A balance of Mind-Body-Spirit

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Don't Diet!

From the book Eating Less - Say Goodbye to Overeating by Gilllian Riley.

It may be depressing but it is true that most people who lose weight by restricting their calorie intake put their lost weight - and more - back on.

Those who stay trim by eating a healthier diet and adopting a modest exercise programme fare better at keeping the weight off in the long term.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Inch by Inch...

Hi Girls!

Hope everyone is going ok!

Just checking in...I have continued to follow my 'life schedule' which is working wonders and has helped me keep on track despite some 'heavy' things that came my way during the past week.

I have been doing a weight loss diet...feeling that I needed the structure and kickstart because I have so much weight to lose and so far I have lost 1.8kg over the two weeks that I have been doing it...SMILE!

TAE BO bootcamp has been my bosom buddy over this time as well. I have been watching he Biggest Loser and motivated heaps to continue the exercise program!

Overall...I am still targeting the inside as well as the outside...was watching an interview with Magda Subanzki last night..."Babe fame...who has embarked on a weight loss program with Jenny Craig and she was saying that along with the meal plan and the exercise (she has lost 16kg so far!) she believes that dealing with the 'inside issues' are extremely important! That's what's become real obvious to me...I was kind of feeling things 'out of my control' and that was manifesting in all sorts of ways!

Pray everyone stays encouraged to 'nurture' ourselves with health and 'inner beauty and peace'!

This week I have made a commitment to myself to continue with the Tae Bo bootcamps and the choice of 'keep moving' along with the focus on 'positives' in life...it really does change the perspective on things!

Big Hug!
Be Healthy!
God bless!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Stress less

Stress less has been part of my February Challenge. More strength training. Less stress.

I mean stressing less about what I am eating and what I am weighing.

Eat healthfully and mindfully without obsessing about calories or weight on the scale.

Of course, those things are important but they don't define me. I'm into this fitness thing for health and for that feeling of joy, of energy, of well being, of I can do anything!

Yesterday and today, I went for some new ways to approach workouts. I combined workouts.

Sunday I did Taebo Bootcamp Live ( 30 minutes) then added a 15 minute toning workout from Jazzercise, given to me by an older lady friend who was cleaning outher cupboards. Jazzercise made me think of you, Cindy!

Today, I did a 30 minute Taebo followed by the last 20 minutes of Turbo Jam's Punch Kick and Jam. capoeria and toning and working on form with a little tai chi stetch.

Injecting some fun and variety into my daily workouts.
P.S. Speaking of Jazzercise...Collage Video has two new Jazzercise workouts listed. Apart from the toning workout mentoned above, I've never done a Jazzercise workout. I'm tempted to add them to my birthday wish list of workout DVDs....

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Februrary So Far

How has your February gone so far? MIne has been rough!

I got WAY SICK the last week of January and was down for the count. I didn't work out for 10 days ARGH! Yesterday was my first day back to my favorite spin class with Lynn, who has the BEST music-mostly 80s. It felt soooo good! I sweated from the indside and and felt like I got all that icky out of my body. Awesome!

It is beautiful here in Texas now- crisp cold morning and sun. I decided to really try and focus on my dog. lol Not the one in the picture I posted yesterday- that is Ralphie, he is 4. But Boomer is 11 and really aged the past 4 years. He lays around ALL DAY. His poor stomach is always rumbling.

So, I reserached food and think I am feeding him junk food. LIke I was feeding me! So I got some food that is protien based and I am going to try and take him out every day. He is so slow... a dachund with little short legs... and walking in our neighborhood is torture, as the cars some, he sniffs we never get anywhere. We have a local park, so I put them in the back of my wagon yesterday am and drove the 2 min there.

I took them out on the long retracatabel leashes.. and they LOVED IT! Boomer was galloping (well for about 15 seconds) and trotting adn sniffing. So, I am now their personal trainer and want to help him be healthy in these last years.

My biggest problem is time. Their workout is NO workout for me, but it is relaxing. So how to fit in their workout, then my workout, then the rest of life. I want to get to daily Mass more, too and have prayer time, the of course my 3 jobs and oh, yeah these kids I am in charge of.

Oh well, one day at a time. Tomorrow when we go out at 7:30 my friend is coming too with her Cocker Spaniel. It is fun to try something new!

Also, my friend in VA who I workout with long distance is trying something BRAND NEW this week! She has just done great with working out and loves it. All this was brand new to her last year. She had gotten in fabulous shape, slow and steady. She tried running last week. She has a trainer who takes her out. Fun!

I like that she is always trying new things and we share ideas, text each other. It is fun to share.. glad you all are here to share with too

I decided in addition to my doggie personal training I am going to try and get outside as much as I can while the weather is good. I can't run anymore b/c of my joints, but maybe walk and intervals of jumping jacks (which I love), etc around the lake at the Y... ?

Are you all doing anything new? Is your old routine still fun?

Monday, February 2, 2009


Thank you, Girls, for the feedback last week....there's a lot to 'mentally digest' and lots of 'sticky notes' to keep in mind.

Last week's goal of 'optimism' went well- repaired some damaged relationships with my kids that I really needed repaired. Happy to have achieved this!

The exercise was not up to scratch again: The work/education schedule only just kicked back in yesterday so I found it hard to get into a routine!

This week's goals: Beating Bad Habits...Establishing Good Habits!

This includes mind sets, physical and emotional.
They say it takes 40 days for ANY habit to set in...good or bad!

1. Physical :
It's been put on a daily schedule list.
Realize I work better when I am locked into time management for part of
my life...or else I go haywire!

General fitness :
Tae Bo workouts
Home Gym- weight training here we come!

Balanced and healthy food choices:

Cindy mentioned being in tune with
the body's need for food - Have noticed I am not a 3 big meal a day
person. Going to try smaller, healthy meals and see how I go!

Aim for a healthy, mobile life as opposed to sedentary and frustrated!

2. Mind and Spirit:

No procrastination
Answer: daily/weekly schedule

Want to be a FLYLADY (Finally Loving Yourself)
Cindy's advice about being happy about the things we DO achieve! Leonie
often reminded me of baby steps...baby steps are more achievable!

Really understanding the concept that 'We are the temple of the Holy
Spirit- that embraces mind, spirit and soul

Thanksgiving: This week I'm going to be grateful!
Grateful to God, family, friends....
Grateful for my body and every other area of my
life...need to change the negative focus that has crept
into my life.

Here I go, Girls...these are my week's commitments to myself and one of the things I haven't been doing...is keeping the promises I make to myself...another bad habit that has to go!

God bless!

A balance of Mind-Body-Spirit

Thought for the Day

"Good friends are good for your health."

~Irwin Sarason

"Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy! And happy people just don't shoot their husbands!"

Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde