Tuesday

BEYONDBARRE’S COLLEEN KETCHUM RELEASES TWO NEW DVDS


 BeyondBarre founder Colleen Ketchum has released two new DVDs: BeyondBarre: Grace (60 minutes plus a bonus segment, $14.99) a ballet focused, graceful workout with ballet-inspired movement and stretching, and BeyondBarre: Fit (53 minutes plus a bonus segment, $14.99) a strength, fitness-based class that uses props such as a small ball, resistance bands and weights throughout the workout. Both DVDs include a bonus GlideBoard segment. (www.beyondbarre.com)
The BeyondBarre exercise program is unlike any other. Created for all fitness levels, it focuses on proper form and body alignment to avoid strain and injury. Each body-sculpting, fat-burning, endurance-building workout incorporates barre exercises designed to increase flexibility and develop strong, lean muscles. Weights and other accessories are used to shape the arms and legs, strengthen the body-core, and narrow the all-important waistline.

For those who want an extra cardio workout, the BeyondBarre program offers the optional GlideBoard. The GlideBoard has a slippery plastic surface that allows the user to slide back and forth from one end of the board to the other using movements much like those of an ice skater. No need for skates, though, because the sliding is done on soft ballet slippers. Plus, it’s amazingly fun to use.

BeyondBarre also has an extensive in studio teacher-training program for those interested in becoming a certified instructor. In addition, BeyondBarre has a very popular home-study program that comes with 200-page manual featuring detailed photos of each exercises, plus an accompanying video that demonstrates every exercise and the applicable modifications and variations. The home-study program also includes 14 day-access to the BeyondBarre Connections website. Connections offers on-line support along with extensive teaching tips, video choreography, marketing materials, and more. BeyondBarre has more than 1000 trained instructors in studios nationwide.

About Colleen Ketchum:
Colleen Ketchum grew up as a competitive gymnast. She took up ballet when her coach suggested it would help her gymnastic skills. It was in those ballet classes that she learned the amazing fitness benefits to be gained at a ballet barre. Colleen graduated college with a degree in biology and worked as a research scientist. After marrying and having three children, she was drawn back to her fitness roots. She became a Pilates instructor and opened her own studio, Pilates in Motion. That led to the creation of BeyondBarre, a program that blended the best elements of barre and Pilates. In addition to her fitness career, Colleen is a successful stuntwoman appearing in several movies and such television shows as Law & Order and Orange is the New Black. www.beyondbarre.com @beyondbarre

Monday

Get Ready For Valentines Day With Couples Workout Series DVDs With Gina Guddat Plus Her NEW Book

With Valentines Day right around the corner, why not get in shape as well as keep the love alive with this Couples Workout Series For Health And Happiness?

Couples Workouts for Health and Happiness” is a series of three fitness DVDs that will help partners get stronger, healthier and more flexible bodies together. The workouts were designed by fitness expert and couples therapist Gina Guddat, MA, LMHC. Guddat’s experience in both fields echoes what research shows. Couples that have a shared fitness goal boost the quality of their romantic relationship and increase their happiness (Psychology Today, January 10, 2014).  These three complete routines cover cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength in the upper and lower body, and core stability and stretches. Whether a beginner or a seasoned athlete, these workouts have everyone covered. Each routine offers various levels of intensity and difficulty, so couples can continue to challenge each other and stay motivated together. The DVDs are $14.95 each and available on Amazon.com. They are also one of the first workout series to be on Apple TV! The three DVDs are:

“Couples Workouts for Health and Happiness: Cardio Sweat”
“Couples Workouts for Health and Happiness: Core & Flexibility” and
“Couples Workouts for Health and Happiness: Strength & Tone Together”

Each DVD stars Gina Guddat and her friend Larry Berg. Hand weights may be used in the strength workout; otherwise no equipment is needed for these workouts. The moves are straightforward, athletic and fun. They are approximately 35-40 minutes in length. Preview them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJOPTW-lcU0.

Gina Guddat has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She is both a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor who had owned her own personal training studio. She has certifications from the American Council on Exercise & AFAA for Personal Training, Kickboxing, Group Fitness, Children’s Fitness, Senior Fitness and Dance Aerobics. She has also served as a continuing education provider for the

So you don't want to exercise!!  Well then check out Gina's NEW Book "Love Metabolism" to keep your love alive with that special someone.

