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14 MIGHTY KIDS When Will I Be Bigger, Mom?
5 WELLNESS Cellular Regeneration… Regrow a Healthier Body
7 HEALTHY MIND The Power of Forgiveness
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8 NATURAL BEAUTY Calming, Cooling Kale
9 SUPER FOOD
21 WOMEN WHO INSPIRE Kelly Richardson
Tart Cherry Juice
Natural Beauty is More Than Skin Deep
Get Beach Ready with Plyometrics
26 WEIGHT LOSS
16 PET THERAPY
The Truth Behind Long-Term Weight-Loss
Bringing Home a Puppy
27 RECIPE Never Stop Growing
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CELLS MAKE UP THE BASIC BUILDING BLOCKS OF ALL LIFE. HEALTHY CELLS MEAN A HEALTHY BODY; CELLS CLOGGED WITH TOXINS OR IN DISREPAIR FROM POOR DIET AND EXERCISE MAY LEAD TO DISEASE, ILLNESS, AND OTHER SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS. THE RIGHT DIET CAN REPAIR AND REJUVENATE CELLS THROUGHOUT THE BODY!
How Cell Construction and Reconstruction Work Supporting healthy cells means getting the right kinds of vitamins and nutrients that cells can use as raw materials to keep their structures intact. Whole grains are excellent sources of cell nutrients, because they contain the proteins and micronutrients that cells use to generate energy. Whole grains, as well as olives and avocadoes, are good sources of vitamin E, an important cell protector. Cells are encased and protected by a durable – but also permeable – casing called the membrane. Cellular membranes are made largely of fat, so it’s important to ingest the right kinds of fat in order to build healthier, more resilient membranes. Eating non-saturated fats, especially the Omega-3 fatty acid, ensures your cells’ membranes stay in good shape. Saturated fats and trans-fats make less durable raw material, meaning the cell grows more susceptible to collapse or malfunction.You can add more omega-3 to your diet by MRGPYHMRK¾E\WIIHWWIWEQIWIIHWLIQTWIIHWSVGLMEWIIHW to your diet.These can be added to smoothies or oatmeal to boost the nutritional value. Vegetables Are Rich in Important Cell Building Blocks Cruciferous vegetables, including lettuce, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, include rich deposits of the chemical known as brassinin, which helps support cell growth and development. Cooked tomatoes, rich in the nutrient lycopene,
make another great source of cellular fuel. Lycopene is also found in watermelons, carrots, and papayas. How to Rebuild Cellular Health Some recent evidence suggests that prolonged fasting can speed the body’s efforts to replace and repair damaged or decayed cells within the immune system. Depriving the body of nutrients compels the body to trigger stem cells into a process of self-renewal, bringing the immune system into a better working order.The process offers hope to cancer patients struggling to recover from the side effects of chemotherapy. Remember, If you choose to fast, it should be done in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of a health/medical professional.
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Growwith PASSION Necessity is the mother of invention. Sometimes, compassion and love are the inspiration for initiative, invention and growth. For Britta Aragon, the dry brittle skin accompanying her father’s decline with cancer was \PMUW\Q^I\QWV\WÅVLIVIV[_MZ\W[WW\PMW\PMZ[ÅOP\QVO[QUQTIZJI\\TM[ The feature article for this issue of INSPIRE HEALTH’s highlights Aragon’s own cancer history, detailing her courage and determination to build a business that helps others in a natural, healing way. She is a role model for daughters, for caregivers, for the sick, and those with an entrepreneurial spirit. You will be inspired by her commitment to health as well as her development as a business woman. /ZW_\PQ[\PM\PMUMWN \PQ[Q[MIVLaW]_QTTÅVL[M^MZITIZ\QKTM[ focusing on people and projects to help all of us grow, including raising a puppy. Be sure to read “When Will I be Bigger, Mom?” by Michele Robert Poche providing fun ways for you and your child to chart the growth journey. On a more serious side, our Women Who Inspire section presents a weight loss story that begins with the loss of a son and his QVÆ]MVKMQVPMTXQVOIOZQM^QVOUWUKPIVOMPMZTQNM Our features on natural beauty, exercise, eating fresh and fashion are additional highlights of the magazine. As always, we hope that you MVRWaJMVMÅ\NZWUIVLKWV\QV]M\WOZW_QVUQVLJWLaIVL[XQZQ\I[aW] read INSPIRE HEALTH. Happy, healthy, productive and safe living.
