How Grapefruit Helps In Weight Loss

depositphotos_6156209-Grapefruit-juice-and-fruit[1]It works because of something called flavenoids. Flavenoids are basically a form of antioxidant and can be found in certain foods. Flavenoids work by interacting with other substances in the human body. As a result of this interaction, they are thought to have significant health benefits.  In addition to the antioxidant qualities associated with flavenoids, those flavenoids contained in grapefruit have fat-burning qualities as well. To learn more about how the flavenoids in grapefruit work, click this link.

But, the research is still coming in. Most of it has been performed only on lab mice. And, the researchers responsible for those studies are quick to point out that the same results that occur for lab mice cannot be applied to humans. In other words, a human would have to consume extreme quantities of grapefruit in order to produce measurable weight loss.

Regardless of the non-transferable characteristics of the lab studies, it still makes sense to me. I would rather eat a natural food that contains antioxidants, and thereby take a chance of boosting my overall health and, in the case of grapefruit consumption, losing weight rather than not consume it and take the chance that I will have to pop pills or other chemicals later on to keep something like cancer under control.HypothesisOfTheLinks[1]

It is a tradeoff that I try to maintain on a daily basis.

If you look at it from another angle: grapefruit not only has antioxidants that possibly produce fat-burning results, but it is also a low-calorie and healthy snack food choice. If you consider that the most effective way of losing weight is to reduce your caloric intake while increasing exercise, then snacking on grapefruit makes so much more sense than a bag of chips or a cookie.

Grapefruit is not the only food that contains flavenoids. There are many delicious fruits and vegetables that contain flavenoids. To learn more, click this link.

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Diary of New Year Resolution: Week 4

Week 4 was a much better week in the pursuit of my resolution.

Three nights at the gym instead of none – that works for me.

Monday night workout included 2 miles of interval training on the treadmill, completed around a set of strength building with weights and some core conditioning.

  • The interval training I did was the 4th level in a 15-step fat-burning plan that was designed for me by a trainer at the gym.
  • The plan was created for me based on the results of the CardioPoint test I completed in August 2012.
  • This particularly level included 6 reps of the following: 2 minutes/2 minutes/1 minute at increasing heart rates.
  • This routine trains the body to burn fat more efficiently, thus increasing endurance, and ultimately, as the body burns fuel more effiently, it can perform faster and stronger.
  • Crucial training for runners.
  • The part I love about it is that after following this type of training, I can work out for longer periods of time and not feel so tired.

Dinner: Fettucine with Onion Sauce (The Family Circle Cookbook: New Tastes for New Times).

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Tuesday night workout included over a mile of laps of breaststroke.

True Confession: I realized I am truly getting bored of the breast stroke. I almost have myself convinced to sign up for some private swimming lessons so that I can learn how to efficiently perform a different stroke, specifically the front crawl.

Dinner: Macaroni with Four Cheeses (The Family Circle Cookbook: New Tastes for New Times).

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Wednesday night workout included 45 minutes of weight lifting and core conditioning. I really need to build the muscle so that I can burn my fat.

Dinner: Whey of Life Smoothie (from the LifeCafe at the gym).

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Thursday Dinner: Sauteed Turkey with Raspberry-Orange Sauce and Mixed Salad.

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Snack of the Week: Grapefruit. I lost 3 pounds this week and I attribute it to the grapefruit. DSCF1790

Image of Austin

I had the opportunity and extreme privilege to travel with a group of friends this past weekend to some wineries in Texas hill country, not too far from Austin.

One member of our group graciously offered to be the designated driver of the rented van that carried us between vineyards.

We visited 5 vineyards. Each vineyard/winery evoked its own unique ambience. Hopefully, I was able to capture some of the ambience of each vineyard in the following images.

Texas Hills Vineyard

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Woodrose Winery

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Lukenbach, Texas

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Becker Vineyards

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Pedernales Cellars

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Diary of New Year Resolution: Week 3

I am going to confess right up front – this was not a great week for keeping my resolution. In fact, I failed miserably!

There, I said it. Work and other meetings overwhelmed my best intentions. I think I needed some inspiration this week. Either that or a lighter workload, or a personal assistant.

I only went to the gym once this week. Even so, that workout was a helluva a workout! Two reps of my circuit, combined with fat-burning intervals on treadmill. I was at the gym for about 1.5 hours.

I got out to walk the dog three evenings this week.

I made dinner once this week. The rest of the week was leftovers; and, I must confess, one night was a McDonald’s night. And, no, I did not choose the ‘healthy’ option.

