Health and Wellness, Uncategorized

3 Tips to Prevent Inquiry When Losing Weight

One thing that may come to mind, especially if you have had a previous injury is , how can I prevent injury or progressing  with a current injury while losing weight or building your body.With some simple Small steps you can reduce the risk of injuries , decrease the up and down movement of the body and lesson the amount of energy absorbed at the hip, knees and ankles.
If a person is overweight by more than 80 pounds, please take these Pre-cautions more serious and  you can benefit tremendously by applying these steps.

Avoid Injuries on your Weight Lost or Body Building JourneyStep One:

Make Small Changes!

Yes to jump in and cut the weight and muscles sounds like it is the way to get going and get to your best body. However, jumping into it is a high risk for getting injured. As your body has to adjust and  is still getting accustomed to the new muscles being used. Especially if you are not a regular exerciser or have not been a sports or active person in the past. And/or have put on tons of  weight like 50 + weight gain from being pregnant or possibly going through a depression where you lost control.

Don’t just jump into it. Listen to your body, work on on your mindset   and work your way up to beast mode.

Research shows that people who make small, Permanent changes in their food choices and physical activity each week lose significantly more belly fat and reduce the risk for injuries, over those who simply diet and or just work out.

This is because small changes lead to healthy behaviors that last.

Step 2:


did you stretch today

It’s easy to forget to stretch. It’s often overlooked because the results are not as visible as lifting, running, boxing and squatting or so you thought.

Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. This is what causes an injury.

Not only can stretching reduce injury, but it can help your posture, help send oxygen to the brain helping you think clearer. It helps you body feel good, because of the circulation and better blood flow.

Stretching also, loosens up the joints, creating a leaner physique!

Lastly, if applied to your life

Step Three:

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Numerous studies have shown that when people are better rested, they are less likely to get injured from physical fitness and they are less likely to gain unwanted weight. A Canadian study found that people who averaged 7 to 8 h ours of sleep a night were 35 percent less likely to gain more than 10 pounds than those that only slept 5 to 6 hours a night. The sleepy heads also had nearly 60 percent more fat around their middle.

Don’t Believe the Hype if you sleep less you are a better hustler or doing something better than those that get a good 7 hour night sleep.

You need proper rest to restore and align your mind body and spirit.

Don’t skip regular sleeping well !

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Fight Depression Naturally, Hollistic Remedies for Depression, PPD

Color Therapy for Depression

Due to the side effects that come with standard  interventions like medication or pharmaceutical for depression, it is unsurprising that many people look for alternative therapies.

There are tons of natural treatments based on music and on storytelling.

Taking Therapy can be one-on-one or in a group, with or without family members present. One of the more interested alternative therapies available is that of color therapy.

ppd awareness may 2017

Developed over several decades in the later part of the twentieth century, color therapy for depression and no even specifically for postpartum depression on the principle that exposure to certain colors  causes changes in our moods,

That exposure, can alter emotional state at will.

Color therapy is conducted by a trained specialist and can be performed a here from several times a week to a few times a month, or even in one’s own home using a coloring pages

According to psy web, the different colors used to evoke positive emotional responses generally include orange, blue, indigo, and violet. Others colors like red or yellow also trigger emotions, but those tend to be higher energy feelings.

  • Orange – Symbolizing the sun, the color orange is said to treat depression by increasing alertness and concentration, and by decreasing feelings of dread.
  • Blue – The most common color used in color therapy, blue is used to reduce tension throughout the body, helping
  • g with both anxiety and depression. It may also benefit a regular sleep cycle.
  • Indigo – The calming effect of indigo makes it a good choice for people with depression or anxiety.
  • Violet – Like indigo, violet relaxes the mind and body. Proponents of color therapy claim that it can relax muscles and encourage meditation.


To Start your home color therapy Start here

Health and Wellness

One Meal a Day Challenge

The assumption you must eat at least three meals a day just might be misguided. If you dislike eating breakfast and rarely find time for lunch at work, a one-meal policy makes outward sense – after all you still get to eat heartily late in the day, reducing three or more time-wasting rituals to a feast with possible weight-loss benefits.

One of the most visible practitioners of the one-meal diet, who started eating one meal a day while a stay-at-home dad in 2011.

“Being the full-time carer to four kids under six years old is demanding and stressful, and being around food all day makes comfort eating all too easy. I felt fat and miserable and it was affecting my relationship with my wife and kids. I knew I had to take control of my eating so I decided to give the diet a try. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” says Fowler.

Eating one meal a day can really help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain your ideal weight. It’s not a starvation diet (you still eat your recommended calories for weight loss), you just eat during one time a day instead of throughout the day. While weight loss is one of the main benefits of this way of eating, there are many more.

Continue following My 30 Day – One Meal a Day Challenge Here!


Do I have Postpartum Depression?

“I couldn’t figure out why I was so unhappy after having my baby. I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: “Maybe I’m just not a fun person anymore. Maybe I’m just supposed to be a mom.”


Sound Familiar?

