10 HABITS OF HEALTHY CHICKS

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The topic of health and living our best, most fabulous and spiritually conscious lives is what the foundation of SOS is based on. My wish is for every woman to rock their personal style, but more importantly I want them to be strong and healthy in body, mind and spirit first. I am here to help you relearn how to love yourself and realize

how important you are,

how beautiful you are and

how powerful you are.

It has been a long journey of relearning for me and I’m still a work-in-progress. I abused my body with low nutrient junk foods and recreational drugs. I abused my spirit and mind with toxic thoughts toward myself. I was one unhealthy chick! Which means I was one unhappy chick. Healthy in every area equates to happy.

Throughout my journey I have found these key elements are vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle:

1. Early to bed, early to wake. I realize this is impossible for some diehard night owls, but generally those who get adequate sleep start the day early feel more refreshed and creative. Our bodies regenerate during sleep so if you’re depriving yourself of sleep you are damaging your immune system. Sleep is also one of the most important beauty tips because it keeps you looking young.

2. Attitude of gratitude. Once you gotten enough sleep and wake up early, healthy chicks take some time every morning (even if it’s in the shower) to count their blessings. The happiest and healthiest chicks I know have a disciplined practice of gratitude journaling, prayer & meditation. The complaining sourpuss is usually sickly with constant physical ailments. You could probably think of a few family members or friends right now who are forever complaining about having a migraine or stomach issues, am I right? When I was living fully in shame and negativity, I was always sick! 

3. Move, move, move. Being sedentary is a recipe for depression and physical issues. I get it– some people hate working out with a passion! Find something you enjoy like dancing or rollerskating that doesn’t feel like a workout. Luckily, I loved playing sports as a kid and have been a powerwalker since I was 13. I learned early on that walking helped my mind as much as it helped my figure. Now, I kill two birds with one stone and love listening to various speakers on Podcast One while I walk. I get in a physical workout and a mental & spiritual workout at the same time! Highly recommend it.

4. Eat & drink right. This is a super important key to health. You really are what you eat! We are so lucky to live in a generation with so much knowledge about foods and modifications. Our parents didn’t have this knowledge and many of them are suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure now. Pay attention to what you are sticking in your mouth sista! If I eat low energy and low nutrient foods, I will feel it immediately. I’ll have a slight headache and feel lethargic. Trust me, I am all for indulging once a week, but I  know that I will feel it the next day. Also, healthy chicks are conscious of their alcohol and sugary drink consumption. Water is the first thing they reach for!

5. Birds of a feather. We all rub off on each other. Healthy and happy chicks are conscious of surrounding themselves with happy and healthy friends. It is human nature to take on someone’s behavior- to a degree– when we are around them a lot. I grew up in a home where there was constant complaining and naturally, I took on that behavior and have had to work really hard to reverse it. We can’t live in a happy bubble 24/7 so make sure your mentally & spiritually strong to be able to affect the negative people in your life in a positive way… instead of them infecting you! Holla!!    

6. Make the best of it. Bad crap happens to all of us. Healthy chicks choose to see the silver lining in challenging circumstances. They can see the blessing or the lesson in the situation. They do not play the victim or sit and wallow in the crap. I use to be the Queen Wallow! Allow yourself a quick pitty party, cry, scream then dust yourself off and dry your eyes because you have important stuff to do.

7. Lend a hand. Another key to being spiritually healthy is helping others on a regular basis. Talk about a mood lifter and game changer! The minute you sense yourself slipping down the slide of worry and fear- go find someone who needs some help. The healthiest and happiest chicks I know are the first ones to visit a sick friend with a big pot of soup or take an elderly aunt to her doctor appt. Now, make sure you don’t take it to the opposite extreme and wear yourself out trying to help everyone which is actually very unhealthy!

8. Mindfulness. Everyone is busy. We are in an age of multitasking. We make phone calls in the car while listening to news radio at the same time. We start dinner while helping the kids with their homework plus answering texts from friends. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. When I’m overloaded with distractions, I skip listening to podcasts during my walks and savor the quiet. Scientifically, mindfulness has been found to be a key element in happiness. Being present– not living in the past or too much in the future- is one of the greatest obstacles we face especially with the constant distractions of people, email, social media and television. I keep my phone on silent A LOT! My hubby and I have gotten in the habit of turning our phones to silent before we have dinner. This allows us to connect and be present with each other. A marriage without mindfulness is a set up for disaster.

9. Stress managers. A healthy woman knows her limits and finds outlets for stress. This could be as simple as turning off the phone like I mentioned in #8 and taking a quiet moment to get centered when too many people are pulling at us. It could be practicing yoga, singing in the car and watching funny movies on a regular basis for a good laugh. Another key to keeping stress low is the ability to say no and setting healthy boundaries.

10. Body love. There’s a few aspects to this one, physically and spiritually. When we have a healthy love for ourselves, we take notice of things going on in our body instead of ignoring it. A healthy chick gets to the dentist regularly, performs self exams and schedules her annual pap. We are more in tune with our hormonal fluctuations and how certain medications effect us. We don’t just take antibiotics at the drop of a hat.

