Is working out with your man a good idea or nah?


Five weeks ago my husband, Andre, and I started doing P90X together. I had done it alone several years ago and it took me about that long to sell him on the idea of joining me. I love P90X but always thought the workouts were too long, especially the Yoga X, 90 minutes in length, but will have you sweating bullets when it’s all over and done. In recent months I’ve gotten spoiled by short, intense, workouts like T-25. With those workouts you’re killing it non-stop for 25 minutes. I opted to go back to P90X because sometimes you have to start back at the beginning and P90X is the mother of all mothers! It’s all about building muscle and not focused as much on cardio as all the other programs are. It’s intense but it allows you to go at your own pace and improve because you have the…

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Published in: on August 22, 2014 at 1:09 PM  Comments (2)  



I have an intense hungering for anything fitness, health or beauty related. Don’t judge me; I just like knowing what’s going on in that field. I am officially a self- diagnosed “information junkie.” Processing and gathering information is like a high for me. In fitness, I’m always up to trying something new. A few years ago I purchased the book, Forks over Knives by Gene Stone.   I read half the book, laid it down, probably started reading something else, and forgot to go back to what I was originally reading. Yes, I suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder as well. A few weeks ago I ran across some info on Facebook that referenced Forks over Knives. This time I took it a step further. I frantically scrambled through the house in search of the book. Bingo! I not only finished the book but I watched the movie. Can I say life…

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Published in: on July 18, 2014 at 7:47 PM  Leave a Comment  



While checking emails today I ran across one that I thought was just spam. Upon closer inspection I had run upon a rare gem. It was an email advertising a movie called FEDUP. The movie is about revealing food industry lies.  Looks like we’ve been hoodwinked, bamboozled, and all at the sake of our health. This movie says that that everything we’ve learned about food and exercise is a lie.  Is the food industry just out to make a dollar on impressionable consumers, namely our children?  Is there a social responsibility that they should adhere to? Is sugar really the silent killer? Most importantly are we up to the challenge of re-learning, or are we too old to re-learn or even care? I say that we’re not, and in fact, it’s our obligation to be worthy stewards of our temples.  My hope is that this movie will start a…

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Published in: on May 9, 2014 at 10:10 PM  Leave a Comment  

What I think about Weight Watchers….


I’m nearing the home stretch of the Fast Metabolism Diet as I’m in the fourth and final week, but I’m not sure where I go from here.  The jury is still out on this this diet because it’s said to take 28 days to repair the metabolism but I won’t know how effective it is until I go back to real life eating. This has caused me to think of all the diets that I’ve tried before and their effectiveness. Today I want to talk about Weight Watchers.

Emotional eating at its finest caught me tipping the scale close to 200 pounds back in 2000. Isn’t it funny how you get so used to looking at yourself that you don’t notice any change. I was skinny from my point of view, trick mirror or not, I just didn’t pay much attention. Subconsciously you know, but your mind can act to…

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Published in: on March 28, 2014 at 7:02 PM  Leave a Comment  

Fast Metabolism Diet-Week Three


As I near the end of week three on the Fast Metabolism Diet by Hayle Pomroy, I can’t help but note a significant difference in the way my body feels. Not only am I 6 lbs. lighter but I feel energetic and confident. I don’t feel tempted or controlled by food any longer and Phase 2 no longer leaves me isolated and depressed. Phase 2 is protein and vegetables only, and because I am not a meat eater it makes it extremely difficult. After the second week of Phase 2 I was ready to abandon this diet all together. I have downed more salmon, egg whites, and tuna than I thought humanly possible. However, I found a plant based protein this past weekend that rocks and actually made this week a breeze for me. I am so glad that I didn’t bail. This week I’ve started my mornings off with…

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Published in: on March 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM  Leave a Comment  

So tell me what you really think about home video workouts: ChaLEAN EXtreme? Part III


I bet by now you guys think I’m crazy and maybe a bit confused because I’ve tried so many different Beachbody workouts and counting. Let me start by saying that I am always looking for something new and different as I am easily bored. I would chalk that up to my self-diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder. I am not receiving kickbacks from Beachbody. This is just a forum for my honest opinion about the workouts that I’ve tried.  My confession: I used to sell Beachbody products. It wasn’t a long stint or anything, quite the contrary. It will probably go down on my wall of shame as something that I wasn’t particularly good at: Selling fitness products.  However, it gave me a platform and an excuse to try all their different products.

