I love to spend my time creating... anything.  I suppose that's why Personal Training is so enjoyable to me.  I get to participate in the acitve transformation of my clients.  I love to be taken along for the ride through that wonderful journey, each day I see them a slightly improved individual is before me with their head held a little higher, and their smile a little brighter.  That is what I love about my job.  I get to give my clients the tools they needed, but couldn't quite grasp on their own.  It's a creative job for me where I can constantly try new things, challenege myself to be better, and best of all, help create a new and imrpoved happier and healthier individual.  
     I don't know if many of you know this, but I'm also an artist.  I was recently given an opportunity to delve back into that creative side of my brain and I thought I'd share a couple of my favortie pieces.  They inspire me to live up to my talents.  Today I'm inspired to love everything I do, and to challenge myself to create masterpieces.  In the flesh and on canvas... hmm a little corny ;) Sorry..., but sometimes I just gotta be little sentimental, I'm really so proud of my clients.
If you like what you see here you can check out my Art Portofolio at http://carriecoxart.weebly.com/portfolio.html
Contact me if you want me to paint a custom piece for you for a nice holiday gift for a special someone.  The cost will be negoitated based on size and medium.   
So is your pantry stalked with big kid cereal?  Heres a little hint.  If the ads for the cereal you like use adorable cartoon characters to market your cereal of choice then it's time to grow up in your cereal tatses.  Many cereals masquerade around as being healthy, but come on we have to use a little common sence here.  Have you been fooled into thinking crackers are healthy…  Would a label reading vegetarian crackers fool you?  Would you be fooled by reading light oil?  (The color has changed but oil is oil and that’s 9 calories to gram.)

We’ll take a quick refresher course then laugh at some hilarious ads.

1.         All of you know diet soda is terrible… aspartame and other artificial sweeteners are toxic poison to your body.  Not to mention the lack of satiety one gets after consuming these artificial sweeteners.  This one should be a no brainer by now.

2       All of you should know that a salad is only good for you when you don’t drench it in saucy goop.  The best dressing is a little olive oil and lemon… so before you pat yourself on the back for your good decision at lunch did you have the grown up salad?

3.       No more yogurts with fruit on the bottom.  Those little cups have like 30 grams of sugar.  Stick with Greek yogurt, double the protein!!

4.       Vitamin water is such a load of crap, if you want vitamins eat some fruit, you don’t need all the sugar in those drinks though.  Also if you haven’t been exercising for over an hour you don’t need to chug a Gatorade either.  I would never drink the stuff unless I were active for a really long time and sweatin up a storm, and at that never opt for vitamin water, seriously trust your senses how could something that sweet be healthy?


5.     Don’t be fooled by the false promise of whole grain!  I freakin love waffles and I need to stop this bad habit, have you looked at how many calories are in your frozen waffles?  But I bought whole grain… sorry but krusteaz does not have your health in mind.  Next time you buy something that says whole grain check the ingredients, if a whole grain is not in the top 3 then it’s probably made mostly of white flour, which is definitely going to find a way to cling to your belly.

So did you get fooled by the clever marketing tactics of America’s sneaky corporations?  Well check out these ads… the American consumer has a long history of gullibility. 


Ayer's Cherry Pectoral
Depending on which list of contents you reference, this cure for colds, coughs and "all diseases of the throat and lungs" contained either morphine or heroin.

Lloyd Cocaine Toothache Drops
In the US, cocaine was sold over the counter until 1914 and was commonly found in products like toothache drops, dandruff remedies and medicinal tonics.


Metcalf's Coca Wine
Coca wine combined wine with cocaine, producing a compound now known as cocaethylene, which, when ingested, is nearly as powerful a stimulant as cocaine.


Bayer Heroin
From 1898 through to 1910, heroin was marketed as a cough suppressant by trusted companies like Bayer -- alongside the company's other new product, Aspirin.


Smith Glyco-Heroin
A mixture of heroin and glycerin. "No other preparation has had its therapeutic value more thoroughly defined or better established."

Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup
Contained 65 mg of morphine per fluid ounce. "For children teething."


Anheuser-Bush's Malt-Nutrine
Starting in the late 1800s, many breweries produced "food tonics," malt beverages containing around 2% alcohol that were promoted as "food in liquid form," aiding in digestion, increasing appetite and aiding in sleep. "A boon to nursing mothers."


Pabst Extract
A malt tonic from Pabst. "The best tonic prepares the way for happy, healthy motherhood."






Saved the best for last... ha ha ha... oh my blue ribbon beer....
(Thanks to  
http://www.pharmacytechs.net/blog/old-school-medicine-ads for all of the old medicine ads.)

In a perfect world we all have the will power to avoid the cocktail bar on a diet, but with holiday parties looming which cocktails should I give in to and which ones will take permanent refuge on my booty?

(One beer every night adds up to 1,036 additional calories per week, or 16 pounds to your stomach per year!!)

