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Changes I have made, yet to be made and current goals toward stress relief: A one year progress report!

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Welcome! This is the written recording of my journey to an overall healthier lifestyle. I will provide you lists of references and books that have helped me to get where I am today. You can see my grand victories, my funny adventures and my silly mistakes. I am one year into my transformation and have made many of all of those. From accomplishments, funny stories and silly mistakes. The theme of my journey is progress not perfection. I am not expecting perfection from myself. I am striving for overall progress; slow and easy continuous progress.

These are the changes I have made to date:
1. Cut out pork & red meats
2. 75% raw
3. No processed foods
4. No processed sugars
5. No gluten
6. No caffeine
7. No soda

After a while I noticed other things that I was doing that are also unhealthy. My hair color, nail polish, deodorant, clothing fabrics, body lotions, face creams all became noticeable. I am a holistic health coach so I am very aware of the things in my environment that I should stay away from. I will go into further detail with a blog on those things at a later date. I am currently working on the things that I just listed. Vanity is preventing immediate changes in everything. I am working toward it though.

1. I switched my deodorant to an enzyme deodorant however; I am not impressed. Especially during the hot summer in a silk dress. So, if anyone has deodorant suggestions I would love to hear them. I am also looking into making my own deodorant (as long as it’s effective!)
2. I have given up chemical-filled hair colors. There are still hair colors available for use.
3. I love breathable polyester for workouts. I should reevaluate that. I have a natural tendency toward “real” fabrics like cotton, wool, linen and silk. I love the new hemp products that are available.
4. I love EO’s (essential oils) and am currently taking a course to help me understand the MANY valuable uses of EO’s and how to make products myself.
5. I try to stay away from all chemical cleaners. (LOL to be honest that is not a struggle for me.) But I am learning how to make healthy, great smelling cleaning products with EO’s! I do not dry clean.
6. I have learned quite a bit about how herbs can be used to prevent illness, keep our colds/flus from getting as bad as they would without them, and they don’t have any of the negative consequences that some OTC medicines do. I’ve made some great cough syrups, ginger candies and herbal lip balm. And I’m looking forward to having a whole medicine cabinet full of these great, homemade items!

I have my hands full with the food changes and stress relief. I am going to commit to making gradual changes to the list of 6 above. I will make more of a committed effort next year. I believe that it is a mistake to take on more than what we can reasonably handle. Again it is important to be realistic with ourselves and practice slow growth and betterment. One to thing things at a time.

Now that a healthy lifestyle is comfortable and natural, my main goal is to eliminate stress. I will continue to add one new recipe a week to my cache and learn from all my new sources. My main focus will be to relieve stress with the following:

1. Pinpoint the things that cause stress in my life by daily journaling and then going back and highlighting anything stressful in my day.
2. Continuing daily exercise of 30-60 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes 3 times weekly strength training.
3. Praying and spending a minimum of 30 minutes daily quietly with God.
4. Practicing Reiki and other stress reducing activities. (I am signed up for 10 yoga sessions; we will see how that goes.)
5. 30 minutes minimum daily learning, reading and growing spiritually.
6. Very limited political news.
7. Very limited television.
8. 1/2 hour daily reading and talking extra time with my loved ones.
9. 2 nights of dancing a week with my fiance.
10. Nightly walk after dinner.
11. Community contribution and involvement through my volunteer work with animals and veterans.
12. Steps to reduce stress in my business by eliminating stressful associations and relying more on trusted and reliable people.
13. Eliminating superfluous household items, furniture and people in my life.

I know that I have a lot on my list. Who would have ever thought that eliminating stress in our lives would have so many opportunities!

-written by Karen Davis
http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

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6 Simple Exercises for a Strong Core

One way to develop an eye-catching mid-section, strengthen your core and back regions is to incorporate abdominal exercises that work all areas.  These exercises develop your core and tighten the tummy, which is designed as a stand-alone workout or add to your circuit training workouts.   I also love to do these exercises as part of my 3 and 11-day detox programs alternating with yoga or gentle walk in order to flush out the toxins and keep me moving.

The first exercise is what I refer to as the Jack Knife sit-up.  Lay on your back.  Hands and feet meet in the center. Slowly extend arms and legs away from center of body.  Don’t touch floor with arms or feet.  Hold and bring back to center.  Do these for 1 minute. Try to do 25-30 reps.  If you are a beginner, bend the knees and bring them up to midline and back down.

