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Finally Getting Off Our Butts and Going Somewhere, Part 2

So we’re going to Mexico, for a friend’s wedding, without the kids. Or the dog. Or the snake. Or the cat. Or the rats.

For a wedding – but for my wife Pam and I it’ll be like a second honeymoon.

Me and Pam in Mexico, ideally.

At, least, I’m hoping. I’m picturing From Here to Eternity-esque makeout sessions on a moonlit beach, the salty water washing over our bodies, but us not noticing, thanks to our rediscovered passion for one another, combined with a blood-margarita level of .50.

And, uh, moonlit strolls and…uh, stuff. Oh, shoot, I just remembered: Valentine’s Day is coming up. You single people think you got it rough? Valentine’s Day is a lot of pressure for us married dudes, too.

Because you can’t be too corny. Your wife knows you too well, and chocolates and little frilly things don’t cut it. You have to dig deep and come up with something that expresses the love that is now deeper, more shaded and realistic.

Oh, well, my problem.Though I would accept all gift suggestions: what do you get a woman you’ve been with 15 years?

(I already know the answer: diamonds. But anything that’s more, y’know, less expensive?)

Anyway, my problem. Back to Mexico. Last time we went somewhere without the kids it didn’t work out too well.

But that was 9 years ago, and we only had one kid: Nick, then age 2.

The very most northernmost tip of Ireland. Another far-flung wedding. The plan was: do the wedding, then head down, Pam and I, just the two of us, for a week in Dublin, home of Bono and Ireland’s Capital of Fun!

Nick was with my mother, in Toronto. After we got back from the wedding, our first night in Dublin, the beginning of our first tete-a-tete time together since The Advent of Nick, Pam made the mistake of phoning home. She chatted with Mom a bit, then Mom put Nick on.

“MOM I MISS YOU,” he wailed, then basically had a nervous breakdown. Pam did too.

The next day she took a standby flight home. I stayed, out of stubbornness, an extra day and night in Dublin, but then that seemed dumb and I hopped on a standby too.

Of course, when Pam got home, Nick was fine. In fact, first thing he did was get mad at her about some trivial thing.

Not gonna happen this time, though. As soon as we get there, get unpacked in our little “palapa,” I’m going to confiscate her passport. If she wants it, well, let just say she’ll have to be pretty persuasive.

In the meantime, I’ll put on a little Barry White, mix up a couple of high-octane margaritas, slip into my sexiest huabanyero shirt, and become my alter ego, “The Doctor of Love.”

The doctor is in. The way I operate you won’t need no anaesthetic. With surgical skill, I will remove all doubt that you will soon be mine.

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Marilu Henner’s Major Weight-Loss

Curious to know how celebrities squeeze fitness into their daily lives? The expert on all things fitness, Fitz sits down with the stars and digs out their great and not-so-great methods for staying healthy. 

Marilu Henner has made the transition from hard partying Taxi actor to bestselling author of health and wellness books. The busy Hollywood star, who still finds time to grace the small and large screens (she guest starred on NBC’s recent ER finale and spent time on Celebrity Apprentice last year), divulges what she loves most about herself and talks about her progression from fat to fit — she shed 54 pounds and has kept it off for 21 years.

Fitz: You’ve gone from actress to passionate health advocate. Tell me about this evolution.

Marilu: I used to be a terrible Chicago-style eater. I had a diet heavy in all sorts of meat, and I would starve all day to eat half a gallon of ice cream at night. I smoked, I was fat, constipated and had pimples too.

Fitz: That lifestyle is typical of so many people. How did you manage to look like such a hottie on “Taxi.”

Marilu: I knew exactly how to work the system. I could lose 20 pounds quickly without even thinking about it. It was crazy, though. When I got my first job, I was told to lose weight. Instead, I gained a bunch.

Fitz: Would your career have been different if you knew then what you know now?

Marilu: If I were legitimately healthy and fit back then, I’m confident I would have had a great variety of better jobs. Fitness provides confidence, and I could have used that.

Fitz: You’re now well known for your books, including the newly-released “Wear Your Life Well,” and seminars on healthy living, but you don’t have a traditional education in health and fitness. How did that happen?

Marilu: My parents died in their 50s and that was just a huge reality check for me. I decided to take control of my health and my life. I vigorously pursued knowledge on the subject and was compelled to share what I learned.

Fitz: What advice do you have for the average Jane or Joe just trying to become more fit?

Marilu: Where you want to be and where you are may not be so far apart.

A few of the topics covered in “Wear Your Life Well” are:

  • Set up your environment to win.
  • Identify, “detrigger” and get over self-sabotage.
  • Love the foods that love you.
  • Be able to go for the light instead of the dark in any situation.
  • Get in sync with your sexual you.

