Volunteering for a Healthier Life




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The benefits of getting out of bed early can’t be denied — it’s why so many top executives are early risers. Our days become chaotic quite quickly, but there’s a tranquil feeling in the early mornings. When you get up early, very few people will be calling you, emailing you or texting you. With so few distractions, you can enjoy the most important meal of the day (while 31 million other Americans skip it) and then start your day off strong by working out early (which increases your mental clarity for 4-10 hours). And just imagine the time you can shave off your commute by dodging morning traffic.

Time is your most important asset. But it’s still a struggle for many to get up early enough to make the most of it. How do you go about creating a repeatable…

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This article has a lot of good tips for healthy eating on a budget, check it out.

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Good Morning Fitfam!

One of the biggest things discouraging people from jumping on the healthy eating bandwagon is the cost.  Why do you think fast food and junk food is so overly consumed by people everyday?  It’s cheap, it’s affordable, it’s fast and convenient.

True, fast/junk food is cheaper, but what is the price you are paying on your body.  How much are you paying for that gym membership because the pounds are packing onto your thighs?  How much do those prescriptions cost that the doctor is giving you to help with your heartburn, diabetes, sleep apnea, etc?  Are you full after your meal or are you hungry 30 minutes later?

Now, I’m not saying that you will never find me inside of a McDonalds or KFC, I mean Mucho Burrito is my weakness, but I don’t make a habit out of eating out.  Instead I try to make the…

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Interesting article from Time Magazine on the impact of alcohol on your sleep. I know it’s the holiday season and all…

Sleep Article



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We all want to be liked, yes. But—perhaps more importantly in the workplace—we all want to be respected.

Respect is so important when it comes to your career development. It comes into play when the higher-ups are considering your ideas, when they’re choosing people to participate in projects, and—yes—when they’re thinking about who’s getting promotions or raises.

But too often people associate earning respect with, well, not being very nice. We’re here to tell you that’s not often the right approach. Instead, try some of the ways below that you can make sure your colleagues like and respect you. You’ll be on your way to being seen as a leader in no time.

1. Do Your Job and Do It Well

The most basic way to get respect? Don’t spend your time…

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Great article from LinkedIn. Let us know what you think and if you have others to add.

LinkedIn Article


Five weeks ago my husband, Andre, and I started doing P90X together. I had done it alone several years ago and it took me about that long to sell him on the idea of joining me. I love P90X but always thought the workouts were too long, especially the Yoga X, 90 minutes in length, but will have you sweating bullets when it’s all over and done. In recent months I’ve gotten spoiled by short, intense, workouts like T-25. With those workouts you’re killing it non-stop for 25 minutes. I opted to go back to P90X because sometimes you have to start back at the beginning and P90X is the mother of all mothers! It’s all about building muscle and not focused as much on cardio as all the other programs are. It’s intense but it allows you to go at your own pace and improve because you have the option to lift heavier weight as time progresses. In other words it challenges me to go hard or go home.

I asked Andre to join me because I needed a buffer and didn’t think I could go it alone this time. Sometimes men need prodding and pulling. Ladies, you know exactly what I mean. Getting a man do a home workout video is not the easiest thing to pull off especially when they don’t consider exercising in front of the TV a manly feat. The first thing that comes to mind is Richard Simmons dancing to the oldies! I explained to him that exercise videos have revolutionized the fitness industry. They’re both economical and give you access to the best trainers on the planet. I had to get him to see that Tony Horton would be our personal trainer for the next 90 days and we’d saved a ton of money! Yes, we had made it to the big times.

The first week, Phase I, had him just wrapping his head around the whole ideal. He could not believe how strenuous the workouts were. When he first tried the Plyometric workout he could barely catch his breath. This from a man who can stay in the gym for 2-3 hours straight, come home, watch TV and go to bed without bathing. I’m like “Say what” and his answer is always “I didn’t sweat.” Sorry men, please forgive me for what I’m about to say but I’m saying it nonetheless: I see lots of men in the gym, preening and flexing, but mostly walking around and talking. Is there a male code that says I cannot stay in the gym less than an hour in good conscious even though I’m loafing? Regardless, does every minute count? Now, don’t get me wrong I do see men working hard with beads of sweat dripping from their brow, but not many. Sorry.

