Move over Gatorade and all you other electrolyte drinks with artificial food coloring, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners there’s a new kid on the block and he is taking over the electrolyte market. Well, maybe he should be taking it over because he is all natural, with no sweeteners, no coloring and he tastes great. I’m talking about coconut water. There are many varieties on the market to choose from with different flavors. While the flavored ones have a little sweetener, the natural one does not and it still tastes great.
I get very dehydrated when I travel, so the day after arriving at said destination, I drink a liter of coconut water and my dehydration symptoms disappear.
Try it I am sure you will leave all the artificial ingredients to Frankenstein and like the natural taste of coconut water instead. Remember when you ingest a chemical you are choosing to be sick instead of choosing to be healthy!
If you’ve been following this blog, you already know that I am in love with books. I usually buy one good book a month and read at least five books at a time. One of my favorite authors is John C Maxwell. One of the books I am currently reading is Make Today Count by John C Maxwell.
When my husband tells me I need to read something, he’s usually right. Once I picked it up to read it, I couldn’t put it down. Plus I started to take notes on it. Something I do with books like this. The first chapter is titled “Attitude.” Our attitudes make or break us. Our attitudes toward ourselves will speak volumes for other people. If we are supposed to inspire other people, a bad attitude will show the world that we are not worthy of following. Plus a bad attitude makes today worthless. Our attitudes are choices we make each day. We can choose to be positive or negative and our day will reflect those choices. While we cannot choose our heritage we can choose our attitudes by getting rid of the negativity in our lives.
Which leads me to the next book I am reading. The 10 X Rule by Grant Cordone. I found this book by listening to Grant on his YouTube videos. While it talks about the differences between being a success or a failure in the business world his practices make sense in the other arenas in my life. The 10 X Rule is just as simple as doing something 10 times to see greater benefits whether it’s applied to business, weight loss, child rearing, or our relationships. In raising children, we don’t just tell them once that they shouldn’t do something that could hurt them, it’s an ongoing process. We also can’t think that if we workout once a week we are going to look like a super model. I just love the candor of this author and speaker to tell “it like it is” approach. Grant Cardone is the “Howard Stern” of the business world and a much needed breath of fresh air.
Do yourself a favor and read Make Today Count and The 10X Rule together.
My new best friend!
It’s Friday Faves again and I have a special favorite that I have fallen in love with for its simplicity and its thoroughness. The tools on this website and AP are great for people like me who need everything broken down.
Here are my five reasons why I LOVE this website!
5. Challenges: I love that the challenges are broken down into levels. The levels make it easier to progress for the beginner to move through easier challenges and gain the rewards. This builds confidence that carries into all other parts of life.
4. Groups: They have groups for any and every interest. I particularly like Commit to Fit Online, SlimKicker Women, and 30 Day Challenge Group.
3. Blog: Written by professionals in the fitness industry, each blog entry is written in concise terms which means I can read the blogs quickly and glean what I need from the information.
2. Points: Every healthy choice I make equals points. So if I choose to walk for 3 miles this morning I earn points that translate into reaching the next level. (So far I have 12 percentage points to get to the next level). This motivates me. Each little step I take gets me closer the my own finish line!
1. Food Log: This is the best online food log I have ever used. And I have used many of them. This is the only one where I can type in Quinoa and I get all the listings for it and not Quizno’s Subs. It also recognizes spelt bread with the exact same brand that I buy. It is so much easier to track your food when you don’t have to input the entire food label of something you’re eating.
I love, love, love it!
Focus on 5
Sometimes I get too stressed out with the whole goal writing thing, whether I’m trying to lose weight, create more sales, or even clean my house. So I devised a plan to help myself get everything done that I need to do. This plan is simple; it includes five things that I do everyday. After I accomplish the first five things I add five more.
Losing Weight: Focusing on losing 5 pounds puts less stress on my brain than focusing on my ultimate goal of weighing the same as I did after I had my twins almost 27 years ago. (5 minutes of visualization, 5 glasses of water, 5 different exercises, 5 deep cleansing breaths, 5 veggies and fruits daily, etc.)
Creating More Sales: Focusing on 5 different things to do each day is much easier than focusing on the goal of making 20 different contacts in a day. (5 sales calls, 5 emails, 5 Facebook updates, 5 Tweets, 5 live people interactions, etc.)
House Cleaning: Picking up 5 things as I walk from my office to the other parts of my home helps clean the entire house. (Folding blankets, picking up shoes, backpacks, DVDs, crafts, etc.)
Focus on 5 has really helped me to eliminate the stress I created myself from letting things go till the last minute, biting off more than I can chew, and in remembering everything I have to do in a day. If you are having the same issues as I have had try Focusing on 5.
MY FAVORITE 5 ALTERNATIVE PAIN RELIEVERS
- Seeks out and destroys free radicals which result in pain and swelling
- Studies have found Turmeric safer and more precise in shutting down pain and inflammation because it targets COX2 enzyme responsible for pain
- Side Effects: Good Health
- Website for further study: http://www.raysahelian.com/turmeric.html
Even though I no longer have to watch documentaries for school, I have become fond of this way of learning. I recently watched the video Big Bucks Big Pharma: Marketing Diseases & Pushing Drugs. I had to watch several snippets of this video for school but I wanted to watch it in its entirety, and I am glad I did because I learned so much.
The marketing of diseases is an ongoing ploy by these pharmaceutical companies to sell more drugs. Like the recent news story about checking the cholesterol levels of children so they could be put on statin drugs even before they go to school (http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12654898-cholesterol-testing-for-all-children).
This is an assault on our children, to use them as guinea pigs instead of cherishing them they way we should.
Another aspect of this documentary is that each year the normal levels of cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar are getting lower and lower. The lowering of these levels means that none of us are safe from taking medications, at least that’s the way pharmaceutical companies and those physicians who sell out to them believe.
This movie is an eye opener that shows us how the marketing teams of pharmaceutical companies will use whatever means necessary to make more money. Each of us are responsible for our own health, we need to take that responsibility back from the pharmaceutical companies.
Don’t get lost in the shuffle!
Advocate for yourself and your family!
Selling Sickness by Ray Moynihan & Alan Cassels
Old School Stationary Bike
When I lost all my baby weight after my youngest son was born, this was one of my favorite pieces of exercise equipment at our local YMCA. Now thanks to a friend, who wanted it out of her home for a while, it sits in my living room and gets used 5 days a week. I still love it, and there is no reason why just because it is old it shouldn’t be used. All the parts are still working and for 30 minutes a day it gives me the pleasure of sweating all over it. Sometimes instead of using the arms I pick up my weights and while I am pedaling I do my upper body weight routine.
Here are some other long forgotten exercise equipment that can still be used today, if it is in good working order.
The Ab Wheel
Bought this at a thrift store, once. Liked that I used my own body weight, don’t not the momentum that kept me going. If you have any type of motion sickness stay away from this.
Really Old School
My parents had one of these. One loop fit on a door knob, two loops for your feet and two for your hands. You were suppose to spend 30 minutes moving your arms and legs like you were swimming.
I got mine from a thrift store. If you have joint issues, jogging on this is supposed to be better than running, but if you have balance issues stay away from this because if you fall off while you are rebounding you could injure yourself.
As kid, jumping rope was my favorite activity. No matter where I went I always took a jump rope. I loved it, and still do.
What’s your favorite old school exercise equipment?