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The Final Day – August 17th

To all of my faithful blog followers, today is the big day!

I know that the past few weeks I have definitely dropped the ball on keeping up with all of you and my lack of posting.


I will be catching up this weekend with lots of juicy details .. and the weight is now down to 167!!! Almost 15 pounds total..



🙂 Miss you all!


For all those foodie lovers out there!


Wow! If you’re looking for a way to snag dinner tonight or this coming weekend on the cheap, here’s a sweet offer from Papa John’s! Through 8/12, score 50% off your regular priced order when you order online and enter code SUMMER50 at checkout. With this deal, you can snag a large pepperoni pizza for just $6.74 + tax! Keep in mind that if you opt for delivery, you will be charged a delivery fee of around $2.

IMPORTANT: This code will not work on any special offers shown on the site. Also, note that code may not work in all areas of the country.

(Thanks, Clip and Follow!)

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Diet or Exercise: Which is Better for Losing Weight?

Diet or Exercise: Which is Better for Losing Weight?

Great Article to read up on!

One way I make it through my work out when I’mhuffing and puffing on the treadmill is to tell myself that after it’s all over, I can reward myself with a little extra food. That’s because exercise revs up metabolism, right? Wrong. For years the common refrain from fitness gurus and diet books has been that if you exercise regularly you’ll keep torching those Big Macs all day long–and even at night (“It’s a miracle! Lose weight while you sleep!”).

The “boost your metabolism” chorus makes many people scratch their heads when they start an exercise program and step on the scale a few weeks later to discover their weight hasn’t budged, or maybe they have even gained a pound or two. To help understand the relationship between activity and weight loss, a team of researchers studied the Hazda, a hunter-gatherer tribe in Tanzania, and published the results in an article in the most recent volume of the journal PLoS One.

Walking miles a day to find food, the Hazda’s lifestyle is far more active than the average American couch potato’s. The researchers outfitted the tribespeople with GPS devices and meticulously measured their energy output and metabolic rate. Surprisingly, what they found was that the Hazda burned only about as many calories a day as a typical Westerner. The team concluded that the primary cause of the obesity epidemic that is plaguing countries like the United States is not our sedentary lifestyles. They also point out that more exercise without a major diet overhaul will not solve the problem.

second study, also recently published, goes further in detailing the relationship between exercise, diet, and metabolism. “There’s this expectation that if you exercise, your metabolism won’t drop as you lose weight or will even speed up,” Diana Thomas, a professor of mathematics at Montclair State University in New Jersey, tells the New York Times. Instead, she and her team measured that, if you are on a diet, your metabolism drops even if you are exercising every day.

The human body is incredibly efficient at conserving energy. Essentially, the Hazda don’t eat much so their metabolism is slow to counterbalance their higher energy expenditure.

Thomas says that current weight loss calculators don’t accurately factor in metabolic slow down and some even over predict based on exercise. Dr. Timothy Church of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana who oversaw the research adds, “It’s been known for some time that, calorie for calorie, it’s easier to lose weight by dieting than by exercise.”

The bottom line: while exercise has many important health benefits, it won’t significantly help you lose weight unless you cut calories.

“Control the diet when you can’t control your situation”

Vagrant Gypsy Life

I’m feeling burned out in regards to fitness and food in general.  This happens when I get all crazy about either “needing to lose weight” or “not regaining weight just lost” or just when I’m stressed. When i get stressed or upset, my go to is to freak out about my weight or my diet.  It’s an old bad habit of mine.  Have you ever studied eating disorders? Text book – control the diet when you can’t control your situation. I don’t have an eating disorder anymore but I find that when I really start to feel “fat” or start going mental on how to lose weight or be perfect on my diet or exercise more, that really I’m stressed or feeling out of control in life matters and it’s time to sit down and assess those.

Because since I’ve been back from China I’ve been obsessively trying to find…

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Good fresh perspective for the first day of August!

Amazing! Fast healing and prayers her way!

Going to give this a try!

Baked Cinnamon French Toast


Rachel Schultz

Baking french toast? So much easier! Put it in the oven and forget about it until you’re ready to eat. This makes me feel like I’m having a little Christmas (morning) in July.

Baked Cinnamon French Toast
Serves 4

1/2 loaf of bread
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Slice bread into 1 inch square pieces.

Coat an 8×8 dish with non-stick cooking spray and lay bread into pan. Whisk together eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla. Pour slowly over bread pieces, allowing them to absorb mixture.

Slice butter into small pieces and combine with flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix dry ingredients together. You may like to slightly melt the butter to allow them to blend…

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