There are so many blogs out there now a days. You could find a blog on how to tell if a dog sees in black and white or color I'm sure. Do you follow any blogs? Well I hope you do since I'm kinda hoping you are reading mine right now!

There are tons of blogs that help you find exercises, how to decorate your home, how to cook clean foods, how to keep care of your kids and how to be a good wife and mother. My point being, there are tons of blogs that offer you what you want to hear. But take caution, some of those blogs might be full of ... well you know. Especially when it comes to your health and exercises. Please read the blog with a grain of salt, unless it comes from an educated person and what they are saying makes sense! You don't want to follow a persons blog that talks about having to only do cardio and only eat eggs on Tuesdays because of the rotation of the sun and the gravitational pull :) ...

In order to be healthy, you have to live a healthy life. A healthy life consists of a balanced diet (YES balanced! Not giving up one type of food), incorporating flexibility, strength and cardiovascular fitness into your life and having these things be a way of life, not a 2 week fix to get you into a small size for bikini season only to gain it back when you drink some water.

This thing you are doing, isnt just for kicks and giggles. It isnt just so you can fit into a swimsuit and look decent while at the beach. This ... is ... your ... life! Your health, the thing that is going to keep you around so you can still play with your grandchildren instead of being stuck in a rocking chair and walking with a cane! Okay, soap box moment over! So, lets take a look at a few things you should look for and some to look away from ...

1. Do not buy into the hype if the person blogging has nothing to do with fitness/nutrition etc except that they have lost tons of weight. Just because they lost weight doesn't mean they know what they are talking about. And different things work for different people. Fitness pros can usually take things into consideration and tell you to do something and it will work. And if it doesn't, they can reevaluate things and get you on the path to your success, not Jim Bob's or Sue Ellen's success!

2. Look for credibility. Usually all blogs have an "about me" section. Well what did they go to college for? What certifications do they have? Do they have an interest in what they are talking about? (i.e. they are promoting a supplement that they created and are making money off of?)

3. If it seems incredible how someone lost so much weight in such a short amount of time ... just too good to be true? Guess what ... its not true! Oh just cut out all red foods and you will lose fat like immediately! Even if they give you good sounding reasoning behind it (The chemical in red foods causes a reaction to your fat cells which make them hold onto everything more) ... don't believe it!

If you have a question about something you see on a blog, ask someone with credentials to explain it to you! If you have a problem with something you see on my blog ... ask me, I'd be more than happy to explain it to you and why being fit and healthy is not an immediate thing you can get in two weeks :) slow and steady wins the race .... slow to go my friends!! Love ya'll and peace out!

Happy Fathers day to all the daddy's out there, I hope all you fit and hot mommas made it special for those daddy's out there ... it takes a real man to be a daddy :)
 
Clean Eating 06/18/2010
 
The last blog I wrote I talked about how to get started with your exercise regime. Although exercise is very important to a healthy lifestyle and becoming the fit mom you (we all) want to be ... there is another equally, perhaps more important part to the equation. It is ... are you ready? Healthy eating! I know we all hate to think about it, but lets take a look at this aspect and see where it takes us?

First of all ... what do you consider "healthy"? Society, mainstream, the world .. whatever you want to call it, considers healthy staying in a certain calorie range and eating from the food pyramid, right? We have all thought, for the longest time, that as long as we didnt go over 1500 or so calories a day, we should be good and lose weight ... oh but we would have to also exercise a ton seeing that we have more calories OUT than we have coming IN right? What if I told you ... which many people know already, that you didn'
t have to count calories? That as long as you eat what your body requires that you can just eat?

Living the lifestyle of eating clean has become so many peoples "saving grace" when it comes to the whole diet cycle (You know the one, you count calories, lose a few pounds then stop and you gain it all back, or you count and count calories but whatever you do it never seems to help you lose weight?).  The most important principles of clean eating are:

 - Eat every 2.5 to 3 hours
 - Eliminate all refined foods including white flour, sugar and rice
 - Shop the outer perimeter of the super market, staying away from the processed foods in the center aisles.
 - Load up on Veggies and lean meats and throw in a splash of fruit and whole grains.
 - Drink only water and non decaff drinks.

Following these "simple" rules will make a complete difference in your health. An added benefit is that you could lose a few pounds too :)