How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra pounds

How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra poundsAmericans move a lot less than citizens of other countries. Average daily step counts vary quite a bit around the world: the U.S. ranks 30th, with an average daily step count of 4,774, while Hong Kong comes first, at 6,880 steps per day. Outside of counting steps, there are other measures by which we fall behind in terms of physical fitness and exercise. Even though our step count (4,774) is similar to Mexico’s (4,692), the US’s obesity rate is higher: 3 8% (US) compared to 32.4% (Mexico).

These figures are sobering. Many of us struggle with our weight and activity levels, largely because we are an especially work-obsessed nation. And yet it’s important to our physical and mental health, to our relationships with others, and our overall sense of well-being to be active.

We all know this, but how do we actually put our intentions into actions? It might be easier than you think.

Measure, measure, measure.

All you have to do, really, is measure your activity. Be totally honest with yourself, without judgment.

Measure how much you move. How often are you active? How many times do you work out every week? For how long? What type of workout? How strenuous is the activity?

Count how many steps you take. Some of us drive to work, while other of us might walk well over a mile each way to get there. These steps count for a lot. If you don’t get a chance to move a lot at your job, or during your commute, find reasons to move – during a lunch break, while making a phone call, or just when you need a moment to think.

Finally, measure how much you stand, sit, and move around . Becoming aware of your sedentary activities and your active moving will give you a better picture of how active you are overall.

When you have a better picture of your overall activity levels, improvement will come, slowly but surely. You will find yourself unconsciously trying to up your step counts or number of workouts. This, in turn, will boost your health. Moving helps us stay active, decrease obesity, boost heart health, increases our energy levels.

Motivation and Goals

Measurement helps gives you the motivation you need! But as you become aware of that tendency toward wanting to improve yourself and increase your physical activity, you might find these four tips helpful.

1. It doesn’t matter how you measure it: just do it.

Some people use fitness tracking watches (see the many models of Fitbit, Garmin, etc.) to get tons of data automatically on their phone apps; others prefer the low-tech (and low-cost) solution of just logging it in a physical book. It honestly doesn’t matter which way you choose to go.

It’s sort of like playing games, you either want to make some numbers higher or lower; think, for example, about board games like Agricola or the many mobile games that require you to use “coins” to purchase certain tools or power-ups. You choose which things to prioritize (increasing your number of steps or spending less time sitting), and then work toward better fitness in that domain.

2. Talk about it with your friends or accountability partners.

It’s nice to know how you are doing, whether you’re doing great or need a little extra push. But either way, it’s more fun to work toward goals when you can compare with peers and add a little competition (or warm encouragement) to make it fun!

This is the philosophy behind programs like Strava that connect workout logs with social media. You can pursue different targets – or the same ones, if you have similar goals – and make a point to talk about your progress with friends for accountability.

3. Create and stick to clear goals.

10,000 steps (equates to roughly five miles) per day is a good target for overall activity. If you are an able-bodied person who can walk without trouble, try to make this your goal. When you have this target, you’ll try to meet it. It’s helpful encouragement to keep you moving more!

Or if you have a gym membership, go to a yoga studio, or swim at your school’s gym, set a tangible and clear goal. Log it when you complete it, and make a note of it when you don’t. The goal is transparency and honesty with yourself; with this kind of visible marker of your progress or lack thereof, you have a much higher chance of success!

4. Be kind to yourself and revise when necessary.

Even though it’s key to set tangible goals, it’s equally important to be aware of your limitations. If you have very little experience with exercise, or if you’re injured or feeling unusual pangs or aches, take it easy. It is quite possible to overexert and injure yourself. As you work toward goals, do it mindfully. Check in with yourself often.

There are also small ways to get more active, and these are good ways to implement more physical activity without any risk at all. Instead of going thru drive-in for food, walk there. Instead of taking the elevator all the time, take the stairs. Instead of sitting all day long in office, stand a while or walk around some time.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that this is not enough, but it’s important. Make sure to augment your little fixes with both aerobic workouts and strength-training activities. And every time you do, log it, measure it, and adjust your goals!

