2.22.2012

So You Wanne Be Fit And Trim, Now Do Ya?

So a week or two ago, I was over writing at The Momma Bird.
For some strange reason I volunteered to write in her Health & Wellness series.
Anyhow--I got to thinking a little bit.
If I spent all this time whipping up that blog post, why not use it on my blog as well?
So that's what I am doing today.
You may call it slacking off.
I call it being a genius.

I apologize if you read this over at Michelle's blog originally.
But if you haven't--today is your lucky day.
Or something like that.

By the way.
I really don't feel like editing any of the below--so you are getting it just how it was presented on her blog.
Formal introductions and all.
Now, have at it :)
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Hello you Momma Birds.
My name is Erin, or in this case Baby Bird.
Yes, that means I have no children.
I write over at Living In Yellow.
A blog dedicated to absolutely nothing which makes it pretty easy to write.

Anyhow--today I am here to share with you some of my "Health & Fitness" tips and tricks.
I'm not gonna lie-I feel a little hypocritical writing this post.
For crying out loud, my lunch just consisted of pizza and wine.
And it's a Tuesday afternoon.
Anyhow.
I'll give it my best shot.

You see-I have to have some "healthy" things that I do,
because there are entirely way too many un-healthy things that I do.
And quite frankly, would rather do.
Say for instance--macaroni and cheese.
I dominate that stuff like it's my job.
You think I'm kidding.
I think it's an addiction.

So here is what works for me.
My hope is that 1..maybe 2 of these tid bits will work for you.
Here we go.

1. Warm Lemon Water.
I swear up and down by this stuff.
And I don't even swear.
Its amazeballs.
In fact, I wrote an entire post about the benefits.
To save you the time--I'll let you check it out on your own time.
What you need to know now is that it is an Au natural way to get all the toxins out of your system.
A fancier way to say this is that it will make you crap.
Regularly.
True story.
{Betcha anything my husband now hates me because I just said "crap" on live blog world.
 He can be so tactful sometimes}

2. Write It Down.
And I don't mean what you are eating.
Or how much you exercised.
Although I do hear good things about doing both of the above.
I mean, write down how you FEEL after working out.
Document how impressed you are with those triceps you've suddenly developed.
And how amazed you are that those jeans actually look stellar all of a sudden.
And that butt that just showed up out of nowhere?!
Document it.
Whenever you are questioning whether you should workout or not--READ THIS STUFF.
It's very hard to not hop on the treadmill after you are reminded of how good your calves looked last Summer.

3. Change Your Mindset
How many times have you told yourself
"I must run 30 minutes a day 7 days a week. No excuses"
Yeah me either.
But if I did, I would imagine it wouldn't pan out so well.
Which is why I like to think differently about working out.
Back in 2010 my New Years Resolution was to run 700 miles for the year.
This meant that I could actually take days off.
I didn't have to do x amount this day, this day, and that day.
As long as I was focused on logging the miles, I could workout whenever I wanted to.
Which happened to be in the mornings before work.
Don't worry, I got over that crazy phase.
{Sleep is way more important clearly}
But you guys--it worked for me.
I kept my mind on the end goal.
700.
So every day that I would run--I would simply write down how far I went.
And I kept a running total.
And it became fun.
Running+Fun?
I know, I can't believe I said it either.
But it worked.
And I reached that 700 miles darn it.

4. Jillian Michaels.
Enough said.
You want your butt kicked?
Go to Jillian.
My husband would hate me even more if I mentioned he can't even finish these videos.
So I won't say it.
But seriously--she has a great variety of DVDs out.
All of which are challenging and will show you results.
Trust me.
If you aren't sweating like a stuck hog by the end, you weren't doing something right.

Your arms will get cut.
So will your hands but thats besides the point.
What I'm getting at is do fun things that don't necessarily make feel like you are about to die.
Your right.
I look like I was about to die.

6. Limit Your Meat Intake
This is a new one for me since the first of the year, but I'm a fan.
It is amazing how limiting your meat makes you choose healthier options.
I almost forgot that vegetables and fruits are something people eat.
And now I can't get enough.
And seriously--I have never felt more full in my life.
That may because I am eating the heck out of beans, but honestly.
It has made a big difference.
Just some food for thought ;)
Pun intended.

....And there you have it.
Six {simple}yet effective things that have worked for me.

Will you be trying any of them?
Do tell.

Until next time....
I am off to partake in one of the healthiest things known to mankind.
What?
It has nuts.
AND a cherry on top.



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29 comments:

  1. I agree. Ice cream is my macaroni and cheese, though. I couldn't give it up if I tried.
    And I think you're absolutely right about eating less meat. I've been a vegetarian for almost 2 years now and I've never felt healthier! And it's tasty, too (even the husband will admit my veggie recipes are good).

    Andrea
    Left brain, right brain, pug brain.

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  2. Yay i love reading about other peoples health tips and tricks!! Hmm this warm lemon water I just mayyy hafta try! haha I am so guilty of only having healthy things to do because I have so many unhealthy things that i do! LOVE this post, it made me smile a lot :]

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  3. I'm addicted to lemon water - so yummy! Also, I love how you write.. building a fire pit will get your arms cut and your hands too by that's besides the point. I am dying.

