Want Fabulous Skin and to Look Younger?

Don’t we all?  I’ve used MANY products in my time, and yes, I very much liked quite a few of them.  Many of them did exactly what I hoped they would do, but let’s face it, they can be EXPENSIVE.  And I always find myself coming back to one….. Derm Exclusive.

This is the system that gets me the most compliments on my skin– that, “OHMYGOSH!  Your skin looks GREAT?  WHAT are you using??” kind of reaction.  So why do I wander from it, do you ask?  I don’t know– I guess I’m always looking for something I think I’ll like BETTER.  But, that never happens.  I always come back to it!  And guess what?  Right now it’s on SALE, so you can try it, too!  The Ulitmate Kit is normally $165, but for the month of November you can get this 7 piece kit for only $99.95 with FREE SHIPPING!  I know!  I can’t believe it, either!  So, what do you get for your $99.95?  Let me share:

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Along with a facial cleanser, your 7 piece kit comes with

  • Micro Peel Resurfacing Pads: Glycolic, salicyclic, and malic acids gently exfoliate without irritation.
  • Intensive Repair Serum: Antioxidant Vitamin C helps fade dark spots and can help prevent future sun damage.
  • Collagen Lift: Encapsulated retinol boosts collagen production and helps to prevent sagging, while also reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Fill & Freeze® Wrinkle Treatment: Micro-Smoothing Peptides relax “crease memory” to smooth out lines and wrinkles

Sounds pretty awesome, huh?  But WAIT– there’s more!  These are products ARE NOT tested on animals, contain NO, parabens, animal by products, sulfates, hydroquinone, (chemical skin lightener) formaldehyde, alcohol, petroleum, artificial colors, gluten, pore clogging ingredients, propylene glycol, (it’s found in brake fluid and is a common skin care ingredient!) phthalates, or vitamin E derived from known allergy sources.  Phew!

So, what are you waiting for??  Click any of the hyperlinks, or visit my website at www.madfit4u.com and click the Derm Exclusive link on the homepage. I’d LOVE for you to try it and let me know your results!!

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I’m Injured

UGH.  There will be no classes this week as I am INJURED.  I hope to be back on October 1st for Tuesday night PiYo Strength.  Please sign up for my text messaging to stay in the know!  (See the top of the page)

Thanks for understanding!

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WHY Am I Not Losing Weight???

noweightlossI hear that all the time from friends, people that come to my classes, acquaintances– anyone that knows I do fitness as my job.

“I’m exercising EVERYDAY.  I don’t get it!” is what I hear a lot next.

“Well, (I say) there are many things that could be contributing to that, but let’s start by looking at your food log and see if we can figure out what’s not working for you.”

“Oooh, (they say) I don’t keep a food log.  I eat pretty well.  I can keep track in my head.”

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!  NO.  No, you can’t.  You may THINK you can, but you really can’t.

Most days by the afternoon I can’t even *remember* what I had for breakfast, let alone the total calorie count I’m at for the day.  I’m busy.  You’re busy.  We can’t remember these numbers and keep track of them while everything else in life is going on.  Bottom line is, you’ve *got to write down what you are eating*.  Keeping a food log *will* help you lose weight.  It will!  WRITE IT DOWN.   I’m a HUGE advocate of the food log.  It will help you see EXACTLY what you are eating and the total calorie amount.  You write it down.  You own it.  It keeps you accountable.  You get to see how many calories you have left in the day to use.  Seems like a no brainer, huh?  Then why won’t people do it?  I’M TOO BUSY, you say.  Well, busy or not, I have a challenge for you.

free_food_diaryI dare you to try it for 3 days.  Write down EXACTLY what you eat WHEN you eat it, along with the calorie count.  Write down every single little last thing you put in your mouth, from what you had for breakfast to that stick of gum or mint. Write it down *right after* you eat it, so you remember to do it.  It can be on a piece of paper, or you can search and download a cutesy one from the internet, or you can join a free website like My Fitness Pal and do it online. (My personal favorite because it’s easy.  They have a HUGE database of food AND you can put the app on your phone and scan bar codes to enter food like magic!  SO cool.) I think at the end of the 3 days (probably at the end of the first day!) you will be shocked to see how many calories you actually ARE consuming.  You’ll also get to see what foods maybe you are getting too much of, or not enough of– a multitude of things!

