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By Maria Gracia
June 10, 2017
I Felt Like a Rock Star...and You Can Too!
I recently was licensed to teach POUND fitness, a cardio fitness class
that is super energetic, choreographed to rock music, and utilizes drum sticks
through the whole workout. It is a loud, edgy, rockin' class, and yes I felt
like a rock star. It was way-cool...and I can't wait to teach it...so others can
get that same rock-star feeling! (Note: Fitness is my second life. I am right
next to the woman in the pink shirt...4 people over from the left, front row.)
As I completed the course and was handed my teaching certificate, I had this
epiphany. Everyone needs to feel like a rock star now and then.
Feeling like a rock star can come from a drumming fitness class OR anything
you do that makes you feel like you're accomplishing something that's making
a positive difference in your own life, and the lives of others as well.
Here are some ways to get that rock star feeling in your life.
1) Try something new. I can't emphasize enough the importance of this.
Doing something new keeps our minds fresh, forces us to get outside of our
boxes, makes us more interesting to others, and allows us to see that there are
always new opportunities that await us...no matter where we are on our current
paths. This can take the form of a class, a new sport or exercise, a hobby
you've been meaning to try, joining a social club, switching hair dressers,
trying a new flavor of coffee (hey...excitement levels vary), or any number of
2) Don't give up after one try. Some folks try something once and give up
before they give it a fighting chance, often because it feels difficult at
first. Believe me, everything is difficult at the start, but experience and
practice often fades as you master whatever you're doing. I had a friend who
started running about a year ago on the advice of her personal trainer. She
HATED it...and that's putting her feelings mildly. But she stuck with it,
because she promised her trainer that she would give it a one-month trial. Today,
a year later, she loves running. One after the other, she completed a 5K, a 10K,
etc...and she'll be running her first marathon in just one month. Plus, she's
coaching others to do the same. Does this happen all the time? No. Sometimes
you discover after trial and error that you're not loving what you're doing, and
that's OK because alternate new things await you. Other times, you'll be
surprised at how much you LOVE it and can't imagine living your life without
3) Don't allow others to rain on your parade. About five years ago, a
friend of mine, who is married with three teenage kids, decided to leave her job
after 20 years, and go to school to become a nurse. It's something she always
wanted to do. Her husband wasn't thrilled at first because she was so
established with the company she was working for, nursing school was pricey, her
salary (once she became a nurse) would be a lot less than her current salary,
and he didn't want her to work weird hours, which was inevitable as a new nurse.
She went ahead and did it anyway because she was so passionate about it. Today,
she is absolutely thrilled with her nursing job, and is headed for a promotion
to boot! Here's a tip: You only get one life, and if you never take a chance,
you'll never know what could have been. Her husband fully supports her now and,
in hindsight, can see that this made a wonderful difference in her life, her
family life (she's a lot happier to be around these days), and in the lives of
her patients (they adore her.)
4) Dress like a rock star. No, you don't have to sport spiky hair and a
leather jacket, but wear clothes that make you feel great about yourself. If you
look good on the outside, that feeling will translate on the inside. A good rule
of thumb is to dress 'one step above' the event or occasion. Doing so increases
confidence, authority, and creates an even higher perception of you to others.
5) Don't get into the 'I'm too old to do that' mindset. If you think
you're too old, you'll be sabotaging any new adventures awaiting you. Artist
Paul C‚zanne was 56 years old when he had his first art exhibit in Paris. Noah
Webster completed his American Dictionary of the English Language at age 66.
Colonel Sanders was 65 when he started Kentucky Fried Chicken. Yuichiro Miura,
first climbed Everest when he was 70 and then again at 75. Grandma Moses took up
painting at the age of 77 to help make ends meet during the depression. By the
time of her death at age 101 she had completed over 1600 paintings. I have
several eighty-something-year-young ladies who religiously attend my Zumba
classes, alongside a much younger crowd. There are always ways you can do
something, or modify and do if a modification is necessary, that will make a
positive difference in your life. Heck, I have a woman who is blind who attends
my Zumba classes religiously!
If there's one thing I learned upon receiving my new POUND fitness
certification, it's this. I may not be Ringo Starr by any stretch, but I can
rock out with drums in my own way, and feel like a rock star any time I so
choose...and so can you!
Special 'Gotta Have' Resource
These 3 WORST exercise mistakes make you plump and squishy (instead of tight
CrossFit, hot yoga, kettlebells, spin classes, high intensity interval
training -- everywhere you look people 35 and over are thinking of new and
exciting ways to re-capture their youth.
There's just one problem - they are STILL making the same 3 metabolism-damaging
exercise mistakes. Visit:
A damaged metabolism ages you prematurely, drains you of energy and makes you
fatter. PLUS, it puts you at a dramatically increased risk for chronic diseases
like diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer's.'
So please IMMEDIATELY stop making these 3 exercise mistakes below before it's
Instead, consider the 'smart' alternative that's recently been developed. It's
short, efficient and absolutely torches the most amount of fat in just 15
minutes, 3 times a week. More on that below...
