December 14, 2012

A Healthier You

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New Year’s is fast approaching and with the beginning of 2013 comes resolutions and goals to get healthier and happier. Why not beat the crowd and set new resolutions today!

I like to believe I’m a healthy person. I try to live what I believe to be a healthy lifestyle – working out, eating healthy, helping and loving others, and gaining knowledge where I can. There are many things I “torture” myself with on a daily basis with the belief that it is good for me now and in the long run. Trust me, there are many areas where my confidence is lacking, I let my priorities slip, I don’t meet my goals, and I don’t quite believe in my abilities. I, like anyone, have a long way to go before I’m perfect. The important thing is that tomorrow is a new day and I continually push to be better than the day before. Hopefully today I can help you push yourself to take on the quest to be a healthier you. One thing I have learned through my pursuit of healthiness is that there are certain main points that make me a happy, confident, and better person. Follow me as I take you through this healthy journey.

Before we jump in I have to give a huge SHOUT OUT and huge THANK YOU to Becca, one of our cute divas, for making these adorable labels, LOVE!!!

First and foremost in becoming a healthier you is getting more sleep. Chronic sleep loss can contribute to health problems such as weight gain, a decrease in the immune system’s powers, and high blood pressure. None of these problems sound good, right? If you don’t get a good night’s sleep, the energy needed for the rest of your day will be diminished, effecting your ability to make healthy choices.

Now for the good news of getting more sleep! Sleep helps you learn and process new information to memory, helps to control your metabolism, stay safe and avoid mistakes, keeps you in a good mood, increased productivity, is good for your cardiovascular health, and keeps your immune system high. Sleep is too important to short change.

Your eating habits are tremendously important to your health, figure, skin, and mood. When you eat healthy or clean you are filling your body with the best possible fuel. Clean eating choices aren’t a “diet” but a lifestyle that supplies the body with natural, healthy food. A clean lifestyle is a diet consisting of natural foods that the body is designed to eat. It’s simple really, it’s a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins, and plenty of water. The number one rule when eating clean is to stay away from the packaged processed foods with tons of chemicals. If food lasts a lot longer than it should, it probably isn’t something you should eat. Food is meant to be perishable.

When you make clean choices your body will maintain a healthy weight, whether that means you need to gain weight, lose weight, or maintain weight. You will also have increased energy, giving you the “umph “you need to complete your day. This energy comes from making healthier choices. Clean foods contain complex carbohydrates which take longer for your body to break down giving you more energy. Another perk to eating clean is healthier-looking skin. Eating healthy and drinking plenty of fluids helps hydrate your body and flush out evil toxins that build up in your system and cause dreaded acne! Having a clean eating style makes you radiate from the inside out. If you need tips on how to get started, check out my two friends, Nisha and Jenny. Nisha is over on Healthy Mom’s Kitchen, and she has some rockstar recipes that are family-friendly, and you can find Jenny at Jen Fits Playground, she has clean eating recipes, ideas, and fitness tips as well.

We live in a time where society puts pressure on everybody to improve their physiques, regardless of gender and age. If you’ve been on Pinterest, you’ve seen the million pins by your friends about how to look sizzling in your skinny jeans, tips for losing those 10 pounds, how to get bikini ready, and motivational quotes to get you moving like this one above from my friend Sharon Koski (Isn’t she cute?!)  We are obsessed about finding the newest tip to look good. The real trick for women is to “wiggle.”

When choosing a workout routine, don’t do the same thing your man is doing, your body has different needs. Your focus should be on improving muscle tone, losing weight, and strength training. Yes, this means you need to combine cardio with weight training for best results. The benefits of strength training far outweigh those of cardio training alone.

Reasons why you should jump off that stair master or quickly exit that Zumba class:

  • Strong muscles will make everyday chores much easier and will reduce strains, pains, or pulled muscles.
  • A regular workout, several times a week will help you shed pounds and feel better about the way you look.
  • Muscle building exercises will increase your metabolism rate, meaning you will burn more calories faster than ever before.
  • Reduces the risk of osteoporosis by strengthening the bones and increase mineral density in the spinal column.
  • Cardio workouts combined with weight training will reduce your weight and fight the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
  • Improves your mood, boosts your energy, promotes better sleep, ups your self-confidence, and puts the spark back into your intimate life.

