Girls and boys competing


Well, it was an interesting weekend for the rivalry of the sexes. Rachel Alexandra, known as the super filly (young female horse) of thoroughbred racing, stood shoulder to shoulder with the 3-year-old stallions in the Preakness Stakes and swept the field. And interestingly, there was a period when a number of the owners of stallions openly discussed taking advantage of an obscure racing rule to make it impossible for her to compete. However, eventually–and because one owner said he’d withdraw his horse if the filly was barred and thus make it possible for her to run–better sportsmanship prevailed.

And on another television channel, the story of G.I. Jane unfolded to reveal the toughness and determination of a woman who aspired to make it in the military, and who beat all the anger, threats, abuse, and intimidation to succeed.

Loved the quotes from the owners of Rachel Alexandra. The one who didn’t enter her in the Kentucky Derby said he’d never do that because fillies should run with fillies, and stallions should run with stallions. The next owner, who purchased her after the Kentucky Derby, made this profound observation: “Champions should run with champions.”

What else can we say? Except, oh, by the way, if you want to be a champion like Rachel Alexandra–to get yourself as fit and sleek as possible—-I’m going to recommend a health/fitness guru who gives the best advice I’ve ever seen.

Mike Geary openly shares amazing tips on things like healthy snacks, what goods are most nutritious, different types of exercises, and more. I’ve been getting emails from this guy for about a year–I read every one of them religiously because there’s always something valuable in them.

You can get his ebook, The Truth about Abs, and get his unique insider secrets about losing weight, eating healthy, exercising to get the best figure and to be strong like G.I. Jane (have you seen the shots of Demi Moore working out in that movie? Yikes.) click here!

Build your own support team


Many of us grew up with less-than-ideal levels of acceptance and encouragement. That reality generally follows us into our adult years and can play havoc with our ability to make healthy, wise choices for ourselves. Why else are we running into a life coach at every corner these days? Now that there's some accepted wisdom on how to combat the consequences of poor early conditioning—and that wisdom has become teachable—understandably women want to share the knowledge (and hope to make a living by doing so).

I'm just reading a very interesting book called “8 Minutes in the Morning for Extra Easy Weight Loss.” In it author Louis stresses the importance of asking for help—connecting with others, improving your ability to reach out—as a critical weight loss aid. Which is, of course, the idea behind Weight Watchers' group meetings and weigh-ins and so on. It's also a big factor in the 12-step approach. But in this book, he tells you how to create your own team from among people you know.

No money, no need to go out of the house to meetings (which can get pretty tough for already-overburdened working women). I got it out of the library, and I'm enjoying the really simple exercises (I've been doing aerobics for over 25 years and I won't change that) that you do first thing in the morning. It's a fresh approach to eating right and exercise. Recommend reading.