Do you skip breakfast? Do you wish your breakfast was healthier? Here’s a great idea on how to make every morning a great start! This is an integral piece of how Marla lost 4 pant sizes, 30 pounds and 28 inches and kept it off for over 2 years and going. Find out how here.
Did you hear that Saturday, July 31st has been deemed NATIONAL DANCE DAY in the US?!
One of my favorite shows–So you think you can dance–has a cool producer: Nigel Lythgoe
He threw it out there that this day should be a proclaimed dance day to encourage people to get on their feet and get healthy. It’s really caught on.
And here’s where people are sending in their dance videos. And if you have an entry, PLEASE leave the link in our comments below. We’d love to see you get down and boogie! :)
Here’s Marla’s nephew Caysson and her son Caden with their own little version of Greek dancing:
Breaking headline for the Mannatech and sports world today!
International Sport Karate Association Certifies Mannatech as its Official Supplement Brand.
For the first time ever this association deemed a supplement brand as its official brand. Now, when an athlete wonders if something is safe to take, they can look for the prestigious ISKA Certified for Elite Athletes on the packaging. Read more of the article here.
By Marla Finley
I had gotten too content. Once I lost 4 pant sizes and got into a healthy BMI of 22.8, I celebrated! Then, I got satisfied.
Yesterday I read Ashly’s article about how to lose a pound a week by being in a calorie deficit. This is a common truth, and reading about how to turn it into small goals really encouraged me.
Then, when doing my wii fit plus body test today I was reminded that though I have a healthy BMI (body mass index), I could have an even healthier BMI. So, to be realistic and shoot for mole hill goals (unlike my usual grandiose thinking), I’ve set a goal of losing 2 pounds and getting to 22.5 BMI in 2 months (August 11). I think it’s quite reasonable, but it means that I’ll need to be in a calorie deficit.
I usually feel so restricted by counting everything I eat, but I’ve found a tool that I’ll begin using again that is pretty fun too. Who else would like to join the free My Fitness Pal community with me and track our goals?
There are a lot of things I like about this tool:
- It has a complimentary app
- Tons of brand names of restaurant items and grocery store items and even the supplements I take are already listed. I just select the name and the calorie count is there.
- I can also track my water, BMI and measurements.
- It remembers my meals so that I can easily just select a meal I’ve already had (like the meal replacement drink and fat loss powder I drink for breakfast everyday).
- The best part is that when I track my exercise activities (which are also already calculated), I get to EARN back calories for the day. That’s an awesome way of viewing exercise.
I’m dedicated to beating the odds of my family health history. I want to have energy to play with my grandkids someday and take our family on trips around the world. What’s your reason for wanting to get slim?
I’d love to hear your comments. You can find me in the myfitnesspal community by this username: “marlafinley”
Our Mannatech friends at Team Chip TaeKwonDo Centers made it through to Vegas on America’s Got Talent!
Way to go, Chip Townsend and Team Chip! We are so amazed at the massive amount of things that you can break with your hands and feet. Rock on!
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As I was driving to the grocery store today I saw an older couple struggling to keep running on the side path down a busy street. They were dressed as though they were ready to run but neither of them looked physically fit enough for the marathon, just yet.
At first glance it put a big smile on my face for many reasons. One, I love seeing older couples doing things together. It reminds me how blessed I am to have my husband by my side as I figure out my jog in life and which way I am running.
I was also proud of them for just starting somewhere in their exercise program. It’s never too late to start. Never starting, certainly won’t get you there any sooner.
Lastly, I give them major kudos for running in such a public place for all to see them puttering out. I thought to myself, my pride would never allow me to run in such a public place for all to see my glory as I shake down the sidewalk, but they didn’t care one bit!
Pride can hold us back and keep us from our dreams but mainly it keeps us from starting things due to embarrassment or fear of rejection.
The next thing I saw was simply amazing. The older man reached out a helping hand as an offering to the struggling wife who was lagging behind. I saw her reach for his hand and as if it was literally full of energy. When she did, she got a new pep in her step. They even started jogging at the same pace. Their heads were held high as though full of energy ready to take on the marathon and they held hands continuing to jog in perfect unison. This simple act of a helping hand made all the difference in this woman NOT giving up. I was so blessed to see this random act of kindness. Sometimes all you need is a helping hand to get you started!
