Monday, September 6, 2010

Day 47 - Labor Day 2010

What a glorious Labor Day this is, sunny and mild!

I used the lightweight hand weights to work on my upper arm "toning" this morning. I haven't noticed any differences so far, until this morning. The top of the shoulders now have some definition! This is, in part, due to the weight I've been losing (naturally), but it is nice to feel the curve over my shoulders again. Like my kneecaps, the shoulders just became "lost" in the weight build-up.

My exercise for today will be swimming. (Brave, aren't I?)

Today is the start of the vegan diet 3-week experiment. It started out with homemade apple-cinnamon oatmeal. It was very good! The apple part was simple enough - just substitute 2/3 of the water with apple juice concentrate. The oatmeal was very filling, and yummy. Nothing weird about that, so I was happy.

Anne (Blog: Carb Tripper) pointed out there are lots of unhealthy things that fall under the vegetarian umbrella too, so eating vegetarian doesn't necessarily equate to eating healthy. So true! It just goes to show, EVERYONE must be active in making good, healthy choices.

The current issue of Women's World contains the Duke University "better than gastic bypass" diet. I think this is the vegetarian diet Kathy (my challenge buddy) alluded to the other day. (Blog: Fatty Kathy's Weight Loss Journal) Sounds simple, and looks effective. Hmmmmmm ... something to remember when I hit a big snag and need to change things up a little bit.

I read on the WebMD site, that "losing 10% of body weight over a six-month period of time is the "gold standard" for improved health."

My tracker (at the top of my blog) measures my progress on my current mini-goal, whose current goal happens to be 10% loss from my initial body weight.

Progress, not perfection, right? Enjoy your Monday!


  1. Ah, seeing shoulders more defined, that is a NSV worthy of a big smile; good for you :-D

    Yes - Progress, not perfection!

    Happy Labor Day!

  2. Slow and steady wins the race!
    Yay for swimming!

  3. Progress, not perfection! Love it. And so true. I've yet to meet a perfect person, so I guess progress is the way to go. I have also read the 10% gold standard article. It's a great goal for people with a lot of weight to lose. Keep shooting for 10%...much easier than 100%. Eventually those 10's add up to 100, just the same ... live the life you love.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my place and for leaving the nice comments.

    Progress, not perfection. Exactly.

  5. Good luck with your Vegetarian journey!!

  6. I know a woman who is a strict vegetarian and is obese. Cookies, cakes, and pies, in my opinion, are probably worse than meat. I think there's more to said for portion control than we'd like to admit.

  7. Looking forward to hearing about the vegan diet goes...have thought about going Vegetarian for a long time, not sure I could go vegan...would think it would be tough. I know you can do it though!

  8. That 10% thing makes me feel better, I been messing up a lot- but I have lost 10%! :)

    I am so glad you had such a good first day!!! I hope they are all this good :)

  9. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I think the vegetarian diet can be very healthy, and I personally am trying to find great ways to incorporate more veggies in my life. One thing to explore for protein are all the great soy-based options. I personally love tofu hot dogs. I often eat two of them (80 calories total!) with a big salad. Also, baked tofu is delicious in salad. Giving up cheese is tough, I have my fingers crossed for you on that one! :-)