Archive | February, 2012

Breakdowns and Target Heart Rates

23 Feb

So I had a pretty rough last few months, compounded by a nervous breakdown and now; financial issues…oh whoa is me right? Turning back a few months ago, I thought I had a legitimate job offer in another state so I uprooted myself, my fiancé and all my four legged kids then I traveled away only to find out there was no job. Bare in mind this was something that took 6 months to plan  – it was hardly on a whim. But long story short things happen for a reason I believe that but I also believe that you can’t use that as an excuse, were given challenges to overcome and those in turn help us grow. That being said and faced with living in our car we stayed with relatives which in itself was a journey which resulted in me one night just breaking down under the stress and having an anxiety attack.  Several attacks actually; over a period of time, so I returned to where I came from.  Yet as much as I miss my fiancé and my fur babies at the same time a realization comes over you, sometimes you just need that distance to sort out what needs to be done. So that is what I am trying to do. I have a few bills still remaining because we ran out of  our savings completely so other than going on interviews like crazy and applying for jobs I am also just biding my time until an offer comes my way.

I also have started working out again! Oh and does it feel GREAT! I lost touch with myself it seems I was so consumed by the desperate situation we had fallen into. We were living in a hotel because NOTHING worked out like we planned. They even had a gym at the hotel we stayed at but it was covered in black mold because some type of leak that was never corrected. Yes we stayed in one of “those” hotels. Trying to hide animals in a hotel like that isn’t as easy as one would think, but my animals are like my children.

So while staying in this hotel and running through our savings like it was water exploding out of a facet, I applied for every job I could – even a pizza delivery driver. A job is a job I am not judging – but yet nothing.  We finally ran out of money and had to call in a few favors just to drive to our relatives place. Now where they lived was pretty much a farm with no surrounding area to speak of.  To say I was out of my element would be an understatement, and what I think was a major catalyst for my breakdown.  I just felt like I failed utterly, with myself, my family, my fur babies with everything.

My point with this is that we push on, move forward and stand tall. There is always “another way.”  We may not like it, it may take longer than we want but it will be worth it in the end. That being said…me working out again!

So I started my regime again. I am in a spot where I can get to a gym, which is exciting.  So I am starting baby steps because it’s been a while since I’ve really given it my all.  I start with cardio, treadmill or ski machine.

Secrets some Personal Trainers try keep from you

Here’s a secret about the treadmill that I have actually seen some trainers not tell their clients. Why? Well to be honest some are very unscrupulous; not all of them; but some can be and will try to get a few extra sessions out of you but that is for a different blog post so I digress– it’s all about the incline not the speed on the treadmill. That’s the BIG secret! You will work and burn much more fat by going a steady brisk pace and increasing your incline than you would running your butt off for an hour.

Now I am not knocking running your butt off, but unless your training for a serious triathlon then your more than likely risking injury than actually getting into shape.  It just isn’t necessary.

Here is another secret too – if you do Cardio before your weight or machine training you will melt the fat off crazy faster then just doing the weights without Cardio. The reason? Your heart rate is up, your body is warmed up, and it’s in its “Fat Burning” mode.

The target heart rate you see on machines isn’t just there for decoration. It tells you based on your age and weight; an approximate heart rate you need to achieve in order to burn off fat. That heart rate is the beats per minute that your body is pumping. When you hit a certain number your body switches to fat burning mode and thus that’s the key time you want to get on those weights OR increase your incline while brisk walking on the treadmill – whichever your regime is.  Getting to your target heart rate is the key to getting your body into kicking the fat Richard Simmons style!  Also keep in mind when you work out your body releases endorphins – your bodies natural HAPPY pills. So even if you’re having a crap day or last few months like me, it’s like euphoria for your psyche after a good workout. So skip the processed chocolate at the store and get on the treadmill instead. Or you could go for a brisk walk around your favorite mall, perhaps around the neighborhood but don’t forget to get those heart rates up!

