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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, July 21, 2012

Today was another blessing of a day. Connected with a wonderful friend and grabbed Bito(Gramps) for a few hours to enjoy his grandchildren. Have I worked out? No, not yet... but that damn run is a coming!! I 'NEED' to get a good sweat on... and at this point, I really miss it.

Hope this weekend is a relaxing one and you all get to make a few notes on the changes that YOU want to implement in your everyday to live healthier!

Now, I share with you a bit of 'gold', as I like to refer to our products that are high quality and tend to give a slue of testimonials from people that I know and love about how they do make positive changes come about.

The American Heart Association currently recommends that all Americans consume fish, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, twice per week. This recommendation is based upon evidence that a diet high in fish is associated with improved heart health and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. While this basic incentive for increasing omega-3 intake is well-recognized, relatively less well-known are the potential mental health benefits omega-3s offer us.

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may positively influence mood, personality and behavior, according to results of several studies taking place in recent years. In 2006, a study of 106 healthy volunteers revealed that those participants who had lower blood levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids were also more likely to report mild-to-moderate symptoms of depression, and be more impulsive in their behavior. By contrast, those with higher blood levels of omega-3s were found to be more agreeable in attitude and behavior.

In addition, omega-3s have also been used in studies involving more serious degrees of depression. One such study, a double-blind, randomized controlled trial involving patients diagnosed with bipolar depression was conducted. As compared to the placebo group, significant improvement was noted in the experimental groups receiving either one or two grams of the omega-3 fatty acid known as ethyl-eicosapentaenoic acid—or EPA—through testing via the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD).

While this disorder involves no major physiological component, it can carry consequences every bit as debilitating; there is little doubt that suffering occurs as a result of its prevalence. According to CDC statistics, an estimated one in 10 adults in the U.S. currently suffers from some degree of depression—amounting to approximately 23 million Americans. Along with the estimated 76 million U.S. citizens who have hypertension, the benefits of such a widely-applicable nutrient—that offers help for both heart and mind—are appealing indeed.

Author: Sean Wells (Isotonix Blog)

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Primary Benefits of Heart Health™ Essential Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E :

  • Helps maintain normal cholesterol levels
  • Helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels
  • Helps maintain normal blood flow
  • Helps maintain normal triglyceride levels in the blood
  • Promotes overall cardiovascular health
  • Helps maintain healthy levels of C-reactive protein
  • Promotes a healthy complexion
  • Helps enhance mood
  • Promotes healthy lubrication of the eye
  • Promotes normal tear production and volume
  • Helps promote healthy blood flow to the eye
  • May help to retain low-light visual acuity

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Great day with my baby... he'll be working non-stop for the next 7 days... :/ It's on now!!!

Have you got your next week plan set for success?! Plan it this weekend and get yourself mentally ready to get on track, stay on track or get back on track!!! Either way... you will feel better when you do... ;)

As promised.. here are the other 8 from the last article shared a couple days ago:

Woman stretching How to Exercise When You're In Pain

5. Neck pain

It’s often caused by…stress, osteoarthritis, carrying a heavy bag over one shoulder, cradling a phone between your shoulder and neck, degenerative discs, and poor posture while sitting at a desk.

You should avoid…some yoga positions, such as headstands, that put pressure on your neck, running or other high-impact moves that trigger neck pain should be avoided too, says Dr. Safman.

Instead, you should try…walking, cycling, Pilates, and yoga positions that do not involve your head or neck stands.

6. Plantar fasciitis

It’s often caused by…tight calf muscles, foot-arch problems, long distance running, and sudden weight gain.

You should avoid…nothing, really, says Dr. Geier. "But if you're in pain, reduce any exercises with repetitive lower extremity impact, such as running."

Instead, you should try…the elliptical trainer or bicycle may be preferable to running, as they do not subject the foot to the same stresses, says Dr. Geier.

7. Twisted ankle

It’s often caused by… rolling or twisting your ankle in an awkward way that stretches or tears the ankle ligaments.

You should avoid…any repetitive impact (like running or jogging) should be avoided in the days after the initial injury, says Dr. Geier.

Instead, you should try… focusing on upper-body exercise or non-weight-bearing workouts such as a stationary biking or swimming. To regain range of motion, draw the letters of the alphabet with your toes, says Dr. Geier.

8. Swollen knee

It’s often caused by…a tear in the meniscus (which is a c-shaped cartilage shock absorber in the knee) or ACL tears. But, says Dr. Geier, "patellofemoral pain—pain behind the kneecap—is the most likely cause of knee pain."

You should avoid…any exercise that recreates the pain, especially impact and stress such as running, lower extremity weights, and activities where you’re jumping or changing direction. "Consider backing off of Stairmaster-type exercises," says Dr. Geier.

