Do you want to lose 10, 30, 50 or more pounds? Have you recently reached your weight loss goal but want to maintain it? Are you willing to dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle? Then this blog is for you!
I have lost 118 pounds and have maintained the weight loss for two years. One of the things I have learned during the weight loss process is that it is much easier to reach and maintain your goal weight if you surround yourself with like-minded individuals to support you in the process (whether they be in person or online).
I also have learned that learning as much as possible about healthy living gives you the knowledge and expertise needed to lose weight the “right” way. So this blog includes regular posts, a book list, website list, TV list, video list and book and website of the month. In addition, there is a recipe of the month and product review section. Visitors to Weight Loss Aficionado can just enjoy the site for informational purposes or can comment on posts, ask questions, share resources, their triumphs and pitfalls during the weight loss process.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
It is an aerobic medium- high impact class that has moves based on numbers and the letters of the alphabet! At first the concept seemed ridiculous but once you start dancing it is addictive! I definitely worked up a sweat during the class; the intensity was similar to a Zumba class. But, we were all surprised at the end of class when the instructor stated the class we just completed was level 1 and that there are 7 levels! My, what is level 7 like!
"Bokwa® is a new and completely different approach to group exercise that is rapidly spreading across the globe. Bokwa® participants draw letters and numbers with their feet while performing an energizing and addictive cardio workout routine. Moving together to today’s most popular music, participants off all ages draw the Bokwa® L, 3, J, K and dozens of other steps"- bokwafitness .com.
"Bokwa® was developed by international fitness personality Paul Mavi, a leading Los Angeles based Group Fitness Instructor. Tapping into his native South African roots as a dancer and musician, he develop Bokwa® for his own classes over an 8 year period. In early 2012, Paul partnered with Johann Verheem, a seasoned direct response television and fitness entrepreneur. Since then, Bokwa® has developed a loyal following across the globe with certified instructors and participants in dozens of countries"- bokwafitness.com.
To see Bokwa dance in action watch the video's below.
Friday, August 24, 2012
I was at Costco the other day and saw an interesting looking item call "Kim's Magic Pop". It looked like crispy pitas. Since I love pita bread, but hate the calories, I picked a bag up to read the nutritional information. I was happy to see that each "Magic Pop" has only 15 calories! Imagine a product that looks like, and is the size of pita bread, 15 calories! I bought it and immediately opened the package when I got home to try one. They are light and airy like "Wasa Crisp and Light Crackers" but are about twice the size and have a fresh popped taste. They are made of a blend of wheat, brown rice and corn.
Costco had the original flavor but they currently come in 7 flavors and will be adding 3 additional flavors shortly. See the flavors below.
If your looking for an ultra low calorie, crunchy alternative to chips and crackers try Kim's Magic Pop! For more information go to www.kimsmagic pop.com.
"Nia draws from Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, jazz dance, modern dance, Duncan dance, yoga, Alexander Technique and Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities."-www. nianow.com
Below you can watch a few short videos on NIA.
For more information go to www.nianow.com
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
This picture is brilliant! It depicts two women who have similar features, the only major difference being their weight. Their bodies are labeled with weight based stereotypes. In the small type on either bottom corner there is a qoute from each of the women. The thin woman on the left states, "People assume I am self centered and superficial. In reality, I volunteer at a homeless shelter every other week. As for being bitchy, I'm actually the biggest goofball." The full figured woman to the right states," Lazy? I get up every morning at 5:30 A.M. and am constantly on the go! My size does not define who I am."
The premise of the article was that women have different perceptions of other women based on their weight. The data in the article was derived from a poll the magazine conducted. More than 1,800 women ages 18- 40 were polled with guidance from the Director of Research and Weight Stigma Initiatives at Yale 's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.
Here's the data from their poll:
Do women really prejudge other women according to their size? I never did but that's because I've been both full figured and thin during my lifetime. But what about women who have always been thin or women who have always been thick, do they really think this way?
At first glance the data seems ridiculous. I thought to myself, what idiot would make assumptions by the size of a person. How could a person possibly make educated assumptions about the type of individual a person is without talking to the person in question? The answer is they can't make EDUCATED assumptions without talking to the person! I had to remind myself that this was a study on PERCEPTION data. Not what actually is, but what is perceived to be.
Well what does this mean for us? Whether you are full figured or thin you have to make sure your strengths and positive attributes are immediately evident to those that matter. Don't give anyone the chance to PERCEIVE you are someone you are not!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
My advice to her was to put 100% into every class. The more she exercises the more endurance she will have. The more endurance she has the more confident she will be. The simple fact is, if she can physically outdo the "skinny girls" in the room what is there to be self conscience about!
I remember observing everyone in class the first few weeks and choosing the two most impressive people in every class. My goal was to outdo them in six months and I did! Creating goals for yourself let's you focus on what's important improving yourself!
I also told her to choose her outfits wisely. Choosing your outfit for the gym is as important as choosing your outfit for work or for an evening out. Looking good, simply said, gives you confidence! So, be strategic when buying exercise clothing; invest in quality exercise gear that emphasizes your best features and enhances the look of those you are not fond of.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I've visited a few sites where individuals who have received body wraps say they actually lost inches but the benefits only lasted a day or two because it was water weight that was lost. A qoute from Mary M on yahoo Answers, " Body wraps reduce the amount of water weight you have, not the amount of fat. So you will be slimmer for a couple days, but as your body recovers you'll gain all the water back."
None the less, it seems it would be worth while to get done if you have a special event to go to. Watch the body wrap videos below for more information
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
Below see an episode of the "Tyra Banks Show" where the audience member who tried it on the show lost one pound in 10 minutes! It was also on "The Doctors" where they stated 10 minutes of using the machine is like an hour run. Although in my opinion this should not replace your exercise regimen it may be a great addition to it!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Watch the videos on Thermage below.
Visit thermage.com for more information.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
- Benefit Glimmering Body Balm
- Not Your Daughter's Jeans
- American Apparel High Waisted Easy Jeans
- Maidenform's Torsette
- Spanx Tight End High Waisted Tights
Watch the actual show footage, if you missed the episode, at: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/secrets-plus-sized-models-pt-1
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets
Anyone can find tranquility on top of a mountain.Can you find it in the middle of Times Square?
Attendees will be challenged to find tranquility and transcendence in the midst of the world's most commercial and frenetic place, Times Square. Thousands of yoga enthusiasts will celebrate the longest day of the year (June 20th) with an all day yoga fest. Join us as we come together for a collective ohm in the middle of Times Square.
We're celebrating the sun, summer and creativity at the Crossroads of the World with free outdoor yoga classes. Participants of "Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga" will also enjoy musical performances, giveaways and more.
Class Schedule (June 20th)7:30am - 8:45am - Open to all levels (Drisana Carey)
12:30pm - 2:00pm - Bikram, open to all levels (Rajashree Choudhury)
3:30pm-4:45pm - Open to all levels (Douglass Stewart)
7:00pm - 8:30pm - Open to all levels (Dana Flynn)
For more information and to register go to http://timessquarenyc.org/events/solstice-in-times-square/index.aspx#
Monday, June 4, 2012
Here are some more videos on air yoga. It seems air yoga goes by many names including air yoga, anti gravity yoga, aerial yoga and cocoon yoga. In this video they call it anti gravity cocooning.
And, in this video they call it anti-gravity aerial yoga.
The more I read and watch about air yoga the more excited I get about trying it!