1. Long Island Iced Tea
Serving Size: ~ 7 oz..
Calories: up to 780
Ingredients: 1 part rum, 1 part gin, 1 part triple sec, 1.5 parts sweet and sour mix, splash of coke

2. Margarita
Serving Size: ~ 8.5 oz..
Calories: up to 740
Ingredients: 4 oz.. limeade (usually premixed), 4 oz.. tequila, .5 oz.. triple sec

3. Piña Colada
Serving size: 6 oz..
Calories: up to 644
Ingredients: 3 oz.. light rum, 3 tbsp. coconut milk, 3 tbsp. crushed pineapples

4. White Russian
(my ultimate cocktail weakness)
Serving size: 5 oz.
Calories: up to 425
Ingredients: 2 oz.. vodka, 1.5 oz.. coffee liqueur, 1.5 heavy cream

5. Brandy eggnog on the rocks

Tis the time of year, I know, but I don't want you flyin blind out there, just think of how much your friends will love having you as their D.D... ok not alluring... how about bomb Christmas presents?
Serving size: 7 oz..
Calories: up to 422
Ingredients: 1.5 oz.. brandy, ¼ oz.. sugar syrup, ¼ oz.. tawny port, 3.5 oz.. milk, ¾ oz. cream, 1 egg yolk, ice cubes, nutmeg

Have I effectively stolen all of the wind out of your Christmas cheer?  Never fear super cocktails are here!


1.  One Shot of Jose Cuervo
Serving size: 1.5 oz..
Calories: 97
Regardless of your tequila brand of choice, one shot of this drink will usually run you 100 calories. These shots may not come with cute little umbrellas or taste like dessert, but it is nice to know exactly what you’re getting.

2. Gin & Diet Tonic

Serving size: 7.5 oz..
Calories: 115 calories
Ingredients: 1.5 oz.. gin, 6 oz.. Diet Tonic
Don't forget the lime.

3. Apple Martini 

Serving size: 3 oz..
Calories: 148 calories
Ingredients: 1 oz.. each of vodka, sour apple and apple juice
Whether you're a Sex and the City fan or Scrubs is more your style, this drink is not only dainty and classy, but it's also a great alternative to those syrupy sweet drinks.

4.  Mojito

Serving size: 6 oz..
Content: 160 calories
Ingredients: 2.5 oz.. light rum, club soda, 1 tsp. limejuice, 2 tsp. sugar, fresh mint sprigs

5. Jägerbomb

Serving size: 6.2 oz.. (if using an 8.4 oz.. can of Red Bull)
Calories: 200
Ingredients: ½ can Red Bull, 2 oz.. Jägermeister
Disclaimer!!!  Drink at your own risk.  This mix of caffeine and alcohol really brings out the douche in the best of us.  The beloved jersey syrum.  Warning!!!  Guidos and jagerbombs are synonymous, if you want to be the salacious Cheeto in the midst of a flock of seagulls, then bring on the jagerbombs!!!  
and don't forget the cheese balls ;)

THE BLOODY MARY!!!  The ultimate elixir of longevity!

Serving size: 10 oz..

Calories: up to 180

Ingredients: 2 oz.. vodka, 8 oz.. V8, dash of Cholula, celery salt, steak sauce, Worcestershire, black pepper, and do not forget the lemon!!
Let's talk about the Vitamin dose your getting here.  V8 is loaded with Vitamin A and Vitamin C, you also get a bit of Calcium and Iron with this drink, not to mention the vitamins in the asparagus or celery you dress it up with. 

On a final note, make sure to squeeze a little lemon into whatever you're drinking... Lemon is not only packed with anti-oxidants, but also gives your liver a boost, you'll be thanking yourself later.

     Any fitness mantras you've heard that might actually be a myth, but you're not sure about... ask me.  There's a whole bunch of fitness myths out there and I want to help guide you through the misinformed land of beef cakes.
It's Sunday morning.  The weekend is here.  I had so many bright hopes for my Sunday during the week and now that it's here my head is heavy, my liver exhausted, and I misplaced my motivation.  I refuse to accept!!! 
On this slightly gloomy day here are some suggestions to help you get up, out of bed, and get going.

1.  First STRETCH.  Get the blood flowing.  Flexibility makes you more youthful and solid.  You'll have a new tool at your disposal to modify and adjust your body so those aches and pains from aging become less intrusive or are erased completely.
When you know how to rest, you can rebuild yourself because your body rebuilds itself during rest. Stretching teaches you how to embrace appropriate amounts of stress to challenge yourself and to remove undesirable stress and distress.

2.  Get writing.  What have you been wanting to get done?  What are your goals?  Long term goals?  Short term goals?  Make a list all in hopes that you can begin to cross things off the list, oh what a great feeling that is.

3.  Learn something new.  Pick up that mysterious book on ecology, learn to dance, tap dance, better yet belly dance.  Do something that makes you come alive to start your day off right. 

4.  Now get your workout on!  Seriously, I don't know what it is you're so reluctant about.  There are so many exercises you can do at home with no need for equipment... Just thinki of three and repeat them 3 X in a row... once the blood's flowin you'll feel so much better!

Don't let this day just waste away.  Get up and get going...

Be the person you deserve to be!