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Your body tells the story…

miraculous body“Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies.”  –Frank Gillette Burgess
Have you ever thought about the fact that our bodies tell a piece of our life story? We must realize that we get but one body in life to manage for a lifetime. The choices we make every day concerning our bodies shape and sculpt that “work of art” into the image that we have created.

In order to change our body, the first thing we must change is our minds. The mind is a very powerful thing! It controls all the cravings, and the choices, either good or bad that have gotten us to the point that we are right now.

Many of us have daily habits that enslave us and do little more than suck the life out of us. We want to change, but deep down we are holding onto these habits because that’s all we know. We need to see the big picture of how life could be different.

Think about your situation for a moment. Take responsibility. Stop blaming. Aren’t we the ones making the choices that have gotten us where we are? We determine our success or failure. Not our parents, not our friends, not our co-workers. We can choose to be our own best friend or we can be our own worst enemy.

Realize that there is no better time to embrace a healthy lifestyle than now. Remember that we are the only ones who can choose to change the old ways. Often the main difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is simply the decision to make a change and the ability to follow through.

Bottom line: Only one person is accountable for making the necessary changes, and that someone is you!  You can embrace a mindset that will change your total outlook on life, or you can always do what you’ve always done and always get what you’ve always gotten!  Let’s manage our body in a way  that tells a happier, healthier story.

 

 

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Taking charge of your health and wellbeing

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“The patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life.  Don’t take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.”   Quentin Regestein

Going to the doctor is okay as we need to seek medical attention to treat sickness.  But that is merely a “reactive” approach to when we encounter a problem with our health.

The World Health Organization says that we are to embrace a proactive, not a reactive solution to being healthy.   They call it, “Preventive, curative and palliative interventions.”  This means it is not just our doctor’s job to make us healthy.

Bottom line, it is our personal responsibility to pursue a healthy lifestyle.  It is high time for us to realize that it’s not the job of our spouse, friend, or neighbor to motivate us toward health.   The responsibility lies with each of us to learn how to take care of the body that is given to us.  It is ours to manage for a lifetime.

Where to begin?  Let’s start by getting our minds around the kind of changes we want to attain with our bodies. The sculptor creates his work of art in his mind before even touching the workable clay.  We can do the same with changes that we want to make.

Take a deep breath and be still for a few minutes.  Begin to get that visual in your mind of what you want your strong, healthy and energetic body to look like.  Close your eyes and keep them closed until you have the clear, attainable picture in your mind.

Begin to make a list of 5 goals that are important to you, and begin to think about some baby steps toward those goals.

Remember, we will change our body when we change our mind; and not until then.

*For help with getting a plan together check out the FIT FOREVER book series here

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It’s time to take charge of your body

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“The patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life.  Don’t take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.”   Quentin Regestein

Going to the doctor is okay as we need to seek medical attention to treat sickness.  But that is merely a “reactive” approach to when we encounter a problem with our health.

The World Health Organization says that we are to embrace a proactive, not a reactive solution to being healthy.   They call it, “Preventive, curative and palliative interventions.”  This means it is not just our doctor’s job to make us healthy.

Bottom line, it is our personal responsibility to pursue a healthy lifestyle.  It is high time for us to realize that it’s not the job of our spouse, friend, or neighbor to motivate us toward health.   The responsibility lies with each of us to learn how to take care of the body that is given to us.  It is ours to manage for a lifetime.

Where to begin?  Let’s start by getting our minds around the kind of changes we want to attain with our bodies. The sculptor creates his work of art in his mind before even touching the workable clay.  We can do the same with changes that we want to make in the course of this year.

Take a deep breath and be still for a few minutes.  Begin to get that visual in your mind of what you want your strong, healthy and energetic body to look like.  Close your eyes and keep them closed until you have the clear, attainable picture in your mind.

Begin to make a list of 5 goals that are important to you, and begin to think about some baby steps toward those goals.

Remember, we will change our body when we change our mind; and not until then.

*For help with getting a plan together check out the FIT FOREVER book series here

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Healthy Kids Make a Healthy America

“People who hand off health to the next generation are the ones who change the world.”                     -Tom Hopkins

10 HEALTHY EATING TIPS FOR KIDS

Following these ten tips will help kids stay fit and healthy

1. Food is Fun… Enjoy your food

Eating is a good thing.  It gives you fuel like putting gas in a car.  Cars, buses and trains cannot run without fuel. Food gives you the fuel and energy to go!  If you don’t eat your mind and body can’t go fast like it was intended to.

2. Breakfast is a very important meal

Our bodies always need energy, and after a night’s sleep, energy levels are low. So, when you are off to school, if you don’t eat your body will stay sleepy and tired.  Start the day with breakfast. Plenty of carbohydrates is just the ticket: try cereal with skimmed milk, oatmeal, fruit or yogurt, toast or bread, perhaps with lean meats.

