Up Up and (Give)Away!!!

Practicing My Superhero Moves!!

Constantly Learning
Wow, the past week and a half has been enough to show me that if I don’t exercise, I kind of fall into a deep hole (I’ve fallen into a deep hole and I can’t get up!) of just sitting all day at my computer feeling achy, depressed, irritable and antsy. It all started when my knee started hurting from running. I did have to take a break from running, but I didn’t have to take a break from ALL exercise. I didn’t have to stop watching my food intake either, but I’ve done that to a certain extent too.

Enough beating myself up. I need to start doing some positive self talk! I loved Stephanie Hamm’s (@fitmomintraining) post “Flexing Your Mental Mamaguns” about how we tend to talk about ourselves in negative ways and how that really is a recipe for failure. You can check out her post to find out some strategies to STOP! I have to go read it again and again because the negative self doubt is there full force right now. (See Pete Cohen’s video about shutting the duck up here. I would like to give the duck a karate chop to the beak!)

Something within me—or perhaps a combination of knowing exercise will make me feel better and the contact I have daily with people on the healthy and fit track—is urging my brain to listen to my body and GET OUT THERE AND MOVE. One of the people I feel quite inspired by is Carla (@MizFitOnline) from MizFitOnline.com. She is fit, healthy both mentally and physically, has great arms and is a great role model for what I’d like to be physically. It’s not just her body, it’s also her philosophy on clean eating, her drive and her sense of humor. You should definitely check her out if you haven’t already.

Here’s Carla wearing one of her tanks! She is hot!


She also has tees that say “I Love Myself” and “Unapologetically Myself.” I want to have that attitude again, just need to get there. I’m going to get outside later today even if it is for a 30-minute walk, then, once I get all of your comments, I’m going to buy myself one of these tees as part of my positive self talk campaign!

Mizfit's I Heart Myself Tee

But YOU don’t have to buy a shirt! You can win one! I’m so excited to announce that I will be giving away a MizFitOnlineI am my own superhero” t-shirt on my blog! This motto really hit me because I think a lot of us have looked outward for someone to save us or tell us how to live our lives and when you get to the point where you realize your own power, you want to shout it out to the world (from the stern of a cruise boat that’s about to crash into a huge iceberg)! It kicks ass too. I will get back to that place.

I will be giving away a t-shirt or tank top, kindly donated by @MizFitOnline!! I’m so excited because I love her blog and the message she sends.


Mandatory entries

  1. Follow @middleagedjock on Twitter, and come back here and tell me you did. Or if you already follow me, just leave a comment saying that.
  2. Who is your hero? Leave a comment about your superhero. It can be yourself too!

Extra Entries

(Please LEAVE COMMENTS FOR EACH ENTRY. For instance,  if the task is for 3 entries, please leave 3 separate comments)

  1. Follow @mizfitonline on Twitter. (1 entry)
  2. Subscribe to Middle-Aged Jock via email on the sidebar. (3 entries)
  3. Tweet this: “I am my own superhero and I want @MizFitOnline’s tee to tell the world! I entered giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/3287yt7” (1 entry) Please leave a link to your tweet. You can tweet once a day for extra entries. Make sure you leave a comment each time.
  4. Leave a comment telling me why you love yourself! I’ll respond to these comments with why I love YOU. Even if I don’t know you, I’ll find something to love. Don’t be afraid! (1 entry)
  5. Go to @MizFitOnline’s store and tell me which is your favorite t-shirt or tank top! (1 entry)
  6. Check out Stephanie’s blog post on Flexing Your Mental Mamaguns and leave a comment. (3 entries)
  7. Go to this contest and tell them Greta from MiddleAgedJock sent you. You also will be entered to win a different giveaway! (2 entries)
  8. Tell me which t-shirt or tank you think I should buy from MizFitOnline’s store. I will buy the one that gets the most votes! (2 entries)
  9. Enter the Kodak Gallery Photo Book $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway on Bookieboo! (3 entries)

Good luck!!!

Tees and tanks come in women’s (S-XXL), men’s (S-XXL) and children’s sizes (XS-L)!

Contest ends on November 5th at 9 PM EST. The winner will be picked via random.org and I will post winner by October 31st at 12 noon EST.

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What’s In It? Wednesdays—Diet Coke

I’ve decided to start a new informational series where I discuss ingredients in popular foods. I would LOVE to eat a more “natural” food diet, but even that word is tossed around in a loose fashion when it comes to lists of ingredients.

