8.20.2015

Just "Sitting" For Long Periods Brings You Closer to Death

I am reading this book, "South Beach Diet Wake Up Call" by Arthur Agatston. He is the same person who wrote "The South Beach Diet". He happens to be a cardiologist and has a lot of research dedicated to heart disease and metabolic disorders. Now mind you... I have a desk job working for a tax software company. I sit 8 for hours a day and up to 14 during the heavy tax season. After reading this I have considered new possibilities in my career... I don't want to be a part of that statistic... Cubicle culture... an early grave... Gotta get more active...

Here's an excerpt from Chapter 8 The High Cost of Inactivity


"Chair time was a strong risk factor for dying of a heart-related event and for many forms of cancer as well. Women who sat more than 6 hours a day had an especially high risk of death as compared to those who spent half time sitting."

"A research group at the University of Missouri found that in addition to deconditioning your body (if you don't use it, you lose it) sitting alters the way the body metabolizes fat. Among other things, it shuts off lipase. a pancreatic enzyme that is key for the absorption of fat into muscles. Lipase deficiency allows fat to build up in the bloodstream. This can result in elevated levels of bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, excess belly fat, and , ultimately, prediabetes, diabetes, and heart disease."

Please read this book, it will challenge the way you think about your health and give you ideas to make healthier lifestyle changes.

6.14.2015

SPIN, SPIN, SPIN I say!!!


Langston Walker
Director of Prevention at Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault


I have to say I am incredibly blessed with friends in my circle that inspire and motivate me.  I met Langston when I transferred my LA Fitness job to Atlantic Station in Atlanta. I had heard his voice long before I had ever met him. He is a spin instructor. And he has taught over 1500 classes in his career. How is that for dedication.

I was afraid to talk to him because he has this huge commanding voice. I thought he would start telling me in a loud and authoritative tone my shortcomings in fitness. And at that time I had many. But when he started telling me his story of how he lost over 100 pounds and went from bedridden with chronic back pain to healthy and fit I had to give him a few props. Oftentimes you hear stories about people who went through incredible life challenges and lost a lot of weight. But to actually see the "after" in full effect, it makes you say, "wow, I really can do that too"!


So finally I've taken his spin class. I refuse to take any other class but his. He is very technical and detailed and he shows you the proper way to spin so you don't get injured. I've only taken his class twice but I am already starting to see a change in my body. The bike is set up where you can adjust the resistance so you have the feeling of climbing hills and riding back down. You can stand up or sit down. For the most part you would be doing some type of interval training. And this is what makes spin effective, the ups and downs in levels of intensity. Don't know why I waited so long but I'm so glad I spin!

Please don't forget to read his story, it is one of the most inspirational weight loss stories I have heard in a while.

10.31.2014

Big Boned Fitness™ inspired fashions hit the Runway!!

On Saturday, October 25, 2014 KararD Productions sponsored a 5 minute fashion runway set dedicated to fitness inspired fashions. We also debuted the launch of the Cordless Jumprope to the Tampa Bay Area. Special thanks goes out to Ra Ra the founder of the Exotic Elegance Plus Size Models in Tampa, Fl.


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Below is a promotion for the Fashion Show.


8.24.2014

Climbing To New Heights... Literally

I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to get a pass for two at Atlanta's Indoor Rock Climbing gym, Atlanta Rock's. For some reason I felt the need to challenge myself. It seems like when I'm facing major life changes or in need to validate my own person... I get this urge to go out and do something physically challenging. I've come to understand this as working through the mental stress, expending all the excess and pinned up energy from all my anxiety.






 So I went out with one of my homegirls. She weighs about 145lbs... I'm like 220. I let her go first. There is this little girl on the ground that acts like an anchor by attaching the other end of the rope to a harness around her waist. She looked like she weighed 120. My homegirl went up and after she made it to the top, released herself to fall down as instructed. But my oh my... See, I warned this little petite pale faced girl that I weigh alot... I pack a lot of weight on this Big Boned Body. So I actually made it to the top (thanks to my pole fitness regimen) and when I released myself to fall down, guess who ALMOST got whisked up... lol... its all good. The staff there is awesome. I would recommend this rock climbing gym for regular exercise. Its a great mental challenge as well.

7.28.2014

Drink Review-- Starbucks Evolution Fresh "Super Green"





So I have this thing where I refuse to go the gym without something to give me energy. So the only place open at 6a in the morning is Starbucks. The first time I went in and grabbed this bottle the cashier told me $6.53 and I was like... What the eff?! So I put it back. The next time I thought about it and finally gave into throwing my Christmas savings into this drink. I needed something to fuel my metabolism.

So when I opened it up and sniffed it I was like ewh.... the typical "Super Green" smell... wheat grass... It tasted like a nasty ole health drink, but as I continued to drink it, the other flavors started dancing. Maybe the fact that the expiration date was 2 days ago is why it tasted that way. This drink was ok. I would prefer my freshly squeezed grapefruit juice to it any day.

How did I feel after drinking it? Can't truly say I felt like Wonder Woman but it did the trick for my metabolism.