“Okay”, (you say)  “I *already* log my food and guess what?  I STILL CAN’T LOSE WEIGHT.”  My next question might be, do you weigh and measure your portions?  “Oh NO”, (you tell me)  “I don’t need to do that.  I am really good at estimating.”  To which I would say……

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Let’s be honest. Portions sizes in the United States are Out. Of. Control.  NO ONE can *really* estimate how much they should be eating because we never really get to SEE a normal portion size.  It’s all super sized and over sized!  Most people don’t even know what a serving size IS for most foods that they eat everyday!  Even if you DO know the serving size, if you aren’t measuring or weighing  it out, there’s a huge chance you are actually eating more calories than you think you are.  Which leads me to my next point:

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Yes, friends, it does.  You can *write down* that you ate a cup of cereal with a cup of milk, but if you didn’t actually measure it out, you aren’t fooling your body.  It KNOWS you actually ate 1.5 cups of cereal instead of 3/4 of a cup.  It KNOWS you actually poured more than a cup of milk into that bowl.  Who cares, you say?  What’s a few extra calories among friends?  Well, 100 calories here, 100 calories there–it all adds up.  I know it just feels so GOOD to see it written down on the paper– you stayed under your calorie count for the day!  Whoot whoot!  Or *did* you?  Hmmmmm…..your next weigh in rolls around and you find out you haven’t lost anything, or worse, GAINED.  It’s upsetting when that happens, I hear you (a whole other blog post could be about We Aren’t a Number on the Scale, but I digress!) but you really need to think about those portions and take the time to MEASURE and WEIGH– everyday!  (Hey!  That’s a rhyme!)

So, I dare you.  Keep track for 3 days and get back to me.  I’m interested to see what you find out!

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Do YOU Need New Workout Shoes?

I was going to do a quick post on my Facebook page this morning about workout shoes, but it just became longer, and longer, and LONGER— so I decided to do a blog post about it instead!  It’s that important!

As a fitness instructor my feet are my business.  If I get injured, I can’t work.  So, I’ve got to keep on top of things like making sure my shoes are in good condition.  But what about the average class participant?  Do YOU know how often you should change out your workout shoes so YOU don’t get injured?  Here are some easy guidelines to help you decide if you need to go shoe shopping or not!  (I say go anyway!  Shoes!)

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They *look* old and worn out.  Yeah.  I know.  Duh, right?  That *should* be a huge indicator that you need some new kicks.  But it isn’t always.  For some reason we get attached to those shoes.  We don’t WANT to get new ones, even if they are the exact same brand and style. We don’t CARE if they are the same ones we wore to Jazzercise in 1996.  Look down at your feet.  If your shoes are dirty and scuffed with the glue drying out so pieces of the shoe are peeling off and the cushioning is all compacted down and hard, hey, guess what?  IT’S TIME.  Don’t risk an injury.  Take it from me.  Even though I own TONS of workout shoes I had a favorite pair.  I wore them ALL THE TIME. Eventually, I wore them one time too many and ended up with a stress fracture in my foot.  I was out for 8 weeks.  And I’m a fitness instructor!  I should know better!  I know what you’re thinking– “I’ll just go out and buy a pair of those fitness sole inserts. That will work in these old pups.”  NO.  IT WON’T.  While they are helpful in NEW shoes, they aren’t going to make any difference in that old pair.  Those inserts are not a fix for a worn out pair of shoes.  (As a matter of fact, if you do use inserts, you need to get new ones when you get new shoes!)  Just go out and get the new shoes.  Go.  Now.  Do it. Better yet, get TWO pairs while you are out and alternate them!

You’ve had them so long you can’t remember when you bought them.   “Well, hey”, (you are thinking) “my shoes may be old, but they look great!  Like brand new!  I wear them to class everyday, but I take REALLY good care of them!”  That may be so, but if you wear them to class ALL THE TIME *as well as* of outside of class, they are probably worn down on the *inside*, no matter how they look on the *outside*.  A rule of thumb is that your workout shoes are made to last about 500 miles, which works out to be around 100 class hours.  Now, of course these numbers can be affected by different factors such as your body weight, the type of class, the amount of impact, etc etc, but it’s a good starting point.  So, let’s say you take an hour Turbo Kick class 4 times a week.   That’s 16 hours a month.  Your shoes should last you about 6 months.  However, Turbo Kick is high impact and you are really pounding the floor the whole time.  The shoes may actually wear out quicker and you’ll have to replace them sooner than say if you wore them to a Body Pump class where you aren’t jumping around.  See the difference?  At about the 3 month mark it’s a good idea to start thinking about how your body feels after a workout in those shoes.

