Not Just Another Resolution

Approaching New Year’s, many are starting to think about their New Year’s resolutions. Each year it is often the same, or maybe it’s just a slight twist on a previous New Year’s resolution.

Whatever may be the case, instead of anxiously awaiting to adhere to a specific resolution right after the ball drops; the clock strikes midnight, or your hangover kicks in the next day, make one commitment with yourself; something that isn’t as abstract as just saying, “I’m going to lose weight” or “I’m going to stop smoking.” Instead, set up small challenges for yourself to create the right set of footprints to allow you to track where you’ve been and how far you’ve come.

Ask yourself, “What can you do to get to where you want to be” For example, make a commitment to take a walk for 30 minutes for at least 3 times per week, and then add on to that.

You could even make a commitment to cut out soda everyday, or limit yourself to one soda per day or per week.

Taking small steps will keep you on the right track and not overwhelm you to the point where you just forget or renege on your resolution.

Quick Holiday Workout

It’s hard to stay on course with good eating habits and exercise when you’re inundated with the stress and excitement from the holidays. It doesn’t help that temptation from cookies and other sweets smother you with their sweet aroma, some beautifully decorated with bows and gift wrap, presented as a thoughtful gift or at a simple get together.

It’s hard not to get wrapped up in holiday traditions; to revel in the small moments that capture us for a lifetime and lure us in for everlasting memories. It’s easy to eat cookies and enjoy great food with great people, knowing that you can always start tomorrow or the next day with those resolutions that will probably make or break you.
And let’s not forget the frustration that you feel if you’re wallet is a lot lighter, but you may not be. And let’s be real, stress certainly doesn’t make getting those few extra pounds you may have gained over the holidays any easier.

So let’s start simple.

Instead of plunging right in, ready to start counting calories, restricting what you eat, and killing yourself on the treadmill or outside in an attempt to beat the bulge, start simple. Begin with drinking more water as a way to “jumpstart” your system; to get it to start functioning at its highest level again.

By drinking more water, it will help restore balance of body fluids, restore your skin’s appearance as well as your hair, better nutrient and mineral absorption, which means that your organs don’t have to work as hard if they’re getting an adequate water supply, and helps get your metabolism working properly again. It’s like giving your insides a bath.

It can be difficult to jump into a fat loss program with the holidays still buzzing in the air, and I don’t think the stress or excitement is going to die down anytime soon, but this quick workout should be just enough to keep your internal fire burning those extra calories. And all that is required is your body weight (and maybe your purse) No gym required. So grab your water bottle and Let’s Do It!!

Complete 3-4 rounds of 20 reps.

Jumping Jack Squats
To do: 1 full jumping jack, at the bottom of second jumping jack (when feet are spread wide apart) jump into a squat. Return to starting position (feet together) pause then repeat. 20 reps

Switch lunges into a pushup
To do: Alternating jump lunges (you could also lunge forward, return to starting position, lunge forward with alternating leg) After lunge on each side, back to start position (feet together) and then jump down complete one pushup. Return to start. 10 reps each side

Squats with lateral walk and overhead press
To do: Grab your purse Ladies!!! Place feet shoulder width apart, toes out slightly, hold purse in front of you. Squat down and as you come up reach purse overhead. Step to the side and repeat. 10 reps to the right and 10 reps to the left.

Ab crunch
To do: Lie down on your back, bend knees, feet flat on the floor, cross hands behind head or in front of chest. Lift head and shoulders off the floor, hold for one or two seconds. Back to start and repeat for 20 reps. Challenge: Lie down on back, legs in air, lift head and shoulders off of floor, and with arms extended, reach up towards feet.

If you do it, feel free to post the time it took or let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!!

Quick Fit Tip: Drink Water; Pee All Day Long

Fit tip

Seriously, is there a spot open in the Guiness Book of World Records for someone who pees the most in one day? 

Okay, okay, so I’m exaggerating…

Okay, No. I’m Not.

Not saying that there is anything wrong with some one on one bonding time with the Porcelain Goddess herself….

Drinking a lot of water can become tedious and mundane for most. I can’t help but automatically envision myself running to the bathroom more times than there are commercials in between shows! I have a DVR so I get to pause it if I have to escape to the bathroom…and that’s a lot of pausing.  I’m kind of like the dog in Pavlov’s experiment, I drink so much water that now when I even see, think, hear, water or even a glass, I have to rush to the bathroom. And I pee so much that I often don’t even bother turning the light on in the bathroom when I’m home. I’ve become a pro. But drinking water needs to be done.  However, I’m going to spare you the details on the benefits of drinking water everyday.  

To prevent getting a stomachache, try not to chug water, instead drink it gradually throughout the day. I find the easiest time to drink water is first thing when I wake up before I eat anything. Sometimes, I wake up feeling hungry, but as soon as I drink water (sip not chug), the hunger pains go away. Also, drinking water before a meal or a snack can prevent you from overeating. And of course, we can’t all be perfect and we may indulge in some higher than normal sodium foods, find it hard to eat all the “right” things, drink too much caffeine; coffee, tea, soda, etc. or even if you’re following a high protein diet, you’re putting additional and unnecessary stress on your body if you skip the water.

 Helpful tips for “getting it in” (Yes, I just went there. I went all the way back to Jersey Shore) For those of you who don’t get the reference; consider yourself lucky.

 Include about an eight ounce glass of water before you even begin to eat a meal, perspire, and for every cup of coffee /tea you put down the good ol’ watering hole. As coffee and tea work more as a diuretic than an adequate source of hydration, it’d probably be a good idea to plan on drinking extra water to keep your body in hydration mode. (Or maybe more to give a nice fine swish to keep the mouth a bit clean too. It’s just an idea. )

 The next time you go out to eat, ask for a glass of water in addition to whatever else you order to drink. (I feel bad for the server when I tell them all I want is water,

Me:  “Water..oh and a lemon too please” [eyes darting away in the other direction]

Server doesn’t even really seem to mind though but then there’s me again: [of course this time saying inside my head] “You can charge for the lemon?”

  Anyhoo….

 Eat fruits and veggies; they contain water too!

 Try to be mindful of how much water you’re drinking. To do this, you can purchase a water bottle; you can find most that hold 24 oz or more and make it a point to refill. (It’s the little things…)

 The normal recommendation is at least 8 ounces per day, but I prefer to use the method of dividing half my body weight and drinking that amount of water and then some. I tend to be a water hog. (Or a water buffalo?) Hehe.

Try to taper your water intake the closer it gets to bedtime to prevent you from turning the bathroom into a place to sleep.

  And of course, feel free to add some flavor to your water! You can use just about any sugar free/low sugar drink flavors.

 Overall:

 Workouts are less effective (and even if you don’t exercise, your overall day will be less effective)

Coffee may make your day more productive, but it also dehydrates you at the same time. (I know this is debated, however, I find it to be true because I have to run to the bathroom even more than if I just stick to water)

Water hydrates your entire body; muscles, skin, organs etc. Without it, you’ll start to look more like last week’s coffee grounds.

Your body has to work harder, which overall means your day is that much more exhausting.

You shower in water to clean the outside, why not drink water to clean the inside?  Come on! Give your insides a bath!

 Think about it.