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Your Weekend Workout..Tabata style!!!


  • Perform the drill all out for 20 seconds then rest for 10 seconds.
  • You will have 2 exercises per drill. Repeat exercises 4 times for a 4 minute drill.
  • In Drill 1 you will perform Alternating Reverse Lunges for 20 seconds, rest for 10 then perform Mountain Climbers for 20 seconds and rest for 10.  Repeat the drill for a total of 4 times.
  • Rest 1 minute between drills then go on to the next drill.
  • There is a free app called Tabata Timer which you can use on your smart phone if you like.


Drill 1: Alternating Reverse Lunges & Mountain Climbers

Drill 2: Bicycle Crunches & Push-ups

Drill 3: Squats & Hold Plank

Drill 4: Jump Squats & Spiderman Push-ups


Nice job!!!! Woohoot!!!!!


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NUT-ritious Benefits of Nuts

NUT-ritious Benefits of Nuts Organic Mixed Nuts (Raw, No Shell)

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy snack, nuts are the perfect option. Nuts contain the perfect amount of vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, and fiber plant sterols. For a bite size food, they contain a powerful nutritional punch.

Nuts are known for their many health benefits. A study assessed the health risks involving 13,000 people. The study concluded that those who ate nuts fared better off than those that didn’t. They had a decrease in BMI and waist circumference, lower weight, blood pressure, and the likelihood of many metabolic syndromes decreased. Many nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, and even cashews improve the vascular system as well. They promote proper blood flow and normal cardiac functions.

Nuts also combat the effects of some mental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and Schizophrenia. The contents of the omega-3 fatty acids combat these disorders, as well as help with rheumatoid arthritis.

Despite the many benefits, you should consume with caution. Nuts are a common allergenic substance, and being the allergic to one nut isn’t the same as being allergic to another. As long as you know what your body can and cannot consume, nuts are a wonderful healthy snack and can greatly improve your health!


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Why Weight Lift?

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Lifting weights helps shed off pounds, but it keeps the weight off too. You burn calories during strength training, and your body continues to burn calories even after. More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, and strength training can boost your metabolism by 15%.

Lifting weights can even can help strengthen your bones. By putting the stress on your bones, you build up the bone density, ultimately preventing osteoporosis and other related bone diseases.

Strength training is also called resistance training because it involves firming up and toning your muscles by contracting them against a resisting force. Your balance and coordination will improve, as will your posture. More significantly, if you have poor flexibility and balance, strength training can reduce your risk of falling by as much as 40%, a vital benefit, particularly as you get older.

Strength training will even elevate your level of endorphins which will make you feel great. It is also a

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Improve Athletic Performance with Hypnosis

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While hypnosis has mainly had a medical or therapeutic application, its use in sports is not new. For more than fifty years it has been commonly used and is credited for attainment of numerous medals at the Olympic games. Olympic athlete Mary Lou Retton used sports hypnosis to help bring a gold, and many other medals, home to the United States. She would visualize her performance and convince her mind that she could achieve the idea in her head. Her brain trained her body to believe she could achieve a perfect routine. The Russian gymnastic team has been bring hypnotherapists to the Olympic games for years. Any athlete can use this technique to improve their game. Boxer Kevin McBride is known for beating Mike Tyson in a championship fight. The boxer used hypnosis to uncover his full potential. Sport hypnosis helps athletes channel more of their brain power when they play. Using mental rehearsal in your athletic performance is a powerful psychological tool that allows you to take what you would most like to do and turn it into what you will most likely do.


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My 10 Bathing Suit Ready Tips

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1)                  Visualize yourself slim. This creates a road map in your subconscious which govern our habits and behavioral patterns.  Visualization can help to fire neurotransmitters throughout your body to make the feat possible.  Spend a few minutes every day to creating your ideal body image. See yourself slim, healthy and fit.

2)                  Make water your beverage of choice.  Drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day. Eliminate soda and juices.  Juices are high in calories. Eat your fruit, don’t drink it! Eating your fruit takes more time and you’ll get fiber benefits, which also help to fill you.

