List #2 Fitness Gift Giving Guide

Apple in red tape

There are essentials that every person should have, whether just starting out or a veteran. Here are just a few of those essentials:

  1. Stability ball
  2. Resistance band
  3. Ab wheel
  4. light dummbells
  5. Workout video
  6. Heart rate monitor
  7. Subscription to Health and Fitness
  8. A healthy cooking cookbook
  9. Whey Protein- it can be expensive and sometimes people don’t take it because of the cost, so gift it 🙂
  10. 72%  (or more) Dark Chocolate
  11. Gym membership

Making a list #1

So I decide for December, I would make lists of various things so here’s #1.

These past 7 years have definitely been a journey.  It seems like a different lifetime, a  totally different person.  It has been a  learning period, a reinvention if you will.  Here are 8 things I have learned:

  1. I am WAY stronger than I ever thought I was (mentally and physically)
  2. I CAN do anything that I put my mind to.
  3. NEVER say never!  -(Justin Bieber is right!)
  4. Once getting out of my own head-  my body is capable of doing WAY more than my head says it can.
  5. People are watching – what you do really has impact on people whether they tell you so or not.  It could be your kids, parents, friends or acquaintances… you live healthy  and it WILL impact someone in a positive way.
  6. DO NOT give up!
  7. Ask for help!
  8. Give help- since starting my blog and helping people I have realized that in fact it’s my readers that are helping me!
Have a great week and remember, fit and healthy is a lifestyle. It’s a learning process not only about how to live, but how to make a better you, inside and out.  I am still learning and changing every day.





Giving Thanks

Since Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, I just wanted to take this time to give thanks for all my readers.  I am so very    grateful for you all and appreciate your love, support, and faith in me!  I wanted to start this blog to help people and encourage them,  but in turn my readers have done the same for me!

I hope you all have a VERY wonderful Thanksgiving and remember celebrating does not mean you can’t eat and be healthy also!


Fitness Failure

Fitness failure.  Surveys have shown that more than half of all new exercisers quit their program within the first six months.  With the holidays coming up the failure rate is even greater!

Adopt the following methods to avoid fitness failure:

  • set a series of realistic short-term goals
  • include exercise and diet variety
  • workout with a partner
  • develop a backup plan
  • don’t “celebrate” with food. YOU ARE NOT A DOG food is NOT A TREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I like to workout alone and a lot of people do but  a “fitness” buddy it’s a great idea especially during the holidays.  Just someone you can check in with every week  to hold you accountable and talk you down from the junk food ledge.

The other thing to remember is just because it’s the holiday’s does not give you a free pass to be totally and utterly glutenous!  Remember your health!  Once you use that excuse it becomes easier and easier to use that excuse and before you know it the holiday devil on your shoulder has won and you have gained 10 pounds :0

And remember DO NOT SKIP WORKOUTS during the holidays!

OH and for goodness sake DO NOT say “it’s the holidays and I will make it my News Years resolution to take it off!”


Fitness Gimmicks

Fitness gimmicks seem to be everywhere. Everyone wants a quick fix, and an easy way out.

Ironicly, the other day I was working out and happened to be doing abs when this commercial comes on-  Tummy Tuck Belt.   You just put on this cream, wear the belt for like 10 minutes and while you read or relax, and your belly is  slimming down?!?!?! WTF.  I am amazed! This is what their web site says:

  • No added exercise or diet needed
  • Simply follow the 10 Minute Tummy Tuck Method
  • Gradually melts away belly fat, even without significant weight loss

OMG and who is buying this crap?  REALLY?

This isn’t the only B.S weight loss / workout crap I have seen.  I cannot believe how much there is, and people are actually buying it!

Let me break this to you:  There is no such thing as easy weight loss.  IF (and it’s a big “IF”) you do happen to loose weight by any of these rediculous methods, you WILL gain it back.

Part of the magic in loosing weight the hard way is your learned lessons, your earned your weight loss, you and you alone have made yourself and your body better!


You can not live off a liquid diet, or eat cabbage forever, or go carb-less for the rest of your life.  There is no such thing as wearing a belt and cream and getting a six pack, or holding a little bar in your hand and getting awesome arms.   And while I am not here to judge those who have had gastric bypasses or lap-bands, even them, unless learning how and why they got to where they got will gain the weight back.  If it were easy, there would be no obese or overweight people.  Nothing in life worth having is ever achieved without effort.  Is marriage easy?  Is raising kids easy?  Is work easy?  I can go on but I think you get the point.  It’s not easy but it is worth it!