Fitz: You clearly have learned to take great care of yourself. What are your top five favorite things about you, physically speaking?

Marilu: My legs (even when I weighed 174, I still rocked my legs). I’d just put on a short skirt, super high heels and go), my eyes, my hair, my gusto and my cheekbones — I love my jawline and facial structure. I play the role of a dead person perfectly!

How I Stay Fit: Miss Bikini Universe

Kim Allan may have one of the most stacked fitness resumes we’ve ever come across. The pro fitness model, Miss Bikini Universe, professional actor and dancer also finds time to teach Naughty Hottie Fitness classes in Toronto. We’re exhausted just thinking about it!

Here she shares some of her secrets to keeping her body in tip-top shape.

Q: As a pro fitness model, actress, dancer and fitness instructor, being in shape is part of the job. Does exercising and eating well just come naturally or do you still have to think about it?

A: I naturally include a wide range of healthy food in my diet. My body craves a balance of lean proteins, veggies, fruits and whole grains and functions best when those requirements are met. Along with healthy eating I drink lots of water. Having said that I am just like anyone else and fall victim to social gatherings, baking, stress, emotional eating and raging hormones! Eating a healthy well-balanced diet takes thought and planning definitely and doesn’t happen by accident. You have to decide to do so and follow through. I’m lucky that exercise comes much more naturally to me than balanced nutrition but it does take making the time. I enjoy physical activity and don’t feel right if I am not active almost everyday. However, as an actress my schedule is often very erratic and finding the time and sticking to my appointments with fitness is sometimes challenging.

Q: What does your current exercise routine look like?

A: As I am not training for fitness competitions my exercise schedule is much lighter and less regimented. A typical week is four to five sessions of an hour of cardio a week, teaching three classes a week, two weight training sessions a week and anywhere between one to three classes a week of either dance, pilates, bootcamp, boxing or skipping.

Q: What are some of your favourite healthy snacks?

A: I love oatmeal! Sometimes I will eat it three days a week. I will add strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cinnamon and Splenda. I have this for breakfast almost every morning. Or, I will have a Granny Smith apple and peanut butter. I also enjoy no-fat yogurt, berries and raw almonds together as well as Daryl’s High Energy bars.

Q: Do you face any challenges in your efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

A: Sure we all face challenges. Time, lack of energy, lack of sleep, and sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated.

Q: What are your long-term health goals?

A: My long-term health goals would include continuing to nurture and maintain my body as I age. I try my best to eat for health. I would love to further my pilates work to include work on the reformer (a piece of equipment designed to add resistance) and one of these days I would like to conquer ballroom dance. I just try and take care of my body and appreciate it in all it’s different states as I know this is the only body I will ever get so I have to love it and look after it.

Q: As an actress and a dancer, you’re surrounded by people who make looking great look easy. Can you

A: Staying active. Especially when it comes to dancers. I know professional dancers who are now 60 years old and they are in better shape, have better posture, and flexibility than most 20 year olds. But more than that they have an inner light, joy and lightness about their being because they are still doing something they love. Other things to keep in mind are not eating complex carbohydrates late at night , stop eating a couple hours before bed, use portion control and most of all, maitain consistency.

Ask a Fitness Expert: What Exercise Burns the Most Calories?

After this question answered by a fitness expert, here are some questions as below:

1. I go to the gym 4-5 days a week, I do both Cardio and weights on each gym day. I have 10 – 15 pounds I want to shred but I am having trouble ridding them. I know all about nutrition it’s just that around Thursday I get this urge to down everything in site!! So I cant help it, i go at it like the Tasminian Devil goes after bugs bunny. What do you recommend, is there a tip you can give to get past Thursday. (exclude chaining the fridge, i tried that, did you know, with a little salt, chains are delicious)

2. I am a stay at home Mom who has a 21 month old and a 5 month old. I got pregnant the second time before I had lost all my first baby weight – and gained more with the second.
I am getting married in September this year and really want/need to loose about 40 pounds – I also have high Blood Pressure which is an equally important reason for loosing weight.
I need to be able to work out at home, as I am still breast feeding and the babies have different schedules – I have weights and access to a tread mill. Please recommend what to do and a proper schedule.
I am already watching calories and what I eat.
Looking forward to loosing!

3. How many calories can I burn on a bicycle? Does bike riding get rid of belly fat and thigh fat? If it doesn’t what does? I’m 176 and 5 foot seven inches! I’m the second tallest and the heaviest in the class! I wanna get rid of my body fat!! This stupid test said I was obese and I wanna get it down to healthy by next year.

 

Setting Goals

Perhaps the maintaing is the hardest but alhamdulillaah being half-way balanced in our goals is better than nothing and surely in striving is great reward inshaAllaah.”-shuara

Thanks for the wisdom shuara,and muslimfitforlife!I try to remember that goals in the life of this world are important,and that Islam is meant to be lived “out there,in the REAL world” and not just as theory in the masjid, or on the computer.

