Here is the new home of Cups Half Full "You're A Babe." Blogs can now be archived. Photos have been added to help you visually see what your positions should look like while exercising. I've been having a lot of fun with this, and I hope you are too. Get out there and exercise! You'll feel great and look great too!

This page is for becoming a healthier you... no matter your size or shape. It is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any ailment or condition. Please consult your doctor before starting a new exercise or diet regime, especially if you have a condition.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Work Out Schedules

A lot of people think you have to work out everyday to get fit and loose weight. If you really want to, go ahead, but you need to know these tips:

Keep your muscles confused. When muscles get in the routine of repetitive movements, you don't get the same effective workout. The muscles become complacent and need to be pushed harder and in a different routine to "wake them up."

Alternate muscle groups. Don't work out a muscle group more than 2 days in a row. The exception is the abs. They recover quicker and can take strain daily. Your arms, legs and back need recovery time to rebuild the muscles torn during your workout. Yes, torn. That is how you gain strength. You strain and stretch and tear your muscles when you push yourself past your normal everyday usage of them. This is necessary for them to grow stronger. Your body repairs the muscle, making it a bit stronger to try preventing it from tearing again. But tear it you will, and again, the body repairs. So it needs time to to this, hence taking a day break between 2 day workouts.

Stay hydrated. When working out, you sweat-sometimes a lot. Make sure you are keeping water on hand while exercising. If you start feeling woozy, stop and rest. Try drinking a sports drink. Your electrolytes may be low. Your sweat is saltwater, and the electrolytes replace that salt. Also, water acts as a conductor to utilize calories properly, and promote weight loss.

Eat appropriately. Your body needs fuel to workout. Don't eat junk food or other empty calorie foods. Eat a well balanced diet, meaning from all food groups. Do not be "dieting" when doing a strenuous workout regime. Your body needs those calories, and yes you will still loose weight. The standard diet for "dieting" is no less than 1200 calories a day. When adding a moderate to heavy exercise routine to the mix, you need the 2000+ calories to function. There are many free calorie calculators on the internet, including my page on the I need to eat how much? link (click here or the link on the left side of the page). This will tell you how much you need to be eating according to your weight and activity level.

Follow these tips and you'll be on your way to a healthier you. These tips are also relevant whether you work out once a week or everyday. Remember who you are no matter where you are in your process. You're a babe!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Did you know dancing is exercise? Anyone who's aware of "Dancing With the Stars" knows they all say they loose a ton of weight because of the activity and it is so much harder than expected. But guess what? You don't have to be a ballroom guru to do it.

If you want to learn how to do choreographed moves, sign up for a class through the local parks and rec, four square, or studio. Or you can buy a DVD and learn in the privacy of your own home. Either way, there is some investment.

If free and unstructured is your thing, break out the CD player (or I guess MP3 player) and get your groove on in the living room! Kids love to dance too. Get them involved. Make it a game, musical chair style. Dance and wiggle as much as you can until the music stops, then FREEZE. Hold your pose. You move, you loose. Kids love competition:) After 20 minutes you have burned 100-200 calories! (Depending on your weight...check out the calorie calculator on the left.) With a smile on your face and a spring in your step, you are set for the day!