Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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I hear so many people talk about how they wish they had more energy. I have a suggestion, make sure you add one serving of lean protein to each meal and snack. This is a big deal. Eating only carbs at a meal or snack will cause your blood sugar to spike and then drop fast, and this leaves you feeling fatigued, hungry, and you may even experience cravings for more carbs. Eating protein at every meal and snack will help you control your blood sugar levels and leave you feeling satisfied longer.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Fitness tip:I was at the gym today and I noticed a ton of people in the cardio area. I never see these people lifting weights. It's probably because of a few reasons: 1) They don't know any better (this is ok) 2) They are intimidated by weight training and have no idea where to start 3) They are seeing results on the scale with cardio alone.
These are all legitimate reasons, however knowledge is power so here you go...
FACT: too much cardio is hard on your joints and ligaments
FACT: too much cardio will result in burning muscle not fat
Now, those of you who are just doing cardio, understand this...you need a balance! Running is awesome and it's great for your cardio vascular health, however you also need to pay attention to the muscles in your body. FACT: the more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn. Some of you are probably thinking..."but I don't have a gym membership" and I have an answer for you, You don't need a gym membership, I can help.
TIP #1- invest in free weights ranging from 2-10 lbs (depending on your current strength) Also, a stability ball is a must! (those are the really big bouncy ball looking things :) You can work every muscle in your body with just those two pieces of equipment.
TIP #2- you can also get a great work out with just your body weight. Example; body squats, push ups, lunges (forward and back), and tricep dips.
Please, incorporate weight training into your work outs, you will notice a big difference in your progress.
Need more ideas, let me know...
Nutrition tip:After you work out, it's a must that you have a high protein snack! You have about 30 mins to effectively replenish those muscles. They need protein! Try this post work out snack: a veggie omelet covered in fresh salsa....delicious!
Wellness advice: Take 15 mins each day to write in a journal. No matter what kind of a day it was...write it down! It's important to spend that personal time with yourself and reflect on your day.
Thanks so much, and have a GREAT day :)
"Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future." Deepak Chopra
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I started an all natural detox/cleanse system today. Some of you might be thinking..."Why use a detox/cleanse ?" others may be saying, "I heard those were bad for you." and finally there may be a few that are wondering "Don't you have to starve yourself ". I will answer it all. The system I'm using is call Purify by Zrii. It's the only total cleanse/weight loss system used at the Chopra Center. It's certified Organic. Most cleanses use harsh diuretics and artificial chemicals. Purify uses a gentle blend of Ayurveda herbs to help extract and eliminate toxins built up inside cells. Lets go right to the question, "Why use a detox/cleanse system?". Well, we all know there are toxins in everything around us; the air we breath the water we drink the food we eat, and so on. Those toxin remain in our bodies forever unless we take action to get rid of them. These toxins can make us feel tired, we may have digestive problems, suffer from headaches or migraines, have skin disorders, allergies, we may get frequently sick or have a weak immune system, anxiety, and even depression. The first thing we want to do when we feel any of these is TAKE A PILL! There is a pill for everything these days. We need to focus on the source and stop masking the symptoms. Let me make it easy, here are the top 5 reasons you should cleanse: 1) to jump start weight loss 2) cleanse the digestive system 3) detoxify body tissues 4)increase your energy 5) have a more radiant, luminous complexion. That sounds good to me!
Here is how the system works...I take 4 AM Detox capsules once I get up and before I eat breakfast. Yes, I get to eat! With my breakfast I take 1 scoop of Fiber with water and 1 Tbsp of Detox Oil. Ok, here is where I'm going to be totally honest. The oil was fine, it has a lemon aftertaste and was actually refreshing. The 1 scoop of Fiber was a little difficult to get down. It wasn't the taste, it was the texture. So, I will be trying different ways to get it down as the week goes. Anyway, so I then ate a snack around 10:00 am and had lunch at 12:00 and another healthy snack at about 3:00 pm. With my dinner I will take the 1 scoop Fiber and the 1 Tbsp Detox oil. Before bed, I will take 2 PM Cleanse capsules. Then I start it all over again the next day. It's a 7 day system.
While you are on the cleanse you obviously want to make sure you are eating a sensible meal and I will get into what that means another time. I'm feeling fine so far, I don't think I will notice anything until tomorrow. If there are any changes I will be sure to post them. I'm excited to get this going. I look forward to sharing this experience with you.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
A lot of you know me and know that I have always had an active lifestyle. I was a super star High School athlete. I went on to play college volleyball for two years, and then moved home to marry my best friend and #1 supporter. We started our family a short time after that and my active lifestyle took a back seat. My first pregnancy was great and I only needed to loose 25 pounds. I did this by running on the treadmill while my new baby was asleep in the swing next to me. This weight came off super fast. I was 22 years old and didn't pay much attention to what I ate either. It WAS awesome! I thought baby #2 would be just as easy. Well, not so much. I was super sick and laid around all day. I stopped running and ate WHATEVER the "baby" wanted. It was great! Once baby #2 got here and the dust settled, I hopped on the scale to see what kind of damage control I would need to do. I was SHOCKED, I needed to loose 50 pounds! My first thought was "What the ...how did that happen?" Then it all came back to me. I was 24 years old and thought that maybe this time I should try a "diet" so I picked Weight Watchers. My mom and sister in law had great success with this diet. So I came up with a game plan and started working it out. I counted my points and ran on the treadmill everyday. The weight came off pretty quickly but with more effort than the last time. It took me 6 months to do it. We then received a surprise. We found out we were pregnant with baby #3. WOW! ok, so in my mind I thought, "I just lost all that weight!" Well, I gained it all back plus 10 more. This time around we decided to get a gym membership. I lost all 60 while counting points and doing cardio only exercises. It was really difficult, and took me about 8 months. There were a lot of tears and days I messed up, but I did it. I added weight training to my work outs and achieved things I thought I never would after having kids. It made a big difference. The weight started to melt off. We decided to have baby#4 while staying active with a cardio / weight training program. I only needed to loose 40 pounds when all was said and done. That was a big improvement! I guess I was doing something right. I got more involved with weight training and changed up my cardio a little. I studied nutrition and developed a new insight on food. I was able to loose all 40 pounds plus 10 more in half the time. My body look better than it did when I first got married. I had great muscle tone. I felt TERRIFIC, and loved the way I looked. When baby #5 came to mind, I will admit there were some selfish feelings. I didn't want to give up what I had worked so hard for, my body. I quickly overcame those feelings and developed yet another game plan for that pregnancy. I watched what I ate and continued my work outs. When our family was finally complete, I only had 25 pounds to loose and I quickly lost them! I then made some more changes to my diet and weight training exercises and have been able to crush my previous personal stats.
With all this said, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I know what it takes and I have been able to do it 5 times! I hope with the information I share here someone will find motivation or use one of my technique's and find success. Thanks so much, and I look forward to sharing!