I know, I’m sorry.

The meal I made was beef fajitas on artisan tortillas. DSCF1733

Here’s to trying harder this week!

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The Struggles Of Life Are Like Pieces Of Luggage

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  • They come in a variety of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes.
  • Some are simple and easy to navigate; others are complicated and have too many bells and whistles.
  • You can’t see what is inside until you open them up.
  • They get bigger as you get older.
  • To travel without them can be quite blissful.
  • They should be labeled for easier identification.
  • They can be souveniers and contain memories of where you have been.NOSTALGIA© 1998 PhotoSpinwww.powerphotos.com
  • With the proper care, they will be functional and serve you for a long time.
  • They can hold a lot of shit that you don’t really need.
  • If they are properly packed, they can still hold a lot and the lid will always close completely and properly.

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  • If they are overstuffed, the lid may close, at first, but could pop open and spill out at the most inopportune moment.
  • They can get lost at times.
  • If they get lost, most times they come back.
  • If they don’t come back, there is always another one laying around to take the place of the one that slipped away.
  • If you have too many of them at one time, they cost a lot of money and are difficult to handle on your own.

too-much-luggage-2[1]Some of us travel with too much luggage. Travelling in this way requires help from anyone around, unless we are too stubborn to accept help. We become the ones who are stumbling and dropping things as we wind our way through the airport. We take up time in the line to check-in, and we are in the way at the baggage carousel. The only one who really makes out is the luggage jockey who carries our shit around.

Some of us travel with luggage that is overpacked. We may be able to handle it; but the luggage itself is bursting at the seams and difficult to manage. We need to make some decisions to re-organize our shit or get rid of stuff that we don’t need.

All of us review our luggage and packing needs the more we travel. We change things about the way we travel, like the luggage we use, the way we pack, the items we bring with us.

As it is with life.

We need to decide what is important enough to make the journey with us, and what we can leave in the closet. We need to decide how to pack those items in a way that they won’t impede our progress. We need to decide to define how the luggage defines us, instead of letting the luggage decide for us.

The decision is always in our hands.

How To Conquer The Fear Of Networking

busy_world_Wallpaper__yvt2[1]The world has become too big, too busy, and too dynamic.

While most of us can count on a circle of work associates and friends to consistently help us through the drama that this fact creates in our lives, we cannot count on that help being enough to move us forward professionally. This is particularly true when the rest of the professional community is aspiring to the bigger, busier, and more dynamic world in order to make ends meet.

How are they doing that? Well, you already know the answer.

They are networking, on both a personal and professional level, at epic levels. They are not doing it the old-fashioned way, by exchanging business cards at meetings and conferences. No way! They are also engaging in all means of social networking applications on both computers and phones and virtual communications of all kinds…at all times.

If you don’t keep up, dare I say compete a little, you will lose out. Not at a personal level. But the ramifications on a professional level of not at least keeping up these trends could be devastating in terms of lost visibility, which leads to lost opportunity, which leads to lost revenue.

In this respect, the world has changed a bit in the last two decades. Staying visible and relevant is almost its own job.Social-Network-Stock-Photo[1]

As an independent contractor, this fact is my reality. I have to sell myself like salesmen sell products or services. It’s great when I have a contract. But what happens when that contract comes to an end? I have to constantly be out there seeking out the next contract, the next opportunity to keep the revenue flowing.

This can be done only one way: I have to keep my network active and engaged. I have to grow it.

To grow and strengthen my professional network, I have begun attending networking events around Austin. I belong to Door64 and LinkedIn Austin, among other web-based groups. Both of these groups have monthly networking social events at local establishments. These events are unstructured meet-and-greets, comprised of 20 to 50 other professionals, employed and unemployed, headhunters, and others seeking to grow their networks.

Basically, each event has been with a group of people that I don’t know.

This type of social situation is death for me.

Don’t get me wrong. I am quite social and gregarious. The key to that outgoing nature is being comfortable in the situation and knowing the people I am with.

Without that key, I have a tendency to be that wallflower that all of the articles about social networking warn you NOT to be. I get my drink, I find a table or a wall, and I sit and watch people.

Not a great approach for networking.

But, it is my approach. So far, it has worked. I don’t question why. I just continue to do it.

