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Beating the odds!

The Superbowl is over and what a game it was!  My husband, being a Patriot’s fan, was beginning to lose heart. The Falcons were crushing the Patriots, making it nearly impossible for them to recover, or even win.  Nevertheless, a most extraordinary game unfolded!  For the first time in Superbowl history it went into Overtime.  With baited breath my husband and I watched as the Patriots dug deep, and with focus and determination overcame the impossible.  We were astounded!

The Patriots had one goal in mind,  they wanted the victory.  Nothing was going to get them down. They were gonna fight hard, and fight to win. Inch by inch, line by line they got closer to their goal, and created a big upset for the opposing team.  It was incredible to watch.

In a similar way, those of us who are trying to lose weight, eat healthy and get fit, have setbacks that can throw us in a downward spiral.  Feeling defeated, they can stop us in our tracks and self-doubt can hold us back.  The task before us seems impossible to overcome and for many of us we give up.

Watching the Superbowl was encouraging, and there are valuable takeaways that can help us on our journey.

  1. When the mountain seems impossible, don’t give up, victory is just around the corner.
  2. Stay focused, keep your eye on the goal and run for it.
  3. Be determined! Fight hard, fight to win.
  4. Overcome ~ don’t let despair, self-doubt, or defeat get you down.  Remind yourself you can overcome.
  5. Take little steps ~ set small goals, win small victories, and the bigger goal will be within your grasp.

Today, as you bask in the epic game, bask in the victory that is within your reach!  Stay healthy, keep fit, and keep glowing!

F.I.T.N.E.S.S.

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FITNESS

F – FUEL

Today is Friday, and a good day to consider what you are going to FUEL your body with in order to keep it strong, healthy, alive and energetic.  Choose foods that are full of “life” and not “dead”.  Steer clear of processed foods that are devoid of nutrients and enjoy luscious fruit and vegetables packed with life giving energy.  Your body will love it and so will you when you have enough energy to enjoy the weekend.

I – IMPORTANT

Remember to put yourself first when it comes to your health.  No one is responsible for what you eat, or how much exercise you do.  YOU are IMPORTANT, and taking care of yourself today will benefit you in years to come.  Keep the promise you made to yourself to be the best you that you can be.  Oftentimes, we sacrifice our health and our needs for the needs of others.  When we give so much of ourselves we are left depleted of energy and no good to anyone.  Take charge of your life today.

T –  TRACK

Keep track of your food intake, weight, measurements and watch the progress you are making.  In times when you plateau, or don’t feel motivated you can look at how far you have come.  It’s a great motivator to see that you have accomplished much.   A good perspective is to recognize that your body is transforming and rejuvenating daily.  Old cells are being replaced by new ones constantly.  E.g. Skin replaces itself approximately every 27 days.  So even if you aren’t losing a ton of weight, you are eating healthy and making your skin look great.  Get your glow on!!

N – NURTURE

Nurture your mind with great thoughts!  All too often we feed our minds with negative thoughts.  These negative thoughts can have a direct effect on how we feel about ourselves and how we act.  Instead, replace the negative thoughts with positive ones.  Encourage yourself and cheer yourself on.  You are special, you are loved, you were created for a divine purpose.

E – EXERCISE

Take time out of your day to EXERCISE.  Not only does it enhance your mood by flooding your body with “endorphins” (those feel good hormones), it helps drain your lymphatic system from toxins.  Your heart gets stronger, your muscles develop and you feel great.  Keep track of your resting heart rate and see it improve over time.  Check online to see where your RHR is now and aim for Good, Excellent, and even for Athlete.

S – STRETCH

When you get out of bed in the morning stretch.  Get those muscles limber.  Stretch before and after working out.  The more you stretch the more flexible you will be, and the less injury you will sustain to your muscles.  It only takes a few minutes, but it is well worth it.

S – SLEEP

Try to get a good SLEEP.  We have all heard that sleep is important to our overall well- being, but it is oftentimes hard to achieve.  Sleeping will give our bodies a chance to renew and refresh us.  Choose foods high in tryptophan for your evening meal as it is known to induce a calming effect, and make you feel sleepy.

Have a terrific weekend!  Stay focused, have fun, aim to be a Fitter you!

 

Teaming Up 4 Success

Journeying alone while you are trying to lose weight, eat healthy or develop a consistent exercise program etc. can be tough.  Oftentimes, motivation waivers and momentum stalls.

However, if you have a partner, or a group of people that have the same goals and interests there will be support when someone waivers or falls short of their goals.

A few days ago, I watched a program where the wife wanted to lose weight but had emotional roadblocks along the way.  Through the encouragement of her partner, and team effort, she was able to reach her weight loss goal.  The result was success for her and a benefit for her spouse, who, in the process, lost weight, built muscle and learned how to eat properly.

It may take some effort to find someone to team up with, but inspiration and motivation will keep you on track and accountable as you try to live a healthy lifestyle.

Joining a gym, finding a local cycling or walking group, taking up a yoga/spin class or joining an online weight loss/exercise group or even asking a friend to share in your journey, and keep you accountable, are great ways to reach success.

 

 “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow”. (Ecclesiastes 4:9,10)

A Liebster Award

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What a pleasant surprise I got, this morning, when I went onto my computer!

Nina over at http://healingwithfoodblog.com/2015/02/16/a-liebster-award/ nominated my blog for a Liebster award.  I am, both, flattered and honored, that she would choose healthyglowchic to be one of her nominees.    A big THANKYOU is sent her way.  I would encourage you to head over to Nina’s gluten and dairy free blog and check it out.  She has a myriad of recipes from Fluffy Watermelon Ice to Sago Pudding with Lychee & Pineapple.

