Be Silly and Act Like a Kid!

Now you may be wondering, what does being silly and acting like a kid have to do with working out? Well, I will explain why it is tied together.

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A wonderful and exciting way to get that exercise in, whether dreaded or not, is to be silly and act like a kid again. Dance in the house with or without your kids, run around chasing your kids or a pet, play sports just for fun, race yourself back and forth if you don’t have anyone to do it with. Anything that is fun and silly, while being active, will give you this most amazing jolt of exhilaration!

Another fun idea would be to go to a playground and play on the equipment. Don’t be afraid to do so, most of it is sturdy and while people may “stare,” it is too fun for you to worry about what others think. Swinging on the swings, going down the slides, climbing up the ladders, hanging from the monkey bars, and many others. I know from personal experience that it is super fun, with or without kids. Sure, now that you’re an adult and your legs are longer the slides aren’t going to be as fast, especially the ones shaped like a spiral, but it’s still a ton of fun! I love going down the slides and swinging on the swings. It makes me feel like a kid again, to remember how carefree a time that was.

I also love chasing my nephews around the grassy area near our community playground, acting like a monster or other being or even nothing at all. We also would hold races to certain landmarks. Letting my nephews chase me was super fun too, especially since the oldest (4-year-old) is pretty fast and I didn’t have to slow down too much to let him catch me after a certain distance. I miss that feeling and look forward to chasing them and having them chase me when I can run again. The swings have been especially fun lately too. I feel like I’m flying and whipping through the air is so much fun!
So go… welcome that lovely carefree feeling into your heart, and act like a kid again! Be silly, laugh and exclaim while you “exercise.” Your heart rate will climb, your muscles will feel alive, and your mind will thank you for the experience, believe me! It is such an enjoyable form of exercise. You may be sore afterwards, but you likely won’t regret it. I don’t do it often enough, but when I do, it lifts my mood and makes me feel lighter!

Tip Tuesday- Embrace the Freshness

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This week’s tip brought to you by… the beginning of the month of September!

My tip to you today is to embrace the freshness of the new month.

A new month or week brings to us a sense of freshness like no other type of day can. It’s another chance to do what we want or need to do in order to reach our goals. So I say, EMBRACE THE FRESHNESS that this new month has provided!

September is a new (or continuing) opportunity to work hard and put forth our best effort. Take the time in the next few days to write down, or at the very least think about, the things you would like to accomplish in the next 30 days. They may be goals or just things you would like to work on. They could also be health, work, family/home related or whatever you want them to be.

If you write them down, they will be easier to remember and you will be able to reference your list throughout the month to keep it fresh in your mind and to stay focused. I personally like to write mine or post them online somewhere. Making them public helps me stay even more accountable to myself, but it’s not for everyone.

Today I’m taking the time to reflect on my August goals. The two biggest were to reduce my soda consumption from one daily to two max per week, and to stop nibbling food while serving my nephews meals/snacks. I successfully did both and will continue to do what I did from now on. To reduce my soda consumption, I had flavored water in the evenings instead, which I will continue to do until I decide to taper those off as well.

My September goals are to make it to the gym consistently 3+ times a week and to strength train a minimum of 2 times a week. The strength training has always been something I need to work on and I won’t give up. I’m going to do my best each day/week with my gym goal while I build it into a true habit for myself. My hope for this month is that my feet issue will heal enough for my doctor to clear me to start running again.

Thriving Thursday- the Importance of Water

Let me start by saying, I used to be one of those people who absolutely hated water! The only times I would drink it was if I was thirsty and it was the only choice, or if it was super cold. Now in the past year, since I started focusing on my health, I have learned to love water.

It’s recommended that we drink 8-10 eight ounce cups a day to regain what we lose by normal body functions, we’ve all heard the eight cups a day ideal. Other people say to drink half your body weight in ounces. That would mean a 150 pound person should drink 75 ounces each day. I say… drink however much works for you and keeps you adequately hydrated. Remember you lose additional water when you sweat so you need to pay attention when you’re exercising and/or on hot or humid days and increase your water intake as needed.

Personally, I’m all for using water flavoring packets or other methods of flavoring your water at first. It helps you get used to the sheer volume of water when you’re not used to drinking that much. Then you can slowly decrease the frequency of using the flavoring, or start infusing your water with fresh fruit and veggies to give it natural flavor. Lemon juice is also a great choice if you like it. I prefer my water to be plain most of the time now but occasionally like flavoring when I want a “treat” to drink.

Drinking water has changed my life in more ways than one. First of all, I rarely feel insanely thirsty anymore because I steadily drink throughout the day and I also feel like my body functions a lot better since I’m hydrated. Another benefit I’ve found is that it’s a great filler when I’m craving something and it’s not time to eat yet. I say to myself, “drink the rest of this bottle before you eat that.” That really helps me day to day.

I have found that I actually crave the water itself. The more I drink it, the more I want of it. The funny part is I started at maybe six cups a day and it was a true struggle, but I learned to drink it whenever I was more thirsty and down as much as I could then, as well as starting as soon as I woke up each day. Now I drink at least 12 cups a day, sometimes as much as 14-16 cups a day. It really amazes me how far I’ve come to love water this much. You can learn to love it too, just remember it takes time and practice.

Tip Tuesday- Put Yourself First

Tip of the week:
Put yourself first

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Now I’m not suggesting to you to be selfish, but to put yourself first for at least a small part of each day. Taking care of yourself is so important to your overall health and wellbeing. In order to take care of others, we have to take care of ourselves first. We can’t possibly expect to be our best for everyone else if we’re not at our best, right?

So my tip this week is to set aside a part of the day for yourself to take part in some of your favorite activities, something relaxing or that makes you feel happy. This will spill into other parts of your life. Doing this will help us feel more confident, happier, and more relaxed throughout the day.

This is something that gets better the more you practice it. I’ve by no means perfected it, but I’m still working on it because I have seen how it changes my life each day if I have that time to myself. I don’t always feel like I’m running on fumes. I can better handle daily situations. I have more patience and feel more at peace when I take the time to read, write, exercise by myself (particularly a walk outside!), or some other activity that makes me happy that particular day.

Self-care needs to be a priority of our days so that we can do all of the tasks that we need to do, so that we can be there for our loved ones and be at our best while doing so. If we spread ourselves too thin, especially without taking care of ourselves first, we will come to a point where we can no longer care for others either.