Monthly Archives: January 2012

Food for Thought

If you keep doing the same old thing, you’ll get the same old results.

Finding it Hard to Make Time for Exercise?

Pushing yourself really hard is NOT the only way to make a workout count. A new study from Pennsylvania State University shows that middle-aged women get more of the positive benefits (such as an energy and mood boost) from less intense activity.

“Moderate exercise like brisk walking is more pleasant, especially if you’re a newbie,” says study author Steriani Elavsky, assistant professor of kinesiology. “You’ll be more likely to stick with it.” Make sure you can carry on a conversation while moving.

(Jan 2012 Woman’s Day)

Emotional Eating

http://www.yourtango.com/experts/kris-henderson/stop-emotional-eating

Does This Make Scents to You?

Banana, peppermint or green apple stimulates weight loss.  In a study of 3,193 people, a whiff of these scents helped subjects shed about 5 pounds a month – even though they made no changes to their diet or exercise routines.

(Source: Alan Hirsch, MD, director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago)

Feeling Fit and Fabulous or Fat and Fatigued?

Sometimes you read something and your first thought is “ouch.” Oh well…it’s a humorous look at how we ALL feel at one time or another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So if you’re always feeling fat and fatigued, start today on the goal of feeling fit and fabulous. But just START doing something, just one thing.

Start Your Weight Loss Challenge Today!

Do you need a 90 Day Weight Loss Challenge? Statistically, dieters do better when they join others making healthy lifestyle choices.  Join the challenge today – it’s never too late.

These 4 videos are a little over 9 minutes long, watch them, then decide if the 90 Day Challenge is right for you! www.thinkingthinlifestyle.bodybyvi.com

 

 

 

 

 

Eating Choices and Healthy Decisions This Week

Have you caught yourself making healthier choices or decisions this week?

You seem to point out all the things you do wrong to yourself all the time.  How about flipping the script in your head and make a decision to start counting all the things you did right – or good – for yourself this week and keep building on that success.

Sleep Your Way to Better Health

Can SLEEP really help you be healthier?  I would have never believed this myself had I not changed my own personal sleeping patterns last year, but getting an adequate amount of sleep can be really beneficial.

Doctors, research, and even your Mother will tell you the value of getting 8 to 9 hours of sleep every night.  When you don’t get enough sleep, you know it. You function very differently during the day and your ability to perform can be compromised.

Sleep management is about time management according to the beloved Dr. Oz, so he encourages you to plan for sleep.

Count back 8 to 8 1/2 hours before the alarm clock needs to ring, and spend 10 minutes on absolute musts for the next day (making your kid’s lunch), take 10 minutes for meditation (prayer) and 10 for hygiene….then go to bed.

Some other ways to help:

*Create the perfect sleeping environment. A cool, dark room is best.

*There should be no laptop, no TV, no food in bed. Ideally, the bed is used for sleep and sex, it’s not an office or a restaurant.

*Be consistent. your body clock loves it when you follow a predictable schedule. Even on the weekends, try to rise within an hour (at most, two) of when you have to get up on weekdays, even if that means you need a power nap later. Otherwise, your body thinks you have jet lag on Monday morning and will protest big time.

*Other interrupters of quality sleep are caffeine, which keeps you from falling asleep as well as staying asleep, and alcohol, interrupting your sleep cycle and contributing to the ‘hangover’ that many experience.

 

 

 

Start Diet Today – Okay, Maybe Tomorrow for Sure!

Resolve to be different this year.

Oh boy, how many times have you started out that way? You love, love, love the Holidays and yet there’s a part of us that can’t wait to get ‘back to normal’ with our schedules and eating.  The beginning of a new year helps us to resolve to change. To act different. To eat different. To behave different. Or at least different-ly than we have just a mere short week ago.

Okay, so I admit, this is a great time of the year to start over. Why not….what else is so important than the thought of YOU focusing on YOU this January.

I enjoy reading the magazine Success, if you’ve never heard of it I will say it’s always packed full of good business and health information.  This month Amy Anderson wrote a small little article that I’d like to share. Enjoy.

New Year’s Resolutions – Resolve to be Different.

Do the New Year’s resolutions you make really reflect your personal goals? Or are you just making the same resolutions as every other 47-year-old college grad in your tax bracket?

A study by the Barna Group says that certain demographics are more likely to make certain resolutions. Here were the most common resolutions people made for 2011 and the types of people who tended to make them:

Lose weight/Get fit          30%    women, baby boomers, earners over $75K
Pay off debt/Earn more    15%    divorced adults, Gen X, Gen Y, earners under $20K
Improve relationships       13%    college grads, earners over $75K
Overcome addiction         12%    men, singles, Gen Y
Meet  career goals             5%    singles, Gen Y, Midwest residents, earners under $20K
Enhance spirituality           5%    divorced adults
Further education              4%    singles, Gen Y, Northeast residents

So are you making the same resolutions as others like you? If you are, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. What’s important is making resolutions you can stick to.

The study also found that 61 percent of Americans have made New Year’s resolutions in the past. Of those, about one in four say they experienced significant, long-term change as a result. But half saw no change at all.

To give yours staying power over the long haul, be specific, write them down and try to build in a way to measure progress—with weekly check-ins, time requirements, etc.  By February, you could be feeling results instead of regrets.

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