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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Positive Thinking For A Healthier New You Plus a Delicious Tropical Coconut Mango Smoothie

Think of what you can instead of what you can't.


  The other day when I was out walking with my kids, I did some about how I can influence my friends who are trying to lose weight or eat healthier. My husband has recently wanted to change and has had a desire to go to the gym more often and eat better. This change came about after a good friend around his age had a heart attack. This friend was of normal weight so that was the wake-up call that my husband needed. My husband realized that his high blood pressure and high cholesterol could lead him to also having a heart attack. My husband is not overweight but he realizes that he needs to exercise and eat healthy so he can lower his blood pressure and cholesterol. I am glad that my husbands only issues are these and not something like having to stop smoking. 

   It was on this walk, that I realized exercising eating healthy is a struggle for my husband. I have been eating healthy and exercising for a long time so it is no longer a struggle for me. So I have been changing my workout schedule to go to the gym with him. I began to think about how I can help my husband enjoy working out and enjoy healthier food. I realized that helping my husband needs to be more positive. I need to stop nagging him and be a positive encourager for him. I think me encouraging him with his food choices and having healthy food in the house is what my husband needs right now. 
 My husband does have a bit of a sweet tooth. I have heard that sugar addictions can be compared to someone needing to light up a cigarette. I have heard some say that sugar withdrawals are almost as bad as someone who is trying to stop smoking. Someone should make a tablet for sugar addictions like Champix

Diets always fail

   Most people associate diets with negative as most diets are all about taking away favorite foods. I think a better way is to not take away favorite foods but rather discovering new healthy food. So one needs to add new healthy foods to their meals instead. Look at the healthy food as an opportunity to try new foods. Treat yourself to new food every week when you go to the store. So have your usual meal but start adding a fruit or vegetable or a whole grain. These healthy foods will help fill you up so you will eat less of the unhealthy food. You might just discover that you like the new food. Need some ideas? Check out these 

Make exercise fun


 My husband hates working out but does it because he knows it is good for him. He will only go to the gym if I do, so I meet him at the gym after work three days a week. He enjoys our time together so that motivates him to go to the gym. At the gym, my husband puts on fast motivating music to make his workout more enjoyable. I think him watching other people exercise helps pass the time for my husband. My husband tells me that he enjoys watching me workout. I think the key to making exercise fun is to do different activities and on days that you just don't want to workout, just go for a walk. I have days that I don't feel like exercising and I always enjoy my walk after I force myself out the door. Fast walking is always a great exercise. They say you should workout three days a week for 30 minutes each time for health and 5 days a week if you want to lose weight. 


I make exercise fun for my younger boys by having them ride their bikes to a place that has cool rocks that they can climb on. I also take my boys swimming and to the park. The trampoline park is their favorite place to exercise.

Don't think about weight loss

 Think about making your body healthy. Don't focus on trying to lose weight instead make exercise and healthy eating a lifestyle. Most people take better care of their cars than their body. Think about how you want this body to be able to function properly instead. Taking care of your body means it will last longer just like taking care of your car. There is no need to weigh yourself either as that scale will only frustrate you. Losing weight takes time and when you focus on that number on the scale, it will only depress you. I stopped weighing myself over five years ago and it was the best thing I ever did. I do healthy as I want to feel good and be strong.

Love yourself and your body 

 We all come in different sizes and the focus should be on health, not a body size. I know many skinny people who are out of shape and unhealthy. I know many big people who are healthy. Love your body now. Love yourself to want to feel better. A healthy body does not get out of breath walking upstairs. A healthy body has fewer aches and pains. A healthy body gets sick less. A healthy body means less chance of heart problems or diabetes. A healthy body means having fun with my kids. It is about health, not about having that perfect body to wear a swimsuit. I just love seeing ladies who love their bodies after having kids and proudly take a photo of themselves in a swimsuit. I love ladies who have fun at the park and play with their kids!


Start your day with a positive attitude

  Start your day with loving yourself. Put on clothes that make you smile. Look in the mirror and say "I am beautiful." Have one healthy food for breakfast. It is amazing how doing one healthy thing for you can help you make other positive things. I always start my day with a smoothie that has fruits, greens, and protein powder in it. I like to think of my smoothies as a powerful glass of nutrition. Here is my favorite smoothie.


Tropical Coconut Mango Smoothie

Ingredients
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 cup coconut or almond milk
2 tablespoons dried coconut flakes
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup ice
2 tablespoons chia seeds

Directions
Place all ingredients except chia seeds in a blender. Blend until smooth. Stir in the chia seeds and pour into a glass. This makes one generous serving.

          
     






22 comments:

  1. Working out is what gives me the positivity that is me - and this is why I work out EVERY SINGLE DAY! It makes me feel amazing. My husband hates working out too, but he is dedicated and wants to better himself, so he pushes himself and I am proud. And honestly, I think his mood gets elevated a bit too ;)

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  2. I think this is an informative post and it is very useful and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed reading this post. big fan, thank you!

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  3. Love yourself and your body! Well, it all starts from there since before you decide to go for exercises and eat healthy, one must be living themselves. And I'm glad that your husband does! That's commendable!

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  4. This sounds like an amazing smoothie! I love this post. You look fabulous in your mermaid tail.

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  5. I struggle with this myself but especially try to teach my 12-year old to love all that her body can do for her. She is strong and healthy and active. She might not be model thin, but she needs to focus on what she can do.

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  6. It's so important to change your lifestyle so that you don't end up with heinous cravings and over indulging. A healthy diet is SO important. Thanks for the reminder.

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  7. I actually JUST went to a trampoline park yesterday. There was even a ninja obstacle course that was SO HARD!! It was so much fun that I can DEFINITELY see how exercise can be fun :)

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  8. Positive thinking is so important for your well being! This smoothie looks so delicious!!!

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  9. I think it's great that you meet your husband at the gym!

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  10. My husband will also do exercise or visit at the gym if I accompany him, and sometimes we would just have a run together or walk together. Your coconut mango smoothie looks delicious, will try out your recipe!

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  11. Loved the quote.. working out is to celebrate what your body can do and not to punish it for what you ate. Definitely putting it up on my wall.

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  12. I hate dieting, but to be honest my diet compromises of letting for off all my excessive sugar in take. I am a soda junkie, well when I let go then I am, I have to have some sort of fizzy drink after a couple of hours. As i am writing this is I realize how unhealthy it is for me, so from August (My Birth month), I will try to follow most of the steps you have shared. Thanks for the post!

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  13. I agree... dietingt is such a downer. I try to keep it positive with exercise and by putting healthy fuel into my body (good, healthy food). Your smoothie looks delish!

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  14. Absolutely! Everyone needs to take some time and love themselves. I try to diet and it always makes my body feel much better!

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  15. Indeed, you can't achieve anything if you don't love your body. Dieting alone won't make miracles, you need to change your entire lifestyle.

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  16. Self care is always important that's why I agree with you one this one. That mango coconut smoothie looks quite refreshing, a perfect treat for the summer heat.

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  18. This smoothie looks so good. The mangoes and coconut in this recipe is just right up my alley. I might try making this for my kids. Thanks!

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  19. The mango smoothie looks so yummy! Mango is so refreshing. Perfect for the summer!

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  20. This us a great recipe. We love smoothies. But, I guess, it is the sweetness that we indulge into. Maybe the use of honey can somehow make it healthier.

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  21. I am still not the biggest person to work out but these are some good points on how to stay healthier. I think the foundation is a state of mind.

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  22. What a wonderful post! That smoothie sounds so good, my husband loves tropical flavors. Thanks for sharing! :)

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