Thursday, January 7, 2016

Motivation for a Healthier Lifestyle

So many of us are trying to move towards a healthier lifestyle, and of course the New Year is a great time to start. 

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But really and truly, any time is a great time to start. 

Any movement is better than no movement. 

Each and every healthy choice is an improvement over an unhealthy choice. 

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I really wanted to bring the leftover meatloaf for lunch today. But one of the things that works for me when I am on Weight Watchers is to keep my points super low throughout the day so I can enjoy a 'normal' dinner in the evening and a glass of wine. 

I'm also trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my meals as I feel I stepped away from that for a little while. 

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So, despite the meatloaf craving I took the time this  morning before work to prepare a spinach salad: baby spinach, scallions, tomatoes, sliced boiled egg, crumbled bacon, and Gorgonzola. Light on the bacon (1/2 slice, crumbled) and light on the Gorgonzola. A drizzle of olive oil, some mango balsamic, salt and pepper. 

It's not meatloaf but it's a mighty good salad. And in the end, my body will thank me for it. 

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Since I was struggling with the battle of the meatloaf I know many of you out there who are also trying to embrace a healthier lifestyle may also be struggling. 

Together we can work to motivate each other. Together we are incredibly powerful. 

Little changes can make a big difference. 

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We can do this. 

We WILL do this. 


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We can do it together. 


Who's in?


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    1. Woo hoo, that's the kind of spirit we need!!! You go, girl!!

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  2. I will try. But I don't do so hot with diets. The meds I take really make a person hungry. So it's harder than if I didn't take those meds. I can eat a bowl of cereal at 8-9 p.m. and wake up famished at 3 a.m.
    Brenda

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    1. It's not a diet - it's a healthier lifestyle!! More fruits and veggies, less processed foods! Of course, for me, I'm also trying to lose a few lbs but for any of us, just eating more whole foods is a very, very good thing!

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    2. I agree - a healthy lifestyle is not a diet! Cut out all processed foods, sugar, white flour, chemicals and additives, unhealthy oils, artificial sweeteners, nitrates and nitrites ~ eat REAL food, organic when you can ~ and fit in some form of exercise every day. Brenda - the reason you wake up famished at 3 am after eating a bowl of cereal late at night is because cereal is nothing but carbs. Carbs do not stay with you and fill you up. They simply turn into sugar in your body and then you get that sugar crash. If you need a snack before bed, you're best off with some protein or fat. Have an apple with a piece of string cheese or some kind of nut butter. Smash up 1/2 ripe avocado with some salt and pepper and put it on gluten-free crackers.

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  3. I'm fortunate in that I actually live veggies and fruit. My problem is I also love cannolis, cheese and coconut cake ;).

    XXX

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  4. I'm fortunate in that I actually live veggies and fruit. My problem is I also love cannolis, cheese and coconut cake ;).

    XXX

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  5. Love this. Here's to good health.

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    1. For us and our little furry friends, Deb!

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  6. Good for you! I've lost about 10 pounds this last month but not from a diet but the results of breaking my kneecap! I'm going to try and keep it off though. My appetite is not as big as it was. That's always a good thing.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Well, aside from the whole kneecap debacle, you're ahead of the game with your ten lb loss!! :)

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  7. So happy for you. I know from life that losing weight is very hard...I am always ready to encourage anyone trying to lose weight. Gosh, been watching those shows called 600 pound life..OMG...it is a total heartbreak. Some are so young. Sad. Of course I know you are not talking that kind of weight loss. LOL...But I wish you great success. I love the pill bottle saying..so true. Blessings to you, Susie

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    1. I can't even imagine what those poor souls go through, Susie. I know how I feel when I am just a few lbs over what I want to be....I can't grasp how they must feel being so heavy and unhealthy. It must be torture for those poor folks. My heart goes out to them, I'm sure it seems an insurmountable task to lose all that weight. However, baby steps - one step at a time! Every healthy change is a step towards better health!!

