Wednesday, November 27, 2013
My health insurance gives out incentives every year for its members to save $480 per year. These include biometric screening, health challenges, and annual visits to the doctor plus much more.
I signed up for the Maintain, Don’t Gain Challenge which lasts over the holidays. It is pretty simple to follow, but effective. Each day you log:
♦Ate a healthy Breakfast
♦Ate a healthy lunch
♦Exercised 30 minutes or more
♦Limited sweets to 1 serving or less
♦Limited alcoholic or sugary beverages to 1 serving or less
Every week they send out an e-mail related to this challenge with tips and tricks. I am going to share with you an e-mail I received this morning on what some people suggest for the holidays, in the hopes that at least one will ‘spark’ you.
Myself I love the light-watching idea! All this is taken from Kansas Health Quest….
“Instead of driving around to look at holiday lights, gear up and walk or run around your neighborhood to look at the lights and decorations. Just make sure to have safety reflective gear on and be aware of other drivers and any slick spots on the sidewalk! This not only helps you be physically active but it’s also better for the environment because you’re not driving.”
“Go for quality over quantity! There's never a shortage of goodies around the holidays, but deciding to enjoy only the very finest of the treats doesn't mean you're a snob. For example, you can decide not to eat every chocolate you come across, but allow yourself to enjoy your favorite brand of chocolate when you find it at a party. Or, rather than drinking high calorie coffee drinks everyday on your way to work, try taking time to meet someone special in your life to spend time with them over coffee as a special treat instead. And you don't have to go to every single party you are invited to, try to decide what activities or celebrations are the most meaningful and keep yourself from running in circles during the holidays.”
“Organize a group of your family, friends or neighbors to go caroling! You can walk through your neighborhood and get some exercise with this fun holiday activity.”
“This is the time of year we all want to ‘eat, drink, and be merry!’ and we should enjoy ourselves! Just use the guideline ‘everything in moderation’ when you’re around holiday food and treats. If you want to try a little of everything at the Thanksgiving table, take a tablespoon size serving – rather than a full serving of each food. After dinner – help with the dishes (wash them by hand to get your body moving) and then grab the family and go for a walk!”
What do you think?
Friday, November 22, 2013
So yesterday I was pretty excited about my cardiosculpt class at the gym.
5 PM rolls around, I dash to the staff lounge, put on my workout clothes and headed out to my car.....only to find it blanketed under a sheet of thick ice. After minutes of pulling, jimmying and panting I managed to open the driver's door, started my car, turned on the heater, and located my ice scraper. Joy to the World! - it was still there.
I started going at it with my scraper, only to find the most stubborn ice coating the windshield. I tried harder and faster - my class was scheduled at 5:30PM and I still had a drive ahead of me. My gloves got wet, then turned into icicles. My breathing got heavier, but I was determined. I really want to go to this class!
Scraping harder, faster, side to side - at last! I managed to clear a small spot in front of the driver's side.
Rushed to the other side, and started the same routine. Come on upper body strength - scrape, scrape, scrape! A chunk of ice comes loose. Yippee! Yes, I think I still can make it to the class!
But drat, I still didn't get the middle of the windshield. I am too short and I cannot reach that far. So, I opened the door and climbed on top, reached across and started scraping....darn, couldn't quite reach all of the ice.....rushed to the other side, opened the door and did the same thing.....
OK, back and side windows...here we go..... the car next to me backs into the parked car behind him, pulls forward and yanks the bumper off. Well, my evening could be worse I guess.
Scrape, Scrape, Scrape....Come oooonnnn!!!! Yeah, finally - Done! Got in the car and checked the time. Oh no, It was too late for class!
I thought about going and using the weight machines instead, but my hands were frozen in a mis-shapen claw position, had pins and needles in my butt, and I couldn't feel my legs. No biggie, go home and use the treadmill, I argued with myself. Yeah, that's a good idea. I will thaw on my drive there. Good plan!
Alas arrived home, got in, fed the kitties, took a deep breath - this fuzzy feeling warmed over me - finally home and somewhat warm, then on cue the power went out.
Happy weekend everyone!
Monday, October 14, 2013
I went bike riding yesterday which cost me some injuries. I decided to try and be a 7 year old boy apparently, but ended up eating tarmac instead. I tried to ride the bike while standing up and going uphill, because as my husband put it, "It makes it easier". I went down in a sort of slow-motion thump and all I managed to do was say, "Oh Crap, I think I'm falling".
I ended up hurting my left knee, left palm, my right ankle and my dignity.
Oh well, all is good. I cannot walk, sleep, or stand, so walking and running is out for the rest of the week. But I can do core and upper body workouts, so by next week I should be in excellent shape from the torso up.
Have a great safe week, my SP friends and I hope you don't do anything as stupid!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Hahaha this came at such the right day. After the exercises the last two days, this is exactly how I feel. I am feeling muscles which I am pretty sure shouldn't be felt. So sore.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
These thoughts constantly go through my mind.
Running has become my antidepressant - my stress reliever, my anger-reducer.
When I am running - my blood rushes to my brain, eyes, and ears, and I cannot think, let alone stress over what made me mad to begin with.
So, when my hubby decides to be extra annoying (which let's face it, happens a lot), you will see me crazily running the streets.
I tell all of you - Run, walk, do yoga, swim, kickbox, bike, dance....Anything you enjoy that gives you peace (and a better butt)
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