W.O.W. SEASONAL SATURDAY 09/19/15

“Seasonal” – Take a look at how to stay active and make healthy choices no matter what the temperature is outside

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It’s September, which means we aren’t quite in High Pollen Season – nor are we quite in Flu Season.

So what’s with all the congestion, sniffles, and headaches?

It’s STRESS

I realize this is hard to believe.

None of us really have anything major going on.

It’s NOT LIKE it’s the first full month of school for parents and children, and college students …

The first full month of football as we discussed in last Tuesday’s article,

Or the last month before the FIVE MONTH stretch of debt-inducing, hangover-prone holidays:

October – Halloween

November – Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving

December – Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa [respectively]

January – New  Years

February –  Valentine’s Day

Dont even act like Halloween and Valentine’s Day don’t count… you know as well as I do.

Listen, here’s the deal, I know we have heard about stress for eons and it’s something everyone has and no one wants and we all should sleep more and eat better and exercise regularly…

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blah blah

But here’s the SIMPLE truth:

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more cortisol [hormone] to help you stay alert …while also reducing white blood cell count [lowering your immunity]….and storing belly fat…

Cortisol also messes with Leptin [another hormone] which increases cravings for unhealthy foods in unhealthy amounts …

When your Cortisol and Leptin levels are too high, it messes with your circadian rhythm so that even when try to sleep you CANT sleep as soundly…which means your body will not get the rest it needs and it will further increase the levels of those two hormones.

If this goes one for several consecutive days, your body will continue to reduce white blood cell count and your fatigue will get worse and you will start to feel that “flu-like” feeling.

Your body is literally trying to get you to slow down, it’s begging you to get into bed and sleep so that it can get back on track.

The take-home message here is that : Your body is in charge 🙂

If you don’t give your body what it needs, it will make changes on a cellular level to get what it needs.

Work with your body, not against it.

It’s the only one you have.

Until Next time,

Stay Well,

MissFit

W.O.W. FUN FACT FRIDAY 09/18/15

“Fun Fact” – Self-explanatory…

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For all of my September babies out there  – September is the Month of the Sapphire. That beautiful, deep, rich blue is unparalleled.

You’ve probably never heard a health professional tell you to ‘Get Blue’ for weight loss – but I’m going to.

I’m not telling you to get sad and depressed – but I am telling you to consider getting the color Blue around you, especially in the kitchen, plates, bowls, counter tops, etc.

Why, you ask?          

Simple:
Research shows that  BLUE is the most calming color, it has been used in Color Therapy [yes that’s a real thing] to treat insomnia and over-activity in both adults and children.

Blue is also the least appetizing color as it does not occur naturally in foods aside from blueberries and some plums and eggplants.
Furthermore, evolutionarily, humans avoid foods that are thought to be poisonous and BLUE tends to be a color associated with poison and/or spoiled and rotting food. …

Therefore, eating off of BLUE dishes can reduce food intake by 15% or more simply by inducing notions of calmness, mindfulness, and survival.

And – BONUS TRACK – another blue color [and beautiful gemstone], turquoise is also used in Color Therapy to stimulate white blood cell count and boost immunity, keeping you healthier, longer.

You are more then welcome to send MissFit either one of these stones out of the benevolence of your heart .

But at the very least, treat yourself .

 

Until next time,

Stay Well,

MissFit

 

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W.O.W. – THERAPEUTIC THURSDAY 05/14/15

“Therapeutic” – Gain insight into your Actions [sometimes called ‘behaviors’] and how they may be functioning as a direct result of Thoughts and Feelings

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Feeling down?

Does it seem like all of your Facebook friends are getting engaged, having adorable children, going on sweet vacations, buying homes and just generally living it up?

Don’t they work 10 hrs days like you do?

Who has time to actually MAKE everything they see on Pinterest?

Who has time to money for all of these endeavors?

What a blow.

 

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions – step away from the Social Media PRONTO.

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“but MissFit! I could not possibly survive without my beloved Facebook stalking rituals and Twitter feeds!? What if my girl/boy friend is commenting on someone else’s page? I wont know to be mad at him/her!  What if I miss Bruce Jenner updates?!?”

uh huh…

Let’s put it this way:

You

Will Survive

The stats are in.  Most people look at their phones on average every 15 mins.

