February 12th 2010

today i am blogging my heart out against the #1 killer of women:

heart disease

this silent killer has taken the lives of many in my family. with just simple lifestyle changes these loved ones could still be with me today.

did you know that every year 40,000 women UNDER the age of 50 have heart attacks?

16,000 will die.

is that as insane to you as it is to me? i hope so.

do you know your numbers? total cholesterol? the good (hdl)? the bad (ldl)?

do you know your resting heart rate?

blood pressure?

waist circumference?

body mass index (BMI)?

maybe now is the time to get friendly with these numbers.

‘go red’ is a movement celebrating the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke.

along with the american heart association, go red betterU is offering a 12 week program that involves online fitness and nutritional coaching to makeover your heart. the fitbook is the perfect tool for this course.

please spread the word and get involved. of the people who have joined the “go red” movement:

1/3 have lost weight

nearly 55% have increased their exercise, and 60% have changed their diets

what are you waiting for?

keeping me on my toes……

February 10th 2010

tired of journaling her workouts in a blank book, fitness figure competitor, angela manzanares, developed fitbook:  a 12 week exercise and nutrition technique to keep you goal focused and on track. at only 5.5 inches you can tote the fitbook on the gym floor to record specific exercises, sets and reps, and cardio time.

nutritionally, fitbook also keeps track of your food and water intake; including whether or not you’ve met your daily food group requirements and multi-vitamin supplementation.

i’m not going to lie. i was a bit hesitant when my fitbook showed up in the mail. sleek, compact, shiny, clean. and empty. waiting for me to fill it with my week’s physical and eating adventures.

now, let’s face it. i teach fitness six days a week. the exercise portion of fitbook i wasn’t hesitant to confront and record. i’m lucky. it’s my job to get cardio, strength and flexibility in everyday. sometimes ad nauseum. i think the exercise portion of fitbook is rad!!! in addition to the specifics of the what and how, it lets you rate your workout:  “killer”, “good”, “so-so”, “blah”, “oops-i missed it”. i love how it lets you get personal and a little human. we’ve all had those days when we show up, and that’s really all we’ve really done (blah). and then there are those days when you want to bottle up that post exercise high and drink it all day long (killer).

as far as the food log and fitbook……………..(shifting from one foot, and then to the other, not looking you in the eye) let’s just say my diet definitely doesn’t earn me a “W-2” come the end of the year. i can, in good conscience, say, in the last 6 months, there hasn’t been a cheese plate i’ve turned down.

i’m fortunate right now with this current class load that i burn a lot of calories during the day. it’s not that i eat junk. i stay away from processed and convenient foods. but i never deny myself something delicious if i really am hungry for it. so it was with much trepidation that i recorded my daily food intake in my new fitbook. grrrrr.

to be honest i was happily surprised. my favorite part turned out to be the food log. it has a nutrient tracker that allowed me to slash off the # of servings of fruit, vegetables, grains, protein, dairy, water, fats, sugars, and multi-vitamins. next to my daily count is the recommended daily count. it was good for me to see, on the black and white page, my 12 servings of dairy and 0 servings grains at the end of the day. damn you greek yogurt!!!! i noticed i became much more cognizant of my food “choices” once i had to be responsible for facing them with pen and paper.

another great component about fitbook is how goal focused it is. it’s organized into weeks. i know from my own experience and from my clients’ that it’s best to set fitness and eating aspirations in small increments. change is less daunting in baby steps. fitbook gives you the opportunity to have a 12-week game plan. at the beginning you can record your weight, body fat percentage, jean size (smile), set goals for workouts, nutrition, or other motivations. it’s no nonsense and simple. i highly recommend it even if you already maintain a healthy lifestyle and just want to stay on track. fitbook is available on getfitbook.com for only $19.95. they also offer a fitbook junior.

so with that being said…..we have another giveaway, giveaway!!!!

one lucky reader is getting a fitbook!!! simply leave me a comment and you are entered to win a free fitbook. follow me on twitter, and you’ll get another entry, friend coreplay on facebook and that’s 3 entries?!?!?

i’ll pick a winner monday morning (2/15/10) at 9am.

good luck!!

Brazilian Booty Shakes Up the OC Housewives!

February 5th 2010

i told ya! i told ya! the brazilian booty workout is winning everyone over. check out

fernanda heating it up with the bravotv oc housewives .

remember….you read the rave review here first; always keeping my peeps in tha know.

an un-fitness related giveaway!!!

February 3rd 2010

Side Hair!!!

I have more side hair!!

I refuse to call it cutting bangs.I prefer side hair. It’s just a smidge of hair, sometimes across my forehead, a little on the side of cheek, only to (hopefully) make things more delectable and girly. kind of like a little bit of rainbow sprinkles on a sundae. and definitely don’t call it fringe. it’s not rickrack or peripheral fracas. just a bit of ruffle for my face.

me knowst what thou thinks. but they’re not bangs!!!. bangs are a commitment. “bangs” connote an earlier alarm clock….product…..styling expertise (i can barely use chopsticks). please? this head is lucky if it gets conditioner. if ever i’m in the shower and need a chuckle, i’ll read shampoo’s suggestion that i repeat said process. i, then, howl rebelliously.

ok, so where am i going with this?

a major component of my fitness philosophy is to find the fun. hence the word corePLAY. this blog isn’t always going to be about pelvic floors and colon hydrotherapy.

so today i ‘m giving away a fabulous, non-fitness related gift: a free haircut, from my side hair specialist jen baker, of the uber-chic shanghai salon, in costa mesa.

jen is a doll! every single referral i’ve sent to her has been a repeat customer. she does cut, color, the brazilian blow-out, and the most natural, un-atlanta housewife extensions i’ve ever seen in my life.

shanghai salon is a top southern california salon. as of saturday, it was #1 out 5 in the myfoxla’s hotlist for best hair salon (voting is still in progress).

so, if you’re a new client (sorry for those who already know and are addicted to jen baker’s magic) leave me a comment, and boom! you’re entered.

that’s it. just plain ol “hello”.

monday morning i’ll announce the winner.

good luck friends.


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