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..of LOVE! I think love is a beautiful, mysterious, and glorious thing. It is not something to dissect, ban, or label as wrong. It is subjective and individual, not objective and collective. I just woke this morning and had this fun little desire to do a post on my favorite statements of love! Given the recent headlines and pride fests going, I decided what could be more appropriate than a post of true, honest love. Let me 1st tell you how I feel about love. LOVE knows no boundaries. It’s not defined. Love is just that love. People get confused when they ask me if I’m gay or straight. I tell them, I believe in true/honest love. If you fall in love with a man, you fall in love with a man. If it’s woman, then it’s a women. Who am I to say what you feel is right or wrong? Who am I to prevent you from love? Okay, time for my favorite statements regarding love!

Ellen & Portia: True Love

Love Statement from Ellen Degeneres:

“I don’t know what people are scared of. Maybe they think that their children will be influenced. And I gotta say I was raised by two heterosexuals. I was surrounded by heterosexuals and they did not influence me. People are going to be who they are going to be. And we need to learn to love them for who they are and let them love who they want.”

Jillian Michaels & Heidi Rhoades

Love Statement from Jillian Michaels:

“Let’s just say I believe in healthy love. If I fall in love with a woman, that’s awesome. If I fall in love with a man, that’s awesome. As long as you fall in love … It’s like organic food. I only eat healthy food, and I only want healthy love!”

Clint Eastwood- My Kind of Man, Equality

Love Statement from Clint Eastwood:

“These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage?” Eastwood opined. “I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of. They go on and on with all this bullshit about ‘sanctity’ — don’t give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”

LOVE IS LOVE. IT CAN’T BE DEFINED. IT’S FREE.

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Try This, Instead of That

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I picked  up the latest issue of Women’s Health (I love this magazine), and inside every page was information I found useful! Anyhow, I enjoyed the tips from sunscreen to food options. This issue was fun, summerry, and informational! Besides, my girl Jillian Michaels is on the cover! Here are some of favorite tips from this issue!

Keep Wrinkles at Bay!

SunScreen: If you’re like me, you’re just now using sunscreen (and you don’t like it). I love the sun and I love tanning. What I don’t love are wrinkles and cancer, so in my older age (I’m 23 now, ha), I’ve come to realize how important sun protection is. Here are some tips & facts!

“SPF refers to the ability of a sunscreen to block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which cause sunburns, but not UVA rays, which are more closely linked to deeperskin damage. Both UVA and UVB contribute to the risk ofskin cancer.”

1.) More is better! Most people don’t put an adequate amount of sunscreen on their face, this is where a higher SPF can be useful. USE MORE! Just bc it’s in your makeup doesn’t mean you applied enough.

2.) If it burns your skin, then choose sunscreen that’s more zinc-based. Stay away from octinoxate, PABA, and oxybenzone. Try Banana Boat’s Natural Reflect Lotion

3.) One reason I disliked sunscreen was because it would run into my eyes and burn! Here’s a tip for that: try using a waxy sunscreen stick. Apply, rub into skin, and go! Or you can apply your normal sunscreen, then dab the waxy stick around areas that you don’t want to sweat (like around your eyes, eyebrows, and mouth). Try Burt’s Bees Baby Bee SPF or Banana Boats sunscreen stick!

4.) If you find it makes your skin act up, then go for a sunscreen with less ingredients. Find some with zinc and titanium. Those mineral blockers help reduce redness. Gel formulas will help alleviate your skin and offer some coolness! WH suggests MD Solar Sciences SPF 30 + Mineral Screen Gel.

My favorite brands: SunScreen Sport, Banana Boat, and Coppertone.

Beat the Bloat!

De-Bloating Your Diet: When I hit the beach, the last thing I want is to feel like a balloon! So, try these tips to prevent unneeded bloating! You’re a sun goddess, don’t let bloating tell you no!

1.) Avoid sodium. No brainer there. Sodium causes swelling and pressure. I love diet dr.pepper (I know, horrible choice with sodium & aspartame), but one sip and I can feel the swelling!

2.)More fiber. Fiber helps regulate your digestion and can prevent constipation, which will bloat your tummy! I live by this rule. Grape Nuts cereal helps a lot for me (TMI).

3.) Avoid Gassy Foods like: legumes, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, peppers, and citrus fruits.

Here’s Jillian’s Tips for De-Bloating Your Diet

Rock ON!

 Summer Playlists: This is from me! One of the most important things to bring with me during the summer is a kick ass playlist! So, here is my summer playlist.

  • “Legendary Child” Aerosmith
  • “Immigrant Song” (remixed) Led Zepplin
  • “Girls,Girls,Girls” Motley Crue
  • “Lick it Up” KISS
  • “Let’s Put the X in Sex” KISS
  • “Katmandu” Bob Segar
  • “Pretty Woman” Roy Orbison
  • “All the Lovers” Kylie Minogue
  • “Hair” Lady Gaga
  • Anything Deadmau5
  • “Be Happy” Bob Marley
  • “Paradise City” Guns N Roses
  • “Cheeseburger in Paradise” Jimmy Buffett (must have icy drink in hand, too)
  • “Wild Side” Motley Crue
  • “Nothing but a Good Time” Poison
  • “Crocodile Rock” Elton John
  • “Saints of Los Angeles” Motley Crue
  • “Sweet Emotion” Aerosmith
  • ANYTHING Aerosmith

Fitness Guru “I don’t like to exercise.”

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This is not my article. It’s from the dailymail.co.uk.  Needless, I LOVE Jillian Michaels, so here ya go.

‘I don’t like to exercise’: Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels reveals her surprising secret

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 2:07 AM on 14th April 2011

She’s made her name helping severely obese Americans shed their excess pounds. But The Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels has revealed that she hates to exercise.She revealed to Shape magazine: ‘There are plenty of others things we’d all rather be doing… I like to get in and get out.’

Biggest Loser fitness expert, Jillian Michaels, on the front cover of Shape magazine, May 2011

The 36-year-old weight loss expert has openly admitted, she likes to keep her exercise time to an absolute minimum and limits her workouts to mere minutes if she can.’I want my workouts to be quick and high intensity. In fact, you should be able to sculpt your entire body in just five moves.’As a woman who spends most of her days in workout clothes, she also confesses that she can’t bear workout gear and feels frumpy in them.

Tough cookie: Jillian puts contestants through their paces in Losing it

‘I hate your typical gym clothes. They’re so unflattering.’Fortunately, Jillian looks nothing short of toned and sculpted in her Shape photo shoot  wearing a sexy purple support bra and bright lime workout shorts.

It’s been six years since The Biggest Loser brought Jillian to TV screens and her power as the fiery-mouthed fitness Queen has helped catapult her to even greater stardom.She now has her own online health and fitness subscription program and has recently designed a line of workout clothing with with K-Swiss called the J.M Collection.

Since leaving The Biggest Loser show last year, Jillian has starred in her own hit show, Losing It, which sees the tough trainer go head-to-head with overweight families.

But exercise aside, the beautiful brunette also made some surprising confessions in her interview with Shape.

 

Scrubs up well: Jillian dazzled on the red carpet at this year's Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles

She says she was a chubby kid and at just five feet tall and weighing 175lbs, she could have been a contestant on the Biggest Loser when she was growing up.

Jillian also admits that she happily eats 2,000 calories a day and even suffers with cellulite.

She joked: ‘There’s this one dimple on the back of my butt that’s like a cavern. I swear to you, it’s just un-friggin’-believable!’

Fans of the hit NBC show may be surprised to hear that the hard-nosed trainer has not had such an easy life and is open about having therapy.

She told Shape: ‘I’ve been seeing a shrink since I was 5.’

She then playfully added: ‘But it does help you control those behaviours that can send you to the fridge or compel you to tell you boss to shove it!’