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How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra pounds

There’s no right or wrong way to get over a breakup. There’s no set time frame for moving on either. But if you’re someone who can’t stomach the thought of being with anyone else for a while, it can be pretty shocking to find out that your ex has happily moved on and fallen in love with someone else so soon.

Some people really can move on quickly right after a breakup. In fact, a 2007 study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology found that most people can get over heartbreak in about three months. According to Kim Egel, licensed therapist who specializes in relationships, how long and intense the relationship was are often key factors that contribute to how long it takes someone to heal. If your families are close, or if you have the same friends, it can be even more difficult to fully walk away.

“Healing time is very individual and unique to the specific relationship dynamic,” Egel says. “For example, if the relationship was unhealthy and abusive, it could be longer to sort through the kind of emotions that come with such a connection.”

It may seem obvious, but there is a difference between seeing someone new and actually being in love with them. It’s not shocking to find someone getting out there and dating other people in order to help with the moving on process. That’s what rebound relationships are all about. But it can be pretty surprising to hear someone say they’ve already fallen in love again so soon. According to experts, it’s very possible for some people.

Here are the reasons why some people can fall in love again so soon right after a breakup.

They Emotionally Checked Out Of The Relationship Earlier Than You Thought

It’s easier to fall in love with someone new if you weren’t that in love with your ex in the first place. “There are many relationships where one partner is more serious about it than the other,” Kate MacLean, relationship expert at Plenty of Fish, tells Bustle. “The less serious partner likely had ‘one foot out the door’ and was ready to move on.”

More often than not, people don’t just end a relationship out of nowhere. It can sometimes take weeks or months until they realize that they’ve finally had enough. People usually start checking out of the relationship once the thought of breaking up enters their mind. According to MacLean, it’s usually only a matter of time before thoughts get put into action.

They Have No Walls Up When It Comes To Love

When someone falls in love again so soon after a breakup, it’s easy to believe they’re just doing it as a way to fill a void. But as Shannon Battle, licensed professional counselor who specializes in relationships, tells Bustle, that’s not always true. “Love isn’t well thought out, it’s strictly guided from emotional regulation,” Battle says. “People who are more emotionally responsive to situations may use actual feelings of love to compensate for their hurt.”

Shortly after a breakup, it’s normal to want to close yourself off to love for a while. But according to Battle, some people don’t. “They have no boundaries with this emotion and they freely give it to others because they highly value intimacy and connection in relationships,” she says. When you’re truly open to giving and receiving love, it’s easy to fall in love again. Some people would rather open themselves up to a good feeling like love than feel pain.

They Found “The One”

“Love is very mysterious,” Egel says. “Sometimes the right person will come along at a very interesting time, and that can be right after a breakup.” When it comes to love, there are no rules. Just because someone fell in love right away, it doesn’t mean that they cheated, didn’t love their ex, or that their last relationship wasn’t meaningful to them. It just means that they happened to find their perfect match soon after a breakup.

Even if this is the case, it’s still important for that person to take time to process their feelings towards the breakup in order to get a sense of closure. That way they can move forward and start their new relationship off right.

There’s no set time for when people should be fully healed from a breakup or when they should be allowed to fall in love again. Everyone processes heartbreak in their own way, and everyone falls in love on their own time. These are just the reasons behind why some people can fall in love in love so quickly after a breakup.

Lewandowski, G.W. & Bizzoco, N.M. (2007) Addition through subtraction: Growth following the dissolution of a low quality relationship. The Journal of Positive Psychology https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17439760601069234#.VLaIm3uzniB

Kate MacLean, relationship expert at Plenty of Fish

Shannon Battle, licensed professional counselor

Stay well despite feeling euphoric, endangered, and exhausted, altogether.

There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as the early stages of a romantic relationship. Just the thought that you may have found your one-and-only can be so thrilling. But, the early stages of falling in love can be as frustrating as they are wonderful. Your new love life may consume your energy, focus, and time to the point where everything else going on in your life may feel like a rude intrusion. You can’t stop thinking about your lover. You get up and go to sleep obsessing about the relationship and what your future will look like together.

