Vote for Hope by MC Yogi
Welcome! Thanks for stopping by! The name of this blog reflects my flow-with-nature attitude about life. My posts will cover a variety of topics of interest to me, from spirituality to family, parenting, education, writing, healthy eating, wholesome friendships, and more. I hope you'll enjoy what's here. Oh, and don't forget to post a comment before you leave! Thanks...Appreciate it! :-)
It was the 10-minute concept of Galardi's DVD above that left me thirsting for something else 10-minute. With Galardi for 10 minutes per session, I've been doing "Upper Body Tone Up" and "Buns and Thighs Sculpt" with resistance bands that are provided with the DVD. And, when I feel like doing a dance workout, I can pick from her "Sexy Slim Down," "High Energy Fat Burner" or "Dancer's Abs" options. Like Hudson, Galardi has provided a fun and effective variety. Plus, the dance music that accompanies Galardi's dance workouts are sure to get you moving.
So, did you get your body moving today?
P.S. Here's a glimpse of my yesterday's raw menu (I didn't do any juices or smoothies which was primarily my diet the day before)....
~ Water for breakfast and throughout the day.
~ Lunch (appetizer) -- Pieces of celery topped with olive oil and a sprinkle of Cayenne pepper
~ Lunch (main course) -- Celery and Pear salad (cut up both and combined)
~ Dinner (appetizer) -- Chunks of avocado sprinkled with a little black pepper, sea salt, and Cayenne pepper
~ Dinner (main course) -- Salad made with romaine lettuce and topped with carrot, celery and chard that had been chopped up in the food processor. I poured some olive oil over the salad and sprinkled a dash of Cayenne pepper. I had a spice craving yesterday; perhaps it was my body's way of storing up more warmth for the temperature that really dropped later in the day (and was still quite cold this morning).
Many of you were inspired by my friend Angela Stokes' amazing before and after pictures and raw weight loss story featured recently on CNN, and in my interview with her. She lost over 160 pounds and looks great! Well, now she has teamed up with the amazing Raw Divas to run a special version of their 30-Day Body Enlightenment System, which is an incredible support program that I have sent many people to with awesome results. With Angela, I know it will be even more amazing!
The Body Enlightenment System is about much more than just raw foods, and the focus for this session is on releasing weight! They have a very special medical doctor on board this time, who helped with the menus, and will also be helping to run the session.
The attention and care and support that goes into this program is really high quality. Several hundred people from my newsletter signed up for a previous session, and I received many emails back thanking me for recommending it! You can see some of the testimonials at the bottom of this info page, where you can learn more about this program.
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Here are some of the emails about BES that Jinjee received.....
The coaching was great! Well, I can't say enough about it. And, even though I wasn't 100% raw, I've been "raw-er" these past 30 days than ever before. ~ Alicia
Holy Batman! BES has done some really miraculous things for my health! I haven't been able to exercise properly for at least four years, because of a non-serious condition that results in really low heart rate (in the 30´s, maybe 40-something on a good day), combined with low blood pressure.
Practically, this means that when my heart rate gets too slow, my blood pressure is unable to rise quickly enough, so I faint. I've been fainting from 1-15 times a day since before the start of my pregnancy 3 years ago. Boring story aside, I haven't fainted in weeks! And this week, I've not only been able to do cardio for more than five minutes before passing out, I've actually done 40 minutes on treadmill with an additional hour of weights four times this week. Yay! I'm so not going back to cooked.
Oh, and I've lost 14 kilos (30 pounds) and gone from a size 12 to a 6, going on 4. So just do it!! All the thinking, planning, and worrying are done for you; so you just have to show up. ~ Lene Norway
The Body Enlightenment System fills in the gap. I know what I SHOULD be doing, what I SHOULD be eating... but I struggle to do it because I don't have the support network to help me stay on track. That is exactly what the BES does... it gives me motivation, accountability and ongoing contact with others who are doing the same. The Body Enlightenment System is the missing link! ~ Jane Hanson
"What is it about backbends? Most adults cringe at the thought. We even exclaim to loved ones at times of deep exasperation, 'I bent over backwards for you!' We equate it with difficult work!....."Click here to read more!
