Monday, 23 January 2012

I think I can, I think I can..

A lot of moms are familiar with the book: The Little Engine that Could. Let's face it, it sure takes a lot of perseverance to succeed.
Especially if you want to change your unhealthy lifestyle. You have to let go of your old routine, make complete new changes to everything and follow them through. This is not easy. I'm exhausted just writing all this.

My question is: Why change everything? Just start by changing little things. If you like sweet things, just cut  down on how much you drink or eat of it. If you like full plates of food, just dish up in a smaller plate.
Drink water before and after you eat, the rest of the time drink what you want.

The only thing you can not escape is healthy food and healthy exercises. No one can lose weight on fast food and no exercise.

Make home cooked meals with lots of vegetables. Do not eat after 6pm. At 8pm, do at least 30 minutes of some form of exercise...swim, walk, jog or dance. Anyone can dance, anytime, any where!!

Once you made little changes you will start losing weight.
The more you persevere, the more weight you will lose. When you see that losing weight is not that hard, you will be motivated (more than ever) to incorporate more & more healthy foods and exercises into your day. You have to be willing to take that first step.  And when come across days when you are unmotivated, look at old fat photos of yourself. Will you like looking & feeling like that again? If like many, you were too camera shy to have your pictures taken, read this blog. 


Everyday I face challenges with my weight. I check my weight everyday to see if I lost, gained or flatlined.  It's like watching car races to see cars crash or ice skating to see them wipe out on their faces. You know nothing might happen, but still you watch.. just in case. When they do crash & burn, you're like "YEAH!!! I knew it!!" 
The same goes for my weight. I know what I did the day before, so when I step onto the scale, it's the same reaction. As always the result either depresses me or motivates me. Fortunately when I am depressed I don't go dive in, head first into the grocery cupboard. I tend to lose my appetite. When I am motivated, my appetite goes Mary-Mary as well. After years of eating out of side plates, my stomach does not have the capacity to eat a lot anyway. So it's not about how much I eat, but what I eat. I pick up weight by just looking at chocolate!!

It's going on 7 years which I dedicated to incorporate healthy living into my lifestyle. Simplifying all the information I have gathered into something workable for me, you know as a mom. There were days I really didn't feel like doing much. It would be a case of the good me on one shoulder and bad me on the other. "You'll feel better" the good me will say, "But I'm so tired" the bad me will say.  Soon the argument will digress into the debating skills of two 5 year olds. "You are"..."No, you are!!!". Eventually the mom inside me will stop them arguing, send myself to my bedroom and dance. Oops, do I sound crazy?!

So, you want to simplify your life. Easy.. sure. Diet, exercise, drink lots of water, chew properly, pre-plan meals, sleep and become friends with a scale. Nothing to it.

Save yourself in 2012

I said it before and I'll say it again. I am not here to Martha Stewart the heck out of my life. My goal is not to go on about how perfect my "mommy" time is or how "wunderbar" my exercise routine is.
There was a time when I was fat, in constant physical pain and tired ALL the time. There was also a time when I had a skinny, toned body and I was in "demand" if you know what I mean? Yep, I was the bee's knees and all that in between. Uh-hu..
Now I am just a "mama" who has no time & no money for diets and gym. I don't have it all figured out but I know for a fact that there are countless people all over the world just like me. What I do have is my experience.
Sometimes, soms, ponekad, sommetider, parfois or manchmal I still tend to иногда (sometimes) gain a little weight here and there (mostly there), but I just refuse to spend every minute of every day counting calories and weighing food. Having said that, I have experienced all sides of the spectrum and the only words of wisdom I can offer is: LIVE. Make 2012 the year you start over & live WELL. Make 2012 your best year.
If you are fat and you don't know where to start, just start off by changing one thing in your life today. Cut out sugar out of your breakfast cereal and coffee. No, not Monday...
Next week, cut your portions by half as well and drink water to get that "full" feeling. Then the week after, start some form of exercise like dancing or walking as much and as fast as possible on top of all that. Once your stamina, fitness and energy levels have increased, add more Cardio, Strength & Stretching into your workout. Everything else will fall into place.
And remember.. I'm not here to Martha Stewart you, I am here to cheer you on.

Get in the fast lane

How time has flown? My youngest starts "big" school tomorrow. Many moms would feel old during a time like this, except for me. I still feel young. Now if someone could tell my body that, it will be much appreciated. My body and my mind are on two different levels right now. The one is worn and wobbly, the other is as sharp as a as a ... nevermind!

There are very few things that exercise can not cure. It can cure saggy flabby skin, wobbly legs, bulges, lumps, bumps and rolls. It can cure your short life expectancy as well. The main thing is to do exercises that suits your lifestyle and your present condition. For example, let's say you have a bad back and weak knees from years of being overweight. The last thing you want to do is heavy weight lifting and Aerobics. Some of the Yoga & Pilate's positions also put a lot of strain on your back & knees and will do more harm than good. That is why you should do Callenetics instead and the other Yoga & Pilate's moves that do not put strain on your back & joints.

A healthy diet full of fruit and vegetables that have bright colours and as well as dark green vegetables are rich in Antioxidants. Antioxidants fight off free radicals in your body and helps keep you feeling & looking younger. Many people who eat the correct servings of fruit and vegetables a day, have better memory, concentration and knowledge retention that those who don't. Take a dose of Calcium combined with Magnesium and a multi-vitamin over and above the fruit and vegetables.
Healthy eating and exercise is good for your entire body: the internal organs, muscles, skin, brain and bones.
This is common knowledge and should not be news to anyone. We all know what to do. The trick is to actually do it.

