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Gratitude Attitude
Posted October 15, 2010 by Christallin

January 2, 2011 is my 50th birthday. I have a goal to be a role model for other young women. As a former Mrs. Southeastern Michigan United States, 2008, pageant coach, judge and Life Coach, it's important for me to practice what I preach. What I've been preaching forever is that there is no reason to grow "older" so that you look bad. I love becoming older. Whenever I tell someone I am almost 50, their jaw drops straight to the ground. No glory on my part though. It's all due to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He gave me this temple and I'm determined to keep it well.

Right now I'm in a little race with time. I have the goal to weigh 150 Lbs by my birthday on January 2, 2011. I am 5'10" so this is my perfect modeling and photographic weight. I am doing everything I know how to do. I work out 5 times a week. Four of the five days I do 1 hour to 1.30 cardio. On Mondays I usually do just 45 minutes. I enjoy the Spinning class and find that I lose weight fastest when I do this class at least 2-3 times a week. My goal is to have a lean and toned look. As a fashion model, very pronounced muscle development is not the look I like for me. But I do want to be able to see plenty of curves and a few cuts and some definition. So I now do light weights and many, many repetitions. As I lose more fat, I will add a little more weight for definition and to keep making gains. I also enjoy the Powerflex class at Bally Total fitness.

I recently realized the importance of protein for muscle building. I'm a vegetarian and for the life of me couldn't figure out why I didn't weigh zero pounds just because I eat mostly fruit and veggies. Duh! Thank God for an athlete I ran into at the Hyatt Regency gym. This woman looked so good it was amazing. I know she was older than I am which made it even better. I asked her how she got her fantastic body and she shared with me the importance of eating clean, organic, and using a protein supplement if you're a vegetarian. Believe me, after talking to this sister, I had a whole different attitude. Another friend, Ms. Maryland Galaxy, 2011, Sherri Dennis, told me that I must increase my cardio to torch the fat. She only had to tell me that one time.

But that's what makes the fitness community so great and so much fun. I love the comeraderie of working out in the midst of others with the same goals. I love seeing different techniques and trying them myself. I love losing weight and wearing different attractive outfits instead of the same old basic black. I love the looks I get when I can tell someone is thinking, "Dang, she's here, again." Wow. This is too much fun to ever quit.

I'm new to this site. I came here to ask for advice on weight loss supplements. I'm interested in those that have an appetite suppressant, metabolic increasing effect. But you know, even if I never get that advice, I'll still participate. I really like the exercise tutorials. This is part of me and who I am. I'm glad to meet you and hope you are having a blessed day.

My word for the day was timely, "Rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God through Christ Jesus concerning You." I Thess. 5;16-18. Gratitude- A different type of exercise.


With approximately 37% of Americans overweight, it's clearguy on treadmill that many of us are not following the latest fitness guidelines that prescribe an hour of exercise a day. In fact, there was no doubt a collective groan when people realized they would now have to find an hour each day to do something they can't seem to find 5 minutes for. But there is hope! With a few simple tips I will show you how to maximize the health and fat burning benefits of cardio (aerobic activity).

How Cardio Can Be Used to Maximize Fat Burning

After a good cardio session your Metabolic Rate is higher and you actually will burn extra calories for several hours later. The calories that you will burn literally while doing nothing, will most probably exceed the calories initially burned during the exercise.

Morning Cardio for Maximum Fat Loss

Doing cardio in the am before eating carbs is beneficial because your body's glycogen levels will be lower in the morning (assuming you last ate at dinner time and have essentially fasted for 10-12 hour fast). Doing cardio without eating causes your body to mobilize more fat because of the inavailability of glycogen. Blood glucose levels are also lower after an overnight fast so you will burn more fat which will be used for energy.

After fasting your insulin levels are the lowest. When you consume a meal, especially one with carbohydrates your body releases insulin, which interferes with the mobilization of body fat. Because there is less insulin present before eating after a 10-12 hour fast more body fat is burned when cardio is done in the morning. Note: this is also why many "fat burning" or carbohydrate blocking products contains several ingredients, which have shown to reduce or regulate blood insulin levels.

Eating immediately before cardio also inhibits fat burning because you will first have to burn off what you ate first before your body will burn stored body.

When you do cardio in the morning, your metabolism stays elevated for a period of time after the cardio workout is over.

Cardio in the morning will also give you an energy boost throughout the rest of the day and can also regulate your appetite and assist you with controlling cravings and binging.

Afternoon Cardio

By doing an afternoon cardio session you will be able to elevate your metabolism a second time for another period of a few hours. Therefore your body burns extra calories while doing no extra work. This is similar to the calories that will be burned by extra lean muscle you develop. Once you add the muscle you burn more calories without doing any additional cardio exercise. Isnt that great? These are those little tricks that must people do not hear about.

Two-a-days for Maximum Fat Loss

To maximize fat burning perform two cardio sessions, one in the morning and when after you train in the afternoon. This technique works so well because of a cool effect that occurs after you do cardio.

About the Author

Jeff BeharJeff Behar, MS, MBA is a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, regularly writing about hot topics in the areas of health, fitness, disease prevention, nutrition, anti agingalternative medicine. His work also often appears in several of the major health and fitness newsletters, health and fitness magazines, and on major health, and fitness websites. Behar is also a well sought after personal trainer, motivational speaker, and weight loss expert.

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People who have lost brain cells in the hippocampus area of the brain arewoman with alzheimers more likely to develop dementia, according to a study published in the March 17, 2009, print issue of NeurologyҮ, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The study involved 64 people with Alzheimer's disease, 44 people with mild cognitive impairment, which is the stage of memory problems that precedes Alzheimer's disease, and 34 people with no memory or thinking

MRI scans were performed on all of the participants at the beginning of the study and again an average of a year and a half later. During that time, 23 of the people with mild cognitive impairment had developed Alzheimer's disease, along with three of the healthy participants.

The researchers measured the volume of the whole brain and the hippocampus area, which is affected by Alzheimer's disease, at the beginning and end of the study, and calculated the rate of shrinkage in the brain over that time.

For the people who did not have dementia at the beginning of the study, those with smaller hippocampal volumes and higher rates of shrinkage were two to four times as likely to develop dementia as those with larger volumes and a slower rate of atrophy.

This finding seems to reflect that at the stage of mild cognitive impairment, considerable atrophy has already occurred in the hippocampus," said study author Wouter Henneman, MD, of VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. "In people who already have Alzheimer's disease, the loss of nerve cells is more widespread throughout the brain."

About Dementia

Dementia is a progressive brain dysfunction (in Latin 'dementia' means irrationality), which results in a restriction of daily activities and in most cases leads in the long term to the need for care. Many chronic diseases can result in dementia, the most common one being Alzheimer's disease.

The probability of suffering from dementia increases with advancing age. Dementia predominantly occurs in the second half of our life, often after the age of 65. The frequency of dementia increases with rising age from less than 2 % for the 65-69-year-olds, to 5 % for the 75-79 year-olds and to more than 20 % for the 85-89 year-olds. Every third person over 90 years of age suffers from moderate or severe dementia (Bickel, Psycho 1996, 4-8). About half of those affected by dementia suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

About Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a slowly progressive disease of the brain that is characterized by impairment of memory and eventually by disturbances in reasoning, planning, language, and perception. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, which afflicts 24 million people worldwide. Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging and is not something that inevitably happens in later life. It is rarely seen before the age of 65. The likelihood of having Alzheimer's disease increases substantially after the age of 70 and may affect around 50% of persons over the age of 85.

About the American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 21,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as multiple sclerosis, restless legs syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, narcolepsy, and stroke.