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DID YOU KNOW THAT BURYING THE HATCHET OFFERS MANY HEALTH BENEFITS? LETTING GO OF ANGER AND RESENTMENT CAN ACTUALLY REDUCE ANXIETY, LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE, AND HELP YOU BREATHE EASIER. HOLDING ANGER INSIDE IS LINKED TO HEART DISEASE AND STROKE, POSSIBLY TAKING YEARS FROM YOUR LIFE.
n a study called “Forgive to Live,” psychologist Loren Toussaint and colleagues found that the inability to forgive others may predict an earlier age of death. That is especially true of conditional forgiveness, when a person desperately waits for an apology. Conditional forgiveness can bear negative energy, as individuals who put demands on their forgiveness typically continue to harbor resentment and grudges. These negative emotions can especially impair heart health. Staying upset over the past is not good on the ticker. What is more, nursing negative feelings keeps you in a state of stress, and stress can take years off
your life. This resentment is not always directed at others. Some individuals cannot forgive themselves. This is especially damaging to your mental health, robbing you of joy, peace, and happiness. But, how can you let go? Recognize the behavior for what it is. Ask yourself what it is doing to you? How much time and energy do you spend dwelling on the matter? Understand that forgiveness is something you do for others, but it’s mostly an important action you do for yourself. When you harbor resentment, you cannot experience personal growth, true health, or inner calm. If you truly want to live longer and be healthier and happier, do not wait for others to come to you. Take the first step. Start the process of forgiveness in your own mind and then follow it through with genuine action. When you forgive others unconditionally—without expectations—you are generating superior mind-body health.
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MARATHONERS, WEEKEND WARRIORS, AND EVEN EXERCISE NEWBIES ARE “RUSHING TO THE RED” FOR EXTRAORDINARY MUSCLE RECOVERY.
ctive Americans have caught on to nature’s secret tonic that is delivering muscle recovery big time! What is this scarlet-colored potion that has athletes buzzing? It is tart cherry juice or tart cherry juice concentrate.The recovery secret lies in its exceedingly high antioxidant levels. Antioxidants are vitamins and phytonutrients that help repair the body from damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. Tart cherries are exceptional, hosting an ORAC (oxygen radical absorption capacity) value of 12,000-12,500. An ORAC scale is used to test and compare the antioxidant levels of foods.Tart cherries far exceed that of blueberries with an ORAC of 2,400 and raspberries with an ORAC of 1,220. Clearly, tart cherries are antioxidant chart toppers! Since exercise actually tears down QYWGPI½FIVWVIWYPXMRKMRTSWXI\IVGMWI muscle soreness, it is important to have a post-exercise recovery regimen. Supplying the body with antioxidants is perhaps the best way to help speed the recovery and repair of muscle tissue. 8EVXGLIVV]NYMGIMWIWTIGMEPP]FIRI½GMEP because its vibrant red color is indicative
of a certain type of antioxidant, anthocyanins. Anthocyanins help the body resist oxidative stress and TVSZMHIREXYVEPERXMMR¾EQQEXSV] properties. Runners everywhere are GEXGLMRKSRXSXLIWIYRMUYIFIRI½XW A study published in the December 2010 issue of "Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports” reported that long distance runners discovered “daily consumption of tart cherry juice concentrate for 5 days before, during, and two days following a marathon resulted in improved strength, HIGVIEWIHMR¾EQQEXMSRHIGVIEWIH levels of oxidized lipids and reduced recovery time. “ -JXLIWIFIRI½XWEVIRSXIRSYKLXS motivate you to sip a glass of tart cherry juice, melatonin may be the cherry on top. This valuable brain hormone effectively promotes a better night’s rest, which is ultimately the best time for the body to repair and recover.The manifold FIRI½XWSJXEVXGLIVV]NYMGIEVINYWXXSS good to pass up.Tart cherries are an antioxidant powerhouse that can help you rest, recover and rebuild a stronger, healthier body—go get some of the red!
WHERE TO FIND TART CHERRY JUICE? Since growing in popularity, tart cherry juice is becoming more and more available. It may be available at your local grocer, but if it is not, you can certainly buy it online. I like Stanton Orchards because they are located in the United States in Montgomery Michigan.Their juice is never pasteurized, gluten-free, non-GMO, allergen-free, cross contamination free, and FDA compliant. www.stantonorchards.com
HOW TO USE TART CHERRY JUICE CONCENTRATE? Since the juice concentrate is highly concentrated, you will need to dilute it. Typically, one ounce of cherry juice to seven ounces of water will make a nice glass of cherry juice.You can get creative by mixing it in with fresh squeezed apple juice or lemonade to make a refreshing glass of cherry lemonade.
