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Put on your 3D glasses and get in the best shape of your life

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, General, Health

Time to put on your 3D glasses to reach for success.

1: Decision: Everything you do starts in your mind first. Make the decision that you are going to start today. You have to see yourself doing it. Don’t focus on what you feel like, or how you have failed in the past. Yesterday is dead and gone, but today is a new beginning.

2: Determination: Pick a place, pick a mode, pick a trainer (like me), pick a time and the day….no time like the present. Remember to be realistic and use caution if you are just getting started. Train smart then hard.  There are so many options... Read More...


String on your finger

Posted in Fitness, General

Years ago we used to say “tie a string around your finger” as a reminder of what you need to do, so you don’t forget. Today, I am the string on your finger. I am reminding you to take the necessary steps regarding the decision you may have made after reading my last blog! We need accountability partners so we can reach our full potential. I’m here to hold you to your commitment! Any little step in the right direction is still considered progress. Let’s GO!~... Read More...


On your mark, get set go!

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Food, General, Health, Nutrition

Every day is a new start to the rest of the best of your life. What is it you have always wanted to do? What is it you know you need to stop because it’s an obstacle to what you really want? Take a few moments and reflect on your life, what will happen if you just keep doing what you are doing now. You are driving…you can make the turn any time!

It could be anything from increasing the healthy foods and decreasing the junk, drinking more water. It could be about getting the education you will need to make the change in your career to something more meaningful or satisfying. ... Read More...


Priorities

Posted in General

We all base our priorities on what we believe is most valuable. Our spouse and children usually ranking way up there, then maybe our career. Next possibly our housekeeping, gardening or other hobbies (is housekeeping a hobby?). Without energy and a healthy body it is hard or impossible to take care of the people we love and do the things we love. Most people have to work and work can consume a lot of hours in a day, sleep is also a necessity, and then that leaves other required commitments with children or pets and you may feel you don’t have time for working out. I can see, when I meet ... Read More...


“cholesterol” from Tom Valentine, Facts on Fats and oils

Posted in Books, Food, General, Health, Nutrition, Vitamins

I’m going to share this as it is written from my “Nourishing Traditions” cookbook loaded with informative and interesting facts.  “Cholesterol is especially important to our brains. That’s right, today’s “most hated” substance is essential to the human brain function. In fact, infants need a constant supply cholesterol during brain development, which is why mother’s breast milk is so high in it. Modern science tripped over itself somehow when it names cholesterol the bugaboo of heart disease. Nature doesn’t make that kind of mistake-... Read More...


Don’t neglect to stretch

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Food, General, Health

When I was younger all I cared about was burning calories and weight control. Aging has taught me many things about priorities. Now my goal is first to feel good. Instead of eating to maintain weight, my number one objective is to eat to maintain optimal health. I don’t believe any one diet can give you that, I believe you have to learn your body language and use good sense and moderation. Every diet should include a little non-essential enjoyment food or drink in small percentages, that is mostly for mental health! Stretching was often the part of my program that I cut out or cut short ... Read More...


Skin Care

Posted in Books, Food, General, Health, Nutrition, Vitamins

It is the time of year when many people have extra dry skin. I am a firm believer in “we heal from the inside out”, but while you are in that process you may need to choose something topical. I am always for as natural as you can be and avoiding medicines that have side effects and toxic chemicals, if possible. I am going to share information from an article from Dr. Mercola’s web-site,  you can also look into this further on your own. For topical use he recommended Pure Emu Oil, coconut Oil and a Body Butter I believe you can purchase through his web-site. There is controve... Read More...


Body Composition

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Food, General

Body composition and body weight have different value. A person could be thin but still have an unhealthy amount of fat because they don’t have a good percentage of muscle.  Muscle is healthy tissue.  Using resistance training is a great way to build muscle mass. There are numerous exercises that can be done to create resistance and muscle hypertrophy.  Push-ups are a great exercise because you don’t need any extra equipment, you don’t need a lot of room and they are not noisy if you live in an apartment or condo. There are many types of push-ups and if you are new to usin... Read More...


Benefits of a well balanced life

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Food, General, Health, Nutrition

The benefits of eating well and exercising regularly and getting rest far outweigh the alternatives.  If we are burning our candle at both ends, eating on the go and never getting enough restful sleep, eventually we are going to crash and burn.  Quality proteins, I believe best from animal sources, fresh cooked and raw vegetables, minimally processed whole grains, good water, fresh fruit in season and good fats, including butter can make for a healthy body that can give you a life with energy.  Not leaving out how important exercise is, cardio, resistance training and stretching and their b... Read More...


September 1, 2015

Posted in Fitness, General, Health

I can’t believe it is September already, 3/4 of another year like a flash.  Just an important reminder that life is so precious. I have 4 wonderful sons and a beautiful daughter in law. I have a terrific husband and he also has great children and grandchildren.  I have already eaten some good for me food today. I have a car a home and exercise stuff. So much time can be wasted on the “have nots”. I heard a story from my client yesterday that made me realize I still need to work on my “attitude of gratitude”. She told me of a man who had a physically demanding jo... Read More...



“Darla’s uplifting attitude is extremely refreshing and her words of encouragement are given often and greatly appreciated! When working with Darla, you can’t help but want to do your best. Her extensive knowledge of physical fitness allows her to personalize your exercise. Most importantly, Darla provides exercises and valuable nutritional information to keep you healthy the rest of your life!”... Read More...

Karen from Pen Argyl, PA
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