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No food logging…can I do it and succeed?

I’ve made a decision… I’m going to stop logging food and see what happens. Scary? Yes!

I’ve done this before and failed. But I’ve been on this journey for three plus years and I think it’s time to move beyond logging food. I figure if I was able to have success with my last measurements after breaking up with my scale I will survive dumping the food log…just fine. So that’s what I’m going to do.

I do not recommend this tactic for everyone. However…we should all come to a point in our fitbattle where we can take off the training wheels and maintain a healthy diet without feeling like it’s a lot of work. Logging food is work. It’s been well worth it and I’m confident that I can succeed without the logs.

Where does that leave us? Well…I’m still going to document my daily workouts, successes, and opportunities. I’ll still have some ups and downs (no doubt) with my nutrition. The bottom line…we all know when we are making a good decision (or a bad one), the food log is a way to hold ourselves accountable.

Yes, I’m still going to continue writing the blog about my fitbattle.

Are you wondering how we will know if I’m successful? By my next round of measurements. As long as I continue to see progress with my weight, inches, and body fat…it will be considered a success.

Cross your fingers! Although this will be about smart choices…not luck.

Rest in Peace — Food Logs!

Until tomorrow! Kathi

Here are my other stats for today:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout MORNING…Did most of the physical therapy exercises and 30 minutes on the stairmaster
EVENING…Plan is stretching and upper body with Chris.
Successes Yesterday was a good day overall with nutrition. I had breakfast at IHOP but I had one of their healthy breakfast options. The rest of the day was in check.
Opportunities I really wanted to get another 20 minutes of cardio in today, but I ran short of time.

I’ve been in battle for 1119 days. Here are my stats for Saturday, Sunday and Monday:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout SAT…Stretching, physical therapy homework and 45 min on the recumbent bike.
SUN…day off
MON…Evening stretching and spin class
Successes Although I’ve not been getting in my twofers I’ve still made it to the gym everyday (except Sunday). I’ve missed several days of logging food, but I did a good job managing my overall calories and made healthy choices.
Opportunities Need to get back on the twofers.

It’s that time again…measurements… Scale? check! … Calipers? check! … Measuring tape? check!

I’m still managing not to weigh myself every day and you’ll see from my results below that all is going well.

I’ve taken a look back at my weekly “Friday Morning Naked” weights and from what I found my lowest weight was 134.4 back in April.

Friday Chris did my measurements and I weighted in on Saturday morning. Yes… I’m still doing “naked weight”. It was a great weigh in day! My new all time low is now…wait for it…drum roll… 132.4 YIPPIE!!!!

A quick reminder…measurements include scale weight, the dreaded Body Fat Calipers (the tool Chris uses to measure my skin/fat folds), and a measuring tape.

My measurement results were good. Since the last time we did measurements my weight is down 3.4 pounds – yay! My Body Fat % is down 0.3%, and my total inches are down 0.25.

The chart below reflects all the details. November 2008 is when I started working out with Chris. March and May 2010 are the last two times we did measurements and July 30 are my results from Friday (duh).

Measurements November
2008
March
2010
May 28
2010
July 30
2010
Change
WEIGHT 155.8 135.8 135.8 132.4 (3.4)
Chest 39.0 36.25 36.0 36.25 + 0.25
Waist 34.75 31.5 31.5 31.0 (0.5)
Hips 40.75 37.75 37.25 37.25 no change
Upper Arm 10.5 10.75 10.75 10.75 no change
Thigh 21.0 19.75 19.5 19.5 no change
TOTAL INCHES 146.0 136.0 135.0 134.75 (0.25)
Body Fat % 32.1 24.8 23.5 23.2 (0.3)

Another fitbattle success…

Until tomorrow! Kathi


It’s official…me and the treadmill are on a “break”.

After having to stay away for several weeks and then finally being reunited I’m now on an official “break” from the treadmill. Bob (physiotherapist) has once again banned the treadmill.

When I saw Bob on Tuesday I gave him an update on my treadmill experiment (starting slow, but apparently not slow enough). He did his magic to determine if the strength of my hip flexor had improved and the prognosis was “not enough” so “stay off the treadmill”…”it will only lead to more heartache (oh he didn’t really say that)”.

Anyways…I broke things off with the treadmill and we are on a “break”. I’m now fully committed to embracing my relationship with the stairmaster. I’ll be looking for a plan B for the days I just can’t take another minute on the stairmaster or I’m feeling bored. I’m planning on trying out more of the elliptical machines. There’s a few that I have not tried yet.

