Mission:: I want Muscles

I noticed a huge drop in my metabolism when I entered my 30’s.  No longer was ‘chasing my kids’ in my 20’s an effective workout for me.  Bummer.  Suddenly I was seeking and reading material on strength training.  I learned it was even more important to build muscle mass because my body was starting to lose it quickly.  Darn it.  After 10 years of….ahem…. ‘research’ I am now in my 40’s [just barely].  Let me tell you.  I tested that theory of [no] strength training for you all for 10 years and have concluded that…Yes it is important.  You’re welcome. 

No strength training results in a super weak core.  [I learned that word in my many years of research]

Then my sis-in-law came to visit and made me invited me to do a version of the bootcamp she teaches.  That’s when I realized my 10 year old son may be stronger than me….

So last Saturday night I went to my favorite [dangerously close to my house] Target and perused the fitness isle.  I found this


What I know about Jillion is that everyone hates her.  And apparently that’s a good thing because she claims to ‘shred your body’.  yay me….

So I put the $9.99 life changing DVD into my cart along with a couple of hand weights feeling good.

Cheer me on in shredding my body [because that’s a good thing for my core ;)]!




Oral B Glide Floss [review]

Are you a floss fanatic?  I am!  I have floss in all three bathrooms in my house and I carry some in my purse too.  I want to be a good example to my 3 boys about good teeth hygiene and I am constantly reminding them to FLOSS.  All for the hope that when they move out to go to college they will always have their mothers’ voice in their heads.  hehe

So when I was recently contacted by Oral-B to review their Pro-Health Floss on the blog, I said yes because taking care of your teeth is am important part of a Healthy Home. 

Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical renderings

After using this floss for 2 weeks I can honestly say that I do like it.  I only buy floss that has mint and this one does so points for that!

Here’s moi in the car after flossing…..lol

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Here are a few facts about the

Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Clinical Protection Floss:

  • Is clinically proven to help reverse gingivitis in two weeks as part of a comprehensive dental health routine.
  • Invigorates gums and provides a minty cool feeling every time you floss.
  • Protects against cavities and bad breath.
  • Slides up to 50 percent more easily in tight spaces versus the leading floss.

Now for the cool part!

Oral-B is doing some sweet give aways ::

  • Every first-time entrant will receive a tote bag with Glide product, while supplies last (up to 5,000 units).

  • Every two weeks from now until July 7th, the Oral-B Glide Floss Face app will award a grand prize of one iPad

    Simply go HERE to enter.  Who doesn’t like free stuff??? 


    happy healthy teeth!



    I participated in this sponsored campaign for One2One Network. I received monetary compensation and product to facilitate my post, but all opinions stated are my own.

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    What is Your Healthy?

    Please welcome Rachelle from Livin’ the Fit Life.  Rachelle is a passionate runner and is currently in the process of getting certified as a personal trainer.  Her style of writing is fresh and witty with a healthy dose of encouragement to get you up and moving.   Be sure to pop over to visit her and let her know in the comments.  Thanks so much for guest posting, Rachelle!  You inspire me!

    So, I may or may not have had too much caffeine, too late in the day, and I can’t sleep for the life of me.  I have been laying in bed with a thousand thoughts cascading through my head and all I want to do is go for a run.  But, it is the middle of the night and pouring down rain, so that probably isn’t the smartest or safest thing to do.  Instead, I decided to write a blog post.
    I was watching a video a couple of days ago about the definition of wealth.  That we, as individuals, should have our own definition of wealth, instead of letting society define it for us.  After pondering this for a while, I decided that this principle would work for the definition of health as well. 

    How do we define health vs. how society defines it for us? 
    how do you define healthy

    Health can be defined in so many different ways. 

    ~ It could mean having a BMI of 22,

    ~ fitting into a pair of size 8 jeans,

    ~ not catching as many colds during the winter,

    ~ running a sub 4 hour marathon. 

    The spectrum of health is endless and diverse and there are people at every point along the way. I see people who are overweight running alongside the road and I think to myself  “Wow, that is so awesome that they are on their journey to being healthy!” 

    Whether healthy means

    ~ changing one meal a day to a healthier choice,

    ~taking a multi-vitamin to keep the colds away,

    ~beginning a workout routine,

    ~ or adding speedwork to your running regimen,

    we are all on our own journey

    And to those who haven’t started their journey, what is stopping you from taking that first step?
    So, I ask you, what is your healthy?  How do you define health in your life?  For those out there who haven’t started their journey to living a healthy life, what is one small step you would suggest they take?  My advice would be, define your “healthy” and make it happen.
    Off to bed I go, when I fall asleep nobody knows. 

    Have a great day and happy running!




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    Fitness Friday

    Contributor Post by Rachelle….

    Often when people start an exercise routine, they wonder just exactly how many calories are being burned during their activities. It can be quite confusing. To know this information can help, especially when you are trying to lose weight. I found a great website where you can type in your weight and your activity and it will tell you approximately how many calories you are burning.

    Here are a couple of examples for you:

    150 lb. woman

    60 minutes Bodypump class=500 depending on effort

    60 minutes Spin class=675 depending on effort

    60 minutes Running 6mph=684

    60 minutes Walking 4mph=381

    60 minutes Pilates intermediate=351

    60 minutes sex =288

    220 lb. man

    60 minutes Bodypump class=607 depending on effort

    60 minutes Spin class=1003 depending on effort

    60 minutes Running=1135

    60 minutes Walking=515

    4 hours of golf carrying own clubs=2429

    4 hours of golf using cart=1373

    Of course these can go up or down depending on how hard a person is pushing themselves, muscle mass, and weights/tension used.

    Here are the calories of a few of our favorite foods/drinks that can be easily eliminated from someone’s diet and make a big difference in weight loss.

    1-6 oz. glass of wine=120

    1 chocolate chip cookie (homemade)=78

    1 12 oz. soda=140

    1 coffee shop latte=150 (depending on what is added/type of milk etc.)

    A pound of body fat equals 3500 calories. With a bit of extra activity and by eliminating a few indulgences, you are well on your way to a healthy and active lifestyle!

    Let today be the day you decide to make a change. Let today be the day you decide to be healthy.

    Now I know there are many reasons or excuses to not take this leap. No support at home, busy schedule, don’t know where/ how to start. I read a great running quote today.

    “The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen” -Nike

    Don’t you love that! YOU make the choice. YOU make the change. YOU feel the satisfaction. YOU reap the benefits.

    Make the choice to be healthy today. You won’t regret it, I promise!



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