Free Time

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Free Time

How does free time work into your daily life and make you a well-balanced person and affect your weight, daily organization, and monthly savings?

TimerSAVINGS

Schedule a VacationSometimes savings does not get enough attention. We think our free time should be spent in front of the TV or spent with friends on a daily basis from sun-down to sun-up. But, maybe if our Free Time was more sacred and thought of more highly we would find ways to make more money and save more money. So think of ways to make money in your Free Time and spend your Free Time doing something that actually brings something of value to you!!

TimerORGANIZER

Motivation To Stay FocusedWe have more Free Time than we really think we do. So many times we say “I am so busy” but if you really look at the time you spend you will find that much of our Free Time is spent on things that do not create relaxation, rejuvenate you, or provide you with any of the things you feel you value. What are your values? Is what you are planning on spending your time on what you truly value? Or have you allowed yourself to get sucked into time wasters that have nothing to do with what you value?

TimerDIET

Daily Walks to Reduce StressFree Time is important to your ability to lose weight, hands down! If you are constantly stressed then you are going to find it hard to lose weight and keep the weight off.  Life has many facets to it and to omit some free time into your schedule is a recipe for disaster in your weight loss goals! Be sure to include daily exercise into your schedule. Not for weight loss but for stress reduction!! If you feel you are doing something only to lose weight you are more than likely not to do it or you will think you can eat less of something instead. But the benefits of exercise cannot be substituted by eating or drinking less of anything. A 30 minute daily walk is the most ideal way to get your daily exercise.

Sherri Sue Fisher Author of TimerDIET, TimerORGANIZER, and TimerSAVINGS

 

 

 

Grocery Shopping

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This is our first blog with the new format! We will discuss a topic and how each of my books would address each. Today’s Topic is Grocery Shopping:

TimerDiet—TimerOrganizer—TimerSavings

Make Menus

Make MenusWhen grocery shopping you want to make sure that you know what you are going to do with each item that you buy. How will each purchase be consumed? Do you have a purpose for each purpose that is well-balanced? Can you combine your purchase with other purchases or things you have at home that will make it well-balanced including dietary fat, protein, and carbohydrates.

Each week when it is time to grocery shop take a few minutes to make some menus for the week. They don’t need to be specific—fish, green vegetable, and some rice the details can be decided later, based on the sale items. Perhaps it is taco night or pasta night…either way make sure that you include dietary fat, protein, and carbohydrates. This includes your breakfast, lunches, and mini-meals (i.e. snacks)

Organize Your Fridge!

Organizer your fridgeYou may have so many groceries in your refrigerator and freezer that you have no idea what is good, expired, or even goes together to make a well-balanced meal. It is better to have less groceries in your fridge that you know are fresh and good for you than be filled with many foods that are “not in your best interests” or have already expired and will not be useful when it is time to make dinner.

Take 15 minutes with the trash can in hand and get rid of anything that you would not be willing to eat right now. In other words if you don’t think it is fresh today, then toss it. Now organize what you have left by areas that make sense to you! Some people like to organize by breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks, while others like to organize by products, cheeses, meats, salad mixings, cooking vegetables, toppings, etc. Whatever organization makes sense to you go for it, keep it, and make it work for you to save money and use all the groceries you bought instead of throwing them out because they went bad.

Save Your Money

Grocery shopping is the one area that you have the MOST control over your budget. You decide what you buy and how much you buy. I read a statistic that the average family throws out a little over $1,000 each year! Do you have something that you could spend $1,000 rather than the trash can? I know I do! I am not perfect I promise I have to deal with the same thing that all of us do. But, most of us don’t even realize what we are doing. We throw food out in the trash without realizing the actual $’s that we are throwing out. So when you are throwing out food, take a note pad and write down an estimate of how much you are tossing. So if something cost $10 and you used ½ of it then you would write down $5 as the amount that you wasted. Do this for at least a month and get to the point where you are throwing away less than 2% of your food budget. Life is all about choices and the wisest choice is to buy what you want AND need and to not waste any of it (well not much of it anyway!)

