First

First

Do you have your goals at the forefront of your mind?

Are they written down?

Do you look at them daily?

Do you speak them out loud?

That last one is tricky for me but I wonder if it’s the key. I think that, this week, I will be telling myself what I want to be instead of letting my inner mean girl control the conversation. And I challenge you to do the same.

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Myths

Myths

Many of you may have seen an article about fitness trainer/blogger Sophie Kay and her three minute before and after fitness photos. As Ms. Kay says in her blog, ‘don’t trust what you see’!

The actual blog post that contained these shocking photos had several other debunked fitness myths that are right up our alley, one of which I blogged about yesterday.

This lady’s philosophies are on fleek as my kiddos say 🙂

(ok, maybe not)

Fitness should be fun – and REAL – Real Fun?

Don’t let anyone trick you or guilt you.

Just keep doing your best and…

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Not Perfect

Not Perfect

Last week Coach Wright and I took our little family on a road trip, mostly to tour a couple of schools that our oldest is interested in (gasp – I can’t believe he’ll be off to college next fall).

Despite being on a fabulous fitness and nutrition streak prior to our departure, those nine days were a vacation from EVERYTHING. Other than setting up posts to ensure that our followers wouldn’t feel like they were being neglected, we almost completely unplugged and let the vacation vibe take over.

It was wonderful!

But hours in the car, no kitchen, and late nights driving or bingeing on the Food network (my poor cable impaired foodies love those shows) means that our fitness, nutrition, and sleep were horribly neglected. Fortunately campus tours and sightseeing DID allow us to ‘get our steps’ (and then some) several days but at one point Aaron mentioned our bad choices and this is what we came up with.

We rarely take time off to travel and we make mostly good health choices during the course of our regular lives so this one week out of probably 100 (we hardly ever travel) really isn’t going to impact our health all that much.

So we enjoyed ourselves and each other. We completely relaxed and de-stressed.

And it was GREAT.

Lots of fitness programs can leave you feeling like you have to be super-human and perfect in order to be healthy. The reality is that doing your best, most of the time is probably sufficient – maybe not to win a triathlon or to compete in a bodybuilding competition – but it’s certainly enough to help you look and feel good. And that’s all most of us are looking for.

Now I need to make a grocery store run before I resort to a mustard sandwich for dinner tonight!

So, take a break if you need to and then jump back in to

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BMI

BMI

I may have said before that I’m not a fan of BMI. This opinion was solidified a few years ago when one of my kids was in 3rd grade.  Some wonderful organization comes to our elementary school to check students for various health points and then sends a little update to the parents.  Unfortunately our update stated that my (still growing) child was classified ‘obese’ The letter wasn’t secured in any way so my child (and any classmates) could have easily seen that label and it could have stuck for years.

The thing is,  we go to our well child visits religiously and if our pediatrician were concerned he would have talked with us about it.  Children tend to experience weight fluctuations for many reasons. Not to mention the fact that their little bodies aren’t fully mature. Clearly no one had actually looked at my child or they would have never labeled one ‘obese’ risking a future filled with eating disorders and low self esteem.

That’s why I love this article and especially the included graphic showing that not all BMI’s are created equally.  Our family, for instance tends to be muscular and carries our weight more in the lower body so even when we are very fit our BMI tends to be on the higher side.  According to the article ‘…body fat percentage and body composition are more important indicators of health than weight alone. That puts the emphasis on exercises that don’t just burn calories, but also build muscle.’ – Minute Movement is a great way to build muscle so check it out now and …
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