I Majored in Unafraid, Dedication and Determination

I majored in fields that are oh too real but, my physical majors are Studio Art, Economics, and Sociology with minors in Photography, Italian, International Business and Criminology. I was unafraid and dedicated to the determination it took to complete such a fete, its true that I have an online Bachelors as well but, its in Political Science and government, boring but, it does help in the search for jobs.

I made it through the rain of many storms that seem to hard to overcome but, the dedication it took prevailed and the determination pushed me through it each step at a time.

I learned to listen to my body and, I learned to not let people tell me what is best for me because I know my body so, I would best know how it works.   Don’t let anyone tell you that what goes with you and your body because your body knows what it likes and what it doesn’t like.

There is so much I have to offer for the year of 2014 and, there is so much time in the year but, very little hours in the day for me to share it with the people around me.

I promise this is going to be one of the longest year for this blog because I plan to make a lot of post each day a minimum of five but, that is not guarantee because I might do more because I am more active than ever before.

There is something that needs to be said once again…..

Once again…….there are uglies coming up from out of nowhere and keeping them away is a much harder task more than ever, why?  Their beliefs on some strange social aspect.

Now weighing in on a scale between 130.2 lbs and 143 lbs which varies from season to season because in the warmer month I weight less because I have more opportunities to get out but, when I am in the colder months I tend to gain weight because there is not much to do.   Losing the weight was the hardest thing that I’ve ever done and, the process was rewarding but, there are the downs of losing such weight.

Dancing with Richard Simmons for an hour then doing a 30 minute workout is great and, all but there are those days that the ones whom treated you like garbage want to talk to you about everything anything.   No matter how I tell them I am not interested, I am not in the mood for dealing with garbage or the fact that I do not see any reason to befriend them; they continue to try after leaving me alone for a couple of weeks to see if they can butter me up again.   As usual it does not work how I wish for the day to make a difference in my life that they would not be around but, for so long.

Weightloss has came with the pros and cons that vary from person to person.   Mine seem worse than others but, there are some that have it worse off than me.

There is something that I have to state

I for one did not know things were the way that they were, I have always put on blinders because I have felt that some things are best left alone if you cannot control it.

I thought that femininity, grace, poise, charm, and elegance were states of mind that one girl chooses to live her life.   As I read all these new blogs that found their way to mine I now wonder all these years when I was tormented by follow classmates and peers was I just subconsciously caring the traits because it was the right thing to do?

I remember in my teenage years reading books that had to deal with fashions of a decade; my strong preference in the fashion series was the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.  It does seem like I am not alone anymore in this world of mine; it seems that there are others that feel the same way but, they are not around to hang out with.

I figured that one day I would find that one true special friend that I can hang out with all the time but, it is starting to look I am not going to the right events to acquire such liked minded individuals.

I find myself happier in the most weirdest of places such as the library or the art galleries that see very little action in the normal business hours.   I find myself happier doing art work in the privacy in my own home even though that there are better artist than me but, I majored in Studio Art so, I am doing the best that I can in order to make something of myself.

There are times that I found myself happier is learning about serial killers because they had hard beginnings such as myself but, they lead to the road of taking lives of people at times did them no wrong by any means; the only thing that they did was to do harm to those that could not help themselves.

I also seem to be happier dealing with individuals that can understand how I think and respect in what I believe in, I need to understand one thing.   How is it that I attract a bunch of garbage in my life when I try so hard to be myself and live in a manner that is respectable and of high moral standards.

All my life I have found the most crappiest of people to take interest in me, I also learned that these are the type of disgusting vermin that don’t go away that quick.   No they seem more interested in me when I would go to the pool in vintage swimsuits such as the ones seen in old movies.

I loved the red lip look that was classic and timeless during those time periods; I choose Mary Kay lipsticks to keep this look a float compared to the other brands of lipstick that are out there.   Laura Geller and Bobbi Brown are nice brands as well but, I prefer to keep Mary Kay on my lips compared to what I see other women wearing.

I have more about myself to learn than what I thought I already have.

Keeping Positive; experiences after weight loss

One thing that I learn that it takes great dedication and motivation to wake up a 4:30 am in order to get to the 5:30 am bootcamp sessions that are three times a week.  It was hard at first but, one must realize that weight loss does not come off that easy.  It takes determination, dedication and motivation in order to fully achieve a persons goal.  Today was my hardest day because its Labor Day and, I am trying to stick to the veggie burgers and Veggies dogs instead of the meat variety.   I had to bring in the vegetable fries and the sweet potato fries because everyone puts in the junk food.

Now they have classes at the fitness center that I go to and, they are very fun but, its the matter of how you view yourself and, what level of motivation that you have.  Now many guys are not aware of the psychie that women have after extreme weight loss for, they don’t know the emotional downturn it takes on a woman to be told that she can’t do anything because she’s big so, that is why I favor gyms that have a women’s-only section of a women’s-only bootcamp.  Yes there are men out there that have the impression that these things are a form of feminism; this could be true but, that’s not the case when it comes to workout sessions with women.