I rely on my personal trainer to keep me accountable as well so I don’t skip too many work outs. I rely on my partner, Marla, when it comes to working our home based business. I rely on my husband to have unending mercy for me as I figure out how we can raise three kids together and both work from home. I rely on my family and friends to be there for the good bad and ugly! Most importantly, I rely on God to help tear down my pride so I walk in His glory not mine and give my Lord full permission to finish in me what He started with his helping hand!
By Marla Finley
For the last 7 years I’ve been a yoga hobbyist. I started by going to a community class at a college in Abilene and then took once a week class in a gym and I’ve done it on my own with a DVD at home too. People would ask me why I like it and all I can really say is, “It’s awesome!” It also fits my personality type as described in this earlier post.
For the last 8 months, I’ve gotten more serious about it. I joined a hot yoga studio in the Dallas area and go 3-4 times a week. They are serious about it and the instructors are so amazingly good.
On their website, they go into all the specifics as to why yoga works. If you like the nitty, gritty details, then read on. Or you can just take from me: It rocks.
Recently I (Marla) met a lady who does functional training. She allowed me to take a tour of her gym and explained what’s unique about this kind of training. I invited her to help the Full Circle Health readers understand what’s unique about this perspective of exercise. Please leave a comment of thanks after reading and checking out the cool video links.
By Personal Trainer Mary Rigney
Functional training is a buzzword used to describe almost every fitness program around. The overuse of the phrase makes it useless without definition. I can tell you that functional training is the best way to train, but you wouldn’t know if I was talking about sitting on stability balls doing bicep curls (note: ridiculous and non-functional) or squatting and pressing (note: awesome and very functional!). Here is a simple test to determine if a movement is functional, or if it’s a waste of your time:
- Would you see the movement outside of the gym? Many of the machines in traditional gyms focus on movement patterns you would never do outside of the gym. When do you do tricep extensions or leg curls in real life? But how about a squat? A deadlift? We do these every day when we stand up from a chair or pick something up off the ground.
- Would a caveman do it? Functional exercises aren’t something that were recently invented. They are movements that have been around as long as we have. Picking things up from the ground (deadlifting), running, and jumping have been essential to life forever.
- Is the movement essential to life? Is there any situation where doing bicep curls on a stability ball is going to get you through the day? No, but being able to squat will if you want to be able to stand up from the toilet.
- Does the movement originate from the core? Functional training utilizes larger muscle groups (core/hips/back), before smaller muscle groups (arms/legs). Isolating muscles, without using the body as a whole would never be possible in real life.
- Is the movement compound? Functional movements utilize multiple joints and muscles instead of isolating single muscle groups. Instead of looking at exercises by muscle group, try looking at exercises by function.
Here are a few examples of functional movements:
Functional movements are important to everyone’s fitness. There is no circumstance of disability, gender, age, stature, weight, or fitness level that reduces the need, safety or effectiveness of functional movement.
So, next time you read about a new “functional training” exercise program, you can put it to the test to see if it really is!
Mary Rigney founded CrossFit Rockwall in August 2007. Formerly an Aerospace Engineer, she decided to follow her passion and open a gym to coach CrossFit full-time. Find Mary and CrossFit on Facebook here.
By Entrepreneurial Guru and Marla’s Dad: Ray Robbins from Flower Mound, TX
I frequently realize that many of us lack discipline in our lives. We go through each day making decisions based upon what we want to do rather than what would be best for us and those depending on us.
We make our food decisions based upon what we want to taste: salty, sweet, high carb, high calorie rather than healthy and nutritious.
We make our activity decisions according to what pleases us, i.e. what we want: like watching too much TV or reading worthless information or over indulging hobbies rather than exercising or reading worthwhile productive information.
We make work decisions that will get the task done quicker not necessarily with the best long-term results. The list goes on and on. We end up as less than what we should be mentally and more than we should be weightwise, less capable of handling our financial needs, etc. All because we did what we wanted rather than what would be best.
Discipline is frequently doing things you did not want to do (exercise, work, read, encourage, give, support, comfort…) the things that build, the provide service, that make us grow and be more valuable to ourselves and others. They are success and nothing extends success like a series of successes. They are building blocks and all molded by discipline.
If your life is only about doing what you want all the time, you will not fulfill your potential. You will not be as successful as you could be. You will lack health, prosperity and purpose. Have the discipline to develop even more discipline and life to the fullest is yours. Abundant, valuable life is yours. Go for it!