If food is fuel for the body why not treat your body like a Mercedes?
Excerpt from "Get Fit To Go: Motivation to Exercise and Get Healthy"
Would you drive your car with sludge in the engine, knowing it could break down at any time because you didn’t make an effort to have the oil changed? Of course not! Exercise is about maintenance. Maintaining your body is the best resolution you can make on New Year’s Day and straight through the seasons.
If you are always struggling with your weight and wish you could be in better shape you may enjoy my book, Get Fit To Go. It is an anecdotal motivational guide with success stories, personal insight, compassionate advice, and exercise and nutrition tips. (A former personal training client suggested I write an exercise manual and the seed was planted!) For those who may have read fitness books that were purported to be self-help books but rather made the reader feel more discouraged- or led to a fad that fizzled out after it got 'old', then my book may be the right one for you. Small steps, gradual, doable changes that become permanent NEVER get old. They become a way of life. Tweak the diet, get up and go for walks, join a gym (or not- but BE active), burn calories and build muscle. You do not need to train as if you are trying out for the Olympics. Well, if you do God Bless You and Your Greek God-Like Body---you go!!! But for those that only have a limited amount of time outside of hectic work/parenting schedules, the reality is you have to do something because your health depends on it. How many books or videos have you purchased? So then try mine! You have nothing to lose...except a few pounds. (That's in my book!)
Today I am a guest on Kathy Barrett and relationship coach Jane Harris' radioblogtalk show "Behind The Curtain". Today's topic was At War With Muffin Tops.
Today I am a guest on Kathy Barrett and relationship coach Jane Harris' radioblogtalk show "Behind The Curtain". Today's topic is At War With Muffin Tops. One key contributer to the ole muffin top is wearing clothing that is too tight. THEREFORE I am recycling one of my favorite Blog Posts from last June- Squeezing too much into too little. To learn more on winning the war with muffin top click on the link Muffin Tops link on my home page for some tone abdmonal tips excerpted from my book, Get Fit To Go.
Squeezing too much into too little 06/20/2010 0 Comments How does that expression go....you can't fit a 2 pound sausage into a one pound case? Something like that...right? If you know it, please let me know.
Speaking of stuffing too much into too little, my new perimenopausal shopping habit is to buy clothes in the same size 9 I always identifed with, even though my larger than ever before perimenopausal bustline does not allow the top three buttons on any size 9 blouse to close. Go figure. So, what do I do? I buy anyway, thinking I can knock off ten pounds in no time. Exercise pro or not, shedding those clinging-on-for- dear- life ten pounds just ain't as easy as it once was. So now I have a lot of shirts that I wear open as vests.
Me, my sister Bern, and my fashionista step mom Diana recently went on a jaunt to Marshalls (my favorite store- it's hit or miss-but Bloomies just costs too much). We were quite a crew- dressing Bern, dressing me, and watching Di ponder whether she really needed a new blouse. I think she walked out emptyhanded.
Here I am trying to stuff the perimenopausal sausage into the size 9's and really insisting that I looked good. (I use the dressing room mirror that's far away from the changing stall- the skinny mirror.) My beautiful, retired police officer step mom does honesty as well as she does fashion. She boycotted all of my sausage-looking outfits. I huffed and puffed like a 15 year old, but went with her choices in the end anyway. A stranger who could not help overhearing us was shopping by herself and trying on dresses. She approached us and told Di, that she knew Diana would be honest with her, and asked her to decide which dress she should buy to wear to her son's communion. She went with Di's choice. So did I. It hung in the closet for a couple of weeks, but when I finally wore my new, well fitting, slightly loose, attractive, fashionable, age appropriate (NOT DOWDY- I am still a young hipster in my heart!) shirt for the first time, I felt fabulous!
I'm still working on the ten pounds, but just not torturing myself about it in the meantime. No sausages for me.
Excerpt from "Get Fit To Go- Motivation to Exercise and be Healthy!" Unltd. Publishing LLC, Fit To Go H&F Copyright 2010 May not be reprinted without the author's permission. Feel free to try it though!
Staying motivated is the biggest challenge
Every New Year’s Eve folks gather together to reflect on their lives and proclaim to make changes for the better. In between bites of cheesecake we ease our guilt with a firm promise that in the New Year we will lose weight and exercise once and for all. While the champagne is still bubbling, we look ahead to thinner, healthier days. More often than not, our good intentions are swept away in the morning with the confetti.
Have faith. Next year can be the year of your success. Starting now.
The key to getting fit is sticking with an exercise program year round. Do what you can, whenever you can, for the good of your health. Knowing that you can prevent a variety of diseases caused by a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle is a strong incentive to exercise.
Is there anything cuter than pinchable, kissable, chubby baby thighs? We go through great lengths to make sure our little cherubs stay chunky and 'healthy' looking. So why do we beat ourselves up if we don't look like bikini models at 40 and 50?
During nursing school I had choices- take care of my family, work, go to school and STUDY? Or...take care of my family, work, go to school and log in 10-15 miles a week on my runs. Studying won out. Priorities.
Exercise always holds a place of priority in my life, but I had to drop my level of intensity, and the duration of my workouts. I exercised enough to maintain my energy levels and my health, but not enough to keep the skinny butt. (The vending machine near the lecture hall didn’t help…what’s up with those anyway? Why are they filled with junk? I’m not expecting celery and tofu, but Snickers is NOT a meal replacement.)
How far do we go? Well, if exercise becomes a life obsession, soley for the purpose of another person saying we look great- but deep down we are miserable and the red velvet cake is instilling thoughts of a binge and purge fest- FUGGETABOUDDIT. This subject does indeed get my Brooklyn up. Why do people always equate looking good with weight loss? It really is ok to look 'regular'. I think the media is catching on...take a look at the real looking people in commercials these days.
As a responsible health and fitness advocate I add this: Check with your physician and learn your body mass index, and what a healthy weight is for your height and frame.
If you are overweight take strides to be healthy by modifying your diet and taking gradual steps to build stamina and embark on a regular exercise routine. It really does work! Anyone who has stopped with the junk food snacks and put more physical activity in their lives has seen the results. Make it a lifestyle and the results will last a lifetime.