The 21-Day Fix: Simple Fitness. Simple Eating. Fast Results.

If you happen to pass by my personal blog, My Life’s Anik-Aniks, you may have noticed that I have embarked  on a sort of a weight loss program, except that I am struggling.  As.  In.  Really.  Struggling.

There is no contest on my dedication to work out.  Although I rant about my current workout program which I do for an hour about three to four times a week, I still do it and feel great afterwards.

My real problem is finding the control to stop eating much.

I have heard somewhere, probably in one of those handle-your-stress seminars which our office loves to give to stress us out more, that it takes 21 days to form a habit.

Is that “21-days-thing to form a habit” connected to 21 Day Fix? 

21 Day Fix is Beach Body’s soon-to-be-released program. This new program is designed to help you lose 10-15 pounds in 21 days following a workout and a nutrition plan.

Now I have always loved Beach Body’s programs.  Back to the days when I was trying to lose the excess weight I had after giving birth to my third child, I would do Shaun T’s Hiphop Abs and later progressed to Chalene Johnson’s Turbo Jam (I had to take it easy since I had a C-section – for the third time!).

I also tried Turbo Fire, which is easier to do than Shaun T’s Insanity which was totally insane!

What is the 21 Day Fix?

21 Day Fix was created by Autumn Calabrese.

Her body rocks, don’t you think?  I am like, “How did she do it?”

I used to read her health and fitness posts at Mighty Mommies Fitness.   I bet the 21 Day Fix is a perfect fit for moms and women who are struggling to lose some weight and finally finding the strength and discipline to push themselves to  have the body they want and deserve.

The 21 Day Fix program is described on Beachbody’s site as a program that “takes the guesswork out of weight loss.  It’s a unique portion-control system combined with easy-to-follow workouts that fit into anyone’s busy schedule.  Trainer Autumn Calabrese shares her passion for food and fitness as she shows you how to make simple choices that add up to life-changing results.”

Now this is probably what we ladies constantly on a struggle to fix ourselves need.  Sign up here to be the first to know when 21 Day Fix is available!

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Maxing Up The Mood For Christmas!

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What’s the month of December without hints of red and green and gold everywhere?  Wear this season’s signature colors in hip, cool-weather get-up.  Even just a bold red accessory or small splashes of bright, Christmasy gold while you are out shopping for exceptional fender electric guitars  for little bro can get you ready for Christmas in an instant! 

 And why don’t you play DJ during your family reunions and class parties and make your very own Christmas Mix CD by choosing both modern and non-traditional carols that you and your family love?  You, the family and the rest of the gang will have a blast counting the hours to Christmas!

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Christmas Is A Time To Reach Out, Reconnect

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It is a day to December, and although the Grinch in me is threatening to rear out his ugly head anytime soon, I am trying to tame him by thinking of the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate friendships, old and new.  To celebrate the spirit of the season, say sorry to people you had misunderstandings with this year, and feel the joy of forming new friendships.  Show your appreciation to your family and friends.  Give them a handwritten, heartfelt note or thank you card.  It really doesn't have to be a big gesture.  It  can be as simple as giving your dad a small hug right after he drops you off at school in the morning, or saying "good night" to your ate before going to bed.

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Ode To Self

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Christmas season is here.  And sure, I expect mayhem – long days of shopping, wrapping gifts, endless nights partying and playing my cheap suzuki scx-48 harmonica for those annual Christmas carols, but I also intend to give myself my much-deserved break.  I will think about all the great things that happened, be thankful of the blessings I received, and treat myself to a quiet day full of introspection and soft music while giving myself a pat in the back for enduring this challenging year – and bask in the pleasure of knowing that I am ready to conquer what is coming ahead. 

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Feel Good In Your Skin

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Have you ever had an attack of the body blues? 

I see all hands raised (my imagination can run wild, but yeah, I bet all of us have an attack of the body blues from time to time  every time)…

Did you know that us women of just about any size can gain confidence and look gorgeous with just a simple mindset that has nothing to do with the words we fear the most - diet and exercise?

Women are such perfectionists when it comes to their bodies.  I bet Angelina Jolie has those thigh-hating moments, too.   Sure, every one of us know that there is not one ideal shape.  But still, we women tend to compare ourselves – a lot !   What is more terrible is that we measure ourselves against seemingly perfect women -  mostly celebrities.

So how do you stop yourself from comparing yourself and feeling miserable just because you don’t  have her six-pack abs (and she – the celeb – has more kids than you)?

Simply by becoming comfortable with what you are – your weight, your size, your shape, your dimples, your sweet smile, all you other unique characteristic.  When you feel fabulous, you will look fabulous!  Once you start appreciating and loving what you are and what you have, it will show.  That’s what true beauty is.  

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Adam Levine: People's Sexiest Man Alive 2013

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Super Stressed? Take a Mid-day Break!

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It is one looong work day – and it is not even mid-day - and everything is not going right.  Your printer conked out , the client keeps bothering you on the phone, and the boss has made another correction on the office memo he asked you to type.  What should you do?

