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Nadine’s Story – Slimquick Experience


Nadine Erin lost 34 pounds in eight weeks with the help of  Slimquick & the Slimquick Diet & Exercise Program.

“I am absolutely thrilled by the  by the results! I feel like a Slimquick Nadine’s Ms. Fitness article focuses on her transformation as she lost 34 lbs in just 8 weeks…
“At 151 lbs I had fat everywhere & little energy to do anything.”
“At 4 weeks into my first cycle, 3 in had come off my waist & 4 inches from my thighs.”
“After using SlimQuick for only 8 weeks I’d lost 34 pounds & now have a 23 inch waist.”

Says Nadine. Not only did Nadine lose more weight than she ever thought possible, she also reduced her waist size by an incredible 8 inches, and ended up with a 23-inch waist. Here is how Nadine made her outstanding transformation.

Nadine’s Past
Nadine is a pharmaceutical sales representative with a very hectic schedule. From juggling long hours, to making time for friends and family, Nadine never seems to have enough time in her day. With her work, she meets with doctors and other health-science practitioners at many of the finer restaurants in her sales territory.

As we all know, restaurants can spell disaster for anyone trying to stick to a diet—even the salads seem to taste “too good” to be low in fat! Struggling to lose weight is not something new to Nadine as she’s been trying to get her “dream body” for over nine years! In the past when she was able to stick to a diet and fitness program, she was able to lose weight. Unfortunately, Nadine always regained the weight she lost as soon as she stopped.

Confused About Weight Training

Nadine has always known the importance of weight training and exercise. During her struggle, Nadine joined all the top fitness clubs in the city and did the exercise programs you see in the various fitness magazines, to help her beat the fat once and for all. Nadine even got a job at a local fitness center to help her stay motivated and to learn more “secrets” to losing fat. Of course, when that didn’t happen she got even more frustrated. It seemed like every trainer had his or her own philosophy on how to train. Each training “expert” seemed to contradict the other, which left her even more confused.
Which Diet Really Works?
Not only has Nadine tried all exercise routines imaginable, but she’s also tried all of the diets you can think of. From Atkins, to The Zone, to the Mediterranean Diet—she has tried them all. She even tried the Low Carb Diet, which actually worked, but she couldn’t stand eating that much meat at every meal. Nadine even completed a four-year degree in nutrition, so that she could learn even more about weight loss. Unfortunately, several years after graduating, she still had the same fat percentage she had in school.

Supplement Confusion
During her fat-loss journey, Nadine tried most of the top “fat burners” including: ma huang, synephrine, ephedrine, pyruvate, meal replacement shakes, L-Carnitine, CLA, caffeine pills, apple cider vinegar, chromium, and even various fat-loss gels! Unfortunately, she didn’t lose all the weight she wanted. A few of the ephedrine-based fat burners she tried did work, but seemed way too strong for her body—they left her feeling so wired that she couldn’t sleep! Through her experimentation, she learned that some supplements work when you combine them with a good diet and exercise program, while others are completely worthless and can be harmful and unhealthy. Here are Nadine’s thoughts on supplements:

“When I think of supplements, I now think of all the money I’ve wasted on them over the years. I always found myself reading a fitness magazine, seeing an ad for a new product and then running out to a health food store and buying it. I’d try it for a few weeks and see no significant changes to my weight, and then I’d put it in the cupboard next to the other fat burners I’d bought in the past. Eventually, I had held on to so many fat-loss pills, gels and shakes that part of my kitchen looked like a mini health food store!”

Magazines
Nadine’s favorite fitness magazines were (and still are) Oxygen, Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Fitness Rx for Women, and Ms. Fitness. She has always read these magazines to find the “secrets” on exercise form, diet, and of course, supplements. She liked to cut pictures of her favorite fitness stars out of the magazines for added inspiration. Sometimes these photos helped motivate her, but other times, they led to discouragement as she thought she’d never be able to look like those stars. Nadine now can’t believe that she’s actually shown in these same fitness magazines endorsing the female weight-loss system that helped her get in the best shape of her life!

