Distracted From Our Value

Regardless of the food we eat; the way and how often we exercise; and what our end results will be, we all have to start with setting a goal.  Some people have the goals of losing weight, others have a clothing size they want to fit in, some want to add muscle mass, others want to improve their strength and flexibility.  We are different, and our goals are as different as our method of achieving success.  However, this part is only a fraction of a much larger process.tumblr_ms5zhacwNO1qav7gxo1_1280

More often than not, there is a deeper issue that has rooted itself within us that has caused us to stray from where we once were or would ultimately like to be.  For example, I am an emotional eater.  When I am stressed, worried, anxious, depressed, or anywhere in a negative state of mind, I have the tendency to eat.  I recognize that it is only a temporary fix that I always regret sinking into, but somewhere along the way I adopted the habit of finding comfort in food.  I have friends who are the direct opposite and lose their appetite until they have worked through their problems, and then they regain their appetite.  Again, we are all different.

When I first started my She’s Evolving blog, my focus was mainly on weight loss, but that soon changed.  I realized that until the deeply rooted problems are addressed, any results will be temporary.  I had to figure out what my trigger spots were, and although I’m not perfect and I have not solved all of my life’s challenges, I am working on learning new ways of dealing with my problems.  This realization changed She’s Evolving from being solely about weight loss, and became more focused on Healthy Lifestyle Evolution.

We are all more than our problems, and I think that somewhere along the lines, we have all lost sight of that.  We are so distracted by the flashing lights that we forget the value and promise within ourselves and each other.  We have forgotten the power of positivity, and words and acts of kindness.  Our attention shifted to the grand marketing scheme of wanting a lifestyle that only 1% of people actually live.  We have been sucked into a false belief of the standards of beauty and hurt ourselves and each other in trying to gain it.  Looking like the fashion models and celebrities in magazines is detrimental to who we are because we are comparing ourselves to standards that do not exist.  Our life is not airbrushed each morning when we wake up.  These distractions devalue us and undermine our accomplishments.

All of this is to say, the less distracted we are the more tuned in we are to what is important, the more we are able to look at ourselves and love what we see.  We will be less inclined to lose ourselves in pursuit of impossible standards; which leaves us to be happy with who we are.  When we are happy with who we are, we are comfortable within our skin.  This means, we are likely to invest in our happiness by taking better care of ourselves, and the world around us.

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Organic And Natural Foods: The Better Choice Or Just a Pricey Fad?

Very interesting and informative!

Little Things That Make A Big Difference

If you are curious to find out whether Organic and Natural foods are worth spending so much money on, you aren’t alone. Once found only in exclusive health stores, today organically produced foods have found their way in to every grocery store, because of the many advantages they offer.

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However, if you are in a dilemma because your best friend invests in only Organic and Natural foods and swears by it, while you have stuck to the more traditionally grown food for its cheaper rates, it is time to find out why Organic foods have caused such hype. Conventionally grown food is cheaper and more readily available, but should you ditch them for the more nutritious organic foods that offer more benefits?

 

What is Organic and Natural Food?

‘Organic’ refers to a way in which farmers grow as well as process food items like grains, legumes, fruits and vegetable…

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Home Training…My first day back to interval training at home

I started my workout sessions from home yesterday, and I’m surprised to say that my entire body aches…

I called my first day “100’s” because each group of the following equates to 100 exercises.  Completing all three groups is 300 exercises.

First Group (25 repetitions each)

1. Side Lunge Medicine Ball Touch (10lbs)

2. Medicine Ball Sit Ups (10lbs)

3. Mountain Climbers

4. Push Ups/Dips

Second Group

1. Squats

2. Donkey Kicks

3. Jumping Sumo Squats

4. Front Kicks

Third Group

1. Good Mornings (10lb barbell)

2. Jumping Jacks

3. Leg Raises

4. Sumo Elbow to Knee (10lb barbell)

Overall, the workout took me 20 minutes to complete, and I feel every part of my workout over every inch of my body.  I think this change is exactly what the doctor ordered at this stage in exercising.  I had forgotten how effective and impactful short, high-intensity workouts can be and now I remember what attracted me to Zuzana’s interval training methods.  I will continue to familiarize myself with different methods of interval training and will share my journey with you.

In the mean time, here’s some articles worth checking out!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/27/exercises-bodyweight-training_n_2543656.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anja-garcia/interval-training-benefits_b_3116673.html

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/on-fitness/2011/02/01/4-things-women-should-be-doing-in-their-training-but-arent

http://www.muscleandfitness.com/workouts/legs-exercises/high-intensity-interval-training-home