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Serving Size

I want to talk about serving size and nutrition labels on food. Do you read the label before you eat the food? Do you look on the front for labels or “low this”, “no that” wording?

Serving Size is defined as a standard amount of food. So in reality all of us have a different serving size for different foods. BUT when we are shopping these packages are providing nutrition information for a specific serving size for that food. Don’t just skip to the numbers or percentages because you are missing the most important part of the label.

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One of the big tricks you will see is that the front of the package will say 50% less fat, or 50% less sodium and so on. Well guess what they did, they simply changed the serving size. They cut it in half and bam 50% less whatever it says! Don’t fall for this. Look at the serving size and think to yourself when I eat this am I going to eat a cup, 10 pieces or more? This will help you understand really how much sugar, protein, sodium, calcium etc you are getting in that food.

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(Not saying this product did that just an example of the attraction on the front)

Next I always go from serving size to ingredients list. Are the ingredients real food or chemicals, dyes or things I just don’t know what they are. This lets me decide if I want to purchase it or not. I am not perfect in anyway and I purchase processed foods but I try to limit them and I choose the option that works best for me based on the ingredients. You will also learn a lot about companies and which brands you feel more comfortable putting in your body.

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After looking through the ingredients list I then go back up to the top and focus on sugar and sodium first, then the other nutrients from the item. I want foods that are low in synthetic sugar and safe amounts of sodium. I want foods high in vitamins and minerals.

Next time you are  in the grocery store read the labels before you buy and you make just make some different choices. Compare the front claims to the nutrition label and ingredients to see if that clever marketing is fooling you.

 

Fitness · Food · Health

Fun Facts

I love reading magazines and I like to take pictures of the fun facts I see inside so I can remember and research more later. So I thought I would share some of them with you.

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This may not be right for me, I feel like this seems cold lol I mean maybe while I am sleep and I do think I am happy when I sleep so maybe it is true.

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My mom always told me to eat the peel.

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I really think this is true! I always feel great when I start working out, give yourself the gift of happiness.

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So I missed one the ages already. As I think back 23 was hard, I was out of college and figuring out paying bills and real life. I may not say it was the happiest but I will let you know at 69 how it goes.

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I 100% think this is accurate. I mean everyone I talk to is taking time to themselves for self reflection or meditation. There are so many apps now to guide you. Do you meditate?

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As a former dancer I love this, I love to dance and the memory skills involved are a great way to exercise the mind. So go do a little dance!

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Ok, be honest, who knew this? I am going to try doing it and see if I notice a difference.

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I am not a big drinker at all but I find this fact to be very disheartening. I think it is something all women need to be aware of.

What fun facts do you have to share?

Fitness · Health · McKinney · Places to go · Review · Texas Life

R&G Fitness

I love to try new workouts and gyms well, R&G Fitness was really outside of my comfort zone. It is group fitness that focuses on weights and dynamic movements with cardio mixed it. The focus of form and pushing your limits is amazing. I enjoy what the coach’s give me form critiques or edits because I can’t always see what I am doing and form only enhances the benefits of working out.

I don’t always push myself on my own as hard as I should with the amount of weight I use but R&G sure does and I love it. It gave me that boost of confidence that I can lift that 25lb weight. Maybe not for many reps but I can do it.

The class has a warm up and then breaks into groups to rotate though different stations and then you come back together at the end for a stretch. I love that it is different every time focusing on all muscle groups and pushing you forward. Every person I met was welcoming, kind and supportive of each other weather it was a first time or a seasoned vet at the gym. Everyone cheers for each other and really helps to motivate you to do more.

You can download their app and get a free trial but trust me you are going to want to stay a member! I can’t wait to go back for more, even if I can’t feel my arms! 🙂

http://rngfitness.com/ 

Fitness · Health · McKinney · Places to go · Review · Texas Life

SunStone Fit – Eldorado Crossing

SunStone Fit is a great place for anyone looking for a workout studio. They offer a variety of classes and are open to all fitness levels. The welcoming team and pristine atmosphere offer an inclusive place for everyone.

Their Eldorado location is perfect for me, basically across the street from my neighborhood. BUT if that isn’t good for you they have so many options:

  • Uptown
  • Preston Forest
  • Lakewood
  • Rockwall
  • Addison
  • Plano
  • Frisco
  • McKinney (location I mentioned)
  • Las Colinas
  • Flower Mound
  • Southlake
  • Keller
  • Fort Worth
  • Austin

I mean really there is no excuse not to try them, there is a location near you!

