Simplify your L.I.F.E

It would be an understatement to say that we are all not busy.  From the busy mom who takes her kids to school and picks them up every afternoon.  Helping the kids with their homework while still making time to do her studies.  The Father who wakes up at 4am to prep all his stuff for his weekly business trip.  The grandparents who work after retiring from a long and meaningful career, decides to take on a small business that works them 7 days a week.

Its easy for all of us to get side tracked because we are trying to define meaning to our surroundings.  These are a few things you can do for yourself to help simplify life so it doesn’t cause you to break down.

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  • Exercising – It’s been said that exercising with decreased weight, not only reduces stress and improve better overall health, but it can help you clear your mind, sharpen your brain and decrease health problems in later years.
  • Clean the Clutter – The last thing we want to do when we are dead beat tired is to trip on something in our house and get injured.  Take a few afternoons to clean up your house (in sections if needed) to ensure that you minimize any potential hazard zones.
  • Grow a simple garden – Start small, like lettuce or tomatoes.  This will not only divert your energy to something positive but also the sense of accomplishment you get without the worries of being over burden with growing a full garden at the early stages.
  • Get Help – If you’re the type of person who runs the world around you at the speed of 200 mph, then its time to get an assistant.  Getting help is a great way to ensure that you don’t shoulder all the work on your own.  Or at least have someone spot check and pick up things you may have dropped or forgotten along the way.
  • Make use of technology – I’ve said this over and over. Technology allows our lives to be a bit simpler by tracking, alerting, notifying us on different stages of our day to day lives.  Take a small amount of time to have someone teach you so you can be more efficient with your day.
    • Focus on the positives aspects of your life – Stay away from negative people and environments. They will only further put you down and prolong your happiness. The positive people can benefit your outlook and health, and keep life in the right mindset.

Source: http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/life-made-simple/15-ways-to-simplify-your-life

We Live because We Choose To Live

I would be lying if I told myself that I have not been affected emotionally about the recent natural and man-made disasters in the past few weeks.  What we are used to seeing in television happens right in our backyard, streets, and neighborhood every day. And while I am not the type to always give my 2 cents, I felt that in my re-introduction blog this week, I will do that.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading a few books from a great author by the name of “Paulo Coelho”.  Regardless of which faith we all believe in, life’s learning lessons apply to all of us. Below is a list of phrases I took away from this man:

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  • Listen to your heart – Follow your dreams… don’t get old and wonder about the “What ifs”
  • Taking the good with the bad – We experience both because strive to move forward and keep living
  • There are many sides of yourself to love – If one aspect of life is painful or feeling empty, remember that there are many sides of your personality to look at.  Look at the things that make you happy and build on it
  • We all have 2 voices that whispers to us (good & evil) – it is up to us to decide which one we will listen to and which one we will ignore
  • All of us are a part of something bigger, something great – it may take years for us to find it, but if you pay attention to the signs happening all around you, open your mind and your heart
  • It’s ok to be a little crazy as long as you don’t hurt anyone else – Don’t hold yourself back just because society states it’s the norm.  People will think the things you say or do is just related to you being a little crazy.  But what they don’t realize is that you are doing what you want to do, where and when you want to do it.  Living life a little bit more than everyone else since you’re removing your restrictions

Assuming that bad things will never happen is unrealistic, however each and every one of us should never stop moving, never stop learning, never stop dreaming, never stop loving yourself and others, and lastly just living life.  There are those who strive their whole lives to take something that is not theirs.  But what they will never take away the one thing that makes us all special, our ability to take the damage and keep rising to the stars.

Slim down tips to for your summer body

With sunny season approaching, we all know it’s time to start dropping our winter weight and prepare for our beach bodies.  Below are some helpful tips to add to your already rocking routine to get you to your bikini outfit or surfer wear.

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Eating more Fiber in your meals – Experts believe that women eating 13g of fiber or less a day were more likely to be overweight.  Eating more fiber can lower your caloric intake without making you feel deprived since it requires you to chew your food more which speeds the passage of food through you digestive tract and boost satiety hormones.  The suggested amount for any person would be 25g in forms of fruit such as apples and oranges.

Add 5000 more steps to your day – Researches say that an average person takes about 5000 steps between going to work, errands and chores at home.  By adding more steps, you increase your health by increasing your HDL cholesterol, lowering your blood pressure, and improving your glucose control.  A study in South Carolina Univ. shows that of the 109 individuals, those who took more than 9000 steps were healthier and thinner than those who took less than 5000.  Using a pedometer to log your extra steps or just aiming for about 50 minutes (2 ½ miles extra per day) will help in slim your down.

Drinking more H2O – If you are not already doing it, drinking up to 8 glasses of water will help speed your metabolism.  The best benefit of drinking water is that you do not gain extra calories.  By drinking a glass before any meals or snacks is a great way to lose a few pounds without feeling dehydrated.

Work only 8hrs a day – Researchers from the University of Helsinky did a study on 7000 adults.  They found that those who packed on extra weight was due to having logged an excessive amount of overtime hours.  Stress along with an unhealthy lifestyle had a direct effect in changes to their hormones.  By setting limits to your workday, you give yourself time to do other more productive things such as taking a walk in the park, cooking a healthier meal and reducing your stress levels.

Eat more fresh produce – Try to trim excessive sugar and refined carbs that will cause your blood sugar to sky rocket.  Eating things like baked sweet potato, grapes and pasta are a great substitute for russet potatoes, dates and pizza.  By eating less glycemic index you can shave additional weight while lowering your sugar levels.

To learn about more tips on how to get slim for the summer, click the link below!

Source:

http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/weight-loss-numbers-really-matter?cm_mmc=Fit_Life-_-Original-_-8%20Ways%20To%20Speed%20Your%20Weight%20Loss-_-10%20Slim%20Down%20Strategies%20You%20Can%20Count%20On

Is it time to change out your wardrobe?

With daylight savings time (DST) right around the corner, it’s time once again to swap out our wardrobe to fit the season.  Away with the winter coats and heavy sweaters for a lighter tops and bottoms.  Storefronts and online retail stores piling up thousands of styles to match your every day consumer.  I am no fashion guru, I leave that to all the experts who writes articles for those magazines.  But what I do know is that we are at the age where your clothes help define the kind of person you are representing to the world.  Regardless of what you’re into, having the right apparel can motivate you to do great things.  From finding the next great career to becoming a cross fit  athlete, we feel better when we are in the right state of mind.  That’s what this article is really about.  I am not telling you to buy $500 worth of new clothes, but making minor additions to your closet can be a wonderful way to jump start that thought of pursuing your goal.Image

From sports clothing to work wear and everything in between, the internet has provide us a great way to view everything we need in a click of a button.  Below are my recommended sites to checkout for all sorts of wardrobe replacement if you have not already done so.

  • Amazon.com – This is your one stop shop for everything from comfortable house wear to James Bond 007
  • Trunkclub.com – Great place for guys to shop clothes for newest trends
  • AKBeloved.com – a great stylish place for the average girl/woman
  • REI.com – Go here if you live life outdoors. Free shipping for purchases over $50
  • Zappos.com – Free shipping & Free returns on all purchases with a variety of apparel/shoes from A-Z

Sources:

http://www.amazon.com; http://www.trunkclub.com; http://www.akbeloved.com; http://www.rei.com; http://www.zappos.com