Sunday, February 26, 2012

NW: Chicken Foster (Chicken w/ Bananas!)

This one looked Great! Enjoy

Chicken Foster:
(makes 4 servings)

1/2 cup butter
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 small bananas, sliced
2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jiggers amaretto liqueur
3/4 cup coconut-flavored rum

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and stir in the brown sugar. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and toss with flour to coat. Add chicken and bananas to the skillet, and cook stirring occasionally until chicken is almost cooked through. Stir in the amaretto and rum, and heat through. Remove from the burner, and use a long match or lighter to flambe. Allow to burn until the alcohol cooks off and the flame goes out. Serve and enjoy!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Little Help With Amy

Hi Everyone.

First I wanted to apoligize for missing last weeks post. With Valentine's Day falling on Tuesday's post day wasn't good because I was so wrapped up in making the day perfect for Dale. (which I thnk it was a success. lol) I'll do my best to not miss though.

I debated with myself on the topic I chose. It can be touchy for some and even controversial. How ever I figured I'm here to share thing's with you guys that I have actually tried and hope it does people good and even get results similiar to my own. So here it is........ Weight Loss Pills.

I've always heard once we turn 30 our bodies naturally start to slow down, have less energy, our metabolism slows and even our sex drive can go down. This is of course a general notion, how ever once I turned 30 I started paying more attention to this theory. So 2 years ago I made the decision to change something in my life. Now I'll be honest and hopefully this doesn't come out as stuck up but I have never had an actual weight problem. With that being said I still wasn't happy with my body. I want to make an important point that just because someone might be smaller then you does not mean they automatically look better. It's not about size, it's about how we feel in our own skin.

I felt I had room for improvement. I started by changing my grocery list. Buying healthier snacks, thinking through more balanced dinner ideas. You can work out everyday but if you eat horribly it almost wont matter; Diet is so important. Plus I wanted to set a better example for my kids and show them it's important to eat well.

After 2 month's of eating better and seeing results I noticed I was still getting short on Patience. As I think most of us do. So I did some looking around and came across this product.
Moyo Berry pills.

I'm going to make this short and direct. I did change my diet, I started Zumba and took these pill's for 6 weeks. That's when I hit my goal and chose to stop taking them. You can take them longer until reaching your own goals. I went from a size 5 to a size 1. I did not starve myself, nor did I shock by body with excessive work out's. In fact I only worked out 3-5 times a week which I think is totally do-able for most of us.
Now I'm not guaranteeing result's like this, I'm not trying to sale this product. Just wanted to share with you something that I got results with. I have maintained my size for 2 years now. How ever if I do re-gain that weight I will with out a doubt use them again.

Good luck to anyone who chooses to try them. Here's their website with all the information. I didnt want to post everything about them and make this post too long. Check it out if your interested.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

FW: Improving one spot of your body - DONT THINK THIS WAY!

(There were no posts last week, I took the week off in preparation for my ripped class..)

Some time ago i was looking to tone up my arms.  I ran into this interesting bit.

"Best arm toning exercises"

1. Tricep close hand bench press
2. Military press bicep curl
3. Dumbell Squat

Why in the WORLD are dumbell squats in there?

It turns out that in working very large muscle groups burns larger amounts of calories and jump starts your metabolism - which in turn burns your overall body fat and reduces the fat of your arms along with body fat everywhere else.

So one great reason why you would not want to focus on one spot of your body is because it is more effective to ad in an exercise that will improve your overall body muscles and / or body fat and not just focusing one one part of your body.  For example, the logical thing for someone who is uninformed to ad to the list above if they did not know about #3 would most likely be a shoulder exercise like shoulder raises or presses.   The most common example of someone working so hard on one spot would be someone working hard trying to get rid of their love handles or belly fat, doing a hundred sit ups / core related exercises and not seeing many results.  We have all heard trainers say "No matter how many sit ups you do, we arent going to see your abs until you loose the layer of fat on top of them."  And perhaps suggest an aerobic exercise to supplement the work out routine.

"SPOT REDUCING IS A MYTH" - this comes from several different sources.  Here is a link from a blog, .  This and many other sites, fitness professionals claim that it is impossible, or nearly impossible to do this.  That fat is lost in a certain order, Ill explain.  People loose weight, and gain weight in certain areas first.  For example, a person with a pear shaped body type will often put weight on their thighs and butt and sometimes can even maintain a somewhat toned upper body while having all kinds of junk in their trunk.   Another example, might be with many men that carry belly fat.  Belly fat is very often the last thing that goes on guys.  Most men would LOVE to have a six pack, however, the majority of men, would have to be lean everywhere on their body before they loose their belly fat.  So in order to get a six pack, a typical man would have to have an amazing diet, and or be inrolled in a full body workout, and be toned on many different parts of their body before they loose the belly fat.

