My workout regimen gets a little boring which forces me to look for new ways to get fitness scheduled. After discovering the video, Own Your Age, I was able to interview Lorraine Gantt, founder of Own Your Age. During the interview, we discussed her motivation for fitness, food regimen and the Own Your Age workout. I was very impressed because she is over 60 and committed to a life of fitness and eating right.
The following information was shared by Lorraine during the interview:
Lorraine also said to make a conscious effort to eliminate fried foods, fast food,white sugar, candy and reduce soda consumption. She also educated me on the fact “fluid follows salt” so monitoring your intake of sodium is key for all meals.
I did order the video for Lorraine’s Own Your Age workout. The video is very inspiring for those over 50 to get started no matter their fitness level. My preference is workouts with high intensity so I found this video to be tailored to fitness beginners. The video is great for someone who is looking for a fitness regimen that requires minimal equipment and a small interval of time. The best advice I can offer for anyone who is interested in transforming their lifestyle is to get started!
I would love to see more of Europe…Amalfi, Italy is calling me…..
In September 2011, I took my first international flight. My company sent me to France for a meeting in Annecy, France(southern France). I had no idea what to expect on a 6 hour flight. My first thoughts: what will I do for all those hours? besides sleep. Typically, I can’t sleep on a plane but I was thinking based on the distance traveled I would have to rest a little. A novice international traveler I purchased a blanket and travel pillow(not needed). US Airways provides a travel pillow and blanket. I was lucky enough to sit with a lady from the MidWest who was traveling with a girlfriend(sitting in first class) on a girls trip throughout the French countryside. It was an evening flight so the airline served dinner and there were movies, tv series and other forms of entertainment during the flight. My seat mate and I covered everything from marriage, divorce, kids, grandkids, careers and travel. It was her first trip to France so she was pretty excited as well. When we arrived in Paris, it was early morning so we had a surprisingly delicious pastry. I have to admit there was a lot of anxiety with traveling such a long distance but a wonderful opportunity to discover another culture. In order to experience two cities in France, I elected to fly into Paris and take a train (4-hour train ride) to Annecy. I figured on my return trip I would be able to spend two nights in Paris which was a great idea.
When I arrived at the train station it was overwhelming with all the people, the languages in the background and felt like I had no clue. Unfortunately, I wasted time looking for a terminal, which we call a kiosk to print my tickets so I missed the early train. I was forced to wait a few hours for the next train and hoped my taxi at the Annecy station would still be able to pick me up. Annecy, at last, is how I felt, next task was to find someone at the train station who spoke English so I was able to call the taxi driver since I arrived late. Whew, there was someone after a French passenger helped me find a railway employee who was able to call my driver.
The driver arrived with my company sign and I identified myself. Wow, was I in shock to learn that a French taxi is an S class Mercedes(my Carrie Bradshaw moment). I finally exhaled on my way over to my hotel, which was the Palace de Menthon. When I looked at the pictures online I was in awe with anticipation. The ride to the hotel gave us a beautiful view of Lake Annecy which was the most beautiful body of water I ever witnessed. The drive up to the entrance of the hotel was like a scene from a movie. The hotel was amazingly something off the pages of a travel magazine. I proceeded to take everything in with my Ipad. The only thing I wanted to do was crash however I was advised to stay up to beat the jetlag. Dinner was scheduled in town so when I arrived it was time to get ready for dinner.
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This is week 2 of our 2 week makeover and we are surviving. One thing I will say is that we are eating more fruits and vegetables. My grocery bill for the first week was about $140. Now this is more than a typical weekly shopping trip however it included less sugary snacks and more fruit(apples, oranges, bananas), unsweetened applesauce (less sugar than the standard), pistachios, plain low fat yogurt, 100 calorie cookies. I was able to buy ingredients to do a make ahead meal. On Saturday, I made beef tacos which we had leftovers and then I prepped all the lasagna ingredients for Sunday dinner. Week 2 I spent over $100 for groceries but it included a crockpot and groceries for a make ahead pulled pork recipe in the crockpot and items for lunch for the week.
