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  • The Things I Can't Run Without

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    There are a few things I absolutely love in life and it I thought I should share them with you. Some are definitely running related. Some, you might argue, are not. But to me they all play an important role in my life. Running is an important piece that makes a beautiful life for me. So here are a few things that help make my training life beautiful as I prepare for the Hollywood Half Marathon this April. Enjoy and let me know what makes your life beautiful.

    i Heart Radio-Music brings rhythm to life and tells a story and there is no better website to deliver it than i Heart Radio. Hearts are my favorite symbol of all time and this site definitely lives up to the red life-giving insignia it bears. Not only can you create play stations that match your mood or lifestyle, you can download the app and bring mobile melody everywhere you go. I am especially a fan of the 80’s Station and anything Bon Jovi. First thing I do after I open my blinds in the morning and walk upstairs, is to put on my i Heart Radio. Makes my day more beautiful.

    Jaybird Headphones-When I met Craig Hansen at the Surf City Marathon and he introduced me to these AMAZING (did I say amazing) headphones, I wanted to dub him a God to athletic music enthusiasts everywhere. Craig showed me how the bluetooth wireless headphones stay in place during even the most intense workouts. And guess what? They are sweat proof. I don’t know about you, but I was tired of making trip after trip to the Apple Store for another pair of the flimsy white headphones that short out after a few long runs. Craig you are a saint, and the fact that these wireless headphones come with a lifetime warranty, you are now exalted to Emperor Supreme of all that is musical and electronical. So get a pair. That is all I can say.

    My iPhone-Ok so you are probably sick of hearing me mention my iPhone in so many of my blogs, but honestly this pocket computer is my lifeline. It is genius. Even if I drop a call (I actually blame AT&T for shoddy service), I still love this phone with my entire being. It’s more reliable than the boyfriend that forgets every anniversary and much more comprehensive than any “match” you will find on a dating site. Yes I am in love with my iPhone. My apps-Facebook, eBay, Talking Larry...the list goes on and on. I will put a heart shaped emoticon on this one to book mark it for you!

    Dagoba Roseberry Dark Chocolate-Chocoholics known and unknown step aside and take notice. This is elixir of the Cocoa Gods in its purest form. Not only does Dagoba utilize organic ingredients, but as their self-proclaimed title of “The Art of Chocolate Alchemy” infers, they do it with the utmost prestige and perfection. Plus the company is on a mission to benefit people and the planet. So to that I saw, take another square and indulge. You deserve it.

    Amusant Pink Moscato-Ok I have been known to pour a glass or three of this California pink bubbly after a workout around 1:00 in the afternoon. A cold crystal glass-full is heaven on earth for me. The handcrafted bubbly is by far my favorite and paired with a few squares of the Dagoba mentioned above...well that’s my idea of a perfect date!

    Vitalyte-Ok you knew I wasn’t going to write a blog about things that bring beauty to my training without talking about Vitalyte. We all know that our electrolyte replacement is by far the best in the business. But did you know that our revolutionary Chia Surge Endurance Gel just hit the market in a big way. Yep, running junkies and endurance gurus, your answers to the all dreaded bonk, crash and depletion are over thanks to our amazing research and development teams at Vitalyte Sports Nutrition. I need to bring these guys some Dagoba Roseberry Chocolate and Amusant Pink Moscato to thank them for brining my blood sugar out of the depths of extinction. How they do it, only the endurance God’s know. But they do it with only the highest quality ingredients and attention to detail. So thanks guys for fueling me through 13.1. The party is on its way.

  • Nature's Secret: Chia Seeds

    Chia Seeds are tiny black and white seeds that used to be a staple food in Aztec and Mayan times. They are now experiencing a surge in popularity due to their wonderful health benefits.  I recently read up on them to find out what all this hype was about.  I found out they are tiny miracles of nutrition in a micro-seed!  Now every time I take a Chia Surge Gel made by Vitalyte, I think about how they’re benefitting my body and mind! Chia Seeds.

