How to Exercise the Lazy Way? Just Walk!

Walking-Benefits-03fe28adFrom “Natural Awakenings” article – Just Walk: 22 Minutes a Day Boosts Well-being

The following is adapted from a Natural Awakenings magazine article, which can be read in its entirety by clicking the link above.

If the only exercise you do is walking, you still reap the physical and mental benefits listed below.

All you need to do is walk for 22 minutes a day, which comes out to approximately three hours a week! Continue reading “How to Exercise the Lazy Way? Just Walk!”

How to Wear Summer Colors until the First Day of Fall

quartz and serenity
Quartz and Serenity – Spring/Summer colors

When Pantone came out with their spring colors of the year, I told you they were my best colors.  That was because according to my testing through Carol Jackson’s book Color Me Beautiful (CMB), I determined that the colors that looked best on me were from the Spring palette. Continue reading “How to Wear Summer Colors until the First Day of Fall”

How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy: Daily Exercise

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From biologyofexercise.com

July:  Sustaining Daily Exercise

This is a diary of the healthy lifestyle goals that my son, Chris, and I are making together each month.  In July, Chris wanted to get from one to two hours of exercise five days a week, and I wanted to get a half-hour of aerobic exercise five days a week with stretching and weights on the other two days. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy: Daily Exercise”

How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy: Exercise

Nancy's swimming pool Actual Size
The pool where I usually swim

June:  Creating an Exercise Program

This is my health diary.  It began in March, when my son, Chris, and I shared with each other what we would give up for Lent.  We missed the beginning, since Easter was earlier this year, so we only had the month of March left.  I gave up drinking wine every day and Chris cut down on eating pizza.  We were happy that we improved our diets by doing this, so in April  I cut down on sweets and Chris stopped drinking soda pop.  In May, Chris cut down on chips and I added a fruit or vegetable to each meal.  This month, we began to make exercise goals. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy: Exercise”

How Your Friends Make It Easy to Be Healthy: Quitting Chips, Adding Veggies

chips
Bet you can’t eat just one…or, bet you can’t quit!

May:  Cutting Down on Chips & Adding a Fruit or Vegetable to Each Meal

This is a diary of the healthy lifestyle goals that my son, Chris, and I are making together each month…

Chris’ Experience

Chris is a busy actor in New York.  He’s always working and travelling around the big city.  Since he is not home much, he has to find food on the run.  He was finding himself eating a whole bag of chips at a time.  It was something that he could easily pick up while passing stores when he got hungry but had no time for a meal.  In May, he decided he had to stop eating so many chips!

I had often noticed that I was not getting the five or more fruits and vegetables that we are supposed to have every day.  I decided that now was the time to do something about that. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy to Be Healthy: Quitting Chips, Adding Veggies”

How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy: Cutting Out Pop & Sweets

 

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from hubpages.com

April:  Quitting Soda Pop and Cutting Down on Sweets

This is a diary of the healthy lifestyle goals that my son, Chris, and I are making together each month…

Have you ever heard that if you work on forming a new habit for at least 21 days, it will stick?  Well, Chris and I felt after 21 days of cutting down on pizza and wine that we had accomplished our goals.  We had taken a step toward a healthier diet.

In March, I told you that our goal for April was for Chris to cut down on drinking soda pop to once a week and for me to cut down on sweets. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy: Cutting Out Pop & Sweets”

How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy: Cutting Down on Pizza & Wine

Pizza & White Wine

He cut down on pizza; I cut down on white wine

March:  Cutting Down on Pizza & Wine

This is a diary of the healthy lifestyle goals that my son, Chris, and I are making together each month…beginning with the story of how it all started.

Every year, even though we are not religiously Catholic, my son and I tell each other what we are giving up for Lent.  I was raised that way, so I kept the habit.

My son, Chris, is now an actor in New York.  Although he lives far away now, we keep in touch by phone between visits.  We missed the start of Lent this year.  When we began discussing our diet downfalls, it was just a few weeks before Easter.

Chris & I in NYC Sept 2015
Chris and I in NYC

When Chris and his sister, Kari, were growing up, I had a strong network of support from other moms.  Someone suggested putting on music, lighting a candle and having a glass of wine when cooking dinner every day.  That became my way of making food in the spirit of love for those I was serving.

I still have that habit.  I quit my beloved red wine because I discovered that it made my skin break out, but I replaced it with white wine.  Even though I never liked white wine, I still couldn’t seem to break the ritual of having a glass of wine every evening. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy: Cutting Down on Pizza & Wine”