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Drink up, Buttercup!

Drink up, Buttercup!

Believe it or not, “Hydrate or Die” is the callout used by one of the beverage vendors at the Arizona Diamondbacks ballpark.  When Buff and I heard him calling this out over the stands, hawking cold beer, sodas, and water, we just cracked up.  But he made his point!

So how important is hydration and does any liquid qualify or must it be water?

Water transports nutrients and carries waste away from body cells, and it helps regulate body temperature by distributing heat and cooling the body through perspiration.  We are made up mostly of water — blood is about 83% water, muscles are about 76% water and even bones are Read the rest of this entry »

Today I was thinking about five different people I know that seem to be just naturally healthy, fit and slender, and WHY they are that way.   Because hey, if they can do it, so can I, right? 

Friend One spends no less than two hours per day (every day) working out, but she eats whatever she wants, which tends to include a lot of sweets and cheese, but not a lot of meat.  Friend Two scrupulously watches everything that goes in her face and is diligent about riding her bike at least 5 days a week.  Friend Three runs 6-8 miles every morning and eats like a horse with no regard for Read the rest of this entry »

One thing I’ve come to understand about the process of becoming more fit is that it’s not just a matter of eating less, and exercising more.  It’s  more complicated, at least  if you have more than 10% of your body weight to lose. 

As I mentioned in my ‘about’ , I have struggled with my weight all my life. About a year ago I got a real wake up call and realized that I simply could no longer afford to do nothing , or rely on a series of fad diets or sporatic exercise plans to solve this particular  problem.  My inability to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight was putting me at increased risk of a whole host of Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s what happens when we go on a family visit (summarized):

Get 2-3 hours of sleep the night before departure due to working, organizing, packing, cleaning, and otherwise preparing for being out of town.
Arrive at airport bleary-eyed, light-headed, and hungry.
Begin the day with Starbucks coffee and muffin.
Travel all day with limited liquids and nothing nutritious to eat.
Arrive late at destination, starving and grumpy.  Greet friends/relatives/hotel staff with a snarl. Read the rest of this entry »

Girl guns??? 

PUFF:  Yes, biceps are called “guns” and I have no idea why.  So girls with shapely biceps have girl guns.   

HUFF: Ah ha! well, i might have some guns but alas, they are still beneath layers of flab. 
     I totally get it about the mind game. Captain Fitness told me that the third month is the ‘know it all’ month, where the trainees decide they know more than the trainers. I took a break from the food diaries and so I see what he means. I’m doing okay with the program, it’s Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Lunar New Year and welcome to the official launch of 50, Fit and Fab!

Why are we going live on Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year, Year of the Tiger) and not the regular old January 1 new year?  Five reasons.

First, the idea of starting a diet and fitness plan on January 1 is so passe.  We’re sick of hearing people’s unobtainable resolutions and then seeing the veil of guilt over their faces just a few weeks later while they mumble something about not being able to diet because of serious genetic mutations that make them Read the rest of this entry »