    Chia seeds are indeed a superfood!  Just to list a few of the comparisons, they have:

    • 2x the amount of protein of any grains
    • 3x the amount of antioxidants of blueberries
    • 5x more calcium than milk
    • 2x the amount of potassium in a banana
    • 3x the iron of spinach

    Chia seeds are also loaded with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and have trace amounts of boron, which is an essential mineral to help transfer calcium to the bones.  Now I don’t think I’d be able to eat ALL of that on a run!  So it’s pretty cool to be able to get all that nutrition at once from some little chia seeds in an Energy Gel! Actually, that is my favorite quality of CHIA Surge; it doesn’t upset my stomach or cause any gastro-intestinal distress!  Most anything eaten during exercise will give me stomach cramps, however Chia surge is absorbed so quickly that I don’t feel any stomach discomfort ever!!! It’s such a relief!  Just pure energy and high quality nutrition on the run.  I’m so happy to finally have such a wonderful solution for my running energy needs!

  • The Countdown Begins to the 2012 Hollywood Half Marathon

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    In exactly 27 days I will make my competitive return to running after eight years of leaving the racing flats in a dusty box in the closet.  The Hollywood Half Marathon is a welcome event highlighted and marked with a star on my calendar.  Why am I looking forward to it with such raw enthusiasm?  Pretty simple...I feel I have unfinished business.

    I was forced to walk away from the sport that I loved because of a mix of personal family issues and severe health challenges that would keep me housebound for years.  During these past eight years there has been a slow burn deep inside that over the last year has intensified to a smoldering.  I so desire to experience that personal satisfaction that comes with finishing a race where you have left all of your sweat and soul on a 13.1 mile stretch of hard pavement.  I so desire to run with a body that is now strong, resilient and fueled by the best sports nutrition products on the planet.  Last time I raced I think I weighed about 92 pounds and my soul felt like it carried the weight of the world.

    Now I’m proud to toe the line at 110 pounds of muscle and carrying nothing but the personal triumph that comes with creating the life that I desire.  So this race, I can easily say, is a tribute to myself.  Not just Milena the athlete. But to Milena the whole person.  I’m just like a lot of you-balancing work, training, horrible friday night dates and awesome Sunday afternoon cocktails with my best girl friends.  I feel so blessed in my life because my full-time “real” job is based in an industry that I love.  Vitalyte Sports Nutrition is not only my employer but my greatest champion.  The products they have created for endurance athletes have allowed me, at the age of 36, to work full-time, train full-time and finish this chapter in my life that I feel has been unwritten for almost the last decade.

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    Last Saturday night I was at the Endurance Live Awards.  Competitor Magazine celebrated the greatest endurance athletes on the planet during this awards ceremony.  As I walked onto the stage during the “Parade of Athletes” I felt like a completely different person that I did ten years ago when I walked onto the stage during this same ceremony.  I walked with a confidence that only comes from experiencing both the depths of turmoil and the peak of success.  I truly feel the fact that I have not just experienced, but lived both extremes and the entire spectrum of intensity that comes with being plummeted from the pinnacle of victory to the trenches of vicious conquest, is the reason I can walk into any situation knowing I can not be intimidated, bludgeoned or scared.  No, I know I will own that line because the Milena that is running now is in charge of herself.

    My stress fracture is still there.  It’s not getting worse, but not much better.  You know, I can run three days a week and the other days I am in the gym cross-training.  I like the fact that I am making the most of what my body is able to do right now.  I am being resourceful, smart and determined to be there on April 7th.

  • Complete Recovery Now Available at REI

    Complete Recovery redefines what recovery means post workout or competition. By understanding the many needs of the modern athlete, Vitalyte Sports Nutrition has designed the most advanced Recovery Formula on the market.

    Without glycogen restoration and electrolyte replacement, the body simply cannot begin the process of recovery. With Palatinose and Vitalyte’s amazing electrolyte profile, Complete Recovery will replace glycogen stores and balance electrolytes.

    Complete Recovery’s Amino Complex helps the body begin protein synthesis without weighing the body down.  Our special blend of these necessary amino acids help muscles repair faster and more efficiently.

    Vitalyte Sports Nutrition has introduced the most advanced Recovery Complex ever! Superoxide Dismutase, the most aggressive and potent free radical scavenger ever, leads the charge against full body inflammation and oxidative stress brought on by intense exercise. Add to that Beta Alanine and Glucosamine, and you have a powerful combination that helps muscles and joints heal faster.

    Complete Recovery is the first product of its kind to address the many needs of the modern athlete. With the most intelligent recovery system ever created, Complete Recovery allows athletes to decrease joint and tissue damage, rebuild muscles, improve cognitive focus, shorten recovery times and ultimately improve performance.

