Using the Outdoors as Way to Enjoy Life

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We can all use a little more time to relax. People are so stressed these days that it seems that no amount of time would be enough. Sometimes people feel they must spend hundreds of dollars on various exercise equipment to feel find the time to relax. The truth is you don’t need all that. All you need is a little time outside to really re-connect with yourself and feel better. Nature can be the universal healer if you just allow yourself to encompass you.

Now I know I am sounding a little like a hippie at this point, but I really believe in this. Studies suggest that spending time outdoors everyday increases our levels of vitamin D. This then helps with alleviating depression or any negativity that you may be feeling. I like to go out running every morning while the morning sun is just breaking through. It really is the perfect way to start the day. There is just something about being outside with nature and doing various exercises. It really quiets the mind and helps put you in the right state of mind for the rest of your day.

If you are not a big fan of running, then it can also be beneficial to just sit outside in the sunshine for a while. Just spending a few minutes meditating with nature can be enough. I have seen people lay out in the sunshine with a blanket at the beginning of their morning. Sometimes just being able to absorb the sun’s rays can be enough. This can be especially important when you are feeling below the weather. I know when I feel anxious that sometimes its just best for me to take myself out on my porch and just lay still. There are so much lovely sounds that occur in nature. It is better than any soundtrack.

Playing outdoors can be so relaxing as well. Some people like to walk on nature trails but others like more active activities such as soccer or football. Like more adventurous ventures? Try rock climbing. It may sound a little much but many consider it very relaxing to just be out there with nothing but rocks and ropes. It takes a lot of concentration and stamina to be good at it but it can be so rewarding in the end of the day. Having the discipline to spend that time outside is what is really important. It doesn’t matter what you do in the end. The thing that counts is being out there and being outside.

The benefits of relaxing outside and being in nature are numerous. Finding an activity that works for you is important. This will give you the motivation to make it a habit to keep doing it. I really can’t say enough about getting your butt outside and being active. It’s some of the cheapest therapy you can have for sure. No matter what you do, get out there and have fun!

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Don’t diet, just be healthy.

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Good Morning Loves,

This week we had a healthy living conference at my office and I learned some interesting facts about eating healthy, being active and living well. Of course whenever I hear some great information I have to share with you.

Use these tips to help get your body bikini ready this summer…

Interesting facts about eating healthy    

- Frozen veggies are just as good as fresh fruits and veggies, canned should be a last resort

- Eggs don’t have as much omega 3 as they advertise

- We need: fruits, veggies, dairy, grains and protein

- We don’t need: fat, sugar and salt

- 1 kiwi has your total daily vitamin C requirement

- Eat fruits with a fiber source to avoid a sugar high – and then crash

Learning to be active

- We need 30 minutes of exercise every day to maintain our weight

- Sitting at a desk is as bad for your health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day

- It’s ok to drink 2-3 cups of coffee per day – we should drink caffeine before working out

- 60% of people in Canada are overweight

- 25% of Canadians are obese

Start living well

- Exercising helps bones retains calcium and prevents osteoporosis

- Fiber makes you feel full – it helps your digestion and lowers cholesterol

- Only 30% of our daily calorie intake should come from fat

- It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain it’s full – that’s why we should eat slowly

What is your personal healthy living motto?

Love always,

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X1 Audio headphones giveaway – $50 value

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Good Morning Loves.  It’s time to start the day – and the week – off on the right foot…with a giveaway!  One lucky reader is going to win a pair of X1 Audio headphones. I have been using these headphones for over two weeks and I can tell you that they are great for running, sweating and, of course, listening to music.

X1 Audio Headphones are perfect for runners

X1 2The good people at X1 Audio are just as enthusiastic about running as I am and they were gracious enough to send over a pair of headphones for me to try while working out.  I have had my old headphones for almost three years and I have to say that although I was reluctant at first, I am absolutely loving my new headphones.

X1 Audio headphones are lightweight and the cord is a rope material instead of plastic or rubber, in my opinion this makes the cord more durable and less likely to break when wrapped around my iPod.

