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Realizing a Healthy You
For anyone who has ever made a resolution or goal to get healthy physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually, but couldn’t find the way. Take a step into my world for some interesting insight into kick-starting your health goals. Here you will find uplifting, interesting and exciting words that will hopefully help and inspire those wanting to make a healthy change for the future.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Too Hot to Walk

Summer is just around the corner and it is really getting hot outside. I was trying to wait until summer so that I could start walking around the park, but it has thus far been way too hot for me. Although my husband thinks that walking around the park in scorching heat and breaking an enormous sweat is good for me. I think it will only make me pass out. So, I've decided to stick to my bike riding inside the house until the weather cools down enough for me to comfortably walk.

Sometimes, late in the day when the sun goes down, I'll walk, but most of the time it's just about as hot in the evening as it was in the afternoon. Even wearing a hat, carrying a jug of water, and having a sweat rag don't seem to prepare me for the heat that I encounter while at the park. If it is this hot now, I can only imagine how it's going to be later once summer hits. I guess I could try getting up at 6 a.m. before work when it's not too bad outside to walk, but then again, I would like to be able to function properly at work, and getting up at 6 a.m., wouldn't allow me to do that. I'm sure I'll come up with some way to incorporate more walking into my daily routine. If you have any suggestions, please send them my way.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Daydreaming to Help My Fitness Goals

Have you ever daydreamed about how you were going to look after accomplishing your exercise and weight loss goals? Sometimes I'll sit and think about months down the road what outfit I'll be wearing, how my hair will be fixed, and what size I will be. It gives me the motivation I need to keep on working out so that I will accomplish that goal.

Daydreaming about achieving my goals is a healthy way for me to stay in the game and not give up. If I can see myself in good shape in the future, then it seems more real to me and I feel like it's not that far away and that I can achieve those goals that I set for myself.

Sometimes I do catch myself daydreaming about what I don't want to look like months down the road. This seems to happen whenever I skip exercising for a while or fall off the band wagon and start back to my old unhealthy ways of eating. However, I can say that those kind of nightmarish daydreams also kick me into high gear and typically I'm back on the right road the very next day. So I say daydream away because they might just provide you with the right amount of inspiration that you need to keep making the right choices.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My Body is Functional

Do you ever get those days where your body just seems like it's going to collapse? You know those days where every part of your body just feels like it's falling apart. Well, I've had a few of those days recently. I know I'm not overexercising myself, because I'm doing my normal routine, but these past couple of days just riding my exercise bike felt like my legs were about to fall off and walking around the park felt like I was pulling 100 lbs of weight behind me.

Maybe all of this is just in my head; some other excuse to keep me from having to work out. If my body were truly falling apart, then I'm sure I wouldn't be sitting here writing about it, but I'd be in the hospital somewhere. Plus, aside from these past few days, I had been feeling great, almost 10 years younger. So I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I was probably just having a few bad days, which I'm sure I'll continue to have from time to time. The key is to know how to quickly rebound and rise out of it, which I have, and now I'm continuing to do a good job.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Kick Tired Out the Door

Today I'm tired and I really don't feel like exercising. I had a long day at work and after that I went out shopping for Easter and didn't make it home until after 8 p.m., so all I want to do is crawl up on the couch and take a nap, but I'm not going to do that. Even though I'm tired and I can think of a million reasons not to exercise tonight, I'm going to ignore those excuses and just do it.

I'm sure that after I'm finished exercising tonight, I'll be ten times happier than if I would have put it off until tomorrow. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and do it no matter how much you don't want to. Only you know if you'll pick up the ball tomorrow and continue exercising and 9 times out of 10 if I slack off one day simply because I'm tired then I'll probably end up trying to slack off tomorrow as well.

Through the tiredness, I am going to find that little bit of energy left inside of me to continue my journey, especially since I've been doing pretty good so far.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Exercise That Frustration Away

Sometimes I'll find myself getting frustrated or mad at exercising and seeing slow results or at something somebody did or said to me. I have found that exercising can help me better deal with my anger and frustration. When I get frustrated over slow results from exercising, to deal with it, I work out more, instead of quitting, and by the end of my workout, I feel a lot better.

There are times when my husband frustrates me, and aside from praying for the strength not to knock him upside the head, I hop on my exercise bike and go to town. This helps me get out all that anger and frustration in a positive way while getting in shape as well.

I can't count the number of times that I have exercised my frustration and anger away and avoided having meltdowns or unnecessary showdowns. So, I say when you need to, just exercise that frustration away. In the end you'll be happier and healthier for doing so.