Sunday March 20th

Taking the first step of change is always the hardest but it must be done. It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon, a bit cooler but the sun is keeping everyone happy and warm. My new venture with health, fitness and motivation. I got hired as a Circuit Coach at a gym in which I’m loving and learning every single day. Leaning about the major muscles in our body and what each machine does, some names such as pectoral, rhomboid, trapezius, latissimus dorsi, tensor fasciae latae and much more. I’m a visual learner so I got the images printed and laminated them to help me retain the information. Almost three weeks into this position, I’ve build great friendships with the members and started to remember their names. As the oldest child, I have that natural ability to coach and have an ear to hear what my members are saying with their words and actions. I truly believe this is a God connection and I’m looking forward to being part of something bigger than what I know right now. Till then stay strong, and stay motivated.Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 12.44.06 PM

21 Day Challenge !

I’ve caught the bug again!!!!!!!!!!!!

The running bug that is 🙂

I’ve always love to be outdoors and I am a pretty active individual but recently i’ve slipped into a mode of  making excuses of not keeping myself more discipline in the area of my workouts.  I am a person that love to try new challenges! that being said .. this summer (that is slowing coming to a close) I signed up for CrossFit – which was amazing and extremely changeling the way of their workouts.  But it wasn’t what i fully enjoyed as a workout regime.  Even though my body got into shape i wasn’t the hardcore weight lifter.  I love running and always have but for some odd reason i gave into my emotions in how i would feel that day, so sporadically I would go for a brisk walk maybe a quick run.  I knew i had to do something.  Last month I saw a picture of myself and i knew I had to get back in shape.  Soooo once again I was looking for some form of motivation / inspiration out “there” … wherever that was.. but didn’t find it! I looked inside me and knew I had to dig deep and find my drive – my passion that once made me to finish a half a marathon last year. WOOP! (by the Grace of God ) AND that’s when the 21 day Challenge Idea came about 🙂  I would post it on FB so all of my friends would know and it was almost an accountable thing .. it showed them what i was up too and i hope it might motivate them to keep fit and healthy but mostly it was for myself to be accountable to someone .. or in this case to some 100 friends LOL

So here I am almost finishing my 21 Day Challenge.. I have to say I LOVE IT!

So you ask what’s next? .. well my friends come back and check it out.. and i’ll keep you updated 🙂

green tea

Benefit of drinking green tea: The proof is in — drinking tea is healthy, says Harvard Women’s Health Watch

Although tea drinking has been associated with health benefits for centuries, only in recent years have its medicinal properties been investigated scientifically. The October issue of Harvard Women’s Health Watchrecognizes the healthy power of tea while helping readers get the most out of their cups.

Tea’s health benefits are largely due to its high content of flavonoids — plant-derived compounds that are antioxidants. Green tea is the best food source of a group called catechins. In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties. Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.

Additional benefits for regular consumers of green and black teas include a reduced risk for heart disease. The antioxidants in green, black, and oolong teas can help block the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase HDL (good) cholesterol and improve artery function. A Chinese study published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed a 46%-65% reduction in hypertension risk in regular consumers of oolong or green tea, compared to non-consumers of tea.

Drinking a cup of tea a few times a day to absorb antioxidants and other healthful plant compounds. In green-tea drinking cultures, the usual amount is three cups per day. Allow tea to steep for three to five minutes to bring out its catechins. The best way to get the catechins and other flavonoids in tea is to drink it freshly brewed. Decaffeinated, bottled ready-to-drink tea preparations, and instant teas have less of these compounds. Tea can impede the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables. Adding lemon or milk or drinking tea between meals will counteract this problem.

I hope you enjoyed this article, the information was taken from health harvard education press.  The image was taken by me 🙂