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Let’s talk about a woman’s body image / food / life …. Here are a few of my beliefs: Pick what you want to be and be it – but know that if you are heavy and unhappy, you have the power to be happy Know that our world is very visual… it just is. You can change your body, but only if you want to – not if someone else wants it for you. Sometimes when you are heavy –  it is like a blanket. When you are ready, the way to remove the blanked becomes apparent Life is a journey – every experience teaches you something You can be fit, healthy and thin and not obsess about it – revolutionary concept! I won’t bore you with the details of my life.  But, just know that I was an overweight kid from 4th to 6th grade.  Kids were mean to me.  It made me more compassionate and more understanding, but it also made me more determined.  I thinned out and stayed thin until I had kids.  I then ate everything under the sun while pregnant (it was like a free pass!) and I have never really gotten it off.  Or, maybe I didn’t want to – until now! I did Weight Watchers (points gone by 3pm).  I worked out like a fiend (and ate like one too).  I did Jenny Craig.  I worked on my emotional component to eating.  I snacked on my kids food and ate when I wasn’t hungry.  I ate late at night.  I ate to relax, to curb anxiety, for fun, for pleasure, just because. …..  By now you probably think I was a HUGE WOMAN, but I love exercise, so I worked out more than most humans and maintained about 35 lbs of extra weight. Then, I took the plunge to Raw Fitness.  Now this isn’t for everyone – seriously, it is exercise.  It is work.  It is a place to change your life.  But I took the journey in May and I am still here.  I love it.  In fact, I think it might be a little addicting! HERE IS WHAT I LOVE I need to workout with a team. I need the social aspect. I need the fun. I need the team – did I already say that? Raw Fitness gives me all of that with support and fun and none of the catty / cliquee type atmosphere.  Words cannot express my love for this gym!  These people – all on the same journey.  Different ages.  As an example, I am about to turn 40.  I work out with all ages 20’s to 50’s and whatever – it doesn’t matter.  We are there to work “Easy Day” as Justin says while trying to kill us HERE IS WHERE I AM Since May, I have lost 17 lbs and 12% body fat.  But really, I don’t care that much about the weight – well I do in some sense, but what I want to be is healthy and look good in whatever I want to wear.  I still have more to go, but I am not sure how much more.  I guess I will know when I get there.  Another gift from Raw is strength and endurance.  Yet another gift is better nutrition for my kids and my family.  They are starting to follow in my footsteps and I kind of feel like I am changing the next generation’s food relationship. HERE IS WHAT IS GOING ON So, I invited Justin to blog and tell you all the things he shares with us as a Raw Fitness team.  Did I mention he is a single dad – well was until a beautiful woman came into his life.  I says this because I think it really shows when a man stands up – takes responsibility for his kid and raises him – Some may say women do that all the time.  True, so isn’t it extra amazing when a man does it!  Just a little insight into the mind of Justin. I invite you to come try a week of fitness.  Justin (the owner of Raw Fitness) lets anyone come and try it free for a week.  I must confess that I tried it for a week over a year ago and didn’t stay because I didn’t enroll in the Fit in 42 program (this incorporates food and workouts).  Once I did that with a friend, I will never go back! Ever!!!!!! WELCOME TO MOMS IN VEGAS, JUSTIN BLUM Please welcome Justin to Moms in Vegas by liking his Facebook page and reading a little about his gym and the people at his gym.  He is a force and a brilliant man.  If you are ready to take off the blanket, he is there for you – BUT it is all about you.  If you fail / decide not to be successful/ quit.  That is OK but it is all you.  In fact, that is true of everything you do in life. Own it!   So, eat your yummy holiday treats – Justin even approves – but bookmark this post for January – or maybe contact them before and just sign yourself up for January’s program – it will sell out!!!!! Here is the number: (702) 324-6583 – talk to Amber and tell her Moms in Vegas sent you (side note:  I receive...

