Archive for July, 2010

What not to eat … after your workout!!

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet!  A brand new article posted by Dr. Joseph Mercola is entitled “Two Foods You Should Never, Ever Eat After Exercise.”  He asks, “Did you know that what you eat directly after exercising … can have a significant impact on the health benefits you reap from your exercise?”  The question’s a great one.  It’s his answer that misses the mark.  If you’re looking to get the most out of your workouts, that is! Read the rest of this entry »

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Banish Your Belly Forever!

Achieving a tight and toned tummy or a “six-pack” isn’t as simple as just working the abdominal muscles, something I learned the old-fashioned way — through trial and error.

Anyone can have book knowledge — However, you need to get in the trenches with trial and error to see if what you have truly works.

I have been in the trenches, so to speak, for most of my life. Although you’d never know it by looking at me…If you held two pictures of me up, one recent and one from my youth, you can barely see a resemblance.

I was a heavy kid. I was bullied. I actually took on an eating disorder and became bulimic. I didn’t know what I was doing. I was ignorant! In one year, I dropped from a chubby 275 lbs. to a bony 135 lbs. and became very scrawny and very ill. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Write Stuff

NotebookYears ago, my husband’s weight hit a high of 257 lbs.  Now, John’s a big guy, but this still put him on the cusp of obesity. He knew he had to start eating less and exercising more, but he was under a lot of work stress – it was hard for him to make all the necessary changes in one go. So we took a more gradual approach to get him started in the right direction. He decided to drink more water, eat a minimum of 5 servings of veggies/fruits per day, make time for some moderate daily exercise and eliminate desserts/treats.  Overall, these changes were pretty painless… and they definitely helped. His weight and girth slowly began to drop.  As the months went past, we also increased the intensity of his workouts, which helped him shed some more.

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Thank God John Kass Didn’t Write the AMC

If he had, then I can guarantee you that Alpha Male Challenge would be a very different book! :(

Who the heck is John Kass?  He’s a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Like me, he was inspired to write a column about that stupid Combos “America’s Manliest City” contest. The good news is that we both agree: it’s ridiculous to equate chomping “hollow pretzels stuffed with a powdery ‘cheeze food’ product” with manliness.

The bad news?  That’s about all we agree on. Suffice it to say, Kass’ definition of “manliness” is quite different from mine.

Ok, he’s a d00d and I’m not – so you could be forgiven for thinking that maybe he’s the one who speaks with more authority on this particular subject.

Until you actually read Kass’ column, that is, and discover the identity of his ideal, “iconic manly man.”

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John’s Alpha Male Challenge – Week 1

Week 1Week 1 is now behind us…

John did a great job following the Fuel Rules this week.  He had a small “cheat-ish” snack on Friday (a couple of ounces of extra-sharp cheddar), but otherwise stayed within the limits of the Handshake Diet. The scale rewarded his efforts: this morning, he weighed 216 lbs. – 4 pounds down from where he started (220 lbs.).  Obviously, that 4 pounds isn’t all fat: when reducing carbs and sodium, some water weight goes too.  Thus, the results of next week’s weigh-in won’t be nearly as dramatic, but what the hey… it’s motivating to start out with a bang. 😉

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The Benefits of Exercise

If you’re not already exercising on a regular basis, you may be missing out on many of the physiological benefits. There are physiological effects on the body you can only get from exercise. Diet alone won’t provide these benefits, however, you won’t get the full benefits of exercise without good nutrition.

The Science of Fitness
We all know the health benefits exercise has such as improving cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of diabetes, etc.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Creatine Facts From Will Brink

Brinkzone logoWill Brink is one of the few fitness gurus I’ve encountered that has NO hidden agenda, and has consistently stood by his priniciples in a field where you can make a LOT of money bamboozling people.  Will’s “no-BS” reputation is well-earned – what you see/hear/read is what you get… and what you get is straight-up common sense and a whole lot of solid, practical information.

That includes information on creatine, which he’s studied for years.  Recently, Will produced a series of short vids on the subject that are worth viewing by anyone wanting to get the most out of taking this supp. Check ’em out below the fold.

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Flexing the Courage Muscle

Leaping for LifeIn an effort to once again push my own panic button, I’ll be hurling myself out of a perfectly good airplane in a few weeks to raise money for cancer research.  And I won’t be alone.  My Leap for Life charity skydive is a global event this year, and a West Coast celebrity DJ has stepped up to flex his courage muscle.

JoJo Wright, host of the nationally syndicated “JoJo on the Radio,” will join the skydivers across the globe to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer. A first-time skydiver who admits he is “terrified” about the jump, Read the rest of this entry »

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High-Tech Gut Sucking

This is a real thing, in the real world…

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Take Me Out to the All-You-Can-Eat Game

hot dogWhat could be more American than baseball and hot dogs?

How about baseball… and a whole LOT of hot dogs?  According to this Sports Illustrated article, “all you can eat” ballpark sections are packing ’em in the seats these days

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