    Visit REI near you to pick up your Complete Recovery!

  • My Time at Indian Wells 2012

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    My experience at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA has been amazing. As the account executive for Vitalyte Sports Nutrition, my purpose of being at the tournament has been to provide athlete support to the numerous top ranked ATP and WTA players that use our products.

    I have been an avid tennis fan since age three when my dad put an old, cut-down-to-size, wooden racquet in my hand and took me to the courts at San Marcos High School where he was the principal. Little did I know that in the next few years the quick and agile boy that was out there everyday on the court next to me with him dad, mom and brother would grow up to be the youngest ever French Open Champion.

    You have probably heard of Michael Chang. I knew him as the boy whose dad talked really fast and used to give me lessons while my dad gave lessons to Michael. My dad was a former professional player, so he really wanted my sister and I to take up the sport. My sister was really talented but gravitated to team sports like soccer while me, the steady one, loved the self-directed nature of tennis. So I grew up spending most of my youth at a tennis academy. Then one day I discovered I was pretty darn good at running. I still continued to play and played in college. My love of the game has only grown over the years. I used to make the pilgrimage to this tournament every year with my mom to watch our favorite players.

    Now I am sitting in the player’s lounge. I think that was Milos Raonic that just walked by. I’m actually having coffee with Janko Tipsarevic’s trainer and I just had my picture taken with thelegendary Vic Braden. Ok I am a tennis nerd I totally admit it. Because we work with so many professional players, my boss keeps telling me to keep it on the down low and be professional.

    So I guess running up to Andy Roddick and asking for his shirt is totally against company protocol! Anyways, the atmosphere out at the tennis tournament is amazing if you have never had a chance to experience it. The barren brown mountains in the background are an amazing contrast to the green courts and lush grounds of the tennis gardens. Plus the weather is out of this world. Eighty five and sunny. Ok more than sunny. Try really hot. But seriously it is March and it is twenty degrees in some parts of this country. I’m not complaining. And I’m definitely not complaining that I got to see Novak Djokovic, the number one player in the world, practice this morning. Well this tennis dork is off to watch another match and bring some Vitalyte to the players. I wonder if I’d really get in trouble if I asked Nadal for a lock of hair?

  • Palatinose as the Super Starch of the Century

    1What you should take before, during and after the raceThere is so much hype and so much debate today as to what you should take before , during and after the race. I understand, nutrition itself can be a logistical nightmare. Well I want to help make it very simple for you and give you some information based on twenty years of pure personal experience. It’s time to take the guess work out of running nutrition and for once take control of your cabinets so they are not occupied by thirty different jars, bars and gels. All of which stay unopened or partially used until the best-by-date is more than thirteen months past.

    Let’s start the spring off right and get ready for the your next 10k, half-marathon or marathon in the right way. This is the first blog in a series that will address the stages of fueling and what to take when.

    Let’s start with gels: They are taken during the stages of racing or running when you need portable nutrition and energy to keep up with the caloric output you are creating. My personal experience has been to avoid them like an ex-boyfriend. They may have looked tempting at mile 20 of the New York Marathon when my sugar levels were plummeting and my cognitive focus transient at best. However, I knew my chances of finishing the race would be slim once the gooey concoction hit my stomach.

    What you should take before, during and after the race

    We are talking cramping, spasm and all around agony when the high simple sugar content hit my system. See, when you are running and exerting yourself that hard and you flood your system with a very concentrated refined sugar source that is usually made from fructose corn syrup, the body has to jump to process it. All the blood is going to the working muscles, so the digestive system and organs such as the liver and pancreas are not prepared to handle the metabolic workload. So instead of “laser lime flavored energy enhanced shots” that are likely to send your system into a tailspin instead of delivering the jet fuel they claim, what are your options? Well, after twenty years of competitive running and passing up the little gold packets encapsulating gelatinous torture, I have finally (yes FINALLY) found an alternative. Palatinose.

