8 out of what now??

So I blogged the other day on Time, and I said that no, you really don’t need an hour straight, all together…that you could break it up into chunks if that fits your lifestyle, time restraints better.  I said that you could work out 6 times a day for 10 minutes each time if that works better…but what does a 10 minute workout look like?

Is it, walking around the house for 10 minutes?  It could be.

Is it running the stairs in your house for 10 minutes straight?  It could be.

How are these the same but different?

Lets look at YOU.  Whats your current activity level?  Do you currently have an activty level of 2?  On a scale of 1-10, are you a 2?  Is most of your day spent doing nothing?  Do you laze in bed, or on the couch and only get up for the 2 minutes to go pee or get more food?  If so, then getting up off the couch for 10 minutes doing ANYTHING but sitting on your BUTT will be a workout!  It will bring your activity level to atleast a 6/10.  Do I want an 8/10 from you?  ABSOLUTELY, does that need to be for all 10 minutes?  NOPE!  but for 5 of those 10 minutes, I want you to feel like you are working REALLY HARD!! Like an 8 out of 10 hard.

So now your asking, “ok, but, what heart rate am I trying to achieve?”  To which my answer is…”it doesn’t matter!!”  I want you to feel like you are just about ready to not be able to go any harder!  And guess what, in a week, what you accomplished today will feel like a 5!  So you can push yourself again!

Other factors will always play into how you feel to.  Did you eat enough?  Did you eat too much of the wrong things?  Have you drank enough water today?  Were you up blogging all night?  Did your baby keep you up?  There are so many things that will make the 6, feel like an 8 some days and that’s ok!  That’s why I ask you to go by feeling and not by heart rate!

So getting back to our original question….what does a 10 minute workout look like?

It looks like anything you can do for 10 minutes, while working hard enough for at least 5 of those 10 minutes feeling like you are pushing yourself as hard as you can.  It could be a 10 minute walk around the house, or it could be running the stairs….or it could be a combination of both!  It could be 1 minutes of walking and 1 minute of stairs, repeated a few times, or it could be 2 minutes of walking, followed by 5 minutes of stairs, then back to 3 minutes of walking again.

Go, get active and enjoy 60 minutes of physical activity everyday…whichever means it takes for you to get that activity in!

MB xoxoxo

Try????

I was thinking the other day about the word TRY.

Why do we say we try?  When we try, we are acknowledging we may fail.  Why do we want to set ourselves up to fail?  When we have to pee…do we try to pee, or do we just do it?  When we want to go upstairs…do we try to walk up the stairs, or do we just do it?  When we are pregnant, (for most of the population) do we try to go into labour, or do we just do it?  Once we are in labour, do we try to have a baby, or do we just do it?

What i’m getting at is, for the most part, we don’t try to do things we have made our mind up to do, we just do it!

“Do or do not, there is no try” Yoda!

SO I ask, why do we “try” to eat healthy?  Why can’t we just do it?  Why do we Try to get a workout in?  Why can’t we just do it?  I get it, I do, we are busy, we have kids, blah blah blah.  I have 2 kids, they are less than 2 yrs apart….I haven’t gone to a gym to workout in over 3 years.  ya ya, i’m a personal trainer, I know how to do this stuff…and you are right I do…But I LOVE a good hard workout, un-interrupted by kids, diapers, phone ringing, lunch making, being a mom, doing mom tasks workout!  So no, I can’t do those much, I don’t even pretend to “try”…but I just DO a great workout when I can, where I can!

Now you say, but I don’t have an hour to do that….and I will address that tomorrow!

But for tonight and the rest of the week…instead of trying, just do!  You will get better results that way!

night night

MB xoxo

The good, the bad, and the ugly?

So I rant, A LOT, about sucralose.  But what is it really I am ranting about?  Is it just me that doesn’t like it?  Is there a reason, like a real medical reason for my rant?

YES!!!

But first, lets see what Splenda has to say.

First they say they start with sugar, real sugar and through a process, turn it into a no calorie sweetener.  It passes through your body, without the body recognizing it is a carbohydrate, to it is not broken down and utilized for energy.  The process takes sugar, replaces 3 hydrogen-oxygen groups with chlorine.  They note that Sucralose does not have any side effects.  It is not the cause of head aches, stomach issues or bloat.  It does not affect the kidneys, the liver, or the Thymus.  That 85% of what is ingested, leaves the body unaltered, and of the 15% that does get absorbed, most of it leaves within 24 hours.

Now for why I rant!

As with anything controversial, it is always hard to find truth on the internet.  There is a product, that has millions of dollars spent on advertising.  They, of course, can say in all their websites that everything is safe and fine. Then of course there is the other sweeteners that spend thousands if not millions on bashing the opposing sweetener.  Should we trust people like JoLynn Braley from The Fit Shack?  Many people do, most of what she is saying is true (if not all of it), Or Dr Mercola. Who has many many published articles. Do we trust the makers of Splenda themselves?  Many people trust them too.  There is of course, places like The Natural News, or the best article yet….Naked Food Cooking!

For me, I CAN taste it, and I DO get an almost instant headache.  I DONT like the thought of chemically altered foods, (and yes I understand that cooking foods, alters it)  I don’t like that it has only been around for 20years in Canada (1991).

The good, the bad, and the ugly of the internet is that you can research anything and get info. that is just that, good, bad or ugly!  Some is true, some is not, but it is up to us to research and decide what is best for us and our bodies!

with that…I’m off to bed!

MB  xoxo

Day 2

On to day 2 of the Visalus Shakes…..

I mixed my shake this morning again with water, milk, a 1/2 a banana and added the Strawberry Phyto flavor mix.  Gotta say, it tasted pretty good.  I could still taste the sucralose, but I think I always will.

I didn’t get the headache, was thirsty all day, didn’t get any stomach issues, also didn’t feel hungry all day.  I ate, because I had to, but really didn’t want to.  I was quite surprised!  I see how so much weight can be lost on this system!  Maybe I just need to force myself to eat more!

I have been questioned…

so I’ve decided to take on a challenge…yes the Visalus challenge. However, I am not doing it as a transformation, or a weightloss. I am doing it to see what it is like. I am only doing it for 5 days. And I am only doing the shakes.

If anyone knows me, they know I really don’t like fake sugar.  I don’t like what it does to me, I don’t like how it tastes, and I don’t like what it does to your body.  BUT…many many people I know are on it and LOVE it.  and since MANY of my clients ask about it, I decided to grab a few samples and give it a try….

Day 1!

8:30am I mixed up the shake with 1/2 a banana and a squirt of nestle quik.  I know, kinda defeats the purpose, but I had to add some chocolate, and I didn’t want to add the chocolate flavor pack that has more sucralose in it.  I mixed it with 1/2 cup of 2% milk and 1/2 cup of water.

The first sip, i could taste the sucralose, but still decided to give it a go.  Within 10 minutes I had a headache.  I stopped at Tim’s to get the kids their bagel and juice and had some of their bagel to get rid of the headache….it worked.  I found I was getting munchy feeling still about 10:15, so I had some of my fresh pineapple salsa I made.  Then I got really really thirsty!  I was craving water the rest of the day.

So after day 1, all was ok.  I had no more side effects and decided to give it another shot!  On to day 2!