I have always loved my Diet Coke. I love it with pizza, with french fries, with Indian food, but my friend ruined it for me when she said, “You’re drinking chemicals!” Since then, I haven’t enjoyed it quite as much. I still drink it, but just not very often. So here are the ingredients of Diet Coke’s U.S. version and what they are.

The first definition is from Coca-Cola’s website, and the italicized part is based on further online research that I have done or my own opinion. Just an aside, if you need to have an ingredients glossary as Coca-Cola does, it might be a really good clue not to drink their products.

Carbonated Water: “Also known as soda water, sparkling water, or seltzer, is water with carbon dioxide bubbles added to provide fun and refreshment.”

According to dictionary.com, carbonated water is an “effervescent beverage artificially charged with carbon dioxide.” I remember hearing that carbonation was bad for your bones, but I can’t find any scientific studies proving this. There was a Tuft’s University study that showed that it might be caffeine in soda that causes bone density issues, not the carbonation.


Caramel Color: “Made by a process involving the heating of corn or cane sugar and other carbohydrates to achieve the desired color.

Ah caramel, makes me think of Halloween, so comforting and able to remove fillings. This seemingly harmful ingredient was actually found by The Journal of the American Medical Association to raise blood pressure, even more so than caffeine! This can apparently lead to hypertension. There are some people that believe that since caramel is made by burning sugar, it is a carcinogen, but I haven’t been able to find anything on this on a site that looks professional. Caramel coloring is used in many food products.


Aspartame: “A low-calorie sweetener made primarily of two amino acids; aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Aspartame has been shown to be safe for everyone, including children and pregnant women. When used in foods and beverages a warning on the labels is provided to people who can’t metabolize aspartame: PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE. For more information about low-calorie sweeteners, visit http://www.thebeverageinstitute.org/booklets/files/low-calorie-sweeteners.pdf

The way aspartame (also known as NutraSweet) is made is so complex that I don’t even understand it (I got an F in chemistry), but you can go to Wikipedia to see how it’s made. Although there were some concerns about aspartame causing brain cancer in lab rats, this seems to have been dismissed. According to Wikipedia, it has been approved in 90 countries. Aspartame is still dangerous for people why can’t metabolize it (people with PKU). My thinking is that if you’re going to add sweetener to coffee or tea, just add sugar. It occurs naturally, which makes me trust it more.

Phosphoric Acid: Used in certain soft drinks, including Coca-Cola, to add tartness to the beverage. Phosphoric acid contains phosphorus, one of the basic elements of nature and an essential nutrient. Phosphorus is a major component of bones. For more information about bone health, see http://www.thebeverageinstitute.org/healthcare_professionals/bone_health_qa.shtml

Phosphoric acid is a mineral that is used for teeth etching, rust removal and flux, and yet it is not proven to be harmful for consumption. Again, I’m not a science type, so if you want to know the make up of this substance, check out the Wiki page.

Potassium Benzoate (“to protect taste”): “Used as a preservative and to protect taste.”

According to the FDA’s website, Benzene is a carcinogen that can cause cancer in humans. They say, “In November 2005, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received private laboratory results reporting low levels of benzene in a small number of soft drinks that contained benzoate salts (an antimicrobial) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C)…Benzene is a carcinogen and has caused cancer in workers exposed to high levels from workplace air…The vast majority of beverages sampled to date (including those containing both benzoate preservative and ascorbic acid) contain either no detectable benzene or levels below the 5 ppb EPA MCL for drinking water.Kinda unsettling. You can read more about it on the FDA site.

“Natural” Flavors: “Derived from the essential oils or extracts of spices, fruits, vegetables and herbs.”

Here is the Code of Federal Regulation’s Title 21, Volume 2 from 2002, where the definition of “natural flavoring follows:

“(3) The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional. Natural flavors include the natural essence or extractives obtained from plants listed in Secs. 182.10, 182.20, 182.40, and 182.50 and part 184 of this chapter, and the substances listed in Sec. 172.510 of this chapter.”

Once you’ve deciphered what that all means, you can see the definitions for other food labeling terms. It makes my head spin and makes me want to eat only fruits and veggies I find at the local farm where I can watch how they grow their food! At any rate, not sure WHAT the natural flavoring in Diet Coke is made out of since they don’t have to TELL us. Now I’m mad!

