Wednesday, December 24, 2014
I am having a reality check today about my living a healthier lifestyle. First I have eight days to reach my 1st goal of weighing 200 lbs. by the end of the month and that I am not on a DIET. What I am realizing, is that I am slipping up on about 10 facts that outline the fundamentals of a truly successful approach to a healthier lifestyle which has a benefit of weight loss (just not as rapid as a crash or fad diet would allow), complete with a suggestion for achieving and maintaining it. This is just a guideline, please feel free to make your own outline and add your own thoughts. Here are my 10 baseline facts that I am going to have to really work on in the next eight days:
1. It’s a Lifestyle, Not a Diet
This is not a short term fix; it’s not only until I reach my goals but a way of living for now on.
2. Get Organized
A base structure added to my life, helps me to plan how, when and what I am eating, but keeping it simple is a must. Too much structure will lead to failure.
3. Eat Small
Portion Control, it helps the brain remember how the food tastes not the quantity consumed
4. Learn to leave food on your plate
This will help me to take control of compulsive eating. I am not the garbage disposal.
5. Never feel deprived
This only encourages binging. All things in moderation control
6. Make it Important
Make a ceremony out of every meal, so that I will really appreciate it.
7. Drink a Glass of Water and Eat Slowly
I will feel more satisfied and full before I have eaten too much if I drink a glass of water before I eat.
8. Enjoy Your Food
Food texture, taste and smell can be one of life’s pleasures; just realize that I cannot be a glutton, which is when it becomes a punishment.
9. Move It!
Exercise is a key essential to getting healthy, flexible and fit.
10. Get Enough Sleep
Structuring my sleeping pattern with regulate my metabolism, also allows my body and mind to rejuvenate and prepare for the following days demands.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Eight Rules for Living Your Greatest Life
1. Honor yourself
Trust yourself, believe in yourself, and always act with honor.
2. Forgive both others and yourself for whatever has occurred.
Anger, hatred, vengeance, shame and guilt only hurt you further. Only complete forgiveness can create a joyful future.
3. Be grateful for all of life.
Be thankful you were born. Be thankful for every moment, for every bite of food, for each small joy. You were owed none of this. Everything is a gift.
4. Choose with open mind and open heart.
Make your own decisions, and make each decision from unconditional love.
5. Act from your vision.
Know your life purpose, and live each day to further that purpose.
6. Take action.
The best intentions mean nothing without action. Take action toward your life purpose each day.
7. Celebrate your life.
Let your life be a song and dance of celebration.
8. Know unity with Spirit and with all of creation.
Everything in creation is of the same masterwork. Everything is one.
Monday, December 22, 2014
As it being the Holidays I couldn't resist sharing this little ditty.
On the Twelfth Day of Fitmas My Trainer Gave to Me...
12 Myths about Cross fitness
At a good CrossFit gym, or "box" as they're called, coaches will help you build a foundation, teaching you about technique and consistency. Once you've got those down, then you can add intensity. Without proper form, there's no point to add speed or volume because you won't make any fitness gains and may injure yourself.
11 Acts of Fitness Kindness (to do today)
Gift a pair: How many times have you seen someone in class in need of socks? Keep a spare on hand to make their workout more comfortable.
Let someone step ahead: That person who is huffing and puffing behind you to get water? Let them cut you in line. They need it.
Hand off a hair tie: I always have a minimum of three on my wrist, and there's no better feeling than being able to hand one off to someone in need.
Pay for a person's class: 'Tis the season! Anonymously gift a boutique class to the next person in line or to a friend who's strapped for cash. This small act of charity can totally turn around someone's day.
Go in for a high five: Someone just crushed it on the treadmill or in Zumba? Throw up your hand for a quick high five as you pass by, no words necessary.
Help your neighbor get settled: Whether it's helping set up their equipment or letting them know what to grab, give up your insider tips. Confused newbies appreciate any advice you offer.
Share the weight: If those five-pounders are high in demand during class, offer to share yours with the person next to you. You'll both get the workout you're looking for and help push each other along.
Grab extra equipment: Something as simple as passing back an extra resistance band, towel, or set of weights is a gesture that won't go unnoticed or unappreciated. You can also help put away the equipment of the person behind you in line after class.
Help a fellow hiker: Whether it's a short ride from the end of a trail back to camp, a sip from your water, or a necessity in your first aid kit, don't hesitate to ask if you can help.
Move your mat: Don't make someone ask. If you see someone struggling to find a spot in yoga, offer to make room and alleviate their anxiety.
Simply smile: Who knows? That smile might even inspire them to kick up the speed on their machine or tack on extra reps.
10 Plank Exercises (for strong, sexy abs)
Burn calories and find full-body strength while carving out a six-pack? There are plank variations can help you get there.
9 Cycling Staples (for chilly rides)
You've heard it before: Layering is key to managing your body temp throughout a workout since you can peel off items as you warm up.
8 Cardio Plans (that burn 300+ calories in 30 minutes)
Running outside this time of year can be rough, but the "dreadmill" isn't your only option for cardio exercise when the weather turns frightful, there is "spinning" or "rowing" classes.
7 Winter Workouts (to switch up your routine)
Don't get stuck in a workout slump just because you don't ski or snowboard. Try a fun exercises, like indoor rock climbing or Hula Hooping Class
6 Amazing Arm Exercises
Upper-body toning plan helps you sculpt wow-worthy arms and shoulders that will make you feel confident in that sleeveless number
5 Reasons to Exercise (if you don't already)
Feel more energized
Improve overall appearance
Be able to withstand stress
Decrease risk of illness
4 Foam Rolling Moves
To lose weight, smooth dimples, and make your skin look younger.
3 No Fuss Hairstyles (to go from gym to street in no time)
Transform the a bun, braid, pony, with proper hair accessories or short haircut styles to the next level with just a few spritzes of dry texturizing sprays and dry shampoos.
2-Week Exclusive Training Plan (from Nike)
1 Motivating Playlist (to turn a trip to the gym into a night out)
Sunday, December 21, 2014
I don’t want to play this game anymore!
I hate being lied to. Every day I see it on TV and in magazines. The fashion industry and Hollywood have spread the myth that men want skinny, anorexic-looking women.
The truth is it's the healthy, active plus size or curvy women who are considered beautiful. Twenty years ago, most fashion models were a size 8. Today, that's been replaced by an emaciated size 0. Meanwhile, during those same two decades, the average American woman, who stands 5' 4", ballooned from a size 10 to a size 14.
Fun fact: A size 14, which is now considered a "plus size," was the approximately size of sex bomb Marilyn Monroe.
That sentiment was echoed in a recent poll of 4,000 adults conducted by British weekly magazine Grazia to find out the ultimate attractive man and woman.
Most men are overwhelmingly attracted to women who are healthy, active and have curves, rather than skinny women. So what is going on with American men? Has the obesity factor sent them into this anorexia delirium?
God bless my hubby, he loves me and supports me in my healthy lifestyle changes only because he wants me to be happy with myself. But he has ask me to stop before I lose my curves…
So no longer am I fighting for a “society imposed weight goal” but striving to make my life enjoyable again by achieving a weight goal that allows me to live an active life and lessen the pain on the joints. I am not playing the game by anyone’s rules but my own.
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