    What is Palatinose? It is only the super starch of the century! What does it do? It provides the body with an easily digestible source of slow-burning carbohydrate that will offer sustained energy rather than the down and dirty quick hit from those other short-chain saccharides (saccharides are a fancy name for sugars. See Mr. Albritton, I did pay attention in science class). Where can you find it? Vitalyte Sports Nutrition’s “Chia Surge Endurance Gel.” The first gel on the market to utilize this incredible polysaccharide superstar and pair it with the nutritional benefits of the superfood Chia. It’s a match made in heaven. So next time you are perusing the sports nutrition aisle of your favorite bike, running or triathlon store, ask the sales representative to point you to the raspberry-flavored nectar of the running gods we at Vitalyte Sports Nutrition refer to simply as “The Gel.” Believe me, your stomach with thank you, your sugar levels will thank you, and your improved running time will be the proof in the pudding (or in the gel) that this super starch is the stuff that helps make champions.

  • Get With The Season

    Vitalyte_get on with season_VitalyteIt’s raining outside.! You want to pull the covers over your head and forget about the ten loads of laundry you need to do, the report you have to turn in on Monday and the horrible date you had last night. Seriously, you just wanted to get up today and go out for a run to clear your head and be in your own space and from the looks of things outside the only space you’d be in would be surrounded by non-stop puddles. Probably not your idea of an ideal Sunday workout you were hoping for. Temporary Vitamin D deprivation could be contributing to your bad mood.

    It definitely has nothing to do with the five White Russian’s you downed last night in a meager attempt to forget about the fact that you were trapped at a table for two with the most ego-centered, inconsiderate “ideal match” that you have ever met. Yep, not only do you want your money back from that on-line dating site that guarantees “chemistry” and the “perfect partner,” but you are in serious need of a hangover remedy.

     

     

     

    Vitalyte2_Getonwithseason_vitalyteAs you reach for your Orange Vitalyte (My ultimate pick for the best “I drank waaaayyy too much” feeling), you just really want to get outside. So what are your options on a day like today? There are so many choices available when it comes to work out, you just need to look around. Of course there is always the old standby-yep that’s right. The 24 Hour Fitness down the street has rows and rows of treadmills, Stair masters, elliptical trainers, rowers, etc. The list goes on and on. You may have to put up with some sweaty over-biceped guys that refuse to follow “everyone must bring a towel rule,” but hey on a day like today it’s better than getting stuck in the downpour outside.

     

     

     

     

     

    vitalyte_indoorRockclimbingIndoor rock climbing can be your second option. Time to conquer your fear of heights. Grab a few of your friends and head to the indoor rock climbing gym. I did it for the first time and loved it and it is a great workout. Perfect for that blustery day. Indoor pool can be another option. Time to get out of swim cap and goggles and do some lap swimming. Not only is it great cross-training and you work muscles that you are not working when you run, but it breaks up the monotony of your regular workout routine.

    Finally, if you have a road bike, it’s worth it to invest in an indoor trainer. You can reenact the Tour de France in your own garage, stay dry and get in a stellar workout.! So during the inclement weather don’t stress. Your fitness levels don’t need to suffer because of the rain, sleet or snow. Just be creative. And when all else fails, head to the mall for a few intense hours of shoe shopping. That definitely counts as a workout in my book!

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  • My Embarrassing Moment

    Mike and Clarence over at Lace’s Running Store are some of my favorite retailers. As the account executive for Vitalyte Sports Nutrition, I handle a lot of accounts, and let me tell you these guys are great. So I was in their Scripps Ranch, CA location last week and Mike and I were reminiscing about high school running. Mike grew up in San Diego and used to watch me compete. He now coaches at Torrey Pines High School. As we were chatting about how I used to run with my long long hair tied up high in a pony tail, ribbons adorning my golden brown locks and of course my nails were always painted red, he brought up a blast from the past. “Milena, I ran into Saskia Hostetler last week. Do you remember her? You guys competed against each other in high school. When you ran for Fallbrook, she ran for Torrey Pines.”

    “Mike, I totally remember her. What is she doing now?”

    “She’s a doctor in Portland, Oregon. Anyways, your name came up in our conversation and she told me something that is going to make you laugh.”

    “Oh no Mike, what did I do?”

    “She said you used to get sick before your races.”

    “Ohhhhhh yes! I think I threw up before every single race. I used to get so damn nervous. Ha now, I’m so chill. Funny how things change.” I’m thinking to myself that I know this is going to have some kind of embarrassing outcome. What could it be? And then Mike divulged the cliffhanger.

    “Do you remember when you threw up on her on the starting line of CIF Finals?”

