Tag Archives: Mental Health

Day 36

10 Jul

Today is the day..

My last final hoo-rah of my internship-the special project.

It’s been a long time coming, and I can’t believe it’s all over! I presented on Exercise and Stress: How exercise can help alleviate stress in the workplace. I’ve linked the presentation to this post; if you view it, I ask that if for some oddreason you present on the same topic and use this material, you link back to my original presentation!

Why?

At the time I was beginning the internship, I had just graduated from college, I was still unsure about graduate school, I started a new experience with people I didn’t know one day after graduation; I couldn’t “work”, I was adjusting to a new schedule, and worst of all- friends were beginning to leave. Stressed? You bet. But I’m not the only person going through stressful times and it won’t be the last time either. The employees at my internship are stressed in a different way, daily, and use exercise as a means of de-stressing.

Everyone is stressed. But it’s those who take their stress and learn how to de-stress that come out on top. If it’s through group fitness classes, personal training sessions, rec. leagues, shooting pool, swimming laps, playing cards-whatever the activity may be, it’s an hour where they don’t have to think.

I don’t know, yet,  if I’ve learned how to deal with my stress, but I’m working on it!

Teaching Body Sculpt & Balance tonight-review tomorrow!

Cheat Days Done Right

13 Aug

We all deserve a treat every once in a while-everything in moderation, right? But we have to do it correctly; we don’t want these indulgences to reverse all of our hard work and sweatglisten we put in the gym! A lot of “health nuts” give themselves a cheat meal and/or day throughout the week or on the weekends, but there’s a fine line when that cheat meal becomes an all out binge sesh. Here are a couple of tips to cheating the right way while still sticking to an overall healthy yet decadent lifestyle:

  • think of a cheat meal/day as a “special” treat-they only happen once in a while, so savior each and every bite and realize that another cheater will be right around the corner(almost).
  • if you cheated earlier in the day, skip that extra serving or piece at the later meals and vice versa. always have a plan!
  • don’t forget your workouts! even if you take weekends off, going for a walk or even taking a yoga class is active recovery and may help with feelings of guilt.
  • keep in mind that coming back to your diet following your cheat meal/day will be tough. cheeseburgers, mashed potatoes, and pie are a lot more palatable than grilled chicken, brown rice, and steamed broccoli.
  • while “cheating” keep scraps, skins, bones, etc. in plain sight. seeing how much you’ve eaten will tell you when enough is enough (if your stomach hasn’t told you yet 🙂 ).
  • if liquor and socializing are involved,watch portions. we often get ahead of ourselves when conversation is flowing and drinks are pouring!
As long as you plan you’re cheat meal/day in advanced, you’ll be prepared  to do it right. After, you might even be more inclined to get back on track to your regular healthy diet. Some experts believe that eating a cheat meal will keep your metabolism stimulated by eating something you don’t normally eat. Whatever the case may be, allowing these indulgences is perfectly aye-okay by me (as I’m doing it right now with a Gigi’s cupcake in hand) :).
Happy Cheating!