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Talk Thursday with a Healthy Kick

In fitness, Talk Thursday on January 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Talk Thursday with a Healthy Kick

This week the Talk Thursday series features Tara. I learned of Tara through a coworker a few months ago. I was intrigued with what I heard about her experience and knowledge. Her passion for health and fitness is exciting. I look forward to hearing more from her in the future. She provides very good advice on improving your health and living a better life. Enjoy her answers below.
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Motivation Monday: Fitness, or the Lack Thereof

In Health Thoughts, Thoughts on October 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Motivation Monday, Fitness or the Lack Thereof

Okay, truth be told, I haven’t worked out in over a month. I have fallen off the wagon. I need to get back on. I’ve been busy lately – working and volunteering on a project with my sorority. This leaves little time for exercise. There have been random days where I park in a remote (read “far away”) parking space. However, this is not by choice but by fact that I arrived at the wrong time. Those are the days I get the most [air quote] exercise [end air quote].

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So You Think You Can Run?

In Weight Loss on October 25, 2010 at 6:18 PM

In a previous post, I mentioned the Couch 2 5K Running program as a resource for online… Since that time, I’ve been actively using the program and enjoying the time I’ve spent running. In the month that I’ve been ‘running’ there have been struggles [getting up early] and challenges [the Koehler Hill is no joke!] and setbacks [rain and pains]. Each week of the program takes you to a different level. However,  I’ve chosen to remain at Week 2 for three weeks. After this week, I plan to move on. My Sister-in-Law told me that Week 3 is the first big hurdle to overcome [in the program]. Yea, I’m not ready yet.

clip art of running shoes

Happy #TweetFeet with the C25K Program!

I’m positive that my hesitation in moving on to Week 3 is more mental than physical. The mind is a powerful thing. I’ve talked myself INTO staying at Week 2 while simultaneously talking myself OUT of the Week 3 challenge. Bethenny Frankel talks about food noise, but I believe I’ve experienced “exercise noise.” Henry Ford said it best:

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right. “

That statement is so true it hurts sometimes. Over the past few years  I’ve become keenly aware of the words that people say [including myself]. People so easily “talk” situations and things into existence. I’m not speaking on a spiritual level per se, but rather a level about what you believe to be true. Another appropriate quote comes to mind:

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

Our thoughts are part of the foundation of our existence. What you think you can do…or can’t do…is reality.

Want to change your life, your situation, your future? Change your thoughts!

As I close, I will continue with the running program and will  [as promised] provide periodic updates. What’s on your mind? How do you handle the “noise” in your life?

One Fourth of What You Eat Keeps You Alive

In Aha Moment, Weight Loss on October 10, 2010 at 8:10 PM

“1/4 of what you eat keeps you alive; ¾ of what you eat keeps the DOCTOR alive.”

Think about it. This is such a true statement. What are we really eating and how is it affecting our bodies? I attended a Maximized Living Makeover Workshop presented by Dr. Traci Bishop of the Natural State Health Center.

Maximized Living logo

I entered this workshop with doubt and skepticism regarding the Maximized Living program. I’m still working my way through the “Cruise Ship or Nursing Home” book, and my thoughts waiver often (just being honest). I am struggling with losing weight, and it’s hard when there are so many items of information tossed your way each day – low fat, no carbs, fat flush, maximized living, weight watchers, etc. So, YES, negative thoughts were swirling in my mind as the workshop started.

However, after learning some shocking statistics, I started to realize the horrible truth of the above quote. We are what we eat? Literally. A few facts that shocked me into reality:

**75% of the world’s prescription drugs are consumed in the United States

**You can go 1 month without food. You can go days without water. You can go minutes with air. You CANNOT go ONE SECOND without nerve supply!

**Canola Oil is not vegetable oil. It stands for “Canadian Oil, Low Acid.” Who knew?!

The five essentials of Maximized Living

The discussion focused on the 5 Essential areas of maximized Living:

  1. Maximized Mind – You have to get your mind right, and eliminate the noise (stinking thinking) that
  2. Maximized Nervous Supply – The nervous system is the essence of how well your body is functioning and healing. It’s the missing link in healthcare today.
  3. Maximized Nutrition – Nutrition is an integral part of health, wellbeing, and longevity.
  4. Maximized Oxygen and Lean Muscle – Motion is life. Maximized Living has developed a cutting edge exercise program that literally takes only minutes a day!
  5. Minimized Toxins – Your body must detoxify. It must be purified to function properly

I learned about the importance of healing your body from the inside by removing toxins, avoiding bad food (processed food, high fructose corn syrup, sugars), eating good foods (vegetables, grass-fed meat, raw nuts, etc), and more focused exercise.

The first step is to have an action plan. Write down a goal as if it was already achieved. My goal:

As of December 31, 2010, I have achieved my goal of being 20 pounds lighter.

I will achieve this goal by believing in myself, eating the right foods and moving more. What are you health goals for the next 10 weeks? Who and what do you want to be by the December 31?

French Fries Are My Friend…and That’s a Problem

In Aha Moment, Weight Loss on August 29, 2010 at 4:05 AM
gourmet french fries

Hello French Fries, my friend and confidante

Yes, I’m addicted to fries. There. I said it. But, what does it mean? NO, I’m not in a 12-step program…officially. Essentially, I had an Aha Moment (a la “O” Magazine) last night. There was a moment where the skies opened, the thunder rolled [in my mind], and I realized that food had become my addiction. I use the word addiction to convey the seriousness of the situation. It may be a bit harsh, but addiction seems like the right word.

Prior to last night I was in denial about my relationship with food. I knew I weighed MORE THAN the average, but didn’t dwell on the fact that my size was not normal. However, after buying clothes in a bigger size last month and the humiliating fact that my newest (and favorite) pair of shoes were now hurting every toe I own; I really started to evaluate things.

And…yes, I’m an addict. Food is my friend, my confidant, my counselor, my BFF…my partner in crime. If I have a problem, I eat. Hurting? Have a meal. Happy? Let’s eat! Eating is a hobby.

So, here’s my attempt at STEP ONE

“I admit that I have become powerless over food and my life [with food] has become almost unmanageable.” Thank you.

I’m going to let this last statement marinate for a bit. Carry on.


This blog will serve as an outlet (both serious and humorous) as I navigate the choppy waters of weight loss, living and learning in the South. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments (and recipes) as I travel along a healthier path.

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