Starting The New Year Right: Healthy Diet, Reaching Your Goal Weight & Losing The Extra Pounds You Gained Over The Holidays

Starting The New Year Right: Healthy Diet, Reaching Your Goal Weight & Losing The Extra Pounds You Gained Over The Holidays

I love Christmas. I love everything about it. I love that baby Jesus was born to save us all, I love the decorating, the family time and all the yummy holiday goodies. My favorite goodies include Christmas cookies like butternut snowballs, traditional sugar cut-out cookies with frosting and peanut butter cookies with a Chocolate star or kiss in the middle. Problem is once Christmas and all the holiday parties have passed, I usually have overindulged big-time. As I get older, I do seem to get better but still it can be a problem. I am on my 3rd week of dieting on my CHOCOLATE PROTEIN SHAKE DIET. I am doing pretty good. So far I am down 5 1/2 pounds. I figure I would rather lose a few pounds a week and not have to worry about excess stretched out skin. Just like...

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Can A Wearable Activity Tracker Like The Misfit Swarovski Shine Help You Lose The Weight For Good With A Healthy Diet Plan?

Can A Wearable Activity Tracker Like The Misfit Swarovski Shine Help You Lose The Weight For Good With A Healthy Diet Plan?

Activity trackers are getting better and better.  Finally someone took note of fashion trends and actually made a line of activity tracker jewelry that a woman with taste will actually wear.  No longer are you relegated to wear a cheap plastic band, now you can choose from a collection of gorgeous pieces.  I am absolutely in love with the Swarovski Shine by Misfit.  When I saw it, I knew I had to have it.  I purchased the Swarovski Shine Slake set that includes the gorgeous bracelet in gray and an extra band in white, all which work with the magic crystal.  It works amazingly well and I know these are going to be a hot item this Holiday and Christmas season. Today I started my chocolate diet and I really needed to be able to keep track of my activity and sleep....

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More Reasons You Should Skip The Diet Soda And Opt For A Healthier Alternative

More Reasons You Should Skip The Diet Soda And Opt For A Healthier Alternative

I read recently that drinking diet soda can actually cause you to gain weight.  Now this makes absolutely no sense at all.  The majority of people who drink diet soda or pop are drinking it because they don’t want to gain weight drinking sugary high calorie drinks.  So to think that drinking diet soda causes weight gain is just ludicrous.  According to the Time Magazine article “What Diet Soda Does To Belly Fat”, you can gain siginficant weight drinking diet soda.  “A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn’t drink diet soda.” If that does not convince you to stop drinking diet pop, I...

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Affordable Gluten Free Meals for Weight Loss or Health Plan in 2014

Affordable Gluten Free Meals for Weight Loss or Health Plan in 2014

I recently learned that I should avoid gluten due to a MTHFR gene issue that I have.  There are many who suffer from gluten sensitivity, suffer with Celiac disease or have a MTHFR deficiency like I do.  If you have determined that gluten is an issue for you, you may find that it can be difficult to find great gluten free foods and recipes for your family at an affordable price. I have been drinking a yummy gluten free chocolate protein shake every day for the last few years and I did not even realize it was gluten free!  I was thrilled to know that I could continue to enjoy my meal replacement shake and incorporate some amazingly good and healthy gluten free food options.  The protein shake I drink was featured on the cover of the American Journal of Bariatric...

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Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Meal Replacement Coffee Shake Recipe

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Meal Replacement Coffee Shake Recipe

For those of you who have been following my blog, you know I just started the 8 week RIPPED & RICH get fit challenge.  My goal is to lose 75 pounds in 2014 however my 8 week goal is to lose 20 pounds.  I am using the XO X-protein meal replacement shake that is part of the RIPPED & RICH pack.  This is the polyphenol cacao based shake that was featured on the cover of the American Journal of Bariatric Medicine.  The average participant in the polyphenol cacao diet lost over 30 pounds in just 3 months. In order to lose serious weight, you need to commit to replacing two meals a day with this protein shake, have a 600 calorie dinner, enjoy healthy chocolate for snacks and cravings as well as a daily snack if needed.  You also need to drink lots of water and...

