ESSENTIAL FITNESS TIPS

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Are you trying to loose some weight? Firm up your body? Tone up those abs? Whatever you are looking to achieve, here are some handy tips that’ll help;

1. It’s the quality not quantity of exercise that matters – intensify your workout if you have only a short time to spend excercising. Maximize your time by going for a really intense workout.

2. watching what you eat is way more important than exercising in getting your body to look the way you want it. Thousands of calories consumed in a minute in fufu, eba, fries & the likes takes hours to burn off.
3. If you are looking to shed some weight, do cardio in the morning on an empty stomach because at that time the carbohydrate stores in your muscle & liver are nearly depleted & your body has to reach into your fat stores for energy, burning more fat.
4. Working out in groups keeps  you motivated & focused on your fitness goals. Cycling, running, skipping, walking etc can be done with partners.
5. Sweat signals a rising body temperature not necessarily an increased calorie burn. You could be sweating buckets without burning an ounce of fat. Heart rate is the best indicator of calorie burn. Get a heart monitor for your workout sessions.

The importance of portion control, calorie count & choosing a workout that works for you, not just any excercise routine popular at the time, cannot be over emphasized, also eat lots of fruits & vegetables, rest well, drink plenty of water & you’ ll be just fine!

TIMELESS FASHION TIPS

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Photo credit: The style studio

What is fashion to you? Is it comfort, style, colours? What are your must-have pieces? Here are some timeless tips that’ll keep you looking like a million bucks.

1. Dress for your body shape – understanding your figure is key when dressing to accentuate your ‘assets’. Wear figure- flattering clothes that show of a tiny waist, nice legs etc, drawing attention away from the not so flattering parts – if any.
2. Buy quality pieces- don’t be afraid to splurge on investment pieces. It might seem like they cost an arm & a leg at the time but they are gifts that keep on giving for many years to come. Items like diamond earrings, a good wristwatch, a pearl necklace are timeless & always elegant.
3. Separates please! – you think you have nothing to wear & then you throw on a shirt & a nice skirt & it saves the day! Mix & match pieces – what would we do without them? Having several shirts, skirts, pants & jackets give room for creative mixing & matching, they bring versatility & variety to your wardrobe & you seem to have more clothes than you actually do!
4. Makeup- stay away from loud makeup, don’t overdo the eyebrows, easy on the false lashes, wear the right shade of foundation & powder for your skin color. Never forget to wash off makeup, wearing makeup overnight ages you by decades! I know!
5. Whether you’re rocking braids, weaves or your natural hair, keep it simple. Less is more. Always wear comfortable shoes. Always!

In fashion, keep in mind that less is often more!   Toodles.

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FUN FACTS

1. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
2. Human birth control pills work on gorillas.
3. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks – otherwise it will digest itself.
4. It is impossible to lick your elbow
5. Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbows.
6. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
7. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, 2 rats could have over a million descendants.
8. 35% of people who use personal ads for dating are already married
9. In the course of an average lifetime you will, while sleeping, eat 70 assorted insects & 10 spiders.
10. A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water.
11. If the amount of water in your body is reduced by 10% you will die.
12. Hot water is heavier  than cold.
13. Ostriches can run faster than horses.
14. Guinness book of records hold the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.
15. The flea can jump 350 times it’s body length. It’s like a human jumping the length of a football field.

Culled from laughter hell.

PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK – MARY KAY ASH

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Today Mary Kay’s corporation is a billion dollar company but wait till you hear her story!
It was 1963 & after 25 years as a saleswoman Mrs Mary Kay decided it was time to start her dream company, so armed with her life savings & recruited salespeople, got the merchandise, bottles & labels ready & sought her husband’s help in handling administrative details. Everything was set for the big launch & then life happened…
Exactly a month before they were scheduled to open her husband suffered a fatal heart attack at breakfast. She knew she lacked the administrative skills to run the business without her husband but with everything paid for & ready she had to go on.
“Liquidate the business right now & recoup whatever cash you can. If you don’t you’ll end up penniless”, said her attorney.
“you can’t possibly do it, this commission schedule will never work.It’s just a matter of time before the company goes bankrupt – & you along with it”, wailed her accountant.
The day of her husband’s funeral she discussed her fears with her children & they encouraged her to push forward with her plans. One son left his plum job to come help her guide the company, The other gave all his savings to support the business.
So on Friday,September, 13th 1963, Mary Kay’s cosmetic company opened on schedule with nine salespeople, her son as financial administrator & Mary Kay herself.
The fear of going broke & having to work for someone else for the rest of her life if her business failed, since she had no savings left to fall back on was a strong incentive for her to work hard. So no matter what anyone said she would not give up her dream. Her children had said “you can do it” & that was all she needed.

Today  Mary Kay’s corporation is a billion dollar company with more than 1.7 million consultants worldwide, wholesale volume in excess of 2.2 billion & total annual sales over 200 million dollars. It has been recognized as “one of the 100 best companies to work for in America”. Mary Kay Ash is the only woman profiled in the book Forbes greatest business stories of all time.
Culled from ‘chicken soup for the soul’, as told by Mary Kay herself.

I will be profiling a successful enterpreneur/professional weekly because who knows, it could be the push someone out there needs to chase their dream!

BOOK OF THE MONTH : WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?

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This lovely book is “a simple parable that reveals profound truths”. It tells a story about unexpected change & how to deal with it successfully. It talks about putting in the work to get the reward of achieving your dreams.do not overanalyze things when your situation changes, adapt as quick as you can.It’s a simple book for all ages that teaches lessons that help you get through life & come out winning!
I read it & I recommend it if you’re looking to read something simple & motivating in as little as an hour!