Tuesday, March 3, 2015

2nd Half - Temecula Run like a Diva 2015

 Divas Half Marathon Special edition-  Monte De Oro Winery, Temecula, CA Feb. 28, 2015

Friday evening at Packet Pick up.  Already having fun with my MRTT friends.  My girls found the  Sign table and made me encouraging posters!
And of course I had to take a pic with my new Divas shirt and Tutu!

Saturday Morning.
WE are all set to Race! It was a cold morning with Impending Rain but that didn't dampen our enthusiasm. 
 Group photos all around.
 I was a lot better prepared for this half!  I felt sure of myself and not as nervous.  I knew I could do it.  My only worry this time was beating my time from the previous run.  I needed to stay at an 11 minute pace!
 The Rain stayed away but the wind was pushing me around.  
We had many hills that were challenging and by the top of mile 5, I needed a potty stop.
I knew that I would lose site of my 2 running buddies that were staying at my goal pace.  It took me about two miles of pushing myself to finally reach these 2 Amazing women in the pic.

Even though I didn't stay right beside them I did keep them in sight for the rest of the race.  By mile 10 (pic above) I was feeling a little tired but I fueled and kept on running.  As before I cheered on the other runners as I passed them, the ones that were at a slower pace.  Their pace doesn't really Matter much, I see the determination on their faces and know that they are already Winners just for making the Effort to be out there!  This Dives me forward!  When I saw a lonely runner or if they looked tired, I Cheered them On even More because the Ones faster than me Cheered me on when they passed me.  I truly Love this Mutual Encouragement.  There was one one lady I kept either passing or she would pass me by the End we were New running Friends.   I had yet again caught up to Sarah, the 11 minute pacer  at mile 12 and then a bomb drops.  I get a bloody nose. Yuck. I can't believe it, this has Never happened before.  At least I had grabbed a wad of tissue and had it in my jacket pocket.  So I hold the tissue to my nose and Keep walking.  I see Sarah pass then Celia.  So I start running again with that tissue on my nose.  I was so Close I to the finish line.  I couldn't let this stupid nose bleed stop me from achieving my goal of attaining my Personal Record (PR) for a half.  So I kept going and as I did the bleeding stopped. YAY!  I did achieve a PR.  I finished with the time of 2 hours and 24 minutes!

 This is Martha. She's such an inspiration. She is super fast and very motivating.  A fun loving granny that I look up to.  She came in about 40 seconds before me. 
It was so Much fun receiving our Tiaras, boas, Medals and white roses. 
Here are some of my spoils.  I LOVE this medal.  My Favorite so far and I had to buy myself a new running shirt.

All the Best to you and your Goals!  Never Stop reaching for your Dreams and Pushing Forward.
I hope you found some encouragement.  If so please find me on FB at yvettema1@fb.com or mrsbeachfit_yvette on Instagram.
I'd Love to hear from you.
Yvette :)  

First Half Marathon - Riverside Mission Inn

 I was So very nervous this Morning. I woke up extra early and prepared myself for what I was about to tackle.  I was excited also because I knew I had the Support of my Family and MRTT running buddies.
 We started off well and were running along great.  I was sticking with Liz a running friend I admire.  As we ran, I got swept up in the excitement and adrenaline rush and I pushed myself to go faster.   Yes, I had trained for this but I was really still a novice.  The hills on this course were challenging but the local support was wonderful.  The roads lined with beautiful stately homes with their owners sitting along the road cheering us on, was amazing!   I fueled and drank my water as needed until I came to a very long exhausting stretch along the riverbank and lost energy at mile 8.  
As I found myself needing to walk more and really dig in to my willpower to keep me going, I also started cheering others on.  I saw people of all shapes, ages, colors out here running and doing the Best they could and that Kept me going!  I had also kept my eye on an older man in front of me and told myself - "If he can keep going so Can I!"     So I did!  
It didn't get easier.  I was very hungry and feeling worn out.  I just kept pushing forward to my Goal!

