OMG it’s hot in here!!!

www.jenniferhester.com

www.jenniferhester.com

For some time now I have wanted to try Yoga. I bought a DVD and tried at home but just couldn’t seem to get into it. I am not one who lives a life of structure and rigid schedules. I am a fly by the seat of my pants kind of person and with my ADD, I get easily bored with routines. I have been active most of my life with some kind of physical exercise but over the last couple of years I have neglected this. My body is beginning to show my lack of focus in this area. Ugh!!! It is definitely easier to stay in shape than to get back into shape. As I continue to age I know that it’s of utmost importance for me to do something that helps me to keep my strength, flexibility, and sense of balance. My laying on the couch is not accomplishing any of this for me. I also know that doing something on my own was not going to work. I am much more committed when I am accountable with other people.

I still wanted to try Yoga due to its great benefits of focus, strengthening, and flexibility, but I knew I was going to have to go outside of my house to make a commitment that I would stay with. I discovered Hot Yoga. This is where you do yoga in a studio that is 101 degrees. I am cold natured so I despise being cold. For me, the hotter the better, so Hot Yoga caught my attention. The first day I went to class I thought I was going to melt. I looked around and swore no one else was drowning in perspiration like I was. Yet I seemed to enjoy it. It makes me feel like I am really working out hard!!!! A little deception is sometimes a good thing. I have been through a half dozen classes and am still enjoying the process. I consider myself a life long learner and this is just one more aspect of the learning process. The people at the studio are kind and compassionate to us beginners and continue to reinforce the idea that this is a journey. As long as I am on this earth I want to be doing something for my body to continue to stay healthy and productive. Today, my journey has taken me to Hot Yoga and I am enjoying the process. This is an activity that is more gentle on my body, yet will build strength and flexibility. It is also great for calming the mind and helps us to focus on the present.

I hope that you have an activity that is continuing to build your body up and your self-esteem. We talk on this blog mostly about building up our minds, but our bodies are just as important. If you would like to discuss different ways to get active and get your body moving send me an email at jenny@jenniferhester.com I would love to talk with you about fun ways to get active. We can even discuss how my Hot Yoga is going. Until next time, go out and show the world your AWESOME side.

 

5 ways to stop life from controlling your destiny

Striving for Excellence!Are you letting life drive you? This is an area that I am working on improving. Last week I had a child home sick for 4 days and it totally through my schedule off. The reason it through my schedule off was because I let it. I didn’t stick to what I knew needed to be done. I got a few things done, but not nearly what I could have accomplished had I stuck to my routine of scheduling life, instead of it scheduling me. Here is a list of ways to make sure we are living our lives on purpose, instead of letting life lead us.

Schedule your day, the day before. This is of the utmost importance when you are taking charge of your life. Plan out your next day late in the afternoon or early evening, this way you can add to or take away from your schedule as you let your mind mull over the agenda. You will think of things that you forgot or you will see that you will need extra time for other items.

Set long term goals then break them down into daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. Our long term goals can be lost in the busyness of life if we don’t stay focused on them. Setting our agendas to include working on our long term goals on a consistent basis allows us to slowly work toward achieving them and helping us to not get overwhelmed by their size. Breaking our goals down and accomplishing a little every day will not only keep us from getting overwhelmed, but will let us see progress on a regular basis.

Be grateful every day. When we remain grateful, we allow our minds to stay focused on the positives. Negativity easily creeps into our thinking when we aren’t thinking on purpose. We have over 60,000 thoughts per day. If we don’t stay focused on what we are thinking about these could easily be 60,000 negative thoughts per day that will absolutely destroy our progress in moving forward. Every morning when you wake up, start making that gratitude list and continue to work on it throughout your day.

Exercise. If you are not exercising right now, then I challenge you to start today with just 5 pushups (girl ones), 5 sit-ups, and 5 squats. Start slow and set realistic goals. If you can’t do these then get a couple cans of canned veggies and do 10 curls on each arm. Each time you set a goal and accomplish it, you will want to accomplish more. We get overwhelmed because we set unrealistic goals that we can’t maintain long term then we get discouraged. Don’t set a goal to run a mile a day starting out. Start slow and inch your way up.

