Does Blogging make you Fat?

I feel a little like I sit down and blog more than I am active around the house.

I have noticed the sitting love handles getting a little bit bigger..?.

Hmmmm could it be the blogging?

The other day I did blow off exercise to check my blog.

Anybody else feel like this?

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Sweat Everyday- By Any Means Necessary

Just another day at the gym…

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This is a typical workout scene.

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Drop the older kids off at school and start sweating

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We all need to teach the youth how important it is to sweat everyday.

Look at them go!

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Success one day closer to our dreams!

Jackfruit Seed

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We finished the Jackfruit and saved the seeds.

My husband told me we were eating food of the long ago people

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Recipe

Spread the fresh jackfruit seeds out on a baking sheet and let dry overnight.  (They can get moldy if they are in a heap)

bake at 350

Bake at 350F for 1hour and 15min or until seed inside the skin is light brown. (not quite the colour of an almond)
No salt no oil


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Remove the outer skin.

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Eat.  Enjoy.

Jackfruit Seed Benefits

benefits of jackfruit seeds click here to go to website

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-jackfruit-seeds-for-skin-hair-and-health/

Jackfruit Seeds Benefits For Skin:

This yummy tasting fruit’s seeds can actually help you get yummy-looking skin. Here are the benefits that jackfruit seeds offer to your skin:

1. Fights wrinkles:

Take a seed of jackfruit and keep it dipped in cold milk for a while. Grind it well and apply softly on your wrinkles. It is believed to work on wrinkles in just about four-five weeks time. Apply regularly for best results.

2. Helps get a glowing complexion:

Jackfruit seeds can be consumed directly. It helps prevent constipation as it is high on fiber content. This in turn helps clear constipation. A detoxified system is the first and foremost thing for a glowing complexion.

3. Flawless skin:

Jackfruit seed is used to get a flawless skin. You just need to soak the dry seed with some milk and honey and grind it into a fine paste. Now apply this paste on your face evenly and let it dry completely. Wash it off to get a flawless skin within minutes.

[ Read: Benefits of Soaked Almonds ]

Jackfruit Seeds Benefits For Health:

Jackfruit seeds have a very high nutrient value. They are even used for treating a number of ailments. Here are the top general health benefits of jackfruit seeds:

1. High in protein:

Jackfruit seeds are high in protein. You can consume the seeds by adding them to different dishes that you cook. It can replace lentils in your daily diet.

[ Read: Sea Salt ]

2. Anti-cancer nutrients:

Jackfruit seeds have a lot of phytonutrients that help fight cancer.

3. Comfort from indigestion:

The powdered jackfruit seeds can help get instant relief from indigestion. You may sun-dry jackfruit seeds and then grind it to get powder or use the one available in the market.

Jackfruit Seeds Benefits For Hair

Jackfruit seeds have been proved beneficial for hair as well. They promote good hair health. Read on to know more about these benefits:

1. Promotes hair growth:

Jackfruit seeds promote healthy blood circulation. Now proper blood circulation is extremely important for good hair growth. Hence it promotes hair growth.

[ Read: Peppermint Oil ]

2. Vitamin A:

Jackfruit seeds are high on vitamin A, which is the one of the most important vitamins for hair health as it prevents dry and brittle hair.

3. Healthy digestion:

Once again, healthy digestion is important for good hair. If your digestive system has a problem, it may affect your liver which in turn may give rise to hair fall. Jackfruit seeds promote healthy digestion and hence keep your liver and your hair fall under check.

Valentines Day is Everyday

Today my husband and I took a drive into the city to find some good eats.  We bought a jackfruit and some sugar cane for $40.  That is about how much we would spend on dinner out.  As we ate it for supper, all the while laughing and enjoying each others company, I said to myself:

“Self, this is it.  This is your valentines day because

EVERYDAY

should be Valentine’s Day and I am not waiting”

Lunch

Benefits of Jackfruit:

1.Low Fat – Jackfruit has very low content of saturated fat. This is one fact that proves that jackfruit does not aid in weight gain. The fruit contains almost nil amounts of fat. The fruit can be consumed in large amounts without fearing to gain weight. Jackfruit is a good option for people who want to lose weight or get in a good shape.

