Work for what you really want

I saw the saying below this morning & it really made me stop and think. In my journey to be healthier, does what I want right now get me to what I want most?

      Let’s break this down….I am out to dinner and I order a salad. I’m on vacation and my body is craving vegetables because I had something not particularly good for me the day before. My son orders french fries, which are actually not very appealing to me right now. At the end of my meal, there are still french fries left over. Do I grab them and eat them because they are there and I don’t want them to go to waste? Do I want them NOW because they are looking good? Will eating them get me to what I want most….a fitter, healthier me? No, no and no. Wow…I felt really good about my choice and I hope that I can continue to make the same choice if this scenario comes up again because if I keep making that healthy choice over and over, it will become a habit.
     Next, there is a marathon of my favorite show on TV.  I LOVE this show and missed some episodes so this would be a great time to catch up on a rainy day.  I’ll get sucked in and all of the sudden 4 hours will have passed in zoned out glory.  Do I watch this marathon because it looks good now or do I go do a workout and DVR the show for another time so I can get to what I want the most…a fitter, healthier me? DVR and workout…another good choice.
     That’s not to say that we are ALWAYS going to make the perfect choice.  We’re human and sometimes we give in…that’s okay. Everything in moderation…even moderation as the saying goes. However, if we really stay present in our choices and think them through, this behavior will become habit and there we are on the road to being fitter and healthier. Go forth today and make the best choices for yourself!  You are so worth it.


No Regrets

So my planned vacation landed right smack in the middle of starting a new eating/fitness program, figures, right??  I made a lot of gains last week and I don’t want to lose them all.  Well, I don’t have to lose the gains.  Vacation doesn’t mean an all-out food blitz, but you don’t have to deprive yourself either.  Try some of the following tips:
*Buy fruit, eggs, yogurt, eggs to keep at your rental property.  If they are there for you, you won’t want to waste them and they are cheaper and better for you than going out for every meal.  Also, if you feel like snacking the fruit will be a much healthier option.
*When you do go out for meals, opt for a salad or fresh vegetable side instead of fries.  Even a baked potato, minus sour cream and extras, is better than fries.
*Walk, walk, and walk.  Opt to walk wherever you can…the beach is perfect place to do lots of walking.
*Plan some exercise-centered activities, such as hikes, kayaking, paddle boarding, bike riding.
*Do some mini workouts that take a small amount of space, see below.  A mini workout is better than no workout at all.  If you have space, a DVD player and more time, you can bring workout DVDs.
*If there is something that you are really, really craving, have it and just cut back somewhere else AND walk even more that day.
*Your body will tell you when you’ve had ENOUGH.  I know that if I eat badly for several meals, I feel icky and my body CRAVES healthy food.  Also, I have found that drinking water really helps clear out those blah feelings until you can readjust and eat better.
I know that these are all simple, common sense ideas, but sometimes we don’t think about them when we are in the middle of a glorious, relaxing vacation.  Hopefully, at least one of them will help you.  Enjoy your well-earned vacation!!!

What is in a name??

So you may be wondering…Thistle Dew Fit…interesting name…what is up with it??  Well….MANY years ago, I was on vacation in Vermont and I saw a flower shop called Thistle Dew.  I thought it was the best name and always had it in the back of my mind if I ever opened a business.  It is a play on words to this will do or this’ll do as in “yeah, this will be just fine…it’ll do”.
I’m not saying I am settling by saying…eh…this is fine…this’ll do.  I am saying “YES…I’VE DONE MY BEST and this WILL do.  It is not trying to be average, it is trying to be the best I can be and accepting that my best is the best that I can do.  Your best might be different and THAT’S OKAY.  Also, sometimes things come up in life that you don’t agree with or you have to accept for what they are.  Those are also times when you can say “this’ll do”, I can deal with it and move on.
The other thing I observe about actual thistle dew is that the thistle is very sharp and pointy, yet very beautiful.  The dew can lay on the top of it and the little dew bubbles don’t pop…they stay strong in their dew-ness.  That’s how I feel I need to be sometimes…even in the face of sharp critics, I must stay strong like the dew on a thistle.  Wow…that sounds deep and motivational, doesn’t it??  LOL
Just some thoughts on the name of my title…hope you enjoyed the explanation.  Off to be as strong as the dew on a thistle!!!!