Curious about other subjects?  Let me research them.  I spend hours weekly researching in preparation for this blog.  I can get you the information you would like exactly, and not something i would think you would want to hear about.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

NW: The Grammy Nominated "Super Bad" Star Jonah Hill's Diet

Everybody has witnessed recent Grammy nominee Jonahs transformation, What did he eat?  How did he do it?

If you can remember him back in his old movies, the guy looked like a complete slob!  I always liked him, but he looked like he ate nothing but twinkies and pizza.  Since the days of superbad, 10 years ago, jonah has grown up.  Jonah says he isnt an 18 year old looking to get laid anymore like he was in superbad.  Now pushing 30, as he takes his career more seriously.  His first serious role in "Money Ball" he recieved a grammy nomination.  Jonah has now decided to drop the pounds for a part in the upcoming movie "21 Jump Street" and to pursue a wider variety of acting roles.

I wouldn’t say it’s the most fun endeavor I’ve ever took on in my life — but it’s important. And I’m enjoying it. If I eat something unhealthy now, I kind of feel a little weird and my body hurts.” Says Jonah. This is a great place to be, where you are over the fat / sugar craving stage. Jona has been somewhat allusive with his diet, but says it was a "Mostly Diet". And it is a japanese diet. Sushi? Sushi without rice? No more pizza and twinkies for you! Anyhow he dropped a whopping 40 lbs last year with whatever he did.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Little Help with Amy

Hey Everyone.

 A student of Dale's West Valley Class by the name of Cindy asked me last week if " can figure out ways not to feel tired and drug out".

 I'm going to tell you a few different thing's I have tried. Some have worked and honestly some havent. However, just because they didn't work for me doesnt mean they couldnt work for you. So I will name them all.

 Vitamin B12 drops. You put them under your tongue for 30 secs so It can get absorbed more quickly as apposed to swallowing them, waiting up to 30 mins to feel it and still loosing some with what our stomache acids kill. For me personally I didnt feel a whole lot of difference. However one of my daughters being the age of 15 says she does feel a difference. She'll take them about 5-10 mins before her P.E class at school.

 Now I know for a while there the big thing was "Green Tea'' everything. I never did try the weight loss ones but I do currently take 600mg Green Tea /300mg EGCG combo. The actual brand I use is "TruNature". This has great Antioxidants and helps promote Energy. This is in no way a sugar rush. It does have some caffeine in it but its not the same as drinking a bunch of coffee. Here's why. I dont take these every day. Even though they are completely safe to do so, I just dont need extra energy everyday. If I have no appointments and no place to go, for me theres no point in it. However, when I have a day of house cleaning, laundry catch up, errand after errand I will take 2 in the morning along with breakfast. I do recommend taking these with food. I noticed my stomache was a little upset if I didnt.  It would go away after about 30 mins. Skip that crummy feeling and eat something before hand.

What I noticed the most when I take these is I keep going for a good 6-7 hours. Not rushing out of control jittery, I just dont run out of energy. I get everything done and feel good about a productive day. I dont want to sound like a commercial but you really dont crash. Because you dont get an all of a sudden rush of energy you also dont get an all of a sudden crash moment. I simply notice I'm slowing down a bit. I dont sleep differently or feel strange. It honestly feels like my own energy , just more of it. I personally wouldnt take it at night, because you do need to work off energy you know have. You could take it a couple of hours before a work out and it will carry you through it really well. At least in my experience.

 Now here's my last one and this is new. I too am going to start this one simply because I always like to change up with I'm giving my body. If I used the Green Tea Energy Pills all the time I think I would start to not get such a good reaction out of them. So I will often go back and forth between a couple of things that work for me. I'm excited about this new one. I actually got it from watching the  "Dr.Oz" show just today.  He refers to it as "an energy cocktail" It pretains of 50mg B-Complex Vitamin and 1.000 units of Vitamin D3. If anyone wants to try this with me and we can compare how we feel, that would be great.

 Something to keep in mind friends - Whatever your taking, taking more will do nothing but waste your product. Your body can absord only so much and it will simply get rid of what it doesnt need or cant absorb anymore. So save your money and your product and only use the recommended amount. More is not better.

 Keep me updated on any of your experiences if you choose to try these. If anyone has another energy booster, please feel free to share with us. Thank you Cindy for asking this question. Anyone else have something you want me to look into?  I'll make sure to get the information your looking for.


