Drowning – It Suffocates

Sometimes I believe us Americans are truly overworked.  We’re always being asked for more, more, more because society is greedy and demands progress every day.  Why can’t we take a step back and really be able to take the time to look at our life?  Why do we have to work to the point that we don’t even notice the time going by and it vanishes in the blink of an eye?  I would truly enjoy one day where time didn’t exist.  Where clocks weren’t readily available and I wasn’t scolded for not getting things done in 5 seconds flat.

We’re moving, moving, moving, and never slowing down.

In France they still adopt the “Sunday is a day of rest” philosophy.  Stores are closed down so that families stay home and spend time together, whereas in America Sunday is viewed as the day to get everything done before the work week begins again!  It’s a lot of pressure and it’s not healthy in my opinion.

Why do we have to be so rushed?  Why do things have to be done right this very moment?  I don’t understand.

Drowning, it suffocates

PE

The Problem with Living a Healthy Life

What exactly is a healthy life?

For every person there’s a different definition of a healthy life.

For addicts, a healthy life may just mean staying sober.

For athletes, a well-balanced diet (with probably more calories and carbs than the average person) with lots of high intensity activity is a healthy life.

For a stay at home mom, a healthy life may mean making sure each meal has the right portions of fruits/veggies/meats/etc. and that everyone gets in enough exercise.

For a college student it may mean trying to not eat Ramen for at least a day or two, and walking to class instead of driving, or climbing the stairs instead of using an elevator.

For someone with cancer, being healthy means not needing chemo anymore and being able to sleep in your own bed.

The important thing to realize about healthy living is that it’s different for every one.

So then how do we approach healthy living?

Well, if you know where you fall in the healthy living spectrum then you’re already ahead of the game!

Do you have diabetes?  That may mean you need to watch your blood sugar levels more intensely than a person without diabetes.  It may mean you need to carry around a snack in case your blood sugar drops (Healthwise Staff, 2010, October 01).

Are you overweight/obese?  Well then you might need to talk to your physician/health care provider to come up with a health plan to get on track with your weight, contact a personal trainer, get a gym membership, cut down on your “bad” foods, etc.

Do you have high cholesterol?  Then you might need to look at the labels of your foods more, and munch on snacks that are proven to lower cholesterol like oatmeal, foods high in Omega-3, nuts, olive oil, etc. (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2012).

As you can see the list goes on and on.  You need to find what your main problem area is and zoom in on it, then take it from there.

So what do you do once you zoom in on what your problem area is?  Well let me share some advice with you!

  1. Motivation – This is by far the biggest thing (at least to me) when making this lifestyle change.  What motivates you?  For me a good quote, some cute workout clothes, and a reward is all I need to get my butt up and stepping.  You need to find out what does that to you.  Is it a dream board? (a board full of pictures, quotes, ambitions, etc. displaying your goals).  A buddy?  You can pair up with someone who’s in the same boat as you, and striving for the same goal.  You two can motivate each other and keep each other on track, be each other’s shoulder to lean on.  Rewards?  Whether it’s an every day small reward for keeping your goals, or an end-of-the-month big reward, it’s a reward nonetheless.  For me, I use things like smoothies, coffee, or some junk food as my reward for keeping my goals.  Someone else I know does and end-of-the month goal and spends money on something he normally wouldn’t, like a new stereo system for his living room.  Whatever works for you, that’s all that matters!  (I highly caution you not to look in magazines for your inspiration though.  As much as you may want to, you won’t look like the people in the magazines with the ripped 6-pack and perfectly toned body.  That’s where photo shop comes into play and that’s an entirely different topic for another day)
  2. Write down your goal(s) – It’s proven that writing your goals down increase your likely hood of achieving the goal.  I don’t care where you write it down, or how, just write it down!  Use your favorite pen/pencil, and paper if it makes you feel better and enjoy looking at it better.  Which ever way is going to work for you, do it!  I write my goals down on a word document on my laptop, and if you’ve looked around, I also post them on this blog.  It holds you accountable in a sort of way.
  3. Tell someone – Exclaim it to the world, yell it from the roof tops, post it on Facebook, tweet it, blog it, call someone, text someone, just tell someone!  Telling someone is going to plant the idea that you’re trying to achieve something in someone else’s brain, and I can almost guarantee you, if you talk to them regularly, they WILL ask you.  You could even ask someone to remind you, and ask you about your goals so you know that you’re going to have to share your progress with someone (and let’s be honest, no one is too proud to shout to the world that they failed miserably).  If you don’t have someone close enough to you to speak with find an online support group, or even come to me or any other bloggers on here for support!
  4. DON’T GIVE UP – No matter what you do, no matter how difficult you may think it is, you CAN do it!  Do everything you possibly can and don’t give up!  Even if you slack off and fall off track for a while, don’t admit defeat till you accomplish those goals, you will thank yourself in the long run.