X1 Audio headphones are also:

- Sweatproof and Rinsable

- Have a Secure Fit for Athletes

- Reflective for Safety

Now it’s time for the giveaway

One lucky reader will win their own pair of X1 Audio headphones.  Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win.

Open to all Canadian and U.S. residents.

Good luck to everyone who enters.

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Sweat it out: $50 iTrain gift card giveaway

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Good morning Loves and happy Friday.  We have a great giveaway for you today so let’s get into it.

If you read My Diary on a regular basis (and I’m sure you all do LOL) you know that I have adapted a healthy living attitude by cooking at home and working out on a regular basis.  I have thrown myself into several fitness communities and I even pick up a running magazine whenever I am in my local bookstore.

I am currently training for my first 5k run and next month I am attending SELF Workout in the Park in New York City – if you are going let me know and maybe we can take a class together.  I have to tell you that working out has done great things for my mental state, and it’s a huge stress relief.

Have you ever tried an audio workout?

In my recent Beauty Box 5 I received a gift card to and I am going to give it away to one lucky reader.  iTrain is a website that lets you download workouts onto your computer and into your iPod.  I downloaded an iTread workout that guides me along a moderate run on the treadmill and also an iSculpt ballet workout.

I have to admit at first I wasn’t sure that I would like exercising with an audio workout, but it was surprisingly effective.  I still prefer to workout with DVDs, but if you need motivation to keep running or if you are in a situation – like a hotel room – where you don’t have access to your normal workout routine then iTrain is a great alternative.

Enter below for your chance to win a $50 iTrain gift card, that’s good for 5-10 workout downloads into your iPod. Good luck to everyone who enters.

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Look Like a Lady. Sweat Like a Boss.

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Good Morning Loves.  It’s Monday morning and it’s time for a personal confession, I know it’s early but bear with me for a moment because we have a little something-something for you too.

I want to workout, I actually want to spend my day’s only working out, losing weight and getting fit but sometimes (actually most of the time) I lack the motivation to get off my butt and get moving.  I definitely feel better after I workout but getting started can be difficult.

Ellie RunSo how do I keep motivated?

I honestly believe that cute workout outfits are the foundation of every good workout because when you look good you feel good and when you feel good you will be happy and when you are happy you will have the motivation to get moving.  Right?

We usually think that we have to be in old sweats when we workout and we always assume that we are going to look sweaty and gross while doing it, but that is just not true.  No one says that we have to be ugly while working out, after all a little sweat never hurt nobody.  My secret to keeping motivated is to always look good and have fun when I workout.

Where can you find cute workout outfits for cheap?

I know that workout outfits can be very expensive and I for one can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on workout clothes.  I am always looking for creative – aka cost efficient ways to workout.  I recently discovered the world of Ellie and my workout wardrobe has never been the same.

The ladies at Ellie are all about looking good. They want to help keep you motivated to keep working out. How do they do this? With cute workout outfits of course! Ellie offers complete quality workout outfits for discount prices.  You can get a complete workout outfit – that’s a top and a bottom – for only $49.95 and shipping is included.

- Ellie is offering all My Diary Entry readers 20% off their first workout outfit -

Ellie YogaI have 2 complete workout outfits from Ellie which include grey leggings, black capri’s and two tank tops and I totally love them. They absorb my sweat to keep me looking cute, they are flexible so I can stretch comfortably during yoga and they are trendy so that I look good when I workout in the park.  Visit their website, chose your outfit and get 20% off…it’s that easy.

So now that your new workout outfit is in the mail and on its way to you (because I assume you went to the Ellie website and ordered a cute workout outfit) let me tell you why I love working out.

3 reasons why I love working out:

1. It keeps you warm. We all know that working out regularly can help our health but there are other benefits too. This winter was especially cold and my motivation for working out this winter was to keep warm.

2. It helps you sleep. I like to workout after dinner because then I can take a warm shower and go to bed.  Burning off all my extra energy has really helped me sleep deeper and longer every night.

3. It’s really good for your skin.  I don’t think sweat is gross, I love sweating because it clears out my pores and gives my skin a J.Lo-esque glow. It takes a bit to get me going but once I start working out I’m like bring on the sweat!

Why do you love working out?

Love Always,

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