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Motivation 6 Ways

January 13th, 2015 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Hey baby, it might be cold outside, but hey, each day is getting a little brighter. They say that mid-January is when most New Year’s resolutions fizzle. Who’s “they” anyhow? If you’re adopting new lifestyle habits, doing the 3 x 3 or if you want to just feel jazzed every day work in a wide array of measures to keep your motivation sizzling and not fizzling. Don’t ever give UP!

Dress to Inspire Success & Joy – Dawn an outfit everyday that fits properly and makes you feel fab right from your undies to your coat. I don’t know about you, but slump-wear brings me down. How about you? Get some trusty ironside jeans and create your outfit around them. If you find yourself mindlessly eating, that tug on your tummy is your reminder to rein it in a little. Whether you’re working to achieve a lower weight or to just feel more inspired awash your outfit with colour too. That rainbow will lift your spirits as you take on the world!

Thought Stopping – What’s the tone of your inner voice? Are you loving yourself or berating yourself with criticism? Pay attention to those voices in your head and stop yourself when you’re about to self deprecate. Replace those thoughts with prose of kindness. You ARE enough!

Visualize the Prize – Have you spent a lifetime trying to lose weight when deep down you really don’t believe you can reach your ultimate goal? Not believing in yourself is the biggest barrier to success. Find time in a quiet place to meditate and visualize the prize daily – you at your goal weight. After all seeing IS believing!

Reward Building – For people who set realistic goals, reaching your ultimate weight loss goal will take many months. Work in small rewards to treat yourself for good behaviour throughout your journey and stay stoked.

Lead, Don’t Follow – When you make your personal goals aim to stick to them even when those shallow saboteurs try to throw you under the bus. Hey soul sister, we’re surrounded, so find strategies to block them. If you’re a consummate pleaser, start pleasing yourself first!

Just For Today – If you’re really feeling in a slump, don’t fret! Sometimes we plan so far in advance – for next month, next season, next year which seems soooo overwhelming and far from this moment. Take a breather and reframe your thinking to focus on the here and now “just for today”. When you just focus on today, all of your tomorrows will fall into place.

Finding ways to supercharge your motivation and attitude will help you sail through the rough spots we all face. Check out my e-book Skinny on Slim, The Little Black Dress of Diet Books for more strategies to keep you sizzling to success at Slim Town!

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Weight loss fast or slow? Changing habits is the way to go!

October 20th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I read the headline flurry about that study conducted deducing whether you lose weight at a fast or slow rate, people gain the weight back. Somehow I knew that UNsound sound bite would be retweeted by many, good grief.

I get my eyeballs frosted with studies AND reporting like this. Both groups of study subjects were put on diet regimens designed to lose weight quickly or slowly both groups using some degree of liquid meal replacements. The last time I checked I don’t believe Optifast was served at my Thanksgiving dinner last weekend, how about at yours? I describe in my ebook Skinny on Slim, The Little Black Dress of Diet Books that before you try any diet make sure it passes the Thanksgiving Dinner Test. Hit the buzzer on these folks as they fail on all accounts.

If you talk to any Yo-Yo dieter I’m sure all will agree how easy it is to lose weight, as many admit “I’ve done it many times!” There’s a clue in that statement folks it’s the word “diet” because diets don’t work – period. If you do want to lose weight the secret is in your ability and commitment to change habits and your mindset for the better, for good. I discuss in my ebook details about the National Weight Control Registry of “Successful Weight Losers”, which is a perfect group to emulate if you want to do this.

I feel for people toying with the idea of changing their habits for the better who many now stop in their tracks and exclaim “forget about it!” after reading those headlines.

Let’s hope they find wisdom to embrace change one tiny step at a time so the pebbles of change turn into an avalanche of positive results in time. Don’t give up!

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Goal Setting Time….

August 21st, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

What is it about this time of year that I love so much? Is it the first sighting of a changed leaf? Is it the disappearance of my basil nibbled by my resident bunny? Is it that newfound fresh morning breeze? Or is it realizing that those not-so-baby-birds are becoming more independent these days? Hmmmm.

