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Thank you Leslie! I have been nominated by Leslie Ciarleglio, the most selfless, giving and kind hearted person I know to take on this challenge (5 days, 3 gratitude's, 3 nominees each day). Jessica's "Daily Affirmation" video reminds us what a delightful 50 second gratitude session could look like, get ready to jump on your sink! Day 1:
Loved having you Regina. Looking forward to next time!!
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Lori Richardson, from The Pilates Barn(above) in Connecticut and I have done business before......she bought my extra gunmetal upholstery awhile ago, and liking my Pilates Post, invited me out to visit her beautiful world. The Pilates Barn is all Gratz Gunmetal....
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Pilates Barn is a boutique style studio located on the shoreline town of Madison, Connecticut. Opened in June 2011, Pilates Barn is one of the few studios in Connecticut that teaches the true original method of Joseph Pilates. Established by Dr. Lori Richardson, the studio is exclusively equipped with Gratz. To learn more about this studio and other featured studios - visit our website: http://www.pilates-gratz.com
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Wait-forget it-don’t bother answering that. Let me look into your eyes instead. Are they wide open, are they bright, are they interested in what’s going on? Do I detect a smile in the corners? I don’t care if you’re 30 or 90, what matters to me is that you’ve got life.
Look at all this hormone hoop-la. I don’t believe for a second that the real impetus for hormone use was health. My mouth fell open when I read how in 1966, a Dr. Robert Wilson wrote a book called Feminine Forever proclaiming that when a woman’s reproductive stage ends, so, basically, does her life. If she takes estrogen, he maintained she’ll be “much more pleasant to live with and will not become dull and unattractive.” Wilson’s son told The New York Times that the Wyeth-Ayerst drug company paid his father to write and promote the book which became a best-seller among doctors as well as women. Within a decade, Wyeth’s Premarin had become one of the leading prescription drugs in America.
Take a deep breath.
When I was 10 years old, I didn’t give a flip what boys thought about me. I was brazen and full of myself. All I cared about was climbing trees in the back yard, searching for tadpoles in the ponds. I was an adventurer, explorer, a fearless princess.
Now I am a fearless queen. This is the most powerful time of your entire life! Maybe you’ve started to feel it already. You notice twinges in your late 30s, and by the time your 40s roll around you can not deny them. You’re not as self-conscious, not as hesitant, your priorities are clearer, you are more certain what you will fight for and are not as worried about what anyone else will think. You may even start to feel a little selfish…it’s about time.
Do you realize all the life that lies ahead? Look at the butterflies. A butterfly is a woman at least 15 years older than you. Keep your eyes open for them, butterflies stand out in a crowd, they’re beautiful, they radiate life, and they attract people like magnets. We need women in our lives who have been through the metamorphosis and are flying high. Then we can say, there-that’s where I’m headed.
Don’t hide in the shadows. You are entitled to spread your wings, say your truth, and do your thing!
Pilates for Core Strength in the Older Woman:
"Pilates is one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the world, and men are definitely taking advantage of Pilates many benefits. Pilates was started by a man, Joseph Pilates; it’s been a training vehicle for elite athletes, both men and women, for over 50 years. Men are now catching on to the diverse benefits of Pilates.
They recognize that they are strong but ‘tight’ and need to balance their musculature by increasing their flexibility. Men often over-train superficial muscles at the expense of joint-stabilizing and core-supporting muscles, and in contrast, Pilates will have them work muscles that they didn’t even know they had. Core strength, flexibility, balance, uniform development, and efficient movement patterns – all are hallmarks of Pilates training and highly relevant to mens fitness. The integrative component of Pilates can be especially beneficial for men, whose workouts often emphasize a part-by-part approach to muscular development, such as what what finds in weightlifting. Vitality is increased. Athletic performance is improved. A new sense of strength is achieved.
Pilates emphasizes moving from the center of the body, the powerhouse, and developing core strength in the deep muscles of the center to stabilize the trunk and protect the back. This kind of core training makes Pilates an excellent technique for whole-body fitness, as well as a foundation for cross training with other kinds of sports and exercise.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PILATES: It is MORE than a TREND
Celebrity Pilates guru Brooke Siler explains why Pilates transcends the usual fitness trends and how you can get the most from this time-tested modality of fitness.
Virgin Olive Oil is the healthiest, most versatile and easily available oil. Although low in essential fatty acids (EFA), olive oil is full of other virtues—it contains unique components known to aid in digestion, lower high cholesterol, and improve liver, gall bladder, pancreas, and cardiovascular functions. Because it’s rich in monounsaturates, olive oil is fairly stable. But treat this delicate oil with care—the green color comes from life-enhancing chlorophyll. I keep it in the refrigerator and refill a cruet that’s kept at room temperature.
Since olive oil comes from the soft flesh of the olive, high pressure (and resulting heat) is not needed for extraction. Virgin means the oil is unrefined and pressed rather than removed with solvents. Only high-quality, undamaged olives are used (extra virgin is made from the highest quality olives). The term pure simply means that the oil in the bottle came only from olives; it’s usually an indication that the oil is refined and solvent extracted. When olives are damaged, the oil begins to deteriorate and has to be refined, losing most of the nutritional value. I’d stay away from the olive oil blends-they’re a mix of cheap refined oils.
I buy olive oil in a glass bottle (safer than plastic). When it’s on sale, I go for organic olive oil made by Spectrum or Bionature. Otherwise, I buy the best priced Italian virgin or extra virgin olive oil—Colavita, Dal Raccolto and Sassa are some standbys—just make sure they say virgin on the bottle. Use virgin for light cooking and save the extra virgin to savor on salads.
Olive oil can handle low heat temperatures—high heat is not safe for any oil. (use duck fat instead). When I saute onions, garlic, or ginger, I add a little water with the oil to keep the temperature down and make sure the food doesn’t brown—that’s a sign of trouble. And I put a bottle of olive oil on the table like Mediterranean cooks do, and add it to the food after it’s cooked.
To get the ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (EFA’s) we need, I use oils made by Flora to supplement virgin olive oil. These are the purest I can find—and since we only need a little, why not go for the best? Flora oils are pressed in a unique low heat and light, oxygen-free environment, and the bottling date is stamped on the label. I use their 3-6-9 Blend—it’s a nourishing combination of organic unrefined oils with the healthiest ratio of Omega-3 and EFA: organic oil from flax, sunflower and sesame seeds and from the germ of oat, rice and bran. Every morning the whole family enjoys a tablespoon, which is all you need. On many occasions, a sleepover guest has also had the pleasure of the “morning oil” with breakfast!
”Every cell tissue, gland and organ is dependent on the presence of EFA’s. They are the main structural component of all cell membranes and are necessary for all cell growth and division.” These delicious oils have the color and delicate flavor of their source—and your health is worth every penny of their cost. The oils come in dark amber glass bottles and can be purchased at Health Food Stores, our Chiropractic office or you could order directly from Flora and have little glass bottles delivered to your doorstep—just like the old days, 800-446-2110 .
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