Are you carrying around extra weight that you just can’t seem to lose? Do you love junk food but need help finding a healthy balance in your life?
I believe that junk food and unhealthy snacks can quickly add up to a high percentage of our caloric intake. Most of us are not fully aware of how fast those sneaky foods can do unwanted damage. If you want your body to be
healthy and strong, you need to find ways to ensure that most of your choices are healthy ones, while still living a life of enjoyment and fun.
Today, we share with you 2 tips for conquering the junk food battle, and striking a balance that you can be happy with.
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Have you found ways to conquer the junk food battle in your home?
What works for you? Where do you struggle?
We look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments below!
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What actually helps my inner clarity, as well as my writing is to read less online. I know it sounds ironic because I write online daily, but minimizing my online reading and social media time to a small amount keeps my mind clear, and helps me to avoid too much noise and clutter in my mind.
In our world there is so much information it can become overwhelming. I find I must listen to my heart about what to read and how much, knowing I am sensitive to information overload. If I’ve read too much in one day I find it harder to think and listen within for my own answers.
I know when something I’m reading is guiding me in a positive way by how I feel, paying attention to the reactions in my body. I want to give the gift of time to the things that uplift me, make me feel good, provide aha moments, or very importantly-make me laugh! Life is meant to be enjoyed.
Just like there are times when I can feel I am starting to get too much junk food in my house, I can also feel when I am putting too much junk in my mind. It gives me a head-ache, and doesn’t feel fun. I crave space. For me, space is necessary in order to create. The best inspiration comes from within.
The creativity is already there, inside, and only requires space to be born. Seeking out activities that help to create more space within and clear my mind is a passion of mine, which is one of the many reasons I love yoga
I encourage you to pay close attention to how you feel when you are reading something, allowing your body to be your guide. It is important to our well-being to remove stress, and try not to add to it.Our bodies always speak the truth even when our minds are unconscious of it.
Tell me in the comments below – How do you create space in your mind?
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Last week was one in which I struggled to make exercise a priority. It was a
week where our afternoons were a little more hectic than usual from dentist
appointments to swimming lessons, and preparing for Easter
(last minute!) I try to keep our schedule from getting too crazy but it seems we all have weeks where we are busier than usual, or maybe a little more worn out.
By Monday I could already tell keeping exercise a priority was going to be a
challenge. I also knew that if I didn’t commit to exercising I was going to feel
worse. As much as exercise is sometimes not fun while doing it when you’re not in the mood, it is a great stress reliever and helps tremendously with my mental clarity. Those to-dos can take up my entire day and life if I’m not careful, which is why I know I need to exercise above a lot of those tasks that although weigh over me are just not as important when I keep the big picture in mind.
To help motivate myself to exercise I posted my weekly workout
. We kept it simple. Six quick and effective 30 minute workouts. Sharing my exercise plan really helped keep me on track. Sort of along the lines of if you day it, you’re more likely to do it. I felt that if I let you know what my exercise plans were for the week, that I should follow through. I’m a big believer in doing what you say, so just putting my plans out there was a big motivator for me. Your support makes that motivation possible, so thank you very much my friends!
When I find myself struggling to exercise, releasing my plans out into the
universe on this blog
, on social media, or by telling a friend makes all the
difference for me. I believe part of the reason why we are here is to support
one another to live the most amazing, fulfilled lives possible. I am so grateful to you!Namaste
While I am practicing yoga I stop taking myself for granted. I stop taking life
for granted. I stop taking my body for granted, and most importantly I stop the negativity towards myself and towards others. During yoga I appreciate the miracle of all that I am, of all that we are.
Yoga is amazing. How many things can you think of in your day that help foster self-love, self-acceptance? Yoga softens you and makes you both stronger and more peaceful.
One moment you feel your body work hard to support you in a powerful pose. The next you are at complete rest. Combined in a perfect duo, yoga is both the exercise and the rest you need for your well-being.
It can be cold and raining outside, but during yoga I can close my eyes and
immediately feel sunlight on my skin. I am transported to the peaceful space
that lies within me. I can hear, feel and be anything. I can sense my connection to everything, and appreciate the many colors of light within all of us.
Yoga both opens my heart and strengthens it all at the same time.
Yoga is the ultimate expression of self-love.
Breathe in love, breathe out peace.
Monday: Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown
– Level 1
Tuesday: Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke:
Strengthen & Condition – Upper Body & Core
Wednesday: Jillian Michaels
Yoga Meltdown – Level 1
Thursday: Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke
Strengthen & Condition – Lower Body & Core
Friday: Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown – Level 1
Saturday: Element: Am and Pm Yoga for Beginners
with Elena Brower
– AM Yoga
Sunday: rest (Happy Easter!)