Let assume you are awake for approximately 18 hrs [meaning you are sleeping about 6hrs], that means you are looking at your phone *72* times a day.

Filling your mind with hopes, dreams, and comparisons to other people. All of which leaves you feeling behind the times and like a loser who is apparently failing at life.

Now, that may be a slight exaggeration, but if you are feeling down on yourself, I honestly recommend reducing your time spent on Social Media. Statistically speaking, people use Social Media primarily to boast about themselves and their lives. When you see someone’s page, it is a skewed peek into their lives.

No one’s life is perfect. No matter who many “likes”their last Selfie got.

Take a step back.

Quite “should-ing” on yourself….”I should be doing this or that”

Decide what YOU want. What YOUR goals are.

Then use one of those 72 times you look at your phone to Google something productive that actually moves you toward that goal.

 

Stay Well,

MissFit

 

Questions/Thoughts?

Comment below or email direct to write.with.ms@gmail.com

W.O.W. – MAKE IT HAPPEN MONDAY 5/11/15

“Make it Happen” – Start off the business week with positive reinforcements, tips and tricks for bringing yourself success in your work, your wellness, and your wealth.

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“Just another Manic Monday…Wish it was Sunday..’cause that’s my fun day…”

Poor Monday. Unless you are a Federal Holiday here in the States, we REALLY do not like you.

You represent the start of the work week and, like that last douchebag we dated, you always, always, always come too quickly.

Sigh.

Seriously though, Mondays tend to be synonymous with stress and for good reason… There are those few things you need to finish up from last Friday that just didnt seem important as Happy Hour got nearer and nearer..meanwhile, plans need to be set and executed for the week.  Not to mention, if you are in any type of a Sales job, Mondays can seem especially defeating because even if you had the week of your life last Friday, you start back at ground zero on Monday.

So what gives?

Are we just supposed to accept that Mondays both suck and blow?

that was for you guys, after I dissed you up there 🙂

No!

There is another answer!

Mondays, stress and all, hold the power to help you live longer…

I am inviting Miss Kelly McGonigal  to share her theory with you all.

Take a watch and Make It Happen:

 

Stay Well,

MissFit

 

Questions/Thoughts?

Comment below or email direct to write.with.ms@gmail.com

W.O.W. – THERAPEUTIC THURSDAY 04/09/15

“Therapeutic” – Gain insight into your Actions [sometimes called ‘behaviors’] and how they may be functioning as a direct result of Thoughts and Feelings

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Let’s do a quick little Self-Test. Answer honestly, no one can see your responses unless you choose to share.

In the last 30 days, have you:

  • Felt just chronically tired?
  • Felt bummed out?
  • Had little aches and pains every which where?
  • Had trouble falling asleep?

If you answered “No” to any of these, you are a big fat liar.

All of have had at least one day/night where at least one of the above was true.

What if I told you that without any medication – hell – without even looking at you I can tell  what is wrong AND how to fix it?

* PAUSE for gasps of disbelief *

I’ll give you a hint

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You, dear Misfits, need to have an Orgasm.

Either at your hand, or the hand of someone else; you need to visit O town.

[sorry, Mom, that was probably awkward]

Let’s continue:

According to Jennifer Bass at the Kinsey Institute Kinsey Institute, reaching orgasm releases TONS of beneficial biochemicals [like Oxytocin and endorphins] that aid in reducing symptoms associated with Insomnia, Depression, Fatigue, Anxiety, and Pain.

The notion of pain relief has been extensively studied. And the verdict is in. Ladies…according to our fellow female Beverly Whipple, a famed Sexologist [yes that’s a real job, Guys] and professor emeritus at Rutgers, “when women masturbate to reach orgasm, the pain tolerance threshold and pain detection threshold increased by 74.6% and 106.7%, respectively”.

