Monday, April 25, 2011

Seven Tips to Get Yourself into Swimsuit Shape!

Seven Tips to Get Yourself into Swimsuit Shape!

Seven Tips to Get Yourself into Swimsuit Shape!

Spring is the season to make a fresh start and now is a great time to get ready for summer. To help you look your best and make it into a swimsuit, Jenny Craig Chief Nutritionist, Lisa Talmini has these tips for you:

  1. Enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables to add variety without sacrificing satisfaction. Fresh asparagus, green beans and strawberries have wonderfully robust flavor when picked at their peak.
  2. Substitute a sprinkle of chopped walnuts for hollandaise sauce, a splash of olive oil for butter, and sliced avocado for sour cream to keep the focus on heart-healthy fats.
  3. Limit casseroles, cream-based sauces and other winter "comfort foods." Instead, try a chef's salad filled with luscious tomatoes, lean turkey and reduced cheeses along with fresh berries garnished with fat-free whipped topping for dessert.
  4. Tackle your spring-cleaning, dig out your gardening tools or chase your children at the playground. Aim for 30 minutes of brisk activity most days of the week.
  5. Grab your walking shoes and hit the pavement, beach or trails. Instead of focusing on how far you need to walk, pay attention to the unique sights, sounds and smells of spring. You’ll feel rejuvenated by the time you return home.
  6. Using comfortable weights, resistance tubes or cans of vegetables, add 15-20 minutes of light weight training twice a week to tone up muscles. For every pound of muscle you gain, you burn an extra 35 calories – which can add up to a 10-pound weight loss over the course of a year.
  7. Adopt a fresh attitude. Just like a gardener can retrain a vine to grow in a new direction, so can a negative, judgmental thinking style be guided along a positive, self-accepting path.
*50 lbs/6 month limit. At participating centres. Clients following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week. Restrictions apply.
Jenny Craig Tip

Saturday, April 23, 2011

jillian's tip on failure

"There’s nothing fun about falling on your ass, but it’s an essential part of your ascendance, both personally & professionally. As I’ve said, you will fail. At least I hope so, because it’s a foregone conclusion if you’re really living, really reaching. Failure is integral because it ultimately teaches you how to succeed. When you learn what you’ve done wrong, you can take steps in the future to get it right. And that is the key to overcoming it, using failure as an entry point for learning, a way into wisdom. With the right attitude, you can transform any setback into a guide for growth."-Jillian Michaels

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dreams 4/22/2011

I have been having such funky dreams lately.

Day 1: Parking garage dream

I was at a concert and was stuck in the parking lot. there's a baby carseat in my car. I have to go through tunnels (by crawling) to even get to the level i'm parked at. There's tons of people and cars around and I can't get out. I am late to pick up someone (i think it was a child) and they're in the same building just on the 2nd floor. I am on the 4th floor but am completely stuck.

Some answers according to
  • To see a tunnel in your dream, represents the vagina, womb, and birth. Thus it may refer to a need for security and nurturance.
  • To dream that you are going through a tunnel, suggests that you are exploring aspects of your unconscious. You are opening yourself to a brand new awareness. Alternatively, it indicates your limited perspective as in the phrase "tunnel vision". Are you being close minded or narrow minded in some issue?
  • To see the light at the end of a tunnel, symbolizes hope. You will navigate through life and all its difficulties with great success. Alternatively, it also indicates the end of your journey and the realization of your goals.
  • To dream that you are crawling, indicates that you are approaching your goals with careful forethought and preparation. Alternatively, the dream may indicate that you are lowering yourself and your standards. You may be doing less than your best.
  • To dream that you are crawling out of a wreck or ruins, represents your willpower.
  • To dream that you are in parking lot, suggests that you need to slow down and take time from your daily activities.
  • To dream that you cannot find a parking space, indicates your inability to find your place in life. You may still be searching for your niche. Alternatively, the dream may reflect your busy life and the lack of time you have.
  • To dream that you are parking your car, represents your desire to settle down. Alternatively, it means that you feel accomplished in your goals and satisfied with your life. If you have difficulty parking the car, then it means that you are in some sort of a rut. You are feeling restless. Perhaps you wished you had taken a different path in your life.
  • To see children in your dream, signify an aspect of yourself and your childlike qualities. You may be retreating back to a childlike state and longing for the past. You are trying to still satisfy repressed desires and unfulfilled hopes. Perhaps there is something that you need to see grow and nurture. Take some time off and cater to the inner child within. Alternatively, the dream may be highlighting your innocence, purity, simplicity, and carefree attitude. If you are fighting with children, then it implies that you are repressing your inner child. The children could represent someone in your waking life (coworker, mate, sibling, etc.) who is acting like a child. If you see children fighting in your dream, then it means that your sense of morality and character are in conflict.
  • To forget about your child or children, suggests that you are feeling overwhelmed by your waking responsibilities. The dream is telling you that you are overly fixating on minor details and overlooking the important things on your life. You need to re-prioritize your time and focus on what matters. To dream that your own grown children are still very young, indicates that you still see them as young and dependent. You want to feel needed and significant.
  • To dream that you are watching children but they do not know you are there, is a metaphor for some hidden knowledge or some latent talent which you have failed to recognize.

Day 2: Hit list

Apparently there's a list of people who need to die before the world can be back in order again. I have this list and am waiting on he last person's death. I do not kill these people but do witness their demise. I am not sympathetic to them. I am more worried about the world being set back right in order. He guy's initials are P.B. and I call him peanut butter. yeah, i know, random.

