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Do You Know How Much You Are Supposed to Weigh?

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Do you know how much you are supposed to weigh?

Do you know how much you are supposed to weigh?  I don’t either.  I know what Google says, but after looking just a little deeper, apparently, Google doesn’t either.  I haven’t decided if that makes me feel better or worse.

I am preparing for a public speaking event this week.  I chose a title that I thought would cause a little shock but more importantly, interest.  

I have titled my speech “ Is Fat The New Healthy?”  

What I didn’t expect was what I found as I researched this subject.

The world has lived in a place where height, weight, age, and gender are the basics for how much we should weigh.  I am glad that we are changing that because that is so outdated.

For example, according to most websites that answer to the am I  fat or not question is, I am fat.  One website goes as far as to tell me that I am “very overweight with a high health risk”.  That is actually very scary.  Except that this came from a weight loss program known for dramatic results because of the severe calorie reduction their clients must do.  It would also be scary if I didn’t know better.  So, if you don’t know better, is that why people are so confused about their own bodies?

I truly believe that how much I am supposed to weigh is actually the wrong question.  My weight is not really the issue.  In my opinion, the question that deserves an answer is this; Is my weight causing me to have health consequences?  How much you weigh is only an issue if it is causing you an issue.  If you are too thin or too heavy, there are consequences.  So, ask the right questions.

  • Is my weight the reason my knees hurt?
  • Is my weight the reason I have troubles sleeping?
  • Is my weight the reason I am out of breath at the top of the stairs?
  • Is my weight the reason I don’t fit into the clothes that I want to buy?
  • Is my weight a factor for the reason I am on medication?

If the answer or even part of the answer is yes, then that is where you begin.  But the how much just gives you a measure to use to check your progress.  If you can use another method, great use it.  Some people use a measuring tape.  Some use a particular item of clothing.  Some use pictures.  Some use other health concerns that are getting progressively better.

I have said it before and I will say it again, we are all different and what applies to you won’t apply to the person sitting across the room from you.  Listen to your own body.  Probably the biggest thing will be conceding and listening honestly to what your body is telling you.  You likely already know but just don’t want to admit it.

But what now?  Well, admitting that the size you are is not the size you are wanting to be is the first step.  But you really, really, really, must want to make the change.  When your mind is truly made up then you will be heading to the right place.

Once your mind is made up, go at your own pace, but it really is important to get some firm goals in place.  Make sure you have your Why firmly in place.  It must be firm for when the road gets a little rough, cause it will, not if, but when.

Be sure it's not just exercise or diet that you are willing to change but both.  Although changing your size is 80%food, exercise will actually speed it up.  Truly.

Check out some past posts that may help in your journey.  

The Cost of Change and The Dreaded Grocery Store

will get you started in the right direction.

 

With my sunglasses on, I'm Jack Nicholson. Without them, I'm fat and 60. – Jack Nicholson

3 Ways Stress Is Damaging Your Skin

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3 Ways Stress is Damaging Your Skin. Q4fit.com

Sometimes the best articles are not the ones with big complex answers with lots of charts and graphs.  This article came to me about a month ago and I have been saving it simply because it is just that, simple.

Stress is so large in our world, if we can find a few simple ways to reduce its effects on our skin why would we not try them.

Simple things such as camomile tea, kiwis, oranges, red peppers, lemon, seafood and pumpkin seeds, kelp, rose essential oil are all things that are easy to find and simple to use.  

Do yourself a favour and lesson the effect of stress on your skin.  If you look less stressed, that will go a long way.

 

http://www.alive.com/beauty/stress-complexion-connection/

The Best Exercises to Look Great Naked

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Couple swim naked in the sea

It is never difficult, for me to find something to write about when it comes to being or becoming healthy.  There are so many things to research and foods to look into, so many exercises to tell you about and lifestyle hacks to let you know about.  But, this subject comes up all the time, even though my kids don’t want me to even think about it.  

What can you do to look your best naked?

Believe it or not, with all the empowerment discussions out there, there is still a large group of people that don’t like to be naked or at the very least be seen naked, even by their spouse.  Why not change that?  

To put it simply, the human eye only sees what it wants to see sometimes.  As women, we get obsessed with certain body parts but our men in our lives, don’t even notice that part of us.  Me, I am always looking toward my tummy.  I still am unhappy with it.  That is not uncommon, but my husband doesn’t even notice it when I look nice.  But, there are certain things we can do to make ourselves ‘appear’ more appealing.  It’s kind of like an optical illusion.  When we see a drawing that looks like one thing, but from another angle, it looks different.

To be totally blunt, if you are working out, putting in the effort and training all parts of your body, without even looking at you, I know that you look great.  Clothes or no clothes.  But if you want to focus on what makes us more appealing with little or nothing on, here are some great exercises to try.

For women start with:  

  • Basic Squats

This is simple but works so well.  It works hips and glutes.  Not to mention the fact that working your big muscles speeds up your metabolism for the rest of the day which increases calorie burn.

  • Hip Thrusts

This works the hips without working the thighs.  Keeping things nice and tight.

  • Lat Pull Downs

This works those arms and is really aiming at that pesky “ wave back flab”…nobody likes that.

  • Push-Ups

Working the chest is always a great idea.  Push-ups work the arms too, which is an added bonus.

Let’s not forget about the guys.

  • Bench Press

This seems to be an obvious one for guys.  It builds the chest and if you do it with dumb bells and add in an incline bench, will work the shoulders too.

  • Side Lateral Raises

This is great for those shoulders.  Increasing the back and shoulders give the “tapered” look which makes the hips and tummy seem much smaller.

  • Lat Pulldowns

This is your back workout.  Increasing the back not only looks great, it keeps your posture straight and helps hold your chest out and tummy in.

  • Squats

Don’t forget your squats.  Great, powerful legs are so attractive. No man wants to look like they have ‘SpongeBob’ legs.

In the end, the only body you’re going to get is yours, so you really should learn to look at it, admire it, love it, and let it be loved by your partner.  

 

I always say: To be well dressed you must be well naked. – Oscar de la Renta

 

Flash Sale from our Friends at Reebok

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We talk about the fact that we are not supposed to do life alone.  That we should all have accountability partners.  But that also means that we should spend time with people that we actually like.  That we have common likes and goals with.  We are fortunate that we have found something that we like to do and that we love to share with you.  In the last few months, we have been changing some of the things that we do with Q4fit because we are learning more about what you want and we want to give you what you want.  It all comes down to common goals and likes.  

One of our common likes is Reebok.  We spend a whole lot of time in our workout gear.  Partly because we love to work out.  But the truth is actually that workout gear is really comfy.  If it didn’t smell so bad when I came home from the gym, I wouldn’t change. But because it does, that actually gives me the opportunity to put on some new workout gear just because I can and again because it is so comfy.  It also helps that I work from home and I don’t have office rules to worry about.

Reebok is one of the companies that we are partnering with to do things together.  

One of the ways that we get to show you how much we like Reebok is to pass on some really great deals when they send them to us.

Right now everything is ‘back to school’.  When I was a kid, the only part of back to school was the new stuff that my parents got for me.  We did the same for our kids and now that we are nearly empty nesters, why should we miss out on the new stuff.

So this weekend, Reebok has given us a crazy deal to share with you.  

Click on the link below and score a great pair of shoes for $29.99.  Yup, crazy good deal.

Don’t forget to use the code RUN29 to score the great discount

 

http://www.q4fit.com/specials-deals-discounts-sales-closeout-clearance/