Be Good To Your Spirit, Mind, and Body During Stress – One Dozen Tips Plus

heart My very first tip (#1 Tip) is getting to spend time with my grandchildren. This Grandma gets to distress often; as the kids come over quite a lot. They live close by…which is awesome!!!! =)

LOVE Spending Time With My Grands!! <3 >3 (a heart for each one of them) Excellent stress reliever for ME!!

Stress can be down right deadly, if you don’t know how to deal with it. If you’re a negative thinker, then stress can be a nightmare for you.

Read the following tips with an open mind. We are all unique, and we are creatures of habit…(well, most of us) – The following stress relievers below may be just what you need if you’re going through grieving, depression, bad marriage, or relatively anything that is currently stressing you !

Make a List Of Your Own If You Have To

Here is mine…

1) Spending time with my grandchildren…LOVE, LOVE them with all my heart and could NOT imagine living my life without them. <3 Oh wait, I’ve already said that! ~ Well, it’s worth repeating!!

2) Don’t dwell on things that stress you. This can be truly hard sometimes. I know; as I’ve been there. When you’re not your best, make it YOUR mission to always try to do something out of the ordinary to efficiently distract you from your worries and stresses.

3) Workout – Exercise has helped immensely with my mood swings, depression, and stress. It gets my blood pumping; thus, making more oxygen flow to the brain and the rest of my body. Working out just makes me feel better in EVERY way. I think better, I get around better, and it also boosts my self confidence. I LOVE how I feel after a good sweat! =)

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4) Pray – Prayer is ALWAYS an excellent option to everything that we do, and everything we are going through. God consistently answers prayer. However, we may not like the time frame, or we may not like the answer received. The Good Lord knows what our needs (and wants) are before we even ask. For me, praying DOES relieve stress, although I need to spend more time doing it. =)

5) Eat right – Eating right is being very kind to your body, mind, and spirit. When eating the proper nutrients, you will be more productive, your mood swings will most likely level out. In addition, vitamins and minerals found in healthy foods help to lift depression. Eating healthy is essentially good for you in many ways, including stress.

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Side Note: I personally have found that eating bananas helps with my mood swings.

6) Live in an organized environment – If you’re like me, organization is an ever-growing process. That’s right, it never ends! lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although, I try every day. It makes logical sense that having everything in its place at all times will undoubtedly relieve LOTS of stress!

7) Walk and breath in, then breath out….slowly. Rinse, repeat! Enough said ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

8) Spend time with your favorite hobby. If you don’t have one, FIND ONE! I find jigsaw puzzles relax me. However, it seems that the only time I mess with them are on New Year’ s Eve. lol I also enjoy coloring. Have you noticed all the new coloring books (for adults, meaning not cartoonish) that are displayed in stores now? Well, I bought 3 of them. These are hobbies of mine. I also thoroughly enjoy my iPad time every evening. That in its self, is a huge way to get rid of stress for myself.

9) Start a blog; there are free ones on the web. If you have emotions, anger, or no confidence inside of you, writing about them can help you tremendously!!!! Or you can also buy a good-sized journal and just spend time writing. Gets you thinking outside the box. ๐Ÿ˜‰


10) Spend quality time with your spouse – If you are having marriage problems, and (who doesn’t, I mean, all couples go through their sets of problems from time to time). If you’ve never had a disagreement with your spouse, or gotten angry; you are among the very small population that (say) that their marriage is perfect. What’s my point? Start taking extra time to do things you haven’t done in a long time. Maybe it’s going to the show, amusement park, VACATION!!!? I like that last one; and who doesn’t love vacation? <3 Whatever the case may be, do it!

11) Move furniture around, or redecorate to change your environment. I’ve always been like that; in fact, I move furniture around (at least) once every 6 months or so. Just like my (built in) desk. I’m always wishing I could place it on the opposite side of the room. lol

I love change! <3

12) If funds allow, go on a vacation. Or at the very least, go out with a friend or relative and have a good time. It doesn’t have to be expensive to have a good time. If a vacation is NOT an option, go play cards with a couple, take a long Sunday drive, have friends over for dinner. Anything that gets you unfocused on your stresses.