So I was up again watching late night infomercials and scanning my Beachbody training guide when I came…

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Published in: on March 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM  Leave a Comment  

Week 1- Fast Metabolism Diet


On, Monday, March 3, I started the Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy.  My beginning weight was 159. So far I’ve completed 4 full days. The first 2 days was Phase I, where you can eat lots of good carbs, veggies and proteins.  If you are a fruit lover then you will be in diet heaven. I’m not big on fruit but the natural sugars were much appreciated. I never realized how good apples were especially those Honey Crips.  On Wednesday, I started Phase 2. Phase 2 is heavy on proteins and vegetables only. I am a vegetarian who only eats certain types of seafood so loading up on protein was extremely hard for me.  In a moment of weakness I felt like quitting. Those were the hardest 2 days of my life. I ate lots of tuna and salmon. I hit Earthfare and purchased some soy nuggets but later…

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Published in: on March 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM  Leave a Comment  



I’ve jumped on many diet bandwagons, fell off, got back on and kept riding. I have been a human guinea pig for so many fad diets that I realize that I never focused on the process only the end results therefore I missed the education and pleasure of the journey.

The very first diet I tried was Weight Watchers. I had great results the first time, the other 2 times, not so much. I then graduated to the Eat to Live Diet, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, followed by the 4 Day Diet and Shred Diet, both by Dr. Ian Smith.  Those diets served their purpose, some better than others, but now I’m ready to take a leap of faith and I’m hoping this will be the last diet that I’ll ever have to try. I ‘m looking for a lifestyle change, a viable way of living, because I…

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Published in: on February 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM  Comments (2)  

True Confessions….


My name is Venus Styles and I am a grocery store addict. I don’t recall when it all started, but if I had to guess I would say about 3 years ago. Yes, that sounds about right. It happened when I fell in love with Doctor Oz , Dr. Ian Smith, Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Joel Fuhrman (all experts on eating/living well) and decided that eating healthy was not only trendy but it was key to overall good health. I’ve spent countless hours watching recorded episodes of the Dr. Oz show with pad and pen in hand like an eager college student.   Now here’s the thing, I hate to cook but after watching these shows I became an obsessed grocery shopper! Grocery shopping became my muse, my passion and my all-time favorite thing to do.  On any given day you may catch me wondering up and down a grocery…

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Published in: on February 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM  Leave a Comment  

What’s your workout style?

I don’t know about you but my “go to” is cardio. I literally have to make myself hit the weights even though I know how important resistance training is. There is always a sense of dread for me with weight training. I guess it requires more thought and effort. Begrudgingly I make the effort because I know it’s the one thing that allows you to re-shape your body, so I hit the weights at least 2-3 times per week.

Other times I find it refreshing to mix up different home workout programs. One day I might do a P90X workout, another day, Taebo. Mixing up the workout relieves the boredom that sets in when you’re doing the same workout day in and day out.  I have quite an extensive library of workout DVD’s and love to crank the music and imagine myself on TV. Generally my imagination goes into overdrive and gets me through the workout.  When I’m in the comfort of my living room you can’t tell me anything. I’m the star of that show!  Yessir!

I lean towards cardio the most because I don’t have to overthink it. All I have to do is put on my head phones, crank the music and zone out.  Cardio is good for the heart muscle and it helps increase stamina. Yet, it too, can become boring so I don’t stay on any one machine too long. If I know I’m going to do an hour of cardio, oftentimes it’s on 4 different cardio machines. I will go from treadmill to elliptical to stationary bike to steps. Sometimes I’ll hit Jacob’s ladder but believe me right now I cannot focus past 5 minutes on that machine. Much needed work in that area.

All in all I would say my workout regime is pretty flexible. When the weather is warm I love to walk outside on a track or neighborhood. It’s best for me to have a walking buddy because then I can walk for hours losing track of time with chatter all while burning many calories.

So what’s your workout style? How often do you change it up? Are you intimidated by resistance training? Please share your workout schedule.