Monday, April 30, 2012

Loose Weight Fast With One Move

Jump roping has been around for ages and is one of the most effective ways to help you loose weight and rev up your metabolism.  Not only will jump roping help you to loose weight fast, it also is very beneficial to your health and wellbeing as it helps to drain your lymphatic system and rid your body of toxins.  Jump rope for 5-10 minutes a day and in 4 weeks you will see the weight start to fall off!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Calorie Calculator

I just found a great tool on HealthyWeightForum.Org to really help you figure out exactly how many calories you need to eat in order to loose the amount of weight you're wanting to loose.  It's such a great calorie calculator.  It will show the results in red if it's impossible, yellow if it's too few calories to be healthy while loosing weight and then white when showing a healthy amount of calories to intake in order to loose however much weight you want to loose.  I love it because it puts your weight loss goals in perspective and give you a more realistic goal and idea of when you'll see results and how much weight you'll loose week by week.  Make sure to read what the activity levels mean to get more accurate results.  Let me know what you think! :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

5 Ways To Loose 5 Pounds Fast!

I've come up with 5 healthy ways to loose 5 pounds fast.  Stick to these 5 steps and you will see a difference in yourself.  You will look and feel so much better and hopefully that will be enough to keep you motivated to continue to follow these simple steps and really change your lifestyle to accommodate reaching your weightless goals.  It's up to you!  You are the only one who can change yourself!  I believe in you!

Make it a great day! :)

1 - Move
Move, as in move your body.  You have to burn more calories than you eat in order to loose any weight.  Go for walk in the morning before work or even drive to work early so you can walk for an extra 15 minutes.  Walk to lunch.  Go for another 10 minute walk after dinner.  Just making time to fit in an extra 10-15 minutes of some kind of physical activity during the day will definitely burn extra calories and help you shed those 5 pounds.

2 - Avoid Processed Food
By avoiding processed food, you are forced to consume fresh fruits and vegetables.  Fresh fruits and veggies have more vitamins and minerals to keep you're body at it's finest, allowing you to yet again loose that unwanted weight.

3 - Fill Up On Water
I can't say enough about how important and healthy it is for you to drink water.  Don't even buy juice or soda!  Water keeps you're body running smoothly, keeps your skin healthy and keeps you feeling satisfied so you don't binge on bad food.  Try keeping a water bottle with you at all times and every time you even think about food, drink some water until it's really time to eat or until you're truly hungry.

4 - Break Up Your Workout
Try breaking up your workout into two different sessions.  Do your cardio in the morning and then your strength training in the middle of the day or at night.  By breaking it up like this you are making it so that you don't have time to just sit around.

5 - Get Up And Go To Bed At The Same Time Everyday...Even On The Weekends
Doing this helps keep you on a good schedule and forces you to be more organized which will then allow you to get in your workouts, feel more accomplished and become much healthier.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Perfect Shade Of Pink

Pink is my random obsession this week:)
Nothing says feminine more than the color pink, and the perfect shade at that.  This is the softest, prettiest, most subtle shade of pink I could find and I love it!  It makes me feel so elegantly girly...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Don't Quit

This is so true!  Make up your mind to stay with whatever it is you are doing.  You can do anything! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How To Get A 6 Pack In 6 Weeks

In order to get a six pack in six weeks you must follow a healthy diet in order to see any results, and make sure your eating enough calories but not too many.  Try to get at least 4 days of some kind of aerobic activity in as well.  Even people who eat healthy food but eat to many calories of healthy food can be overweight.  It's all about balance and proper portions.  Making sure you're getting enough protein, carbs and good fat.  Don't be afraid of good fats!  They're good for you.  Make sure to do all the moves properly to avoid injury.  Always check with your doctor if you have any concerns about certain exercises.  You'll be performing 30 reps total for each exercise.  You can rest for no more than 10 seconds between each set of 10 reps.  Good luck! :)
Make it a great day!
Do 10 reps and repeat 3 times.
Do 10 reps and repeat 3 times.
Do 10 reps and repeat 3 times.
Do 10 reps and repeat 3 times.
Do 10 reps and repeat 3 times.

