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How Functional Is Your Fitness?

I remember the first time I threw my back out. I distinctly recall the sensation—like my upper and lower body suddenly disconnected like two train cars uncoupling at the station. 

How did I hurt my back? Was I water skiing? Was I doing a bench press at the club? No. I was at home, sweeping the floor. I crumpled to the floor and remained there motionless and in agony for about 15 minutes before I was able to crawl to the couch. Not only was I in horrible pain, I was stymied as to how it happened. 

The Problem with Procrastination

Take a minute and make a mental list of tasks you’re prone to avoiding (or are avoiding right now!). They might include returning a phone call, doing household chores, or completing a project you started long ago.

Now imagine that task is completed.  While imagining, take note of the feelings you’re experiencing: satisfaction, relief, peace of mind, joy, pride?

Notice there is no feeling of regret. 

Ever notice that it is often the things we don’t want to initially do that end up being the most satisfying upon completion?

A Healthy Sense of Competition

The other night my husband, daughter, and I were discussing the remaining competitors (clothing designers) on the TV show “Project Runway.” I made a statement about someone winning the cut-throat competition, and my daughter (age 9) replied, “But it’s not really winning that’s important—it’s whether or not you have fun!”

Take Your Ego On a Trip

“Ego” can be defined as:

The “I” or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others. OR The part of the human psyche which reacts to the outside world as well as to the demands of the social and physical environment.

So, what does ego have to do with health and wellness? 

Your Brain on Big Gulps

On June 21st there was an article in the New York Times by Tara Parker-Pope titled, “How Can a Big Gulp Look So Small?” This article was referring to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent controversial ban on selling “supersize” soft drinks to New Yorkers in efforts to curb some of the American over-consumption of empty calories in giant-sized sodas.

The food and beverage industries responded to Mayor Bloomberg’s ban by saying that when it comes to buying food and drinks, “We trust our customers to make the choices that are best for them.” 

Summertime Resolutions?

Let’s be honest. How many of us have kept our New Year’s resolutions from January (if we made them)?  Who says resolutions have to be made at the beginning of the year? Maybe the post-holiday, gloomy days of January don’t serve as inspiration for making lasting positive life changes. Why not give summer resolutions a try?

Here are some summer resolutions that focus on improving your total health for living an Optimum Life. 

Finding Inspiration

On April 28th I participated in the Napa Race for Education 5K. My husband and 8 year old daughter joined me, so it was truly a family effort.  The weather was perfect for a morning spent outdoors among other families and groups of friends.  

Cavemen and Candy Bars

You may have seen a recent episode of 60 Minutes where Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed physicians and researchers about the evils of sugar consumption. Doctors explained how excess sugar in our diets is linked to obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and now heart disease.

If Only...

“If I could just lose weight, I’d be so much happier.”

“Having more money would take my stress away.”

“If only I could finally get organized—then I’d never feel overwhelmed again.”

“If I had more time, I’d be able to cook healthier meals.”

How Healthy are You Really?

Do you consider yourself healthy? Is your spouse healthy? Are your closest friends healthy? Are your children healthy? What about your coworkers? Your siblings? Your parents?