To some of you, this reaction to love may seem overboard. But many of you know firsthand how falling in love can turn you into an obsessed, needy, and insecure person for a time. You don’t have to have emotional issues from the past to feel this way—although if you do, this stage will be particularly difficult.

Remember, the saying is not staying balanced in love, it is falling in love. If you are in the early stages of falling in love right now, and you feel a little crazy, don’t worry: You kind of are. You are under the influence of hormones that are making you feel, all at once, euphoric, endangered, and exhausted. Let’s call these the Three E’s of falling in love. Researcher Donatella Marazziti of the University of Pisa, Italy helps us to understand the euphoria we feel in the early stages of romantic love. She says it is more than two hearts igniting, when people fall in love; their hormones ignite as well. The nerve transmitters adrenaline and phenylethylamine, or PEA (also present in chocolate) increase when two people are attracted to each other and put them in emotional overdrive. Additionally, the relaxation, feel-good hormone serotonin lowers, causing you to obsess about your lover and consistently reflect back on the romantic times spent with him or her.

Falling in love produces a biological state that is a similar high to being on cocaine. More interestingly, Marazziti discovered that falling in love also alters testosterone levels in men and women. This is the male sex hormone that makes men hunters and gatherers and more able than women to be sexual without an emotional commitment. Increased testosterone levels in women during the early stages of romantic love make them more sexual and aggressive. While decreased testosterone levels in men make them more emotional and receptive at this time. This finding makes me smile. I have heard more than one man say through the years, “What happened to her sex drive? When we first went out, she was sexually wild. I couldn’t keep up with her. She tricked me.” If you have felt this way about a female lover, now you know that it was her hormones that made her into a girl gone wild.

Why can love’s early stages make you feel personally endangered as well? First, the euphoria you feel can disorganize you. You are adding a dating relationship to your normal, busy routine. Your normal responsibilities at work and home may fall to the wayside as you put more energy into solidifying your love relationship. This can make you more anxious. Also, loving asks you to lower your defenses and loosen up your personal boundaries so that you can merge your needs and desires with those of your lover. This process can be threatening and make you feel unsafe. Nonetheless, this is the making of a strong, healthy relationship attachment. It takes time to trust each other and to know that this attachment will not hurt you. No wonder we can feel anxious and unsafe when we first fall in love. There’s much to gain, and to lose. The fear you feel is palpable. You may unconsciously create emotional issues and dramas to give voice, and make tangible, the endangerment you feel.

With all of the hormone changes and fears going on inside of you, it is no wonder you may feel exhausted in the early stages of falling in love. I’ve heard several people say that they can’t wait until the honeymoon period is over so that they can get some rest. It’s no wonder that some people may rush to seal the relationship deal, just to put an end to these uncomfortable feelings.

Knowledge Is Power

Hardy individuals arm themselves with knowledge. They approach new experiences as a chance to learn something new about themselves (the hardy attitude of challenge), and learn what they can to cope effectively with stressful situations (the hardy attitude of control). Indeed, the early stages of falling in love are stressful. The following recommendations can help you to navigate the falling in love stage more smoothly, so that you can treasure this very special time in your life.

Fall-apart beef, rich broth, tender veggies, and noodles come together in my Beef Noodle Soup! Cold nights have met their match with this warming dinner.

My beef noodle soup recipe is a marriage of hearty beef soup recipes and soul-warming chicken noodle soup!

Loaded with tender beef and perfectly cooked pasta, my beef noodle soup is the meal you reach for on chilly evenings. Everything about this dish is designed to warm you up, from the steamy broth to the cozy herbs, and your family can personalize each bowl with whatever toppings they like!

If you loved my taco soup, cheeseburger soup, or especially my Instant Pot beef stew, you’ll fall in love with this recipe!