However,it is our “niyyah” or intention that,I believe,should always remain priority number one.Our goals are always being challenged by external,and more importantly~internal,forces.

A daily revision of our short and long term goals with Muslims close to us,and in our rememberence/supplication to Allah(subhana wa t’ala) not only keeps us in “reality check” about our goals,it allows us to prioritize our ever changing time-constraints and challenges in life with those very goals.

In the U.S. we have a somewhat crude colloquialism that I’ll more politely refer to as:”STUFF happens”,meaning(to me as a Muslim) life (via Qadr through the Majesty of Allah) CONSTANTLY challenges our intentions to test our love/fortitude for Him.This IS an act of love,and the ultimate purpose of our life as Muslims.

“Goals for the sake of goals” MUST leave us drained and disappointed,even when we MEET THOSE “goals”.
Sometimes the things/achievements that we think we want are the absolute worst things/achievements for us to “obtain”.

I’m 39/40(solar/lunar,so I’m “islamically 40″ hahaha),and am at a very reflective time in my life,accompanied by a recent 35-40 pound weight loss(20 to go,insha’Allah) and a reflective rvision of where I want the rest of my half-over/half-left life to go.Allah knows best.Allah is “The Knower” and has ALREADY DECIDED which of my goals will be met,and which ones won’t.It is indeed in our “striving for great reward” that is the most imperative part of our lives.

In retrospect,some of the greatest blessings that I’ve had in my “early middle-aged life” seemed like DEVASTATING hardships at the time.The self-doubt,guilt,delusion over sins or “unmet goals” can overwhelm us in the moment.

We’ve all been there,even the youngest of the readers here have experienced this in their young lives.

Allah remembers those who REMEMBER HIM in adversity and strength,sickness and health,poverty and wealth. However,I don’t want to take away anything from this post,or what muslimfitforlife is doing in general with this site:It’ DESPERATELY needed,especially for brothers(we don’t discuss exercise,diet,grooming,finance,and the like enough with each other).And it is guidance in those areas of life,in addition to the “spiritual guidance” that Islam provides,that brought many converts like myself to this wonderful way of life 13 years ago,al-hamdulillah!

Jazak Allah Khayr(Thanks),

~Musa(“Marquis”,”Rooted On Clouds”,whatever…)

@~Musa(“Marquis”,”Rooted On Clouds”,whatever…) LOL!!, Jazaka allahu Khayr for the wonderful input. Like Shuara said, it is maintaining and being balanced that sometimes present even a greater challenge than the goals themselves. You gave some valuable input here and thanks for sharing.

How Long Does a Spray tan Last

This is the most typical inquiry inquired about a spray on tan. A regular sunless tan will certainly last anywhere from 3 to 7 days. Nonetheless, that is all depending on particular actions you require to preserve your tan prior to and after its application.

A tip: if a business declares their spray tanning option will certainly last much longer compared to anybody else’s, this is just sales buzz. A sunless tan will just last as long as your skin will certainly enable it and a sunless tan holding its shade past 5 to 7 days is strongly not likely.

That being claimed, allow us check out methods you could make your spray on tan last as long as feasible. Considering that DHA, the energetic component in sunless tanning abide by the leading layer of your skin and just takes in the uppermost layer, as soon as your skin starts to scrub or lose lifeless skin cells, your tan will certainly discolor.

Adhere to the rules listed below to optimize your tan:

1. Shower or bath instantly prior to your tanning application; see to it to make use of a scrubbing cleansing soap or sponge (as an example, a loofah or massive washcloth). This will certainly eliminate many of the lifeless skin cells.

2. Prior to your spray on tan, stay away from making use of everything that could cover or congest your pores, consisting of antiperspirants, creams, fragrances, and so on. Keeping your skin open and without these chemicals will certainly enable the DHA to take in much faster.

3. After your application, enable it to completely dry entirely without contacting any sort of location of your recently tanned physical body. This ought to take approximately 10-15 minutes. Avoid clothing, resting, or cleaning up versus your skin up until totally dry.

4. Do not bath once again up until a minimum of 8 to 10 hrs after your application, and stay away from making use of any type of chemicals such as bleach, witch hazel or exfoliates. Keep in mind dropping your skin will certainly likewise drop your tan.

5. Moisturize regularly (everyday or two times a day ideally) This will certainly keep your skin moist and extend the losing of skin cells.

After your very first application and complying with the rules mentioned above you will certainly have a suggestion of just how lengthy your spray on tan will certainly last and when you need to have a re-application to proceed your gorgeous bronze radiance.

Get Jennifer Aniston’s yoga instructor right in your living room!