CHERRY RECHARGE SMOOTHIE Super-natural ingredients: y1 cup frozen cherries y1 banana y1 cup water y2 oz. non-pasteurized tart cherry juice concentrate Whip it up: 1. Add all ingredients to a blender. 2. Blend on high for 30-60 seconds. 3. Serve and enjoy!
CHERRY POM PUNCH (Post-workout recovery drink) Super-natural ingredients: y1 oz. non-pasteurized tart cherry juice concentrate y1 oz. fresh pomegranate juice y6 oz. water y -1 tsp. stevia Whip it up: 1. Cut the pomegranate in half. Using a manual juice press, squeeze the juice from one-half of the pomegranate. 2. Drain the juice from a young Thai coconut and set aside. (If you are in a pinch, you can use coconut water purchased in a carton or glass jar). 3. Measure all ingredients and pour into a glass. Stir well. 4. Sip and enjoy!
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GETTING BIKINI READY MEANS RIDDING YOUR BODY OF EXCESS FAT.THIS SUPER CHARGED WORKOUT IS DESIGNED TO DO JUST THAT.THROUGH A SERIES OF PLYOMETRIC EXERCISES YOU CAN UP YOUR CALORIE EXPENDITURE, QUICKLY SENDING YOUR BODY INTO FAT-BURNING MODE.
LYOMETRICS is well-known in the sports arena as an effective training method used to enhance the power and performance of an athlete. It MWEREVVERKIQIRXSJWTIGM½GEGXMZMXMIW that enable a muscle to reach maximal force in the shortest amount of time. Moves like jumping, skipping, and hopping are common to plyometrics. But you don’t have to be an athlete to reap the rewards of plyo. Plyo works the muscles differently than conventional strength training; the movements are quick and sometimes explosive. If your body is not changing or you have hit a plateau, adding plyo moves to your routine will help break your static status.Your body will FIGSQIWXVSRKIV½XXIVERHPIERIV Here are 8 favorite plyo moves to KIX]SYWIXXSVSGOEGSR½HIRXFSH] this summer.
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ROWTH. IT COMES IN MANY FORMS. PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, INTELLECTUAL. FOR KIDS, IT’S ALL ABOUT BEING ABLE TO REACH THE BATHROOM FAUCET, RIDE THE BIG ROLLERCOASTER AT THE AMUSEMENT PARK OR JUST SIT IN THE FRONT SEAT OF THE CAR. Some children grow early while others don’t experience bodily and developmental changes until later in their little lives.The important thing for a child and his or her parent to understand is that, like life, growth is not about the destination but rather the journey. And, since you don’t want to miss even one mile marker along the way, there are lots of different methods you can use to track the trip.
popular. Most children think of their growth primarily in verticality so they appreciate using a chart that enables them to measure and record their HMWXERGIJVSQXLI¾SSV&YXFIWYVIXS hang it somewhere where it can stay, because you’ll likely be measuring your little people for well over a decade!
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Wisdom Teeth (3rd Molars) Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop and appear in the mouth. They are called “wisdom teeth” because they usually appear during a person’s late teens or early twenties, which has been called the “age of wisdom.” What is an Impacted Tooth? A tooth becomes impacted when there is a lack of space in the mouth and its growth and eruption is blocked by overlying gum, bone or the adjacent tooth. Nine out of ten people have at least one totally impacted wisdom tooth resulting from a lack of space in the mouth. Impacted teeth can lead to such problems as pain, infection, crowding of teeth, tumor formation, or damage to adjacent teeth and bone. More fully developed wisdom teeth tend to cause these problems and require a more involved surgical procedure to remove them. Even though impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious problems a recent study found that wisdom teeth that have erupted into the mouth in a normal upright position may be as prone to disease as those third molars that remain impacted. The researchers found that patients with erupted wisdom teeth may be at greater risk for disease, including periodontitis. These chronic gum infections can cause bone loss around the wisdom teeth and adjacent teeth. Chronic gum infections can affect your general health.
When Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed? It isn’t wise to wait until your wisdom teeth start to bother you. Generally, early removal of wisdom teeth results in an easier surgery and less complicated healing process. Medical studies strongly recommend that wisdom teeth be removed during teenage years to prevent future problems and to ensure optimal healing. It’s recommended all people have their wisdom teeth evaluated by an oral surgeon before high school graduation.
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RAISING BABIES IS A TRICKY ENDEAVOR. NO MATTER WHAT SPECIES OF BABY YOU ARE RAISING, BABIES HAVE THE ABILITY TO HUMBLE AND CHARM THEIR CARETAKERS IN THE MOST UNEXPECTED WAYS. I HAVE PERSONALLY BEEN CHARMED BY BABIES OF MANY DIFFERENT SPECIES: SEA LION PUPS, FLAMINGO CHICKS, DOLPHIN CALVES, KITTENS, KANGAROO JOEYS, HUMAN BABIES, AND OF COURSE, PUPPIES. At this moment in time, I have yet to raise a human child. I have, however, successfully raised a puppy! That furry little piranha-monster brought me to my kneesâ€”I can't even tell you how many
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Brain training helps you feel more motivated and excited about the future. It’s never too late to start. Why not start training your brain today? How? One proven way is to learn a new language. According to Pub Med Central of Canada, research has shown that bilingual speakers have higher levels of cognitive control than comparable monolinguals, especially at older ages. There are many helpful websites for learning a second language. For example, YouTube is helpful for learning ASL. Sign language is a great tool for brain stimulation because capturing visual details keeps the neurons firing. Why not get the whole family involved? It will make learning a new language easier if you have someone that shares your interest. There are some very interesting websites designed to increase brain activity. Enhance your memory and focus at lumosity.com or fitbrains.com. Don’t limit yourself. Mix it up and have fun!
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ichardson’s husband died of diabetic complications shortly after the birth of their son, Kadam. Over the years she began to heal from the heart-breaking loss of her husband, eventually remarrying and having a second son, Jake. While Kadam was cherished as a connection to her younger life, both he and Jake lived and played as brothers, thriving and achieving with special talents and skills. When Kadam was 16 years old, he was the victim of a fatal accident. “I was a typical mom and career woman who never had time for herself,” the Louisiana native reflected. “The day I got the call about Kadam’s accident, my life changed. You would tend to say that the death of a child changes your life for the worse. But to be honest, it changed my life differently, and some of that change was good.” Acknowledging that the loss of a child is an experience that leaves a deep wound, she has found a way to deal with death and life. “I basically could have given up when Kadam died,” she said. “I was not in good physical shape, weighing over 230 pounds. I never took the stairs at work because I couldn’t even walk up the steps. I was out of
breath and couldn’t do much. “I made up my mind to change. I cut back on what I was eating,” she explained. “I came home every day from work; grabbed Kadam’s cell phone and walked as I listened to his playlists. That was my time to be with him and my time to exercise.” Facing her grief, with the guidance of a counselor, she volunteered to help coach in a community-swimming program where Kadam was a champion swimmer. “It wasn't easy, physically or emotionally, but it turned out to be a wonderful experience,” she said, adding she felt closer to Kadam when she was at the pool. Soon, she added swimming laps to her exercise program, helping her lose even more weight while following a low carb, no sugar diet.” In less than a year she lost 70-pounds and dropped down six pant sizes. “Life has changed for me, forever,” she observed. “It is a different life, but I believe that Kadam gave up his life for me to see what I need to do, like giving back to the community. Kadam’s life taught me that I am strong. Today, it is about losing weight, eating healthy and exercising, and it is also about being happy and moving on in the right direction.”
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ENTREPRENEUR, SAFE COSMETICS EXPERT , MAKE-UP ARTIST AND AUTHOR BRITTA ARAGON KNOWS ABOUT TOXIN DAMAGES FIRST HAND. WHILE MOST 16-YEAR-OLDS WERE THINKING ABOUT “SWEET SIXTEEN” CELEBRATIONS AND PUTTING A DRIVER’S LICENSE IN THEIR WALLETS, SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH HODGKIN’S DISEASE. THE CANCEROUS ATTACK ON HER IMMUNE SYSTEM SET THE FOUNDATION FOR A PROFESSION FOCUSED ON HEALTH AND WELLNESS. NINE YEARS LATER, SHE CONFIRMED HER CAREER DECISION. CANCER WAS A TURNING POINT IN HER LIFE ONCE AGAIN, SPARKING A PASSION FOR EDUCATING PEOPLE ON LIGHTENING THEIR TOXIC LOAD BY USING NATURAL AND ORGANIC PRODUCTS FOR A HEALTHIER LIFE.