Here I am so Happy to see the crowd before the Finish Line!  Thanks to Carmen an Amazing woman, who took this picture of me.  I didn't even see her I was so concentrated on Finishing.   I had seen my girls and husband Cheering me on and that gave Me the Extra spurt of Energy I needed to Finish Strong!

 I finished at 2 hours and 25 minutes!  WOW! I impressed myself.  I really didn't know what to expect and I was really only hoping to finish before 3 hours.  Well, I DID.
My friend Kim is the reason I ran this race and here we are at the End with our Medals.  Yes, we look Happy and Felt Accomplished!
Here is my wonderful Hubby and girls that support me.  I wouldn't have been able to do this without them.  I'm so Blessed.

 These collages show the support from the Mom's Run This Town running group.  As well as the Victory Pictures at the End!
This is such a fantastic Learning experience.  I learned I needed to learn to fuel better and I needed New Running shoes.  I ended up with a Loose toe nail for the first time.
Every training run after this was always a learning experience.

If you can make a goal, you can achieve it!

Thanks for reading.  I hope to encourage others to go after their goals.

Yvette Arguello
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

New Fitness Rules

We have probably all heard May so called Rules about Working out. Maybe some you have done for many years. 
Here we Have Some New info on How to Workout. 

  •   Old rule: Always rest between strength-training sets.
You've probably heard that you should rest for 60-90 seconds between sets when lifting weights, right? But the fitness industry has gotten a lot more creative,focused and time-efficient when it comes to weight-lifting, making this rule old news.

New rule: Circuit train to make the most of your workout.
While there's nothing wrong with resting between sets, who has time? Make the MOST of your Workout time with circuit training! Ciruit Training is a method of training borrowed from athletes and modified for us regular folks. Although circuit training is a broad term and can be done in many different and creative ways, traditionally circuit training is done in stations that alternate between different muscle groups. In this type of training you go from one station or exercise to the next with little to no rest, as you're working a different muscle group. Because you keep your heart rate up throughout the workout, you not only build muscle—you also get the benefits of cardiovascular training. Perfect for those with limited time to work out!

  • Old rule: No pain, no gain.
    I'm sure you've heard this old phrase. But nothing could be further from the truth. While "feeling the burn" is a good thing and signals that the body and its muscles are working hard, there is absolutely no gain to real pain.

New rule: If you feel bad or have pain, stop, rest and modify your workout.
If you have pain, do not take it lightly or push through it. Pain is a sign that something is wrong with your body and it needs rest or a modification of an exercise (for example walking instead of running or doing a front lunge instead of a backwards lunge). Also important, if you feel terrible, black out or have chest pains (more warning signs are here), you must take this very seriously and slow down (for cardio) or stop (for immediate severe pain). Additionally, if you've been working out very hard and feel like you might be overtraining, it's important to give your body the rest it needs. Remember, exercise is supposed to make you feel better—not worse!

  •  Old rule: Tone up a specific area of your body by exercising it more.
    You know the infomercials and workout DVDs that promise to get rid of those flabby underarms, tighten your hips or turn your stomach into an instant six-pack? Well, they fib. There is absolutely no way for you to selectively reduce fat on a specific area of the body. While you can build muscle in a particular area, you cannot get rid of the fat that way.

New rule: Burn fat for six-pack abs and jiggle-free arms.
Truth be told, you do have a six-pack under that stomach—you just can't see it yet if you have some pounds to lose! So instead of wasting your energy by spot training (think thousands of crunches), focus on using your entire body to burn calories through a mix of weight-training and cardio (and see new rule #3 for a powerful fat-blasting combo!). Also, be sure to eat a healthy, lower calorie diet. It's only through exercise and a proper diet that those strong muscles can be shown off!
Info from SP.com

 Yvette Arguello 760-224-2534
Beachbody Fitness Coach / P90X Certified Trainer
www.myshakeology.com/mrsbeachfit -- the Healthiest Meal of the DAY!!
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Why you should Cut down on Sugar

That white, powdery substance just makes you feel good. You can't get it off your mind, and you keep coming back for more. The more you have it, the more you want it! But even when you try to stay away from it, it finds ways to sneak into your life almost daily. What can you do?

