American Gladiators: Cheesey show, phenomenal contestant!

[Ed. note — Are you watching American Gladiators? It is a lot of drama mixed into some hardcore athleticism hosted by the (also dramatic and athletic) Laila Ali and Hulk Hogan. Here’s your chance to meet one of the contestants with an introduction by her friend and regular blog poster on Shine, Boss #1!]

I met Allison Kelly when I was a sophmore in high school. She was a year younger than me, but because we played basketball together, we got to know each other pretty well and our families spent a lot of time together.

To give you a little background on her, she’s roll-on-the-ground funny. She does impressions, she’s quick-witted, sarcastic, and man, does she like to laugh!

I will never forget the ‘band’ we started at my house. On game days we would gather at my house for snacks and social-time to get fired up. We had a bunch of old instruments: a banjo, ukelele, tamborine, triangle, some sort of drum, etc. Being teenage girls and all, we decided to sing, dance, and play the instruments to get pumped up for our games. Ally was our designated banjo player/lead singer. It was HORRIBLE. We would do this in our back yard, so I have no idea what the neigbors thought of us, but we sure did have a great time.

Anyway, I digress. Ally is a phenomenal athlete. She went on (unlike my clutzy self) to play Division 1 basketball. And she never lost her crazy sense of humor and her willingness to try anything.

For instance: on her wedding day (just a couple months ago), her older sister came up to her and told her that American Gladiator tryouts were being held and that they were taking Ally to the tryout. She was already wearing her veil, but had no problem going along with the plan. At the tryout, they convinced the American Gladiator staff to let her skip through the line so that she could get back in time for her wedding. She did make it back in time, but not with enough time to fit in a shower before she walked down the aisle. Her mom and bridesmaids had to settle for a quick towel-down in the dressing area.

The next day, Ally and her new husband left for their honeymoon…and she got a call-back for the show. Somehow, Ally convinced the show to allow her husband to tryout as well, so now they both will be appearing on American Gladiators sometime in June.

I ran into her mom just a couple days ago, and all she told me was that “Ally did pretty well…” whatever that means! So I guess I’ll just have to wait for the show to air to learn more. But, there’s no one I can think of who would make a more fun, personable, lively American Gladiator than Ally, so all I can say is “GOOD LUCK! I LOVE YA, GIRL!”

Soda With Stevia

I see that you are looking for a more healthy alternative to sodas with sucralose, aspartame, and other artificial sweeteners. Well you are in luck because here we review soda’s with STEVIA, and drink them on a daily basis. I hope that our reviews will help you make better decision on which one to try. Enjoy!

1st: Zevia

We are proud to present the first line of stevia based sodas to come out. It’s Zevia one of several sodas made with Reb A (stevia extract). We used Zevia as our 1st choice because they have the largest variety of flavors.

They have 12 to be exact: which include Black Cherry, Caffine Free Cola, Cherry Cola, Cola, Cream soda, Dr. Zevia, Ginger Ale, Ginger Root Beer, Grape, Grapefruit Citrus, Lemon Lime Twist, Lime Cola, Mountain Zevia, Orange, and Strawberry.

Not to mention Zevia tastes pretty good and it has zero calories. The makers of Zevia don’t use artificial flavors at all. Instead they use extracts from fruits and other natural food sources to acquire a vast number of flavors.

Pros: Zevia has have lots of flavors. Tastes good. Contains no artificial flavors. You can buy it online.

Cons: Contains Erythritol (like most soda’s with stevia)

2nd: Sans Natural Diet Soda

Next in line we introduce Sans Natural Diet Soda, we felt it’s a close second because of its smaller variety of flavors.

They have 5 to be exact: Cola, Orange, Lemon Lime, Black Cherry, and Root Beer.

As far as taste they are all good but I like the black cherry and followed by the cola. They have zero calories and are also made with natural ingredients.

Some people will particularly like that Sans dose not contain Erythritol, which is just a sugar alcohol derived from fermenting glucose and yeast.

Pros: Dose not contain Erythritol. Tastes good. Nice looking can.

Cons: Small choice of flavors.

3rd: Sprite Green

Last in line, its Sprite Green. I will say that I can’t find Sprite Green anywhere. Going based off the reviews I’ve read on it, Sprite Green sucks hardcore! Because apparently it tastes like sprite going down but has a terrible aftertaste that sneaks up on you!

many people describe the aftertaste as a lingering hair spray or really terrible vodka aftertaste!

I think I’ll just stay away from this one… makes me want to scrub my tongue just thinking about it.

Pros: It’s low calorie…

Cons: It has sugar (50 calories worth). It’s not 100% natural. Terrible aftertaste.

Exercise Recommendations Updated

It is important for employers to be aware that the federal government has updated their exercise recommendations for better health and wellness. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans was released several weekexercise recommendationss ago by the Department of Health and Human Services which includes more specific recommendations for senior citizens, pregnant women, children and other groups.

