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go small or stay home

When I first started getting serious about exercise I worked out everyday, as much as I could find time for. When I began to see changes in my body I was hooked. But eventually this changes slowed and I hit a plateau. I tried everything I could think of; new exercises, more intensity, longer stretching: what could be the problem? I had read something about the importance of rest but…

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a moment of grace

There is only one certainty in life and that is that it comes to an end. Each of us will have a final day. Before that day comes we will see loved ones and cherished friends go. This is not a fact I like to spend a lot of time thinking about but it remains true none the less. They say these things come in threes but lately around me…

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easy and impressive: spring rolls!

I love a spring roll. They are healthy, delicious and when you make them yourself you can impress all your friends. I love when food network folks say that, because Im not often having large gatherings of friends Im dying to impress with myculinaryskills. Most often its just me, my husband and my Lola. But maybe you do have these gatherings I digress. A spring roll is a Vietnamese appetizer….

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confessions of a former fatty

Disclaimer: The following contains a series of admissions that would probably have been extremely embarrassing to me at any other time in my life. However I now find myself at this refreshing stage where I feel compelled to be completely honest about who I am, have been and want to be. I wish I could say with 100% conviction that I dont care what anyone thinks of me, but I…

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protein bars

Insimplestterms possible: If you want to be healthier, fitter and lose weight the best thing you can do is lose fat and gain muscle. To gain muscle you have to exercise. When you exercise your muscles get tiny tears in them. When the muscle repairs itself it grows. Protein aids the body in muscle repair and growth. This is part of the reason why many people advocate a high protein,…

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don’t cheat yourself

Cheat days are a common part of most diet plans. You eat a particular way until the weekend, or just Saturday afternoon and you then eat whatever you have been missing. I have a couple of problems with this. 1) For me, when I tried cheat days, I would think all week about what I wanted on this day and go crazy. The whole idea of changing your lifestyle is…

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ribbons not numbers

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Quick tip. I think its really important to have accurate before info. Lots of people dont take their measurements or weight when they start a weight loss program due to not wanting to face the numbers. So screw the numbers. They mess with my head too. I just use a ribbon instead of a tape measure. Mark your neck, bust, waist, hips, thigh and arm measurements on it, and keep…

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healthy eating: now a psychiatric diagnosis?

My friend sent me a link to this article the other day and it cracked me up. Its about the new psychiatric disorder named for people who (gasp) avoid sugar, salt, pesticides and dyes. WHAT?! Im sorry. Didnt mean to caps yell at you. Heres the truth. Once you start to make healthy changes in your life, suddenly the people around you become self consciousabout theirbad choices, whatever they may…

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the problem with a diet

Ready to take on a new diet? You read about it, the (insert any diet youve ever read about here) plan. Its great, you lose weight like crazy and you just cut out (insert a wide variety of evils) and youre all set. Im gonna do starting on Monday, thats why Ive got to eat this cake today. First of all, why anyone feels the need to stock up on…

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take it outside

Its summertime! And if youre like me you are sick and tired of being cooped up indoors with all the snow we had this winter. So take your booty out of the gym and do something different. It will keep you motivated and maybe youll have some fun. Here are some ideas to get you started. Play with your kids at the park. (I do silly stuff my daughter thinks…

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