Looking forward to…

What do you look forward to today? What do you look forward to everyday? Everybody has something they look forward to at some point within there busy day (hopefully). Perhaps today is the day you will accomplish what you have worked so hard on, however small it may be, it is something to look forward to.

Maybe it’s something as simple as a  cup of coffee. If a cup a coffee sets your mind as ease with a sigh of gratitude, that’s something to look forward to. I personally look forward to my morning stretch and conditioning. It helps me start my day off with a good attitude as well as calms my nerves. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have to pursue what I love, but I am more fulfilled and content when I help someone else accomplish there goals. I love fitness, health (mind&body), and people. I look forward in hearing from a client that I have helped in fitness enter into a session with good news… they have accomplished that one nemesis that has held them back. It’s a great feeling to know I was/am a part of someones accomplishments (shamelessly, selfishly admitting). It’s true, I look forward to seeing a smile on a persons face that I assisted in reaching the finish line. It’s a wonderful feeling :-)

On a more personal note, I look forward to the day I have more patience for myself than every other day. This will be one of my greatest accomplishments. I’m a working progress. My head is filled with many voices (no I’m not schizo) that are constantly reminding me of “stuff” good/bad/ugly. My motor seems to always be running (yet going nowhere). Keeping my focus on one thing at a time is challenging, however I continually work on it to better serve me. I find this part of my personality is where I’m most creative but also most frustrating.  I learn to take the good with the bad. I am well aware of my imperfections and learned to like them because I must live with myself (truth).

“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward”. Victor Kiam.

“A great accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next big leap forward.” Harvey Mackay.

“Study the past if you would define the future.” Confucious

“I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can.” Kate Middleton

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Crashing your diet

Yup! Smash it, put a lid on it, forget it! Crash diets?! That’s just silly talk. Have you struggled with this issue? Have you been a victim of the latest fads on “dieting?”

Have you tried the popcorn diet? The baby food diet? The potato chip diet? The holiday candy cane diet? Perhaps the soup diet?!! One of those are a hit in someones “crash diet” at one point in time.

Come on! They don’t work…… at least not long term, and definitely not healthy. Generally those who try the crash diet fad end up gaining more weight then what they started with. Very low calorie eating typically sets one up for failure. It’s important to include healthy fats in your daily intake and when your on the “crash diet” your most likely not getting enough of anything let alone “healthy fats.”  Crash diets will dehydrate you, therefor you’re loosing water weight not fat, NOT TO MENTION YOUR DECREASING YOUR METABOLISM! You want to raise your metabolism not lower it!

Also, your muscles will weaken due to crash dieting, this will make it difficult to exercise. Key word; EXERCISE. How can you exercise with no energy? Food, healthy food, is energy. A healthy life style = healthy weight loss.

I like to cross train with some resistance training to build muscle. Free weights, resistance bands are an example and are good ways to build your muscles. Cut back on sugar is another key point in a healthy weight loss. Sometimes it can be tough but worth it in the long run. Remember my motto; ” Everything in moderation.”

Crash diets don’t work because they don’t change habits!

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No Regret

Regrets?

I’m sure if I think on it enough I would discover a few regrets I’ve made in my life thus far! However, when it comes to my health (which is a priority), I have no regret in the following:

Sleeping! I’m like “heaven” when I have had sufficient amount of sleep. I’m not talking about 6 hours. I’m talking 8-9-even 10 hours. I’m not joking. I’m a women with hormones that require 8-10 hours of sleep. It’s a mood booster! I have no regrets about that!

Exercise! This is obvious. I enjoy exercising and I never regret going for a walk, cross training, and getting my heart rate up. We all know the benefits of exercise. More importantly it can prevent future health issues such as heart disease, depression, and obesity.

Healthy eating! Less sugar and more greens. Sure I love chocolate chip cookies and ice cream, but not everyday. The key for me is ” all in moderation” and more of the good stuff than the bad (sugar). I don’t regret that! My day of “sweetness’ will arrive again. Besides, limiting my sugar intake increases my energy. No regrets.

Meditating! Basically MY TIME TO CHILL. This has helped me put things into perspective, keep me grounded and allow me to focus. I need this! No regrets about it.

Healthy friendships/relationships! Bottom line, I don’t regret discarding what’s polluting my emotional well being.  Enough said.

What are your regrets when it comes to your health? Do you have any? I hope not!

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Very funny

You gotta laugh at this!

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My favorite superfoods

Walnuts! During my research I found that walnuts provide a high percentage of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats ( only 1 quarter cup)!  Protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals….. How can you go wrong with this simple super food?

Chia seeds! Yes, another source of omega-3’s. This super food also contains, iron, calcium, and antioxidants that helps to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. Try them in your cereal or salad!

Seaweed! I admit, this one was a bit of a challenge for me however definitely worth a try. Seaweed contains a compound called alginate that can help to prevent fat absorption in the body. Are you heading to the health food store now that I mentioned the obvious “fat absorption” that everyone is dying for…… like its a magic pill. It is! Only in a mother nature way!

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virgina Woolf

“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” Author unknown

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Quotes to live by

“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away.” Shing Xiong

“The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.” Author unknown

“When one door closes, another one opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us,” Alexander Graham Bell

“You cannot change what you refuse to confront.” Author unknown

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Albert Einstien, etc…. Author Unknown

Falling in love is not a choice. To stay in love is.   Unknown

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Break for laughter

Love this show! Always cracks me up!

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