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ine years after my diagnosis and treatment my father was diagnosed with colon cancer,” Aragon shared. “It spread into his lungs and his liver and he had a secondary cancer, brain cancer, and it all came back in the bones. My father fought for eight years and throughout he had all these chemotherapies, radiation, surgeries, and medications. All that caused side effects.” Using her experience as a make-up artist, she sought to relieve the damage from chemotherapy and medications to her father’s hair, skin and nails by using what she thought were the best available products for sensitive skin. When they burned and irritated his already fragile skin, she looked closely at the list of ingredients and was shocked. “Not only were there allergens and irritants in the product, but also it was full of carcinogens, hormone disruptors and other ingredients that had been linked to health issues,” she remembered. “First I wondered, why? Why were these ingredients in these products? Not only in the ones I was using for him, but also in the products my mother and I were using.Then there was anger. I became very protective. My father was my everything, my best friend. So I started researching and monitoring everything that came into our home. I bought natural, organic products from a health food store, but those weren’t effective on his sensitive, compromised skin. I was at a loss and there really wasn’t a lot of information out there. I was very frustrated with that.” That experience inspired her to become an advocate for safe skincare. She founded Cinco Vidas, a company devoted to raising awareness about toxins in personal care products, food, and the environment, for one reason only—to try to reduce risk of disease and help save lives. Her work, which ranges from speaking engagements and writing to a toxin-free line of skin care products, is dedicated to her father’s legacy. Translated as “Five Lives” in Spanish, honors her father who battled LMW[E]XLVSYKL½ZIVISGGYVVIRGIWSJ
the cancer. “My father passed away August 7, 2007 and it was a pivotal moment in my life,” she says. “I thought, I have this gift now, the gift of experience that I had with the disease, with my father and caregiving for him, alongside my mother, and all this research and all these things I found out. If I had to go through this, I’m sure many people had to go through this also.” ,IV½VWXTVSNIGX[EWGVIEXMRKXLI resource she wished her parents had when she had cancer and that she had looked for when caring for her father. Her Cinco Vidas blog speaks to those suffering from the side effects of cancer treatment and from skin conditions like chronic dryness and eczema. It’s a site where people share stories of what did and didn’t work for them, and an expert resource highlighting safe, natural solutions while raising awareness of what using potentially harmful chemicals can do. The blogging led to the publication in 2011 of %VEKSR´W½VWXFSSOWhen Cancer Hits. A complete guide for those diagnosed with cancer, When Cancer Hits bridges the gap between the HSGXSV´WSJ½GIERHIZIV]HE]PMZMRK ±8LI½VWXX[SGLETXIVWEVIEFSYXEPP the chemicals that are around you, understanding how the skin absorbs what we put on it, really talking about what your routine is and how you look at what your chemical count is. We talk about how to lighten your toxic load by natural and organic means, by avoiding certain ingredients. We talk about emotional coping and how to detox emotionally. Then I go into each body part, suggesting some natural solutions while going through chemo and radiation. Some chapters are about nutrition and one of the chapters is about complementary therapies like reiki, massage and pet therapy. What you can do to detox the body whether you’re going through cancer treatment or not. Several years ago, Aragon founded CV Skinlabs™, an innovative line of natural skin care products especially for those with sensitive skin, chemical
LIVE A HEALTHY, TOXINFREE LIFE BRITTA ARAGON NOT ONLY TEACHES ABOUT LIVING A HEALTHIER LIFE, SHE LIVES IT TOO! HERE ARE SOME OF HER TOP TIPS: Eat Real Food. Let go of packaged, processed food and go back to basics! See how it changes your attitude, skin conditions, sleep, mental state and energy levels. Eat organic and free range to limit exposure to pesticides, antibiotics and cortisol. } Get Rid of Sugar. Sugar is nothing more than a legal drug and it is so disruptive – at a cellular level and at a mental level. It breaks down your immune system. } 5HPRYH,Q½DPPDWRU\)RRGVThese include sugar, gluten, soy, caffeine and alcohol. } Sleep! A good night’s sleep changes so much. Create a sleep time that works for your, removing electronics an hour or two before bed, dimming the lights, having decaffeinated tea, taking a bath, or reading. Make sure you’re getting 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep. } Have Fun! Is there joy in your day? Your bank account, what you have, or your PIZIPSJEGLMIZIQIRXHSIWRSXHI½RIWYGcess. If you’re not having fun doing it, why do it? That’s a hallmark of health. } Relationships. ,S[JYP½PPMRKEVI]SYV relationships? Is it give and take? Are you getting your needs met or are you just around people who bring you down and don’t support you? } Reduce Your Toxic Load. Do it for everything your bring into your home. Your cleaning products, personal care products, and make-up. } Self-Care. Are you taking enough time to take care of yourself? Are you taking IRSYKLXMQIXSKMZIXS]SYVWIPJ½VWX#4YX XLIS\]KIRQEWOSR]SYVWIPJ½VWX8LIR there’ll be time and energy to help others. }
