Let Me Ask You a Question – 4/25/18

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Let me ask you a question:

Is it important to you to watch what you eat and live a healthy life?  If not, should it be?  And if it should be, then why don’t you?

I’m shrinking and it feels so good!

Therapy Bits

youll never believe it! clothes i couldnt get into a few weeks ago, im getting into them now. It means I’m getting smaller, yay!
I have a few new dress tops, and a new coat that my aunt gave me! she gave me this coat before she died, and it didnt tie up properly on me, so i couldnt wear it. but now i can!
im thrilled! it really makes all the hard work of losing weight so worth it!
I am on a high right now! I have been motivated and this spurs me on to continue on the journey!
carol anne

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Fitness is Still Where You Find It

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Finding Your Fitness

January is the time of year when folks think and do something about their fitness and exercise regimens.

It is very easy to give up on attempts at exercise when the weather is freezing cold or you and everyone around you are dealing with illnesses and colds. Even I have to force myself to get that gym workout in every other day, and yes, my dogs always need walking.

I am thankful I have my Fitbit to gently nag me to get my 10,000 steps in every day. Do I get them all in? Not every day, but that external motivation does push me a little but further.

With my school schedule set up differently this semester, I can take my favorite Friday morning yoga class again. Boy do I need it!

I end up parking far away on campus from my office so that I have to walk a…

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Is the Time Change a Chance For a Fresh Start?

Danny

Is the Time Change a Chance For a Fresh Start?

In the United States we have this thing called Daylight Savings.  Each year clocks are set forward 1 hour in the spring and set back one hour in the fall.  Many reasons are given for the “why” of doing it, but the main result is every fall it suddenly is dark at 5:30 pm leaving no time during the week for non-work related daylight.  So people are left counting the days until the spring jump forward so they can enjoy some daylight following the conclusion of their work day.

But I have a different perspective this year.  I am going to take full advantage of the daylight and I’m using the jump forward as a prompt to get a lot more active.  I am going to push my body to the max and see what I get.  Now, for those who know I live with MS so “pushing” my body takes on a much different meaning than the average healthy person.  My feet cannot take the pounding of running nor can I walk for long distances.  But it is the walking that I am going to tackle in hopes that I can eventually build up to running.

I believe that being fit is the single most important thing anyone can do to get anything they want in life.  I believe that making incredibly healthy food choices is the most important thing someone must do in order to be fit.  Therefore, if you want more from your life, then you must begin to make incredibly healthy food choices.

Some might disagree with statement and that is okay.  It doesn’t make it any less true.

I must begin making strict food choices, especially when eating out.  I will be loading my body with tons of vegetables and fruits, with low-fat proteins like fish.  I am not much of a fish fan so I am going to search out the types of fish that I will like, but I’m making the transition off of beef, chicken and turkey.  My eating will be primarily veggies.

A strong mind begins with a strong body.  If the body is fat, like mine is now, then the mind gets weak.  But if the body is incredibly strong, then the mind will be stronger.  Your Discipline will strengthen.  Your Will will strengthen.  Your Motivation will get stronger.  Your Inspiration will get stronger.  Your Resolve will get stronger.

And all of this happens when you have a strong body.

Conversely when the body is weak, layered in fat cells and receives foods loaded with low nutrients, then the mind is weaker.  This leads to low resolve, low energy and lower results.

I think this time change is a great opportunity for all of us to get outdoors and get fit.

It is time for a fresh start.

Danny

Have you seen this? Meet Charles Eugster ~ 98 year old athlete.

The Purple Almond

As we continue on into this new year, I am determined to get myself into better shape. I have the nutrition side of it down, but fitness and exercise are a HUGE sticking point for me. I’ll be blunt…

I HATE TO EXERCISE!

But, I know just how crucial exercise is to our overall health, so I need to find some inspiration. This past weekend, I shared a post with you about Ernestine Shephard, the world’s oldest female body builder. Today, I would like to introduce you to Charles Eugster, a 98 year old athlete, and considered the fittest pensioner on the planet. Born on July 26, 1919 in London, U.K.,  he was active in rowing, boxing and skiing in his youth.

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But, as  he grew older, he became less active. So, in his mid-60’s, he began skiing and rowing again. For 20 years, he reigned over senior…

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2018 Weight Loss Challenge

Snowbird In Training

Here is a great challenge for you to start the new year off on a healthy note.

Ready to lose weight, strengthen your core and tone your abdominals? This is an easy but effective thirty-day challenge to incorporate into your current routine. You will work your core and target the abdominals with specific exercises that can be done at home with no equipment required. These exercises will increase in intensity from week to week, resulting in increased core and abdominal strength. In addition to exercise, changes to your eating habits are imperative if you want to lose some pounds and see definition in your abdominals.

In this challenge, simply eat your carbohydrates earlier in the day when you need them for work and exercise, then reduce your carbohydrates and calories in your evening meal. Your evening meal will consist of 4-6 ounces of lean protein, two cups of green vegetables…

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Back To Skinny Taste

Danny

This image I use in some of my posts was from 2014 when I weighed approximately 180 lbs.  Since then I have yo-yoed between 185-193 and I can definitely feel the difference in my body.  So Evelina and I are back on using Skinny Taste recipes and healthier snacks.  The honest truth is I have been so lazy and have not exercised in over a year.  It’s actually a bit embarrassing to admit it out loud.

Last night Evelina made a bow tie pasta lasagna with ground chicken and it was delicious.  I’m excited about getting the weight off and getting stronger.  Eating better combined with the Insanity program will work wonders for me; it’s just hard!

At any rate, I highly recommend any of the Skinny Taste books and most of the recipes are easy to find online.  She has vegetarian, Vegan and meat-based options, all of which are delicious.

DR

An Archive of Meditations – The Purple Almond Year in Review

The Purple Almond

I began my Meditation Monday blog series on December 19, 2016. One year on, I have covered the gambit of meditation and relaxation techniques. I began with Yoga, and have included everything from Qi Gong to chair yoga and candle gazing to stone stacking. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, or hate to exercise (like me!) there’s something for everyone.

Many of you may wonder why I focus so heavily on meditation and motivation, despite being a nutrition site. As someone who is studying holistic nutrition, I learned early on that food is only part of the equation when it comes to complete, whole body health. A body under constant stress is an unhealthy body, even if you eat in a super healthy way. Yes, all of that healthy food does help, but the stress still takes a toll on you. That’s why I include so many meditation and motivational posts…

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