- I stayed on plan every day.
- I exercised at least once, usually twice, each day.
Like many things in life, the more I eat better, the more I exercise, the more I want to eat better and exercise. It's a wonderful cycle.
On Wednesday, UMKC hosted speaker Michelle Robins of Your Wellness Connection, who gave a talk called Embracing a Wellness Lifestyle. Michelle gave her seven habits for a healthy life, which include:
- Rest, Reflect and Rejuvenate - get plenty of sleep, spend time in nature, thoughtfully consider your own actions, beliefs, choices, etc.
- Breathe Deeply - oxygenate those cells!
- Move Your Body - make time for exercise
- Free Your Space - eliminate the clutter from your house, your office, your car, your mind, your life
- Go for the Greens - eat lots of fruits and vegetables, especially green, leafy ones
- Eat from the Sea - and Enjoy the Sun! - Eat more fish, and spend time outside to get Vitamin D
- Drink to Your Health - drink more water
None of these habits is new news. However, they aren't easy to put into practice. One of the tips she gave that both Frank and I found particularly useful is, rather than eliminating unhealthy foods from your diet, add in healthy ones. Eventually, the unhealthy ones will fall aside as you begin to enjoy how you feel when eating a healthier diet. This has proven true for us. Sure, greasy cheese pizza is delicious, but it is not worth the cost - weight gain, pain, headaches - that come from eating the junk that is traditional pizza.
Another tip she stressed was to define why you want to lose weight/live healthier. If you know why, you are more likely to stick to your plan.
What is your why?
Mine is this: To become the person I know I am. A short, simple phrase that's loaded with meaning, expectation, hope, promise.
Finally, Michelle shared her recipe for what she calls a Green Smoothie. I modified her recipe a bit to make it one serving, and to add a bit of yogurt:
Green Smoothie1 c. water1 1/2 c. fresh spinach1/4 apple1/2 banana1/4 c. frozen mango chunks2 Tbsp. fat-free plain yogurt3-4 ice cubesPut the water and spinach in a blender and mix until smooth. Add the fruit and yogurt and puree until very smooth. Toss in the ice cubes and mix until the smoothie is as smooth or chunky as you like.
Michelle claims that drinking one of these a few times a week will do wonders for your overall health and well-being. Not being one to look a gift horse bearing an improvement to my overall health and well-being in the mouth, I prepared and drank my very first Green Smoothie this morning.
The verdict? It was delicious. Really - it was a teeny bit veggie-tasting, but mostly just fruity and cold and very good. I will have another tomorrow morning.
But - and I speak from experience gained this morning - make sure to remove the sticker from your apple BEFORE putting it in the blender. Sure, the sticker has some extra fiber, but I still have sticker in my teeth right now.
This weekend I will be giving two speeches in my Public Speaking class. On Saturday, I will give a product persuasion speech on the Sous Vide Supreme. Basically, I figure if I can sell them on sous vide cooking, I can sell them on the Sous Vide Supreme. We'll see. Sunday, I have to give a persuasive speech, and I've chosen to try to persuade my class to participate in the KC Slimdown Challenge, which starts next Monday. Wish me luck.
I'll also be doing much swimming (hopefully), cooking, healthy eating, resting, rejuvenating, reflecting, breathing, drinking water, moving, and all those other things that come with a busy weekend.