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Leg extension with a workout bar is to use a bar and hold the bar in front of you and just lower the legs while keeping the hands and workout bar in place overhead at waist level.  Drop legs 6” from floor, hold then bring back up to the bar.   If you don’t have a bar, place hands under lower back and lower legs to floor, approximately 6” from the floor and back up to mid-line.  Do each exercise for 1 minute/rest for 1 minute.

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Now take the same bar and alternate it from side to side in order to work the oblique.

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If you are a beginner, stop when you need to rest and then continue to complete as many reps as you can in 1 minute.

Another great abdominal exercise you can do if you don’t have a bar is to simply do the Classic Scissor Crunch.  Lay on floor, hands on head not behind head, so you can avoid pulling the neck and alternate legs to elbow.  Right elbow to left knee and reverse, count that as 1 rep. What I refer to as a double count.  Do for 1 minute. 25-30 reps.

scissor crunch

The next exercise is great for your whole core, The Classic Plank.   When done with the scissor crunch, flip over on your mat, place hands under shoulders, lift lower body in straight line, flat back and hold for 1 minute.

plank

The last one is the Classic Crunch.  Lay down on your mat, knees bent, hands on head so you don’t pull the neck, lift ½ way and back down, repeat.  Complete as many as you can in 1 minute.

crunch

Complete all exercises, each one for 1 minute/1 minute rest between exercises.   When you are done with all exercises, you will have completed one (1) circuit. Rest after each circuit for 2-4 minutes. Repeat circuit 2 more times up to 5. Complete 2-3 times a week and you on your way to an eye-catching mid-section, while strengthening your core and lower back region.

Be Well,

Karen ❤

http://www.lifeoficoaching.com

Get A Stronger Core!

 

6 Simple Exercises for a Strong Core

 

One way to develop an eye-catching mid-section, strengthen your core and back regions is to incorporate abdominal exercises that work all areas.  These exercises develop your core and tighten the tummy, which is designed as a stand-alone workout or add to your circuit training workouts.   I also love to do these exercises as part of my 3 and 11-day detox programs alternating with yoga or gentle walk in order to flush out the toxins and keep me moving.

 

The first exercise is what I refer to as the Jack Knife sit-up.  Lay on your back.  Hands and feet meet in the center. Slowly extend arms and legs away from center of body.  Don’t touch floor with arms or feet.  Hold and bring back to center.  Do these for 1 minute. Try to do 25-30 reps.  If you are a beginner, bend the knees and bring them up to midline and back down.

 

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Leg extension with a workout bar is to use a bar and hold the bar in front of you and just lower the legs while keeping the hands and workout bar in place overhead at waist level.  Drop legs 6” from floor, hold then bring back up to the bar.   If you don’t have a bar, place hands under lower back and lower legs to floor, approximately 6” from the floor and back up to mid-line.  Do each exercise for 1 minute/rest for 1 minute.

 

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Now take the same bar and alternate it from side to side in order to work the oblique.

 

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If you are a beginner, stop when you need to rest and then continue to complete as many reps as you can in 1 minute.

 

 Another great abdominal exercise you can do if you don’t have a bar is to simply do the Classic Scissor Crunch.  Lay on floor, hands on head not behind head, so you can avoid pulling the neck and alternate legs to elbow.  Right elbow to left knee and reverse, count that as 1 rep. What I refer to as a double count.  Do for 1 minute. 25-30 reps.

 

 

 

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The next exercise is great for your whole core, The Classic Plank.   When done with the scissor crunch, flip over on your mat, place hands under shoulders, lift lower body in straight line, flat back and hold for 1 minute.

 

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The last one is the Classic Crunch.  Lay down on your mat, knees bent, hands on head so you don’t pull the neck, lift ½ way and back down, repeat.  Complete as many as you can in 1 minute.

 

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Complete all exercises, each one for 1 minute/1 minute rest between exercises.   When you are done with all exercises, you will have completed one (1) circuit. Rest after each circuit for 2-4 minutes. Repeat circuit 2 more times up to 5. Complete 2-3 times a week and you on your way to an eye-catching mid-section, while strengthening your core and lower back region.

 

Have a great day!

Karen 🙂

 

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