Welcome Back 5 Day RESET

What Goes Around Comes Around – Welcome back 5 DAY RESET Jelly sandals, Polaroid cameras, and 90s everything aren’t the only things making a big comeback—the 5-Day RESET™ weight-management jumpstart kit WILL BE back. And it’s better than ever. This … Continue reading

Conversations With My Thumb

Typically, your hands are the weakest link in a chain when working back. If your grip gives out first, you won’t be able to maximally stimulate your back, no matter how strong all the other links are.

Add some severe narrowing and severe arthritis of the first CMC joint (joint of the hand) you have the makings of a debilitating disease that could be nothing more than an excuse to do nothing.

OR the opportunity to take proactive steps to healing and getting stronger.

thumbless 2I was taught years ago that in back weight training you are to use a thumb-less grip.  It eliminates the bicep (we want to take the action AWAY from the bicep) which can assist in exercise performance when it comes to working the back muscles. You then isolate the targeted muscles and get the most from the movement.thumbless grip

Old habits die hard.  Despite an achy, swollen thumb joint for the last year I kept going.   Some good days, some bad days.  But, always kept moving.  I would talk to my thumb, caress and nurture my thumb.  I’d tell my thumb how much I loved it and appreciated it.  Yep, unconditional love for my body.  My conversations with my thumb joint were heard…….dumbell

One year later; reduced pain, improved function and minimal swelling!!! All naturally.

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Vitamin E + Deficiency = fractures

If your reading this and your one of the over 64% of the population that takes supplements, QUICK go grab your multi. Have a look at the back for Vitamin E:  “There are several forms of vitamin E. d-alpha-tocopherol is the … Continue reading

RESET Day 3 – I Cheated

Yesterday was Day 3 of the RESET cleanse/detox and I am making a public declaration, well I suppose it’s a confession……I cheated.

In coming clean with this last night and sharing it with my daughter her question was “whaaaat did you do?”

“I weighed myself” I confessed. She didn’t seem to think this was a big deal, but then again she hasn’t been around the block and back with the experience of the mind games we can play with our relationship with food, commitment, goals and our health as I have.

The experience that took me from being labeled as “the skinny active one” as a child, to personal disgust in myself with poor physical health and overweight as a young adult, back to skinny as a runner, onto 8 years of bulking up and leaning down, the physical commitment of 3 pregnancies and now journeying through the changes that the middle years bring. Talk about experience!

My sport of competitive bodybuilding food is your biggest tool. So is the scale. For the months and weeks of bulking then leaning down the right amount foods at all times is what will fuel your workouts. Workouts where your constantly moving forward. The scale and its importance appears on weigh in day. If your more than 1/2 a pound off, over, your placed in a different weight class. May not sound like a big deal but if you’ve been training and building for a middle weight and all of a sudden your over in your weight, your competing as a heavy weight. I’m sure you’ve seen and noticed the differences in different women and muscle mass!

During the 5 Day program one of my rules is to NOT weigh yourself until the 5 days are done. Due to our relationship with the scale and the tangible numbers that appear, it can be a make or break point.

Late in the day, I was 4 pounds down and other than fighting some sort of sore throat, feverish, headachy bug thing, I was feeling pretty good.

In comes, creeps, that little voice. “Damn, that’s great. It’s only three days and your near your goal with two to go”.

I could have, I really thought about……..something. *smack* *smack* Something, kinda treat like. Well sure it would have been healthy. Well, sure that would have been the intent.

Have you experienced this? Reward yourself with food? I like to call it licensing and to be honest with you, it is this licensing that has me doing the RESET. A summer full of it.

In starting day 4 I invite you to recognize any habits, awareness that you’ve received about yourself and your relationship with food.

-regularity in eating?
-planning your meals?


CoQ10 – The Proof is in the Pudding

 headline news                     Have you heard of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)????  It’s a naturally occurring enzyme that is produced in the body.

It is necessary for the basic functioning of cells.   Back to science class….cells are the basic unit of life.

CoQ10 levels have been  reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases such as heart conditions, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.  If your taking  prescription drugs you may also experience lower levels of CoQ10.

Now, are you familiar with free radicals????  Free radicals contribute to the aging process.  As well, the process of degenerative diseases, even some cancers.   CoQ10 is responsible for batting free radicals and reducing the chances of developing health issues.

