The Fountain of My Youth

So many people say to me.. “Wow! Your how old?”  lol…   Not only do I look younger than I am, I act and feel it as well.  If you wanna know my age feel free to comment.. I may tell ya. :p  NOPE, NO surgeries at all!  No doctors ever, I am all natural people!!  What you see is what you get! I hide nothing, I am always honest,  and try to add fun to peoples lives. I am going to so graciously share my fountain of youth with you. Together we will slow down our aging..   Come live a longer life with me:) Lets Go!!

I believe in my heart if you follow these 5 factors you will look and feel as young as me!  I am going to give you my top five. There are more ways you can keep youthful, but these 5 work very well for me.  I feel amazing all day energy as I beat fatigue. The very last thing I tell you is my biggest secret.

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Nothing Like sharing a whole pizza pie with one of your best buddies!

First, let me tell you having pet companionship is one of the most wonderful joys of all.  Animals keep me smiling, laughing and decrease depression.  I run, play, laugh, kiss and also share my foods with my furry friends .  The joy is so genuine . Unconditional love from the animals as they do not know malice.  The playfulness will keep you on your toes.  There is nothing like sweet puppy kisses. I love, love, love doggies so much!! So much happiness in my heart with them in my life.

Second, find fun everyday hobbies or events that you like to do. Me, there really is not much I do not like. I am very open-minded.  I am also very social for the most part and enjoy social gatherings with many different friends.  One hobby I hold dear is music. I write, listen and dance to it very frequently. Examples of the events I engage in are; charity events, concerts, and obstacle runs.  You can even do most of these with your children. This makes for great bonding experiences. As long as I am with friends laughing and smiling my stress level remains low.

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Listening and playing fun music is one of the greatest positive mood boosters

Third, find NEW ventures to partake in.  Similar to number two in a way, but take it a bit further out of your comfort zone. Be involved, make exciting life changes.  Take photos, embrace memories, have exciting stories to tell.  Learning an instrument, taking dance lessons,  signing up for a language course,  cooking new Nommy foods, and learning how to dive are all some prime examples of how being involved will make you feel young.  Go on a wild date or two.. haha. Even if your in a relationship you should still be having those fun date nights with each other!  These ventures should help decrease muscle tension in your body and you will feel more alive.  Goof off, do something you were afraid to do and just pursue different things.  It will keep you excited as you will have things to look forward to. I have done all of the above and it feels pretty damn good! I plan to continue on my path with exciting adventures.

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Getting goofy with my oh so favorite protein packed chocolate chip cookies.. Added bonus shown in the middle is PB & J sandwich cookies..

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picking out something to wear for a social event… trying to keep a straight face without a laugh. lol

Now you guys knew this was coming …. My fourth factor in my youthfulness, so powerful is diet and exercise.  This is a no brainer for all you guys that know me. But know this exercising your mouth by smiling is super awesome.  🙂  I am always trying to make people smile. Exercising the rest of your body and eating smarter has so many benefits needless to say. Eat cleaner! Less butters, oils and creams! Craps that will make you feel drained.

Fifthly, my greatest share with you all is my water consumption!! YES! that is it!! My greatest fountain of youth revealed. Drink water! Some of the benefits from drinking plenty of water daily are; youthful beauty (including ski, hair and nails), regulation of a healthy body, and increased energy.

Drinking water gives you a natural beauty boost. Water will keep your skin clean as it flushes out the dirt that clogs the pours. The water consumption actually keeps your skin tight and toned as your cells are filled with water thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles, less flabby skin and a smoother look.  Drinking water hydrates the cells of your hair and nails  making them shiny and sexy as hell.

Another benefit of nomming on water is a healthy and detoxed body. Drink up guys do not get dehydrated. Dehydration can be mistaken for hunger. Drink up you feel less hungry because your full but also the feeling of hunger fades as you get hydrated. Also drinking water flushes your organs out detoxing you. As the toxins are flushed this helps prevent diseases. Also nomming on the wonderful drink  lubricates your joints and prevents kidney stones.

And energy, ahh energy the thing I have so much of …Water aids in the building of muscles, weight loss, and burning of fat. Keeping hydrated also prevents fatigue. Oh and drinking water before bed when you had some Vodka or whatever your liquor of choice is helps to prevent a hangover.  lol. DRINK A LOT OF WATER!!! Its a win win! Just do not chug it all in one sitting :p

On average you should drink minimum 6 glasses of water since you lose it so easily without exercise. You lose water daily just by breathing, average perspiration and urination. So in order to gain the most benefit I advise drinking more than the average recommended. Especially if you are active.  I drink at least Ten bottles of water a day! There it is guys MY GREATEST secret for MY FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH 🙂 …  Enjoy

– R

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Drink water!!! Lots and lots of water!! NOM some H20

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Feeling Stressed and Why Working Out Helps

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Stress Relieving

So through my life lately I have been feeling so much stress. And so many of you feel stressed as well , so I know many of you can relate .. My life has taken a huge turn because I got divorced and I needed to make a new start. Unfortunately as touched on  somewhat in “my story” section the next long-term relationship ended sadly with betrayal, broken promises and a huge hurt heart for myself.  Again I tell you this because I want you all to know this does not come easy for me.  It is NOT easy for me to get motivated.  I push myself every single day!!!  I push through my pain!  I am my own motivator and if I can help you guys I will.  I am managing to pick up the pieces and focus my energies on helping others. I  invest my time caring for people from the heart as genuinely as I can. New starts are no picnic and dating doesn’t alleviate stress either. lol  Long story short I am re inventing my life, with that being said comes a lot of stress. I promise you all exercise will help!

I want to emphasize how great a role exercise plays into this stress for me. The exercise is very therapeutic . It provides an outlet into my emotions, allowing me to channel stress and relieve anxiety. Moreover as you engage in physical activity you decrease the levels of depression.  You do not have to run a marathon. lol  Much of my exercise routine involves circuit training. My routines consist of a variety of strength training combined with cardio. While I am training my brain secretes endorphins which promote a healthy exercise high.  New research studies have shown that by including strength training into your routine you increase your endorphin levels by more than 60 percent.  So to decrease your daily stress levels and help promote a trouble-free mind add more into your exercise routine than just cardio.  And by me saying add strength training to your routine doesn’t necessarily mean weights. You can do plyometrics and isometrics.  You can do these exercises anywhere. Plyometrics involves rapid and repeat stretching of your muscles and its designed to build strength, power and speed.  And an example of Plyo would be push ups.  Isometrics involved static contradiction of your muscles without any movement. And an example of Iso would be a simple squat or plank hold for 30 seconds or however long you wish to hold.

Research showed the number one thing to reduce mental stress and most medical issues is at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. The most common form of exercise was walking. I’ll take it! As long as you’re getting up and doing something makes me happy and proud.  Do not put your health at risk! You will be happy you did it. You will also feel much better about yourself . So what are you waiting for .. Gooo!