Eating Right

When I started ‪#‎21DayFix‬, I had been working out already and was working with an online nutrition specialist to lose weight. I was doing well with my own program and losing weight steadily so I really didn’t need a new program. I found my coach on Instagram and then started following her on Facebook. I have wanted to get more involved in the fitness and nutrition field for a while so when she asked if others wanted to be a coach, I said, “Sure…why not? This is my opportunity to get into something that I have a passion for.” I started the program and I have to say that I really love it. It was a great addition to things that I was already doing and to have such a supportive community around me has REALLY helped. I’ve already lost almost a pound in 5 days and I am not hungry and I feel better already. Can’t wait to see where this journey continues to bring me…thank you to my coach for believing in me and supporting me.


My Abbreviated Story

A little about my story….I have always loved researching ways to make myself a better person.  Who doesn’t want to be a better person, right??  I joined a gym on New Year’s Day 2013 because I wanted to try spinning.  I tried and still LOVE spinning.  I also signed up with a personal trainer and LOVED it.  This made me want to learn more about fitness and nutrition even more.  I have read many books, articles, visited websites…lots of information.  I even looked into becoming a registered dietician (my profession is teaching).  I thought, I know soooo much about children; I’ll be a pediatric nutritionist.  I also felt that I love to help and motivate others and I shouldn’t limit myself to only children.
Fast forward, the gym I joined closed:(  I started taking barre and boxing classes.  I still take the barre classes which I do LOVE.  My boxing class suspended for the summer and I wanted something else to add to my fitness routine.  I found a wonderful Beachbody coach who is wonderful, uplifting, and kind.  I started that program last week and I’ve also become a Beachbody coach myself.  I feel that it will only add to my fitness and nutrition knowledge.  Thanks for joining me in my journey.
I’ve lost 12 lbs since the end of April and want to continue to get stronger and fitter.  I hope that I can inspire others to do the same.  I’m no spring chicken, but age is just a number so let’s get our sweat on and our healthy eating on and LET’S DO THIS!!!!

Mom's Small Victories

No Boring Clothes

Nothing will motivate you to workout more than a new outfit.  I highly recommend buying a few, new workout outfits before you start because you will want to wear them and they may get you to work out.  As you reach different goals, you can buy yourself a new tank or leggings as a reward.  Much better than a food reward.  I have never been and will never be a size 2 so I have a very strong opinion of workout clothes companies.

     My favorite, hands down, is Athlete.  Great selection, big size range, great quality, pretty reasonably priced, cute/fun clothes.  They are owned by the same company as Old Navy and Gap.  I have an Old Navy card and can earn rewards for shopping at any of those companies plus Banana Republic and Sierra Trading Post online.  You can earn $5 and $10 rewards that can also be used at any of those companies.  They also often have additional %s off, sales, clearance…online store is great.  Free shipping (I think) when you spend $50.
     I also like TJ Maxx/Marshalls.  Inexpensive, cute workout clothes.  Not as big of a size range and quality is not as good.  They also have workout accessories:  yoga mats, weights, water bottles, headbands, etc.  If you have a TJX card, you can also earn rewards.
     As I’ve said before, I am NOT paid by any of these companies.  They are just my personal favorites.  I hope this was helpful to you.  Have a fashionable day!!

Good Food

Boy…its it hot today!!!  I am not a heat person…I think it’s easy to get warmer than to cool off.  Just my personal opinion.  Make sure that you are hydrating when it is hot.  By the time you feel thirsty, you are already on your way to being dehydrated.  I have read that a good rule of thumb for how much water you should drink is take your weight, divide it in half and then drink that many ounces of water.  Just a quick tip and easy to remember.
Often when it is hot, the last thing you want to do is work out.  You gotta do it!!!  No excuses.  I have my workout room in our basement, which is always cooler than the upper floors.  I also have a large fan in the room (no central A/C).  Of course, gyms are usually air conditioned so that should actually be a motivator.  Again….REMEMBER TO KEEP HYDRATED!!!  You will feel better after the workout and can go on with your day.  Not a good idea to run in the heat and if you have to, go early in the morning or after the sun goes down.  Common sense ideas.
Salads are a great meal for a hot day.  Make all your protein that you’ll be putting in the salad at once and store in the fridge.  When you want a salad, your protein will be ready to go.  You can also cut up the additional vegetables will the protein is cooking so that all you have to do is toss everything together and eat.  The hot idea lately is to put all the ingredients for your salad in a Mason jar and then just add the dressing and shake.  Pour into a bowl and there you go…instant meal.
Hopefully, you are staying cool wherever you live.  Take it easy, stay safe and enjoy your summer!  It goes by way too fast.