Back in the day when I was single in my 20's, a little wild, bright-eyed and snarky, I found it incredibly easy to date. With two outgoing roommates who had cool jobs, we were always sharing friends, having parties and meeting interesting people. The opportunities for meeting Mr. Right Now were endless.
It seems like the more and more you watch the news these days "evil", "sick", "crazy" people are shooting innocent victims left and right in shopping malls, movie theaters, schools, public transportation and..well the list goes on and on.
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Some of you may remember the Saturday Night Live skit with Stuart Smalley, the loveable guy who always repeated affirmations to himself in the mirror. "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me."
This year's Holiday Season is turning out to be one of the most overwhelming for all of us. We have a mix of stressful and anxiety ridden news stories such as the "Fiscal Cliff", the uncomprehendable deadly shooting of Elementary School children in Connecticut, continued historically high unemployment rates, and the proposed end of the world predicted by the Mayans. Throw all this on top of an already stressful time of year, and you have a recipe for people becoming severely stressed out.
5 Steps to Clear the Pity Party
Oh SH%$, It’s the Holidays!
I am not a fan of the single’s holiday survival blogs…but let’s knock around a few points here to help keep the mind right during the holiday season.
After a recent trip to Paris it dawned on me that I really didn't see any fat people the entire time I was there. Everybody was generally speaking; in pretty good shape. Maybe it's the pressure of living in the fashion capital of the world. I mean how else are you going to get those skinny designer jeans on?
By being grateful you activate the part of the brain that is associated with positive emotions and you deactivate your amygdala, the part of the brain that ignites fear, hurriedness, and stress.
The hottest topic on most dating blogs usually involves the disappearance of men during the dating process. Why do they disappear after the first date? After the third date? After the third month?
Some might argue that since the beginning of time, the true measure of a man’s brute and masculinity is measured by only one thing; no not that! His arms. Turn of the century circus type pioneering bodybuilder Eugene Sandow developed his arms to amazed onlookers, Arnold Schwarzenneger flexed his 22 inch arms to 7 Mr. Olympia titles, and children always want to be dazzled by how big their Dad or Uncle’s arms are.
They can also be referred to as “Toothpick Legs” and “Skinny Legs”.
We’ve all seen the guy in the gym with a big, massive muscular upper body reminding us of a super hero, but then one glance below the waist reveals a horrible epidemic amongst gym rat types; chicken legs. How can some guys be so impressive and intimidating from the waist up, yet so weak and weary looking from the waist down? Most skinny legs can be attributed to simple neglect.
There are a myriad of ways to get ourselves out there to attract a good mate into our lives. The 21st Century has afforded almost every way possible to mingle with the opposite sex.
It may also be called “Pot Belly,” “Jelly Roll” or “Muffin Top.” While drinking too much beer can certainly lead to "Beer Belly," it can also be caused by screaming "Git In My Belly" whenever you see junk food in front of you!
SEX, SEX, and more SEX. It comes up quite quickly in dating, many times from the first date. It lingers between both of your thoughts and you might be wondering when will be the right time to let all systems go? If you do sleep with him, will it mess up your chemistry and will he end of pulling away? Or, can it elevate the budding chemistry and feed the relationship? If you are looking to attract a long term relationship, here are some ideas to think about.
How to get rid of "Poochies"
Also known as "fatty knees", it's that fat pocket just above and/or slightly to the side of your knee cap where your quadricep (thigh) muscles end. It can keep you from wanting to wear shorts, skirts, and dresses as your knees look "bloated".
Does your flab spill over the waistband of your pants? That unwanted overhanging fat can occur with low rise pants and midriff tops, but can happen anytime you wear a pair of tight pants. It ends up resembling a muffin rising from its paper wrapping. It can be your back fat, stomach fat, love handles or all of them!
If had a quarter for every time I heard:
You've may have heard it from your mom or dad or a teacher while growing up: "Sit up Straight"! Sitting up straight is indeed very important, especially as we spend more and more time in front of our computers. A slouched sitting posture not only affects your back, but your neck as well, and interupts proper breathing and comprimises your energy levels.
