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Friday, March 16, 2012

Got the Cardio Recovery done yesterday... and a good meal plan done. Hydrating has been good yesterday and today... But there is no time for 'Insanity' thus far... Maybe after the conference track meet this evening. Lol...

Side note:
Those squat holds and lunge holds for cardio recovery were tough. Almost didn't get all the way through them... but I was able to barely push through.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

It's almost 2pm and all I've had is some trail mix and water... smh... I will be having a couple of eggs with 2 small potatoes and some cauliflower, my vitamins and more water... then I will be hitting the Day#17 Insanity. Lots of luck needed!!! (Being that only one real l meal will be had LATE in the day...)

A protein shake after the work out and some grilled chicken with wild rice and asparagus for dinner. =)

Final Health Tip in the 7 Day Series:

7. Coffee

Sip It!
Coffee is a well-known pick-me-up, but a cup of joe can perk up skin too. "It has antioxidants to help protect skin from sun damage and help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin that leads to wrinkles and sagging," according to Dr. Murad. Aim for no more than one 8-ounce cup a day, as coffee in large doses can dehydrate skin. Another way to enjoy more of the buzzy beans: Use finely ground coffee as part of a spice rub for steak or beef.

Apply It!
The caffeine that's in coffee is a topical diuretic (it pulls water out of skin), so it can help depuff eyelids and is often used as an ingredient in cellulite creams because it temporarily gives skin a smoother appearance, says Dr. Murad. Douglas recommends using cooled coffee grounds as a scrub on thighs and buttocks, where cellulite tends to appear.

"The scrubbing stimulates circulation, and the caffeine in the grounds has a temporary shrinking effect on the cellulite," she explains. A coffee rinse can also deepen and richen the hue of brown hair, says Rhys. Brew 2 cups of strong coffee and allow it to cool. In the shower, shampoo, squeeze out excess moisture, pour the cooled coffee over strands, and put on a shower cap. At the end of your shower, rinse, then condition as usual.

Published November 2011, Prevention

Updated November 2011

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

No work out today... right glute was spazing and I had a very full day. decided NOT to spaz! (Myself!!!)
Tomorrow... we begin again. Diet was descent and hydrated well all day long...

6. Strawberries

Eat Them!
Strawberries pack the double punch of high levels of vitamin C and ellagic acid," says Howard Murad, MD, FAAD, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine. Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen and acts as an antioxidant to prevent environmental damage. And a 2007 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that high intake of vitamin C was associated with a lower likelihood of wrinkles and skin dryness. Ellagic acid increases skin's ability to hold moisture and, says Dr. Wu, has been shown to help fade dark spots caused by sun exposure. A new way to work the fruit into your menu: Add a touch of balsamic vinegar to pureed strawberries and use the mixture as a sweet sauce for grilled chicken.

Apply Them!
Studies show that both ellagic acid and vitamin C in strawberries help protect skin from environmental damage, so using strawberries as part of an at-home beauty treatment could be beneficial. Try this face mask recipe from Douglas: Puree the berries in a blender and mix in chilled full-fat plain yogurt and a squirt of lemon juice (it has antiseptic properties and may help lighten dark spots). Apply the mixture to your face, leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse.

Published November 2011, Prevention

Updated November 2011

Monday, March 12, 2012

Started WEEK #3 again since last week all I got done was the Day #15 fit test.

Today's Fit Test:
Switch Kicks: 131 single counts
Power jacks: 67
Power Knees: 126 rt leg/ 125 lft leg
Power Jumps: 67
Globe Jumps: 14 rotations
Suicide Jumps: 23
Push-ups Jacks: 35 (still not all the way down... :/)
Plank Crunches: 90!!!!

EVERY # improved quite a bit!!! Woha!!!! =D

Protein shake now after work out and wild rice and sweet potato for dinner... And lots of water... pretty sure I will hit my trail mix that I am hooked on too..
This one is tough for me... but I think that it all boils down to the yogurt that you choose...
Had 2 egg whites and 1 yolk w/a tomato, cauliflower and onion hash by noon and took my vitamins. Also had plenty of water. Hopefully after my Fit Test... I'll have my protein shake and one more meal before the rosary tonight. Wish me luck folks...

5. Yogurt

Eat It!
Get ready to show off your pearly whites! Spooning up yogurt can help keep your grin gorgeous. "It has calcium and phosphorus that can strengthen tooth enamel and protect your teeth from cavities," says Drayer. What's more, varieties such as Greek-style yogurt are high in protein, which is an essential nutrient for the production of collagen, a fibrous substance that keeps your skin youthful looking, according to Dr. Wu. Score more daily dairy by replacing regular sour cream with fat-free plain yogurt in recipes for salad dressings.

Related story: Is your yogurt too sugary? See how to choose a healthy one.

Apply it!
Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy that's great for sloughing away dead skin cells and unclogging pores, says Dr. Wu. She suggests using full-fat plain yogurt as a mask: Apply a thin layer to clean skin and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing. You can also whip it into a protein-rich hair mask, says Rhys. Whisk together 1/2 cup full-fat yogurt, 3 tablespoons honey, and 1 egg yolk. Apply to hair, put on a shower cap, and wait 15 minutes before rinsing and washing as usual.

Published November 2011, Prevention

Updated November 2011

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Today we had 2 meals AGAIN... :/ But they were good ones... I know that I still have to increase my energy intake if I truly want to restart on the Insanity program though!

Brunch was 2 scrambled eggs with a tomato, onion and a couple of small yellow potatoes. Had my vitamins and water.

My linner (yes, Linner!) was a bowl of wild rice and a pile of asparagus spears. Lol... I LOVE them. Had a little trail mix too after that. And yes, more water.

4. Cocoa

Eat it!
"Cocoa has a high concentration of flavanols, plant compounds with antioxidant properties that help protect skin from sun damage," says Dr. Wu. Add a tablespoon of 70% cocoa powder to a cup of BBQ sauce for richer flavor.

Apply It!
A no-cal way to get the skin care benefits of cocoa's flavanols: Use it as a bath soak, suggests Ginger McLean, spa director for the Spa at the Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania. To do, add 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, which also nourishes dry skin, and 1/3 cup instant fat-free dry milk to your tub.

Published November 2011, Prevention

Updated November 2011