I bought whole wheat flour for whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes and banana whole wheat muffins. My issues with whole wheat flour is the dense texture of the baked good so I am not a fan of whole wheat flour. The kids loved the whole wheat pancakes. I will stick to my usual from scratch buttermilk pancakes. I did freeze the muffins and they were good for a quick breakfast. It took this makeover for me to realize how much sugar was packed in the kid’s lunches each week with no nutritional value. I did a makeover with lunch and my DD insisted on bringing baby carrots with ranch dressing for dipping. My teen loves the Smucker’s Uncrustables. The snacks are now yogurt covered raisins, unsweetened applesauce, pretzels, tortilla chips, string cheese, 100 calorie cookies and gluten free popcorn.
The first dessert we tried was the strawberry shake, which was a nice chilled shake but no sugar or sweetness was an issue for me. This weekend my teen tried my frittata with spinach, low fat cheese and tomatoes. He enjoyed two slices. This was a win for me because my teen never eats vegetables. My DD only wanted scrambled eggs so she did not try the frittata. Dawn provided additional dessert recipes for us to try and one that was a winner with the kids was the chocolate brownie in coffee mug.
Frittata with sauteed spinach with garlic, reduced fat mild cheddar cheese, tomato
Dessert-Coffee Mug Brownie
Mug Cake: Chocolate Brownie
The makeover had me invest in buying a crockpot. These are great for make ahead meals as they conserve energy and save lots of time. I used my crock pot to prepare a pulled pork recipe which was very good. Side dishes were cole slaw and corn.
It is a true saying that old habits are hard to break but in our case we adjusted pretty well. For two weeks we were able to make healthier choices and I made a conscious effort to read labels. I am committed to maintaining a workout regime, selecting healthier snacks, eating more fruits and vegetables as well as meal planning to save valuable time on the weekend.
Thanks so much to Dawn and All You magazine for allowing us to participate in the 2 week makeover.
In light of the multiple snow storms in our city this winter, I had to pull out one of my favorite hot cocoa recipes. If you bake with Hershey’s cocoa you will know this recipe is on the back of the can.
1. Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil.
2. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy. Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired. Five 8-oz. servings.
VARIATIONS: Add one of the following with the vanilla extract:
SPICED COCOA: 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Serve with cinnamon stick, if desired.
MINT COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon mint extract OR 3 tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candy OR 2 to 3 tablespoons white creme de menthe. Serve with peppermint candy stick, if desired.
CITRUS COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon orange extract OR 2 to 3 tablespoons orange liqueur.
SWISS MOCHA: 2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee.
COCOA AU LAIT: Omit marshmallows or whipped cream. Spoon 2 tablespoons softened vanilla ice cream on top of each cup of cocoa at serving time.
SLIM-TRIM COCOA: Omit sugar. Combine cocoa, salt and water; substitute nonfat milk. Proceed as above. With vanilla, stir in sugar substitute with sweetening equivalence of 1/2 cup sugar.
CANADIAN COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon maple extract.
MICROWAVE SINGLE SERVING: Combine 1 heaping teaspoon HERSHEY’S Cocoa, 2 heaping teaspoons sugar and dash salt in microwave-safe cup or mug. Add 2 teaspoons cold milk; stir until smooth. Fill cup with milk. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Stir to blend; serve.
*added creamy whipped cream
The snow continued well into the evening and it was time to think about dinner. Philly is definitely the home of the cheesesteak. When I lived in other places I never thought about ordering their versions of the cheesesteak. My favorite place in Philly is Geno’s in the heart of South Philly. When I make cheesesteaks at home I cannot use the boxed brand of steaks(sorry), just not the real thing. Lucky for me there is a company in PA, named Landis that sells sirloin tip steaks( 0 trans fat). A cheesesteak is never complete without a good Italian roll, a Philly favorite is Amoroso’s. I usually saute onions, green peppers, and red peppers with a slice of American cheese(no Cheese Whiz here). After reading snippets from the book, Eat This, Not That, steak fries are a better alternative to regular frozen fries. I serve the cheesesteaks with Ore-Ida steak fries- 9 steak fries are only 110 calories.
This is all the comfort food I can stand for one day so I hope the snow goes away tonight.