Tuesday, September 24, 2013


LA County Fair, Pomona

It's coming to an end. Have you gone? A family tradition that is celebrating it's 91st year. It opened October 17, 1922 in a beet field in Pomona, CA. In 1922 highlights of the Fair were chariot racing and airplane wing walking exhibition, to name a few. Today, many people can't go to the Fair without it being synonymous with over eating or gorging.

Highlights today, 2013, are pigging out. Don't get me wrong, there is so much more to do and see at the Fair. Why do we have to associate a fun day with family and friends as a reason to overindulge in some of the highest calorie/fat foods on EARTH?

Let's break down a day at the Fair, Live Healthy style. That does not mean missing out on some seriously insane foods. It means put it into prospective, the Fair has been around for 91 years, it's coming back next year, so you don't have to eat at EVERY stand you pass.

We arrived at the Fair when it opened, 10:00AM. Hubby and I had 3 kids in tow and wanted to get the lay of the land first, so we headed over to information, grabbed a map and started walking.  We walked from one side of the Fair to the other and then back again. We saw everything first and then decided where we wanted to spend our time, money, and calories.

Now, as mentioned we had 3 kids with us so this changed how hubby and I might have gone to the Fair, but we first offered everyone one treat from all the goodies they saw, ONE! We also looked for healthy stops for lunch, there were so many; Tri tip sandwiches, baked corn, baked potatoes, turkey legs...the list goes on. With the goodie taken care of and let me tell you my kids are definitely my kids (one got corn as a treat, the other a soft serve cone, and the last cotton candy) we were ready to play.

  1. 1.
    allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of.
    "we indulged in some hot fudge sundaes"
    synonyms:wallow in, give oneself up to, give way to, yield to, abandon oneself to, give free rein to; 

Joe enjoying his corn on the cob

By this time it was well past noon. We decided to see some of the entries for the Fair; we saw table settings and tons of baked goods entered, also mini Christmas trees decorated and canned 'everything you can imagine' and of course quilts. It was fun for everyone to see the work people have put into their entries into the Fair. We headed over to the games and rides and easily spent another 2 hours there. We were starting to tire just as we headed over to the animals. Had to see the animals! One day our kids may never see a cow in person or a pig. The pig was a BIG (no pun intended) success.

Let me tell you by the time lunch rolled around the whole family was exhausted. We left the Fair at 3:00 PM, that's 5 hours of walking time. At roughly 25 min/miles. That's roughly 900 calories AND 12 miles we covered. That's HUGE, now understand we were stopping and starting and we did stand a bit but I figured that into my 25 minute mile. Did I need to workout that day? No! Use the walking calculator to see how many calories you can burn! Walking Calorie Burn Calculator

  1. The day was fabulous, we didn't gorge ourselves but indulged in some family fun and good eats.

    Join us next year!

    1. 1.
      eat a large amount greedily; fill oneself with food.
      "the river comes alive during March when fish gorge on caddisworms"

Saturday, September 14, 2013

All Things PT

Is the Food Guide Pyramid Hurting Us?

After much reading and Internet searches I have discovered a fact that baffles my mind. The Food Guide Pyramid gives people a false sense of comfort in the foods we eat. That isn't what is so baffling. Something, like the Pyramid, was developed to 'help' Us and in fact it has false information offered on the way we should eat. The information for the Pyramid was gathered and presented by the federal government responsible for promoting American agriculture, it doesn't come from agencies protecting our health. WHHHHHAAAATTTT!

It's hard enough to determine what is good for us and what is not, but then to have a symbol embodied by the population as a 'truth', well, I'm very upset. Others realized the Pyramid was outdated so a 'new' model was introduced. So, let's look at the old Pyramid and the 'new' one.

Now, the new Pyramid...

Exercise is a key component in the 'new' Pyramid called MyPyramid. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, 'a minimum of 150 minutes a week of moderate cardio and 2 or more days a week of muscle strengthening for adults.' That's more than realistic but less than half of the population (48%) meet that requirement.

Another improvement was making ALL foods equal in value but limiting the intake of some more than others. It doesn't stress on what kinds of foods. For instance grains should be 100% whole wheat (or an equivalent), and the fact that red meat isn't as nutrient dense as say chicken or eggs. And what about fats? Good fats, bad fats that's an entire article. 

Is the 'new' pyramid better? Yes, better than the old one. But, good? Not really, we need to educate on the types of foods to consume and how often. That would be a good starting point.

My point in sharing this information is don't believe everything you read. Chances are it is biased to benefit someone other than you. Educate yourself and read everything you can to protect your health.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

All Things PT

Is Spinning Making You Fat? 

That is the question in the latest article in a well known woman's fashion magazine. Well, is it? I am a spin instructor and ab-solutely not! Get it...ab??? Okay, moving on, I teach 4 classes a week; 2 spin, a weight training, and an aqua. The spin class by far torches the most calories. On average a woman my height and weight (5'4" and 125 lb.) burns 560 calories per hour. How can you gain weight with that amount of calories being used?

The article goes on to say that your appetite increases. Uh well yeah. You are increasing your metabolism therefore getting hungrier. It's not your spinning that is causing the weight gain it is excess calories. You could be doing Zumba and chow down on too many calories making you gain weight.

Further reading tells us that it builds glute and quad muscles. Well, one of the women quoted taught 10 classes a week. TEN!!!! Who on this Earth needs to teach that many classes. That is 2 or more classes on certain days. Spinning takes a lot out of you, that is counter productive to be putting your body through that strenuous of cardio. As mentioned before at 560 calories per hour I'd be burning 5600 calories per week. Seriously!!!!!

Let's recap, spinning does not make you fat, excess calories do. Does spinning make you hungrier? Sure. But does that mean fall face first into high calorie meals because you 'deserve it'. Spinning makes your glutes and quads larger. Yes it might, but it's building muscle and possibly there is a layer of fat overlaying said muscle that needs to be shed. In spinning class the building of muscle takes place while you climb. Toning comes in during high cadence songs and while sprinting and/or cycling at a low gear high RPM.

On a side note, take a look at that bike. It happens to be Chanel. Check her out, she's also turned backwards on the bike. Maybe if she got on the bike the correct way there would be less problems. Until next time...Live Healthy