Monday, July 8, 2019


What is CBD oil?

Over the past few months, CBD shops have opened everywhere.  Even gas stations are carrying CBD oil now.

Simply put, CBD oil is extracted from the marijuana plant, Canabis Sativa.  But CBD oil does not make you high.  Canabis plants produce thousands of compounds but the most popular are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

It's the THC that makes you high!

Why do people want CBD oil?  Because they believe it helps them and research is showing it does.

CBD oil has 7 benefits

1.  It relieves pain.  Marijuana has been used to treat pain since 2900BC

2.  Reduction in Anxiety and Depression.  This is interesting.  CBD oil is having a positive impact on those suffering from mental illnesses.

3.  Can alleviate Cancer related symptoms.  CBD may help reduce symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to cancer treatment, like nausea, vomiting and pain.

4.  May reduce Acne.  WOW!

5.  May help those with neurological disorders!

6.  Could benefit the heart by lowering blood pressure.

7.  With several other benefits:  (I took the direct quote from an article)

Antipsychotic effects: Studies suggest that CBD may help people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders by reducing psychotic symptoms (36 Trusted Source).

Substance abuse treatment: CBD has been shown to modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction. In rats, CBD has been shown to reduce morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior (37 Trusted Source).

Anti-tumor effects: In test-tube and animal studies, CBD has demonstrated anti-tumor effects.  In animals, it has been shown to prevent the spread of breast, prostate, brain, colon and lung cancer (38 Trusted Source).

Diabetes prevention: In diabetic mice, treatment with CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56% and significantly reduced inflammation (39 Trusted Source).

These benefits are amazing!  But before you go out and buy some CBD oil keep in mind, these amazing benefits NEED MORE STUDY!  Plus, CBD oil comes with potential side effects!  BUT, over the counter medications prescribed by your doctor have side effects too!

CBD oil is considered safe, but can have adverse reactions in some.

Changes in appetite

CBD is also known to interact with medications.  Before you start using CBD oil, discuss it with your doctor to ensure your safety.  

Also you want to be careful where you get CBD oil.  Make sure you're getting a good quality product.  I've done some research on this as well.  I've discovered a company CBD Pure.  This is a great company with an A+ from the Better Business Bureau.

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Thanks for reading.  

I'll be adding this product to my webpage Home Gym soon along with cool low cost products to have at home for working out when you miss class.  

I researched information for this blog from two sources.  

My next blog will be on Keto Diet.  I'm sure you're aware of it.  It's more popular than CBD oil.  
See ya later.  

Sunday, July 7, 2019

It’s All About Calories

This past week I’ve monitored my calories using MyFitnessPal. This morning I’m the lightest I’ve been in over a year and a half.  And, I plan to continue watching calories and soda intake.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’m gonna drop more over the next couple weeks and as long as I continue to monitor the amount of calories I eat, I should see results.  

My biggest goal is to lose another 20 pounds. That would put me at an ideal weight and size for my height.  Let me know how your doing on your weight loss journey and if I can help.  

I’ll be reviewing CBD oil and a few diet plans in my next few blogs. Some popular, some not.  

Also check out my webpage.   Home Gym, where I’ll be posting a few tips and ideal products to build your own home gym and links to where you can get them.  

Thanks for reading.  Stay tuned for more. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

My PLAN for Weight Loss!?!?

My PLAN!   

At this point, I’ve lost some weight.  4 pounds. ( I was down by 6 ). It’s discouraging.  It’s like I’m caught in a vicious cycle of losing only to gain back.  Keeping this blog up is a must and continuing to fight is a must.  

YEAH!  I WANT TO QUIT, at times.  I’m defeated with thoughts I’ll never make it.  How can I inspire my clients if I can’t do it myself?

I don’t know how to do this and I can’t keep going on this way!  

But I must remind myself I’ve made some progress. I’m not drinking as much soda and I’m DRINKING LOTS OF WATER.  

My plan has been small palatable steps, changes that I’m able to maintain.  My next step is to drop more soda and to start using My Fitness Pal to count my calories.  I’ve got to eat less than I do now.  

Once I master my soda problem, I will tackle my sugar consumption.  That’s gonna be hard.  

My next couple blogs will be about Keto and some other diets. 

Thanks for reading 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Water 💦

Water is essential for life and makes up 50 - 70% of the human body.  Without water we cannot survive.  Water is continually being used by our bodies and needs to be replaced daily.

If water is not apart of your diet then dehydration is inevitable.  If dehydration continues for long periods of time then chronic dehydration can occur.  

If the body is being forced to function without water then problems will arise.  It’s been shown long periods of dehydration are linked to high blood pressure and kidney stones.  

The best way to fix dehydration is rest and DRINKING WATER.

Signs and symptoms of dehydration are dark colored urine, muscle fatigue, dizziness, and extreme thirst.  Signs and symptoms of chronic dehydration (severe or extreme dehydration) are dry flaky skin, constipation, constant fatigue, muscle weakness, and frequent headaches. 

SO, what happens when you drink enough water?   The body is happiest with ample amounts of water.  AND the benefits of staying hydrated will keep you on track to WEIGHT LOSS AND BETTER HEALTH!   

Ample water energies you, keeps your skin looking good ladies (So drink up!), kidneys perform better, and helps maintain normal bowel function.  

How much water should I drink per day?   About 2 liters or 1/2 gallon. 

My personal experience with cutting back on soda and adding in water is I feel better and I’m not as tired throughout the day.  

