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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Moves To Melt The Muffin Top!

 5 moves to lose the muffin top for good! Ripped abs are not just for men. There are actually women who like to have their abs sculptured. Fortunately for them, getting ripped abs can be just as simple and easy as their male counterparts. Here are some tips that women can use of in order to get that six-pack they want.  

5 Magical Midsection Moves:

                                                              The Crunch

The crunch begins with lying face up on the floor with knees bent. The movement begins by curling the shoulders towards the pelvis. The hands can be behind or beside the neck or crossed over the chest. Injury can be caused by pushing against the head or neck with the hands.

                                                                 The Scissors

Raise both legs toward the ceiling. Keeping them straight, lower your left leg until it’s about six inches off the floor. Lift your head and shoulders off the floor and grasp the back of your right leg, gently pulling it toward you. Switch legs and repeat on other side. Quickly complete 10 reps (no pausing!).                       

Weighted Ball Crunches

Sit on exercise ball. Walk forward on ball and lie back on ball with shoulders and head hanging off and knees and hips bent. Gently hyper extend back to contour of ball. Hold dumbells behind neck or on chest with both hands or use no weight.

Double Leg Crunch

1. Lie face up on the floor with your legs fully extended. Place your hands behind your head with your fingertips touching to support your head and your elbows out to the sides.
2. With just a slight bend in your knees, raise your feet about 6 inches off the floor, keeping your head neutral and your eyes forward. This is both the start and finish position of each rep.
3. Slowly curl your upper body off the floor one vertebra at a time. As you curl up, your shoulder blades should move farther off the floor as your raise your chest and shoulders toward the ceiling.
4.At the same time, bend your hips and knees to raise your knees toward the ceiling.
5. At the top of the move, the lower portion of your glutes should curl off the floor as your quads and torso come together to form a tight “V.” Exhale at this top position.
6.Hold the peak-contracted position momentarily while squeezing your abs, then return in the same deliberate manner, stopping short of your feet and hands touching the floor.

Lunge Ab Twist

1.Stand with feet about shoulder width apart.
2.Hold a medicine ball (optional) in front of you with elbows bent about 90 degrees. You may want to begin this exercise with no weight and build up your strength over time.
3.Step forward with your left foot into a lunge position.
4.Be sure to keep your knee over your left foot; don't twist at the knee.
5.From your torso, twist your upper body to the left. Then, reach across your left side with your arms out-stretched. (Think of pointing to the left from your belly button).
6.Maintain a slow and controlled movement throughout the exercise.
7.Slowly move your arms to center and step forward with the opposite foot and twist to the other side.
8.Continue the movement for about ten steps.
9.Complete 2 sets

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My Journey to Lose 70ish Pounds

My Journey To Lose 70ish Pounds

Hi, my name is Faith. So I’m really quite a private person but since starting this site I have met SO many wonderful people and I figured I should probably tell you all a bit about me. I’m a 39 year old stay at home Mother of a beautiful Daughter and 3 cats (yes I said 3..I know, I know! ) I had the idea to start this site after talking with others that were on the same journey as me. We needed a "one stop" weight loss site with tips that work!

My Weight has always fluctuated by about 15 pounds nothing super crazy. I only gained 34 pounds with my pregnancy and thought it was going to be easy sailing....NOT so much! 

We had gone through my Daughters first 4 years with nothing but numerous health issues, surgeries, hearing loss, and months at a time in the hospital. It was beyond overwhelming! During that time we lost SO much money so that we could be with her. Everything went downhill FAST including our health due to the stress, and my weight was spinning out of control. I had NO energy to put towards taking care of myself in anyway. No time to cook, so we ate out. No time to exercise, so we got fat. It seemed like there was no end! I avoided social situations because I was so embarrassed about how much weight I had gained. I stopped taking care of "me"! I could barely remember what it felt like to be "me", the old "me". I was not happy.

I couldn't believe the aches, pains, lack of energy and not to mention trying to keep up with my Daughter! There was no way I could deal with this for the rest of my life!

So I STOPPED eating out ( except for the odd roasted chicken from the market. Great by the way if you are out and need something fast!) I eat only natural carbs, veggies, greens, fruits and protein, chicken, fish (lots! sometimes for breakfast!) and lean meats. I use Olive Oil & butter. You pretty much want to shop around the perimeter of your supermarket. Stay out of the isles! That is where all the over processed crap is! I do add brown rice or the odd gluten free pasta to our meals so that we have a variety and I use a shake for breakfast and as a snack to get all my nutrients from the challenge. I use the Transformation Kit because let's face it 70 pounds is a transformation!. I do not count calories. I eat.