Nothing beats taking a short break during the workday to pamper yourself and de-clutter your mind.  Listen to soothing music, go to the mall, check out the conga drums at musicians friend and bang on them like crazy (this will truly relieve stress!)   Take a walk outside your building or get a quick mani-pedi at a nearby salon.  Head out for a late lunch hour and treat yourself.

You can be super creative while you stave off stress.  Remember, you can never be productive in work if you are super stressed.

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Networking Tip

We had a very interesting seminar last Friday.  The speakers were so good we never had a boring time.  I was practically kicking myself after the seminar when I realized I forgot to get their cards! 

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There are times we meet people like the speakers we had - someone interesting, influential, popular, or someone who can give you advice.  Remember to get their cards.  Then write down or type in your computer their names later.  List as many details as you remember about them, like what you spoke about or what they taught in the seminar. 

You will never know when you will need to reach out to them for advice or a job lead.  Being able to recount something personal will be impressive. 
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Music and "The One"

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“Tall, dark and handsome.” “Should sweep me off my feet.” “Smart and funny.”  “Should take care of me.””He should be able to make beautiful music.””He should be able to sing and play the guitar.”

These are just some answers that we get when we ask you gals your idea of “The One.”  I noticed that most would love somebody who can sing and play beautiful music that never goes out of tune – I bet he must be using snark clip on guitar tuners at m123.   

Music and love do go together.  Now, I wonder no longer when couples in love are described as “playing beautiful music.”
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Toothpaste That Cures Your Zits and Other Home Remedies!

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I will let you in on a secret.

I am scared of doctors.

As in really, really scared.

Which makes me sort of an expert on DIY home remedies.  But hey, for most illnesses (especially if you don't see any improvement in one to two days!), there is no substitute for professional medical attention.  But for some minor aches and annoyances, I have an arsenal of home remedies - and they do help, believe me.  


There is nothing worse than discovering you have an angry zit on your face the night before that major date or a job interview.  What to do?  My friend swore on this (while my cousin swore on dabbing lipstick!).  Dab some toothpaste on the blemish before going to bed.  It has a drying effect, making the pimples less noticeable the next day.  Just do this once, though, on a single, enormous zit, and only if it is an emergency. (Don't attempt to put the entire toothpaste on your face!  You may have an allergic reaction and end up with a really red face.)


Sip a cup of hot water with a dash of cayenne pepper, lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey.  The steam and the spicy cayenne pepper triggers a response that makes your nose run. 

One of my favorites is Hot and Sour Soup, too. 


Swipe the edge of a credit card over the area stung by a bee to scrape the stinger out of the skin.  Then make a paste of water and McCormick meat tenderizer and apply it to the sting.  My grandma said an enzyme in the meat tenderizer breaks down the venom released by the bee.  Now I am no science expert but when my daughter had a bee sting, the pain and the swelling disappeared once I applied the paste.


Leg cramps are like nightmares!  They last less than four to five minutes, but when they do happen, the pain is so immense you almost pass out!  Then you wake up the next day and only have a vague memory of the torture you went through.  

What should you do when leg cramps happen?  Stretch your leg immediately.  It will hurt like heck, but stretching forces the balled-up muscle to relax. 

Make sure you drink your required eight glasses of water a day and get enough salt on your diet.  Cramps are often caused by dehydration and sodium loss.


If you are having a terrible time getting your bowels to move, drink at least eight full glasses of water the entire day.  You can also drink prune juice.  Take a 20-minute walk per day.  Exercise stimulates your digestive tract.  You can prevent constipation by sprinkling ground flaxseed or chia seeds on your morning coffee or juice.


The cold months always give me itchy, red and dry eyes  And if I get an allergy attack, I end up with crusty eyes.  Gross, right? This is what I usually do – I gently scrub my crusty lid with a cotton ball soaked in baby shampoo.  This will loosen the crust.  After that, dip a clean cotton ball in warm water and wash away the shampoo and discharge.  Do this twice a day until your eyes get better.  But if your eye problem turns out  to be conjuncitivitis, you need to see your eye doctor fast!


Coffee drinkers, you will love this!  If your headache is killing you, have a cup of coffee with your acetaminophen (I always drink Biogesic for this).  Apparently, caffeine sort of constricts your dilated blood vessels, which can help stop your headache until your meds kick in.  However, don’t overdo the coffee.  Too much caffeine can cause a rebound effect – having too much will actually cause a headache.  So, just go for two cups a day.


Your eyes are puffy and you ran out of ice  cubes?   Grab that frozen bag of peas in your freezer, wrap a wash towel and put it over your closed eyelids for ten to fifteen minutes.  The cold reduces the swelling by constricting the blood vessels around the eyes.

Try sleeping with your head elevated so that the blood does not pool in the tissues of the face and cause puffiness.


My eyelids always twitch.  The twitching is usually caused by stress, fatigue or dry eyes. You can sort of stop these spasms by doing this simple home remedy.  Using your forefinger, gently touch the area of the lid that feels as if it is twitching like crazy. 

If this does not work, put a warm compress on your eyelid for three to five minutes.