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerDiet, TimerOrganizer, and coming soon TimerSavings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diet Schmiet

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Diet Schmiet

Traditional Dieting Does NOT Work

Why “dieting” doesn’t work

Who wants to go on a diet? No one? I agree! Diets have in them one fatal flaw—there comes a time you need to stop. That is when all the hard work can be undone. The way you eat, needs to be a way of life.

Places to Eat

When you are out and about and hungry do you know the places you will go to get food? When you are hungry is not the time to decide that eating French fries and a double/double cheese burger is not a good idea. Make your menus ahead of time. Know what places have the best options and which of those options you have decided are in your best interest. Almost every restaurant (even fast food) have options that are well-balanced and perhaps by eating only a portion are great choices. The thing is that you cannot guess. You really must go to the website and find out what the nutritional values are.

Eat Well-balanced Meals

Know what to eat before you are hungry!

Do you know what foods are good to eat?

Eating well-balanced meals all the time is the easiest way to lose weight and keep the weight off. This means eating approximately the same amount of grams of dietary fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Unfortunately, we do not know what nutrient values food has unless we look them up. We are told, this is bad, this is good, but we don’t really know the nutritional value unless we look them up. Take fruits and vegetables for example. They are considered, good for you. However, fruits and vegetables are primarily carbohydrates, so you must add dietary fat and protein to your fruits and vegetables in order for them to be well-balanced.

How Much to Eat?

That is the question isn’t it? You need to begin to learn to listen to your body and when it starts to feel satisfied. If you feel full, you ate too much. It is a little trial and error at first. Once you get the right feeling you should be able to go anywhere from 2-4 hours without food. If you feel you need to eat sooner than 2 hours then perhaps you did not include enough dietary fat. If you can go longer than 4 hours, perhaps you ate too much dietary fat. If you feel dizzy, you probably had too much in carbohydrates and not enough protein.

Write It Down

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Write it Down!

Writing down what you ate and when and how you feel is the best way to learn to listen to your body. So go to my website www.timerdiet.com/journal and print out the journals for FREE to track your progress. You will be glad you have the historical information to see how far you have come.

Congratulate yourself along the way. Avoid rewards (they may backfire), but be sure to say to yourself, “Way to go!” when you see some progress.

 

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerDiet and TimerOrganizer

 

 

Colonoscopy

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Is It Time For Your Colonoscopy?

So I took last week off from my blog because I needed to mentally prepare as well as physically prepare for my first ever colonoscopy. I wouldn’t say I am a hypochondriac but I would say I am a realist. I know anything can and will happen in life and you need to prepare. So many of you reading this are not yet in your 50’s which is the age that it is recommended that you get your first colonoscopy (I turned 52 this summer) but you more than likely have parents or grandparents and it  is important to have the discussion if you haven’t already.

Family History

Is this the year for your colonoscopy?

Is this the year for your colonoscopy?

Your family history is important, but so is your family. So if you don’t know if your family members that have reached their 50’s, have had their colonoscopy ask them. Colon cancer is curable if treated early. Plus, as I mentioned in Chapter 1 of TimerDiet it feels so good to get your annual exam and know everything is fine! I have to say for the last two years it has been on the back of my mind. My doctor of 25 years asked me when I turned 50 when I was going to have one. The last time I went in for my annual visit, I made a deal if there wasn’t anything abnormal in my stool sample I didn’t need to go—I passed, so I didn’t get one…but then this summer I got a postcard in the mail from Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Insurance Coverage

I received a post card from Blue Cross Blue Shield that changed my mind. I called about 5 times just to make sure I had everything right: an approved doctor, anesthesiologist, and hospital/treatment center. I asked a lot of questions (as you should, too!) and found out that if I had my colonoscopy before I had any symptoms the procedure did not go against my $7,500 deductible. Yeah! I called back, “Are you sure?” Yes, yes, yes…I think they were glad when I finally believed them. So far so good, the explanation of benefits for the hospital/treatment center came in today and Blue Cross Blue Shield paid all of it. If you wait until you have symptoms or something turns up during your annual exam, then you are not going to be so lucky. So check your insurance coverage and see if it is covered before you must have the procedure.