You can read Jillian’s full, in-depth interview in the new May issue of Shape magazine, which is out to buy now.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1376679/I-dont-like-exercise-Biggest-Loser-drill-sergeant-Jillian-Michaels-reveals-keeps-shape-fast.html#ixzz1JVc6sN4m

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely

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The word for this Saturday is LOVELY, as in you are lovely inside and out! Embrace  your imperfections and declare your strengths!

 

Tid Bits for Yooouuuu!!!!

 

 

 

The Dangers of Soy!

Seriously, read this. SO many people are switching to Soy products, but it’s not all that great. Thanks to Jillian Michaels for this great article. For the article in its entirety you can find it here:   http://www.mercola.com/article/soy/avoid_soy.htmby Sally Fallon & Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.

Cinderella’s Dark Side

The propaganda that has created the soy sales miracle is all the more remarkable because, only a few decades ago, the soybean was considered unfit to eat – even in Asia. During the Chou Dynasty (1134-246 BC) the soybean was designated one of the five sacred grains, along with barley, wheat, millet and rice.

However, the pictograph for the soybean, which dates from earlier times, indicates that it was not first used as a food; for whereas the pictographs for the other four grains show the seed and stem structure of the plant, the pictograph for the soybean emphasizes the root structure. Agricultural literature of the period speaks frequently of the soybean and its use in crop rotation. Apparently the soy plant was initially used as a method of fixing nitrogen.13

The soybean did not serve as a food until the discovery of fermentation techniques, some time during the Chou Dynasty. The first soy foods were fermented products like tempeh, natto, miso and soy sauce.

At a later date, possibly in the 2nd century BC, Chinese scientists discovered that a purée of cooked soybeans could be precipitated with calcium sulfate or magnesium sulfate (plaster of Paris or Epsom salts) to make a smooth, pale curd – tofu or bean curd. The use of fermented and precipitated soy products soon spread to other parts of the Orient, notably Japan and Indonesia.

The Chinese did not eat unfermented soybeans as they did other legumes such as lentils because the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins or “antinutrients”. First among them are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion.

These inhibitors are large, tightly folded proteins that are not completely deactivated during ordinary cooking. They can produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors cause enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas, including cancer.14

Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together.

Trypsin inhibitors and haemagglutinin are growth inhibitors. Weanling rats fed soy containing these antinutrients fail to grow normally. Growth-depressant compounds are deactivated during the process of fermentation, so once the Chinese discovered how to ferment the soybean, they began to incorporate soy foods into their diets.

In precipitated products, enzyme inhibitors concentrate in the soaking liquid rather than in the curd. Thus, in tofu and bean curd, growth depressants are reduced in quantity but not completely eliminated.

Soy also contains goitrogens – substances that depress thyroid function.

Additionally 99% a very large percentage of soy is genetically modified and it also has one of the highest percentages contamination by pesticides of any of our foods.

Soybeans are high in phytic acid, present in the bran or hulls of all seeds. It’s a substance that can block the uptake of essential minerals – calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc – in the intestinal tract.

Although not a household word, phytic acid has been extensively studied; there are literally hundreds of articles on the effects of phytic acid in the current scientific literature. Scientists are in general agreement that grain- and legume-based diets high in phytates contribute to widespread mineral deficiencies in third world countries.15

Analysis shows that calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc are present in the plant foods eaten in these areas, but the high phytate content of soy- and grain-based diets prevents their absorption.

The soybean has one of the highest phytate levels of any grain or legume that has been studied,16 and the phytates in soy are highly resistant to normal phytate-reducing techniques such as long, slow cooking.17 Only a long period of fermentation will significantly reduce the phytate content of soybeans.

When precipitated soy products like tofu are consumed with meat, the mineral-blocking effects of the phytates are reduced.18 The Japanese traditionally eat a small amount of tofu or miso as part of a mineral-rich fish broth, followed by a serving of meat or fish.

Vegetarians who consume tofu and bean curd as a substitute for meat and dairy products risk severe mineral deficiencies. The results of calcium, magnesium and iron deficiency are well known; those of zinc are less so.