We’re approaching that age-old back to school time. That time of year to turn a new page, make a new goal, start something a-new and for me it’s time to make a new goal or two and turn over a new leaf. Any day is a good day to make a new goal to better yourself. But for me this time of year is New Year’s resolution time come early. I like to focus on my mat routine – you know that 16 minute investment, every second day into my hourglass.

Over the past few years I’ve made some significant changes when revisiting all of the exercise and activity I do to stay in shape. When the barrage of articles on the sitting epidemic struck I shook up my walking routine to twice a day whenever possible. A few years back I read about the benefits of doing squats and lunges that make a world of difference to my core among other things…. And last year I worked in a new leg strengthening segment of my floor routine to my repertoire that has helped the toning continue.

No, I don’t change my routine with the wind. But I do reevaluate it spring and fall to see how I can better tighten the screws before aging puts the screws to me. So how’s your routine been lately? Are there any changes in sight? I’m considering upping my dumbbell weights slightly – Alexia-the-weighlifter I ain’t, but ye old spaghetti arms need a challenge!

Find many healthy and stealthy tips in my e-book Skinny On Slim

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Entropy

August 16th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,

I remember a quirky yet engaging high school physics teacher of mine introducing the topic of entropy back in the ’70′s. From what I can recall entropy in nature tends from order to disorder, hmmmm. I was never much of a physics whiz, but Father James’ memorable explanation has stuck with me oh for decades now.

Many everyday things come to mind when I think about entropy – crumbs on my kitchen floor, that sports sock or tights drawer, the “catch all” shelf in the garage, that workbench in the laundry room (I don’t know any workmen…), my growing shoe collection, a barrage of scarves and the list goes on and on. I truly believe the same phenomenon holds true with our behaviour. Things can change from order to disorder in a heartbeat!

I think it’s a myth that it’s easier to keep a handle on your handles in the summer time. Whoever proclaimed that was only kidding themselves. For example: with summer travel comes unique eating and drinking experiences. Is it too hot to exercise? Who doesn’t love sitting outside with a sparkling glass of something to tantalize your tastebuds a summer fades away? Plus:

  • An extra meal here
  • A new appetizer there
  • The launch of a new pinot gris with a catchy name
  • The muse bouche before a 5-course meal
  • That “have to” try it, extra spoon of dessert even when you don’t really want it
  • To the false tummy rumbles from being used to eating more
  • To mistakenly thinking this was hunger rather than gypsy music
  • To a season gone by and dawning those skinny jeans that squeal when you yank them up – OUCH!

Yes folks, entropy – that’s your routine morphing from some sense of springtime semblance of order to disarray by fall. Sound familiar? It’s a perfect time of year to take stock of this concept in your own life before it remains the norm.

Time for some “order in YOUR court” don’t you think?

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Read Skinny on Slim and Discover Your Eating & Lifestyle Fingerprint

April 10th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

Most diets are a rubber stamp that sound logical on paper that give you a menu of do’s and don’ts up the ying yang. They may help one or two out of a hundred people yet are rarely custom designed to suit you to a “t”.

When you go on a journalling journey you begin to unfold what makes you tick and discover clues to why you are the weight you are. Here’s more:

  • This is the ultimate awareness exercise as it presents a million little pictures of why your weight is where it is from how, when, where, why and what you eat. Seeing this more clearly can help you reboot your life.
  • Capturing those days that have totally fallen off the rails are key to realizing your personal issues and shows you your own eating and lifestyle fingerprint.
  • When you get started, set easy goals, up to 3 at a time – 3-By-3 (easy to hard, take the pressure off)
  • Then use the 3 R’s weekly – reviewing, reflecting and reframing as your journey proceeds

Experts say we make over 200 decisions about eating every single day. Many are so automatic. Using this method, in time you will retrain your internal robot to be reprogrammed so you’ll eat better and keep active.

