APRIL 2012


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    I grew up out in the country on two acres of land, surrounded by walnut orchards. My father built our home with his own hands using brick and mortar. As I grew up, I never knew anything different but to run around open fields with plenty of animals, and our only neighbor boys’ keeping me company. I often times didn’t even wear shoes, and the feeling of stinging nettle, jumping on a sticker patch, trying to cross dirt that is too hot from the sun, and sticky grass from the pecan trees is so etched in my memory that if I close my eyes I can be right back to that place. If only I had known how easy it was to just run inside and grab some shoes, but as a kid everything seems just too far away.

    The biggest thing about living out there is that there weren’t a whole lot of people around. There were the neighbor boys who lived behind us and owned horses and cows. Then there were a couple of houses sporadically placed along the road, called Walnut. But overall, I had a lot of alone time. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized how different this could be compared to other children that grew up on cul-de-sacs and during the summers could hear all the other children playing outside when they had to finally go in for dinner. This was absolutely not my experience. Which one is better, I have no idea. Probably neither–just different. Continue reading


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: fitness and health, Sweet and Sour List

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    With every sour there is also sweet. I was thinking today that we should take a moment to think about what the sweet and sours are for trying to live a healthy lifestyle.

    1. SOUR , you have to be more careful at social events……..SWEET, you look better at social events!

    2. SOUR, it’s more difficult to travel……..SWEET, you have more energy to travel!

    3. SOUR, almost every celebration revolves around food…….SWEET, when you’ve been good to your body there’s no guilt and you are free to celebrate with your favorite foods!

    4. SOUR, clean eating can be expensive………SWEET, there is no price for longevity with your family! Continue reading


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: fitness and health, Working out while sick

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    On Friday, I came down with something and it hasn’t been pretty. By Saturday I was gunked up and couldn’t breathe. It’s now Wednesday and I still slept on the couch last night because I couldn’t breathe. This is the longest I have gone without working out in ages. I am absolutely dying to get back to it.

    Most of the time with colds or sicknesses I believe in working out–just maybe 75% as opposed to your usual 100%. For some reason a little bit of bouncing around can actually breakup what’s going on in your chest and make you feel better. You may not believe me, but the next time you are sick, try it out. You may be surprised at how quickly you start to feel better.

    The most important thing to do is listen to your body. Continue reading


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    Don’t ever sit stagnant. When nothing seems to be changing, then it’s about time that you move on. Obviously for any diet and workout regimen consistency is key, but I don’t believe that means the same workout daily. It simply means consistency in the amount of effort you are giving things. Which is the very reason that I take days in my studio to create different routines and exercises. Recently, that’s been for you as well because I’m making the workout videos, but before, it was for me because I just wanted to move in different ways and resist the temptation to sit in my boredom.

    Your body will thank you for trying new things and your brain will as well. I also feel that change is one of the main reasons that my body has not bulked in one area or another. There is not one muscle that I am hitting more than another and most of the time because I am using muscles from my entire body to do an exercise, I am not putting stress on any one specific muscle. Continue reading


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Emotional Eating, fitness and health

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    The first thing I want to do when I am sad or upset is go out to eat, order appetizers, and surround myself with my family. The combination of those things just seem to have the right salve to put on any wound that I have. When I step on the scale after a month of working hard, eating right, and amazing workouts, and the scale actually says higher, it takes everything in me not to give the scale the finger and decide to stick it to the scale by rebelling with a pound and a half of nachos. At that moment, it doesn’t matter that this anger does nothing to the scale, I still just want to tell this inanimate object to shove off. I’m ashamed to admit that this is not just be being funny, but this is the actual truth. In fact, I just flipped off my scale…yesterday.

    When I was a kid, going to movies was almost more about the candy and snacks then it was about the movie. I would sit quietly, cuddled up with my bag of candy and eat until my hearts content, never thinking twice. In Jr. High, it became more about our sudden freedom to be able to buy our own snacks and food. If the day was hard in anyway there was nothing that could make me feel better than a package of crumb donuts. Continue reading


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    One of the things that I am learning daily is that for every five good things you can read about something, there are five equally bad things written about the same thing. It makes it really difficult to decide if anything is either good or bad for you. Last night just for curiosities sake, I read up on the Paleo Diet–I knew a lot about it and have taken on some key elements to the diet, and I read up on the Blood Type Diet. I’d always heard about it and the theory to me makes complete sense.