Stress can do horrible things. Often times, it’s silent killer that can bring on a stroke, heart attack, or anything else that can result in death. Stress CAN do a colossal of things. Stress affects people in different ways. YOU just have to find your way around your fight or flight process responses, then go with the flow. Don’t let stress get to you!! Do something special for someone. This could be an elderly, your parents, brother, sister, or anyone that has certain needs.

Lifestyle Change

Sometimes, just changing your lifestyle can be a good stress reliever. If you’re not happy about something, change it. If your job is stressing you out, change that too! In fact, there are tons of jobs that can be performed at home. In the amount of time I’ve been working from home, I’ve come to the realization that work at home writing jobs are the easiest to find. Also, you can turn your hobby into cash by starting a business. There are some home businesses that doesn’t require a high start up fee; if at all.

One last thought…Go Shopping? However, don’t over do it and end up with 6 maxed-out credit cards! — Well, that’s a little over the top there! lol Shopping helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

Read through my tips above objectively. Open your mind and let things happen naturally.

What ways do YOU relieve stress?

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Put On My Walking Shoes

heartvalentineWalking or any type of workout is great for the heart! ๐Ÿ™‚ Grandma decided to get with it again.

Also good for your whole body, mind, mood, and pretty much good for everything! =)

Not sure why these pics ended up so small! lol ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I had a walking partner with me yesterday!

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My walking partner in the corn feild

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My son’s driveway…long, long! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Me when I got back from walking…it wasn’t too bad. I think the temperature helped a lot, it wasn’t hot at all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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My Progress Report – Lifestyle and Healthy Changes

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Well here it is a whole 9 days late with my weight loss progress report. A lot has been going on recently; you know; life just gets in the way sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

—->>> For folks that have not read my NutriSystem review, here you go; you can read that Here….Includes pics of some of the food itself and also my “before” pics ๐Ÿ™‚

For the most part, I’m happy with my continued progress on the Nutrisystem plan. I think I should have been losing much quicker, however, hey; that’s about 75% of the population’s complaints when dieting. I have to remind myself too that I’m still in the process of menopause, yep! lol that definitely makes a bit of a difference.


Right up front, I’m still having a few days when I don’t consume enough water. I will have to practice some more discipline in that area. I always take out 2 or 3 bottles of water out of the ice box every morning after my work outs and place them on my desk right next to my to do list. (Still, it’s hard getting the water down even with it in front of me). I get so very busy with my work, and a lot of days, I just don’t drink the water I’m supposed to. ๐Ÿ™

I’ve lost a total of 20.2 pounds since March 11th. I hear of various NS members losing more consistently. They could be much heavier than I am and thus, have more to lose. That does have an impact on how fast you lose.

I have about 1/2 box of food left and my next shipment will be coming soon. I’m seriously thinking of stopping the NutriSystem plan and just eat more healthy foods and eat small portions more often throughout my days.

And above ALL else, keep up with the workouts and meet that goal of consuming a certain amount of water every single day! I HAVE to do it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also will be eating a few Healthy Choice or Weight Watchers meals over the course of the weeks ahead.

So, here’s to some more healthy eating for 2013!

Thank you for reading my progress report! ๐Ÿ™‚

Another Report Will Follow! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Review: Nutrisystem and New Lifestyle

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Good Morning!

I finally took action and started a new plan; (eating plan that is), for weight loss and also for my health. I started the Nutrisystem plan. Nutrisystem is quite the controversial program, and I knew that upon joining. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

 

This will probably be the most open (about me) blog post I’ll ever write

I’m not trying to impress with my writing in this post…as it’s not a formal article. It’s just MY JOURNEY.

I’ve made many goals, over and over again to lose the weight and get healthy. However, here I am NOT at my weight goal…again, still!

I’ve even written (actual articles) about me becoming healthy and my weight loss in the past. Well this time, this is the real deal. I’m not messing around any longer. YO-YO dieting is probably the most dangerous thing you can do to yourself; so brutal for your heart!

Despite what quite a few people think, Nutrisystem IS a good program to get you eating smaller portions (at a time) and eating your daily servings of fruit and veggies. I’ve learned so much about protein, carbs, fiber and portion size in the past month and a half. I’ve also made it my mission to always read labels.

Do some of the NS bars and entrees have a little too much sugar or carbs? Yes, they do. There are preservatives in Nutrisystem products; they also have frozen meals that are shipped with (dry ice). When you think about it, not everyone is going to have enough space to freeze 28 days worth of food.

