EEEEEEEEEEEEE! My cousin is due with her first baby boy soon! :) Can’t wait to see the cute little bugger.8 notes
Hi everyone! I’m still alive! Life has been pretty busy between vacation, what feels like endless doctor’s appointments, decision making, and good ole' physical therapy. I'm currently working on a huge post in regards to my current physical well-being. To hold you guys over as I diligently work on the post, I'm going to do a photo dump of random pictures from my vacation to Wildwood, NJ last week.
This was one of the first pictures that I took during my trip. I have the maturity level of an 11-year-old boy. But hey now…they even sell shirts that say, “I grabbed a wiener in Wildwood!”
I’ve decided that I need one of these little guys in my life. Look at the peeper on the left!
I also really enjoyed playing around with different looks during vacation. :)
It wasn’t chilly at all during vacation. Isn’t that obvious?! I blatantly acted as though it was snowing on the beach. I swear I’m 80, not 25.
Wind was never an issue either.
But the sky was pretty cool.
And Sean totally cooperates when I ask him to smile. Squinty Magee gave me a smirk. Close enough.
Okay, okay…so maybe he does occasionally cooperate with me.
But no matter the case, I will always love him just the same. He is my best friend.12 notes
POWER SONG SATURDAY!
SONG TITLE: Pon De Replay
SONG ARTIST: Rihanna
LYRICS: click here
MUSIC VIDEO: click here
WHY I LOVE THIS SONG: An oldie, but goodie! And look…the lyrics are perfect: “run, run, run, run…everybody move run.”
(Source: Spotify)5 notes
Are you sick of intensive dieting with no results? Beware: You may have fallen for one of these common weight loss myths! If you find you are a victim of the pervasive misinformation that has saturated our understanding of weight loss and dieting, don’t be discouraged – recent studies show that these myths even fooled scientists! Remember, no matter how many tips, tricks and trends you come across, the reality is that there is no “secret” to weight loss success: ultimately, you need to burn off more than you consume. Weight loss programs and fad diets are a dime a dozen, so when you’re looking for the best weight loss plan, be sure to avoid anything that aims to sell you on “quick weight loss” without requiring any work on your end. Here are a few weight loss myths to avoid for a happier, healthier you:
Lifting Weights Doesn’t Help With Weight Loss
Not only is this untrue, but lifting weights can actually be an incredibly beneficial component of your weight loss regimen, particularly as you age and begin losing bone density. Lifting weights and regularly doing muscle-building activities like crunches and push-ups will help you to build muscle, which in turn helps you naturally burn more calories. In other words, building muscle improves your overall body composition and allows you to continue losing weight, even after you’ve stopped working out. While the number on the scale might not change much, you’ll firm up and lose inches, which is what really counts. In fact, numerous studies have shown that those who add weights to their routine lose the same number of pounds as those who stick with cardio – but the pounds lost are nearly all fat! Here’s why: regular cardio and aerobics help to reduce flab and burn calories, and when you throw in weight training to strengthen your lean muscle mass, the combination transforms your body into a 24-hour fat-burning machine!
Intensive Cardio Is King
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Diets Are Temporary
To begin with, you need to change the way you view eating and work on your relationship with food. If you think of a diet as depriving yourself of the things you enjoy, you won’t be as motivated to lose the weight – and you’re much more likely to gain all of that weight back once you’re “done” dieting. Instead, view food as a means of nourishing your body, plain and simple. Once you’ve altered your mindset in terms of why you eat, work on when and how you eat; in other words, learn to embrace moderation. If you want a piece of chocolate once in a while, have it – just avoid eating the entire pan of brownies. Diets aren’t a short-term commitment; they’re a crucial step in the long-term overhaul of your relationship with and understanding of food – a body-and-mind transformation process that is guaranteed to yield lifelong results if maintained properly.
Carbs Are Your Enemy
Carbohydrates are your primary source of energy, and they aid in repairing muscles during the recovery period after a workout. While an overabundance of refined sugars in your diet will contribute to a larger waistline, that doesn’t mean you should avoid “good” carbohydrates like fruits and whole grain. Make smarter choices about the carbs that go into your body, but don’t completely deprive yourself of the food you (and your body) enjoy.
The BMI Trap
In your quest for weight loss, you may think there’s a number you need to be married to – a lofty weight loss goal that may be completely unrealistic and only serve to further discourage you. Most often, that number is selected based on what the supposedly all-knowing Body Mass Index has to say. However, the problem with pounds is that they don’t all look the same. Your height and muscle mass can greatly skew your BMI number and make it seem like you need to lose more weight than necessary. Instead, set small goals for yourself along the way, so you can acknowledge the minor achievements on your path to weight loss success. Similarly, you’ll want to reassess your overall weight loss goal, disregarding the BMI trap and forming your expectations based on a fat percentage test and your current state of mind. In other words, measure your success by how you feel and how many inches you are losing – not pounds.
At the end of the day, there are countless gimmicks, tricks, and lies about weight loss that are designed to make us buy a certain product or live a certain lifestyle, false information that capitalizes on our inner desire to be the best versions of ourselves. These myths negatively influence the way many people view dieting, and greatly affect their ability to lose weight. Luckily, you can help dispel these myths! Pass on the truth to the people you care about by sharing this article with your friends and relatives. If they then share this information with their friends and relatives – well, who knows, you may even transform someone’s life. Encourage people to seek out weight loss programs that support real results over the long-term, not a quick fix, starvation-based program that is unsustainable. Armed with the right fitness and nutritional education, you can finally overcome your lifelong struggle with weight loss.
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