Health Update: 9 Weeks in with MBT, Down 8 lbs, Feeling Fantastic!

Health Update: 9 Weeks in with MBT, Down 8 lbs, Feeling Fantastic!

 

My last post on my weight loss journey was on November 5th and I had lost 4 lbs in 20 days.

  •  Now, after 9 weeks (including Thanksgiving and numerous holiday parties), I’m down 8 lbs.
  • I have another 4 lbs to go (or potentially 9) depending on how far I want to take this.

The only reason I’m not giving MBT  my full 100% endorsement YET is that I want to have a lengthier experience with it. I want to make sure it’s a sustainable weight loss before I recommend it to one and all.

That said, I love the program so far and am fairly confident that my brain is being re-wired to reflect this new way of thinking about food. The experience reminds me of how my gym habit gradually developed – from never wanting to go, to now when I can’t imagine living without my early morning workout.

Read on below for more on MBT and what works for me. Also, changes I’ve made to my approach to food. And finally, stumbling blocks I have yet to fully overcome.

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#TravelTuesday: Top Travel Trends for 2018

#TravelTuesday: Top Travel Trends for 2018

#TravelTuesday: Petra, Nat Geo Around The World Trip

 

Two major trends I’m tapping into this week:

Trend 1.  #TravelTuesday, a top twitter hashtag, I will be using for the next couple of weeks and will report back on how it is impacting engagement.

Trend 2.  Travel is a top priority per the excellent new study from Synchrony Financial and the Atlantic (especially for the 50+ crowd and millennials).

Here are 3 highlights from the study:

1. Americans want to DO something, not just see something.

  • Travel for those in their 50s and 60s is all about doing and learning.
  • Millennials are traveling for longer periods of time—and trying to learn something from each trip
  • People are looking for experiences that are authentic and meaningful.

2. Our purchase patterns reflect the types of trips we’re taking.

  •  Traditional luggage sales are down —even as travel has grown—but backpack sales are way up.
  • Tour companies report a spike in sales of experience packages, such as Italian cooking courses. Conversely, sales of traditional multi-city European jaunts are dropping.

3. We’re traveling further, more often and to more remote places

  • The number of international flights booked by Americans increased by more than 4000% between 1950 and 2015.
  • We’re spending more time in places that are less similar to home
  • Over the past two decades, travel from the United States to Europe has increased by 47% but travel to most other regions has seen larger gains. Travel to the Middle East, for example, has risen by 406%.

Read on below for more travel trends for 2018 including info on transformative and isolation travel, hotel design trends and 5 top hospitality trends.

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NORDIC POLE WALKING: Expect to See More of This!

NORDIC POLE WALKING: Expect to See More of This!

 

Over the last couple of months I’ve seen small groups of people (Europeans?) strutting down the Bowery with their Nordic poles.

Didn’t give it much thought until this week, when I saw not only more Nordic pole walkers but, in another first, a very fit young couple on SpikeBoards (like longboard skateboards but instead of kicking off with their feet, they were each using a gigantic Nordic pole that looked almost like a golf club).

Of course, I had to investigate. This is what my research turned up:

Nordic pole walking is, according to some experts, the fastest growing fitness activity in the world.

  • Over 10 million enthusiasts regularly take part in what was originally used by cross country skiers in Finland as a way to stay fit during the summer.
  • It is highly popular in countries such as Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, the U.K., Germany and Canada.
  • According to recent statistics, 2 million Germans and 1.5 million Finns are regular Nordic walkers.
  • It is especially popular with women.

It is still in its infancy in North America. I did, however, find the American Nordic Walking Association (cool website, here).

  •  Nordic pole walking is highly recommended for people 55-plus who have joint problems but still want to be fit and active and get a great workout.
  • Using poles offloads weight from hips, knees and lower spine, and into the upper body, making it ideal for those with arthritis or lower back pain, or those easing back into activity after surgery.
  • It burns 20% more calories, and engages over 50% more muscles, than regular walking.
  • It is recommended by both the Arthritis and Parkinson’s Foundations as well as by physical therapists and sports medicine experts .

Read on below for more on the relatively new sport of SpikeBoarding. Invented in 2010 by Enrique Cubillo, it is being watched by many who believe it has the potential to become the next big sport.

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Top Causes of Death Worldwide: Obesity, Conflict and Mental Illness

Top Causes of Death Worldwide: Obesity, Conflict and Mental Illness

 

 

A bit morbid for a Sunday topic? Perhaps. But I am curious to see what is in the Global Burden of Disease study.

The report examines the state of the world’s health by estimating average life expectancy as well as the number of deaths, illnesses and injuries from more than 300 causes.

Patterns of global health are changing but a “triad of trouble” including obesity, conflict/terrorism and mental illness is holding back progress around the world.

Read on below for the 9 stats that caught my attention as well as for the link to the full Live Science article.

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Off to the Antarctica with Lindblad/Nat Geo in Two Months!

Off to the Antarctica with Lindblad/Nat Geo in Two Months!

