|The season of giving is upon us, and it’s that time of year when you work all week then brave the crowds on the weekends. As you create your list of gifts to pass out on Christmas Day I want you to look and see who is missing. If you notice, the name that is missing most of the time is your own. I want you to change that this year, and put your name on top of that list. Then I want you to think about what gift you could give yourself that would make the biggest impact on your life. Now I know some of you are thinking about new clothes, a day at the spa, or maybe even a new car. All these things are fine, but I want you to think even bigger and deeper; more of an impact on your life. I’m sure by now you have guessed it….the gift of health! Now I’m not talking about a short term weight loss plan; I’m talking about health. Health is a lifestyle and a lifestyle is not short term. You may ask yourself, “Why do I want this as my gift?” I could fill up page after page of reasons why you should, but that won’t help. The reason lies within you already; you just have to find it. The reason may be in the mirror, or the reason maybe the in the little one’s eyes you tuck in at night. Where ever you find your reason just know once you have found it, you are worthy of this great gift. This gift is not for everyone, I wish it was. But, if you decide to take this gift, it will change your life forever! You will find a peace in yourself that you thought was gone. You will be better prepared to handle whatever life throws at you, and you will be in a position to help others with the same gift. No gift under the tree will have more impact than helping someone change their life for the better, and it all starts with the gift inside you first. Have a safe holiday season, and here’s to YOUR GIFT. I’m here to help in whatever way I can!
Yours in health,
Check out this what this everday mom had to say about Life Shotz.
“Taking Life Shotz was a real life-saver for me. I used to fall asleep with my kids at 7:30. The emails would just pile up day after day, and I was gaining all sorts of weight. After I started taking Life Shotz, my energy level seemed to shift in a way I hadn’t expected. I felt that feeling of “being normal” in the night time, kind of like it was still mid-morning. This shocked me, as I was so used to just feeling like the bed had a magnet under it and was just pulling me there starting at about 6:30 p.m. or so! I just completed my fourth manuscript, lost 20 pounds, and have a clear complexion.” Click here to read the rest of her testimonial.
Tag Archives: lose baby weight
The other day I was talking to someone about exercise and living a healthy lifestyle and they asked me, “Why do some people get it and others don’t?” It got me thinking. I believe it all boils down to people making a decision for themselves. I can write blogs all day long listing the many reasons why someone should exercise, but until they make that commitment to themselves, the words just fall on deaf ears. I have experienced this first hand with my husband, John. Some of you may not know this, but he has lost 35lbs and has kept it off for 4 years (way to go Honey)! I would gently encourage him (he might say nagged) all the time that he needed to lose a few pounds so he could be healthy. But until he decided for himself he never made the changes he needed. Sure he would drag himself to the gym just to please me, but his heart just wasn’t in it, and I could tell. Then, the day came when I almost fell over, he said he was ready. He had apparently bent over to tie his shoe and his pants were so tight that it made him uncomfortable. He had gotten to his breaking point. That point when you say, “No more, something has to change!” So he bought himself a bicycle and never stopped pedaling. He changed his eating habits and even went to the gym without me saying a word. You could see the difference in his eyes, his heart, and his actions. It’s funny how something as simple as tying his shoe was IT; not me telling (nagging) him to exercise. I guess that’s one of the great things about life, you just never know what’s going to be that point when you stand up and say, “No more!” Just know when you or someone you care about is ready, I’ll be here to help in any way I can.
Yours in health,
AFPA Certified Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist
For those of you that were missing my blog last week, sorry but I took a few days off and went to New Mexico to visit family. If you get the chance I highly recommend it…gorgeous! The week before I left we talked about doing the small things to make big differences. Well I wanted to give you a glance at how I make these small decisions work for me when I travel, and how they can work for you too. First thing I did was do a little planning. I looked at my flight itinerary to see what time I was departing and landing. Armed with this information I was ready to plan my attack. My plane left around 12:30 so I knew I needed to start with my lunch. I packed some turkey and lettuce, wrapped it in a whole wheat wrap and cut up some cucumber slices (my chips) as a side. I arrived to the airport a little early and found a spot to sit and eat my lunch before going through security. The less you take through the better off you are. This a picture of my lunch(I know; only I would take a picture of my lunch).
