This Thanksgiving, we encourage you to give thanks to your health, your greatest asset in life.
Below, find six ways you can be mindful of that, and create a healthier, happier Thanksgiving for you and your waistline.
Make the Most of Your Morning: Yoga & Yogurt
Start off strong by fitting in an a.m. stretch session when you wake up. This will leave you feeling relaxed, yet energized for the day ahead. Then follow it up with a healthy breakfast. Skipping this meal to save calories for later in the day can end up leading to an even higher intake overall, since hunger often results in overcompensation at the main meal. Try adding sliced bananas, cinnamon, walnuts, and a slight drizzle of honey to a bowl of plain, low fat Greek yogurt. Six ounces of Greek yogurt contains around 15 grams of protein, which will not only fill you up but also help keep you feeling satisfied until later in the day.
Goal(s): Lose a combined total of 150 lbs
Six months ago, Laura Meier joined LifeVest, and set out with her husband Brice on a mission to lose weight. They planned a trip to the Caribbean as motivation, and began making significant changes that would move them towards their goals. Each now two clothing sizes smaller and two energy levels higher, the two set sail this week and are ready to celebrate.
“We’re looking forward to enjoying [the trip] together and being motivated to continue on,” says Laura who’s over halfway to her goal of losing 50 pounds. Brice has exceeded the halfway point towards his goal, too, down 65 pounds and on his way to 100.
Laura was initially motivated by the opportunity to earn money through LifeVest. However, this quickly became merely an added benefit of the experience. She earned a FitBit early into her program and soon after bought Brice one too, and it was at this point that Laura decided to make her LifeVest journey one that would last for life. Together, the couple began powering up their step count, and benefiting from the results.
“Brice has problems with sciatic nerves and back pain, and he used to hardly be able to make it to the corner with me,” says Laura. “Now, he’s sometimes walking 40,000 steps per day because he’s feeling so much better by getting the weight off and getting active.”
Through the weight loss, Brice has been able to relieve some of the pressure from his knees and back, and Laura says she feels better about herself than ever before. They’ve decided they won’t be stopping once they reach their weight loss goal, but instead continuing to find new ways they can lead a healthier life together. Laura shares some advice on what’s worked for them so far, and how her and Brice are make the changes together.
You’ve put in the hard work. You’ve sweated it out. And likely it was all tough at first. Now that you’ve lost weight, the last thing you’d want to do is pack it back on. So instead, let’s talk about how to keep it off.
80% of those who lose weight gain it right back. We want youto be a part of that other 20%, and we’ve got some tips to make that lifelong goal a little easier.
Follow these 5 rules to help keep that energy going up, and that weight off, forever!
#1: The 80/20 Rule
Keep 80% of the food you eat daily within the clean, good-for-you category. As for the other 20%, let it be fun. This will help you build a positive relationship with food, and prevent you from feeling deprived, which will also help to eliminate your desire to binge on junk food. Balance and moderation are the keys to long term success. Read the rest of this entry »
Her goal: To lose 100 pounds by her 50th birthday next year
Four years ago, Rene Worthey experienced a wake-up call. Her mother, who had suffered from heart disease and obesity, passed away, which left Rene thinking about her own health, especially in relation to her two children.
“Those last few months with my mom, they were very difficult,” she says. “I didn’t want to put my kids through that. There were a lot of things that I had to do for my mom that no mother wants their kid to have to do for them.”
At the time, Rene was dealing with weight issues of her own as she slowly watched the scale go up and her energy go down. Rene contributes much of this to her diet, which prior to LifeVest, Rene says was 90% composed of meals from fast food restaurants. Like many busy individuals, she loathed cooking and so she let her stove sit idle and placed her health on its back burner.
“It’s very easy, quick and cheap to get stuff you don’t need, and because of that you really have to plan ahead,” says Rene, who now prepares most of her meals at home. Down 30 pounds in just eight months, she’s on a mission to turn her health around, and with it, she’s turning her life around, too.