P90X calls for intense concentration. There is continuous movement and you don’t take many breaks because you only have about an hour to get it done.

During the second week my husband became a believer. At that point he did not even want to know what the next day’s workout would be. I’m the only one looking at the workout schedule. He says that I can just surprise him because he would just be in a state of dread the whole night if he knew beforehand. Now when we’re finished working out, he can’t believe how much was accomplished in such a short amount of time. He can’t wait to jump in the shower and then come out clad in pajamas asking what’s for dinner because he’s famished. I’m smiling from ear to ear because I have an in home workout partner and now the time speeds by, and that hour no longer seem like an eternity. Exercising with my spouse gives us another level in which to connect. Its’ been most rewarding, and I enjoy seeing him get his butt kicked! #Winning


I have an intense hungering for anything fitness, health or beauty related. Don’t judge me; I just like knowing what’s going on in that field. I am officially a self- diagnosed “information junkie.” Processing and gathering information is like a high for me. In fitness, I’m always up to trying something new. A few years ago I purchased the book, Forks over Knives by Gene Stone.   I read half the book, laid it down, probably started reading something else, and forgot to go back to what I was originally reading. Yes, I suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder as well. A few weeks ago I ran across some info on Facebook that referenced Forks over Knives. This time I took it a step further. I frantically scrambled through the house in search of the book. Bingo! I not only finished the book but I watched the movie. Can I say life changing? LIFE CHANGING!!!

Forks over Knives advocate a whole-food, plant based diet. Yep, it’s all vegan. The program is based on whole or minimally processed plants, primarily fruits, vegetables, whole grains, tubers, and legumes. It excludes or minimizes animal-based foods such as meat (including poultry and fish), dairy, and eggs, as well as refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil. It is said that eating a vegan diet can reverse and/or prevent heart disease among other things.

I’m in the process of wrapping my head around the whole vegan thing. It normally takes me a few weeks just to ponder everything. I have to go through all the what ifs, and what nots before I can start something new. I have 4-5 people onboard with me, going through the same process as they await the green light from me. I don’t think it will be too hard. The only animal flesh that I eat now is seafood. I don’t drink milk, although letting go of cheese and all that it entails will be the hardest part. I really think I can do this.

If you’ve never heard of Forks over Knives then by all means please view the websites below. If you have a desire to embrace a healthier way of life, dealing with health issues, or just looking for that next new thing please take a gander and let me know what you think.

Anybody out there want to take this ride with me? Holler at your girl!





What an inspiration! We are so happy to introduce Miss. CiCi!

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The THB is happy to introduce one our most inspiring guest bloggers, Miss. CiCi who has worked hard at transforming herself and her body over the past few years. She is such an inspiration to all of our readers and to us at THB. She is here to give some much needed help right before we hit our July 4th cookouts!

Miss CiCi's before and after! Miss CiCi’s before and after!

The Fourth of July. Ahhh…It’s a wonderful day filled with freedom, fun, fireworks, food and of course, FAT. Unfortunately, while we make plans to scarf down, ribs, pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, bread(wipes away drool) etc. we must realize that these delicious things can come with a heavy price; for me it’s right usually around the thighs. “What can we do about this?” you ask? The “Bobs and Jillian’s” of our world would tell you avoid these things at all cost…

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How do you make yourself invaluable to your organization? This article from LinkedIn offers some great insights.





When you’re trying to lose weight, cutting back on the amount you eat is a given—but feeling hungry all the time is one of the major reasons why most diets fail within a week. Still, you can silence your grumbling stomach without consuming extra calories. In fact, eating certain foods sends a signal to your brain that you’re done eating, and quiets your appetite. Shut out the ice cream pint that’s calling your name by eating these healthy and satisfying foods.


Chomp on an apple approximately a half hour before a meal—the fiber and water from the apple will fill you up, so you’ll eat less, says Debra Wein, RD, president of Wellness Workdays, a leading provider of worksite wellness programs.


Eating half of an avocado with your lunch may help you feel full for the rest of the afternoon, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal…

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