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45-year-old Cathy Bevan, of Concord Township, is a contestant in The News-Herald's Lighten Up in 2013.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The traditions of Easter!

Slovenian eat an Easter breakfast meal of blessed food. Traditionally the food includes Slovenian sausage, ham, hard boiled eggs, some type of bread and of course shaved horseradish root. Yes, I ate this for morning meal after church but a once a year tradition is just that. On the upside, spent the rest of the day fishing for about two hours and then came home and cleaned up the sticks in the yard, and took down a fence. So I think I exercised my meal away. Have to admit it will be close for me on Saturday. I am close to that 5% but not quite there yet. Good luck to all who are struggling like me!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Breaking the plateau!

Cori's weekly update real hit home! My plateau seemed to be the stress of life. We often forget how stressful our lives are, whether it is work, going back to school, or taking care of the family, and sometimes it is all of these. It is also difficult with the weather we have had this year, cold and snow. Now that the weather has finally warmed up it is time to get out and do some yard work. Like Cori says mix it up, my favorite is being outside and hitting the volleyball around with my girls. I love gardening so I spent Saturday pulling weeds, turning the beds and raking the leaves. So get out and have fun!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Busy is the way to go!

WOW, how the weekend has flown by, but doesn't it always? The busier one is the less one has time to think about food. Had to do a work event on Saturday so made sure to pack healthy snacks to nibble, came home and spent four hours outside getting the garden ready for planting. I did remember to hydrate so I never got those dizzy spells from bending over and standing up. Sunday was spent doing homework and a little bit of shopping. This was a great week for me and am very happy to say I included healthy eating with physical activity.

Monday, April 7, 2014

And so it begins!

Well, let's see what I can do. I have three weeks to lose 5% of my body weight. Really don't want to be left behind. I know I don't have much to lose, but I am determined, I can and I will succeed. Stress has greatly diminished, time to relax and get the job done!

Friday, April 4, 2014


Well, I have lost two pounds since the weigh-in, GO FIGURE! Just got done talking with Cori and discussed how influential stress can be on weight loss.  My problem is cortisol. Yes, I was highly stressed in April. So here is how cortisol may effect you. Cortisol has a job and that is to replenish our body after stress has passed, unfortunately, it hangs around a lot longer than it should. It can remain elevated for a long time, and this is what increases our appetite and ultimately driving us to eat more.  Of course cortisol is a good thing when in a stressful situation and one is in physical danger, it allows us to fight or flee, unfortunately since our system cannot differentiate between danger and stress, it responds to the stress with the hormonal signal to replenish nutritional stores - which is what makes us eat. Yes, I will admit, I was rabid for donuts. Now that my stress has been relieved, I have lost two pounds and feel like I am back to were I should be.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Wishing for better!

Sometimes we just can't be all that we can be, but we need to step back take a deep breadth and think of all the great accomplishments that have been possible. Some have exercised more and lost a few pounds, some may have maintained...OK that was me, and some may have gained a pound or two. There are many reasons but it has only been two months, step back, reevaluate what went right and what went wrong. Remember, losing weight or just maintaining will be a continuous, lifelong process and the reward is a healthy, happier you!

Monday, March 24, 2014

So the week begins!

Weekends go by so fast...thank goodness, because I usually find myself eating more than I should or just eating the wrong things. It's still cold out so those comfort foods always taste so good. Like clam chowder, an apple fritter and yes, I had coconut donut this morning. But everything in moderation. No use to deprive ourselves and a little sweet every now and then is not a bad thing. Well, we shall see at the weigh in how I have done. Not looking for a huge loss but that is OK, slow and steady win the race...or at least my own personal goal.