Happy New Year!!!

After a holiday hiatus I am back!  These past couple months I had decided to spend all of my time with my family.  Other than catching a few sick bugs we had a great holiday and are ready for a new year!

So we all know the New Year is for resolutions.  Throughout the last year I made many resolutions that did happen, and ones that did not.  That is just how the story goes I suppose.  But there is something I was told once that I always think about and try to follow.

“Don’t wait for the beginning of a new year to make resolutions, but make your resolves continuously by planning ahead, by setting goals, and planning each day throughout your future.”

 

Why do we wait?  Every single day is a new day.  Why not “new day” resolutions instead?  A year is a very long time to plan for.  Sometimes that much time gets away from us if we don’t break it down into smaller goals.  So this year I plan on making goals every single day.  Small achievable goals will add up to an even bigger accomplishment than if we obsess over one large goal that seems so far away!  Who needs all that stress?! So make a goal today and at the end of the day you either get a giant high five from yourself, or you will get the chance to try again the next day.  I will still have those big goals I want to reach in the back of my mind….  My end game you could say.  But all end games can be broken down into baby steps.  Those baby steps should be your goals.  Less stress and more achievement.  No need to wait until you hit that end game to feel successful.  Every day can be successful.

Now, speaking of resolutions….. I have to say, I did not reach my end game last year for health.  It happens!  But it is ok.  This last year I studied, tried out new things, and also had a lot of fun along the way.  I met some smaller goals, but I did not find that one game plan that works for me.  Do you know why?  Because I am not like everyone else.  All these plans and programs were made by people who found out what worked for them.  But I am not them.  But what I did learn from them is that I can take bits and pieces from all of their successes and make my own.  That is the real key.  Try out new things!  So now that I have tried so many things I have learned to listen to my body closer.  It really does tell you what it needs if you let it.  So this year that is one my resolves.  I want to have less stress, more success, and more fun!  I am paving my own path!

But my biggest resolve this year….

To Be Happy Every Single Day!  No matter what we go through we can be optimistic and happy.  That is my biggest goal.  Find something that makes you smile and dwell on it.  Make it your center for the day.

On that note, todays Recipe is Fish!!!  Because they make you happy!  Yes, you heard it.  The omega-3 acids can actually relieve depression and level out your mood swings.  So here is a yummy protein rich fish recipe I found for you!  HAPPY New Year!

pecan crusted salmon allrecipes
This recipe comes from allrecipes.com

Pecan Crusted Salmon

Ingredients

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons butter, melted

5 teaspoons honey

1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

3 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

6 (4 ounce) fillets salmon

salt and pepper to taste

6 lemon wedges

Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). In a small bowl, mix together the mustard, butter, and honey. In another bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, pecans, and parsley.
  2. Season each salmon fillet with salt and pepper. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush with mustard-honey mixture. Cover the top of each fillet with bread crumb mixture.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes per inch of thickness, measured at thickest part, or until salmon just flakes when tested with a fork. Serve garnished with lemon wedges.

 

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Your Brain on Physical Fitness

I recently watched this video of a P.E. teacher who took something the kids love and worked it into his class.  My first thought was what a great way to connect with the kids and have fun! Heck, have you tried playing a dance video game?  You work up a sweat for sure!  But not everyone feels this is a good thing.  One commenter said they “…would take their child out of that school because they are there to learn, not do a stupid dance.”  Why can’t learning be fun?  Is it really important for physical fitness to be implemented in our childs day at school?  Does It take away from all the academics?

So what does exercise do to our brain?  In a study done at Harvard Medical School they found that exercise, specifically aerobic exercise, “boosts the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.”

“The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors—chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells.”

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So with all of this, why would you ever want your child to be completely inactive during school?  This is the part of their day where they should be soaking up as much information as possible.  This does not apply to just children either.  As we get older our brain can grow weaker if we do not exercise it both mentally through reading, puzzles, etc. and physically through aerobic exercise.  As the brain grows weaker we are more subject to Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Not only this, but so many struggle from common mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.  These things are all controllable and sometimes completely preventable with daily exercise and proper nutrition.

 Life is about healthy balance no matter what age we might be. We need to find our balance and educate our children on how to find theirs, so they may have a fighting chance for their future.