Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Taking Healthy Back and Self Control with the Cheesecake

It's been a laid back kind of week for me; reading, making a couple of birthday cards and coffee and lunch dates with friends.
One friend lives around the corner from us and her dog Rocky and Topaz are BFFs. She came for tea and the boys had a play date.
Rocky was determined to have a piece of my tea bread and kept giving me this toothy smile to show how irresistible he is. Mom says it's a trait with his breed and it cracks me up because he's so cute. 
The backyard has a new visitor and the red squirrel is much smaller than the big black ones that frequent our yard. He was busy eating apples left on the ornamental tree. 
I joined a community FB group called 'Take Healthy Back' and above are the guidelines although I don't know what juice plus is yet. Lots of motivation, recipes and support so although I won't be doing their exercise plan I'm having fun. The majority of women belonging to the group are doing Jillian Michael's workouts which I know of because daughter #2 followed her and then moved on to cross fit. (in other words - intense!)  I'm afraid to ask if they have any granny exercises...reminds me of when I was taking yoga classes at the 'Y'. Our regular instructor who was aware of our capabilities was ill and a young gal stepped in and immediately started bending into pretzel shapes. Our group of age 60+ just sat and watched her until she stopped and asked why we weren't doing the poses with her. Seriously? lol
My exercise routine starts before 7 every morning on the treadmill and then progresses to the yoga mat where most poses are stretches to keep my back and other body parts flexible. I am longing for warmer weather when I can do my 2 miles outside, check out the neighbourhood gardens and then work in my own.
A handy chart that was shared with the group.
Today I'm off to a pot luck lunch, held over from before Christmas and I decided to make a cherry cheesecake. Low fat cream cheese means less calories, right? A small piece is every bit as good as a large one, it just takes self control.

37 comments:

  1. BFF? This time I needed to google... Best Friends Forever? Sounds lovely. :)
    Your yoga lesson brought to my mind an eyeglass TV commercial where a young instructor goes to a wrong exercise room (because she would need new glasses) and then happens more or less what you described.
    The salad dressing chart is interesting. Just today somebody mentioned sriracha. I didn't know what it is. After having seen it here, I needed to find out...
    The cheesecake looks fabulous. <3

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  2. Treadmill and yoga sound good to me, Judith.

    I love experimenting with the oils and vinegars for salad dressings. So much better than the chemical filled store bought stuff.

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  3. I wish you the best on your new program, Judith. I don't think I'd have the self-control to take a small piece of cherry cheesecake. I'd just want the whole thing! ha! But I'm making healthy changes, too. Hope springs eternal, right? Susan

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  4. It's always easier when you join a group. I eat healthy most of the time and have good walking buddies here in my neighborhood...and a hubby that loves to hike. I actually have cheesecake on my list. I was looking at sugar free recipes for something special. I don't usually eat any dessert and avoid sugar substitutes but it's my special day later this week! lol Hugs!

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  5. I'm very impressed with your exercises and determination. Well done. Another slice of cheesecake please . . .!

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  6. Such cute BFF'S there , Miggs has her tongue out a bit all the time a trait for terriers and that she has a lot of in her lol ! Its always good to get back into the health of things after the holidays . I try to get out every day when the weather is ok and walk with Miggs for an hour or so and if not I walk our flight of stairs for 15 minuets and do some stretching , I have to always watch what I eat as I have IBS not fun at times but keeping moving helps so that I do . Raining here mild damp muddy and puddles every where lol .Thanks for sharing . Have a good day .

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  7. Get back with us in thirty days and let us know how it goes. Sounds healthful to me!

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  8. I teach an exercise class for seniors-I just entered official senior status myself. I have several new particpants this year and they seem fitter than I am-I'm having to up my game!

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  9. Hello Judith, The cheesecake looks so good! Our cousins sell juice plus. It's concentrated polyphenols (good healthy stuff) extracted from fruits and vegetables. It is put into capsules. You can google it to learn more. I take something similar from Dr. Barry Sears, author of the Zone (anti-inflammatory) diet. All of the info on the flyer makes sense to me. Best wishes!
    Hugs, Beth

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  10. Thank you that you mention me so beautifully on Sara's blog. Your blog is something to which I will never be able to. I start to follow your blog when I can find how.

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  11. I walk every day, either out or on the treadmill. I try to eat healthy, have to with the health issues I have, but sometimes I stray and then suffer. Good luck with staying healthy, I know you will be able to do it. And once you cut the cheesecake, all the calories float away :)

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  12. We have only small red squirrels here. They're cute but my, they are pests when they discover the bird feeder is filled again.
    Have fun with your new routine. I admire your determination and I'm sure you will do well with it. It's a wonderful thing to get healthy again. One feels so much better.
    I got back on my stationary bike after New Years and was coming along fairly well. Then last week, I put my back out. I've been best buddies with my walker for a week now. Today I'm able to walk a little without it so I'm on the mend. It's been four years since I've had to use it so I'm thankful for that. It means all those exercises my physiotherapist gave me have been doing their job. This is a set back for me but once I get back on my feet so to speak, I'll pick up where I left off.
    Your cheese cake looks scrumptious and those two pups are adorable! I adore your little Topaz. I've always been very fond of spaniels. Wishing you a lovely week, Judith.

    Winter blessings,
    Sandi

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  13. I love that the two doggy BFF get together for teatime, too, Judith! I've been doing water aerobics for over ten years now, and love it and also the love the wonderful ladies I've met through the class. I also do a yin yoga once a week which is really a stretching class for the fascia, and very relaxing. Good luck with your new routine. I'd sure be having a slice of that cherry cheesecake, too. Life is too short to not to indulge (in moderation!).

