Easy Steps to Health in 2013

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Ganas is a spanish word which translated literally means: desire, inclination. My husband defines it as guts, will and desire (ala Stand and Deliver). This is my new favorite word. This may just be my theme word for 2013.

My goal this year is simple. To live and act without fear. To have the guts to follow through with the things I want to do. After all, aren’t fear and excuses the main things that hinder us?  I am simply tired of not accomplishing goals and making excuses for myself.

One of the character traits we are consistently trying to build in our kids is the ability to take responsibility for their actions. No blaming, no excuses. If you did something wrong, own it. If you didn’t do something you were supposed to do, admit it. It’s much easier to learn and accept those teachings now over brushing your teeth or breaking a toy than to learn them later. Personal responsibility makes things much more simple. You either did it or didn’t do it, simple as that.

Do you have a goal you want to accomplish? Work hard and get at it.

One of my best friends just trained and completed her first marathon. One of her biggest frustrations during training was when people would say to her “I would love to train for one, I just don’t have the time”. This particular friend works 3 jobs and has scheduled her life in such a way that she still is home with her 2 kids a majority of the time and manages to cook healthy meals for her family most nights. She didn’t “technically” have the time. She wanted to do it, so she made the time to do it. If we want something badly enough,  we will make it happen. I have many impressive friends that I will continue to share more about in future posts:)

“I will exercise once I join a gym or buy a treadmill or have some money or have more time etc…” Own the fact that if you really want to get fit, no excuse (because all of those reasons are just that, excuses) you would. Isn’t it said, admitting the problem is the first step? What if the problem, the thing holding us back is really just, US!

“I want to eat healthy, but…insert excuse here.” There are too many free and simple tools available for us to keep making the same excuses.

Will this come easy? Nope, but nothing worth having is ever easy. This can however, be simplified if we get out of our own way and choose to have the ganas (the guts) to go for it.

I am speaking to myself here as well. This will be the year that I live up to all that potential people always talk about. This year I will not give way to fear. I have decided if an opportunity presents itself that scares me, I need to seriously consider it. I recently had a conversation about teaching Pilates at a local gym. My first thought was “well, I haven’t taught in a while, I am out of practice and on and on…” so, I decided to jump in head first and I am teaching my first class in a week.

I can’t remember a time where fear or excuses led me to greatness. Let this be our friendly New Years reminder and become people who inspire.

My next post will be a simple guide to getting healthy in 2013.

No Ganas, No Glory.

Much0 Amore,

Your Vegan Friend


“Exercise: you don’t have time not to”

The quote in the title is by an unknown author. Here’s one more:

Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.
— Earl of Derby

On Monday my daughter woke up with a fever which left us house bound for the day. She is fine and the fever must have done it’s job and fought whatever was in her system because by Tuesday we were A-Okay!

I am especially good at talking myself out of a workout. “We are stuck at home, the kids are crazy, I’m tired, I’ll do extra tomorrow…” you name it. However, I know that Monday of all days, is a terrible day to get off track. So I decided to get over my excuses and just do it! I found a great Jillian Micheals workout On Demand, put the kids down to rest and got to sweatin’.

This got me thinking of all the ways one could get in a good workout. Leave your excuses at the door:)

Here are Ten ways to get some fitness into your day:

1. Check out fitness DVD’s from the Library (they have several, I checked) or from Netflix, you can also borrow great fitness books from the library. FREE!

2. Buy a fitness DVD/kit with all of the equipment you need for a home workout. Or, look at Goodwill, Garage Sales etc…

3. Join a Gym. For my mom friends, many gym’s have childcare. My YMCA allows 2 hours daily for childcare. It is clean, they offer great crafts and activities for my children and even Yoga twice a week. Most of the teachers are mom’s and my kids love going. The YMCA also offers a sliding scale membership based on your income. Many mom’s that I know work in the childcare one day a week (with their children) for a deep discount.

4. Swap workout DVD’s with friends. Better yet, get together and do them. Working out is much more fun with a friend.

5. Find a neighbor to go walking with at night after the kids go to bed. If you have no children, just go for a walk/run anytime.

6. You can do basic calisthenics anywhere!!! Push-ups, sit-ups, plank, triceps dips, squats, lunges etc… get moving while you watch TV at night.

7. Involve your children. My kids enjoy doing my Pilates DVD, the little Girl follows along to most of it and the crazy Boy just jumps all over and has a blast. (my only rule is “no jumping on mommy while I am working out”) How wonderful to let your children see you being active!

8. Subscribe to a fitness magazine (many are just $10 a year) and try new workouts monthly.

9. youtube or google it. I have workout apps on my phone.

10. DO Something!!!!!! Bikeride, jumping jacks, hula hoop, jump rope, roller skate/blade, swim… you get the idea.

There is always some way on any given day that you can be active. The key is to make it a priority in your day and in your life. You do not need anything fancy, just the will to be healthy. After my workout on Monday I felt fantastic, accomplished and ready to tackle the rest of the afternoon. It feels great to push past excuses/circumstance and do what is best for our health!!!

Here’s to life without excuses:)

Much Love,

Your Vegan Friend