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GET BACK IN GEAR

Thursday, April 08, 2010

If youíve hit the snooze on your 2010 fitness goals, try these five tips.

SET BITE-SIZED GOALS.
When you take too large a bite of food, youíre more likely to choke. The same is true when it comes to exercise. If you set a big short-term goal, like ĎI want to lose 20 pounds in a monthí, you will usually fail; whereas short-term goals that are easy to achieve and doable tend to succeed. Try setting small monthly goals that are challenging and fun, such as getting strong enough to do 10 push-ups, and go from there.

FEELING IS BELIEVING
When it comes to looking your best, the key is not to get caught up in your reflection. Most of the people who burn out are very concerned with losing weight instead of enjoying exercise. So instead of focusing on how your body is changing, try focusing on how much healthier you feel. If you train for the mirrors, you will never be happy. Instead, train for how it make you feel.

PREPARE FOR FABULOUSNESS
Working out on a whim wonít get you very far. To be successful, the key is planning ahead. Know your schedule and organize your exercise time at the beginning of each week. Be sure to have a gym bag packed and ready to go. By getting your things together and putting them close to the door or in the car, you will have little room for excuses not to go.

VARY YOUR WORKOUT WITH THE SEASONS
If youíre fortunate enough to live in a climate with seasonal weather, use it to your advantage. Changing your workout program every six to eight weeks to accommodate weather conditions is a great way to stay motivated. During the winter, you can do yoga or strength training indoors. When the weather changes, head outdoors to walk, jog or bike. Itís a wonderful way to think about the year and making goals. Thereís also an added bonus: Taking a break from an activity can actually improve your performance when you return to it.

GET A GOOD NIGHTíS SLEEP
Getting a good nightís sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Create the right environment by keeping your bedroom cool, dark and comfortable as well as quiet. Watch what you eat before bedtime by not eating too soon before turning in and staying away from caffeine, alcohol and nicotine at least 6 hours before you go to sleep.

  
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LLLAWSON 4/8/2010 8:05AM

    All these are good. So right on. Thanks for the reminders.

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SVELTINGTON 4/8/2010 8:02AM

    Excellent blog with great info!
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DIET CAN BE YOUR SKINíS BFF

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

A little culinary cosmetology goes a long way. Drew Ordon, M.D. of The Doctors recommends keeping these tips in mind for a healthy, anti-oxidant-rich diet that your skin will thank you for.

SKIP THE SALT
Sodium retain fluid, which can lead to undereye bags.

HYDRATE
Drink when youíre thirsty and stick to regular H2O.

DITCH THE FAT
High-fat foods affect microcirculation and blood flow to skin.

  
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DIANA17057 4/9/2010 8:38AM

    I didnt kno that about salt, thanks
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DONNETTASUE 4/7/2010 4:34PM

  thanks for the info. emoticon

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DAISES2 4/7/2010 12:54PM

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SVELTINGTON 4/7/2010 11:34AM

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STARRPARENT 4/7/2010 9:01AM

    Thanks for this. I like salt and sometimes do not get enough water. I'm definitely going to do better!

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JUDITHANNIE 4/7/2010 9:00AM

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LLLAWSON 4/7/2010 7:52AM

    Quick, simple info. emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 4/7/2010 6:55AM

    emoticon good info

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STAY-ON-TRACK TIPS

Monday, April 05, 2010

After cranking up your willpower and sweating buckets at the gym, it can be a major letdown when the scale doesnít budge. In fact, a recent survey found that not seeing quick results is the biggest barrier to staying the course with your diet. Before you get discouraged, keep these 3 things in mind:

ITíS A SIMPLE MATH EQUATION To shed 1 pound a week, you need to expend 3,500 more calories than you take in. That means slashing 250 calories from your diet and burning the same amount through exercise daily. Crunch the numbers and itís easy to see why your transformation wonít happen overnight.

SLOW IS THE WAY TO GO Dropping 10-plus pounds in one week is almost a guarantee youíre losing water (2 cups equals a pound!), as well as glycogen, a carbohydrate stored in the liver and muscles for energy. You will look trimmer-but itís only temporary.

SIZE MATTERS Yes, your guy has only to give up his daily bowl of ice cream to shave inches off his belly. But he had an advantage: Heís bigger, which means he burns more calories overall. Instead of comparing your progress to his, put it into perspective. Remember, losing a pound of fat is like shedding four sticks of butter-which is a fabulous reward for all your hard work.

  
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SVELTINGTON 4/5/2010 9:08AM

    "Yes, your guy has only to give up his daily bowl of ice cream to shave inches off his belly."
And he can grow hair on his face and chest! I'll take my "slower" loss any day!
Great blog!

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MOMGABE 4/5/2010 8:44AM

    Great blog! Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes the calories in a particular food item just aren't worth the effort it takes to burn them off. emoticon

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LLLAWSON 4/5/2010 8:03AM

    Good information. Slow is the way to go.

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PLAYBLUES22 4/5/2010 7:11AM

    Good blog , with some very good info

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GOING2LSEITNOW 4/5/2010 7:07AM

    There's slow and then there is too slow. When the weight is coming off, it is easier to stay on track but when you are doing every thing right and no weight loss it is not so easy to stay positive.

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PJSTIME 4/5/2010 7:01AM

    I agree SLOW is the way to go I believe it is the way we will keep it off this time. Its taken me a lot of years to get this into my head:)

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Bread, Wine and Cheese-Lovers Diet

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Go Mediterranean. Dieting doesn't have to be about deprivation, especially when you follow a Mediterranean-style way of eating. This diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, bread, dairy, fish, olive oil, poultry and wine. Most of the fats in this eating regimen come from healthy monounsaturated fats. In addition to weight loss, a Mediterranean diet also prevents heart disease and has been shown to increase lifespan.

  
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LLLAWSON 4/4/2010 8:34PM

    Need to eat more fish.

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DAISES2 4/4/2010 2:17PM

    i do eat like that sometimes,wish i could all the time emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 4/4/2010 12:23PM

    Yum, my favorite way of eating!
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JUDITHANNIE 4/4/2010 8:46AM

    good idea, thanks emoticon

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INTERSTATEVERSE 4/4/2010 7:29AM

    That's really interesting.

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MANTRA OF THE MONTH

Saturday, April 03, 2010

"I want what I have"

It's perfectly natural to desire more-more clothes, more friends, more money; it's only human. But obsessing over the things you're lacking can make you feel dissatisfied. This month take a moment to acknowledge what you do have-anything from your healthy body, which can carry you through a 6-mile run, to your best friend, who's really more like a sister. Remember that, while life can always get better, it's fulfilling to appreciate where you are.

  
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JUDITHANNIE 4/3/2010 7:58AM

    I totally agree with you. After nearly losing my life I appreciate every day as it comes and thank the Lord for another beautiful day. I can always find good things every day. Happy Easter to you and your family emoticon

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MELINA3582 4/3/2010 7:06AM

  what a wonderful mantra. i definitely appreciate where i am. i took a moment to acknowledge what i do have, which includes a healthy body that can carry me through a 5 mile bike ride, to my amazing family. have a great weekend and happy easter!

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