LOVE METABOLISM
A Guide to Turning Up the Heat in Your Relationship
The Three Keys to Fully Satisfying

All Your Relationship Needs By Gina Guddat, MS and Ray Anderson, MS
Learn how to satisfy an appetite for lasting love! The new book “Love Metabolism” provides the tools for a satisfying and fulfilling relationship. Written by couples therapists Gina Guddat, MA, LMHC and Ray Anderson, MA, LMHC, it shows the reader how to meet their relationship needs by asking the three love-metabolic questions: HOW OFTEN IS ENOUGH?  HOW LONG IS GOOD? HOW MUCH IS NEEDED? Applying these Three Keys will improve a couple’s sex life, communication, recreational time, finances and family time. In each of these areas some people get their fill quite easily, while others can hardly get enough. That's “Love Metabolism”. It’s often these “love-metabolic mismatches” that create so many problems for couples. The solutions are easier once the conversations have begun. This easy-to-read book provides the road map to a happier partnership. It is available now from Amazon.com for $14.99 in paperback and $5.99 for Kindle and Nook. Preview it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2Bzje0zrM0.

Guddat is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Couples Counselor with a private practice in Seattle WA where she is known as a relationship expert. She has a Masters and Bachelor Degree in Psychology.  She has appeared on TV and Radio and writes articles for numerous magazines and publications. Guddat has also been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She is both a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor who has owned her own personal training studio. She has a NEW series of  "Couples Workout" DVDs, and a line of wellness products for teenage girls including: the "Fit Girl" workout DVDs, a cookbook, party planner and the manual "Unwrapped - Real Questions Asked by Real Girls About Sex".

Gina has dedicated much of her time working to stop the travesty of sex trafficking and violence against women and children. She has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, India and Latin America. She conducts trainings and workshops for political leaders, teachers and staff at shelters, orphanages and rescue centers. She is also a frequent attendee and contributor at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York. For more information visit http://www.ginaguddat.com/.

How My Sister And I Are Balancing Our PH Levels

My sister has been fighting a bladder and a yeast infection for over a year now.   She had gone to the Dr. in December 2014 for a routine check up.  He put her on Premarin for vaginal dryness.  He told her that was the only way she was going to get rid of it.     She did tell him she didn't want to take it, but of course.... he insisted.   She knew what could happen.  She got off Premarin years ago because of bladder infections.  Why she would agree to take it again is beyond me.

Well wouldn't you know she ended up with the bladder infection.  She then went back to him and he put her on antibiotics to cure the bladder infection.    She wouldn't even tell me this!!!  She knows how against antibiotics I am.   Well those antibiotics caused her to get a horrible yeast infection.
She also has what they call Lichen Sclerosis.

For over 6 months she went to Doctors to try and heal.  They kept putting her on more and different antibiotics.    She was trying to deal with this herself.  She felt so bad that she listened and did what the doctors told her to do.     Then she called me for help.... she was so down, and afraid if she didn't do something, she was going to die.  

I had her get on a diet, pretty much like the Paleo diet, only modified to suit her.   Her problem was, she kept eating kefir.  I told her that wouldn't help her, but she insisted it didn't bother her.   One day, a light went off  and she gave up kefir.
Diet alone wasn't helping and we were doing anything and everything we could think of to heal her.   She was slowing getting better, but kept slipping back.
Then she started working on her ph levels.... nothing she did was helping.  She couldn't keep her PH levels in the alkaline range.

After my colonoscopy, I started having the same issues.  Bladder and possible yeast infection.
I have never been one to just sit back and let things happen, plus I knew after her experience with doctors, I wasn't going to go and let them put me on antibiotics.  No way was that happening.

First I bought some PH testing strips and tested my PH.  It was in the VERY ACIDIC range.  I started searching for ways to make myself more alkaline.    I had already been eating alkaline and obviously  that wasn't working.   I tried liver cleansing.  NOTHING was working.
Then, I thought if my urine was acidic, my whole body was probably acidic.     I started searching uric acid and found a capsule with certain herbs in it that I thought might work, ( Vitamin C, tart cherry juice, celery seed, quercetin, tumeric, artichoke Boswellia, ginger and more),  plus I added some tumeric, rutin, bilberry, and milk thistle.    I also bought a bottle of TART Cherry Juice.  It is very important that I used the tart cherry.

