Originally Published: January 5, 2009 11:35 a.m.
Hello to everyone. Have you looked at yourself naked today? You may be asking yourself, "Wow, did she really ask that?" Yes. I am seriously asking you if you have stood in front of a full length mirror, naked, and yes, with the lights on. Go ahead, give it a try. I'll wait here until you get back.Did you like what was glaring back at you? Were you shocked, pleasantly surprised, or did you chicken out and stay in your seat staring at this blog?I was shocked to find out that many people, especially women, will not look at themselves in the mirror with no clothes on. I am assuming that they don't want the painful truth piercing back at them. By truth I am talking about self neglect, not the normal and sometimes sagging components of aging. I'm a stones throw away from hitting 40 so I'm seeing gravity's pull too.When looking at yourself in the mirror, don't judge. Don't be harsh. Be realistic. What needs improvement and what doesn't? Are you happy in your own skin? These are important questions to ask yourself. What ever you do, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT compare you to anyone else. Your goal is totally unrealistic if you want to look like the airbrushed models in magazines or your favorite actor who works out with a trainer three hours a day and has their own private chef. I dare to hypothesize that deep down inside they are screaming for someone to tell them that they will be loved even if they aren't perfect. Be the best you that you can be! God doesn't care how much you weigh, but he is renting you a body. Will you get your deposit back?So now we're at step three of 10 to a healthier you. How are you doing so far? Have you been eating a good breakfast every morning? Have you also been preparing your lunch ahead of time instead of running to Burger King? If you answered yes to these two questions then proceed to the next step.Step three is when you start moving more. Notice I said moving and not exercise. Movement requires energy and the extra cushion around your hips, thighs and butt, may have enough stored energy to power a small town. Wouldn't that be great if that were possible!A great way to keep track of how much you are moving is to use a pedometer. A pedometer is a device that clips to your pants. Each time you step, it counts that step. Numerous studies have shown that people who take 10,000 steps or more each day weigh less than those that walk less.So how far is 10,000 steps? It depends on your stride but on average it is around 3.5 miles. It may sound like a lot but I get in nearly 7,000 steps before the sun even comes up. Yes I know, I'm a freak, but I want you to truly understand the importance of taking at least 10,000 steps every single day.Pedometers vary in price from $5 to $35. I suggest one somewhere in the middle; $20 should get you a fairly decent pedometer that is accurate enough to give you a reasonable count of steps taken. Keep in mind that pedometers are not perfect. If you jiggle around or hit a big pot hole while driving, it will click and add steps to your count. That's ok because even if it adds 100 steps, you will still have a reasonable idea of how physically active you have been.My research has found that the Omron Pedometer is accurate and won't break your piggy bank. I found one online at Walmart.com for $26.72. You can cut and paste this address into your browser for more information. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=3294308So now you have three easy steps to follow. Remember what Jack Lalanne says: "It's not what you do some of the time that counts, it's what you do all the time that counts."You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, post a note on my blog, or find me at facebook.com if you would like more advice or are interested in Personal Training. I'm always happy to hear from readers. Recipe - Turkey Adzuki bean loaf(You can use chicken instead of turkey)2 C. cooked Turkey (finely chopped) I use a food processor2 C. cooked Adzuki beans (finely chopped) I use a food processor (You can find adzuki beans in the bulk food section at Bashas') 1 bunch of Cilantro (chopped)1 small onion (chopped)4 stalks of celery (chopped)1 C. Craisons (optional)1 T Curry1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese1 cup egg beaters or egg whites1-1/2 T. Soy sauce2 T Lemon juiceThrow all of the ingredients together in large bowl and mix until well blended. Place mixture in lightly sprayed pan and bake at 375* for 30 minutes. So good!!!