There’s always ten minutes to workout. Whether you’re trying one of our MAD COOL workouts, which are also ten minutes, or you want to create your own, it’s always a good idea to give yourself a few minutes each day to really focus on your strength, balance and flexibility - not to mention your …
We have many excuses for not eating healthy: I’m too busy. I don’t live near a grocery store. I can’t afford healthy food. I don’t know how to cook.
A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service is taking one of those excuses off the table.
Previous studies have shown that eating junk food is cheaper than eating healthy food. But Andrea Carlson, lead author for the USDA study, said the way those researchers measured cost-effectiveness skewed the results…
A lot of people think that 2 bags of Lays Potato Chips is a bargain at $5. While they may down a whole bag of those chips in one evening and not feel satisfied, they could have gotten enough broccoli for several meals with that same $5, consumed more nutrients and saved themselves from the processed, fried snack that is filled with bad fats that makes them crave more and more of the same thing.
After just reading a post about parents who weren’t willing to buy more fruits and vegetables “because they are too expensive,” this article may help change their minds. There are so many cheap ways to add a few more servings of both into your diet, and with a few healthy swaps, they may find that they are actually saving both money as well as a little extra weight.
It’s a new week, new month, new goals, and new mountains to climb. This weekend, I trained (I ran 15 miles per my Saturday post!) and had a whole bunch of other “action items” on my “to do” list.
This is not the total list but to give you a sense, the main list was comprised of: 1) Ironman training – how to train, when to train given my other fitness and MCF teaching commitments, and figuring out the strategy for making my TNT fundraising commitment 2) Creating MAD COOL FITNESS classes and content 3) Mapping out MAD COOL FITNESS business strategy, long-term vision, long-term products, business operations- short and medium term planning 3) My personal business and consulting projects 4) Several personal errands 5) Practicing my violin which has gone a little sideways these past few weeks due to working on MCF 6) Getting Max to the vet for an annual check-up 7)Pulling out those Rosetta stone Spanish tapes that I always start and never finish and feel guilty about and cleaning up my apartment and throwing out the mounds of paper I accumulate in one week!
There was so much on the main list that the main list had to further broken down into a sub-list, so basically…
My to do list had a to do list. Really?!
And as I scrambled to get everything done, stressed, crossing things off the list only to put more stuff on the main list, which then had overflow onto the sub-list, all while managing my lists, slinging mops and buckets and Lysol in my apartment like my name was Hazel Belvedere…I had a moment: This was some ish. There was NO WAY I was going to get it all done.
I felt like a total loser. Never mind I had broken my own rules about realistic goal setting and prioritizing. Whatevs. I was going to get everything done on my list AND my sub-list, and I had “failed”.
After having a mini-meltdown (it was like 5 mins; no time; too much to do )I went back through both lists, consolidated them into one list, and then went through each point and asked myself “Does this really have to be done today?” Would I die? Would Max die? Would locusts circle the building? Would my lights get cut off? Worse, would my cable get cut off?? If the answer was “no” then that item went to the bottom of list.
I went through the entire list with this filter and started attacking things. Some stuff was real stuff that had to get done; some stuff was truly ish. When I was done for the day, I still had a ginormous list, but I had gotten a lot done. In between action items, I took breaks and watched a few episodes of the “Snapped” marathon (now those chicks have real problems), called a friend, took Max for a walk.
Why am I talking about this on a fitness website? During the week you may feel stressed and overwhelmed. And stress absolutely takes away from your will and strength to STEP AWAY FROM THAT CHICKEN WING! Or turn the sheets loose in the morning, get the molasses out, and head to the gym.
Most women are over-committed and under-supported. For the working moms out there, I don’t even know how ya’ll do it. You have a whole different level of juggling, prioritizing and commitment I can’t even begin to understand. My list is truly ish compared to the stuff you have going on.
But when you feel dazed, confused, frustrated and overwhelmed please know that you are definitely not alone. Reach out for support from the CREW vs. reaching for that chicken wing, and then also ask yourself “Does this really have to be done today?”
It’s Friday and time to share our workout and food snafus over the course of the week. I actually had a pretty good week. I removed ALL contraband from my kitchen – there is no salt, no sugar, no bread, no nothing….I’m living in the land of “no”….However, I am seeing a little more definition in my abs, so “yes!” At least the “no” can lead to a “yes!” Thank goodness. But I am so looking forward to my cheat day (meal) Saturday. :)
In the interest of full disclosure I just want to say that my sister clowned me hard about my salt “oops” post last week. She was like “Salt on your avocados?! Girl you are trippin’. Salt on my avocados??? That’s the least of my problems…” Yeah, we won’t talk about the little chamie-cham (champagne) habit she’s got goin’ on… :)
She thought this topic was so funny, that while we were on the phone, she proceeded to dial-in her friend so they could both clown me on speakerphone. “Fran, Fran…listen to this, listen to this…salt on her avocados…this girl is TRIPPIN’!” Thanks big sis. Thanks.
