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Lisa Newton's Blog – December 2008 Archive (17)

Can Reflection lead to Action?

Today is New Year’s Eve Day. 2009 officially starts tomorrow. Tonight many people will be watching the ball drop at Times Square in New York City, drinking an (or maybe more than “an”) alcoholic beverage, eating junk food, and making merriment. It’s tradition to celebrate the start of a new year which is only a few hours away.

But, when it’s all over, what will you do tomorrow? Will you wake up early and start your new fitness routine?…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 31, 2008 at 5:42am — 1 Comment

2009 is right around the corner

Under the Scripps Pier

As some of you might know, I’ve been participating in a December Challenge over at DCUrbanDad. It’s been hard during the holiday season to keep up with my workouts and not eating cookies, pastries, and other holiday goodies. In fact, I was given a box of chocolates more than once during this past week.…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 29, 2008 at 5:52am — 1 Comment

Happy Holidays from Iowa Avenue

Happy Holidays from Iowa Avenue

Happy Holidays from our family to yours.

Added by Lisa Newton on December 24, 2008 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Have you considered paying yourself when you reach a goal?

Don't just Dream, Do!! Yes, I’m talking about you giving yourself a reward for achieving your end results. Well, not the total end, but for each small step along the way.

With January 1, 2009 right around the corner, I’ve already announced one of my goals; to race one event each… Continue

Added by Lisa Newton on December 23, 2008 at 11:40am — 2 Comments

Is Home Cooking and Healthy Nutrition Hip for 2009?

It looks like it. Maybe the recession has some upside.

In Friday’s LATimes, they predicted that the top three expected consumer food and dining trends for this year will be:

1) Dieting out in lieu of good nutrition. And all I can say is that it’s about time. Quick fixes won’t be…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 22, 2008 at 4:53am — 4 Comments

What suggestions do Iowa Avenue members have for Oprah?

If you haven't heard already, Oprah recently announced she had again reached 200lbs. "I'm embarrassed," she says. "I'm mad at myself," over the weight gain.

Oprah, not unlike so many other millions of people, lost a substantial amount of weight, but failed to keep it off.

"When it comes to maintaining my health I didn't just… Continue

Added by Lisa Newton on December 18, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments

Need a little Inspiration?

Because my last two posts have featured several pictures, I thought I'd change this week's edition of Wordless Wednesday Walkers just a little.

I found a little inspiration to help keep me focused today, and I'd like to share… Continue

Added by Lisa Newton on December 17, 2008 at 4:15am — No Comments

Bikes, Beaches, and Relaxation

My new bike

As I stated in a previous post, one of the things I did for myself this holiday season was to get a new bike. Well, I’m excited to say, it arrived on Saturday!!

I ordered it online, but had it delivered to a local bicycle store, so all…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 16, 2008 at 7:56am — 1 Comment

My First 10K

Wow, it's cloudy

I did it!!

On Saturday, I completed my first 10K--The 31st Annual Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run & Walk, which benefitted the Harvest Home.

The Pre-race

The 10K started at 7:30, so I woke Saturday…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 15, 2008 at 5:27am — 1 Comment

Give yourself the gift of you this Holiday Season

Too often, during the holiday season, we are so busy shopping, cooking, visiting family members, house cleaning, our children, and a myriad of other activities--we forget to do take the time to relax and do something, anything, for ourselves.

We tend to neglect ourselves.

One stress reducing strategy recommended by the…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 12, 2008 at 6:15am — No Comments

A Cloudy Day in LA

Lately clouds have been present here and even some mild sprinkles.

But the sun has poked through long enough for me to get a few walks in. However, they haven’t been as long as I’d like. To top it off, I’ve been trying a new training technique--I’ve been walking up and down a very steep hill. It’s a bit monotonous but the results are not.

Walking up and down a hill qualifies is a HIIT…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 10, 2008 at 5:05am — 1 Comment

Can you eat more to lose weight?

The prevailing philosophy when starting most weight loss programs is to eat less and exercise more. The exercise part is totally accurate, however the eat less part isn’t always the case.

Here’s an example:

Salad Ingredient…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 8, 2008 at 6:16am — No Comments

Goals vs. Resolutions for 2009

As this year is quickly coming to a close, and what a wild ride we’ve had lately, I’ve been thinking about the goals I’d made for 2008. Some turned out great, more than one moved forward at a snail’s pace, several just sat there, and a couple didn’t do anything.

Some of us are perfectionists and want it all Type-A personalities, but life isn’t always like a race, or something that can be scientifically executed.…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 5, 2008 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

Are you ready for a December Challenge?

December is the month full of holiday cheer. It isn’t typically associated with the time to start a challenge for weight loss and fitness maintenance, but that’s what I’m doing.

DC Urban Dad has issued a challenge called the…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 4, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

Thanksgiving at San Diego’s Rose Canyon Park

Calm Waters

I spent Thanksgiving Day in San Diego, and before the festivities began, I wanted to start my day off with a brisk hike. I don’t get to San Diego too often, but when I do I like to make the best of it, of course. I’ve passed by the entrance to this park many times, so I decided that today was the day I was going to explore its grandeur.…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 3, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

Why Strength Training does a Body Good

Even though I just started my own strength training, I wanted to share what I’ve learned about its benefits so far.

Unless you’ve added strength training to your exercise routine, you’ll be unable to maintain your muscles ? Instead, you’ll start to get flabby and lose muscle strength. Those little sags, muscle wobbles, and lower physical performance.

I know because I’m experiencing it right…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 2, 2008 at 7:33am — No Comments

What’s the Cost of an Indoor Minimalist Gym?

Wow, what a view

In a recent post, The Indoor Minimalist Workout, I explained how I’m achieving fitness results with a minimum of equipment, basically using my own body weight as a resistance factor.

Now, I’d like to take another look at the list I…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 1, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments



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