Hey ladies…and gents!  it’s that time again.  The sun is out, the birds are chirping, the tulips are blooming…summer is almost here!  Woohoo!!!  It is now time for me to come out of hibernation.  to me, that simply means, time to shed my winter weight and be bikini ready within the next couple of months.  I’m by no means, overweight, however there is a such thing as skinny fat and it is so not flattering AT ALL!  I tend to eat pretty healthy, but there are some things in my daily diet that I can stand to be rid of. 

As I was driving in to work today, I was listening to a radio show that had a guest on by the name of JJ Smith.  She is a nutritionist and certified weight-management specialist who is a passionate relationship/life coach, and inspirational speaker.  a huge plus…SHE LOOKS AMAZING at 40 something!  Do you see the abs?!?!

She has a book out that has been a top seller on Amazon for a while now, so i figured i would do a little more research.  I went to her website and read all about the secrets of how to lose weight without diet or exercise.  I, for one, am horrible about dieting because I never had to, even after having my baby.  I have always been naturally thin.  Exercise comes naturally.  I’ve always loved running or some sort of cardio however lately, going to the gym has been a chore.  Anyhoo, to fast forward, she spoke about how to lose weight by simply doing a detox.  No, not one of those commercial detox with drinking weird juices that are mailed to you or taking pills that make you literally have to relocate your bed to the nearest bathroom.  Her detox methods are simple and healthy.  She named a few things that you should avoid eating and also some things you can eat for 3 weeks that will ultimately make you lose weight if followed correctly:

What you can’t eat:

  • White starches (white rice, white bread or any other bleached starches)
  • All meats (she didn’t specify seafood, but I’m allergic anyway, so that’s easily avoidable for me.)
  • Pasta
  • Caffeine (coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, etc.)
  • Dairy
  • Sugar (high fructose corn syrup, raw sugar, brown sugar, pretty much any unnatural sugars because the liver can’t break it down causing it to deposit it into your belly, hips and thighs.)

What you can eat:

  • Fruit (has natural sugars that are easily broken down)
  • Green leafy veggies
  • Beans (the darker the bean, the more antioxidant bonus)
  • Whole grains (oats, brown rice, etc.)
  • Nuts and seeds (almonds are an amazing source of calcium)

So basically, i will be a vegetarian for the next 3 weeks starting on Monday. I’m super excited [Really just trying to sike myself up for a moment.  Lol!]!

Next, there is the workout part.  Although JJ Smith mentions it’s not necessary to workout to lose weight, I’m doing it more so for definition in muscle tone.  I’m not a huge fan of the gym for many reasons.  One being, I feel super out of place and like everyone is watching me do a workout wrong or trying to work a machine resulting in an epic fail, so instead, I decided to try a workout from home. 

After watching the infomercial of “Insanity” with trainer Shaun T for about 2 hours, I decided I would do further research on this as well.  After reading several reviews, looking at ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics, and asking everyone I knew about it, I thought I would give it a go.  the price is pretty expensive but I was willing to try it for the 30 day money back guarantee, plus I had the comfort of my own home, so why the heck not right?!

So for the next few weeks, I will keep everyone posted on my improvements if there are any.  EEK!  If you want to try the challenge with me, let me know.  I will begin my detox on Monday, March 19th.  Wish me luck!

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Book: The Go-Giver

March 5, 2012

About The Go-Giver

In 2008 a “little story about a powerful business idea” took the business world by storm with its message: that shifting our focus from getting to giving is the simplest, most fulfilling and most effective path to success in business and in life.

Rapidly going from national bestseller to global phenomenon, The Go-Giver soon gained a devoted following in its original English and in more than sixteen foreign-language editions. From schools, churches and hospitals to law firms and information technology companies, individuals and groups around the world have applied the book’s Five Laws of Stratospheric Success to their organizations and businesses, relationships and personal lives.

Book: The Hunger Games

February 14, 2012

normally, i am more of a romance with a little mystery novel kind of girl.  even some messy romantic novels are my thing, but i have never imagined reading something like The Hunger Games, a riveting futuristic type book and actually love it!

When i tell you, i literally read this book in less than 24 hours, i’m not kidding.  i couldn’t keep my nose out of this book long enough to eat, let alone sleep.  i say it is definitely a must read, even if you’re not a fan of fiction books or anything related to sci-fi or futuristic.  this book is sure to suck you in and hold you captive until the very end only wanting more of it.  speaking of more, this happens to be a trilogy and i’m currently reading book two by the name of Catching Fire.  It is also pretty amazing.

for every great book, there comes a good movie.  notice i said “good” movie and not great.  only because, i’m certain the movie will not be able to capture every single detail the book provides.  here is a short synopsis:

COULD YOU SURVIVE ON YOUR OWN, IN THE WILD, WITH EVERYONE FIGHTING AGAINST YOU?

Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”Check it out and let me know what you think.

 

Book: Love, InshAllah

February 14, 2012

I thought nothing could be more appropriate for a day such as Valentine’s Day for this book to be debut.  No, i do not particulary “celebrate” this day, however, i do accept gifts if the king chooses to send them my way.  However, he is my Valentine 365 days of the year, 366 on leap year, so we show our love in more ways than flowers, candy and cards just for the sake of.

To the topic at hand, i read a little about a book that goes on sale today, particulary on this day because it touches into the love lives of muslim women.  I’m not Muslim, but i do respect some of their values and find their culture intriguing.  Nonetheless, i thought this book was very interesting considering how private the lives of Muslim women are.  It is and will definitely be a political statement and controversal, so take a peak and tell me what you think.

About the book:

 

Love, InshAllah ( Love, God Willing)

“Love Inshallah [goes] to a place where few, if any, books have gone before. Lesbians, co-wives, converts to Islam, Shia, Sunni, black, brown and white: every voice is unique. Collectively, they sing of strength, passion and love. One can’t help but to sit back and listen, captivated.

– Samina Ali, award winning author of Madras on Rainy Days

Romance, dating, sex and – Muslim women? In this groundbreaking collection, 25 writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their search for love and speak openly for the first time about love, relationships, sexuality, gender, identity, homophobia, and racism.

These heartfelt narratives are filled with passion and hope, loss and longing: A quintessential blonde California girl travels abroad to escape suffocating responsibilities at home, only to fall in love with a handsome Brazilian stranger she may never see again. An orthodox African-American woman must face her growing attraction to her female friend. A young girl defies her South Asian parents’ cultural expectations with an interracial relationship. And a Southern woman agrees to consider an arranged marriage, with surprising results.

Everyone seems to have an opinion about Muslim women, even (especially!) those who have never met one. Co-editors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi thought it was about time we heard directly from Muslim women themselves. You’ll be captivated by these moving, funny, provocative and surprising stories, each as individual as the writers themselves.

A beautiful collection that reminds us all not only of the diversity of the American Muslim community, but the universality of the human condition, especially when it comes to something as magical and complicated as love.

– Reza Aslan, bestselling author of No god but God “