I started working out (from home) using Kathy Smith's weight Loss Workout DVD. It is totally 80's but it really works! My husband is whining his way through it every time and he does P90X! I do standing ab work from Turbo Jam Ab Blaster DVD (great for any of you that have back problems or are quite overweight) and I do throw in the occasional P90X upper& lower body workout. As a family we make sure our activities are outside, like hiking, running around the park or going to the zoo and walking for hours.

I have had so many people, especially Mom's contact me for tips on how to get out of similar situations and until the past few months could only offer minor tips on how to gain control of their lives, health weight  and overall happiness.

In the last 10 weeks everything has changed and is continuing in a fabulous direction! Yay! Finally!
I have lost 40 pounds in 10 weeks! 26 inches all over! Yay! ( tooting my own horn! ) I still have more work to do ( about 30 pounds to lose) but it has been SO easy once you decide that YOU ARE WORTH IT!

I work out 5 times a week for 45 minutes (you always have time! Like in front of the TV! Get up and jog on the spot, do some lunges...) and started a 90 day challenge to keep me going.You need to have a goal, a realistic goal! I wanted to post my story for any of you that wish to change your lives as well....I know how hard it is to start, to put yourself first or even second but I hope you will join me!

I will be there 100% to support and cheer you on. have NOTHING to lose but the WEIGHT!

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Lose Weight Anywhere Anytime!

Exercise Anywhere To Lose Weight!

Exercise is the second most important part of weight loss aside from Diet. We all know we should exercise regularly in order to lose weight but usually we come up with the "no time" excuse.

How has that been working for ya? I know that excuse very well and I know where it landed me, 90 pounds over weight! But there is ALWAYS time!

If you don't have time to get to the gym or if you do not feel comfortable in a gym setting there ARE other options. Use every opportunity throughout the day to move your body.

Try these tips to find a way to make time and lose weight...

  •  Select an activity that you enjoy. The key is to stay active no matter what exercise you choose.
  • Workout with a partner who is in as good a shape as you are. This will make your workouts more fun and you can help motivate one another. Set goals together & keep one another on track. According to a survey, 80 percent of people said they are more likely to exercise if they have a workout partner.
  • Pick up and try some home exercise Dvd's and workout in your living room. I do this a lot! This way I can learn the moves at my own pace (I'm not very co-ordinated! LOL) As long as you are moving, you are burning fat, so if you can't get the whole routine down the best thing is to drop the arms and focus on the lower body movements. The more you do your chosen workout Dvd's the easier the routine will become.The can workout anytime of the day! Here is a list of workout Dvd's that I LOVE!
  • Exercise releases endorphins in the brain, which cause us to have what is commonly known as a runners high. A much better alternative to that chocolate bar!

  • Walk or jog on the spot while watching your favorite TV shows. Throw in a few lunges & squats for good measure.
  • Create a habit of walking around your neighborhood after lunch and dinner to burn fat and boost your metabolism.
  • Stand when talking on the phone and do calf raises by coming up on your toes slowly and then back down.This will give you killer calves that look great in heels!
  • When standing in line anywhere use this time to flex your muscles. Squeeze buttocks several times to keep the muscles toned and get a butt lift!

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator. This is a great mini workout and is great for toning your legs.

    Lose Weight & Get Legs Of Steel

    Lose Weight & Get Legs Of Steel

    You've got legs, but do you know how to use them? For great gams, the secret lies in workouts that use slow movements that purposefully fatigue the muscles.Did you know you burn the most calories when you exercise your legs? That’s because they’re home to your body’s biggest muscle groups, so it takes more energy to move them.

    Single-Leg Dumbbell Straight-Leg Deadlift

    Grab a pair of dumbbells with an overhand grip, and hold them at arm's length in front your thighs. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Now raise one leg off the floor

    1.Without changing the bend in your knee, bend at your hips (keep your lower back arched), and lower your torso until it's almost parallel to the floor
    2. Pause, then squeeze your glutes, thrust your hips forward, and raise your torso back to the start. Do all your reps, then repeat with your other leg.


    Leg Pushes


    Stand with your torso upright holding two dumbbells in your hands by your sides. This will be your starting position.
    1. Step forward with your right leg around 2 feet or so from the foot being left stationary behind and lower your upper body down, while keeping the torso upright and maintaining balance. Inhale as you go down. Note: As in the other exercises, do not allow your knee to go forward beyond your toes as you come down, as this will put undue stress on the knee joint. Make sure that you keep your front shin perpendicular to the ground.
    2. Using mainly the heel of your foot, push up and go back to the starting position as you exhale.
    3. Repeat the movement for the recommended amount of repetitions and then perform with the left leg. 