I took 2 capsules in the morning.  Then I would take 2 tablespoons of tart cherry juice, the tumeric, rutin, bilberry and milk thistle in the afternoon about 1/2 to 1 hour before I ate my supper.

Do you know this started working within a couple of days!!   I am now mostly alkaline.  I do have a few days now and then that I run a little acidic, but never VERY ACIDIC like before.
I told my sister about this also so she could try it.   She is no longer having bladder and yeast infections and neither am I.

Also, I have been dealing with a burning tongue for years.  I would get rid of it, but it always came back.  Now, taking the Uric Acid flush pills, I am digesting my foods better and my tongue doesn't burn like before.   I still watch my diet, just like I did before, but now the diet and the uric acid flush pills are working together.   I think most... not all of my problems have had to do with uric acid.


Both my sister and I are doing so much better than we were.  I was blaming most of my problems on Candida.   Now I think it was mostly acid related because our PH was out of balance


Friday

Why Not #ExpressYourself By Wearing A #Hashtag Shirt From http://www.natachatagz.com/

Health and Happiness are two things most of us strive to have.   It isn't always easy to achieve, but with hard work, you can do anything.
10 years ago, I became sick with candida an various other ailments.  I have worked very hard at getting well.  Finally!!  My hard work has pretty much paid off and I feel AWESOME!!

I am #60SomethingAwesome !!   I want to shout it from the roof tops and let everyone know just how I feel.  Since no one is going to listen to me tell them how #Awesome I am,  here is the perfect answer.

What better way to express myself than on my clothing? That way, everyone can see how awesome I feel.   And Natacha, at http://www.natachatagz.com/apps/webstore/, Is the Queen of #Hashtag expressions!!   Natacha sells comfy shirts and lets you  put your own personal Hashtag on it.  

The shirts come in many different styles and so many colors.  Plus, you get to choose your own unique hashtag!!!   With FREE SHIPPING on your order, what is stopping you?

Check out my #60SomethingAwesome shirt.













Just imagine all the unique hashtags you can create! Say you want to tell your family something, but want to surprise them.  Why not say it on a shirt.
If you are newly pregnant and want to surprise everyone, you could get them a shirt that says #BestGrandmaEver, let your imagination go wild.  Or you could even wear a shirt yourself saying #BabyOnBoard #BabyInTheOven #IAmPregnant and see how long it takes people to notice.

The list of hashtags are endless!
#FloridaOrBust #Love2Travel #Retired #JustMarried


So what hashtag would you use to describe yourself and why?

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Monday

Yeast or Bladder Infection After A Colonoscopy

Last week, I went in for a colonoscopy.  I had been having BMs that were not shaped round and was kind of worried about the shape of my shute.
I called the Doctor in November and had to wait a month before I could even see her.   Finally I had my colonoscopy scheduled for 3 days before Christmas.
This Doctor likes a REALLY clean colon so, she puts all her patients on a Low Fiber, Low Residue Diet 4 days before.  The day before the surgery, you are on a liquid diet only!!
Really, that wasn't so bad.  I flew right through it.  Yes, I was a little hungry, but I have fasted before when doing a cleanse so it wasn't much of a problem for me.
  
If any of you have gone in for a colonoscopy, you know the mixture they make you drink the night before... UGH!!!
It is Sodium Sulfate, Potassium Sulfate, and Magnesium Sulfate ....   Salt, salt and more salt.   Yes, they do make you drink a lot of water, but still you feel so thirsty after drinking these that you want to drink more.
At 7 PM the day before the colonoscopy, you drink one dose of the mixture, then 2 16 ounce glasses of water within an hour.
At 3 AM the day of the surgery, you do the same thing.

My surgery wasn't scheduled until 11:30 AM on December 22.  I never got in until after 1:30 PM.  So I was without water for well over 10 hours.    I was so dehydrated that they had trouble getting my IV in my arm.   She poked and prodded so much that I thought I was going to have a really bad bruise.

My Colonoscopy turned out GREAT news!!  No problems.  She said she doesn't care what shape my poop comes out as long as it comes out.   The only thing I had was external hemorrhoids and that is from having a baby.

So, I did make it through the colonoscopy in one piece.  3 days later, I felt I was either getting a yeast infection or a bladder/kidney infection.     I started drinking more water.    I did a test with a PH strip and that showed I was very acidic.