 

Yes, life happens and we can get out of balance from time to time. It may be a challenge to have all 10 of these operating smoothly every single day, but I encourage you if you are too far off in a few of these areas- make some small tweaks in order to elevate your life and be your most healthy….

and happy!

I want to hear from you. Comment, share, tweet and let me know which of the 10 you are going to tackle.

Love, Tiff

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High Five to Julie Comeau

SOS Superstars,

I am so thrilled to share this inspirational story with all of you!  Julie Comeau and I connected on Facebook a few years ago and she asked me to be part of her motivational book which releases this year and is appropriately titled “NEVER GIVE UP”.  I am honored to be part of her journey and honored to call her friend.  Get ready to be inspired by this amazing woman!

“Never say you CAN’T, until you try. Transforming myself has been one of the most difficult things that I have ever had to do.  I have lived with a leg injury since 2005 because I was given the wrong surgery and I have never been fixed. Since my first survival story made newspapers and radio back in 1999, my husband was my strength and he helped helping me through my physical challenges.  Then December 28th of 2010, my husband was diagnosed with stage 3 gallbladder cancer.  I had to now be his strength through his physical journey although I was still injured. 

I had no clue where or how to start rehabilitating and transforming myself, until I saw an SOS post by the amazing Tiffany Hendra and Natalie Bolton with the 7 steps workout in the Spring of 2011.  This was my new challenge and goal to become stronger, not only for myself, but for those around me that needed my help!  I can honestly say that SOS saved my life because of the 7 steps webisode.  It doesn’t matter how big or small you are or if you can walk or if you can’t for I am living proof that anything is possible.  If I can say anything to you, it would be, MIND OVER MATTER and let your passion guide you!

If something in your life has impacted you to the point that you think that you cannot move forward…FOCUS on the things that you still can do and never on the things that you can no longer do. Remember that the only person in your life that can help you take that next step is……YOU!”

Author
Survivor
Motivational Speaker
~Julie Comeau~

{Before}

{After 2 months}

{November 2011}

{Watching the SOS webisode}

{WOOHOO- Julie now with that rockin’ bod}

HIGH FIVE JULIE! 

I am so proud of you and inspired by your courage and strength.  You and your hubby, Vince remain in our thoughts and prayers.  To connect and support Julie, join her FACEBOOK FAN GROUP!  I will post when her book releases so you can get a copy too.

Julie lost about 30 pounds over 2 months and has continued her new lifestyle of healthy eating and workout schedule all while caring for her husband and spending most of her days in and out of the hospital for his treatments.  If you would like to kick it into gear and get leaner for summer, check out these 7 exercises from my sister, Natalie:

Also, I’m excited to share my sisters signature fragrance line called CORPUS DEI. Click the image link to right of blog for more info and to shop online.  She can also develop your own scent for you!

All summer long, I will be giving away fun prizes from fabulous sponsors.  Specialty gifts and jewelry from a unique boutique here in Cali, organic skincare products, makeup AND MORE!  Can’t wait to share them all with you.  Only requirements to enter is you must be a subscriber to this blog and you must check in on the FACEBOOK PAGE on a regular basis and join the fun convo!

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Remember, you being the BEST you can be gives others permission to be the best they can be so never “dumby down” or allow others to dim your light.  You are here to shine as brightly as possible!  That’s one common purpose we ALL share. Let’s light up the world girls.

Get to shinin’!

Love, Tiff

NO MORE MUFFIN TOP!

WATCH TO FIND OUT HOW TO SAY BYE BYE MUFFIN TOP! 

This is a longer video- approx 12 minutes-  with actual exercises so watch when you have the time…

Are you serious about joining us on this CHALLENGE to get swimsuit ready by 4th of July?

Come on…like the Nike ad says, “JUST DO IT”.  You’ll not only look better in your bikini, but you will walk with more confidence, have better posture and feel stronger!

We’ve all packed too much into our days, but it’s vital you put yourself first when it comes to your health, wellness and fitness.  I found if I write my workout in my calendar just as I would an important meeting, then I am more likely to get it done!   For the times you can’t make it to your fav pilates, yoga or spin class…my sis, Natalie gives us 7 EASY BUT EFFECTIVE EXERCISES that we can do in the privacy of our own living room in the comfort of our PJ’s.

  1. Forearm Plank with Hip Dip- Core
  2. Forearm Plank with Knee To Elbow- Oblique/Core
  3. Standing Knee To Elbow- Oblique
  4. Overhead Pilates Sit Up- Total Core
  5. Seated Half Pigeon- Glutes
  6. Lunges with Butt Squeeze- Legs/ Glutes
  7. Plie Sqats- Total Leg & Glutes

It’s great to incorporate these core, glute and leg exercises in addition to your current workout routine! 

They only take 15-20 minutes..hey, we can spend that much time browsing Facebook or watching mindless Reality TV (yes, I’m including myself in that statement)…

LET’S DO THIS FOR OURSELVES GIRLS!  NO MORE EXCUSES!