Friday, June 28, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader - Hello Bloglovin

Help me!!!   I don't want to lose any of my readers - I value each and every one of you and love when you visit.  I'm sure most of you have heard that Google Reader is shutting down on JULY 1st. Hey - that's MONDAY you know!!

I like to follow my favorite blogs thru a reader and I used Google Reader since I started blogging.  Since I needed to find an alternative, I chose Bloglovin'.   And guess what?? So far, so good.  I really like them and the switch was easy and painless.

  • It’s easy to get an account on Bloglovin'.  This just took a few minutes. I recommend filling out your profile as completely as possible, though. If you have a blog, others can find and follow your blog from your profile.

  • It isn’t hard to claim your blog on bloglovin’. To add a blog and get a bloglovin’ button for your site, you just need to add a bit of code to your site to “claim” your blog. Some add it to the sidebar. I just added it to the bottom of an already-existing post in the “text” view. You don’t need to publish a new post to add it unless you want to announce bloglovin’ through your post.

  • It’s easy to follow blogs through bloglovin’. For blogs that have a bloglovin’ button, you just have to click the button and then click “Follow.” You can search for any blogs within the bloglovin’ site and follow them even if they don’t have a bloglovin’ button.

  • You can move all your blogs on Google Reader to bloglovin’. THIS IS IMPORTANT!   It’s also amazingly simple.  I just followed the directions on bloglovin’ when I signed up. They were clear and easy to follow. Just go here if you aren’t automatically directed: Import Your Favorite Blogs from Google Reader. Be sure to check that you follow me and your other favorite blogs when you do move your blogs.

  • You can organize all the blogs you follow into categories.  How cool is that?

You can discover new blogs easily within bloglovin’. I love this feature! I set my emails to notify me whenever someone follows my blog. Then I can follow them if I wish as well as check who they follow and find new blogs to follow.

You can get a free app to follow bloglovin’ on mobile devices such as your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad: Free Bloglovin’ App.
So please be sure to follow me through BlogLovin'.  I'll follow you too.  I don't want to lose track of any of you.  Go transfer over your whole blog list right now!   Don't wait until it's too late.


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Monday, June 24, 2013

Week 25 Progress

I'm glad that so many people have been coming by here each week looking for information on diet and nutrition.  This blog is my record of my journey and what has worked for me.  I do want to stress however that what works for one person may not work for another person.  Each person is different.  Everyone loses weight in different increments depending on their own bodies, what they eat, how active they are and their health in general. 

For the majority of people the easiest rule to follow is:  eat less calories than what you use up each day.  That is really my basic motto.   I know it's hard to count calories, fats, grams, etc.  Losing weight is hard work sometimes.  I never said it isn't.  It was hard for me.  Some weeks were easier than others.  It was a constant matter of trial and error.  I had to keep tweaking what I was eating and what types of exercise I was doing.  I had to keep at it until I found what worked for me.   You need to find what will work for you.

And most important of all - go see your doctor.  Get an exam and talk to your doctor about a program that he can advise for you.  Go to the library or check out the internet and educate yourself.  Find out what calories are, what fats are, how they affect your body.  Read up on exercises.  Remember, fad diets rarely work.  Adjust your eating habits for life.

See you next week.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Week 24 Progress

One of the best things for me about having this blog, is when I hear positive results from people.  This week I got a letter from a guy who read my story and it inspired him to start eating healthy and he's lost 20 pounds in the past 2 months.  I think that's awesome and that is the reason why I have this blog and do my videos.  Your success stories inspire me.  So keep up the good work and let me know about your progress.

If you haven't seen my video's, please check out the link at the top of the page. 

Keep coming back and checking in each week with your progress.  You can do it.  Staying on track is sometimes hard work, but nothing in life is easy and you have to reach down inside yourself to find what motivates you and what you need to do to keep going.

See you next week!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Week 23 Progress

I am often asked how do you keep on your diet new eating for life and fitness track?  In 2 words - it's hard!  Yes, I admit it, some days I get tired of eating eggs and chicken and oatmeal.  Apples get boring and carrots get blah, and some days I dream about pizza or my mom's chocolate fudge cake. 

Part of my secret is discipline.  I have an end goal in mind and that is to be healthy and fit.  I pick my goal instead of picking chocolate cake.  Most of the time.  And that's the other secret - moderation.  If mom makes her cake, then I will have a small piece - just enough to satisfy my craving and then I steer clear of it.  I may also do an extra mile on the treadmill as well.  Let's face it - you cannot totally give up the things you love to eat, but you can learn to eat them in moderation.  Keep the big goal in mind and moderation will be easier to maintain.

See you next week!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Week 22 Progress

Summer is about to begin and fresh fruits and vegetables are in abundance.  Are you eating several varieties of fruits and vegetable's each day?  What are some of your favorites?  I eat a great deal of both with almost every meal. 

Try to switch it up so you don't get bored.  Now is the time to try new varieties as well.  If you generally don't like fruit or vegetables, find ways to add them to your diet.  Try juicing them for a fresh and nutritious drink.  Add lots of fresh fruit to your smoothies every day.  Cut fruit up onto your cereal or oatmeal in the morning.  Add shredded carrots or zucchini to muffins or pancakes.  Add raisins and orange slices to your salad.  You get the idea.  Make a conscious effort to add one fruit or vegetable to each and every meal.  You'll be glad you did.

How is everyone's progress going?