Hi Elegant Readers,
Ozeri recently sent Bubbling with Elegance and Grace a Precision Digital Bathroom Scale to provide an honest review.
Although I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions; I believe that it is a great idea to have a scale to keep myself accountable of my weight.
The scale is slim line and has a small footprint so it doesn’t take up a lot of space.
JT on the Ozeri scale
Listing some of the claims that are noted on the back of the box.
* New widescreen LCD provides immediate and easy-to-read results. Just stand on the scale and in less than one second, you will see your weight in digital read out.
* The scale uses 4 high precision GX sensors that measures weight up to 400 pounds (180 Kilograms) in 0.2 pounds (0.1 Kilograms) increments.
* Award winning design features an over-sized platform made of impact resistant tempered glass.
* New InstaOn (trademarked) technology captures the precise weight measurements upon contact (no tapping required). It’s so quick that you may not even realize that it has measured your weight.
* Auto-calibrated and automatically turns off to conserve battery life. This is a great feature because you conserve energy and the batteries last longer.
* Runs on 1 lithium 2032 battery for better performances (battery included). It’s always wonderful to have batteries included because you may not have batteries on hand.
The scale is easy to use and is very economical. It retails for $29.95, but you can find it on Amazon at a sale price of $16.95, a 43% savings.
This scale is a basic scale and I recommend it.
* Ozeri provided us with this scale to provide our honest opinion! *
By understanding your body type, you can customize a workout program to be more effective than an “out of the box” workout program. Customizing a workout program based on your body type is surprisingly easy. Before you start developing a workout program you have to identify your body type (also called somatotype). There are three basics somatotypes; mesomorph, ectomorph, and endomorph. A mesomorphic body is ideal. They are the individuals who are athletic with a strong frame that can easily gain muscle while remaining quite lean. Ectomorphs are those with thin delicate frames that have a hard time gaining weight, have a fast metabolism and very lean muscle definition. Lastly, endomorphs are the heavier individuals that have a round shape who find it difficult to burn fat but can gain muscle mass easily.
JT getting ready to workout!
If you are a mesomorph, lucky you! Since you can gain muscle mass fast your program has to include cardiovascular exercise to keep your body lean. Twenty five to thirty minutes of cardio 3 times a week is recommended. As for training, stay within 8-12 reps for each set with a 1 minute rest in between. Make sure to include a variety of exercises to continue to challenge your body, maintain muscle and improve strength as well as endurance.
Ectomorphs have to customize their fitness program to work against their natural thinness. To do so select short and intense exercises that target major muscle groups like the biceps, triceps, abdominals and hamstrings. This type of workout will help with muscle development. When doing any sort of weight or resistance training, train heavier and keep your repetitions within the 5-10 range. As for cardio, keep it to a minimum since burning fat is not needed. As for rest periods, 2 minute rests between sets are suggested. Since you will be doing more intense exercise you need additional time to recover.
Endomorphs on the other hand have to embrace cardio in order to burn fat and maintain a good body fat percentage. Do cardio as much as you can and be sure to change it up. Try swimming, running, HIIT, cycling and any other form of cardiovascular exercise that interests you. Aside from that you do need weight and resistance training. It is highly recommended that you do compound lifts and stick with 8-15 repetitions per set with 30 second of rest. Challenging major muscle groups will speed up your metabolism to help keep the excess body fat off.
This article was authored by Michael Volkin, inventor of Strength Stack 52 bodyweight fitness cards and the all new HIIT the Game.
Hi Elegant Readers,
On week two of the Daniel Fast and it’s been going pretty good. There was one day I was feeling like I wanted food bad and that because I waited to long to eat. This fast has been different. This is the first time my husband and I fasted dairy, sugar, yeast and meat. My mind feels clearer and I have a lot more energy.
God has really been showing me that I need to put him first to have a deeper relationship with him. I had to put some things aside so that I could focus on my relationship with the Lord. Am I there yet? No. However, I am a work in process and every accomplishment is a mark towards the goal. Having a relationship with God is a lifestyle not a constant growth process.
I finished the book by Jerry Savelle called, No Boundaries and it is an awesome book. I will do a future post on it because it really gives you a step by step overall makeover on what you need to do to have a deeper relationship with the Lord.
My Pastor is doing a video a day of encouragement during the fast and it’s precious.
The video for today is protection because it’s so comforting to know that God is always there and my guardian angels have my back. It’s so important to watch what comes out of our mouths and make sure it’s positive and productive.
Moving forward means moving ahead and not looking back at past hurts and stresses of life. You can’t look back because you have such a vibrant future when you put God first. I keep remembering that if I strive to put God first everything else will fall into place.
I wanted to share this no sugar Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe from Kristin Feola’s Ultimate Daniel Fast website because it tricks your mind into thinking your eating a cookie but it’s actual a healthy burst of energy.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by Kristin Feola
1 Cup old Fashioned rolled oats
1 Cup almond flour or oat flour ( we used coconut flour)
1 cup of creamy cashew butter, almond butter, or peanut butter (we used peanut butter)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (We added extra applesauce for dough consistency)
1/3 cup of Date honey
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Raisin Oatmeal Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oats, almond flour, cashew butter, applesauce, and date honey in a large bowl until well combined. Add raisins, walnuts and cinnamon.
Drop by spoonfuls, two inches apart, on a 11 by 17 inch baking sheet. Flatten and shape into circles.
My hubby and I used Coconut flour instead of Almond flour because we couldn’t find it. We didn’t use the Date honey and we add more applesauce to get more of a doughy texture. You can make the cookies as big as you like them. We made them small to medium size.
The cookies turned out really well.
Raisin Oatmeal Cookies
If you are on a Daniel Fast or looking for a healthy alternative to a cookie, please give these a try.