"Yes, you do have the physical support of your back muscles behind you. Even better, you have your network of family, friends, and faith as your source of strength. They’ve literally, 'got your back.' Lean into this idea. Make it your 'back rest.'"Now it's quite clear just whom I've been leaning on when holding a backbend position! Lisa, making my way to a class with you in Jacksonville to check the alignment of my backbend has now been added to my list of things to do! :-)
"Dragon fruit is a special fruit with the high export value because of its attraction in the shape, the color, the flavor and the nutrition. This fruit contains a lot of water and minerals with many different nutrition ingredients. It tastes light sweet and it's good for liver, laxative, supplementing fiber and very suitable for diet.
Besides, dragon fruit is also good for a person who has a high blood pressure. According to popular experience, an obese person who has eaten dragon fruit regularly can reduce his/her weight naturally and have a beautiful balanced body...............Moreover, eating this fruit can stop and reduce diabetes. Hence, dragon fruit is a favorite fruit of many people, especially Asian customers."
Three times Caleb rappelled 80 feet, twice he climbed the rocks with George as the guide -- followed by the Peter Pan Swing. Twice, another knowledgeable and fun guide, Amy, talked Caleb through climbing rocks that were 70 feet high. And to think that a couple of Caleb's successful climbs were after hiking a fairly good distance with me, uphill, to the porta potty.
New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia
We white water rafted nearby this bridge! TJ, our amazing White Water Rafting Guide, invited the rafters on our boat to return in October for "Bridge Day" to witness folks parachuting from this bridge. He says the best seat in the "house" for that event is on the river...in the raft!
On the back of a beautiful place mat I purchased while sightseeing (by land) during our West Virginia mountain trip, it says:
"You are visiting one of West Virginia's most scenic attractions. Two of the country's outstanding landmarks, one natural and one-made-made are combined to make this spectacular unforgettable view.......The New River Gorge is one of man's engineering and structural marvels. The bridge, the second highest in the United States, rises 876 feet above the rapids (over 325 feet higher than the Washington Monument)...."
Note: The Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado is the highest.
This site invites you to: "Join tens of thousands of visitors (October 20, 2007) as you walk across the longest, single-span steel arch bridge (in the western hemisphere) and take in the views from 876 feet up in the air." It's "One of America's Top One Hundred Festivals."
The site goes on to explain that...
"The 3,030-foot New River Gorge Bridge took three years to complete and cost nearly $37 million. Because of the chosen arch design, and the depth of the gorge, steel was moved into position by trolleys running on three inch diameter cables stretched between two 330-foot towers. More than 88 million pounds of steel are incorporated. Michael Baker Jr., Inc. was the design engineer company for the structure, which was built by the American Bridge Division of US Steel. Its cor-ten steel will never need painting. The span arches across the New River, among the oldest rivers in North America, considered to be America's best whitewater."
Wow! How exciting that we got to explore this bridge by sea and by land during our recent trip! The mountain fun was non-stop! :-)
May the surviving relatives and friends find inner strength and comfort during this time of sorrow. God's Love and Healing Blessings to them!
"...Marin, who arrived at the site by helicopter, said no one was to blame for the tragedy. 'All the mountains are risky ... It's nature,' Marin said. Heavy rainfall across Mexico this week has triggered flooding and landslides that killed several people."
The Loft! Each time I went up to the loft, I felt as though I was climbing the stairs to a tree house! Fun!
After driving higher up the mountain and identifying our cabin, then picking out our rooms and realizing that the accommodations more than met our expectations, our first activity at ACE would be at the lake where the boys were itching to take part in the many varied activities there from riding a Zip Line high in the air down into the water, to holding on to a silver triangle (in Zip Line fashion) and swinging into the water, to sliding down a huge water slide and other slides, to climbing an iceberg, to jumping on a water trampoline, to running an obstacle course from one trampoline to another, and the list goes on.
As the boys got acclimated that first day to mountain lake life by water, Christy and I hung out on the land around the lake as we chatted to each other, other guests and relaxingly got an overall feel for the place. The majority of the folks we encountered seemed to be talking about White Water Rafting....Our all-day trip (6 1/2 hours) for Day 2.
Stay tuned for our adventure down the New River Gorge by raft. What a wild ride it was! Fortunately, I'm here to tell about it! :-)
See you tomorrow!
"Similar in nutritional content to cucumbers, zucchini acts as a natural coolant and thirst quencher, replenishing the body with needed fluids. As it does this, it also acts as an internal cleanser. The juice is bland and should be mixed with carrots or apples." ~Jay Kordich, The Juiceman's Power of Juicing
Cheers to Summer!