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Healthy Me Priority

What's your health commitment for today?

Healthy Me Priority


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Zumba Fundraiser

Posted on January 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM Comments comments (83)
March 24th from 11-3 to support Autism Speaks Organization

Nike Training App

Posted on January 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM Comments comments (21)
The Nike Training App for the iPhone is awesome and FREE! You can pick the style of workout, how much time you have, and select the exercises. You can look at the photos or watch the video. A great app for when you are at the gym and don't quite know what to do.


Posted on November 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (14)
While I'm sure that this isn't the only manufactured food around, this is really gross. Before you order up your McRib, you might want to give this a look. 

A Different Perspective on Change and Goal Setting

Posted on September 25, 2011 at 9:04 AM Comments comments (31)
Recently I listened to the CD set, The 5 Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die by John Izzo, and there was a part that I found very interesting when it comes to fitness. He was talking about change and how actively reminding yourself in a small way about changes you want to make has a big impact.
The took two groups of people who wanted to lose weight and divided them into two groups. The first group wrote down goals that fall into line with realistic goal setting such as I want to run 3 times a week. The second group just wrote a few words on a card like, "Be more active." They were to look at the card many times over the day.
The results were that the card group lost more weight than the goal setting group. The theory was that if you wrote a specific goal like running 3 times a week, and for some reason you were not going to meet that goal, you might not even right the 2 times or 1 time because you already blew it for the week. For the card group, you might make little choice throughout the day that support you card such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
It really changes the idea that fitness doesn't have to result solely from long bouts at the gym, but incorporating changes to daily living.

10 Reasons to Never Eat Free Food

Posted on September 21, 2011 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (20)
While I wouldn't agree with never eat free food, it's a good rule to follow most of the time. Working in an office where free junk food is always available (and sometimes pushed) it can be really tough. Even at our annual health fair where we learn about how much our rates are going up, every table had candy and junk food.
10 Reasons To Never Eat Free Food
By D Sharon Pruitt
Most people’s eyes light up if free food is mentioned. But using “free” as an excuse to eat junk food is nothing to be proud of. We are excited by the concept of free food because we perceive it as having value. But cheap, mass-produced food isn’t worth much in health, taste or even satisfaction.
Although we believe we are getting a great deal, foods typically offered as free don’t even fulfill our most basic nutritional (or emotional) needs.
Thus one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my 12 years of higher education is:
Just because it’s free doesn’t mean you have to eat it.
On occasion someone will offer you high quality food at no cost, but these times are few and far between. More often you will find yourself wading through a sea of donuts, pizza, cookies and other junk food. Your best bet is skipping the empty calories all together when attending meetings, seminars and other public events.
10 reasons to never eat free food
1.   It’s cheap. You may be inclined to think that cheap food is a good deal, but if you take a minute to think about what you’re really getting you find it is not the value you may have thought. Cheap food means you are getting low quality, mass-produced calories made from industrial processes. Isn’t that the stuff we want to avoid?
2.   It’s flavorless. The right combinations of sugar, fat and salt, pretty easily deceive your brain, as these ingredients can strongly activate your neural reward pathways. But if you try and focus on the true flavor of food and eat mindfully, you quickly notice the tastelessness of industrial food.
3.   It’s bad for you. Evidence is mounting that processed foods are the cause of most “diseases of civilization” such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. When you wolf down a few of those Costco brownie bites at happy hour, you are contributing directly to your likelihood of developing these chronic diseases. Is that value?
4.   You aren’t saving money. You may tell yourself that this free meal will keep you from eating later, but there’s a good chance you will eat again anyway. Processed foods do not satisfy you, but actually stimulate your appetite and strengthen future cravings. Also, if you factor in your future health care costs, what you save by eating that $2 slice of pizza starts to seem rather trivial.
5.   You’ll feel gross later. Junk food makes you feel bad, both physically and mentally. If someone offered you a free headache, would you take it?
6.   It screws up your metabolism. Highly refined foods create rapid insulin spikes that induce insulin resistance over the next few hours, making your next meal more fattening. If you make a habit of eating cheap abundant food, this condition will become chronic and may develop into type 2 diabetes. What a bargain!
7.   You’ll gain weight. With insulin resistance comes weight gain, and with time you will gain more weight eating fewer calories. Unfortunately, people aren’t often giving away free plus-sized jeans.
8.   You’re eating empty calories. When you submit to eating cheap food, you are also choosing not to eat nutritious food. Choosing a diet rich in vitamins and other essential nutrients may be the single biggest factor in determining your risk for disease and overall longevity. Luckily, local, seasonal foods taste way better than anything your co-workers can pour out of a plastic bag.
9.   You don’t need it. Chances are you get plenty of calories in your typical day. So why do we feel like we need to eat junk food just because it is free? Healthy food does not have to be very expensive. 
10. It isn’t worth it. The truth is free junk food isn’t really free. Even if processed foods don’t cost you money, they still cost you your health, happiness and sense of well-being.
Why do you eat free food?

Inspirational Video

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 9:18 AM Comments comments (11)
A great video about how what's important is on the inside.

    Book Review: I'm With Fatty

    Posted on July 18, 2011 at 10:28 PM Comments comments (235)
    I loved this book! This book is an account of Edward Ugel's attempt to lose 50 pounds in 50 days. It was a surprise because it was written from a man's perspective and I could see a lot of parallels with womens' experiences. He talks about hiding behind his beard that way some women hide behind hair or oversized clothing. You don't think about men being self-conscious in the same way as women do, but this book shows they do.
    This book has a lot of tongue-in-cheek wit and humor.

    Kripalu Audio Health Interview Podcasts

    Posted on July 1, 2011 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (55)
    The Kripalu Center, a yoga retreat center, ( in Stockbridge, Massachusetts has podcasts about different health topics from health specialists.

    When You Show Up for Yourself, It is Always Worth It

    Posted on May 21, 2011 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (12)
    The best motivation I had this weeks was in my yoga class on Friday, after work. While most people are going out to dinner or enjoying happy hour, I was at hot yoga, which is one block from where I've been known to pop in there instead to get a bottle of wine to bring home to share after a long work week. I was like the tin man and trying to get back into my fit after not doing a lot of yoga after the last 4 months after a shoulder injury. I felt like the instructor was talking right to me. He said,
    "It's so easy to put on your blinker, but then use it to go to the liquor store instead. I can't tell you it will ever get easier, but I can tell you it will always be worth it. Whenever, you show up for yourself, it is always worth it."

    Lose Up to 25 Pounds in a Year By Giving up Soda!

    Posted on May 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (136)
    How much do you love soda? Would you give it up to weight 25 pounds less? It comes down to simple math:
    • There are 3,500 calories in a pound.
    • Let's say you drink one non-diet 20 oz. soda every day. Most 20 oz. sodas have 240 calories. If you drink one soda every day (240 calories x 365 days), you are consuming 87,600 calories that essentially have no nutritional value.
    • Take 87,600 calories divide it by 3,500 (calories in one pound), and that is the equivalent of approximately 25 pounds!
    Another benefit is how much money you would save if you drank water instead. If you spend $1 a day on soda, imagine what you could spend $365 in a year that might give you more enjoyment.
    Want to see some sugar comparisons of the amount of sugar there is in soda and other popular beverages?  Go to