Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 1 by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Fitness and Living Jigsaw:  Number 1






It is imperative to understand the power of health and wellness.  One of the most critical factors in the process of physical, mental, and emotional wellness is you.  Your creativity, choices, workout equipment, awareness of your own abilities, evaluation of health goals, and execution of good habits is essential.  Execution and implementation can be a challenge, although without implementing the proper healthy habits all the reading of exercise articles will not make you physically stronger.  Rather than a specific plan, this article supplies guidelines, inspiration, and ideas to spark your interest.

Often I am asked about my routine for healthy living and how I maintain good fitness, especially when I am regularly baking, cooking, and always on the hunt for excellent restaurants.  No big secrets here.  I eat well, get a good amount of sleep, rest, and give my body and mind a good workout.  If anyone knows a thing or two about fitness and nutrition, it’s me.  And if I can do it, you can too.  A background of teaching health and physical education, as well as a lifelong interest in nutrition, has been essential to maintaing an excellent level of fitness, energy, and strength for me.  

Models, actors, athletes.  The images we see in ads, movies, and media can influence our goals and perceptions.  Keep in mind the people in those professions spend a lot of time and have a lot of time to look their best.  Or computer graphics best.  Rather than focusing on images in media, focus on health and wellness for the mind, body, and soul.  We all approach fitness at various levels, perspectives, and habits based upon previous experiences and family environment.  Take a moment to reflect upon good values, the ideas you hold close, that will be the center of what gets you physically fit.  Structure your day, fight for the time to eat well and get physically fit.  Work toward betterment, not perfection.  Be prepared to respond in life.  That means being ready to plan out options and alternatives to preserve your health and wellness.  We all know life is a continual journey, full of difficulties and blessings.  Put on some good music, turn up the volume, and get liberated from those unhealthy habits.  

Working out is not enough for our bodies.  Diet, what you eat, what you buy at the store and bring home to your kitchen, is highly significant to strong abs and obliques.  Purchase and prepare foods that satiate your appetite.  Eat seasonly and enjoy the monthly flavors.  Your fitness routine also needs variety.  Mix up your activities.  Sleep is also key.  The body, mind, and soul need rest and revitalizing.  Sometimes preparing yourself is the key.  Remind yourself in verbal or written form to work out the next day or after work.  Repeat that reminder each night before you go to bed.  This mantra may be the key to applying the health and wellness information you know to do. 

Eat.  Enjoy.  Satiate.  Satisfy.  Get nutrients.  Deal with emotions.  Make something beautiful to make your belly happy.  Breathe.  Those daily habits make a difference.  In my book, candy, cakes, cookies, and desserts are not the devil.  Too many sweets and too often is not good.  Not to worry though.  Take a breath.  If you get off the path of healthy living, I’m confident you can do better next time.  As David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD stated, “Overeating doesn't make us fat.  The process of becoming fat makes us overeat.  In other words, hunger and overeating are the consequences of an underlying problem.  Follow a simple lifestyle prescription focused on enjoyable physical activities, sleep, and stress relief to improve metabolism and support permanent behavior change.”

Jigsaw Number 1:  Warm-Up and Stretch Options

Triceps




Squats




As part of your warm-up and stretch incorporate or change up your routine with one of these moves.  Begin with one set of each move and then work up to doing more.  You may find performing several different moves within a five minute period makes working out more interesting for you and you may see better results.  Utilize a triceps move with two to ten pound weights or a squats move along with such moves as lunges, jogging in place, standing forward bends, side stretches, and calf stretches.

Join with your family and friends today.  Find a locale to work out that gets you inspired.  Then return here and share your progress, tips, and what you learned.  Please remember all information is of a general nature and is furnished only for education.  See a doctor or medical professional for your own personal fitness advice.








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 Note: All information is of a general nature and is furnished only for education.  See a doctor or medical professional for your own personal fitness advice.  Use of this information is at your own risk in regard to any losses, liabilities, injuries or damages resulting from any and all claims.

Credits: drweil.com/drw/u/ART03528/Always-Hungry-David-Ludwig.html, Image courtesy of [imagerymajestic] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [marcolm] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [JanPietruszka] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Ultimate Playlist for Your Workouts by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



The Ultimate Playlist for Your Workouts




Put on some good music, turn up the volume, and get working out.

As a teacher and someone with a lifelong interest in health and wellness, I look for routines that are planned and spontaneous.  The flow and energy of working out, moving, and being active needs to vary to keep interest and move us faster or slower.  It’s such a significant element, the power of music, energy, and inspiration.  As E.Y. Harburg quiped, “Words make you think a thought.  Music makes you feel a feeling.  A song makes you feel a thought.”

Fitness is not only about working out.  There is a symbiosis of mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.  There needs to be time that is honored for each, time to escape, time to work out the muscles, thoughts in our heads, time to take care of ourselves.  

Fitness and health is not something everyone is always gung ho about.  Yet, music enables us to get moving, get lost in the process, tune out distractions, and get us in tune with warming-up, stretching, lifting, hiking, dancing, and cooling down.  The feelings, thoughts, and playfulness of music ramp up our energy. 




The playlist above includes a great mix of warm-up, high energy, cool down songs.  A playlist that will get you powered up and keep you moving.









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A Chat with Nancy Fuller over Pecan Cream Cheese Pie



A Chat with Nancy Fuller over Pecan Cream Cheese Pie





Smooth.  Tangy.  Sweet.  Cream cheese is a high fat cow’s milk with an infinite amount of uses.  Pie is one of the delicious ways to enjoy this decadent, fresh cheese.  

Nancy demonstrated how to make a version of pecan cream cheese pie for a holiday bake off.  The recipe was submitted by a viewer, Tara Dizzle, for Nancy to make.  Fuller has extensive culinary experience as a chef, caterer, and food program host.  Which is why you may be very familiar with her.

While Nancy instructed how to make the pecan cream cheese pie I inquired if it would be possible to make mini pies with the recipe, rather than one large pie.  Nancy assured me, “Yes.  Just cut the cooking time down”.  




The pecan layer includes chopped pecans, salt, light corn syrup, firmly packed brown sugar, unsalted butter.  While the cream cheese layer includes cream cheese, one egg, sugar, and vanilla.  I would consider making mini pies using this recipe and experiment with various worlds of flavors from fruits, sweeteners, and layers of chocolate ganache.  The options are extensive and by creating mini pies introduces room for various zesty, chocolatey, and nuanced flavors.    

For the complete recipe go to fullerfarmer.com/fbbakeoff-2015.

“Nancy Fuller Ginsberg, Corporate Vice President of Ginsberg's Food has interest in the finances, business planning, research and development and marketing of said company.  Ginsberg was the President and CEO of her premier catering company in Columbia County for 25 years.  She owned dairy farms, numerous rental properties, restored historic homes and dealt in antiques and design for many years.  Ginsberg attended Santa Ana College in Santa Ana, California after graduating from Buxton School in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She raised six children and has thirteen grandchildren and resides in Claverack, New York and Delray Beach, Florida.”






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