Now some how I found that there is a form of hypocrisy when it comes to the aftermath of losing a lot of weight; don’t worry that’s common when it comes to the matter of losing weight.   You are going to have those people whom were overweight like you but, some how they figured well you need to do this and you need to do that.  Ironic they want to tell you how to keep off the weight but, they can’t lose the weight themselves.  This is what I have experience a lot with those whom were overweight when I was and, I do ignore them because they can’t tell me anything unless they lose the weight themselves.

Next, I would also like to mention the ones that teased those whom were overweight and all that unmercifully that try to befriend and, tell you all sorts of nice things and give out suggestions to keep that weight off.   Yeah how about you tell someone who cares or ones that want to actually deal with you from here on out.   Yeah you are going to have people like those that are going to be like that and, they are going to act like nothing happened between the two of you but, continue to ignore them and do what is best for you.   These are the most fake people that you can find on the planet after a extreme weight loss.

Atmosphere of the gym setting 

Now what I mentioned that all the gym bunnies are really nice no matter if they are masculine or they are feminine; they are the nicest and most supportive groups of women that you’ll ever meet if you go into a gym.    Now the masculine ones are probably more unapproachable at first but, they are really nice (don’t assume that they are gay or bi because not all of them fall under those stereotypes); they do stick together when it comes to dealing with those guys that are trying to mess with you in the gym.

Not all men in the gym are jerks because there are some really nice guys in the gym but, you have those guys that notice you when you are going to the gym on the regular and, when they notice that you frequent a certain gym they want to get close to you for, you are a subject of curiosity that can lead to them become annoying as the result they don’t use proper gym etiquette.   Now if they are hogging the workout machines, telling you that you don’t need the protein shake and the fat burner smoothie after a extreme out or, they are following you around asking you why you are socializing; those are the ones that you need to avoid because they are not using the proper gym etiquette that is required of them.   They see you as a different person but, they don’t know how to handle you now because you have a different appearance.

What does this lead to?  Well this leads to gym members, trainers, fitness coaches, and workout instructors to also take notice because, some of these don’t stop to think other people are watching them while he is watching you.   If he starts acting real stupid then most of the muscle guys whom are either the athletes or bodybuilders deal with him and, they are not nice about it when it comes to messing with the gym bunnies.   Messing with Gym bunnies are a big no no in the workout world so, do communicate with the muscle men because they are you great asset in keeping the guys that are jerks away from you or in line.

Now who are the muscle men that I am talking about that you need to communicate while going to the gym?  Here is what I know from years of going to the gym and years of making friends at the gym.

Skinny Ripped-Definition? Check. Striations? Of course. Six-pack? They know it. their veins pop, every surface muscle is shredded and separated, and their abs tell a story of hard work and sacrifice. Why wear a shirt? Women want them and men want to be them, even if they can’t admit it. This is ripped.

Male Model-their upper abs are visible; their lower belly is flat. their muscle is defined, not striated. they’re in shape, but their aren’t shredded to the bone. their body is gym-built with a mainstream appeal. Softer but photo-ready, this look is at home on the beach. Feeling good is looking good, and they do both.

Athlete-This body is built with plyometrics, high-intensity training, and weightlifting. It’s about power, speed, and agility. They want to look good, but performing well is equally important. They’re packing a lot of muscle from years in the gym, but drills keep them lean, mean, and explosive. People see them and instantly think, “Athlete.”

Bodybuilder-The gym is his second home, and it shows. Every surface muscle is chiseled, visible, and pumped. Anatomy charts are made from his physique. This body takes years of training, dedication, proper nutrition, and support. Bodybuilding isn’t a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. He want it? Make it his life.

Strongman-Bigger is better and stronger means everything. They don’t have the look of a toned bodybuilder, and they don’t want it. Cutting? Forget it. They eat big to lift big. Their muscle is dense and powerful, built by years of heavy training. They want to push tires and lift cars? Train hard, lift heavy, and don’t let anything get in their way.

Pro Bodybuilder-Bigger wasn’t big enough, so he became the biggest. they’re beyond lean, larger than life, and their muscles have muscles. What describes their physique? Garden-hose veins, cheese-grater striations, and superhero-worthy size. When he  steps on stage, He owns the stage. He is  the epitome of bodybuilding.

They aren’t that hard to find in the gym and, they are the sweetest guys that you’ll ever meet but, taking them home to momma is a entirely different story.  I find these men more attractive them the ones that don’t go to the gym at all nor do not work out at all.

For those who have trouble with the girls who think they are trying to help by telling you that you need to do this and you need to do that.  I got some news for them, there is a wide range of gym bunnies ranging from Fashion model to Bikini/swimsuit model to Fit woman to fitness model to bodybuilder.

