To help, here is the video of hip hop choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon teaching the "official" National Dance Day dance. Enjoy.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
To help, here is the video of hip hop choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon teaching the "official" National Dance Day dance. Enjoy.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
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I discovered after reading this article on the HuffingtonPost.com that Convit, while researching the affects of insulin dependence in children and adults who are type 2 diabetic, found that children who were overweight didn't do as well on mental tests.
"Their results show that the adolescents with type 2 diabetes did more poorly across the board on mental performance tests. In addition, these same youth showed smaller brain volume for the entire brain and the frontal lobes, where much of our reasoning occurs. The frontal lobes are the last part of the brain to mature, making it is highly sensitive to change during adolescence. The abnormal findings Dr. Convit found occur more in obese diabetic youth than in (matched) youth who also were obese but did not have diabetes (or pre-diabetes -- in which the body has developed insulin resistance). "
Not surprisingly, fitter children did better across the board.
What I liked the most about this article was the solutions to this problem:
"The City Health and Mental Hygiene Department recommended, as a result, that parents, schools and health care providers need to help children be fit by engaging in daily physical activity. In addition, the report stressed healthy eating habits, including healthy meals at home, and "...don't let your children drink their calories" referring to the way that high calorie, sugary beverages cause weight gain in youth."
You can't tell me that the soda tax wouldn't help with this! Also, removing sodas and sugary milks from schools, healthy food choices, and allowing kids to stop sitting on the couch and get out and MOVING will not only save our future children from a lifetime of health problems, but will make our nation a smarter one too.
If you are a parent or know someone who is and is having issues with an obese child, forward them this article. Knowing that they can help their child have an easier time in school (not just socially) may be just the impetus they need to steer them on the right track.
Monday, July 26, 2010
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WHAT AM I GOING TO WATCH TO FILL THIS VOID?!?!
Thank you VH1. While watching the finale of Bridal Boot Camp I saw an ad for this show.
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I looked at the photos: I think my collar bones look like that, and although I can't see my spine (nor have I ever been able to) I don't feel they are THAT thin looking. Heck, I'll take collar bone any day over those mannequins with the eraser nipples.
What do you think? Bad body image or is Club Monaco depicting their average clientele?
The lovable Briana who brings it week after week tore her MCL (medial collateral ligament) and all are wondering if she will be able to compete.
Before all that, though, the contestants are told by Mel B this week's show is a celebration of all things Summer. The contestants will be hosting a BBQ and forced to wear bathing suits, which prompts contestant Katie to say, "We are still fat obese people!"
Trainer Lee teaches the contestants to tread water in an aqua based workout, nutritionist Rachel tells them how to make a diet friendly BBQ spread, and Adamme leis everyone in their backyard. In between they are all learning their routines for the show. And we learn that Stephanie is still a virgin. Last week she was on her period. Do you think she knows that all this is going to be on television?
And the weigh in:
Adamme: From 263.2 lbs to 254.7 lbs- 8.5 lbs lost + dance score = 12.2
Latoya: From 195.6 lbs to 190.9 lbs- 4.7 lbs lost + dance score = 10.4
Stephanie: From 180.5 lbs to 176.5 lbs- 4.0 lbs lost + dance score = 9.5
Erica: From 210.1 lbs to 207.6 lbs- 2.5 lbs lost + dance score = 8.9
Michael: From 249.1 lbs to 242.6 lbs- 6.5 lbs lost + dance score = 8.3
Katie: From 194.2 lbs to 190.3 lbs- 3.9 lbs lost + dance score = 8.3
Corey: From 290.3 lbs to 284.7 lbs- 5.6 lbs lost + dance score = 7.9
Briana doesn't even weigh in as her knee gives out during her performance and she is unable to finish competing in the contest. Which is a shame because she had some serious moves!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
And she is funny. Gotta love a girl who is in on the joke.
Friday, July 16, 2010
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You know what isn't being taxed? Water, fruit juices, and milk. Healthier choices. SO- if you had to choose to save money AND be healthy, the soda tax makes sense. The USDA also found that the elimination of these sugary drinks would cause a decrease in body weight for adults and children. After watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, I know how important it is to get rid of those sugared drinks not just for weight and health, but also for mood regulation!