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How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra pounds

What I Love About This Recipe

My beef noodle soup recipe is comfort food at its best! There are so many reasons to love this meal:

  • Savory, rich flavor
  • Easy to adapt to your family’s tastes
  • One-pot clean up!
  • Warms up cold nights

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How To Make Beef Noodle Soup Recipe

I promise an easy to make, easy to clean beef noodle soup recipe, and I deliver!

Start by coating your beef in flour and browning in your heated stockpot. Move to a plate, and in the same pot, saute your onion, carrots, celery, and garlic, then add the beef back to the pot.

Pour in your broth and Better than Bouillon and the other herbal seasonings, and bring to a boil.

Simmer for about 1.5-2 hours, or until the beef is fall-apart tender! Then add your noodles and cook just until they’re done.

How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra pounds

Recipe Notes

My beef noodle soup recipe is a conundrum — the broth makes it taste decadent, but the veggies make it super healthy!

Lip-smacking flavor and good-for-you ingredients? Win-win!

How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra pounds

Ingredient Notes

Beef – I recommend using chuck roast for this recipe. Not only is it budget-friendly, but chuck roast gets tender and flavorful when simmered for a long time.

  • If you’re pressed for time, your butcher may sell pre-cut stew meat cubes that cut down on prep time.

Better than Bouillon – You’ve likely heard me rave about this wonder ingredient before. Also called a soup base, Better than Bouillon allows you to make whatever quantity of stock you need just by adding a few teaspoons of the rich concentrate to water. Check out this handy conversion calculator if you’re using it in place of pre-made stock.

Egg Noodles – Egg noodles are the classic choice in hearty soups such as this recipe. If you have another type of short noodles on hand, those will work well too.

Fresh Herbs – When you use thyme stems and whole bay leaves, be sure to remove them before serving your soup. Otherwise, diners may have a crunchy surprise!

  • If you only have dried thyme, use 1/3 the amount as the recipe calls for in fresh herbs. If you’re using powdered bay leaves, 1/8 teaspoon equals one whole leaf.

Tools to Make

You only need one good, strong tool to make this soup:

Having a soup pot is invaluable. The things you can make in them! Soups, stews, even canning — the possibilities really are endless. It’s a great kitchen investment!

How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?

Most leftovers, like this beef noodle soup recipe, are freshest when eaten within 3-4 days of cooking.

Can You Freeze This?

This beef noodle soup recipe is perfect for freezing. Consider making a double batch of beef noodle soup so you have plenty to freeze for snow days or busy weeknights.

Just omit the noodles, as they can get soggy when frozen. Add in freshly cooked noodles to your defrosted soup for the best flavor and texture.

In general, soups and stews can be frozen up to 2-3 months.

Make Ahead Tips

If you meal prep on the weekends, simmer this soup while you prepare your other meals. Don’t add the noodles until the day you plan to serve the beef noodle soup recipe. It will be delicious later in the week when you’re ready to eat it.

How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra pounds

Serving Recommendations

The best way to serve this beef noodle soup is with plenty of crusty bread or crackers to soak up all that delicious broth!

Put out a spread of traditional soup toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions to really set your family on the path to a good night.

If you want to make this soup into a full-on filling meal, pair it with something equally beefy like my Thai beef salad for a nice crunch. Or serve this soup as the appetizer for my Mississippi pot roast!

How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra pounds

Recipe Variations

What variations can you shakeup in this recipe that your whole family will love? So many!

  • Swap the chuck roast for ground beef to get crowd-pleasing hamburger stew.
  • Transfer this whole recipe to your Crock-Pot for my slow cooker beef stew.
  • Don’t want the noodles? Use your favorite grain to get beef barley soup.
  • All the hearty UMPH of hamburger stew but in an easy-to-make whirl: hamburger soup.

How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra pounds

More Beef Recipes

Looking for more beef recipes to wow your family? These are some of my most tried and tested winners:

  • Szechuan Beef
  • beef kabobs
  • Steak Tacos
  • Steak Pizzaiola
  • Steak Chili

Stay well despite feeling euphoric, endangered, and exhausted, altogether.