Now these girls don’t play when it comes to outsiders or noobs that do not know proper gym etiquette that want to act out of line because I found some that will cut a noob like a fish and ask questions later.   Its good to talk to those in the gym because they stick behind you when it comes to dealing with the wanna-be trainers or wanna-be fitness experts.   Now don’t get me wrong there are fitness experts to be in the gyms and they are awesome and, they are the first to stand up for you when it comes to dealing with the wanna-bes.  When it comes to the female wanna-bes versus the guys getting their butts handed to them, they don’t like it at all and then try to play the victim role or the concern individual role.

Now this is going to happen its not avoidable at all.   Though there are ways of staying positive through out this.

When you have you workout have the shake and smoothie because you deserved it and, no one should tell you what you should have along with what you shouldn’t have since they are not knowing what’s going on inside your body.

You don’t have to reward yourself with food because there are other things that you can reward yourself when it comes to losing weight.  One way is have a spa day another is buying a new workout outfit or, buying a ticket to a zumba concert.

Another way to keep positive is to walk an extra ten minutes after making a new milestone to weight loss or biking for an extra twenty minutes.

Tell yourself good things and let the negativity keep you motivated losing and keeping the weight off for good.

Keeping positive and keeping good relations in the gym are great ways to stay on track.  Thanks for stopping by.


The late comedienne Lucille Ball once said, “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” While there may be some truth to that, a more prudent strategy–and once that scientific fact corroborates–is to stay as active as possible and find something you truly enjoy doing.

Luckily for the residents of Pennybyrn at Maryfield, that’s not hard to do.

Pennybyrn is a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in High Point that offers all the ingredients of an effective wellness program, including outstanding exercise classes, nutritious and delicious dining, and a full calendar of activities and events. Whether you wish to start an exercise program or maintain an existing one, you will find ample opportunities at Pennybyrn.

The CCRC Lifestyle: Good For You.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults who choose to be both physically and socially active reduce their risk of heart disease and diabetes and increase their chances of staying mentally alert and able to live independently. In fact, not only does research suggest that regular exercise benefits people of any age, studies show that seniors living in CCRCs such as Pennybyrn may in fact, extend their active, independent lives.

Just ask Pennybyrn Wellness Leader Janet Pung.

“Every day, I hear successes…a resident who now can lift a heavy bag, improves his or her golf game, goes on a kayaking trip, or feels better than ever,” said Pung. “I believe most people at any age can maintain or improve their fitness level. The challenge is to bring together all the components of healthy aging and empower each person to take personal responsibility for wellness. Then, they can achieve their goals.” Customized Programs for Residents.

At Pennybyrn, the extensive array of fitness classes range from “Bends, Bones and Balance” to water volleyball to individual weight training sessions. A big advantage of entering into an exercise program at a CCRC is that there is often a fitness professional such as Pung who can offer specific guidance. This can help avoid the common error of trying to make gains too quickly, which can lead to soreness, especially if the person is dealing with arthritis or back problems.

Pung first assesses the fitness level of each Pennybyrn resident— upper and lower body strength and balance—and then both agree upon a goal. For example, a resident might be planning a walking tour and need improved stamina. Using her 20+ years experience in senior fitness, Pung helps the resident develop a customized exercise program. (Pung is certified in water aerobics, land aerobics, and also is certified by The National Arthritis Foundation to teach its Tai Chi program.)

How is it working?

Consider Bill Sasser, an 82-year-old retired professor whosocial opportunities Pennybyrn offers as well as the spiritual disciplines. For example, if you are interested in meditation, you can visit our Peace Chapel for Meditation. Here, you feel you are growing spiritually as well as physically and mentally.” Think you’re too busy to exercise?

“If you don’t have time for exercise now, you’ll have to make time for it later, when your health is not what is should be,” Pung says. “At Pennybyrn, we have ways to help make it part of your normal day, not a chore. We’ll help you find something you enjoy.”dents have the peace of mind knowing that on-site nursing care is available in the main community.

This is a huge benefit of a CCRC: the ability to “age in place” without having to move elsewhere when your care needs change.A New Approach to Senior Living.

“The Pennybyrn lifestyle is centered around helping you stay as strong and independent as possible,” says Pennybyrn Marketing Leader Jeanne La Roe. “We truly offer a whole new spirit of retirement living.” With strong sponsorship by the Sisters of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, Pennybyrn at Maryfield is the culmination of 60 years of rich history, quality service and excellent reputation.


Post-College life pending

Soon I will be finishing college for good and, the best thing I do not have any loans to pay back from any collectors, I do feel bad for those that had to take out a loan.  Its not easy getting a scholarship package depending on the requirements of the college but, I do know that my life is going in the right direction.  As a triple major I already have a job waiting as well as a graduate school waiting to take me; I about to buy my first ever condo in the richer part of the county.

I am from Polk county but, I am not going back there to stay.  I often visit to see some suitors but, I find many men that are not datable material because they have women whom they had relations with that have children by them.

