Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is such a broad term and can be interpreted so many different ways.  Regardless of your interpretation, healthy eating is frequently on our minds, especially this time of year.  It can be overwhelming to start a fitness journey.  We have so much information at our disposal.  Information overload can sometimes cause you to give up.  Or worse yet, the overwhelm can cause you to not even start.  The keys to a successful fitness journey are small, consistent steps.  It does nothing to eliminate gluten, dairy, and meat for one week only to go back to your original habits.  It’s better to make small changes and actually stick to them.

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Word of the Year: Uncomfortable

Uncomfortable

Uncomfortable, by definition, has a negative connotation.  So choosing this as my word/theme for 2018 may seem strange.  After all, the theme for the year should be a word that inspires you to take action to reach a goal.  I’ve been coddling myself way too much lately in all aspects of life: business and fitness, especially.  I’m challenging myself to do something uncomfortable each day.  It can be anything from pushing myself in running to doing a pesky chore that I “don’t” like.  That’s the beauty of a word vs a resolution.  You have a wider range to challenge yourself.  In what area do you want to challenge yourself?

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Resolutions are out…Progress is In!

Resolutions

Resolutions are common this time of year. But, resolutions may not the best way to set goals. Resolutions are usually all or nothing. This is usually not the best way to approach growth. Growth doesn’t happen over happen overnight. But rather bit by bit.  Because of this, resolutions don’t usually work.  According to studies, only 8% of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions.

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Sunlight

Sunlight

Sunlight is necessary for life.  When it comes to sunshine, we often think it’s only necessary for plants to thrive.  We fail to realize that we also need UV exposure.  Between the ease of working from and daylight savings time ending, we tend to miss out on those precious hours of sunlight.  This time of year, we have to make a concerted effort to relish in the sunlight.  It’s common to leave the house when it’s dark and not leave the office until it’s dark.  This makes it easy to forego the necessary exposure to sunshine.

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Gratitude

gratitude

Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.  It’s not only thanking someone for a favor or a gift.  It’s a practice.  One that, ideally, should be practiced daily.  November is usually the time of year when most of us are usually more mindful of what we’re grateful for.  But why not express what we’re grateful for throughout the year?  They say the more things you are grateful for, the more things you’ll have to be grateful for.  Makes sense, right?

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Make Time for Exercise

Make time

Make time for exercise or you’ll be forced to make time for illness.  Sounds a bit judgy, right?  I can’t remember where I read that, but it kind of rubbed me the wrong way.  At first I thought it was casting judgment.  But as I gave it more thought, the more I agreed.  As women, we tend to put others’ needs ahead of our own; exercise being one of them.  Some may see exercise as ‘me-time’ or selfish.  Exercise can be your way of having me-time.  However, it’s not selfish.  Exercising is necessary to stay healthy.

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What’s Not to Love About Walking?

Walking for fitness is something we often take for granted.  It’s something we learned to do as babies, and most of us can do it.  Despite its simplicity, walking is an exercise you should add to your workout regimen.  It doesn’t matter if you’re new to fitness or training for twentieth Ironman (or attempting to shake a rut), walking benefits everyone.  Walking, even a few minutes a day, can change your mood and improve your heart health.

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Lemon Water 101

Lemon Water

Lemon water has many health benefits.  No, I’m not talking about lemonade.  I’m talking adding lemon to your water.  Despite its wonderful benefits, drinking your lemon water is not the cornerstone to dieting.  However, it’s a great addition to your routine.  Remember, all small changes to your diet add up to big results.

My favorite way to have my lemon water is to drink it as a tea, first thing in the morning.  It’s usually the second thing I drink in the morning (16 ounces of water being the first).  I’m a firm believer in having a routine and this a huge part of it.

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Meditation…Should You Do It?

Meditation

Meditation is something that’s been on my mind for a few years now.  I have always avoided it because I could not bring myself to sit still and be quiet for a long period of time.  And by long period, I mean 10 minutes.  Yoga classes have always been difficult for me because of this.  My mind is always thinking about what’s happening next.  What I may have forgotten to do, and did I turn off the stove.  You know that feeling we get that lingers on all day, wondering what you may have forgotten.

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Fitness Reboot

Fitness Reboot

Fitness reboot?  What’s that?  Do you need one?  Sometimes we fall off the wagon and have to start over again.  Welcome to my world the last few months…err, years.  I signed up for several half marathons, only to not run them because I didn’t train.  I couldn’t even begin tell you how many times I started and re-started C25K.  I’m happy to say I’m on Week 5 of this (and final) attempt of C25K.  This is actually the farthest I’ve gotten on C25K since I started running in 2010.

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