The most recent event was no different in terms of what fears I had to face before entering the room and how I coached myself before I even got out of my car:

  • I ran through the faces and names of people I have met at past events so that if I see them I will remember at least their face, and hopefully their name.
  • I ran through a few possible scenarios of introducing myself to people I don’t know, just in case the room is devoid of anyone I do know.
  • I reviewed things that I would say about myself and my job when people ask, because they always do.
  • I reviewed my resume in my head.
  • I tried to envision myself approaching a group of people and successfully joining the group without standing out, appearing awkward.
  • I set a goal for how many business contacts I should make.

I do all of these things every time I participate in a networking event.

There was one thing that I did at this last event that I have never done before: I changed my perspective on why I was there and what I hoped to gain.

Instead of looking at it as a potential spot to meet another headhunter or a recruiter of some other kind, which always makes me nervous and feeling like I have to perform a certain way, I viewed my time there as just another method to meet people and grow my network. No purpose to that growth….for the moment.

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And, do you know what? As I maintained that perspective during the evening, I was more relaxed, more natural.

I conquered my fear and can move past it to the next big things that God has in store. As big and complicated as the world gets, as rapidly as we have to shift gears to keep up with, we can still learn from and move through the difficulties that are presented by those complications to form a new perspective from which to work from and approach tomorrow.

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Diary of New Year Resolution: Week 2

All of the meals I prepared for this post can be found in Provencal Light.

Day 7

Gym day, late in the evening after arriving back in Austin.

I usually don’t like to work out this late in the day, but, in January, it is probably not a bad thing because it avoids all the feel-good gym users who are working on New Year resolutions of their own but who will, sadly, all be gone by February.

Not much cardio in this workout, except to warm up and cool down. About a total of a mile on the treadmill.

Two reps of my circuit instead of my usual 1 rep:

  • ball crunches
  • Bosu curls
  • assisted pull-ups
  • ball push-ups
  • side plank raises
  • reverse lunges with overhead press
  • Romanian deadlifts
  • ball skull-crushers
  • squats
  • leg extensions

Dinner: Actually, a late lunch at Olive Garden in Houston with my son and a friend. Five-cheese Ziti and the amazing Olive Garden salad. Oh, and two stuffed mushrooms and fried calamari. No pics this time, sorry!

Rant of the Day: People, please put your equipment away when you leave!

Day 8

Another gym day, but only to run my long run on the treadmill instead of running it outside like I usually do. It has been stormy, rainy, and cold here in Austin; so much so that as much as I hate the gym at this time of year, I will battle it to get my workout done.

I added in some weights at the end:

  • twisted situps
  • leg extensions
  • bosu curls

Dinner:Leftovers from last week.

Day 9

Swim and sauna today. Added distance and didn’t have to swim in the kiddie pool.

A Facebook friend asked about my meal descriptions and whether or not I was planning to list what I eat for breakfast and lunch. I thought about that. The only meal I plan out is dinner. The other ‘meals’ that I eat throughout the day are only really healthy snacks strung together, eaten when I feel hungry. Ultimately, that means a snack every 2 hours.

Some of the things I snack on regularly:

  • unsalted almonds
  • cottage cheese
  • turkey or chicken slices
  • peanut butter
  • dried fruits, like prunes and apricots.

Dinner: Batterfried Oysters with Vietnamese Curry Sauce at Eddie V’s.

Random thought for the day: I’m glad that the only stroke I swim is the breaststroke. It may not be mainstream or the preferred stroke for laps, but it sure does discourage people from wanting to share a lane with me when there are no lanes free.

Follow-up thought: The Vick’s rub in the sauna appears to be an intential addition that the club puts in the steam. It was back today, just not as strong. This time, it actually felt good to breathe it in.

Day 10

Rest day.

Dinner: Light Salade Nicoise.

Day 11

Rest day. Not by choice, but by necessity and deference to the almighty dollar. Work called, and I answered. What I should have done was a short run.

True Confession: The call of forbidden food and drink got the better of me today. I cannot lie. Chocolate-covered pretzels and Crunchy Flaming Hot Cheetoes, not to mention a few glasses of the wine that I had purchased for one specific recipe. Oh, and way too many slices of bread to soak of the sauce from dinner. Is it OK that I rationalized it all by lumping it into the category of carb-loading for my race on Sunday?

Dinner: Stewed Chicken with Pastis.

Day 12

Rest day. Again, not by choice but out of a certain necessity. Yoga was on my agenda.DSCF1730

Dinner: Stuffed Tomato Au Gratin with Sauteed Salmon Filet.

Day 13

3 mile run, mostly uphill at a 4% grade.

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Dinner: Asparagus and Pea Risotto