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Eat Healthy? Exercise? Still no abs? You’re not alone.

Eat Healthy? Exercise? Still no abs? You’re not alone.

What’s more elusive than Bigfoot and arguably more actively sought after? Money? Fame? True love? You’ve already read the title so you know where I’m going with this. Abs. Rectus Abdominis. We all have them. If only we could see them. Even after slimming down, the abs elude. We think that if we could just get that last five or ten pounds off, perhaps they’ll show up. So we exercise. We crunch. We sit up. We buy fancy machines with great hope and promise. Two weeks go by and the stomach looks more irritated than dissipated. I don’t think that getting abs...

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Weight-loss: Diet vs. Exercise

Weight-loss: Diet vs. Exercise

When we think of weight loss, we consider two huge factors: Diet and exercise. Exercise is obviously very important. We want to have a healthy, active lifestyle. However, we naturally spend a lot of time and energy focused on diet. The question then becomes, how much time should we be spending on diet versus exercise? In a study on the efficacy of diet versus exercise for weight loss, diet was shown to be significantly more effective. In the areas of weight loss, fat loss, and body fat percentage decrease, the individuals on a “diet only” program lost at least two times as...

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Amy Lacey

Transmitting Personal Grace

Transmitting Personal Grace

Language is important. Life literally revolves around communication. God created the Earth by speaking it into existence. People pay large amounts of money to listen to other people talk. Right now, you’re reading this blog.  With such a high emphasis on communication, it begs the question, how do you talk to yourself? Would you pay to hear someone put you down? Do you read blogs that demean you and call you names? If not, then why do we talk to ourselves that way? Think about it. That last question may sound rhetorical, but I truly want you to think about...

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Sleep and Weight Gain

Sleep and Weight Gain

Sleep. Just saying the word makes you want to close your eyes. But never mind with the hypnosis. Chances are, you’re not sleeping right now and don’t have that option any time soon. Perhaps sleep has taken a back seat in your life. Behind the job. The family. The Sopranos reruns on HBO GO. You can’t go to sleep anyway so hey, why not an extra episode? The problem with neglecting your sleep is what it can potentially do to your health. Particularly, your weight. Why? We’ve all heard about those ambiguous studies out there somewhere that say we need...

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