Of course I packed some water for lunch, but they will not let you take water through security so only pack what you are going to drink before security. Now once past security you can purchase water at one of the stores, but be ready to pay more than usual (a lot more). It’s worth it though because one of the leading factors of jet lag is dehydration. Also if you’ve ever been stuck on the tar mat you know they don’t usually serve drinks; so be prepared! Also in my little bag of goodies were some almonds, apples, and snack bars. This keeps you from getting hungry during the flight, the dreaded layovers, or those delays I mentioned earlier. I also suggest packing a few more snacks than you think you need. You may end up needing them later, or your new best friend sitting next to you may not have planned as well as you, this way you can help them out (pay-it forward). Now I know there is nothing here you probably don’t know, and that is one of the points I’m trying to make. Most of us know what we should do, but sometimes it’s just easier not to do them. Now I’m not going to say that I went on vacation and did not indulge with some of my meals. But the time and place was up to me and not some someone else. To take care of those indulges I incorporated exercise into my vacation. I went for walks and runs through my father’s neighborhood, and for a my tough workout I went for a 7 mile hike up and down some mountains (felt like more up than down).
You’re on vacation so of course you are going to indulge and that’s part of vacation, but with a little planning and a little exercise while you’re there you can enjoy yourself and not fall short of your health goals.
Coaching Success Story:
I want to brag on my dad for a minute. Last year he lost over 20lbs and has KEPT it off for over a year. Don’t ever think you are too old to make healthy changes!! Go Dad…so proud of you!
I have a friend who entered a 5k race last weekend, completed it, but did not win. Her post on Facebook said, “Will I ever win?” And she went on to congratulate the race winners. Like I said I know this person and I’m here to tell you she is already a winner in every sense of the word. Now did she win the race, no, but that’s not the point I’m trying to make here. She constantly gives of herself to help others in the community, she challenges herself to stay healthy, and she inspires others. This puts her on the podium of life’s winners every day! It’s not always where you finish in the race, but who you helped along the way. Remember last week I talked about your life being a marathon and not a sprint (In case you missed it, look below). In today’s fast paced society so much emphases is put on where you finish we sometimes forget to help others along the way. When we reach the end of our marathon what do you think we will be remembered for? The things that we collected along the way or by the positive changes we’ve made in someone else’s life? Ok, so how can you inspire others to be their best? First, lead by example. Become the leader that’s inside you by making positive changes in your life, and get your health in order. You’ve already started just by taking a few minutes to read this email. Second, find people around you that inspire others; watch and learn from them (my friend for example). Third, and maybe the most important, take action. This one can be tough because you don’t know where to begin. JUST START somewhere and you’ll be amazed; before you know it you’ll be making a difference and standing on that podium next to my friend.
Yours in health,
If the rapidly approaching school year has you scrambling for tips on how to move your kids to the head of the class, or if you’re looking for ways to increase your own productivity, start by examining your diet. Studies have shown that certain foods act like fuel for our brains by increasing concentration and memory function. Some foods have even been shown to slow down the mind’s natural aging process. Combine these foods with other good habits, like working out and you’ll soon find yourself at the head of the class—at any age.
Spinach. At only 40 calories a cup, a serving of spinach contains almost half your daily requirement of folic acid, an essential nutrient for cell growth, blood production, and preventing memory loss. And spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods available—just 1 cup contains all your body’s daily requirements of vitamins A and K, plus most of the folate and manganese you need each day. These nutrients improve brain function and slow down the effects of premature aging by preventing the negative effects of oxidation on the brain.
Smart Tip: Try replacing iceberg lettuce with spinach leaves in your next dinner salad, or add fresh spinach to an omelet.
Oatmeal. As a strong source of insoluble fiber, oatmeal provides a stable energy that helps your brain maintain consistent focus and concentration. Eating oatmeal can also slow down the digestion of starch, reducing the frequent spikes in blood sugar that usually occur after a big meal.
Smart Tip: Avoid the instant flavored packets, which are loaded with sugar, and stick with the plain, slower-cooking kind—it still cooks up in the microwave in just 2 or 3 minutes.
Fish. Many studies have shown that eating oily fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids can boost memory, concentration, and mental acuity. Omega-3 acids also appear to strengthen the brain’s synapses that are directly related to learning and memorization.
Smart Tip: Watch mercury levels when choosing fish, and consider wild salmon, albacore tuna, and mackerel, which all contain omega-3s with minimal environmental contaminants.
Walnuts. Eating just a handful of these nuts every day can prevent the decline of cognitive and motor function, increase brain resiliency, and improve cell functioning. Walnuts are loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids that balance the unstable neurotransmitters that can cause depression and other mood swings.
Smart Tip: Sprinkle a handful of chopped walnuts on salads or fill a travel container for a healthy on-the-go snack. You’ll feel full longer, reducing the temptation to binge between meals.
Berries. Many types of berries, especially blueberries and strawberries, contain flavonoids, which have been linked to brain cell growth and improved memory. Berries with the darkest, richest colors offer the most nutritional value. The antioxidants, vitamin C, and anti-inflammatory properties in berries have been shown to preserve brain function and are a factor in the prevention of dementia.