2.Low Sodium – Jackfruit has very low sodium content. This also helps to lose weight. Thus, the low sodium content proves that jackfruit does not aid in weight gain. Weight gain happens when you consume high amount of sodium. The low sodium fruit is a good diet option for people who want to lose weight fast. Thus, eating jackfruit is absolutely healthy.

3.High Fibre – Jackfruit has good fibre content. The fibre helps to break down fat layers and reduce the fat in the body. Fibre content also helps in digestion of food and clearing the digestive system. Fibre helps to boost energy in the body and stimulate the body processes. Thus, jackfruit is a healthy choice for people who want to lose weight.

4.Nutrients and minerals – Jackfruit is rich in many vitamins, minerals and nutrients required by our body. Jackfruit can be helpful for detoxifying our body. These healthy nutrients do not cause weight gain. Hence, this fruit is not responsible for any extra kilos added to our body. Instead, jackfruit is a healthy food which has many other nutritional benefits for the skin, hair and body. Jackfruit is indeed a jack of all health benefits.

Read more at: http://www.boldsky.com/health/diet-fitness/2014/jackfruit-for-weight-loss-20140207135632.html

Tonight I am cooking up the seed and will leave another post in recipes.

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We love sugar cane!  So do the children!
 

Benefits of Sugar Cane:

http://www.processedfreeamerica.org/resources/health-news/535-raw-sugarcane-juicenatures-perfect-wonder-food

  • It cures a sore throat, cold and flu.
  • Unlike table sugar, it has no simple sugars. Diabetics can therefore enjoy it without worrying about soaring blood sugar levels (those with type 2 diabetes should still have limited sugarcane juice).
  • It provides glucose to the body, burned by the muscles to provide the body natural energy. It re-hydrates the human body fatigued from heat and physical activity. It’s known to boost performance in athletes and manual laborers.
  • It’s recommended for fevers which cause great protein loss from the body. Liberal consumption of sugarcane juice provides the body with protein during febrile disorders. It also brings down high body temperatures during fevers.
  • It’s an ideal thirst quencher and cooling drink during summers. It keeps the body hydrated.
  • The easily digestible sugar in sugarcane juice helps in speedy recovery from jaundice. The steep fall in glucose levels during jaundice; may be replenished by having 3 to 4 glasses of sugarcane juice daily.
  • It’s good for the digestive system and also helps with constipation because of its high potassium content.
  • It has a wide range of compounds in addition to sucrose which bestows it with wound healing properties and strengthens the immune system.
  • Regular intake of sugarcane juice strengthens the stomach, kidneys, heart, eyes, brain and sex organs.
  • It lowers body cholesterol- both LDL and triglycerides
  • It makes your eyes cross heheheh

 

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She also goes bananas for bananas!

Ode to Stretch Marks – The scars of a fat housewife

Ode to Stretch Marks

Photo on 2014-02-03 at 11.44 #2Stretch marks Stretch marks how I loathe thee so

You have marked my body for everyone to know

I was once a fat girl hiding in my clothes

With your shiny silver appearance I feel like everyone knows

Pink, Purple and sometimes blue

Your faded colour has scarred me it’s true

No one can see the stretch marks on my brain

But the memories of hiding still remain

Laser, Tummy Tuck or Creams with boiled flesh in it

Maybe it’s time to just be zen with it

A reminder or a Battle Scar I need to choose

With a smile and a shrug I know I have nothing to lose

The bikini might wait for another day

But I am who I am no matter what way!

 

Much Love to my stretch marks,

The “Plateaued” Housewife

Confidence

I am repeating myself but Marcus Messiah Garvey (whom is a freedom fighter, the smartest person I have ever heard of and was fat) said: marcus_garvey_mdm

“If you haven’t confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started. ”

I can recall a time in my life around the age of 13 we were doing a debate about electrical power usage and its effect on the environment.  The teacher put me on the side of the environment and as I researched I experienced an epiphany.  I can’t remember the exact numbers I had worked out but I discovered that if every women in our town gave up using their curling iron we would see a dramatic change in electrical usage.  My teacher said the point was invalid because the goal was impossible.  I vowed that day never to use my curling iron again to prove that it could be done.  I realize now that that event started my journey into opposing vanity.  I gave up make-up and hair styling and magazine looking.

