Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Getting Started

Hello Lovies, As promised, this posting is to piggy back my Monday post which referred to exercising and getting started. Here are a few tips to get us on our goal. Lets get started my fellow beautiful followers and readers, lets do this together.
Step 1: I don't want to exercise
If you are at this stage, you may be wondering what could possibly be done to get you to budge beyond it. Other people might be pressuring you, but IT'S UP TO YOU--you're the one who has to tie your shoes and go out for a walk. And you don't even want to make the effort to think about it. Two things can offer a push: Acquiring knowledge and whining.

Acquiring knowledge involves being open to facts and opinions concerning your state of fitness (or lack of it) and both the benefits of exercise and the health risks of not exercising. The source of the information can be external--others observing that you don't exercise, loved ones confronting you about it, family members giving you newspaper or magazine articles about exercise. Or it can be internal--watching TV or movies about sports, reading about exercise, learning about the psychology of why people don't exercise

In some cases, simply soaking up the incoming information can at least make you more likely to start thinking seriously about exercise, even if you have no intention of doing anything about it. It could be, however, that despite the good efforts of your friends and relatives, the fact still remains that you don't want to exercise. And right now you simply may not be interested in gathering information.

So maybe you need to try venting and whining. This involves giving vent to the problem. You may complain about what happened the last time you tried to exercise ("Oh, that cramp I got! I was sore for days!") or all the things that kept you from working out ("I wanted to, but Janey had a dentist's appointment").

All this talking and complaining about the problem helps. It at least gets you thinking about exercising. It gets the wheels turning so that getting fit becomes a problem to be solved. That is, if you CHOOSE to look at it that way

Here's my rule for complainers: You have exactly TWO MINUTES to vent and complain. Ready? Go... (Tick, tock, tick, tock...) Okay, done. NOW GO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

It may seem that nothing is happening in the I Don't Want to Exercise stage, but the more you acquire knowledge and vent and whine, the more their effects can accumulate.
Step 2: Thinking about it

When you've reached this point, not only are you more aware that a problem exists, you're also seriously considering doing something about it. This is great progress, even if you haven't actually made a commitment to start.

In this stage, you're considering the pros and cons of starting, even if you haven't quite gotten yourself to plug in the treadmill. You're at the point where you might increase your physical activity or you might decide you're not quite ready for prime-time--or any other time--workouts and give it up for now.

In this stage, you know where you want to go and you may even know how to get there. But you can't quite cajole yourself into following through with any action. Acquiring knowledge and venting/whining can be helpful here, as well as two other techniques: role modeling and reinventing yourself.

Role modeling goes beyond acquiring knowledge. Here you closely observe someone you know, someone in the public eye or even some fictional character who might inspire you to fitness. You might chat with a friend who exercises regularly, or watch sporting events like the Olympics. Who would be role models you respect and like? Pick some activity you might enjoy and watch a master of it. Once you open yourself up to the possibilities, you may be inspired to get moving yourself.

Reinventing yourself involves looking at yourself in a different way. This is the time to return to the power of fantasy. Try imagining yourself as an athlete or a dancer, or just someone who is really in shape. This is NOT silly; every champion from every walk of life had FIRST in his mind a dream of what s/he wanted to become.

Imagery could involve mentally picturing yourself as more flexible or thinner or whatever else exercise could help you with. Take three minutes, sit down, lean back, close your eyes and fantasize about anything physical that you want to try, like weight training, skiing, roller-blading, etc. Just do it.

When it's over, how does it feel? If you imagined skiing, could you feel the wind? The crouch? Did you see the hill, sun, snow, trees, other skiers? Could you feel the thrill in the pit of your stomach and your head when the run was through? Make it happen in your mind. The brain is extraordinarily powerful. You can if you think you can, just like the Little Engine that Could.

Also, you can use imagery to conjure up a picture of yourself benefiting from exercise. Think of the thing exercise could help you with that is most important to you. Could your joints be more flexible? Would you be happier 10 pounds lighter? Close your eyes. Imagine yourself moving as you would like to move. Watch this in the theater of your mind for however long it interests you. When you grow bored, stop, whether five seconds have passed or 10 minutes. Repeat this two or three times a day.

It's even possible that performing certain movements in your mind rehearses the motor pathways so that when you do try the actual movement, it'll be easier.

Step 3: Getting ready
This stage combines intending to change with making some small changes in behavior. In this stage, your intention and behavior crank up a notch. This means more reinventing and imagery, plus some baby steps toward the real thing.

For example, exercising has been on your to-do list for years. After watching some fitness shows on TV, you fantasize about looking like the people in them. Then you decide you could do those exercises. So you start making tapes of the shows to fit them in when your schedule permits. Plus, you're walking to work more frequently, when you used to take a cab or drive to work.

