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Want Abs? Do this!

I love planks! In my opinion, I think they’re one of the best exercises anyone can do to tone and strengthen their mid-section. I especially love doing them to fun songs, so here is a short routine you can do at home.

 

First, know this is tough. You’re basically doing over 3 1/2 minutes of planks. Whoa. Modify if you need to, just make sure you keep it challenging!

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Cardio vs. Strength Training: You need both!

Cardio vs. Strength Training: You need both!

I get asked this question a lot: “Andrea, I really want to lose weight. Should I start with cardio or should I start with lifting weights?”

The answer is BOTH!

You get the best results when you combine both cardiovascular and strength training exercises. You burn body fat, build lean muscle, and become a calorie burning machine! I was going to write an entire blog about it, but then I remembered I already had written something about it in my online coaching program, Stop Eating Crap! Plus 4 Equally Amazing Strategies to Help You Be the Champion of Your Own Health & Happiness. 

It’s actually one of my favorite sections of the program, and I get the best feedback about it from my clients, so I’m excited to share it with you now. Here it is:

Here is an actual example of a conversation I overheard in the coffee shop while I was waiting for my Friday herbal tea:

“Girl, you need to STOP it with all those weights. You’re going to end up super bulky.”

“It’s a FACT that lifting burns more calories over the course of the day. I’ll end up thinner than you.”

“You will NEVER burn as many calories in a day of lifting as I do in ONE long run.” Read More

Weight Loss Word Problem of the Day.

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Here’s a word problem to start your day.

Scenario: It’s December 25th. Christmas Day. Less than a week until the New Year. Kim has been eating and indulging in all the eggnog, ham, cookies, and more nog that comes with the holiday. Other than running from party to party or the occasional frantic present wrapping, she has done next to nothing in the way of exercising. Her pants are feeling a wee bit tight. (Okay. A lot bit tight. But hey! It’s the holiday!) On December 26th she makes a New Year’s resolution: She is going to lose fifty pounds by exercising six days a week for an hour and reducing her calories to 1,100 a day. She is going to start on January 1st. (Which means that she continues to eat and drink like a drunken sailor for the next five days.) Read More

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Be Like Control Top Pantyhose!

 

Hi. My name is Andrea. And I’m a supportaholic.

I love everything about support. I love what it gives to me, I love what it allows me to give to others, and I love what it allows others to give to each other. I love the freedom that comes with saying something out loud, and I love the feeling of acceptance and understanding that comes with someone saying something that I myself have been feeling. I love the collaborative spirit of support. Read More