A little humor to kick off the good times…seven…seven…seven…

 

Have a Therapeutic Thursday,

Until next time,

Stay Well,

MissFit

 

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Father Time’s One Night Stand

 

As I often like to do on a Sunday, I’ve been catching up with you all here on the WordPress Blogosphere. Blogiverse [?] Blogworld [?] Well, you know this vapid space we call the Internet that we fill with wondrous thing…

Call it what you will; I have seen so many posts recently about “Time”.

Even the The Daily Post prompt is about Time!

Whether it’s “that Time of Year”, “never enough Time”, “Time to get moving”, “Time to stop”, “about Time to celebrate”, or a myriad of other musings on this elusive element, Time is of great interest to Miss Fit. So much so that it makes her speak in the third person.

Why?

Well because the third person is fantastic [says Miss Fit]. No, I know, you meant why do I find Time so interesting…?

As a Nutritional Consultant, all other things being equal [i.e. financial situation, religious preference, gender, age, skill level, goals, needs, wants] the #1 reason reported when I ask my clients why it is they think they are not where they want to be in life the answer is always related to a seeming lack of this thing we call ‘Time’.

There is never enough of it.

Ever.

Never. Ever.

For all of Time, there has never, nor will ever be enough of it for most people.

Not to mention, it is the one thing that, no matter how much money you have, you can’t physically buy more of.

If you are following me on this, you should be asking, “Now, wait, Miss Fit… You are supposed to be smart… I’m supposed to be reading your blog because your judgment is sound and good…And you just told me that the #1 reason people aren’t where they need to be is because there is not enough Time, and you ALSO just told me that no matter what, you can’t get more Time…SO…um, Miss Fit, you have set your business up for failure then because you cannot provide the missing link – no one can.. ?”

Yep.

Touché.

This blog will self-destruct in

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You still here?

OH thank god.

Ok, TIME to get down to business.

You all may remember an earlier post of mine in which I discussed the difference between “spending time” and “investing time”.

All of the information in that post still holds, this is merely an addendum. It is one thing to learn to select the proper ways to use one’s Time, but one must still have Time to do this.

I digress.

And continue with an anecdote.

I give you the beautiful, sexy, Gumby

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and her distinguished beau, Father Time

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Now, for the purposes of this story, we are operating under an Adam and Eve [not Steve] story structure. This is not because I wish to make a political [or emotional] statement about sexual preference, but rather because I don’t have Time to think up of characters that would pose as the surrogate mother, the sperm-donor, and/or the in-vitro petri dish.

Gumby, with all of her flexibility can bend and sway and move about as she pleases. Definitely a score for Father Time.

Father Time, with his constant, unchanging, predictable behavior, makes for a solid procreation candidate.

A chance encounter.

A few batted eyelashes and bottles of Shiraz later, and magic happens.

Nine months later.

I present to you – Anita Moore Time.

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The one and only love child of Gumby and Father Time.

As she grows up, she is highly sought after by all human creatures, for her existence represents the progeny of Time, lending to the belief that there is a way to create Time.

There was but one way she came into being then, and there is but one way she can replicate herself in the lives of those who seek her – the secret power? Her mother’s genes of flexibility and bending.

You see, in order to get more Time, we must learn how to bend and flex that Time which we already have – – very similarly to the issue of World Hunger – it is not a lack of food, but rather a poor distribution of food that causes so many to starve. So, too, is it with Time.

Do you notice how excited people you know get for this time of year [in the States] when we get to “Fall Back” our clocks and it’s this incredible feeling of gaining an hour of life?

Did you actually get a 25th hour in the day?

Do any of us, really?

No, of course not. There are still 24 hrs in the day, but as a society we re-structure the time to synchronize our days better.

Now, interestingly, Miss Fit lives in Phoenix, AZ, the only city in the nation that does not participate in said Time Change practices. No “Spring-ing forward”, no “Fall-ing back”, just the same ‘ol Time, all the Time.

Now theoretically, this should not impact me [or my fellow Phoenicians] at all. I mean we just got done saying that those “Fall-backers” don’t really get more Time, so why does it sort of feel like a jip?