Jennifer Aniston and Mandy Ingber

Jennifer Aniston credits her yoga teacher and friend of 20 years, Mandy Ingber, with helping her hone her coveted curves. Now you can slim and sculpt like the star right in your living room!

Lucky you! Mandy’s new yoga DVD Yogalosophy launches this month. Mandy calls the routine a “yoga hybrid” because it pairs traditional yoga poses with calisthenics. So, you may transition from a pose like cat/cow into a set of side leg lifts or from boat pose to sit-ups. The result? Well, just take a look at Ms. Aniston’s sleek physique. Excuse me, sexy muscles!

Of course, if you ask Jen she’ll be just as quick to point out the emotional benefits. She told SELF: “I’ve had everything from deep laughter to deep sadness, where I was crying through moves. It’s good to get that stuff out. You feel like you’re having a therapy session, a workout and a meditation at the same time.” Intrigued? Check out the Mind-Body Makeover that first appeared in SELF and inspired the full-length DVD, while you wait for your copy to arrive in the mail. Happy honing!

Get Fit At Any Age

Just because it’s a cliché doesn’t mean it’s not true. “Age is nothing but a number,” says ExerciseTV Trainer, Patrick Murphy. “I have some clients in their 40s and 50s in the best shape of their lives. They’re running circles around some of the younger people who have just started.”

The fundamentals of fitness don’t change based on your age. No matter how old you are, you need to start smart. “A good program always establishes stabilization first, and then goes onto strength,” says Murphy. This will help prevent injury and make your speed and strength work more precise. (That doesn’t mean you can’t build muscle while you’re getting stable – moves like forearm planks and twisting lunges, which you’ll find in Patrick Murphy’s Camera Ready Core workout, strengthen essential stabilizing core muscles while toning and sculpting).

However, depending where you are in your life, you may need to shift your focus to ensure the best, safest, and most effective workout. Depending on your age, pay attention to these target areas:

In Your 20s: While your body is young, strong, and healthy, it’s tempting to focus on the showcase muscles that look great at the beach. But be sure to give attention to smaller, but just as important, body parts, like rotator cuffs, as well as the opposing muscles to the bigger groups. “If you just do pushups and dips, you’re strengthening only certain parts of your body. You’re going to tighten your chest muscles and shoulder muscles and over time you create rounded shoulders,” says Murphy. To fight against this, include moves like the bent over reverse fly with dumbbells and reverse flys with resistance bands. To compliment ab work, be sure to do some back strengthening moves on a Swiss Ball.

In Your 30s and 40s: You have to walk before you run – literally. “When you’re in your 20s you can get out there and just start: your body is always warm,” says trainer Marco Reed. “With someone who’s now getting into their 30s and 40s you have to be a lot more conscious about warming up. Make sure you warm up for five to ten minutes to get your blood flowing.” Allow yourself a few minutes of brisk walking before you start to run or cycle, and be sure to stretch before and after to limit next-day pain.

50s, 60s, and Beyond: Just because your joints may not be as loose as they once were doesn’t mean you have to put up with silly chair exercises or low-intensity moves that make you feel more fragile than you are. Reduce the impact on your joints while making a major impact on your waistline with Pilates, a floor-based exercise that, to be honest, kicks your butt, like Lizbeth Garcia’s Zero Limits Ab Blast. “It’s a no-impact exercise and a great way to start,” says Teri Ann Krefting, who recommends starting off in private lessons or smaller groups due to the intensity of the workout. Once you’ve built some strength and stability, it will be easier and more comfortable for you to get back to a traditional routine.

Get Pilates abs: 8 perfect at-home moves

You’ve probably read about celebs extolling the virtues of Pilates (lean legs, a supertaut tummy!), or maybe even heard the hype from mat-class–obsessed friends. If you’re still skeptical, keep reading: “Pilates puts your muscles—especially the smaller, stabilizing ones—under constant tension over a large range of motion to create that enviable long, lean look,” says Lauren Piskin, owner of Physicalmind Studio in New York City.

What’s more, one study found that women who swapped their usual routines for two 60-minute Pilates sessions a week saw significant increases in abdominal endurance, hamstring flexibility, and upper-body muscular endurance.

The thing is, these Pilates perks often come with a hefty price tag: A few sessions a week (typically using a bed-size contraption called a Reformer) can set you back hundreds of dollars. So Piskin created this at-home total-body workout, which gives your abs some extra love without damaging your bottom line. All you need is a Pilates ball (which are inexpensive and add versatility to plenty of exercises). “The ball mimics the resistance of the machine to challenge your muscles as you move through fluid movements,” says Piskin.

Do the following sequence two or three times a week. Starting with the first move, do eight to 10 reps of each exercise with little to no rest between exercises. The video below will show you how to do the moves with perfect form.