IT’S 2017…every New Year, you make it a point to make resolutions and the very first on your list is to go on a diet. It’s been only after a few weeks and you realize that you again failed to do make good on your resolution, just like last year.

You were dying to wear that long black beautiful dress that was displayed on a famous women’s boutique. Or you’d like to tuck the shirt into pants and not have to deal with stomach in the way—flatter stomach would be nice. Deep down, you are feeling discouraged about your progress and know that the drastic changes you’ve put in place are not sustainable.

Does this sound a little like you? Read ‘Ditch Resolutions. Get Real. Get Results.’ If you want to impress yourself, family, friends and that gorgeous partner of yours — you get to TURN IT AROUNDnot next week, next month, or next year — the time is NOW! Yes, I am fully aware I am repeating myself.

Here is a question for you…

What if it’s possible having enough energy and don’t feel sluggish to allow me to take on life with easy and joy?

push-ups-woman-childIf you want to feel well and be present, your lifestyle, including nutrition, is a priority. Now, if you want to feel fit, get stronger, look sexier, and feel awesome from head to toes, please invest time in physical activity. Being fit gives you more energy, lessens your risk for heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes, while improving your self-esteem and confidence.

Getting fit is really about YOU. It is something that you owe to yourself. Fitness is not just about looking good but also feeling good. Fitness makes you strong enough to meet your hectic schedule. It makes you wake up in the morning and feel rejuvenated. Balancing hormones through fitness routines will facilitate the process of shedding a few extra pounds, burn fat, and build lean muscle.

You might be thinking…”Maria, what’s new? Tell me something I don’t know.” Uhhh…I see an opportunity to shift your mindset. Instead of asking for more,

  • How about taking action on what’s available to you NOW?
  • What are the tasks/steps/decisions you have full control and have put putting aside or afraid to step into?
  • How consistent have you been with your exercise routine? How much progress have you made?
  • Could you be, do, feel better?

So I am going to ask again…

What if it’s possible having enough energy and don’t feel sluggish to allow me to take on life with easy and joy?

Yet, if you’re not getting proper sleep/rest, you are wasting some of that precious time at gym. 

New Year’s Goals: Getting Enough Rest/Sleep

getting-sleep-restIs ‘Get more sleep’ in your list of  goals in 2017? Did you know that a third of your life is actually spent in sleeping? Or ‘should’ be J And did you know that the amount of energy saved every time you sleep is so unsubstantial? Getting the number of hours of sleep your body needs only amounts to about 50 kilo calories, or what is equivalent to the energy that can be had for eating a slice of toast. If that is the case, what then is the fuss about getting enough sleep in order for our body to have a chance to recharge and recuperate from its daily activities?

In fact…”Why do we sleep?” is a question that has eluded many scientists and researchers for many centuries. Until now, they still cannot give a definite answer as to why we sleep. All they could offer is the fact that sleep is absolutely essential in maintaining the normal and healthy function of our brains.

We have to sleep in order to develop normal levels of cognitive skills such as speech, memory, innovative and flexible thinking. A better way to understand the significance of sleep would be to ask the question, “What happens if we don’t sleep?” Now, we can come up with several answers to this question based on our very own experiences.

Lack of Sleep

Most people exhibit unpleasant behavior such as being sluggish, irritable, grouchy, and forgetful when they don’t get enough sleep. Obviously, lack of sleep has serious effects on our brain functions. Sleep deprivation results in the inability to focus and concentrate, or having a shorter attention span compared to when we are fully rested. Inadequacy of sleep impairs certain parts of the brain that are responsible for the control of our cognitive functions, our ability to respond to stimuli, in making decisions and rational judgments. Plus, if you’re trying to get up with a healthy glucose level and improve insulin sensitivity, GET DECENT SLEEP.

hours-of-sleepLack of sleep is not only a matter of having an “off day”, or being irritable, or lacking energy. Who would have thought that lack of sleep can be a contributory factor attributed to a number of disastrous events such as the Chernobyl Nuclear Tragedy and the Challenger Shuttle Explosion? Sleep deprivation, when taken to the extreme, can lead to human error and catastrophic consequences.

So what can you do about your sleep? There are many natural remedies before you consider medication–stay tune for more on sleep! Nonetheless, start by doing a sleepcationcheck the ‘Tips’ session of the newsletter to learn what that is. Then, grab the phone and call me and I will tell you more about it 🙂