I’m so excited to become the featured Northern Virginia Personal Trainer
for The REAL Housewives of NOVA blog!
Lately I’ve been super busy working with nearly 100 women
on staff at 9 local Fairfax County Public Schools (some who probably teach your kids!) where I’ve been helping them to completely change their health and fitness lifestyle. Most of these lovely women are looking to simply lose some weight and tone up while others work with me to battle arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, joint replacement issues, and even to strengthen their core following multiple spinal fusions.
(that's just my saturday workout crew!)
Even if they are focused on overcoming one of the many health issues I mentioned, I still usually find on their goals list “lose weight” or even more specifically “lose those last 5 pounds”.
That’s why I wanted to break down the EASIEST things you can do to break through that “weight loss wall” ...Trick #1 You HAVE To Count (Or get a close estimate!)
Counting calories is the oldest trick in the book, yet it’s quite surprising how many men and women just skip this step. As a Fairfax va personal trainer
, 9 times out of 10 I found that most people don’t realize how many calories they are taking in each day. What’s even worse is that most food options in front of us are packed full of more calories than we would ever guess. Nutrition labels are there for a reason and portion sizes can be surprisingly smaller than you would initially think.
-If you have a smartphone use one of the calorie tracking apps. They are free and have just about any and every food you could think of indexed (you can even scan the barcode!). I personally use FatSecret’s calorie counter which you can see by clicking here or searching on your smartphone’s app store.Trick #2 High Quality All Day!
Once you have the quantity of calories in check, it’s time to fine tune your diet by punching in high quality foods. Yes, this means non-processed foods such as fruits, veggies, nuts and meat. I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “empty calorie” before – that’s simply when you eat a food such as white bread that packs in a ton of calories but is lacking of nutrients, which means it’s of a lower quality. What’s even worse is that today our fresh high quality foods are produced with pesticides and all sorts of chemicals which essentially strip them of their nutrients. The best solution for this is to buy organic whenever possible if not always and make sure that your meat isn’t injected with hormones, etc.
-ALWAYS buy organic if you can, and cut out processed nutrient lacking foods. This IS a challenge, but there’s always one option that’s better than everything else around you! Trick #3 Focus On Resistance Training!
I know there’s a taboo that using weights will make you bulk up, so I want to say that this is absolutely FALSE. If you use extremely heavy weights and train specifically to put on “the bulk muscle” then yes you will – but I can assure you a set of 8’s, 10’s or even 15’s will only tone up your hips, thighs and arms like you want! I ALWAYS use weights with the women I train and it’s the best way to build a fitness program that will reach your goals. 2-3 times per week with 30-45 minute workouts is optimal if you are starting out or are experienced. The best part is you will see lightning fast results because you will benefit from “EPOC” which means your metabolism is elevated following your workout (something distance running won’t do for you!).
Whether you are starting out or are experienced, I would love to share with you one of my most complete workout programs. I’d be happy to personally mail you a copy so you can get your beach body ready for summer! Luckily my amazing girlfriend took the time to demo the exercises so that I could share this great program (she wasn’t too happy about it but she was a GREAT sport!) Get Your FREE Copy Of My Full Beach Body Workout DVD By Clicking Here!
Anyways, give it a test run and let me know what you think. This is the same system that I’ve implemented with all of my clients to ramp up their weight loss efforts, where I’ve only seen fantastic results.
Fairfax Fine Art Festival The Fairfax Fine Art Festival is back for its 2nd year at Fairfax Corner!
April 28th & 29th, 2012
From Artwork, to Jewelry, to Sculptures this art festival has it all. Free admission, so bring the whole family!
Spring has sprung at Fairfax Corner and it's time to bring the whole family out to celebrate!
Sunday, May 6th from 1pm-4pm!
Moonbounces - Face Painting - Glitter Tattoos - Magic Show - Performance by John Henry England - win GREAT prizes & more!
The first 300 kids will receive a goodie bag!
An experienced stylist
, Rocio Perez wanted to open a salon three years ago - right in the peak of the recession. Instead, she made some smart business decisions to put her ahead of the game when the time was right. Rocio decided to buy all of the salon equipment she would need at rock bottom prices... knowing that when she was ready to launch, the costs would go up drastically (a shampoo chair cost her $4500 - and now they’re $15000 a piece!)
Rocio set up shop in her sisters basement and told her 300 clients where she would be for the next few years. "I made sure to pre book all their appointments so that I would have a full book. I was very busy for the next three years. My dad charged me rent, we paid our taxes, I had two assistants and I sold retail in my basement so that I would have a real picture as to how much things would cost. " At first Rocio worked almost 60 hours a week. Once she realized that she could afford the overhead, she decided to start looking for a space to call her own - and eventually found the gem where she is now localted
. Rocio owns First Impressions Salon
with her sister Diane Perez (the cutest pregnant woman EVER!). Leading Lady: Rocio Perez
Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, Ambitious, Giving
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement? Opening my dream salon - and loving it.
