Kim’s Lean and Healthy Blog

With the start of 2010 I have created some new goals. One of them is to start blogging more often.

So today, I have decided to put all of my stuff together on one blog site. I am in the process of amalgamating all of my writing into one blog and organizing it with labels. So, if you happened upon my wordpress blog… it is coming down as soon as I have everything moved over.

Here is my blogger address:  http://kimberley-clark.blogspot.com/

Wish me luck….

Have an Amazing Day!
Kim

Do you know how long it takes to form a new habit?  Or how
long it takes to break an old bad habit? 

Well research has shown that it takes at least 21 days to
form new habits.  So, for example, you want to start a new
exercise program, or start eating healthier, then what does
that mean?  21 days of consistent effort!  21 straight days,
no days off in between.

Does that sound difficult?  Imagine taking 3 weeks of your
life to start developing the proper habits that are going to
take you down that road to overall better health, a happier
body, a happier you!  Do you think that sounds tough?

If you said yes, count the number of weeks you have
spent living your life the way you have and where it has
taken you. Are you unhappy with the results?  Your
answer should be a clue……

21 Days!

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so easy!  Well, if you are really focused and committed
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Thanks for Reading!
Have an Amazing Day!
Kim

I feel totally blessed today.  I am sitting here in bed while my children and my dear hubby cook breakfast for me.  They told me that special surprises were coming today.  I always look forward to the home-made cards and gifts from my kids.  The extra hugs and special kisses.  It has truly become a cherished day for our family. 

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all the Mother’s out there a Very Special Day as well!  I hope you take the time today to celebrate your life.  Even if you are not a Mother, you have one… so please make sure you tell her how very special she truly is!

Have an Amazing Day!

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It’s late evening, all the kids are in bed sleeping, hubby is downstairs working on his projects, and here I sit, in front of my computer, with the television on… and I am bored.  That’s my cue.  “Let’s find a little snack”, my inner voice tells me in that soft comfortable tone…. “c’mon, you know you wanna”.

I know that I have already had a great dinner, I am not hungry, but yet why am I thinking about food?  It’s an all too common occasion.  I know it is my boredom that triggers it. 

Emotional Eating.  Is this your Diet Killer? Another trigger is having a bad day.  It happens, we all have them.  Whether I feel angry or sad, that can trigger a want or need for food.  Does this sound familiar to you?  Does this kill your diet?

So how do I cope with these triggers?  First I recognize them for what they are.  Using food for comfort, or simply for something to do… that means that I am an emotional eater.  If I don’t try to avoid these situations they can impair my weight management.  So I have come up with a few ways to try and not eat when I am not hungry. 

  1. I keep a picture of what I consider a woman with the kind of body I aspire to on my fridge.  This helps to keep me inspired and on track.
  2. I never skip a meal.  I always have at least 3 meals a day regardless, and sometimes I have 4 or 5 smaller meals and I make sure that I include some form of protein every time I eat.
  3. I hold off as long as possible.  If I am bored, then I will try and go to bed early and get some extra sleep, have a nice bubble bath, or pick up a book and read.
  4. I replaced all of the foods that I normally binge on with healthy alternatives, like raw veggies, fruit, IsaDelights®,  SlimCakes®   and those little bran snack bites. 
  5. If I absolutely have a craving.. (which really isn’t that often since I started a cleansing lifestyle), then I will indulge in one of my healthy snacks.

Emotional eating can be a vicious cycle, because if you binge, then you feel guilty and ashamed, and then what happens?  You eat to comfort yourself.   It happens, I know that all to well.  Just remember, every day is a new day, a new beginning… and those times of emotional eating will get fewer and far between. 

I hope this helps. 
Have an Amazing Day!

Most people think that you can get a flat tummy by doing crunches, crunches and more crunches.  Unfortunately that is not the case.  Let’s talk about why that is.

 

It doesn’t matter how many crunches you do, if you have fat on your stomach, you will not burn the fat by doing crunches.  You cannot spot reduce the fat on your stomach, no matter how hard you try.  You may get a great set of abs underneath, but you’ll never see it under all that fat. 

 

 Okay, so lets discuss what does work.

Flat Tummy
Flat Tummy

 Your Diet

 No, I am not talking about going on a diet – but I am talking about what you eat.  What you eat is the most important factor in reducing your belly fat.  It is simple common sense.  If you go to the gym and do crunches, lift weights and run the treadmill – then come home and eat chips and drink pop, honey you aren’t going to lose that fat!  You are being counter-productive. 

 

 

 Things that you should eat

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole wheat and grains  (brown bread, not white)
  • Lean meat and fish  (try to avoid red meat)
  • Nuts and legumes 
The easiest way to think about the proper food to eat is to try and live as close to the land as you can. If it is processed, or comes in a box, there are always additional ingredients that you really don’t need. Trade in your pop, juice and alcohol for water. At least 8 glasses of water per day, but to actually get what your body needs you should drink half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking about 75 ounces of water per day.
 
 
 

 

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables will help flatten your tummy!
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables will help flatten your tummy!

 

 Things to Avoid eating

  • Sugar
  • Sugar substitutes
  • Pasta
  • Sugary cereals
  • Canned soup (things high in sodium)
  • Lunch Meat

Reduce the above from your diet and you will start to notice a change.

 

 

Exercise

Once you start to make the changes in your diet, you will actually start to feel better, and more energetic.  It is at this point that you should start to incorporate a little bit of exercise into your plan.  You do not have to go to the gym 7 days a week and spend hours there.  Start by taking a short 15-minute walk each day.

 

Take it slow, and increase it by a little each week.  If you want to work out in the gym, try the treadmill or elliptical machine for 15 to 20 minutes at first, then gradually increase the level of intensity as you go.

 

Cardiovascular exercise like walking with help burn fat!

Cardiovascular exercise like walking with help burn fat! Oh and uhm, its not as bad as it looks, really! You Feel Awesome After! Honest! :)

 One of the things that I also incorporated into my plan of action was to do a complete nutritional cleanse.  This helped me reduce my waistline by 5 inches in 30 days. You can find out more by visiting my website at http://www.myjourneytoweightloss.com

Best of Success to you and your Sexy Abs!
Thanks for Reading.

Kim

 

 

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