Please note these are member-submitted secrets and are not reviewed by SparkPeople's health experts for accuracy. If you feel a secret is inappropriate, please click the "Report Inappropriate Secret" on the secret's page and our staff will review it.
We often have days when we don't feel like working out, but usually once we get going we get in a groove and are in for the long haul. However, if your body is sending a stronger-than-usual signal that it's just not up for a workout today, it's ok to listen once in a while and take a break for a day. Sometimes we need a day of rest so that we're at our best when tomorrow comes.
Prepared your gym clothes for the week so you can grab and go and keep water everywhere you mostly are. I use a water app when it goes off I know its time for another cup and i do it immediately as if it was a phone ringing to answer.
Whenever I feel "hungry" between meals, I reach for my water bottle and drink at least 8-12 oz.
When I'm hungry, I reach for my water bottle first. Sometimes I realize that I'm just thirsty - not hungry. Before eating meals, I drink water so that I don't eat more than I have used to... Also, drinking more water has helped my energy level, reduced my headaches, and cleared my skin.
Last year I trained for my first marathon, quite an undertaking for someone who is overweight and leads a busy life. However, I found that the more I ran the lower my stress was. I was working crazy overtime, raising 2 small children, maintaining a relationship and running 10-15 hours per week, between 4 and 22 miles at a shot. I found that my Sunday 20-mile run wasn't leaving me exhausted for the work week. On the contrary, I was more alert at work and more energized with my family.
Each day I make time to sit for at least 20 minutes in either silence or with soft music, clear my mind and listen to the silence. After that period of time I am relaxed and ready to take on whatever comes next. Oh yes, and I feel better physically as well.
I found a great MD who is helping me with a nutritional program to help my body detox, cleanse, balance hormones, and nourish. She has offered FREE PHONE Consults. All she needs is you to email me your name so I can forward it to her assistant. Her assistant will contact you. If you provide a phone number she will call you to schedule an appointment. She has helped me to get back on my feet after being very ill. Now I have energy and improved strength. I posted about her in my blog.