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Is Your Routine Too Rigid?


Sometimes I have really deep thoughts.  Sometimes I think about nothing.  

  • Sometimes I stress about things to the point where I am in a full out sweat.  
  • Sometimes I think about why the word ‘was' sounds so funny.  
  • Sometimes I am so busy doing so many things and
  • sometimes I have trouble getting the energy to get out a chair.  

As I sit having one of those random thoughts, I think of the actual word sometimes.  What does it mean?  Do I use it too much?  Should I use it at all?  Is it overused? By me and in general?  Sometimes…

Some people are so firm in their opinions that the word sometimes is rarely used.  Those people choose to use always, or never.  Some people never make a firm decision and so they live in a sometimes world.   Both extremes are just that, extreme, so ‘sometimes’ is the better place to land.  

I know that this seems like a random thought and it kind of is, but,  I started thinking about how often I use the word sometimes.  I even did a search on other blog posts that I have put on Q4fit.com that I used the word ‘sometimes’ and there were too many posts to list.  Apparently, I use the word sometimes a lot.  Ugh.  But why?

I am a person with some really firm beliefs, sometimes.  Haha.  The rest of the time, I like to consider myself open to new ideas and thoughts.  Which is where the ‘sometimes’ comes to play.  To put this into terms that make more sense.  I know that I need to exercise.  I know that my body will reject too much time sitting around.  Not my plan, I am just learning to  listen to my body.  So, I am firm that I will get into the gym at least 3 days a week.  I have been doing it for nearly 5 years now, too much habit to change.  The sometimes, is that on the other days, I like to keep my options open to what I do to be physical.  Sometimes I like to go for a run.  Sometimes I will go for a hike.  Sometimes I will go into the basement and push some weights around.  Sometimes I will do a weightless workout.  Sometimes I will do something completely different.  

There are times when my diet needs to be absolutely rigid.  If I stray too far from my eating plan, I feel bloated, and I know that I will put on some weight.  Sometimes that is ok.  We just came back from a little time away.  I really try to relax my stress levels with eating because I know that if I stress too much about the wrong food, I will absolutely gain weight from the stress alone.  So when away or on a reward meal, I don't stress about the food.  But get right back on track when the ‘food vacay’ is over.  Christmas time is like that for me.  In general, I just keep to my program, but if I do eat some goodies, I have to just allow myself to enjoy it.  Then get back on track.

  • Sometimes we just have to give ourselves permission to do…
  • Sometimes we need to lighten up…
  • Sometimes we need to buckle down and get serious..
  • Sometimes we need to stand up for ourselves…
  • Sometimes quitting is ok…
  • Sometimes we need to just hang in there…
  • Sometimes …
    Whatever your ‘sometimes’ is, accept it.  Stressing over the fact that you have strayed from the straight and narrow is really not helpful at all.  It is all perspective.  As long as you don’t live in a never ending time of sometimes and never actually getting anything finished, it’s all ok.  In the grand scheme  of things, it is impossible to stay exactly the same and it’s not healthy anyway.  If we didn’t learn to adjust and didn’t think in terms of sometimes, we would never have new ideas, new foods, new hairstyles, new jobs, new friends, new experiences, new…

Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination. – Drake


Healthy Avocado and Mango Salad


Sometimes the yummiest dishes just don’t have to be that complicated.  

Although these girls, The Merrymaker Sisters,  describe this salad as a winter treat, for us, it’s summer at its finest in North America.  Fresh is always best and this summer salad definitely qualifies for one of the yummiest salads of the summer.



Learning to adjust


There are times in your world that you love routine.  

You know what you are going to do.  You can plan your day.  You know that there are going to be relatively no ‘things' to upset your routine.  At times like that, there is comfort…sometimes.  Sure you are more productive, more comfortable with your timetable, deadlines and expectations can all be managed and your stress levels can all be handled.  But what do you do when either planned or not, your schedule is turned on its head.  How on earth do you cope and still maintain some idea of normal?

It doesn’t matter whether the upset in your routine is planned or not.  Kind of like, stress is stress, it doesn’t matter the source.  The fact remains, you need to adjust.

We decided that we needed to unplug a little this week.  And by unplug, I mean, upset our routine.  It’s not that we were bored, on the contrary, we have been stressed to the max in the last few months.  We needed to change our pace and scenery and find a way to refocus.  

So, today, I am writing poolside.  I know, it sounds rough…not. And it’s not, but I still made a commitment to create blog posts and so, for the first time ever, I am sitting with my laptop beside the pool and actually managing to get this post and maybe a few more written.

It wasn’t that long ago, we had the attitude that work was for work time and days.  Gym, was for gym time and days.  And vacation was for eating as much as possible and as little thinking as possible.  Times have changed. We have a new reality.  We have learned to adjust.  When you are your own boss, you can work when you want to. You can workout whenever feel like it.  You can adjust your routine to fit your situation.  The key to adjusting is accepting that you are still in control of your own attitude and you get to decide to make your surroundings work for you or to cause you stress.  It comes down to a decision.  Most of the time stress is simply a result of not accepting the change in your situation.  Obviously, there will be times in our world where there will be events that blindside us and we need to totally give in to that event.  But the rest of the time, we do have some control over how we handle the change in situation.

We used to tell the kids that if they chose to have a good time, then you will have a good time.  I still believe that is true most of the time.  It comes down to learning to adjust if only your attitude.  

  • Decide to work with the situation at hand and go with it.  
  • Learn to give up a little control.
  • Choose to not stress over the things that are out of your control.
  • Give in to new situations.
  • Prepare to learn something new, sometimes it’s just about opening your mind to something new.
  • Relax.

You will never learn anything new if you never expose yourself to new things, so let go just a little to your routine. Give yourself permission to change things up a little and you will be able to come back to your routine with a whole lot more focus and a brand new attitude.

As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge. – Henry Van Dyke


The Top 8 Metabolism Myths Busted


Such a great post.  

Metabolism is such a buzz word right now.  It is because people are waking up to how important it is.  Keeping your metabolism at a good rate is key to losing and/or maintaining a healthy weight. There are too many myths out there and proving them wrong is really important.