FW: Cardio is important, but so are other formats

  About a year ago, i was teaching 10 zumba classes a week.  Before that i had put on some muscle,  went to the gym 3x a week, used several supplements, my muscle content went down.  I was getting shin splints, my knee was also threatening to come back and become injured again.  I was overdoing it.  I didnt like the results i was seeing in my body.  I injured my knee the year before, i struggled teaching zumba for about 4 months.  I only put weight on it when i had to ( when teaching class =/ ) hoping for it to heal on its own, but it wasnt until i started doing some weight bearing exercises that it started to heal.  The muscles around my knee where weak, if i had worked some weight / resistance or even body weight training in my routine, i wouldnt have injured it.

As young zumba instructors, most of us dream of having alot of classes and even hold it as a mark of status.  When i had 10 classes a week, i quickly learned that it was dangerous to my health.  After that, i didnt want any more that 4 or 5 zumba classes a week. Cardio training is great for you and great for your heart, but too much of it is unhealthy, and it needs to be supplemented with other kinds of exercise. 

I am setting up Xcite Dance studio classes to be the ideal fitness schedule i would want for myself.  Zumba for cardio, great for your heart and keep fat down. with some dance and fun - i cant live without dance anymore.  RIPPED for toning, strength, and overall health and fitness, when i taught, i would feel AMAZING afterward.  If i ever add anything else, it will be yoga... we will see if that ever happens.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

NW - Chinese fried rice

New post by Dani Renfro who is a wonderful cook and  in our zumba class..


10 ounces fresh cauliflower, 1/2 medium head
Cooking oil
3 green onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
Dash ginger, optional
3 tablespoons soy sauce
Few drops sesame oil, to taste
1-2 cups pork, chicken, beef, ham or shrimp, diced
3 eggs, beaten

Grate the cauliflower using either the largest holes on a hand grater or with the grating blade in food processor. The results should almost resemble the size of cooked white rice. Weigh out 10 ounces of the grated cauliflower (I had 4 good-size florets left for another use). Heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a wok or very large skillet on medium-high. Quickly stir-fry the white of the onions and the garlic. Watch closely so as not to burn. Add the cauliflower; fry about 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly until it begins to color a bit. Don’t over cook or it might get mushy. Stir in the ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil and the meat. Stir-fry until somewhat browned. Push the “rice” to one side of the wok. Pour the eggs into the other side; scramble and cook. Mix together and top with the rest of the green onions (the green part). Enjoy!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Little Help With Amy

Hello everyone. Amy Hooker here, I wanted to introduce myself by telling you all just a little about who I am and what my goal is for this blog.

I was born and raised in Utah County. I have 3 children, Have been a home maker for 14 years. I never worked out religiously until I Started doing zumba with one of my daughters a year and a half ago; which was when I started dating Dale. Afterall, his zumba class was where we met. I've been hooked on both ever since.

My goal for contributing to this blog is to share with you products I'm currently trying in order to get more energy, feel healthier, find supplements that actually do what they say they will, then of course share my finding's both negative and positive with you guys. This will also be a place where you can ask me questions about anything. Health products you want more information about, or maybe my opinion on. Now I'm not claiming to be any kind of expert, I am however someone who tries a lot of different things in search of that product that really does what it says and make me feel better for using it. I'm also a real person with the same questions, concerns, and curiosity's about ways to improve our health, maximize our work outs and live a healthier life style.


With that being said here is my first review. Now some of you may have noticed during our drink breaks inbetween songs in class, I tend to go over to the corner, put something in my mouth and come back to my spot looking like a chipmunk storing nuts in my cheeks. In all actuality I am munching on a Nature valley "Recharge" bar that I pick up from 7 eleven right down the street from the studio before class. They have 2 flavors, Cranberry Almond, and Cherry Dark Chocolate. I stumbled upon these about 4 weeks ago when I was so hungry before a class that I just needed something to tie me over. It caught my attention over the others because I love Cranberry's and Almonds for starter. Its says right on the front in bold letters "RECHARGE" which is what I needed. Something to give me a boost before class and take me through it with out feeling drained.

I have to admit, it worked great! I
also found it to be very light, didnt weigh in my stomach while jumping around in class. It actually helped me go harder in class, kept my stamina up and actually filled me up enough that after class I wasn't starving. The fact that it has 10g of Protein which not only fills you up but also is a key ingredient to building/firming muscles. So give it a try if you are interested. Leave your feedback, Id love to hear how it worked for you.