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Couch to 5k is not for everyone

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Health

I know running gets such a great write up because of the amount of calories it can burn, but not everything is for every(body)! Anatomically we are not all the same our body frame is not made for every kind of exercise. Knowing what kind of body you have will help you pick the right kind of exercise for you. We all know that cardio is a great way to burn fat, but there is more than one type of cardio. We all know strength training is great for muscle tone, definition and burning calories all day long, but there are options for that as well. So my suggestion is to find a fitness professional ne... Read More...


Let Food Be Thy Medicine And Medicine Be Thy Food

Posted in Food, General, Health, Nutrition, Vitamins

Hippocrates said that way back (somewhere 431 BC). He has obviously been getting dizzy turning over in his grave as more and more centuries have passed only making our food choices and sources less than beneficial, let alone like medicine! Many of us (myself included) get into eating the same foods over and over and miss out on the variety of nutrients needed for body functions. Then there are countless diets with food restrictions that don’t make up for the nutrients that can’t be obtained without ingesting the missing food class. Vitamins and herbs can be a good source to pick up... Read More...


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...



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