    Here’s the largest problem with all of the books out there. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…they strangely address many of the same issues, it’s just the little nuances that get everyone confused and flustered. We’ve talked about it before that the cavemen certainly had a better idea of how to eat. It was easy for them because they didn’t have McDonald’s on every corner. All they had was what they could hunt and gather. Luckily, I don’t need to be out in the forest with a bow and arrow any time soon because health food stores make it pretty easy for me. Continue reading


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: fitness and health, Posture and Jeans


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    In October or November of my senior year in high school, I don’t quite remember which one, I was on my way to our dress rehearsal of the one act shows that we put on every first semester in drama. I had on a long cape looking thing that belonged to my mom because I was to play a crazy old woman. I often was given the crazy people to play. To this day, I love to play the crazy women in theater–film, not so much, but theater–absolutely.

    With my makeup wild and my clothes just as insane, I headed down the highway. I remember a small red car driving just a small ways ahead of my 1967 Red Mustang. At seventeen I was a lucky girl to have this car. My mom and dad decided that each of us three kids would get a beat up old car when we were fifteen and then together we would work on it until we turned sixteen. My oldest brother took a beat up old chevy truck and worked long and hard with my dad to make it look beautiful. And when he was sixteen it was beautiful. When it came to my turn, I remember I really wanted a convertible roadster, but my dad had always wanted to work on a mustang. So eventually we found one and that is what I got. It was the most amazing thing to pass my drivers test and immediately sit in a cherried out, fire engine red, car. Continue reading


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: fitness and health, Restaurant Tips


    I know we’ve all done this… Everybody is going out to eat at a a restaurant, but you’ve been doing so good on your diet and today isn’t the day you were going to allow yourself to cheat. So you think to yourself, well I’ll just eat light and order a salad.

    From now on, remind yourself…DON’T DO THIS!

    Salad is actually one of the worst things you can order. I used to always believe that I was doing myself a favor by ordering one, but when I actually started looking into it, I began to realize that due to the many things they put in them, they are no different then ordering a large burger. For example, go to BJ’s Brewery and Restaurant and look at the nutritional information. One salad is over 1000 calories. So the next time you go to a restaurant, just make sure that you look things over before you order. You might be surprised. Continue reading


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    I know that I have explained how important it is that our body levels don’t spike and fall during the day. We can keep our body’s metabolism kicking by eating several times a day instead of just three times a day, if we make sure that our foods are balanced between carbohydrates/fats/proteins, and staying low on sugars. The hope and goal is to have plenty of energy throughout the day instead of feeling as though we will pass out after a large lunch. The other thing that’s nice about keeping our bodies level…no mood swings! It’s amazing the moment I watch a child put sugar in their mouth and then a half hour later they are crying. I used to not think about sugar being in connection with my daughter’s mood swings, but now I definitely do. The moment she has icecream, I know that within a half hour she is going to be running around the house like a crazy person and usually she ends up getting into trouble for being so wild. Continue reading


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    We’ve all heard the story that somewhere in the timeline of Coca Cola, they decided that their soda bottle would have the curvaceous shape of a woman. From neck to legs it would resemble what largely separates men from women. And to this day everytime that I see a coke bottle, this is the first thing that goes through my mind…someone believed our shape to be so significant and satisfying that they designed their entire product around it. It’s a compliment, to say the least, that someone anywhere would find it so beautiful as to pay homage to it.

    As a woman, in the society we are in, it sometimes feels like curves aren’t appreciated. So we find ourselves testing the limits of how thin do I get and compromise the figure that inspired the bottle. In the movie Spanglish, one of my favorites, they discuss this very thing thing as Tea Leoni is barely there and runs constantly, yet her housekeeper Paz Vega has the voluptuous curves of a woman who doesn’t feel the intense need to stay away from food or fit into a size one. Continue reading


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Bad Fats, Good Fats

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    My freshman year in high school I decided that fat was the enemy. I mean I was fifteen so I really had no basis for this theory. I just figured that since it was named fat, then it must be the culprit for the fat on my body. So I went through a time where I cut out fat completely. This is before we knew anything about the dangers of carbs and sugars. I did lose a bit of weight, but it was simply because of the reduction in my calories from not eating so many cheeseburgers, then it was about the actual fat.