I still wasn't certain if it was yeast or urine related, so I started using a cream for yeast infections down below.   Nothing was working!!  I didn't want to go to the doctor because I knew they would put me on antibiotics.  Antibiotics would make everything worse for me.  I then started taking tumeric to help clear up any infection.  I also did a sitz bath.

Then I remember I had some Kolorex Intimate Care Cream.   I put it on and at first it burned.  But then everything settled down and I started feeling better.   The itching felt much better.
The next day, I used the cream again.  By this time, it is feeling pretty good.  Hardly any itch at all.  
I am on the third day of using the Kolorex Intimate Care Cream and feel that whatever was going on down there is gone or to a point that I don't feel it.    I still don't know if it was yeast or urine related.  At this point, I don't care and am happy to feel normal again.
By the way, I am also using this on my hemorrhoids and it is helping.

My urine is still running acidic, so I have to figure out a way to get that balanced out.  Not sure how to do that.  I already eat alkaline and nothing seems to be working.


My sister is also using the Kolorex Intimate Care Cream.  She has Lichen Sclerosis.  When she first used it, she swore to me it made it worse.  Well, I misunderstood.  She was also having some other issues and it didn't make the Lichen Sclerosis worse.  In fact, she is using it daily and swears by it.  She says it makes her intimate area feel moist again.   I guess with the Lichen Sclerosis you have dry patches and sometimes a rash.

Lichen Sclerosis
Is a skin condition that makes the vulva look white, shiny and smooth.  The skin surface becomes so thin that it bleeds, tears and bruises easily.

I had done a post earlier on the Kolorex Candida Care.  I had stopped using it because of the colonoscopy, but will be resuming it shortly.

Right now, there is only one place to buy the Kolorex Intimate Care Cream in the US.  
https://naturessources.com/store?model_number=KOL-INTCRM

For Men and Women

Kolorex®  Intimate Care is not just for women it is as useful for the intimate areas of men. Use it for the unsightly appearance and discomfort that can occur in the groin, under breasts and between the buttocks when you are suffering candida overgrowth.
The moisturising and nourishing properties of Kolorex®  Intimate Care cream have also been used to good effect on general chafing, rashes and cracked skin.
Kolorex®  Intimate Care cream is free from:
  • synthetic preservatives
  • mineral oils
  • synthetic fragrances
  • parabens
  • animal products

Get Relief From Plantar Fasciitis and Metatarsal Foot Problems With NatraCure

You may remember a couple of posts I did earlier from the NatraCure Company.  One was the Geluxury Slippers that will soften and moisturize your feet while you are relaxing at home.   The other product was the FlexiKold Packs that work for sprains, swelling, for after surgery use and much more.  What makes these cold packs different is, they stay colder longer and mold to the body part needed.  They also come in different sizes.

Today I have 3 products that help those of us with foot problems.  Most of you know I have problems with plantarfasciitis and my metatarsal.  
Well check these out!!

First there is the Plantar Fasciitis Wrap ...  This made my arch feel so good.  Plus, when I have a pair of shoes on with an arch that is not so good, this helped me a lot.









Plantar Fasciitis Wrap

Benefits

  • Relief in Seconds - Lifts plantar fascia tissue (between heel & forefoot) for almost immediate relief from arch & heel pain.
  • Ideal Arch Support - Built in, high-quality silicone gel pad is soft and comfortable, yet firmly supportive.
  • Compression Therapy - Helps alleviate inflammation with hook-and-loop strap for precision adjustment.
  • Ease of Use - Stretchable, breathable nylon fabric is washable and reusable.
  • Fits Inside Shoes - The thin profile design can be worn on bare fee, or over socks, and fits inside most shoes.


I also got to try the 
Polygel Comfort Gel Skin Thin Forefoot Cushion.  Check out the picture and see how high it comes up under the toes.  Perfect for those who get pain there.

Polygel Universal Metatarsal Sleeve With Gel Pad
This fits right on the part of your foot where the metatarsal usually gives us the most problems.








Polygel Universal Metatarsal Sleeve With Gel Pad

Benefits

  • Ball-of-foot Relief - Removes burning & pressure from the ball of your foot by redistributing your weight over extra-soft gel pad.
  • Neutralizing Friction - Relieves friction and burning sensation under the metatarsal heads & pain from calluses, Morton neuromas and atrophy of the fat pad.
  • Shock Absorbing - Superior shock absorption for walking and running, or excessive standing.