What are your professional goals for the next six months? Having my team achieve financial success and for my salon to have a good reputation as I do.
How does your company stay connected through social media? We constantly update on facebook, twitter, yelp, bangstyle, styleseat, who does your hair and constant contact.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? Event Planning
How do you maintain a work/life balance? I have a great partner that I share the responsibilities in the salon and at home I have a supportive partner. I make sure to work until my kids get off of school and only work two nights a week. Sundays are my family and my faith day.
What website do you visit every day? behindthechair.com
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? I have to wake up my daughter and I can’t wait to talk to her on the way to school.
What book do you casually put out on your coffee table to impress visitors? Not one in particular but hair books from past and current style icons.
What is your favorite spot to visit in Northern Virginia? National Harbor (Ok, not in Northern VA - but it is a great spot!)
What is your goal for retirement? To make sure that I set up my parents, sister and her family and my family to where we have something that we can pass on and to enjoy life with my husband.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company? Make sure to have your business plan, make sure that you have your whole family on board to support you and make sure you have a great and passionate team behind you. Take your time setting all of these things up because it can make or break you.
Added from Rocio: I thought I would cry my first day at the new salon from excitement. However, there has not been any time for me to have that moment since we are so busy. This is a great problem to have when you are a new owner. I stay positive because I was pregnant at 17, finished high school on time with my license to do hair. I have been married to my husband since I was 18 and we have been together since my junior year in high school. I finished college in 2010 with a Bachelors in Business Administration and Marketing. Nothing is impossible. Nothing can stop me. I look forward to what my future holds.
Chevy Youth Baseball “Go to Bat for Your League Sweepstakes”
The “Go to Bat for Your League Sweepstakes” is an integrated program that invites fans to vote, connect and win with the Washington Area Chevy Dealerships and support local youth baseball.Win a Ryan Zimmerman Baseball Clinic for your League
Your local Chevy dealership is giving you a chance to bring Washington Nationals All-Star Ryan Zimmerman to your youth baseball league. Vote daily for your favorite league. The league with the most votes on July 1, 2012, will win. Weekly Washington Nationals Ticket Giveaway
Enter the Weekly Washington Nationals Ticket Giveaway by connecting with your league-sponsoring Chevy dealer on Facebook. Weekly winners will receive two (2) Washington Nationals tickets. Weekly Team Prizes
Each week one randomly selected team from the Washington Area Chevy Dealers sponsored leagues will win tickets to a Washington Nationals game and be spotlighted on MASN. Participating teams do not need to enter for a chance to win the Weekly Team Prizes.
Here are some pics from the event and the tour of Nationals Park:
Are you ready to put on your swim suit and head to the pool?
yeah... me either.
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this little gem was hidden in the writing/editing gigs section on Craigslist.
my first thought .... can't you place your desperately wanting ad in the correct place? not being able to follow directions is probably one of many reasons this man is single. but no - some men are smart, as i think this guy is. (had myself thinking, is this one of those reverse psychology scams?) i think he knows women with drive and ambition are likely to scour the gigs rather than the personal ads. however, it seems that the only place he needs his trophy wife to drive is to pick up his
kids from preschool.
check out this guy's fairy tale post and try not to gag on your morning bagel while reading it. (text of post below)
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Trophy Wife (Ashburn, VA)
Date: 2012-04-15, 12:34PM EDT
Reply to: email@example.com
Wanted: Trophy Wife. . .
I am looking to fill an immediate opening in my home, as soon as possible. The position will be demanding, but the perks of the job will absolutely outweigh the stresses of the day. Any applicants must be willing to perform a few simple day to day tasks. . .
First is to wake up every day in my arms. And even after we wake to lay there and enjoy that feeling of love and happiness. Before the kids bust through the doors, before the stress of the day even has a chance to make an appearance. . . just lay. After I am able to tear myself from your arms, you have an option: either enjoy a fine cup of loose leaf tea in bed, or by the fireplace. After. . . you make it through the tea, we get the kids ready for school, as a team. Pack lunches and snacks, get them dressed, breakfast as a family, and then off to catch the bus. At this point, I'll be off for the day for another day at the office. . . but I will never rush off without holding you in my arms as if it were the last time. . . and just when I am about to let go, hold you for a little longer.
At this point in the day, you have some flexibility. . . you could spend some time catching up on the book you are
trying to finish. Or head straight to the gym, in the brand new company car (our your choosing of course). This may include, but is certainly not limited to, any number of Zumba/Yoga/Crossfit/etc classes desired. All membership fees and workout clothes will be included as part of your compensation package. After the gym, please make full use of the whirlpool tub to relax. Or, if you don't feel like the gym that day, head straight to the mall for some shopping or a pedicure or to get you hair done. . . all on the company credit card.