Bob also checked out the status of my rotator cuff which in the scheme of things, due to the pain I’m having in my lower arm, is more concerning to me. Upon further evaluation Bob determined that my rotator cuff weakness is more likely the result of a problem with my neck/rib area. So he did some adjusting (don’t you just love that popping sound when someone adjusts your back/neck?) and he felt confident that it immediately improved my rotator cuff strength.

Yep, my lower arm still hurts but I think it’s not as bad as usual. Tonight is upper body with Chris, so we’ll see how the pain is after the gym tonight. I’m going back to Bob next week to check in and for more treatment on the neck/ribs.

In the meantime I’m going to get over the treadmill and make peace with the other cardio machines and continue to work in the extra eleven phsysical therapy exercises during the week.

Have a great weekend! Kathi

Here are my daily nutrition stats for Tuesday through Thursday:

DAY NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
TUESDAY calories 1687 1425 + 262
protein 183 grams 150 grams + 33 grams
carbs 152 grams 150 grams + 2 grams
total fat 41 grams 25 grams + 16 grams
WEDNESDAY calories 1571 1425 + 146
protein 165 grams 150 grams + 15 grams
carbs 112 grams 150 grams <38> grams
total fat 31 grams 25 grams + 6 grams
THURSDAY calories 1496 1425 + 71
protein 149 grams 150 grams <1> grams
carbs 118 grams 150 grams <32> grams
total fat 30 grams 25 grams + 5 grams

Here are my other stats for Wednesday through Friday:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout WEDNESDAY…Morning…spin class
THURSDAY…Evening…legs with Chris.
FRIDAY…Morning physical therapy stuff and 30 minutes on the strairmaster. Evening…stretching and upper body with Chris.
Successes I’ve done well on carbs and protein all week.
Opportunities Calories a little high due to going out and consuming empty vodka calories. 😉
Need to watch the fat too.

The best compliment? When someone asks for advice…

It’s obvious, since I’m writing a blog about my fitness journey, that I like sharing my journey with whomever will listen. With the blog you (thank you by the way) have to decide that you are interested enough to take a few minutes to read beyond the headlines.

I’m sure some of you decide whether to read the daily blog based on the title or first few sentences. Others of you it’s a matter of time – do you have time to spare for a little blog time out? For some of you (if you’ve managed to get this far) you may have simply stumbled upon my blog as a result of a search you were doing and here you are. This is all good. I really appreciate you – my fans – regardless of your motivation to stick with me. I really, really do appreciate you!

The next best thing to blogging is when someone acknowledges my efforts by asking me for advice. Today as I was settling up at my salon one of the gals said: “you are health conscious, how do you deal with cravings?” (The greatest compliment!) I inquired what kind of cravings. She was talking about graving fast food.

I just need a crack in the door and I’ll walk in. I learned that she craves Taco Bell, primarily their tacos. So I suggested that she make her own healthy tacos using extra lean ground pork, low sodium taco mix, low-fat sour cream, low-fat cheese, and low-carb low-fat soft tacos. Oh yeah and top it off with salsa – as much salsa as she wants since it’s fat-free.

I believe that a lot of the time it’s worse to fight a craving than find a way to solve the craving. She thought that the home-made healthy tacos were a great idea – yay!

She opened the door, I walked through it, and I wasn’t quite done with my free advice. My extra advice was if she does fail and she finds herself at Taco Bell (or where ever) eating fast food she must rebound – the NEXT day! It’s so easy to let a slip up spiral into a multi-day (or even worse week) slip up. The longer you sit around feeling bad about a little indiscretion and repeating it day after day the further you get from your goal.

It was a good day! I’m all blond again and I got asked for advice.

Until tomorrow! Kathi

Here are my daily nutrition stats for Monday:

NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
calories 1631 1425 + 206
protein 139 grams 150 grams <11> grams
carbs 162 grams 150 grams + 12 grams
total fat 41 grams 25 grams + 16 grams

Here are my other stats for today:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout I took Thursday through Sunday off due to traveling. But we walked, walked, and walked some more.
MONDAY…One workout mid day. did all of my physical therapy exercises and 45 minutes on the stairmaster.
TUESDAY…One workout. Upper body with Chris.
Successes Although I didn’t log food during my weekend trip. I did a good job of not overdoing it too much.
Opportunities Monday wasn’t a terrible day but calories were high, protein was low, and both fat and carbs were also a little high.

