Posts Tagged ‘wellness’

Do You Share Your Story?

March 13, 2014

What story you might ask?  Everyone has a story — the story of you, your life, your experiences.  Think about what influences you or motivates you to do something.  Whether it be the television, a friend, a family member, an acquaintance or something you read  in social media — a personal story motivates us to take action.  Think about your parents and grandparents — How much did you learn from their experiences?  How cool did you think it was to be a kid and listen to them share about how they grew up or what they did for fun as a kid?

In today’s society of constant busy, we rarely take time to listen and share stories.  If you have children, take time to share your stories and listen to theirs.  Sometimes its good to hear that someone else struggled with the same thing, that we may all seem so different yet share similar experiences.  Sharing your story helps you to feel part of a group, a community, to feel self acceptance and to build trust in other people.  It helps to create amazing relationships with other adults and kids … It’s freeing!  You never know who you will impact by sharing a little piece of yourself.

Being Proud

March 6, 2014

Proud:  feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one’s own achievement, qualities or possessions.

When’s the last time you remember being proud of yourself or something you accomplished?  I mean, really proud.  How did it feel?  Often being proud of yourself feels awkward, strange and uncomfortable.  Sometimes we downplay an achievement to avoid feeling that way.  Sometimes we avoid talking about it all together.  Sometimes we compare to someone else who accomplished something “greater”.  Sometimes we even avoid taking credit.  Why?  Is it easier to be proud of someone else or for someone else to be proud of you?

Sometimes we might feel like that line between being boastful or egotistical and proud is hard to determine … so again we avoid pride.  The feeling of pride in accomplishments goes a long way.  Yes, be proud of small achievements — You work hard, give yourself credit where credit is due — It helps keep the journey moving forward!

message from a apologetic personal trainer…

February 4, 2014

oops sign

Why would your trainer be apologizing you ask?  Well, I’d like to use this as an opportunity to offer all of you a sincere apology from the fitness industry.  Okay, so they didn’t officially appoint me the spokesperson but I’ll take on the responsibility!

For years we led you all to believe that you can reach your health and fitness goals in 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks, etc. by offering programs with such promises and timelines.  I want you to know that we are truly sorry for spreading viscous lies for so many years.  Between the infomercials, magazines, television shows and gyms promoting all those people that lost so much in just weeks, we have mislead you!  Ever heard or even said “Well that diet worked, while I was on it.”  Sure some programs and people see success but how long does it last?  And why does it not stay off when we use it?  And the ones that do lose, most gain it back.  How often do we see a Biggest Loser reunion show??

The fact remains, if a program teaches you how to implement healthy habits into your daily routine FOR the REST of your LIFE then it is the RIGHT program for you.  We don’t need extensive research to show us that exercise and healthy eating should take place forever!!  To make up for this terrible thing we have done to you all, we promise to be faithful and true, ’til death do us part, to teaching you the truth and helping you ACHIEVE TRUE HEALTH!  After all, it’s a journey not a destination…

Breaking Down BMI – Part II

January 29, 2014

Going back to BMI — I know I know, do we have to??  Lets get through part two then we don’t ever have to chat about it again – Unless you bring it up and want some more info!  When we left off two weeks ago, we were chatting about the limitations of BMI or why we need some other tool or measurement.

Since the BMI calculation uses your height and weight, your measurement for success greatly limits itself (unless you can grow a few inches) to simply changing your weight.  Now we think it sounds more sophisticated then just weight itself and it is, a little.  BMI becomes very useful especially when looking at children and their development, since they do grow up (in height that is!).  Since obesity is such a hot topic around this country, even sadly with the younger people in our worlds.  Because weight and emotion can become so intertwined, the best thing to encourage with this population is maintaining weight as they grow in height.  This causes the BMI to decrease even though their weight never changed.  In these situations, the best course of action does not encourage weight loss, which can be emotionally damaging and often not healthy in the bigger picture.

