Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘advice’

It has been a learning process and it has been difficult at times but I am proud to say it is day 5 of the accelerated 10 min trainer program. I have kept up with the 3 stack a day plan, except the yoga day.

Yesterday and today I¬† did 1 of the workouts in the morning. I think I feel better clarity when I exercise first thing in the morning. It’s too early to show any major changes but I certainly feel the effects.

The true challenge is in the jeans test. Are they still tight.. or do they slip on easy? I am waiting until friday to try on a pair I wore last fall again. They fit just right then but have since gotten tight over the holiday season.

The winter months are harsh on the body. Summer time allows me to get out and walk and take my kids to the park. But since late November I have not gotten out very much and that plus the holiday season took it’s toll. But it was super cute this morning to see my 2 year old daughter trying to work out like mommy does. I was jogging circles with her and she was giggling up a storm.

Anyways I think 10 min trainer is helping a lot so I am happy. I also am trying to watch my portions, although I am not drastically cutting calories, just trying to eat less junk. I got a tip from the John Tesh radio show about using smaller dinner plates to trick your mind into thinking you ate more. I was skeptical but it works!

Also I am not a huge fan of drinking water all the time so my soloution is 2 things.. home-made green tea with splenda sweetener, and the south beach diet protein waters to replace sodas. Well mostly… I crave a Diet Dr Pepper now and then so I indulge. But it is down to once every other day or less.

More comming soon! Actually less.. weight.. more.. me. ūüôā

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

I am 27 years old, a mom of three and I want to lose weight. Many of us do, but we do not know how to start. I have a weakness for delishious food but I do not pig out, often. I have to admit I have days I ate more than I should. I must be honest with myself.

¬†My biggest problem though is not my eating habits, its my level of activity. I work from home making virtual clothing, buildings, making web sites, doing affiliate work, and other assorted busy work. Plus I go to college online. In all it’s way to much sitting down!

I am up and about off and on all day chasing my three kids and playing with them, but I still sit, a lot. Right now it’s worse because it is winter and its cold. Plus in this economy money is so tight!

But I have¬†a plan and I have good tools. So if you are like me, or you have been here, I hope to encourage you. Or if you’d like you can encourage me. I am NOT the most diciplined person on the planet.

Hot french fries, chocolate.. who can resist now and then?

My first tool you are looking at, a live journal where anyone can see what I am doing. If I slack off, please send a comment telling me to stop being lazy, lol. I think it will help to have at least a weekly update of my progress. I am a busy mom, so posting EVERY day might be too much, but weekly is good.

The second tool is a cool visual model I found. It shows how I look now and how I want to look. Its located at: http://www.prevention.com/mvm/main.html

So I customised myself, its rather accurate, here I am..

Weight Loss Goals

My third tool is my handy calorie tracker. There are a BUNCH on the internet but I really like the free one at caloriebalancediet.com . You can even add custom foods and snacks you eat often. One thing I do not like is that things like eggs which have good cholestorol make the tracker think you just went nuts with cholestorol. Plus you might want to tweak the setting to your specific needs if you use it, we are not photo copies, we have needs that differ per person!

My fourth tool is Tony Hortons 10 Min Trainer Deluxe. I got it off E-Bay much cheaper than you could get directly from the store so I am good with that. It should arrive by the end of the week depending on the seller.

tonyhorton

Let’s hope the sappy crying infomercial people are not in fact actors of academy award calibur. I got this to slim down without bulking up. I don’t want to win awards for muscules, I just want soft slender¬†but¬†firm curves. And it’s not a skinny blonde telling me to suck in my tummy.

Fifth is my DDR, dance dance revoloution game. Mainly because its so much fun to do. Im not sure it really contributes a lot, but it gets me up and I love to dance and sing.

I also plan to get a YMCA membership so I can swim within a month or two. I love thier steam room it feels soo nice. Plus they have great ab and thigh machines, my two biggest problem areas. 

So thats the plan. Stay tuned!

Read Full Post »

In today’s less active world most of us live at a slow pace, doing nothing quickly except gaining unwanted weight. Modern American life is very comfortable, and requires a lot less effort than life required in the past. More people drive more places, do less physical work, and have modern appliances and conveniences to carry the burden. When that fact is combined with the high amount of processed and preserved food that we consume, the result is all too certain. Americans are overweight. Obesity is more than just a matter of looks. Being overweight can lead to a number of health problems such as heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. In other words, too much unwanted weight can not only cost you a date, it could end up costing you your life. For this reason, many of us need to consider weight loss through a diet. And for most people with tight budgets, without much extra to spend, free diet programs are the best.

There are many free diet programs from which to choose. Some work, many do not, but all the good ones are best implemented as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. The best way to lose weight is natural, healthy, simple, and best of all it’s free. Lower your caloric intake while at the same time raise the number of calories you burn through exercise. It’s going to be nearly impossible to lose weight with only exercise, although you will end up stronger and healthier. Likewise, if you don’t add more physical activity chances are you won’t be able to eat little enough to make a difference. Combine the two as part of a normal, sustainable routine to take off the weight and keep off the weight.

