Sweet Success Summer Shape-Up
Swimsuits, shorts, tank tops, dresses. Summertime clothing is barely there. With so many fun activities and events, there’s nothing worse than heading into summer feeling insecure about your body. I have gone through many summers suffering through the heat in jeans and staying covered up at the pool. Although I do believe that exercise and eating well is most important for overall health,...
Take the Family Wellness Challenge!
Adopt a healthier lifestyle by taking the Family Wellness Challenge!! This fun six-week challenge is designed to educate and motivate families to adopt healthier lifestyles together. Earn prizes by tracking healthy behaviors and recording family progress online. Simple, but important, daily activities like meals together, a family walk or bike-ride, healthy meal-planning/grocery shopping and...
Lighten Up! Tips for staying healthy this Memorial...
Whether you have plans to go camping, go to the lake or just grill out this Memorial Day weekend, you can still make or choose healthy foods! I’m heading out to Western Nebraska with a group of friends for a few days of cabining at Fort Robinson. When you’re on a trip, it’s so easy to make unhealthy choices. You tell yourself that it’s a vacation so you can indulge all...
When you totally accept who you are, you live a fuller life.– Diane Von Furstenberg
Words Make a Difference: Developing a Healthy Body...
Imagine that you are getting a group photograph taken. A woman is directing everyone, telling you where to stand and how to pose. She looks at you and says, “Suck it in.” How would that make you feel? Now think about this same scenario, but imagine that you are six years old. [[MORE]] My six-year old niece was getting photos taken at the Kearney School of Dance and Gymnastics...
A History of the Bikini →
Yesterday, I heard a girl at the gym say, “I need to get bikini ready.” Over the years, I grew to accept the fact that I would never be able to wear a bikini with confidence. But last summer, was the first summer (in my entire life) that I put on a bikini and felt good. All that work in the gym and all those healthy food choices have paid off!! Even if you don’t have your...
Say Ommm in May: Preventing Tension Headaches
I get headaches on a fairly regular basis. Mine are triggered by intense exercise, lack of sleep, not eating enough and tension. To get rid of my headaches, I pop ibuprofen. If the headache persists, I drink a Diet Coke. Caffeine often relieves my pain. But I have been wanting to find healthier ways to treat my headaches and maybe even prevent them. If you get regular or even the occasional...
Say Ommm in May: 8 Types of Work-Related Stress →
Check out these types of work-related stress and strategies on making your work life less stressful.
Say Ommm in May: Stress Busting Strategies →
Check out these tips for improving your mood and reducing stress!
Fit Tips: Bouncing back from a not too healthy day
Ever had a day, or days, that are filled with indulgences? It happens. Yesterday was one of those days for me. I admit, I had a level 2.5 hangover. (1 = tiredness, no other physical symptoms; 10 = near death). The BF and I went out Saturday night and had a lot of fun and a few too many cocktails and didn’t get enough sleep. Feeling tired always makes it harder for me to make healthy...
Happy Birthday Sweet Success!
Happy 1st Birthday Sweet Success!! I wrote my first Sweet Success blog post one year ago today. Check it out here… http://sweet-success.tumblr.com/post/5394532346/say-ommm-in-may When I first started writing this blog, I had no idea how much it would impact my own journey to living a healthy life. Sharing my own eating and exercise habits with readers has helped me to make healthier...
Say Ommm in May: Workouts that Reduce Stress
So you’re not into meditation. That’s OK. You don’t have to say, “Ommm,” to reduce stress. There are forms of gentle exercise that can help you reduce stress. Yoga is meant to help you find peace with your mind and body, which can help you relax and manage your stress or anxiety. The gentle movements of T’ai Chi can also help you relax. Ai Chi is meant to...
Let's Eat! Gnocchi with Asparagus Pesto
This dish tastes so fresh and delicious. It’s perfect for spring. My mom found this recipe in a magazine a few weeks ago and has been looking for gnocchi all over town (The hardships of living in a small town!) So I picked up some whole wheat gnocchi at Trader Joe’s in Lincoln when I was there last weekend for the Lincoln Half-Marathon. Last night, I made the pesto and my mom cooked...
Say Ommm in May: Coping with Stress at Work
Is it bad that I’ve been stressing over writing a blog about coping with stress? Work has been quite overwhelming lately. Every time I cross something off my to-do list, I add two more tasks that need to be done. According to the Mayo Clinic, 25 percent of people say work is the main source of stress in their lives. Feeling stressed at work can impact your personal life including your...
There’s a difference between failure and losing. Failure is not losing. Losing...– Mike Flood, speaker of the Nebraska Legislature at the University of Nebraska at Kearney spring commencement, May 4, 2012
Lighten Up! Cinco de Mayo
Thinking about sipping a margarita and indulging in some chips and salsa to celebrate Mexico’s 1862 victory over the French? Celebrating Cinco de Mayo doesn’t mean putting your healthy eating on hold. Choosing healthy dishes is actually easy when eating Mexican food. [[MORE]] When eating at a Mexican restaurant: Keep it simple. I always order fajitas when I eat at a Mexican...
You make a great plate when at least half of your meal consists of vegetables...– Wellness Partners