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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

We all know by now that regular exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and we know if we ever want to reach our goal weight, we’d better be breaking a sweat. Exercise is not only a key ingredient in weight loss but also helps many of the body’s systems function better and can ward off heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and many other damaging conditions. Plus, exercise has been shown to improve skin health, boost mood, and give you more energy.
So why is it that people still manage to come up with every excuse in the book not to work out? It’s time to take some of your most common reasons not to exercise, and transform them into renewed fitness motivation.

'I'm Too Busy.'
Everyone of us has said it at one time or another that we’re too busy to exercise. But when it comes down to it it’s just a matter of setting priorities, If you really want it; to exercise, you'll make the time, Whether that means getting up an hour earlier in the morning to go for a brisk walk or taking an hour for lunch and walking with co-workers rather than chatting away in the cafeteria. Need more fitness motivation? A large study in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, found that women who walk for exercise reduce their stroke risk over those who are sedentary.

'Exercise Is Boring.'
Sure, walking on a treadmill every morning for 30 to 60 minutes can be more than a bit of a snore. So can riding on a stationary bicycle. But exercise doesn’t have to be boring at all, The key is to find an exercise that you like — and with choices as varied as swimming, skiing, tennis, yoga, Zumba, and more, finding a fitness method that works for should be no more than a matter of trial and error.
Another way to combat boredom is to change your exercise routine every four to six weeks Constantly changing your routine will keep it challenging, and can also get you over a weight loss plateau if you experience a stall on the scale.

'I'm in Too Much Pain.'
Granted, you won’t feel like working out if your muscles are sore or you suffer from joint pain or arthritis. But when done right, exercise can help you manage your pain better. Low-impact routines such as Palates and yoga as well as water aerobics is found to improve symptoms of back pain more than traditional treatment methods, because they won’t stress your joints. I SHOULD KNOW! Plus, exercise will strengthen the muscles that support your joints, and keep your bones strong and healthy.

'Joining the Gym Costs Too Much.'
Gym memberships can get pricey, and any amount is too much if you don’t use your membership which I dare say most of us are guilty of. But cost shouldn’t be an excuse for not working out. There are plenty of free options out there. One of the best free things you can do is start a walking routine, You can walk anywhere, and the only cost is a comfortable pair of shoes. Studies show that walking can help with weight loss, which can help ward off diabetes. If walking doesn’t excite you, you can do many other free exercises, like biking, dancing, or even gardening or vacuuming. You can also invest in a few simple pieces of at-home exercise equipment and follow workout DVDs or routines you can download from the Internet for free.

'I'm Too Fat to Exercise.'
If you dread going out in public because you’re afraid other people will stare, choose a different place to exercise, at least until you’ve had some weight loss success. And when you combine exercise with a healthy, Nutritarian Lifestyle you will see success. Also, we really do need to get over worrying about what we look like in exercise clothes. You will feel so much better about yourself after you exercise for a few weeks that you will look forward to it.

'I'm Not Coordinated Enough.'
You want to see two left feet. Then join me in my living room every morning! LOL
You don’t have to be a super athlete to exercise. Hec I'm no super Athlete that's sure, but I'm out there doing it regardless! Maybe tennis isn’t for you if you’re afraid of the balls coming at your head, and you might be too short to dunk a basketball, no matter how hard you try. The key is finding an exercise you enjoy and that matches your skill level. Key; resist the urge to compare yourself to others, and focus just on the improvements you can see and feel yourself making. Once you start to exercise regularly, you’ll be amazed at what you’re capable of.

'It's Too Hot' or 'It's Too Cold.'
Extremes in the weather are common excuses for not working out. They shouldn’t be. “If it’s too hot or too cold outside, you always have indoor options," "Go to the gym, where it’s air-conditioned or heated, or for a walk around the mall, where it’s climate-controlled.” If it’s hot when you exercise, be sure to drink enough water to stay hydrated — dehydration can be dangerous. If it’s cold outside, dress in layers to trap your body’s heat. One benefit of exercising in the cold weather is that it burns more calories! Need more fitness motivation? Exercise also increases your energy levels, which can be lower in gloomy weather.

'I'll Mess My Hair.'
People!!! Come on.... Seriously?
Believe it or not but there are women (and even some men) who spend a lot of time and money to perfectly coif their hair and can be more than a bit hesitant to mess up their ‘do with a sweaty workout. So much so that the current U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin told listeners at a trade show that they should stop letting their hair get in the way of their health. If you’re worried about your hair, apply a little extra hair spray before you head out for a run or wear a headband to soak up sweat from your forehead. Another option is to keep dry shampoo and a blow-dryer in your gym bag so you can touch up your hair after working out. But really!

