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If you make it, will they eat?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sometimes I'm not sure if there is a light at the end of the tunnel....but silly (and determined) me, I keep moving forward and searching it out.

Although I love to cook, sometimes there just isn't enough time. I noticed as the 2013 wrapped up, I was falling into a pit of "eat whatever you find," which was ok for me, as I usually made sensible choices, but I realized my kids we on a free-for-all. Winter break, as I look back on it now, was a lazy vacation. I should have, should have, should have and I didn't. I'm kicking myself. They are too young and impressionable to let them fall into laziness and poor nutrition.

I've started writing down and planning meals, not just for me, but for the kids/DH too. We all need the healthier lifestyle and although just giving them something they like to keep them happy would be the easy way, its not the parent I want to be. Of course, there is still the question, if I make it, will they eat it? I'm willing to make them try! haha

On a more personal note, I've really kicked it into gear this week. I have attended my classes, made my steps (count!) and I have been taking a leaf from Monty's book and owning portion control. As for the little boys, they are back to runner's club and Ming Wu Karate, so at least they are getting some exercise too!

I'm ending with a positive attitude and I am greatful for the things I have, the people I love (who love me back) and my optimism to keep moving forward in that dark tunnel....there is a light somewhere I. JUST. KNOW. IT!

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SUE5007 1/10/2014 4:12PM

    Sounds like you are doing emoticon this week!
I always plan 5-7 days of meals then go shopping. It's so much easier to make dinner when I have my options written down...and I know that I have all the ingredients for them.
Keep up the good work!

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2 week check in

Friday, February 08, 2013

Murphy's Law, the minute I get my head in the game the channel gets changed. Well, I've been logging more time exercising, but finding it extremely difficult since the demands at work have skyrocketed. This is "crazy" month for grant writing, and I'm definitely being challenged. I am HAPPY to say, though, I'm being challenged physically at home now too!
I cannot be more pleased then to announce my husband and I have purchased FitBits and it has made a world of difference in his attitude and brought him from little (to non-existant) physical/exercise activities to actually making an effort to meet his step and stair goals each day.
This alone has been a HUGE boost to my activity levels. Although we are not in the same league as far as activity, I like being able to check in with him to see how he's doing without nagging! Plus, as my fitness minutes are showing, I've upped my levels too!
Today is the start to a new Zumba session series and I cannot wait. Next Tuesday starts a new physical fitness challenge class and I'm excited about that too!
Two week check in:
Increased level of fitness - check
Positive attitude - check
Increased energy - still working on that
Better sleep - not yet, but hopeful
Healthier eating - on track
Weight Loss - ? Haven't gotten on a scale, but I will maybe next week :)
Ok, back to the grind (and not the coffee).
Have a great weekend - I plan on it!


Forming New Habits

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I recently attended a HeartMath Class to learn how to build coherence within my body and mind. The primary selling point of the class was to reduce stress in your life, but after taking the course, there were so many other applications for this method in my life.
The four levels to obtain coherence are: neutralize the stressful feeling, add the power of positive emotions, transform stressful situations and increase your coherence ratio.
Science proved 80% of emotion starts in the heart whereas only 20% starts from the brain....I know, WOW. They also proved the the electromagnetic field from your body can extend about 8-10 feet from your body...meaning you can pick up emotions or actions of others within your vicinty (and vise versa). Amazing....
Ok, so now that I've learned the people within my immediate area are pushing their emotions my way, how do I accept them or deal with them? Well, first is it positive or negative emotion and how can I neutralize the possible stress related to their emotions and how that affects me. It becomes a mind over body function, focusing internally and controlled breathing (neutralize or Neutral Tool) and once you have managed to grasp that, you add in positive emotions (heart feelings - good feelings). Just these techniques alone had results in my class like lower BP, less stress/confrontations, less road-rage, better sleeping, and an increase in overall calm. Again, WOW.
So now to the topic at hand, forming new habits.
We've all heard it takes an average of 21 (straight) days to form a new habit. Doesn't sound hard...until you are challenged to make this commitment. So here I am, with new "tools" in my health-improving arsenal, what am I going to do about it? I'm going to practice, practice, practice.
In addition to practicing the neutral tool before situations that may have caused stress in the past (meetings, speaking in public, reading unpleasant emails, dealing with co-workers, handling homework tantrums) I'm going to practice the neutral tool. Bring my mind and body to a place where instead of cortisol (bad) being released into my body (from stress or negative actions), I maintain a peace where DHEA (good) is released (positive emotions).
I'm also going to practice the Neutral Tool before bed each night (who wouldn't want better sleep?) as this has proven to give you a better night's rest.
Lastly, just because I'm attempting to get my body and mind to work together, I decided to throw in a physical part (such as walking 25-30 minutes each night) to building habits. Although I am involved with some other activities (circuit training, zumba, kickball, etc) I want to have something I can feel comfortable with everyday.
Do you have anything you want to become a habit? If you are in the right mind, it could take less than a month to become a positive force in striving for a healthier you.
I'm ready, this is my time. Join me and make some health habits, mind and body.
Thanks for reading, hope you were entertained, although the blog is for me to document where I am in my process/timeline, I'm happy to share with you.

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DSSECRETS 1/30/2013 7:08PM

    Thanks for sharing this information. You are definitely developing some very positive habits.

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And the results are in...

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Good Day to anyone taking the time to read...I'm feeling pleased today.
Each year my office does a Health Risk Assessment for its employees. This includes a full blood workup, physical fitness, body measurements, etc.
Last year was a disaster, my health was poor, my attitude was poor and I just didn't know if I was going to find my way out of the hole I was in. Of course, looking at my inspiration (my two young sons) this was the wake-up call I had needed.
Last March I spoke with my doctor, started a new regiment and I'm pleased to say 6 months later I have lost 30lbs, over 12inches in my waist, reduced my blood pressure, cholesterol, A1C, and I have just started putting physical activity back into my routine.
With some guidance, I have been able to "put my head on straight." Now that I have been managing with better food choices, and just added more physical activity, I'm hoping the results will be even better in 6 months....actually, I know they will.
So, my friends, today is a good day for me!
Thanks for reading and go have a fantastic day!

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MIRAGE727 11/7/2012 10:02AM

I think it's extra special as you mentioned your time situation. No matter what, you're making it happen! Stay strong, Karen!

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 11/7/2012 9:44AM

    Way to go! That is awesome!

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Feeling really good!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

So I've been trying to put me first when it comes to health and fitness. I've managed to make my classes (strength & toning-arms and Zumba) both last week and this week and I'm really proud of myself. In addition, for the last few weeks, I've been focusing on taking my vitamins every day (I'm up to about 12 pills each day - takes forever to get them all down - haha) but I can tell my energy levels are up.
Since I've just returned from my Zumba workout, I still needed to eat lunch....well, I cannot be more excited about my lunch today. I took romaine lettuce, a chicken tender and a handful of strawberries and topped with strawberry poppyseed dressing ... OMG....it was AWESOME.
Well, I just had to share. I should have taken a picture it was so pretty, but alas, I am now done with lunch and going back to work :-)
Hope everyone has a great day!


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