Posts Tagged ‘Losing Weight’

The new year is upon us which means everyone has made their New Year’s Resolution. Did you make yours about weight loss? Every year mine revolves around weight loss. Weight loss and I have a love-hate relationship. Some years are good and other years not so much.  I would like to share with you my personal struggles and how we can work together to lead healthier lives.

A few years ago I worked really hard at following a weight loss program and lost 40 pounds. I felt amazing! I had more energy and my self-confidence really improved. However, the next year, work became very stressful. Over the following years, I’ve gained all of it back, plus a little more, through emotional eating and other life changes. I self-sabotage my efforts. I don’t just fall off the “diet” band wagon; I fall off and set it on FIRE! It’s a vicious cycle that I’m putting an end to now.

Maybe you’re like me and have made decisions in the past to crash diet, and you’ve messed up your metabolism. You weigh yourself every week and when the weight isn’t coming off fast enough you feel a sense of failure and give up.

As a professional, I know and have read all the right things to do. There are blog posts on Healthy Habits and articles on how to Start Losing Weight.  But, old habits are hard to break. Personally, I have a major sweet tooth and sugar is very addicting.

Today, I’m asking you to join me in taking baby-steps to a healthier you. It may take longer, but the tortoise beat the hare, remember?

My plan of action is to make small changes over a certain period of time. I want to give myself time to take action and evaluate my success. I also want to identify my unhealthy eating triggers. Therefore, I’m allowing myself two weeks to make each change. This way I can make a small change the first week and then brainstorm ways to avoid unhealthy triggers the second week. I will start by changing my breakfast foods, then I will move onto snacks, dinner, lunch, and finally, beverages.

Since I’m starting with breakfast, I’ve identified a couple of go-to recipes I plan to use to give myself a kick start:

1. For mornings on the run, I’ll grab a low-fat Greek Yogurt, a small piece of fruit, and a piece of Sprouted toast with a small smear of all-fruit jam. Personally, I have found that sprouted bread is more gentle on my blood sugar. However, you could substitute your favorite whole grain bread.

french toast

2. For Saturday morning breakfast with my family, I love to make Cinnamon-French Toast. I’ll again use sprouted bread, and I’ll replace the whole eggs with egg whites. A little light syrup and some fresh berries will make this feel like such a treat!

3. Some days I’m way ahead of the game and have Overnight Oatmeal in the refrigerator ready to go.

What are your favorite go-to breakfasts?


Author: Amanda Bohlen, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Washington County, bohlen.19@osu.edu

Reviewer: Jenny Lobb, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension,  Franklin County, lobb.3@osu.edu



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015). Losing Weight: Getting Started. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/getting_started.html

Godman, H. (2017). Are Sprouted Grains More Nutritious than Regular Whole Grains? Harvard Health Publishing. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/sprouted-grains-nutritious-regular-whole-grains-2017110612692

Spires, C. (2016). Diets or Healthy Habits? Live Healthy, Live Well. https://livehealthyosu.com/2016/10/24/diets-or-healthy-habits/




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Walking for your HealthShould I walk faster or does it count when I walk slow? That depends on what benefits you are seeking to achieve.

Losing Weight – The waist circumference of each group was reduced the same amount when they walked moderately and briskly in a recent study sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Thus, it did not seem to matter if you walked fast or moderately, just getting out and walking helped. This can help reduce your risk of obesity.

Walking for Cardio-Health – Walking faster does improve your cardiorespiratory fitness. If you choose to walk at a moderate intensity pace you need to walk longer to achieve the same effects. You can also increase the intensity by walking uphill or increasing the incline on your treadmill.

Glucose Tolerance – This study used the glucose tolerance test to see if calories from sugar were efficiently processed by the body within two hours. This test can predict a person’s risk of developing diabetes. Only those walking briskly saw an improvement in the test. Walking moderately for a long period or shorter period of time did not have an effect.

Other benefits from walking 30 minutes a day:
• Improve your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels.
• Lower your stress level.
• Improve your mental health
• Reduce your risk of osteoporosis

Choose the type of walking that works best in your lifestyle and what you will participate in. If you don’t enjoy it, you probably will not do it long. Riding a bike instead of walking can provide similar benefits. Some people enjoy jogging and can cut back on the amount of time they jog due to the higher intensity of the exercise

Do you have a walking routine that needs a change? Try walking alternately fast for a few minutes and then slower, or walk fast for a quarter of a mile and then slower and then fast again. Find a park to walk at and enjoy the beauty of the scenery around you as you walk.

Walk with a friend and/or a dog. I walk with a friend and my dog. My dog gets so excited to take a walk; she starts barking when I get the lease out. Why not try walking with a friend?

Author: Pat Brinkman, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension

Reviewer: Susan Zies, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension


American Heart Association, (2014). American Heart Association, Available at http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/PhysicalActivity/Walking/Why-Walking_UCM_461770_Article.jsp

Neithercott, T., (2012). 4 ways to boost your walking workout, American Diabetes Association, Available at http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2012/mar/4-ways-to-boost-your-walking-workout.html?print=t

Ross, R., Hudson, R., Stotz, P., and Lam, M. (2015). Effects of Exercise Amount and Intensity on Abdominal Obesity and Glucose Tolerance in Obese Adults. Annals of Internal Medicine 162(5), 325-334.

Schardt, D. (2015). The best way to walk to lose weight: slow or brisk?, Nutrition Action, Available at http://www. nutritionaction.com/daily/exercise-for-health/the-best-way-to-walk-to-lose-weight/

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