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Holiday Foods to Keep Your Waist Happy (Fitness Mag.)

Feeling like you want to skim some fat off your own thighs instead of the turkey's? Surprise! There are actually a lot of holiday foods that, if you prepare them in a healthful way and watch your portions, reap countless nutritional benefits and can even help you lose weight. So pull a chair up to the FITNESS holiday table, where it's your overeating anxieties -- not the butter -- that will melt away.

15 Biggest Nutrition Myths (Eat This, Not That)

Walk the aisles scanning food labels and you'll see the fallout from millions of lobbying and advertising dollars spent to post faulty claims about health and nutrition. You'll find row upon endless row of foods that promise—explicitly or not—to improve your life, flatten your belly, and make you a happier person. The fact is, many of these foods do just the opposite. Learn how to separate fact from fiction and you might finally shed the habits that are silently sabotaging your chances of losing weight.

Healthy Appetite Suppressant Tricks (Women's Health)

1- Rise & Shine with Protein
2- Chow on Potatoes
3- Embrace a Little Fat
4- GET SWEATY!
5- Gobble up Grapefruit
6- Chew Gum
7- Take A Whiff

To view each of the these tips in their entirety,  please click on the link below.


10 Health Tips for Surviving the Holidays

10 Health Tips for Surviving the Holidays
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, marking the beginning of a 5-week holiday celebration that often spells doom for your health and fitness plan. Along with those celebrations will come headlines and broadcast news stories highlighting the holiday weight gain that thousands of people experience every year.
Ignore them.
Don’t think about weight gain thisholiday season– think about celebrating with friends at family while simultaneously enjoying the sensation of living in a body that’s healthy.

Why Is BPA Bad?

Do you love warming up with a bowl of soup on a chilly fall day? Well, before you open up your next can of soup — or any can for that matter — you'd better listen up! Those cans could have the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their linings — which means that the food in them might contain BPA, too. BPA has been used for years in clear plastic bottles to make them more durable and in the liners of food cans to make the products last longer.Consumer Reportsrecently tested numerous name-brand canned products, including soup, juice, vegetables, and tuna, and found at least some amount of BPA in almost all of them.

Friday morning workout


Rowing Machine Workout   (also can be done on an elliptical)                                           
Row 5 min                                                                          

25 Things That Are Keeping You Overweight

These are things you probably know in the back of your head, but might've forgotten.(www.fitsugar.com) Always good to refresh & do a self check.

1. You overeat healthy food.
Nuts, avocados, whole wheat pasta, olive oil, and dark chocolate are all natural and healthy, but they aren't void of calories. You still need to watch how much you eat of the good stuff. For example, avocado offers a ton of health benefits, but an entire fruit is over 200 calories.
2. You Don't Eat Breakfast

SMART Goals

You've all probably heard or read about the importance of setting goals. How do you get somewhere if you don't have a goal in mind. Whether it's running a 5k, 1/2 marathon or doing 10 pushups or 1 pull up, getting down on the floor to play with your grandkids (& getting back up) you need a plan to achieve that goal.

UsingSMARTgoals can help you reach that end goal.

Goals should be:
Specific- Clear & unambiguous, stating specifically what should be accomplished.
Measurable- Examples of measurable goals include performing a given stregnth-training workout 2x a week or losing 5 lbs.

In Case You Run Out of Motivation.... Print & Save This One!

There's no reason why I can't strive to be healthy!

It's a great day to be outside!

I will surprise myself!

I can control today, and today I will get moving!

I'm so proud of myself!

I can do this!!!

It's up to me!

I have the power within myself to feel fabulous!

I am so happy!

I'm doing this for myself!

I will play with my children relentlessly!

I'm going to the gym!

I'm motivated!!!

This is a goal I'm setting and I'll reach it!!!

I inspire myself!

I believe in myself!

I lost the excuses!

Childhood obesity...some thoughts. How about yours?

A friend and I were talking about childhood obesity the other day & thinking about all of the things that have changed since we were growing up. Things that have definitely been  contributing factors to the obesity rates in children rising so dramatically over the last 2 decades.

-We walked to school. (most of us)
-We had gym class.
-We rode our bikes everywhere. (To the community pool, where we stayed all day w/out checking in.)
-There weren't SO many fast food restaurants & eating out was a treat not something we did SEVERAL times a week.
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