April 2010 Archives

Pudgy Pets: A Real Problem?!

I thought this was a good article that appeared in one of the latest Hungry Girl e-Newsletters.  I know I have a pet that needs to shed a few pounds, and now that we are learning how to eat better and exercise, it's time to do the same thing for our pets (and if you pet is capable - it's a fun thing together - like go walking, running, playing frisbee/ball, etc.).

5213fatcat2.jpgThe term "obesity epidemic" has been thrown around for years. And unfortunately, it's now being applied to our pets. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (bet you didn't even know that group existed!) monitors the weight of dogs and cats in America. Sadly, APOP has come to some upsetting conclusions: According to last year's data, more than 45 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the U.S. are too heavy; about 9 percent of dogs and 21 percent of cats are CLINICALLY OBESE. Whoa. We love our furry kids! Experts say pet treats are enemy number one. Does this mean that instead of giving them treats with reckless loving abandon, we should be cutting off their snack supply!?! Well, if we want our animal friends to be around for a long time, we do need to pay attention to their weight. Check out APOP's website for loads of info: Find out your pet's caloric needs (the amount might be WAY less than you think), the 411 on how many calories are in popular pet food and treats, telltale signs of an overweight pet, and more.

Have an iPod? Try Nike+ and/or iControl Watch

When I go running (or you can use these if you are a walker), I love to attach my iPod Touch and listen to my workout playlists (it definitely keeps me motivated and free from boredom).  I also love to use my Nike+ in conjunction with my Timex Ironman iControl watch.  Let me tell you a little about each!

Nike +
Grab your iPod nano, iPod touch, or iPhone 3GS, a pair of Nike+ shoes, and the Nike + iPod Sport Kit or Sensor. Put the sensor in your Nike+ shoe -- there's a built-in pocket specifically designed for it under the insole (or you can cut out a section of your current/favorite shoes or you can buy a pouch). Then connect the receiver to your iPod nano. iPod touch and iPhone 3GS include built-in support for Nike + iPod, so no receiver is necessary. The sensor tracks your run, then sends the data to your iPod.


Check out the Nike + iPod menu and choose how you want to run. You can use custom workout shortcuts to start your favorite workouts quickly. Try the open-ended workout or select one with time, distance, or calorie goals. Then pick your favorite playlist, shuffle songs, or choose Nike-created Sport Music. You can even program a Power Song to play when you need instant motivation.

As you run, your iPod or iPhone 3GS tells you your time, distance, pace, and calories burned. And it gives you feedback at the halfway point and in the final lead-up to your goal. You can also see the details of your workout on your iPod or iPhone 3GS.

Where can I purchase Nike +?
You can typically purchase a Nike + sensor at any athletic or electronics store, such as Best Buy, that sells iPods and iPod accessories for about $25-$29. You can also purchase Nike + shoes at any athletics store...just look for the description to say "Nike + compatible" - the shoes aren't typically any more expensive than others.  Again, if you do not like the Nike brand shoe - you can always purchase a pouch (search online for "nike + pouch") for your Nike + sensor.

Learn more about Nike + through Apple >>>
Learn more about Nike + through Nike >>>

* Photo taken from apple.com

Timex Ironman iControl Watch

W66-0008-call01-ro.jpgI love my Timex Ironman iControl Watch.  Not only is it a sport watch and comes in many fun colors, but it also wirelessly controls my iPod Touch (volume control, advance songs, play/pause) while I'm running.  What's nice about having this watch is that you do not have to stop and try and control your iPod, you can do it on the fly by pressing a button on the watch - it just keeps me going!

This watch is compatible with iPod 5th generation (video); iPod Nano 2nd generation (aluminum) 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB; iPod 5th generation (video) 60GB and 80GB; iPod Nano 1st generation 1GB, 2GB, 4GB; and the iphone and iPod touch.

Prices range from $25 - $89 - so shop around for the best price! :)

* Photo taken from tigerdirect.com

Two Recipe Magazines and Sites I love!

Do you like to cook?  I do (or well I try)! :)  I have two more magazines that I love to get in the mail that have great fast, easy and (most of the time) healthy meals...or at least us Weight Watcher people know how to make them healtier by substituting ingredients and adding filling foods, such as veggies, whole grains, etc.


Taste of Home's Simple & Delicious 
try the magazine for free | view website - get recipes now!

Taste of Home's Healthy Cooking  
try the magazine for free | view website - get recipes now!

Want to train for a 5K or 10K?

With the Fargo Marathon rolling around in about 5 weeks (May 22nd), some of you may have already signed up for the 5K, 10K or even the all out marathon (if you haven't, and are still interested, be a part of 20,000! - www.fargomarathon.com), you'll want to start training now!  Don't forget about the annual Ox Cart Days Run the 3rd weekend in August too - 2 mile fun run/walk or the 10K (http://visitcrookston.com/home.php?pg=oxcartdays)!

Here are some great references to begin your training!

5K Training
Beginner 5 K Training Plan

10K Training

If you don't feel that any of these programs will work for you, try googling or binging (whatever search engine your prefer) "train for a 5K" or "train for a 10K"....there are endless results!

Olive Garden Point Values

5153olivegardenlogo.jpgWho doesn't like Olive Garden?!  The latest Hungry Girl e-newsletter featured some of Olive Garden's appetizers, main entrees and dessert POINT values - some may shock you (in good and bad ways)!  You can also view Olive Garden's nutritional values for all their food on their website!

Baked Beef Ziti - 5 pts

I'm a pasta lover and we made this the other night and thought it was great (and we had leftovers!).  We added onion and portobello mushrooms...very tasty!

Get the recipe at WeightWatchers.com!

Calorie Data to Be Posted at Most Chains

Buried deep in the health care legislation that President Obama signed on Tuesday is a new requirement that will affect any American who walks into a McDonald's, Starbucks  or Burger King. As early as next year, every big restaurant chain in the nation (with 20 + locations) will now be required to put calorie information on their menus and drive-through signs...this will include vending machines!

Now only if we could get them to post the fat and fiber (in addition to the calories)...us Weight Watcher people will be in business!

Read more >>>

The M&M Story

Mary Lou read us this story at our last meeting and thought it was good enough to post. This story will make you think twice! Just one little M&M?? "M&M's are really football fields. What does this mean?"

To find out, walk with a 50 cent bag of plain M&M's onto a football field. Open the bag, take out one little M&M at the back of the end zone. Eat this 'one' M&M. It will last in your mouth about 10 seconds. Start to walk off your M&M by striding across the football field all the way into the far end zone (120-yards).

Congratulations! You just burned off one M&M. Now turn around and look back at the goal post. If you're willing to walk another football field, enjoy your second M&M. Just remember, there are 53 to 55 of those little sugar coated chocolates in the 50 center M&M bag.
This wasn't written to depress you, but, hopefully it will take at least make you think the next time you pick up something up that you should think twice about.

Are you willing to spend the time and energy to burn it off?

By the way:
  • One peanut M&M equals two football fields.
  • Potato Chips and Doritos equal two football fields (each chip).
  • Chocolate Chip cookies, depending on the size, equal 8 to 15 football fields.
  • A Snickers bar, equal 50 football fields.
  • Miller or Bud Lite, equal 18 football fields.
  • If you choose a regular Miller or Bud, that equals 36 football fields.
  • A Big Mac, fries and a shake are 240 football fields or five straight hours of walking.

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