 

 

On this day, in 2 months, I will be in Buenos Aires preparing to set off for Ushuaia. This most southernmost city in the world, is where we embark for the Antarctica on the Nat Geo/Lindblad Explorer. 10 days at sea. 24/7 sunlight. Crazy!

  •  Our first two days will be spent crossing the Drake Passage. Apparently spectacular on multiple levels: lots of whale sightings but also some of the choppiest waters in the world.
  • I’m not particularly prone to seasickness but I am asking my doctor for some meds just in case. And you traverse it coming and going!

This will also be the largest Nat Geo group I’ve traveled with – 148 vs. my usual 75. I’m hoping the social dynamics will be as good as on all my previous expeditions.

One of the positives of starting the expedition with the Drake Passage:  it makes for instant bonding with fellow passengers. From what I’ve read, it creates a sense of camaraderie, excitement and an even more adventurous experience. Fingers crossed.

EXPEDITION CRUISING (smaller boats going to more remote and untouched places) is a very hot trend. Most of the big cruise companies are making it a priority and are building smaller ships to appeal to the travel connoisseur who is looking for adventure and the most memorable and unique experiences. It’s going to get busy on those “remote” routes. Glad I’m getting in now.

READ ON BELOW for the top luxury cruise trends for 2018.

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As a Former Catholic Altar Girl, This Intrigues Me Greatly

As a Former Catholic Altar Girl, This Intrigues Me Greatly

 

How do you properly dispose of broken rosaries and other blessed items?

 

Thanks to the uCatholic blog I have a perfect Sunday topic. How this blog found its way into my inbox is a mystery but I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

And although I am no longer a practicing Catholic, I was indeed an altar girl while attending an all-girl Catholic boarding school. The subject of blessed items, from rosaries to altar wine, is not foreign to me. As a matter of fact, it’s quite intriguing – especially the rules around disposing of these items.

According to the uCatholic blog:

  • If you have any blessed item e.g. a rosary or a statue or even a palm branch, you have to show proper reverence and properly dispose of those items when they are damaged or just falling apart.
  • The rituals described by uCatholic definitely piqued my interest – especially as an urban dweller, I have no idea where one would do all this burning and burying without raising all kinds of red flags.
  • But uCatholic makes it very clear that tradition demands blessed items, broken or damaged, must be burned or buried. After an item has been burned, its ashes should also be buried.
  • If the item does not disintegrate into the Earth, such as plastic, it is acceptable to break apart the item then discard it appropriately.
  • The tradition of returning blessed items to the Earth stems from the idea that an object sanctified in God’s name should be returned to God, much like the way a person is buried and returned to the earth.

Read on below for more on how to properly dispose of  altar cloths and even Holy Water.

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Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2018

Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2018

 

I’ve been tracking trends in residential and commercial real estate all year. Jury seems to be out on whether 2018 will be great – or just limp along.

However, there are 3 things everyone agrees on:

  1. Conditions are becoming less favorable with construction labor in short supply and building materials becoming more costly. Major housing shortages are anticipated.
  2. The investment action is shifting away from major metro gateway cities (e.g. NYC, Chicago, Houston) to secondary markets e.g. Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City. However, developers are not unified as to whether secondary markets can hold up in an economic downturn.
  3. Niche sectors represent biggest opportunities e.g. co-working/co-living, senior housing and logistics (e.g. e-commerce warehousing). Not feeling the love: retail and traditional office space.

Read on below for the five emerging trends to keep an eye on should real estate be your thing.

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Weight Loss Update: Down 4 lbs Over Last 20 Days, Thank You MBT!!

Weight Loss Update: Down 4 lbs Over Last 20 Days, Thank You MBT!!

 

The last time I wrote about losing weight was on October 7.  As always, I got some great tips and ideas sent to me by friends. One recommendation, in particular, spoke to me.

My friend wrote:

  • Like you I decided I had to lose some weight and read somewhere about My Body Tutor.
  • It’s like a personal trainer for weight loss.  I signed up at beginning of Sept and am now about 7 pounds down.
  • What I’m finding works about it…you have to report everything you eat and get daily feedback from your coach the next morning.  They don’t give you a list of things to eat, but guide you to eat lean proteins with greens, lots of water, etc.  There’s a weekly weight check-in with your coach.

Thank you for sending along this information, Julia Beardwood. You are changing my life!!

Based on Julia’s recommendation I looked into MBT and signed up on October 11th.

  • Today, October 31, 2017 (the day I am writing this), the scale shows I have lost 4 lbs.
  • I am headed off to Paris in a few hours on a work assignment – fingers crossed I will stick with my smart eating plan.

Everything about MBT reminds me of the process I went through to make the gym a habit – a habit that I now can’t live without.

  •  The MBT System is rewiring my brain about what I want to eat.
  • At this point, I plan to stick with the program until January when I leave for the Antarctica.
  • However, it may take a few additional months to establish this new eating habit – some say it takes 18 months to really establish a habit. Hopefully it won’t take that long!
  • It’s $250 a month.

Read on below for specific things about My Body Tutor that work for me.

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