Citric Acid: “Citric acid is the most widely used organic acid in the food industry and has been used for more than 100 years. It is a compound that is found in animals and plants. Citric acid can be produced from different plant sources, including corn. It is also commonly found in citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit, which is why it is named “citric acid”. Citric acid is used in beverages to provide tartness.”

From Dictionary.com: a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C 6 H 8 O 7 ⋅H 2 O, a tribasic acid having a strong acidic taste, an intermediate in the metabolism of carbohydrates occurring in many fruits, esp. limes and lemons, obtained chiefly by fermentation of crude sugar or corn sugar: used chiefly in the flavoring of beverages, confections, and pharmaceuticals. So does this mean it’s naturally occurring or man-made or both?

Caffeine: Comes from the leaves, seeds, or fruits of more than 60 plants. It is found in beverages and foods, such as coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate. Caffeine can also be man-made.

Wow! According to Wiki, caffeine is a psychoactive drug! Gimme more! In plants, it’s a natural pesticide that paralyzes or kills certain kinds of bugs! It works on our Central Nervous Systems, and it is thought that caffeine can either negatively or positively affect memory, depending which study’s authors you ask! In adults who are not severely hyptertensive, caffeine can actually benefit the heart, but it has been linked to hyperactivity in children who consume a lot of cola. You can read more about caffeine in the Wiki article, where the above text comes from.

It’s probably okay to occasionally indulge in a diet soda, but not something you want to overdo due to some of the ingredients. Also, did you know that the FDA does not require companies to list ingredients if the traces are very small? Kinda makes ya think!

Caramel apple photo is from Candy Apple Shoppe
Phosphorica acid photo is from Wikipedia
Corn photo from WholesomeWave

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My Christmas Giveaways Entered Update!!

I won! I won! I won a $30 Amazon Gift Card from Can Can Mom Most Traveled! I am so happy!! I got all giddy when I got the email! There were HUNDREDS of entries, but I won!

OK so my total so far is $30 toward Christmas shopping! Woohoo! Let’s see how much I can win by December 20th! Cha Ching!!

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Greta’s Giveaways Post! (Giveaways I’ve Entered)

I’ve been on a tear lately and have entered a “GRIP” of giveaways lately. I’m doing an experiment to see how much of my Christmas shopping I can do by entering giveaways!! I’ll keep a tally once I win the first one (if I do!)

Here are the giveaways that I entered (and even some ways that you can help us both!).

YogiBand! Me Wants!

YogiBand Headband on Simply Fitting Into Life and My Old Jeans – this headband claims it won’t fall off of my big head. I’d like to test that theory!! I think I could rock this baby pretty well!!

I want that hot bod AND this yoga DVD!!

Exhale Energy Flow Core Fusion Yoga at Simply Fitting Into Life and My Old Jeans – I’ve done other exercise DVDs that have the routines broken into 10-minute sessions, and that works for me mentally, just knowing that I can do 10 minutes or 20 minutes if I feel like it. And I’d like to have that butt, please.

6-pack here I come!

This is what I would buy if I won the $35 gift certificate from CSNStores.com that Simply Fitting Into Life and My Old Jeans is giving away right now! I really shy away from ab workouts because, for instance, I can’t do a normal sit up without having my feet under something. I look like a turtle on its back!! It’s embarrassing and I don’t believe it will ever improve. But I would try now. I will!!!

Here’s the one you can help me with. There is a $50 Target Card giveaway on FrugalFemina.com. You can enter to win as well and then tell them I sent you! The person who gets the most referrals automatically wins a $25 Target gift certificate! Win-win! I’ve been saying something nice on Twitter about each person who helps me out, so let me know if you tell them I sent you!

A Thrifty 500 Pennies!!

A Thrifty Penny is giving away a $5 Amazon Gift Certificate. This may not seem like a lot of money to some, but to me winning even $5 is a win! She has a cool section called “$5 dinners” with some very creative ideas, so if you can make dinner for $5, it’s worth it to enter a contest for $5. And I do love me my Amazon!

$350 Smackeroos!!!

Salad for Breakfast is giving away THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS!!! Now that would cover lots of Christmas presents!!


Would love to be able to send my Mother-In-Laws something special for Christmas! The $40 1800-Flowers gift certificate that Life, Music & Laughter is giving away would not hurt that cause!

A cuppa Joe!

Another $5 card, but it will buy a coffee and small treat at Starbucks, thanks to Rachel’s giveaways! She’s giving away five $5 Starbucks cards!

That is SERIOUSLY only a few of the giveaways I entered. If you enter any of them, good luck!!!