Zinc is called the intelligence mineral because it is needed for optimal development and functioning of the brain and nervous system. It plays a role in protein synthesis and collagen formation; it is involved in the blood-sugar control mechanism and thus protects against diabetes; it is needed for a healthy reproductive system.

Zinc is a key component in numerous vital enzymes and plays a role in the immune system. Phytates found in soy products interfere with zinc absorption more completely than with other minerals.19 Zinc deficiency can cause a “spacey” feeling that some vegetarians may mistake for the “high” of spiritual enlightenment.

Milk drinking is given as the reason why second-generation Japanese in America grow taller than their native ancestors. Some investigators postulate that the reduced phytate content of the American diet – whatever may be its other deficiencies – is the true explanation, pointing out that both Asian and Western children who do not get enough meat and fish products to counteract the effects of a high phytate diet, frequently suffer rickets, stunting and other growth problems.20

Soy Protein Isolate: Not So Friendly

Soy processors have worked hard to get these antinutrients out of the finished product, particularly soy protein isolate (SPI) which is the key ingredient in most soy foods that imitate meat and dairy products, including baby formulas and some brands of soy milk.

SPI is not something you can make in your own kitchen. Production takes place in industrial factories where a slurry of soy beans is first mixed with an alkaline solution to remove fiber, then precipitated and separated using an acid wash and, finally, neutralized in an alkaline solution.

Acid washing in aluminum tanks leaches high levels of aluminum into the final product. The resultant curds are spray- dried at high temperatures to produce a high-protein powder. A final indignity to the original soybean is high-temperature, high-pressure extrusion processing of soy protein isolate to produce textured vegetable protein (TVP).

Much of the trypsin inhibitor content can be removed through high-temperature processing, but not all. Trypsin inhibitor content of soy protein isolate can vary as much as fivefold.21 (In rats, even low-level trypsin inhibitor SPI feeding results in reduced weight gain compared to controls.22)

But high-temperature processing has the unfortunate side-effect of so denaturing the other proteins in soy that they are rendered largely ineffective.23 That’s why animals on soy feed need lysine supplements for normal growth.

Nitrites, which are potent carcinogens, are formed during spray-drying, and a toxin called lysinoalanine is formed during alkaline processing.24 Numerous artificial flavorings, particularly MSG, are added to soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein products to mask their strong “beany” taste and to impart the flavor of meat.25

In feeding experiments, the use of SPI increased requirements for vitamins E, K, D and B12 and created deficiency symptoms of calcium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, copper, iron and zinc.26 Phytic acid remaining in these soy products greatly inhibits zinc and iron absorption; test animals fed SPI develop enlarged organs, particularly the pancreas and thyroid gland, and increased deposition of fatty acids in the liver.27

Yet soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein are used extensively in school lunch programs, commercial baked goods, diet beverages and fast food products. They are heavily promoted in third world countries and form the basis of many food giveaway programs.

In spite of poor results in animal feeding trials, the soy industry has sponsored a number of studies designed to show that soy protein products can be used in human diets as a replacement for traditional foods.

An example is “Nutritional Quality of Soy Bean Protein Isolates: Studies in Children of Preschool Age”, sponsored by the Ralston Purina Company.28 A group of Central American children suffering from malnutrition was first stabilized and brought into better health by feeding them native foods, including meat and dairy products. Then, for a two-week period, these traditional foods were replaced by a drink made of soy protein isolate and sugar.

All nitrogen taken in and all nitrogen excreted was measured in truly Orwellian fashion: the children were weighed naked every morning, and all excrement and vomit gathered up for analysis. The researchers found that the children retained nitrogen and that their growth was “adequate”, so the experiment was declared a success.

Whether the children were actually healthy on such a diet, or could remain so over a long period, is another matter. The researchers noted that the children vomited “occasionally”, usually after finishing a meal; that over half suffered from periods of moderate diarrhea; that some had upper respiratory infections; and that others suffered from rash and fever.

It should be noted that the researchers did not dare to use soy products to help the children recover from malnutrition, and were obliged to supplement the soy-sugar mixture with nutrients largely absent in soy products – notably, vitamins A, D and B12, iron, iodine and zinc.

