Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Return of Ten Tip Tuesay!

Hello Everyone,

Where did July go?  Man, summer sure likes to breeze by us, don't you think?  Have you been working on any goals?  I'd love to hear from you about any "goals in progress" you might have.  I've been good with my "21 Days to Success" chart, where I've worked on my book everyday, for at least an hour. If I have too many time constraints one day, and can't fit in the one hour, I make sure the next day I put in two hours.  So, it seems to be working for me. Of course, it's something I love to do, so that helps.

OK.  Time for some more tips!
1.  Here's one from my mother:  Brush and floss your teeth after dinner, so you won't be tempted to eat anything else before bed.
2.  Drink more water!  Lack of water is the #1 cause of daytime fatigue.
3.  You never know when you and your friends might need to call a cab.  Take the time now to look up the phone numbers of your local cab companies and plug them into your cell phone contact list.  You'll be glad you did. 
4.  Ever wonder how scientists determine the number of calories in a food item?  In a lab, they separate the macro nutrients, (protein, fat and carbohydrates), from the components that contain zero calories, such as water and minerals.  Then, they take the weight of each of the macro nutrients, in grams, and multiply the grams of fat by 9, and the grams of protein and carbohydrates by 4.  See why we should eat less fat?  It has over twice the calories per gram as the other two macro nutrients.
5.  Alcohol, which is NOT a macro nutrient, has 7 calories per gram.  Moderation is important for many reasons, "empty" calories being one of them.
6.  I like this quote by Henry David Thoreau--"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm."  Hang on to your fun (but safe) impulses.  And remember, that when you eat right, sleep enough, and exercise regularly, you develop a new found, even contagious, enthusiasm.
7.  Stretching daily is so important.  It's best to exercise when your body is warm, so do some walking first.  That way the blood flow is making the muscles warm and more elastic, so there will be less chance of injury.
8.  Headaches can be such a bummer.  Next time you have a headache, visualize that artery that is throbbing in your head and tell it to relax, so the blood will flow more easily.
9.  When you strength train, exhale during the exertion phase, and inhale when you are returning to the starting position.
10.  Some easy ways to cut 100 calories:  ice cream in a dish, instead of a cone;  nonfat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream;  pancakes without butter on top;  and, corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas.

That's all for now!  I hope you have some fun activities and goals planned for August, before it is behind us.

Wishing you wellness,

Mary R.

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