Life is passing you by. Everyone else is living a healthy life and loving it. Seriously, healthy people love life, because they can do more, see more and be more. Nothing is impossible to them. Thin feels young & energetic, and it feels right. Stop wishing away your life in the slow lane and get in the fast lane.
Here's a suggestion: eat 2 fruits and 2 vegetables with everything you eat today. Tonight, after the kids have gone to bed and all the chores have been done, take 30 minutes just to walk in one spot. Lift your knees really high without knocking yourself unconscious.
I guarantee you will not go to bed depressed and unhappy with what you did today. Tomorrow, the day after, the rest of the week.... do the same thing. Just losing a few kg's or pounds, will encourage you to do take your eating habits and exercises to a whole new level.

Today, the little effort and small changes you make, will instantly give you a far happier and better life than what you had yesterday.

Ever felt like this?

There are many days when I see pictures like the ones I posted on my blog today. I laugh not just because they are funny, but because in a very sad way, I identify with them more than anything else.

There are days when I try to take things one day at a time, but then several days attack all at once! Now that I have both my sons in "big" school, it seems even more so. First day of school and already the word" mom-mieee" is echoing through the house. This is needed, that is wanted, can't find this, food, juice, cartoon channels isn't working, and the list goes on and on and on.

I am so looking forward to tonight, when the cooking is done, the house is clean and the laundry is all packed up. The minute those little "job descriptions" of mine go to bed, it's ON. Mommy time!!

I will dance, do some strength workouts, a few stretches and Voila!! After my stress levels have seriously dropped...I am going to have a really nice relaxing bath.

This will be followed by some well deserved zzzzzzz's.

Plea - To the Glutton inside me

Lets' face it, everyone has a little glutton inside them. Unlike me, your little glutton might like shoes or other possessions. Mine craves food. So I have to be very careful. I can sneak one or two things in, but don't let it catch me, or else I completely lose the plot!!

Like I told one of my friends at work today, it's not just about what you eat, but how you eat. If my glutton takes over, I eat mouthfulls of anything and everything. I will easily finish a whole platter of food if I let myself. Whilst I am scoffing one thing in, the other mouthfull on my fork will already be on standby near my chin. And yes! where it comes to crisps, I  DOUBLE DIP!!! (horror of horrors!)

A good weight loss tip is to chew slowly and deliberatly. The more you chew, the more saliva helps breakdown the food and the easier it is to digest. The easier something is to digest, the better your body absorbs it. Your small intestine will attach enzymes to the digested food in order to release it into your bloodstream. From there the liver and pancreas will regulate how quickly your cells absorb the nutrients, amino acids, fatty acids and glucose. Your cells will either convert it into energy (very good) or store it (not so good). Therefore if you don't eat healthy foods slowly, chew a lot and have breaks in between loading forks, you will store fat.  
Also, the harder the food is to digest, the longer it takes. Carbs (eg. Fibre) and other things like Cheese are very hard to digest, so therefore they get stored longer. Your body needs carbs, but too much will turn into fat as well.

So, over and above eating proper food in small portions, drinking lots of water, getting excercise and sleep, you must also chew properly. There...weight loss made easy!

World Wide Web

We live in some awesome times, don't we? Thanks to the Internet we have more information at our disposal than ever before. When I was little, there were Libraries and my parents. The Library is not a fun place on a Saturday morning when you are a kid. Parents, now they just down right lie to their children. They pass the buck to each other and eventually one of them will explain things in such a way that you never ask them again!!! Everything is EVIL.

So, because of the internet we have everything online. A super information highway at our finger tips. We don't have to buy Encyclopedias anymore, we have Wikipedia. We can go online and diagnose ourselves and then buy the "all natural" medication for our ailment all in one go. We can buy Grade A Chicken. They are corn fed, Free range and the whole toot. We only want the best!! No one ever says: "give me the chicken got a B"..." a stupid looking one that thinks he is Peacock.
I love Peacocks, but not at the gym. You know the people I am talking about? The beefed up muscular baboons that flex every muscle in pose whenever they speak to you. Then they have the audacity to ask you" So, what do I need to work on today?"... "I don't know? Childhood issues maybe?" And then you realise that they are your designated personal trainer for the day and things get weird from there.  And the Awkward Moments award goes to...

Anyway, I digress. What I want to say is that with all the information at our disposal, we really don't have any excuses not to find the perfect diet and exercise for us. I'm not big on diets. To me diets vs healthy eating are like loneliness vs nostalgia. With diets you feel all alone and cut off from everything you love. Healthy eating, you long for certian things and remember them fondly.
Healthy eating and a few naughty things in moderation is my kind of life. That's my language! I don't deprive myself of anything. Why should I, life is too short.
As long as I burn those babies off with some kind of work out, I' m good. So good, I'm bad!!!

Miracle Cure found!!!

There was a new breakthrough Mircale cure found. It cures unhealthy relationships, unhealthy diets and unhealthy lifestyles. 

You can lose weight and prevent/ alleviate the repercussions of obesity like heart diseases, diabetes, skin problems and organ failure. It can stop people staring at you and judging you.
It can get you out of this rut you are stuck in. That boring, daily routine you have so comfortably carved for yourself. The one where your love life and social life is as exciting as a route canal. You can turn anything around with the new miracle cure. It has the power to control your life and what you are doing with this one little life that was given to you.

So many people sell themselves short. They put up with things they do not have to and do things that are harmful to them and their bodies. This miracle cure will help you achieve things you never thought possible.

The Miracle Cure is here.

The Miracle Cure is....YOU!!!

All you have to do is show up and step up.