Building for Fitness

helping people on their fitness journey

A healthy and tasty surprise

I’ve been reading about wheat grass for years. I ordered some from Amazon recently and it is super easy to grow. I started with a small batch and it grew within a week to a harvest worthy size. I will have more to say about wheatgrass juice in a future column.

To use wheat grass you must juice it. So, I went to the store and bought this. Made by Black and Decker, this juicer is quite handy and easy to clean.

The wheat grass I grew was not enough to really do much with. I was disappointed when such a little amount was produced.

I wanted to try some other items. I started off with oranges. They are so good from a juicer! So sweet and creamy. Am really amazed at how great they taste.

The next day I decided to get a little more daring. I went with oranges, spinach, and carrots. I’m not a huge veggie lover so this seemed like a good way to get those nutrients. What a great surprise. It all mixes together into something wonderful. I’ve also tried apples, grapes and strawberries. The sky is the limit on different combinations for juice excellence!


Sunday Motivation and fitness!

I love Sundays. The most relaxing day of the week and a good day to examine my progress. This week has had its ups and downs but I’ve walked a lot and done many push ups. I feel great and ready to take my fitness up another level.

I recently sent away for Wheat Grass seeds. I started with just a few seeds and have grown them into full grown blades. Now I just need a juicer! I hear and read such wonderful things about shots of wheat grass I have to try it.

I still love spinach it is a wonderful topping for a sandwich or just even to munch on. Try it!

Spring is almost here. Check back this week for some ideas on spring cleaning. Not the kind of cleaning you expect though.

Staying inspired and overcoming difficulties

What an interesting couple of weeks! I started this blog full of energy and ready to share. Then, I got the flu! Today I’m back to normal and have some things in mind.

Exercise can be more tough mentally than physically. Sometimes it’s just plain boring.Here are 3 things I do to stay inspired.

1. Think outside the moment

If things are hurting and all you can think of is the struggle, no way are you going to keep doing it. You have to think of the future reward.  Earning a better future one step at a time and growing in the process.

2.Avoid negativity

This one seems simple but is tougher than you think. Sometimes other people bring you down but often its in your own mind. This must be battled at all costs.

  • Find Positive friends and role models
  • Listen to up lifting tapes and music
  • Help other people and be supportive

3.  Just do it!

Nike may have it as a motto but so should you. The best way to do anything is to take action. Even if its not the perfect action for that moment just by moving you will get the blood flowing and be on a better path.

Shocking information that will change your health!

I have discovered something so groundbreaking I have to share it. recently I have started eating something that has given me more energy, made me feel better and has many known health benefits.

Spinach! It really surprised me how good I felt after just a couple days of putting it on my sandwich instead of lettuce or mixing it in with other things like a soup or even a few leaves on pizza.

It’s kind of crazy to think that I watched cartoons all those years and never tried the green goodness really until now. Popeye saved the day many times with a can and his forearms literally look like they may burst at any second.

Sometimes the greatest discoveries are the obvious ones. Dark greens and Veggies are very healthy and are overlooked by to many people when they look for health foods. Stick with the basics and improvement is right around the corner!

Inspirational quote from Teddy Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday motivation and quotes too!

It’s a very cold day here in Ohio. It would be very easy to “take the day off” and not exercise. But that wouldn’t get me where I want to be and wouldn’t be very motivational. I may not get outside much but I am going to get on the walker and put 30 minutes in and am going to work the elastic bands. And pushups. Lots of pushups! Today is going to count.

“We will find a way or make one.” Hannibal

“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength.”  Marcus Aurelius

“Make the choice to be healthy; If you don’t make that decision you are deciding to be unhealthy. Effort flows from first making that choice.” –Michael Oxley

Fitness goals

When I talk to people about fitness and health, I hear “my goal is to get in shape and lose weight” or “I want to be healthy” nine times out of ten. While this sounds good, what does it mean? What shape? How much weight?

Setting fitness goals is the same as setting other goals. They have to have a measurable element and a time limit. They have to be definitive. Perhaps most importantly they have to be challenging. If I set a goal to lose a pound in six months I’m not going to jump up right away to get started. On the other hand, the urge to lose too much to fast can be defeating also.

I like to think several months into the future and work my way back. For example, in six months I want to lose 20 lbs. So I need to lose 3lbs and change a month. Then I plan dietary and workout plans to get me there. The small victory of losing 3lbs a month seems to carry me to my goal like an avalanche!

Finally, the great thing about setting goals is that you can change them and adjust over time. They are your creation. The challenge of trying will either get you to the goal or help you to make a better plan next time. You can do it!

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something.But I can’t accept not trying.”Michael Jordan