Monthly Archives: July 2012

Fit Mommy: I Want a Six Pack Too!

I know I don’t speak for all women, but I think abs on a man are one of the sexiest things going. I love to see that gorgeous ripple effect flowing from the breast bone to the lower torso—coupled with the beautiful v-effect at the waistline that only comes from the deepest of muscles being worked to perfection.

Admiring such handiwork is one of my admitted weaknesses and I pronounce zero shame at the sheer surface level enjoyment I obtain from seeing such a masterpiece attached to the male form.

That said, that admiration works with women as well (although the effect is different) because I can appreciate the amount of dedication and hard work it takes for a woman to build and maintain such a lovely, trim, and cut mid-section—particularly after she’s had children.

Personally, I am still chasing that elusive dream of six-pack abs. I am close, but by no means am I there yet. So, when I came across this article this morning, I thought it was an excellent resource for those who, like myself, are looking to bring a six-pack of a different sort into the home.

…Want to know the formula for a six pack?  {(P + V ) X Sl} ÷ IE= Six Pack.  Protein (P) and vegetables (V)  add a high powered hunger suppressing punch with little insulin production. This means less calories and better hormone balance.  Sleep (Sl) magnifies this effect by lowering cortisol and increasing human growth hormone (HGH) a fat burning and muscle building hormone. Throw in intense exercise (IE) that favors weight training and interval training (more HGH and testosterone= more belly fat burning) over long duration cardio (more cortisol) and you start seeing the butter drip off. (Metabolic Effect, “So you want a six pack?”,, 11/15/11)

That is just one of the highlights of the article  as it also delves into dietary choices, an exercise regimen, and some nutritional do’s and don’ts to help you in your quest.

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Fit Mommy: Nothing is Easy

I saw this poster and instantly agreed! You have to choose your “hard” and act accordingly.

Fit Mommy: You Have to Start Somewhere

When I began my regimen three-years ago, I was a size 8 with minor definition in my arms. I was curvy but not necessarily all that toned. However, as I’ve mentioned in previous entries, I watched the documentary-style film entitled “Food Inc.” and was instantly inspired to change the way I view food and approach my health.

At that time, I only had a pair of dumbbells to guide me. No gym. No personal trainer. No workout buddy. Just a goal of a fitter-looking me—one who felt she measured up to the images on the cover of the magazine and could knock the hubby’s socks off whenever she damn well chose.

Each step along the way, from beginning to now, proves to be a testament to my ability to remain focused and I feel so proud of myself for not having given up.

So, when I ran across this video this morning, it reminded me of how simple a process getting fit can be and how you don’t need much to make the smallest of changes in your lifestyle—just yourself and a desire to get better.

We all start somewhere, right? Where will you?

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