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone but my personal trainer has a mad crush on my arms…

One of my blogger friends “Curly Skinny” is admittedly obsessed with her own biceps and I’ve got to say that since I read her blog confessing her obsession I’ve started to notice my own arms more.

I recently noticed that Chris (my personal trainer) is obsessed with my arms. At first it was subtle. He’d simply make sure that I took time to notice the muscles in my arms when I’m doing an exercise in front of a mirror. It took me a while to get comfortable looking at myself. I’m not sure why…but I felt uncomfortable looking at myself.

I knew things were getting more serious when Chris started suggesting that I do a quick flex at the end of a session when my arms were pumped up. One day when I was wearing a t-shirt with sleeves he complained. That was when I started to realize that he may have a crush on my arms.

One day when I knew that Chris wasn’t his normal happy-go-lucky self I made sure to wear a t-shirt with spaghetti straps…I knew it would lift his spirits…and it did.

Chris’ relationship with my arms has progressed so far that I feel guilty if I don’t wear a tank top on arm day. I don’t blame him they do look pretty damn good and let’s be honest they wouldn’t look so good if it wasn’t for him. So he’s just enjoying the fruits of his (oh wait…my) labor.

Yes, yes…he’s the brains and I’m the brawn. LOL.

I’m taking a long weekend…so my next blog will probably be on Tuesday.

Until then…have a great weekend. Kathi

Here are my daily nutrition stats for Tuesday and Wednesday:

DAY NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
TUESDAY calories 1491 1425 + 69
protein 141 grams 150 grams <9> grams
carbs 165 grams 150 grams + 15 grams
total fat 34 grams 25 grams + 9 grams
WEDNESDAY calories 1292 1425 <33>
protein 139 grams 150 grams <11> grams
carbs 133 grams 150 grams <17> grams
total fat 27 grams 25 grams + 2 grams

Here are my other stats for Wednesday and Thursday:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout WEDNESDAY…one workout…stretching, short warmup on the treadmill and a full body workout with Chris
THURSDAY…no workout – today was a travel day
Successes Excellent nutrition day yesterday! Tuesday wasn’t bad, but Wednesday was Great!
Opportunities Still need to keep an eye on the carbs. That darn Acorn Squash has a lot of carbs.

Blah, blah, blah… Blah, blah, blah…


“How do I do that?” is a question my friends ask when they want to start their own fitbattle…

One of the most frequent questions I get from friends that haven’t seen me for a while (since I went and got fit and lost weight) is how do I do that?

Early on when I got asked this question I would end up giving my friend ten (or more) tips for starting their fitbattle. Guess what? They had no idea where or how to get started.

One of my personal goals, after all of this work, is to inspire others to save their lives and get fit. Well inspiration is great but if I can’t give my friends advice that they can start immediately and see results shortly what’s the point of all that inspiration?

Getting fit and healthy is not that hard to do, but getting started is a bit overwhelming.

I’m a fast learner (at least I think I am) and I realized that I needed to scale back the amount of advice I was dishing out. Now when someone asks me “how do I do that?” I offer two or three tips on changes/enhancements they can start.

What are the first two or three things I recommend? I’m so glad you asked! Well it depends on the answer to a few questions:

Do you eat breakfast every day?

If the answer is yes, then I ask what a typical breakfast is for my friend. I usually end up recommending that they incorporate more protein in their breakfast.

If the answer is no, then my advice is simple…START eating breakfast tomorrow. Make sure it’s a high protein breakfast. Most people tell me they just don’t have time. Yep, wow my first tip and they don’t have time how the heck are they going to implement tip #2, #3, #4, etc. if they are too busy to start with #1? I overcome the “too busy” objection by recommending a protein shake. It only takes about 3 minutes to make one and it travels well for consumption in the car on the way to work.

Next question?

http://www.everystockphoto.com/photo.php?imageId=22424What beverages to your consume during the day?

Most people consume too many beverages containing calories and carbs, so tip #2 is usually to replace soda (both regular and diet), juice, yummy coffee drinks, etc. with water.

Yes, I’m a big fan of coffee…but a triple grande carmel macchiato is not okay if you really want to win the fitbattle.