    Alicia

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  4. MAYBE this is over sharing, but maybe, no definitely I'm still going to say it anyways. I've been doing this whole warm lemon water thing... and pretty much two words: like clockwork.
    ;)
    -Dani

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  5. So true - I feel that writing down how you feel and making goals help a lot! Also the warm lemon water seriously does work. It seems to curve my appetite when I have the munchies (not illegal munchies, lol). I love drinking water with lemon through the day - I swear by lemon water, hot or cold. Thanks for these tips!!

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  6. hhahahhaha its sooo weird and funny but i just had to say it... your grass is SO GREEN!! lol!

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  7. Hello! Just discovered your blog a few days ago thanks to Twitter and we definitely have a few things in common - the most important being that I am also absolutely in love with Giuliana Rancic, the fact that you call her "G", and that she gave you an incredible shout out the other day (JEALOUS! in a good way) but these tips are very realistic and refreshing ! I just started drinking lemon water last week and I felt amazing! I'm definitely going to set a goal for miles to run this year - I'm new to running, but I'm determined to make it my new best friend :) Long story short, I love this blog! You definitely made me more motivated about being fit today! Thank you!

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  8. I've been dying to try those Jillian DVDs! And maybe that mileage goal is exactly what I need to amp up my workouts. Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Despite these tips being so great, all I could think about during this entire post was mac and cheese. But, I'm definitely going to try these... Right after my mac and cheese is done.

    Thanks for the tips!!

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  10. i have all four of those workout dvds and love them. although I do mute her often as I find her quite annoying.

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  11. I think these are great! I am SOOOOO with you on the "exercise 30 minutes a day blah blah blah bs". Actually, I was doing that right now and totally failed the big one on it. If I MAKE myself do something, I totally don't do it. Heck I can't even tell myself what to do. haha. But I will try the "goal" thing you did and hopefully I will be MOTIVATED! And I'm kinda scurred with your lemon water. ha. I'm about to hit that post UP!

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  12. hahaha I love that you are dressed so perty for fire-pit making. : )
    you. are. awesome.
    !!!!!!!!

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  13. I really adore you! This might sound weird as I don't know you but you seem like someone I would totally be friends with. Great tips especially the limited meat intake is something I TRY to live by.

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  14. Lurrvvvvv your yellow top! Yellow is the colour of radiance! haha
    #radiantascanbe.com

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  15. I read about your lemon water trick a while back, and MAN does it take a lot to get used to! It's SOOO sour!! But after a few days I got used to it. I'm definitely going to start a running goal though!! Maybe start small with a goal per month, then graduate to a yearly goal come January next year. Thanks for the tips and reminders of good habits :)

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  16. Haha! You seriously crack me up. I love your honesty about your diet. I too consider myself a healthy person and then I remember the time my husband and I indulged in waaaay too much cookie butter on Belgian waffle cookies (last night. that was the time). Also...I have a lemon in my fridge. I might have to give this lemon water stuff a try.

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  17. Lemon water. Who knew? I will be trying that. Thanks for the tips!

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  18. I love this, these are amazing ideas and most of them I had never even heard before! Way to get creative with staying healthy.

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  19. Girl, you hit the nail on the head with all of the above!! Needed this little boost and reminder. I need to pull out my ole' Jillian dvds and try them again!

    Definitely need to try out the warm lemon water!

    P.S. Not sure if you are a dancer or not, but the Zumba dvds are awesome too!

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  20. You're amazing...not just because of your wonderful blog, or caring human being..but because you choose to remain fabulous even when building a firepit....seriously? Yellow cami with yellow sandals...AND a bracelet?!?! Fabulousity in it's finest!!

    Now if we can only get you to polish your nails more than once a year!:)

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  21. This was GREAT! Very funny and witty way to provide healthy tips! Loved it!...great advice too!

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  22. I am so glad I found your blog recently. I loved this post, especially your face in the fire pit photo. These tips are great and I hope I can incorporate them in my life. Thanks!

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  23. Love Jillian too! I hate to admit it, but I signed up for her online 6 week program trial and copy-pasted 6 awesome weeks of workouts into Word. I still use them since my copy of "Shred" is not friends with my current ancient laptop. Thanks for this cheery post. Glad I found you!

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  24. Just came across your blog today and I had to comment. Amen to #4! I LOVE(hate) Jillian! She is the best but I curse her daily (or I would if I worked out daily).

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  25. Just found your blog...I think I love it! I'm an on-again off-again runner and I love me some hot lemon water on a cold day (didn't know it had health benefits though). You might have motivated me to actually pop one of those Jillian DVDs into my player...maybe. (I own two and have yet to use them. Oops.)

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  26. I think you'll find that chocolate sundae is actually 3 of your 5 a day. (Do you have 5 a day in the US? Basically you have to eat 5 fruit or veg a day to be healthy.)

    Chocolate is made from cocoa BEANS. - 1
    Cream & ice cream are made from milk which is a by product of cows eating GRASS -1 (p.s. I know grass isn't a veg but it grows right?)
    Cherry - 1 (enough said)

    :P

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  27. grassfed meat is actually very healthy. Lots of iron, protein and Omega 3s!!and grassfed meat is actually quite good for the environment, as growing grass sequesters carbon.

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  28. So true - I feel that writing down how you feel and making goals help a lot! Also the warm lemon water seriously does work. It seems to curve my appetite when I have the munchies (not illegal munchies, lol). I love drinking water with lemon through the day -Hydrocortisone 10mg I swear by lemon water, hot or cold. Thanks for these tips!!

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