Water Everywhere!

Everyone knows that drinking water is an important part of any healthy lifestyle.  It just helps to keep you hydrated and healthy.  There are soo much good information about how much water to drink and there are also a lot of myths out there.

Five Myths About Drinking Water
April 3, 2008Is bottled water better for you than tap? Or should you choose vitamin-enriched water over sparkling? Experts say, skip it all. None of these products are likely to make you any healthier. Below, we look at five major myths about the benefits of drinking water.
But first, how do you know if you're drinking enough water? Experts say there's an easy way to judge. If you're not thirsty, your fluid intake is likely "just right."
Myth No. 1: Drink Eight Glasses Each DayScientists say there's no clear health benefit to chugging or even sipping water all day. So where does the standard advice of drinking eight glasses each day come from? "Nobody really knows," says Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a kidney expert at the University of Pennsylvania.
Myth No. 2: Drinking Lots of Water Helps Clear Out ToxinsThe kidneys filter toxins from our bloodstreams. Then the toxins clear through the urine. The question is, does drinking extra water each day improve the function of the kidneys?
"No," says Goldfarb. "In fact, drinking large amounts of water surprisingly tends to reduce the kidney's ability to function as a filter. It's a subtle decline, but definite."
Myth No. 3: Lots of Water Equals Healthier SkinThe body is already 60 percent water. So, if you take a 200-pound man, he's 120 pounds of water.
Adding a few extra glasses of water each day has limited effect. "It's such a tiny part of what's in the body," says Goldfarb. "It's very unlikely that one's getting any benefit." His full editorial is published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
One study published in 2007 on the cosmetic benefit of drinking water suggests that 500 ml of water increases capillary blood flow in the skin. "But it's unclear whether these changes are clinically significant," says Goldfarb.
Myth No. 4: Drinking Extra Water Leads to Weight LossA more accurate statement may be: Drinking water is a helpful tool for dieters.
"Water is a great strategy for dieters because it has no calories," says Madeline Fernstrom of the University of Pittsburgh. "So you can keep your mouth busy without food and get the sense of satisfaction."
But water is not magical, she adds. Other zero-calorie options such as diet sodas are fine, too.
Myth No. 5: It's Easy to Get Dehydrated During a WorkoutDehydration sets in when a person has lost 2 percent of his or her body weight. So for a 200-pound man, this means losing 4 pounds of water.
Marathon runners, bikers and hikers all need to recognize the signs of dehydration. "It is also obvious that individuals in hot, dry climates have increased need for water," says Goldfarb.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that athletes drink 16 ounces of fluids a couple of hours before starting sports practice.
But for a stroll in the park, no water bottle is necessary. Goldfarb's advice: Just drink when you're thirsty.
This doesn't mean that you don't need to drink water.  On the contrary, drinking water helps you feel full and controls cravings.   Sometimes you can feel hungry or fatigued or without focus and its because you are dehydrated.  Bottom line is, water is the perfect drink.  It's zero calories, keeps you alert, looking good (since you're not drinking sugar and additives that affect your skin), and keeps you healthy.

Currently, I am curing my water fatigue by adding some lemon and cucumber to it.  Everytime I drink it I think of this:

LOL!   Drink up!

Much Love,

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lenten Challenge! 40 pounds in 40 days!

I decided to start on a challenge:  40 pounds in 40 days!  Yesterday I posted on Facebook that I am giving up being Fat for Lent.  I am leaving it behind on Fat Tuesday.  At the parades though it was not hard for me to grab an apple instead of king cake and to drink low carb beer.  I didn't want the CRAP in my body.  I think I might actually be kicking this sugar addiction thing!

I think this might be doable!  I am cutting down my grains and carbs and boosting the protein with a boost in my exercise level.  It just happily coincides with the fact that the Crescent City Classic in in that time frame too!

I am getting my two jars of marbles ready to keep track!  For every pound I lose I am going to move a marble from the fat jar to the fit jar.  

Look for updates!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pineapple - your own little slice of Hawaii!

I love Pineapple!  It is one of the staples of my diet.  I eat it just about every single day.  However, buying already cut pineapple in the stores can get a little expensive with a tiny container costing you $5 and sometimes more.  However, a whole pineapple will usually yield a lot more than that container and cost you about $3.  

There are a ton of health benefits to pineapple too!

Health benefits of Pineapple fruit

  • Fresh pineapple is storehouse of many health promoting compounds, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
  • The fruit is low in calories (provides only 50 cal per 100 g), contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; but rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber like pectin.
  • Pineapple fruit contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain that digests food by breaking down protein. Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties. Studies have shown that consumption of pineapple regularly helps fight against arthritis, indigestion and worm infestation. - This is my fave part!  Worm infestation!  LOL!-C  
  • Fresh ananas is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin; vitamin C. It is required for the collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body protect from scurvy; develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity) and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
  • It also contains good amount Vitamin A (provides 58 IU per 100 g) and beta-carotene levels. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin and essential for vision. Studies have suggested that consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • In addition, this fruit is rich in B-complex group of vitamins like folates, thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals like coppermanganese and potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Copper is helpful cofactor for red blood cell synthesis. Manganese is a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger

Helping me with my pineapple addiction is this handy dandy little pineapple slicer and wedger!

 I found it at Bed Bath & Beyond for about $10 and then used one of those coupons.  Here is a breakdown on how easy it is to use this awesome item!

Meet My Pineapple!
I cut the top and bottom off of it!
This is my magic pineapple machine!

Center the middle right on top of the core
and start twisting!  It will work its way
down the whole fruit!
When you break through the bottom just
pull the whole thing back out!
This is what you are left with.  If you're  Martha you can
save this for fruit salad or sherbet of something like
that.  I'm not, so I usually dump it.  (If there is a lot of
fruit around the edge sometimes I'll trim it out with knife.)
Then you have a column of Pineapple in rings!  If you leave
the green slicer thingy on it you can just push down and
make chunks!  