inspire sensitivities and other skin conditions. Aragon pulled together a team of leading dermatologists, toxicologists, chemists and product developers, to create a product free of any ingredient that is even minutely linked to cancer, hormone disruption or other LIEPXLMWWYIW,IVXIEQWTIGM½GEPP] researched ingredients that were TVSZIRXSGEPQHS[RMR¾EQQEXMSR “Anything natural that had any kind of data or studies that had been done I wanted to know about them,” she said. “My concern was, of course, the products had to be natural and organic but I needed them to work.” Three ingredients: turmeric, reishi mushroom and Alpha Bisabolol were chosen for their outstanding ERXMMR¾EQQEXSV]ERXMS\MHERXERH ERXMLMWXEQMRIFIRI½XW8SKIXLIVXLI] create the Tri-Rescue complex™ which is in every formula for CV Skinlabs™. Twenty-four years in remission, Aragon is living a healthy, happy life. Passionate about what she does, she “walks the talk” in everything she does and uses; from her personal care products to what she eats. “I love how I feel,” she enthused. “It’s very important for me to manage my energy and my output because when I’m so passionate about things, I can forget about self-care and that’s what my book is all about. I have to really ground myself and center myself. Aragon’s energy, her inner and outer beauty, and most importantly her down-to-earth outreach continues to inspire. And she gives no indication that she will be slowing down any time soon. Dedicated to healthy, non-toxic living and safe self-care her horizons include another book, global speaking engagement, awareness workshops while adding appropriate products to her skin care line. “It’s about the vision. The vision is way bigger than me. When you see what you’re doing is really helping people and creating awareness, it’s really a service, getting the word out and educating as many
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I believe that the breakdown of the body really starts in the mind. It starts the moment I’m not present. It starts the moment that I let things slide. It starts the moment I don’t honor my boundaries. people as possible.” Through it all, she never forgets the man who inspired it all. “I feel closer to my father now than I did when he was alive. I’ve grown up; I had a lot of challenges that have come up. I’ve had the opportunity to look at myself, and as I’ve grown the business, I’ve grown but instead of having someone to have conversations with, which I still do, I now have him in my heart and I
feel him in my meditations. I feel him in the guidance I get. He’s been a big, big business partner! All the decisions that have been made have been very much done with my dad. I connect with whatever I feel, that inner knowing, that feeling when I don’t know where to go, I turn to him, I talk and I feel guided in some way.”
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decrease that amount by 500. For example: if you consume 2,500 calories in one day, decrease that number to 2,000. Following this method should help you lose one to two pounds in 7 days. Another way to eliminate calories is to burn them through exercise. However, everyone burns calories at different rates so be careful! It is easy to underestimate your calorie burn. ;MXLEHZERGMRK½XRIWWXIGLRSPSK] now there are devices/armbands that will calibrate exactly how many calories an individual burns. Ha patience. 2. Have F Following the 80/20 rule, generally you can expect to lose 2-3 pounds per week. Under normal circumstances, more than 2-3 pounds of weight-loss per week is considered by the National Academy of Sports
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e c n e t s i s r e P s Off y a P by Veronica Coons email@example.com Photography by Hugo Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org eadlines about dramatic weight loss or overcoming unimaginable odds often grab the public’s attention. Meanwhile, persistence, that quality that motivates a person to continue to do tough things day in and day out even when they don’t really want to, fades into the background, barely noticed. But over time, persistence pays off. That’s what Julie Spray, Great Bend, is inding. After the birth of her irst child, this mother of three made a decision to make itness and education priorities in her life, and the results are beginning to blossom. Commitment versus time On a recent April evening, Julie and her twins Maddox and Mersadie were in the kitchen baking treats for the Holy Family Fun Night. The smell of brownies baking illed the air. Still, the twins were eager to inish up and play a quick game of basketball, despite the April winds. Stefan, her oldest, wanted to spend a few more minutes playing on the computer before his teammates arrived to take him to basketball practice. Other days, she takes Mersadie to dance classes and Maddox to basketball practice. These are all part of the normal after-school routine at the Spray home.
