At the beginning of every year everyone starts to think of all the areas they would like to improve or change in their lives. I myself do the same thing, but the problem is making these potentially helpful changes stick. This year I am trying something new. Instead of writing down a long list of things I want to change in the year, I’m choosing one change a month. One of the largest downfalls of most resolutions is that we set several goals at the same time, which means you’re not giving any one goal your full attention. Losing weight and working out is one of the most common resolutions that people set. Research says that consistency is the key; you need to dedicate at least three consecutive weeks to establish a routine. Here is one goal that needs dedication for a full month to just establish a habit, and while you will still need to put in effort once it becomes a part of your schedule, it is no longer a chore.
So here is my plan; at the beginning of every month I will assess what I feel needs to be accomplished and work from there. The great thing about this approach is that each month I accomplish a goal it will encourage me to move forward instead of discourage me for the entire year. And if for some reason I don’t reach that month’s goal, it has only been a month. Let’s be honest, when setting a goal for the year it’s easy to push it back because you feel you have plenty of time to get to it.
January – Increase my exercise, decrease my stress.
- I started yoga again through my 24 hour fitness membership. I can’t make any excuses not to go it’s a free class.
- My wonderful boyfriend and I have been hitting the gym together in the evenings. While we are not working out side by side, the encouragement to get out of the house and making the arrangements before has helps my motivation.
- I started taking breaks and walking around the block with a co-working. Monday through Friday we take at least 2 ten minute walks, fresh air and a little venting and I feel more balanced when I return to my desk.
- I joined an arena soccer league that I paid for. Nothing motivates more than the thought of wasting money when I could be shopping Now that I have paid for an entire season you better believe that I will be at the games, working out while having fun.
Two weeks in and I’m still motivated…let’s see how the next two weeks unfold and where my next month’s goals will lead me!
Posted January 11th, 2012. Add a comment
While I am not one that goes out and does things just because I have a great deal in hand…If I come across one, I don’t mind sharing!! Check out this deal I found for Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Co. – Original Cheese Oggi’s Stix for $1.99! I visit the Mission Viejo, Huntington Beach and Tustin location all the time and I know Oggi’s Stix usually start at $7.99 so this is a bargain. Don’t miss out!
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Posted September 20th, 2011. 5 comments
It has been two weeks since I have started with a personal trainer and instead of feeling better, I am sore and hungry lol. One thing I have noticed to be true is smaller portions, more often is working. Even though I feel like I am constantly eating I’m never uncomfortably full.
So how do you portion control when everything in American is made in portions for four people instead of one? My little trick is small containers, salad plates and cups instead of bowls. When I’m packing my lunch I use the smallest container I can find, and if your really paying attention you’ll notice that even that holds a lot. I went to pack some cottage cheese for lunch and two scoops later I was looking at the container half full going…this is to much!
Salad plates are a perfect tool to keeping your portioning down because you have half the space of a normal plate. Once you get used to the smaller portion I would recommend taking this one step further and make it so that your food doesn’t touch on the plate…sounds funny but you’ll notice the portion decreases even more once your not piling it on.
Lastly, used a cup as your bowl. You’ll notice on most cereals, ice cream and bowl used products a serving size is half/full cup. By using a cup to eat these produces it makes enjoying them easier!
Keep in mind you have to still put healthy items in these portion control containers. But these tricks are helping me so hopefully they can aid with your goals
Posted August 19th, 2011. 15 comments
With modern technology we find ourselves constantly relying on the newest and recommended best products to take care of our everyday needs. Well I would like to take a minute and reflect back to some home remedies that I have heard and experienced over the years…
Baking Soda Bath – We have all experiences unexpected sunburns or an accidental burn form an iron. Before burn cream, people used to put baking soda in warm bath water to sooth the sting from burns. I have unfortunately had to use this remedy on myself and it really works.
Onions can help kick your cold! – There was a point in my life I felt as though getting a cold was an every other week event. Finally a friend approached me with a home remedy that at first I thought was odd but then warmed up to reality that it works. When you feel as though you are coming down with a cold cut an onion and place one half by your bed and the other across the room. Not only does the smell of the onion keep your sinuses clear, (making it easier to rest) there is something about the onion that as it dries it absorbs bacteria in the air. Don’t believe me try it, you will find you get better quicker!
Toothpaste Removes Blemishes – One day I was visiting my grandma and happen to have a very uncomfortable and deep pimple on my face. She drug me to the bathroom before going to bed and smothered toothpaste all over the blemish. I woke up in the morning to have the pimple half the size it was from the night before. WHAT! One more night and it was completely gone without spending any money on expensive products or painfully trying to rip it off my face.
Garlic as a Natural Antibiotic – With all the medical hype about not over using antibiotic because of your body building up a tolerance, why not start helping yourself on a daily basis? Garlic can be used for more than just repulsing people with bad breath, including it into your daily vitamins can help build up your natural immunities.
Frozen Waffles for Teething Babies – I recently asked my Facebook follower for their own home remedies and Patricia was nice enough to include a mother’s perspective. Apparently frozen waffles can give teething babies relief with a cold and soft texture.
I know that there are plenty more home remedies and I would love to hear your suggestions!
Posted June 16th, 2011. 8 comments
Its official…the new Food Plate has replaced the Food Pyramid. But what does this really mean to the everyday person? Nothing really! For most people when you are taught the food pyramid in grade school it’s more to teach you nutritional balance, start you on the path of keeping your body health. Yet most people aren’t constantly referring to the Pyramid for guidance as they get older. Not to mention that everyone’s body is different and needs a different nutritional balance to maintain personal preferences. I for one think the new Food Plate will be easier to use and understand for the everyday person. It’s more visually recognizable being that we are looking at a plate when we eat most of our meals (minus fast foods). Really though the Food Plate is commons since and like everything, to make it successful there has to be tips to understanding what makes this new system better.
As we watch this new wave of nutritional trends emerge I’m interested to see how restaurants and fast food establishments integrate the new Food Plate into their menus! We all saw how the calorie counts caught on like wild fire. If they were smart they would dedicate one item to the new Food Plate diagram and keep people thinking dining out can still meet dieting needs.
Posted June 3rd, 2011. 17 comments