It feels like you are waking up earlier (because you are) – If you already have a tough time waking up in the morning, prepare to wake up an hour earlier. Though your clock easily adjusts to the changing time, your mind and body take a few days to adapt.
Children, Bed Time and Naps – You may find it beneficial to start bed time and nap times earlier, perhaps in increments, over the next couple of days to help young children adjust.
Darkness in the Mornings – For those of you who wake up before the rooster crows, it may feel like the middle of the night when you open your eyes. This is because the extra hour of beautiful daylight added to our evenings, means we sacrifice an hour of daylight in the morning leaving us to stumble in the dark as we work our way over to the coffee maker and our morning shower when we wake-up.
Enjoy Outdoor Activities – Get outside and have some fun! You can once again cycle, run or go on a vigorous walk, all the while taking in that beautiful sunshine that is now available to you courtesy of the longer days!
Three letters…B-B-Q! – Grab the grill and head out onto your patio or porch with your favorite meats, vegetables and seasonings. Your barbecue grill is a great tool for adding flavor, while avoiding high calorie add-ons like butter and oil.
Arizona – Welcome back to Pacific Time! AZ, aka the rebels of Daylight Saving Time here in the contiguous 48 United States, doesn’t participate in Daylight Saving Time.
Hawaii – aka island paradise, also does not participate in Daylight Saving Time. Since Hawaii is located near Earth’s equator there is little deviation in the amount of daylight they have whether it is summer, spring, fall or winter. Just remember to add an hour to the time difference when visiting or calling your mainland friends and family. Aloha nui loa!
Don’t forget to set these clocks:
- Bedroom alarm clock
- DVD and or VCR
- Wrist watch (all of them if you have more than one)
- Wall clocks
- Phone (if it doesn’t automatically update)
- Computer or laptop (Again, if it doesn’t automatically update)
- Voicemail time stamps and answering machines
- Guest bedrooms
- Kid’s rooms and alarm clocks
- HOTEL ALARM CLOCK – if you will be away for the weekend
Source: LA Fitness Blog
Instead: Weigh in once a week during the same time of day (like first thing in the morning)
#2: Picking Throughout the DayDon’t think a few bites here and there matter? WRONG! Mindless snacking can rack up over 1000 extra calories per day that you may not be accounting for.
Instead: Jot down everything you eat and drink, even those small bites and handfuls of gummy bears throughout the day. Keep track so you know when to be more careful about munching.
#3: Not Enough ExerciseIf you’ve started walking a bit or moving around more than usual — great, keep it up! But in order to lose weight and see more results, you need to work hard to reach the recommended amount of time you exercise.
Instead: The recommended minimum to help reduce the risk of diseases like heart disease and cancer is at least 30 minutes most days of the week of moderate-intensity physical activity. For weight management, it’s at least 60 minutes most days of the week. If you don’t exercise at all, ask your doctor before starting.
#4: Lack of SleepAccording to an article presented at The American Thoracic Society women who didn’t get enough shut eye (less than 5 hours per night) were 32 percent more likely to experience major weight gain of 33 pounds or more as compared to women who slept at least 7 hours a night.
Instead: Tuck yourself in bed and plan for at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
#5: Weekend SplurgingYou work hard on your healthy eating plan during the week, but weekends are a free-for-all where all your hard work is sabotaged by takeout, cocktails and unlimited snacking. All these little treats add up.
Instead: Be mindful of the weekends — they count, too! Instead of going all out, choose a few small indulgences throughout the week to keep from feeling deprived.
Instead: Opt to eat in more often. When you do go out, choose the simplest items on the menu and ask for a full list of ingredients and cooking methods. Don’t be afraid to ask for smaller portions or higher-calorie ingredients on the side.
Instead: Opt for water or other non-calorie beverages. Drink smoothies and protein drinks in small portions (about 8-fluid ounces) and be mindful of the ingredients used.
Instead: Be mindful of portions — start by measuring them out to get a better feel of how much you really should be eating.
#9: Rewarding Yourself with FoodThe classic mistake of saying “I just exercised an hour and deserve an ice cream sundae” won’t reap any rewards. That 600-plus calorie indulgence likely has many more calories than you’ve just burned off with exercise. Healthy eating still stands when you exercise.
Instead: Reward yourself with non-food rewards like a manicure, new music, a bubble bath or a good book.
Instead: Get the facts
Source: Food Network
If it were so EASY, everybody would be doing it!
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There is no such thing as an easy button...I wish there was. I still believe it takes FOCUS, Consistency, and Determination to make it happen. It's day in and day out.. It's figuring out HOW to make it happen for yourself even when you are faced with daily challenges...Yes, daily challenges. Kids get sick, you have a fight with the hubby, work, teachers, ugh...just LIFE in general. Do YOU have what it takes to MAKE IT HAPPEN?
Dig DEEP and ask yourself that question. Be truthful, BE Confident, BE YOURSELF...... If you don't, then what is it going to take to get there?
Do you have to hear from a DOCTOR that unless you get your health in order, you are not going to be able to live the quality of life you expect?
or does it take another catastrophic event in your life to make you WAKE UP?
Think ABOUT IT?
YOU can make it happen for yourself just like you are sitting here reading this blog..... Instead of sitting on the computer, get up and go for a 20 min walk....too cold where you live? Then go walk the stairs in your house for a while and walk in circles between all the rooms. Just get moving.... It still doesn't sound appealing? Yep, its not. There IS NO EASY BUTTON...
You have to WANT IT BAD ENOUGH to make it HAPPEN. Be TRUE to yourself. Own IT and EMBRACE IT.
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