I know what you are thinking– every 3 to 6 months??  Shoes are expensive!  So are medical bills.  A little bit of prevention can go a long way.  So what can you do to extend the life of those expensive shoes?  Here are some very simple things:

  • Only wear the shoes to class.  Don’t wear them to Shop Rite, or the mall, or ANYWHERE but class.   Better yet, *carry* them into class and put them on there.  None of my workout shoes have ever met the pavement.
  • Let them air out.  I don’t know about you, but my feet and shoes are all wet and sweaty after an Insanity class!  Don’t leave them in your gym bag after you get home.  Take them out and let them completely dry out before you wear them again, which brings me to the next point…
  • Alternate them with another pair.  One of the best things to do is to have two or more pairs that you can alternate.  While one pair is drying out, you can wear the other.  If you have more than one pair, you can get them in different colors and they can match your outfits.  See?  It’s Win-Win!

Your old shoes.  Now what?  Now that you are buying shoes more often, what should you do with all those “dead” ones, especially the ones that still look pretty new?  THOSE are the ones you can walk around the mall in, or do yard work in, or anything else.  Still have too many around?  You can donate them!  There are all kinds of organizations that take used workout shoes and do various things with them. For those really crummy looking, totally worn out shoes, Nike has Reuse-a-Shoe, a program which grinds down old workout shoes to make sports surfaces.  Soles4Souls gives gently used shoes to those in need.  Shoe4Africa does the same.  A quick Google search will give you tons of options!

So there you have it!  Hopefully, this will help you out a little bit.  In the very least it gives you permission to BUY NEW SHOES!  Yeah!

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INSANITY Class at Life Center Fitness Tonight!

Love the home workout InSANITY, by Shaun T?  Why not give the instructor based class a try?

Starting TONIGHT at 7:00pm I’ll be starting a 6 week session of InSANITY at Life Center Fitness in Burlington, New Jersey!  This 30 minute workout will burn as much calories as a 60 minute workout if you come in and HIT IT.  Come on out!

insanityflyerClasses are $10 to walk in, or a block of 12 for $60.  Blocks are good for ALL classes at the gym, and you don’t need to be a member to buy one!

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The Low Down on Vanilla Shakeology

OMG OMG OMG!  They did it.  The really flipping did it.  Vanilla!!  I was drooling just thinking about it.  I am a complete and loyal fan of vanilla anything.  When Beachbody told us before they would not — not COULD not — but WOULD not make vanilla because they couldn’t make it all natural and up to their standards, well, I was crushed.  It was a HUGE surprise when they revealed it at Summit last week!!  Turns out after YEARS of research they found a vanilla ingredient that WOULD be safe and natural and up to the Shakeology standards!  It’s the ONLY one of its kind!  Okay!  I want it!  And look what arrived today…..

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Look at that photo on the bag!!  That’s enough my make me want to drink it right away!!  So I did!  Immediately!  I wanted to try it “straight” first– so I put one scoop in the blender with plain, unsweetened almond milk and a ton of ice cubes.  I like mine to be a milkshake consistency.  It blended up nice and thick as the chocolate and greenberry flavors do, which made me very happy.

 

vanilla2 It didn’t make as much as I am used to– but I think that’s because I didn’t add any water AT ALL.  I normally put some in there along with the almond milk.  (Side note:  I NEVER make my Shakeology with just water.  I just don’t like it that way.  So, I can’t really give a review on how it tastes made that way.)  You can’t really see it in this photo but it came out the color of vanilla ice cream complete with the little brown dots.

But how does it TASTE?  Like heaven.  For real.  I didn’t find it super sweet, which is something I hear from customers all the time– that sometimes Shakeology is too sweet for them.  It was very french-vanilla like, I think.  Just awesome plain out of the bag. But think of the possibilities for this flavor– they are endless!  I cannot WAIT to start adding things to it!

Now, let me say again, I LOVE vanilla.  Like, LOVE.  I KNEW I was going to like this.  If you aren’t as sure as I was, I am more than willing to send you an individual serving so you can try it yourself.  But you know, you do have 30 days to return your bag if you don’t love it.  Even if you drink the entire thing.  For real!  But hurry– you can order it with FREE shipping until July 7th!  Click any of the hyper links in this post to get some!!

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FREE Insanity Class? Boo YEAH!

Uh HUH!  THAT’S what I’m talking about!

My very first Insanity class will be held THIS Saturday, May 18th at 11:30am at Shakin’ It Up Dance and Fitness Center in Bordentown!  Guess what?  It’s FREE.  It’s 30 minutes.  You got 30 minutes?  Of course you do!  And it’s FREE!  If it’s FREE, it’s for me!