I hope this home spun remedies will help you!

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Signs That You Are Meant For Each Other

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Whether you are walking in a dreamy state, basking in the glory of your new-found love, or in the comfortable routine of “in a relationship” status, it is really hard to conclude if your relationship with her will finally lead to her being “The One”.

For one, you may be settling for the first gal who came along.  Or, you may be stuck in an unhappy relationship because you have sort of justified all of your current girlfriend’s shortcomings.  Watch out.  You may be settling yourself for wasted time, energy and lots of unnecessary pain.

Sometimes, it helps to admit that it is time to give up on some things that are not working.  In the same way, it is important to know when you can’t make someone your dream partner in life.  Sometimes, the sign can be as simple as having a need that is important to you – and having a partner who consciously refuses to fill it.

But if you think you are certain that your relationship can stand the test of time and you are ready to commit, go show your love for her by getting the most beautiful ring from an ideal jeweler like Tacori.  The jeweler should make you comfortable, and the sales staff is helpful enough to suggest rings that would match what you like without being too pushy.  Giving her a ring is a sign that you will love her forever.  The circular shape of the ring is a symbol of eternity – no beginning and no end.  The hole in the center of the ring signifies a door – a gateway where you are venturing into the unknown.

That is why you must be sure she is the one you want to spend the rest of your life with.

But how will you know she is The One?

She is The One if…


One of the crucial indicators that she is the one for you is when you truly accept each other.  Her little quirks don’t irritate you a bit and you love her enough not to control her in the same way that she does not control you.


Sure, she never forgets your birthday or even your old folk’s wedding anniversary, and you never fail to show up at her doorstep with cake and roses for every single milestone in your relationship (like your first month together ).  But what about when she is at her insecure worst? Women tend to be soft and vulnerable and would love a heart to heart, honest to goodness talk about her, you or both you and her as a couple.  Most guys tend to back out, get scared and leave the relationship, but if you care for her enough to protect, cherish and re-assure her, she must be the one.


Being together is not a bed of roses.  In the beginning, you only see her sweet side, until you suddenly have simple misunderstandings, like her getting mad at you for failing to remember the day (and hour!) you first texted her. However, the gravity of your conflict or argument would not deter you or her from fixing things up.  Two people who are right for each other are sensitive to each other’s needs.  Although there would be conflicts, they would solve the conflict together.


Life for you as a couple can be incredibly exciting and comfortable at the same time.  You truly understand each other, because you operate on the same wavelength.  You can talk and hold meaningful, lengthy conversations where each takes a turn speaking as the other listens.

Communication is the key.  If you cannot communicate about the simplest of things, you might not be able to build a good relationship arrangement together.


In choosing the right one, you must look for character, not simple looks or personality.  You have similar interests, ambitions, and goals for the future.  The more you share each other’s aspirations and dreams, the better the chances of staying solidly together.


One of the signs of a good relationship is the emotional growth you have experienced from being in a relationship. You give each other self-confidence, and your relationship generates something new – a new experience, a new understanding, a new solution – with each encounter. 

Your commitment to each other, like the ring symbolizes, is forever. 
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Why Do guys Say "Luv Ya" Instead of "I Love You"?

Guys have been brought up to not talk openly about what they feel.  It would be uh – not “manly”.  That is why even if you find your guy muttering “Luv Ya”, his behavior should show you loud and clear just how he truly feels.  For men, actions do speak louder than words.
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Should You Get Married Already?

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Okay, so your best friend, younger sister, and Zumba classmate are all getting married within the year.  You have hosted bridal showers for them and you know the best place to buy lingerie.  You are getting quite a little bit green.  You imagine yourself going down the aisle, but then, you are not quite sure if your guy is The One.  But what if he is as good as you will ever get?  Besides, older people insist that your 20s are the best time to have kids.

Before going on a panic attack, remember that times have changed from the days women were considered “old maids” if they remain unmarried by the time they turn 30.  It is best to take your sweet time and figure out if getting married now would fit you.  To get married before you turn 30 should not be an item in your bucket list.  You should get to know yourself first and be confident and happy with who you are.  Once you love yourself will you only be able to love another as fiercely and as tenderly.  Find someone who will love, respect, appreciate and cherish you. 

Don’t let your age and other people pressure you into ditching your single status.  Being single and thirty is not a valid reason to want a wedding ring.

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Guys don’t like to talk much and  you can’t force them to admit that they are hooked on you.  But be extra-watchful of how they act, especially if:


Guys love the “Rescuer Act”,  and when they are so into you, they will think of ways to help you – like carry your shopping bags, change your busted light bulb, or change your car’s flat tire.  Yup, those are less than romantic, but hey, that is how they are.


When a guy wants to be with you so badly, he is content to hang out with you doing absolutely nothing.  So, if you like him too, it is a good sign when you start seeing him more often.


If he keeps texting you – any time of the day, or says he saw something in a store you’d really like, it proves you are in his brain full-time.


Guys use sweet nicknames.  It is weird, but it only shows he is into you.

More on signs that he is secretly in love with you here.

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