3. Eat lots of different kinds of foods every day, not just candy and sweets.

You need over 40 different kinds of vitamins and minerals every day for good health. Since there is no single food that contains them all, it is important to balance your daily choices.  You do not need to miss out on the foods you enjoy. The best way to make sure you get the right balance is to eat a wide variety of foods each day.

4. Don’t forget your daily  vitamins

Vitamins are important if our body is to be healthy and strong. They are absolutely necessary for our growth.  Make sure to take a daily vitamin in the morning with your breakfast.

5. Eat fruits and vegetables with your meals and as tasty snacks!

Fruits and vegetables are among the most important foods for giving us enough vitamins, minerals and fiber. We should all try to eat 5 servings a day. For example, a glass of fruit juice at breakfast, perhaps an apple and banana as snacks and two vegetables at meal times then you have already reached your total.

6. Fat facts. Too much fat is not good for your health

Eating too many of those tasty, fatty foods (such as butter, spreads, fried meats and sausages, pies and pastries) might not always be so good for your body. Although we need some fats to get all the nutrients we need, it is better for our health if we don’t eat too much of these foods and get knocked off balance.

7. Snack Smart! Eat regularly and choose healthy snacks

Snacks can fill the gap, but should not be eaten in place of meals, only as an extra. There are lots of different snacks available. Your choice may be fresh or dried fruits, yogurt, or sticks of vegetables like carrots and celery. Whichever snack you enjoy, remember it is always good to include a variety of different types to keep things in balance.

8. Quench your thirst. Drink plenty of water.

Did you know that more than 70% of your weight is just water? So as well as giving your body all the food it needs each day to keep healthy, you need at least 5 glasses of liquids a day.  Clean tap water, filtered water, bottled water, fruit juices, Crystal Light, tea, and milk are all acceptable.

9. Care for those teeth! Brush your teeth at least twice a day

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Eating foods high in sugar or starches too often during the day can play a part in tooth decay. So don’t nibble foods and sip drinks all day long! However, the best way to keep a nice smile is to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Also, after brushing your teeth at bedtime, don’t eat any food, or drink anything but water!

10. Get moving! Be active every day

Just like a bike may become rusty if it is not used for some time, our muscles and bones need to be kept moving too.        Activity is needed to keep your heart healthy and your bones strong. It can also be good fun. Try to include some form of activity every day: it may be just playing outside, walking around the neighborhood and running up the stairs. Outdoor games like  kickball, football at break times are good for giving the body a workout. Swimming is a great sport for keeping you healthy.

Parents, make sure to limit TV, video game and computer time. These habits lead to a sedentary lifestyle which increases risks for obesity and cardiovascular disease.  Encourage physical activities that children really enjoy. They’ll stick with it longer if they love it. Focus on the positive instead of the negative. Everyone likes to be praised for a job well done. Celebrate successes and help children and teens develop a good self-image.

Help them set specific goals and limits, such as one hour of physical activity a day or two desserts per week. It’s true that when goals are too vague the chance for success decreases.  Rewarding children with candy and unhealthy snacks encourage bad habits. Find other ways to celebrate good behavior.

Let’s get busy and make a difference in the lives of our kids. You have an opportunity to help kids form healthy habits.  They could be your kids, grand kids, nieces or nephews or neighborhood kids.

Teaching tomorrow’s generation to live a healthy life is the key to helping change our world.

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“The Body is a marvelous machine” -Theodor Herzl

“The body is a marvelous machine…a chemical laboratory, a power-house.  Every movement, voluntary  or involuntary, is full of secrets and marvels.”    –Theodor Herzl

Most of us just don’t realize what an amazing gift our body is to us. It is a miraculous complex laboratory of chemicals that can achieve astounding things when maintained properly.

Did you know that your stomach cells secrete hydrochloric acid to break down foods for our digestive system?  This type of acid is a corrosive compound used to treat metals in the industrial world. It can pickle steel, but the mucous lining the walls of our stomach keep this poisonous liquid safely in the digestive system. Amazing!

Yet surprisingly enough, many of us use our body as a guinea pig by experimenting with any diet plan that comes along. That’s what America does, bouncing from one diet fad to another.  From liquid diets where nothing is consumed except three shakes a day to drinking grapefruit juice after every meal.   Then there’s the no carbohydrate diet, egg and banana diet, and of all things, the hot dog diet.  Give me a break!

Most of us don’t realize that when we decide to go on every diet that comes along, we put our bodies into major shock! In fact, many diets can be dangerous to our health.  Most diets call for times of starvation, when we deprive our bodies of the necessary nutrients that they need on a daily basis. When we go without food for long periods our body actually shifts into a protective mode thinking that we are starving. This mode literally slows our metabolism and holds onto fat, storing it for use as the body needs it in the absence of food. So the well-intentioned dieter actually defeats the very purpose that they have set out to accomplish; they are storing more fat as opposed to burning it.

Weight loss is actually a fairly easy equation. Burning more calories than you consume equals weight lost. Consuming the same amount of calories as calories burned, weight is maintained. Taking in more calories than what you burn, weight increases.

