Just finished a gentle yoga flow and this popped up. How true!

I have to admit that I often work out to burn calories. To find the balance between eating and burning it off. While doing this I forget what my body is actually doing, is capable of doing. This is a great reminder to look at it in a different way…

Sweat – Did You Know…

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… That human beings are the sweatiest of all mammals? The remarkable temperature regulation and cooling capability provided by our sweaty skin has enabled the human brain to evolve to it’s modern size and processing capability.

Sweating has many benefits to it. One of the most efficient ways to detox your body — without the juicing — is to sweat. Sweating can flush the body of substances of alcohol, cholesterol, and salt. The body releases toxins by using sweat as the conduit. Not only that. Prolonged sweating that is expected during an intense workout or even brisk walking in the sun will increases the level of the “feel-good” endorphin hormones that are naturally released during physical activity.

The benefits don’t stop there. Sweating can be an effective way to sweat out the salt and retain calcium in your bones. This limits the accumulation of salt and calcium in the kidneys and urine, which is where the stones come from. It is no coincidence people who sweat tend to drink more water and fluids, which is another prevention method for kidney stones.

Perspiring can actually help fight tuberculosis germs and other dangerous pathogens. Dr. Diane De Fiori, a dermatologist at the Rosacea Treatment Clinic in Melbourne, Australia, told Medical Daily in an email: “Sweat contains antimicrobial peptides effective against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. These peptides are positively charged and attract negatively charged bacterial, enter the membranes of bacteria, and break them down.”

So next time you exercise think about all the good things you do for your body. But please also consider others and when you move don’t spread the sweat 😉

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Broken Scale?

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A bit over a month ago I decided to tackle it, to get on top of it and to stick to healthier eating and a workout schedule. I made a plan to use the remaining 13 weeks of the year to reach the weight I want to have, made a plan and dove into the adventure.

Thanks, Danny, for inspiring me!

I figured an update is overdue. Over the last couple of days and weeks I had Willow’s comment in the back of my mind, who mentioned that you need to get there first before patting yourself on the back. Totally agree with her. As she stated often we make a plan then tell people about it, try to achieve it, fail and then explain why we have not reached our goals using many excuses. Bottom-line: It’s better to keep it all to yourself until you have reached said goal.

You might ask yourself where I’m going with this. Well, I’m definitely not about to find any excuses or tell you that I have failed. Nope. But I’m also not where I wanted to be and frankly, I have no clue why. I have stuck to healthier eating. I have stuck to the workouts, even on my resting days I’ve been active. Knowing how my body has reacted in the past I should have dropped at least 3-4 kilos by now. But I haven’t and it’s frustrating. I have dropped just about 2 kilos (on a good day…).

Over the last week I analyzed my approach. I checked what I ate, I took the full moon into consideration. But nothing really explains to me why the scale does not show a lower number. Maybe I’m simply not patient enough. But if this continues like that I will be far from the goal I set by the end of the year.

As I said, I’m not giving up. This all is about being consistent and that’s what I’m planning to do. My body might have changed, its metabolism might have changed. The explanation might be as simple as that. I will keep my eyes on my original goal although I know that dropping about 6kilos in about 6 weeks will be a lot, probably too much. I know I can lose it but if I lose weight that fast I usually put it back on again in a similar amount of time, at least some of it.

I was really hoping that this update will be a success story. But hey, this is life and sometimes it does not do what we want it to do, right?!

On a good note: I also mentioned that I measure myself too when starting a diet (or better changing eating habits) and I have lost almost 4cm around my tummy since I wrote my first post about this journey. So that’s a good thing!

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Mindful Monday Healthy Living – Choose Your Eating Battles

I thought rather than trying to write about eating habits and working out, I could reblog Colleen’s great post. It’s packed with great info, which I would not be able to give you.

I’m on track. Better than I’ve been, controlling the portion control at this stage rather than really “dieting”. That I will start with the new year, simply because there will be more of a routine for me then again.

Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry

Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.

…to all of you who have left comments and cheered me on and are interested in accompanying me on this journey to healthy living! Together, we can offer support and ideas to make this road to “healthy,” a fun journey!

Last week I had help from:

From World’s Kitchen

The Bee Writes

A Momma’s View

Shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos

I hope that you will support all of us in our healthy living…

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Not The Easiest Time

Definitely not the easiest time of the year to start a diet. But then, what time of the year really is, right? You always find an excuse to only start next week. You always find an excuse to have that additional treat. You always find an excuse for that second or third helping. Some people even find an excuse to eat ice cream combined with chips (or crisps) for breakfast (I know… shocking!).

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Time To Pull Myself Together…

… again and focus on healthier eating again rather than only the exercise. Thanks, Silver Threading, for reminding me about what I promised myself at the beginning of this year (see here). The year actually started off really successful but then I got sidelined by a terrible flu in the middle of it and honestly almost totally lost track of what I promised myself I’d do.

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Plant An Issue

“How much influence do mothers have on their daughters’ views of their bodies? A social experiment in the US shows how mothers often unknowingly share their own body image issues – an innocent comment about tight jeans or wanting to lose weight can impact a child and teach them to worry as well.”

This just popped up in my Facebook feed and I when the author of this at the end asked about our thoughts all I could think of was the word “yes”.

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DIY Home Gym With Items Around the House

Workout is something that is important to me but I’m no gym goer. I prefer working out at home or outside. for years now I do HIIT (bodyweight) workouts at home which keep me happy and for sure sweaty. When Kelsey approached me about writing a guest post about working out for my blog it made me really excited. Not only to read a post written by someone I’m not yet that familiar with but also reading about a take on working out at home. When Kelsey sent me Katherine’s post I was not disappointed. I’m actually looking forward to incorporate some of the things listed in the post.

As an excuse for not working out I often hear the “no time”, “no money” or “I don’t like going to the gym” answer. Well, here is your solution.

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