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Happy Tuesday, STalkers! What's for breakfast? Don't tell me you skipped it!!

Breakfast is arguably THE most important meal of the day. It breaks the overnight fasting period and kickstarts your metabolism - that helps you burn calories throughout the day. Breakfast replenishes your supply of glucose and provides other essential nutrients to give you energy to get things done. Eating a healthy breakfast has benefits!

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Did you know that when you go longer than four to five hours without eating, the body’s energy levels can crash significantly? 3pm is the most popular time that your energy tank falls close to empty. Too many of us reach for more coffee or one of those awful energy drinks.

Since caffeine has no effect on me, I have a terrible tendency to reach for sugar. Bad! This is why Aniki has a big arse! On a good day, I grab a protein shake – Atkins or Core Power (always best when vcold).

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Happy Tuesday, STalkers! Some of us are in the Arctic Vortex and experiencing extremely cold temps. If you’re going outside to exercise, be sure to STRETCH and WARM UP! Don’t forget to dress appropriately and eat/drink!

 

DRESS IN LAYERS!

First Layer
Long underwear should fit tightly against the body and be made of a wicking material to keep moisture away from your skin. Try synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene and stay away from cotton fabric because that holds water against your body.

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Happy Tuesday, STalkers! It's a balmy 16 degrees F in my neck of the woods - feels like 6. We're in for a cold week with a high of 0 degrees F on Friday. Yes, you read that correctly - ZERO. With temps dipping into the negative (especially with the wind chill), and all of the snow we've been getting, plenty of folks prefer staying inside.

So I'm reviving a previous TuT of exercises you can do at your desk.

 

TIGHTEN YOUR ABS

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In deference to those who are still suffering from Seasons Eatings (Tubby Tuesday!), we’ll skip the PHYSICAL Tone-Up Tuesday and work on toning our mental health.

There’s good stress… and there’s bad stress. Do you know the difference? It’s important to identify your biggest stressors (and triggers) and manage the way you react to them.

Some stress is healthy. It energizes and motivates you. In an emergency, it can actually protect you by giving you a sense of focus.

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It's baaaaack!!! Hopefully, the holidays weren't TOO stressful with all of the planning and festivities and stephell.

Ah, the carefree days of youth! No job stress, no exasperating coworkers, no car repair concerns, no cholesterol/triglyceride, no menu planning, no bills to pay… 9 months of school and a 3 month vacation. Our biggest concerns were some annoying chores and was the weather good for playing outside.

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Welcome to Tuesday, STalkers! I'm hoping this day is better than yesterday. Monday. Ish.

How goes it with everyone? My physical therapist continues to torture me, but I can feel myself getting stronger. I'm not struggling as much with some of the exercises (oh, how I loathe that facking BALL!)..

Naturally, I am also trying to make better food choices and eat healthier. NOT an easy task for a foodie! I'm always trying to find food substitutes that help me overcome my cravings (carb queen here!). Three that help me:

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Happy Tuesday, STalkers! How goes it with you? Are you able to get out and be active or does cold weather keep you indoors? Here are some small changes to your eating habits that can help you keep off the weight – or lose some!

DRINK UP! When you don’t drink enough water, your body can confuse hunger with thirst. Upping your water intake can have big impact on how much you eat during the day. Carry a water bottle so you have a physical reminder to drink.

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Happy Tuesday, STalkers!! Did you overeat on Thanksgiving? Gorge on tasty leftovers? I did well on turkey day  - ate a late breakfast to tide me over and ate a small plate of appetizers. My dinner plate consisited of small spoonfuls of things I wanted (except for that homemade cranberry sauce - I ate half a cup of that tasty tartness!). And then came the pie. I ate 2 small pieces, but that put me outside of my comfort zone. Ugh.

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