Monday, June 2, 2008


Appraising Your Success
The end of the week is a good time to review the past week of your SWEET Life and count up your accomplishments. Your goal is 5-6 times per week for each aspect of the SWEET Life: Sleep, Water, Eating, Exercise, and Tranquility. If you didn’t achieve some of your goals for the week, then next week, focus on those areas more and think about how to fulfill them more consistently.
How do you feel at the end of this week? Are you better rested? Do you feel relaxed? Are you more energetic? Do you feel generally healthier? Continue with the SWEET Life and you’ll experience all of these feelings!

Topic of the week - Swimming

Ah, summer is coming and so is pool-weather! It’s so wonderful to dive in and feel the sensation of weightlessness as I glide through the water. I love the cool water rushing through my hair, cooling my scalp, on a hot day. I’ve been getting into the water a lot lately, and it’s really got something for everyone.

Yes, yes, I know; the hardest part for many women is just getting into a swim suit. Having grown up by the beach, I’m so used to wearing a swim suit that I don’t feel uncomfortable wearing one. Wearing a swim suit is 80% confidence, 20% having the right suit for your body. Every suit doesn’t work for every body, but every body can find a suit that looks great. And if you want to look at it from a different point of view, there’s always someone else at the pool who looks worse than you do in a swim suit!

Swimming is a great, low-impact, cardiovascular exercise. It uses all the major muscle groups: legs, abs, arms, chest and back. Because of the controlled breathing required, it’s excellent for the cardiovascular system. Furthermore, water’s buoyancy makes it easy on the joints. You can swim laps, use a kickboard, or take an aqua aerobics class. You can also take lessons to improve your swimming form. If you really get into it, you can join a master’s swim group. Even just hanging out in a pool or hot tub, playing with your kids, socializing with friends, or relaxing alone, immersing yourself in water can be great Exercise or wonderful Tranquility.

Look for another topic next week, and keep living the SWEET Life!

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