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The greatest wealth is health. – Virgil

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.  – World Health Organization, 1948

If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.  – Elbert Hubbard

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These three easy moves will enhance your feminine form by toning muscles in key areas using your own body weight.

I call it gentle sculpting 🙂

  1. Push-Upslifts your chest and tones your upper arms
  2. Cross Crunches or Pilates Criss Cross – whittles your waist and flattens your belly
  3. Toe Raises – lifts your bum and tones your entire leg

Start small. Using proper form, attempt 1, then 3, then 5, and so on.

The point is to start and to stick with it.

Good luck!

(This routine is not for weight loss nor will results be evident under excess body fat.)

Investment – the laying out of money, energy, or time in an enterprise with the expectation of a favorable return.

Ex. financial investments –> better income, self-improvement –> better life, education –> better opportunities, fitness –> better health.

vs

Expenditure – the act or process of expending or spending; money, energy, or time spent on consumables, goods, or services for the immediate or short-term with the likelihood of no or a negative return.

Ex. food, drama and/or nosiness, depreciating assets.

Some expenditures are necessary and some are not.

Choose wisely.

refers to an hourglass figure. This a shape, not a weight.

An hourglass figure is a female body type in which the hips and bust are almost of equal proportions with a defined waist. Technically speaking, there’s a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.8 or less AND a bust measurement within two inches of the hip measurement. (To determine waist-to-hip ratio: measure the narrowest point of the waist and widest point of the hips then divide the waist by the hips).

Men prefer fitness and curves.

And, apparently, black women agree.

Excuse me while I dance 🙂


Sensual – of or pleasing to the corporeal senses; relating to the body rather than the mind or spirit; very often confused with sexual. clarification – Having your hair washed (touch), enjoying a bubble bath with scented candles (smell, touch), and eating a decadent dessert (taste, smell) are all examples of sensual experiences. Where each may or may not lead is another topic but none is intercourse.

Sensuality affects the way that you speak and move, your demeanor, and your approach to life in general. Get in touch with what is sensual for you and incorporate more of it in your life.

Listen. Take note of the sounds that you are exposed to on a daily basis. Try to limit noise as it causes stress. Envelope yourself in the soothing sounds of nature, peaceful, melodic music, or simply peace and quiet. More importantly, speak no evil or remove yourself when and where it is spoken by others.

The sense of smell. The most enjoyable scents are subtle and often catch you by surprise. Experiment with aromatherapy and make use of scented oils, lotions, candles or incense. Even more powerful, cook up a great dish!

Taste. Are you enjoying fresh, healthy, flavorful foods? Elevate your sense of taste and increase your health in the process.

Ooh, the sense of touch. Plush fabrics and high quality silks and cottons all immediately come to mind. However, smooth, soft skin and impeccable grooming are closer at hand. Either way, both cause you to want to touch and be touched.

What’s in sight? Women absolutely thrive in beauty. Neat and clean is a given. Attractive and appropriate dress, proper carriage, and grace lift you to new heights. Lovely, comfortable furnishings in your home with elegant touches throughout help solidify your place there.

Add some simple pleasures to your day and enjoy!

Want to appear thinner and more confident in the space of seconds?

Simply maintain good posture.

Make a quick check. Stand with your back against a wall. Your upper back, bottom, and the back of your head should be touching the wall. And, your ears should be over your shoulders, and your shoulders over your hips.

If you’re out of alignment, just imagine that you’re connected to the ceiling by a string from the top of your head. You must hold your head high, stretch your neck up, and allow your shoulders to fall naturally. As your spine stretches up, lift your chest (up, not forward), tilt your pelvis under, and your abdomen in.

Practice makes perfect 🙂

Dance, and most any exercise which strengthens the back and abdominal muscles, will not only increase fitness but will also improve your posture.

Benefits of correct posture

Improves your image –  Correct posture instantly removes several pounds from your appearance and gives the impression of alertness and self-confidence.

Encourages proper breathing – Slumping decreases lung capacity.  The body requires oxygen in order to perform properly. The more air your take in, the more oxygen your entire body receives to perform optimally.

Maintains a healthy alignment of the body – When the bones are properly aligned, your muscles, joints and ligaments can work as nature intended. And when your vital organs are in the right position, your body can function at peak efficiency.

Preventive Medicine

Just consider this. Keeping your body hydrated can reduce and/or eliminate common maladies which develop into disease. Proper hydration also keeps your skin clear and beautiful, your hair thick and manageable, and your figure fit and attractive.

Beverages which contain water are no substitute for pure water as they may contain dehydrating agents, act as diuretics or can be habit-forming (ie caffeine, sugar, alcohol) causing you to drink more while becoming more and more dehydrated.

How much do you need to drink?

A good rule of thumb is to divide your weight in half giving you the amount of water that your body needs per day.

For example, 130 lbs / 2 =  65 oz. If you generally drink from a 10 oz glass,  65 oz / 10 oz = 6.5, then you need to drink 6 1/2 glasses of water per day. Keep in mind that fresh fruits and vegetables supply pure water. So depending on what you’re eating for the day, adjust the number of glasses accordingly.

Let’s Get Started!

If you’re not used to drinking pure water, begin by drinking 1 glass

  1. upon rising each morning
  2. an hour before lunch
  3. an hour before dinner

That’s 3 glasses more than you used to drink!

This will flush your system before eating, fill your stomach reducing hunger pangs, hydrate your body with regularity, and create an easily manageable habit for you to maintain. That’s a lot of benefit from just 3 glasses of water!

As your body becomes used to the water, gradually add more throughout the day as your body requires.

It won’t take long for you to notice the change. You will both look and feel better!


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