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The way I see it, the time is NOW... for change to come & happiness, health & strength to be found. As of 2012, this has only changed in the way that I have stumbled upon an amazing at home business venture that has given me the avenue to ACTUALLY help transform peoples lives. Funny thing is, that's been my goal all along. So now I not only share who I am here but what I do. The fact is that anyone of you can actually find your happiness & success thru allowing the right connections to occur in your life. If you are on my blog... you made it here because you are looking to shift, strive, smile &/or change. Well now, I can help guide you to do any & all of the above thru personal motivation, life changing products with an outstanding reputation & LONG list of testimonials, substantial savings with our shopping annuity & incredible business opportunities to actually call your own... While never having to leave the security of your current J O B! Never be afraid to give something you know nothing about a chance; at least to hear about it. Then you can make an educated decision to pass it up not an ignorant one. The opportunities exist.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Got out for a whole 3.20 miles... Lol... (I WaS hoping for a longer run) But my running partner is still adjusting. So, patience IS a virtue and I LoVe running with my 21 yr old daughter!!! =)

Had a protein shake after the run and now I am abt to have some wild rice w/steamed asparagus for lunch along with my vitamins. Maybe I can throw in some pinto beans... And dinner is yet to be figured out.

Next week looking to finally make the whole thing come together incorporating Insanity/Body For Life Weight Training/Yoga/TaeBo/Running thing!!! LmBo!!! Let's see how it goes...

And now, a 10 Day article post on some more helpful tips. Have an energetic weekend bloggers!!! =) :

10 Reasons Your Ab Exercises Aren't Working

If you're struggling to see your six pack, you could be making one of these mistakes.

10 Reasons You aren't Getting the Abs You Want

10 Reasons You aren't Getting the Abs You Want

As the weather warms, we’re all forced to do that same rather scary thing: unearth the bathing suit and take a good, hard look in the mirror. I did it just last week and was relieved to see that my job as fitness editor at Prevention had kept my abs from going too far south. Still, given all the hours I clock at the gym, I wouldn’t mind seeing a little more definition. That’s when I realized I needed to fine-tune my game. If you’ve been putting in the effort and still don’t have the abs you’re after, take heart, you’re not alone. Here are 10 slipups that mess with your six pack abs—plus expert fixes and ab exercises to get you back on track.

Published March 2012, Prevention

Updated March 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Alright... that's what I'm talking about!!! Got a kick butt TaeBo work out in already AND had an egg with a potato for breakfast with a vitamin AND 2 servings of water! :D It feels good to be on my way back... Also had my protein shake for lunch and looking to have a light dinner and a fruit or two for a snack through out the rest of my day.

Looking to get out for another run tomorrow... rain or shine... maybe tack on another mile or two from yesterdays 3 miler. And then take up the Insanity on Monday where I left off last week. Lots of good plans... lets see if I can conquer them all. Have a great weekend and make the most out of your everyday all!! ;)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Got out for a little 3 mile run and it went fantastic! Pushed a stroller with my 4yr old in it and it was in the middle of the days heat but sub 10 min. miles! Very pleased... can't wait to go out again real soon.

Had my protein shake for lunch and pinto beans and rice for dinner w/lots of water. Definitely going to hit my trail mix too in a bit... Lol...

Hope that you enjoy this latest article: =)

Bioidentical Hormone Physicians Report 2012 Food Trends

Balanced hormones with the help of nutrition and fitness are IN! As 2012 unfolds, so do trends in popular culture, fashion, and yes even, natural bioidentical hormones and food! Ageology reported the trend in bioidentical hormone therapy and now comes food trends.

Last year, gluten-free was all the rage, and consumers couldn’t walk into Whole Foods without seeing or hearing about “overnight oats” and “ancient grains”. So what’s hot for 2012? FitSugar and Ageology weigh in on the food trends and nutritional benefits you need to know about:

Coconut Milk: This dairy-free, gluten-free alternative is looking better and better with recent studies calling thebenefits of soy into question. It contains many vitamins and minerals, not to mention electrolytes. If you’re looking to ease into coconut milk, try it in a smoothie, over cereal, in coffee, or if you’re ready to make the jump, try it on its own. You might just be surprised to find coconut milk on the shelves of your local grocery store.

