Chocl8t’s Health

Mine is 37.9!! 😉

While surfing the Internet, an advertisement for RealAge caught my attention. Out of curiosity, I clicked the link. On this site you can take a survey which asks questions regarding your health, eating habits, and lifestyle that will determine your “real” age as opposed to your “calender” age.

According to my answers, I am doing some things right but could stand to improve in other areas. One suggestion was to get a pet. I have considered adopting a pet but due to my commute and the fact that my yard isn’t fenced I keep putting it off. Maybe one day soon. 😉

If you’re interested in taking the survey go HERE. Just a note, the survey is somewhat detailed and takes about 20 minutes. If you decide to do it come back and share your real age, if you’d like to share that is. 😀

NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR REAL AGE…just something interesting to do and could be helpful to your overall health.

gloomygus.jpgThe title says it all. I’ve been laid up with the flu since Sunday evening and it has not been pretty.

When I think of how much worse it could have been had I not taken Zicam the moment I realized I was having the chills, it frightens me. This isn’t an advertisement for Zicam, but that’s some good stuff.  Tastes like crap but hey, what medicine doesn’t? 🙂

I am not back to 100% yet but I’m getting there. I’m headed back to the office this morning where waiting for me is close to 100 emails. Oh, this should be fun, fun, fun!

motherembrace.jpgI have been out of pocket for a few days, running back and forth to the hospital to check on my mom. Her asthma had us at the hospital emergency room on Thursday night and after 3 ineffective breathing treatments, the doctor decided to admit her.

She is doing much better now…no wheezing but still experiencing fits of coughing if she laughs or over exerts herself so she is still hospitalized. Although she wants to be “well” when she leaves she was none to pleased with spending her 67th birthday (Sunday) holed up in a hospital bed nor with the possibility of missing the opportunity to vote in the Super Tuesday Primaries. We might have to bust her out of there sometime tomorrow….for real! 🙂

I will not be in a ‘right’ state of mind to post regularly until mom is out. If she ain’t ‘right’, neither am I. I hope to be back to my normal rantings by Thursday.


Chocl8t 😉

j0428087.jpgThe only time I step on a scale is in the doctor’s office and even then I wish I could toss it out the window and punch the nurse square in her forehead for that stupid grin on her face while weighing me.  I am not absolutely certain of the amount since I avoid scales like the plague but I recently lost somewhere between 15-20 lbs. To give you a better idea or quantitative measure, I’ve lost an inch off my waist, an inch off my chest, and about 1.5 inches off my thighs.

After being asked by several people “how” I did it, I have decided to share with all of my readers (all 4 of you…LOL) what I have named “The Accidental Diet”…because it was definitely NOT planned.

In early Spring 2007 while evaluating my finances I realized I was spending far too much money eating out, even for a single girl! I was running into a situation that I had not seen since my early 30s…too much month and the end of my money. Sooo, being the responsible girl that I am, (tee hee) I put myself on a strict budget which entailed bringing my lunch to work and only eating out twice a month.

The initial weight loss was a direct result of my strict financial budget. Surprised the hell out of me but it did make sense.

Okay, okay…so to the “how” and “what” of it all.

Breakfast: 1 Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Cereal Bar and 1/2 cup of coffee. I did not measure the coffee nor cream & sugar but I can’t drink the entire cup.

Lunch: 1 small salad, WishBone Rasberry Vinaigrette dressing,  small bag of chips and bottle water.

Dinner: Grilled or baked chicken, STEAMED veggies, baked potato with butter only, water or Crystal Lite Lemonade. Since I prefer chicken wings, I would cook 2 or 3 wings. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray (no PAM, it has silicone), place seasoned wings in the pan, place in pre-heated oven at 375° for about 45 minutes. I usually placed more veggies on my plate to compensate for less meat.

Snack(s):I have never been a big snacker so this wasn’t my weakness so I didn’t change what I ate. I like Planter’s sunflower seeds, the small bags that come 2 for a $1 at the grocery store or local gas station.  Or microwave popcorn – not the whole bag but enough to fill a small coffee filter. I would throw the rest in the trash so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat it all. 🙂

As I mentioned before, the weight loss was a result of my budget so I didn’t monitor how long before I noticed the loss.

hardbody.jpgPlease take note…during this time I went back to the gym. HA! Did you think you could do this without excercising too? Silly Wabbit!

Tuesday – 1 hour Body Sculpting class. (instructor led workout with weights)

Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun – 1 hour on the stairmaster or the elliptical machine. Yes! ONE HOUR! Don’t believe the hype that all you need is 20 minutes…that’s for maintenance sugah! 🙂

I have to tell you though, this is no longer a diet but a lifestyle change for me. I don’t adhere to it strictly because I have my guilty pleasures along the way, just in moderation.