All posts for the month September, 2012

Scale update and other random stuff

Published September 30, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

Scale Update

Extra fancy scale

So here is my new Health o Meter scale.  I didn’t get the Tanita one I originally set out to buy.  That deal was so great, they sold out ;-).  But I got a good deal on this one as well $10+ $10 s/h and it’s super sleek glass (ooh, fancy!)

While scale free I went a little bit crazy and didn’t exactly follow my diet guidelines. Um, sweet potato fries and old fashioned shakes are SO yummy “that” time of the month 😉 I think I gained 2 lbs as punishment :-(.  I’ll live.  My clothes still fit. Life goes on.  While I was busy keeping Ebay in business I made a few other purchases   

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  I love an Ebay auction!!!  I got these dance/jazz sneakers I’ve been drooling over for months ($27.00 SRP $50)  And even though the color is off due to camera phone, the deep purple of my new Nike “In-Season” cross trainers really pops 😀 ($50 SRP $75).  I’ve also been keeping myself busy watching YouTube videos learning how to customize/shred sexy workout shirts.  I’ll post some pics in a future blog.

Speaking of customizing… Do any of you have any tips or suggestions on ways to make unique styles for workouts?  How are your workouts coming along?  Anyone try a new class?  Any new diets or recipes you’d like to share?  If you come across any interesting articles you’d like to share, leave the link in comments and I’ll change it over to blog format.

I hope everyone takes  20-30 minutes today to plans their meals and workouts.  Remember “Failing to plan is planning to fail!”  Have a great week and be blessed 😀

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Monday Check-in ;-)

Published September 17, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

Monday Check-in 😉

Make the time for healthy living

Today is Monday, the start of a whole new week.  Tell us all about what you did last week: The good, the bad, or in between :-D.  How was your eating?  Did you face any challenges?  Did you work out?  Did you try anything new?  What will you do different this week?  Feel free to use the comments section to vent, rant, or brag all you want.  That’s what I’m here for 🙂

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Gettin’ my groove on!

Published September 11, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

Zumba Master Class!!!

Today’s blog is more of a picture essay.  I wanted to share with you some fun pics from my real life, including some not so flattering shots of me getting my groove on ;-).  I’m a big Zumba enthusiast as many of you know.  Last night I attended a Master Class given by several top Zumba instructors.  They are prominently featured in the print ads, infomercials, and instructional DVD’s.  The class was supposed to last 1 hr but actually went for 1 hr 45 minutes. 🙂  .  We  danced salsa, merengue, cumbia, and samba.  We shook, shimmied, and in a lot of instances jiggled and wobbled…  A sweaty good time was had by all.  A rough estimate of the calories burned: approximately 775 :-D.  I’m kinda of sore today but it was well worth it!

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Published September 9, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

Food for thought…


Newly updated: November 19, 2018

It is said that Uterine Fibroids are more common than blue eyes.  These benign, abnormal cell growths tend to be between the size of a nut, a walnut, and an orange.  They grow on the uterine wall and are comprised of muscle tissue, scar tissue and excess estrogen.

According to the recent information obtained about Uterine Fibroids from NIH, U. S. Department of Health & Human Services:

  • Most American women will develop fibroids at some point in their lives. One study found that, by age 50, 70 percent of whites and 80 percent of African Americans had fibroids. In many cases, fibroids are believed not to cause symptoms, and in such cases women may be unaware they have them.


Most women with uterine fibroids suffer severe discomforts such as severe pelvic pain, distended bellies, pain, excessive menstrual bleeding with clotting, irritable bowel, bladder infections…

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Monday Motivation

Published September 3, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow

4 Ways to Think Two Steps Ahead

By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert

Athletes do it. Chess players do it. Novelists, successful scientists and even salespeople do it. These days, everyone who wants to make big things happen is planning ahead in order to succeed. What about you? When it comes to planning ahead to reach your goals, are you falling in line or falling behind?

Thinking ahead can help you achieve your goals and, even more importantly, bounce back faster when you’re met with unexpected failures or setbacks.

What can you do today to make sure your health and fitness goals are met tomorrow? Maybe you need to pack a lunch to avoid that daily fast food fix, stock your pantry with healthy snacks so you have something to munch on, make a new bedtime routine so you get all the shut-eye you need, or sleep in your workout clothes so you’ll have no excuse to miss a morning workout.

Thinking “two steps ahead” means utilizing the present to make it easier to achieve your goals in the future. What are you waiting for? Here’s how to do it now, before you waste a few more minutes or lose your motivation altogether.

Think about Your Actions
Take some time to envision yourself reaching your long-term goal, whether it’s losing 40 pounds, running a 5K, or reducing your cholesterol. All of these big goals can (and should!) be broken down into specific behaviors that will increase your health and wellness. Losing 40 pounds may involve reducing and tracking your calories while also starting a consistent fitness program. Running a 5K starts with your first step, then requires a plan to slowly build endurance over several weeks. And reducing your cholesterol can happen when you make heart-smart food choices and increase your daily activity.