Body Fat Analysis and Diet Coach Consultation Las Vegas

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Glimpse Medical is giving away one body fat analysis with a Diet Coach Consultation to one lucky Moms In Vegas winner!   You know that euphoric feeling when you can easily slip into your very favorite little black dress?  Yes, that almost magical little dress that always lifts you up, makes you feel on top of the world –  sexy, empowered and loving life – no matter what kind of day it’s been?  If your goal is to have that amazing feeling everyday, Dr. Jill Oliver and her staff at Glimpse Medical can help you achieve it! Glimpse Medical specializes in weight reduction, cosmetics, and wellness. Their amazing services will give you more than just a “glimpse” from your admirers! Your admirers will do a “double take” from the amount of confidence you will radiate!  Have you heard the expression,  “She’s got a little skip to her step?” Well, that expression just about describes every patient departing Glimpse Medical after experiencing their rewarding services!  Glimpse Medical offers supervised weight loss, cosmetic fillers, and general wellness care under the guidance of Dr. Jill Oliver. Glimpse Medical in Las Vegas and Henderson with Dr. Jill Oliver Specializes in Weight Reduction, Cosmetics And Wellness. What makes Glimpse Medical so very special is Dr. Jill Oliver. She is an experienced Nevada Board Certified Family Medical Doctor. Her genuine, warm personality puts you at ease immediately and instinctively you will know you can trust her.  Dr. Jill Oliver has an eye for beauty and only recommends what will benefit you. If weight reduction is your goal, you will be on your way to success under the care of Dr. Jill Oliver at Glimpse Medical. Because weight of its very nature is a medical issue, there is no better person to help people achieve their weight loss goals than a physician. Glimpse Medical has partnered with “Pathway Fit” ,to offer an amazing DNA program that gives you insight into what makes you crave foods, why losing weight can be a challenge and what genetic predispositions you may have. Your individual weight program also may include the proprietary Glimpse Shot, a weekly weight loss injection that contains key components for maximizing enzyme reactions necessary for proper fat and carbohydrate metabolism and corrects low energy production. Glimpse Medical also offers HCG therapy and medications based on your individual weight loss prescribed program. You will never look at dieting and losing weight the same way again. If your objective is a more youthful appearance, Glimpse Medical offers laser treatments, skin care, and injectables to relax eye and forehead wrinkles, fill in lines around your mouth, and add fullness to your cheeks and chin.  Dr. Jill Oliver is highly skilled in this area and always recommends the best treatment based on your individual look. You will feel gorgeous almost instantly! If your focus is general wellness, Glimpse Medical is your destination.  At Glimpse Medical your overall health will be assessed using HDL comprehensive blood testing, DNA testing, and spectracell micronutrient testing.  Based on the outcome of your assessment, a personal program to boost your health will be designed just for you. Glimpse has two locations to serve you:  10170 S. Eastern Ave #100, Henderson and 5990 S. Rainbow Blvd. #100, Las Vegas.  You read more about their services and set up and appointment at www.glimpsemedical.com. Why wait? Get your mojo back now. Whether your goal is weight reduction, looking younger or improving your overall health, Dr. Jill Oliver and her staff at Glimpse Medical will immediately have you on a path to feeling healthier, more sexy, empowered and loving life! How To Enter To Win A Body Fat Analysis And Diet Coach Consultation from Glimpse Medical – (Value- $339) 1.  Like Glimpse Medical Facebook Page 2.  Like our Moms in Vegas Facebook Page and let us know: What Is The One Thing In Your Closet That You Are Dying To Wear But It Is A Little Too Snug? 3.  Please provide us with an email or contact info., so we can notify you if you win. **The winner will be notified and you can redeem your gift certificate at Glimpse Medical by showing Identification. You will have to make an appointment. As always, please read our giveaway rules.  This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada addresses only. THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS MIDNIGHT MONDAY JULY 15, 2013.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday July 16,...

Featured on Travel to Wellness

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Travel to Wellness is an online travel magazine for the wellness minded who recently asked us to write an article about wellness activities in Las Vegas. Our team chose to feature outdoor and off strip activities to show the amazing outdoor options for activities here in our beautiful city.  We invite you to check out their online travel magazine with great tips on wellness adventures across the...