We're not talking about some dangerous or illegal drug here; we're talking about sugar. Although it's considered harmless in comparison, sugar, in excess, can cause a host of problems for a lot of us: cravings, binge eating, weight gain and heart disease among them. According to the USDA, the average American consumed 151 pounds of sugar in 1999—an all time high. Since then, consumption has dropped slightly and in 2010 the average American consumed 132 pounds. (To put that into perspective, consider that the number was just 4 pounds in the year 1700.) At least half of the sugar we consume comes from soft drinks, fruit drinks, and sports drinks. The rest sneaks into our diets in the form of ketchup, teriyaki sauce, chocolate milk and the obvious sweets like cookies, cakes, ice cream and even breakfast cereal. Surprisingly, some "healthy foods" such as yogurt and instant flavored oatmeal can pack in 20-30 grams (5-7 teaspoons) of unnecessary added sugar! It seems like we're drowning in sugar, and nobody is wearing a life vest.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that we limit our daily sugar consumption to 7% or less of our daily calorie intake—that's about 6 teaspoons (100 calories) for women and 9 teaspoons (150 calories) for men. But that adds up fast. Just one 12-ounce can of regular soda contains 8-10 teaspoons of sugar and 130-150 calories. One glazed donut contains 6 teaspoons, and a half cup ice cream (the standard serving size, although most portions are much, much larger) contains 4 grams of added sugar!

Why Should You Care? Is Sugar Actually Bad for You?
Well, aside from the increased bulge around the waistline, diets high in sugar are strongly linked to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, elevated triglycerides, low HDL (good) cholesterol levels, and heart disease. Sugar intake has also been linked to depression, migraines, poor eyesight, autoimmune diseases (such as arthritis, and multiple sclerosis), gout and osteoporosis.

Recent research has shown that a high intake of carbohydrates, including sugar, releases a feel good chemical in the brain called serotonin. Think of how you feel after indulging in a high sugar meal or treat—almost euphoric, right? The high of a sugar rush is temporary though. After a few hours—or even a few minutes—you start to crash and you become tired, fatigued and lethargic.

Although sweet foods are tempting and delicious to most people (blame Mother Nature for that!), the more sugar you eat, the higher your tolerance becomes. So if you have a strong sweet tooth or intense cravings for sugar, chances are not that you were born that way, but that your dietary habits and food choices created the sugar monster you may have become.

Fortunately, we can reverse this tolerance in just a couple of weeks by cutting out sugar. Once you have decreased your threshold, something that tasted perfectly sweet a few weeks ago, will begin to taste too sweet to eat, and that can help you reduce your intake of the sweet stuff.

Cutting Out Sugar: A 4-Week Action Plan
While the occasional sweet treat won't make or break your weight loss or your health, many people have trouble stopping after a sensible portion or saying no to sugar when it's available. If you feel out of control around sugar, then a sugar "detox" is a great way to reduce your cravings, eat better, and bring sugar back to where it belongs: as an occasional treat that you consciously choose to eat in a mindful manner, not a daily treat occurrence that controls you.

Week 1: Identify Sugar and Where It's Hiding
The first step in conquering your sugar habit is to rid your pantry and refrigerator of added sugar. Some things (think ice cream, cookies and candy) are obvious, but most of us need to look closer at where the sugar in our diets is coming from. This will require a bit of label reading in the beginning, but after a while, it will become easier.