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  8. Excellent inspirational post! Great quotes.

    How can I share this to my FB page? My sisters would love it too. I'll try hitting the FB icon and see what happens.

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    1. If you click on the itty bitty tiny little box at the bottom of the post that has a F in it (next to the M B P T tiny little boxes)....that will take you to where you can post it, Dewena - and thank you!

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  9. Such a positive approach to shedding some pounds, without the guilt. I too am on a movement to move and make appropriate food choices, although I did write a blog post on a really good pound cake! I suppose just as you write-everything in moderation:)
    Happy Friday sweet Friend of mine!
    xoxo
    Jemma

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    1. That's it in a nutshell, Jemma - everything in moderation!! I pinned your recipes to make at some point....I will just have to refrain from eating the entire pound cake myself! Happy Friday to you, sweet Jemma! xoxo

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  10. Count me in! Looking forward to more posts like this one! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Donnamae - keep me posted on how your move towards better health is going - I'd love to hear what's working and what's a struggle!

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  11. Yes we CAN! With the holidays over and the pumpkin roll, candies and other tempting goodies done, I'm trying to get back to more fresh veg and fruit. Eat less, move more...

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    1. It truly is so simple when you break it down, isn't it, Donna? Eat less, move more! And yet we struggle with it! Good for you, I'm rooting for you - keep me updated with your progress!

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  12. Me!! I need to eat more fruits and veggies and ditch the sugar...walk and mediate regularly. I say this every year, but I really mean it this time! ;) (I think!)

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    1. If I had a beach right by my house I'd be out there regularly for a meditative walk!! I'm sure it's cold right now but with the right layers...what peace is to be found at the beach in winter when the crowds are gone!

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  13. If only it was as easy to take it off as to put it on in the first place. I read somewhere last week that if you lose 50 lbs. it is taking 200 lbs of pressure off of your joints when you move. I think it truly is in the choices, and not to starve so you actually sabotage yourself and fail! When I have seriously lost weight in the past, I have given myself 2 free days each week. Usually a Wed. and then I choose one day of the weekend. And on those days I give myself permission to have 4 treats on those days. But, after a couple of weeks I find I maybe have 2 or 3 treats, then soon it is just one special treat, and by the time I am really losing, I rarely take advantage of even one. However, just KNOWING that on Wed or the weekend I COULD have some cake, or a burger w/ fries if I decide to do so, makes me feel like I'm not totally depriving myself. That treat day is only a few days away, and I tell myself I can surely make it just a few days!! May we all have luck if it only means losing a few pounds and then maintaining.... THAT is the tough part for me!

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    1. It's so easy to put on weight as we age, that's for sure - what a bummer, add it to all the other things women have to go through!! That's why I weigh in on Friday. With Weight Watchers your weigh in day is your day 1 of the week, so your points for the week are fresh and new again. This way I have those "bonus" points to use over the weekend when it's much harder to stay on track! Same basic concept as your "free" days - I just use them both together on the weekend. Good luck to you, Chris!! We can all keep each other motivated!

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  14. As I mentioned on your article you wrote for "At the Women's Room", I've been eating healthy/clean and exercising for a few years now. I'm at my lowest weight in many years and that is while going through menopause! Healthy eating and living has become of my passions. So, yes, I hope I can be a good support for you and vice-versa as we continue our health journey!

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    1. Yes, please, Melanie!! I think of you when I'm making my food choices and the story of your healthy/clean lifestyle - you inspire me to eat better!!

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  15. Hmmmm, we had meatloaf for dinner last night...with veggies! We try to do everything in moderation. Except exercise, which we will be increasing during this year. I'm glad we enjoy fruits and veggies. One of my favorites is hericot verts blanched....all nice and crunchy tossed with olive oil and garlic. Great inspiring post! Hugs!!

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    1. I need to increase my exercise as well, Benita - it's tough to get out and walk when it's such a yucky day out there!!

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