Friday, January 30, 2015

Skinny is out, Strong is In....a video worth watching

Mary Dunleavy, THV11's Sports Anchor did a story promoting Strong as the NEW Skinny and it's worth sharing.  Whether you are a man or a woman - the message here is clear.   Embrace your body and work hard; skinny isn't always healthy!  More on my thoughts below......

We've all heard those snide remarks "she's not skinny enough" "did you see those thighs" "that is some booty she has on her" goes on and on. And if you haven't been on the receiving end, I can be certain you know someone who has.

Each generation says they aren't going to put their kids through the same scrutiny, but yet here we are in 2015 battling the same headlines that men and women everywhere have been facing since the 1800s*: THIN IS IN.

Well, I'm here to tell you it's not.

You all know me, and you know (or should know) that I believe in a healthy and active lifestyle. I believe we should not be carrying around more weight than our bodies can handle and should be eating properly for health and nutrition reasons. I'm not going to pretend that I don't believe a well-maintained body is an acceptable standard that we all should be striving for.

We should be - for ourselves and to set a good example for our kids, our families, our neighbors.....

What I don't believe is that every woman (or man) is meant to fit a cookie-cutter size 4 frame - different body types are what make us unique as individuals and, quite frankly, its simple science. We should each work with our body in a healthy way that is challenging, keeps us moving and excited and embraces & enhances our individual body type.

The 1,000 calorie-a-day diet isn't sustainable (or healthy) - embracing your body type and working on what makes YOU the best, is.

Check out this segment from THV 11's Mary Dunleavy on just this's worth the 3 minutes.
(click here to see the segment)

**and that remark about the 1860s? Well, the first popular diet on record (that I can find) was called the Banting diet, created by William Banting and it was very similar to today's Atkins diet. Read a little more about him on Wikipedia or read his 48 page "Letter on Corpulence" originally published in 1864.

Monday, January 5, 2015

How much exercise are you really getting? Let's find out!

Looking at Our New Year's card/calendar this morning struck me with an idea -- why not track my exercise and activity this year?

Those blue dots over 4 of the first 5 days in January?  Workout dots!  

If you've ever wondered how much you really workout, tracking is the easiest easiest way to get a true idea.  There's no grey area.   

For 2015 I plan to put a blue dot on everyday that I hike, bike, run, swim, workout for more than 30 minutes.  I can't wait until December to see the results.

Its not too late to start your own tracker -- on your phone, in an app, on paper.  Whatever your method, seeing it in writing paints a realistic picture and shows room for improvement in activity levels.

Have fun & good luck!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

^^^ Look at that date....

January 1, 2015.  WOW!  Just let that sink in.  It's hard to believe another year has come and gone.

For me, 2014 was filled with heartache and grief, as I mentioned in this post, joy as my good friends' welcomed their first born that I adore and even picture, and amazing opportunity as I shared here.  So much to be thankful for and so much to miss.

Last night at dinner Michael asked me what I hoped for in 2015 - "It's ok to be corny" he said.  But the sad reality is that 2014 has been so busy that I hadn't sat down to think about what I hope to accomplish in the new year.  I know I want to be more organized (I am ditching the iCalendar and going back to good ol' paper and pencil), I want to devote more time to my relationship and still maintain my health, and I want to educate the world about healthy choices and the benefits of a healthy diet and balanced activity.  But how am I going to do that?!

I no longer subscribe to the theory of "New Year's Resolutions" as I've seen too many broken to be a believer.  However,  I do believe January 1 is a time to reflect on the past year, hope for a better next year and make a statement and a true lifestyle change.

Instead of resolving to "lose 10 pounds", make the statement that you are going to become more active or start eating a clean, healthy diet.  Active means doing things you like - whether its walking, hiking, taking a group fitness classes, hula-hooping, dancing; find your thing and get to it.

Don't resolve to "read 20 books this year", instead develop a new morning or bedtime ritual, devoting enough time for a chapter or two over coffee as you wake up or with a nice glass of herbal tea before you turn in for the night.  Or maybe a lunchtime habit works better for you - one that will get you away from your desk and lost in another world during the hustle and bustle of the day?

Before you know it, you'll not only have hit your goal, but you'll have developed a sustainable lifestyle change that will keep you healthy and feeling great always.  We know when we've failed in the past and when we've succeeded - it's a time to buck the trends and do what works for you.

We're all a work in progress, and as for today, well I am excited to welcome 2015 and work each day at making the right choice (for me!) and planning a few changes that will help me accomplish what I set out to do.

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