The article at the end of this post will give you a bit of information on preservatives

I’ve lost 14 pounds since March 11th. ๐Ÿ™‚ To my surprise, I don’t feel deprived at all. However, I do admit to craving soda every once in awhile. I do allow myself one soda per week; that is on Friday nights when we go out. Yes! I gave up soda, and I drink water…Lots of water! I’m drinking approximately 60 to 70 ounces of it every day, and sometimes more. When I drink soda now, it tastes a little too sweet. Still is good though! Three of my favorite snacks now are peanut butter and celery, tangarines and carrot sticks. :)lol

Here’s a huge thing for me; I’ve been able to NOT gain weight when dining out, and also on the weekends. When dieting in the past, I would fall off the “diet” bandwagon on both occasions. I’ve found I don’t like using the word diet now; it’s just called eating healthy and changing eating habits. A lot of it is lifestyle.

I’m making changes for the long haul

I’ve tried many, many things for weight loss in the past. This includes starving myself…not good at all, I know. ๐Ÿ™ I’ve starved myself in the past couple of years for our vacations; and only to gain much of it back. I know this all too well. Was I aware it wasn’t healthy and in fact, quite dangerous?! YES, I did! I have a serious eating problem; something that’s substantially difficult to admit to myself. ๐Ÿ™ I’m sure some of you can relate to my fait. If so, I’d love to hear from you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Below are my (before) pics; I’m hoping I can share the (after) pics in maybe a year from now…hopefully before. If it’s beyond a year, oh well. We’ll see. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In 2008…This is a pic at Anna’s wedding shower. Looking on, I’m on the right of Anna, Anna’s Mom is on the left.

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In 2011…in California

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Please Note: In addition to the Nutrisystem food, I had to shop for fruits and veggies to go with my meals. They are labeled as “powerfuels” and “smart carbs.” That was something I didn’t know about the program when I ordered. In fact, that’s a part of the program that is rather vague.

The specific plan that I ordered costs a whopping $250.00 per month. Yep, mighty expensive! And, let me tell you that extra expense has been a bit difficult. I don’t expect to stay on Nutrisystem throughout my whole journey to skinniness! lol…

At some point, I will switch to Healthy Choice/Weight Watchers and will eat the same way and still include plenty of veggies and fruit. I will be a pro at reading labels!

I do like the Nutrisystem food, (for the most part)

There are only 4 things that I didn’t like. You can go online and adjust your choices before your next shipment.

I know, nothing exciting! lol However, the lightly sweetened cereal was good ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Obviously, NOT NS! It was a morning snack…100 CAL Pack of almonds – (powerfuel)

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The Nutrisystem plan offers a lot of pastas. However, they also have chicken breast (which was good), turkey and beef patties

Raviola…one of my favs, light, cherry applesauce, carrot sticks, and 1 slice whole grain bread with Smart Balance spray buttter

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Tuna casserole….DID NOT like this one at all! And I usually love tuna casserole. LOL

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Rasberry-Orange pastry – Breakfast

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Chicken Salad, Very good

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Pizza, didn’t look as good as it tasted in the pics and looks really small, I did have veggies with it. lol Very good

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A dessert…all desserts (and breakfasts for that matter) is all good (to me).

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Two elements that are crucial to ANY weight loss plan is drinking water and working out. And it’s all been said before; however, it’s SO TRUE! I’ve learned to drink enough water during the day in order to keep losing. That’s been difficult for me due to the simple fact that I’m not that crazy about plain water. Yes, I’ve tried the flavored water; I don’t like them! lol

I’ve slowly learned to actually like water. However, it has to be cold. I’ve heard a lot of people say they like “tap” water; well I don’t ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve noticed on the specific days that I didn’t drink enough water, those pounds didn’t move. If you’re trying to lose weight, drink plenty of water!

Recently, we were at Applebee’s, and I ordered water with lemon (2 wedges). It was really refreshing. When we go there now, I always order the (half) chicken Caesar salad. I love it! Then when we get home, I’ll eat my Nutrisystem dessert. Their desserts are pretty darn good considering it’s “diet” food.

