Do you love it?

love

This blog message is absolutely inspired by my pastors Easter message yesterday.  He talked about how we need to love God first and everything else will fall into place.  Everything we do in life is driven by love.  “You are what you love.”  We only focus our attention on the things we really enjoy when it comes down to it.  Passion drives us and if we follow our passions we end up accomplishing those things we keep focused on.  This relates so well to our goals with our health.

Do you have a passion for exercise?  If you are on and off, you most likely have not found a love for it.  You will never truly be consistent until you find that love.  For me, the love is solely based on how I feel after my workouts.  I feel so good about myself when I workout.  I know I have done something right and in order to maintain the fitness level I have achieved, I have to keep moving.  I also love to motivate others to exercise as well.  This takes being an example.

Not everyone enjoys biking, running, weight lifting, or zumba.  The reason there are so many types of workouts is that everyone has a unique drive.  What do you like to do?  We all know that exercise is good for us, so it is up to you to find something that you enjoy and stick with it.

Happy Monday! ~Carrie

Water, the ultimate resource

How much water do you drink on a daily basis?  Did you know that you are dehydrated when you wake up in the morning?  The best thing you can do is to drink 16oz of water first thing.

  • Water will fire up your metabolism (I drink it when I feel tired and immediately I will wake up).
  • It also helps your kidneys flush out toxins.
  • Also, it helps your brain function better.  This amazing and functional organ in your body is 75% water so if you feel like you can’t concentrate or focus, you may be dehydrated.
  • It will help you eat less.  Drinking water with your meals will help you feel fuller faster.

So, what are you waiting for??  Drink up!  Happy Thursday~Carrie

#truth

I saw a post from a trainer in DC this morning on Instagram that said

“Some people want to use exercise as a punishment for being overweight.  They don’t realize that their diet is delivering the real punishment.”

This can’t be further from the truth and what I preach all the time.  You can’t out exercise a bad diet.  It also makes your workouts so much harder when you do not eat to nourish your body.  Why would you want to punish yourself twice?  When you eat well, you feel well, and when you feel well you WANT to exercise.  It is so hard to motivate yourself on a bad diet.  So make sure that you keep your diet clean and energizing so your fit lifestyle will just fall into place.  Otherwise it will stay a constant mind battle.

Happy Monday!

~Carrie

Education makes for better decisions

Do you know why you do the things you do everyday?  The things that we read and hear on a daily basis influence our decisions.  I was watching a movie the other day called “Forks over Knives” which I would highly recommend to EVERYONE to watch (it’s on Netflix).  My 11 year old son happened to be with me and was captivated by the research that was shown in this movie.  It was a documentary about two scientist discussing the evolution of the food industry, processed foods, and how it has affected the health of Americans leading to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.  After the movie was over, my son turns to me and says, “I just want to eat all vegetables.”  He would never have said that just knowing that vegetables are “good for you.”  He actually spend some time and was educated on the affects that diet has on the body.   Not only does our American diet affect our health, but it is also destroying our environment.  Did you know that the dairy and meat industry produce more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation industry?  Our major focus is changing over to alternative fuel and recycling, when the major part of the problem comes from our over-consumption and cultivation of livestock.

“Agriculture and Livestock Remain Major Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions”

If you are looking to change the way you eat, try to focus on educating yourself through books or documentaries.  It will help you make more “educated” decisions.  After all, if you want to do your job better what do you do?  You take courses, get a degree, or read books to study.  Treat taking care of your body (and our environment) the same way.  Your mind is where it all starts.  Here are some good movies and books to check out:

Forks over knives (documentary)

The China Study (book)

Cowspiracy (documentary)