'I Partied Too Much Last Night.'
Really? Again I hope you have more control than this!
When you’re hung over, it’s tempting to stay in bed all day drinking water, but a simple hang over is not a good excuse for failing to exercise. In fact, guess what. A little exercise is just thing to help you feel better: working out will get blood flowing to your muscles and oxygen to your brain. Just be sure to drink extra fluids, Alcohol is a diuretic and can cause you to urinate more, so drink water to avoid becoming dehydrated.

'I'm Too Tired.'
OK so it was a long hectic day but you've had sufficient sleep so....
Guess what. Once you drag your sorry butt out of bed. you’ll be surprised ho much you’ll feel better and more energized — not more exhaustion. Working out improves muscle strength and boosts endurance, It gets your blood flowing and your cardiovascular system working more efficiently. And the more efficient your heart and lungs, the better your blood is able to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. When your tissues have the oxygen and nutrients they need, you have more energy. Also, when you exercise regularly, you sleep better, and when you sleep better, you have more energy to meet the day.

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WENDYSPARKS 1/5/2012 3:43PM


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SARASMILING 1/5/2012 7:57AM

    Thanks for stopping by! And for sharing this. We all need the reminders. I'm not doing too bad. Baby steps. :)

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EXCUSES-BE-GONE 1/5/2012 12:55AM

    You gave me a good chuckle. Thanks for posting these excuse busters! LOL

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CHUBRUB3 1/4/2012 2:50PM

    THis is great MARION! You can blow those excuses out to the water, cause they don't hold water!
Let's go and make it RAIN!

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DEE0973 1/4/2012 2:19PM

    SO SO VERY TRUE!!! Thanks for the reminder

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My happiness levels

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

My happiness levels have changed with age.
When I was younger happiness was often related to excitement, Now that I am older; 50, still consider myself middle aged, my happiness is mostly about being content in many ways.
Most of my life has been centered within the second level of happiness; not totally satisfying. There was always something missing. I also desired love, truth, goodness/justice, beauty, and being. And to achieve thee I have always expressed these desires in acts of charity—seeking cures, being concerned with one’s neighbor, making sacrifices, forgiving personal injuries. I want to make the world a better place and so I offered, and still do, my life, time, energy, and talent for the welfare of others. My happiness, I have learned, cannot be separated from the happiness of others. For me the common good has been and will remain an integral part of my personal happiness.

I now have everything in life I have striven for including love. Even that being the case there still remains a void unfulfilled; my health and weight loss That has been an ongoing struggle throughout my entire life. And now after many years of trial and error mostly error, I have finally found the answers. And wouldn't you know it it's always been right under my nose.
So my happiness goal for this year is to lose my remaining weight and reach incredible health.

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BECCAH35 1/5/2012 9:06AM

    Here's to a journey of healthiness together.

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MAGICKCAT 1/4/2012 12:55PM

    I am so with you....We will Love Ourselves in releasing that which no longer serves us. We are not separate, we are ALL ONE. The sooner the world realizes this we may see the end of war in our lifetime, and other horrible acts.....You're a wonderful lady., By giving love freely, you allow others to expand and grow and heal. Karma will bring that full circle to you.

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ZURDTA- 1/4/2012 8:55AM

    Wise words... and something I really should take heed of! Happiness is within oneself ... not working soley for everyone else's welfare... no matter how noble the motives are.

You cannot put a price on health!

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7356WILMA 1/3/2012 6:33PM

  And you will do it!! You help everyone else with your words of wisdom and positive thoughts, you deserve it!!!

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The center of life's principles; Happiness.

Monday, January 02, 2012

We know there are many things that make us happy on many different levels. However, the concept of happiness differs, sometimes substantially, across theorists. For Aristotle, the realization of ones potential was a critical ingredient of happiness.

There are four levels of happiness that are the center of life's principles.

The first and most basic level of happiness comes from things outside ourselves and involve one or more of the five senses. The pleasure they give is immediate and direct such as eating an ice cream cone, buying a brand new car, going on vacation. Their pleasure is short lived and intermittent. They must be replaced by yet another ice cream cone, or new car, or vacation. Until such replacements take place our happiness is on hold.

The second level of happiness involves the ego. (Ego is Latin for I) This kind of happiness comes whenever I am in control, the focus of attention, the object of admiration, whenever I see myself as superior to others. Hence, whenever I win, gain power, am admired, or gain popularity I feel happy and pleased with myself. My ego has been affirmed. That which I think is the most important thing in the world (me) has received approval.

