Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
What is your resolution for this year?
Many of us have made resolutions for this coming year about how we want to change our lives and become healthier.
Having someone along in the journey to hold me accountable is always helpful. Are you interested? Would you like a companion on your journey?
I am looking for some fellow travelers in the wellness journey. Let me know if you are interested. Leave me a comment here or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Want to learn more about Essential Oils?
If you can't make the classes but would like to know more about Essential Oils, use the link below. If you'd like a sample or two to try, let me know!
Please join us for a class and bring a friend as well!
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Two things about the Fitbit Charge HR that I really love are
- the "continuous" monitoring of my heart rate (no more putting on a heart rate strap while I exercise! )
- the sleep monitoring!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
About every diet plan I have ever attempted begins with the suggestion to keep a food diary. Writing down everything that enters my mouth has never been on my top 10 fun things to do list! In fact, I believe in most cases, I stuck with writing a food diary for about a week at the most!
So, two weeks ago my doctor suggested that I look at using www.myfitnesspal.com This is a website that I knew about and had used several years ago. It is a calorie counting tool. Yes, this was one of the ways that I had kept a food diary that had lasted about a week. When I first used the website, it was just that -- only a website. That was in a time when I owned a flip phone.
Now, the website has entered the age of the smart phone and apps! Since my doctor showed me the app, I haven't missed a day logging my food and it is actually making a difference in how I am eating.
Maybe the app just appeals to my geeky side, but for whatever reason, I find it fun to keep track of the foods I am eating. A couple of features keep me interesting in doing this!
First, it's easy! Entering foods into the app is simple. You can search for items in their database which includes an amazing number of items already. But, what I think is the coolest feature is the barcode scanner where you can simply scan the package to enter an item.
Now, I'm not a real cook, but there are a few things I like to make on a regular basis, like egg salad or a tuna dish. Neither of these would be something easily found in their database, but there is a section where you can enter recipes and it will calculate the calories per serving. Recently, when I made a few baked goods, I decided to enter the recipe to see what the calorie content worked out for a little pecan tart. It did take me a few minutes to figure out how to get the recipe correctly entered, but in the end realizing that one little tart was over 100 calories and nearly 1/12 of what I should eat for the day, kept me from eating the whole batch!
But, the coolest part for me of this handy little app is that you can link it to Runkeeper! Runkeeper is the app that I use to keep track of my walking and running. When you use this as part of your exercise routine, and link it to my fitness pal, the calories that you burn with your exercise count as "negative calories" for my fitness pal. This means when I take a walk and burn 200-300 calories, my total calorie intake for the day is increased in My Fitness Pal by that amount!
I have always understood that keeping a food diary helps keep you intentional about what you are eating. For me, the drudgery of carrying a little notebook and pen around was always a stumbling block--in addition to having to figure out the calories, etc, by looking them up. My Fitness Pal eliminates all that! The highly visual app helps combine the food diary with helpful nutritional information and feed back.
It has only been two weeks, but that's twice as long as the last food diary I kept!
Saturday, July 27, 2013
The article refers to another story that I missed that happened back in the fall. An anti-obesity campaign in Minnesota created controversy because of its shaming/blaming nature. The creators of the ads defend them saying "Our intent in creating these ads was really just to show good parents having moments of realization that they needed to change their own behavior in order to send the right message to their kid."
That "moment of realization" thing is what jumped out at me from the article.
How many times have you had one of those moments related to weight and health?
I call them "decision points." The point at which we decide that we do have a choice. That we can make conscious choices about how we live: what we eat and how much we exercise. Sometimes they are big things. For a pastor friend of mine, his decision point was when he had a heart attack. He said, "it got my attention. It was a wake-up call." He changed his eating and exercise habits.
But, for some of us, there can be smaller moments. Not too terribly long ago, I was on the campus at Birmingham-Southern College. For those that don't know the campus, it is built on a hill. I was walking across campus with someone much younger and fitter than I am. We were late for a meeting and cutting across the hill. As I struggle with my bookbag and purse to climb a few steps, I thought of nightmares that I had had across the years. Those ones where you are trying to run away from some terrible thing and your legs are not working. Your legs feel like they are filled with lead and you can hardly lift them. Right then, I thought to myself, "This is it. I'm not feeling this way again."
Motivation comes in many forms, but rarely does it come from shaming.