Tuesday, December 29, 2009

10 Office Exercises to Combat Stress and Weight Gain by Tisa Silver, Investopedia.com

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana.
This winter holiday season is in full swing and the New Year is approaching fast. We eat a lot, exercise a little, and gain weight. On December 31 we will step on the weight scale, terrified. The numbers are not even funny. It's time for a new year resolution and a season of getting back in shape. Don't forget that winter Carrebean vacation coming! As for me, it will be Hawaii at the end of February. The whole week of Maui sun and beaches. For that I will have to do some hard work. I will follow the "10 lbs weight loss in 2 months" plan I described in the previous blog post, but I also want to feel that when I am at work I don't turn into a couch potato for 8 hours (well, an office chair potato, if you will). So I found this article I want to share with you. It tells you how to exercise at the work place.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Can I Lose 10 lbs In 2 Months?

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana.

People ask me how to lose weight fast to get in shape for a major social event, beach vacation, etc. My answer always is: if you have time and discipline do lose weight slowly, you should by all means. Start low and go slow strategy has major advantages: one gets used to changes in exercise and diet much beter when they are introduced gradually. They do not feel so radical, the body has time to adjust. Slow start means no pressure on your mind and body, which makes the whole process stres-free and enjoyable. Remember: you will stick with those things you enjoy only. All sorts of tortures are not natural to your body and will be rejected. Body is smart and will not cooperate with you, meaning your routine will not stick. All the effort will be only short-lived, and this is what we want to avoid. Our goal is the lif-long change which is lasting, enjoyable, solid, and healthy.

Howver, if you absolutely MUST to lose weight quickly, which I HATE to advice, you can do it following this method I describe below.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Calorie Burning Calculator (how much do you burn?).

Hi there,

It's me Svetlana. While becoming a habitual exerciser you would want to know how much you actually burn when you exercise.
In order to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. Remember, 1 lb of fat = 3,500 Cal (in other words, to gain 1lb one has to eat 3,500 extra calories that are not burned. To lose 1 lb one has to burn 3,500 extra calories). Removing extra calories from your body by exercising or/and preventing it from entering your body by dieting, will create caloric deficit which, when sustined, gradually will lead to weight loss.

To start the process you will need to know how many calories your own body burns per day.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Power of Mind in Getting and Staying Slim. Part 2. Thinspirations.

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana.

As we will learn along the way, your mind and subconsciousness will play a paramount role in weight loss and maintenance. They are as powerful, if not more powerful than any diet and exercise combined.

To start using our brain to assist our body and weight loss and management (and I am talking about a lie-long transformation to slender, healthier you), I would like to tell you how I understand using a power of mind here. The concept of using your mind and subconsciousness for weight control is based on the following:

1. Our brain rules our lives. Brain is amazing, powerful tool, and is capable to transform us into states we have never experienced. Brain can lead people to complete self-destruction or to healing, empowering self-transformation to a better person. We can use a positive power of brain in weight loss and maintenance.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fitness for lazy and frugal, cont. Walking with pedometer. 10,000 STEPS A DAY

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana.

Remember we said that to stay in great physical shape and to be a habitual exerciser does not mean that you have to run marathons or pump iron daily. To stick with exercise program for life, one has to chose exercise which is:
1. Affordable.
2. Relatively easy.
3. Practical for every day (unlike rock climbing or scuba diving).
4. Does not need expensive or complicated equipment.
5. Does not produce stress on the body and cause damage in a long run (like joint arthritis, ligaments wear and tear, disk herniation, etc.).
6. Enjoyable!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

"Puzzling food labels, mystery solved". My power point presentation.

Hi there!
It's me Svetlana.

For the past couple of weeks I have been working on my upcoming presentation for general public on how to read food labels. My company asked me to give it to our collegues and coworkers, and as my company ERT is located in both the US and the UK (also in India, but Indian colleagues will not be listening to my talk because of the time difference), there will be a true international audience!. UK people will see me via teleconference).

I decided to call my talk "Puzzling food labels, mystery solved". Tonight I uploaded it to Google docs.com so people can vew it (after asking a permission).
You can find it here

Please ask permission to view if interested.
I hope you enjoy it.

So long!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Advanced skin care after 40.

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana.

In this post I would like to reiterate "after 40" skin care recommendations from dermatologists. You remember that as we age we will need to step up a notch in our skin care routine to counteract and prevent all the environmental damage and skin's declining ability to repair and restore itself.
So, this is what we have to do.