Here's the report in the USDA's words (mine are more fun):
Economic Research Report No. (ERR-100) 33 pp, July 2010
The link between high U.S. obesity rates and the overconsumption of added sugars, largely from sodas and fruit drinks, has prompted public calls for a tax on caloric sweetened beverages. Faced with such a tax, consumers may reduce consumption of these sweetened beverages and substitute nontaxed beverages, such as bottled water, juice, and milk. This study estimated that a tax-induced 20-percent price increase on caloric sweetened beverages could cause an average reduction of 37 calories per day, or 3.8 pounds of body weight over a year, for adults and an average of 43 calories per day, or 4.5 pounds over a year, for children. Given these reductions in calorie consumption, results show an estimated decline in adult overweight prevalence (66.9 to 62.4 percent) and obesity prevalence (33.4 to 30.4 percent), as well as the child at-risk-for-overweight prevalence (32.3 to 27.0 percent) and the overweight prevalence (16.6 to 13.7 percent). Actual impacts would depend on many factors, including how the tax is reflected in consumer prices and the competitive strategies of beverage manufacturers and food retailers.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Now I sound like Gary Busey.
Episode 4: Latin Week! The contestants must team up with another competitor for some salsa and cha cha action.
PRO: Nutritionist shows the team how to make fresh strawberry margaritas as opposed to using prepackaged drink mix. YUM. Also, Adamme and Briana's dance was fresh.
CON: Adamme ended up in the hospital because he is anemic. (he is okay.)
Katie: From 202.7 lbs to 196.3 lbs- 6.4 lbs lost + dance score + bonus point = 11.9
Latoya: From 206.3 lbs to 197.9 lbs- 8.4 lbs lost + dance score = 11.8
Michael: From 263.2 lbs to 254.1 lbs- 9.1 lbs lost + dance score = 11.5
Briana: From 269.5 lbs to 263.8 lbs- 5.7 lbs lost + dance score = 11.4
Stephanie: From 188.2 lbs to 181.9 lbs- 6.3 lbs lost + dance score = 11.3
Erica: From 218.3 lbs to 211.5 lbs- 6.8 lbs lost + dance score = 9.8
Corey: From 303.4 lbs to 294.1 lbs- 9.3 lbs lost + dance score = 9.8
Adamme: From 281.3 lbs to 280.8 lbs- 0.5 lbs lost + dance score = 9.5
Kiki: From 207.5 lbs to 202.8 lbs- 4.7 lbs lost + dance score = 8.6
Sarah: From 205.8 lbs to 202.2 lbs- 3.6 lbs + dance score = 8.0
Sarah is sent home. Wee woo- no more Joshua!
Episode 5: HIP HOP. Guest judge Lil C encourages the contestants to get Buck.
PRO: Mel B's side shaved head. Makes you remember she was a Spice Girl. Zigg-a-zig-ah!
CON: Erica puking after running up stairs. Also, all girls seemed to be on their periods this week.
Adamme: From 280.8 lbs to 263.2 lbs- 17.6 lbs lost + dance score = 13.3
Latoya: From 197.9 lbs to 195.6 lbs- 2.3 lbs lost + dance score = 9.9
Michael: From 254.1 lbs to 249.1 lbs- 5.0 lbs lost + dance score = 8.7
Briana: From 263.8 lbs to 260.7 lbs- 3.1 lbs lost + dance score = 8.5
Erica: From 211.5 lbs to 210.1 lbs- 1.4 lbs lost + dance score = 8.4
Stephanie: From 181.9 lbs to 180.5 lbs- 1.4 lbs lost + dance score = 8.1
Katie: From 196.3 lbs to 194.2 lbs- 2.1 lbs lost + dance score = 7.8
Corey: From 294.1 lbs to 290.3 lbs- 3.8 lbs lost + dance score = 7.3
Kiki: From 202.8 lbs to 199.7 lbs- 3.1 lbs lost + dance score = 7.2
Kiki goes home, but not without a little booty poppin. The relationship between Corey and Kiki is split up over .1 point!
Next episode is a summer block party with a little hospital drama thrown in for good measure!
KBC Galvanized class review: Dumb Training with Patrick Goudeau and KB & Medicine Ball with Keli Roberts
Here is Patrick and I after his class- I don't know if you can see HOW sweaty I am.
Patrick's class was called Dumb Training, and it was a lot of different variations on a dumbbell workout with lots of cardio bursts. For example: plank row, cross your hand over the other hand and skip hop in plank to the other dumbbell and plank row. Now I know why my traps and core are so sore today!
The best part of the class WAS Patrick. He is an amazing choreographer with engaging moves and seamless transitions. I learned a lot of great new moves I can share with my clients in the future. Plus he is such a sweetie! Check out his video library on his site www.patrickgfitness.com! I own Not Your Momma's Step and it is a lot of fun.
Next was Keli Robert's class Kettlebell and Medicine Ball. Coolest part? Before class started, she sat down on the ground with us and shot the breeze. Keli has been filming fitness workouts since the 80's- she even had a step workout with CHER. CHER! If I could turn back time. . .
