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The letter “S” is for snacks. If any of you are like me, working out multiple times a week constantly leaves me hungry throughout the day. On one hand that is a good thing, gives me an inclination my metabolism is burning but on the other hand – it gets difficult to make the right choice if I do not plan properly.
Check out my quick video on the subject.
My trainer has informed me I should consume about 5 to 6 small meals a day to stay satiated, hydrated and to prevent hunger. This means more than breakfast, lunch and dinner – this is adding 3 additional snacks in there thoughout the day.
One additional thing my trainer shared with me is that the more healthy small meals I eat through out the day, the more fat I will burn and the more inches I will lose. HOORAY! But it does seem counterintuitive. You mean if we eat more we can actually lose weight?
Yes and more importantly no. If you eat the right things YES. If you eat the wrong things no.
What are RIGHT snacks?
What are WRONG snacks?
It isn’t that hard to figure out. If it typically comes in a vending machine – bad. If you can pluck it out of a tree or out of the ground or off a vine – GOOD.
We here at Femme Fitale Fit Club support and congratulate all of the athletes participating in today’s Boston Marathon. The strength, resolve and passion exhibited by Boston, its citizens and the athletes is admirable to say the least. Nothing short of awesome! No action by anyone to dampen our spirits or to break us will prevail.
Boston Marathon and its athletes, we salute you. Good luck during today’s run and we admire you. Now get ready to run your best race.
The letter “R” is for rest today. Many of us are working hard to get our bodies in tip top shape but guess what – going hard alone is not going to help you achieve it. One key to muscle development and fitness is R-E-S-T, REST.
See, when we rest our bodies repair. Our cells flush out toxins and heals. If you are lifting weights in the gym (light or heavy) your muscles get small tears in them. The period of rest is just what they need to rebuild and repair back stronger than before.
I read all the time where people are doing cardio and weights 7 days a week. It all sounds good at first but if done over an extended period of time without adequate rest periods one risks:
No one wants that so make sure you get the proper rest each and every night along with a period of no heavy activity such as extended or intense cardio or weight lifting. Your body will thank you for it.
By the way if you didn’t know – adults who do not get at least 7 hours of sleep nightly risk slowing down their metabolism and holding on to their weight. Don’t let that be you. Try to get at least 7 hours of rest every night and rest your muscles at least one day. If you went extremely hard, give your muscles 2 days worth of rest.
It’s not like you are going to lose strength with the rest. On the contrary – you will be stronger than ever.
There’s something to be said for those individuals who have quiet time in the morning to meditate and spend time with themselves and God during the quiet hours of the morning. They tend to be less stressed and happier people. I know people personally who meditate and are better for it. They are the see the cup half full vs. half empty crowd.
One of my New Year’s promises was to begin reading the bible in the morning before I do anything else. Yes anything else even check my blog and email. I did very good the first 30 days of this personal challenge because I downloaded a daily devotional from my Holy Bible app about “How to Maximize Your Life”. It is a 30-day plan.
There are some excellent passages and lessons in there that really helped me start my day. See, that quiet time helped me be real with myself, think, meditate and figure out how I was going to make the most of the day. Not just for myself, but for my family as well. See, when I am running around hectic without much time to think – I am not as effective. Sounds weird and one would think if you are running around one is being productive. Just the opposite.
In fact you may be counterproductive because you are trying really hard to do everything that you miss the finer points. Also, I was a grouchier person without my quiet time. No bueno.
If you feel your life is hectic and getting away from you – try to niche out some quiet time for yourself. You won’t regret it and you will be better person for it.
The other devotional plan\s I read was:
“Marriage: A Lifelong Journey (15 days)