Blended Vegetable and Fruit Smoothies: Juicing is a great way to get the vitamins and nutrients that the body needs. Many studies touch on the essential need for more fruits and vegetables (often recommending up to 12-15 fruits and vegetables per day). Our Ageology anti-aging physicians recommend leaving the fiber in the mix! Fiber is known to decrease heart disease, colon cancer, constipation and increases weight loss! A Vita-mix blender off of your favorite e-Bay site or the Ninja 1100 will pulverize those fruits and vegetables leaving a smooth, healthy, vitamin-packed sweet refreshing drink to get your energy going and your health underway.

Chia Seed: Flax was so 2011, this year it’s all about the chia seed! Yes, we’re talking about the same little seeds used to grow chia pets. The benefits of chia seeds might surprise you. This little superfood is high in protein, fiber, calcium, antioxidants and omega-3s. Not to mention they’re easily digestible and provide a great boost of energy. Chia seeds are a tasty topping for yogurt or salad. You can even pop them into muffins or even pancake mix.

Dr. Oz and Oprah agree, naming Chia seeds as the top 5 supplements you need to have in your cabinet. He recommends Chia Seeds for weight reduction, especially after our metabolism begins to slow. He recommends taking 15 grams per day of chia seeds as a fiber source, grains and omega 3.

Bioidentical hormone therapy is not the sole silver bullet to healthy aging, it starts with balanced nutrition, fitness and hormones.

I'm going for a run!!! Well, it's the first time in quite a while... so it might be more of a jog. Lol... But I am stoked about getting some miles in today!!!! I am also getting out in 80 degree weather... :/ AnD pushing the stroller... Ha!!! Little luck my way please!!! I think, I'm going to need it!!! o_O

Had my vitamins and some scrambled eggs with potatoes this morning and two full water bottles... I will add a comment on in the evening w/lunch, snack and dinner fuel... as well as how the run went... ;)

... really wish I could link my blog up to my Nike plus app... ?

Oh, AND I will be posting another tid bit of health and fitness info!!! Watch for it!!! =)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Guess we're taking some time off the work outs... no go today. Got lots to do and maybe I'll get to running in the rain in the next few days... wash away my souls sorrows.

Trail mix for breakfast. Lots of water... my vitamins w/lunch... which was wild rice w/grilled chicken, steamed asparagus and an avocado. YES! The whole thing!!! Lol...

Tomorrow WiLL be a better day. Thank you Jen Z!!! ... for an amazing facial, relaxing pedi AND priceless friendship.

Make change happen from within yourself!!! From the inside out and mentally and spiritually as well as physically... ;)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Found this interesting article and thought I would share it. I will be on later to post my energy consumed for the day and the exercise done... But for now, make it an amazing day fellow bloggers!! ;)

5 Exercises You Should Never Do

Do You Avoid These Danger Zones?

-- By Dean Anderson, Fitness Expert

Most people believe that all exercises are good, safe and effective. After all, it's all exercise, and that has to count for something, doesn't it?

The truth is that some of the machines in gyms aren't safe at all (especially for people who have common muscle, joint, and health problems). Certain exercises require a bit more know-how than the average person possesses. And other exercises are downright wastes of your time.

But before we examine some of the most controversial exercises, I want to make it clear that every exercise on this list isn't always unsafe or ineffective for everyone. What you should do—or avoid—depends on your goals, fitness level, health history, workout schedule, and other personal issues. An article like this can't replace your own efforts to identify your goals and needs. That requires you to do some research on your own, talk to your medical professional about any pain or physical limitations you have, and learn how to exercise with proper form and technique.

So what makes an exercise risky? Here are a few red flags to look out for:
  • Any unusual or “unnatural” movement pattern in the exercise
  • Any movement that causes pain or discomfort in any way
  • Any movement that enhances muscular imbalances that are already present
  • Any movement that requires joint flexibility that is above and beyond your range of motion
  • Any exercise with risks of injury that outweigh the potential benefit of the exercise itself
That said, the following exercises pose high risks and are generally considered contraindicated (if not controversial) by reputable fitness organizations and experts.

Think Twice Before Trying These 5 Moves

1. Behind-the-Head Lat Pulldowns
In the “old days,” people were actually taught to pull the bar behind their heads when doing a lat pulldown exercise—and many people still do that today. Bad idea. The problem? Only people with extremely flexible shoulder joints can do this behind-the-head movement safely, and even they have to be very careful about not hitting the back of their necks with the bar. In addition, almost anyone who spends their days deskbound is likely to have rounded shoulders or poor posture—a symptom of poor shoulder flexibility (among other things), making this exercise a no-no.

The Alternative: You can still work your lats without the risk of behind-the-head pulldowns by pulling the bar down in front of you. Sit with your spine straight, abs pulled in, and then lean your torso back slightly, keeping your spine straight. Pull the bar down towards your chest, but not below your collar bone.

2. Squats or Leg Presses with Deep Knee Bends
Whether you’re doing basic squats on your own or using a leg press machine, it can be very dangerous to bend your knees too deeply. The Problem? When your knees bend too deeply, your spine cannot maintain proper alignment. When that happens, the pelvis tilts and the lower back begins to take over, increasing the risk of strain to your lower back muscles or damage to spinal discs. In addition, bending your knees too deeply can injure or damage your knees, especially if you have knee problems.

The Alternatives: Squats and leg presses are generally safe and effective when done properly. But you should never bend your knees or hips more than 90 degrees during these exercises. Here's an example of proper form when doing a leg press machine, but this can apply to squats with a barbell, and the sled machine, too.

3. Seated Leg Extensions
This is a very popular exercise for targeting the muscles on the front of your thighs (quadriceps). The Problem? This exercise poses major risks to the knees. Lifting heavy weights in this position (with all the resistance focused at your ankles), is not what the knee was designed to do. If you have any kind of knee problem, or use a too much resistance during this exercise, you can easily run into big trouble.

The Alternatives: Simple squats and lunges, with or without added weight, will work your thigh muscles naturally, safely and effectively. If you want to expand on these exercises (to develop explosive force for sports like soccer, basketball, or volleyball, for example), try sport-specific plyometrics. If you can’t do lunges and squats because you lack the leg strength, start with simple ball squats ormodified "mini" lunges, and only lower yourself part way, gradually increasing your range of motion as you get stronger.

4. Inner and Outer Thigh Machine Exercises
These machines are pretty popular in most gyms. Both involve sitting with your knees bent in front of you. The adduction machine is designed to target the muscles of the inner thighs, and the abduction machine helps target the outer thigh muscles. The Problem? Using your inner and outer thighs to lift weight while in a seated position puts you at risk of straining these relatively small muscles and aggravating lower back and hip problems. In addition, your inner and outer thigh muscles are designed to support movement, not to be prime movers like they are in these types of exercises.

The Alternatives: The best way to target these muscles safely is with body weight exercises, such as standing adduction, standing abduction, lying adduction and abduction exercises, Pilates exercises, or similar movements that use resistance bands or the cable cross machines. Always start with a weight you know you can handle, and add resistance gradually.

5. Upright Rows
In this exercise, you stand holding a barbell or weight in the center, with hands close together, and bring your hands up under your chin. The Problem? Upright rows are controversial because the movement can compress the nerves in the shoulder area, impinging the shoulder.

The Alternatives: Instead of standing to perform an upright row, try bent-over rows, bending forward 90 degrees at the hip, holding weight down beneath your shoulders with hands slightly more than shoulder width apart, then lift weight straight up towards your chest until elbows and shoulders form a straight line. You can also try front or lateral shoulder raises, using a modest weight, so that you don’t need to lean back or use momentum for assistance.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Diet has been so so... for the last three days... and opted for being more of a mom than much of an athlete. Friday we spent 4 and 1/2 hours at a track meet and witnessed my baby win THREE gold medals!!! Saturday we had 2 hours of basketball and another hour of a pizza party and watched another baby get her second basketball trophy!! Sunday I've just been bumbin' with all of my bebes AnD even took a long nap with my almost 4 year old baby. PriCeLeSS!!!!! So, NO work outs...

Actually... I'm ReaLLy missing my running... so, I am going to HaVe to figure out how to incorporate it back into my life... stay tuned for more chaos. Lol...