Heidi

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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2011-04-27

Wordless Wednesday- My Favorite Place In The World!

Can you guess where this is?




“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay for awhile and we are never, ever the same.” Carole King (I think)


2011-04-26

I think I know Why Forrest Gump Loved To Run-No, Really I Got It!

Run, Run, Run.......
Let’s not kid ourselves here-the reason my blog has the word wannabe in it is because I want to be a health nut-well sort of. I want to be healthy, eat all the right things, be toned, exercise and enjoy doing all these things. Now for the reality- I love Cheetos, chocolate, pizza, and diet Coke with a passion! I despise exercise most of the time and cooking healthy things well nope not really. Sure I make an effort to do the right things to be healthy but still seem to fall into the bag of Cheetos and box of my beloved chocolates. So writing this blog is my way of putting my best foot forward to be the health nut that I wannabe.

Now saying all these things I will tell you that I have fallen in love!!! Yes euphorically, breathtakingly in love with……… RUNNING! OMIGOODNESS! Me-Heidi loves to run-to actually get up early with those “crazy” people who love to run and run fast! To make a point almost everyday to run several miles!! I don’t know and am not going to question why or how but I really love it! I love feeling the sweat from a hard workout, the pride in that I got off my booty and did something positive, the euphoria after I have finished a long and difficult run. The reason this is all so amazing is because as I said above, I despise exercise! Have despised it my entire life. I did it because I felt that I had to but I NEVER, EVER enjoyed it!!! Please! I used to look at those avid runners like what the he _ _!!! Why would ANYONE ever subject themselves to that willingly? To me exercise has always been a form of torture forced upon one to keep their clothes from getting too tight. Now I run when I’m sad and I feel better, I run when I’m happy, I run when I’m stressed and the stress seems to melt away!! I run miles and miles and miles and on my days when I feel down I run really fast. Sometimes I have to laugh because the thought of me being an avid runner is pretty hysterical!

I am writing this to tell you that it can be done! Miracles can happen and to you out there like me who thought or think exercise is pure absolute insanity I tell you to think again. Find your niche whether it be walking, running, yoga, weights, gardening, whatever it is-find it!  Running has saved me from so many bad habits, bad clothes and stressful times.  I run it off! Physically and mentally you will feel like a new person!! FIND IT!  You will be glad you did!!! And as for the healthy eating-I’m working on it but one thing at a time. LOL!



Have a great day:)

Heidi
2011-04-18

Memories on Music Monday-Colbie Caillait

Most of us have songs that instantly remind us of someone or something.. Here is one of mine....

Have a great day!

Fallin' For You.....

  Colbie Caillait
2011-04-06

It Doesn’t Have To Be Bad For It To Be Good For You!! Chocolate, Caffeine, and Sleeping In!

It Doesn’t Have To Be Bad For It To Be Good For You!! Chocolate, Caffeine, and Sleeping In!


For most of my life I believed that if something was good for you then it had to taste awful, leave me feeling hungry, and send me to some horrific exercise regime that left me in the back of the class breathing hard and near dead. I can recall years and years of running (and hating every second), eating funky icky foods, trying every new diet, and even not eating all in a bid for that perfect body (there is no such thing). As I got older and did some research I learned that you can like something and it can still be good for you! Keep in mind that moderation is always the key I believe. Sure you can reach for a mini Snickers bar if you want just don’t reach for ten of them and justify it to yourself that well although you had ten they WERE minis (this is what I do and I do know better but the lure of the Snickers is powerful for me).

Here You Go….

-Sleep , sleep, sleep- People who sleep seven to eight hours nightly are twice as likely to reach a ripe old age as those who get less shuteye, according to a study out of the U.K.’s University of Warwick and University College London. When you don’t get enough sleep your body’s production of the appetite suppressing hormone leptin is disrupted- raising your risk of life-shortening obesity. It also triggers blood sugar imbalances that can lead to type Two diabetes. (re-Woman’s World).

-Chocolate-mmmmmmmm-Nibble on dark chocolate (really? Yesssss really!)- Dark chocolate has flavonoids, which destroy the free radicals that cause inflammation. Just two squares of a dark chocolate bar, two Hershey’s Kisses or a dozen semisweet chocolate chips cuts inflammation by 17%. This is great news because chocolate is DELICIOUS and you can help beat chronic inflammation which is behind many illnesses-including heart diseases, Alhzheimer’s and diabetes!!!! Chocolate lovers have also been known to have lower levels of stress hormones in their bloodstream. Say hello to chocolate (remember, in moderation-hard for me but a must).

Caffeine- "Caffeine is starting to get attention because it may prevent skin cancer as discussed in the February issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Consumption of caffeine has been shown to be associated with lower incidences of nonmelanoma skin cancers in several epidemiological studies (Jacobsen et al., 1986; Hakim et al., 2000; Abel et al., 2007; Rees et al., 2007). However, too much caffeine can actually pack on the pounds so keeping it to 16 oz of diet soda with caffeine or 1 or 2 cups of coffee is probably best. One study of over 93,000 women showed that drinking coffee decreased their risk of skin cancer. Other research suggests that both oral and topical caffeine may offer powerful anticarcinogenic benefits."

And………….

According to Supermodel Elle McPherson’s trainer James Duigan author of, “The Clean and Lean Diet” exercise is really not about killing yourself everyday for hours (thank heavens) Instead - “Duigan's motto is work smarter, not harder.Understanding that many people have busy lives, he has devised an eight-minute workout of resistance exercises to be done twice a day. This can be extended with a walk or by attempting the more advanced workouts in the book.

“You should never really be working out for longer than an hour. Any longer than that and you haven't been working smart enough in that hour and you're really just putting your body under unnecessary stress,” he said.

“I'd say if you can do a good metabolic resistance circuit for about 10 minutes in the morning, which is an achievable amount of time, and then 10 minutes in the afternoon or evening, then you'll see good results with your physique.”

And as I have said above, it is really about moderation and balancing so that you can enjoy the things you love and be healthy. I say this as I am eyeing the bowl of fun size Snickers across from me. If only will power came a little easier to me.