Sex, Mental Health and Losing Weight the Right Way

Beautiful woman measuring her waist - high key shot in studioThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that at any given time two-thirds of all American adults are on a diet to either lose weight or prevent weight gain. Of those, 29 percent are men and 44 percent women. Yet only 5 percent of these dieters will be successful at keeping the weight that they lost off.

What are the typical goals of weight loss? Ask many people that question and you will hear things like upcoming wedding or bikini season. Check back with those people in a month and see how they are doing with their weight loss efforts. Usually, they will have fallen off the rails and quit, opting to either skip the wedding, reunion or other event and either wearing a sensible, black one-piece or never going to the beach again. Using a singular event for motivation for a weight loss goal is never going to work for long term, healthy weight loss especially when you look at how unmotivated you have been up to this point. The goals of weight loss actually have to go a little deeper and they must be a little more meaningful. And no, I do not mean that you should be trying to make your old high school rivals green with envy.

Goal One: Better Health

When you think of your excess weight in terms of your general health and well being, it should scare you to death. Are you aware that your excess weight could be killing off your heart, choking out your brain cells and smothering your lungs? Do you realize how hard your pancreas must work to continually pump out insulin to your body because you are flooding it with high glycemic foods? And, have you ever stopped to think that your creaking, cracking and aching bones and joints would probably creak, crack and ache a lot less if they did not have so much to carry?

Losing weight to gain better health should be your first priority, goal one. Think about it this way: You would lose weight to look good for people you see once a year at most, but you do not want to lose weight so that you can feel good around the people you see every day?

Goal Two: Better Mental Health

How many times have you stood in the mirror and literally burst into tears? Is it more than a couple? Or, you how many times have you gone to the mall and tried on clothing only to come home feeling more miserable than you thought possible because you are nowhere near your ideal size? Depression is a real disease that can be exacerbated by excess weight, and one that can be brought on by it as well. Simply put, you can become depressed if you are overweight or if you already depressed, being overweight can make you feel even worse.

Goal Three: Better Sexual Health

You do not have to be thin to enjoy sex; however, if you are feeling self-conscious about your body, then you may not relax enough to enjoy intimacy. You are not going to lose all of your weight in a matter of a few days and you cannot deny yourself or your loved one the pleasure of skin contact. Relearning to enjoy each others company can be a very big ego boost, and can help you reinforce the goals of one and two. And think of this: Sex counts as exercise too.

Article written by Don Porter of Ultimate Fitness Gear, Getinsanity and get insane results.

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Which Celebrities and Athletes Loves Yoga? 16 Cool Facts From TIME Magazine

time magazine on yogaWanna know what famous celebrities love to vinyasa as much as you do? Curious which famous athletes need down dog to stay focused? Here are a few yoga facts I harvested from the TIME magazine online article

1. 75% of all U.S. health clubs offer yoga classes
2. Fifteen million Americans include some form of yoga in their fitness regimen — twice as many as did five years ago
3. Male Pro sports teams have recognized the value of yoga practice and are now integrating yoga into their training regimes! The teams that are using yoga to train include The Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and Chicago Cubs
4. You know you are ‘bigtime’ when people know you on a first name basis! Some of the celebrities included on this list are Madonna, Julia, Meg, Ricky, Michelle, Gwyneth, Sting,…and they all love yoga!
5. David Duchovny practices Kundalini yoga
6. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss prefers Ashtanga yoga
7. Sabrina the Teenage Witch stars Melissa Joan Hart and Soleil Moon Frye throw yoga parties.
8. Jane Fonda cut out aerobics for yoga (But what I think we really want to know is has Suzanne Summers given up her Thighmaster for it,…but I digress.)
9. Angelina Jolie buffed up for Tomb Raider with yoga!
10. The newly clean Charlie Sheen used yoga and dieting to shed 30 lbs.
11. Sex in the City vamps, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis do yoga.
12. All three Dixie Chick are yoga lovers!
13. Sports stars including basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar practice yoga on a regular basis.
14. Yankee pitcher Orlando (El Duque) Hernandez are devotees. Super Model (pictured on the cover of time magazine here)
15. Christy Turlington is a regular at the Jivamukti Yoga Center
16. Guess who else loves it there? Monica Lewinsky

Why I Bow to You – The Meaning of Namaste

Otter doing Namaste
I feel compelled from time to time to cover some of the basics for those of you who are just starting down the yogic path.

There are so many questions…

What is the purpose of lifting and spreading your toes? Can you really root down through the sitbones when you sit, and what the hell is a ‘sitbone’ anyway?

All good questions, and we have all been there!

I really enjoyed reading the article below about saying ‘Namaste’. I thought for bit of my practice that the teacher was slurring the words “Have a nice day”, to which I would blink awkwardly and slur “Have a nice day” back under my breath (and then think to myself Hmmmmm,…now there is that mysterious slur again, could the teacher be sipping from a secret chardonnay stash while the students were in savasana? …I didn’t know…) Needless to say when the day finally came that I found out what Namaste actually meant, (whew!) I was much relieved!

So read on about this mysterious custom and Namaste Yogis!

Question: Ask Aunt Yoga Advice Column – Namaste Etiquette
Dear Aunt Yoga,
My yoga instructor is wonderful and at the end of every session she ends with praying hands, then bows and says namaste. I say it back to her, only because the other students do, but I am always compelled to say thank you afterward. Then I feel awkward because she simply smiles and remains silent. Help! What is the proper etiquette and am I offending her by saying thank you?

-Candy

Answer: Dear Candy,
The way you describe your teacher ending your session has become fairly standard in western yoga classes. Namaste is translated as “I bow to you,” making it a lovely gesture of equality since the teacher bows first to the students and the students then return the favor. I have also heard namaste interpreted to mean “the teacher in me bows to the teacher in you,” which again acknowledges the humility of the instructor. Although it isn’t necessary to thank the teacher again in English, it is in no way rude. If you feel incomplete without saying thank you, you should continue to say it, as no one could rightly be offended by these words of gratitude.

Namaste (and thank you!),

Aunt Yoga

Red Wine Fights Fat!

Yes, it is true!

Red wine suppresses estrogen production in fat cells, and increases the release of Leptin an appetite suppressing hormone.

Red wine also decreases cortisol, a hormone that increases appetite and is associated with stress.

Red wine prevents fat storage

And

(drum roll…)

promotes fat breakdown!

Fat cells are the most important site of estrogen production in postmenopausal women, and in men.

Red wine contains chemicals such as quercetin, myricetin, resveratrol, and procyanidins that interfere with estrogen production.

A Brazilian study showed that rats treated with red wine showed less weight gain than control animals, even though they were fed the same amount of food. Bon appetite!

Howling at the Full Scorpio Moon

Moon_Rise Scorpio MoonThis very cool info was found on agreenspell.com and was recommended to me from ecoyogini

April 2010
April 28th: Full moon in Scorpio, 5:18 AM PDT
Themes: Building on your resources, directing energy where you want it to go.
Moon/Sun elements: Water/Earth
Full moon nickname: Wind Moon, Planter’s Moon, Growing Moon, Seed Moon, Awakening Moon, Pink Moon
Ideas/prompts:
What are your current desires/motivations? Where are they leading you?
As you move deep into the watery depths of Scorpio, what do you find? Are there aspects of your inner world that need to be cleared out?
Days away from Beltane, what is this building spring energy reviving in your soul?