Health and Fitness Tips for Busy People

 

Got questions about health and fitness?  I’ve got answers!  Here are the most common questions and goals that I’ve received from clients and answers that give the results you want.  Here we go!

Health and Fitness Tips

How can I lose weight?  Burn more calories than you consume.

What can I do to get healthy?  Stop eating junk.  Start eating more natural, unprocessed foods.

I want toned abs & arms.  Eat clean and strength train.

I want to see results.  Have specific goals and track them.  If you don’t know what you’re aiming for, how will you know when you get there?

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exuperys

I don’t have time to work out.  Yes, you do! If you can carve out 5-15 minutes during the day, you can do simple effective moves that will give you results! I’ve even designed a workout you can do in your kitchen while you are waiting for water to boil or coffee to drip. Now THAT is using your time wisely 🙂

I can’t seem to get motivated.  Get a workout buddy or coach to help you.  Oh, and read these!

Got more questions for me?  How can I help?  Leave a comment below & I’ll post an answer for you!

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This post on Oprah.com by the great author Jeffrey Eugenides is amazingly motivating! How to Believe in Yourself—Even If You Sometimes Don’t

 

Are You Making These 5 Dieting Mistakes?

 

Trouble losing weight or keeping it off?  Make sure you aren’t making one of these common dieting mistakes.

Are You Making These 5 Dieting Mistakes?

Setting Goals That Aren’t Realistic

Setting an unrealistic goal will almost guarantee failure.  Instead, set S.M.A.R.T. goals when it comes to weight loss.  Donald Hensrud, M.D., weight loss expert from the Mayo Clinic recommends 1-2 pounds per week.  If you lose weight at this pace, you are more likely to keep it off.

Choosing the Wrong Kind of Diet

A diet that doesn’t include any of the foods you like to eat may work in the very short term, but it is unlikely that you’ll achieve you longer-term weight loss goals.  Several studies have found that following a low-fat diet doesn’t make it any easier to lose weight or to keep weight off.   Study participants who followed moderate- or high-fat diets lost just as much weight as those who follow low-fat diets.  Successful weight loss depends largely on one thing — burn more calories than you consume.

Not Planning Ahead

If you don’t plan ahead, you’ll be reaching for the first thing you can get your hands on at lunch or dinner time to satisfy your hunger.  Take the time (maybe on a Sunday morning to plan for the coming week) to make a list of your favorite nutritious meals.  Shop for all of the ingredients and plan your meals for the week at one time.  Bring low-calorie snacks like an apple or a small Greek yogurt to the office to make hitting the vending machines less tempting.

Drink More Water

Drinking water aids weight loss and flushes out toxins from the body.  According to an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, obese participants in a six-month clinical trial both lost weight and reduced waist circumference by drinking water compared to participants who drank caloric beverages.

Skipping Meals

Meal skipping is not a successful way to lose weight.  Frequent meal skipping actually reduces your metabolic rate, making weight loss more challenging.  Eating regular meals keeps you energized throughout the day and makes it less likely that you’ll overeat at night to compensate.

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Motivation — Where Are You?

I needed this today!! You Must Believe In Yourself

I’ve missed more than a few posts lately, and I can’t remember the last time I sent out my weekly newsletter that is supposed to go out every Tuesday.

I really *was* busy at first with my house move, then it was a challenge to get our internet service set up.  But that has been resolved since early September.  The truth is, I’ve just been feeling demotivated.

I was set to write an article for my favorite magazine.  I’d been dreaming of writing for them since I first launched my new career as a health coach and health writer.  After a well thought out query to the right editor, my pitch was accepted!  I was really on cloud nine.  As many writers know, magazines often have a 4-6 month lead-time … so I wasn’t surprised when the editor told me that my piece was slated for the March issue & that she would be in touch in August with the formal assignment & a due date in September.

August came, I followed up.  September came, I followed up.  October?  Still followed up, but starting to get the message.  While it is actually par for the course to be ignored by an editor to whom you send a query or pitch, I thought it was incredibly strange to get the cold-shoulder after a response & tentative due date?  I let it totally wreck my confidence (well, that and the many other flat-out “no’s” and cold-shoulders I’ve gotten since August).

I’m not thin-skinned at all.  I actually welcome a rejection letter!  At least I know that my idea was considered & perhaps not right or coming at the right time.