The second level of happiness is not totally satisfying. There is something missing. Humans also desire love, truth, goodness/justice, beauty, and being. These desires are often expressed in acts of charityseeking cures, being concerned with ones neighbor, making sacrifices, forgiving personal injuries. We want to make the world a better place and so we offer our lives, time, energy, and talent for the welfare of others. Our happiness, we learn, cannot be separated from the happiness of others. The common good is an integral part of our personal happiness.

Even the third level of happiness does not exhaust the scope of human desire. Humans are pulled by their desire for the sublime, something beyond their imagination, beyond their complete understanding. To be sure, they desire love, goodness, truth, beauty, and being as they experience them in the world; but they also desire these in their perfected and unlimited form. Those of faith recognize this as their desire for God. For those having no faith, they can treat this as an awareness of a seemingly unconditional horizon surrounding human curiosity, creativity, spirit, and achievement.

This is what we too should be aiming for because despite the fact that most people are already satisfied with their lives, we can still aspire to be even happier in mind body and spirit. (This would be me.)

To get the new year off on the right foot let's start of on the right foot with a motivational challenge!
I am challenging you with Your Happiness Goal

Your ultimate goal may be to become happierbut what the heck does that mean, anyway?

I want everyone to think about what it would take for you to feel happy. Is it spending more time with your children? Is it getting in shape? Is it being successful at your job or giving up your present job to pursue another? Spend some time exploring what you want in your life.

Once you get some ideas, start a happiness journal. Don't censor your ideas; write down anything that comes to mind. Then, think about which ones may be attainable over the next 30 days. If they seem too large, try to break them down into smaller "being happier bits" that can be achieved over the next month. If youre unsure about which goals will provide the most happinesslook at what made you happy in the past. And if youre still struggling to define what makes you happy, dont worry. These things take time!

Your journey toward happier living will likely have some bumps in the roads or uncertainties, but that's where your journal comes init's a reminder of your goals and thoughts to help you reach them.

As you set your goals, remember all of the areas of life that are important to you. Map out a detailed description of how you would like your whole life to look


Changing Lives

Monday, January 02, 2012

Exploring our past year is a valuable way to understand ourselves better and will often lead to healing and the resolution of issues plaguing us this year. However, the key to working with the past is maintaining an awareness of the current reality in which the present always takes priority. The past can be fascinating and entertaining, or emotionally seductive, and we can get lost in them, losing touch with the most important thing�the life we are living right now.

Of course, there is a deep connection between our past and our current life, so it's sometimes hard to say where one begins and the other one ends however, that connection feels like an unbroken chord reaching into the past, reminding us of the vast nature of the soul. We may have issues that stem from the past, or we may just be blessed with a deep love that we are fortunate to have with us in this life. Either way, the issues must be resolved in this life, in the present moment. The love is our gift to experience in this life, not in the past. In many ways, the gift of dealing with our past is the profound revelation of how truly eternal we all are. Once we comprehend this, we can let go of focusing on the details of the past and simply allow our awareness of the eternal to positively influence our ability to be in the present moment.

.You will know you have received the full fruits of past- exploration when you find yourself even more powerfully present in the eternal now. The past becomes less distinct as it resolves itself, merging with the present and the future in the nexus of consciousness that holds all time and space. We realize that this moment holds everything within it, the resolved and the unresolved, the past and the future, and that it is from this moment that we must live our lives.

As we learn about ourselves, we become better able to assess our lives within the context of our individual searches for meaning and fulfillment. Human beings have a tendency to look to others for personal validation and to consider their own needs in terms of societal abstractions. The more we endeavor to understand how our emotional and intellectual minds process information, the greater our comprehension of our preferences and dispositions becomes. We empower ourselves to address long-standing personal issues in a focused and proactive fashion. Our growing appreciation of what we find truly satisfying enables us to build lives of significance and bliss. Your understanding of the self will broaden today as you learn what personal satisfaction means to you

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MAGICKCAT 1/17/2012 8:08PM

    I find holding on to the past, just allows it to attempt to repeat itself....staying in the NOW is powerful and an exercise in determination and will power. It's easy to get caught up in what "happened to us to get us this way"....It was MY reactions to these things that happened that caused me to gain this weight. I can change how I view things that go on in my life...perhaps through a new lens, perhaps in a more detached manner and move on. I'm cutting those old loops that play in my head one at a time. Things that not longer serve you must be let go.
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There Are No More Exuses You're All Busted!

