My goal is to lead a healthy life balancing work, family, food and exercise.
Tracking my food and increasing my exercise are key to a healthy lifestyle. Knowing what my body wants and needs is also important.
Every spring/summer I have a large garden of fresh vegetables. My children and I enjoy the fresh veggies on our plates and in recipes. I am still learning new ways to incorporate what I grow into our food.
In my spare time, I love to bake, read and scrapbook. I am also a Sudoku fiend.
Little mini-challenge for you this week . . . Try this somewhat "challenging exercise" whenever you visit your homepage:
Put your fists up, shift your weight from side-to-side, while in a semi-squat. Alternating your body weight from side-to-side while moving down & up (squatting in a “U” shape) is a great way to strengthen the muscles of your inner & outer thighs—while getting your heart rate up a little. Add a little speed (and perhaps a punch) & watch your heart rate climb!
GIVE YOURSELF a little "Pep-Talk" today! But this time, talk to yourself using "the second person" (like "I know YOU can do it," instead of "I know I can do it"). We have been conditioned our whole life to perform for others--receiving support & directions from family & teachers when we were growing up, so we respond more positively. Talk to yourself like you would talk to your dearest friend . . . with encouragement, compassion, love & support.
Little mini-challenge for you: Try an Interval Walk or two this week (or adapt it whatever your cardio preference is). Exercise as fast as your can for just 30 seconds, followed by 1 minute at a steady, recovery pace, then repeat as many times as time permits. This type of "interval workout" intensifies your workout, so you don't have dedicate that much of your day to working out, but you still get the same benefits (if not more, because HITT workouts are a excellent addition to your workout regimen).