Monday, March 18, 2013
Sparkpeople.com has sponsored recently-released oldies cardio workout music. I’m very particular when it comes to my cardio because I love my treadmill and like to do cardio cycling (which in a nutshell is a series of faster then slower then faster then slower cardio routines). It’s hard to find pre-made music lists that would work, so, I handpick the music for my playlist. However, I happen to like this new oldies playlist. It still wouldn’t work for my cardio cycling, but it would work really well for aerobics or jazzercise. And this was developed based on feedback from Sparkpeople.com users. This playlist, called 80s Retro Hits, has music from the 50s and 60s, most of which are still very popular today. This music gets my vote. Here is the list, the top 15:
No. 1: Aretha Franklin – Respect (1967)
No. 2: Steppenwolf – Born to Be Wild (1967)
No. 3: The Monkees – I'm a Believer (1966)
No. 4: Martha & the Vandellas – Dancing in the Street (1964)
No. 5: The Kinks – You Really Got Me (1964)
No. 6: Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock (1957)
No. 7: Rolling Stones – Jumpin' Jack Flash (1968)
No. 8: Tommy James & The Shondells – Mony Mony (1968)
No. 9: The Beach Boys – Surfin' USA (1963)
No. 10: Foundations — Build Me Up Buttercup (1968)
No. 11: Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode (1958)
No. 12: Led Zepplin – Whole Lotta Love (1969)
No. 13: Rolling Stones — Paint It Black (1966)
No. 14: The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations (1966)
No. 15: Chubby Checker – Let's Twist Again (1961)
and here is more information on the playlist:
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I haven’t posted here in quite a while. I've been a busy bee, though I've still maintained my healthy lifestyle during my Sparkpeople.com absence. Conversations I have had with people often include asking me for tips as we move into spring. I’ve maintained my progress and I love helping others, as this helps to keep me motivated. So, the top tip I want to share is this. VISUALIZATION. That’s very important.
When I say visualization, I’m talking about a lot of things. You need to visualize yourself at your ideal weight. Visualize yourself eating a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday. Visualize yourself having at least 5 servings each of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains per day. Visualize yourself being more mobile and increasing your physical activity. Lastly, visualize that you are maintaining these things for the rest of your life.
Even if you don’t really believe in your heart that you can achieve these things, you need to see yourself doing them. Don’t worry about not believing in yourself. That's normal. But, for each little, teeny-tiny milestone you make, you’ll feel a little bit more confident and over time, you'll begin to believe more in yourself. But it all starts with first visualizing it.
You need to see yourself all the time, the way you want to live, the way you want to be. That’s the most expeditious way to achieve your goals.
Friday, October 14, 2011
With all the many health benefits that exist from exercise, I have been reading recently about another one I didn’t know about. Did you know that exercise has been known to help acne, blackheads, rosacea, and other skin problems? Who knew? Apparently, exercise contributes to healthy skin because it increases blood flow, unclogs pores because it activates sweat glands, and more importantly, it reduces stress which is one of the biggest causes of skin problems. Exercise helps to increase circulation and aids in the delivery of nutrients to skin cells.
Exercise isn’t just good for your heart, joints, lungs, and waist line. It can help your skin too. So, if you didn’t already have enough good reasons to exercise, now you have another one. Here are some good articles on the topic.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Michael lost 12 pounds over the last 6 weeks. He was excited about his progress, even though he still has a long way to go. He attributes his success to following primarily a plant-based diet. But he began to get a little worried when two friends in town on business wanted to take him to a private dinner party at a restaurant one Saturday evening. Michael wondered where they would be eating and what would be served. He was afraid that all his progress would be blown by one night of fun and adventure, particularly knowing that his friends were carnivorous eaters who didn’t know the meaning of moderation when it came to food.
To combat his dilemma, Michael, decided to have a light and healthy meal at home prior to meeting his friends. He hoped that doing so would fill him up. He figured that if he was hungry when he went out, he might be tempted to order too much or order all the wrong things. He had planned to keep it light at the restaurant and only get a soup and salad and maybe some other vegetable and absolutely no alcohol.
At dinner, things were much better than he thought they would be. Michael was proud of himself, ordering a cup of vegetable-barley soup, a garden salad, and a side of steamed broccoli. He viewed the menu online beforehand so he knew what to order when he got there. He was resilient to his friends’ gluttonous eating while kidding him about his healthful eating. He even had half a slice of pound cake for dessert that he shared with one of his friends. Michael realized that the jokes (some people might even consider them insults) from his dinner companions just rolled off his back, and he went home feeling ecstatic that he didn’t overdo it.
While this story about Michael is fictional, it illustrates the problem many dieters often face. We all want to hang out with friends and family when we can, but unless they also eat the way that we do, it can be a challenge socializing with them. Furthermore, it doesn’t help if they say mean things. Even though their comments are meant as a joke, the meanness still hurts just the same. Try to let it roll off your back.
The next time you’re in this situation, think of Michael. Have a light snack before dinner, think and plan ahead what you may order when you go out, and let the ribbing from others fly right over your head. Finally, if you do fall off a little bit, eating a little too much of the wrong things, that’s okay. One night of culinary pleasure won’t derail all of your progress. Get back on the wagon after dinner. Rather than feel bad about yourself, make up for it by doing some extra crunches or staying on the treadmill a little longer. Life’s too short to stress about it.
"Just Do It!"
Monday, September 12, 2011
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been noticing the number of my SP friends who have been missing in action. I realize that we lead busy lives, as I certainly do. But I also notice that those people who are consistent with SP and who keep up with their logging and who keep up with all the SP points tend to be much more successful than those who don’t. In addition, in talking with some people who disappeared for a while and now are back, every person I talked to has told me that it was shame that kept them away - ashamed because of their lack of success.
I hope that anyone reading this will realize that there is no reason to be ashamed just because your success is not as great as you’d like for it to be. We all are different and progress at different rates. Our bodies are different, our metabolism is different, our drive and willpower are different, our energy level is different, and consequently, our results are going to be different. Sometimes, I know it can be frustrating. You count your calories, kick all the sugary and greasy foods, and you increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and whole grains and you get in more physical activity yet the number on that scale STILL hasn’t moved in weeks. I get it. But don’t let that be a reason to get discouraged and quit. What do you think happens if you throw in the towel?
So, hang in there and keep up with what you’re doing and remember, there are many measures of progress besides the scale: blood pressure, glucose level, cholesterol, and the way your clothes are fitting are just a few of them. Be inspired, and even if you aren’t losing like you want, you’re still successful if you also aren’t gaining.
“Quitters never win, and winners never quit.”
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