3)                  Weigh yourself daily. Yes daily!!  It keeps you focused on you weight goal. Knowing that eating that slice of pizza or brownie might just send the numbers in the opposite direction will help you stay on track.

4)                  Keep a food and exercise journal. It keeps you accountable. Log everything you eating and drink. Enter the time and how you are feeling. Since emotions play a huge role in what we eat and how much, by identifying your triggers you can begin to make better choices.

5)                  Add half hour of exercise 6 days per week.  Get up early, power walk at lunch, take a fitness class, ride your bike, go for a jog… no excuses, just do it!!! And you will feel better as exercise kicks up endorphin, the feel good chemicals.

6)                  Have a large breakfast, high in lean protein. Add fruit and veggies.

7)                  Add 2 large salad with vinegar and little olive oil.  Go easy on the oil as it is high in calories and fat, but it is a necessary and healthy part of any nutrition program.

8)                  Try spacing out your meals.  Have 5 or 6 small balanced meals spaced 3 hrs. apart.  You will eliminate overeating and hunger pangs.  Sit down while you are eating and focus on eating. Shut off the TV, close the book, don’t read the mail. Distractions can lead to overeating.

9)                  Exercise!! Find activities you like and make the time.  30- 40 minutes per day of combination of strength training and cardio.

10)              Get plenty of rest.  Try to sleep 7-8 hours every night.  You will feel better and have more control at the dinner table.  Taking a cat nap in the afternoon works wonders!!!


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Winter Crops

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Winter yields crops of delicious vegetables that cost less than those in the supermarket. However, you must plant accordingly to avoid the freezing points that will ruin your garden. If you have a late maturing crop, it’ll take roughly 90 days to grow; a mid season crop would take 60; and an early maturing crop would take 30 days.

Cauliflower- May be grown and harvested all year, however is best in the fall through spring months

Sprouting Broccoli- Can be grown year round, but like most calciferous vegetables, it tastes best in cool weather

Parsnips- They look like a white carrot and have a nutty taste

Celery- It’s best in the fall with harvest continuing through winter and the warmer weather

Brussels Sprouts- They grow on a stalk and will last longer compared to when the stalk is cut


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Reasons to Quit Smoking

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Smoking is one of the leading causes in preventable diseases and deaths, though nearly 480,000 deaths occur every year every year (equivalent to 1 in every 5 deaths.) It is estimated that nearly 40 million adults in the United States alone currently smoke cigarettes though. The reasons to quit smoking are endless; immediate results include whiter teeth, lower blood pressure, and everyday activities become much easier (such as climbing stairs.) However, the long term effects are reasons enough to quit.

One reason to quit is that smoking is expensive. Multiply the amount you spend for cigarettes a day by 365. That is how much you spend for cigarettes a year. Multiply that by the amount of years you’ve been smoking, and that’s the amount you’ve spent so far on smoking. After several years of smoking, you have to add the medical costs to this. You’d be surprised at how expensive it will become.

The health benefits of quitting smoking are far greater than any risks from the emotional or psychological problems that may follow quitting. You have people you can turn to in times of need, and they’ll always be happy to help.

  • Smoking shortens a person’s life by nearly 12 years.
  • Smoking accounts for about 30% of all cancer deaths in the United States
    • Smoking is a risk factor in cancers of the mouth, voice box, throat, kidney, liver, and many more
  • Smoking leads to COPD, which makes it hard for the person to breath, even at rest. In later stages, the person may gasp for breath, feeling as though they are drowning.
  • Smoking also causes premature skin aging, decrease of sense of smell and taste, lower bone density, frequent headaches, and many more.

The reasons to quit smoking are endless; but the major reason is your loved ones. You need to set an example for your friends and family. Most smokers say they don’t want their children to smoke, though children of smokers are more likely to smoke. Loved ones want to see you in a better condition, and they’d be happy to help you on you journey.