We are on a quest in our family to solve some bathroom issues with one of our kids. We have spoken to our pediatrician, used some medicine but we are now trying to get a step ahead and monitor their diets. Probiotics have been in the news the past few years and it seems like it could be the answer to our problems. I have been doing some research on why kids need probiotics in their diets.
Did you know that you have access to hundreds of free workout videos on YouTube?!?! I put out a call to my friends to see if they knew of any free workout videos on YouTube that they could recommend. So many people responded and wanted to give me their opinion of their favorites that I was overwhelmed. Turns out that all of my friends have been using exercise videos on YouTube and I had no idea that we could have access to all of this for free!
This past week we were on spring break and had a great time at the beach. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t warm enough to be at the beach all day so we spent more time at the park than we normally do. Usually I can just let them run around at the park and I don’t need to entertain but we were there every day for at least an hour so I had to get creative to keep it fun. My boys helped me come up with 4 favorite outdoor games.
Have you ever been running listening to a great song and feel like you could run forever and then the next song comes on and even though it is a good song it slows you down? I finally figured out why that happens and how to find songs that keep me going at a good pace.
Each song has a certain number of beats per minute (BPM) and the more BPMs in the song the faster your pace will be while listening to the song. You want to find the correct songs for the pace that you want, you don’t want one that is too slow or even one that is too fast.
My favorite way to find out which is the right pace is the next time you go for a run or walk pay attention to which songs inspire you to run or walk at the speed you want. Afterwards go to your computer and find out what the BPM is for that song by going to this website, www.songbpm.com and typing in your song. Type in one or two that you like so you have a range of BPMs that work for you.
If you already know the pace you want to run/walk or you have now figured it out by the above website then you could go to www.jog.fm and it lists songs by pace.
For example it will say:
Shake it Off by Taylor Swift is 160 BPM and therefore a 9:00 mile pace
Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benetar is 181 BPM and is a 6:54 mile pace.
This is fun because it will give you ideas of songs that you may have never even thought of before. You also may try new artists that will pump you up for a good workout.
If you are like me, good music really makes a workout feel great. It even helps motivate me to go for a workout if I know I have new music.
What songs do you like to listen to while working out? I like Blurred Lines, Uptown Funk and Blow as some of my favorites. What are yours?
Do you feel so tired when you go to bed that you think you will fall asleep before your head hits the pillow? Then when you do lay down you can’t get your mind to shut off and you end up laying there for what seems like hours before actually falling asleep. I used to swear it took me at least 45 minutes to an hour to actually drift off to sleep. Now that is all over, I actually found the solution to falling asleep within a couple minutes of putting my head down.
A sound machine!
Yes, a sound machine is a must for helping babies fall asleep quickly and stay asleep longer so we should all be using them too. I wish I would have figured it out 20 years ago. I would lay there telling myself I needed to fall asleep right then to get 7 hours of sleep and then stress myself out as the time dwindled away with me just continueing to lay there. Now I fall asleep so quickly that sometimes I can’t even remember putting my head on the pillow.
It is the constant buzz that drowns out changes in other noise. For example, you may still be able to hear the air conditioner kick on if you really focused on it but if you have a sound machine on and you are starting to drift off to sleep the sound of it kicking on no longer jars your body back to being awake. Here is an article that talks about it more scientifically than I can, click here.
It takes a couple days to get used to it. I recommend you try it at a very low setting at first so you barely hear it and then work it louder every couple days to get the full effect.
Here is the sound machine we use in our our house.
Now I can really say that I sleep hard like a baby. My baby and I both sleep listening to a sound machine.
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In my last post about How to get into the Weight Loss Zone I talked about how it is important to start at a time where you have 3 – 5 days in a row where you know you won’t have any major temptations such as a party, birthday or other social event where you will be tempted to get off track. I am going to talk today about how losing weight is like the debt snowball that Dave Ramsey talks about in his book the Total Money Makeover.
You want to have several days to let yourself get into a routine and not have to make decisions. Make a meal plan or eat similar things each day for at least 3 – 5 days so you automatically are having some small successes. I ate basically the same meals each day for almost a week to limit any decisions I would need to make. If I left myself open to making a decision I would possibly give myself a decision that was not healthy or conducive to getting me to my goal.
