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National Women’s Health Week!


Hi Ya’ll,

Sorry  I have been absent–I admit I have had some issues with my scale, WE aren’t friends! And trying to ‘get my act together’ has been a struggle! I am FINALLY back on track, getting my head together and what not. I will discuss all THAT in my next post.

I though ya’ll find this interesting, thanks Michelle (the below if from her) for getting me off my tail and helping me motivate

 

xoxoxo

Traci

Smart Ways To Stay Healthy and Fit

 

Smart ways to stay healthy and fit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women seem to have natural tendency to focus on their bodies, appearance, health and fitness. National Women’s Health Week, May 12th to 18th, gives women another opportunity to learn new information on the best ways to maintain fitness levels and improve health. Researchers have learned that there are three basic ways woman can keep their nutritional levels and exercise levels in healthy balance.

 

Balanced Nutrition

Healthy eating should being early in life with an emphasis on nutritious foods and avoidance of fast foods and processed foods that are high in calories, fat and sodium. Lean meats, whole grain carbohydrates, lots of vegetables and plenty of fruits will help to maintain healthy nutrition and will promote weight loss naturally. Low-fat or fat-free versions of dairy products will help to keep calcium levels up and calories down. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil help to maintain heart health and normal cholesterol levels. If you stick to healthy foods, you will find that you have less need to snack on sugary foods to curb hunger. Your skin, hair and complexion will have a natural glow from the vitamin and minerals contained in these foods.

 

Regular Exercise

All women should incorporate regular exercise into their week to improve health, maintain weight and regulate mood. Exercise has benefits throughout women’s lives, regardless of the type you choose. Combining exercise types can often produce the maximum effect on fitness. Aerobic exercise like running, walking, tennis and bicycling works out the large muscles of the body and burns calories. It also improves cardiovascular health. Stretching exercises such as yoga and Pilates help to keep muscles and joints flexible to avoid injury. Strength training such as free weights, resistance bands and weight machines help to increase endurance, prevent fatigue and strengthen bones.

Special Situations

Women should also ensure that they make the proper adjustments during those special times in their lives when nutritional and exercise needs change. Pregnancy requires women to double the efforts to eat right and choose foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and protein to help nourish the growing fetus. Though exercise is still important during pregnancy, you may have to revise your routine to prevent back problems or joint injuries as the baby grows. As women mature, the hormones that protect them from heart disease and stroke diminish, so they must compensate by taking additional care with nutrition and exercise. Eat more calcium-containing foods to help keep bones strong and protect your joints when exercising to avoid long-term damage from osteoarthritis

 

I have just joined Planet Fitness and going three to four times a week and REALLY enjoying it! They have given me activities, weights, machines to build up my thigh as well.  If not at the gym, I will be walking outside, my favorite!

 

Another easy way to boost your motivation is by music or inspirational quotes.  Take this water bottle from Lululemon for example; a humorous quote to look at when I exercise or to keep on my desk.  But the change that makes the most difference in how people feel is in their improved diet.  Now I’m older and I need to protect my skin from the sun.  Like most people I have sensitive skin, so I need a special sunscreen that is made for sensitive skin from natural ingredients.  Hat and sunglasses are also important!

Green smoothies make for an easy on-the-go breakfast for those hectic mornings.  Smoothies are great because you can customize the ingredients you use in your smoothie.   It’s important to improve your diet when looking to improve your overall health.  Your body needs nutritious foods as fuel for when you exercise.

 
http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/physical-activity.cfm#d 

 

 

Inspiration, Prayer and why we help others!


At the check out line a bit ago, my step son told me –‘Traci, you are an inspiration!’

Erik and Traci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming from a 20-year-old that meant a lot to me, even when I don’t feel like that…

The reason for this is because I tell EVERYONE about my weight loss. This is not because I am vain. Ok, if I’m  TOTALLY honest I do struggle with this at times but it’s also because if I can reach ONE person whose struggling, who may need help who doesn’t THINK they can do it– that makes my day!

As I have told everyone, I have failed soooo many diets before I found Eat Clean and I am so grateful.

So many things have changed for me. I was reading on Transformations and a lady mentioned prayer and diet and I couldn’t agree more. Every morning on my way to work ( I am in a new job) I pray to stay ‘ in the Spirit’! God has changed me in SO many ways and I don’t for ONE second think He had nothing to do with this for He did! My purpose is to help others who– like me don’t think they can for they are hurting or injured or scared, for we WILL succeed!

Thank you Rhonda for including me, I feel truly blessed. Please read the other stories on here, they are truly amazing!!!!

http://transformationpics.com/2012/07/08/traci-lbs-lost-90/#more-630

Happy Sunday to you all!

xoxoxoxo

Traci

Wowzers, for a newbie blog-thank you for the nomination!


I can’t believe it! I have been nominated by Helen in recognition for my blog and I feel very blessed because blogging is still very new to me.

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So check her out ( the link is below). I seriously  want to crawl through the screen to get to her Good Eats!  I want to thank Helen for being such an inspiration to me––she really has no idea how much I admire her blog and ideas. I am in awe!

http://helennaturally.wordpress.com/

First off, I have to thank my husband Michael because he puts up with so much from me! Really!  Secondly, I am just a beginner at blogging, so this nomination is an honor.

I have recently decided  to change  my blog format. I still believe in what started it––Eating Clean, but now I want to expand on that idea and make it more, so I am very excited!  Please bear with me while I get situated.

We all travel different paths to a healthy life,  and  use different ways get there.  I really want to help those with an injury who think they can’t loose weight but they CAN.

So here are 7 things about me you don’t know me…

  1. I am originally from Mississippi.
  2. I love expensive purses––can we say Coach! 🙂
  3. My Mama calls me Petunia.
  4. My favorite flower is a Lilly. (Michael plants one for me every year!)
  5. I met my husband on a poetry forum ( in fact, he proposed to me with a poem in a bottle!)
  6. I have three cats; Snickers, Oreo and Hershey, all adopted from the Humane Society.
  7. I have been best friends with my friend Kat for over 20 years! I miss her  because she lives in Texas and I live in Michigan. 😦

Here are 11 sites that you should check out…

1. http://swordofshakespeare2012.blogspot.com/

2. http://southernappraiser.wordpress.com/

3.http://paleomeo.com/

4.http://mauraslaundryletters.blogspot.com/

5.http://theshellybelly.wordpress.com/

6.http://blog.recipeforfitness.com/

7.http://theswordandthetrowel.wordpress.com/

8.http://rawfoodsos.com/

9.http://communicatingacrossboundariesblog.com/

10.http://akasoulbird.wordpress.com/

11.http://fitfloridian.wordpress.com/

xooxoxoox,

Traci