Friday, July 02, 2010
I live in the Phoenix area. Summer means hot, HOT, and more HOT! Even if you get up at 5:00 a.m. the temperature is going to be very uncomfortable to exercise in. And if you don't have exercise equipment in your home and do not have access to a gym, what are you to do?
1. Turn on the TV or radio to some snappy dance music and have yourself a ball. In other words, "dance as though no one is watching."
2. Get down on the floor and do a few of the old fashioned gymnastics! These are easy to do, you're moving, and it's doing some good. Try leg lifts, sit-ups, crunches, anything and everything you can think of. You can even keep an eye on the TV as you're doing it. And did you know if you watch an hour show on TV and exercise during the commercials, you will have 20 minutes of exercise.
3. Put on the pedometer and even walking around in your home you can get a lot of steps done.
4. If you live in a 2-story home there is always the stairs -- this can use up a LOT of energy!
5. If none of the above appeals to you, go to the mall or a large store like Walmart and walk your heart out!
MOVE IT to LOSE IT!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Although I'm not claiming to be qualified to advise or instruct anyone on attaining a healthy lifestyle; over my 2+ years of being on Spark, I have picked up numerous hints and tips on what to do and what not to do. Hence, when a dear friend recently joined SparkPeople I found myself in the role of Mentor to them. When I get to spend time with him and supervise the foods he is eating he does really well -- off on his own he doesn't do so good. It's going to be a slow, but steady, progress. The good thing, which will be encouraging to him, is that in the beginning he will lose weight more rapidly. It is lovely that it just works out that way, after all, the more you have to lose the more rapidly (in the beginning) it comes off. Once you get closer and closer to your goal, things slow down, you have to work harder.
My friend, and I won't divulge his identity at this time, started his journey at 230 pounds. He lost 2 or 3 pounds, then we didn't see each other for a couple of days and his weight shot back up to 232.6 (rather discouraging to him), but last week we were both on the straight and narrow and he was very proud to step on the scale this morning and see a reading of 225.8 (and he should have been proud because it is a significant improvement).
For the sake of identity, I'll call my friend "Georgie Porgie" and I'll give you an update on a weekly basis! As for me, I'm trying to set a good example, so my own weight, while still being a regular yo-yo is in lower numbers, so I'm feeling quite good about myself also!
to all...Eat Right -- Exercise = GOAL MET!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
It's Happy Days at my house ever since I found a place to get away from the heat of Phoenix during the summer. As nice as it is during our winter months, when the temps climb to well over 100 it is just plain HOT! My dog doesn't like it because the air and the sidewalks are too hot, so there are no walks -- I don't like it because I just can't seem to function in weather that hot, even though there isn't much humidity.
Now I have a place to go during the summer months, or even at Christmas or other times of the year (if I want a change of season). Although it's not a stick built home, but a manufactured home, it's quite spacious, and there is a Master Bdrm, Kitchen/ Dining Area, Spare Bedroom, Office, Living Room AND a Den, plus 2 full baths, master has a jacuzzi! And there is even a laundry room -- it's everything I want or need and the floors are laminate (easy care) and the bedrooms and other living spaces have brand new carpet -- even had all the walls retextured and put in new appliances. It feels like new! Outside the yard is very large, about 1/2 acre and is completely fenced so it's wonderful for my dog and for planting flowers. I already have several grape vines, apple trees, pear and cherry trees -- it's just so much fun. Of course it keeps me busy filling bird feeders and making up the sweet syrup for the hummers, but what a relaxing thing to do in the morning; sit on the back deck and observe all the birds and wild life as I enjoy my morning cup of coffee.
I have no problem getting in my 7500 steps (my goal per day) when I am in weather cool enough to go for a walk anytime we please. Perhaps my weight will take a big plunge with all this healthy living while up here all summer. And I am close enough to my permanent residence to drive down and maintain the yard periodically, do my doctor appointments and that sort of thing.
I'm in 7th Heaven! Wish everyone could be so happy!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I came across this quotation this morning as I was browsing my emails and I simply love it -- it sums up everything a person needs to be happy in one short little sentence:
" There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is." - Albert Einstein, physicist
OK, I'll admit if that says it all in just one sentence, why does it seem like I have the need to ramble on and on in my blogs. But seriously, isn't "talking" a form of exercise? I have one of the most flexible mouths in Arizona! lol
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