It’s all relative. That was my oops. For someone else it’s the White Castle slider that somehow magically floated through the air, into your car, down your throat, and to your behind…the behind part is definitely not magic; that’s called retribution. Payback is, well…you know.
Whatever kind of voodoo got you off the health rails this week, TELL US! You guys email me separately with questions and “oops” info all the time, and a lot of times, it’s the same kind of “oops”. Share with the CREW so we can learn and support each other. Hell, I confessed and gave my salt away….:)
Tell us your “Oops” from the week, whether it’s falling off the food wagon or not working out, we want to hear it. We all have an “Oops”. Please reblog, share it on Twitter or write on our Facebook Page so we can support each other, learn, and grow. Otherwise, it’s just a big ole knot on the side of your head and another cellulite dimple in your behind. Oops! :-)
Another week has passed. How did it go? Did you stay on the food straight and narrow or did you have a few “oops upside your head” moments? Well, I did. Here’s my big “oops”.
I’ve transitioned into entrepreneurship full-time, which is exciting, challenging, and a little terrifying. One thing I do every day, for structure, sanity, and to maintain good health is to get up and go workout. We’re all good there. Keeping to that schedule just fine. Here’s where a little trouble was brewing. I have been spending more time at home which has caused, inadvertently, food temptation in my apartment.
One day I decided my avocado needed a little sea salt on it. I don’t know why. I haven’t put salt on my food in almost a year. Perhaps it’s the stress of my new lifestyle change, the working from home more often…I definitely spent a little time on my on couch doing a little self-analysis to understand my own behavior. More on this later.
As I’ve said many times, I’m an ex-food con and con is always a con. And that salt was like blood in the water - one taste and it was on! One day of salt on the avocados turned into two days, and then three! Sure the avocados are healthy but the salt is not. I rationalized as an endurance athlete I could have a little more salt in my diet which is sort of true, but really for race purposes not for everyday eating! On the third day I weighed myself. My weight was up 3 pounds! All due to water retention caused by the salt. It was definitely time to slow my salt roll.
After that big “ah-hah moment”, it was clear I couldn’t act right having salt in my house. I had to do a “salt intervention”. Here’s what I did. I walked down to my neighbors and gave it away. I then spent some time reflecting on the events preceding my “salt situation slip-up” and determined: 1) yes I am, in fact, a little stressed 2) I need to figure out what I’m stressed about and how to diffuse it 3) I need to get up out of my apt. and work from another more structured environment. Good assessment.
Then I drank tons of water with lemon to get rid of all of that water J. Here’s the update. I’m proud to say the 3 pounds are gone, I have brought folks in to help me so I’m less stressed, and I’m working in a more structured environment to keep food temptation and another salt situation from happening. Jennifer’s world is once again in balance…until the next time, and there will be a next time. Stuff happens. The trick is to catch it early, address it, figure out why it happened, and learn from it. It’s called living, J.
Hit us up by rebloggin, tweeting us on Twitter or write on our Facebook Page and tell us your big “oops” and let’s figure out how to keep it from going upside your head again.
It’s back from the weekend and back to the grind. Did you manage to STEP AWAY FROM THAT CHICKEN WING! this weekend or should we put the weekend in a big ‘ole food lock box?
No matter what happened, this week you get to start over. Not only food-wise, but also with the workouts. Let me say this: there are some days you are not going to work out. Period. It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s rainy, you’re tired, you’re achy, sleepy, sneezy, grumpy, a little dopey, and wheezy (the 8th dwarf?)… we get it. Here’s what most fitness sites will not tell you: Some days working out sucks.
I’ve been consistently working out for almost 15 years and more often than not the alarm goes off at 5:30am and I’m like, “Ugh! Really?!” But I get up anyway. Why? Sure I know those first few steps stumbling around in the dark, suck. The subway ride jammed in some dude’s funky armpit, suck. The fact that in New York we are constantly dealing with some kind of precipitation and a foreign, wet substance dripping on us in the subway is par for the course and that sucks. Or the fact that when I take the first few steps on the treadmill or first few steps outside I’m running like Urkel going to meet Fred Sanford’s Esther, or the first 50 meters in a cold, cold, wet pool feel like 50 miles in which I’m fighting the water for my life and I’m losing, man, I AM LOSING and it sucks.
So why? Why do I go through this daily, ritualistic torture? Because experience tells me that on the other side of suckiness is awesomeness. I haven’t had a workout yet in 15 years that I didn’t feel better after than before. Seriously. It’s worth it. You just have to push through the suckiness and get to the awesomeness. Call a girlfriend. Get a CREW together. Get support to help you to “turn them sheets loose” as my mother would say in the morning and get to it.
And as always, we’re also here to support you! Tweet us or write on our Facebook Page and we’ll be there to make sure that you STEP AWAY FROM THAT CHICKEN WING!
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