Friday, December 28
Four airplanes, 10 family dinners, 15 presents, 10 presents returned, & 6 extra pounds later, I'm back on the east coast revving up for an exciting close to 2007.
How was everyone's holiday weekend? Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, hopefully you had a chance to relax and indulge in some mega-calorie treats. I know I did.
But that's gotta change.
That's why I was excited to see that everyone's favorite Food Network health nut, Ellie Krieger, has debuted a new Web site, www.healthylivingwithellie.com, which offers tailored nutrition and fitness information.
I signed up last week just to see how the newsletters looked (didn't really follow the advice, obvs, over Christmas weekend) and if there were any tips in there I hadn't seen before.
I learned something fun from today's letter: Just by reading this blog (and hopefully laughing a lot), you may be getting healthier!
Researchers have found that laughter improves mood, reduces anxiety, eases stress, and is associated with creativity and emotional stability. What great benefits from something so easy to do! Laughter provides advantages for your physical health as well — it reduces pain, improves immune function, lowers blood pressure, and may contribute to a longer life.You may remember that I spoke with Ellie this past January about sticking with our New Year's resolutions. Let's revisit that advice, shall we, as we embark upon one last holiday (extended) weekend of food & drink excess:
Ellie: Set reasonable goals and make them specific. Don't just say "I'm going to eat better." If you currently only eat 2-3 portions of vegetables each day, say you will eat 4-5. Ask yourself, "Is this doable?" Think of the difficulty of your goal on a scale from 1 to 5. You don't want it to be too easy, and you don't want it to be impossible to accomplish. Try to put it in the 3-4 range.That's good advice that I will try to follow. I'm hittin' the gym this weekend and then hardcore next week.
It's only a matter of time before Paula starts on the fitness track:
Orrrrrrr.... maybe not.
Happy New Year and happy eating, everyone!