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I promised a picture of the Kinesis Wall, and I have been slack with the blog.  It was bound to happen, I only maintain three blogs.  Ha ha

Here is what the wall looks like.

And you are thinking to yourself, wow that doesn’t look like much.  Oh ya!? Try doing a 30 minute circuit. By the time I am done, I am a sweaty mess!  And I only do a 30 minute circuit.  I only sweat like that after a 60 minute spin class.

How to Avoid Snacking on Halloween Candy

Sometimes it can be hard to stay out of the Halloween candy.  I’m sure you don’t want to go back out to the store to buy more candy.  How can you avoid snacking on all the sugary treats!? Try some of the tips below.  And GOOD LUCK!  🙂

Buy candy you don’t love. If the candy in your pantry is stuff kids like but that you don’t enjoy, it will be easier to resist opening those bags and diving in. For most of us, that means anything but chocolate.

Out of sight, out of mind

Ask your co-workers to keep their candy jars and bowls inside their desks or stashed in a cabinet in the break room so you won’t be tempted every time you see it. If they want to keep candy on their desks, ask them to use a colored container with a lid so you can’t see inside

Savor one piece of your favorite candy a day

Decide what time of day you most relish the sweet stuff, and save your special treat for that time. Then sit back and slowly savor the taste sensation.

Chew gum

Sugarless gum gives your mouth a burst of sweet sensation for very few calories. “Studies have shown that gum chewing can also help [you] relieve stress, mentally focus on tasks, satisfy a sweet tooth, overcome the urge to eat candy, and help manage hunger pangs to hold you over until your next meal,” says Sandon.

Replace the candy with better choices

Make the see-food diet work in your favor by putting out a bowl of colorful fruit or veggies in place of the candy.

Move the candy jar

Chances are if you have to move for it, you won’t want it.

Count the empty wrappers

It’s so easy to pop fun-size candy bars into your mouth that you can lose track of how quickly the calories are adding up.

Take a walking break

Getting away from your desk for a breath of fresh air can invigorate you and help you get over the mid-morning or mid-afternoon slumps that are often mistaken for hunger.

Manage your hunger

Eat breakfast before coming to work and plan for a few healthy snacks along with a satisfying lunch. Your preplanned meals with keep you feeling satisfied and make you less likely to raid the candy bowl.

Smart Snacking

I had to share this list that I came across on BestHealthMag.ca

We might forget certain snacking “rules” when the urge strikes.  And we could be picking the wrong snacks or snacking too often. Which can derail your diet. So how can you snack smarter?

✓ Instead of buying snacks at a movie or sports event, chew a stick of sugar-free gum.
✓ At parties, stand as far away as you can from bowls of chips, dips, and other munchies.
✓ If you like to munch in the car, bring only a single serving along. Put the rest in the trunk.
✓ If you buy jumbo-size snacks to save money, divide them into single-serving containers as soon as you get home.
✓ Put the healthiest snacks where you’ll see them when you open cupboards or the refrigerator.
✓ Don’t snack in your office, go somewhere else (cafeteria, lounge, outside). That way you won’t associate your office with food.
✓ At home, enjoy your snacks in the kitchen … and nowhere else.
✓ Don’t eat to relax. Relax, then eat.

What are some of your favourite snacks?

Which is best to kick stress to the curb? Sleep or Exercise?

When life gets crazy, and your stress starts to rise what should you do?  Sleep it off?  Or get up and start moving!?

According to a recent study, exercising will melt that stress away!

It’s no secret that exercise has been associated with improved moods, stress reduction and it is sometimes prescribed as a natural treatment for depression and anxiety.  Science Daily suggests that working out will create a positive and sustained affect on a individual’s state of mind.

Going for a job, taking a spin class, walking, weight training, etc.. May actually help a person better cope with stress and anxiety in the hours, and even days, after they leave the gym.

The study also found that 30 minutes of physical activity would help a person stay cool and calm in a stressful situation, compared to the same amount of rest.

And I am sure there are many people out there that would agree with the study!  I know I do.

No time to Workout!? Try compound exercises!

