Start Somewhere…

You have to start somewhere!

How many times have you said to yourself that you were going start, “as soon as…” something else happens? I’m totally guilty. All you are really doing is procrastinating, and keeping yourself from living your best life – a happy life.

Our biggest problem is that we fear the unknown, next to worry. We worry about how we’ll look to others, how it will work, if it will work; the who, what, when, where, why, and then we become afraid to even try.

For example, I currently do not have a gym membership, and for a few months I put off exercising because I was “waiting until I found another gym to join.” I was worried about the expense and convenience of joining yet another gym, but all this did was make me unhappy because I felt I couldn’t work out the way I was accustomed to working out.

Then one day, looking in the mirror and not liking what I was seeing (I confess), I realized how much sense that did NOT make. HA HA! It was not that I couldn’t exercise. I have equipment at home – dumbbells, weights, a weight bench, steps, exercise videos, as well as access to metroparks, outdoor tracks, and pools. I really don’t need to have a gym membership at this time, weather permitting or not, I can always add a workout to my daily routine. I had just given myself an excuse to slack off and throw my own little personal pity party.

What is holding you back?

YOU

Yep, just you… There is no one else to blame because you are the only who can live your life.

So, no more thinking & talking about it. It’s time to make a move forward >>>

Day 1 let’s go!

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You Have to Love Yourself 1st!

Everyday you need to practice self love. It doesn’t matter what it is, nor how small or large it is, as long as you are doing it for yourself on a daily basis. When it comes to your mindset, you must set your mind right everyday, and I think the best way to do that is to focus on yourself 1st. Once you are feeling good about yourself, then you can help others and everything just comes together.

Start your day with an intention of what you want to do that will make you feel better, whether it is setting and accomplishing a goal or simply getting up on time and getting your day off to the right start. It is the little things that add up into the bigger picture of things!

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Why Having No Expectations Brings Inner Peace

We have a tendency to impose our own expectations on others and situations. It can cause discord, instability, emotional stress, anxiety and disappointment. We must stop having so many expectations of others for our own mental health.

When I stopped having expectations in certain situations, it always felt like a weight had been lifted. It is amazing how much more you can enjoy just being or doing without being attached to specific outcomes. It allows you to savor the moment(s) without prejudice!

It is OK to Start Over!

It Is OK to start over, and it does not matter how many times you have to do it as long as you don’t quit. In my health, wellness and fitness journey, I have started over numerous times and at one point I felt really bad about it. Today, I realize that I shouldn’t feel bad about it because I’m human, and as long as I have not completely quit then it’s OK to start over, re-center yourself and continue on to the goal that you have set for yourself. The path may have changed but it doesn’t mean that you’re going in the wrong direction. In fact, you are probably closer than you were before! Sometimes, we have to go through darkness, valleys and blindness before our eyes are opened and we see the light that lights the path that we must take to move forward!

Don’t Worry, You Won’t ‘Bulk-up’ from Working Out…Unless you want to!

First of all ladies, we are not made to get as big as men. We simply do not have the composition. Lifting weights increases muscle tone, which in turn burns fat at a much more rapid pace than doing 30 or 60 minutes of aerobic activity. Weight training is also excellent for increasing bone density which is critical for preventing osteoporosis and broken bones.

Adding weight training to your workout regimen will only help you reach your weight loss goals faster. In addition, toning your muscles will help you to maintain your weight loss. It really takes a lot of work and even years to grow large muscles, if you decide to take that path.

To learn more, check it out >> Don’t Worry, You Won’t ‘Bulk-up’ from Working Out…Unless you want to!.

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Tips to increase your fruit and vegetable intake

In an earlier post, I posted a diagram of the importance of water and its effects on the body (why water is so important). In addition to taking in the proper amount of water (at least 64 ounces per day), eating vegetables and fruits are also very important. Incorporating them into your diet are essential.

Many diseases develop in the body when it does not release wastes properly, particularly digestive diseases. Green vegetables and fruits are two of the key elements that help the digestive system eliminate potential harmful bacteria from the body.  If you struggle with getting these into your diet, checkout >>  Tips to increase your fruit and vegetable intake.

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6 Snacks You Can Eat Before Bed

BELIEVE IT OR NOT! It is okay to eat before you go to bed! The body uses up quite a bit of energy while sleeping, which is the best time for your body to recover from exercise, illness, injury, etc. Now that you know, you no longer have to fear taking a few bites before “hitting the hay!”

Here are some great healthy snacks to try before drifting off into ” la la land.”

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…for Your Super Bowl Watch Party

Super Food Recipes
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Hot wings, chips and salsa, and seven layer dip are a few items that make the list for popular football Sunday foods. It’s easy to claim Sunday as your ‘cheat’ day, but with many ways of incorporating healthy ingredients, there is no reason why your game day menu can’t be healthy as well. Try adding superfoods to your football party with the following recipes:

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Top 10 Foods That Fight Flus And Colds

fluIt’s that time of year, #flu/cold season is upon us. How do you stay well? I’ve learned to incorporate many foods, herbs, and spices into my diet, which along with regular #exercise, keeps my immune system up and running well. It is extremely important to me to support my #immune #health due to my #colitis. Catching a cold or the flu will only make my condition become active or worsen. I’m all about staying in remission, because active #colitis is no joke.

Below are my top 10: 

  1. Bone broth / chicken broth – great for a bedtime snack. Broth, alone, is actually packed with all the essential amino acids that the body needs. Aids is recovery for many internal illnesses.
  2. Garlic and onions – many people take garlic pills, which are more potent than simply crushing and consuming a small bulb of fresh garlic.
  3. Citrus fruits – I buy frozen fruit and mix them in my protein shakes.
  4. Ginger – great for warming up the body and fighting colds instantly
  5. Fermented Foods – yogurt, kefir, etc.
  6. Cold-water fish – a protein-rich food
  7. Sweet potatoes – a great complex carb for after your workout. I eat one a day. LOVE THEM!
  8. Mushrooms – great alone as a side dish (which is my favorite way to eat them) or mixed with your green vegetables
  9. Brazil nuts – I grew up on these. My parents always kept nuts in the house.
  10. Pumpkin seeds / sunflower seeds – great for the gut as well.

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How My “Leg Day” Begins