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Life Size Barbie Fights Eating Disorders…

22 Apr

Galia Slayen’s built a life-sized Barbie doll for the first National Eating Disorders Awareness month.  The Barbie doll stands about 6 feet tall with a 39″ bust, 18″ waist, and 33″ hips. Freaky, huh?

Galia battled aneroxia in high school and wanted to build the life-size representation of Barbie to show the world what an eating disorder looks like and how young girls can develop a negative self-image from being bombarded with “perfect” dolls, models, and other images from the media.

I think this is amazing.  So many young girls (and even older women) battle eating disorders in order to look like what society says is beautiful.  As a mom I want to teach my children to be healthy and active, not skinny.  What do you think?

(image and content via MSNBC)

Even Jillian Hates it…

19 Apr

In the latest issue of Shape Magazine,  Jillian Michaels, tough as nails fitness trainer from the Biggest Loser,  admitted that she hated to exercise.  Jillian goes on to further explain that she exercises because of how great she feels when she’s done and because she knows it essential for living a healthy lifestyle.

I don’t know about you but knowing this makes me feel a lot better about my attitude (or lack of it) towards exercising.  It’s also refreshing for someone who is considered an expert in the health and fitness field to be so candid about her feelings.

What do you think?  Do you hate to exercise?

(via Shape Magazine, photo courtesy of JillianMichaels.com)

Boston!

18 Apr

In honor of the Boston Marathon today Fitbe lets us in on the secret (and maybe a little weird) pre-race rituals of some of the best runners.  Here are a few of the highlights:

Bill Rodgers, four time winner of both the Boston & New York City marathon, wore a snoopy hat. 

Ryan Hall, US 1/2 marathon and 12k record holder, shaves his face, head, and legs before a race.

Molly Huddle, US 5k record holder, eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the morning of the race and does butt kicks and high knees. 

Do you have a pre-race/game ritual?  Care to share? I’d love to know!

(via Fitbe & Photo Run)

Pain is Temporary. Quitting Lasts Forever…

13 Apr

Pain is temporary.  Quitting is forever.

I LOVE this!  Fitbe, msn’s health site, just published “27 Reasons to Feel Instantly Inspired.” Click here to read the quotes and stories of 27 of the most iconic fitness motivation all-stars.

Pick your favorite and use it to motivate yourself to hit the gym and turn down those donuts in the break room.  My favorite is the title of this post:

“Pain is temporary.  Quitting lasts forever.”  Lance Armstrong

You can bet I’ll be using this as my mantra when I’m sweating it out on the treadmill and wanting to quit.

(via Fitbe)

Grandma Runs 27 Marathons in 27 Days!

7 Apr

Running Grandma

I can’t believe I’m just now hearing about this! 

Meet Rosie Swale Pope, a 63 year old british grandmother who completed 27 fundraising marathons in 27 days in May 2010!  Rosie ran the marathons to raise money for the Ty Hafan children’s hospice in Cardiff and Helen & Douglas House in Oxford.

If you think thats inspiring, listen to this – this isn’t the first time Rosie has run for a good cause.  In 2003 she embarked on a 5 year journey to run around the world to raise awareness for prostate cancer after it claimed the life of her husband.  She ran 20,000 miles on that trek!

So inspiring!  Come on, doesn’t reading this make you want to suck it up and keep going for another mile or two?

(via Fox Sports)

Losing Weight Isn’t for Sissies…

1 Apr

Lose the Weight and Keep it off

Or babies for that matter.  Chances are you’re weight loss journey started a lot like mine did.  I would set a goal, follow a very restrictive diet, lose a few pounds, and then not be able to maintain such a strict diet and gain back what I had lost.  Sometimes, I’d gain back more.   I made a conscious decision a few months ago to get off the crazy yo-yo dieting train and get healthy, not just skinny.  I want to teach my children healthy eating habits, not dieting eating habits.  Here are some things I’ve learned along the way.

Don’t diet.  Make a lifestyle change to eat sensibly and exercise.

There is no magic formula and chances are if even if you are successful following a restrictive diet and shed a ton of weight, you will gain it back.  Its not realistic to eat that way forever and once you try to eat “normally” the weight will creep back on.  Do yourself a favor and make healthy eating a part of your everyday life.  Eat veggies, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains.  You know, all the stuff the experts tell us we should be eating.

Be Patient.

Doctors recommend having a goal of losing 1-2 pounds per week.  Remember, its a marathon not a sprint.

Build a support system.

Ask your family and friends to be supportive of your weight loss journey.  Not feeling the love?  There are many sites online that will give you the support and motivation you’re looking for.  SparkPeople is free and has lots of tools, forums, and groups available.

Be nice to yourself.

