Beach Bodies Workouts


Oldies but goodies. I’ve got a lot of hits on an earlier article Beach Bodies Workouts so I decided to give it a face lift and bring it to the front of the line.  If you want to see more of my early articles you can use the search bar at the top of the page and I’ve also added an archives tab to the right.  Happy Reading.

 

 

1. The Spartacus Challenge.  This routine has really proved its place at the top.  I have completed the workout shown countless times  and can attest to is effectiveness. Be sure to stretch out those muscles while your cooling down or your legs will hate you for a few days!

2. Body Rock.  From every workout available this is still my favorite. While zuzana has stepped to  the side allowing another buff energetic gal to take you through the workouts the quality of the site has remained the same and will always be my go to site. It is perfect for any level and offers recipes and other helpful advice.

3.  All about the six-pack .This is a routine I recently ran across while playing online that I thought was really fun and easy enough even for beginners. This is a quick 12 minute workout all you need is a couch and the will power. This is the routine I have used all along with The Spartacus Challenge and some of Zuzanas routines. Enjoy. 

Women – The quest for the perfect excuse


I get a lot of my ideas for blogs from things I run across online and I’ve noticed a growing trend in articles about women and their growing need and desire to be ‘perfect’.  I will often skim the article and head down to the comment section, where the meat is and see what others who I assume are everyday people like myself have to say.  With those people in mind I’ve written todays blog in the interest of Women – the quest for the perfect excuse.

 

Women. Ah, where to begin. Men have tried to understand us for centuries with little success. But I wonder do we really even know ourselves?  It seems the people of today have very different and complex ideals of what it means to really be a woman.  Most of us have an image in our minds of course of a stepford wife type who is always just so cleaning the house, cooking and keeping up with the kids. Which is a wonderful fantasy but in today’s world achieving this type of lifestyle can be a bit daunting. Especially since studies show that a majority of the states have both partners working full-time.

 

I’d like to tell you  Don’t Worry. Just take a minute relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. Here.

 

 

Now. Time for the tough love you knew it was coming right? Or did you think this was another one of those clichéd women are treated so badly articles. Some of you might want to stop reading now go ahead, I understand. Not everyone can handle what I have to say.  I’ve compiled a top five list of excuses we use to lie to ourselves everyday to avoid what is to be out new mantra. Say it with me  “Personal Responsibility.”   Thank you dad for that little pearl of wisdom. Personal Responsibility is something we all like to forget about. Lets sweep it under the rug and pile the boxes of “But so and so never helps me.”  “But I work.” “It will just get messy again” “I’m to unorganised.” and my all time favorite “I don’t have time.”

 

You have heard it a thousand times I’m sure, “But I do everything and (husband, wife, kids, ect) never do anything!”  This is where I’m going to start. First of all if you are a stay at home anything you have no right to use this excuse or the I don’t have time excuse.  You do. Stop whining you’re just lazy.  And even if they don’t how are you going to justify living in filth because someone else doesn’t help you clean it? If nothing else have enough respect for yourself not to live that way. You don’t want to be in the next season of Hoarders do you?

 

You work. That’s great! So does the majority of the country and you’re not any better than they are. Why can’t come home and do a load of laundry that takes maybe five minutes? Then you can go sit on the couch until its time to switch it to the dryer! It’s not like we are still using washboards! Every home appliance is designed for you the user to have to put in as little as possible effort. They do the work for you. Your argument is invalid.

 

It will just get messy again. Yes it will. Why is this even considered a valid excuse?

 

Your to unorganised you say? Well keep reading or skip on down to the bottom because I’m going to give you a few tips and links to ways you can get and yes stay organised. I’m excited about it are you?

 

Finally, “I don’t have time.” I hear this excuse all the time and not just for chores for working out, making dinner, and even for doing something nice for yourself. Well, with 168 hours in week I think we can find time for you!

 

Alright now come here and let me give you a hug. I still like you really. I understand that sometimes things get so piled up that it is overwhelming and you are busy and really no one helps. I know your frustrations but we should not keep using them as excuses to keep ourselves living in a way that makes us unhappy and unhealthy.  So let’s get to work! Here are so tried and proved ways to get those excuses out of our lives and start really living! Your gonna like the results!

 

No one helps out you say? Heres an idea give the kids a chore list! Most of them even the small ones can help with something even if it’s just putting away their own toys or making their bed. Will it look perfect? probably not but their small and learning and its one less thing you have to do yourself. Check out Age Approriate Chores for Kids.  Another idea after dinner have each family member rinse their own plates and stick them in the dishwasher you can run the load while you watch tv and they will be dry ready to put away the next morning! If you don’t have a dishwasher just the act of rinsing the plate before it dries will save you five or ten minutes of scrubbing in itself.

 

Pictured: Not Child Abuse.

So you’re a working woman! Like I said before that’s great. Me to! It doesn’t give you a get out of chores free card though. You can do simple things before and after work that take very little time and keep you house fairly clean. I’m not talking Martha Stewart clean but you won’t have to scurry around frantically when someone calls to say they are popping in. Heres a list of chores you can do in under Twenty Minutes!