I had never been the pretty girl or the girl the boys looked at.  I can honestly say my husband was the first man to tell me I was beautiful (of course my dad also but he isn’t a boy he is my dad).  We met when I was in my late 20s.  Now I look back and realize it wasn’t that men didn’t find me attractive it was that I didn’t find myself attractive.  I blamed my weight.  I blamed all my problems on my weight it became a great excuse.

Also I never liked getting my photo taken and would often delete them from mine and other peoples cameras because I didn’t like the way I looked.  It is a joke I played on my mom that I would hide all the framed pictures she had of me.  I secretly went into my husbands photo albums and removed all of the pictures of myself.  I avoided looking at myself and would openly say I didn’t care and that no one else should either.

Years ago after 3 kids I was visiting my dad and I think that he was in a mood.  He asked why I was taking so long to fix my teeth (which I broke off at 10 falling off my bike) he said:

“You know just because you are married doesn’t mean you can be ugly

Don’t be upset with my dad because he was right.  I think about his advise everyday.  I rejected vanity by being lazy about my appearance.  I was lazy about my appearance because I didn’t have the confidence to be pretty.

Last year I hit bottom really hard.  I often found myself unable to leave the house because I couldn’t stop crying.  Now I realize that I had robbed myself of my identity, my relationships with people (including my husband), my sex drive (sorry to be graphic) and my desire for life.  There were times I would get in the car and just want to drive and never stop.  I found myself googling:

how to get more confidence”

One blog that I read said don’t be lazy about your appearance.  If you need to put on some make-up to make you feel better put some make-up on, if you need to lose weight do it lose the weight, dress nice, brush your hair everyday, and look in the mirror every time you can

I never looked in the mirror!

I hated what I saw and I would say that only vain people looked in the mirror.  I remember vowing to never look unless I had to.  Try brushing your teeth without looking in the mirror.  This lead to many incidents of wearing clothes with stains, baby spit-up, food drippings, etc and never knowing until my husband would say “Are you wearing that?  It isn’t clean.”  or on one trip to the big city a stranger asked what corner I squeegeed on.  I WAS apathetic and lazy about how I looked because I didn’t think I should care or want to care.

The advise in those blogs also mentioned look at what you love about yourself.  All I saw was fat.  I had to work so hard to pick myself up and feel better.   I forced myself to look in the mirror everyday.  I wanted to feel better.  Thanks to the patience, good advise and love of my friends I was able to focus on weight loss instead of hiding from it.  I started looking in the mirror with honest eyes and was surprised that I didn’t look as horrible as I thought.  The exercising and diet were working and my body was getting smaller.  I was accomplishing my goals and growing stronger for it.  I often question whether I am a happier person now because of a little make-up and weight loss or whether I get more oxygen to the brain or was it taking time and pride in myself?

It is an ongoing battle I still don’t feel “Trophy Wife” confident but at least I know that it is not my weight that is holding me back but instead a state of mind.  If I can overcome my weight than I can over come this too!

I can win this race before I begin.

With love,

The “Plateaued” Housewife

Today was REALLY hard on us!

So we had initially decided that we would weigh in every Friday, take our measurements and then carry on with our day. Week one was pretty darn good, we had both lost a little weight and some inches, good start!

Well today was most certainly a difficult one.  For me, it started with me standing on the scale, I had lost 1.5lbs since last Friday but I had been 219.5 for the last few days and was hoping to see a bigger change when I climbed on the scale today. That was a little disappointing. Once we started measuring ourselves though, it became apparent, either we had put inches back on or we were not measuring correctly. We eventually stopped the measuring and have decided to measure once a month, instead of weekly. We may be finding it difficult to measure in the same spot everytime which is very frustrating.

It was one of those days where we were both disapointed, not really having lost anything. We are not ready to give up though, we used the day to discuss our previous diets, eating habits, calorie counting and exercise. This week alone I have done at least 130 minutes of Jillian Michaels and I’ve sweated and managed to keep up more than when I first started. That was way more exercise than I have done in a long time! With changing my diet, I thought it would make a big difference, it was heartbreaking to not see as much of a change as I would have liked, for both of us.

From next week we are going to kick it up a notch, get in about an hours exercise everyday at least and we are thinking of starting calorie counting.

 

Whatever we decide, you guys will be the first to know.

 

Much love ~*The Determined Housewife~*