Step 4: Starting

This is when you begin exercising on a regular basis. But this is the stage where most people equate change, overlooking the other steps that are part of the process. This is understandable, since in this fourth step you actually choose some type of exercise or group of activities and start working out.

People can see that you've changed your behavior in order to overcome your comfort zone that has kept you from getting fit. You appear to have gotten off your duff by committing time and--yes--energy.

This is the most challenging stage. Many people overdo it. Then if they hurt or exhaust themselves, they become discouraged and drop back to Step 1. If you have begun exercising and kept at it for anywhere from a day to six months, you may think you're home free. Unfortunately, it's not so. For true change, you must also develop new habits and skills to keep from falling back and skills to deal with new problems.
One way to start is to announce to the world what you're about to undertake. Once you've publicly connected yourself with exercise, social support pushes you to keep the connection. If you stop, people may ask what happened, and you probably won't feel good about admitting failure.
Your pronouncement is your "coming out." It can involve very personal meanings and is different for each person. It often involves a dramatic statement or gesture that signals a break from the past. You're declaring that the rest of your life will be different from your past. Your coming out could be as simple as buying your first pair of workout shoes or joining a gym.

Starting also involves making slight adjustments in your world. Move your exercise equipment to a more convenient location or join a gym that is on your way to or from work, or close enough to visit on your lunch hour, rather than one you have to make an effort to get to.

In this phase, you should give yourself plenty of positive reinforcement. Promise yourself a treat if you exercise today. Call a friend you haven't talked to in a while, or get tickets to some show or concert or ballgame you would like to see. Use your imagination to reward yourself for signs of progress.

Step 5: Keeping on

You know that you've been keeping on when you can successfully overcome new obstacles that get in the way and not lose the gains you've made in Step 4. Mastering this stage is crucial if exercising is to be an integral part of the rest of your life.

The techniques for keeping on are the sum of everything that got you this far. So whatever tricks work for you, use them. It doesn't matter if they're different from the ones that help your best friend or that work for Cindy Crawford.
Remember what we said earlier: The stage you're in changes all the time. You may work yourself all the way up to Step 5, but then you get sick or injured, or take a trip, or otherwise get distracted.

You may have fallen to Step 2. Maybe even to square one. Nothing magical about reaching the final Step 5 will keep you there. If you find yourself at some lower level, you have to use the techniques appropriate to that level to climb back up. Then you may have to use bits of them to keep on keeping on.
Lets get started.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Combi’s New Pod Bouncer

For all the mommies to be out there, I came across this cute baby bounder, it is not my favorite or top pick, but I think it is adorable and affordable. This is Combi’s New Pod Bouncer. What's cool about this is the following. Combi‘s baby-soothing Pod Bouncer is just ($79), which calms your little one down using their own movement or you can turn on the awesome vibration setting.

You can hook it up to your MP3 player to pipe out lullabies while your kid sleeps.
Other features include a 3-point padded harness, a 2-position recline and a removable toy bar.
For stores in your area, go to Combi-Intl.com. Very cool product. So mommies you may want to put this in your registry.

Just thought I would share.


Look Of The Day!

I’m starting a new post called “Look of the day” so if you have a fab new outfit or just want to share your look of the day with us, send us your picture and we’ll post it. You can send your pics to fashion0409@gmail.com, this look can be your own, a celebrity look or why not even your kids.

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday Lovies,

I hope everyone had a great weekend!! I did, between my son football game, birthdays and frozen margaritas poolside with great friends, my weekend was a good one, I hope yours was too. You may comment about your weekend re-cap if you like, I would love to hear what everyone does.

I am hoping to have a good week, will challenge my self to make it happen, and also work out... I need to get in shape, this is why this week I will dedicate a lot of my blogging on exercising losing weight, what to wear, how to look good to feel good even while working out. A few diets celebs go by. Tips and techniques that can help all of us achieve our weight goal.

Have a fantastic week my friends.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My Pictures Of The Day!

My Picture pick of the day!

Today I decided to post a group of pics of me. This was a just for fun thing for me to do and get my mind of all the stress I have going on work and remember the good fun times i had this summer. Enjoy your day.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Life Is All About Balance

Somethings I just don’t understand. Why do people eat a super sized burger and fry meal with a diet drink? Why do some people skip breakfast and lunch only to eat a 3000 calorie dinner one hour before bed which i am guilty of at times? Why do some people never eat fish but take a hand full of fish oil pills each day?
A healthy body is all about a balanced lifestyle. As important as any modern medicine are three things that we can all control in our own lives, food, rest and exercise.

A balanced diet and proper portions are easy to achieve and will make you feel better in about a week. Getting enough sleep, which is about 7 hours for adults, will make you feel better by the next morning. Exercise is hard for a lot of us, but it does not have to be. Take a walk at lunch or walk up and down the stairs a few extra times. Get a yoga mat and start doing leg lifts. Meet a friend for a swim. Just move more, you will feel better in no time.

