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Worth-It Wednesday!

Change is hard at the beginning, messy in the middle and Worth it in the end!  Be kind and patient with yourself.  Creating a healthy lifestyle, making changes to lose weight and shape up takes time.  Setbacks happen, but keep pushing through…it will be Worth It!!

 

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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 New Year ~ Starting fresh towards a Healthier Me!

Christmas has come and gone.  What a wonderful time of celebration it was with family and friends.  The food was wonderful and the turkey is a gift that keeps on giving.  Turkey sandwiches, turkey casserole, turkey stew, have all been a part of our eating plan over the last few days in our house.

Homemade cookies, desserts and chocolates have also been part of the celebrations.  I, confess that I did indulge in some of the goodies offered, but did well, considering, the array of sugared treats I had to choose from.

As the year comes to a close, I have time to examine my eating habits over the course of the year and assess how I did, and where I can improve next year.  I am looking forward to a clean slate and as always will make the New Year’s resolution to be a “healthier” me and to “exercise” more.  The key is to keep on track, and stay motivated to attain my goals. I can’t allow the stresses in life, to derail me, which they have at times this year.

2015 brings a fresh start, new hope, and a promise for a healthier me.   I will be keeping myself accountable through this blog and will keep encouraging all those who strive to be healthy on the inside and outside as well.

I know I shared a parody before Christmas, but here is another one for your enjoyment.  I know it’s not a month after Christmas…but it’s never too late to start focusing on making those tight clothes loose again.  Enjoy!

Twas the month after Christmas,

and all through the house,

Nothing would fit me,

not even a blouse.

The cookies I’d nibbled,

the eggnog I’d taste,

At the holiday parties,

had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales,

there arose such a number!

When I walked to the store,

(less a walk than a lumber).

I’d remember the marvelous,

meals I’d prepared;

The gravies and sauces,

and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum balls,

the bread and the cheese,

And the way I’d never said,

“No, thank you, please.”

As I dressed myself,

in my husband’s old shirt,

And prepared once again,

to do battle with dirt,

I said to myself,

as I only can

“You can spend a winter

disguised as a man!”

So-away with the last,

of the sour cream dip,

Get rid of the fruit cake,

every cracker and chip.

Every last bit of food,

that I like must be banished

Till all the additional,

ounces have vanished.

I won’t have a cookie,

not even a lick.

I’ll want only to chew,

on a long celery stick.

I won’t have hot biscuits,,

or corn bread, or pie,

I’ll munch on a carrot,

and quietly cry.

I’m hungry, I’m lonesome,

and life is a bore-

But isn’t that what,

January is for?

Unable to giggle,

no longer a riot.

Happy New Year to all,

and to all a good diet! (Anonymous)