Remember, you don’t have to throw away everything that is sweet! Natural sugar, like the kind you find in whole fruit, contains vitamins, minerals and fiber, which are lost in the processing of juice. Milk contains naturally occurring sugars, but also provides calcium, vitamin D and protein. So unlike soda, fruit juices and other processed foods, whole fruit and dairy products provide us with essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. Be wary of certain fruit- or milk-based products that contain added sugars though: flavored milk, many yogurts, fruits canned or jellied in added sugar or syrups, and the like. Opt for unflavored skim or 1% milk, plain yogurt or Greek yogurt, and whole pieces of fruit. Remember, we are trying to cut out the 151 pounds a year of added sugar, not the naturally occurring sugar found in whole foods.

Week 2: Stock Your Sugar-Free Kitchen
In one week, you've probably found lots of sugar in your diet. Some of it may have been obvious, like those frozen waffles or lattes from the local coffee joint. But others might not have been so clear, as sugar tends to lurk in many "diet" foods and lower-fat foods, added by manufacturers to make their low-cal offerings taste better.

Now that you know what to look for (and avoid), it's time to replace the products you tossed with sugar-free counterparts. For example, replace high-sugar cereals with a whole grain cereal that contains little to no added sugars. Sweeten it naturally with fresh berries or half of a diced banana. Instead of snacking on candy or cookies, reach for a handful of nuts or some raw veggies and hummus. Replace sweetened yogurt with Greek yogurt or plain yogurt. Look back at week one and the foods you used to eat that contained sugar.
One tip to help you avoid added sugar at the supermarket is to shop the perimeter of the grocery store as much as possible. Think about the general layout of a grocery store: The outside is home to fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, dairy products, and whole grain breads and the inside aisles are stocked with cookies, chips, soda, fruit juice, cake mixes, and other processed foods. Spend most of your time on the outside and only go down the inner aisles for specific products, like whole-grain pasta.

Never shop on an empty stomach and always shop with a list. Shopping while hungry can lead you to adding all kinds of snacks and impulse buys to your cart.
Week 3: Stop the Cravings
Now you really start to put your plan into action. You’ve identified the sources of added sugar in your diet and replaced those foods with healthier and more wholesome alternatives. Your kitchen is now set up for success!

This week’s focus should be on making a conscious effort to avoid sugary foods. When a craving strikes, try going for a walk or simply drinking a glass of water.  If you are truly hungry, a handful of nuts or some raw veggies dipped in hummus will sound appetizing, so go ahead and eat one of your healthy snacks. But if you're craving something sweet or a specific sugary food, use a distraction technique.
The first week of saying no to sugar will be the hardest, but the more diligently you stick to your plan, the better you'll fare in the end. Even a tiny taste of sugar during this time period can lead to setbacks.

After a couple sugar-free weeks, your sugar threshold will start to decrease and you will find that you no longer crave sugar or sweets as you once did. As with any lifestyle change, the first couple of weeks are the hardest. Eventually, it will become habit to reach for a mint tea or piece of fruit instead of juice and candy.
Week 4: Game Plan for Life
Now that you have yanked that sweet tooth, it's time to devise a plan to prevent a sugar relapse. Although sugar isn't necessary for health and it's perfectly fine if you want to continue avoiding it, it probably isn't realistic for most people to avoid all forms of sugar forever.

So if you want to allow a little sweetness back into your life, that's OK. Moderation is key. Don't let sugar and sweets become a daily habit. Instead, consider them to be special occasion treats only. With your lowered threshold for sweetness, that shouldn't be too hard. But if you begin to indulge too often or overindulge over a short period of time (such as a weeklong vacation), you could find yourself back in trouble with sugar all over again.

If you slip up, don’t beat yourself up over it. Accept your action and decide to make a better decision next time and move on. Continue to experiment with your new, healthy foods and recipes. You'd be surprised at how many ways you can make treats healthier and use far less sugar than a recipe suggests.

And remember: It generally takes about 3-4 weeks for a new behavior to become habit, the most important thing is to stick with it.