The exercise guidelines have not changed for general health maintenance which include 30 minutes a day, five days if not all days of the week, of moderate intense activity. For individuals looking for more significant health improvements, 60 minutes a day, five days a week, of moderate intense activity is recommended.

While 60 minutes a day does seem like quite a bit, employees must understand that accumulation of activity throughout the day does count. Taking a 30 minute walk or jog 2 times a day produces the same benefits. While the new guidelines are quite helpful for worksites offering wellness programs for employees, the updated guidelines will also help to better guide senior citizen groups, physical education programs in schools, and other specific groups.

Banner promoting iTRAIN. Links to main page with all the workouts.

Learn more about the physical activity recommendations and guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control as well as other ideas for worksites to support increased physical activity levels for your employees.

Along with regular exercise keeping your daily calorie intake in check is also important to better health and weight management.

Getting enough activity also helps to maintain a healthy body mass index and waist circumference and reduces our risk of developing disease.


The following tips will help in buying high quality essential oil:

After determining the proper oil from a qualified health professional, visit a genuine dealer of genuine establishments .Primary importance should be for the quality of the item than the cost.
Ask the vendor to provide free samples. This may help in testing or verifying the quality, at least to some extend.
Never purchase from vendors at street fairs. They will cheat by selling spurious, cheap products and then disappear.
Check for dust on the top of the bottles. This means oil has been there for quite sometime. It is but natural that as time passes, many oils lose their therapeutic properties, and their aroma decreases.
Do not be carried away by the phrase “pure essential oil”. It is misleading. Quality of the plant, the distillation processes, bottling, storage etc play an important part to guarantee the purity of the oil. The vender may have little idea about these.
Go for pure essential oils and not synthetic essential oils. According to aroma therapists, synthetic oils do not possess the same therapeutic properties as pure essential oils. Synthetic oils can cause headaches, allergic reactions etc. Synthetic oil can never match pure essential oil in quality.
Check the color of the glass bottle. It should be dark amber or blue. If it is clear or colorless, it can permit light to pass through, thereby decaying the oil.
Essential oil has chemical action with plastic. With the result, oil in plastic container gets contaminated. So avoid plastic bottles.
Aluminum bottles are acceptable with inside lining.
Rubber can dissolve and contaminate the oil. So refrain from buying oil with rubber eye dropper bulb on top.

Read carefully the write-ups. The label on the bottle should contain markings like “100% essential oil” or “pure essential oil”. Avoid “aromatherapy oil” fragrant oil”, “perfume oil” etc because they are not pure but mixed with other substances including chemicals.

Reputed companies put the Latin name of the essential oil on the bottle in addition to the common name for the benefit of the customer to avoid confusion. The write-ups should indicate the country of manufacture and method of extraction. The country of origin is important because properties of the oil considerably depend on the climatic and soil conditions of the country.

When you come across the same prices for different oils, it is an indication that oils are synthetic. The raw materials used, their availability, their quantity, method of extraction, all these factors affect the cost. Obviously, the cost of each essential oil varies.

Avoid products from companies that supply to the food & beverage industries.

Essential oils diluted with vegetable oils are to be avoided straightaway.

While sniffing the oil holds the bottle about six inches from the nose. If it is too close, the pure, strong, oil will affect your brain and cause headache.
Avoid comparing different brands of oils, scents etc continuously. Give some interval because the concentration will affect the senses such that you fail to notice the differences in the oils.

Last but not the least, check for expiry date, if any.

Why Acai Berry Juice and What’s the Best?

Acai berry juice are an incredible way to increase your antioxidant consumption. Since acai berries are not often found in your local supermarket a popular way to consume them is through a juice blend. These juices are popular not only because of the noted health benefits of acai but also because they are tasty, convenient, and are also absorbed into the body easier than other forms (pills, powders, gels).

acai juice

Fruit juices have long been a great way to increase our intake of fruits everyday but even dietitians will tell you not to use this as your only source of fruits in your diet. Why? Because most of the traditional supermarket juices are full of sugars, sodium, and other unhealthy ingredients.

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Some of the most popular fruit juices include grape, apple, and orange juice but next time take a look at the list of ingredients. Not many are actually 100% fruits juice. Some are but not many provide you with the nutrients you “think” you are getting. ” Some of these products contain as much as 30 grams of sugar per 8oz of juice. Yikes!

Traditional supermarket juices are most often clarified which means that all of the nutrition naturally found in the juice including the pulp and the skin are removed and replaced with water and sugar to add taste.

acai juice

Quality acai berry juices are very hard to find as well but I have found one that I truly enjoy and have seen improved health from consuming regularly.

Because acai berries are so high in antioxidants, a 4 oz serving of acai berry juice a day provides me and my family with the antioxidant equivalence of 13 servings of fruit. This juice also includes other highly nutritious, colorful, and antioxidant rich fruits in it blend including pomegranates, acerola cherries, bilberries, kiwi, bananas, pineapple, and passion fruit.