June 2012 Blog Posts

FDA Approves New Weight Loss Drug

I'm sure that many of you have heard that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved a new weight loss drug.  The drug is called Belvig and it's expected to be released by early 2013. In the clinical trials people were able to lose between 3 and 5 percent of their body weight after 52 to 104 weeks.  Which means if you weigh 300 pounds and were in the highest percentage you would lose 15 pounds.   The way this drug works is that it activates the serotonin receptor in your brain.  The idea is that this may help a person...

At Home Workouts

Do you want to workout at home and your not exactly sure how to get started?  Beginning can seem overwhelming.  It can also be over thought.  There are some sites that make it seem so complicated and in truth it can get complicated if you want it to.  I never wanted to put a lot of money or planning into my workouts.  I just wanted to lose weight and be healthy. One of the benefits of working out at home is that you can workout when it suits you instead of changing your schedule to fit when the class is.  ...

Ode To Bathing Suit Shopping

We all know that day is going to come if it hasn't already.  I'll be going with my sister-in-law this year.  Some years I've gone it alone but this year I've decided to brave it with another female who's seriously thinking her best bet would be a wet suit.    I have decided that I really don't want it be just another version of the one I wore the last few years.  That's not counting the one with the little skirt.  I've lost nearly 20 lbs over the past year and while I've been managing with last year’s suit it really...

Try Yoga With Me

There are so many physical benefits you can derive from Yoga.  Flexibility, strength and muscle tone.  Aside from the physical benefits there are also mental benefits.  Mental calmness, stress reduction and body awareness.  I know there are many of you who feel that due to your size you are unable to get into those pretzel poses.  There are modifications for lots of poses.   I've seen larger people flop over into positions that thinner people can't manage.   What I noticed most about myself since I started doing yoga is that it cultivates a desire to take care of yourself.  I find...

Vitamin D and Why You Need It

Parkinsons disease, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and increased lifespan are a few of the benefits from maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D.  Pretty impressive isn't it?  There is more!  It has been suggested that when there are higher levels of Vitamin D in your system before you start dieting there is a greater amount of weight loss than those who started out with less Vitamin D.  We need Vitamin D and there is no controversy about it.  It is essential to how our body functions.  We get vitamins from food sources, supplements and the sun.  Before I tell you a...

Is Sunscreen Safe

Now that the weather has warmed up many of us are spending more time outdoors.  We've been told by experts that we must use sunscreen to protect ourselves from skin cancer.  Our skin is the human body’s largest organ and a very impressive one.  As our bodies protector it's the first defensive element against foreign substances entering the body as well as protecting the body from trauma.  We’ve been told to take care of it by lathering a layer of chemicals over ourselves.  Skin cancer is scary and it seems despite sunscreen usage, it's on the rise.  It's predicted...

Start with a basic diet

Plan a simple diet There are so many diets out there that it's really difficult to decide on one.   I was very happy when I came across a help guide that offered some realistic tips.  Whether you’re looking for a healthier way to eat or you want to completely turn your life around this is an awesome source. There are 9 health tips altogether.  #1 Set yourself up for success.  This help guide suggests that you begin by planning a few small steps instead of one drastic change.   You’re suggested to choose foods that you love are easy and include fresh...

How Not To Gain Weight On Vacation

Vacation is around the corner and your winter work outs have paid off.  Your slimmer and your clothes are looking great on your leaner frame.  Now what?  You obviously don't want to let that weight find it's way back to you but you also want to enjoy your vacation.  Planning is the key.  I  have set up a few basic rules for myself and as long as I stick to them I usually do well.   As soon as we decide on a location I start scanning the web for a hotels.  I am looking for a room that at minimum...

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