I have been thinking about this post all week! I read and re-read an incredible talk Elder Oaks gave during the last general conference about DESIRE. He says, "I hope each of us will search our hearts to determine what we really desire and how we rank our most important desires. Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and our becoming." He talks about how sometimes we override a desire with other desires that we think are more important.
Billy Blanks says, "As soon as you make those muscles do something they don't want to do, they're going to change." Sometimes, to achieve our most important desires, we have to do things we don't want to do, we might have to give up some of our desires. When we do this, we begin to see change. For example, we might have to give up 30 minutes of sleep, for 30 minutes of exercise. OR 30 minutes of a favorite T.V show, for 30 minutes of sleep.
So this talk has dictated my week. All week I have asked myself what I really desire and I have tried to act accordingly. I don't know what it will mean for all of you, but I hope it at least helps you feel that DESIRE TO EXERCISE this week!! :) If you want to read the talk for yourself, you can pick up your May Ensign, or find it here.
You are all amazing women doing amazing things! As always, I'm glad you're doing this with me and motivating me always! Have a happy Fourth of July!!!
Good job to Laura and Amber... This is weird to tell yourself congratulations, but it is either I do it, or Laura tells herself congrats, and this is my week... So YEAH!!!!! We made it to the goal and so let's just keep on going! One more thing... NAMASTE
We are moving right along and feeling strong! You ladies are doing good things for yourself, which allows you to then do good for others! Don't forget that...
I went to a great combined Relief Society meeting with the Coolidge wards(some of you were there) and the speaker gave some great insight. She said that we run on a 6 Cylinder Living module. They are; Brain, Emotions, Choices, Body, Senses, and Spirit. We need to be aware of all these and take care of each cylinder so that we may "run" effectively. Make sure to take time for you, don't feel guilty...If we are trying to balance our lives and keep a proper perspective than we will function better in our lives. It is hard and it takes effort, but we are promised that it will be worth it in the end.
Let's help each other reach our goals and have fun doing it!
I found a great article with some good ideas. Of course you are all already trying to make a habit because you joined FIT GIRLS! :) But if you still need a little boost, or you're starting to wear down a little, here are some gooood tips!
"It’s okay, you can finally admit it. It’s been two months since you’ve seen the inside of the gym. Getting sick, family crisis, overtime at work and school papers that needed to get finished all kept you from exercising. Now, the question is: how do you start again?..."
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I get a great newsletter fromlivestrong.com. The latest one had articles about body confidence... maybe because it's swimsuit season?! :p You can read these articles and find lots of other great resources here.
During our process of getting fit and healthy, I am sure we want our families to join us! I am always aware that I am responsible to teach my kids to eat right, exercise, and take care of their bodies.
We have been given these amazing bodies and we are entrusted to do good things with them. I hope you include your kids and husbands in this journey, and make it a family affair!!
I found this website and started browsing, some awesome stuff here! I hope you can find something beneficial to help your family!
I love to read cookbooks!! And I spend a lot of time looking over recipe websites dreaming up my next meal. But I don't cook!! :p I could cook. I like to cook. Well, OK, I do cook. The same meals. Over and over and over and over again. I'm STUCK in between what I know how to do (quick and easy which often amounts to not healthy), what I want to do (healthy, fresh, different), and having time to do it!!!!
I go to the grocery store and READ LABELS and go home with a headache!!
That really has nothing to do with snacks. But in my quest to find healthy foods, I have found several healthy snacks. I figure you may have too. So if you have a few extra minutes when you're posting your time (I know a few extra minutes is a LOT of time. Really. But if you do...) and you have some good healthy snack ideas, will you share one or two! And heck,if you have a great healthy recipe and you love me you can share that too!!! You can share it in your comment or a post or whatever tickles your fancy. :)
Meanwhile, here's one of those websites I was telling you about....
This fit girls blog has been going on for at least the last four years and we owe it all to Heather and her friend Kemra. Heather is a great friend that had a great idea when she was moving away. She and Kemra wanted to have one last HOO-RAH before she left and they also wanted to EXERCISE. So they combined the two with SAN DIEGO OR BUST! The idea was they would exercise the equivalent miles to San Diego, then actually go to San Diego. I was invited to join the group and I wastotally reluctant because of awful back problems I was having, but I joined anyway, because I hate to be left out. The trip itself was a bust for me (I didn't go), but the blog wasn't!!!! The competitive side of me came out and it got me exercising. I loved it and I wanted to keep on going and so I did. ** And I haven't had any more major back problems since.**That's one of the reasons I'm so addicted to exercise. So my point is, Heather and Kemra are awesome!! And I owe a lot to them!!
Here is a little helpful information I found that can help us be healthier and make better choices!!! Eat more fruits and vegetables. Aim for 4-5 servings each of fruits and vegetables every day, if you consume a 2,000 calorie diet. Vegetable or 100% fruit juice counts toward this goal. Eat more whole-grain foods. Like fruits and vegetables, whole-grain foods are low in saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in fiber. Whole-grain foods include whole-wheat bread, rye bread, brown rice and whole-grain cereal. Use olive, canola, corn or safflower oil as your main kitchen fat. Limit how much fat or oil you use in cooking, and use liquid vegetable oils such as olive, canola, corn and safflower oils in place of solid fats. Eat more chicken, fish and beans than other meats. In general, skinless poultry, fish and vegetable protein (such as beans) are lower in saturated fat and cholesterol than other meats (beef, pork and lamb). Read food labels to help you choose healthy foods. Food labels provide information to help you make better food choices. Learn what information to look for (for example, sodium content) and how to find it quickly and easily.