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  14. Cute pups and what a sweet litttle toothy grin to get your attention! Good luck with new health routine- I'm still trying to do the water thing, but I hate the taste of water. I know it's one of the best things to do though- that and walking. At least I can still do that (as long as I do it indoors, since I am such a klutz!)

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  15. Sounds like your year is off to a healthy start! Thanks for sharing that salad dressing chart. I need to try some of those soon. Thanks also for stopping by my blog today. Appreciate you adding to the mix. :) Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  16. Cute pups! And it truly is all about portion control. I never gave up a thing to lose my weight, I just figured out how to count calories and I was pleasantly surprised that if I ate healthy meals, I could easily afford a treat(or two) per day! All my best to you in "Taking Healthy Back!"

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  17. Juice Plus are supplements that are made from fruits and vegetables. I'm impressed with your yoga! The kids and I started with a Pilates dvd yesterday. It will be good! I need the flexibility and core strengthening!

    I love that Salad Dressing list! So helpful as I am not creative that way!

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  18. That dog's face looks exactly like an ewok!!!!

    Good for you on the "get healthy" plan. You should be aware that I read your blog as I finished a huge bowl of creamy cheesey noodles at 2am. NOT healthy choice but wow was it tasty! lol

    Your cheesecake looks amazing - I haven't made a cheesecake in years - may have to remedy that soon. Judith, you have inspired me! : - ) Hugs. ♥

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  19. Well I must admit my mouth was watering at the site of that cheesecake! A gal at my church sells the Juice Plus. I checked into it and it is very pricey. YIKES. She started a class at church too just last week called Fit for Glen. She named it Glen because the name of our church is Glen Baptist. I have got to make myself start walking again. Have a great day sweet lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  20. Hope you enjoy your new eating plan. The dogs look as though they had fun!

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  21. Oh my, look at those two cuties! I couldn't help but giggle at the second photo - that face!

    Wonderful post, dear Judith. And yes, I believe moderation is key. My precious Canadian grandparents enjoy a sweet treat or two every day, but they also ate vegetables and fruits, walked a lot, rode their bikes, and kept active. They were always in excellent shape and my grandpa is still going strong at 89. I hope to be like that was well.

    Enjoy your afternoon and the cheesecake...it looks amazing! Hugs!

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  22. Awww, the BFFs are too cute! Good for you for taking healthy back. I agree that moderation is the key! I've been enjoying my new Fitbit and gradually increasing my steps each week. I also look forward to the warmer weather. Because it's too cold for me to walk outside, I've been doing "laps" around my building which gets pretty boring after a while. Anyway, I better get off the couch and walk around to meet my daily step goal...

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  23. I love Rocky's toothy smile... he is so cute!!

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  24. Taking Healthy Back sounds like a good plan. Moderation is a great thing. I read that after about 3 bites of something rich and sweet, the pleasure factor diminishes. So enjoy the smaller portion to the hilt and leave the rest!

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  25. O, I love your dog photos. So cute!

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  27. Good Luck with your new approach to healthy living, Judith. I'm focusing on eating well and must move more. Your morning routine sounds like a good one. I go to Curves classes several times a week and enjoy the social aspect of it as well as the health benefits. It's a nice bunch of woman spanning a few decades.

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  28. Yummy on the cheesecake! A small piece, yes. :-)

    I'm looking forward to nice weather again and being able to walk more often. That's really the best way to exercise for me. For flexibility, I participate in an Essentrics class. My instructor does the routines for older ladies so it's a bit gentler than some of the ones you'll find on YouTube. But here's a link to one of the routines for loosening shoulder and back muscles, in case you want to give it a try. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhZTbuabwxg

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  29. Your cherry cheese cake looks delicious. I'm sure there wasn't a crumb left! The beginning of a new year always seems like the perfect time to establish healthy living goals which include exercising of some sort and making wise food choices. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  30. Love the sweet puppy smiles, so irresistable indeed... and that cheesecake looks so good, nice when it has a few less calories :) Your exercise routine sounds wonderful, I like to walk outside too, that is my favorite exercise. Hugs to you today :)

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  31. You know you talk about self control, but that seems to be a commodity in short supply! I once had a doctor who said that maintaining one's weight was simple. Here is his formula for success - NEVER have seconds and NEVER eat in an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant. I assume that advice would presuppose that the food intake comprised healthy options.

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  32. Judith, it sounds like a sensible plan. I'd much rather have two or three bites of a real fat real sugar dessert than a big portion of something fake. Love the substitute yoga instructor story!

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  33. Self control is very important for a person to live a peaceful life. Yummy colorful cake:)

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  34. Great job with the exercise routine Judith! That is the hardest part of a healthy lifestyle for me! Loved the salad dressing chart. I'd like to start making my own so I'm printing this off. Cute dogs too!

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  35. Those dogs are such cuties aren't they.
    Your cheesecake looks delicious ...

    I'm a fan of walking, but I think the important thing is to take exercise that we each enjoy and feel happy with.

    All the best Jan

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  36. Hope you are doing well with your commitments! I've had a "work busy" January and just sort of ignored my diet (though I did stick to my exercise). Was thrilled to find I've lost the couple of pounds I regained at Christmas, so I'm officially "neutral" following the holidays. (Good thing I wasn't near your yummy looking cheesecake, low-cal cream cheese or no, ha!)

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