Enjoying life is really about enjoying balance. Let's take the time and start fresh and new, lets give our body the proper care it deserves, I will start today and you should too!!! Lets do this together.


Celebs Out & About

Celebs Out and About!


Stress Relief Techniques

Good Morning Lovers,

Today I am going to blog about the importance, of breathing techniques, when one is feeling stressed. Work, is killing me these days, I am loaded with tons to do and no time to think, move or even go to the ladies room, yes friends that busy! The more I do, the more gets handed to me... I can not take one more project! therefore; I decided to browse through the net and see what I can find to help me alleviate some of my work stress and handle the situation better, This is what I came across. I will be trying this i hope it works... so if you are stressed my friend you may want to but this to the test... I hope it works for you as well.

Release Tension with Stress Relief Breathing.
Stress relief breathing is an excellent way to release tension, and melt away the aggravations of the day. Stress relief breathing is recommended by doctors, as well as mental health professionals,as a helpful method of reducing anxiety, and promoting a calm sense of well-being. You can practice your breathing anywhere you happen to be,at anytime you begin to feel stressed. If done on a regular basis, you can even prevent the stress from occurring in the first place.

  • Very slowly, begin inhaling deeply, paying close attention to how your lungs are filling up with air.

  • Breathe in as deeply as you can, feeling the expansion of your chest.
    If you can, hold your breath for a count of five.

  • Again, very slowly, release the air from your chest.

  • Focus on how your lungs are slowly deflating. You should be letting the air out almost in a hiss.
Repeat the process two or three times, and you'll start noticing a difference in the way you feel. You may feel light headed, or even sleepy. That's perfectly normal, so don't be alarmed. You've done a wonderful job in releasing negative energy from your body.
Monday, August 23, 2010

Weekend Recap

My weekend Recap!

I hope everyone had a great weekend, mine was some what relaxing, between pool time with the girls and family time Friday night, it was good and pleasant...

Saturday, we attended a pool party on behalf of the championchip my son won in baseball., shortly after we did all of our back to school shopping... I still have a few things left to purchase, however; at this point they are the minor little things.

Sunday, I had brunch my my girl friend, then went for some make up shopping.. yes in the pouring rain... but a mother needs to take what ever chances she can get to spend some me time to look fabulous. For the most part my weekend was good and some where in between I relaxed.

Hope you all enjoyed yours.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Picture of The Day

My Random Picture Of The Day

My son and I, going for an afternoon bike ride. Mommy's these are the moments we have to love and cherish, when we are able to do thing with them. I love it.


My Fun Book Recommendations

Teen Recommendation The Beacon Street Girls books Series

The Beacon Street Girls books are inspired by all the preteen girls I've ever known. I wanted to create a world where girls can go to have fun and learn about who they are, while modeling real-life experiences. The first book, Worst Enemies/Best Friends, explores creating and testing friendships, skewed first impressions, and being the new kid at school. In the end, true friendship conquers all. Welcome to the world of the BSG! My daughter is reading the series and it is very entertaining and she love it.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

My son found this book absolutely hilarious! I bought the 4 book set, it was cheaper then buying them individually, and read them through out the summer. The characters were very realistic and impressionable. A great read! My son finished the first book in 2 days, this was amazing, he just thought it was funny and fun to read, he read all 4.

Book Recommendations For Baby

Whether playing with rattles and having a bath or bouncing balls and painting pictures—the day is packed with fun things to do in these lively board books. With familiar activities to recognize and enjoy, each page of Look at Me! features a different part of a baby's routine. Great read.

This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Book list calls “Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.

I hope you enjoy my fun book recommendations for this month.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My Niece and I

My beautiful niece and I, she combed my hair and thought I looked so pretty ( they joys of being a kid). She calls me her BFF ( too cute) awww I just thought I would share this picture with my followers. This was taken last month July while I was vacationing in Florida.


Pregnant Alicia Keys.

Alicia Keys vacationing with her husband and friends. She looks beautiful.


Time Relax

All I need right now is sometime to relax.
Relaxing is a funny thing. We all say we want to relax more, but then we say we don’t know how to relax.

I don’t think its so much we don’t know how to relax, I think we don’t allow ourselves the time to relax. No one can’t relax in five minutes in front of the TV. We can’t do it while sitting at a red light. We need to make time each day to do something we really enjoy. Read a book, work in the yard, paint a picture. It doesn’t matter what we do to relax. It only matters that we are doing something that makes us release the stress of the day and allows our body and mind to relax. Let us try to put this to the test. I know I did relaxed this past Sunday and I loved it... Since at times my blog is like a journal, I figured I would share with my readers how in need of a relaxed day I need.

Celebs Out & About

Celebs Out & About