Cultivating Self-Love and Positive Body Image


In this weeks post I will share with you three simple and yet very effective ways I manage to introduce exercise in my daily life.  Since I work sitting at my desk I have to find ways to get the blood flowing and keep my limbs happy by moving my body around.

1. Dance like nobody is watching

I have a confession here, I love to dance, which in itself is not a big deal it’s just that I love to dance while at home listening to galaxy music on the tv or playing a few songs on my smartphone .  I try to dance for 10 to 15 minutes and when I do, I dance like nobody is watching (because nobody is).  I do this because heck I’ve always done it, since I was a teen I’d just dance while I played records and when I was a young adult I moved in with my best friend and again we’d play records (Leif Garrett anyone) and just dance.  I feel so good when I’m dancing and almost feel like I’m one of the best Solid Gold Dancers out there (I’m aging myself).  Dancing is not only good for my body but it sure does my self-esteem good too.  Now if I look like Elaine from Seinfeld so shall be it, I’m happy and helped my body.

2. Walk this way

Now I know a few weeks back I covered the benefits of walking but I thought this would be a great reminder at how it does the body and soul good.   Just grab your smartphone and play your favorite music or books while on your trek or maybe even silence and just listen to your thoughts or try not to think at all.  I love walking because it’s a wonderful form of escape for me and helps me feel good inside and out.  Sometimes I like to take my mini-doxie out for walks with me, he loves the exercise.  I love to walk outside during the spring, summer or fall, even in the winter if it’s not too cold or bitter outside.  I get on my walking shoes and comfortable clothes and I go out and walk. I like to have a goal, a place to walk up to and turn back but that’s just me, you do what feels right for you, just move that body.

3. Walk at Home

Ok when it’s bitter cold, I don’t go out for that walk, but I walk at home.  I fell madly in love with this workout about 10 years ago, I’ve already mentioned this before it’s Leslie Sansone’s Walk away the Pounds Series.  What I love about Leslie’s workouts is that you can do a one mile walk in 15 minutes (or a 2 mile walk in 30) and they are easy, she has four basic steps that you follow that are easy for almost anyone.  You can level up, I believe Leslie has up to 5 miles, I’ve done the 4 miles and I always get great results when I work out with her.  Please don’t let the easy steps fool you, it’s a workout, you get your blood pumping and your body moving and you feel good and accomplished at the end of the workout.

Another great bonus is that Leslie offers free workouts on her website so you can check them out.  Personally I have many of her videos and DVDs and now that the cold weather is starting I am more often doing a Leslie workout than going outside.

I like to workout a minimum of 3-4 week, it depends on my schedule, I’m not too hard on myself but if I’m too busy one day I think what’s 30 minutes and I pick a two mile workout and just do it.

That’s it for this weeks post!  Have yourself a great week, I know I will!

To your health with Love


I sleep deeply

I sleep deeply

I don’t know about you but I have not been getting nearly enough sleep lately.  It might have to do with the fact that I’ve spent the last three months either preparing, interviewing or setting up for my telesummit.  Since June sleep has taken a backseat and I know better.  Now that it’s over let’s see if I can remedy that.

Let’s take a look at how much sleep we need, personally I need a minimum of 7 hours but thrive on 8.  I was once told the older we get the less sleep we need but my mind and body beg to differ, I seem to require much more than I used to years ago.  If I don’t get enough sleep (we’re talking 6 or less hours) it shows up in my personality and it’s just a matter of time before I become cranky.  So being aware I do my best to avoid that.  I can occasionally suffer from an occasional case of insomnia, usually as a result of “thinking” too much or being excited about something.   But it only happens once or twice a month maximum.

Many studies have shown that the lack of sleep has many detrimental effects on our health, it can cause heart disease, age our skin and a whole host of other boo boo’s.  Yet we still don’t take enough time to get our rest.

As a child and an adult my lack of interest in all things sleep stemmed from a fear of missing out.  I didn’t like sleeping in because that meant there were hours during the day I would lose doing something I considered productive, whereas sleep was a waste of time.  I never napped, I come from a napping family and live with a napping spouse.  So to teach my body and my mindset that it’s ok to get rest had been a task but one I felt compelled to take on.

How do I do it?  I start by going to bed at the same time every night.  I get up between 6-6:30 so if I do the math I must be in bed by 10-10:30pm, that doesn’t always sit well with me, but I’ve learned to enjoy letting my body rest.

Some of the rewards I get out of a good night’s sleep;

  • Good mood
  • Better handle on the day ahead
  • Deadlines are much easier to meet
  • Healthier sex drive

There are so many reasons to get that rest! I look better when I get a good night’s sleep, those dark circles are lighter, eyes less puffy and another bonus is that my body seems to be able to digest food better and here’s another thing whenever I get a good night of sleep I’m not craving junk food!  I believe; when we start taking better care of our bodies through a good night’s sleep, exercise (walking, strength training or whatever gets your body moving) then the body starts to instinctively know what it needs or wants to eat.

So there are many reasons to get that good night’s sleep!  If you need to start slowly then do that but start.  You can start by going to bed 15 minutes (or heck 10 minutes) earlier than you normally do.  Just do that for the week and see how that works for you.  Try it.  You won’t be sorry you got a good night’s sleep.

I’ll be covering more tips on how you can get a good night’s sleep in my next blog post!