Find your Target Heart Rate here:


Lead and Toxins Found In Cosmetics, Clinique, Estee Lauder & more…

23 Feb

Read an article today that really scared the crap out of me. I found out one of my favorite cosmetic companies (Clinique) puts lead and other toxins into their products, who the hell knew this?! I literally became sick to my stomach reading this. I mean to think about it, any lipstick I wore that came into contact with a person – I mean I may have contaminated them – with LEAD?! It’s really disturbing. I’ve been using Clinique along with a number of OTHER major brands for years. These big companies really do make me feel like just a number, as if they have absolutely no regard for what they do to me or us. Because, hey there are 20 more chicks behind me that would be more than willing to buy their over priced cosmetics right? It’s really sick and twisted when you think about it, that we are all just that expendable to them. Of course; good luck with catching them admitting this.

Let’s talk LEAD

Lead builds up in your system over time and doesn’t go away and the side affects; well I won’t get started but a couple of the funs ones are memory lapses and going crazy, like clinical bat shit padded room crazy. Let’s just say this, we are still wondering where Cancer, carcinogens, Autism, Aspergers (to name a few) may be getting a boost from? I say lets look deeper into what we use EVERYDAY.

Its says “Natural” must be natural right?

Burts Bees of DEATH! With just one application you'll forget ALL your worries ..muahhahahha

If a company claims to be Organic, Healthy, Natural, from the Virgin spring of some sacred donkey’s ass – do your homework. Aveeno, Burt’s Bees (which devastated me!), Herbal Essences and other TOP TOP well known companies are coming under fire for their “Green Washing” campaigns. Claiming that their ingredients are 100% natural when in fact they are some of the biggest offenders out there for putting toxins into their stuff. Also experts are warning about getting any product that lists “Fragrance” as an ingredient. Because under the guise of Fragrance more than 600 nasty little toxins can be hidden. So would you REALLY like to ingest that rat poison today?

Here is a video that will REALLY open your eyes to how far this toxin epidemic has gone. Then read on below for the names of the brands that were proven by the FDA to contain lead.

In 2007 and through December of 2011, the FDA did some tests and here is a list of the BIGGEST “Lead in Lipstick” offenders. But unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg:

  • Cover Girl
  • Revlon
  • Body Shop
  • L’Oreal
  • Maybelline
  • Clinique
  • Estee lauder
  • Burts Bees (*cry*)
  • PeaceKeeper
  • Christian Dior
  • M.A.C.
  • Avon
  • NARS
  • Stargazer
  • Sonia Kashuk (of Target fame)
  • Fashion Fair
  • Lancome
  • Almay
  • Mary Kay
  • Jafra
  • Prescriptives
  • Rimmel London
  • Clarins
  • Benefit
  • Gabriel
  • Colorganics ( claimed to be an “Organic / hemp” line)
  • Origins (Estee Lauders “organic & natural” line. Their deceptive moto “Powered by Nature Proven by Science”)
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Victorias Secret
  • Chanel
  • Iman
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Wet ‘N’ Wild
  • Shiseido
  • Lori Anne

Has your jaw returned from the floor yet? A number of these brands I KNOW I own or have used. Now this is the COMPLETE list of brands for lipstick as updated on Feb 15, 2012 according to the FDA’s website. Yet, there are still offenders across the board with mascara, powers, creams, body washes you name it. However don’t let them fool you if they say well its an “Acceptable” level of lead – there is never NEVER NEVER EVER an acceptable amount of lead EVER! Lead is something that should never even in the smallest amounts be near you let alone on your mouth, being ingested by you. There is a reason that lead paint was banned in 1978 and that was just on the walls, think of what its doing in your system.

Over 400 companies were tested. So what companies are deciding to poison us slowly over time STILL and with what else? Find out more below. You can also find links to actual SAFE cosmetics that aren’t to kill you in the night.

Safe Cosmetics:

This site is really a godsend and they have some ways that WE can fight back and get involved. I will tell you one thing, I see a video in my future. In a future blog post I will do a review of my findings of TRULY safe cosmetics and even home made beauty remedies/products. I for-see that Craigslist is going to have its fill of “cleaning out the make-up drawer” listings.

For reference: 

FDA findings:

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