Win a Six Day Retreat on Vancouver Island

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Travel to Wellness is offering a contest to win a Six Night Hiking Retreat on Vancouver Island. What a great gift as a mom – a six day hiking and wellness retreat on Vancouver Island! As a mom, aren’t you always in need of some personal renewal?  We love our kids but it is also important to take some time for yourself.  As my husband always says, “Happy Wife. Happy Life.” During your six day adventure, you will experience the benefits of: yoga, hiking, good and healthful cuisine and relaxation.  The ultimate goal is a renewed sense of health and general well being, but more importantly, a renewed joy for a life well lived! You have until Midnight on tomorrow night (Friday) to enter.  Read more about the contest here. Enter to Win Here (and Good...

What is Eating Clean?

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Eating Clean is as simple as it can get!! by Our Las Vegas Local Fitness Expert, Mary Ricciardi Certified Trainer & Nutrition Specialist Eat a variety of wholesome, natural foods by combining lean protein with complex carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables and whole grains and drink a lot of water! That’s it!! It’s NEVER too late to start to eat this way!! Eating Clean Basic Principles: 1. Eat MORE! Eat Six small meals each day, spaced at two-and a-half to three-hour intervals. 2. Eat BREAKFAST every day, within an hour of rising. 3. Make your last meal two to three hours before bed. 4. Eat a combination of lean protein and complex carbohydrates at each meal. 5. Eat sufficient healthy fats every day. 6. Drink two to three liters of water each day (or half your body weight in ounces) 7. Carry a cooler packed with clean foods each day. ( If you are out & about or work out of your car) PLAN AHEAD!!!! 8. Depend on fresh fruits and vegetables for fiber, vitamins nutrients and enzymes. 9. Adhere to proper portion sizes. 10. Eat only foods that have not been overly processed or doused in chemicals, saturated and trans fats and/or toxins. Source: (Book “Eat Clean Diet” by Tosca Reno) Have a wonderful clean eating day! Mary Ricciardi Certified Trainer & Las Vegas Nutrition...

Win a Week at ClubSport Green Valley

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It’s hot out there!  We understand.  It makes it hard to workout and you need to be by a pool if you want to be outside.  Well, we have an answer for you! Enter to win a week for you and your family (up to 4 people total) at ClubSport Green Valley. This club offers great things and we at Moms in Vegas love this facility!: 1.  An outdoor pool with swim lanes and a shallow area where kids can play.  Lifeguards are on duty during normal swim hours. 2.  A kids world where you can take your kids for up to three hours while you enjoy the facilities – in addition to the great activities there, they offer kids fitness classes 3.  A sauna and steam room in their full service locker room 4.  An indoor running track 5.  Two studios for fitness classes, a spin class room and a pilates room 6.  Raquetball and Squash Courts 7.  Tennis Courts (indoor and outdoor) 8.  Spa Services 10.  A club bar/restaurant/snack bar 11.  Two weight room areas and a large cardio equipment room with TV’s 12.  Best of all – they offer kids activities:  tennis classes, dance, swim lessons and more. Some of the activities I have mentioned here have an additional fee associated with them (even for members), but your week at the club will include swimming outside and enjoying air conditioned indoor workouts, along with a variety of other amazing amenities! How to Enter To Win: 1. Like ClubSport Green Valley’s Facebook Page and mention that you came from Moms in Vegas 2.  Like our Moms in Vegas Facebook Page and comment on our page that you liked the ClubSport Green Valley Facebook Page. Additional Entries: 1. 5 More Chances to Win:  5 Entries in the giveaway for blogging about this giveaway – please leave a link to your blog post in the comments of this post 2. 5 More Chances to Win:  5 Entries in the giveaway for sharing the Facebook Post about this giveaway and mentioning shared on our Moms in Vegas Facebook page THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS MIDNIGHT SUNDAY JULY 1, 2012.  The winner will be announced on Monday July 2,...