Something that I just realized…I’ve basically given up red meat! Not that I actually crave it

I’ve recently started back with my workouts. I get up at 5 AM, (excluding weekends) to get it out of the way and also get an early start with my work day. I’m being very honest here; sometimes it’s extremely difficult to make myself get up when my phone alarm goes off! I do give in at times and sleep in. However, it just gets me down knowing that I was lazy that day! So, it’s just better all around if I just get up and get it done. ๐Ÿ™‚

What am I going to do “when, NOT if” I get to my goal weight? How am I going to maintain? Hmm… Well, for starters, I’m going to keep working out and drinking water. In addition, I will stay with my small portions and eat healthy foods in general. This will also include snacks in between meals to keep my metabolism going good.

I think the most important thing I’ve learned is that metabolism is the whole key to losing the weight. And it all makes perfect sense; I knew it did all along…just me and laziness, I guess that’s my excuse. lol

Drink plenty of water, don’t starve, eat healthy at meal time and snacks in between meals, and workout

I’m placing myself accountable to everyone that reads this blog post! LOL

Hmm, well the most important person is me…

I’m going to be accountable to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m also putting my walking shoes back on and getting back to my walks (in between helping Anna with Cheyanne and Wyatt)

So there you have it, a little about Nutrisystem and also about me.

I hope the next important blog post will be about my new grandbaby with pics!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

As Promised, The Article About Preservatives is Here

You can also access the Nutrisystem site Here

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A Few Healthy Eating Tips For Your Holiday Survival

 

 

 

 

The holidays are just around the corner! Be prepared and Get ahead of the weight loss game NOW!

There are many fortunate people that don’t have a concern in the world about gaining weight during the holidays, or at anytime for that matter. Then we have the unfortunate people that seem to gain weight from just looking at all the festive treats.

 

For most families the holiday season bring lots of family get togethers and festivities to attend. Of course these times are quite the challenge for those individuals who have weight issues. Let’s face it when you’re watching your waistline, it’s hard to resist when you’re presented with all your culinary favorites. But there are many simple things you can do to help prevent yourself from gaining weight this time of year.

Below are a few tips I’d like to share with you about striving to stay as healthy as possible throughout the holidays. Hopefully they will be of some help.

1. Exercise daily. Make sure you do some type of exercise everyday. Walking is ideal, weather permitting of course. Some people power walk and others just walk normally. Either way is good for you as long as you do it consistently. To make it more enjoyable, get a walking buddy to go walking with you. You may also find it helpful to bring along a cd player or a Mp3 player. When the weather does not cooperate, maybe try out some videos or a treadmill.

2. Make water your best friend. Drinking water daily is healthy for a number of reasons. The main rule about drinking water is it keeps you hydrated of course. But it also aids with weight loss and maintenance. Before sitting down to a lavish holiday meal, drink a full glass of water. You’ll be surprised by how less you will consume at each meal. It’s a good idea to do this before every meal you eat, not just at holiday time.

3. Raw veggies and low fat dips. While out at holiday parties always look for those decorative raw veggie trays. Often times these type of gatherings have them. Opt for healthy veggies over high calorie and high fat foods. Chex mixes are also healthful choices.

4. Small meal or snack before going out. If you’re planning to go out to eat or to a party, eat a very small meal or snack before you leave. This will discourage overeating and will also help to speed up your body’s metabolism.

5. Say “no” to alcohol. Drinking alcoholic beverages is not a good choice if you’re watching your weight. They are loaded with fat and calories. Bottled water or low fat green tea is a much better choice. Also low fat smoothies are always good for you.

6. Baking with unsweetened applesauce. If you love to bake during the holiday season, try substituting applesauce for sugar, butter, or eggs in those recipes. It cuts down considerably on fat and calories. Recently I used unsweetened applesauce in a brownie recipe and both my husband and I really liked them. Try it for yourself in a few of your favorites.

Please Note: Substituting applesauce in some recipes may not work out well. You will need to do some experimenting and maybe some research.

Just by following the simple tips above, you can lower your risk of reading those unwanted higher digits on your scale at the end of holiday time.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

You can find more articles and recipes, along with grandparenting and parenting tips at Grandparenting Tips and Articles

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Grandma’s Daily Walks – Getting More Active and Healthy

 

 

 

 

Grandma has been taking a little time out of her work day to walk “outdoors.” I feel SO MUCH better when I’m active, and I’m going to stay active. I do a video workout every morning @ 5AM as well. This activity is not only awesome for my health; it’s excellent for my depression too. It clears my mind and also gives me motivation in many different areas. My health, weight loss, my business, and ME TIME too! I will walk until it gets icy cold outside. And then, I’ll add another workout to my daily schedule. =)

So, Granny has been “stopping to smell the roses” (don’t you love that idiom??), lol AND enjoying and appreciating the outdoors and life!