BMI varies greatly when looking at adults.  First, it does not measure an improvement in body composition.  Some individuals get labeled as overweight or obese because of a high amount of muscle.  The muscle increases their weight therefore causing the unhealthy BMI.  Second, the continued hyperfocus on weight loss and BMI does not take into consideration health on any level.  Plenty of people carry extra weight yet maintain perfect health and vice versa — plenty of people show the perfect weight yet take enough medication to open a small pharmacy.

Bottom line, if we all took the opportunity to develop health and let our bodies respond accordingly, we’d change our society!

Building a Healthy Family

January 9, 2014

The life of a mother; rushing from here to there, to this practice, that play, this tutor or that friends house then make dinner, do laundry and pack lunches. When is there possibly time for things you want to do for yourself? Alabama sings it perfectly in their country ballad “Rushin’ rushin ‘til life’s no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die, I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.” Okay, so maybe you feel like all the rushing is for a purpose. Ask yourself, is the benefit short term or do you see long term gain?

As women, the responsibilities of running the household often falls onto our shoulders and, in the process, our own “stuff” gets pushed aside for everything else. You want to work out but don’t have the time, you want to eat healthy but you have a picky kid who only eats chicken nuggets and goldfish crackers, you want to get back to your sport but your kids take up your time and well, you get the picture. Our focus on getting our kids into more activities to get into the best college and be the best athlete creates an overwhelming situation for fitting everything into an already tight schedule.

All this being said, you can make it happen with a little thought and planning. We forget how much our children learn from what we do as much as (if not more then) what we say. Start by modeling the behaviors you want them to adopt. Make physical activity and healthy eating part of regular family activities. Include the kids in decisions, cooking and exercise. Set aside family time to be active and eat healthy together.

Let your kids into the kitchen. Have them mix up a dressing or marinade, put together a salad or measure out the water for cooking rice. Challenge the family to eat more fruits and vegetables and encourage like and dislike of any food. Ride bikes, take a hike or participate in activities like tag to encourage movement. Play games and hold contests for added incentive with fun rewards and little prizes.

When working with a busy schedule, remember every little bit counts. Hearing that we must engage in 60 – 90 minutes of activity every day seems overwhelming at times. Do what you can as long as it is something. Short on time? Make twenty minutes can go a long way in a workout by incorporating big movements and minimal rest. By increasing your intensity, you accomplish a lot in a short period of time. Incorporate small changes into your daily eating as well. Set out to achieve one or two goals a month to make habits.

Goals vs. Dreams

March 10, 2011

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”  – Napoleon Hill

We all know about goals and dreams.  How do you begin to differentiate between a goal and a dream and how do the two work together?  Now think of something you always wanted to do or achieve.  Think big and think out of the box.  Often we limit our thinking when it comes to dreams because we think it can’t be done.  Take this opportunity to think without limits.  DREAM and write it down on paper.

Once you know your dream, set your goals based on the steps you need to live this dream!  Many times we set goals based on false dreams or something not true to your heart, especially with regard to health and fitness.  In the end, we fail to achieve the goal we set for ourselves.  Decide why you start something and let it be true to you.  Take it step by step and enjoy the journey!

A Golden opportunity!

April 6, 2010

Yes this picture taken from our seats!

Last month, I took the golden opportunity to travel to Vancouver and attend the Olympics.  One of the best experiences of my life!  While we observed only two events, womens hockey and womens aerials, the whole time we immersed ourselves in whatever we could.  I took the role of geeky tourist and shot about 400 pictures over the four days.  Not surprising, I found myself thinking in health and fitness mode.

So what did I come up with?  Well, I found myself in awe watching these athletes and their ability to perform.  These men and women train for years to build up to this two week period of time.  While they compete at other times over the four year break, they plan their training to achieve their peak performance for the Olympics.  For some, this means they compete once and done.  Four years of work for a 15 minute event!  How then does this relate to those of us who are not this caliber of athlete?

Think about when you set a goal with regard to health and fitness?  We tend to look only into the near future and focus on short term results.  Imagine if these Olympians only thought about the results they will see in the next three months?  While we are not Olympians (although I like to pretend I am!), we can still think and act like one!  Think big picture and realize that your workout and eating will change based on where you fall in your Olympic training!