The best thing we can do is to look at food as fuel that our bodies need on a regular basis. If your car’s gas tank is on empty, you can guarantee you won’t be going anywhere until you fill it up with fuel. We would not think of doing something as senseless as putting water or oil into the gas tank of our car, because we know that it will cause major damage to the engine.

However, day in and day out we choose to put the wrong fuel into our bodies. The food that we eat contributes greatly to how we feel. Many of us have simply fallen into bad habits that are hard to break, and our bodies are paying the price for it. The sad fact is that we do not suffer from a lack of information. The challenge comes in applying the relevant, life changing principles to our own lives.

Your body is miraculous. You only get one for a lifetime, so do everything you can to take care of it.

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It’s time to take charge

“The patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life.  Don’t take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.”   Quentin Regestein

Going to the doctor is okay as we need to seek medical attention to treat sickness.  But that is merely a “reactive” approach to when we encounter a problem with our health.

The World Health Organization says that we are to embrace a proactive, not a reactive solution to being healthy.   They call it, “Preventive, curative and palliative interventions.”  This means it is not just our doctor’s job to make us healthy.

Bottom line, it is our personal responsibility to pursue a healthy lifestyle.  It is high time for us to realize that it’s not the job of our spouse, friend, or neighbor to motivate us toward health.   The responsibility lies with each of us to learn how to take care of the body that is given to us.  It is ours to manage for a lifetime.

Where to begin?  Let’s start by getting our minds around the kind of changes we want to attain with our bodies. The sculptor creates his work of art in his mind before even touching the workable clay.  We can do the same with changes that we want to make in 2011.

Take a deep breath and be still for a few minutes.  Begin to get that visual in your mind of what you want your strong, healthy and energetic body to look like.  Close your eyes and keep them closed until you have the clear, attainable picture in your mind.

Begin to make a list of 5 goals that are important to you, and begin to think about some baby steps toward those goals.

Remember, we will change our body when we change our mind; and not until then.

*For help with getting a plan together check out the FIT FOREVER book series here

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Now He’s Lost over 340 pounds!

Sky Fitness member Scot Underwood is the man! He has lost over 340 pounds over the course of the last few years. No, he didn’t take any short cuts, magic pills, lotions or potions.  He has lost every single pound the healthy way.  His journey has been one of proper balance in eating right and exercise, along with his determination to be FIT FOREVER.

So how does a person lose over 340 lbs?  How do they go from wearing 9X shirts and size 80 overalls to wearing regular sized clothes?

Scot Underwood says, “I knew that if I told myself I needed to lose over 300 lbs that it would be overwhelming.  So I set a goal of just losing a couple of pounds the healthy way; simply burning more calories a day than I consumed.  I continued to lose those couple of pounds 150 times over a two-year period.  This has been an amazing journey; one that has literally saved my life.”

The key is finding proper balance with what we eat and how active we need to be for optimal health.

Health is feeling positive and energetic, and the ability to put in a good day’s work on the job, and still have energy when we get home at night.  It means taking control of our schedules and making time for our priorities.  It’s realizing the importance of living long enough to see our children, our grandchildren, and our great-grandchildren grow up to lead long, happy lives.  Healthy living is no short-term venture.  It is a lifestyle that we must embrace every day of our journey.

The truth is, most Americans live inactive lifestyles.  That is why 120 million people – over 50% of us – are overweight.  The reason that most people have become overweight is fairly clear cut – they take in more calories and fat than they burn throughout the day.  Simply put: if we want to lose weight, we must find a way to burn more calories and fat than we take in.

The good news is that by taking more steps in the course of our day we can add consistent calorie burning which increases our metabolism, helping us to lose weight.  Weight loss is all about how many calories we burn in a day, what we eat, and how much we eat (portion control).  Without some help to know those equations our weight loss is left to happenstance.

Decide to live an active lifestyle.

We must take the time and energy to be more active.  Start today by walking more.  Instead of taking the elevator to the second, third, or even fourth floor, search out the stairway and get a little exercise.  Take opportunities to walk during the lunch hour or around the neighborhood after work.  Just keeping our body in motion by walking an extra 20 minutes a day will burn a surprising amount of calories.

Schedule an hour of exercise three times a week, setting aside twenty minutes of that hour for cardiovascular exercise like walking, running, riding a bike or jumping rope.  During the last forty minutes of that hour do some kind of strength training such as push-ups, sit ups, or lifting weights.

One thing that may be helpful to understand about exercise is that it not only burns fat but also actually speeds up our body’s metabolism.   To speed up our metabolism we need to increase our activity and our aerobic exercise. As a rule we strive to burn as many calories as we can during exercise.  That is beneficial to weight loss.  But interestingly enough, it is after exercise that the metabolism speeds up, burning off even more calories and unnecessary body fat.

We need to realize that it’s time to change some things that are long overdue concerning our health.

NOW is the time to change.  Much like Scot Underwood with his 340 lb. weight loss, you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to do. Good luck on your FIT FOREVER journey!

Check  out the latest news on Scot in the Tulsa World Article.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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