Monday, June 29, 2009
Anywho, I'm rambling. Wish me luck, or steer clear of me! hahaha! Have a great week!!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Some of my friends have sent emails, text messages and such checking up on me last week. I guess I'm a pretty strong individual, and when it comes to matters with my son, I'm pretty vulnerable. I'm sure there are a lot of people like that. Most see me as the type of person that can get through anything. A lot have never heard or seen me cry. I'm a baby when it comes to my kid. Hell, my eyes are watering just writing this.
I need to get out of this funk and get back to working out everyday, as right now, it's just been sparatic, and nothing really challenging. I'm not gaining, but I'm not losing. Been taking our new puppy Bear and dog Maddie for walks around the neighborhood a lot. Helps calm them down in the evening, and the more I walk them, the better they are at keeping in line. Gives me something to do.
Oh well, before I start really sounding down and depressed, I'm gonna get back to work here. Hope everyone had a nice weekend, and enjoys this week. Ciao for now!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Do you have what it takes to reach your weight-loss goals? If you think it's all about diet and exercise, you're wrong.
It sounds crazy, I know. Exercise and a proper diet are crucial to all weight-loss and fitness programs. But to reach any long-term goal — especially one that requires a major lifestyle change — you need to improve your attitude too. You can have all the external support in the world, but if your self-esteem is in the toilet, you'll never have long-term success.
Having the right attitude is so important because thought is behavior. The power of the mind is total — the way you think about yourself manifests as your reality. We all know how easily negative thoughts can lead to lack of confidence, hopelessness, and depression. You've heard about self-fulfilling prophecy, right? Well, if you tell yourself that you'll always be fat or you'll never find happiness, chances are you'll end up fat and unhappy. Hey, it makes sense.
Okay then, let's turn that scenario around. Tell yourself that you can get fit and you will be happy. It's that simple. You can master your own fate with positive thinking!
JILLIAN'S TIP OF THE DAY
To see whether your thoughts are predominantly positive or negative, test yourself. It sounds extreme, but you only need to do it once: Carry a small notebook around for an entire day. Each time a thought about yourself pops into your head, write it down and assess whether it's positive or negative. At the end of the day, tally your positive and negative thoughts. Even if you already suspect you lean toward the negative, seeing those thoughts on paper might give you the kick you need! When you change your attitude, you'll change your life.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
When you are not satisfied with the available answers, ask the question in a different way. When none of the options will do, look at the situation from a new perspective.
If you are stuck, then it's time to get creative. Know that there are myriad possibilities you have never even considered yet.
You cannot solve a problem when your mind is wrapped tightly around it. For the more effort you make, the more power you give to the problem.
Dwelling on the problem will not get you past it. Focus instead on your purpose.
Let go of your thoughts about what you must go through. Fill your awareness with compelling visions of why you have chosen to go where you seek to go.
Unleash your imagination and tap into the positive power of intention. Rise above where you are and see your way clearly to where you know you must be.
-- Ralph Marston
Friday, June 12, 2009
It's always easy to come up with reasons to avoid getting going with a healthy eating or weight-loss plan. But all too often, these reasons are really just excuses. Take these five, for example...
1. I've got a party in two weeks, then a vacation. I'll start dieting after that...
Beat the excuse: If you eat sensibly and healthily for two weeks, you'll enjoy the party more (and you'll be in a better frame of mind to make good food/drink choices there). Even if you always gain a little weight on vacation, don't spend the weeks beforehand gaining weight too!
2. I don't have any willpower. If there are snacks in the house, I'll eat them.
Beat the excuse: All of us have willpower - and the "willpower muscle" gets stronger the more we exercise it. If you do find self-discipline a struggle, simply clear the snack foods out of the house, or at least put them somewhere inconvenient. This makes it much harder to succumb to impulse!
3. I can't afford to eat healthily.
Beat the excuse: Come on, you know this one isn't true. You needn't pay for expensive "diet" foods - stick to sensible basics like lean meat, wholegrains and fruit and veggies. You can get your five-a-day for less than $1.50. Skip your usual Starbucks coffee, and you'll have saved enough for your daily fruit and veggies.
4. I can't cook (or don't have time to cook) ... so I eat out a lot, and there's never a healthy option.
Beat the excuse: Learn to cook! Get hold of a student cookbook and teach yourself how to make some simple healthy basics, like a tomato-based pasta sauce. It's really not difficult, and many dishes take only minutes to prepare. If time is really an issue, try making big batches that can be frozen in individual portions.
5. I've been overweight all my life, and I don't think I can change.
Beat the excuse: However long you've been overweight, you can successfully change your habits. Take it one step at a time, and don't chase instant results. Aim for establishing one new healthy habit each week, such as cutting your soda intake or getting your five fruit and veg portions each day.
What's your favorite dieting excuse? How have you beaten it?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I saw this quote in an email I received the other day, and it totally makes sense. It's amazing that for most of us, there are certain things that are a part of everyday life that were taught to us growing up... dress ourselves, brush our teeth, bathe, etc. They are daily things that we don't give much thought to, because they were done daily, everyday, for our entire lives. Why haven't we picked up that type of life lession when it comes to motivation? Motivation to get healthy, exercise every day, go for that better job, better education, better life that we all so desire?
People use daily mantra's sometimes to get through things and to stay focused on their goals. Do you have a motivational mantra you'd like to share? What motivates you? Is it a person? Is it something in your life? Daily motivation is hard to find sometimes, but it's always there in some way, shape or form. Find it and own it!!
Have a great hump day!!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I worked out with Eric Friday for a bit, and it felt great, but I realized how bad I've been slacking on getting to the gym. It's almost like a no-win situation. I know heading to the gym will help relieve the stress, but on the flipside, I'm so mentally drained, I just want to head home, and relax it away. It's a vicious cycle, and one I intend on breaking.
Saturday was fun from beginning to end, even though I totally went overboard with my "free day". We headed to the local amusement park for my son's school annual picnic, and I was sore from working out with Eric, so it was a trial walking around the park. I did a lot of squats and ab work, and my muscles KILLED! I totally pigged out too. Cheeseburger, cheese fries, waffle cone with peanut butter swirl ice cream and whipped cream... mmmmmmmm. I was in junk food heaven. We came home, and I napped for a while, knowing I promised friends I'd be out for the UGTV show at Aldo's. I got ready and headed out. Some great bands played, so it was a nice time seeing some ppl I haven't seen in a month or more. I haven't been going to karaoke on Wednesday nights because of needing my rest, but promised to be out when I can. I wasn't going to drink, but alas, I gave into the free feeling of finally being out with friends, and had more than I wanted. I wasn't drunk or anything, I'm talking more empty calories than I wished upon myself, especially after all the crap I had at the amusement park. Oh well, just another reason to get back on track with everything and whip my body into shape and lose the weight I want and need to.
Today was a blah day. Nothing really to report. I did find out something that ticked me off, but I'm sure it will go no further, cuz if it does, I'll be working out my aggressions for sure. Only this time I might end up cutting my fist on braces. Seems there's a gal that doesn't know how to shut her yap, and enjoys making enemies as she goes along through life. Although I know and understand it's just 20-something year old insecurities and jealousies, we all need life changing moments don't we? Something to wake us up and smack us in the face right? *grin*
Anywho, hope y'all had a great weekend! *smooches* It's over now.. time to get back to the grind.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The show's "guru" is Charles Stuart Plankin JD. MPH who is one of the country's leading nutrition and public health advocates, whose syndicated health, nutrition and fitness column appears in more than 100 daily newspapers nationally. Platkin is also the founder of DietDetective.com, a nutrition, food, fitness and wellness resource.
What I loved about this show was his simple approach. First, he "spies" on the people, evaluating their eating habits, lifestyle habits and personalities. Then he spends just ONE week with them, helping them feel better from the inside out, and getting them to THINK before they EAT. He gives them the fitness and nutritional tools they need to start their journey, and then comes back 4 months later to check their progress. This is real life at it's best people. The slow, steady, REAL LIFE changes that encourage people to stay on course and achieve their weight loss goals. Helping them feel better about themselves and the changes they can make in their own lives to IMPROVE their lives, physically and mentally.
I'm a junky for these kind of shows. I love getting inspired with that "if they can do it, I can do it" mentality. These are people that started off bigger than I was 10 years ago, but they are succeeding at their own pace, and not giving up. If you ever get a chance, check it out on WEtv (check here for local times thoughout the week) or watch the mini-marathon that airs again Thursday, June 4th between 8 and 12 midnight EST.
First one is from the blog Yum Yucky. The one that rocked my morning today was Fitness FAIL! 4 Reasons the Scale is Stuck on Stupid. Josie is a straight shooter, with great little tips, and she also does reviews on "health" and "diet" foods, giving you her and her family's blunt, honest opinions on things, along with nutritional information.
The next is a friend I've mentioned before, Jody - Fit at 51 and her post called 10 Essentials to a Bathing Suit Body. Tackles a lot of things to get that boost to look your best this summer. Check out her blog for great workout tips, advice, as well as fitness and health articles.
Have a great hump day!! And like the theme song to The Biggest Loser.. "What have you done today to make you feel proud?"
Monday, June 1, 2009
We did head back a little early, and I met up with Crusher and some friends for a late-late dinner/early-early breakfast at Denny's. Sunday was a bust, as I was so worn out and tired from being up almost 24 hrs the day before. But, it's back to life, back to reality, and back to doing what needs to be done. Ahhh, the joys of being an adult! LOL
Hope everyone had a great weekend!!