There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as the early stages of a romantic relationship. Just the thought that you may have found your one-and-only can be so thrilling. But, the early stages of falling in love can be as frustrating as they are wonderful. Your new love life may consume your energy, focus, and time to the point where everything else going on in your life may feel like a rude intrusion. You can’t stop thinking about your lover. You get up and go to sleep obsessing about the relationship and what your future will look like together.

To some of you, this reaction to love may seem overboard. But many of you know firsthand how falling in love can turn you into an obsessed, needy, and insecure person for a time. You don’t have to have emotional issues from the past to feel this way—although if you do, this stage will be particularly difficult.

Remember, the saying is not staying balanced in love, it is falling in love. If you are in the early stages of falling in love right now, and you feel a little crazy, don’t worry: You kind of are. You are under the influence of hormones that are making you feel, all at once, euphoric, endangered, and exhausted. Let’s call these the Three E’s of falling in love. Researcher Donatella Marazziti of the University of Pisa, Italy helps us to understand the euphoria we feel in the early stages of romantic love. She says it is more than two hearts igniting, when people fall in love; their hormones ignite as well. The nerve transmitters adrenaline and phenylethylamine, or PEA (also present in chocolate) increase when two people are attracted to each other and put them in emotional overdrive. Additionally, the relaxation, feel-good hormone serotonin lowers, causing you to obsess about your lover and consistently reflect back on the romantic times spent with him or her.

Falling in love produces a biological state that is a similar high to being on cocaine. More interestingly, Marazziti discovered that falling in love also alters testosterone levels in men and women. This is the male sex hormone that makes men hunters and gatherers and more able than women to be sexual without an emotional commitment. Increased testosterone levels in women during the early stages of romantic love make them more sexual and aggressive. While decreased testosterone levels in men make them more emotional and receptive at this time. This finding makes me smile. I have heard more than one man say through the years, “What happened to her sex drive? When we first went out, she was sexually wild. I couldn’t keep up with her. She tricked me.” If you have felt this way about a female lover, now you know that it was her hormones that made her into a girl gone wild.

Why can love’s early stages make you feel personally endangered as well? First, the euphoria you feel can disorganize you. You are adding a dating relationship to your normal, busy routine. Your normal responsibilities at work and home may fall to the wayside as you put more energy into solidifying your love relationship. This can make you more anxious. Also, loving asks you to lower your defenses and loosen up your personal boundaries so that you can merge your needs and desires with those of your lover. This process can be threatening and make you feel unsafe. Nonetheless, this is the making of a strong, healthy relationship attachment. It takes time to trust each other and to know that this attachment will not hurt you. No wonder we can feel anxious and unsafe when we first fall in love. There’s much to gain, and to lose. The fear you feel is palpable. You may unconsciously create emotional issues and dramas to give voice, and make tangible, the endangerment you feel.

With all of the hormone changes and fears going on inside of you, it is no wonder you may feel exhausted in the early stages of falling in love. I’ve heard several people say that they can’t wait until the honeymoon period is over so that they can get some rest. It’s no wonder that some people may rush to seal the relationship deal, just to put an end to these uncomfortable feelings.

Knowledge Is Power

Hardy individuals arm themselves with knowledge. They approach new experiences as a chance to learn something new about themselves (the hardy attitude of challenge), and learn what they can to cope effectively with stressful situations (the hardy attitude of control). Indeed, the early stages of falling in love are stressful. The following recommendations can help you to navigate the falling in love stage more smoothly, so that you can treasure this very special time in your life.

If you’re anything like me, your day doesn’t start until you’ve sloughed away your grogginess with a scalding hot shower. That perfectly-heated water can clear stuffed sinuses, relax the muscles, and make pretty much anyone feel squeaky clean. However, a cold shower can do even more for you if you can stand the low temperatures.

