the Sandwich Generation too busy caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren to get out? I did have a chance to enjoy time with my grandkids as we played a couple of games on their Valentine gift of the great Wii games in the Summer Sports 2 and Game Party 3. They turned out to be quite fun for the kids as well as their baby boomer (and heading into the seniors category) granny nanny! My oldest grandson and I LOVED the racquetball! And my youngest was enthralled at the idea of even more fun bowling games! Good fun, good family memories, and even some good exercise. Which is good, since I have a not-so-good confession to make.
After I managed to lose 8 pounds a while back with the South Beach Diet phase one Supercharged recipes – putting me back into my “comfortable weight zone” – three family crises, two major holidays, and a ton of chocolate chip cookies that were given during them (not to mention McDonald’s oatmeal cookies) all led to my gaining it back. (Sounds like the after-Christmas version of A Partridge in a Pear Tree, doesn’t it? 🙂 )
I kept thinking, “I need to get back to healthy eating,” but the Oreos and oatmeal cookies kept calling my name while my enlarging tummy kept glaring at me (can a tummy glare?). I have one of those nasty Pear-shaped bodies that are supposed to be so bad for you. All the weight goes straight to my tummy. Sooo, when I spotted a Get Healthy / Winter Weight Off at 5MinutesForMom.com, I knew it was God’s perfect timing for me. They’ll be posting tips and ideas for the next few weeks to encourage us and give us more creative ideas to lose weight along with stomach fat. 🙂
I considered using the South Beach Diet Supercharged again, since it has has been quite helpful for me in the past. The Serotonin Power Diet is another I’ve used successfully and liked. But Prevention sent me an email reminding me about their Flat Belly Diet which I’d looked into in the past. I looked over the foods they offer for options, including dark chocolate AND cashews, (which are healthy monounsaturated fats – MUFAS) that can help cut the belly fat driving so many of us nuts. “How fun to explore something new, and share it all with you,” I thought. 🙂 So I ordered two of the books for it, The Flat Belly Diet and The Flat Belly Diet Cookbook and will be giving it a try and sharing the results with you.
I will say, I am not crazy about the first 4 days of the plan as they want you to start off with a 1200 calorie diet that is supposed to be geared so you don’t get hungry. Since I have hypoglycemic issues, I’ve decided to skip that and head straight into the regular 1600 calorie part. I started mid-day four days ago and it’s gone well. I’m liking the food choices, not going hungry (unless grandkid duties are keeping me too busy to grab a snack) AND my scales were 3 pounds friendlier to me today! (Of course, each of us is different, and your results might be different. If you try it, or any other healthy eating and/or weight loss ideas, we’d love to hear how you do! 🙂 )
By the way, one other reason I decided not to do the first 4 days is that you are not supposed to have any diet sodas, among other drinks. I have been thinking about cutting back or cutting them out. I know there are some health concerns about them. On the other hand, they do give me extra energy to keep going, even late at night. Do you drink diet sodas? Any thoughts? 🙂
And speaking of Diet colas, I thought you might enjoy this amusing tale of Mt. Vesuvius – cola-style. Have you ever stuck a soda into the freezer to do a quick chill? My senior mom and I do that occasionally.
I especially love it when you catch it just right and it has those yummy ice crystals.
But what happens when you forget it? Ahhhh, that’s when you end up with a cola-volcano and frozen pepsi all over the inside of the freezer walls and splattered on all the frozen food. VERY time-consuming to clean up and very frustrating for this busy Sandwich Generation baby boomer. Except, I was too busy laughing about it all to get too upset. 🙂
I even did my very first SandwichINK YouTube Video with this – aren’t you proud of me? 🙂
If nothing else, I’m thinking this could make for fun science project activities for grandparents and their younger grandchildren. Perfect for those of us in the Sandwich Generation, don’t you think? 🙂 And perfect for getting some cute pictures with my easy to use digital camera. Enjoy. 🙂