Friday, April 6, 2012

7 Easy Ways To Burn Extra Calories

Do you not have time for the gym?  Here are 7 easy ways to incorporate burning those extra calories.  What more of an incentive for cleaning your house, cooking meals, and keeping up on your yard than to be able to burn tons of calories while doing so.  Happy cleaning, cooking and gardening:)

1 - Cooking for 1 hour = 150 calories 
2 - Gardening for 1 hour - 240 calories
3 - Moderate household chores for 1 hour - 210 calories
4 - Carrying small children - 180 calories
5 - Mopping for 30 minutes - 110 calories
6 - Vacuuming for 30 minutes - 110 calories
7 - Sweeping for 30 minutes - 120 calories 
8 - Mowing the lawn for 60 minutes - 270 calories

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

4 Amazing Butt Exercises

While most would like to be able to "spot" reduce, it's just not possible.  You have to follow a great diet and you have to exercise regularly!  You can however build muscle in specific areas and then as we all know, the more muscle you have the more calories you're going to burn and the easier it will be to loose those extra pounds.  Once you loose those extra pounds,  you will then be able to see the muscles you have been working on.  I've come up with a few of my favorite butt exercises for you.  Let me know how you like these! :)  
Make it a great day!

Bulgarian Split Squat
These are somewhat of an advanced move so make sure you're comfortable with the basic lunge and squat before you try some of the more advanced exercises.  If you're already advanced, you can add weights to this exercise and get an even better leg workout.  Make sure you're using proper form!  Your forward knee should NEVER go over your forward toe, back straight, shoulders back, looking forward, arms to your sides or you can place them on your hips and your ready to go.

Walking Lunge
The walking lunge is such an effective exercise and should also be performed with proper form.  As a rule of thumb, always roll your shoulders back and hold good posture while performing any exercise.  This works your glutes, quads and hamstrings.

Basic Squat
Ah, the classic squat...what more to say, gotta love these.  Remember good form!

Butt Raises
I learned these back when I was a dancer...If you're more advanced, you can put a dumbbell on your pelvis as you move up and down.  These are great for defining the base of your butt.

Remember, remember...PROPER FORM!!!  Proper form is what will make it or break it.  Don't think you need to do 500 reps in order to get results.  All you need is a good diet, get some cardio in about 4-5 times a week and you will definitely see results.  I usually do about 3 to 4 rounds of 15-20 reps with little to no weight.  You can adjust your weight to your comfort level and goal.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

4 Ways To Loose Weight Without Exercise

Although exercise is extremely healthy and good for you, sometimes our bodies or circumstances don't allow us to fit in that time at the gym.  No real exercise and still loose weight?  Sounds to good to be true right?  If you really focus on these 4 tips, you will be able to maintain and even loose weight without setting foot in a gym.

1- Make Sure You're Truly Hungry
When hunger strikes, make sure you're really hungry and not just dehydrated and need water.  Being dehydrated can make you feel hungry for food even though all your body really needs is water.  Drink at least 6-8 oz of water then wait 20 minutes and reevaluate your state of hunger.  

2- Illusions
Try using smaller plates, bowls and even utensils when you eat to trick your mind into thinking your'e eating more.  Using a smaller plate or bowl will allow you to really fill your plate yet you're only actually eating about half of what you would normally if it were on a regular sized plate.  Using smaller utensils allows you to slow it down when it comes to consuming your food.  Sometimes we eat way too fast and our bodies are robbed of being able to actually taste and ingest the food that we're shoveling down our throats.  Taking smaller bites takes longer, therefore your'e body is able to process what and how much you're eating and then lets your brain know you're full much sooner.

3 - Fill Your Schedule With Calorie Packed Activities
At the beginning of each week, sit down and write out your schedule for the week.  Make sure you're filling your days with things for you to do that will burn a few extra calories.  For example, if you're a stay at home mom or dad you could go to the park and run around or clean your house more.  If you work, walk somewhere for lunch instead of driving.  Try to think outside the box and mix up your normal routine.  If you usually come home go to the kitchen then plop yourself down on the couch, switch it up.  Come home, get your hiking shoes on and go for a hike or even just a stroll around the block.  Take your dog for a walk.  Wash your own car.  Pull your own weeds.  Clean your own house.  You get the picture right?  

4- Stop With The Mindless Eating
I see this all the time…just because your bored doesn't mean you need to eat!  This goes back to the planning and filling your time with good activities that leave you no time to eat mindlessly.  We are such creatures of habit that we have to make more of a conscience effort to change our patterns.  When we make that conscience effort to change the way we do certain things and stick to the change, we then create new habits that will be much more rewarding and create happy healthier individuals. 

If you have any other tips that have worked for you, please share:)
Make it a great day!