I am looking forward to using my degrees in my career fields and, seeing what else I can do for those that are struggling with weight issues.  I am looking forward to getting my JD/MA in a field that I have yet to chose.   I hope to get my LLM in France so I can practice law in the United States and France mostly business law.

Yes, college life is ending and, my new career life is beginning.  My Condo to be is going to be three bedrooms, two baths, and one partial bath.  This special type of Condo has an upstairs and a downstairs with an attic that is finished.  Get this it only cost $133,000.00.   I am going to have a group of interior designers come in and decorate for me because I don’t feel like being bother.

They are going to use a combination of La-z-boy and Bassett furniture to decorate the whole entire house or even better more elegant and even more expensive lines of furniture from the Furniture market in nearby city High Point, NC.   Yes, this is my dream and its going to come true.

Now a new car? That’s going to have to wait a while because I still in love with my old out-dated Geo Storm because its so cute of what I done to it or, I can just keep it and get a nicer dream car of what I been wanting.  A Jaguar xk, Who said that?!?!

Soon I will be starting a career and graduate school two hard things that I have to balance but, with my experience I can state that this is going to be easier compared to what many are use to.  The go through college, then graduate school (if they choose to), then start a career, then buy the house/townhouse/condo/loft/co-op or whatever then get married.   No! I am doing it right.

Maybe after graduate school in three years I’ll tell you guys that I am getting married but, I seriously doubt in three years I will find the right man but, if I do then I am doing something right because there is nothing I can’t do unless I continue to put Jehovah God first.

Jehovah god makes my bigger decisions so, if he has it in me to have a husband then that’s fine but, if he doesn’t then he will make sure that I will be guided to a life of happiness.  Right now I am not looking and, those dogs that are coming up to me are turning me off more and more.

Thanks for reading.

New Month

A new month full of new health changes for me but, this might not be the same for the others around me.  August was my month of return from months of working for wages and working for lean muscle.   I am sick and tired of those men that come out of no where asking me out, the answer is no.

Maybe in this month I’ll write an article to help those guys better understand what it takes to build such a body with lean muscle and; maybe they’ll understand why I only want a male bodybuilder and not some pantywaist that comes up to me for no reason to only satisfy some sick sexual urge.

Men are sexual creatures and only think about sex.

I still find myself only attracted to men but, more for the ones that workout on the daily basis.    I am finding that I do not crave those calorie filled junk foods anymore and, I only want is vegetables fries and sweet potato fries instead of regular french fries.   I want veggie burgers and turkey burgers.  I want a sloppy tom instead of a sloppy joe.    I want fresh fruit juice made by me instead of that garbage bought at the store.

I want to wake up and bounce into workout mode at 5:30 am and be able to stop the workout mode at 8:30 pm in order to go to bed but, there are trials along the daily basis when dealing with men of all walks of life whom are not bodybuilders.

In the last two years my attraction towards bodybuilders has deepened to the point of no return.  I cannot think of being happier with anything other than man whom is a bodybuilder.

I have learned that I can have my sweets but, make them vegan and gluten free which is much better than the ones that add on the weight.  I hate calorie fill junk believe it or not because I went to Sonic and did not enjoy eating a cheeseburger that much :/.

My month of September is promising in workouts and health kicks but, dating scene is bland like unseasoned vegan meatloaf.  I am hoping that I find my bodybuilder man before I call quits on men for good.


This was something that I was meaning to write last year but, didn’t get the chance to do so; now its going to happen because this is one of two fitness centers that changed my life forever,  I did not enjoy being overweight and, I refuse to let myself get that big again if I have the power to make that possible.

My life is better after the dedication of what these kind people here offered and, I am 137.5 lbs and losing.   I trying to keep between 128 to 144.7 lbs.  I refuse to engage in relationships with those that ridicule me about my weight but, I am having an even harder time trying to find that man I dreamed for whom is a bodybuilder.

The familiar scenes take place hundreds of times each day throughout the Piedmont Triad— crowds of women lined up to participate in exercise classes 45 minutes before start time, hoping to grab a coveted spot in a “First Come, First Served” policy , or else go home empty-handed, with no workout for the day—steamy, big-box exercise gyms filled with members patiently waiting for treadmills or elliptical machines, many forced to alter their daily routines due to lack of available equipment—and group classes in which fitness levels may range from novice to advanced, and participants’ health conditions may include hypertension, diabetes, or osteoporosis, yet an all-encompassing general approach is taught by instructors without adequate training or certification.

Established in July 2007, Fitness Together has provided a unique alternative to group classes and crowded gyms. By offering exceptional training for nearly five years, Fitness Together has employed knowledgeable and experienced trainers who work with individuals to help them change their lives and live better. The results speak for themselves.

“I came to Fitness Together as the first part-time trainer,” recalls Manager Blair Meadows.

“I have stayed because our approach truly makes a difference. Our clients are individuals with unique fitness levels, needs and health histories. We formulate specialized plans with specific goals in mind. It takes dedication and commitment for our approach to exercise.”

