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We all have dreams and aspirations right. You were created in the image of God with a creative mind. You have probably already done many things that seemed overwhelming at the onset and now maybe you look back and can say “it wasn’t as hard as you made it in your mind” or “it was and you worked your way through!”.  Either way you had to start with a thought and than take a first step. Living a healthy lifestyle will work the same way, start with something you know you could be doing that will coincide with the end result you want.  I know this, if you don’... Read More...


New You: Get Moving!

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Join Darla and get moving! A little more physical activity each day is a great start and will make a big difference. You will eventually work your way up…you have to start somewhere, right?  Be encouraged today to take that first step in a new direction or adding more movement to your daily routine. You can do it!

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Believe You Can, and you are half way there!

Posted in Fitness

That is what the sign says when you are halfway up the stairs going into my studio. This is where it all begins my friend, your belief system. What do you believe about yourself? If you have already decided you can’t, then you probably won’t! If you have been unhappy with the way your body and you want to see it be different, you must start with what you see in your mind. Like a home renovation project, tear out the old and put in the new! This home project is going to take some planning and some sweat equity, but it will be worth it. If you need a little encouragement check out my... Read More...


Gardener’s Friend

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, General, Health

I have a few friends that are really avid gardeners. They love to be out there and time flies by for them while they work away in their gardens. You can really appreciate the hard work that goes into a beautiful garden and if you garden at all you know it is work indeed! Depending on the tasks you wish to accomplish in your yard the calorie burn can be pretty significant in an hour. Weeding and planting flowers, mowing the lawn and the bigger jobs of hauling dirt or stone can burn from 150-450 calories in an hour….hmmm that makes me like it a little more!

If you are someone who lo... Read More...


SMILE

Posted in Books, Exercise, Fitness, General, Health

Just think for a minute about how you feel when you smile, or how you feel when someone smiles at you. It is important to realize that our good health is not just genetics, chance, the latest virus or even good habits! Here are 7 good reasons to smile. I took this information from the United Concordia Dental website and summarized it for a quick view. After all, it doesn’t take that long to smile!

1 Improves mood and increases positive thoughts.

2. Lowers blood pressure.

3. Stress Relief: even if you are not “feeling happy” it has psychological and physic... Read More...


Them bones, them bones

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Health, Nutrition, Vitamins

Many of us spend a lot of time and money to take care of our appearance. That is not a bad thing! I know when I was a teenager the things that mattered most, that zit on my nose and how to get rid of it! Now that I’m in my fifties I am more focused on things you can’t see, one of those things is my bones. Women are more prone to Osteoporosis than men, but everyone should be taking care of their bones. Advanced Osteoporosis can have serious and devastating effects. So let’s do what we can to prevent it.

First we can exercise, most of us have heard this before, strength ... Read More...


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...



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Karen from Pen Argyl, PA
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