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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