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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!

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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!

 

Shangri-la Smoothie

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Transport your tastebuds to Shangri-la with this refreshing smoothie.  Paradise is a sip away!

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  • 1/2 Papaya, peeled and pitted
  • 1 large apple
  • 8 dried apricot halves

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Soak apricots overnight (or for 8 hours) in 1 cup of water, drain when time is up.  Place apricots in blender.

Meanwhile, juice apple and papaya in juicer.  Combine with apricots.  Blend for 1 minute on medium speed. Enjoy!

Relax, Refresh, Reboot!

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Wow wee!  I woke up this morning with a major head cold.  My sinuses are inflamed and I’m sneezing like crazy.  To boot, it’s freezing outside and it’s snowing!!  What a great way to wake up on a Saturday! Oy!

In spite of how I am feeling, and how terribly cold and snowy it is outside, I am rather mellow.  I’m sitting in a big comfy chair with a box of kleenex by my side.  I’m sipping cups of ginger tea with honey and am looking forward to a warm bowl of soup for lunch.  It’s going to be one of those days of resting and recouping.

In our fast paced world it’s hard to sit still.  Deadlines need to be made, houses need cleaned, clothes need washed, groceries need bought, children need meals and attended to.   Paperwork needs sorted, phone calls need answered, schedules need to be followed. On and on the list goes.

The mind and body are in a constant swirl of activity and it’s hard to just take “time out”.  If we’re not in a constant state of busy, we can feel guilty about resting or even think we are being lazy.  When we have a cold, I believe this is our body crying out for some rest.  It needs time to play catch up and heal. It needs time to recover and rid itself of the virus invading the body.

Why then should we put so much pressure on ourselves? When was the last time you turned your cellphone off and unplugged from the world around you?  When was the last time you relaxed, and I mean really relaxed?  I know some meditate, some pray, some do yoga or go to the spa but when was the last time your mind and body were in complete rest.

Rest means to “cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength”.  

One can be in a physical state of rest, but their mind is going a mile a minute.  When was the last time you felt tranquil, serene, relaxed, calm, placid?

Me time

If it’s been a long time since you’ve been in that state of serenity, then you deserve to give yourself permission to do so. Some people call this a “time out” or “me time”.  It doesn’t have to be long, but it should be something that becomes part of your lifestyle as well.  Feeling stressed out, anxious just leads to being short-tempered, irritable, unfocused, and erratic.

Whether you’re feeling under the weather like me, or just stressed by the demands of life.  Remember you owe it to yourself to take care of you.  Incorporating some deep breathing exercises may help calm your mind and relax you.

As I type this, my husband is in the kitchen working hard.  He’s unloaded the dishwasher, reloaded it, washed the pots and now is scrubbing the kitchen sinks.  I feel grateful for his kindness and helping hand, and no I don’t feel guilty.  (even though I felt the urge to rush in and take over, but I stopped myself. You see it’s an ongoing choice we need to make for our own benefit) This in turn will enhance our relations with others as we will be able to cope better and not be short-tempered or irritable.

Go ahead!  Take some “me time”!  Rest, Refresh and Reboot your body!

Think Red!

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February is the month of Love!  The flavor of the month is chocolate.  The color of the month is Red, and the shape of the month is a heart!

With that in mind I want to turn it into a month of positive healthy experiences.

The first thing on the list is Love.  Oftentimes when we are trying to lose weight or eat healthy we can be very critical with ourselves.  The weight isn’t coming off quickly enough! The bulges are everywhere! My upper thighs look like cottage cheese!  I’ve got too many wrinkles!  My skin is sagging!  I am ugly!  I don’t like what I see in the mirror. etc. etc.  It’s a great month to put the negative self-talk away and replace it with positive affirmations.  It’s time to pamper yourself and have some “me” timeLove the skin you’re in and appreciate all that you are.  It’s time to give yourself a big hug, and a pat on the back. It’s time to praise yourself for staying on track, for choosing healthy foods, for making positive changes in your life.  Be your own cheerleader and love yourself.

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The second thing on the list is chocolate.  The smell of chocolate is in the air.  Replace milk chocolate for dark chocolate.  It is a good option to turn to when you get a craving to have some. It is low in sugar and high in cocoa. Dark chocolate is good for dry skin and erases small wrinkles and fine lines.  It shields against harmful UV rays and adds shine to your hair.  The other option is carob. The polyphenols in it are powerful antioxidants and it lowers cholesterol. It is a natural raw food that is used as a substitute for chocolate in baking and in chocolate beverages.

The third thing is Red.  We have a myriad of fruits and vegetables that are Red.  For the month of February “THINK RED” .  Eat red grapes, apples, pomegranates, red grapefruit, red berries (strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, cherries) red cabbage, radishes, beetroot, red onions, red kidney beans, tomatoes, etc.  These are all healthy and are full of antioxidants.

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The fourth thing is the shape of a heart. Love your heart! Concentrate on foods that “heart-healthy”.  Whole grains, (oatmeal) beans, legumes, fatty fish (salmon, tuna), flaxseeds, nuts and teas (flavonoids).

There are lots of ways to stay motivated this month, these are just a few ways that will keep me on track. Live simply, love yourself, love others.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/06/dark-chocolate-beauty-benefits_n_3710027.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/250365-what-are-the-benefits-of-carob/

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/25-top-heart-healthy-foods