Blair demonstrates a true passion for health and fitness. Though well-toned and energetic now, she knows firsthand what it is like to be healthy—and what it is like to be unhealthy. Spending the majority of her teenage years considerably overweight, she had to overcome her lack of fitness by herself, without a support system, professional instruction, or constant encouragement. After achieving her goals on her own, she changed her academic focus and her life’s purpose. She vowed to help others like herself who need an established plan and committed professionals to make an overall commitment to change.

“I have sympathy and empathy for our clients, many of whom come in here with a variety of chronic health conditions. Most of our clients, before they became clients, were disgusted at what they saw in the mirror, were sick and tired of being sick and tired; they were afraid of what their doctor was going to say to them, and they dreaded the thought of exercise. They now enjoy the exercise and the health benefits as a result of our program. I have been that person. I have experienced those feelings.”

Blair is joined in her efforts by four additional trainers and owners Wilda and David Young, who are also paying clients of Fitness Together.

The Youngs saw a need in the Piedmont Triad for a physical fitness facility that offered a high degree of specialized attention, in a private environment, in order to improve overall health and fitness. They found that “doing it on their own” through jogging, health clubs, and home gyms simply did not work. They needed the commitment and accountability offered by a professional Personal Trainer, and preferred the environment offered at a private studio.

“The medical profession can address specific medical conditions, but is not able to provide the ongoing attention necessary for making significant lifestyle changes,” accords Wilda, a physical therapist specializing in women’s health and urological issues. “A physician can write a prescription, but he can’t make sure you exercise, eat correctly, or get enough sleep. Our Personal Trainers address those issues, and help our clients achieve their fitness goals.”

David, a seasoned international business traveler, suffered many of the health challenges faced by business executives these days: lack of energy, unwanted weight gain, and high blood pressure. He became a client of Fitness Together and dramatically changed his life.

“The fitness industry sometimes has a sketchy reputation. At Fitness Together, all of our sessions are by appointment only. This saves valuable time. There is no waiting for equipment, no long-term contracts, and no parading around in front of a gym full of people.

“We’re not ‘The Biggest Loser’. We offer motivation and encouragement rather than intimidation and fear. We focus on providing outcomes, on setting and obtaining goals. No screaming, no crying, no drama,” says David.

A new client to Fitness Together receives a basic assessment upon first visiting the studio which includes cardio health, body composition, basic measurements, underlying chronic conditions, and health history, as well as general nutrition. Goals are also determined, and from this evaluation, an individual program is designed.

According to Blair, “Our clients have made three commitments. One is a commitment to change their life. Second is a time commitment. They realize they need to set aside time to improve their health which benefits them and their loved ones. Third, they make a financial commitment. They realize that they get what they pay for. The time commitment includes sessions of 3-4 visits a week, each lasting from 45-60 minutes. We have found that scheduling appointments in advance helps with accountability. We also perform follow-up assessments every 4-6 weeks.”

“We consider healthy living through Fitness Together to be an investment. By paying for health and fitness on the front end, you can hopefully avoid the costs associated with long-term chronic conditions and the resulting medications and hospitalizations that occur. Our clients receive the experience of a highly-trained trainer, in an upscale environment, with that personal attention that gets results,” David said.

According to David, however, the most important commitment is commitment to change. “We want our philosophy to become a part of your lifestyle, not for a 4-6 week period of time, but for a lifetime. When you leave Fitness Together after a session, we want you to carry your commitment to healthy living to your home, on the job, or as you travel.”

“Our personal trainers also have a commitment,” says Blair. “We have a commitment to constantly be acquiring knowledge in our field, as well as a commitment to our job and our clients. We have a responsibility to always be honest and direct and to ensure that our own lifestyles reflect what we teach others. We practice what we preach.”

In addition to specific workouts and customized cardiovascular plans, Fitness Together also offers nutrition advice. Since proper nutrition is a key to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Fitness Together trainers spend time teaching clients how to read product labels while grocery shopping and will conduct refrigerator/cupboard evaluations upon request. Clients are encouraged to track what they eat and then assess their choices.

Blair Meadows also stakes claim to being Greensboro’s only female with the Titleist Performance Institute distinction. As a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, she can customize a workout to improve areas specific to each individual golfer, no matter the skill level. She helps golfers improve not only their strength and endurance, but also their posture and flexibility, resulting in an improved swing and game, as well as a great feeling of overall well-being.

As Fitness Together approaches its fifth anniversary of serving the Piedmont Triad, the owners and staff remain committed to their clients, despite a challenging and uncertain economic environment. They are currently expanding their facility by one-third, allowing the trainers to provide small-group sessions to as many as four people. The sessions will be scaled to meet the individual needs within the group.

“We take pride in offering a proactive rather than reactive approach to healthy living and fitness,” says Blair. Citing a recent study from the journal Health Issues, it shows that if people aged 61-64 would commit to walking regularly, several billion dollars in Medicare costs could be saved in a lifetime. She believes that a focus on wellness is a priority worth keeping.