Nadine’s Extraordinary Transformation
At the start of her transformation, Nadine weighed 151 pounds, complained of low energy levels, and wanted to lose fat as quickly as possible. With a new career in the pharmaceutical field, she decided to give Slimquick a try. Here are Nadine’s words:

“When I first heard about Slimquick, I was skeptical. But when I found out it was made for a woman’s body, I decided to give it a try along with the Slimquick diet and exercise program.”

Nadine’s First 4-Week Cycle
She followed the Level 1 exercise and diet program during her first cycle, which lasted exactly four weeks.

“During my first four weeks, the back of my arms got toned up, my stomach got harder while my butt and thighs firmed up quickly! The workouts were challenging, as I’d never followed a program quite like this before. The rest times were short, which really made me work up a sweat, and the exercise variety made workouts exciting. After my second week, I increased my strength in virtually every exercise on the program. Other girls at the gyms started to notice the changes in my body and started to ask me for tips on working out! Slimquick helped keep my metabolism elevated without making me feel edgy. I took two servings each day, one in the morning as soon as I woke up, and the other later in the day. I noticed that it increased my energy, reduced my appetite and also seemed to help reduce the water retention I normally have. After just four weeks, my entire body changed. Clothes fit better, and even my face looked more contoured. I had lost 16 pounds, trimmed 3 inches off my waist, 4 inches off my thighs, and 3 inches off my hips! I couldn’t believe the results I had achieved. It goes without saying that I was now a believer in Slimquick. I was now down to 135 pounds, but I felt I still had to trim down even further, so I decided to do a second four-week cycle.”

Nadine’s Second 4-Week Cycle
During this second phase, she followed the Level 2 program in the Slimquick exercise program manual, but stayed on the original diet provided in the manual.

“With the Level 2 program, there was more volume on each workout, but the rest time was still low. Like the last program, leg day was on day one, which was good because I was fully recovered and ready to hit my legs hard. My inner thighs have always been a problem spot for me, but each week I was able to trim fat off this area while also firming up. I have to say that my favorite muscle group to work this time was shoulders. There were three isolation exercises done before doing the shoulder press, which made my shoulders burn every time! The ab routines given were also incredible. My favorite was the leg raise-ab crunch superset that was done on day six. This made my abs burn more than any ab routine I’d ever tried. At the end of my second cycle, I lost another 18 pounds and was in the best shape I’d ever been in. I had trimmed 5 inches off my hips and 3 inches off my thighs. But the most incredible change of all took place on my waist. I lost an additional 5 inches off my waist, which brought my waist down to 23 inches! I had no idea that my waist was actually that small underneath the fat I’d been carrying for years. I now have abs for the first time ever! To say my results were extraordinary is an understatement. At the end, I lost a total of 34 pounds in eight weeks!”

Why there are Universal Donors and Universal Recipients


“Universal donor” and “universal recipient” are terms used in discussing blood transfusions to refer to people who are capable of giving blood to anyone else, and people who are capable of receiving blood from anyone else, respectively. The capacity to universally donate or universally receive blood is a result of the relationships between different blood types.

In most cases, great care must be taken before arranging to give blood from one person to another as part of a medical or emergency procedure. The reason for this is that humans have different blood types. First, there are four general blood types, identified by the presence of certain genetically determined substances called antigens on their red blood cells: blood type A (people who have the A antigen in their blood), blood type B (the B antigen), type AB (both antigens), and type O (neither antigen).

Blood is then subdivided further into whether it carries a separate antigen, Rh. Someone who has the Rh antigen and is blood type A can thus be referred to as “type A-positive,” while an otherwise identical person without the Rh antigen would be “type A-negative.” There are also a number of other antigens determining additional blood group subsets which may be important in some cases. For example, the Duffy antigen is seldom present in white patients, but often present in African or African-American patients.