1. Worst Exercise Mistake 1: This Adds Belly Fat...
When you want to burn more fat, it's as simple as working out longer, right?
The longer you exercise, the more your body is under stress and the more the
powerful stress hormone, cortisol, floods into your cells. Some cortisol is good
to help you deal with stress, but too much is BAD.
Excess cortisol causes you to lose muscle from your upper body and store fat,
especially in your mid-section and lower trunk. That turns women into a pear
shape and makes men look like a swollen apple.
However, what's interesting is that with the right type of metabolic training,
cortisol can actually be harnessed to become a VERY powerful fat burner and
muscle toner as you'll see in a sec.
2. Worst Exercise Mistake 2: This Drives Sugar Cravings...
Most people exercise TOO hard, thinking harder is better. But that just sends
your sugar and carb cravings through the roof, forcing you to think about donuts
and pasts until you get a your sugar fix.
That sets up a VERY dangerous situation because there's no substance on the
planet that's more damaging to your metabolism than sugar (and carbs that turn
Sugar triggers a process called glycation, which coats your cells with a thick
caramel-like substance. That prevents oxygen and nutrients from getting into
your cells and damaging toxins from getting out.
That's like starving, choking and drowning your cells all at the same time.
Working out at the right intensity IS important. But as you'll see below,
strategically RESTING during your workout is the #1 key to torching fat and
toning muscle - WITHOUT damaging your metabolism.
3. Worst Exercise Mistake 3 - The Circus Workout...
Ever seen someone hop from one machine to the next, scurrying all over the gym
or jumping all over their living room trying to imitate the 'insane' moves on
That's a circus workout. It's like exercise ADD -- they never focus on ONE THING
long enough for it to stimulate their metabolism to burn fat and tone muscle. No
wonder they don't get results.
The key is to focus JUST long enough on a particular exercise that it forces
your body to respond... but also not TOO LONG that it triggers excess belly-
fattening cortisol as we learned earlier.
It is like goldilocks. Not too much... not too little...but juuuust right.
When you hit this magic metabolic sweet spot, your body burns up large amounts
of fat during the 2-3 days after your workout as your body recovers, repairs and
prepares to be challenged again.
How to Avoid These 3 Mistakes and Hit the Metabolic Sweet Spot...
Fortunately, there's a new approach that avoids all these mistakes AND has 3
It stimulates your metabolism to become MORE efficient, making you MUCH better
at burning body fat for energy, instead of driving you to eat sugar and carbs...
It's extremely fast, taking only 15 minutes, 3 times a week to get results.
These 15 minutes are incredibly efficient as they stimulate your metabolism to
burn fat for 2-3 days after... It triggers the release of powerful youth-
enhancing hormones that give you a makeover from the inside out as your cells
repair, rejuvenate and refresh your body AND brain...
The best part is how much this new approach FORCES you to rest. Strategically
resting at the RIGHT time can dramatically ramp up fat burning, muscle toning
and how quickly your body re-shapes.
This avoids the dangerous trap of pushing too hard, sending your cortisol levels
through the roof, making your muscles saggy and packing on belly fat -- the
opposite of what you want.
You can read more about it here:
P.S. - This new type of metabolic workout is something that anybody can do, at
any age, regardless of their fitness level or health status. In fact research
shows that the older, sicker and more overweight you are, the more fat-burning,
muscle-shaping, anti-aging benefits you'll enjoy.
It takes only 15 minutes a day, 3 times a week and broken into 3 simple phases
that systematically fires up your metabolism, one step at a time, until
ultimately it becomes a raging fat-burning, muscle-shaping metabolic inferno.
Week Beginning June 10th
1. Think about Father's Day. Father's Day is right around the corner,
coming up next week. Consider planning something special for your dad and/or
any special dads you know.
2. Clean out your freezer. Discard any freezer-burned or unidentifiable
foods...as well as anything you know nobody in your family is going to eat.
3. Inspect your shower curtain and liner. If you notice any obvious grime
or mildew, or they haven't been washed in awhile, it may be high time to handle
that project this week. Shower curtains and liners can be laundered in the
bathtub by hand, or tossed in the washing machine. You may be able to toss your
curtain in the dryer (check the laundering label first), but hang any plastic
liners to dry. Every now and then, I splurge for a new liner...they're generally
4. Clean off outdoor deck and patio furniture. Between bird droppings,
dirt, mildew and more, your outdoor deck and patio furniture is going to need
to be cleaned often. Check online to determine the best cleaning method for
yours, depending on the material (wood, teak, plastic, metal, etc.) and then
give it a good scrubbing.
5. Are you ready for the pool? I'm due to purchase a new bathing suit and
will be doing so this week. How about you? Is last season's suit still OK, or do
you need a replacement as well? Unearth yours and figure it out this week. Buy
some natural sunscreen while you're at it.
As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to
change the world. I have a chance to do both.
I'd love to hear from you.
Comments, suggestions, or just to say
hello. Just REPLY to this email with a short note.
And remember...Being organized creates a happier,
healthier, more fulfilling life!
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