Keli sat us down and broke down the workout for us first, and then lead us through 7 circuits of combo kettlebell and medicine ball drills. I have never used a medicine ball before and now it is my favorite new tool. Hard bouncing to a partner, twists, rolling the ball while in plank- it was more like play than a workout!
Keli and I after class- I am sweaty and she looks fresh as a flower. Plus look how tall she is! I loved meeting her and listening to her Aussie accent. Just like Patrick, Keli was so amazingly smooth and professional. You can get spoiled having a really great instructor like that- it ruins you for anyone else! Check out Keli on her website www.keliroberts.com.
Thanks again to the folks at KettleBell Concepts for allowing me to get in on the action of this conference. It was so much fun and I met so many amazing people. If you missed it- you must come out next year!
Friday, July 9, 2010
The class was presented by Miami-based fitness professional Maria Sollon-Scally, a perky bundle of energy that had just gotten off crutches two days before after injuring her ankle. She didn't let that slow her down, however, and proceeded to lead us through a 1 1/2 hour class (!).
I am relatively new to kettlebells, and after observing some of the serious professionals that were all around me today I was nervous I wouldn't be able to hold my own. Maria is so nice she immediately made me feel comfortable with the 10 pound kettlebell that I had chosen. She recommended 4 pounds for a "typical" class. I tried to hold onto the kettlebell as long as I could and not feel bad if my arms needed a break!
The class fused kettlebell moves like wood choppers and figure eights with chair pose from yoga and all those little pulsing moves from pilates. We planked, we downward dogged, we plied, and we swung those kettlebells until I was dripping with sweat. Did I mention the class was LONG? Oh boy. But satisfying.
The photos below demonstrate some of the ab and teaser work we did- the splayed leg move was particularly challenging! It is hard to take pictures when you are sweating, your arms are shaking, and the instructor is swinging around a kettlebell- be kind.
Maria can be found on her website, http://www.groovysweat.com/ and teaching other classes this weekend at the KBC Galvanized convention!
Stop the presses! I was tweeting with Tara from Tennessee (the one who left because of her grandma being ill last week) and she said her grandma is fine (yay!) and that the show was taped 2 1/2 years ago! WHAT? That means that all these ladies are already married! OR DIVORCED. OH NO!
So all you bridezillas that participated on this show- reach out to me! I want to interview you! I want to hear about your Bridal Bootcamp experience! Did Cynthia Conde always wear camo? Does Francesca speak? Does Steve create his cheers in advance and then make you practice them? I want to know all.
Okay. Week 5. Ginger Courtney is gone, so who will the girls pick on now?
Francesca is concerned about three time losers Bridal Team Green. It is only Kacey and Melissa left- who wants it more? The girls battle it out in a bootcamp race and Melissa wins. "Eat that Kacey!" Melissa says.
Blue Bridal Team has a different approach. Trainer Steve is feeling confident that his girls can have a fourth win, so he has them engage in a visualization exercise. They must climb to the top of a rope and say what they hope to change by the time they leave boot camp.
Amberly: I want to go home with a flat stomach!
Jamie: I want to have a strong upper body!
Tesha: I wanna go home with a flat tummy anna good self esteem!
By the time they get down from that tree it was time for the Marital Mission. This week's challenge? The Better Half Obstacle Course: Strapping wax dummies of their fiance's to their backs and running through an obstacle course. Tesha can tell which one is hers because he is "a good looking chocolate man". Melissa answers her fiancee question correctly, so she gets to start 5 yards ahead of the rest of the girls and chooses Jamie to start 10 yards behind.
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The race begins with Melissa in the lead, but after she gets stuck on the monkey bars, the other girls quickly pass her. Jamie ends up winning the challenge and Melissa comes in last. "I have never finished last at anything in my life," she wails. Jamie is safe from elimination and wins a year's supply of Maybelline makeup. Melissa wins a trip to the elimination room.
Jamie also gets to choose one of her Blue teammates to get out of jail free: She chooses Amberly, leaving Tesha to enter the Fitting Room with the Green team. So Tesha is the new Courtney!
At the winners pier, Cynthia weighs in two blue.
Amberly: From 155 lbs to 152 lbs- 3 lbs lost
Jamie: From 132 lbs to 133 lbs- 1 lb gained
Good thing Jamie won the challenge.
At the Fitting Room, the girls are nervous to learn of their fate.
Tesha: From 144 lbs to 145 lbs- 1 lb gained
Kacey: From 134 lbs to 132 lbs- 2 lbs lost
Melissa: From 162 lbs to 161 lbs- 1 lb lost
Melissa and Tesha are the bottom two. Each girl speaks as to why they should stay at camp: Melissa is addicted to exercise and Tesha is the most improved bride. When Cynthia asks Steve who should go, he says Tesha. WHAT? What happened to blue team spirit? Cynthia makes it so and Tesha is asked to go.