Blood type determination is now a routine and very simple test and normally carries no medical significance, but carries important medical consequences. Patients who are given blood must be given blood of a type compatible with their own. If blood containing an antigen is given to a person who does not already carry the antigen, their immune system is likely to identify the new blood as a threat, manufacture antibodies against it, and potentially cause a serious or even life-threatening reaction. Essentially, humans are severely allergic to blood of incompatible types.

However, blood matching is not as simple as finding someone of exactly the same blood type. Because the immune reaction is to an antigen not already present, a person who is Type A-positive can receive a blood transfusion from a donor who is Type O-negative, because they will not be receiving any antigens which they are not familiar. However, a person who is Type A-negative and receives blood from a Type A-positive donor is at risk of reacting to the unfamiliar Rh antigen.

The terms universal donor and universal recipient refer to people who, because of their blood type, are capable of receiving or giving blood in any circumstance. Universal donors are Type O-negative people; because they have no antigens with which anybody else’s immune system would be unfamiliar, their blood can be donated to any patient. According to the Red Cross, there are very few universal donors: just 7% of Caucasians, 4% of African-Americans, and 1% of people of Asian descent.

In the same way, universal recipients are people whose immune systems have already accepted all blood antigens, and therefore can receive blood from anybody else regardless of blood type. Universal recipients are Type AB-positive; that is, they already carry the A antigen, the B antigen, and the Rh antigen. According to the Red Cross, universal recipients are roughly as rare as universal donors: 3% of Caucasians, 4% of African-Americans, and 7% of people of Asian descent.

– Further Reading –

American Red Cross. “Blood Types.”

Universal Donors and Recipients of Blood Donations

Top 10 Killer Cancers

  1. Lung cancer

    Lung cancer kills more American than any other cancer. The average annual death toll fro recent years is more than 90,000 men and 45,000 women.

  2. Colon-rectum cancer

    It is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US. Each year it claims an estimated 55,000 lives, and produces about 150,000 new cases- more than any other kind of cancer except skin cancer. It afflicts men and women about equally.

  3. Breast cancer

    Breast cancer is the most common of cancers affecting woman. It kills more women than any other kind of cancer. About 150,000 women in the US develop breast cancer each year, and 35% die of the disease

  4. Stomach Cancer

    Stomach cancer is still one of the more frequently diagnosed types of cancer and the death rate is relatively high, at nearly 10 per 100,000population. Men are twice as likely to be victims of stomach cancer as women.

  5. Prostate Cancer

    Cancer of the prostate is the most common cancers among men and is second only to lung cancer as a lethal type of tumor for men. About 30,000 people die of prostate cancer each year.

  6. Bladder Cancer

    Extensive occurrence of bladder cancer is commonly associated with industrial growth. It appears at annual rate of about 40,000 new cases each year in the US and causes more than 15,000 deaths annually.

  7. Oral Cancer

    Cancer of the mouth and lips strike an estimated 25,000 persons in the US each year and kill a shocking 9,000.

  8. Skin Cancer

    With as many as 500,000 new cases occuring annually, skin cancer is the largest single source of malignancy in the US. An estimated 6,000 persons die of this disease each year.

  9. Cancer of the Uterus

    Cancer of the uterus is more common than cancer of the cervix. Uterine cancer is the most common type of cancer of the reproductive organs.

  10. Ovarian cancer

    Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer in women, with an average of 21,000 new cases each year. It is second to uterine cancer in the number of cases of cancer of the reproductive organ.

Sources:

Top 10 Most Common Types of Cancers

List of cancer types

Types of cancer | Cancer Research UK

Allergies: An Introduction


Sneezing is not always the symptom of a cold. Sometimes, it is an allergic reaction to something in the air. Experts estimate that 35 million Americans suffer from upper respiratory symptoms that are allergic reactions to airborne pollen. Pollen allergy, commonly called hay fever, is one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. Worldwide, airborne dust causes the most problems for people with allergies. The respiratory symptoms of asthma, which affects approximately 15 million Americans, are often provoked by airborne allergens (substances that cause an allergic reaction).