So rather than write about rejection when I myself was feeling de-motivated, I chose silence.  I guess I should also add that I haven’t been getting ANY comments on any of my posts, so I have to wonder if anyone is even reading my blog anymore????

I’m not one who gives up easily, so here I am today trying to keep it real, taking a deep breath, and setting a personal goal to keep writing & keep reaching for my own dreams.      I read an awesome article today by Jeffrey Eugenides (the guy who wrote Middlesex & The Virgin Suicides) called How To Believe in Yourself – Even If You Sometimes Don’t.  In the article, he talks about his journey as a writer & how he has dealt with own fears & anxieties.  It is a great story about he came to realize that inspiration comes from within.  It gave me the motivation to pick up my laptop & compose this post when all I really wanted to do was sleep all day!  Give it a read!

Oh, and if you read this post … please leave me a comment so that I know someone out there is STILL … well … out there!

 

 

 

Why Boundaries are Important to Your Health

 

Statistics show that stress causes 80 – 90% of all illness, yet we continue to take on more than we can handle at work and in life.

We know that setting our own personal boundaries can make a huge impact on your quality of life, so…

Why is it so hard to set boundaries? 

Just like everything else, learning to set boundaries is a skill.  And it’s personal.  You have to define what is acceptable to you, where your “line” is, and let people know when they are crossing it.

Boundary setting has nothing to do with changing other people, it’s about changing the way you react to their demands and communicating.

Here are some boundary-setting steps you can take to improve your skills:

  • Do you know what your own boundaries are?  It may have been so long since you stopped to think about it, you might need to do a little self-awareness exercise to get started.  That’s ok!  Grab a pen and paper & start to jot down areas where you know you need boundaries.  Decide what you will no longer do or tolerate.
  • Get the word out.  If you want people to start respecting your new boundaries, they need to know what they are! Calmly communicate to others what is not acceptable.

For example, if you are consistently being asked to work on your day off, let your boss know before she asks again that your day off is now designated as “family time.” Try not to place blame on anyone when you are doing this.  This is an important step in getting other to understand your new boundaries.

  • Be firm.  Once your new boundaries have been communicated in a non-blaming manner and you have been very clear about what is and is not acceptable, you have to start enforcing them.  If you are being ignored and disrespected, then it may be time to walk away.
  • Do unto others.  Make sure you practice what you preach.  If you want people to respect your boundaries, then you have to do the same.  Be aware of the boundaries of your loved ones and co-workers.  If you aren’t sure, ask!

How are your boundary setting skills?  What other ideas have worked for you?

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Ready to start setting boundaries? All you need is a goal to get started. Get my FREE Goal Setting guide now!

 

 

 

 

How To Hold Yourself Accountable

Last Saturday, I gave a wellness seminar to a group of women at Uforia Studios. One of the topics we discussed was Attainable Goal Setting.

One of the questions I received was, “How do I hold myself accountable?” Great question … and often easier said than done. I’ve been listening to my followers on Twitter & Facebook this week as well, and they are asking similar questions.

The first question I have for you is “Are you keeping track of your goals?” Then, “are you writing stuff down on paper?” There is something powerful about implementing that additional sense. Don’t just hold your thoughts & dreams in your head … put them down on paper!

Now, hang that piece of paper up somewhere that you can see it every day. It reminds you of what you are working towards and keeps you focused!

The second tip I have for you is straight out of my Smart Girls Guide to Getting What You Want. If you want to hold yourself accountable, give yourself very specific deliverables. Don’t just say, “I want to run a marathon” or “I want to be CEO of my company.” Figure out a plan to get to the next level from where you are now. If you want to run a marathon and you are not already running races, start by signing up for a couple of 5Ks.

If you can buddy up with a friend who has a similar goal, this will give you an extra push to meet your goals because you are also supporting someone else. If not buddying up with one friend, how about a group? If you want to run a marathon, try joining one of the many running clubs out there. You’ll be with like-minded people who likely have a set day of the week, time, and route that they run. Problem solved!

Lastly, share your goals with your group of girl friends. Update your Facebook status, tweet, and blog about it. You will undoubtably get lots of “Likes”, a few comments, and plenty of support. I will happily be your first supporter … just share your goal with me! 🙂

Go out there and get started. If you need help, ask for it! Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!!