    I didn’t know whether to laugh, apologize or play dumb and conveniently not be able to recall it. Because honestly is always the best policy (at least in this case) I figured it best to use my high school stomach maladies to my advantage.

    “Oh My God, Mike now I totally remember. She was super cool about it. I even remember the color of Nike Waffle Racers she was wearing. They were green with an orange swoosh, at least until I hurled on them.” Mike’s laughter escalated and we were both laughing so hard we were crying. “Tell her I said hi and send her my apologies.”

    “She still laughs about it to this day,” Mike said.

    “So on that note Mike, do you want to hear about our awesome new Chia Surge Endurance Gel that we just launched.”

    As I wrote out Mike’s purchase order for the gel and some other Vitalyte products I couldn’t help but think back to my high school days of running. The run’s I used to go on with the boy’s varsity team and the things they would talk about to try to gross me out. Early 5:30am bus rides up to Mt. SAC Invitational and of course the stop at Rocky and Bullwinkle’s after for some go cart racing. And definitely not to forget the pre-race pasta dinner’s with the team and the time we pushed Coach Troy into the pool. It’s good to reflect back and see the fun that was incorporated with in the competition and the friends that I made and still work, train and compete with. All I can say is when I tow the line at the Hollywood Half Marathon in a few months I won’t be nearly as nervous. I’m just happy to be back training and racing. There’s no more pressure, no more stress, no more nerves. It’s about me and fitness and living a balanced happy life. So rest assured whoever you are standing next to me on April 7, 2012 at 100 Universal City Plaza, your Nikes will remain dry!

  • Wine and Guys

    It’s 7:48pm, you just finished a Cardio-Kick Boxing class at the local 24 Hour Fitness. Not only are you slightly annoyed because the dude next to you in the class (yes the one wearing the Dolphin shorts and a t-shirt that was ten sizes too small with the saying “I hated math then I found out about Pi”) thought that you would seriously fall for a Friday night date request to a revival of “Bye Bye Birdie.” I mean seriously, all you really want is a date with a great, reliable guy who actually takes you to a place where pleather is not the appropriate attire and his debit card doesn’t get rejected because it is in his mother’s name. Your lack of satisfying dating experiences has you irritated and famished. You scavenge the annals of your cupboards only to find a seriously outdated can of green beans, a rotting garlic clove and a box of bouillon that still says “Made in the USSR” on the label. Sister it is seriously time for a cupboard/dating makeover. Wouldn’t a great chicken, fig and crimini mushroom with sauté and a fuji apple and arugala salad be much better than that the lone TV dinner that is frozen over with so much ice you will have to make a run to REI for an ice climbing pick to break it free! Pair the chicken dish with a great organic Pinot Noir from Trader Joe’s or break the wine “rules” and go bold with my favorite Cabernet: 2010 Spiral Wines Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. I guarantee you, as soon as you start dining better and raising the bar in the epicurean department, you will raise the bar in the guy category. You are taking a bold step by putting organic produce and free range meat in your refrigerator. You are committed to taking better care of yourself inside and out. So here is my recipe for the killer chicken dish and I will follow it with a killer recipe on how to find a great date.

    All the following can be purchased at Trader Joe's:

    Chicken and Fig Sauté: 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped (Fresh ones-not the ones from your cabinet please!) 1/4 white onion finely chopped 2 tbsp. artichoke tapinade 2 tsp. extra virgin organic olive oil 4 figs chopped 1 can white kidney beans drained 1 cup of crimini mushrooms sliced 2 boneless skinless free range chicken breasts cubed

    Sauté the garlic and onions in the olive oil until translucent Add the artichoke tapinade, figs and mushrooms Sauté for one minute Add the chicken and cook uncovered, turning chicken periodically until chicken is done Finally add the drained kidney beans and cook for two more minutes

    Fuji Apple and Arugula Salad: 1 bag washed arugala 1 organic fuji apple cored and diced 1 bag of cut and diced butternut squash 1/4 cup goat feta 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds 1/8 cup walnuts

    Combine all the above ingredients in a salad bowl and toss with the following dressing:

    1/4 cup of organic extra virgin olive oil 1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar pinch of salt and pepper

    Now open that bottle of vino, turn on TBS and watch Sex in the City, the movie, and vow to yourself that this New Year, not only will you be committed to a great workout routine that is feasible and a healthy diet, but your are committed to some great dates with guys that aren’t friends of your little brother. So now that you have mastered a great recipe for a fantastic dinner, here is my recipe for finding a great date.

