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Welcome to our new health and wellness blog.  Our goal is to inform all of our visitors of the benefits that proper nutrition, cleansing and fitness can have on your quality of life.  Along the way we’ll also share our thoughts about how you can improve your financial wellness through effective use of social media and leadership skills.  We recognize that as individuals we always need to be growing which is why learning is so very important.  We hope you find this blog as a valuable resource for engaging in your learning.

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The holidays are fast approaching so what will that mean for your waistline?

You’ve made it past Thanksgiving but now the Christmas and New Years holidays are right around the corner. This time of year comes with many parties where there is never a shortage of food and drink. For many, it can be hectic as an internal fight ensues between your mouth that wants to taste all the goodies and your mind that doesn’t want to forget about your commitment to health and fitness. Which way do you go?

Has your weight loss stopped? The reason may shock you.

9275999235_51b9c54939In reading through all the blogs we monitor and Facebook groups, rarely does a week go by when someone posts how incredibly frustrated they are because they have stopped losing weight.  After hearing the specifics of what they are eating, it’s easy to see that their caloric intake is extremely low.  When this happens, the body can very quickly go into starvation mode.  Although there is much debate as to whether this is fact or fiction, I personally experienced this situation ten days into a cleanse and weight loss program.

For the first ten days I was dropping on average a pound a day but then it all stopped  No more weight loss over the next three days.  I immediately started doing some research and reached out to my social networks for help.  In many cases, I heard very supportive responses like “Don’t look at the scale”, “Keep at it – be strong”, and “It’s the lost inches that matters”.  Then one person asked me, how many calories are you taking in a day?   Hmmmm….hadn’t really thought about that.  I was following my weight loss program for two of my meals each day and then assuming they healthy lunch I was providing was sufficient.  However, based upon USDA guidelines for my age and activity level I should have been taking in 2,600 calories a day.  However, my math showed less than 1,000 calories a day.  My new friend suggested something mind blowing to me, “EAT MORE”.  My analytical mind could not rationalize how taking in more food could lead to continued weight loss. Continue reading

No more excuses to fitness with this 7 minute scientifically-proven workout

Whenever I talk to people who reluctantly admit they don’t exercise, the number one excuse I hear is they don’t have time.  Very understandable in today’s hectic world we all live in where our days are consumed with work, family, friends and the couch.  Going to the gym, doing some cardio, then weights, showering and a drive home can easily eat up a couple hours of your day.  Who has time for that 3 – 4 times a week?  Well for those that really are restricted by time, there is a new option for you.  The American College of Sports Medicine recently published a paper that describes a seven minute exercise program that is scientifically proven to provide many of the fitness benefits you get from a prolonged endurance training session.   You also be happy to know that all you need is your body, a chair and a flat wall.  This makes this routine especially beneficial for those who travel or do not have the financial means for that home exercise room or to join a gym. Continue reading

Are you tired of the “diet” stigma?

10-12-2013 5-03-45 PMThere you are, out to dinner with friends, they all order just about everything from the menu.  Your level of anxiety is rising as the waiter makes his way around to you.  Finally, it’s your turn – “I’ll have the garden salad with grilled chicken.  Do you have fat free salad dressing?  Water to drink please”.  Whew, you got it out – now the countdown starts – how soon until one of your buddies who just ordered the 16oz cheeseburger, covered in cheese, onions and mushrooms, with fries and a beer asks “You on a diet?”.  And there it is, the “diet” word.  The word where the first three letters spell “die”, something you might just want to do while sitting in that restaurant.  Continue reading

Can you really sleep off the weight?

You’ve most likely heard someone provide sage advice to “sleep it off” whether it’s a fever or after a night of over indulgence.  But can you really sleep off weight?  There is science behind the bedtime belly buster (BBB).  Read more from our friends at the Isagenix Health site.