It Wasn’t Fun…but

I am not going to lie the whole ordeal was not fun, but it also wasn’t awful. Had I to do all over again, I would hydrate more a few days before the process begins, since I got a headache in the middle of the night. The headache was the worst part. Since it affected my ability to keep liquids down and made the morning of the procedure not so fun!  But, the procedure itself was easy peasy, and the prepping (other than the headache) was not as bad as I thought. Having said that, we are all grown-ups and from time to time we have to do things that are not so fun. So if it is time for you to do it—DO IT!! You will feel so good when it is over and you get the “ALL Clear” signal. If for some reason you don’t, more than likely you caught it early enough and the early treatment will have you doing well in no time!

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerDiet and TimerOrganizer

 

Discipline vs Willpower vs Knowledge

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936295_326308087495473_1133095928_nDiscipline vs Willpower vs Knowledge

I recently got into a discussion with a friend of mine who is also a doctor and the word discipline was used, or the lack of discipline, to describe why we have an epidemic of obesity on our hands today. Then another person said it was lack of willpower. But I personally think it is lack of knowledge.

Discipline Means…

When one is disciplined then one knows certain rules and agrees to obey those rules and risk punishment for not obeying the rules. Which makes sense that my doctor friend chose this particular word. Doctors have a ton of rules that they must live by or suffer severe consequences. So I get it…

Willpower Implies…

Willpower is control over ones impulses. In the usage during our conversation, the lack of willpower would mean that there is little control over ones actions. I think we have a lot of control over our own actions and we willingly do what we do, when we do it, for whatever reason we may or may not give ourselves.

Knowledge is Key…

My first response during our discussion was, “don’t you think people would rather have steak and asparagus if they knew it would be good for them?” Most of our lives we have been told all the foods we ate back in the day (60s & 70s in my case) are bad for you—butter, cheese, red meat, alcohol (ok not until the late 70s for me), and so much more.

We hear to be sure to go for the low fat or reduced fat foods; as if dietary fat were making us fat? I wish there were more words in the English language so we could distinguish between the excess fat on our bodies with the dietary fat that is needed in our bodies.

TimerDiet is knowledge…

There is so much that we hear, read, and watch on TV about what to do or what not to do that it can become sensory overload and we just give up. But, I promise I can make it a whole lot easier if you just give me a chance. Look over the concepts of TimerDiet and see if it something you can get your head around and if so check it out and give it a try. I think you will see the lifestyle change does not require discipline or willpower, because I give you the knowledge you need to make wise choices for you!

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerDiet and recently released TimerOrganizer

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4th of July Barbeque

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4th of July Barbeque

Barbeques are as much about the 4th of July as are the fireworks! And why not? A barbeque is a great way to feed a lot of people in a short amount of time and have fun while you do it! More than likely whatever is on the barbeque whether it is hot dogs, hamburgers, steak, chicken, or fish is NOT going to get you off track if you are losing or maintaining your weight…it is the other foods at the barbeque!

If You Are in Charge of the Barbeque

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Do NOT Exercise to Lose Weight!?

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Do Not Exercise to Lose Weight!?

Haven’t we all been told we need to exercise—to lose weight? Or exercise to—stay in shape! Or exercise to—get our figures back? While these are all well intentioned statements they do not seem to really hold the key as to why we—MUST exercise!

We MUST Exercise

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Eat Butter

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Eat Butter

Eat butter is the newest and latest scientific study reported by: Bryan Walsh in Time Magazine in its article “Eat Butter.” dated June 23, 2014 to come out and actually be in favor of what I wrote in my last book TimerDIET, where on page #33 I specifically say,

“Butter is as basic as it gets—salt and cream—just two basic ingredients combined together to make an amazing thing called butter. I use it every day! I think butter gets a bad reputation because…”

Well you should really read everything I have to say on the subject and that of eating well-balanced in general.

What Should You Eat?

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The One Thing

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Enjoy Your Meals!

I get asked this question often, “What is the ‘ One Thing ’ that you need to do to lose weight. I used to dread this question since there isn’t just “One Thing.”  But I know people want to know the gist of what my book is about and I get that.

I used to be vague

I would say it is more about a lifestyle change to which I got a little bit of “I don’t think so” looks. No one really wants to change their lifestyle, especially if they can’t visualize what it will look like.

So then I tried being more specific

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