Next week: Crazy rock climbing obstacle course and secret surprise guests!
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It is week 4! The teams are getting closer together: Bridal Team Green is giving each other manis and pedis with their trainer Francesca. They are also braiding each other's hair and talking about their periods. Bridal Team Blue, on the other hand, is outside doing kickboxing and running drills. I take it that trainer Steve isn't much for the hair braiding. Tesha says that Green team is "a bunch of pretty princesses", and Bridal Team Blue is ready to keep winning.
A small wrench in their plans- Tara from Tennessee (My friend on Twitter! YAY SOCIAL NETWORKING!) gets an upsetting call that her grandma is not doing well and her mom wants her home with their family. Wee woo. Tara has to pack her knives and go, but not before she reveals that she has gone from 192 pounds to 177 pounds in the short time she has been training.
There is no rest for the weary: An invitation for a marital mission is slipped under the door no sooner than Tara shut it behind her. Cynthia beckons with the message "you can't have your cake and eat it, too". That sounds like a challenge any hungry bridezilla would want to get behind.
Cynthia and the trainers meet the ladies at a wrestling ring filled with a 15 x 15 wedding cake. The ladies will have to take each other down to China Town. Which ever team wins the most rounds will win flowers for the wedding. The chum has been released and the sharks are circling! Flowers are incredibly expensive and this would be a great prize for anyone to win.
Kaycee lost the most weight last week, so she gets the opportunity to answer her fiancee question to determine who gets matched up with the Green Team. She answers correctly (yay Kaycee!) and pits Amberly with herself, Melissa with Jamie ("Watch out Idaho, I'm going to stuff you!" Melissa growls), and Courtney and Tesha. Tesha promises the cake is going to be "pink, white, and red with your lipstick". These girls are SCARY.
Cynthia makes the women promise a clean fight, and Blue Team MOPS UP the Green Team with their fists. Blue Team is once again safe from elimination and wins the flowers. "Thank you Jesus!" crows Tesha.
Bridal Team Green has egg (and cake) on their faces, and starts some friction with the Blue Team over their smack talk. Example:
Amberly: It was a mind game!
Melissa: I was called a rich bitch!
Amberly: You could be called MUCH worse.
The Blue Team showers and meets at the weigh in pier with Cynthia.
Jamie: From 134 lbs to 132 lbs- 2 lbs lost
Tesha: From 145 lbs to 144 lbs- 1 lb lost
Amberly: From 157 lbs to 155 lbs- 2 lbs lost
Then the Green Team heads to the Fitting Room for the third week in a row!
Melissa: From 166 lbs to 162 lbs- 4 lbs lost
Kaycee: From 135 lbs to 134 lbs- 1 lb lost
Courtney: From 145 lbs to 142 lbs- 3 lbs lost
Ginger Courtney is finally in the bottom two with Kaycee, and with a too little too late from Cynthia, is sent home. Maybe they gave her a coloring book for the plane ride home.
The groups are getting smaller and smaller- literally and figuratively. Let's get it on.
Ever heard of fat camp? My boyfriend thought I was kidding, but they are real, Virginia. I've watched the fat camp documentaries on MTV. Combine that sensitive element with My So Called Life creator Winnie Holtzman (I mean she wrote the book for the musical Wicked, c'mon!) and you have a show that can either be a catalyst for acceptance or a big fat joke.
I'd like it to be successful. There is a winning lead character in Nikki Blonsky who plays Will, a tough as nails fat girl who doesn't want to have to change her size to gain acceptance from her family. You know she is rebellious because she wears Converse and has blue streaks in her hair. There is a pretty blond in Hayley Hasselhoff, who is Will's sometimes nemesis Amber. There is a guy who looks like Seth Rogen- strike while the iron's hot, dude! You could actually have a career in Hollywood as is!
The story line of the first episode dealt with binge eating, bulimia, body loathing and acceptance, and of course liking boys and makeup, all that jazz. If handled correctly, this show could be a great way for families to talk about these issues with their heavy and not heavy kids. They could learn about body issues and the right way to treat others.
I'm worried that the show may promote an "I love my unhealthy body" message. When the head of the camp assured a camper that the purpose of the camp wasn't to have them hate their bodies but to make their bodies healthy, it was scoffed at. I am all about loving yourself, love handles and all, but I am about living a full and healthy life. Showing kids buying Twinkies on the black market to snub their noses at their parents for "making" them lose weight is kind of an F U to the food revolution, you know?
I will keep watching to see what happens- will Will decide that fat camp is for her? Will the campers hook up? Will they lose the weight and keep it off? Or will that mean the show only lasts 8 episodes?
It is summer. I guess I'll have to. My job is so HARD!