When you’re in a rush, your workouts can be neglected.  Which is not ideal.  So what can you do in a short period of time? Try high intensity workouts, in a short period of time.  How!? Using compound exercises.

Compound exercises will help boost the efficiency of your workouts.  When you perform exercises that target multiple muscle groups, both the effectiveness and intensity are increased.  When you perform exercises that target multiple muscle groups, both the intensity and effectiveness of the workout are increased.

Need some examples!?
Upper Body Compound Exercises:

Pushups,  Standing Military Press,  Dips, Pullups/Chinups, Clean & Press, just to start

Lower Body Compound Exercises:

Deadlifts, Lunges, Squats, use a sled to push/pull, and give hip trusts a try

**Remember: Consult a doctor before starting a program/routine**

My 30 Day Challenge to YOU!

For the next 30 days get rid of everything related to weight loss.  You’re thinking WHAT!?!? Is she nuts!?  There is a method to my madness.

Get rid of:

  • Diet books
  • Fitness gadgets or equipment you’ve never used
  • Clothes that are too big or too small
  • Scales, tape measurers, body fat scales or any other tool you might use to measure your size and shape
  • Anything related to fad diets, fat burning supplements or other questionable weight loss ‘aids.’

Before you start panicking, you don’t need to throw them away.  Just keep them out of sight for 30 days.  Let’s focus on getting fit and healthy.  Let’s forget about the pounds lost!!

Why am I asking you to get rid of the scale, tight clothes, etc!?!? Seeing those things will only remind you of how you failed.  Let’s focus on new beginnings, and what you can do right now!

Skip the strict and structured diet.  Just eat healthy, and every now and then treat yourself.

Try….

Keep a Journal

While keeping your journal, record what you eat, your workouts and how you felt.

When you are trying to get fit, learn how to enjoy it!  How!? You will start to see the results of getting in shape.  Daily tasks will become easier, your clothes will start to become loose.  Think long term and not short term!! The long term will keep you focused and on track!

And remember never give up!

The Importance of Drinking Water

Yesterday was a busy day of running around, and other craziness. At 3am this morning I had the WORST muscle cramp in my leg. Why was it happening!? Because I didn’t drink enough water yesterday. I can’t blame anyone but myself for it. I am the first to lecture people on the importance of water, yet I didn’t listen to my own advice. Silly girl!! So let’s do a refresher on the importance of water for the body, shall we!?
Why should we drink water?

Lose weight: Drinking water helps you lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger, it’s an effective appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less. Plus, water has zero calories.

Natural Remedy for Headache: Helps to relieve headache and back pains due to dehydration. Although many reasons contribute to headache, dehydration is the common one.

Helps in Digestion and Constipation: Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion. Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement.

Good Mood: Your body feels very good and that’s why you feel happy.

Look Younger with Healthier Skin: You’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases skin elasticity. (I was recently complimented on my skin, and my friend asked me what I was doing….I drink LOTS of water!!!)

Better Productivity at Work: Your brain is mostly made up of water, thus drinking water helps you think better, be more alert and more concentrated.

Better Exercise: Drinking water regulates your body temperature. That means you’ll feel more energetic when doing exercises. Water also helps to fuel your muscle.

Helps in Digestion and Constipation: Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion. Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement.

Less Cramps and Sprains: Proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you’ll less likely get cramps and sprains.

Relieves Fatigue: Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. If your body lacks water, your heart, for instance, needs to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells, so are the rest of the vital organs, your organs will be exhausted and so will you.

Good Mood: Your body feels very good and that’s why you feel happy.

Working Out At Home

Today instead of getting up at 5am, I slept in.  Which is unlike me!  Mind you, sleeping in until 6am is sleeping in for me.  I opted not to go to the gym this morning.  My workout wasn’t on purpose! Ha ha…how bad does that sound!?

This workout started by several trips up and down the stairs.  I kept forgetting things that I needed from my room.  So I decided to keep going up and down the stairs.  Several trips turned into 20 trips.

Every time I reached the top, I did 20 squats.  When I reached the bottom I did 20 push-up’s.

I definitely got my sweat on, and I got my muscles to scream a little.