    All these items can be found in your closet, in your best friend’s closet or in your address book: That sexy pair of heels you haven’t worn since the trip to Vegas with the girls Your favorite little dress A couple of your closest girlfriends-NO guy friends or little brothers allowed on this outing An open mind with no objectives other than to meet some cool people and have fun with your friends.

    Take the above to the newest restaurant hot spot and order a Cosmo at the bar. My favorite spot-Burlap in Del Mar, CA. The best Cosmo I have had and a great mix of people. When you have your defenses down and are ready just to have a great time and meet cool people, you will be surprised what happens. You’d be mesmerized by the number of guys who feel the same about dating that you do and when you move men out of the “evil and moronic” category in your iPhone list, you will see a whole new world of options open up. Lighten up on your “must have list” and take a closer look at the important aspect of any relationship, whether it is friends, partners or even training. They all have a few things in common that are important-consistency, it contributes to your well-being, and it makes your life happier. And of course, they all pair nicely with a great glass of red after a long day! I look forward to sharing more  in my next blog. Cheers!

  • Reason #3 - I want it, and I want it NOW!!

    Reason #3 – I want it and I want it now

    When I was just a we lad in elementary school, our teacher set-up a pen pal program with another school in a different state. Our class would write letters and send them off. We would then wait a couple weeks to get a response from our counterpoint in that other state.

    I think about that now and realize that that was almost as archaic as riding a horse or waiting to get home to make a phone call. With the benefits of technology comes one irrefutable down side. We, as a society have no patience. That statement is exemplified in the New Year’s Resolution to lose weight.

    Let’s recap using our test subject Bob. Bob is 38 years old, 6 feet tall and weighs 195 pounds. He wants to lose 10 pounds as a New Year’s Resolution. He calculates his Basal Metabolic Rate and his Harris Benedict Numbers and knows that based on his activity level, he must consume roughly 2600 calories a day to maintain his 195 pound weight. He knows that there are about 3500 calories in a pound of fat so to lose 10 pounds he needs to burn 35,000 or through diet and exercise, get to that 35,000. Bob joins a gym and jogs for 30 minutes which is roughly equal to 310 calories. After his first day of jogging, as a result of poor exercise habits and bad nutrition, Bob can barely move. His initial plan of working out 5 days a week has been cut down to 2 or 3. In addition, Bob rewards himself with some diet no no’s and subsequently increases his calorie intake.

    At this rate, Bob’s 10 pound weight loss will most likely coincide with the first manned mission to Mars, probably in the next century.

    Throw in the frustration of not seeing immediate results and you can see why so many resolutions fail.

    The Solution:

    Change “New Year’s Resolution” to “Lifestyle Goal” Small changes to your lifestyle will have a much greater impact than trying to change everything all at once for the sake of some crazy tradition. And here are my top 5 ways to do that: 1 - An active lifestyle change is always easier when there is someone else to do it with. Find a buddy, a neighbor, your husband or wife, even your kids and commit to doing something active with that person at least 3 days a week. 2 – Resistance Training is a must. Go to your local gym, get a session with a personal trainer and get on a plan that incorporates resistance training into your regiment. If you can’t afford a gym or personal trainer, buy some resistance bands at your local Target or Wal-Mart and follow the instructions inside. 3 – Calories. Work out all you want but if you don’t manage your diet, you’ll never see results. Us the equation’s to figure out how many calories you need to maintain weight and then try to shave 500 calories day off that. 4 – Eat Smart. Now that you have a calorie count in mind, do your best to spread that out over 5-6 smaller meals in a day. When just beginning, try a ration of 65-35% Protein to Carbohydrates and eat most of those carbohydrates during your earlier meals. 5 – Have Fun. An active lifestyle change is about enjoying more of what life has to offer. An active lifestyle change has the potential to create so much joy in your life. Utilize that change to meet new friends, enjoy new activities, travel, and try all the things that you have always wanted to do. Sign up to run a race, or compete in a marathon or join a cycling club. Whether you are taking your fist dance lesson, or your first step on a treadmill, enjoy the journey that comes from a healthy active lifestyle.

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