This is a LIVE instructor-based Insanity class— we WILL NOT be doing DVDs from the home work out!  You get a live-and-in-person instructor to guide you through the workout—- ME!  However, if you are familiar with the home workout, you will feel right at home! (Mummy Kicks, anyone?)  Even if you’ve never heard of it– no problem!  The blocks are easy to follow and you will be doing Butt Kicks like a pro in no time!

So, come on out!  Your toughest lift will be that one off the couch!

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They IMPROVED Greenberry Shakeology? Shut the Front Door!

How is that even possible??  I LOVE me some Greenberry Shakeology— my absolute FAVORITE!  But here’s the shake-down (haha!  See what I did there?  SHAKE down?) for you if your are as non-believing as I!

  • Reduced calories from 140 to 130 per serving
  • Reduced Sugars from 11g to 6g per serving! (5 grams less than before!)
  • Reduced Total Carbs from 19g to 13g per serving
  • Increased Protein from 16g to 17g per serving
  • Fiber increased from 3g to 4g due to the addition of pea protein and increase in super greens.
  • Reduced fructose necessary in the formula due to the addition of Luo Han Guo
  • We added Shakeology’s newest superfoods: Luo Han Guo, Moringa and Himalayan Salt.
  • We increased the amount of super-greens (it is Greenberry after all!) and included an even more delicious natural flavor which works more harmoniously with the formula to makes Greenberry sweeter and fruitier.
  • Green tea used is no longer decaffeinated — therefore it is less “processed”.
  • (Note: Green tea is naturally very low in caffeine).
  • Plus we incorporated the improvements we made recently to Chocolate:
    • More concentrated grasses. We’re using grass juice powders. The grasses are first pressed into juices—which allows us to concentrate the nutrients—then the juice is further concentrated into a powder. (Before we were just grinding the grasses themselves into powders)
    • Better strain of probiotics
    • No suma root or blue-green algae
    • Still Low Glycemic Index

Milka- wah?  This all sounds GREAT… but does it taste the same??  They say it tastes BETTER.  Only time will tell— since this just happened TODAY (I’m always keeping you in the know!) I don’t even have any samples yet!  If you can’t wait for me to score some, click and hyperlink to take you to my Shakeology website to score some on your own!

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Are You Getting Enough Iron?

Huh?  Are you?

10% of all women don’t– especially at that special time of the month, if you know what I mean!  🙂  If you are feeling tired and lethargic for no reason, low iron could be the culprit!  But no worries, you can up your iron intake by simply eating more iron-rich foods!  Here’s a quick and handy list for you!

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Post Ultimate Reset– Day 23

So, here we are.  I’m on my own.  A little scary, but I think I’m doing okay!

What they tell you to do post Reset is to slowly add back in all those food items that were removed during the course of the program…. in the order that they were removed.  So, since I was basically eating almost all fruits and vegetables during the 3rd week,  this week I’ll be adding grains back in, preferably every other day to see how my body reacts.  If that goes well, I can do the same with legumes.  Then next week I can put back tempeh and sprouted grain breads.  Finally, during the 3rd week I can add back in sources of animal protein.  (If I choose. You don’t *need* to.)  Things like coffee and alcohol should be introduced a month after finishing to give your body time to adjust.  Sounds easy, right?

Uh, wrong.

Well, *technically* it’s easy… but after a week of having fruit for breakfast the day after I was done I was going to have OATMEAL.  Oh yes I was!  With Grade B maple syrup and toasted walnuts.  YUM! Remember it?  It looked like this:

breakfastday5 Haha…. I even had the cantaloupe with it.  Anyway, it was just as awesome as I remembered…..sigh.  Really good breakfast.  I went about the rest of the day and by dinner time my stomach was out TO HERE and I was sooooo bloated!  What the?  It was about 12 hours after breakfast, so I figured that’s what it was….. the oatmeal.  My Reset book confirmed it….. bloating.  That could happen.  Ugh.  Now I see why they want you to wait a day before trying again!  Your body is COMPLETELY different than when it started!  So crazy!  It was back to my fruit this morning!

Tomorrow I will try adding lentils back into my diet.  If that goes well, on Friday I’ll try again with the oatmeal.  If the bloating keeps up, I might have a food sensitivity.  I kinda always thought I was sensitive to certain grains, but was never really sure.  Now that I haven’t had them and can slowly add them back in, I can be positive.  That’s so cool!

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