You’re right! Most people can’t imagine parting with their carbonated beverages. I’ll usually offer a smart ass comment like “well you probably aren’t ready to start your fitbattle then…call me when you are serious”.

If we get past question #2…things start to get real interesting.

What carbs are you consuming at night?

You’d think I’d asked the person how much they weigh or what age they were when they lost their virginity. Oh my! It’s clear if you are carrying around some extra pounds that you are eating carbs. This is not a dirty little secret it’s how we eat.

It doesn’t matter what the answer is. Tip #3 is to cut out all carbs with dinner unless it comes in the form of a very vibrant colored vegetable. Yes it’s okay to cheat now and then, but if you are eating carbs every night it’s gonna be more challenging to get your fitbattle kick-started.

Most times I don’t get to question #4, so it will have to wait.

Until tomorrow! Kathi

Here are my daily nutrition stats for Monday:

NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
calories 1501 1425 + 76
protein 156 grams 150 grams + 6 grams
carbs 177 grams 150 grams + 27 grams
total fat 23 grams 25 grams <2> grams

Here are my other stats for today:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout MORNING…stretching, treadmill for a 10 min warmup at 4.0, and stairmaster 30 mins at level 6. EVENING…stretching and a full body workout with Chris
Successes Good calorie and protein day yesterday. And EXCELLENT job with fat.
Opportunities Carbs high yesterday. Acorn Squash (dinner) is really high in carbs – oh snap!

Back to the biz of fitness… Ramblings about my hip flexor treadmill conundrum…

It’s been fun the last couple of weeks writing about “HOT” or “NOT” but I think it’s time to get back to biz. I actually have a little fashion “HOT” or “NOT” update I need to finish but I’m gonna wait a few days before I wrap it up.

Any of you who have followed me you know that I have a hip flexor injury. Yes, it’s still bothering me but not nearly as bad as when it first occurred.

I saw my PA (Physicians Assistant) about the pain and he referred me to Bob (a Physiotherapist). Since Bob’s diagnosis (muscle imbalance causing strain on my hip flexor or Iliopsoas) I’ve not been able to use the treadmill. The reasoning behind the treadmill ban was common sense… I experienced pain when I walked. So duh!

Eventually Bob agreed that I could give the treadmill another go, but he told me to take it slow. (I didn’t tell him that had already started “taking it slow” about a week earlier.)

My taking it slow started out by simply walking up to a speed of 4.0 for about 10 minutes as a warm up. After I got the okay from Bob I eagerly tried running for three-minute intervals at 6.0 and one-minute intervals at 4.0. I didn’t want to push it the first time out so I only did this for 15 minutes. It felt good to run again. It actually gave me a new appreciation for the treadmill. You know…distance makes the heart grow stronger. It doesn’t just apply to men (or women or whatever).

Sadly… after my “giving it a go” the hip pain was back the next day… as bad as ever. This was not good since the pain had pretty much dissipated and I only felt it a couple of times a week. So I downgraded my treadmill usage back to a max speed of 4.0. It’s not enough! (I’m feeling a bit childish about this.)

I know that since I’ve had to stop running my cardio has been lacking…big time! The treadmill was a surefire way to get my heart rate into the Fat Burning and Cardio Training Zones. My fallback? Spin Class and the Stairmaster. Unfortunately the Stairmaster does seem less exciting now due to overuse.

I have jumped around trying some of the various elliptical machines but none of them measure up to the Treadmill or Stairmaster. I feel so limited.

I haven’t seen Bob since trying the treadmill. I have an appointment with him next week for a check up on the hip flexor and my newer problem with my lower arm/elbow (which he diagnosed as strained due to over compensating for a weak rotator cuff). Fitness is a contact sport so injuries are gonna happen and I’m gonna have to work through it.

I couldn’t stop myself from giving the treadmill another go on Saturday. (I wanted to experiment with it one more time before I see Bob again.) I did intervals… but this time I only ran at 6.0 for 30 seconds with either a 60 or 90 second interval at 4.0. And yay! The pain did not worsen…so yep I tried it again today.

I’m now hopeful that I’ll be able to slowly work my way up to longer intervals without further aggravating my hip flexor. (Hmm, do you think that’s what Bob meant by “take it slow”?) I’d really like to put my hip flexor strain behind me so I can focus on my arm/elbow strain. The pain in my arm is worse (than my hip) and I’m reminded of it every time I pick something up – yikes.