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Day 6 on the Chocolate Diet 8 Week Weight Loss Challenge

Day 6 on the Chocolate Diet 8 Week Weight Loss Challenge

I am so excited with my progress on day 6 of my RIPPED & RICH weight loss challenge. First off, how can I not succeed when I am allowed to snack on chocolate.  I mean, what diet lets you do that?  Well the RIPPED & RICH diet does for sure.  Hurry and join me.  This is not a joke.  This is the same cacao based chocolate diet that was featured on the cover of the American Journal of Bariatric Medicine.  This is no scam! Tomorrow morning will be my first weigh in.  My goal is to lose 20 pounds in 8 weeks.  I am finding this diet plan to be easier to follow than I could have even imagined.  There is still time for you!  Hurry and join us for the RIPPED & RICH program.  Enter the contest to win $1000 and free product!  You can do this, I know you can!...

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Affordable Exercise Program Options in 2014: Remember the old Wii Fit & Wii Fit Plus?

Affordable Exercise Program Options in 2014:  Remember the old Wii Fit & Wii Fit Plus?

Pretty much everyone I have talked to is focused on making healthy changes in 2014. Either they have decided to exercise more, eat healthier or lose weight. I think that is a great trend. I know a few people who are spending a small fortune on home based gym equipment like the Nordictrack X91 Incline trainer on sale for $1899 or the Nordictrack C970 treadmill for $999. Sure you could join a gym and pay a personal trainer but that runs into some serious bucks as well. What are the options if you don’t want to spend a fortune but want to get in shape?  Is there something affordable?  Yes, yes there is!  If you have decided that a home gym is the way to go, you might want to shop your local Craigslist or ebay and see who is selling like new equipment. We all...

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Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Meal Replacement Coffee Shake Recipe

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Meal Replacement Coffee Shake Recipe

For those of you who have been following my blog, you know I just started the 8 week RIPPED & RICH get fit challenge.  My goal is to lose 75 pounds in 2014 however my 8 week goal is to lose 20 pounds.  I am using the XO X-protein meal replacement shake that is part of the RIPPED & RICH pack.  This is the polyphenol cacao based shake that was featured on the cover of the American Journal of Bariatric Medicine.  The average participant in the polyphenol cacao diet lost over 30 pounds in just 3 months. In order to lose serious weight, you need to commit to replacing two meals a day with this protein shake, have a 600 calorie dinner, enjoy healthy chocolate for snacks and cravings as well as a daily snack if needed.  You also need to drink lots of water and...

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Day 2: So Far So Good! 2014 Weight Loss Challenge Diet Results

Day 2:  So Far So Good!  2014 Weight Loss Challenge Diet Results

Today is day 2 of my RIPPED & RICH weight loss diet plan.  I decided back in December that I would start this weight loss plan on January 2nd, 2014.  What I did not count on was that I would be sick.  I thought about it and decided that there was no good excuse, no reason to delay my diet plans so I went ahead and started anyway.  I figured a commitment is a commitment, right?  I have had to make some modifications to my exercise, just doing some walking and stretching exercises while I work to get better. The good part is the protein shake I am on is not just a diet shake but is a healthy drink for anyone.  Just one of my meal replacement shakes has over 56,000 ORAC.  According to Dictionary.com, ORAC is the “acronym for Oxygen Radical Absorbance...

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Want To Bet Your Mail Is Filled With Fitness Magazines & Healthclub Offers?

Want To Bet Your Mail Is Filled With Fitness Magazines & Healthclub Offers?

When I picked up my mail today, it was filled with fitness magazines and health club offers. On the front of the Bowflex magazine I received today, it says “It feels good to feel good:. I get that. Today was the day I started my 2014 weight loss challenge. Instead of frustration and concern about succeeding, I have a feeling of excitement. I am anxious to meet my goal weight loss of 75 pounds. I think it makes it easier to split up the goals to something realistic. Even though my goal is to lose 75 pounds in 2014, my immediate goal is to lose 20 pounds in 8 weeks. To me, that is doable. The plan I picked is one I lost weight on before. I met my goal last year but for some reason I just did not have a desire to lose all the weight. I was happy with the...