You’re going to slip up.  To Err is human so they say. Maybe you have a bad day at work and you come home and eat everything in sight.  Or you’re tired and the kids are cranky so you make a trip through the drive-thru for dinner instead of messing with fixing something.  The key is to forgive yourself and move on.  Tomorrow is another day and tomorrow you will not let your emotions control how you eat.

P.S.

These are just things that are working for me.  I’m not a doctor, nutritionist, psychiatrist, or certified personal fitness trainer.  In fact, you probably shouldn’t listen to me and consult a doctor.

P.S.S.

I wrote this out of completely selfish reasons.  I’m tired, the kids are cranky, I skipped my workout because of the before said reasons and I’ve had a bad day eating wise.  I needed to remember the things that are working for me to keep me on track and get back on the healthy lifestyle wagon.  I have a lot to learn about living a healthy lifestyle and about myself.  Tomorrow is a new day my friends.

4 Tips for Living Longer

29 Mar

Dr. Red Duke's Keys to Longevity

While scouring blogland for all the latest health and fitness news I stumbled across a blast from my past, Dr. James “Red” Duke, Jr.  Dr. Red Duke would do a syndicated weekly health spot on the news when I was a kid.  For some reason I always thought he was a vet and associated him the Clifford the Big Red Dog (give me a break,  I was 8).

I was glad to see that Dr. Red Duke, 82, was still practicing and is as active as ever.  He shares his 4 simple tips for longevity:


Eat right
“Eat a high fiber diet filled with color. Those things are all good anti-oxidants and are great for the colon.”

Keep your mind extremely active
“Always have multiple challenges to tackle.”

Stay physically active.
“You don’t have to go to the gym, just get up and walk.”

Sleep more
“I don’t like it, but I have to get eight hours of sleep now. My older battery doesn’t recharge like it used to.”

(via Health & Fitness Sports Magazine)

Eat Your Veggies!

28 Mar

Eat your veggies!

How do you get your kids to eat healthy when there is a McDonald’s on every corner?  Here are 5 tips to get your family on the right track.

Start when they are young

Start feeding your little ones healthy snacks as soon as they can start digesting solid foods.  Oatmeal, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables are great snacks and toddler friendly.

Be a good example

Your mini-me’s are listening and watching everything you do.  If you sit in front of the TV eating a double cheeseburger and french fries, they will want to as well. Eat the same healthy foods you put on their plates.

Let them be picky

Let your kids pick out their favorite fruits, veggies, and other healthy snacks at the grocery store.

Teach them what is healthy

When you’re at the grocery store take the time to teach your kids what foods are healthy and what foods are not.  Teach them the names of fruits and vegetables. You’d be surprised how many three year old’s can’t tell you what a brussell sprout is.  Here’s a game I like to play:  Are french fries healthy? No!  Are strawberries healthy?  Yes!

Buy according to what’s in season

Eating healthy snacks can be expensive.  Ever try to buy strawberries in January?  Take it easy on your budget and buy fruits and veggies in season.  During the fall/winter buy oranges and clementines.  During the summer you can get strawberries for $.99 per pound and sweet corn for 10/$1.

(via SheKnows)

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

25 Mar

And you won’t magically lose 50 pounds overnight either.  It’s so easy to get frustrated when you are eating healthy and exercising and yet, the scale refuses to move in the right direction.  Hopefully these tips from the experts at WebMD will help.

Set realistic goals – Resolve yourself to know that the “healthy” way to lose weight is to lose about 1-2 pounds per week. Setting a goal to lose 20 pounds in one month is only setting yourself up for failure.

Set short term goals – If you’re overall goal is to lose 50 pounds, set a short term goal of losing 5 or 10.  This will motivate you to stay on the right track.

Track your progress – Track your success so you can see how much weight you’ve lost and how great your doing!

Don’t be so hard on yourself – If you have a “bad” day and skip a planned workout or eat a bag of Oreo’s don’t get upset and give up.  Accept the fact that these kind of days are going to happen and hopefully next time it won’t be a whole bag of cookies, but only 1 or 2.  Giving up will never get you to your weight loss goal.

(via WebMD)

A Cup of Morning “Thinspiration”

22 Mar

At her heaviest Pam weighed 264 pounds.  She made a decision to lose the weight after a child asked her when her baby was due and she wasn’t pregnant.  This was the turning point when she knew her lifestyle had to change.

Pam started exercising 3-4 days per week and avoided junk and processed foods.  She now eats up to 6 small meals a day to speed up her metabolism.  She incorporates lean proteins such as fish, chicken, nuts, tofu, mushrooms and eggs into her daily meals and pairs it with complex carbs.

Pam lost her weight the good ol’ fashioned way and has kept it off for 6 years!

Read the full story here.

(via CNN)