Well, quite frankly, it’s because we LOVE FREE STUFF. And the older we get, the harder we work, and it usually feels like your earnings go to everyone and everything but you. This dichotomy creates a scarcity trigger inside of us that makes us both (a) secretly not like sharing no matter what we learned in Kindergarten because let’s face it, it’s NOT just the crayons people want when you are an adult… (b) really, really, really love having control over things.

As a Consultant dealing with the inner working of unique people’s mind and bodies, I rarely IF EVER, will speak in absolutes.

But, this warrants it – NOTHING IN LIFE IS FREE.

Absolutely nothing.

Everything comes at a cost of some kind. Some literal or proverbial price to pay.

The key to “finding Time” to do the things you really want to do is not about searching for another love child of Father Time, it’s about gaining Awareness of the following:

  1. You as a person are given 24 hrs each day to do with what you please
  2. Two-thirds of that time [on average] is inherently given away to some ratio of Sleep + Work. This is because in order for us to have other 24 hrs [i.e. not die] we must rest our bodies and also earn an income to purchase food to fuel our bodies
  3. The remaining one-third of your day IS YOURS
  4. This remaining 8 hrs is not, nor will rarely ever be, a sequential 8 hrs; SEEK IT OUT, for it is hidden
  5. Find it hiding in the binge-watch of that one TV show; find it in your compulsive Facebook© stalking of people you would never talk to in person; find it in the energy spent staying mad at someone who wronged you; find it in the co-worker Happy Hour that you really couldn’t afford to go to, but did; find it under the covers of the hangover of the next morning

 

 

Find it, it’s there.

This holiday season, and always, decide what you want most, and realize that every moment has the potential to be a step toward or a step away from what you want. If you don’t claim that, someone else will.

~Miss Fit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You’re Pushing My Buttons!” And it feels so good…

Let’s just be honest – to some extent, we have ALL been told stress is bad.
Consider the following:
We know we hate feeling stressed.
We know we feel stress is an unavoidable part of life.
And we all probably have at least a few “go-to” ways for reducing said stress, yes?

A glass of wine?
A few good laughs?
A little um…Nookie?
Listening to music?
A second glass of wine?
A tickle fest?
A wrestling match?
A lot of um… Nookie?

[Rinse, and Repeat?]

Your list may look different, I’m not sure how I auto-imported by journal for that…awkward…. 

Alright, where was I?

Yes okay, stress.
Feeling stressed? It’s no fun*

Unless you are a fat cell. Then you are in heaven.

 Allow me to explain.
When you are in a state of mental or physical stress your body is producing more of the hormone Cortisol. This hormone is directly related to fat storage. And by directly related, I mean it initiates and sustains the storage of fat. Simply put, the longer you stay in a state of stress, the longer your levels of cortisol stay elevated, the more fat you will store [cue ‘happy fat cell dance’…not] and the harder it is going to be for you to reach your fitness goals. No Bueno.

Did you know that there are pressure points all over your body that, when pressed, can actually reduce stress/tension?

The science behind this is called Reflexology and primarily involves the feet, neck, and hands. For instance, if you have a headache, there are pressure points on the tips of fingers and on the nape of the neck [where the skull meets the neck] that can be pressed and held to relieve tension. Backache? Simply find, press and hold the connective tissue between the thumb and forefinger for 30 seconds and feel relief.

Same concept applies to the labels you see in the picture below. Find a spot that correlates to your complaint, press firmly and hold for 30 seconds. You can do this as often as you have time to. The video is quite informative as well – and please note, you don’t have to pay for a professional [like in the video] to “push your buttons”. You can push your own. Or solicit a partner or friend!

Now, relax, reflex, and BREATH – you don’t want to store anymore unneeded fat.

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*Some research supports some short-lived, non-chronic stress has evolutionary advantages and should be recognized as such. For instance, stress about meeting a project deadline can push you past complacency and encourage you to rise to a fuller potential than if there was no deadline and your project was just due “someday”. Similarly, if you have stress about a certain place where you experienced something negative, this stress can actually act as somewhat of a safeguard in future situations, as you will already know red flags, etc and be better equipped to handle a repeat negative situation. But, again, the stress referred to in this research is strictly talking about moderate situational stress; stress that DOES NOT impair activities of daily living and does not last indefinitely.