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Living Fit Mommy: Monday is a Girl’s Best Friend, Right?

I saw this motivational winner on my Facebook feed this morning and I simply had to share it with you all:

 

I have never tried the “Insanity” workout, nor am I a P90x Devotee, but I can relate to the message: “Never Miss A Monday”.

Weekends are a beautiful thing for me. Most of the time I use them to do nothing but fun stuff with my husband and kids. Sometimes, I use them to have a girl’s day out all by lonesome—perusing the mall or settling in with a good book—but either way I use them to re-energize my body and mind for the week ahead. I take great advantage of those two days of genuine recovery because when Monday comes calling, I want my body ready for the challenge.

That said, “Never Miss A Monday” means you never miss an opportunity to start the week off right. If you get your body in fit mode from Day One, the other days you choose to have that same focus will be a lot easier to handle. Personally, I never feel stronger than I do on a Monday—two days of rest does wonders for my body.

Are Monday’s a pain in the rear sometimes? Yes, most of us still live for the weekend, but change your perspective and you change your life. Make Mondays your best friend—where a good workout is concerned–and start your week off in a positive way.

Now go move something!

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Living Fit Mommy: “Lifting Heavy” is Revolutionizing The Phrase “Girl Power”

Strong is the new “Skinny” in some fitness circles as CrossFit Athletes like Camille Leblanc-Bazinet prove that women can be every bit as strong, fit, and sexy as their male counterparts. Photo: Bodybuilding.Com

You don’t have to sell me on the positive effects of lifting; I’ve been incorporating a structured strength training regimen into my fitness plan for better than two-years now, and I have no complaints about the result.

That said, there is a growing culture of women who believe that to look and feel strong is to break down the walls of what is expected of their bodies and show the world that you can be fit and strong without losing an ounce of feminine mystique.

…”Girl power” takes on a whole new meaning.

“There is so much empowerment in being able to lift and move heavy things – especially if it’s more than your body weight,” says Bikini Fit head coach Tricia Yap. “Putting fears of failure aside, attempting something one might not otherwise dare to do, and then achieving it – it’s a powerful thing that our community of women can apply to other aspects of their lives.” (Rachel Jacqueline, South China Morning Post)

For me, personally, it’s been about building confidence and stepping outside of my comfort zone. I’ve always been rather thin, but I didn’t have any strength or muscle definition. Now, I am proud to show off my “guns” in a tank top, and I feel confident that when I pick up a dumbbell or perform a rep on the bench I’m doing something good for my body.

It’s about so much more than just sticking to a plan that works—although the results do help keep you on track–it’s about challenging yourself to do more, and be more, than you ever believed possible; and if the CrossFit Games are any indication, there will continue to be a generation of women out there who are looking to take it to that next level, and beyond, so that any young women/girls that choose to follow in their footsteps know that it can be done.

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Living Fit Mommy: Hey America, You’re Doing it Wrong!

Japan continues to find ways to keep the obesity epidemic at bay.

In America, there is this notion that bigger is better. That notion goes for almost everything and, typically, without question.

Cars, houses, pay checks (which, I might be inlined to agree with), wardrobes, shoe collections, etc., if you can be the one with the most extravagant, expensive, and praise worthy amount of such items, then you win!

However, in the case of obesity, the game is over and the notion takes a turn for the worse.

That said, where America is doing its best to keep us wanting more, more, more on our widening dinner plates, Japan is still preaching less, less, less:

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Hmmm…can you imagine walking into any grocery store in your neighborhood to find that that is the largest container of ice cream available for purchase? Imagine if that was the case for all the processed, sugary, or sodium laden items our country had to offer? Do you think we’d be seeing an obesity rate that trends up or down?

Japan’s obesity rate is currently less than 4%—America boasts a rate above 30%—and while the Westernization of Japan remains in full effect (there are now better than 3,500 McDonald’s in Japan alone), the waist lines of its inhabitants remains well within healthy limits.

How do they do it?

For one, a diet rich in whole foods and, for two, an awareness of portion size—as evidenced by the tiny container of ice cream in the photo above:

Naomi Moriyama, co-author of a book titled “Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat: Secrets of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen” told WebMD that the Japanese not only eat healthy foods, but in smaller portions than usually consumed in the West.

“Thanks to the relatively healthier Japanese diet and lifestyle, Japanese women and men live longer and healthier than everyone else on Earth,” Moriyama said.

Indeed, the Japanese live about five years longer than their counterparts in the U.S. and with far lower rates of disability and illness.

Moriyama estimated that the average Japanese person consumes 25 percent fewer calories daily than the average American.

Also, culturally and socially, obesity is anathema in Japan.

In 2008, the Global Post reported, the Tokyo government established a maximum waistline size for people above the age of 40: 33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women. (Palash Gosh, International Business Times)

Of course, the pressure to remain slim—particularly amongst the women in Japan—is high, but there can be no mistaking that, as a country, Japan is definitely paying attention to the eating habits of its inhabitants and taking pro-active steps, where possible, to encourage adherence to the old school way of doing things—healthy eating, exercise, and attention to serving sizes—and that has allowed them to keep the obesity epidemic at bay.

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