This is the same situation Dave Ramsey is trying to give people who are trying to get out of debt. He recommends that you start paying off your debts smallest to largest. This way you quickly feel some success with paying off small loans and then you are in the routine of feeling strong and successful in your mission. This will be the same with weight loss. Once you feel some small successes you can be stronger against temptations such as social events or being stressed and tired and can still acheive your goal.
Give yourself 3 – 5 days of your new way of eating so that you can feel good about yourself, strong and happy. This gives you the strength to get in the weight loss zone. Once you get in the zone you feel like nothing is more important than getting to your goal and you are strong against temptations. So set yourself up for success and get yourself into the zone!
I am not a doctor so please don’t take this as medical advice.
Many years ago I “got in the zone” and lost 30 lbs in a couple months. I had gained a lot of weight the first year I was out of college and living in New York City. I was working non-stop, drinking most nights and there was a 24 hour McDonalds across the street from my apartment building. It was a recipe for major weight gain.
After 3 years in the city, I transferred “home” and started to slowly adjust to a more normal way of life. I still could not get the weight off even though I was constantly telling myself to stop eating so much. I was also exercising pretty regularly but nothing was happening. This is when I finally figured out how to get into the Weight Loss Zone.
If you talk to anyone that has lost a significant amount of weight in a rather short period of time, they will tell you that they understand what I am talking about when I say “the zone”. Here are my tips on how to get in the weight loss zone so that you see results.
- Eat basically the same things at each meal. Sure you can mix it up slightly but what you want is for there to be hardly any decision making in your head. You don’t want to have options where your head is thinking…”hmm, what should I have for lunch today?”. You want it all laid out, for example, for lunch today is my turkey sandwich with hummus spread and a small bag of pretzels. A weight loss system or plan could work here but I just figured out what calorie range I wanted to be at and put together some normal meals that came to that amount of calories. I can’t remember exactly but I think my breakfast was a bowl of cereal, lunch was turkey sandwich and pretzels, I can’t remember my snack and a lean cuisine for dinner. Then my popsicle trick (click here) for after dinner.
- 3 days uninterrupted. You do not want to start at a time where you know you need to go to a business dinner the next night or if a friend is having a big party that weekend where you know you will probably blow your momentum. You need to start to feel some success so that you have strength to get yourself through the tough situations. Here is what I did. I started on a Monday that I knew I had no major plans during the week. I ate food that was pretty healthy, exercised every day (I took a 45 min speed walk which was 15 mins longer than my normal amount) and did my popsicle trick. I remember that after the first week I had a hardly any results and was a little frustrated but then 10 days into it I had a big drop and then it started slowly and consistently coming off. When you start to see some success you have the strength to go to a dinner out and make the right choices.
- You have to want to feel a little bit of hunger. This is important!! I am the type of person that makes sure I never feel hungry. If I think it may be a longer time until I get a meal I will overeat or have a snack. I do everything in my power to never feel hunger but during the time I was losing weight this weird thing happened. I enjoyed feeling a little bit hundry. In my mind, it meant I was succeeding. Alert: this is where I say that too much of this is unhealthy but a when you are losing weight you need to be ok with slight hunger.
After losing almost 30 lbs I went back to eating regularly. I wasn’t overeating or in an unhealthy environment at that time so for me going back to my “normal” eating was just maintenance. I was easily able to maintain the weight loss. This way of losing weight was good because my weight gain was from a temporary change in environment and in my normal environment I was able to maintain my normal weight very easily. So I just needed to have a short period of time to get myself back to my normal weight.
I hope this helps someone. If anything, it has reminded me how to get myself into a zone to accomplish anything.
Yes, it is true. Eating Popsicles helps me lose weight. Here is how.
After dinner, I can’t stop eating sweets. I eat when I want to relax. I eat when I am stressed. I love to eat no matter what, who’s with me? It is a terrible habit but when I find that all my snacking has caught up with me and I have gained a few pounds I switch to Sugar Free Popsicles as my after dinner snack. My girlfriends all laugh at me when I tell them but it works.
Sugar Free Popsicles are only 10 calories each. So, in my crazy head I can eat 10 of them and it would only be 100 calories. Now, I never actually get to 10 popsicles, but in my mind if I tell myself I can then it seems like such a treat and I am not depriving myself. It takes about 5 mins to eat a popsicles so I get that satisfaction of a sweet snack that takes a long time to eat. At most I have 2 -3 and then I am satisfied and (BONUS) I have only had 20 – 30 calories.
I love tricks like this so if you have anything similar please share with me!