How to Add up to 18 Minutes of Movement Daily … Without Even Trying

February 22, 2016

legsDo you want to improve your productivity?  Then you must move more.  I know you forget to get our butt off the chair and end up sitting for hours with no breaks.   When I think about my smartphone, I never pictured a motivational tool or anything that could help me achieve one of my 2016 goals—move more. Other than using it to time my planks, I didn’t pay much attention to this gadget that we all carry around all the time, until now.   How about if your smartphone could motivate you to get off your chair a little more?   Well, a group of smart researchers found that those alerts that you can set on your phone which tell you to get up and move, resulted in 3% more movement per day.  If you have an office job, you are sitting an average of 9 to 10 hours a day.  And I know some of you sit a lot more if you add watching TV, long commutes, etc.  So while 3% might not seem like much, if you stand up and move (for at least one minute), it amounts to 18 minutes per day!   One of my favorite Phone Apps is Stand Up! The Work Break Timer.  Stand Up! is a fun, flexible work break timer. It alerts you every so often (45 minutes by default) to simply stand up. Sitting down

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December 14, 2015

7 Tricks to Win the Procrastination Battle (Unless procrastination works on your favor.)   There was a time when I really didn’t know how the way I was approaching the things I needed to do was causing me unnecessary stress and a clutter mind.  Now I know that having my important stuff done on time, the house presentable, the refrigerator stocked with healthy food and the pile of stuff to file, filed is more a productivity enhancer than an inconvenience.   How much time and energy do you think it takes to procrastinate? Let’s say you have to write a report, an article or a blog post.  Let’s now say you chose, for whatever reason, to fight logic and procrastinate.   Here is the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to achieve top level procrastination:7 Tricks to Win the Procrastination Battle   Procrastination SOP:   Step 1: Think about doing the work Step 2: Put it on your “to do” list Step 3: Talk about doing it for weeks (to your friends, co-workers, family…) Step 4: Promise yourself this will be started tomorrow Step 5: It’s tomorr

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September 12, 2015

   

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August 24, 2015

Make lemonade? Really? Easier said than done! ‘Cause I was given a few very sour lemons just before my long awaited trip to Spain.  You see, Spain is my chance to recharge, enjoy the sun, do day-long hikes in the mountains, take walking tours, run at 5ks at dawn (my husband loooooves this part), swim in the Mediterranean, take naps and eat very good healthy food with some wine.   I even signed up for a program to be ready to run a 10k at an appropriate speed to surprise my hubby and keep up with him (he is super fast and I am a turtle!).   Ok, so back to this lemonade business.  According to Wikipedia this is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune.  It was first used to describe a very “unfortunate” man that managed to convert his physical disabilities to his favor and ended up living happily and wealthy for many years.   Ok, I get and I am glad I decided to look this up.  I sprained my foot and hurt my hip a few days ago.  A quick trip to the ER and the verdict was clear:  no bearing weight in the foot for a few weeks, bed rest, meds that I was not going to take anyway and a lot of pity and sad faces when I shared my plans for Spain.  The lemons were sour.   It took me a day or so but I quickly started accepting and eventually fantasizing about making the best out this crappy

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February 27, 2015

Are you aware of the link between nutrition and self-esteem? Keep in mind the following: * The journey to achieve self-love can start with our own body. * Your mind and body are one. * When mind and body function properly, we feel a sense of wellness. * Feedback from ourselves or others, in the form of food or words, impacts our well-being and self-worth. I have been researching the nutrition component to self-worth for more than seven years now. It was true for me (and later for my daughter) that food and chemical sensitivities played a huge role in our state of mind, moodiness, and well-being. Here is an example from my own life: I now know that simple white carbs cause my brain function to slow down, alter my mood, bloat my tummy, give me constipation, and chemically sedate me. Coincidentally, I used to experience cravings for the same food that made me ill just a couple of hours after consumption. You get the idea. I witness my clients as they become aware of how food and chemicals affect their mood and reaction to every day events. Some reactions like bloating or indigestion are subtle, but others like severe guilt after binging are more profound and severely affect their feelings about themselves. Have you noticed any changes in your self-love when you eat the wrong food, overeat, overdrink, or go on the wrong nutritional path? Please share your comments below; we might b

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February 24, 2015

When we have negative thoughts all the time, we attract experiences and situations that confirm those thoughts (Law of Attraction). But the good news is that the opposite is also true. Interestingly enough, the best way to attract what you want is to put your attention on you. But this time in a positive manner. Follow these steps to start shifting your reality. 1. Think about what you love and appreciate about yourself. Just like when you are falling in love and you list the wonderful qualities of your new partner. What is it that you value and respect about yourself? (No “but”s allowed.) 2. Feel proud of yourself, even for baby steps. Today I am proud because I gathered inspiration for this post. One post at a time, I feel proud. Now you try it. 3. Pat yourself on the back…out loud. Stand in front of the mirror and acknowledge your marvelous existence. Tell yourself, “I respect you and I love you.” Now let’s get to work! In my practice, I have confirmed that once we work on self-respect and self-approval attaining any goal is easier. The more we respect and acknowledge ourselves, the more self-worth we create. Are you ready to send the Universe the right message about you so that the Law of Attraction can start manifesting positively in you?  

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February 19, 2015

Have you noticed that when we lack self-love and self-respect we tend to attract people and circumstances that mirror our negative beliefs and feelings? And then somehow we stay stuck in the quicksand of negativity. But why? Why is it that staying in a bad relationship or in a job that doesn’t inspire us seems safer than moving on? Why do we hold on to the extra weight? Why don’t we explore a new passion? Why do we procrastinate on our personal goals? Could it be due to our own inner voice? That inner voice that has been “protecting” us from change, from failure, from freedom. The voice says, “It’s safe here; You are not good enough; It is what it is; Who do you think you are? Just be happy you have a job; At least you are not alone.” That voice is FEAR and we must let it go. But before letting it go, acknowledge that it has been there to protect you, thank your fears, and let them go so that you can begin a different journey…this time to a place of self-love.

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September 26, 2014

Guess What? You are NOT drinking enough water! The facts? Many biological duties – from muscle function, metabolism and joint lubrication, to the maintenance of a healthy gut, good skin and shiny hair – require more water than what you are actually consuming. How to know? If you experience any of the symptoms below increase your water asap and you might enjoy improved health in days: . Thirst . Goosebumps or shivering . Fatigue . Headaches . Dry mouth . Dizziness or weakness . Poor concentration . Elevated heart rate . Dark colored urine What is recommended? Drinking ½ or your weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 lbs. you should drink 75 ounces of water per day! Note: If you urinate every 2-4 hours and it’s pale yellow, congratulations! You are adequately hydrated.

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