Being banned from the treadmill made me realize something. I’ve never considered myself a runner. Honestly I’m really not a runner…not the type of runner that runs sans treadmill. You know…outside in the great outdoors on the street. But I miss running on the treadmill and this is huge!!!

When I was young I did not take part in sports due to having asthma so I was never an athlete. Anytime I tried to run an asthma attack was pretty much guaranteed. Now…I am an athlete! Not in the playing sports sort of way…in the busting butt at the gym sort of way. Who knew?

Don’t say I didn’t warn you! I did say I was going to ramble… Until tomorrow… Kathi

Here’s my nutrition stats for Saturday and Sunday:

DAY NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
FRIDAY calories 1556 1425 + 131
protein 129 grams 150 grams <11> grams
carbs 179 grams 150 grams + 29 grams
total fat 17 grams 25 grams <8> grams
SATURDAY calories 1672 1425 + 247
protein 133 grams 150 grams <17>grams
carbs 130 grams 150 grams <20> grams
total fat 36 grams 25 grams + 11 grams
SUNDAY calories 1424 1425 <1>
protein 152 grams 150 grams + 2 grams
carbs 160 grams 150 grams + 10 grams
total fat 24 grams 25 grams <1> grams

Here are my other stats:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout SAT…stretching, 20 min on the treadmill and 20 min on the stairmaster
SUN…stretching and spin class
MON…stretching, half of my physical therapy exercises, and 30 min on the treadmill
Successes Friday fat was great!
Saturday not bad considering it included dinner and drinks.
Sunday was damn near perfect.
Opportunities Calories were high both Friday and Saturday due to cocktails.
Carbs were way too high on Friday due to my having a Starbucks Vivanno for lunch cause I was on the run.
Should have had more protein on both Friday and Saturday.

Something HOT!

Okay I’ve spent a bit of time judging and pointing out all the “NOT” so hot fashions and behaviors at the gym. How about we end the week on a positively “HOT” note? Not a bad idea since it’s been around 107 to 110 degrees in Vegas for the last several days and according to my iPhone we have no relief in sight.

Obviously to qualify as “HOT” you need to avoid all the “NOT” hots I’ve covered over the last couple of weeks. To be “HOT” you don’t have to be one of the top 10% of people who are exceptionally attractive. If that was a requirement I’m wasting my time writing (which I kind of enjoy) and you are wasting your time reading my blog (at least for the last two weeks and I’m hoping regardless you are enjoying it).

Okay guys first…what I mean is what makes a girl “HOT”? She’s confident but not bitchy, her outfit is coordinated but she doesn’t overdue it (girls if you are wearing $150 ensembles what message are you sending? you might scare guys away), she makes eye contact and will smile when smiled at, you can see some skin where appropriate (assuming she’s reached the “time to reveal” stage of her fitbattle), she’s not overdoing it on the cleavage (save the girls for the bar scene) or the makeup, no visible thong th-thong thong thongs, no excessive jewelry or accessories (i.e. fanny packs), and finally when you are at the gym you are kicking ass (if you don’t do anything else make sure you are giving your workouts 100% – this I know, on very good authority, is very “HOT”).

Now girls…what makes a guy “HOT”? The list doesn’t differ too much, but let’s see… He’s confident but yet approachable, his gym wear is understated neat and clean, he makes eye contact and smiles (or we’ll accept a cute grin or even a nod…give us something…we prefer it when you make the first move), unlike the gals please nothing too revealing (we definitely do not need to see your man boobs), boxers or briefs? (should stay a mystery), no jewelry (leave the gold chains at home) or fanny packs (yes I’ve seen guys wearing fanny packs too), and yes kick ass when you are at the gym (not in the hey look at how cool and strong I am way…focused on a mission sort of way).

Now if you want to move beyond just looking or being looked at once you’ve got your “HOT” look down (I can’t believe I’m going to give advice on this…my disclaimers? I’m very single and have never tried any of these tactics but I still think that they will work) and potentially meet another “HOT” guy or girl try these recommendations:

  • DO NOT wear head phones, especially when you are not on cardio machines.
  • Look up once in a while and make eye contact with the other “HOT” people.
  • Be nice to the kids that work the check-in counter, there’s no telling when you might need some 411 on that HOT guy/girl.
  • Be friendly to everyone…guys and girls.
  • If you are attending a class say hello to the people around you…guys and girls.
  • If someone talks to you (even if you are really aren’t interested in them) be nice, someone else more interesting might be watching.
  • It takes a lot of guts for someone to approach you so don’t immediately reject them. Treat them how you want to be treated.
  • Always be courteous! Hold the door for someone, let them go first, hand them the spray bottle.

