Chronicles of a Sugar Addict: Part 3

Opened notepad and cup of coffee with donut on old wooden table. Top viewThey say that psychologically, your odds of successfully tackling a goal are much higher if you prioritize and do one thing at a time.  So, my commitment to rekindling my relationship with my health began with ridding my body of candy and desserts.  The first 2-3 weeks were rough, but successful.  And as the cravings subsided, I knew it was time for step 2: stepping up my game in the gym. Read more

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Chronicles of a Sugar Addict: Part 2

Lollipop heart on vintage wooden backgroundIf you missed Part 1, and why I started this 60-day journey of sugar detox, click here.  

I love sugar.  But we need to break-up.  Sugar doesn’t treat me (or anybody else) well.  Sugar is an asshole. Read more

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Chronicle of a Sugar Addict: Part 1

JordanCreek_AbiReiland_0914_017I’m Abi.  And I’m addicted to sugar.  I’m not talking about the cute, random piece of chocolate cravings.  I’m talking about a bag of jelly beans for breakfast, 4 packs of sugar in half a cup of coffee, or a dinner of sugar covered cherry slices.  It’s bad.  And the truth is, while I may not appear to be unhealthy, I’m doing things to my blood sugar and body that would make even the Easter Bunny cringe.  Since I was young, I’ve had a sweet tooth that could rival any addict.  And I’ve worked on it a lot in my adult years.  But I’m far from perfect.  I could count my relapses on 4 hands…ok, 5.  But today, I recommit myself to my health. Read more

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Sexting Savvy

sexy young woman lying on the bed and make a selfieThe world of sexting can be a difficult one to navigate.  With endless combinations of words, pictures, and videos, a person is left with their imagination and sexual prowess (or lack there of) to skillfully orchestrate a racy arrangement.  Think music; some prefer the intense sound of heavy metal, while others prefer playful pop tunes.  So today, I share some guidelines to help keep your sexting in tune.
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My New Favorite Websites

laptopI love sharing new products, places, and people I dig.  Today, I introduce you to 3 of my new favorite websites.  Home decor and furniture, workout gear, and photo editing made-easy and free.  Read on. Read more

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At-Home Bikini-Butt Movement

A shout out to the moms of the world.  Whether you gained baby weight, lost a little perk in your ass, or just can’t find time to workout, this movement will help perk up your posterior.  

Try the following to start, then modify as needed from there:

  • 3 sets of 10 Bulgarian Split Squats (on each leg)
  • Increase to higher rep schemes and add weight as needed.  Make it challenging.
  • (If it’s too easy, add weight – hold hand weights by your sides, a kettlebell in front of your chest, or a barbell in back rack position.  You can even grab a bag of flour, a carton of milk, or a kid.  Get creative.)

 

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An Average Joe’s Guide To CrossFit Open Success

Fit Woman Lifting Barbell in GymFor the majority of CrossFitters, The Open is an experience, not a qualifier.  Most of us aren’t going to Regionals or Games, but it doesn’t change the fact that we invest time and energy to participating.  And knowing what mentality to have going into this worldwide event is important for anybody.  Athletes register, wait for announcements, and try their best when it’s “go” time, but addressing what success means for a typical athlete is often neglected.  So I’m providing top tips for guaranteed Open success for the “average Joe” athletes of the world.

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6 Tips For Avoiding A Lame Valentine’s Day

heartsI’m a lover.  A hopeless romantic.  So theoretically Valentine’s Day should be my jam.  But I find it all a bit tiresome.  Red and pink splattered about, shelves piled high with cards containing meaningless words, gross heart-shaped candy, and half-ass roses shipped out in bulk.  Is this the best expression of love we can come up with…a scheduled day filled with commercialized products attempting to strike love into hearts like a chubby cupid’s arrow.  It’s not the kind of romance I want.  To celebrate with a little more spunk than the lackluster barrage of cheesy crap, try these tips. Read more

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6 Tips To Spice Up Married Sex

feet of couple in the bedLet’s be honest.  Married sex is generally way different from dating or single sex.  There’s no intentional shift to boredom, but typically with marriage comes an array of new stresses.  Bills, your home, kids…the ravenous appetite for affectionate touching sometimes subsides or takes a back seat to other responsibilities.  And that’s normal.  But like anything in life, having a great sex life when you’re married might take a little work.  Follow my top 6 tips to spice up your marital bedroom meanderings. Read more

