Here it is November. It’s the month we really focus on giving thanks and also the month that we start stressing out about the upcoming holidays. We start overeating somewhere around Thanksgiving and by New Years Day, we average gaining about 7 pounds. If we make a decision TODAY, that things are NOT going to be that way for us, we can avoid that weight gain and still have a great holiday season. My hope for the next 2 months is to get you or keep you motivated on your health, fitness and stress reduction goals. With a little bit of discipline we can find time to get in our workouts and focus on who we want to be when we wake up January 1. If you have a few pounds to take off before the big holiday party, today would be the perfect day to start working towards that goal. It is not only Monday, but the first of the month, making for the perfect day to start a new “diet” and exercise plan. With about 7 weeks till Christmas (I am not looking at a calendar) you can easily take off about 10-15 pounds by getting in that daily exercise and keeping your caloric intake where it’s supposed to be! If you are not sure what that is, please email me and I will be glad to help!
It is reported that…
…A great way to get better definition in the midsection is to do upper body work. Apparently, doing shoulder extensions seem to force the middle-body muscles to contract a great deal in order to stabilize the core while your “wings” are flapping. This makes great sense to me, as my Pilates training helps me to understand that concept of the core stabilization.
…Snacking on the same amount of calories worth of pistachio nuts instead of pretzels, will help drop the pounds quicker and create better improvements in body mass index. Obviously, the healthy fat in nuts is much better for our metabolism than the nutrionally void pretzels! It’s not always what you DON’T eat, that matters–it’s much more often what you DO eat.
…Riding a bicycle just 15-20 minutes a day will double your chances of maintaining a healthy body weight. Doing just about 14 minutes a day of ANY vigorous exercise (one that makes you break a sweat) will help reduce the wear and tear on our very important “telemers.” These telemers have everything to do with aging! We definitely want to do anything we can to reduce the wear and tear on them!
Halloween was fun, but it just isn’t what it used to be. Wanting to do something totally contradictory to who I am, I dressed as a soldier, with a rifle! Imagine… Mitch looked great in his robe, shower cap and Kyle’s Homer Simpson slippers. Very funny. Seeing the pictures of Kyle and Nicole, dressed as Batman and Robin (what a beautiful Robin!) made me very happy. I can’t believe all the gorgeous cookies Nicole baked and decorated. That woman is so multi-talented it’s ridiculous! While I fought getting on Facebook for so long, I do have to admit it is a wonderful way to keep up with those “kids.” I apologize if this image does not come through for you as I am still learning the ins and outs of getting photos on here. Na na na na na na na na, na na na na na na na na, Batman….
OK… the holiday feasts are just around the corner. I’m glad there was SO MUCH candy in my house when I was a kid that now… it doesn’t even tempt me. ‘Remember those bowls of chocolates in my parents living room, Bon?
Thanks for the reminder that NOW is the time to get (and stay) motivated so we can enjoy the holiday gatherings but not have to change our pant size!
I do remember the candy dishes, Carole, and I am thinking that often is the case that we don’t care about the stuff we can have at free will…I raised my kids using the Judy and Sam method, and just like YOU they make great choices 🙂
And YES, no pant sizes changing this year!!! We work too hard to get in those smaller jeans…love you muchly!!!
“The Judy and Sam” method – HA!
Your kids DO make great choices, Bon!!
What could be better than that??