Friday, December 3, 2010

Getting in Shape for the Big Cruise

So you have decided to join us for the Childhood Cancer Cruise. We are 400 days away from that dreaded swimsuit!

Whether you have 50 pounds to lose or just want to tone up before the big event. We have the tips and tricks to get you to your goal before the big day!

Today's tip:

Cut out the Soda

Anyone who knows me knows I absolutely love a nice cold coca cola. I don't drink diet, I don't drink the zero calorie. I drink the old fashion high calorie Coke!

Well we have all heard the facts about soda drinking. It contributes to obesity, tooth decay, caffeine dependence and weakened bones :( Wow when you put it that way my ice cold Coke does not sound all that great.

So what is it that draws me/us to these beverages over and over? It's a combination of the carbonation, sugar and caffeine. The carbonation helps me burp, which helps my acidic stomach (or so it feels like). The caffeine gets me moving when I don't want to move. The sugar is just a general diet flaw I have. Put the three together and you have a recipe for added weight gain, caffeine lows and sugar fueled eating.

Changing from soda to water can drastically change your life. This includes diet sodas too! Yes even diet soda contributes to obesity and tooth decay (caffeine addiction unless you drink caffeine free).

So I challenge you today. Stop your soda drinking in preparation for this big cruise. See what it changes for you and your body. If you cannot totally cut out soda from your diet, try cutting your normal consumption into half, then down to one per day. Do what you can to make this small change on your road to a healthier you in 2011.

I'm off to drink an ice cold glass of water :) Let me know your progress on the soda reduction in your life!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

This boat is so NEW...

This boat is so NEW...The Allure of the Seas has no official media pictures available yet from Royal Caribbean. WOW...

This boat is so NEW... the first official sailing has not taken place yet!

This boat is so NEW... only reporters and travel agents have been allowed on board yet.

But here are some videos from the boat courtesy of Royal Caribbean:

Click on these links to view Kathy Lee and Hoda from the Today Show!!!!

Check out this great MSN video: Royal Caribbean’s ‘alluring’ fare

Check out this great MSN video: Cruising for cocktails

Check out this great MSN video: ‘Alluring’ activities are fourth-hour fun

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Planning of the Biggest Event EVER!

Soon after my son, Armstrong, was diagnosed with brain cancer I started to learn about the world of social support online. Unfortunately I was not able to totally master this availalbe support until near the end of my son's life. But when I did it was amazing.

Amazing that people who I have never met would send me a dollar to help pay my power bill.

Amazing that a woman I had only met one time would organize a vacation for my whole family when we did not get to go on our Make-A-Wish trip. (Thank you Mimi Avery!).

Amazing that when I could not bear to talk about Cancer and decided to build a well in Africa in my son Armstrong's name... I was able to do it!

And now...after participating as part of the 46 Mommas I am here... Trying to organize the biggest event I have ever been part of. I know I will need help... I know I will need support... and I know I can do this!!