    Straight-leg Deadlift

    Grab a pair of dumbbells with an overhand grip, and hold them at arm's length in front your thighs. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent.  
    1.Without changing the angle of your knees, bend at your hips (keep your lower back arched), and lower your torso until it's almost parallel to the floor.
    2.Pause, then squeeze your glutes, thrust your hips forward, and raise your torso back to the start.

    Butterfly Plie
    Grab a dumbbell in each hand and let your arms hang naturally at your sides, palms forward.

    1.Stand in a wide straddle stance with toes pointed out . Squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Your knees should not travel past your toes, and your butt should not dip lower than your knees.
    2. As you squat, bend your elbows and curl the weights toward your shoulders . Return to start and repeat.

    Basic Plie

    Stand in a wide straddle stance with toes pointed out . Squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Your knees should not travel past your toes, and your butt should not dip lower than your knees.

    Calf Raises

    Begin by standing with your feet directly under the hip joint. Your feet should really only be about four to five inches apart.
    1.Lift your heels up in a controlled motion, taking two counts to get to the top of the motion. No popping up.
    2.And lower down in two counts. 3 sets of 10.

    Toe Raises

    Your feet should really only be about four to five inches apart.
    1.Lift your heels up in a controlled motion up on your toes, taking two counts to get to the top of the motion. No popping up.
    2.And lower down in two counts. 3 sets of 10.

    Crossover Step

    Stand with your left side facing a step, bench or platform. If you're more advanced, try a height where your thigh is parallel to the floor as you're stepping.
    1.Lift the right leg and cross it over the left, placing the foot flat on the step or platform.
    Keep your hips square to the front of the room as you press up with the right leg, bringing the left foot beside the right on the bench.
    Step back down with the left foot and repeat for 1-3 sets

    Wall Squats

    Stand with your head and back against a wall. Position your feet shoulder-width apart, about 18 inches from the wall, and keep your arms at your sides . Lower your body into a squat position until your thighs are parallel to the floor . Hold.

    Stability Ball Leg Lift

    Place your shins on a ball and walk your hands out until you're in the plank position. Pull your abs tight to keep your body stable. Next, raise your left leg, squeezing your glutes to lift it a few inches above the ball. Release and repeat with your right leg, alternating for 10 reps.

    Ball Leg Lifts

    Begin by lying flat on your back with your body straight and your arms at your sides. Place an exercise ball between your feet. Keeping a slight bend in your knees, tighten your ab muscles and raise your legs straight up in the air so that your butt lifts slightly off the floor. Pause at the top and return slowly to the starting position.

    Prone Jackknife

    Begin in a pushup position with your shins and the tops of your feet resting on an exercise ball. Keep arms straight and your hands slightly wider than shoulder-distance apart on the ground. Hold your back straight and tighten your abs as you bring your knees in towards your chest, rolling the ball as far forward as you can. Squeeze your abs at the top of the movement and slowly return to the starting position.

    Ball Side Leg Raises

    Lie on your left side on the stability ball, legs extended straight out and feet stacked. Position your left hand in a comfortable spot on the ball, and lift your hips so that your body forms a straight line
    1. Keeping your body in that position, slowly raise your right leg.
    2. Pause and then slowly return to start. Do as many reps as you can in one minute and then repeat on the other side

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    How To Lose Weight Top Fat Burning Foods

     Top Fat Burning Foods For Weight Loss

     Jalapeno and Cayenne Peppers

    All Peppers kick start your metabolism which causes your body to burn more fat so you lose weight faster, sometimes as much as 25% faster. Who wouldn't want that?!

        Green Tea

     A key compound found in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is a powerful anti-oxident said to be beneficial to people with a long list of maladies including cancer. As a fat burner, it fires up your nervous system and helps your body to burn more calories, especially when combined with caffeine. I Drink 2 cups per day!


    Beans are high in protein which helps your body build muscle. Muscle cells burn calories at a much higher rate than fat cells so even a slight increase can really help you blast away the fat. It is speculated that the fiber in beans is also an effective aid in preventing your body from absorbing fat. Try kidney, lima, navy, and white beans but avoid baked or refried beans.

        Olive Oil

    Olive oil not only burns fat but it also keeps your cholesterol down. Most people use it in place of their normal cooking oil making it a very easy way to make a positive change to their diets. Keep in mind 1 tablespoon is 100 calories.


    Salmon is among the best fat burning foods because it is high in Omega 3 which helps lower your leptin levels which in turn helps your body burn calories faster.


    Chicken is high in protein and I can tell you from personal experience that when you add chicken breasts to your diet in place of less healthy foods, you will lose weight. I often have a chicken breast for breakfast or as a snack to curb hunger. It really works!