Let me know if any of this works…I’m pretty sure it will.

Have a great weekend! Kathi

Here are my daily nutrition stats for Tuesday through Thursday:

DAY NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
TUESDAY calories 1234 1425 <191>
protein 142 grams 150 grams <8> grams
carbs 100 grams 150 grams <50> grams
total fat 33 grams 25 grams + 8 grams
WEDNESDAY calories 1550 1425 + 125
protein 117 grams 150 grams <33> grams
carbs 120 grams 150 grams <30> grams
total fat 35 grams 25 grams + 10 grams
THURSDAY calories 1432 1425 + 7
protein 126 grams 150 grams <24> grams
carbs 164 grams 150 grams + 14 grams
total fat 34 grams 25 grams + 9 grams

Here are my other stats for Wednesday through Friday:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout WEDNESDAY…Morning…stretching, treadmill for 10 min at 4.0 and an elliptical machine for 30 min at level 6.
THURSDAY…Morning…stretching, treadmill for 30 min, and some physical therapy exercises. Evening…stretching and a full-body workout with Chris.
FRIDAY…Morning off. Evening…stretching and a full-body workout with Chris.
Successes Great overall nutrition day on Tuesday.
Opportunities Wednesday and Thursday nutrition was off due to attending a wine tasting on Wed and eating a slice of pizza for dinner on Thursday which means I traded protein for carbs – bad!

FiveFingers on your feet? HOT or NOT?

I’m going to tread (pun intended) carefully on this subject. I want to honor the opinions of two people with opposing views. Both of whom I respect and care about.

In one corner…my little sis and her loving hubby (okay yes, it’s really three people, two against one). They both recently acquired a pair of FiveFingers. In the opposing corner…Chris my trainer who’s not a fan (of the FiveFingers).

Every day there are more and more people who wear FiveFingers to the gym. There are even some trainers that sport them regularly. Honestly I must admit that my interest in piqued.

So I figured…why not try to figure out this new fitness shoe fad. (Fad defined: “A fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period of time; a craze.”) Time will tell whether these new shoes are a fad or not.

Chris cracks me up…I told him that I’m visiting my sister in a couple of weeks so who knows…maybe I’ll come home from San Fran with my own pair of FiveFingers. He made some smart bleep comment and told me to come back with Birkenstocks instead. Hee hee!

Okay for those of you who have NO idea what the heck I’m talking about…FiveFingers are newer shoes that people are wearing primarily for fitness type activities. But these shoes claim to serve many purposes and are good for a lot of activities on land and sea. Here’s the 411 on FiveFingers from Vibram website:

The typical human foot is an anatomical marvel of evolution with 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles, and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments. Like the rest of the body, to keep our feet healthy, they need to be stimulated and exercised.

That’s why we recommend wearing FiveFingers for exercise, play, and for fun. Stimulating the muscles in your feet and lower legs will not only make you stronger and healthier, it improves your balance, agility and proprioception.

Similar to the Paleo (Paleolithic or Caveman) Diet and the Raw revolution, FiveFinger shoes offer a natural (back to our roots) running experience for those who are willing to spend $80 or so for a pair. Personally I don’t really think I can justify the expense simply for the purpose of giving these shoes a chance, so I’ll leave it to my sis and bro-in-law.

I found a little news clip on YouTube featuring the Five Finger shoes if you want to see them up close.

So you are wondering whether of not I’m going to consider the FiveFingers HOT or NOT? No way are you going to get me to go on record…I’m leaving it up to you! Wanna weigh in? Take the poll…

Until later! Kathi

Here are my daily nutrition stats for Monday:

NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
calories 1361 1425 <64>
protein 140 grams 150 grams <10> grams
carbs 136 grams 150 grams <14> grams
total fat 33 grams 25 grams + 8 grams

Here are my other stats for today:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout MORNING…stretching, treadmill for a 10 min warmup at 4.0, and elliptical for 30 mins at level 6. EVENING…stretching and a full-body workout with Chris
Successes HA!!! Great nutrition day finally…
Opportunities Just a little over in fat.



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