Thursday, December 9, 2010

Healthy relaxing morning....

Plyometrics this morning was a little tough. All I wanted to do was stay in my warm bed and sleep an extra hour! It took every willpower in my body to bring it. Once I was in the zone, I felt like I had drank a pint of coffee, and before I knew it, I was up and squatting, and lunging away! After my work out, I enjoyed " Soraya's breakfast." I was having a conversation with a friend of mine, Soraya, and she told me how wonderful it was to sit have a cup of tea with a hard boiled egg, and a toast with honey. "The sweetness of doing nothing!" Just sit, relax and enjoy the sweet and salty flavors, with a hot cup of your favorite tea. This sounds very simple and it is, but I was amazed to see how relaxed my mind felt when I started to take the time for this in the morning. My mood changed all together! Instead of having something on the go or having breakfast at my desk at work. I started to take these moments in the morning just for me. I make my breakfast, and just sit and relax. This is a very well balanced meal, and very low in calories.
Right after Plyometrics.. Nice, rosy and sweaty!

There are 100 calories in 1 piece of wheat toast, 78 calories in 1 hard boiled egg, and 0 calories on the tea. I boil lemon with water and have without sugar. So after a nice morning workout, you can enjoy a 178 calorie balanced breakfast,( wheat, protein) , which I guarantee will satisfy you until you next snack or meal, and take 10 minutes to enjoy and relax before you start you day!
Here we are, Egg, wheat toast with a sprinkle of honey, and homemade lemon tea! Thank you Soraya! lol

TIP: Excercing in the morning, can be challenging at first, but very beneficial! If I can do it, anyone can!

#1: Time flies when your workout’s not done.
You plan to work out, but your busy day throws a curveball, leaving you scrambling to finish your to-do list by bedtime.
#2: Your metabolism won’t boost itself.
You roll out of bed, throw on some clothes and stumble out the door on your way to another busy day. Are you even awake yet? Your metabolism certainly isn’t.The average person can expect the metabolic boost to last for 30-60 minutes post-exercise. EPOC typically accounts for a few paltry calories – 10-60, depending on the intensity of the workout. Not only does morning exercise help you burn calories during the actual workout, but its effects linger after you’re finished.
#3: It’s your choice to be a night owl or an early bird.
Tick-tock. You have an internal clock that thrives on routine. It’s your circadian rhythm, and it regulates your body on a 24-hour cycle.
Give yourself a strict bedtime, force yourself to wake up when your alarm goes off (no snoozing!), and exercise each day – even if it’s only for 10 minutes.
#4: A.M. exercise helps you sleep better in the p.m.
Working out in the morning helps you hit the sack at night. A study published in the scientific journal Sleep showed that overweight or obese women who began a regular morning exercise routine slept better than those who exercised regularly in the eveningWhy? Evening exercise stimulates your body. You become restless and alert, making it very difficult for your brain to turn off and your body to drift into restful sleep.
#5: A morning workout is better than coffee.
Oxygen, not caffeine, is what your brain wants in the morning. So instead of reaching for the coffeepot, reach for your sneakers and you’ll get all the brain-boosting benefits you need.Studies show that exercise can increase your mental sharpness for 4 to 10 hours after your workout, a benefit you can really use at the start of your day.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Water with Lemon

For the past month I have been bring 1 lemon to work every day. I have it in my tea and with my water. Just a slice of lemon per serving. I have to say that the following is actually quite true. Also I am enjoying the zesty taste of it. I lost about 4 pounds this past month. I am definally looking to icorporate this idea to my daily lifestyle.

Water with lemon helps speed up weight loss. Drinking water with lemon for weight loss is also an effective way to help eliminate toxins, clean internal waste, and promote energy boosts. To use water with lemon for weight loss, follow the steps below.
Difficulty: Easy
Drink a warm glass of water with a lemon slice upon waking in the morning. Drinking warm water with lemon for weight loss in the morning helps a sluggish digestive system, so it's a great way to start the day after sleeping all night. Boil water in a pan or microwave. Wash the outside of the lemon and add a slice to the water. Sip like tea.

Cleanse your body with lemons for weight loss. Many cleansing diets use lemon to detox the body. Add a slice of lemon to drinking water throughout the day. If desired, wash a lemon in the morning, and use a food processor to grind the whole lemon. Place the lemon puree in a small jar and add it to water throughout the day. The pectin in lemon peel is an excellent source of fiber, which helps stop the body from absorbing sugar quickly. Pectin also helps eliminate cravings. Drinking water with a whole lemon for weight loss is an excellent way to speed up weight loss and detox the body.

Mix lemon puree or a lemon slice with tea and apple cider vinegar to help maximize weight loss. Apple cider vinegar and lemon help people lose weight faster. Some of the best teas for weight loss with lemon are green tea and oolong tea. Use one to two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with tea once or twice a day.

Make sure to drink a lot of water with lemon for weight loss. Drinking a lot of water helps people lose weight more quickly.