     Garlic and Onions

    Yes we know, garlic and onions are two foods not one. We will bunch them together because of their ease of use and common combination and addition to foods.
    Minerals and oils inside garlic and onions help to break down fat and increase the metabolism.


    If you can appreciate the green flavour of broccoli you have yourself a low calorie, zero fat vegetable that can accompany any meal. Broccoli boasts a great deal of fibre and a host of other health benefits in your daily diet. It is a great accompaniment in almost any meal and filling.


    Not just rich in Fibre, the high vitamin C content of oranges is conducive to fat burning. Vitamin C promotes the production of Carnitine in the body which oxidizes fatty acids (breaks them down/burns fat).


    Okay fine so water isn’t “food” but it is the most important substance you can take into your body. 70% of people are walking around at least partially dehydrated in this country.Water is 100% essential need to the body, and 100% essential for fat loss. If nothing else remember this the next time you chug down. How do you think that fat leaves the body?

    Low-Fat Dairy Products

    Calcium is a metabolic trigger. Skim milk and yogurt are rich in complex carbohydrates, which boost your metabolism by keeping insulin levels low after a meal. High insulin levels signal the body to hold onto fat. A study of dieters done at the University of Tennessee found that those who ate 1200 mg of calcium a day lost twice as much weight than those who avoided dairy.                   


    How To Lose Weight 100 Calorie Snacks

    The Best 100 Calorie Snacks When You Are Trying To Lose Weight

    6 Cups of Popcorn

    When you want a large snack with a small calorie count, popcorn delivers. Some microwave brands have just 100 calories in 6 cups. You have to chew it, so it's satisfying, It's also high in fiber, which can help you stay full longer.

    Cottage Cheese and Cantaloupe

    Cottage cheese is a protein powerhouse, with 1/2 cup delivering 14 g. Like fiber, protein can help you stay full longer. Enjoy low-fat cottage cheese plain or with a side of fruit. A small wedge of cantaloupe brings the total calories to 100.

    Fourteen Almonds

    When the munchies strike while you're on the go, there are few things more convenient than nuts. You can eat 14 almonds without hitting the 100-calorie mark. Plus, they're rich in fiber and protein, which help keep hunger at bay.

    Baked Apple

    Apples are still one of the healthiest snacks around, and there are plenty of ways to put a twist on this old standby. Blake recommends enjoying baked apples – they taste like dessert but provide the same vitamins and fiber as their fresh counterparts. You can even sprinkle cinnamon on top without adding calories.

    Cheese Stuffed Pita Pocket

    Here's one that's easy to make and gives you the satisfaction of biting into a sandwich. Grab a wholegrain pita pocket and stuff it with 1/2 ounce part-skim ricotta cheese. The fiber and protein will help fill you up, and the whole snack has less than a gram of saturated fat.

    1/3 Cup Edamame

    These young soybeans are among the healthiest snacks you can find. A third of a cup has more than 8 g of protein and 4 g of fiber to help keep you full. As a bonus, you’ll get nearly 10% of your recommended daily allowance of iron. Edamame is available in ready-to-eat containers for a quick snack on the run.

    Eight Baby Carrots with Hummus

    When you're craving a satisfying crunch, dip eight large baby carrots into 2 tablespoons of hummus. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A and beta carotene, while hummus adds protein. Pre packaged baby carrots are convenient, and there are many varieties of hummus available.

    Apple Slices With Peanut Butter

    Mixing sweet with salty is a tried and true way to satisfy the munchies. Measure 3/4 cup of apple slices and spread a thin layer of unsalted peanut butter on each slice. To stay near the 90-calorie mark, don't use more than 2 teaspoons of peanut butter in all.

    Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Honey

    Greek yogurt is known for its extra-creamy texture and high protein content. Just 1/2 cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt has 12 g of protein to help you stay full. Drizzle on a teaspoon of honey, and the whole snack totals 84 calories. The best part is, you may feel like you're eating dessert.

    Half a Baked Potato with Salsa

    Microwave a baked potato for an easy snack that's loaded with vitamin C, not with calories. Half of a medium-sized baked potato has 80 calories – keep the skin, which is packed with nutrients. Spread a tablespoon of salsa on top to spice it up without significantly boosting the calorie count.

    Smoked Salmon Pinwheel

    For a savory snack under 60 calories, spread 1 tablespoon of low-fat cream cheese onto a slice of smoked salmon (lox) and roll it up. This salmon pinwheel is high in protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, though the salt used to cure the salmon boosts the sodium content. Use a little less cream cheese and you can have two pinwheels for under 100 calories

    Blueberry Smoothie

    A fruit smoothie offers a scrumptious way to get in some extra calcium and antioxidants during your day. Try blending 1/3 cup of nonfat yogurt with 2/3 cup of frozen blueberries and ice

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