-- By Lauri Watson, Registered Dietitian

Yvette Arguello 760-224-2534
Beachbody Fitness Coach / P90X Certified Trainer
www.myshakeology.com/mrsbeachfit -- the Healthiest Meal of the DAY!!
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This is from a friend~

 My Mom had been taking the full-stalk canned style
 asparagus that she pureed and she took 4 tablespoons in
 the morning and 4 tablespoons later in the day. She
 did this for over a month. She is on chemo pills for Stage 3
 lung cancer in the pleural area and her cancer cell
 count went from 386 down to 125 as of this past week.
 Her oncologist said she does not need to see him for
 3 months.

 Several years ago, I had a man seeking asparagus for
 a friend who had cancer. He gave me a photocopied copy of
 an article, entitled, Asparagus for cancer 'printed
 in Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it
 here, just as it was shared with me: I am a
 biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet to health
 for over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned of
 the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus
 might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked with him
 on his project. We have accumulated a number of favorable
 case histories. Here are a few examples:

 Case No. 1, A man with an almost hopeless case of
 Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was
 completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting
 the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any
 signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of
 strenuous exercise.

 Case No. 2, a successful businessman 68 years old who
 suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After
 years of medical treatments, including radiation
 without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months,
 examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had
 disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

 Case No. 3, a man who had lung cancer. On March 5th
 1971, he was put on the operating table where they found
 lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable.
 The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On
 April 5th he heard about the Asparagus therapy and
 immediately started taking it By August, x-ray pictures
 revealed that all signs of the cancer had
 disappeared.. He is back at his regular business routine.

 Case No. 4, a woman who was troubled for a number of
 years with skin cancer. She finally developed different
 skin cancers which were diagnosed by the acting
 specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after starting
 on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin
 looked fine and no more skin lesions. This woman
 reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her
 kidney disease, which started in 1949. She had over 10
 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving
 government disability payments for an inoperable,
 terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure
 of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus.

 I was not surprised at this result, as `The elements
 of material medical', edited in 1854 by a Professor at the
 University of Pennsylvania , stated that asparagus
 was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even
 referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of
 asparagus in dissolving stones. Note the dates!
 We would have other case histories but the medical
 establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of
 the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to
 spread this good news and help us to gather a large
 number of case histories that will overwhelm the
 medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.

 For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before
 using, and therefore canned asparagus is just as good as
 fresh. I have corresponded with the two leading
 canners of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that
 these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives.
 Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to
 make a puree, and store in the refrigerator. Give the
 patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and
 evening. Patients usually show some improvement in
 from 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a
 cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on
 present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do
 no harm and may be needed in some cases. As a
 biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can
 prevent.' Based on this theory, my wife and I have
 been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals. We
 take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste
 with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my
 wife prefers hers cold. For years we have made it a
 practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our
 regular checkups. The last blood survey, taken by a
 medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional
 approach to health, showed substantial improvements
 in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute
 these improvements to nothing but the asparagus
 drink. As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all
 aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As
 a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better
 with the latest theories about cancer.

 Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called
 histones, which are believed to be active in controlling
 cell growth.. For that reason, I believe asparagus
 can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth
 normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer
 and in acting as a general body tonic. In any event,
 regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest,
 is a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you from
 using it and it may do you much good. It has been
 reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that
 asparagus is the highest tested food containing
 glutathione, which is considered one of the body's most
 potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.

 Please send this article to everyone in your Address
 The most unselfish act one can ever do is paying
 forward all the kindness one has received, even to the most undeserved

Yvette Arguello 760-224-2534
Beachbody Fitness Coach / P90X Certified Trainer

www.myshakeology.com/mrsbeachfit -- the Healthiest Meal of the DAY!!
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Monday, May 5, 2014

ACV Info!

Great INFO to Remember!

I just used this recently when my girls and I were sick with a Cold.
Along with my Shakeology it Helped!
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