You can eat vegetables in lots of ways. You can eat them raw,boiled,roasted or fried. But what happens if you're not a veggie person or your kids don't eat their veggies? Try making a spinach pie recipe. It's healthy,tasty and you and your family will love it. It's a good source of Vitamin A & C.
It's all in your head. Set yourself out to do something and DO IT!! Don't slack on it either. I take 1 day at a time. If I fall off that day, I start all over the next. What keeps you motivated? Is it God? Religion? Your family? Yourself? You want a smaller size? Picture your new body and use your mind to get the results you want!! You can do whatever you want as long as you put your mind to it!!
I "vision collaged" my back of the door mirror, this way I "SEE" it all the time!!! Everyday, sometimes several times a day! Foods, Exercises, Physically fit bodies, places I want to go and things I want to do!! Anything that is something to strive for or look forward to I put it on the edge of that mirror. SO when I do that one last check in the mirror before I sweep out the door I know what I want in LIFE!!! EVerything I want to live for is there: Prayer, Familiy, Friends.Healthy Lifestyle!
Determined to stay off the couch in the evening after a long day and exercise, I found if I sit on the floor I end up doing all my Calisthenics, yoga poses and stretching, while hanging with hubby and enjoying our tv show.
i purchased hanging shoe organizers with clear pockets (the vinyl kind) and hung them on my children's closet doors. in addition to keeping shoes in there, the pockets are perfect for socks, stockings, hats, scarves and gloves, belts, and even small toys. the clear pockets allow me to see what my children have available for use and allows them to learn organization as well!
I have found that setting goals not only yields results (as in accomplishing the obvious), but it boosts my self-confidence, and helps me think through my words and actions before following through. There is much satisfaction in completing goals!
A great way to eat healthy, and enjoy good foods is to take advantage of the summer time farmer's markets! Check your local papers/ towns for times and dates where locals sell their fresh, organic, healthy goods! It's can be a fun event for the family; help support local farmers, and help your community; and if you have never tasted a locally grown tomato; your salads and taste buds have been missing out! A good opportunity to try something new, and cost many goods are cost effective!
I am a mother of 7 children, and I don't always have time to get in a workout. So instead of skipping, I take the kids and off we go! Sometimes we explore a neat trail, or we make an adventure by going on a hike. Whatever we do, we not only are ALL getting in a good workout, but we're spending time together as a family! And I'm teaching my children good habits as well! It's a win all around!! :-)
Whenever i'm getting off track or even when i'm feeling a little bored I look over my old blogs. Almost all of them give me a more positive perspective or solutions to what I want to tweak or change. Should I not feel more empowered or motivated to a new direction then I hit some of my SP friends blogs.
Tell your loved ones of your goals. Explain to them that you just want to get healthy. Maybe they will resist your change in lifestyle (since it might also affect them), but once they see that you are serious, they will respect & support your efforts. And maybe they will even become motivated themselves!
I have recently started a group of friends to exercise with since not everyone has schedules that match up if you have a group of exercise partners then it doesn't effect you if they "call in" you always have a back up partner and more motivation . The more the merry right??
Over the last 5 months I have lost 10 kg which makes me feel great but I was only able to do it because I kept positive. It really does help and if you are able to get family, friends, collegues to support you to then that is even better.
Playing with the kids is a fun family activity, which is not only good for bonding, but it's exercise, too! SparkPeople has all sorts of activities listed for you to log, including the general "Playing with the Kids" activity. Go play as your cardio!
I love pancakes with syrup and can not eat sugar free so what I do is make whole wheat pancakes and add Original Applesauce to the top. This saves me about 200 calories while still giving me the sweetness I love...Enjoy!!
When I'm feeling down or in a rut, I like to call a friend or family member that I haven't talked to in a while. Just a friendly conversation can turn my whole day around and remind me about all the good things I have in my life.
The road to success is not straight
I have four kids (three in school) and a husband...need I say more?! To help control the many papers (permission slips, fliers, calendars, etc.) that arrive on my kitchen counter daily, I keep a slim, free standing file folder box/holder on the counter next to the phone. Found this one at Target for $4! Each member of the family has a clearly labeled file and the kids put their own important papers that they might need later in the file all by themselves. Every night, I go through the files.
If you like dancing Wii Just Dance games are a lot of fun. They get my kids moving too! I do it almost every evening. When it's fun, I'm less likely to quit. I plan to alternate with my Wii Fit board and program. Variety make for less boredom.
When I was growing up, each Friday at dinner, we had what we called Family Council. We discussed family issues ---turning lights off when we left a room, where we would spend our next vacation, increases in allowance, discipline problems, the organizations to which we would donate money, sibling issues, division of household chores & errands, curfews, dating rules, dress codes. Of course my parents had the final say, but everyone could express an opinion, suggest a new idea... (continued)
My 17 year old daughter registered with SparkTeen and my neighbor registered with SP, now we get together and try to one up each other on points, pounds lost, cardio minutes, etc. Some how we each win in one category or another.