I hope these 4 tips help you in your healthy lifestyle journey as you either enter it, or are looking to change it up!

Eat Some Cookies,

Payton

Sources: Mayo Clinic Staff. (2012, July 27). Cholesterol: Top 5 foods to lower your numbers . Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/cholesterol/art-20045192?pg=1

Healthwise Staff. (2010, October 01). Diabetes: Dealing with low blood sugar from insulin. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/dealing-with-low-blood-sugar-from-insulin-for-diabetes

10 Things I Believe…

Are important to leading a healthy lifestyle…

This is a collection of ten things I believe are important to leading a healthy lifestyle.  Check them off and you’re on your way to attaining your goals!

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  1. Good attitude – Without a good attitude how are you supposed to lead a healthy lifestyle?  You can’t accomplish anything with a bad attitude.
  2. Drive – You need to have the drive, the motivation to keep you going day to day.  Especially on the hard days when you just want to give up.
  3. Support – Your support system will hold you accountable for your goals.  They will keep you going when if you didn’t tell anyone about your goals then you wouldn’t have to tell anyone about your failure.  Who likes sharing failure?
  4. Healthy Environment – Without a healthy environment all you’ll do is run is circles going nowhere, like when you’re stuck in a bad relationship and want a good one.  Nothing will happen when you’re staying there.
  5. Tracker – Something to track your progress.  Whether it be photographs, a diary, a blog, etc.
  6. Music – For those times in the gym or at home working out when you just want to stop.
  7. Inspiration – Find someone who has been in your shoes (or relatively close to your shoes) and has met the goals you’re trying to attain.  Contact them, follow their blog, etc.  Use them for inspiration.
  8. Goals – you’ll need long term and short term goals to run after.  Never give up on goals, without a goal you have nothing to keep you going.
  9. Snacks – and no, not doritos.  Keep your pantry and fridge stocked with healthy, and quick snacks so you don’t get off track with your healthy eating.
  10. Buddy – Not only should you have a support system, but you should have one specific buddy who will help you along the way in your journey.  Someone who will be there for you at any moments notice to help you, whether it be to pick you up, keep you motivated, or celebrate your achievements with you.

Keep these 10 things in mind and you’re on your way to a successful healthy lifestyle!

Chomp on some yummy cantaloupe,

Payton

My Dedication to Becoming Better than Today

For those who don’t know, back in January I became part of a healthy living class at school.  It was dedicated to exercising, researching health related topics, learning about our bodies, and having fun while doing it.  I fell in love with becoming a healthier person.  This is much of the reason for me deciding to dedicate my schooling to becoming a Registered Dietitian.

I was on a good roll for a while there until I graduated.  Since then I have dropped off the hill I was climbing, like I suspected I would with all the hustle and bustle of the changes going on in my life.  But now that I’ve settled down into the new routine of my life I am refocusing myself on my healthy lifestyle goal.  Which will always be a goal because I will fall off, and slip sometimes, but I won’t give up.

I will be focusing my attention more on weight-lifting, cardio, and eating healthier than I am now.  Right now I can tell you that I a) drink way too much pop and not enough water b) I don’t exercise enough (especially cardio) and c) I don’t have the healthiest diet. 

So here goes to refocusing myself on MYSELF and bettering my life. 

PE

Let’s Get Rid of That Stress!

I tend to feel stressed quite frequently (probably more than I should but I bring that upon myself).  I also know that quite a few of you out there probably feel the same way I do and are looking for a way to reduce your stress.  So you’re in the right place!  🙂

What are some ways I reduce my stress?

  1. Biking – in the summer I like to go for a good bike ride, pedaling as hard as I can to reduce my stress.  It gets my anger out and refocuses my mind.
  2. Drawing – doing this gets me to focus on something else and clears my mind.  It also calms my naturally shaky hand, especially when I’m stressed or angry and I shake a lot.
  3. Listen to music – listening to music takes me into a completely different world so I’m able to distract myself and almost disconnect in a sense.
  4. Take a nap – something about taking a nap, even if I’m not tired, calms my mind and enables me to think a lot clearer.  Although naps are few and far between these days, haha.
  5. Deep breathing – simple task, yet hard to do.  When was the last time you really took a complete deep breath in and let it completely out?  Probably a long time ago if you don’t practice deep breathing as a meditation act.  It helps relax you and carry more oxygen throughout your body which helps pretty much every part of your body function better

I know it’s a short list, and not an interesting article BUT I hope maybe you take something away from it and are able to apply it to your own life.  Maybe you even brainstormed some ideas for yourself as well while reading my examples!  🙂

Let your hair down and relax a little!

PE