Instead, you should try…swimming, water aerobics, some yoga and/or Pilates if modified to avoid certain painful exercises. Also, include daily hip, thigh, and knee strengthening exercises, such as leg raises.

Published July 2012, Prevention

Updated July 2012

Stay healthy and strong bloggers!! =)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Not even kidding... hectic day... again...

No work out but minimal calorie intake... tomorrow is MY day! I've got to get out and run... even if time only permits a little 5K...

The other 4 on the list to follow tomorrow!

Stay motivated and keep striving to find a way to stay active and strong! =)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I've got some great reads to share... I do hope that you all don't mind an extra blog post! Lol...

After all, I DO have some catching up to do. ;)

Take a look see at this great article and apply it when needed...

How to Exercise When You're Hurting

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8 Most Common Injuries

“No pain, no gain” won’t work as an exercise mantra if you’re already injured. In fact, pushing yourself too hard when you’re hurting can land you at the doctor’s office (or worse). Still, aches and pains are no excuse to cut out exercise altogether—you just have to be smart about it.

To help you pick a safe—but satisfying—workout when you’re injured, we found the 8 more common injuries in women over 40, and asked Kimberly Safman, MD, board certified physiatrist at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, Calif., to help you pick a substitute.

1. Carpal tunnel syndrome

It’s often caused by…repetitive motions, such as typing or writing, gardening, needlework, and golfing; or swelling due to diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Women's smaller wrists make them three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel.

You should avoid…push-ups, plank pose, and any other exercise that involves excessive bending the wrist forward or back; racquet sports can also cause flare-ups.

Instead, you should try…chest exercises where you can keep wrists straight and protected—using machines or dumbbells. "Otherwise most exercises should be fine," says Dr. Safman. “If you play sports, make sure your equipment is the proper size and fit.”

2. Back pain

It’s often caused by…muscular strains, arthritis, soft-tissue injuries, and disc disease; or sports such as golfing, tennis, running, and bowling.

You should avoid… running, particularly downhill running, overhead lifting, the leg press machine or anything that aggravates the pain should be avoided.

Instead, you should try… walking, stretching, protected abs exercises, swimming, recumbent bike, yoga and Pilates work well, says Dr. Safman. Also, be sure to wear the appropriate shoes for your sport.

3. Shoulder pain

It’s often caused by…something called impingement, says C. David Geier, MD, director of sports medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. Impingement occurs when the space between your rotator cuff muscles and the bone on top of your shoulder narrows, pinching the tendons. Arthritis and bursitis can also cause shoulder pain.

You should avoid…repetitive overhead exercises, such as overhead presses or lifts with free weights, as well as pastimes that require similar movements. "Activities like gardening and painting, which inherently don't cause any damage, could flare up the pain if done for hours," says Dr. Geier.

Instead, you should try…front shoulder raises instead of overhead presses and lateral raises. Also temporarily eliminate sports and exercises that involve repetitive shoulder movements such as tennis and golf, says Dr. Geier.

4. Shin splints

It’s often caused by…a sudden increase in running mileage or intensity when you’re running or exercise walking.

You should avoid…running frequently, especially if you're in pain. You don't necessarily have to stop running altogether unless the symptoms are severe or getting worse, says Dr. Geier. Just cut back.

Instead, you should try…cross training combined with other forms of cardiovascular exercise, such as swimming or biking, that don’t involve repetitive impact.

Published July 2012, Prevention

Updated July 2012

Come back tomorrow for the other 4 and thank you prevention.com for the great articles that you share!!

33 days and counting... YES, I AM counting!! The big 4 0 is near and I have had an undeniable emotional couple of weeks... I tried to syke myself up for a start on Monday and it JUST did NOT work... :(

I thought that it was that maybe since I have reached an ideal wait, surpassed the size that I want to be, conquered having little to no cardio and have my hubby working at fattening me up... maybe, I am done.

Maybe I don't NEED to work out EVERYDAY and weigh in...

And then it hit me, I DON'T 'need' to work out everyday! I thrive on working out everyday!! I love feeling like I am , as a friend would put it, "telling 40 to kiss off!!" And so... with all of your constant support by bringing the 'Change For Life' blog numbers up... I WILL keep striving to eat better! I WILL get a sweat on everyday that I can!! And I WILL keep working at fueling right to respect my body and how I live!!!

After all, if I am not this? Who am I??? And what can I say that I stand for?

I am Connie that believes in the blessings that have been given to me. The one that has faith that I can ignite a fire in all of you to live well and want to make a change. By the grace of God, I am who I WANT to be! ... and look forward to YOU becoming who you want to be by living the way that you want!! Healthy, active and strong... Happy then just falls into place...

So join me in the journey to live better each and every day...

What are your goals?! Share them and see how many of us have different hurdles to jump in our every day...

Happy Tuesday! =D