I tried the hot yoga and it was amazing. The stretch, heat, strength and so much more are a perfect fit for any workout routine. I do not sweat much and these classes really get it going which I love. I highly recommend them and your first class is FREE!

  • Yoga
  • Barre
  • Pilates
  • HIIT
  • CardioFIT
  • CoreFIT

There is something for everyone and I can’t wait to hear what you think. Head on over today to sign up. https://www.sunstonefit.com/programs

Fitness · Health · Products · Review

Just Strong

I am so excited to share about the Just Strong clothing brand. I have been trying out their gear and I truly love the pieces. The fabric is breathable, supportive and durable. The designs are motivating and great looking on the clothes. They are about empowering women and pushing though not only your strength battles but every battles in life and just supporting each other and moving forward.

The symbol – the squat.

“The squat is the perfect analogy for life – it’s about standing back up after something heavy gets you down and what better way to present this analogy by using it in our branding. We are here to empower and motivate strong women from every walk of life.”

They have some fun tanks and t’s with great sayings and quotes such as “Will Gym For Pizza” so true and fun. They have different cuts and styles of leggings and sports bras for the many different body types. I truly recommend you give them a try.

http://www.juststrong.com use code WYNNSPARKS10 for a discount at checkout!

Fitness · Health · McKinney · Texas Life

Weight Training – Goals & Benefits

I haven’t posted in awhile about the workouts and activities I have been doing. Recently I have really been focused on weight training and stretching. I am upping the weights and the reps. I make sure to do the middle round (I normally do 3 sets) until I literally can’t do another rep, weather that be arms, squats, planking just whatever exercise I am doing I use that rep or round to push as hard as I can. It gives each exercise as sense of warm up and cool down too. Allowing me a chance to get maximum burn.

A lot of women hesitate to do weights or don’t really do a lot of weight for fear of being too bulky. Ladies don’t be afraid! Those toned arms and leg you always say you want, those come from weight training. Grab the weights and push it! Here are some reasons why weight training is a must

  • As lean muscle increases so does your metabolism
  • For each pound of muscle you gain you burn 35-50 more calories per day
  • Decrease risk of Osteoporosis
  • Weight Training can raise your metabolism for up to 24 hours after the secession
  • Improve Posture
  • Reduce Back pain
  • Enhance mood
  • Reduce Stress
  • Tone, lift and firm your body

These are some great reasons to grab some weight, even just 2 lbs, and get moving. If you don’t have hand weights you can use cans from your pantry, water bottles filled with water (even wine bottles) whatever you have at home that you have 2 of equal weight. Then head over to my home workouts tab and get to work! You don’t have to have a fully equipped home gym to start moving towards your goals.

My goals are currently to tone and increase my muscle mass, that means the number on my scale may go up but my fat is going to go down. Just another reason not to care about the number on the scale!

Fitness · Health · McKinney · Texas Life

Staying Active

After a surgery or injury it can be very easy to lose motivation or slack on activities and healthy choices. Don’t let this be you! Yes you need to rest and recover but you can make choices to keep you motivated and moving toward your goal or keeping your healthy lifestyle moving forward. You don’t want to have to start over, that is so much harder.

For the past the past 12 days I have not been able to lift anything or be too active, even stretching has been limited. (Abdominal surgery is tough on your entire body) However I have kept moving and been focused on eating healthy and making sure not to just lay around. My doctor wanted me to keep moving and walking, it helps to heal after my type of surgery. (Every one is different, you need to consult your medical provider!) I slowly started moving around the house and going up and down the stairs. After three days of nothing I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill, slow and steady but for this 30 minutes it really helped and I felt great. I have continued to walk everyday waiting for my post op where I can do more activity. We went on a hike last night, we chose a trail that wasn’t too advanced but still offered hills and gorgeous views.

Walking offers huge benefits on its own, see my prior post here about walking benefits!

Making healthy food choices has been a huge part of my post op as well. I want to fuel my body to heal and keep going. Smoothies, vitamins, protein, lean meats, veggies and low sugar have been my focus. I have a huge sweet tooth so keeping my sugars limited or just eating fruits have my sweet fix been my main focus. It is easy to fall into bad habits when you can’t do much so just focus on one choice at a time. When you are hungry is it worth it to go out and get fast food or can you make some quick eggs or a protein bar at home. Just one choice at a time! Don’t worry about everything at once it can be too overwhelming.

Again every injury and surgery is different so before you start walking or doing any activity consult your medical provider.