Overall, allergic diseases are among the major causes of illness and disability in the United States, affecting as many as 40 to 50 million Americans. This article summarizes what is known about the causes and symptoms of allergic reactions to airborne allergens, how these reactions are diagnosed and treated, and what medical researchers are doing to help people who suffer from these allergies.

What is an allergy?

An allergy is a specific immunologic reaction to a normally harmless substance, one that does not bother most people. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one substance. Types of allergens that cause allergic reactions include pollens, dust particles, mold spores, food, latex rubber, insect venom, or medicines.

Why are some people allergic to these substances while others are not?

Scientists think that people inherit a tendency to be allergic, meaning an increased likelihood of being allergic to one or more allergens, although they probably do not have an inherited tendency to be allergic to any specific allergens. Children are much more likely to develop allergies if their parents have allergies, even if only one parent is allergic. Exposure to allergens at certain times when the body’s defenses are lowered or weakened, such as after a viral infection or during pregnancy, seems to contribute to the development of allergies.

What is an allergic reaction?

Normally, the immune system functions as the body’s defense against invading agents such as bacteria and viruses. In most allergic reactions, however, the immune system is responding to a false alarm. When an allergic person first comes into contact with an allergen, the immune system treats the allergen as an invader and mobilizes to attack. The immune system does this by generating large amounts of a type of antibody (a disease-fighting protein) called immunoglobin E, or IgE. Each IgE antibody is specific for one particular allergenic (allergy-producing) substance. In the case of pollen allergy, the antibody is specific for each type of pollen: one type of antibody may be produced to react against oak pollen and another against ragweed pollen, for example.

These IgE molecules are special because IgE is the only class of antibody that attaches tightly to the body’s mast cells, which are tissue cells, and to basophils, which are blood cells. When the allergen next encounters its specific IgE, it attaches to the antibody like a key fitting into a lock, signaling the cell to which the IgE is attached to release (and in some cases to produce) powerful inflammatory chemicals like histamine, cytokines, and leukotrienes. These chemicals act on tissues in various parts of the body, such as the respiratory system, and cause the symptoms of allergy.

Some people with allergy develop asthma. The symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath due to a narrowing of the bronchial passages (airways) in the lungs, and to excess mucus production and inflammation. Asthma can be disabling and sometimes can be fatal. If wheezing and shortness of breath accompany allergy symptoms, it is a signal that the bronchial tubes also have become involved, indicating the need for medical attention.

Sources:

Allergic Reaction-Topic Overview – WebMD

Top 7 Common Allergies – Healthguidances.com

Allergy Symptoms – A General Overview

How to Eat Healthy on the Cheap

Recently, I received an email that made me take pause. It went:

“You (and you’re not alone in this, believe me) seem to imply that all of us are in a position to lug home sacks of sea salt and fresh pomegranates, along with buckets of unpasteurized honey. But there is a large (and rapidly growing) segment of the population that must get its daily calorie quota from the very “boxes and cans” you so understandably condemn…”

My first reaction was “Hey, I’m just giving the facts here. Unpasteurized honey is healthier than the pasteurized variety, and there isn’t much I can do about the fact that it costs more.”
But then it made me stop and think. I guess I am writing from a rather privileged perspective at the moment, and I suppose some of my health recommendations reflect that. However, I have been on the other side of that fence in the past. So, rather than get all defensive about it, I decided I should try and impart a little advice to the financially challenged.

Eating healthy is about prioritizing. If you rely on the foodbank for some of your foods, and all they have is canned beans, then eat the canned beans, but supplement it with fresh vegetables. Skip the hyped “superfoods” that are supposed to have higher nutrient content (which is reflected in the price), and just get fresh fruits and vegetables. All fresh produce have nutrients that you need.