These are the Official Rules:

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  • Thank the person that nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions about yourself provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide eleven random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate five to eleven blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
  • Create a new list of questions for the bloggers to answer.
  • List these rules in your post.
  • Inform the bloggers that you nominated, that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.

Here are the 11 questions that Nina asked me:

1. Why did you start this blog?

I started this blog to share my experiences, with others, as I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to share information that may be beneficial for others.  I think this is a great avenue to meet like-minded people who have similar interests and challenges.  This blog keeps me focused and accountable. It also allows me to get support and give support to others who are striving to live a healthy life.

2. What’s one thing that always makes you smile?

I think, hands down, that would have to be my FAMILY.  I love my husband and children.  My lips curl upwards to form a massive smile when I see, hear or think about them.

3. How many places have you lived? 

I have lived in 3 different homes, but the same area my whole life.  Boring right?  Actually, I love living in Canada and prefer to travel.  I’ve travelled to England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Poland, Bahamas, Playa del Carmen, Florida, Las Vegas, California, Virginia, Michigan, and even Banff Alberta.

4. Do you have a favourite quote?

“We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing.” (Henry Cloud)

5. What’s one piece of advice you’d give your younger self?

Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is too short!

6. What things are you passionate about?

I am passionate about health and fitness.  I am passionate about outdoor biking.   I am passionate about my faith and volunteering in my local church.

7. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done yet?

I’ve always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride, but haven’t.  I think it would be such an exhilarating experience; perhaps one day I will get the chance to do it.

8. What’s your favourite way to relax?

My favorite way to relax would be on a beach, under an umbrella, soaking up the sun and listening to the waves roll in.  However, that is only available to me for a portion of the year.  The other favorite way to relax is in a big comfy chair, by the fireplace, listening to some music playing softly in the background.

9. Where is your dream holiday destination?

Italy!

10. Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Lisa Whelchel.  She recently starred in the reality tv show “Survivor” and was a star on “The Facts of Life” in the 80’s.

11. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

I would have to say the most unusual food I have eaten is Buffalo.  I had buffalo meat while I was in Alberta and quite liked it.

11 Random Facts about Me: 

  1. I enjoy decorating.
  2. I am a vocalist.
  3. I have never gone downhill skiing.
  4. I love history and science.
  5. I can body surf. (I know eh?)
  6. I cut my own hair (gasp).
  7. I love browsing around antique/thrift shops.
  8. I’ve sailed in a glass bottom boat to view beautiful tropical fish.
  9. I had a Quad pregnancy.
  10. I enjoy photography.
  11. I have two older sisters and no brothers.

The blogs I would like to nominate for the Liebster Award are:

Celebrating Sunshine

Lorie Shaefer

Marpay Fitness

365daysofunstoppablejoy

Fuchsia Outbursts

My questions for the nominees are, as follows:

  1. What inspires you in life?
  2. What is your favorite song?
  3. If you could save only one book from a burning library what would it be?
  4. Where is the most exotic place you have visited?
  5. Who would play you in a movie?
  6. What’s your most embarrassing moment?
  7. What’s your favorite exercise?
  8. How many times a week do you exercise?
  9. What is the most unusual food you have eaten?
  10. Do you have a goal you want to achieve in 2015?
  11. What one character in history do you admire?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope your day is filled with love, joy and happiness.  Today is a day to count your blessings, and spend time with your significant other, family, and/or friends.  It’s a day to spread a little love around and even give a little love to yourself.  Wishing you all a blessed day!

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A play on Words ~ Orange you glad?

A cute poem that I couldn’t resist sharing.  Enjoy!

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Valentine Food For Thought
Cabbage always has a heart; Green beans string along.
You’re such a cute tomato, Will you peas to me belong?
You’ve been the apple of my eye, You know how much I care;
So lettuce get together, We’d make a perfect pear.

Now, something’s sure to turnip to prove you can’t be beet;
So, if you carrot all for me let’s let our tulips meet.
Don’t squash my hopes and dreams now, Bee my honey, dear;
Or tears will fill potato’s eyes, While sweet corn lends an ear.

I’ll cauliflower shop and say, Your dreams are parsley mine.
I’ll work and share my celery, So be my valentine.

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Add a Splash of Red!

Everyone knows that February is known for the month of love, but for some it can be a month of feeling blue!

The lack of light and long winter days can make it harder to maintain a consistent mood and energy.

I want to remain optimistic, joyful, and upbeat.  Adding a splash of red might just do the trick.

Red symbolizes love, desire, passion, excitement, but it also symbolizes energy, determination, courage, and boldness. Red is empowering, it’s an attention getter.  It’s fiery!  It is often where the eye looks first. It is the symbol of life.

So, if you’re feeling a little low and need a pick me up, go ahead, spice up your life with a little red!  When you do you may feel:

Rejuvenated!

Energized!

Determined!

Paint your nails red, add vibrant red lipstick to your lips. Accent your outfit with a red tie, scarf, gloves or hat.  Pull out some red pumps, or runners.  Some red jewellery or a red purse.  Leave the black dress in the closet, and inspire yourself with a new red one! The world of red is your oyster, think of some other fun items you can add to your wardrobe.

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Shake off the blues, share the love, and inspire yourself to be the best you can be.  Live well, eat well and love yourself and others!   Cheers to the color Red! ❤

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