Xerpeutic Fitness Bike - Unboxing

I recently purchased the Xerpeutic Fitness Bike because I wanted a different cardio option. I'll always be a runner but winter runs are not my favorite thing to do. This bike was the perfect solution. It's compact, it was easy to assemble and the price was perfect.

Goals vs Vision

Twelve years ago I published a novel called Raymond’s Daughters. It’s a work of fiction inspired by true events that is available on my online store today. When I wrote the book all I wanted was for one person that I did not know to read it and say that they liked it. My best friend purchased several copies and gave them away as gifts and one of the recipients (that I didn’t know) told him that they really enjoyed it. Goal accomplished. I should have dreamt bigger. Admittedly, I wrote the book for myself. I was going through a divorce and I needed an outlet to keep myself occupied and through that experience my novel was born. Some of the most beautiful things are the result of survivi

Black Bean and Avocado Quesadillas

I am always on the lookout for new recipes so I was super excited when I found this recipe for black bean and avocado quesadillas. It's full of flavor and I played with the idea of adding chicken -- but decided against it. These are perfect just the way they are! What You Need: 1 cup black beans with cooking liquid 1 garlic clove, minced 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder ¼ teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 ripe avocado 2 tablespoons minced cilantro 1 tablespoon lime juice 4 whole wheat flour tortillas, 10 inches across Olive oil, for brushing 3 to 4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar What you do: In a skillet, combine black beans and liquid with the garlic, chipotle powder, sea salt a

Did You Know?

Did you know that according to statistics the following issues occur in women over 40: A loss in muscle tissue – starting around the age of 40, most women lose about ½ lb of muscle per year and gain at least that much in body fat! Loss of strength – the elderly hold 50% of the strength compared to their youth A drop in metabolic rate – resting metabolic rate drops approximately 2% per decade An increase in body fat – it is not uncommon to experience an average weight gain of 10 pounds per decade and there is an increased risk for obesity related disorders such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes and osteoarthritis Decrease in bone density – bone density decreases at a rate of

3 Things You Absolutely, Positively Need to Start Your Fitness Journey

Do you want to start your fitness journey but aren’t sure where to start? Are you on the road to healthy living but don’t know which path to take? Never fear! Your Expert in Common Sense Fitness is Here! The beginning of any journey is the absolute hardest. Once you get started on a routine it’s relatively easy to keep going. But getting started is where we struggle. So I’m going to break it down for you. The 3 things that you absolutely, positively need to start your fitness journey are: Mindset Having the right mindset is the first step in every decision making process * Make the decision that you are going to make this change. Be very clear with yourself on WHAT it is you want to do

On a Diet? Prepare for Failure

So at the beginning of the year you decided that you were going to lose weight and get in shape. Your first step to accomplish this was to go on a diet. When I hear the word “diet” my mind brings me back to the days of the Cabbage Soup Diet or the plan where you have a shake for breakfast and lunch and then eat a sensible dinner. I think Special K has a diet out where you replace two meals with a bowl of Special K (or other Special K product) and the third meal is what you would normally eat. I have a friend who has decided to eat only fruits and vegetables for 21 days. I didn’t ask what happens after that. I have another friend who chooses to cut out ALL carbs. Really? Here’s the probl

Overnight Oats Recipe (Review)

Finding and trying new healthy recipes has become a hobby of mine. I recently posted a video for the FiestaQuiche from Angel Acosta and loved it! You can check out the video on YouTube or check out the previous post right here. Last night I tried something I never even heard of: Overnight Oats. I’ve been eating instant oatmeal for years and I recently tried the steel cut version – still instant. I remember when I was little and my mom would make oatmeal on the stove. It seemed to take forever and it wasn’t complete until I put a bunch of sugar and butter on top. Times have certainly changed. The overnight oats seemed appealing to me for a few reasons: (1) alternative to regular oat

Healthy Snack Review

My daughter and I went on a field trip to Whole Foods to try out some of their healthy snacks!

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