“People are going to have to assume more and more responsibility for their own health in the future. Working with the staff at Fitness Together is not a luxury, it’s an investment—an investment in a happier, healthier you and an improved quality of life. We all get to choose— we can choose to invest in health or invest in illness.”

Ram Fitness

If anyone of you guys followed me from the beginning you would know that I had serious weight issues as a child but, now I am over it for almost seven long years but, there are still trials that I have to overcome because you still have idiots to deal with as the result of major weight loss.   When I discovered RAM Fitness its was a blessing because it was a place to work out along with Fitness together.

There was no way to understand true bodybuilding and the different types of bodybuilding until I started working out.  Here is Rae Anne Mullins on RAM  Fitness for those struggling with weight issues.

When Rae Anne Mullins opened RAM Fitness in November 2009, she fulfilled a lifelong personal and professional dream of providing a way for all women to live their healthiest and happiest lives.

Ever since I was 15, I’ve wanted to operate my own gym and create an environment for real women juggling real life commitments of work, home, and family.

From our class schedules to special events, RAM fitness is designed for busy women.”

Well-known in the Piedmont Triad as a personal trainer and fitness veteran, Rae Anne is a busy mother of two. She began her career at the age of 18 as an aerobic instructor while pursuing a degree in business administration from Roanoke College. Though she worked in the financial services industry for five years, her passion for fitness remained strong.

Realizing a need, and successfully starting a fitness program for employees in her workplace, Rae Anne soon realized that she was meant to work with people on their “bottoms” and not with their bottom lines. She returned to the fitness arena and hasn’t looked back.

“Taking care of yourself is very important and can be challenging.

I understand the conflicts and struggles that women have in trying to get healthy and stay healthy. I also relate to the setbacks.”

Rae Anne herself has lost more than 60 pounds and has kept the weight off for nearly four years. She ran her first marathon in 2007 and brings a plethora of credentials to RAM Fitness including Group Exercise Instructor from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Personal Trainer from the American Council on Exercise, Spin certification from MAD DOGG Athletics, PiYo and Turbokick certifications from Powder Blue Productions, and CPR certification from the American Heart Association.

The result is RAM Fitness being able to offer a wide range of affordable classes taught in a small group setting without the inconvenience of contracts or joining fees. Personal training is also available, using an individualized approach to jump start a fitness program.

According to Rae Anne, reaching individual goals is the top priority. All the programs of RAM Fitness seek to decrease body fat, tone or build muscle, improve balance, increase coordination, and improve flexibility.

“We are committed to providing women of all ages and backgrounds an extraordinary fitness experience by giving exceptional service, respect, motivation, and compassion.

RAM Fitness provides a clean, safe, and friendly environment with a wide variety of classes led by qualified instructors and one-on-one fitness training by certified trainers.”

Rae Anne also regularly schedules special fitness camps and workshops for her students including evening fit camp, outdoor boot camp, 5k training camp, and an 8-week weight loss camp, Special events include hiking excursions, Friday night yoga sessions, and group participation in local 5ks. The web site features popular recipes for eating healthy as well.

“Fitness is not exercise. It is a total way of life. It involves taking your life and your circumstances and finding a way to live healthier.”

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing women make real changes in their lives–making fitness a priority and sticking with it. Not all changes are physical either; many are mental and emotional. It’s exciting to support women on their journeys to develop greater self-esteem and confidence.”

Rae Anne is particularly proud of her work with Sanctuary House, a non-profit organization located in downtown Greensboro. Bringing fitness to those men and women who face difficult challenges both emotionally and mentally has made a difference in their lives–and her own.

As RAM Fitness approaches its first full year of business in the Piedmont Triad, Rae Anne is more committed than ever to sharing her enthusiasm and unique approach to fitness with women of all ages and all fitness levels.

“It’s possible to achieve a healthy and balanced life without starving yourself or killing yourself in the gym.

Everyday presents a new opportunity to live better.”

Top Excuses Women Do Not Exercise

Too busy/no time.

Schedule your workout just like any other important meeting or appointment. It really is that important! Put it in your daily calendar. We all seem to find time to watch our favorite show, so there has to be time to exercise.

RAM Fitness has classes at 5:30am before the kids are up, before work starts. There are also classes in the evening too!

Too out of shape/embarrassed to start/too old.

That’s exactly WHY you should get exercising, to get in shape. It is NEVER too late to start exercising. No one is expected to be in shape right away. The great thing about RAM Fitness is that it is a very safe environment where all fitness levels are welcome. NO need to feel embarrassed or worried about your fitness level. Hiring a trainer to help you set realistic and attainable goals is one way to ensure your success.

Don’t know how to exercise or where to start.

It’s okay. That’s why it’s a great idea to get involved with group fitness or find a partner. Hiring a personal trainer is a great way to get an exercise program to follow. Also, the trainer can show you how to do the exercises correctly and safely. Group fitness is great because you have a trainer with you every single time and other participants to help encourage and push you through the workout.