Do you remember Marty from news channel 3? She was the health guru for AZ family. I asked her a question online once... I don't remember the question, but her response was something like, "We healthy people only eat to fuel our body, not to enjoy food." I was so sad! I was already in love with food. This morning I ate scrambled egg whites with sauteed bell peppers and a piece of wheat toast with a little bit of organic peanut butter.... it made me very happy. I don't think Marty was right on that one.
click the comment button to post your time..."Activity not only helps you maintain the muscle you have, it helps in other ways too. For instance, it can help you build additional muscle so that your metabolism not only doesn't drop, but actually increases. When you exercise regularly, your muscles also increase production of enzymes that allow you to process more oxygen. The more oxygen available, the more calories you're able to burn-this gives your metabolism another significant lift." Bob GreeneAuthor of The Best Life Diet
(ug!!! I'm going crazy! I can't get my return button to stick. When I post, for some reason it's all stuck together in one big clump!)
I have been thinking about making a post about how important it is to drink water because in my mind it is one of the most important healthy lifestyle choices you can make. So I started looking online for great and inspiring lists if why we drink it and the FIRST one I read is about how there is no significant scientific research... yatta, yatta, yatta!! :p It totally burst my bubble! But it was interesting and if you want, you can read it here. Now I'm going to go ahead anyhow and tell you 3 reasons why I think you should be drinking water. #1 We live in the HOT DESERT! You know what happens in the heat... when you combine that with exercise you lose even more water. We need to REPLENISH and it is a fact that if you get thirsty you're already starting to get dehydrated, so drink up ladies, because being dehydrated can cause all sorts of problems... headaches, kidney problems, dry skin, muscles spasms and more. You can read more about staying hydrated here and here.#2 It's filling!I've noticed if I start having a craving, I'm often just thirsty. I drink a full glass of water and after about 10 minutes I'm not hungry for that food anymore. Really. Try it.#3 When you're drinking water you're NOT drinking something else that may contain lots of sugar, carbonation, or caffeine!!Not that you should never drink anything else, but think of how many calories you can save yourself just by swapping that coke for a water. I'm just saying.......... If you don't like water try some flavored water, perhaps try it with lemon and ice. Although it's better to drink it sans ice because you tend to drink more that way. That's all I have to say for now but here's more to read if you wish.... here and here and here and here
We start today!! It's 3:40 and I haven't had any time to exercise yet, I hope I get some in for our first day!! (And right now I just want a NAP!!)
Please remember 2 things when posting your time:
#1 Be creative! If you need to get in 10 minutes, go put on some fun music and DANCE with your kids!! ...or by yourself, whatever!
#2 Be honest!! If you go shopping, unless you are SPEED walking around the store the whole time, that doesn't count!! Yard work might cout... if you're working hard, but probably not 8 hours worth.... or even 4 hours worth :)
I decided to keep the same blog address this time.... no need to completely re-invent the wheel each time right?? However, please read closely as I am making some changes. I want to make this user friendly for everyone, not to mention adding everyone's time EASIER for us. :) our goal Our goal this round is to exercise 35 hours in 14 weeks. We will begin keeping track on Friday, April 1st and finish on Wednesday, July 13th. If you exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, you will make it by July 8th. Note the extra days to make up time if needed. :) This part is different..... Each week Amber or I will make a post with the title POST YOUR TIME HERE. When you exercise, leave a comment for this post and we'll update it for you on the side bar. You can post your time once a week or several times in the week... just be sure to always leave it in a comment for the post titled: POST YOUR TIME HERE. When we've added time for that post we'll change the title to THIS TIME IS ADDED. Please don't leave any more comments on this one, search for the new POST YOUR TIME HERE post. Make sense?? We'll send you an email each week to remind you to post your time. If you've already done this with us, this may sound confusing, but I promise it will be EASY! Ask us if you have any questions!girls' night out The party is on Saturday, July 16th Friday, July 15th. We always have a lot of fun, so I hope you will all plan to come! GO MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!
donations (this part is different too) I love doing prizes at the end, big or small. I've tried to pay for it myself and I've made you pay; I'm not really happy with either of those ways so this time I'm going to try DONATIONS. If you'd like to donate, you may do so by clicking on the link below or by giving $$ to Amber or I. I'm asking for a $10 donation. If you can't do that now, that is just fine, we still want you to join us! ... And if you'd like to donate a little more, that is fine too. :)
how to participateIf you would like to participate please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can add you to the list. (If you are already on the list from last time, just let me know you'll be doing it again so I won't take you off the list.) We are all here because we want to be healthy (I imagine). If you have any tips or tricks to help us achieve this goal PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE IN A POST! This may include a great healthy recipe or snack idea, fun exercise ideas, a link to a good article, etc. This is everyone's blog! If you are not already an author to the blog and would like to post ideas let me know that as well, so I can make you an author. I'm excited to get started! Thanks again to Amber for helping me! Let us know if you have any questions!