Sunny Days=Patio Weather

Now that the nicer weather is here, it’s pretty hard to resist a nice cold drink on the patio.  Just because you are watching what you eat, doesn’t mean you can’t have a little treat. Just remember, that you don’t want to drink your calories. 

EVERYTHING in moderation. (Not that I am encouraging you to go drinking!)

Most glasses of wine contain 125-150 calories, but that can double depending on the size of the glass size and how full it is.

Beer can range from 64-198 calories per 12 ounces. Light beers are a better choice because they contain the same amount of alcohol as regular beers but fewer carbohydrates.

A big diet destroyer is super-caloric cocktails. Instead of sugary mixes, try mixing your cocktails with: water, club soda, low calorie juices, or sugar-free syrups for easy calorie savings. Fruit and vegetable juices can be good choices because they are lower in calories than some other mixers.

Some mixers that won’t pack on the pounds include:

  • Diet soda or diet tonic: 0 calories
  • Orange juice (6 oz): 84 calories
  • Cranberry juice cocktail (8 oz): 136 calories
  • Light orange juice (8 oz): 50 calories
  • Light cranberry juice (8 oz): 40 calories
  • Light lemonade (8 oz): 5 calories
  • Coffee, tea: 0 calories
  • Lemon or lime juice (1/2 oz): 10 calories

Another option is diluting your drink with club soda or sparkling water. Wine spritzers are a low-calorie standby. And if you usually drink vodka and cranberry, for example, try it with club soda, just a splash of cranberry juice, and a squeeze of lime. Garnish with a wedge of citrus or pineapple to add flavor and few calories.

So just how many calories are in your favorite cocktail?

  • Mojito (8 oz): 214 calories
  • Pina Colada (6 oz): 378 calories
  • Cosmopolitan (4 oz): 200 calories
  • Chocolate martini: (2 oz each vodka, chocolate liqueur, cream, 1/2 oz creme de cacao, chocolate syrup): 438
  • Margarita (8 oz): 280
  • Green apple martini (1 oz each vodka, sour apple, apple juice): 148
  • Martini (2.5 oz): 160
  • Red wine (5 oz):120
  • White wine (5 oz): 120
  • Alcohol-free wine (5 oz): 20-30
  • Beer (12 oz): 150-198
  • Light beer (12 oz): 95-136
  • Ultra-light beer (12 oz): 64-95
  • Champagne (5oz): 106-120
  • Coffee liqueur (3 ounces): 348
  • Godiva chocolate liqueur (3 oz): 310
  • Wine spritzer (5 oz): 100
  • Hot buttered rum (8 oz): 292
  • Spiced cider with rum ( 8 oz):150
  • Vodka and tonic (8 oz): 200
  • Screwdriver (8 oz): 190
  • Mimosa (4 oz): 75
  • Gin and tonic (7 oz): 200
  • Long Island iced tea (8 oz): 780
  • White Russian (2 oz vodka, 1.5 oz coffee liqueur, 1.5 oz cream): 425
  • Mai Tai (6 oz) (1.5 oz rum, 1/2 oz cream de along, 1/2 oz triple sec, sour mix, pineapple juice): 350
  • Rum and Coke (8 oz): 185
  • Rum and Diet Coke (8 oz): 100
  • Mike’s Hard Lemonade (11 oz): 98

Moving and turning another year older

The last three weeks has been an interesting ride.  And out of those two weeks, I have been living out of a hotel.  I have been doing my best to stay active, and I have kept my eating relatively clean.  Okay…except on my birthday!  ha ha….don’t hate!  I’m allowed to have a cheat day.  Okay… maybe it was more like two days.  🙂  My younger brother and I are two years and 3 days apart, so we celebrated his birthday as well.

I am back on track, and feeling pretty good.  To be honest, I couldn’t take another day of crappy eating.  I was starting to feel sluggish and gross. 

I found a new gym, but I won’t be starting there until June 6th. Ekkk…what will I do!? I plan on walking everywhere, and doing at home workouts.  My goal is to walk at least 5k a day, which doesn’t seem like much.  But it will add up.  Remember, every step counts!

I found a great article on eating that I wanted to share with everyone: What are the best times to eat