Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Alzheimer's and the Importance of Exercise and Diet!!!

I know the benefits of working out and so it doesn't take much to motivate me but I know a lot of people have a hard time finding a good reason to workout.  I think almost daily I find more information on the benefits of Exercise.  Why we should get off the couch and start moving!! 

Today I decided to look at Alzheimer's.

Why is it that there seem to be a growing number of people in our western civilization getting Alzheimer's?  Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening to me?  It seems like there are so many diseases and syndromes out there today and I often ask myself, WHY?  What can we do to prevent or detour this? 

I prefer Prevention if I can help it~

So I decided to Google Alzheimer's and Exercise is one of the key components in prevention.  Not only your body, but your mind as well.  I do a good job on my body and I know my challenging goal will be my mind.  I need to focus on daily workouts with my mind and exercise it accordingly. 

Breaking News!!

So now I have to share this Awesome bit of News with you all~  My focus as you can see is on Alzheimer's today and I had this blog saved to finish later when I received a Forward of information from and old dear friend. How Timely is this?  It's so Important that I need to Share it with you all!  It's worth the watch!!  If you know somebody with Alzheimer's right now, this could help!!!


I have heard of the Health benefits of Coconut Oil before ..........this just made me a Believer!  Oh the Simple things we can do to help our health that we don't even know about because of LACK of FUNDING!!  Well guess what........Let's all get the word out on this!! 

I'd much rather do DO something like take Coconut Oil then a drug by one of the drug companies if I can!!

Oh and Let's all get off the couch and Exercise our Bodies and Brains!

Yours in Health and Happiness!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Jesse Burdick~My Husbands Trainer

This Blog is dedicated to my husband and his success over the past couple of months.  In January we signed him up with a trainer Jesse Burdick out of Cross Fit Gym ReActive gym in Pleasanton to help him reach his goals.  He has of last week (it's changed since then) lost 16 lbs of fat and gained 4 lbs of muscle!  No supplements, just protein shakes, protein from meats and nuts, fats and some greens such as a salad in the day and some green veggies.  We've also had a vacation we went on for a week where we cheated and a couple of desserts, bread but overall kept it clean.  He works out Hard with Jesse 3 days a week for 1 hour.  Occasionally he comes home and he feels like he needs to puke............that's a good workout!  I've been curious to see where all of his health markers have been with the change in diet and weight.  He has high blood pressure and cholesterol and takes meds for both.  Well last week he also go his results from his DR and everything is lowered now as well.  Every marker is better and the Dr told him to keep doing what he's doing. 

So on Wednesday I went with him to one of his training sessions to see what he's been doing.  His trainer knows that I'm an avid gym goer and has been asking my husband to bring me to some training sessions with him.  So I went finally.  Well that lovely picture up there is a picture of a Workout sled.  We used that outside to warm up.  My husband added 45# to mine and his was 90# and we took off.  We dragged the sled with two big ropes for approximately 3 Commercial Sized buildings....not sure how long but MUCH longer than I had pictures it when he was explaining it to me.  We went down to a fence.  On the way back we turned around and pulled it like we were chest presses and pulling really hard tell the sled would land at our feet.  Then we do another pull to bring it closer again until we got all the way back.  That was warm up.  Then we did some stretches for the legs, high knees and such.  Gearing me up for the Prowler!  It was a pink one!!  Got to love that.......then I saw the stack of weights.  Oh NO!  He had me push that Prowler as hard as I could for about 40 yards and then rest a minute....he added weight and I'd do it again......more weight and again........more weight and again.  Until I reached 100lbs  and then he started to shed the weight in between the 1 minute rest periods until it was just me running with the Prowler again and no weight.  I felt like Puking!  Yep, this is why my husband felt (feels) the way he did.  I used every muscle in my body to push that thing!  Loved the exhaustion afterwards!
I can't wait to go back! 
Now my husband also knows my addiction to working out!  How Great it can make you feel! I Love that too! 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Focusing on Eats today!

Lately I've had too much fat in my diet.  So I am focusing on bringing it down today!  I'm going to write down what I eat and get in that habit for the next few days.  Tomorrow night will be my cheat though as I'm going to my girls night out and that will be my choice of indulgence.  Got to Live right!  In my mind I have my focus set on loosing fat and getting ready for a May and photo shoot.  I will use these sheets I made up.  They worked well for me the last time I wanted to focus on a weight drop. Just mark them off as you comsume one.  I even make notes on it as to what proteins, fruits, veggies and so on.  Sometimes I sub a fruit for some oatmeal or brown rice.

5 proteins- 1 2 3 4 5
Frutis and Veggies- 1 2 3 4 5
Fats- 1 2 3
Water- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


It kept me focused and helped me see the real picture~

I am also going to take the day off of workouts...........give my body a much needed rest!  I've been pushing really hard lately and it's important to listen to your body when it's screaming at you!
I'll be staying busy with packing up my kitchen and getting ready for our remodel.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Almost a Year! Here it is 2012!

I'm still here and still at it!! 
Changes in my life..........I've got a new grandbaby!!  His name is Maximus!!  Hes got a head full of black hair and looks just like his daddy!  Such a Blessing!
My youngest daughter got married in June!  She started a new job and she's moved and seems to be doing well!  Sure makes life Great when all your kids are settled and happy!
My son bought a house and got a dog named Porter.  He's a great Dog!! 
We've been Blessed and have gone on several vacations.  In September we went to Hawaii with some friends on the island of Kaui!  It was an Awesome Vacation!  Then in November I went to Nebraska to meet up with some of my Buff Sisters!  There was a group of them competiting in Figure and Bikini.  It was great to go there and be supportive and have continued bonding.  I have now been a Buffmothre for just shy of 6 years.  In that 6 years I've had a lot of growth. What an Awesome group of ladies!  Wished they lived closer!  We are from all over the states but there is a larger group there in the midwest.
Fitness is a part of my life!  Can't imagine life without it now!  Many people think I'm still competiting and my standard answer is "Yes"  the Competition of Life!  I like to train like I'm going to but my eating is more Balanced.  I enjoy Life and like to have my wine now and then!  Love good food too!!  So I do indulge!  I do eat Clean most of the time.

So today was Cardio!  I usually do Legs on Wednesdays but I was so sore from Sundays Leg Day that I decided to take a break.  I was a sweaty mess though.......did 20 min Easy Intervals on the Stepmill and then 30 sec sprints on the treadmill.......about 5 of them and then back to the stepmill for 15 min fatburning.  I stretched really well after my workout but my left foot is still bothering me.  I have Plantar Fasiatas in that foot.  It's very painful!  I really miss running and every time I try this happens.  Strange....I can run on hills and no problems.

With this year I have some goals:

~Do a 10k trail run, Try Crossfit, Get down to 124, A photo shoot by May

~ Redo Workout Room
~Remodel Kitchen
~Organize Office

~ Get Creative with paints again
~Get back to Church
~Start Blogging Again Here!!!!
Today is the First Day!!

Tomorrow I plan to do Complexes and Ride My Bike!  The weather has been beautiful!