Polygel Comfort Gel Skin Thin Forefoot Cushion

Benefits

  • Ball-of-foot Relief - Eliminates forefoot pain and calluses with maximum cushioning and comfort. Also treats: Metatarsalgia, Neuromas, and Sublexed metatarsal heads.
  • Greater Shock Absorption - Redistributes body weight equally over all 5 metatarsal heads of forefoot with extra-soft, anatomically designed gel pad.
  • Thinner Designed - Thin profile design includes innovative gel pad that matches or exceeds the cushioning power of thicker, heavier competing products.
  • Stays in Place - Elastic comfort fabric is sewn to include two toe loops to secure the gel cushion. Resists slipping or moving in the shoe during work or play.
So if any of you have any foot problems, I suggest you check NatraCure out.  They don't just have these items for Plantar Fasciitis and Metatarsal problem.  They have products for every part of your body, and then some.
Check NatraCure out and see what else they have to offer
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Polygel Comfort Gel Skin Thin Forefoot Cushion

 Plantar Fasciitis Wrap

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Saturday

3 NEW Element Yoga DVDs!! Beginer ~ Targeted Toning ~ Cardio & Conditioning

If you would like to try yoga, but have never done it,  you are in for a treat with these NEW DVDs.   For me, yoga helps keep my back in shape.  That is, if I don't get lazy and not do it.
Right before my scheduled trip to New York City, I put my back out of place.  Do you know what I was doing...??  Folding laundry.  That's it and I moved a certain way and Bam! Out went my back.  

I know a few yoga moves that help me stretch out, so I did those, and prayed it would stay in while I was on my mini vacation.  Thank goodness I didn't have a lot of problems. I tried to keep holding my stomach in so it wouldn't go out further.  Now that I am back home, I am working on strengthening it again.   Thank You To Melissa from Anchor Bay Fitness for sending me these DVDs.   She knows how good yoga is for body strength.

"Element Beginner Level Yoga" offers two 30 minute yoga practices: The Foundations Program and The Slow Flow Program.  It also includes a 10 minute guided meditation.  While users are learning the basic Hatha yoga postures and breathing technique, they'll grow more confident in their abilities as yoga practitioners.  The programs will increase muscle tone and flexibility.  The stand alone guided meditation will help anyone relax, feeling refreshed and centered afterwards.

"Element: Cardio & Conditioning Yoga" also has two thirty minute practices; one cardio and one toning.  In addition, it offers a 10 minute meditation segment.  The Cardio workout links poses together into Vinyasa flows to keep the heart rate elevated while building strength and flexibility.  The Conditioning program focuses on firming and strengthening the core and other major muscle groups.  The empowering meditation provides both inspiration and relaxation.

Alanna Zabel is founder of AZIAM Yoga and the creator of Yoga Barre (TM).  She is a registered E.R.Y.T.-500 yoga instructor, Pilates and fitness instructor with over 23 years of experience teaching yoga.  She was named one of "Hollywood's Hottest Trainers" by Shape Magazine in 2014.  Alanna is passionate about teaching holistic and organic wellness while helping others to discover their authentic self.  As one of the most sought after instructors in the country, Alanna's clients have included everyone from Hollywood executives and busy working moms, to Maroon 5's Adam Levine and NBA Rookie of the Year 2005 Emeka Okafor.

"Element: Targeted Toning Yoga" provides three 20 minute practices to tackle problem areas while providing all the benefits of yoga.  Who wouldn't want a leaner, firmer body and a clearer mind? No equipment is needed to build strength and tone muscles.  The three segments are: Glutes & Thighs, Arms & Shoulders and Abs & Core.

Meaghan Kennedy Townsend leads this video.  She has been teaching yoga for over 20 years.  Her celebrity clients include Drew Barrymore and Jim Carrey.  She helped establish the first yoga program to be offered to Harvard University and runs a yoga program for hundreds of at-risk middle and high school students at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles.

About Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading independent home entertainment company celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015.  Anchor Bay acquires and releases a wide array of filmed entertainment in the theatrical and home entertainment markets, including STARZ Original series, childrens entertainment, fitness ( Anchor Bay Fitness ), sports and specialty films on Blu-ray and DVD formats.  The company has long term distribution agreements in place for select programing with the Weinstein Company, AMC Networks and RADiUS, among others.   Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment www.anchorbayentertainment.com is a full service distributor in the North American market.  Anchor Bay Entertainment is a STARZ (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB business.  www.starz.com.

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