    And yes, fats from greasy, fried, chips, chocolates, donuts, etc. is bad for you. You don’t want to be putting any of that in your system. But being scared of fat is just something that you don’t need to be.

    For example, at night when I am starving, I would rather fill my hand with a snack that has high fat, or high protein, than high carbohydrates. Continue reading


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    I wish I had done this post a while ago, but everyday there always seem to be more posts that I want to write and yet I want everyone to have the chance at catching up with everything I have written. If you haven’t in a while, take a look back at some of my older posts. There are a ton of little golden nuggets that I use daily and the only reason that I use them is because I remember they are there for my taking. Since everyday is something that I consider can be a battle for many, it is so important to remain confident that you know and have the tools to fight when the time calls for it.

    I often call this a battle. I know you’ve heard me use the term before. It’s not a quest to be overdramatic, but just realistic. When we are surrounded by societies version of beautiful,  yet on the other hand Fast Food Restaurants and bad food are the affordable foods, you’d better believe it’s a bit of a fight. Continue reading


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Cardio, fitness and health

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    There are many theories about working out, but a few months ago I started reading up on women and men that I felt had the “it” in the “it” factor. Whenever you have a goal, you should always find someone that has strived for that very same goal and reached it. They will know more than you, they will know the details about how to get there, and it keeps you from having to do unnecessary hurdles to get there. Out of all the women in the world, my goal would be to look like a Fitness Model. When I started out several months ago, I chose that as my ideal body type and so I began looking them up. I scoured the internet for how they set up their lives to reach their goals. I also chose women that had lives similar to mine with responsibilities like mine. For example there were several beautiful fitness models that started explaining how they get there, and I knew instantly with the responsibilities I have to my other careers and goals, I could not do what they do. Then, after some research I found several that could fit into my life.

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    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: fitness and health, We are not perfect

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    I would never be able to tell you how much I’ve failed over my lifetime. I have had my days where I have not been the perfect mother, wife, friend, daughter, sister, and neighbor. Most days I probably fail more than I do well. In truth, I can be completely unaware of when I fail people. I truly do feel as though it’s important to remember this to help us along with our humility, but I also have learned that humility does not mean that you have to be mean to yourself or beat yourself up when you fall.

    I loved my father so much. He was a wonderful man with so many amazing qualities, that unfortunately I didn’t appreciate until I got older. It’s funny though because one of the days I miss him most is on my birthday. Today is my birthday. Which is the very reason that I decided upon April 4th being our launch day. It’s my way of starting my new year with all of you…on a mission to better our lives and inevitably help more than just ourselves. But the reason that I miss my dad on my birthday is not what you think. It’s not because he was the type of father to throw huge parties for me or lavish me with gifts…no…every year on my birthday he could not remember what day it was. He forgot my birthday every year. When I was a child, if my mom hadn’t been there throwing me birthday parties, he would never have known. When my parents split, he would always forget to call. One day, as we sat in a restaurant, when I was about 18 or 19–my birthday had been the month before–I cried in front of him. I told him that I didn’t need a gift…I didn’t need anything, but that I needed him to remember my birthday. He brought out his check book at the table and started writing me a check. I quickly took his hand and said, “No Dad, I just need you to think about me on APRIL third, not April Fourth or April tenth”. Those are the dates he often confused my birthday to be. He laughed and I laughed. Continue reading


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: fitness and health, Visalus Shakes ordering information

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    So many people have been interested in the shakes and so here is the information on a post!

    You may order the shakes by going here: http://tessa4vi.myvi.net/

    Once you are there, click the button that says “Join the Challenge”.

    A box will show up that asks if you want to Join the Challenge. Click “Join The Challenge” again.

    Click where you are from, (e.g. United States). Continue reading