Unfortunately yes it will get messy again. That’s just the way it is. But once you have your home under control its easier to spend fifteen or twenty minutes a day and keep it company ready.  Being organised hasn’t always been my strong point either. But with a little help it can become a reality. Some of the easiest ways to get started is by going through your entire house and I mean demolish it and get rid of all the trash and everything you don’t want, need, or havent used in the last year. That way once your ready to clean you’ll have a lot less to sort away. Another good way is to make charts and do certain chores on certain days like vacuum every other day and scrub the bathroom twice a week. This is also a great tool if you’re enlisting the help of your kids and lets face it they need to know how to do this stuff.

 Finding time in a day to do everything is hard but you don’t have to fit everything in one day, spread it out and don’t bog yourself down.  This excuse is the one I am most against. We use it for everything and we need to stop.  Check out these sites to learn about Easy Time Management.

 

 

At the end of the week your done. You’ve finished first place! congratulations! After you’ve achieved so much its time to reward yourself. Take some time for you and don’t feel guilty about it this is your day. You can take two hours for a massage and facial. Dress to the nines and go out to eat with your family! No dishes and quality time!  You are a strong, beautiful person and you need to stop making excuses and realise that Yes you can be the woman you want to be chances are those around already see you that way.

DIY – Herbal Teas


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The amazing health benefits of tea are well-known with more research being done each year.  Searching through the wide variety of available flavors in my local supermarket it dawned on me that the majority of the teas we buy can easily be made at home!  Growing your own ingredients are a fun healthy way to know exactly what it is you are consuming and I imagine fresh made teas keep much more of their nutrients than their mass-produced counterparts.

 

Tea gardens can produce a number of crops each year, offer a fun teaching environment for kids and attract the attentions of butterflies and pollen spreading bees! Many commercially produced teas are made with easy to grow plants that you can harvest from your own backyard or indoor planter. Let’s get started!

Mint – Mint is commonly used to treat stomach aches. During the middle ages it was used to whiten teeth and is a strong diuretic and is sometime used as a decongestant for mild common colds.  I recommend growing mint in a container because it spreads quickly and will take over your entire garden if you allow. Mint plants grow well in moist partially sunny areas and due to their hardiness I would recommend them to even a novice gardener.

Chamomile –  Chamomile is used for sore stomachs, irritable bowel syndrome, and as a mild sleep aide. Its grows well in sandy well-drained soil with lots of sun. Plants should be 15 -30 cm apart and lightly fertilized.

Lemon grass – The grass is considered a diuretic, tonic, and stimulant. For best growth, Cymbopogon citratus requires anything between bright sunlight and light shade and a damp soil having excellent drainage system.  When the plants are grown in tubs or containers, it is essential to divide them occasionally as the Cymbopogon citratus is known to have a belligerent growth.

Ginger –  Ginger tea is a beverage in many countries, made from ginger root. In China, the tea is made by boiling peeled and sliced ginger to which brown sugar is often added. Sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added to give a flavour. It is often used to treat nausea and morning sickness. Ginger plants like a cool, sheltered place protected from strong winds and ideally a humid climate but they do grow well in cool climates as well. Soil should be rich and well-drained.

Brewing the Tea

  • Use 1 tablespoon fresh leaves/roots or 1 teaspoon dried you can adjust to suit your tastes.
  • I recommend using a steeping cup to contain the loose ingredients.
  • Pour hot — but not boiling — water in the mug and let steep for five minutes or less. Use sweetener and cream as desired.Note:  Make sure you know the identity of the plant you’re using to make tea, and be watchful for allergic reactions. Finally, don’t use any leaves or flowers that have been treated with pesticides. Do your research!

 

You are now on your way to enjoying a fresh cup of homegrown herbal tea! Do you have a favorite blend?

Beach Bodies Workouts


 Summer is over your probably not going to be in a bikini for another four or five months.  During the cold winter months working out hardly seems worth it but i feel it is one of the most important times to do so. We are bombarded with candy at Halloween and tons of food and sweets  at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Staying fit year round is not only good for you but it will give you a head start next year and you can focus your new years resolutions on something other than diet and exercise. These are some of the workouts that I use. I urge you to join me throughout the winter in keeping our beach bodies strong and healthy. 

 

1. The Spartacus Challenge.  This routine has been getting a lot of attention lately.  I have completed the workout shown twice and can definitely say that you can feel it afterwords. Be sure to stretch out those muscles while your cooling down or your legs will hate you for a few days!

http://www.menshealth.com/spartacus/workouts/goblet.php

 

2. Body Rock.   This site follows one of my favorite fitness instructors Zuzana through new workouts each time.  Her body is amazing and she keeps it that way by doing only the workouts she shares on her site. Dont worry if the routines seem hard she often offers modifications of these steps for beginners. There are food recipes, and other support on the site as well.  This has been my go to page for a quick workout routine for the last couple of years. 

 http://www.bodyrock.tv/

 

3.  All about the six-pack .This is a routine I recently ran across while playing online that I thought was really fun and easy enough even for beginners. This is a quick 12 minute workout all you need is a couch and the will power. This is the routine I will be using along with The Spartacus Challenge and some of Zuzanas routines in the next two weeks. Enjoy. 

http://www.sixpackfactory.com/get-6-pack-abs-on-your-couch-cool-workout-video/