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Archive for May, 2014

Memorial Day – a reflection on sacrifice

One of the first holiday weekends of the summer, Memorial Day is a time for recreation, and spending time with friends and family, and of course food.  Yet not just another holiday,  this day has been honored since the American Civil War, as  one for us to recognize the sacrifice American men and women made for our country,  giving up their lives in military service.  Not that I am about to take a somber tone, nor do I feel that the time we spend with our family and friends is less important   — to be honest, I’m looking forward to the time off  to relax with the fam and the food!  As I began to plan for some time off this weekend, my thoughts kept coming back to the people who lost their lives in US military activities.  Was their sacrifice worth it?  How do we as a nation honor that sacrifice in our own lives?  Not that we should have to necessarily visit national cemeteries or volunteer our services to a related organization.

Perhaps it is first in reflecting on the effort and commitment that these people made for our country.  And then to ask ourselves, what are we doing as individuals to make our country greater, to be a servant to those around us, and to take advantage of the opportunities of  freedom that they have given us in their service?

I can easily get caught in day to day responsibilities and personal challenges that everyone faces and must attend to.  Can we rise above our natural drive to find comfort and fulfill our own needs while also serving others?  I think we can.  Perhaps its as simple as asking yourself each morning:  What value am I going to create today?

A colleague of mine summed up it best:  Image

Memorial Day is a great reminder to honor the  sacrifices of those who died while in military service by
being your best self, using your talents to make a difference,
and not taking the opportunities we have for granted.
My prayers and thoughts are with those who will be remembering their loved ones who lost their lives this day.

Never give up.

Mistakes are inevitable and are critical for teaching you lessons. Bill Gates – first company ran up losses between 1974 and 1980 before it was closed, and they learned to avoid those mistakes in buidling Microsoft.

Your past does not define you. Richard Branson – a successful entrepreneur with many successful ventures to his name including Virgin dropped out of school when he was 16 to start a student magazine that didn’t do as well as he hoped. Along the way to success came many other failed ventures.

Failure is not permanent.  Walt Disney was fired from an early job at the Kansas City Star Newspaper because he was not creative enough! His first business went bankrupt after its first year In 1923.

Rejection is part of the journey. J.K. Rowling – who wrote the Harry Potter books selling over 400 million copies – received endless rejections from publishers. 

       You know you are being pushed to the point that you are just about to reach success, when you are ready to give. Never give up.

My suggestions for everyday health and support tips

    Almost 3 years ago, a friend of mine gave me a Spark, and some tips to help me with my fatigue and muscle recovery.     As you know, having physical ailments are  a part of life when you are physically active, so I am so blessed to have solutions that I can count on! Supplementation has always been a part of my overall nutrition plan, so I switched to better quality and now have educated coaches helping me.  I no longer drag myself from one gym to the park or to teach, and I can make it through a busy Saturday without going through the drive through!   I plan on being physically active the rest of my life, so nutritional support is key to maintaining my body’s ability to move.  Here are my tips and a few other suggestions:


Omegaplex – $0.40/day   Quality fish oil, omega 3s, for healthy everything and everybody.  Seriously, everything you read talks about the importance of healthy fats, yet we are typically not getting the right kind too much 6s, and not enough 3s.  This makes it super easy, and its the kind you want – pure and fresh.  I took what I thought was fish oil for years, and then realized it wasnt pure oil.

Coreplex – $0.55/day.  Multivitamin

Biotools –  $1.90/day  Support for aging bodies, or healing bodies.  That’s me and I love how I feel.  Reduces inflammation and provides muscle support for recovery.  Branched chain aminos.  

Tips for you:

Slim ******* On Sale*****appetite control and fat burner (Garcinia Cambogia)  YOUR SUMMERTIME GO TO ITEM.  This is super great for you if you are hungry all the time and want to burn fat.*  You should be eating 4-6 times a day to manage your eating plan, but this is a great add-on.  Non-caffeinated options.

Rehydrate – Electrolyte drink, superior blend, tastes great, no funny aftertaste, helps with cramps and recovering after a long bike ride, yard work, or visit to the gym. Super recharge.  I love the Key Lime/Cherry!!!!  

Feed and your body!  It works hard for you.  Kim 

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May is Exercise is Medicine Month 2014

In conjunction with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports’ National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, The American College of Sports Medicine chose the month of May to spread the word on Exercise is Medicine (EIM) with support from the American Medical Association.

Did you know that consistent exercise has been proven to treat and even prevent chronic disease? Research shows that exercise can play a role in preventing over 40 chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.

Are you ready to start your exercise habit?

One of the Goals of EIM to encourage physicians to record physical activity with other health markers each time you visit your doctor.

How do you know if you should see your doctor before starting an exercise program.
Start with this pre-exercise checklist.

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Click here to view upcoming Lakefront Fitness programs starting May 7th at Creve Coeur Park or for more details about starting an exercise program.