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ONE WOMAN’S INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY TO HEALTH – TANYA RICKARD

10 Apr

It is with great pleasure that I can share this interview of Tanya Rickard with you. How we met seems rather unremarkable. We’re in the same yoga class and we both prefer the right front corner of the room. For quite a while we did yoga right next to each other without much conversation. I’m so glad that we eventually had a chance to get to know each other better because this unremarkable meeting turned out to be with a very remarkable woman.

Five years ago Tanya weighed over 300 pounds and now she weighs a healthy 150 pounds. She has succeeded at transforming her life in ways that are truly inspiring. The changes she embraced are not only physical but also emotional and spiritual. She successfully crafted a brand new and very healthy self-image which directs her journey today! Continue reading

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WEIGHTLIFTING BASICS

2 Mar

Getting the benefits of weightlifting won’t happen overnight.

Maybe an understanding the basics will help.

If you go one step at a time, you can succeed at your strength training goals!

Below are just the basics! Sometimes too many details can be overwhelming when you’re just getting started. Hopefully, once you start, you’ll love how you feel. Then, you can dig into the details of each topic as you need. In the meantime, let’s get you started! Continue reading

WHEN HEALTHY MEETS YUMMY

27 Feb

What could be better than a drink that tastes great and is super healthy at the same time!

Toss the ingredients below into a blender, blend away and then pour. It’s as easy as that.

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A CASE FOR SELF-AWARENESS

5 Jan

Cultural diversity awareness. Environmental impact awareness. Social justice awareness. Ecosystem awareness. Financial impact awareness. I’ve cared about and worked in many of these areas. But, I’m still amazed at the impact that self-awareness brings to every single thing we do in life including our fitness work.

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PORTION CONTROL OR VOLUMETRICS OR BOTH?

4 Jan

Fitness always includes choosing to eat healthy. But, there are different ideas about what and how much to eat.

When it comes to the amount of food to eat, you can focus on portion sizes, you can follow the volumetrics approach or do a combination of both!

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YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD

2 Jan

Photo credit: Food addiction quiz link below

Fitness plans commonly include attention to nutrition.

But it is less common for people to address some much needed foundational nutrition work. This work goes deeper than learning about recipes or what nutrients are in which foods. It is often necessary to examine and sometimes change our basic RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD.

That sounds straightforward but it isn’t. It’s hard work and it is very important work.

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“MAXIMIZE YOUR WORKOUT AND BURN OVER 1,000 CALORIES PER HOUR!”

1 Jan

“That’s a claim you’re likely to see in advertisements for treadmills, stairclimbers, and cross-country ski machines. And it’s true.”

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YOUR WEIGHT DOESN’T MATTER!

22 Dec

fat versus calories

I know, I know, there are lots of reasons why people are fixated on their weight. Yes, overweight people have more health problems than people who are at their ideal weight. Yes, there is a social stigma against overweight people. And, yes, self-esteem often does track weight. I get all that.

But, focusing too much on the scale can distract you from finding your way to your most healthy self. A person obsessing about weight might make bad decisions in desperate attempts to just see that number on the scale go down. Even if you wouldn’t go towards an eating disorder, you could still miss the mark in the long run. Eating too few calories signals to your body that it is time to kick into starvation mode which really creates havoc! Missing key nutrients in your diet can cause a multitude of problems. Not all exercise regimes promote ideal health. I’ve met many a person who gets so discouraged scale-watching that they throw in the towel and completely give up.

What works better is a focus on fitness and health and strength and flexibility and endurance and stamina and a positive outlook. Get the picture?

If your decisions about eating, exercise and attitude support your long term fitness and health goals, your body will naturally get to its right size.  So, let’s back off on setting weight goals.

In fact, THROW OUT YOUR SCALE!

Instead, here are some alternative goals that might work better for you. Keep in mind that this journey is a process and it’s a lifestyle for a lifetime. So, we’ll be learning more and more details as we go along.

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3 STEPS TO ASSURE LONG TERM SUCCESS PLANNING

7 Dec

The average person struggles with implementing fitness goals over the long term. People committed to healthy change are generally pretty good at researching what they should be doing. But, realistically, for the long term, most fail at implementing these changes. Then they get discouraged and often eventually give up.

For that reason, I recommend this [sometimes] slower but extremely reliable approach to changing your health for the long term. If you do this, failure will fall by the wayside!

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METABOLISM 101

1 Dec

This is an excellent article on metabolism for those interested in losing weight!

http://www.muscleandfitnesshers.com/nutrition/other/metabolism-101

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