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The inspirational mother who lost her arms as a two-year-old but is now a BODYBUILDER (and still has to clean up after her two teenage sons!)
Barbie Thomas, 37, lost both her arms aged two from an electric shock
She has been competing as a bodybuilder, in Phoenix, Arizona, since 2000
The stay-at-home mother trains every day around caring for her two sons
She is now setting her sights on acting roles in Hollywood films
A mother who lost both her arms from an electric shock as a toddler has found a love of bodybuilding.
Barbie Thomas, 37, has been competing against able bodied women in bodybuilding for over a decade after a youth crammed full of dance, soccer and swimming competitions.
The mother of two says there is little she cannot do. She shrugs off the amount of effort it takes to compete as a body builder and just like any other family, she says raising her two teenage sons is hard work.
Activities Many new runners head out with good intentions and admiral goals, but often find themselves overwhelmed or unenthused with the progress of their new activity. Why is that? Running is often the first choice of new fitness enthusiasts because of the low start-up costs, the fact that you can do it just about anywhere, and there are no long term dues or fees associated with running. One sport that hasn't been hurt by the bad economy is running. Buy some shorts and a T-shirt and a good pair of running shoes and you're good to go. How hard can it be, right?
Because of the low cost and ease of access, many new runners aren't prepared mentally or physically for the new demands they're about to put on their bodies and well as the time investment needed. All good things come in time and running is definitely one of those "good things." Here are 10 tips to help ensure success with your new adventure into running.
1. What is one kitchen trick you know and use that you don’t think many others know about? I don't know anything that someone else doesn't - my one thing that I do a lot is put shredded up spinach into everything.. chili... smoothies... enchiladas...spaghetti sauce..turkey meatloaf... I like to think that it adds come nutrients that wouldn't be there otherwise and you don't even notice it.
2. What is your most used kitchen tool? My knives of course - and my favorite Calphalon pans... My husband and I eat a lot of cheese so we have two cheese graters because one always seems to be unwashed.
3. What kitchen item can you not keep on your shelves long enough? Goat Cheese! I love goat cheese and I put it on everything - salads, bread, sandwiches, pretzels as a snack. It is soooo good!
4. What is a kitchen faux pas in your house? Putting my favorite knife in the dishwasher - I'm lenient with the other knives but want my favorite one to stay in good condition.
5. What’s your hangover meal cure (could be cure-all if you don’t consume alcohol)? For me this is more of a what is my favorite post run breakfast... I LOVE left over roasted veggies with some sort of protein like left over turkey meatloaf topped with sunny side egg!
6. What foods wouldn’t you touch as a kid that you can’t get enough of now? I was not very picky as a kid. I loved vegetables, the one exception is onions - I used to hate those - now I understand that they bring a lot of flavor to a dish - though I still can't eat them raw.
Binge eating disorder typically includes periods of excessive overeating. However, a person with a binge eating disorder does not subsequently induce purging (vomiting), as is the case with bulimia.
Binge eating can occur on its own, or alongside other disorders or conditions, such as Prader-Willi disorder, or a lesion of the hypothalamus gland.
Binge eating can encourage the development of hypertension (high blood pressure), obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Treatment options depend on what is causing the binge eating.
A person with a binge eating disorder feels compelled to eat too much. Individuals will consume enormous quantities of food, even when they are not hungry. Binge eaters believe they have absolutely no control over their eating.
What does fitness actually mean? What specific attributes make people fit?
According to the The United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS)1, physical fitness is defined as "a set of attributes that people have or achieve that relates to the ability to perform physical activity".
This description goes beyond being able to run long distance or lift a lot at the gym. Fitness is more than simply a questions of listing which activities you do or how long you do them for.
Despite being important, these attributes only address single areas of fitness.
This Medical News Today information article provides details on the five main components of physical fitness, which include:
cardiorespiratory endurance (cardiorespiratory fitness)
What is cardiorespiratory endurance (cardiorespiratory fitness)?
Jogging can help improve your cardiorespiratory
Cardiorespiratory endurance is how our body is able to supply fuel during physical activity via the body's circulatory and respiratory systems.
According to Folsom Lake College2, there are two parts of cardiorespiratory endurance:
Jackson will discuss whether or not Michael Pineda, the pitcher for the New York Yankees, cheated or not witht the pine tar on his hand, what Jackson considers overblown games in the NBA and the one coming up on Sunday, and the effect of a dominate presence in a "different" sport such as track and field or tennis.
It used to be that hunting for things to eat and running from the clutches of wild beasts was enough to keep the body fit. Then there was farming and the basic manual labors of life to keep us trim. But sometime after the industrial revolution, conveniences became plenty, we moved to cities, and we started getting weak and pudgy — which also contrasts wildly with the wisdom of the experts and the Western ideal. What to do? Exercise! But fitness for its own sake is so abstract and unattractive to so many that we’ve come up with no end of novel ways to get motivated. Consider the following
How do you get started on healthy eating?
Healthy eating starts with learning new ways to eat, such as adding more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and cutting back on foods that have a lot of fat, salt, and sugar.
A change to healthier eating also includes learning about balance, variety, and moderation.
Aim for balance. Most days, eat from each food group—grains, protein foods, vegetables and fruits, and dairy. Listen to your body. Eat when you're hungry. Stop when you feel satisfied.
Look for variety. Be adventurous. Choose different foods in each food group. For example, don't reach for an apple every time you choose a fruit. Eating a variety of foods each day will help you get all the nutrients you need.
Practice moderation. Don't have too much or too little of one thing. All foods, if eaten in moderation, can be part of healthy eating. Even sweets can be okay.
Why pay attention to what you eat?
Healthy eating will help you get the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It will help you feel your best and have plenty of energy. It can help you handle stress better.
10 Strategies to Get Your Partner Healthier
Living a healthy lifestyle is challenging enough alone, but even more so when your partner doesn’t share your goals. The good thing is, there are ways to get them involved that can benefit you both!
Be an example
Make it a part of your lifestyle: incorporate an active lifestyle in your daily routine
Make small changes
Get others involved…invite friends and other couples into your new challenge
Don’t allow it to drive a wedge between the relationship
Take charge of the kitchen
Give rewards or gifts to celebrate success and accomplishments; workout clothes, a massage, etc.
Plan healthy outings or date nights….dancing, hiking, etc.
Give positive feedback. Compliment them…tell them how great they are looking or how pleasant they are to be around now that they are feeling better.
Make sure you partner to bed! Whatever it takes to get them there…make sure they get rest so their bodies and mind are capable of being active
Your heart rate has to be 80% of your age adjusted max. Your age adjusted max is 220 minus your age for men, 208 minus 82% of your age for women. The easy way is 220 minus your age, take away 20%. To be in the optimal cardio range, your heart rate has to be at 80% of your age adjusted cardio max. Even better if it is at 100%. You are really buff if you get it to 110%.
While most people understand that monitoring their heart rate is an essential part of any workout, most of them do not exactly understand why. If you are going to engage in a regular exercise workout, it would be best to be aware of the reasons why heart monitoring is necessary.
Cardiovascular output refers to the result of two factors, namely the heart rate and the stroke volume. The heart rate is the number of times your heart beats every minute. The stroke volume, on the other hand, is the volume of blood that is pumped from the heart ventricle with every beat. Unlike the heart rate, this one is not that essential to keep track of during workout. Monitoring heart rate is important for two things: safety and success.