Eat healthy. I look at eating healthy this way. We eat 21 meals per week, if I can eat 14 healthy meals per week that is better than none. I am not going to beat myself up when I make a mistake. When I mess up, I am going to start over right away. Yes, I make mistakes, everyone does, but that will not hold me back from trying again. Incorporate healthy eating into your life a little at a time. Don’t get discouraged when you mess up, shake it off and keep moving forward.

Don’t try to be perfect in life, strive for excellence. We need to be excellent in all we do, which means we try to do the best we can and continue to push ourselves to improve every day. That’s it. That’s all it takes is to just be better than yesterday. If you fail, get up and try again.

Go out today and show the world how AWESOME you are. Set your goals and be a leader for all those around you. Others need someone to guide them, you are that someone.

8 ways to promote a healthy body image and lifestyle to our kids.

Jenny Hester

Jenny Hester

Last week I posted a thank you to Meghan Trainor for promoting positive body image for our girls. This week, I wanted to follow up on that with some research on how to help our girls with a positive body image. According to the Center for Disease Control and National Association of Eating Disorders, by age 6 girls start to express concerns about their own weight or shape. Additionally, around half of elementary school girls are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat.

We as parents can help our girls in several different ways.

Be role models for living a healthy lifestyle. We need to be teaching our kids about proper nutrition and how foods affect our bodies. Help our kids understand that eating fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats are for taking care of the body, not just losing weight.

Media images are not reality. We have to discuss with our girls that what Hollywood and the media promotes on TV is not reality. Explain that there is a difference between being healthy and being thin.

Help them feel good about themselves. Helping others and giving back is one of the best ways to feel good about ourselves. Let’s help our kids find ways to give back and let them feel the positive emotions that this creates within.

Don’t voice our concerns over our own weight. If we need to lose a few pounds, we don’t want to verbalize this in front of our kids. Make the necessary changes in our own lifestyle to lose the weight in a positive healthy way. Believe me, our kids will take notice that we are living a healthier lifestyle.

Surround the kids with positive influences. Be sure we do not allow good intentioned family members or friends to say anything to our kids about their weight. Help the kids to have positive role models in their life.

Purge the kitchen of junk food. Having “treats” around the house is tempting for all of us, so make sure that we are keeping healthy snacks that are prepared in the kitchen. When you come home from the grocery, cut up some fruits and vegetables and have them ready to go for the kids.

Get active. Play with your kids. Get out in the yard or go to the park and play ball. Ride bicycles along your favorite path. Take the family for walks together. This not only encourages exercise, but also family talking time.

Cook with your kids. My kids have always loved to be in the kitchen cooking with me. Look up recipes with your kids, Pinterest has great ideas, on how to cook healthy meals and let them participate. They will take more interest in their new healthy lifestyle when they feel that they are contributing.

Our kids need our help and guidance in this world. If you have a child who is struggling with body image or eating disorder you can check the National Eating Disorders website to get ideas on how to help your child.

Make sure to plan at least 2-3 activities this week with your child for play and exercise. Have a great week and share your AWESOME with the world.

 

Are your thoughts making you sick?

In a recent article by Mayo Clinic, they described the unexplainable, yet very real health benefits shared by those with a positive outlook.

apple girlImage foto.com

Those health benefits included:

Increased life span

Lower rates of depression

Lower levels of distress

Greater resistance to the common cold

Better psychological and physical well-being

Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease

Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

They say it’s unexplainable, but I have my own theory. Try this short exercise. Close your eyes and go to your favorite get away. Maybe it’s the beach, or a quiet sunset, or a walk in the woods. Feel the calm and relaxed state of mind that you are in. It’s amazingly peaceful. Your heart rate slows, the tension goes out of your muscles.

Now, think about something that is causing you great anxiety. A problem you can’t seem to conquer. Whether it’s work, family, or financial it doesn’t matter. What just happened to your body physically? Your heart rate took off. Your muscles became tense. Your blood pressure went up.

Know which of these scenarios is best for your body to live in? The relaxed state of course. A body that is in constant turmoil will wear itself out prematurely.  Take action steps this week to begin your journey of positive thinking and improved health.

When you open your eyes in the morning thank God for the day and inform the universe that it is going to be a great day. Say this several times before you get out of bed, “Dear God thank you for this day. Today is going to be a great day.” You will find that your day starts out smoother and your mind will be more apt to remain calm.

Come back and leave me a comment on how this helped start your day.