Lose the POOCH! Complete workout for your LOWER ABS

GRIT by Brit

lose the pooch

FUPA = Front Upper Pubic Area

(aka “pooch”)

Alright, you guys asked for it so here it is – the ultimate workout for our biggest problem area: LOWER ABS!

Now, if you truly want to lose your pooch you have to minimize belly fat.  That means you have to eat clean& sweat.  That’s right folks, hit that treadmill, drink that water and eat those apples – just keepin’ it real.

Also, keep note that there are 3 key mistakes we often make that cause our tummy to look super saggy.  Avoid these!

  1. Slouching – Stand up straight, puff out that chest and suck in that tummy.  Just standing up straight can make us look up to 10 pounds lighter, no joke!  Also, walking around like a hunchback makes us look  sloppy and insecure…not cute.
  2. Too much sodium – Salt makes us retain water and causes stomach bloating.  If…

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30 Day Smoothie Challenge

Hello Lovelies,

One of my coworkers asked if I wanted to do a 30 day smoothie challenge with her so I said yes seeing that I just bought a brand new blender lol

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It is sooooo amazing. Anyhow, this morning was  my first day and I had no idea what to make or what would taste great together. This challenge you use fruixts, veggies or a combination of both. So I decided to do kale & tomato

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Then I also did banana, mango, blueberries & spinach

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Then I blended them together

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Then here we have the end product

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It actually tasted awesome, only thing though is I would leave the mango out next
time. It made it way too sweet for me. Anyhow I gotta think about tomorrow’s.

Until then, stay healthy!

Trace

Desi Spinach Pancakes

I’m soooo trying this

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A few weeks ago I made fluffy American pancakes for Sunday brunch. They got me thinking about savoury pancakes, which then got me thinking about Indian spiced pancakes for the blog…and here we are. It’s a wonderful thing when an idea materialises into something delicious on your plate…and on your Facebook wall with your friends telling you how hungry you are making them! I love the whole process: the research for the recipe and the drafting of it, the shopping for the ingredients, the initial testing, the tweaking, the retesting, the styling of the photo shoot, the shoot itself (yesterday I spent most of it shooing the cats away as they kept trying to leap onto my lovely green pancakes), being able to call it a photo shoot :),  finally eating it, writing about it all and then sharing it with you. It’s a joy!

When I discussed the idea of Indian…

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Love…L-O-V-E

Anytime I hear or think about love, the first thing that pops into my mind is that song “Love” by Kirk Franklin. It goes, “Love, a word that comes and goes, but few people really know what it means to really love somebody”

Anyhow, I was reading some quotes today that are meant to inspire and encourage and I came across something that was written by Bob Marley. Take a look

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
Bob Marley

I can only hope that one day I find a love like that, that will actually last and stand the test of time.

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Instructions for Life

Ever wondered to yourself “why didn’t life come with a handbook?” I know I have many times. Especially because I am a visual learner,  I would love to be able to read how to navigate through life lol. Someone posted the following Instructions for life so I thought I’d share.

 

These are from a book called “Life’s Little Instruction Book”, by Jackson Brown and H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

  1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  2. Memorize your favorite poem.
  3. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.
  4. When you say, I love you, mean it.
  5. When you say, I’m sorry, look the person in the eye.
  6. Be engaged for at least six months before you get married.
  7. Believe in love at first sight.
  8. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
  9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live completely.
  10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
  11. Don’t judge people by their relatives.
  12. Talk slow but think quick.
  13. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, Why do you want to know?
  14. Remember that great love and great acheivements involve great risk.
  15. Call your family.
  16. Say, Bless you, when someone sneezes.
  17. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  18. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all your actions.
  19. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  20. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  21. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
  22. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, his/her conversational skills will be as important as any other.
  23. Spend some time alone.
  24. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  25. Remeber that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  26. Read more books and watch less TV.
  27. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
  28. A loving atmosphere in your home is important. Do all you can to creat a tranquil harmonious home.
  29. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  30. Read between the lines.
  31. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to acheive immortality.
  32. Be gentle with the earth.
  33. Never interrupt when you’re being flattered.
  34. Mind your own business.
  35. Don’t trust a lover who doesn’t close their eyes when you kiss them.
  36. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  37. If you make a lot of money, put it to use while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
  38. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
  39. Learn the rules, then break some.
  40. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
  41. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  42. Remember that your character is your destiny.
  43. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

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When Cancer affects one of us, it affects all of us

Many people hear of Breast Cancer but often times have no idea how it happens, what are the signs, the symptoms and ways to treat it. This is now a close topic to me since my Friend’s Mom was recently diagnosed.

What is Breast Cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.

The first noticeable symptom of breast cancer is typically a lump that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue. More than 80% of breast cancer cases are discovered when the woman feels a lump.The earliest breast cancers are detected by a mammogram. Lumps found in lymph nodes located in the armpits can also indicate breast cancer.

Indications of breast cancer other than a lump may include thickening different from the other breast tissue, one breast becoming larger or lower, a nipple changing position or shape or becoming inverted, skin puckering or dimpling, a rash on or around a nipple, discharge from nipple/s, constant pain in part of the breast or armpit, and swelling beneath the armpit or around the collarbone.

Occasionally, breast cancer presents as Metastatic  disease, that is, cancer that has spread beyond the original organ.  Metastatic Breast Cancer will cause symptoms that depend on the location of metastasis. Common sites of metastasis include bone, liver, lung and brain.

Prevention: Women may reduce their risk of breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, drinking less alcohol, being physically active and breastfeeding their children.These modifications might prevent 38% of breast cancers in the US, 42% in the UK, 28% in Brazil and 20% in China.The benefits with moderate exercise such as brisk walking are seen at all age groups including postmenopausal women

Screening is VERY IMPORTANT for us ladies. A clinical or self  breast exam involves feeling the breast for lumps or other abnormalities. Clinical breast exams are performed by health care providers, while self breast exams are performed by the person themselves.

For information visit http://www.breastcancer.org or http://www.cancer.org/fightbreastcancer

Say a prayer today for not only my friend, but for anyone you might/might not know who is suffering from this

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New Ventures…Motivated

No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I came across this quote this morning and it was a reminder of why I’m choosing to embark on this new endeavor of giving back to my community and also to the less fortunate. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to join a group of people in feeding the homeless at a shelter in downtown Miami. After that experience, a new drive, a new burst of motivation got into me and made me realize that I could do so much more for those around me. I then decided that I wanted to do something for the Shelter I went to specifically because of the good they do for others. I decided to organize a clothing donation drive and reached out to the people I knew would be in my corner to help. Within a day, I had sooo many positive responses and feedback about people wanting to be a part of it. Who didn’t have clothes to give, offered their time in helping me to organize and that means so much to me. I already have had bags of clothes given to me, so much so that I will probably need a number of cars to deliver to the shelter lol. I am so moved by the support thus far and this won’t be all I plan to do. It’s been a while since I’ve been passionate about a project and I just hope that someone is blessed by what I do.