Let’s first go to our foods for sources of CoQ10:

Organ meats  (ewww, liver)
Vegetables and Grains (MUST be unprocessed and fresh.  FRESH as in local and just picked)

Hopefully by now you are supplementing with fish oils.  What about a CoQ10?

It has been unclear whether replacing “low CoQ10” with supplements is beneficial.

Well, up until today.

Breaking News on Supplements & Nutrition – Europe

First powered study shows CoQ10 can reduce heart failure by half

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With that being said, allow me to introduce you to USANA Spotlight Product of the Week:

CoQuinone® 30
It’s all about energy—especially energy on a cellular level. Alpha-lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that plays a crucial role in creating energy in the cells. Coenzyme Q10 helps convert food energy into cellular energy. There is also a concentration of coenzyme Q10 in the heart and organs with high-energy demands. USANA combined alpha-lipoic acid with coenzyme Q10 to create CoQuinone 30, a fantastic supplement of these energy-supporting nutrients. The benefits associated with these nutrients include sound muscle function, healthy nerve function, and good cardiovascular health. As you age, your body naturally produces less coenzyme Q10. Fortunately, the proprietary CoQuinone 30 formula is clinically proven to deliver more CoQ10 to the blood stream than competing products.

Your health……your way!

DETOXING. Care For Your Liver STARTS With The Skin

Such a great awareness about detoxing is happening, its no wonder.   Not only with liver disease on the rise, but people simply want to feel better.

There was a time when, years ago, upon hearing a diagnosis of liver disease the “himm’s” and “ahh’s” would happen whether they be spoken outright or the inside voice.  There was a time years ago when liver disease was related to  one thing…….alcohol.  In “England liver disease has reached record numbers”.   “Chronic liver diseases are common disease-related causes of death in the U.S.  Digestive and liver diseases are associated with substantial morbidity and mortality”.

Now a days the early diagnosis of liver disease has many scratching their heads.   So, they start detoxing.  There is one everyday action you are doing that will defeat the process of detoxing.  Using personal care products.

I’d like to explain something to you how it was explained to me, in the simplest way possible.    To start with, lets imagine with the end in mind…..the liver.

Every personal care product needs a preservative.  Parabens are the number one choice  preservative manufactures use.  When the samples are taken from male and female breast cancer survivors and analyzed, parabens are found.  So, why use it???  It’s cheap.  It adds a long shelf life to the product.  Have a look at your personal care product, notice how many ingredients end in “paraben”.   How many did you find?  Three?  Perhaps even five!!!

Now, one paraben in itself isn’t such a bad thing, IF you have a healthy functioning liver.  BUT, remember, each product you use daily has at least three different parabens.   AND…..how many products do you use on one shower or bath.  Wash (face and body), shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body spray, perfume.  Not to mention cosmetics.  I’m talking to you guys as well. I KNOW you wanna look good. 

Parabens are fat soluble so are more easily absorbed and more likely to accumulate in fatty tissue, the breast.  ARE you seeing a connection yet?

On a day to day, week to week , year to year level this all builds up.  We’ve just been talking about personal care products.  What about the foods you eat?  The stress in your life?  Hormones? Yep, again, talking to you guys as well.

The liver is overloaded!!!!  Your liver is overloaded!!!  If your liver is overloaded it simply takes whatever it is unable to deal with right now and dumps it back in to your system.  So, hows your PMS been?  Or your journey through menopause? A little intense?  Every month, if your liver is overloaded, it is unable to even process your hormones (YES you guys as well) and simply dumps them back into your system.   Detoxing is just one step.

Start your detox in the shower.  There is one product line that will provide you with all the good look support you need minus the parabens.  Sensé.  SIX years in the making and two patents later you have a product that stays fresh naturally!

Not only do I wish for you all to be the happiest you possibly can I also wish for you to be the very healthiest you can.  Getting the parabens off of your skin and out of your body is one the simplest ways.

Think of yourself and with Mothers Day coming, think of  celebrate, your mothers (Fathers Day isn’t too far off either), provide them with a health and liver supporting personal care products that are proven to revitalize skin, leaving it looking younger and more radiant.

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