Smart Tip: Sprinkle berries on salads, cereal, or yogurt, or make yourself a fresh berry fruit smoothie.
Yogurt. Widely known as a top calcium source for bone development and strength, yogurt also contains enough protein and carbohydrates in just one serving to keep both the body and the brain energized throughout the day. Yogurt also contains amino acids that encourage the production of neurotransmitters, and enough vitamin B to encourage—along with the protein—the growth of brain tissue while slowing down the aging process.
Smart Tip: Eat yogurt topped with berries for breakfast or lunch, or if you’re having a salad, nix the bottled dressing and make your own by mixing a quarter of a cup of plain nonfat or low-fat yogurt with fresh herbs.
Eggs. These low-calorie, nutrient-dense wonders are rich in protein as well as choline, an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain and nervous system by acting as a messenger between muscles and nerves. If you’ve been avoiding eggs because you’re worried about your cholesterol, take note: Numerous research studies have shown that eating eggs as part of a healthy diet is not a contributing factor to heart disease.
Smart Tip: Enjoy an egg and spinach omelet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
By Suzy Buglewicz
Yours in health,
I was watching the news last night and there are two new weight-loss drugs up for review with the FDA. This fact did not surprise me. What did surprise me is that one of the drugs contained some of the same ingredients that were in Fen Phen. This was the weight-loss drug taken off the market for increasing your chances of heart failure. Kind of an oxymoron, lose weight to be in better health, but your heart gives out instead. That’s a pretty big price to pay for a small waistline. Being healthy is more than just losing weight. It’s about being balanced with yourself and your surroundings. This includes mentally, emotionally, and of course physically. I think you know which one I’m going to talk about here (ha!ha!) I like to think the physical piece improves the other two pieces of the pie. Have you ever noticed how good your day is when you feel positive about yourself? You tend to hold your shoulders back, head up high, feel more confident, and your brain is sharper too! This is what the physical part of the pie contributes to the whole balance of your life. Sure you can try these new drugs and maybe lose a little weight, but you will be missing out on the many other contributions to the balance of your life. “But, if I lose weight wouldn’t I still feel better about myself?” you might ask. This fact may be true to a point, but how good would you feel knowing you may increase the likelihood of a heart attack. Another question this also raises is, “Do you want to take a short cut though life?” The luster quickly tarnishes on things that are attained without much effort. Creating balance in your life is work; it’s supposed to be.…but aren’t you worth it? I’m not sure who said it but we think it applies here “It’s supposed to be hard, because if was easy everybody would do it!” So the next time you see an ad for the magic pill that just melts fat away, ask yourself, “Do I want to take that short cut to life, or am I worth the effort?” I know you are, but this question is for you to answer.
Yours in health,
AFPA Certified Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
As most of you know I live along the Emerald Coast of Florida, and I’m sure you all know what is going on with the BP oil spill. This got me thinking about how easy it is to take for granted something precious in our lives. One day it’s gone and you are left wondering what happened and why you didn’t take more advantage of it. When I first moved here I went to the beach often, even if it was just to watch the sun set. Then time passed, I got busy, and life started to take over. I thought, “The beach will always be there, I’ll go next week.” Unfortunately, next week turned into next month, and so on, and then one day I realized I couldn’t remember the last time I was there.
Well if you think about it, your health is very similar. We start out young, running around playing, not even thinking about being overweight or unhealthy. You could eat whatever you wanted and never had to worry about your waist line. Then one day comes and you don’t play as much. Who knows why; maybe you got your first car, so who needs a bike? Or worse, a new video game came out so you just sit on the couch and play. You didn’t worry about your health, it had always been there, and why would that change (just like those sandy white beaches)? And so it begins, your health gets taken for granted… days turn into months which turn into years. Then before you know it life gets in the way and there is definitely no time for exercise (or going to the beach).
Then suddenly it’s gone (whether it’s the beauty of the beach or your health). Helpless and lost feelings set in, and you don’t know which way to turn. So you try multiple attempts to get it back, but nothing seems to work (sound familiar BP?) Then at some point it’s just easier to give up on your health and look for “that magic pill.” Just as BP is learning about not cutting corners; your health is the same way. It’s going to take hard work and dedication to get your health back and anyone who tells you differently isn’t telling you the whole truth. You are worth the effort just like our beaches and the environment. No one can do this for you, but you can ask for help, and this is where I come in. I want you to know I’m here to offer a helping hand, or create a road map for you to find your health again. Because once you get a second chance you tend to hold onto things a little tighter to your heart. I’m very glad to say I have been to the beach 3 times this week already, and I’m shooting for more because unlike you, I may not get that second chance.
Yours in Health