Check out my new book Skinny on Slim if you want to lose some weight this spring once and for all. Why not custom design a plan to your personal eating and lifestyle fingerprint? It’s now available on Kobo, Barnes & Noble and i-tunes.

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Watch Your TONE – Stealth Routine to Healthy

February 19th, 2012 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

Whose Mom didn’t tell them to “watch your tone”?? In this context, however, adding stealth moves to your repertoire can help make you more toned, bringing a whole new meaning!!

My changed work routine has shaken up my usual habits and I have found ways to move in a few new moves all for the better. Given traffic is more stop than go, I take transit. Walking up and down stairs is a fine way to get your circulation moving when all you’re going to do is hurry up and wait when you get to the next station.

Walking to someone’s office and discussing work face-to-face ups the ante on connecting and getting your point across rather than flooding their e-mail box with yet another message.

Take the stairs if all you’re going is a few flights either way.

Avoid getting sucked in to the office eating vortex. If catering is ordered for a meeting, stick to your plan and zero in on the fruit and forgo the Naomi bars “just for today”.

Once you retrain your automatic robot it’s a perfect way to make it easier on yourself to be healthier. After all is said and done you’ll be more toned in the long run.

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Taking TWO – 2nd Helpings Without Waistband Worries

December 5th, 2011 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

I used to be a tennis player way back in the day, so the term “taking 2″ had a different meaning. But at the dinner table taking 2 could involve having second helpings.

It helps to be strategic about those glorious second helpings of the lovin’ spoonfuls if you want to avoid getting some lovin’ handles from overdoing it.

Remember that it takes your brain about 20 minutes to register to your tummy that it’s starting to feel full. You know that ole satiety cue that we’ve had enough already. Fast eaters can eat way past the “full button” to an overstuffed mode in a heartbeat.

Before your meal, drink a tall glass of water and eat a piece fruit. Call me Curious George, but I nosh on a banana as my pre-meal muse bouche. That gets my blood sugar level out of my boots and in a mode where I feel more in control….and in a better mood :-) If I’m feeling super hungry I’ll add in something with protein, such as a glass of skim milk or a small handful of salt free nuts.

When it comes to dinner time I can take second helpings of the veggies if I please, yet keep the protein portion of the meal to 1 serving. If there are leftovers, they get delegated to future meal plans for dinner or lunch.

This sort of taking 2 will serve as one of your stealth tips to keep a handle on your weight AND your love handles.

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Person, Place, Thing

October 26th, 2011 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Oh people, places and things….studying your habits is an interesting pass time. Take my mat and weight routine for instance; one little thing changes in my daily routine and I fall off the proverbial “mat wagon” until I have to bop myself in the head and start again.

I have divulged in the past that my exercise regimen includes a daily walk (aiming for 7 times/week) and what I call my “mat routine”. This involves stretching exercises, free weights, push ups and ab crunches (aiming to do this 3-4 times/week).

I find if my mat and weights are out of sight finding the few minutes out of my day to do it, makes it out of mind. Depending on the ebb and flow of life throughout the year, I move that mat and weights to where I’ll see them and even trip over them to get this done.

When I’m in hibernation mode I’ll put them in my family room, then other times of the year I’ll put them in my kitchen and other times in my home office. I keep these moving, to help me keep moving. It’s a simple strategy, but one that works and helps keep me on track.

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Tighten the Noose on Fat, Loosen it on Wellness?

April 5th, 2011 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Now and then when I have some down time, I’ll channel surf and flick on Dr. Oz. Yesterday I watched the segment on the pro’s and con’s of having lap-band surgery to lose weight. The surgical procedure generally involves tightening a plastic device to narrow the opening of your stomach. This results in the subjects inability to eat and drink as much. Over time this results in weight loss. This has been a more common practice for morbidly obese people for years now and has had acceptable results such as sustained weight loss.

Recently, this surgery was approved by the FDA for people who are overweight and want to lose 30 or 40 pounds. Hmmmm this got me thinking. Dr. Oz did a fab job, mostly, on illustrating both sides of the argument within a 20 minute window.

