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Is It Really Worth 2 Hours & 32 Minutes on the Treadmill?

22 Apr

According to Dr. Oz it takes 2 Hours & 32 minutes of sweating on the treadmill to burn off that juicy burger and salty fries.

Fitness Junke Challenge:  Find out how long it takes to burn off your favorite food splurge and then ask yourself if its worth it.  Chances are you’ll make better choices next time you have a craving.

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)

Two Reasons to Exercise While You’re Pregnant…

19 Apr

According to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers contacted 39 0f 52 women who were participants in a study 20 years ago that examined their exercise habits before, during, and after their pregnancies.  The follow-up found that moms who exercised through their pregnancy weighed less and were at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than women who stopped exercising when they became pregnant.
Another reason to keep moving if you’re a mama to be!

(via Rodale, photo courtesy of ABC News)

Why You Should Eat Carrots. Every Day…

15 Apr

Did you know that the vitamin A found in carrots is not only good for your eyes but also helps to clear up your skin?  Me either!  How about the fact that it also reduces the development of skin-cancer cells?  I know, right!

Now that you know all of the good things carrots can do for your body make sure you pack some in your lunch everyday.

(via Women’s Health)

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)

Losing the Baby Weight…

11 Apr

We all know that its essential to gain weight during pregnancy, thats the easy part.  The hard part is taking it off.  I don’t know about you but I’m not one of those women who come home from the hospital in my pre-pregnancy jeans or that can say, “It wasn’t really that hard to lose the baby weight.  I just stopped eating dessert two nights a week.”  Nope, that’s not me at all.  I’m the woman who has a baby and eight weeks later still looks pregnant.  If you’re like me, here are some tips from our friends at WebMD to help you lose the extra baby weight. 

  • Take six weeks after the baby to focus on eating healthy.  This is especially important if you’re breast feeding. 
  • Remember that it took 9 months to put the weight on and can take up to a year to take it off.  Slow and steady wins the weight loss race.
  • Going on a crash diet and exercising fanatically is not good for you or the baby.  You can not take care of the baby when you’re irratible and cranky from lack of food and rest.
  • About six weeks after giving birth you can start incorporating physical activity into your daily routine.  Slow and gradual is key to make sure you don’t over do it.
  • Take it slow.  Don’t try to lose too much too fast.  Remember, you’re children need you to be healthy.

For more information and tips on losing weight and healthy eating click here.

P.S.

I know these things are all easier said than done.  Trust me, I’m still losing the weight and my baby is three (no judging, please.  I told you I wasnt one of “those” women).  Remember that you’re children deserve healthy parents and YOU deserve a healthy life.

Are You a Nutritional Gatekeper?

11 Apr

In the April issue of Family Circle magazine there is an article that cites a study completed by Brian Wansink, PhD and his Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University.  Wansink states that in his research,  parents have told him that they cannot control what their kids eat.  Interestingly enough, Wansink found that the parents who felt they could not control their kids food choices were also making bad food choices themselves.  He uses the term “nutritional gatekeeper” and says that as parents its our responsibility to monitor what our kids are eating and help them make good food choices. 

Here are some tips for being an effective Nutritional Gatekeeper for your family:

  • Keep in mind that you control at least 72% (even more if you have little ones) of what your child eats each day.
  • Pack your childs lunch to make sure they have healthy choices instead of telling them to buy something at school.  That ‘something’ could be a pudding cup or a brownie.  Not exactly what you had in mind.
  • Keep healthy fruits and veggies in the house for snacks. 
  • If you don’t buy it, they can’t eat it.  Leave the kids at home if you have to when grocery shopping.  You control the $$ and you control what you buy.
  • They are what YOU eat.  Unfortunately, our kids learn our eating habits just as they learn our other habits, good and bad.  Lead by example and teach them which foods are healthy and which foods are bad for them. 

To find out more information and for educational resources visit Wansink’s site at mindlesseating.org.

(via Family Circle magazine, photo courtesy of healthline.org)

Get Your Jazz Hands Ready!!

8 Apr

IDEA,  the world’s largest association for fitness and wellness professionals, conducted its yearly survey to find out the top health and fitness trends of 2011.   This year, aerobics, water fitness and martial arts-based classes had the largest decline in popularity and dance and boot camp classes showed the largest growth.

I was surprised to find out that Jazzercise, founded in 1969, is still popular around the globe and was just named most successful fitness franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine.  The founder, Julie Shepherd Missett, continues to choreograph 30 new songs every 10 weeks to keep her classes fresh and keep members motivated.  Pretty impressive when you consider how easily fitness fads come and go.  Remember those  Reebok Step Aerobics videos?

Jazz hands up!

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.