 

Beast Mode My Life.

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My Motto for 2011: BEAST MODE

Over my break I did alot of things…workout I did occasionally. So, to make up for it and ground I lost for taking a break, I whipped my butt into gear this past week and went into beast mode. I am currently sitting in my chair with sore thighs, abs, and arms. Needless to say, I covered my ground. I want to be the best possible me in 2011 and I’m starting it off right!!! What did you guys make as resolutions? Mine are as follows:

1. No Procrastination

2. Workouts Steady and Hardcore

3.Complete my first half-marathon

4.No Procrastination

5.Absolutley no processed foods

6.Rotate between Jillian Michaels 6 pack abs/30 day shred daily

7. Get up to 7 miles running

I know I shoot high and aim for many, but what is a life without aspirations??

 

The Beast Mode Workout I’ve been doing…. DUN DUN DUN

 

a.) The past two nights I’ve done Level 1 of Jillian Michaels 6 pack Abs in 6 Weeks, let me tell you it works! I did it with no added weight and was sore. It is a mixture of cardio/abs incorporating the entire body. AWESOME.

b.) 5 Stadium Snakes + Running Laps= Killer Cardio

c.) Hitting the Gym for whole body, esp. arms,back, and abs

—-repeating this daily on top of teaching dance beast mode, I believe so.

 

Happy New Year!

Fun TidBits!

Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on New Years..

Kathy and……CHER in Hawaii!

Motivation

Umm…

AMAZING….

New Loves….YUMMY

For Those Much Needed Energy Boosts!

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I don’t know if you’re like me, but sometimes (okay, most of the time!) I need an energy boost for my long days of school, work, dance, and workouts. Needless, of your agenda we just need a little boost every now and again! So, the other day I wonder into this little health foods store and I instantly fell in love! It was a sanctuary for any ‘health’ freak! There were vitamins,organic products, herbal products of all kinds, and anything else one could desire in the healthly/natural realm! This little place was Virginia’s Health Store and I absolutely found it a blessing from above to have this shop next door to my favorite place in the world- A book store!!!! So any way, (sorry for wondering off into my little ecstasy laden land) I found the health supplement Jillian Michaels suggests Guarana. I love it, but I don’t take it everyday because I bought it in it’s fluid form, organic alcohol state. You can purchase health supplements/diet products that effectively mix Gurana with White Willow Bark and they are great! It’s all natural. I love it because it produces energy that builds as time progresses. It isn’t a rush, then crash effect like most energy products out there. It has also been used to treat pain, fatigue, detoxing the blood, boosting metabolism, and aiding in cardiovascular health. This may be because Guarana has a higher % of caffeine than coffee or cacao beans! That is why you typically see this little guy in energy drinks or diet supplements.

 

 

 

 

These are my energy alternatives! What’s yours????

1.) Running/Working Out

2.) My Get Krunk Jamz for energy

3.) Some Artifical Sugar (please, take in small dosages, may lead to body fat and dun-lapp disease)

 

 

 

 

It’s A New Day Peeps!

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Just a little comical pic f Jillian-curtesy of a butt cramp 🙂

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So, to get my day started off right, wait, is it a new day? I’ve been up since Thursday morning; I’ve been studying for two exams! YIKES! Anyway, I’ve been feeling a bit down and a bit overwhelmed lately, but I’ve found my stolen mojo and my lost effort to live a clean/healthy/vivacious life! Plus, with all the things I need to get done before I even consider applying to graduate school-I’m gonna need my wheaties! So, I’m starting my day off with 2 hard boiled eggs and a grape Propel fitness water! For lunch, I believe I am going to have some pretzels and an orange,; for dinner, I really don’t have a clue. I do know, I am going to try So Delicious Coconut Milk; my health goddess Jillian Michaels swears by it! Well, I’m going to stop blabbing; take a shower; eat my eggs; workout then study some more until my exams. PEACE OUT HOLMES.