Monday, January 17, 2011
Researchers discovered that laughing increases both the heart rate and calorie burn by 20%. The longer people laughed, the greater effects. Just 15 minutes of laughter a day burns 40 calories.. depending on how much you weigh, and the duration and intensity of laughter.
15 minutes of laughter will result in 1 - 4 lbs loss of weight a year
Giggling for 15 minutes a day will burn up to 5 lbs off your weight in a year
From a 'Yoga Laughter Leader' perspective - If there is a weight loss from laughing, it is due to people feeling better about themselves. If you can practice laughter, exercise and eat a healthy diet, people will lose weight and feel good in the process.
When we laugh, people forget about their stresses, and the problems they face, because we can't have fun and be stressed at the same time. When we are in a happier frame of mind, it becomes less difficult to take on exercise and adopt a healthier eating pattern.
So can a few minutes of laughter a day of hearty laughter replace your exercise equipment? Not likely, but giggles, laughter, or a combination of laughter and exercise, such as 'laughter Yoga' definitely does help burn calories and can help you in your weight loss program.
Article from www.humor-laughter.com
Friday, January 07, 2011
A year ago today, a friend and coworker suggested that I check out this really cool web site called SparkPeople.com. I played around on it for a couple of days and was soon fascinated by the wealth of knowledge at my fingertips. All completely free knowledge too! Woo hoo!
So with my friend as my new ďSpark BuddyĒ we set our goals and timelines. I set my goal weight at 150Öa weight that Iíve always set as a goal with my other diets but was never able to reach. A weight that truthfully, I didnít think Iíd be able to reach this time either. I just thought what the heck, Iíll set it at that and probably wonít be on this site six months from now anyways. Boy was I wrong!
It was so much easier than I thought! SP told me that I could eat whatever I wanted just as long as I stayed within my calorie and nutritional goals. Really?! A diet that didnít cut out a certain food group or encourage overindulgence of another? A diet that didnít make me eat only broccoli, lettuce and supplements? A diet that said I could still have my cake and eat it too? [Literally!] This was the plan for me! AWESOME!
I became educated on why my diets hadnít worked for me before and on how to make this time different. What I found was that it wasnít a diet at all. It was an accumulation of small changes that in turn, created a lifestyle change. I didnít go all fitness crazy and or start exercising so much that I burned myself out and I didnít make radical changes overnight. I made small changes and set attainable goals, allowing myself to make mistakes and picking myself right back up when I did. I started focusing on living healthy a day at a time. It was all about the baby steps. Soon I found myself with more energy and felt like my body was thriving! The fatty foods that had appealed to me before no longer tasted good and they even would upset my stomach. My body loved the way I was treating it and I was loving the way it felt.
Before I knew it, the pounds were dropping off. I reached the 15 lb loss mark and thought, ďIf that came off so easy, why not go for more!Ē Then I hit the 20 lb mark and the compliments started rolling in. My newfound confidence was soaring and I wasnít about to quit there! I soon saw my ticker at over the halfway mark and it made something inside of me say, ďIím OVER Ĺ way there, thereís no turning back now!Ē I could see the light at the end of the tunnel and the competitive side of me came out in full throttle. I wanted to finish strong and hit that goal line once and for all! And you know what? Thatís exactly what I did!! I lost a total of 40 pounds! I had also gone from a size 16 to an 8/10. I never imagined that Iíd ever wear anything smaller than a 12. What an INCREDIBLE feeling! VICTORY! Now itís just on to maintenance which I am not worried about at all. With SparkPeople by my side, Iíll be just fine!
If thereís one thing Iím sure of itís that I couldnít have done it without the encouragement and support of my Spark friends! Whenever I had a question it was answered. Whenever I had doubts or frustrations they were understood, and whenever I needed a boost of confidence, I got it! The support was never-ending and it truly made all the difference in the world!
So to my Spark Buddy, best friend and everyday motivator, THATSLOVELY101, THANK YOU for igniting that Spark in me. I owe much of my success to you! And to all of my Spark Friends, THANK YOU for always being there for me!! Iím so grateful for each and every one of you! You were exactly what I needed, when I needed it. Youíve helped me change my life in the most positive way possibleóby living a healthy lifestyle. Iím eternally grateful to you for that!
Iím now a confident person who respects herself and her body. I no longer duck from my reflection or avoid every mirror I see. I donít hide my body under baggy clothes anymore or cry at night because Iím fat. Iím happy and I love myselfÖperhaps the greatest reward of all!
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
It's back to the basics for January! I have to admit, I let my nutrition go this last month and the scale finally told me about it. I can blame it the holidays, my birthday, emotional stress, or any number of things, but when it comes down to it, I have no one to blame but myself! It's time to get back on track! I'm going back to the basics...recommitting myself to old goals--goals that I reached but have since slacked on. Goals that I know have gotten the results before....goals that WILL bring me success again!
1. Drink my 90 ounces of water a day! No excuses, JUST DO IT!
2. Eat more fruits and veggies.
3. Get moving! There's no excuse to not exercise AT LEAST 10 minutes a day!
4. Pack snacks and stay away from that devil they call chocolate!
5. Eat clean. No fast food, less boxed food, and more fresh produce! If it doesn't go bad, it's bad for you. Simple as that.
6. Try new recipes.
7. Pack kids backpacks and make sure homework is done EVERY night!
8. Play the Wii with my kids!
9. Keep up the house and laundry. It ain't cleanin itself!
10. Live healthy! If I want to be healthy, I need to LIVE healthy...in ALL aspects of my life!
2011 is going to be my year to SHINE! NO more excuses! I'm JUST DOIN IT! WHO'S WITH ME?!!
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