healthy living

November 2013 Wellness Challenge

So — I’m having a terrible run with these monthly wellness challenges. 🙂  I don’t think that I’ve completed one successfully yet – -but I’ve learned a lot and continue to try.

I was SO close with the October challenge — I even got others involved, but being out sick for almost 2 weeks made is a no-go. I got up to 2 minutes pretty and heard from a fitness coach that a 2 minute plank is “respectable” — but I still want to get to that 5 minutes — so I’m still working on that and plan to pick up again at 2 minute marker.

My focus for November is to try eating Clean. I’ve heard a lot about it and my guy and I want to give it a serious attempt. So I’m reading up on it and making a plan and want to try to eat clean for a week.  I also am making a serious attempt at work life balance, so I also wanted to plan a trip before the end of the year — and I’ve got that in the book! CHECK!

I’ll tell you how it goes at the end of the month! What about you — what are some of your wellness challenges for the month?


All Work And No Play Means No Play

I am so lame. This you may have already known if you’ve been a long term reader of my blog 🙂 — but seriously I did the silliest thing ever last week.

About two months ago I brought 2 seats for my and my guy to go see Bill Burr in San Antonio. I was so looking forward to it. We don’t get out much. We haven’t assimilated much into the area and this was something that we would have done from “back home.” I bought our tickets (I even splurged and got ‘the good ones.’ Got excited. And waited for the date to come.

Coincidentally, the last 2 months have been some of the busiest in a long while. You’ve probably noticed that the blog has been a little quieter than normal too right? Its been a lot of late nights and early mornings at the office — long weekends working on projects for work and for other HR projects — but our night out with Bill was coming!

I was working late a couple of Friday nights — I was WAY TOO tired to go out, and figured I would work a bit longer and then go home and crash. And when I got home, I was SO tired that I literally fell asleep with my clothes on. I made it up the stairs, took my shoes off, and feel asleep. Out like a light. I woke up the next morning and checked email and my Facebook. I was greeted by a stream of photos, tweets, and updates from people talking about Bill Burr. Weird. Weird. Weird? What? Wait.. No.. no.. oh no.. seriously.. no way.  Yup. I MISSED the event that I had been looking forward to for months.

I wasn’t mad for the money that I wasted for the event that I didn’t get go to. My sig-o didn’t even remember ( but to be fair, I AM the calendar and he goes where I go). I was annoyed that I was so busy with work that I clearly had not made time for ME! Sounds cliche.  Cue every single work life “out of balance” saying you know out there now.

I’m bummed to have missed Bill Burr. But I’m even more bummed on all those other things that I missed. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE my work — but October is gonna be all about bringing “balance” back.

Have you ever been “here” before? Let me here your stories?

Tell me I’m not alone 🙂 Thank goodness I have Netflix and can catch Bill there (its not the same, but its a lesson).

Making the HR connection, and fumbling through Netflix, yours,

Relax — And Fast! 8 Quick Tricks For Stress Relief

Stress is something that I hone in on — I seem to have no shortage of it in my life — and I don’t even have kids yet! Seriously, there are so many triggers to all the negative health triggers of stress to you — and to your overall productivity and wellness at work.

So I wanted to share these 8 quick tricks! You can used them most anywhere.

Relax,Relate, Release!  Take it easy!

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We all have a little (or maybe a whole lot of) stress in our lives. The way we deal with that stress is crucial to our well-being.

Put simply, high stress levels can lead to unwanted weight gain. Stress promotes the production of a hormone called cortisol, which increases your appetite for foods high in sugar, carbohydrates and fat. (Translation: weight gain!) Even worse is that the weight gain is typically centered around the stomach, and this type of fat is closely linked to heart disease and stroke. Research has consistently linked belly fat to high cortisol levels, especially in women

via Relax — And Fast! 8 Quick Tricks For Stress Relief.

Even Moderate Drinking Linked to Increased Cancer Risk | Healthy Living – Yahoo! Shine

Sad news to read today — may have to give up my wine and craft beers? Now, you are talking to a gal who at one point (and technically still does) has a room in her house dedicated to wine and spirits (I call it the champagne room — and I’ve recreated it 3 times in my last 3 homes).  Wine used to be a staple at my house and it wasn’t unusual for me to enjoy a bottle or two a week. However, in efforts to be overall healthier, my sig-o and I pretty much ditched alcohol — but I still like to enjoy a great beer, fine wine, or awesome mixed drink every now and then.  I’m probably not in the bucket anymore since I may have 1-2 drinks a week at most and most weeks its a big fat zero. When it comes to your wellness, it really is about knowledge, decisions, actions, and then results.

While this made me a little down at first, I’m now a little excited — it may be time for me to re-model the champagne room. I’ll still make beer and dabble in wine, but now that I have some new information to add to the picture to think about my overall health and wellness which impacts not only my physical and mental health, but my relationships, and my work.  Plus I’ve been steadily increasing drinking green smoothies — so its a timely article to me. Cheers to your health! What do you think?

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New research shows that even a single alcoholic drink per day can increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer, including breast cancer in women.

Though people have long believed that a glass or two of wine can be good for your heart, the new study, conducted in conjunction with researchers in the U.S., Canada, and France, shows that the cancer risks far outweigh any heart-healthy benefits.

The stats sound scary, but Naimi told Yahoo! Shine that the risks for mild to moderate drinkers are very low. “The people who drink small amounts of alcohol needn’t be duly concerned about this,” he said. “But it is important to recognize that when it comes to cancer, there’s no free lunch.”

via Even Moderate Drinking Linked to Increased Cancer Risk | Healthy Living – Yahoo! Shine.