Move over oatmeal and Wheaties. A new breakfast champion has been crowned. Need caffeine to get going? Can't wait for lunch? Or struggle to get through the 2:00 pm crash? If so, I dare you to try this pancake recipe for a week and see if you don't feel tons better throughout the day. Yep. Pancakes. You in? Then, let's get started.
When I moved into my new office at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center, I decided I wanted to do something different with my desk. I thought about a treadmill desk. But after comparing expenses and levels of complexity, I decided a standing desk would be a better start. My pals at 3eWerks took the challenge, and I couldn't be more pleased. Read the full article to see how the project came together.
When I woke up on May 7, 2009, I knew I would never forget the day. I would be turning 30 in June, and I felt more like 80. I knew changes were needed, and it was time. I could not bear to wait another day. Much of that change centered around my health, but I knew little about what to do differently. So, with some funny shoes and a book, my journey began . . .
Back in early December, I decided to make a final push towards my 2010 fitness goals. I'd maintained throughout the year, but hadn't necessarily improved - according to the most obvious metric: weight. I started the year right at 150 lbs. (after losing 45 pounds in 2009) and wanted to be at 140 by the end of the year. When I received my copy of the 4 Hour Body in the mail, I was motivated to give it one last attempt. But the main take-away I want to share has little to do with fitness. Oddly enough, last month's journey taught me a great deal about goal-setting.
"You carry it well." I can't tell you how often I've heard those words since Friday. Almost unanimously, that's been the response when I've showed someone my DXA Scan results. I've decided it must be like hearing, "You have a great personality," when asked if that outfit looks good on you. They mean well. What they don't want to say is, "Holy Cow! How in the world are you walking around with 35% bodyfat? That seems really high."
Last Friday, my autographed advance copy of The 4 Hour Body arrived in my PO Box. I can't put into words how excited I was to start flipping the pages (after I wrestled it away from my husband). If you're a nerd and a jock, it's pretty heavenly - and it tipped the scales on a project I was considering. For the last few weeks, I'd been contemplating using these last few weeks of the year to strive for some specific fitness goals I'd set at the beginning of the year. My work schedule is going to keep us at home, and travel-free periods are usually a good time for me to focus on my eating and workouts. So, I'm going all-in for four weeks. The goal: Drop 16 pounds in 28 days.
Over the last few months, I've shifted almost exclusively to bootcamp-style workouts. Inevitably, I get two questions: - What the heck does that mean? - Why? Read the rest of this article to see the answers. I'll tell you that it's been one of the best decisions of my life.
If exercise came in pill form, it would be plastered across the front page, hailed as the blockbuster drug of the century. Today, I wanted to share a video review of a book that has changed my life, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. In this book, Dr. John Ratey explains what we already know - that exercise makes us feel better. Through science and engaging stories, Ratey shares why exercise is the ultimate magic potion. Don't miss it.