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Mamavation Monday, October 18, 2010

Hello ladies! A lot going on this week and then nothing at all going on too!

Basically a rest week for me because my leg has a knot in it that is making my knee hurt. I got a foam roller and I’ve been using it. It seems to be helping a lot, and I’m hoping to start running again, very gently, this week!


This is pretty much what I've been doing this week.


Somehow, even without exercising or keeping track of food, I lost some weight. It’s hard to tell how much because of my wonky scale, but I’ve lost my first 5 pounds!! Remember Leah’s video saying that losing the weight she had gained would be thought of as losing 5 pounds twice? It helped a lot!! Thank you again, Leah!

I’ve lost my first 5 pounds!!

I’m taking that “I lost 5 pounds with Mamavation” badge and sticking it in the margin! You bettah believe it! See? Look at it! I’m so proud to have earned it.

Moving Along
So excited to hear  who will be the Mamavation moms and to see how everyone does in the Move It and Lose It challenge! A lot of healthy stuff going to happen!

The Twitter party to kick off the 6th campaign of Mamavation is tomorrow (Monday, October 18) from 7-9 PM. If you haven’t already, go hit the linky so you can win prizes!! I would love to win the Tracey Mallet Fitness DVDs, the Gruve, and the Subway cards! Oh and Mama needs a new pair of EA Sports Active shoes!

Commenter of the Week
This was SOOO difficult because a lot of you did a great job this week with commenting! But, The commenter of the week is Scarlett Black (@ MMScarlett)! Not only did she comment on many posts, but she gives great comment luv! Thanks, Scarlett! We all appreciate the acknowledgment and love! Your enthusiasm is infectious! You win a 20-minute session with Pete Cohen (@Pete_Cohen) via Skype! Just tweet him and exchange info. There are several of you who also did an amazing job, but we could only pick one winner. In general this week comments were up, and not just comments but great comments! I’m proud!!

Post of the Week
The post of the week is Marie’s from Mommy’s Healthy Lifestyle. It’s toward the end of the link up so some of you might not have seen it. She documents with text and photos her family’s outdoor recreation day. This is a great way to get your family out and active without “exercising.” It is the perfect illustration of how moms (and dads) can get their kids out, breathing fresh air, moving and having fun. Check it out! Some nice photos too.

Best of luck to all of the Mamavation finalists!! I will be there to support you all, whether you “win” or not, but like Shelley (@Momma-oz) said, you all won by entering and making the commitment. I am proud of you all and have a lot of respect for you!!

Get back to running
Eat only whole foods 1 day this week
Follow WW this week

Have a good one!!

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Commit to Fit Friday — October 15 2010!

As part of Commit to Fit and in partnership with Subway, Lisa from 50in8.com is giving away an i-pod shuffle! Also, each week, she will ask a question about fitness so we can enter to win some cool Curves stuff as well!!

Question of the Week – What is your ultimate music playlist for warm up, workout, and cool down?

Warm Up Songs
Lift Me Up – Xtina Aguilera
Beautiful – Xtina
Babylon – David Gray
Not a Pretty Girl – Ani DiFranco

Kick butt workout songs
Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper (stolen from Lisa!)
Lose Yourself – Eminem
Soldier – Eminem
Celebrity Skin – Hole
Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
Fuck Tha Police – NWA
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
The Stars of Track and Field – Belle and Sebastian
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone – Sleater Kinney
I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones
Judy and the Dream of Horses – Belle and Sebastian
Twist and Shout – the Beatles
American Idiot – Green Day
Shit List – L7

Cool down
Fade into You – Mazzy Star
Anything by Kristin Hersh
Anything by Elliott Smith
Hallelujah – Justin Timberlake and Charlie Sexton
The entire Blue album by Joni Mitchell

I can’t think of as many warm up or cool down songs, but there are some kick ass songs here! Check out the links!

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Before and After

Since I posted about my waist shrinking and the weight loss, I thought I’d give you some visuals. Here are some pics from the past 10 years. I was between 150 and 185 in these pics. Click on the pics to view larger.

Here’s the before and after side by side. Trying to find more recent pics of me before losing the 20 pounds, but this’ll have to do for now!


Me and my inlaws 4 or 5 years ago.




On my wedding day. About 155.



In early 2000s, I was about 180 here probably



Antigua in the past 5-7 years.





And here I am now!


September 2010



Labor Day 2010 5K

Feels pretty good!! I’ll be posting more as I make progress!!!

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