Many new moms can relate.
When I say new moms, I  don’t mean first time moms.
Many mothers don’t realize,  want nothing to do with the term PPD or don’t want to admit that they have postpartum depression.
I struggled with some pre-delivery and postpartum depression for 4 months post baby.
Its a big confession and a healing  factor to admit that you indeed, fought depression.
We want it to just go away, live as normal as possible.
But it is simply impossible, when the  brain is triggering differently.
There were days I cried uncontrollably, had severe angry mood swings and literally couldn’t find the motivation to do anything besides breastfeed my baby.
PPD is  a mental health problem characterized by a prolonged period of emotional disturbance occurring at the time of a major life change and increased responsibilities in the case of a newborn infant. PPD can have significant consequences for both the new Mother and Family.
Postpartum Depression is real and it affects 50% of new moms  and many without them even realizing this depression is what they are struggling with.
To many times this illness is overlooked, moms may be in denial or brush it off as having a bad day.
Postpartum Depressions are not bad days.
Women with postpartum depression or anxiety have symptoms for a period of at least 2 weeks, and these symptoms interfere with their ability to function on a daily basis.
You feel sad and guilty for not being happy about your new blessing.
You feel overwhelmed and stuck, unable to move forward.
You feel disconnected to loved ones.
You feel moody and may lash out with anger, cries or a combination of both.
You can’t concentrate.
You feel unmotivated to do simple tasks as simple as getting dressed.
Your thoughts race.
Your worried, afraid, paranoid.
These are just a few symptoms of PPD.
1 in 7 women
You are NOT alone and you are NOT a freak and you are NOT highly unusual.  If you are having these feelings and symptoms then it is possible you are experiencing common disorders that 15 to 20% of new mothers diagnosed  have, and  50% not  diagnosed suffer with.

If you are pregnant and are having symptoms similar to those listed above, you should know that you aren’t unusual either.  You may have antepartum depression or anxiety, which are just as common but occur during the nine months of pregnancy.’

If you have these symptoms but unsure if you have PPD and want to know if you do take this quiz.




0 month Babies, 0-3 Months, First Month Postpartum, Uncategorized

The First Month Postpartum

The first month is the  toughest Month from bringing your baby home.
Not only are you emotional, your physically healing. Your body has just performed an amazing task. Forming a human, Opening and closing, now resetting.

The First month is the toughest month.

post partum 2As I walked around like a zombie. I had nothing together. All I could think about was feeding the baby. Food, Food, Food, that was the subject life revolved around. Of course, assure the baby is ok and comfortable. I literally could not sleep. I took cat naps, 2 hours here, an hour there, but my mind was awake. One slight movement from My son and my eyes were WIDE OPEN. Touching him, checking his temperature, re tucking him in his blanket, making sure he wasn’t hungry.

Breastfeeding is no joke. It is a full time job, especially during this month.

This was my first time nursing, with my first son, I did not.





Ahh is what I felt.

The Joyful hadn’t really kicked in.

I was scared, yet in love, somewhat confident, but insecure because of the 14 year gap of having Musaee, from Anthony.  Having a lack of remembering: although I had mothers instinct, I was swaying in confidence from day to day, with each moment and growth milestone.

I had some days of uncontrollable cry’s. I couldn’t stop it, Musaee’s dad tried his hardest to help me, but he wasn’t’ fully sure how.He would say ” what will make you feel better?” I honestly didn’t know and  I didn’t even know why I was crying! This was a common symptom called PPD, that I later found out. Which was why I had experienced  all those roller-coaster emotions.

My baby was gaining weight, he was developing as he should!

My tiny baby was a good latcher, and a good eater, BUT he spit up so much, that it had me worried. Possibly I thought, My breast-milk was not agreeing with him. So, I took him in to the Doctor and found out he had Acid Reflux. Things got a bit more complicated, as he was put on medication. I had to customize my diet, to rid of acidic foods that could spark up more acid in his little tummy. Watch him extra closely at night, because he laid on his back and the spit up could come at anytime. My fear was his coughing in it, so my sleep got further away from me, once this was discovered.


During this month, we also relocated as well from Los angeles to about an hour away back to our hometown. Like the saying says, it takes a village to raise a child and that is the truth!

Any help during the first month is a blessing!

I survived, However, this first month is the most nerve wrecking,  life shocking, readjusting and unstable month after having your child. Especially for first time moms.

Thank you for taking the time to read my first month postpartum, with musaee. My personal Ahh joyful journey.

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0-3 Months

Leaving the Hospital after birth

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I just had my baby!

New Mom, 2nd time, third or so forth.The feeling is irreplaceable. Such a gifted moment!

As I woke up in complete shock, yet humbled  with gratitude, OMG  I’m a Mother again.

This precious baby is mine!!?


Photo shoot day after having Musaee, my 2nd son.


So many emotions were running through my mind. But all overpowering with an overwhelm of love!

Musaee unlike his brother only kept me in Labor for 6 hours and 3 pushes. 23 hours for my first.The moment I held my little man, my whole world shifted. The Me now, We plus he.

Blessed, nothing more I could say.


Musaee Mykhal Mcgee

6 pounds 8 oz and 19 1/2 inches


Breastfeeding was new, adjusting was challenging, but I wanted the best nutritional benefits for him.  Re-learning, his sleeping and feeding schedule, the proper way to breastfeed, the proper nutrition for myself. Needless to say and for a whole other article breastfeeding is a skill, that many are misinformed about.

5 pounds, 12 oz, Musaee was the last day at the hospital. Scared Yes, but determined to keep breastfeeding I was!

Leaving St. Joseph Hospital, in Burbank, CA on 11-20-16.I was sweep with many emotions. It was 14 years since having a child. I basically had to learn all over the world of Newborn and being a Mom.  However, I was ready nonetheless.  I was ready to take on the new found life  and role. Besides having to adjust the car seat for a few minutes, we were on our way, with our precious cargo, to face the world with this new found love and life. We took a quick pit stop at Walmart, ( a families most visited store). Musaee and I stayed in the car.

Then it hit me, woah girl your a mother, you are responsible for this baby, despite your life state right now. Emotions I didn’t even know I had came from all over. I wanted the best for my baby, the very best!

I didn’t realize right away, these emotions were normal for mothers after birthing a child.

Arriving at our Home, in Van Nuys, CA at the time. We got upstairs, settled, yet the emotions hadn’t subsided yet.

Musaee Mykhal Mcgee, My new Inspiration.

How did you feel when your first brought your baby home?

Share in the comments below.


Renetta Artmont

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