Cold Showers Can Help Fight Colds & Flus

According to a study conducted by a group of immunologists and physiologists from the Czech Republic, men who immersed themselves in 57°F (14°C) water three times each week for six weeks uncovered a few changes. Aside from goosebumps, the biggest change the researchers saw was an increase in white blood cells.

As our bodies attempt to get warm in the chilly water, our immune system kicks into action. As it revs up, more white blood cells are released. This increased number of white blood cells floating through your bloodstream can then help you ward off colds, the flu, and other common sicknesses.

How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra pounds

With their power to consume pathogens, eliminate bacteria, and fight viruses and toxins, white blood cells keep you feeling your best while boosting your immune system’s defenses. So, if you’re prone to getting the sniffles, try taking a cold dip in the tub, or swap out your warm showers for cooler ones three times per week.

Cold Showers Can Improve Blood Circulation

Though it might feel like your entire body tightens up under the spray of icy water, attempting to crawl inside itself for warmth, that feeling is exactly what makes cold showers so good for you.

When your body is hit with cold water, your veins physically shrink under the skin. This tightening, called vasoconstriction, forces your blood to flow through smaller, narrower spaces at a higher pressure. Your body is trying to keep your most important organs warm, and in order to do so, it needs to get blood moving as quickly as possible.

As a result, your entire body’s circulation improves, and improved circulation will keep your body running at its best.

How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra pounds

Before you swear off hot showers, though, consider mixing things up a few times each week. Instead, create a shower routine that utilizes both temperatures. Dr. Darryl Cochrane from Massey University’s school of Sport and Exercise recommends alternating between hot and cold showers. You can also improve your circulation by ending your steamy sessions with a quick rinse under cold water.

Cold Showers Can Help You Lose Those Extra Pounds

You might already know that shaking your way through a horror flick can help you lose a few pounds, but changing the temperature of your morning shower might help your diet even more. In fact, according to research conducted by Dr. Paul Lee, an endocrinologist at the Garvan Institute in Australia, shivering for just 10 to 15 minutes can offer some of the same benefits as your daily workout.

How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra pounds

In addition to helping you shake your way skinny, cold showers also raise your body’s good fat. Dr. Lee’s research also found that showering in cooler temperatures increases individuals’ brown fat while reducing the amount of unhealthy white fat. Unlike calorie-laden white fat, brown fat helps burn energy. While shivering away during your morning shower won’t cure obesity, it can help you turn bad fat good.

Cold Showers Can Add Some Shine to Your Hair

If you tend to suffer from dry, brittle hair, don’t break out the leave-in conditioner: turn up the cold water instead.

Have you ever noticed how frustratingly dry your hands get after days of washing dishes with your bare hands? When you shower in scalding temperatures, the same happens to the rest of your body. Hot, steamy water feels great, but it destroys your hair and skin.

How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra pounds

Taking frequent hot showers has the power to dry out every inch of exposed skin and hair; the heat pulls moisture from your cells, turning everything brittle. Rinsing off in cold water, on the other hand, will actually seal your hair and skin to protect it from future damage. You’ll notice more shine in your ponytail, smoother skin all over, and possibly even an improvement in acne, if you’re a blemish-sufferer.

Cold Showers Can Actually Improve Your Mood

You might think that waking up with a chilly shower sounds like a terrible start to your day, but in fact, this one simple change could put you in a better mood.

Nikolai Shevchuk, a researcher in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Radiation, discovered that short spurts of cold water stimulate the brain’s “blue spot”, or noradrenaline source. When this chemical is released, it helps to combat depression.

How to instantly fall in love with moving and start shaking off the extra pounds

Shevchuk also believes the shock we feel as cold water hits our skin has something to do with this: “The possible antidepressant effect may also have to do with the mild electroshock delivered to the brain by a cold shower, because of the unusually high density of cold receptors in the skin.” With its extra dense and super sensitive nerve endings, our skin registers water’s temperature almost immediately when it hits us. As a result, our bodies and brains feel a little jolt.

So, the next time you shriek in surprise at the water’s freezing temperature, just remember that two-second event could improve your entire day.

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