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Evenings don’t usually offer much more free time as Julie is also an active volunteer, serving on several community boards and at her church. So evening meetings are a common occurrence, too. Add to this the college classes Julie began taking recently in order to complete her degree, and it’s no wonder it can be stressful at times getting supper on the table, let alone keeping schedules straight. She credits her commitment to itness for giving her the strength and self-conidence necessary to maintain her can-do attitude.
Success breeds success Prior to starting their family, Julie and her husband, Chris, both devoted many hours to their careers. She managed the local Applebees for six years, which regularly entailed working 70-hour weeks. Starting a family changed her life signiicantly. When she learned she was pregnant with Stefan, they agreed she would stay home with the children. This was especially important to them because Chris often traveled in his position as executive vice-president with
Venture Corporation. This was uncharted territory for Julie, however,r, as her own mother worked outside the home. As a highly drivenn person, she had to adjust her personal expectations,s, irst with Stefan, and then two-and-a-half years laterr with twins Mersadie and rly Maddox. She decided early tress on that she would keep stress at bay by making itness a cise priority. Meeting her exercise goals helps her to realize she can meet all her other goals, too.
Going beyond Shortly after giving birth to Stefan, Julie enrolled in a step-aerobics class taught by her sister-in-law Kelly at the local itness center, Club 1 Fitness. As she progressed through the classes, surrounded by the mirrors, she began to notice changes in the way she looked.
“I began to see the th dei d inition iti I was as getting i iin my arms dduring i the h workout,” she said. “It was exciting to see the results, and I began to wonder just how far I could go.” So when the twins were almost two, Julie switched from the step-aerobics classes to working with a personal trainer, and hasn’t looked back.
Hard-as-nails workout After dropping the kids off at school on a blustery Thursday morning, Julie headed straight over to Club 1 Fitness. By 8 a.m., she was already into her twice-weekly training session with personal trainer David Tudor. They have a love-hate relationship, he says. She loves the workout, but he drives her to her limits. Yet, she keeps coming back for more. “She actually works harder for me than many of my clients that are men,” Tudor said. She’s been working with him for the past year. Some days, they do straight cardio, others it’s a combination of cardio and muscle building. They may meet at the gym, but sometimes it’s the park. Julie says she gets bored easily, so they switch up workouts often. This also helps to ensure that no one group of muscles gets left out. Her workout this day consists of “hangling”, lipping tractor tires, a rope circuit, and pushing a small weighted tire acro across the long side of the indoor tennis cou court for a cardio element. She inishes off wit with an abdominal workout – far beyond the typical crunch. She does 30-second pplanks and pikes. She ends her workout with her shoulders and abs on ire. The goal is to increase strength, build muscle and burn fat.
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Meeting my goals helps me keep a good attitude when I’m struggling with the things all mothers face.
There is no apology needed for accepting a hand from her trainer as she works past her comfort zone; she’s earned it. And the deinition of emerging biceps and triceps is not lost on the casual observer. She is a picture of femininity and strength.
Smart moves Right after high school, Julie earned an associate’s degree in early childhood education and spent nearly 10 years working at Sunlower Diversiied Services before she took over management at
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Applebees. Recently she made the decision to go back to school and complete her bachelor’s degree with an eye towards becoming a physical education teacher. Julie is currently taking classes at Barton Community College and online classes with Kansas State University. She is excited about the progress she’s making with her education, progress that is not lost on her family. Stefan recognizes her efforts, she said. Sometimes he struggles with school. When he sees her studying, it helps him realize he needs to study as well. Dedication and hard work are worth the effort. The same is true with her workouts. It helps him to realize that he also needs to take care of himself physically because he sees her taking caree of herself, too. Not only is she reaping the beneits of meeting her goals, she’s setting an example for her kids, and they in turn are beneitting. For Julie, that’s the big payoff.
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