Friday, October 31, 2014

Benefits of Collagen

 Over the past couple of days, I've started taking collagen. 

Not injections but chewables!   
Who knew these existed??  
There are so many benefits of taking collagen especially as you get older.   Unfortunately, as we get older our body doesn't produce the the amount of collagen we need to help in our body's repair process.  Here are major benefits of taking collagen:

1. Improves Circulation
Collagen can strengthen blood vessels and improve their elasticity. 

2. Helps Heal and Repair Injuries
Collagen is needed to repair and rebuild connective tissue to encourage strong muscles, skin and joints. Collagen also strengthens the structure of bones, tendons, cartilage and ligaments. Supplementing with collagen can encourage muscle mass to regenerate and helps people recover from sports-related injuries faster.

3. Relieves Arthritis Pain
Collagen may help increase your joint mobility and reduce arthritis pain by reducing damage to joints and stimulating reductions in joint-pain, tenderness and swelling.

4. Reduce Appearance of Cellulite and Wrinkles 
Collagen promotes your body to rebuild and repair the fibers that cause cellulite and wrinkles to appear.  As collagen depletes, wrinkles and lines form in those places where the skin moves the most- such as joints, forehead and lips.

5. Improve Health of Hair
Restoring collagen in the hair shaft can improve hair growth. Collagen strengthen hair and increase the diameter of individual hairs, giving your hair an overall fuller appearance.  

Collagen comes in capsule, chewable and power form.   
As with any supplements, check with your doctor before starting.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mental Roadblocks

I've completed 8 weeks of Body Beast and am onto my last phase. This has been the most rewarding and challenging program I've done.  The challenge has been more mental then physical.  Let's face it, not everyone thinks women should be pumped up or muscular and those thoughts sometimes work against me. 

As I get deeper into the program, I'm finding myself wanting to physically achieve more then just completing the program.  I have a desire to see how far I can take my body physically.  I know that in order for me to do this, I need to first be mentally strong and healthy.  I've preached that being healthy is both mental and physical but can honestly say that I'm still struggling on the mental part. 

I'm still trying to figure out how to live in the gray.  Life doesn't need to be an all or nothing, a black or white or a 100% in all the time.  Living in the gray means there is balance and harmony between two extremes.  This is something I still need to find.  In order to take my body to the next level, I need clear my mind of the thoughts that are holding me back.  No one can achieve their goal with mental roadblocks. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Learning To Fail

I've always loved winning. 
I've always loved the feeling of success.
I've always loved working hard.

I've always hated the feeling of failure.

 I remember growing up and feeling knots in my stomach when I felt like I had failed at something- sports, school, friends.  Nights before tests or events I would get so nauseous that I didn't eat and sometimes would vomit.  Being scared of failure has had its benefits.  I was always so terrified of not being at the top that I always seemed to make it there.  In school it was with marks, sports it was being on varsity and in my professional life it was climbing up the corporate ladder.

Once I became a stay at home mom, being scared of failure was still in my mind but there was no tangible rewards such as a pay raise or an A+ on a paper.  No matter how often my husband told me I was doing a great job or how many times my girls told me they loved me, I still felt something missing inside of me. I started to recognize the feeling I was missing was the feeling of my own personal success.

A couple of years ago I started signing up for an event in the winter, training through the cold months and then competing in the spring.  Having my own personal goal again was just what I needed.  I still have the fear of failure- probably more than I should but I also have the drive to succeed.  Failure is oftentimes the gateway to success.  It feels uncomfortable but it's a sign you were willing to take a risk.
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