Taking it a step further, each of these action steps requires a plan or “mini goal” if you’re going to achieve it. Maybe you’ll aim for a specific number of exercise minutes per week, servings of fruits and vegetables per day, or miles per month. Achieving these goals is easier when you start thinking ahead and formulating a process that fits into your schedule. When you spell out exactly what you’re working on, it will be so much easier to track progress toward your mini-goals and stay on course toward your bigger goals.

Head Off Potential Hurdles: Prepare Your Plan B
You’ve planned to exercise three times a week and you’re sticking with your program really well. Your workout wardrobe is freshly laundered. You’ve commandeered a babysitter during your evening runs. Best of all, you’ve scheduled your exercise sessions like appointments in your calendar. You’re doing great.

But all of a sudden, a giant work project is dropped in your lap and you realize you’ll need to work from home every night this week to meet the deadline. Sound familiar?

Whether it’s a nasty flu virus, a change in your partner’s work schedule, or a car in the shop, there will always be obnoxious and unexpected hurdles that can spring up and ruin your best laid plans. You can either wait for them to derail you or you can think ahead about all the possible scenarios that might get in the way of your goals—and plan how to tackle them in advance.

As soon as you’ve set mini goals for the week and put your commitments on the calendar, the next thing you should focus on is finding room for flexibility. Maybe you can pencil in a morning workout on the weekend as a backup plan, or make a list of healthy take-out options in case you find yourself in a dinnertime crunch. And if you have trouble resisting those donuts in the office break room, you’d better be sure to pack nutritious and delicious mid-morning snacks in your bag. Having a plan B in place before you need it means you’re thinking strategically and will be more likely to stay on track.

Commit…and Don’t Quit
Committing to any lifestyle change takes time and continued effort. If you’re having trouble implementing your strategic plan (and plan B’s), here are some strategies that will help you sidestep obstacles that may arise.
Make your commitments public so that everyone around you knows the goals you’re working toward. If your boss, partner and friends have all heard you profess your plan, they’ll be more likely to support you (or at least they’ll know what you’re up to)–and you’ll be more likely to stick with it to save face.

Engage your friends and family in some friendly fitness activities. Get your colleagues involved in an exercise challenge, start a walking club after work, or put together a neighborhood gardening group. If you can encourage others to join your wellness quest, you’ll be more likely to remember your commitments. Plus, you may even plant the seeds for others’ health and fitness success.

Keep track of your achievements. Sometimes, when you’re working hard to fit healthy habits into your schedule, it can feel like the rest of the world is against you. Seeing the progress you make toward your own goals will help you notice change and stay true to your healthy self—even in the event that you mess up. Log your workouts online, track your calories and H2O intake, and draw smiley faces on your calendar when you finish each yoga class. Keeping track will remind you how far you’ve come, which can help you keep the faith when life gets in the way of your best intentions.
Make Friends with Failure
Even after you’ve set benchmarks for success, put a halt on potential hurdles, and prepared a plan B, you can still be sure that the road to health and fitness won’t always be smooth and straight. A storm will sweep in overnight and ruin your morning run. That family road trip will be wrought with tempting treats at truck stops. Though these problems may seem counterproductive, getting familiar with failure can be helpful in its own way. When you experience a succession of small setbacks or changes in course, it helps you hone your skills at dealing with issues that are outside of your control.

Even the greatest athletes and strategic planners in the world fail—sometimes badly and sometimes publicly. But those who are great don’t let failure define them or stop them. They set goals, plan ahead to avoid or minimize mishaps, and get back up and keep going when things don’t go according to plan. They roll with the punches—and you can, too!

My scale died the other day…

Published September 2, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

My scale died the other day…

     I admit I weight myself often.  I seek out the most state of the art scales and then I weigh myself at least once a week, obsessing over every ounce gained or lost.  I want to know my hydration levels.  I want to know my body fat.  I want to know my muscle mass.  I am a tracker of data and I use this info to tweak my workouts in the pursuit of a leaner body.

I hopped on the scale last monday and the screen remained blank.  “Oh shoot, I need new batteries!”  and this little bad boy needed 4, not just 1 or 2. So I purchased a new pack of batteries and still a blank screen… The damn thing is dead  😦   .  I tried to recall how old the scale was and remembered it was 5 yrs old.  I guess I got my $80 worth out of it.  But just as I began to feel sad I perked up.  Shopping!!!  I headed straight to Ebay and looked up body fat scales with athletic mode  (‘cuz I’m an athlete y’all).  I could not believe my eyes, the prices vary so widely.  I finally settled on a nice model that appears to have everything my old Tanita one has but for only $12.00.  We’ll see if it’s the real deal.  For some reason I’m just not in the mood to shell out over $50 for a scale.  I’m all gadgeted out right now.

 Do you have a fancy scale with all the bells and whistles?  Any other high-tech gadgets used for weight management?  Know where the best deals/discounts are to be found?  Tell us your scale stories 😉

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