The segment ended with what 2 people who have had the lap-band surgery ate before and after the procedure. The “before” example for both included junk food on junk, with loads of fast food on top ended with a pillow sack of potato chips….. But I nearly fell off my chair with the “after” picture that mounted to a mere few spoons of moosh per meal. For example, 1 serving of ziti pasta was shown that equaled to 4 noodles. Count ‘em, one, two, three, four and that’s a wrap. Oy, I don’t know about you, but I have a few in order to test for doneness as they boil when I make ziti. Truly.

The 2 subjects admitted that if they eat any more than this teensy amount of food they’ll vomit. Great. Nice impression on a first date, don’t ya think? You go for dinner and get lost in the conversation and dare I say, nibble on a 5th noodle…. then you begin wrenching right at the table, then BAM vomit right there and then! Foreplay anyone?? Hey Suzy, what do you do for an encore? Will there be a second date? There are definitely social implications here – whether it’s dating, whether it’s a work dinner, a family dinner, an extended family dinner or the first time meeting your in-laws. Well the lap band may tighten the noose on food intake but what about the social side of the eating relationship. I guess that goes down the tubes. Has our society gone totally mad??

This sight stuck with me for a while making me feel I had to write about it, pronto. I am perplexed by the before and after if indeed this was typical. To me they are an oxymoron – with more MORON than anything. What gives?? In my professional opinion both eating regimens are equally unhealthy – the before AND the after. How on earth could any pion meet all of their nutritional requirements with these few spoons each day? Are they now slim yet unhealthy from nutritional deficiencies? What state are their bones in for instance?? Unless the follow up is detail-oriented enough to ensure nutritional requirements are met, I have grave concern for these people. I really do.

What are we doing in the name of slim? Are we trading 1 disease for another – namely morbid obesity for osteoporosis?? I hope Dr. Oz does a follow up segment focusing on the nutritional status of these subjects to see if they are truly healthier because of it or in spite of it.

I don’t know about you, but I’m having a hankering for ziti….What are your thoughts on this??

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Nifty 50 Finest Gifts – Health & Wellness

March 6th, 2011 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

Yes folks, that dastardly day is fast approaching – my fiftieth! There’s been a lot of bantering about it’s arrival. There have been conversations about “what gift do you want?”. I’ve done a lot of thinking and will write all week about what I feel are the finest gifts to give yourself not just as you turn fifty, but any ole day. These are not bobbles you’ll find in a velvet box, not a far off exotic place to visit, but they are truly the most important gifts you can bestow.

The first on my list is the gift of health and wellness as a truly valuable one. I had dinner with my best friend last week who’s undergoing a cardiac work up, among other things. This got me thinking about health being a true blessing. For some, it may be taken for granted until we’re faced with ugly news with potential issues. Truly though, there are aspects of our life we cannot control, but then there is a whole laundry list of risk factors we can work on our entire lives. A very worthwhile to do list. We are never too old to decide to improve ourselves. Our bodies are a truly magnificent and resilient biological machine.

There are some who lend a deaf ear to all of these risk factors from stopping smoking, eating healthily, getting a handle of our handles (or managing our weight), getting and being active, to managing stress and more. As the clock counts down to my 50th I realize valuing health and wellness for decades has been a hugely valued gift to me. I realize the benefits of all of this in the activities of daily living. It’s much easier to conquer the average day when you are able to rise to the occasion whatever the challenge may be – from physical, to mental to emotional.

I also know that each and every one of us is an active participant in every choice we make. It’s easy to blame our circumstances resulting in our condition emphasizing “poor little me”. Or we can own the responsibility for the choices we make and make a pact to do better for ourselves “just for today”. Every little bit counts. We and only we reap the benefits of doing this.

At the end of the day it’s not a competition to go the distance in life to necessarily live the longest, but to fulfill your life by living deeply. Being as healthy as you can be certainly helps on that front. If you haven’t done so lately, take the RealAge test for yourself. The link is in the blog-roll links to the right. The time you take to do this is a true investment in your wellness.

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