Monday, January 02, 2012

We've all heard�and invented�plenty of reasons why weight loss or lifestyle change just isn't possible right now: we don't have time to prep healthy meals; there's no extra cash to spend on high-end "health foods;" and it's way too cold to start an exercise routine. Excuses might work temporarily, but the reality is this: healthy eating and regular exercise are not as labor-intensive or expensive as we make them out to be. Reach your goal by eliminating these top diet and exercise cop-outs, from "I don't have time to cook" to "Exercise makes me tired," once and for all, here, are Weight Loss Excuses I Don't want to hear in 2012.

Losing weight isn't as easy as pie--or even a piece of cake. We've all heard (and invented) plenty of reasons why slimming down just isn't possible right now. We're short on time to prep our own healthy meals, extra cash to spend on high-end "health foods," and besides, it's way too cold (or hot!) to work out. Sound familiar?

The reality is that healthy eating and regular exercise are not as labor-intensive--or wallet-busting--as we make them out to be. Here, 6 of the most common excuses that get you off track.

1. "I'm too busy."

You have work deadlines this week, sick kids, and your husband is out of town on business--you eat what's handy; you can barely bring home takeout, nevermind gathering enough veggies for a decent salad, right?
Wrong. Sticking to healthy behaviors--like making time for meals and squeezing in exercise throughout the day, even when your life feels like it's going 100 miles a minute, is actually the key to long-term success.

2. "Healthy food is too expensive."

Sure, it's often cheaper to purchase three items for lunch off the Dollar Menu at McDonald's than to buy a big salad with healthy add-ins, but new research shows that getting your daily recommended allowance of fruits and veggies may be less expensive than you think.
There are plenty of ways to make healthy food--and your budget--go further, says Glassman. Frozen vegetables and fruits are cheaper and just as healthy as fresh because they're picked at the peak of ripeness. She recommends buying seasonal produce from farmers' markets, purchasing whole grains in bulk, and not buying food in individual packages.

3. "Diets make me hungry."

If your diet is making you hungry, it's probably not a good diet--or sustainable in the long term. Cutting calories the healthy way--trimming portions from meals, skipping caloric beverages, and putting the brakes on mindless eating--should not leave your belly rumbling. Learn to listen to your body's hunger signals to determine if you really need to eat or are just bored, and eat approximately every 3 to 4 hours so you never become ravenous.
4. "I don't have time to cook."

"When people say they don't have time to cook, I tell them 'You don't have time not to cook,'" says Alexander. Twenty minutes of cooking healthy meals will save you excess calories you'd be taking in from over sized restaurant portions and time on the treadmill working that off. Actually, people who cook meals at home tend to eat more healthfully and weigh less than those who don't.

5. "Exercise makes me too tired."

No kidding--that's why they call it a workout! All joking aside, we all know that exercise generates energy. The more energy we have, the more we'll get done every day!
It's been my experience that we recharge our bodies through food, sleep, and exercise. Movement creates energy. It gets your heart pumping, blood pumping, cleans out toxins, and gets your engine started. It also gets confidence levels up so you feel better about yourself,"
Hello, you all know what I am like every day, What I accomplish. I'm living proof!
And if you feel your energy levels ebbing away all it takes is to squeeze in movement wherever you can to get an energy boost. Even light stretching throughout the day will help your body feel more energized.

6. "I always gain back the weight."

I know that starting a new weight loss plan can be daunting when you've dieted before, only to gain back the weight. The reason your prior plan didn't work was because it wasn't a diet you could sustain and enjoy for life.

Listen it is as simple as only making the changes that you can stick with. "Really, sit down and analyze your diet. Figure out, 'What are my cravings, what do I really love, what am I not willing to give up?'" Then build your meals around that and cut calories from other sources as well--It can be as simple as cutting back on portion sizes. Even if you give up only 200 calories a day, you'll lose 20 pounds a year.
Keep track of the habits that make you successful and kick your weaknesses up a notch. Be consistent with your strongest healthy habits, like always having a nutritious breakfast, and be prepared for your weaknesses, like having healthy foods at the ready for when you know you'll want to pick in the afternoon.

There are no more excuses. We are Committed this year. We will be consistent this year. WE WILL BE IN CONTROL this year.
This is my year. This is the year I find and obtain the final steps to incredible health and weight loss! No if ands or butts.
You all know what I have obtained so far and how I have obtained it. You can too! It depends on how badly you want it and if you'll do whatever it takes to get you there!
My journey starts today!

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PROT358 1/4/2012 9:31PM

    I have found that baking a conscientious dinner takes roughly the same amount of time as a junk dinner. You can find uncomplicated healthy recipes if you have a mind to look! Thank you for the reminder, both this blog and the debunking exercise excuses blog!

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/2/2012 9:35AM

    My pan of soup is on the stove, fresh fruit salad on the counter, house hoovered all through and about to go for a swim. Please miss, I'm trying!!!!!!

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