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What To Do About A Big Belly

Obese patientI’m frequently exposed to rumblings of stubborn big bellies…in part because I enjoy the company of people who eat delicious food and consume alcohol, but also because a large part of my time is spent in my gym where folks have a tendency to express their bodily frustrations.  But I’m here to help.  And bellies, no matter how big or small, are best addressed with 3 combined courses of action. Read more

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Top 7 Practices For Finding Happiness

happy and smiling girl with a smile painted on paperSociety has a lot of woe-is-me folks.  And it’s annoying.  So I’d like to throw out a suggestions; stop whining and seek happiness.  Actively.   Read more

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Top 10 Best and Worst Christmas Gifts

art Christmas scene with tree gifts and fire in backgroundThey say it’s better to give than receive.  Sure.  But lets not fool ourselves.  There isn’t a person out there who doesn’t dig getting a really killer gift.  They also say it’s the thought that counts.  My theory is a little different.  If you thought things out, every gift would be a success.  And holidays prove that it’s possible to get some real turds.  So what are the best and worst gifts to give for Christmas?  Here are 10 steadfast tips for present purchasing. Read more

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9 Tips For First Date Success

first dateFirst dates can make or break a potential relationship.  And while some people might speculate that you’ll know in moments whether it’s meant to be, I’d guess most of those people are still single.  A relationship goes beyond a fleeting gut feeling or a momentary physical attraction.  It begins with a quick judgement (we’re human and we can’t help it), but thrives on positive experiences.  So even if you’re not into somebody in the first few moments, there’s no reason to shut the door and throw away the key.  And certainly no reason to be an asshole.  Create a positive experience, so there is opportunity if you choose to pursue.  Or even a new friendship or connection.  Here are a few simple tips for a successful first date. Read more

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8 Ridiculous Things To Be Thankful For

phoneTomorrow, I’ll get sentimental.  But today, I wanted to share my favorite ridiculous things to be thankful for. Read more

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5 Minute Fryer

burpeeThere’s always time for a little fitness in your life.  I have 2 kids and a crazy schedule, so I totally understand being limited on time.  But if you get creative, you can always knock out something quick at home and even get the kids involved!  This 5 Minute Fryer will get your heart rate up, your brow sweaty, and your body thankful you made time for movement.   Read more

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I Have Fake Boobs, and I’m Not Ashamed

implantsWhen I announced my plans to get implants, most of my friends and family frowned mildly upon the decision.  There was a bit of a stigma attached to the idea of fake boobs.  Only the most vain women would dare cut their chest open to insert bags of silicone, right?  Breast augmentation is expensive, and came with some risks, not to mention the maintenance of the suggested replacement period of 10 years.  But for me, after years of consideration, it was the right choice. Read more

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10 Things To Do Before You Have Kids

Young Couple Driving Along Country Road In Open Top CarI adore my children, but with their births came drastic lifestyle changes.  Now unless you’re a celebrity or something, there are often limitations to your time, finances, and helpful resources like cleaners, nannies, chefs, etc.  So if you’re a non-parent, considering the plunge into procreation and child-rearing, be sure you tackle this list of things first.  Because once they arrive, your selfish endeavors will be put on hold.  For an extended period of time. Read more

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3 Steps to a Booty-ful Bum

bumMost folks aren’t in love with their backside.  But if you work at it, that bum might just become your best physical ASSet.  If a strong, bubbly butt is what you desire, I offer 5 steps to a damn fine derriere. Read more

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8 Habits of Happy Couples

happy-coupleIt could be said that no relationship is perfect.  It’s inevitable that throughout life challenges will befall you, conflict will arise, and and obstacles will present themselves.  So it’s less about the pursuit of perfection and more about perfecting how you pursue happiness with your partner.  Establishing habits that nurture the love between you and your significant other takes conscious effort.  Practice these 10 healthy habits on the regular for a happy romance.   Read more

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First School Day Thoughts

photoSo my son started Kindergarten this week.  Despite the fact that I thought I’d be a-ok and he’d skate right through these first few days, we both had some weak moments.  Having said that, everyday when he gets home, I remind myself that regardless of drop-off anxiety and perpetual momma-bear tendencies, he’s totally fine.  So today, I compile a list of likely first school day thoughts. Read more

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