Want a simple way to reduce caloric intake without the expense of specialty diet programs that include expensive food? Eat smaller portions. That’s right. Keep eating exactly what you now eat, but cut down the portions. Look up the nutrition values of the foods you generally eat and cut down the amounts by enough to lower intake beneath burn. You can also make a big difference, up to 90,000 calories a year for the average person, by drinking water instead of soda and juice. Or, if you like tea or coffee drink those. The caffeine in regular coffee and tea helps speed the metabolism and that means burning calories.

On the other side of the equation throw away the ridiculous advice to exercise at least five times a week. Vigorous aerobic exercise, meaning you work up a sweat, is best as an every day activity at least 30 minutes each day. Kick that up a notch with extra physical movement such as parking further from the office or stores for a short walk, using stairs instead of elevators, and using hand tools for daily or weekly chores.

There it is, exercise combined with free diet programs to lose weight. Live it, love it.

See More Free Information at Diet Review

Read Full Post »

My husband has bi-polar and has been increasingly difficult with his mood swing extremes from happy to jittery upset. So we have dealt with the worst of it the last two years in addition to his other health problems. He has a therapist now who hes been seeing about once a month, and we got into another major blow up recently so I decided to accept the invitation to accompany him to see how I could help him and in turn help myself.

I have started reacting to his angry spells in a very unhealthy and unusual way. Usually im so positive that I rarely get angry back, I drop things quick and move on. But lately, the last year or so increasingly, I have been noticing myself snap back more, and cry more, and get angry faster. I have felt the desire to run, escape, flee, and just get away from life as it is. But I will not abandon my family, and I will not take my kids from their father unless he did become abusive towards them.

So we went to therapy but I was nervous about this whole thing. I expected some sort of pep talk on things not to say or do to a bi-polar person but what happened was..

The therapist told my dh to stop being another child for me. That he needs to stop being a jerk to me and blaming it all on his bi-polar. To never put his hands on me to even shove me down. He said to dh that if this marriage is like an emotional bank and good times make deposits, these blow ups are major withdrawls and eventually if not stopped there will be nothing left but divorce papers and tears.

I was pretty floored but I felt like it hit home with how I have felt. I don’t like it when im constantly in a state of panic about if this or that will upset my adult husband. It’s still that way but we are working on fixes. What the therapist suggested is that he keep a daily journal about how he feels and since he is also diabetic, how his sugar affects his moods if at all. Also he HAS to tell me if hes starting to feel upset so we can try to avoid it becomming a big blow up issue, instead of keeping quiet then just going off.

Plus we now have the hell no rule, if¬†he blows up and threaten to kill himself or puts his hands on me or goes off and wont stop, then he crosses the line and HAS to go to the hospital’s mental health ward.

All in all I think its a start. We go again in a couple of weeks.

Read Full Post »

My professor for Critical Thinking at Devry really impressed me with his parting letter. I felt like it was something really special and I really wanted to share. This is wonderful advice for anyone to remember.

————————

Hello Class:

Thought I’d send some information on careers to close out the course.  Enjoy!!

When Winston Churchill was a young man, his father concluded that Winston was unfit for a career in law or politics because he did so badly in school.

Barbara Streisand’s mother told her she wasn’t pretty enough to be an actress and she could never become a singer because her voice wasn’t good enough.

Conrad Hilton, who created a business empire with his Hilton Hotels, once overheard his father say to his mother, “Mary, I do not know what will become of Connie. I’m afraid he’ll never amount to anything.”

When Charles Darwin was getting ready to set sail on his five-year expedition on the Beagle, his father was extremely disappointed. He thought his son was drifting into a life of sin and idleness.

George Washington’s mother was a harping, complaining, self-centered woman by all accounts. She belittled Washington’s accomplishments and didn’t show up at either of his presidential inaugurations. She was always whining that her children neglected her, and she was especially enraged when her son George ran off to command the army for the American Revolution. She honestly believed it was his duty to stay home and take care of her.

In his youth, the late Leonard Bernstein, one of the most talented and successful composers in American history, was continually pressured by his father to give up his music and do something worthwhile, like help out in his family’s beauty-supply business. After Leonard became famous, his father was asked about that, and he answered, “Well how was I supposed to know he was the Leonard Bernstein!”

People may criticize you or make fun of your ideas or actively try to stop you. Often their efforts are only attempts to protect you from failure. But failure is only a possibility if you stop. If you keep going, a failure is just another learning experience. And besides, giving up on a heartfelt aspiration is worse than failing. “Many people die,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes, “with their music still in them.” That’s true tragedy.

So listen politely to the worries and criticisms of your friends and family, and do your best to put their minds at ease, but then carry on. Listen last to your own heart.  You know yourself better than anyone on earth. Make sure your song is sung.

Good luck in all that you do!

Regards,

Mark.

Read Full Post »