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I have been married to Russ for 13 years. We have two daughters, Shauna and Maddyson . I teach vocal & general music. In July 2011, we began Miehls Healthy Life Source, a home-based business. Our goal is to share safe, natural products with our friends, family, and others so the world is a safer place.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

12 Weeks to a Better You

I spent some time in the last week going through old magazines that I have accumulated and pulled out articles on healthier living, saving money, recipes, activities to do with the kids, and more.  In my upcoming blogs, I plan to use some of this information.

The information for this post was taken from "Feel Your Best EVER!" by Norine Dworkin-McDaniel in the All You:  Health & Wellness, Winter 2013

In Norine Dworkin-McDaniel's article, she outlines an Ultimate Health Challenge 12 week program to help you feel stronger, sharper, happier, livelier and, yes, slimmer.

Week 1 - Amp up your energy
  • Worn out?  It's no wonder, with your long to-do list.  Try these simple tips to recharge.
    • Get a head-to-toe checkup
    • Seek out sunshine
    • Work in a walk
Week 2 - Get fit
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week.
    • Make an effort to schedule for sweat time
    • Form a workout group
    • Squeeze in exercise on the go
Week 3 - Break a bad habit
  • Smoking?  Impulse eating?  Whatever your vice, these strategies can help you quit for good.
    • Write a list
    • Be patient with yourself
    • Secure a sponsor
Week 4 - Eat healthier
  • You'll feel more energized and less stressed, and you can lower your risk of everything from colds to cancer.
    • Reconsider your carbs
    • Cut back on red meat
    • Stock up on produce
Week 5 - Be happier
  • Everyone gets a little down in the dumps.  Make over your mind-set with these mood-boosting tips.
    • Holler when you need help
    • See every day as a special occasion
    • Pile on praise
Week 6 - Shed stress
  • Unchecked anxiety can contribute to a host of ailments, from colds and headaches to heart disease.  Use these steps to achieve inner calm.
    • Stick it to anxiety
    • Practice saying "I'll get back to you"
    • Fit in some fun
Week 7 - Lose weight
  • Slow, steady, focused efforts ensure the greatest success.  Here's how to whittle away extra pounds.
    • Put portions into perspective
    • See yourself slim
    • Eat more slowly
Week 8 - Strengthen bones
  • Fortify your frame--and ward off fractures--with these stay-well strategies.
    • Consume more calcium
    • Work out your bones 
Week 9 - Tone up your ticker
  • More women die of heart disease every year than from all forms of cancer combined, according to the Cleveland Clinic.  But about 80% of cases can be prevented with key lifestyle tweaks.  Get started with these.
    • Suss out your silent saboteurs
    • Cut back on trans fats
    • Stop smoking
Week 10 - Get sounder sleep
  • Perhaps you skimp on sut-eye to get more done in your day.  But that strategy can backfire if you become too tired to tackle your to-do list.
    • Turn in by 10 p.m.
    • Curb the caffeine
    • Take a tech time-out
Week 11 - Boost your brainpower
  • Exercising your mind can keep you mentally sharp as you age.  This week focus on getting your brain in tip-top shape.
    • Shore up your social network
    • Polish off produce
    • Get off the couch
    • Challenge your mind
Week 12 - Shield your skin
  • Flaunt a healthy, youthful complexion with these age-defying tips.
    • Slather on sunscreen
    • Avoid using soap
    • Sleep on the other side
Should you choose to try some of these tips, I wish you much success as you strive to be healthier and happier!  Have a great day!


momof2 said...

What a great challenge Kristi! There are a lot of rewards to be gained from following that list.

Lynn Barrera said...

All good advice and action items to incorporate in to our lives. Walking is one of my activities I need to be consistent. Thank you, Lynn Barrera