Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Berry Smoothie -- yum!!!


Dearies -- unfortunately the ether of the www has eaten or absorbed several questions or comments to the blog. As you can see, AT has not been posting. Please know that technical problems have been causing comments to not appear and posts to be lost on the site. I am told that all technical issues have been resolved and I am ready to blather on about life and Splenda at will...

Is it ever to early to prepare for bikini season? Depends on who you ask. AT says "no!" Why?

Because, fit and healthy bodies are not seasonal concepts...they are the product of daily lifestyle choices. Low-cal eating that is loaded with nutrient packed foods and regular physical activity form the foundation for that year round "bikini body" -- and I am referring to the ladies. Guys -- do us all a favor and keep the board shorts!!

By making simple substitutions now, significant pounds can be gone (and never found again) by summertime...Off with those winter pounds. Let's get started with this simple smoothie recipe from CalorieControl.org.

Berry Simple Smoothie
*Makes 3 servings
2 cups frozen unsweetened whole strawberries
1 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1/2 cup lite cranberry juice
1/4 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granular
COMBINE frozen strawberries, yogurt, cranberry juice, and SPLENDA® in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Pour into glass and enjoy!

Nutrition Information per serving
Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories 70
Total Fat .5g
Total Protein 2g
Total Carbohydrates 16g

Monday, January 15, 2007

Office exercise

Missed my early morning workout and feel a major difference -- less energized. Not a way to start the week! It is very hard to get a long exercises break at the gym...so Audrey's strategy for the day.... print all documents on printer at opposite end of building.

I estimate it is an extra 50 steps to the other printer. If I normally print 10-20 documents a day, making this one little change will add 500 to 1000 extra steps to my normally sedentary workday (the bane of many a working gal's figure -- sitting all day). I throw in a couple of 10 minute walks around the building, and voila! I will have burned an additional 250 calories while at work (the same aprox number a cals burned if I did 30 min of low impact aerobics).

Those extra 250 cals burned daily would result in 1-pound weight loss every 2 weeks. Imagine losing weight without having to change into gym clothes and break a sweat. Hmmm, 30 minutes of low impact aerobics at 5 am or walking a little more throughout the day -- it's nice to have options.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Chanel Original


"Fashion, you see, goes out of fashion. Style never."—Coco Chanel

'Tis the season for reflection and change. One of the most common decisions is to lose weight. "I resolve this year to lose 20, 30,50, 100 pounds by X date". Unfortunately, resolutions like these rarely succeed. What to improve your odds of success? Take a look at my tips for making 2007 the year for realistic, healthy change.

  • No to fad diets – short- term solutions never solve long-term, complex issues like weight changes (gaining or losing weight). Fad diets don’t work. Never have and never will.

  • Start small -- Pick one or two small changes to focus on each day or week, and once you have mastered these add in more -- e.g. I'll eat 1 less serving at dinner, I'll walk 10 minutes daily, I'll substitute a low-cal beverage in place of a higher cal option. Over time you build on these simple steps and achieve long-term weight change.

  • MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!! -- Most of us can’t spend long chunks of time in the gym. No problem. Schedule a 10 min walk (yes, put it in your planner) for the afternoon. Take the stairs whenever you can. Keep walking shoes in your car and slip out at lunch for a brisk stroll. Adding movement to your day burns calories and a pedometer is a great way to track your progress.

  • You are a Chanel original -- Comparisons are pointless -- you are an original. Think of yourself as a Chanel original gown. You would never crumple it up and toss it in the corner -- NEVER! Treat yourself with the care and attention that you would lavish on a Paris original.

  • Calories count – every one -- Save or eliminate calories by using low-calorie versions of your favorite foods. That spoon full of sugar has 16 calories, a regular soda has 150 calories, and a packet of Splenda has zero calories, as does that Splenda sweetened “diet” soda. Little savings in calories throughout the day can add up to significant calorie savings over time. Eat less and move more and you will lose weight.

--Audrey T.