Add Al Roker to the list of celebrities who want to cross “running a marathon” off their bucket list. Earlier this week, the Today show weatherman told People magazine that he is training for the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 7, 2010.
Although Roker’s wife and avid runner Deborah Roberts says he’s nervous for the big 26.2 miles, he’s been committed to training and just finished a 20-mile run. He probably won’t win the event, as People reports that Roker just broke the 13-minute mile barrier, but kudos to him for going after such a big fitness goal! (Last year Mebrahtom Keflezighi won the event in a staggering time of 02:09:15.)
Running newbies take heart: Roker admits that he doesn’t even like running. According to the article, he believes that running is 20 percent physical and 80 percent mental. Talk about a mental workout! (more…)
It sounds like voodoo, and it sounds painful, but for Carol Poe, the surgery was not as bad as spending the rest of her life as an obese woman would have been.
At her heaviest, Poe weighed more than 490 pounds, and she had tried every type of diet, including Atkins and risky Fen-Phen, and had even undergone bariatric surgery in an attempt to shed the pounds. Nothing proved to be successful long term, so Poe elected to become only the second person ever to undergo brain surgery for weight loss. (more…)
This morning on the Today Show, they discussed eight signs women should not ignore and the causes of them. I found this very informative and helpful information for us all. Below are the five signs and symptoms that women should not ignore that I found to be the most pressing. You can view the list in its entirety at the Today Show.
Flu-like symptoms: (Fatigue, chills, sweating, nausea) Most likely caused by a virus, but could be a sign of a heart attack. Other signs of a heart attack could be: pain in chest, dizziness, shortness of breath, or pain in the back or arms.
Burning or tingling feet: Most likely caused by tight fitting shoes, but could be a sign of pre-diabetes. Other signs of diabetes are excessive weight loss, extreme hunger and thirst, or fatigue. (more…)
If you missed the Today show this morning, you missed seeing Biggest Loser’s chipper Ali Vincent. She says these days she’s always got a smile on her face. She’s kept off her 112 pound weight loss since she won season five in 2008, becoming the first female Biggest Loser. Ali was on the show to introduce the new 30-Day Jump Start by Biggest Loser. She said she enjoyed the book because it reminded her of some things she’d forgotten. Even for her, Ali said it’s easy to get complacent, and whether you’re just starting or need a reminder, this new 30-Day Jump Start is a great resource. (more…)
When Season Six Biggest Loser premiers in September, one member of the cast won’t be trying to lose any weight at all. Host Alison Sweeney told the Season Six cast (currently filming) just recently that she is expecting her second child (son Ben is 3 1/2). The baby is due January 20, 2009, just weeks after Season Six finale airs, and right after Season Seven begins. During her September 16, 2008 appearance on the Today Show, Alison announced that she is expecting a girl.
This morning on the Today Show, they discussed how three countries manage to stay fit and trim, while eating decadent foods. Japan, Italy and France are far fitter than the U.S., which ranks as the heaviest country in the world (sharing the #1 and #2 positions with Mexico).
So how do they do it? The general rule across all three of these countries: portion control. America lives in a super size world, and we’re about the only ones who do. Can you incorporate their eating methods into your diet?
They eat smaller amounts of protein. Their meals focus on fruits, vegetables and grains- and let the meat act as a side dish. The Japanese derive a lot of protein from soy sources. They also eat clear soups prior to a meal- which is filling and makes you less likely to over-indulge at meal time.
Again, smaller portions are the rule of thumb here. They eat smaller amounts of better quality food. So they are satisfied in both the amount they’ve eaten, and the flavor. The French also use a smaller sized plate than Americans.
The Italians also serve smaller portions at their meals. A standard serving of pasta is about 5oz., versus the 10oz. or more typical here in the States. Olive oil and red wine are common fare at meal time- they also eat the grapes and olives whole, which are good sources of antioxidants and good fatty acids.
Just saw on the Today show these two hot chicks, who by the way WERE hot, told the world they wrote a book about How to Eat Like a Hot Chick! Love their message, especially about taking time to enjoy what is on your plate, and not rushing through and eating guiltily to the point you barely taste it.
Experts have shown that slowing down and celebrating what is on your plate will increase satiety and reduce the need for extra calories. Seems like a good reminder, and one I wanted to share with you.
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