My son is always saying, “Mom you’re too sheltered, you need to get out and get some activity!” And you know, he’s so right! Even though I do the workouts in the morning. This gives me a good break from sitting in my office all day (which is not good for anyone of any age)! So now, he can no longer say this to me LOL !!

Looking into the foreseeable future and getting fit; maybe I can even get off of some of my medications I’ve been taking all these years?? (At the moment), I feel like taking on the challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚ Time will tell. I feel awesome that I’m doing something for my health and for ME!

I’ve been walking approximately 3 miles every week day ๐Ÿ™‚

You can see a full article I wrote for one of the blogs I write for on some good benefits of walking Here

Strength Training 101 For Grandmothers and Others

Women gradually lose muscle mass as they age and hormonal changes accelerate bone loss. But exercise can help counteract the effects of these changes. Strength training, in particular, leads to stronger muscle and bones and improves our sense of balance too, reducing the chance of falls. If you don’t know how to begin an exercise program, the following tips may help you get started.


The Basics

Before you begin any exercise plan, see your doctor. Depending upon your medical history, your doctor may be able to refer you to a physical therapist or exercise specialist for a specialized evaluation and fitness plan. Many fitness centers offer an initial screening evaluation when members first join, too. Exercise is such an important part of remaining healthy as we age that many Medicare supplemental insurance programs offer Silver Sneaker programs, which pay for members’ gym memberships.

Strength Training Safety

Some common mistakes new exercisers make include:

ยท Holding their breath when lifting weights. Breathe normally but with a controlled inhalation and exhalation.

ยท Going overboard at the beginning. When you first start strength training, your muscles will be sore, and that’s normal. Pain, however, is not. If you push yourself too far on day one, you may be too sore to maintain your workout schedule.

ยท Using too much weight. Only use the weight or dumbbell that allows you to perform the exercise with proper technique for the required number of repetitions.

Establish your on and off days with the help of your trainer or a reference book. When strength training muscles, it is particularly important to give muscles time to rest and regrow. Improper technique can lead to injuries and will make your exercise routine less effective.

Strength Training at Home

If you are limited to a home exercise program, you can still perform a number of exercises, including:

Squats: Stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Hold light dumbbells in each hand, elbows bent at a 90-degree angle. Squat by bending your knees and lowering your body toward the ground. Simultaneously, do a bicep curl with the weights. Stop your squat when your rear is aligned with your knees. Stand up slowly, lowering your weights back to your side. Repeat this exercise 15 times, rest, then repeat 15 more times.

Pushups: Keep your core muscles tightened throughout the exercise. Put your palms on the floor shoulder width apart with your fingertips pointing inward. Bend your elbows until your nose nearly touches the floor and then straighten your arms to raise your torso. Try to do five to 10 pushups at the beginning, and increase your repetitions when your strength increases. If this exercise is too difficult, you can do a pushup while standing, using the wall.

Dips: This exercise will require stairs, a stable table or some other platform. Sit on the elevated area with your hands on either side of your body with your legs extended. Using your arms, lower and raise your body weight. Try to repeat this exercise five to 10 times, rest and repeat.

Exercise programs require planning, discipline and persistence. Even if you plan a home exercise program, it is safer to begin your routine under the supervision of a professional trainer who can ensure you are using proper technique with each exercise and performing them safely.

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoys wearing sleeveless dresses to show off her toned arms, thanks to her regular dumbbell exercise routine. Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com.

Grandma Fitness @ 5:00 AM

Hi there,

I’ve gotten back into my morning workouts. Been negligent in this area for the past couple of months. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I always feel better when I workout!

Just wanted to share with you the workout I do every morning. Watch the short video below…

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My first tape has worn out and I had to purchase a new one! LOL

Working out with videos in your home is great. However, whenever you get a chance, and the weather is good, get out and take a brisk walk. The weather right now is ideal for this with fall approaching. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have to keep working out to keep up with my grandson! lol