Since starting the LifeVest program, Rene set out with a goal to lose 100 pounds, and is driven to hit that target by her 50th birthday next year. She plans to celebrate with what became a challenging activity in recent years, amusement park rides, and says with a smile, “My hope is that when I hit 50, there’s going to be a whole new me. I’m really looking forward to being a super fine, good-looking, healthy 50-year-old.”
With her positive attitude and healthy enthusiasm for spinach, here at LifeVest, we have no doubt she’ll be able to achieve that goal. Read the rest of this entry »
Sleep is a control freak.
Don’t give it enough attention, and it will show you who’s boss. From mood, to memory, to longevity, sleep dictates nearly all aspects of our health. So whether we like it or not, it begs us to befriend it, especially when taking efforts to lose weight.
Luckily, sleep can help make you feel your absolute best, so let it be one control freak you make an effort to keep happy. In doing this, you’ll need to remove its enemies from your life. Below, find 5 sneaky things that may be trying to sabotage your relationship with sleep, and get ready to bid them adieu. Then, say a happy goodbye to that flock of sheep you’ve been counting, or the twisted sheets you’ve been tossing and turning, and rest easy tonight.
Between hot dogs on the grill, beer in the cooler, and chips on the picnic table, we all know how easy it can be to take in excess calories at those summer BBQs. But how about shedding a few extra calories instead? That can be easy too, and just as social as clinking glasses with your neighbor next door. With the 10 lawn games below, we guarantee you’ll fit in a few laughs while sizzling away some calories. Do an energetic victory dance once you win, and you’ll burn even more. And probably add another laugh to your day, too.
So as August kicks off this weekend, forget spending summer sitting around stagnate in lawn chairs. Invite a few friends over or meet at the park. And whether you want to become a croquet champ or you’re more of a frisbee fan, let the games begin.
Oh, and if you’re ready to play with the big boys, we also recommend considering this.
10 summer lawn games that burn an easy 150+ calories
Sleeplessness – it’s like sitting through a long, drawn out movie where you just can’t get comfortable. Two o’clock in the morning rolls around, and you’re tossing and turning, and counting one sheep after another, laying with eyes wide open in your bed. The worst!
It’s a scenario that takes place for many. In fact, roughly one third of the world suffers from insomnia. Women are hit the hardest, myself included in these numbers, and of course, it only gets worse as we age. Oh boy! At least we’re in good company.
After one too many nights with the sheep, I decided to do some research on how to help fix this problem. I know sleep is important to my health, and even more notably, I can’t stand walking around sleepy when I seem unable to rest well the night before.
The easy answer seemed like it would be to turn to sleeping aids, and although I’m generally not one to see “drugs” as the solution, I did end up testing out a few over-the-counter brands. What I found was that even those couldn’t do the trick. It was then that I knew it was time to see what natural remedies were out there, and so began my research. In doing so, what struck me as most interesting were the numerous studies on various foods and their relationship to sleep. Below are a few items research has shown may help the issue of insomnia, and ones I will be experimenting with on my own. If you too are having trouble sleeping, maybe you’ll want to try a few of them with me.
It’s summertime and the living is easy – if you stay in good health! You may be taking a break from your job and hitting the road for some fun, but you don’t need to trip over your health while you’re at it. Maintaining a smart diet and ensuring you get plenty of exercise and rest will guarantee a better experience on your road trip this summer.
There are some things in life we don’t have direct control over – like when it rains and our shoes get wet (free laundry?). Or like when we walk down the road and bird poop falls from the sky (good luck?). Or when the vending machine runs out of M&Ms (even better luck – for our health, at least?). Luckily, however, life is not all surprises, and one thing we can control is choosing how to take care of our bodies. Many people hit the cookie jar after a long, strenuous day at work, or buddy up with the couch instead of our running shoes, even when we know the latter is what we really need. Even us LifeVesters can admit to doing that from time to time.
The important thing is to become aware of your triggers for unhealthy behavior so that you can then realize how to change them. A few simple choices in a different, healthier direction can end up drawing a major impact.
Below, we’ve got tips for 5 common challenges that take a lot of us by the belly.