Friday, November 30, 2012

New Year's Resolution Weight Management Program

The time is upon us!  People are thinking beyond the Holidays and into the New Year.  My husband actually told me something he thinks I should resolve to do in 2013.  I thought that was my job?  Oh, well.
But many of us are resolving to eat better this year, to lose weight, or just for health reasons.  It's one of my New Year's Resolutions.  I eat pretty healthfully, but sometimes, I cheat & eat junk.  I'm going to do better!
One way you can get help to "do better" is through a program we're offering at the studio.  It's a Weight Management Program, with Registered Dietitian, Cindy Holmes.  I've spoken to Cindy at-length about healthy eating, and I love what she has so say.  She's all about the REAL FOOD.
If you join the program, you'll get a PERSONALIZED plan, designed specifically for you, based on your lifestyle.  You can jump-start December 15th, or meet with her to begin January 1.  There are 3 levels of our plan, from the basics, all the way up to a lot of extra care and attention from Cindy.  She'll walk with you every step of the way.
Registration is $25, but plans start at just $99 for 3-months.  You can't beat the price.
For more info & to register, go to

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fitting it all in...making time for fitness

My eyes have recently been open to just how hard most women work. I guess I’ve thought it was just me. That my work takes over my life, my house is messier than anyone else’s, and that there are never enough hours in the day to do what I have to do, much less what I want to do. Other women make it seem easy & blissful.

Even without kids, our lives seem so full. There’s always more I could be doing for the studio. The house always needs a touch-up, if not a whole cleaning crew. The animals always need attention, or cleaning up after. There are always groceries, laundry, dishes, and so many things that need my attention. There’s certainly not time for socializing, getting together with family, or practicing the other hobbies I love.

As women, we have high expectations for ourselves. We believe we have to excel at work, keep a beautiful home, raise perfect children, have a healthful dinner on the table each night, and somehow keep our bodies in top shape! It simply cannot be done.

So, for those women who can’t find one spare minute to join a gym or attend a yoga class, I have the following suggestions:

-Move around more at work. Not everyone can teach yoga for a living, but you can move and stretch at your desk, and get up at least once an hour. Is there a place you can stand up for a while to accomplish tasks?

-Incorporate more walking into your day. Can you walk to work (or ride a bike?) or even to the grocery store? Can you invite a co-worker to walk with you during a meeting, instead of sitting? Every now and then, can you walk to a co-worker’s office, instead of just sending that e-mail?

-Make healthy food easier. Health food now comes in convenience packs! Try pre-cut carrots, broccoli, and other veggies as a snack, or a quick start to dinner. Most grocery stores now have an organic section, with lots of to-go items, such as applesauce, packaged nut butters, and other healthful treats. Keep these things at your home, and at your desk, and you’ll be more likely to grab something good for you.

-Examine your priorities. What are you doing that’s simply not important to your life or your goals? Are you reading too many of the humorous e-mails your friends send? Are you really going to make all those things you’re searching for on Pinterest? Does the house have to be perfect, or will “good-enough” do for today?

Some small changes can really make a huge impact on your life and your health. Choose one way to be healthier, and implement that one little change today. You won’t regret it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mindfulness & Multi-tasking?

In thinking about how much I “need” to get done today, I came up with a question: Can I multi-task and be mindful at the same time? The answer I came up with is a definite “maybe”.

The idea of mindfulness is that we are engaged in the immediate task. This moment. A classic example is that when we’re handwashing the dishes, we are not worrying about the future or the past, but are fully present, washing dishes. We concentrate on the dish itself, the smell of the soap, the feel of the bubbles, etc.

But our world is a multi-tasking world. And we’ve got so much to do. Can we multi-task, and still be honest mindfulness practitioners?

I say “maybe” because so many things in our world have become automated. At this moment, writing this post, I am multi-tasking. I’m blessed to be able to work from home some of the time, so right now I am:

-washing laundry (automated)

-washing dishes (automated-LOVE my dishwasher!)

-cooking dinner (automated-the crockpot is a modern miracle)

-free-ranging the chickens

-spending time at home, which I love

-spending time with my animals, who are happier when mommy sits with them.

But with all this going on, I can still focus entirely on what I’m writing.

I would say that we can use modern technology to allow us to mindfully multi-task. Use our machines, our technology to do what they were meant to do: to simplify our lives. By selectively using modern conveniences, we are free to focus on the task at hand.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sugar-sweetened drinks bad for your heart.

Men who drink sugary drinks have a 20% higher risk of heart disease and higher levels of blood lipids. This is from IDEA Fitness Journal, May 2012. The writer sites research by Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD of Harvard School of Public Health. If you’re a man who drinks 12-oz sugary drink every day, your heart is at risk!

Even after controlling for other risk factors, these sweet drinks still have an effect. The men in the study had higher triglycerides and CRPs (an inflammation marker) and lower levels of HDL cholesterol. All of which are pointing to heart disease!

I’m heart-broken! I always go for the “real sugar” instead of all the fake stuff. What about my cokes from Mexico? I’m assuming that if it’s this pronounced with men, it applies to women, too.

Oh, well. I’m grateful for honey. Raw, local honey only makes the heart happy.