Push the core out of the bottom of the slicer and toss it and
you have a plate full of beautiful rings!
This takes about 3 minutes start to finish!  I grilled one of the rings and put it on my grilled turkey burger with some guacamole!  

Start slicing!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Cry for Help and a Hand Up.

Last night I reached out to an old friend for a hand up.  I have been really struggling with where to start again. When I lost the contest, the NOLA Biggest Loser 2.0 contest over the Summer I had a sort of breakdown.  I felt like I had failed - AGAIN.  Wow.  Big surprise that I was so SURE I was going to do well and I failed AGAIN.  It really hurt.  It was a tough thing to overcome.  Of course I had all of my excuses handy - I was busy with the kids in school, then busy with working.  The week of Thanksgiving break I just stopped and then started EATING.  It was an ugly ugly thing.  I can see it and feel it every single day.

You know what.  I'm DONE.  I am done being mean to me.

I asked for help and the first step is to do SOMETHING and logging my food is a good place to start - and being honest with that log.  So, I INVITE you to keep me in check!  Make me your friend on MyFitnessPal!  Download the free app.  My username is MetryChick.  

I might have slept in this morning - AGAIN, but I did something about it.  I had to run a few errands in the neighborhood so I WALKED to get them done.  It only took me 30 min and I burned 368 calories!  It would have taken me the same time to drive but I saved gas and burned my breakfast off.  

Join me.  

And btw, thanks, 'Nel.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Perspiration Inspiration

My family and I have been watching The Biggest Loser on TV for all 13 seasons and every now and then there is a contestant that will really inspire me, like Abby, the mom who lost her entire family and still went on with her life - I don't know if I could have.  Then there was Ali who WON and she is just amazing, and Tara and now Olivia and her sister, Hannah.  I identified with these women.  They were determined and they worked sooo hard and they DID it.  

Every year I would watch it and usually did it eating freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.  How is that for balls, huh?  Oh yeah, I am sooo inspired to work out, wait, is that chocolate on my cheek, maybe tomorrow.  Well, my tomorrow finally came in my own version of the Biggest Loser and I made it work for me.  

Now, my results are NOTHING compared to those guys, but I have made some changes.  I feel great, am happy and don't look too shabby. (I'm so modest.)  Now, I have had a little setback, but I can get back up on that horse and keep going.   But the BEST part about making these changes is that when I share my journey, share my progress on how I am doing it, people are listening.  I don't have any great secrets, just common sense that I have put together through a LOT of research and determination.   THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!  THIS WILL NOT COST YOU A FORTUNE!

This is what I do:
  • I only eat WHOLE foods.  That means nothing processed or artificial.  Simple rule: If it doesn't come out of the ground, or if it doesn't have a mother, DON'T EAT IT!  
  • If you can't pronounce it in the ingredient list, if whole foods aren't the first 5 ingredients, you don't need it. 
  • NO High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • NO Artificial Sweetners
  • NO Refined Sugar or Flour - leave the "white stuff" alone
  • Don't drink calories - water, water water.  Put lemon in it, put oranges, cucumber, but water.  Even those powdered additives are just that - additives - you don't need it.  - I do like Crystal Light and now they have MOCK Cocktail drinks - I am all over that.  
  • Limit caffine intake.  I know.  I know.  I LOVE coffee.  I mean, I REALLY love it.  I would hook an IV up to my arm, but I treat myself to A coffee.  
    • Once you start exercising regularly and getting enough sleep you will feel awake without it.  I PROMISE!
  • SLEEP!  You need 7-8 hours of sleep a night.  It may be rough, but if you are moving and eating enough you will be tired, so go to bed.  DVR your favorite TV show, put on your PJs and snuggle up.  Your body will thank you for it.  Most nights I am comatose by 10.  
  • Exercise.  Even 20-30 minutes walking every day will work, just MOVE your body.  You have the time.  I promise.  I like to walk early in the morning.  My sister hits the gym at night after her girls go to bed.  
  • LEARN to snack!  This was hard for me.  I eat 5-6 times a day.  
  • Be Prepared!  Nothing sucks worse than when your meeting goes from 1 hours to 2.5 and you are late for lunch and you are STARVING!  Then you will eat EVERYTHING that doesn't eat you first.  You'll be tempted to drive through the arches or worse - skip a meal.  
  • Track your food.  I use My Fitness Pal.  It's a website and a phone app.  It's super user friendly.  USE IT every single day and EAT your CALORIES!  This is harder than you think!  
The bottom line is to take time for you! You are worth it.

Good luck.  The other thing I am trying to remember is HAVE A CHEAT MEAL, NOT A CHEAT DAY.  This will keep me from having a Cheat Week, Cheat Month, Cheat holiday!  LOL!

Much Love,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


This graphic can’t be any more true.  The voice in my head is a damn liar.  There.  I said it.  I fight with this voice on a regular basis.  It’s the voice that tells me to go ahead and just as well eat dessert because I blew it earlier today since I obviously have no willpower.  Have I mentioned that my inner voice is such a witch!  Ugh!  I can’t stand her!
I decided to give my inner voice something to do today and signed up for a half marathon!
OMG!  I still get really nervous just thinking about it!  Thanks to a very good friend, Janel, who is the driving force behind me thinking I can do this.  My first goal is to run the Crescent City Classic this year.
That is a 10k.  I will be running that on April 7th.  Then next January I will be running the half marathon if I dont run another one first!

I am making a decision to change my inner voice.  She needs an attitude adjustment.

Much Love,