Spring time marks the time where energy comes back up to the surface and new growth surges. This is no more true than in Wisconsin where we will be come out of hibernation to soak up the first sunny day and everyone there after. It amazes me how good the first 40° day feels in Spring when it nearly shuts me down in the Fall.
What seems like a lifetime ago already, I served as a Montessori teacher for adolescents. In my Montessori orientation I heard the phrase repeatedly "Grace and courtesy". While this was not specifically a Montessori teaching, it was a philosophy adopted by Montessori educators because of the way it honored ones place in the larger community. Grace referred to a peace and respect towards yourself. Courtesy referred to that same peace and respect towards others. Since those days long past as a Montessori educator, I have returned to my original classroom...the gym.
I know you’ve seen the memes that list some unhealthy food and its equivalent in terms of an exercise. And, I hear the questions all the time….how many calories will I burn doing this? How long do I have to work out to burn the calories of the hamburger I ate last night………in short, my answer is……..who cares?It really doesn’t matter!
In today’s fast-paced world, it can be all too easy to get caught up in the stressful day-to-day events, placing your own personal happiness on the back burner. Many people fall into the trap of putting their own happiness on hold, believing that there will be time later to live a happy and healthy life.
I have been getting a lot of questions about diet/nutrition and have been discussing my own diet/nutrition recently, so I decided to continue my theme of CHANGE and write a blog keeping the subject of nutrition in mind.
As some of you may have seen, I posted a short video on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/dmofitness) with the caption "If you focus on results, you will never change....if you focus on change, you will get results".
During one of the weight loss programs on TV, I listened as the contestants revealed to their trainer, what happened to them in their lives that brought them to the place they are now. What brought them into eating disorders, depression, illness, pain, and isolation? Sure, it’s television and there has to be a pretty good dramatic affect for us to want to watch or choose the contestant we most relate to or support. However, it brought me to write this.
Have you ever wondered, what makes us do what we do? Is it the body chemistry? Is it a result of our surroundings? Is it all just hard work and mental toughness? What is it? Why do some people just seem to have it? Maybe it’s in the books one reads, or the ability to maximize the potential that we all have in us. We are all destined to be great in our own areas. I decided to share examples as part of the proof in greatness and how it is achieved.
We live in a fast-paced society that is constantly seeking to cut corners and increase productivity in less time. Unfortunately I feel we try to approach our sleep and rest habits in a similar manner. BIG MISTAKE! Sleep is like oxygen. You can't survive without it. You need 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night. Without proper sleep everything you do in the gym and in the kitchen will fall by the wayside. Find a nighttime routine, create a tranquil sleep environment, and make sleep a priority. Below is a great article to help you take steps in the right direction.