We all start off the new year like this:
Yes, 2010 will be a great year!!
Yes, 2011 will be a great year!!
YES, 2012 will be a great year!!
We draw up a list of resolutions and make up our minds to achieve them for the new year... but somehow, come February or March (and even January 31st) we lose momentum, slow down the treadmill and sink back into the usual rocking chair of life.
In order to make this year 'greater', we need more than just words scribbled on paper, or thoughts in our minds. We need to put it into practice and make our dreams tangible and reachable.
So where should we start? Number one, I always advocate, is ORGANIZATION!! We need to manage the time that we have wisely. The hardest thing sometimes for family members, moms and/or dads, is to organize a schedule that will allow them the opportunities needed to be successful, be it fitness and health wise or other.
Luckily, I've come across a solution. I've stumbled upon a fantastic website called COZI. It is great for families, with or without kids, to keep track of whats going on in their daily routines. With this site you can schedule in your workouts, organize a family meal plan, keep track of things that need to be done or has been done, and make healthier shopping choices with your already planned list. I've started using it with my hubby and it has been a godsend. The weekly schedule emails are great and it keeps you on schedule and aware of whats happening each week. The journal is also awesome for documenting life moments and accomplishments.
So, check out the link and video below and when you done feel free to sign up for a FREE account. Lets make 2012 your year to be focused, organized and epic!
Visit the website at: WWW.COZI.COM
So, I have not posted for a while and for that I apologize. Life seemed to have sucked me into a worm hole for a bit.
Anyhow, as you are aware (or not, depending on how much you have read on this site) I have posted before and mentioned quite frequently about how important exercise is and how we can, with more daily exercise, erase or maybe even reverse some of the ailments that we find ourselves with.
That being said, I came across this incredible video by Dr. Mike Evans about 'the single best thing that you can do for your health'. You can probably guess what that would be.
Have a look at the video below and let me know your thoughts.
What are you afraid of? When it comes to making life-changing choices, fear often keeps us paralyzed and incapable of making decisions that will improve our lives. - Like the smoker that continues to smoke for the fear that he or she will start again. - Like the overweight mother or girlfriend who does not want to start a weight loss program for fear that her husband or boyfriend may not approve of her positive lifestyle changes.
I, too, have had my fears and I'm working diligently at trying to overcome them. We need to, however, not focus on our fears or mistakes and have them paralyse us, but instead we should focus on the goals that we want to accomplish and how incredible we will feel attaining them. It is always, therefore, important to find your 'WHY', and allow that to push you forward as you keep aiming for greatness.
Some great 'WHY' examples: " I need to exercise regularly BECAUSE I need to lose weight so that I can be there to see my children grow up and get married." OR "I need to quit smoking BECAUSE I do not want to suffer from lung disease or cancer. "
If you allow your WHY to motivate you, you will then be able to blaze through your fears and go boldly towards where you long to be in life. Focusing on your 'WHY' will give you the courage you never knew you had. You will then be able to move with vigour and be a person of action and not a person filled with fear and regret.
Remember: "Thinking will not overcome fear but action will." ~ W. Clement Stone
Continuing our quest to understand body types, we will now look at : The Mesomorph
The mesomorph is the person we all love to hate - we admire their flawless bodies and definition, but silently hate them for it. They usually have the following characteristics:
- Naturally muscular
- Naturally lean
- Broad shoulders
- Lose fat easily
- Gain muscle and strength easily
- Responds quickly to exercise
- Efficient and fast-burning metabolism
Mesomorphs have a great advantage, with a genetic foundation on which they can build. These people are generally talented bodybuilders and athletes. They do not have to agonize too much about what they eat and can gain muscle mass and lose weight at a fast pace. This allows mesomorphs to achieve awesome overall definition.
On the other hand, mesomorphs can gain fat as quickly as they lose it. In order to stay in great shape consistently, mesomorphs would need to put some effort into their diet. This may be harder than perceived. Since mesomorphs get results rather quickly, they tend not to be constantly motivated. Female mesomorphs should focus on cardiovascular activity and body weight exercises with moderate weight training. Male mesomorphs would need to be sure that they add weight training to their fitness regimen so that they can keep their body fat percentages down.
Ectomorphs, Mesomorphs, and Endomorphs can change their body composition, which can be done by specific diets and training techniques. In times of starvation (too busy to eat) or deprivation (being too ill or stressed to eat), due to hectic job scheduling or poor nutritional choices, a person who was once considered an endomorph may begin to resemble an ectomorph, while an athletic mesomorph may begin to look more like an endomorph as he or she gets older and loses muscle mass.
The bone structure of these somatotypes are fixed and will never change, however muscle and fat mass may change due to varying circumstances during life. Cultural condition, habits and illness may also mask the tendency of one somatotype than another. Also keep in mind, as mentioned previously, that an individual can fall anywhere on the somatotype scale. Individuals can have varying percentages of either ectomorph, mesomorph or endomorph somatotypes.
Continuing our quest to understand body types, we will now look at : The Endomorph
The endomorph body type tends to store fat very easily, and frequently finds it hard to lose the fat. An endomorph can often have a sluggish metabolism, and must be particularly careful with his/her diet. Some common characteristics of the endomorph body type are:
- Tendency to be naturally overweight
- Gain fat easily
- Difficulty losing the fat
- Larger around the waist
- Possibly sensitive to carbohydrates (particularly processed and refined)
- Slow metabolism
- Body shape is more rounded or pear shaped
- Often possess reasonable strength levels
Individuals with the endomorph body type will generally find that diet alone is not sufficient enough to achieve their weight loss goals. Diet along with weight training and cardiovascular training, will help boost their slow metabolic rate. Consuming 5 – 6 small meals daily will assist in speeding metabolism. In this regard, endomorphs would have to be stricter with their daily diet and fitness activities than ectomorphs in order to see greater gains.