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Excited About 2014 RIPPED & RICH Weight Loss Get Fit Challenge

Excited About 2014 RIPPED & RICH Weight Loss Get Fit Challenge

I woke up this morning, New Years Day 2014,  with anticipation and excitement about what I expect this year.  I don’t know if you have already set goals for 2014 but I have been planning on starting an 8 week get fit challenge with the RIPPED & RICH program.  It is a great program for those who wanted to get ripped, get fit or lose weight like I will do.  My goal is to lose 75 pounds in 2014. My first challenge will be for 8 weeks and I am ready!  Are you? What I fell in love with about the ripped & rich program is how easy and affordable it is to get started.  First off, they use the XO chocolate diet meal replacement shake that was featured on the cover of the American Journal of Bariatric Medicine which is already a proven diet success, then they...

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Xocai Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake Featured on Cover Of Bariatric Journal

Xocai Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake Featured on Cover Of Bariatric Journal

I am going to let you in on a little secret.  I lose weight eating chocolate.  I really do.  Of course the chocolate I eat is not like the candy chocolate you are most likely familiar with that is sold in most grocery and big box stores.  This is a special kind of chocolate that is cold pressed and not heated or dutched like the candy chocolate.  I love that this chocolate is not made with waxes, fillers or processed sugars.  That explains why one XO healthy chocolate power square is just 33 calories! I am getting started on a new 2014 weight loss challenge in just a few days.  My official start date is January 2nd but you can start any day you are ready.  I am anxious to lose the last 75 pounds that has been bothering me. I am going to be honest.  I lost well...

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Ready To Take Control Of Your Life? Tired Of The Corporate World?

Ready To Take Control Of Your Life? Tired Of The Corporate World?

Here is a little bit about me.  My name is Lynette Henk.  I am an experienced consultant, social media pro and mommy blogger. I used to work in the corporate world working for GE Capital and uBid Online Auction.  As a mom of three boys I decided to focus on my kids and wanted to enjoy the flexibility of working from home while raising my family. I am originally from the western suburbs of Chicago, and now reside in Southwest Florida between Sarasota and Fort Myers in a little town called Punta Gorda.  I like to call myself a social media maven and believe I am well versed in the most popular social media sites including Pinterest, Linkedin, Facebook, Google+ and  Twitter.  I have an interest in helping others stay healthy after losing my only brother at age 42....

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Have You Heard About the New Year’s Anti-Resolution Resolution?

Have You Heard About the New Year’s Anti-Resolution Resolution?

What is an Anti-Resolution Resolution?  I had never heard of an anti-resolution until I watched the ABC-7 News this evening.  Apparently a company called Me You Health knew that 88% of New Years resolutions fail.  Knowing this they set out to help people make small, meaningful actions like putting the fork down between bites instead of the basic goal of losing weight.  They believe that specific actions for well-being make more sense.  I did not know that an action as simple as putting your fork down between bites could actually help you eat less.  Most of us eat in as little as 10 minutes even though it takes our stomach 20 minutes to realize we aren’t hungry anymore.  One way to slow down the eating is to put your fork down between bites. Here is a quote...

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2014 New Years Resolution Weight Loss & Setting Goals

2014 New Years Resolution Weight Loss & Setting Goals

As I write this blog post the day after Christmas 2013, I can’t help but think about a New Years Resolution for 2014.  There is often debate over the value of new years resolutions, if they actually matter, if you should have them and if it is worth it to have a resolution just to be disappointed when you give up down the road.  I for one find value in starting the new year right by setting and reaching or exceeding goals.  I think the key is to have a realistic expectation.  Saying you are going to lose 100 pounds in 8 weeks is unrealistic, saying you are going to lose 20 pounds in 8 weeks is an attainable goal. I have done quite a bit of soul searching in 2013 and I believe I have set a realistic goal for myself.  My New Years Resolution for 2014 is to...

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