Bones from the butcher are cheap, so use them to make beautiful and healthy stocks. Stocks will help to round out other proteins in the diet and they are delicious as soups or sauces.

If organic apples are too expensive, look for organic celery. If it’s all too expensive, then just get the conventionally farmed stuff. Always try for local (which can often be cheaper) and look for local farmers’ markets which can also offer good deals.

I guess the point is to use the information in this blog as best you can. Yes, I’m going to say that canned foods aren’t as healthy as the fresh variety, because that is the case. But if you eat the canned vegetable in a salad of fresh local greens you’re making it better.

Our anniversary been a while

Six years ago today was a eventful and busy day. JE and i got married and started our forever lives together. God blessed us with each other and our love made a child that completed our family unit. As we go through our daily lives we sometimes forget that powerful love we experience. I can still remember when I realized that i did not want to live my life without him. Our love has only grown since. We have been married for six years and four of those six i have been battling breast cancer. I can’t say that is a road either one of us would have chosen but we did chose to walk it hand in hand when there were roadblocks. By circumstance outside of our hands, JE is away at a bachelor party weekend. I am sure they are having a great time without any females around to tell them what they are doing wrong! But i am thinking about him and remember our special day when we left behind our individual lives to become and even better team. Thanks for being my partner. I wish Willace and Liz a long and happy life together. And may our lake house survive this weekend!!!

Been a while

Feeling pretty good today after a somewhat rough weekend. Battling nausea (lost once or twice already!) and it feels like an elephant is sitting on my chest. I can’t seem to catch a good breath. I fear the heart failure has returned. It is either that or my hemoglobin is extremely low. I guess it can hold off until Thursday as there is nothing to do except get off of the Herceptin again. The heartburn is hard to live with. I am feeling like that commercial where the woman is breathing fire. Talked with my doctor today and he said to take two antiacids a day, twice a day. (Even though the box says not to exceed more than two tablets a day!!) Despite not feeling myself, I enjoyed our time together as a family at the lake. The water is still a little nippy but it is as beautiful as ever for this time of year. Only three days of school left. Now is the time the students start to do some really wierd things. We met our new principal today. He has some qualities I like. He likes dogs, he is an ex-coach, he doesn’t seem to BS and he has no hair! Those unique characteristics can’t help but make for a good leader.

How To Build Lean Muscle

Three things are essential to be able to know how to build lean muscle. The numbers may be different since your goals would also vary, but you will find that the way you deliver it will be the same. So it may be entirely up to you to be consistent with the program you are going to undergo and how persistent you will be in dealing with it.

Initially, you would have to consider the idea of rest. This is the area where it is most neglected. Rest here, refers to the period in between sets, wherein you take a break from previous work out to the next day’s work out. The amount of sleep you have is also measured here. Without rest, even if you have a balanced diet and conditioned yourself to exercise at a good pace, the results will be different from what is expected. This is because your muscles recover when you are resting and not while you are at work.
Your diet should also not be disregarded. If you are starting on how to build lean muscle, you should have a proper intake of protein and carbohydrates regularly. Protein helps repair and build the muscles in your body and the carbohydrates help your body avoid eating itself alive. Make sure you have a proper diet and intake of the right foods that would help build up lean muscle mass.

It is also helpful to be conscious of the calories you take in each day. Calories may help you, not only gain weight, but gain muscle as well. Follow the guideline starting with consuming 17 times your total body weight in calories regularly. Continue to monitor your results. If you sense that you are staying at the same weight or dropping pounds, increase to the factor of 20, but it is advisable to stop there.

The types of work out you undergo and the type of machines you choose can affect your results greatly if you are on the verge of learning how to build lean muscle. There are different types of exercise that you think might work similarly but they actually don’t. You may even opt to have little changes in your routine if you feel you want to move up a bit on your progress. You may focus on upper body muscle building since this is one of the harder areas to workout. Just by following a consistent pattern of proper exercises, a good diet and enough rest, you will be able to see immediate results.