I hope your work environment will be suitable, as you will have your own corner office, with which you can fully focus on your writing career. Whether you are tinkering with a new concept, or putting the finishing touches on another masterpiece, this will be an ideal space with which to focus.
In the afternoon, you will have to pickup my son from preschool and perform an extremely important task. Have fun. Play in the playroom, take him to the park, play on the swing set, watch a movie with him. . . But be sure to save some of that energy for when my daughter gets off the bus. . .. And then the fun just continues. . . until I return home from the office. At this point I expect to be fully bombarded by my kids. . . dual hug style, knocking me to the floor, hands still full from just coming in the door. Once I regain my composure though, please be ready, because 8 hours of not being able to be by your side will be unbearable and my only thought in that moment will be to kiss you like it was our first and last kiss.
We'll take turns cooking dinner. . . and often will prepare the meal together. We'll eat as a family and listen to each
other tell the stories of their days. After dinner, we'll spend time with the kids together. Playing board games, doing homework, practicing instruments, singing songs, doing artwork, reading stories, going for bike rides. . .. After getting the kids off to bed, please be prepared to receive a massage by the fireplace, while the stresses and noises of the day go quiet.
Other perks, in no particular order: surprise picnics, weekend getaways, nights out for movies/dinners/concerts/etc, my singing you songs and leaving you notes, unbounded support for you writing career, boots. . . lots and and lots of boots.
. . A true partner, in every sense of the word. . . in life, parenthood, friendship, and love. Finally, it will be my job to create a life with you. . . completely and utterly consumed by both passion and love.
Location: Ashburn, VA
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Please, no phone calls about this job!
Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease.
What milestone does each child deserve? Riding a bike? Losing a tooth? First day of school? $20 is all it takes to give a child a Shot@Life.
What is dear to me: I think each child deserves a shot at making their first finger painting. Brennan's first finger painting is still hanging on my fridge and I look at it every morning and remember how lucky I am to have a sweet, happy, and healthy little lovebunnie. How can you get involved? Visit Shot@Life and learn about the campaign. Connect with Shot@Life on Facebook and Twitter. Donate. You don't have to donate a paycheck. Every dollar counts. Did you know that some vaccinations costs as little at 17cents?
Thank you to Leticia @ TechSavvyMama
for sharing her pics from the event! I was preoccupied with eating the gelato!
Encore Stage & Studio proudly presents Charlotte’s Web. Production Runs June 1-10, 2012.
Arlington, VA – ‘Salutations!’ Encore Stage & Studio brings to life E.B White’s beloved story of friendship and talking barnyard animals with its production of Charlotte’s Web.
The production runs June 1 through 10 at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Road Arlington, Virginia 22204). Recommended for ages 4 and up. Adults $12; Children, Students, and Seniors $10. Tickets are on sale now
and may be purchased at www.encorestage.org
. Group discounts are available.
Rarely does a spring pig live to see the fall of winter. In this heartwarming tale, a young farm girl meets her best friend, Wilbur, a plucky spring pig, along with a new set of furry friends. Wilbur desperately wants to avoid a trip to the butcher and to live to see his first snowfall. Charlotte, a kind and loving spider, is determined to save her friend.
Encore Stage & Studio is thrilled to have our artistic director, Susan A. Keady, directing this production. “To close Encore's 45th anniversary season, I wanted to direct a literary classic for our June show,” Ms. Keady describes her choice of play. “After searching my shelves of beloved children's novels, I landed on Charlotte's Web. This is Charlotte's anniversary too, her story precedes the founding of Encore Stage & Studio by 15 years. Sixty years ago, on October 15, 1952, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web was published.”
Ms. Keady, a native Washingtonian currently teaches at George Washington University, and in Arlington, Montgomery and Prince Georges county public schools. In Prince Georges County, she is a Creative Writing resident guest artist teaching under a grant from Walden University. Her credits include directing over 100 episodes of The Kinetic City Supercrew, a
radio adventure series funded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and currently broadcast on satellite radio. She has appeared as a performer in a variety of roles, and has also worked in films and television.
The design team for this production includes: Debra Leonard (Costume Design & Build, Makeup Design), Marji Jepperson (Props, Set Dressing), and Chuck Leonard (Set Construction and Design, Lights).
Performance Dates and Showtimes for Charlotte’s Web:
Friday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m.
Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m.
Encore Stage & Studio’s 2011/2012 season is sponsored in part through generous support from BB&T.
Encore Stage & Studio is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.
About Encore Stage & Studio: “Theatre by kids, for kids of all ages!” Founded in 1967, as the Children’s Theatre of Arlington, our mission is to build a lifelong appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts --onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience.
Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering five productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. Participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence. We are cultivating the next generation of
active and engaged art lovers.
Visit Encore’s website: http://www.encorestage.org/