Exercise is boring.

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. If you don’t like to run, don’t run! You can dance, jump, cycle or twist your way fit! There are lots of options when it comes to fitness, you just have to find something you enjoy and stick with it. RAM Fitness has lots of classes and they are a lot of fun!

Not only will the workout be fun, but it’s a great way to meet new friends.

I don’t see any changes when I exercise.

Maybe you aren’t seeing the scale change drastically, but there are many benefits to starting and sticking with an exercise program. Your scale may not change much, but your waist and thighs may shrink. Changing your body composition is very important, be sure to get measured and have your body fat percentage checked when starting your program so that you have more than just the scale. It doesn’t show the whole story. Also, you are helping your organs, your bones and your brain. Some of the many benefits of exercise are not noticeable from the outside.

Your Body Through the Decades

In Your 20s – Bodies can take a lot – Need to focus on strengthening your body to help prevent premature aging.

20s bodies can take a lot of abuse and usually does in the form of staying up too late, eating the wrong foods and crash dieting. Cardio and strength training are very important now to lay the foundation for a strong body and mind as women begin to age. Also, this is the age to learn to accept yourself for who you are and learn to love your body no matter what shape you have.

In Your 30s – The 30s are a busy time. Kids and careers often take over a woman’s life. This is the time a woman’s body can really start to age due to a slowing metabolism and decrease in lean muscle mass. By strength training to build lean muscle and eating a healthy diet and doing plenty of cardio, you can prevent early aging. Strength training is very important for keeping our bones strong too. By 30, a woman has reached her peak bone mass, so keeping what we have is very important. Circuit training is a great option for busy 30- somethings. It includes cardio and strength training. This is a great way to get in a fun workout in a fast and effective way.

RAM 40/60 is an example.

In Your 40s – An even slower metabolism, hormone changes and life changes all lead to more stress, more anxiety. It’s important to continue or start a very serious weight training program to build lean muscle. Focus on posture and balance as well. Exercising not only helps prevent unwanted body fat, but it will also help ease an anxious mind.

In Your 50s and Beyond – At this point the metabolism is crawling and weight gain in the mid-section, back of arms and bra area is normal. Adding as much activity to your life as possible is very important. Strength training is still very important, but the pounds lifted may need to be lower, especially if there are any joint problems. Balance is another area to work on.

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust


• 1 teaspoon white sugar

• 1-1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

• 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

• 1 tablespoon olive oil

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 2 cups whole wheat flour

• 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour Directions:

1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.

2. Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining all-purpose flour, and knead until all of the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes.

Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely with a towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

3. When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to make one thick crust. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.

4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll a ball of dough with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape it over both of your fists, and gently pull the edges outward, while rotating the crust.

When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well oiled pizza pan. Top pizza with your favorite toppings, such as sauce, cheese, meats, or vegetables.

5. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness) in the preheated oven, until the crust is crisp and golden at the edges, and cheese is melted on the top.

Easy Vegetarian Chili Ingredients:

• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

• 1 cup chopped onions

• 3/4 cup chopped carrots

• 3 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 cup chopped green bell pepper

• 1 cup chopped red bell pepper

• 3/4 cup chopped celery

• 1 tablespoon chili powder

• 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh mushrooms

• 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes with liquid, chopped

• 1 (19 ounce) can kidney beans with liquid

• 1 (11 ounce) can whole kernel corn, undrained

• 1 tablespoon ground cumin

• 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

• 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil Directions:

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onions, carrots, and garlic until tender. Stir in green pepper, red pepper, celery, and chili powder. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes.

2. Stir in mushrooms, and cook 4 minutes. Stir in toma-

Eating healthy does not have to be boring or bland. Try these tasty recipes from Rae Anne.

Toes, kidney beans, and corn. Season with cumin, oregano, and basil. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium. Cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Baked Crab Cups (12 Servings) Ingredients:

• 1 can (6 oz.) White crabmeat, drained, flaked

• 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. Pkg.) Light Crean Cheese or Neufchatel Cheese, softened

• 2 green onions, thinly sliced

• 1/4 cup Reduced Fat Mayonnaise

• 12 won ton wrappers Directions: Heat oven to 350°F. Mix first 4 ingredients. Place 1 won ton wrapper in each of 12 muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray, extending edges of wrappers over sides of cups. Fill with crab mixture.

Bake 18 to 20 min. or until edges of cups are golden brown and filling is heated through.

Directions for dough: Mix flour, yeast and salt in a bowl. Gradually add 1/2 cup warm (110 degrees) water until a soft dough forms. Divide dough into 4 portions. Using hands, roll dough into balls, coat with cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rise 30 to 45 minutes.

When ready to cook, place each ball of dough on a piece of wax paper and flatten into a 4-inch circle. Coat grill with cooking spray and heat on high. Gently lift dough onto grill and cook until dough puffs and underside stiffens (about 30 seconds); flip and reduce heat to low.

