Sunday, September 5, 2010

Here I go again - and a BMI to you too!

Yes, I know that I start my 21 days to Health and Wellness on the 1st of the month but I had an awaking today.

I've not had the opportunity due to travel to be on the "Wii" fitness program.  Ok, ok.... kind of an excuse.  No, really... it is an excuse.  I need to STOP THAT now.

To many days had passed since I last step on the Wii Fitness board  and the Little guy who welcomes me when I turn on the Wii fitness program  reminded me by asking "where have you been?".  I'm thankful they didn't allow the guy to say what he was really thinking ... "where the heck have you been lady...."  Thank Godness I've maintained my wieght and fitness level since I last stepped on the board.  Unfortunately, I hadn't met my Goal. 

Any whooo,  (guilt acknowledged ... now MOVE ON) 

 The little guy said that I had to reset my goal.  
Yes, I'm  talking that I still need to lose about 8-10 lbs.  
 I have lost 18 lbs since starting this blog.  But, I need my BMI to  be 22 to be healthy.  
Side note to ME: This reminds me about my Calcium and Vit D intake, cuz if I get shorter due to bone loss then I'll have to re calculate my BMI!  YIKES... it never ends!

Although,  I do like to start on the 1st day of the month so I know by the date what day I'm on... TOO BAD, so Sad... I'm starting NOW.    

Actually, when I think about it....... it works out fine since I am  going to a Health Resort  on the 23rd until the 27th.  Perfect.  I'll end the 21 days there.  Right,  Math genius that I am   6 + 21 is 27!  Yahoo  -  It was meant to be.  (yes, I'm so very very blessed to have the opportunity to go to this resort)

So, tomorrow I'll start my Day One of the 21 day blog
 to Health and Wellness and lowering my BMI   

I'm going to stand on the stage for a moment and give my testimony:
This blog has been an amazing encouragement for me.  It has reinforce my goal every morning.  It has given me new insight and a new strength to make healthy choices for my body, mind and spirit.  It has made me accountable "to me".  I have found a new freedom in expressing myself and LISTENING to myself talk (ask my sister's....  I've always had conversations with myself... it just use take place in front of the mirror  with the bathroom door locked).

The 21 day thing is something that takes doing several times over.  Let's face it.... I've had 50+ years developing  lifestyle habits that will take more than just 21 days session to break.  Each of the 21 day journey's have centered on reinforcing  new lifestyle habits. 

I tella you the truth (as my Sicilian Grand ma would say)  It has worked

 I still have NO desire to take  a piece of "See's Candy" when offered.  I still have no war inside me as I stand in front of the pastry counter at Starbucks.   I still look for opportunities to "MOVE"  exercise, walk..... stretch.  I'm seeking spiritual food!! and a closer relationship with my creator each day. 
I'm happier and more physically in shape than I've been in a long time.  
I've discovered what God created - Me!

I am His Temple and I want to honor Him by Respecting ME!  

Yes,  I am committed and ready to GET HEALTIER!  Kick up the Heat! 

Psalms 37:5

Commit everything you do to the LORD. 

Trust him, and he will help you.

Here I go!

Salute!  To Your Health and Wellness

 Notice I have removed negative words like "diet"and replaced it with positive words like: lowering my BMI, Getting Healthier, becoming more Strong & Fit.

So you just want to be Happy

Are you smiling?

Do you know that when you smile your body receives the message that your happy.  
The body then say 
"Hey, she's happy.... oooo oh  I better release the happy juices (endorphins) through her body" ... Then the mind say's "hey wait.... We're happy... better get myself in sync with the body and be happy".... then the Spirit  catches on and is soothed and at peace as it sails in  the happiness that's happening in the body and mind.

Sound crazy?   It's been researched that a smile can "turn IT around"

1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. 
We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. 
Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away -- but a smile draws them
 Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.
3. Smiling Is Contagious
When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. 
A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. Smiling Relieves Stress
Stress can really show up in our faces. 
Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. 
When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. 
The stress should be reduced and you'll be better able to take action.

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling helps the immune system to work better. 
When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. 
Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. 
Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. 
Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. 
Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling.

7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. 
Together these three make us feel good. 
Smiling is a natural drug.

 8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger
The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. 
Don't go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day -- you'll look younger and feel better. 

9. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful
Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. 
Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.

10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It's hard. 
When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that "Life is Good!" 
Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.

I know, You don't want to be FAKE  - 
Well, have you heard the saying "fake it till you make it"?  

I want to go just a step further - 
DO THESE THREE THINGS TODAY (ahhh, just try it

1. Yes, plaster a big smile on your face!    
                            Then engage your mind and spirit (as I keep saying) with your body.
2. Your Mind then thinks of THREE things to be grateful for
3. Your Spirit then Thanks God for the THREE things you are grateful for 

Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving thanks.
 1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; 
       come before him with joyful songs.

 3 Know that the LORD is God. 
       It is he who made us, and we are his [a] ; 
       we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving 
       and his courts with praise; 
       give thanks to him and praise his name.

 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; 
       his faithfulness continues through all generations.

I don't want to belabor this but here is  a story:

As I was drifting off to sleep I was awaken and asked for help.  Of course my first thought was  "ahhh, for crying out loud...  I just closed my eye's and was almost a sleep".  But, then knowing I loved this person and want to take care and please them I got out of bed to assist them.  My desire to assist was as small as a mustard seed. 

As I stepped out of bed, (trying to be funny), and said  "thank God I have two legs to get up for you... thank God I can see to walk across the room... thank God I can find my way to the kitchen... thank God I have the strength to get you a glass of water... thank God we have water... thank God that I have you to get water for...."

You got the picture?  Instead of resenting and grumbling at my task... I CHOOSE to have a Grateful heart.  

My antic's  actually made me smile and created a loving lighthearted moment for me and the one I love.

Turn it around  S M I L E!

Do it for your Health and Well being

Do it for You  (other's will be blessed)

Salute!  To your Health and Wellness

PS  For those trying to lose weight 
"when you're unbalanced you fall"  
Balance your Spirit, Mind and Body