Monday, September 24, 2012

Fitness Tip: Modifications

Now that I'm a fitness instructor, (sport yoga), I've come to really appreciate the importance of modifications.

A lot of people are afraid to go to fitness classes because they feel they might not be up to snuff physically. It might be too hard. A good teacher will be able to tell you low impact modifications or how to lighten up on weights.

I have people in my yoga classes that can put their feet behind their ears. In the same class I have a man that can't touch his toes. So I make sure to give a few versions of the same pose so that everyone gets just the right workout for them.

So don't be afraid to speak up if something is a little too tough for you to do right now. If you have a quality instructor, they'll give you a few options to tone it down a notch or two.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Rich Tummy, Poor Tummy

Today I have a word of advice, a cautionary tale really. If you have been on a restrictive diet, or recently cut foods out - go slow when you re-introduce them.

For the last month, I have been eating really well as result of the No Crap challenge. Then a few days ago it was my father in law's birthday. We had a birthday dinner in his honor. His girlfriend made yummy chicken enchiladas, but they were extremely rich and creamy. I haven't really had anything rich for a long while, so while it tasted good at the time, I have been paying for it every since. My system just isn't used to processing fatty foods like that, so my poor tummy has just been in agony for days.

The moral of this story is, when you haven't had a food in a long time, don't have a big amount of it. Just a dab will do ya. Give your body a chance to get used to it again. This can be especially true if you are going from a low or no carb diet, than all of the sudden start eating carbs.

It's good to switch things up and confuse your body, like in muscle confusion strategies or calorie varying techniques. But be careful and don't surprise your tummies too much or you'll be moaning and groaning like me.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

No Crap Challenge: Undone by pumpkin bread

It's been a week since my last post. I apologize. When I'm under a book deadline all my time gets budgeted to that first

I thought I would take a minute to update you on week three of how the no crap challenge is going. Or isn't.
I was doing great, feeling really good, actually lost about four pounds. Then disaster struck.

I was at kneaders having some chicken noodle soup with the family. They have a sample basket. This time it held slices of pumpkin bread. I love pumpkin bread! So, unthinking, I grabbed a slice and ate it. Did not even consider the sugar content. After a few weeks of no sugar I had completely curbed my cravings. After one itty bitty slice of the sweet bread, the cravings came back with gusto.

I want to shove everything in my mouth. It's terrible. I'm using my will power, but it's not easy or fun. But more interesting, I thought, was how that little bit of sugar ignited cravings.

Think about it. If you start your day with a sugary cereal or syrup on pancakes, are you dooming yourself to want more sugar for the rest of the day?

Food for thought.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Budgeting Time

If you read this blog regularly, you are familiar with the concept of the calorie budget. I have recently learned that other things need to exist on a budget... aside from my credit cards.

Time is a tough thing to learn to budget, and there is no way to borrow it. You can't take out a line and pay it back later. There are only 24 hours in a day. How you divide that time is your budget. If you allocate too much time to a goal, and not enough for sleep, everything suffers.  On the other side, if you don't allocate enough time to your goal, like marathon training or fitness, reaching that goal will be next to impossible to read.

It's a fine line of finessing. One I don't have quite figured out yet. I'm done with marathon training, so I have that chunk free. I finished certifying as a yoga instructor. But now I am working on the rewrites of a third book, a young adult fractured Oz fairy tale, and it is eating all my time. If word count is any indication, it's getting fat.

The point is, I am making a choice. By budgeting my time sitting and writing, that means less time to hit the gym. Less time reading to my kids. No time to do housework. If I was attempting to write a book and run a marathon and have the perfect house... guess how many of those goals I would actually achieve. A poor time budget often leads to quitting a project in the middle. Finish it. Put in the time and effort necessary to get it done.

Choose your goals wisely, then budget your time with equal care.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Snack Smart: Fruit Ap-peel

I don't care what so called experts say, fruit makes a great snack. You've probably heard its bad since its high in fructose. Yes, that's true. But not high fructose corn syrup, natural god made sugars. And the creator is pretty smart. Fruits have a build in mechanism to help break down and transform those enzymes.

The peal

The fiber of the peal has a chemical effect on how we digest the fructose. So it drives me crazy when people go to all the trouble of pealing an apple. Don't! It's not a PB&J sandwich you take the crust off of. Teach your kids to like it with the peel.

Obviously you are not going to eat a banana peel, or an orange rind. But things like apples, pears, peaches, plums... Leave em be.


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