This time its not my contest, but my friend Christina from Atlanta has her daughter in Atlanta's cutest contest HERE ... if you guys could swing by and vote for her (#24) that would be great! The photographer hosting it is Laura Brett, a friend of mine :)
I don't know about you guys, but I completely admit to needing a cup (or two) of coffee every morning. I don't know how I went the 9 months of pregnancy without it, but I did..somehow. However, I have spent some time researching the benefits of coffee and how it can actually help us. Here's what I found.
Research shows that coffee can lessen the risk of heart disease, Parkinson's Disease as well as gallstones. Coffee also is a powerful natural antioxidant. From a fitness standpoint, having a a cup of coffee before exercising can boost performance. It can help you feel more alert and for some reason is linked to longer endurance.
Now of course here is a limit. Coffee can cause dehydration, so its important to drink extra water if you are a coffee drinker. Its also important not to overdue it. 1-2 cups of coffee a day are fine, but when you are drinking an entire pot-- the coffee can actually be in your system up to 12 hours after you drink it. This is what happens when you have trouble settling down for the night.
So the bottom line is that go ahead and enjoy that cup of coffee, followed by a cup of water... I know I will!
So before we had Bella, Jerry and I would go to the gym together to workout most days of the week after work. It was a good bonding time together and we enjoyed it (ok well I did anyway, haha). Of course our schedule has completely changed since having a baby, change in work schedules for both of us and no longer having a gym membership. I am a little more dedicated to getting a workout in than Jer is, but I still admit to getting bored very easily from doing the same thing and I also lack motivation when I'm by myself and only have an hour or two kid-free a day.
This past week though, Jerry and I started doing the very popular home workout series-- P90X with Tony Horton. Its a 12 week subscribed program. You do it all at home. It is 7 days a week. Very hardcore! I am skeptical however of most home workouts because most of them are not challenging enough for me. Turbojam is one of the only home workouts I continue to use on any sort of regular basis.
We just completed week 1 yesterday. I am SORE!! I completely can recommend this workout so far. I will keep you guys posted on progress and results. Personally I am not looking to loose weight, but there are some areas I wouldn't mind toning up a bit. Jerry wants to loose about 20 pounds (that he gained when I was pregnant but then didn't loose it after she was born). So far so good! I will say the best thing about this is doing it with Jerry... and the fact that it is getting him to exercise consistently again. We've had to do it late at night after Bella goes to bed (around 8pm) so it's a little hard to do it that late at night but having someone to do it with really helps, and at least this way we are uninterrupted.
This is what the week included:
Friday: Chest/Back/Abs... 1 hour of pull-ups, push-ups and a really hard ab workout. By far the hardest day of the week. I was sore for like 4 days afterward, LOL!
Saturday: Plyometrics.. 1 hour. I am in very good cardiovascular shape, so I really liked this one :)
Sunday: Shoulders/Arms/Abs..1 hour. I also did 20 minutes of cardio on the elliptical.
Monday: Yoga.. this yoga worout is 90 minutes. A little long for my taste.
Tuesday: Legs/Back/Abs..1 hours. The ABS WORKOUT AGAIN?!! hahaha yes. And yes my abs still hurt, LOL.
Wednesday: Kenpo...1 hour. This is similar to Turbokick so I liked it a lot!
Thursday: Rest dat yahoo!!
In addition to this I am still teaching Turbokick once or twice/week.
So far its been a good change and I'll keep you all posted. So far, P90X is one of the best home workouts I've tried! You can find out more about it here.
I just wanted to let you guys all know about the contest running on my other blog :) Be sure to enter your child for a chance to win a free session! Entries can be submitted until Feb 18th at 5pm, voting begins February 20th an runs until February 24th. Whoever gets the most votes wins... so its up to my readers!!
As a photographer, I use photoshop for my photo editing. Its essential in the biz. As a mother, I want my daughter to grow up confident in herself no matter what size she may be (although I want to help her learn to live a healthy lifestyle). I came across this video on you tube today about how far you can take photoshop to get the "perfect body". Pretty disturbing in many ways. Just a reminder out there for all of you that what you see on the cover of magazines is most likely NOT what these people look like in real life!