If water doesn’t taste good, that’ll change by consuming it and in a few days to weeks you’ll grow to prefer water.  So drink up.  It’s important!  

Thanks for reading.  Pass this information on water along to friends and family. 

For more information on water check out these links.  

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

How’s it going?

I’m doing well.  My first cut back, from 800- 900 calories of soda consumption per day to 400 - 450 calories, went so well that I’m currently at 180 - 270 calories of soda per day.  Not bad!   

I’m a bit concerned over my next drop and will be attempting it in another week or so.  It’s got to be done.  I will say, the first cut back was easier than I’d expected, but cutting back more is playing with me.  I’m anxious over it for two reasons.  

  1. I’m doubting myself and my knowledge about weight loss and nutrition.  I’m afraid of failure.  I’m afraid of success.  What if I lose a few pounds only to gain it back in a few weeks or days?  That’s the vicious cycle I’ve found myself in for years now.  If losing weight was easy, we’d all be thin.  But it’s not easy.  Weight loss is a battle with no end in sight.  At times, it feels like an impossible hurdle and one that I’m destined to fail. So should I give up?

2.    I don’t want to lose any more soda from my diet.  It’s got to be done and I know that.  But I     love the taste and enjoy it.  It’s a pleasure I’ve secretly relished with quick stops at gas stations for a Coke, Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper.  Mmmm.  Delicious.  

My overall goal is to consume soda only as a treat like 2 servings per week.  But is that wise to even allow that?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.   

On a positive note.  I have more energy, I’ve lost four pounds, and I feel good about the direction I’m headed.  

In my next couple blogs, I’ll talk about the importance of water, my overall plan and how you can start on your journey, if you haven’t done so already.  We’ve gotta stick to it.  Quitting is not an option.  

Thanks for reading and share my blog with your friends.  Encourage them to lose weight with you.  



Friday, May 17, 2019

It starts here!

I’m ready to take my first step.  

My average soda consumption was 800 - 900 calories per day, an outrageous amount.  I didn’t realize I’d been drinking so much.  Soda is addictive with empty calories.  It offers nothing for me.  Yeah!  It’s good.  I enjoy the ice cold beverage more than I’d like to admit, but the time has come for a change.  I will live healthier.  I must embrace my occupation as a fitness trainer by looking the part.  

I strive to inspire my clients and to follow me lead.  

BUT, eliminating all soda consumption would be a mistake.  I’m addicted and must play it smart. The last time I attempted to cutback lead to failure because of one simple reason.  I didn’t replace cutback soda with anything else.  NOT SMART!  I set myself up for failure before I started.  This time, I’ll be replacing the cutback soda consumption with WATER!  

Now, here’s what’s ahead of me this week.  I’ll be cutting my soda consumption in half. I’ll allow myself 450 calories of soda per day while adding more water into my diet.  

KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED.  I’ll be back in about a week with an update of my progress and where I’m at and how I’m doing and feeling.  

Thanks for reading.  Share my blog with your friends and family.  Encourage them to jump aboard.  Let’s work together for better health.  


Sunday, May 12, 2019

SODAS Mmmm Mmmm BAD.

I love soda and savor the fizzy beverage.  It’s best when ice cold with burgers and fries, popcorn and candy at the movies, or a big slice of gooey cheese pizza.  Coke is my favorite but Pepsi and other sodas will do.  

Sodas are tasty and so much so that they are addictive.  Many people consume it at every meal.  My average soda consumption was 800 - 900 calories per day.   THAT’S WAY TOO MUCH!

Breaking the soda habit is difficult because of the sugar and caffeine.  

According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of sugar for men is 150 calories per day  (9 teaspoons) and for women 100 calories per day (6 teaspoons).

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant and is the world’s most consumed drug.  Caffeine is an addictive substance.  

Here are some reasons to stop drinking soda.  

1.  Sodas contains empty calories.  Meaning they don’t have
nutritional value.

2.  Increased risk of weight gain. 

3.  Increased risk of diabetes. 

4. Increased risk of osteoporosis paritcularly for those who substitute milk with soft drinks.  But, high soda consumption in children can impair calcification of growing bones.    

5.  The acid in soda eats up and dissolves tooth enamel.  According to researchers, soft drinks are responsible for doubling and tripling the incidence of tooth decay.  The acids found in sodas are worse on teeth than solid sugar from candies.  

6.  Increase blood pressure.

7.  Heartburn.

8.  Harmful for both Liver and Kidneys.

9.  Dehydration.  Caffeine is a diuretic and causes an increase in urine volume and a high concentration of sugar draws off water as well.  

10.  High Caffeine Content.  Too much caffeine can cause irritability, restlessness, tension, insomnia, high blood, gastrointestinal disturbance, excessive urination, and irregular heartbeat.  

11.  DIET SODA.    If you think diet soda is a better choice, think again.  Artifical sweeteners, like aspartame, are poison. Aspartame is one of the most dangerous substances added to foods.  (There are over 92 known side effects associated with aspartame consumption)   (I'll be blogging more on Diet sodas soon!   - So stayed tuned.)

12.  Cell Damage.  This is a new health scare.  Evicence shows serious cell damage and accelerated cell aging.  (Gonna research this topic some more.)

Other Harmful Effects.   

     Increased risk of asthma and lung disease.  
     Mental health problems.
     Risk of developing hypertension.

More blogs to come... thanks for reading.  

I will blog next on how I cut down my soda consumption.