Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ask A Personal Trainer: Working out when Sick

Bio:  Julie R. is an ACE certified personal trainer. Her goal is to offer simple and effective advice to help inspire others to live an active and healthy life. She works and lives in Boston, MA with her husband and baby girl.

With flu season here, I often find clients get sick and fall off the workout wagon for weeks, and sometime months. Here are a few guidelines to prevent a cold or sickness from derailing your exercise goals.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a good rule of thumb is that if cold symptoms are “above the neck” (runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, etc), it is okay to continue your exercise routine. You may want to take your intensity down a notch, for example if you normally run, you could try jogging at a slower pace, or even walking.
If symptoms are “below the neck” (chest congestion, hacking cough, upset stomach), it is best to take a few days off. Exercise should also be avoided if you have a fever, extreme fatigue or widespread muscle aches.

The bottom line is you want to listen to your body. If it is telling you to take a break, do it. However, while you are resting you want to be sure to drink lots of fluids and eat a healthy diet. It is not an excuse to sit on the couch and eat chips. While you are resting you can plan out a few workouts for when you are feeling better. Start slow when getting back into your routine, this could mean just going for a 30 minute walk your first few days back. The key is to start moving as soon as you are feeling better, don’t let too much time go by, this is when people tend to lose their routines.

Stay healthy!

*Always consult your physician or health care provider before beginning any nutrition or exercise program.

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January 28, 2012

The Pregnancy Project



   The Pregnancy project will air on Saturday January 28th at 8pm ET/ PT. This is a movie that I highly suggest you sit down and watch with your teenager. The movie is taken right out of the headlines and depicts the senior project of Gaby Rodriguez who is played by Alexa Vega, known for her role in Spy Kids. It will teach all of lesson about ourselves and others. We each have the power to make  a positive impact it only takes a little planning and the chutzpah to implement that plan and see it through.

Y9u can see Karla’s Review Here.

See My review here.

Ask a Nurse: Jessie's Story

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters.


January 26, 1988-January 26, 2012

My heart is sad today. I lost someone dear to me. Oh, we all knew that sooner or later, she would be leaving us. The thing is, she came close before, and decided to stay awhile longer. My heart is breaking for her parents, her brothers and sister, her grandparents. My heart is breaking for all who loved her so very much.

My heart is breaking…because I loved her so very much.

She was pure sunshine on days that darkness held me in its grip.

She was laughter to my tears.

Her smiles meant so much to me, especially when she smiled even though she wasn’t
feeling well.

I was honored when she “complained” to me.

Her hugs filled me with joy.

I will miss her soft hands, always reaching for the warmest spot on the windowsill.

Feel that warmth on your face, Jess?

Hug Abba for me, will you?

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January 27, 2012

Fashion Friday: Dresses


I love to wear pretty clothes. I love them even more if I paid pennies on the dollar. I love that I can help others with my shopping tips and tricks.


   This week I hope you dance is part of my pay it forward FRIDAY. I believe that a dress can make an event. I also know how expensive they are. we all have one in our closet that we spent to much on. I have a couple that I would never wear again but I spent a lot on them so they are still in there. This week I am taking three of the dresses that I haven’t worn in awhile and I am donating them to Donate My Dress. I believe giving someone else the opportunity to experience feeling like a million bucks is priceless.

If you are on facebook head over and choose a dress style for each one selected you can Pay it Forward because

 For every girl that chooses her dress style on the Always Facebook page, $1 will be donated to Donate My Dress up to 25k dollars! Please visit the Always Facebook page, select your style and share.


From the $25,000 donation, five deserving chapters will receive $5,000 through’s Purple Dress Awards.  The Purple Dress Awards recognize the most outstanding chapters of the network.

Come on and donate a dress with me. Leave a comment if you can help!

Donate MY Dress is available in these locations.



This series on how to make the most out of the time you have with your children is brought to you by Amee at Madame Deals and Sharon at Mom on Dealz.

I am not a great photographer but since having kids I have become sort of addicted to trying to capture as many memories on camera as possible. I know time flies and am amazed I already have a 3 year old and a 13 month old. How did that happen?! In addition to snapping lots of pictures, every once in a while I try to have a silly photo session where I may have the boys pose with a funny sign, make faces, or just do something off the wall while the camera clicks away. Here is a shot from the most recent goof off.

I love that not only do we get to laugh while creating these pictures, but the memories will always be there to look back on and giggle at when they grow older!

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