Ok gals, I know it's unfair that women tend to deposit much of their fat on the thighs. So let's just take action right now and get those "Thunder Thighs" and "Saddle Bags" under control. It's all about slimming down your inner (adductor muscles) and outer (abductor muscles) thighs. You'll also want to incorporate some front thigh (quadriceps muscles) and back of the leg (hamstring muscles) too for the complete toned up look.
So, I want you to do these 4 resistance/weight bearing type exercises at least 3x per week for your thighs/legs, along with a daily cardio (at least 30 min.) routine for all around fat loss (jogging, stationary bike, elliptical etc.)
1. Lie on your side and lean up on your elbow. Place your top foot over your lower thigh.
2. Maintaining this position and raise your lower leg keeping it straight.
3. Repeat for 25 repetitions and then repeat with the other leg. 3 Sets each leg.
Hip Abduction with Ankle Tube
1. Place an ankle tube around your ankles and stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
2. Slowly extend one leg out to the side and then bring back to the starting position and repeat.
3. Keeping your hips level repeat to the other side for 25 repetitions. 3 sets each leg.
Stationary Body Weight Lateral Lunge/Squat
1. Start by placing your hands behind your head and your feet placed with a wide stance.
2. Shift your weight and hips to one side and squat down so that your hips drop down behind that foot.
3. Return to the starting position and repeat the same movement to the other side.
4. Alternate this movement back and forth completing 50 total repetitions (25 each side). 3 complete sets.
Prone Hamstring Curl with Ball
1. Lie on your stomach and place a stability ball or large medicine ball between your legs and hold it with the inside of your lower leg.
2. Curl your legs up while holding the ball until the ball reaches your butt.
3. Return to the starting position, and repeat for 25 repetitions. 3 sets.
Do your calves and ankles lack a defined indent? Do you feel like you have thick ankles? It may be hereditary and/or it may be excess body fat depositing itself in your calf/ankle area instead of your thighs, hips, or belly.
With summer here now, it's real important to make sure you stay properly hydrated. Since heat related illnesses often follow dehydration, staying hydrated is key. But how do you know when you are dehydrated? One simple method is to check the color of your urine. I know it sounds kind of gross, but it's a simple and quick way to get a gauge on things.
First Dates can be a little nerve racking, especially if you have some excitement over the beau taking you out. Maybe it has been awhile or maybe you have had a series of duds and this one seems like he could be the real deal.
Are you tired of your arms flappin' in the wind? Do you ever wish you could just snip off some of that arm fat? It's time to roll up your sleeves and get down to work on exercises for your arm.
I was at a Memorial Day BBQ this past weekend and brought a good lady friend of mine. She is quite attractive, smart, and confident. Many knew that we were just friends, so men proceeded to take their best shot and see if they could make in-roads with her. For the sake of protecting her identity, let’s call her Trish.
You can feel it in the air! Summer is just around the corner. The days are longer, the sun is brighter, and you'll be dipping in the pool or soaking near the sand with a smile. Here's 10 quick tips to get you fitting into your bikini or bathing suit in no time, and enjoy your sun worshiping.
Pop Quiz: You had an awesome date with a guy, give him a nice hug goodbye (always better cause it keeps him wanting more and keep you looking ultra classy), then you get home and you…which one of the following should you NOT do?
Try enhancing your traditional ab and core exercises like "crunches" and "sit ups" with these dynamic variations for ultimate results:
Your body is like a hybrid car. It can use various forms of stored energy for fuel such as carbohydrates, fats, or proteins. It can switch on and off between these energy sources. During exercise, fat and glucose are the major sources of the fuel. So how do you get it to use most of your stored fat for fuel?
Belly Fat: It's like a bad inlaw, it's the first to arrive and the last to leave. You'll need some patience when trying to get that "flab" off from your waistline, but once it starts going, it's"syonora"! Here's a few tips to uncover your inner six pack abs.