It has been 3 weeks now since we started incorporating the Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke
DVDs into our workout routine. We use the DVDs 3 times per week, intermixed with 3 days of yoga. Our plan is to stick with the DVDs for 8 weeks and then reevaluate.
My leg muscles definitely get fatigued, often resulting in a good soreness the
next day, especially when going up and down the stairs. By sore I don’t mean anything too intense, more the sensation that they have been worked really well. Got to love squats for that!
My arms feel stronger and sometimes fatigued the next day as well. Both my
husband and I use hand weights for the upper body section. In fact, I’m thinking soon would be a good time to invest in a larger variety of weights for myself. My husband uses the Nautilus Adjustable Dumbbells
and really likes those, but they do not work well for sharing when we workout together.
There are 2 Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke
DVDs out: Tone & Tighten
, and Strengthen & Condition
. My husband and I both agree that the Strengthen & Condition
DVD is our favorite. We walk away from that DVD feeling like we’ve worked hard. Therefore, we tend to use that DVD at least 2 of the 3 times per week.
The Strengthen & Condition
DVD also features Brooke’s trainer Greg Joujon-Roche
For all the ladies out there looking to get their husband or partner to workout at home with them it is brilliant that the Strengthen & Condition DVD has a male trainer working out alongside Brooke because it makes the DVD more approachable for men and couples.
Brooke has such a lovely personality that shines through in the DVD. I agree
with the reviews that it is wonderful she does the entire series alongside you. She helps motivate you to keep going by example, and she gives you the feeling that you are working out with one of your best girlfriends.
On another note, the core sections of the DVDs are killer! Every time I look
down I keep thinking I’m going to see a six pack after how hard my abs worked. Anything is possible right? I have a feeling sticking with this DVD long term can lead to some pretty awesome results.
To your health & happiness!
Have a question for me? Let me know! I’ll do my best to answer.
If you are connected with me on Facebook or Twitter you may have seen a video I shared of Dr. Oz on OWN
talking about the health care crisis. He believes that health care is a human right, and I couldn’t agree more!
If you saw me in person and brought up the subject of health care I could go on and on and on…
Actually I have before, but have since realized not everyone feels so
passionately about health care that they want to have an hour conversation with me about it.
Fortunately, my husband and I love to discuss it so the 2 of us can go on and on and get our fill.One of the problems Dr. Oz discussed was not that most people don’t
fundamentally feel we should have health care for all, but how do we afford it?
Health care needs to start in the home. If we all take care of ourselves, and respect food as medicine the health care costs wouldn’t be so high, and maybe as a country we could afford to take care of each other.I want every single person in this beautiful country of ours to have the health care they need, and the peace of mind never to worry about affording it if a problem does arise.
If as a whole we want health care for all we need to have each other’s backs. We need to encourage and support one another to take care of our bodies and eat well. We need to motivate each other. We are in this together!
If your child gets sick I want them to receive all the health care they need,
and for you not to worry about the cost. And if my child gets sick I want the
same. Let’s start making real change towards a better tomorrow. Let’s motivate one another to take care of our overall well-being and be responsible for setting an example.
I want the best for you and your beautiful family, and mine too! Our well-being and energy
impacts one another. Let’s be responsible for the health of our country. Let’s ask for healthier recipes, on TV, the internet, and magazines. If as a whole we demand education, ideas, and recipes geared towards healthy living we will get what we want- to be healthy, to be able to afford health care for all!
Will you join me?
Ask for health for you and for me, for your children and for mine. Let’s be conscious of where our energy goes and start supporting healthy living. Let’s change our nation!
Motivating yourself to exercise can be so darn hard sometimes! There are a
million things you want to have on your priority list, and you can’t find time
to fit them all in. Why make exercise a priority when you would rather spend
your time doing something else?
In my own life, exercise balances me out physically, emotionally, and spiritually. When I make time for exercise I feel at a powerful equilibrium. Exercise makes me feel as though I can more easily operate optimally in all areas of my life. Ironically it takes a devotion to exercise in order to fully achieve all that you are capable of being.
There are lots of times I don’t feel like exercising! I could list 1000 other things I’d rather be getting done, but in my heart I know and feel the importance of exercise not only to my physical well-being, but to my overall well-being. The important things in life are worth fighting for, and sometimes you have to fight with all your might to keep excuses and reasons not to exercise from taking over.
It is fortunate that my husband and I work out together. There are days
when it feels as though the only reason I’m making myself exercise is because he is doing it too. Asking a spouse, partner, or family member to exercise with you can provide the essential support and motivation you need to keep going.
We all need someone in our corner sometimes, especially when it comes to things we find challenging in our lives. Your support doesn’t have to be under the same roof. Have you ever tried working out and skyping with a long-distance friend?
Let’s live a healthy life together and keep each other going!
To being all you can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually!