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What I’m Eating, Reading, and Loving…

September 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Ok, I’ve been gone way too long from this blog. All of the sudden I got very busy teaching, with Mila and just generally with life! I’m back though…so I wanted to share with you some of the things that I’ve spending time doing and eating recently.

Here are my top picks for this week:

What I’m Eating:

I’m going to make this today.  It’s a Fig & Goat Cheese Pizza.   I’m always trying new recipes from the Healthy Irishman…This looks right up my alley. Never really cooked with figs before, but he had me at goat cheese, so I figured I’d venture out. Sadly, I don’t have a neighbor with a fig tree like he does. Check out the post for the recipe on the Healthy Irishman Website.

What I’m Reading:

Reading, well that would be the Second Book in the Sookie Stackhouse series: Living Dead In Dallas.  My copy is a little beat up and colored on – thanks Mila! I’ve also been listening to the audiobook Tribes by Seth Godin. I had to chill on the True Blood books though because I was spending too much time comparing the show to the books…it was driving me crazy…

What I’m Loving:

Ok, I am in love. Addicted. Can’t stop playing with it and generally discovering all the fun things I can do with…
My IPHONE. Yay, Denis and I finally got to our upgrade date. We walked into Apple, they set us up in 20 minutes with our wiggling Mila in hand. Thankfully it only took that long since we totally forgot to bring the stroller. Nice arm/back workout for Daddy!

I won’t go into why Iphone is so super duper amazing.  In fact, I was actually resistant to getting one, but the more and more I use it…I can’t believe we didn’t get one sooner.

And finally, I can’t end a post without saying WHAT WORKOUT I’M DOING:

I am doing pilates of course, but lately I’ve been pushing through the Real GI Joe Workout from Valerie Waters.  I need to get as strong as possible to handle her upcoming “Action Hero Babe” program.  I know it sounds crazy, I am so excited for her latest program.  She has really helped me change my body! Now, I can do some of the harder pilates exercises!

Set Yourself Up For Success

September 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Are you ready to commit to working out? What about to feeling more energetic and better every single day?

Well, here are some tips to keep you heading in the right direction.  This is exactly what I do to stay motivated and living a balanced, healthy life every single day.

Workout as early in the day as possible.
I know you don’t want to wake up early for anything or anyone.  But think about it.  If you put exercise on the top of your to do list, it will probably get done!  As the day goes on and you get busier or flooded with outside requests for this and that at work, the last thing you will want to do later in the day is work out.  Try to get this crucial task done at the beginning of the day.  If you can’t do it alone, ask someone to be your workout partner or hire a personal trainer or maybe even ask someone to call you in the morning…or consider using a wake up service if you really can’t get up.

Look Online For Some Great Recipes.
Go Online, search around for healthy recipe and cooking sites.  You might be thinking that healthy food is bland and boring but there are many sites out there right now that provide recipes that make you forget all about those fatty, unhealthy foods you used to eat!  Check out two of my personal favorites:  The Healthy Irishman and Live Well 360.  Also, do a search for Clean Eating Recipes, Flat Belly Diet, and Spark Diet for some other great recipes and eating ideas.  Some of the sites even help you consider how much you are eating too and focus on ways you can control your portions.

Start A Food Journal.
Everyone eats a little food here and there that isn’t good for them…but what if you start sneaking these treats every single day.  Even in little bite sizes you are sabotaging all of your home workouts and those early morning wake ups.  Since all the extras add up, it’s important to become aware  of what you are actually eating.  Start writing down everything you eat – no matter if it’s a mouthful of cake or a handful of chips.  Also, write down everything you drink too — where people often themselves consuming a lot of empty calories.
Once you do this for a few days, you will start to gain a little perspective on how much you are actually eating.  We all know logically how to eat healthy, but until we know what we are doing in our moments of weakness, we won’t be able to change our habits.  I’m not saying you can’t have a cookie or a piece of cake once in awhile, but you need to start becoming of aware of these indulgences before you can realize how they are affecting your health.  Sometimes, even the idea of having to write down another thing is enough to keep you from indulging in the first place. Remember to be honest with yourself.

Try An Interval Training Program.
This is an amazing approach to exercise that burns a ton of calories and fat – and takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Check out some of my other articles at Stay Home Work Out, to find the interval training program that’s right for you.   There are a ton of routines and complete programs available online for free and for a small price.

Make physical activity a daily activity, even if you are a mom or work from home.
Walk every day. If you are a new mom, pop your baby into the stroller and walk around your neighborhood.  If you are a busy professional working long hours, take a walk to lunch spot a little bit further a few times per week.  If you are a college student, walk the long way to class.
Now you have a few ways to start being more active and keep you focused on your total fitness program.  Try to remain clear and realistic about your goals and achievements every single day. There are always times of the year we risk a setback — holidays, birthdays, office parties.  The important thing for us to do is to get back on track as quickly as we can.  Keep reminding yourself that it’s a slippery slope if we allow ourselves to keep slipping 1, 2, 3 days in a row.  So…If you slip one day, get back to your routine the very next day or even at the very next meal!  One meal or one day of bad eating isn’t going to completely sidetrack your health & fitness efforts, but extended periods of time eating poorly or not working out will destroy your efforts.
So take my advice and implement one or two or all of these suggestions in your life to start seeing results and stay consistent!

Derailed from your workout?

August 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Sometimes work, kids, our spouses, family visiting, illness…and many more reasons just get the best of us and we end up skipping a workout or having a not-so-great meal/snack/or both.  I used to beat myself up when it happened or silently condemn the people that I held responsible (myself included) for not sticking to the program.  Only when I made a change in my response to these moments in life did I actually end up not being so affected by them.

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One of the first things you’ll read in Jack Canfield’s Success Principles book is about the idea that Event + Response = Outcome… What this means is simply…an event might be out of our control, but our response to this event is within our control…and the outcome then is also within our control.  So, no matter what happens, we are responsible and control that outcome.  It’s tough to face, but if you think about it it’s true!  If you start looking at times when a boss at work gave you a poor review or someone backstabbed you or you got fired or whatever negative thing might have happened, you can also then look at your response to that event and realize how different reactions would have yielded different outcomes.

It’s the same with staying healthy.  Ok, so your in-laws made a fatty dinner…you can either eat it and then vow to get back on track tomorrow, not eat it and explain why to everyone, or eat less of it and politely say no thank you to second helpings…I’m sure there are other responses you could go through..but isn’t it clear which will be the easiest response for you?

Remember that you can react in any number of ways to the Events in life that derail your workout or your eating habits or you taking care of yourself.  Don’t blame it on work anymore.  Don’t blame it on family visits.  Stop saying that you have no time or energy to workout.  Find the time. Find the energy.  Your health is all you have.  If you lose your health, there will be no more work, family, etc.  So, think about that.  If you have people in town, workout in the morning or later in the evening.  If you don’t have money for the gym, do jumping jacks, situps, pushups, or any number of home workout programs that cost NOTHING.

This is my little rant for the day and I think everyone needs to remember it.  Take responsibility for your health.  Have a great day. 🙂

Switch It Up!

August 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Yesterday my abs were so sore!  I kept saying, “wow, these are really sore!”  I think I was so shocked because I normally don’t get that feeling anymore.  Then, I thought back to the previous day’s workout.  I did a fairly new set of 3 circuits, but I think it was the last bonus circuit I made myself do which was really just 2 exercises.  I did that final bonus (haha, now that I think about it…how crazy am I to even call it a bonus!)…

Here’s what the exercises were:

Ball Pass – Put a ball (squishy small one or a larger stability ball) between your ankles.  Stretch your arms and legs out. Then lift both arms/legs/head & shoulders up to a V and pass the ball to your hands. Go back out to the extended position and then back in – switching to your ankles.  If your back starts to feel weird or arches too much, keep your knees slightly bent the whole time.  10x!

Pike on Stability Ball – Hands on Floor, Ankles up on stability ball. Start in a  straight plank position.  Pull your butt up into the air, creating a v with your body.  You might not be able to go up too far — do what you can. 10x

*If you are feeling saucy….try do Knee Tucks with your ankles on the ball.  Shoulders stay over wrists – ankles on ball. Pull knees in and out.  Try not to move your torso too much.  It will go up and down a bit, but try to remind yourself of our pilates classes.  Keep the torso as still as possible.

Adding a 2x through a circuit like this at the end of your workout will really shake things up.  You will feel it the next day if you’ve focused on keeping your core tight and “pulled up” in those plank positions.

Have a great day and let me know if you feel it!

You Can Be a Runner

August 21, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve always wanted to “be” a runner. I know it is a great way to burn excess fat, helps with stress reduction, and is a great cardiovascular exercise…but for many reasons I’ve felt like I’m not a runner type. I can never seem to get in the mode of running. Now, I’m adding running to my list of activities that I intend to learn how to do properly.

Pilates and Yamuna Body Rolling

August 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Try Yamuna Body Rolling!

I posted a few videos of my friend Izumi’s Yamuna Body Rolling workshop…now, here’s an article from Pilates-Pro.com talks about Yamuna.  You’ll learn how it can work really well with your pilates classes.

Also, here’s the class I attended taught by my friend and colleague Izumi.  She’s having another class this weekend – August 22 from 3-5pm.  Go To Her Website for More Details:  http://www.izumibodylogic.com

Do You Squidoo?

August 15, 2009 Leave a comment

I just discovered a new site which is so fun I had to tell everyone about it.

Squidoo is a cool site where people set up their own pages – called a lens – and talk about the things that interest them. It’s kind of like setting up a blog, but not really. Check them out and you’ll see what I mean.

If you aren’t interested in making your own lens, you can check out other people’s lenses and get a load of free information. I found great fitness tools that had quality information:

1. Recipes
2. Workout Routines
3. Diet Advice
4. Motivation Articles

I made one that is about finding an at home program that works for you. It will follow my own search and discovery of a few programs I use on a daily basis. I try to never talk about products that I don’t use just for the sake of selling them. If you ever see a product mentioned, it’s really because I use it!

Go Check it Out my lens and Give me gold stars please! I’m planning on a few other non-fitness related sites like one about my favorite tv show True Blood! http://www.squidoo.com/bestathomeworkouts