To be healthy, fit, and happy regular exercise is important. You deserve 30 minutes a day, be a little selfish, to take care of yourself. When you take care of yourself first you are able to be a better wife, mother, and friend. Not only will you look and feel better but you can prevent many of the medical problems that ail women as they grow older. My favorite online sources for training tips are Jamie Eason’s Live Fit 12 Week Program, Body Rock TV,  and my friend, an NPC Figure Athlete, Sharon Koski , these ladies have killer bodies, they will motivate you to get up and move, and their workouts are insane, but you’ll love the results!!!

All that is required to learn something new is a desire to learn, it’s as simple as that. As long as a desire burns inside of you, you can literally conquer anything. Simply wanting to learn can unlock many doors. When you follow through with learning you can become anything you dream. There are many ways to learn, you can take a karate class, go to a marriage seminar, learn to cook fancy, learn to scuba dive, take a couples massage course, attend a budgeting seminar, enroll in a college course, or take guitar lessons. Understanding that some of these options can get pricey, opt for a book! Books can teach you anything, they are the pot at the end of the rainbow of knowledge. Go to the library, listen to books on tape, or download them to your reading device. Educate yourself on whatever your heart desires. As you learn you will become well-rounded, find new talents, develop new skills, and make your mind healthy by building your brain power. Good starter books to help you improve yourself and make you a better spouse are Lists To Live By For Every Married Couple or Marriage Rules: A Manuel for the Married and Coupled Up.

Most of us live in a world where we do the same thing day in and day out, and life seems to be comfortable, easy going, and peaceful. Most of us live in this bubble because we are afraid of stepping out of it. In order to stretch and reach our potential we need to get out of our comfort zone, lean into the experience, and face our fears. Expanding your comfort zone will make you grow, increase your confidence, and help you learn something new. As your knowledge grows you will accomplish your goals quicker and receive new opportunities.

If you are willing to expand your comfort zone, you leave yourself open for good and unexpected things to happen. Don’t over think what will happen next, take the leap of faith. After, celebrate and reflect on your accomplishments. If you want to accomplish significant things in your life, you will most likely be spending a lot of time out of your comfort zone. So you might as well get past your box, and enjoy the ride outside the bubble!

Woo, take a couple breaths, I know that was a lot to take in. I suggest you pick the areas you need to focus on. Set a few goals and set your mind to accomplish them. The time is now to make changes, seize the opportunity, and go for it. You owe it to yourself, your marriage, and your kids to stick around for a very long time. Living a healthy lifestyle will ensure that you are able to keep up with your kids, able to improve your relationship with your spouse, and able to take on the obstacles that will come your way. You are the master of your fate, take charge, and become a healthier you!

While you are on the path of improvement check out Angie’s Learn to Love Yourself Post and check out our Dating Diva’s Community for tips and tricks from self-help guru’s. Click on picture below to start your journey of health with a two week trial today!

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10 Responses to “A Healthier You”

  1. Dennis says:

    The very basic problem which had been with me is lack of proper sleeping schedule. I 100% agree that a proper sleep is a must because for the last 7 days, i have been following a more strict schedule and am noticing positive effects.

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      Sleep, makes all the difference!!! The more you pay attention to your body the more you notice and the easier it is to make healthier choices! Thanks for your comment! xox

  2. Paige Paige says:

    Great tips Michelle! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Sarina Sarina says:

    Great thoughts! Thanks Michelle!

  4. Becca Becca says:

    Thanks Michelle! We recently changed our family’s “food lifestyle” and it is making SUCH a difference. Now I just need to work on my workouts. Time to burst that bubble. ;)

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      lol, Burst away Becca, you can do it!!! Getting to the gym and wiggling it will make all of your healthy food choices worth it! The saying “Abs are made in kitchen” is so true. You’re already a hot mama but you will be a hot healthy mama in no time!!! xox

  5. Tara Tara says:

    Oh goodness, Michelle! Wanna move in next to me and be my personal trainer?!? Whew! I need to change a LOT of my bad habits!! ….starting with thinking that chocolate is it’s OWN food group! LOL What a wonderful post! Love all of your tips & advice.

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      Oh Tara you are too cute! Chocolate is it’s own food group, if you’re counting dark chocolate (It’s a regular in my treat group!) lol Maybe you need to come move next door to me! I’ll bring you healthy treats, take you to the gym, even tuck you into bed, if needed! lol xox


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