Directions for topping: Mix topping ingredients, then divide among crusts; cover grill.

Grill until cheese melts, 5 to 6 minutes more. Slice and serve.

Directions: Heat oven to 350°. Heat oil on high in a 6-inch cast-iron skillet for 2 minutes. Add butter; when it foams, add mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and saute 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add onions and thyme; sauté 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in egg whites with a heatproof rubber spatula until eggs start to set. Transfer skillet to oven and bake 5 minutes, until golden. Sprinkle with remaining herbs and lemon juice. Cut into wedges and serve.

Directions: Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion and garlic, stirring, until onion is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Combine 1/4 cup water with wine, basil, bouillon, cornstarch and oregano in a bowl. Add tomatoes and shrimp to skillet. Cook until shrimp begins to turn pink, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Stir in wine mixture. Cover; simmer until shrimp is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more. Stir in parsley, cheese and pasta. Divide among 4 plates; serve immediately.

Baked Oatmeal Squares (Serves 4) Ingredients:

• 1 egg slightly beaten

• 1-1/2 cups rolled oats

• 1/4 cup honey

• 1/4 cup brown sugar

• 1/2 cup milk

• 1/4 canola oil

• 1/4 cup chopped nuts

• 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins

• 1 teaspoon baking soda

• pinch of salt

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon Directions: Combine all ingredients, spread into 8 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cut into squares.

Note: They tend to crumble, but taste delicious! I make it into granola when it crumbles too much.

Beef and Rice Stuffed Peppers (Serves 6) Ingredients:

• 6 medium bell peppers, tops removed and reserved, and seeds removed

• 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

• 1 yellow onion, diced

• 1 large carrot, diced

• 1 stalk celery, diced

• 2 cloves garlic, minced

• 16 oz. Lean (93 – 96% lean) beef (or lean turkey burger)

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1 teaspoon pepper

• 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes

• 1 cup cooked brown rice

• 1 cup of 2% grated cheese (your choice) Directions: Preheat oven to 375 F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add peppers and tops and cook until tender 5 – 6 minutes.

Remove peppers and drain fully.

Make filling: warm olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until clear. Add carrot, celery and garlic and continue cooking until vegetables are just softened. Add beef, salt and pepper and cook, breaking up large chunks, until meat is no longer pink. Add tomatoes and rice and cook 5 minutes longer, stirring. Stir in 3/4 cup of cheese.

Fill peppers with meat mixture, dividing evenly. Sprinkle mixture with remaining cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and peppers are heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve hot

A Place for Powder

Once upon a time there was a beautiful baby horse named Powder. This was his name because white was the only color on his small body, with the exception of his big blue eyes. Powder was so handsome. Everyone said that he belonged at the farm where he was born because they thought he was great. One day, the owner of the farm discovered that Powder was blind and he was told he could no longer live on the farm. Most people knew that the owner of the farm was wrong; everyone is exactly the same in God’s eyes. Some people don’t understand very important things about life; the owner didn’t understand.

Soon, in a faraway place where blind horses were loved, someone heard about Powder. “Oh my,” they said, “why would his owner make him leave his home because he cannot see?” They decided to invite Powder to come to live with them. It wasn’t very long before a nice man brought the beautiful white baby horse to live at the new place where everyone loved blind horses. When Powder stepped off the trailer, everyone said “Hello Powder! Welcome home!” Powder made lots of friends at the new place. They helped him learn a lot about his pasture. Powder thought his new place was great!

One day, a helper at the new farm saw that Powder wasn’t walking right. In fact, he was stumbling around. “Oh no,” she thought, “I wonder if something is wrong with Powder?”

Something was wrong. Terribly wrong. The vet came and checked him out. She told the farm helpers that Powder had a bad disease and he was going to die very soon. The helpers at the farm began to call other helpers and told them to come quickly. They were very sad. Powder was going to die. Everyone talked together and decided to make his last days really happy.

The helpers at the farm wanted Powder to live, but they also knew that Powder would love the special place where he was going once he died; Heaven. God lives in Heaven, and it is a place without tears and hurt. When people die we miss them on Earth but we know they are in a better place.

One night, the leader knew Powder was so sick and did not feel well at all. She hugged him very carefully and cried big tears. She was very sad that he was going away, but she knew he was going to Heaven where he could be whole again. In the middle of the night, Powder died in her arms and went right to Heaven.

The helpers cried and a special funeral was planned for Powder. To remember him, they planted flowers on his grave and went to see it often. But Powder wasn’t sad. He was right there in Heaven the moment he died. Powder loved Heaven! He had finally found the place he needed. Powder thought, “Heaven will always be my place. Forever and ever. No one will ever tell me to leave this place! No one ever leaves Heaven. I’m safe here!”

So it was that Powder lived forever and ever running in the beautiful pastures in Heaven where God lives. One by one Powder’s friends and family joined him there. And just like Powder, everyone thought that Heaven was truly a wonderful place; forever and ever.