Some answers according to
  • To dream that you are making a list, suggests that you are worried about a problem or situation in your waking life.
  • To see someone dying in your dream, signifies that your feelings for that person are dead or that a significant change/loss is occurring in your relationship with that person. Alternatively, you may want to repress that aspect of yourself that is represented by the dying person.
  • To see or eat peanut butter in your dream, suggests that you are having difficulties communicating your thoughts and ideas. It may also indicate a misunderstanding; your words are coming out all wrong.

Day 3: I am going to be a landlord then i am a child on a skateboard.

We are going to rent out a room to our close male friend G.G. and he's at our house checking out the room. A couple of our other friends who are engaged are also there with McD's and they start eating happily. I found a whole bunch of goodies stored in the extra room that's to be rented out. One of the items are a big bag of extra loofas/body wash sponges. Our friend chowing on McD's wants them and is so happy cuz he can give it to his fiance.

G.G. thinks the room was awesome. Clearing some things out of the way it is indeed a very cool room and I had forgotten how cool that room is. There are different textured walls (stone, brick, rigid ragged white walls) and a very cool fireplace. The room is a lot bigger without the clutter and turns out to be really spacious. I offer to clean it up today and he wants to move in asap.

A girl I am not fond of who broke our friend's heart and marriage who is a horrible everything (wife, mother, person) J.B. comes by, i tell her to leave. She tries to fight me but with cold/stern words and some pushing, i am able to kick her out. Someone asks me why i'm acting like that. i answer them i don't want that kind of selfishness and negativity in my home and it makes sense and my actions are acknowledged as reasonable.

The scene changes. I am a child trying to get home in a rush due to i don't remember what reason. i'm on a skateboard. i am going really really fast. a bit afraid for safety but it's that important i get home in time. as i am nearly at my house and at the foot of a big big hill and i have to get off my board to clime this thing to get home. i see my estranged aunt walking alone on top and she looks at me sadly. I feel sad for her and wonder what is going on. She continues to walk away while maintaining eye contact with me. I wake up.

Some answers according to
  • To dream that you are looking for a roommate, suggests that you are ready to incorporate a new and unknown component into your life. You are receptive to change.
  • To dream that you are rejecting something, indicates that there is some aspect of your life that you want to be rid of. It may be some failing situation. Alternatively, you are refusing to accept a situation that is being imposed and forced upon you.
  • To see or eat fast food in your dream, indicates that you are not taking the time to cater to your emotions. You are not taking good care of your physical or mental health.
  • To see or use a sponge in your dream, suggests that you are receptive and are able to easily absorb new knowledge and information. The dream may also be a metaphor that you are "sponging off someone" or that someone is "sponging" off you. Perhaps you are becoming too dependent and need to find your own path.
  • To see a stone in your dream, symbolizes strength, unity, and unyielding beliefs. Look at the shape, texture and color of the stone for additional significance. If the stones are rough, then it represents your quest in recognizing and developing your self-identity. Part of this quest is to also become aware of your unconscious and suppressed thoughts.
  • Consider the common phrase "etched in stone" which suggest permanence and unchanging attitudes. Some stones also carry sacred and magical meanings. Alternatively, stones relate to issues of moral judgment and/or guilt. Or the dream may also be a metaphor for "being stoned" or under the influence of drugs.
  • To see an unlit fireplace, is indicative of low energy, disinterest, or disheartenment.
  • To dream that you are cleaning, implies that you are removing some negativity in your life and overcoming major obstacles. You are moving ahead toward a new stage in your life. In particular, if you are cleaning your house, then it means that you need to clear out your thoughts and get rid of your old ways and habits. You are seeking self-improvement.
  • To see or ride a skateboard in your dream, indicates that you have the gift of making any difficult situation look easy. You carry yourself with style, grace and composure in the hardest of situations. Alternatively, the dream signifies your free and fun-loving side.
  • To dream that you are climbing a hill, signifies your struggles in achieving a goal. You need to focus your energies on the prize.
  • To see your relatives in your dream, signify family issues and feelings. Relatives are symbolic of some aspect of your own self.
  • Aunt being sad-->To dream of sadness, suggests that you need to learn from your disappointments and just be happy. Try not to dwell on the negative. The dream may be a reflection of how you are feeling in your waking life.
  • To dream that you are a small child again, suggests that you are feeling the burdens of adulthood. You are trying to escape from your daily responsibility and are looking for someone else to shield, protect and care for you.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Exercise Your Right to Bare Arms

From LOSING IT! With Jillian Michaels
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Exercise Your Right to Bare Arms

Looking at Hollywood's red carpet, you can tell the stars are all about developing and toning their upper arms. Even First Lady Michelle Obama proudly shows her fantastic biceps regularly. Buff arms can be yours too! What you need is a move that will make what I call the "belly" of the biceps really pop! Ready? Get in the right mind-set — it's time to concentrate!

Concentration Curls

  1. Hold a dumbbell in your right hand and sit on the edge of a bench or a chair with your feet a few inches wider than your hips.
  2. Lean forward from your hips, and place your right elbow against the inside of your right thigh, just behind your knee. The weight should hang down near the inside of your ankle.
  3. Place your left palm on top of your left thigh. Exhale and bend your right arm, curling the dumbbell three-quarters of the way up toward your shoulder.
  4. Hold for a beat, then inhale slowly, lowering the weight, and repeat. Do a complete set (10 to 15 reps) on one arm, then switch to the other.
The concentration curl really helps isolate the biceps by taking any assistance from the back and shoulders totally out of the equation. Be careful not to cheat by leaning back for help when you are lifting the weight.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bob Ross Quotes

I loved and miss Bob Ross. Here are some of his sayings:
  • In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over, is the garbage
  • Gotta give him a friend. Like I always say ‘everyone needs a friend.

After cleaning the brush with odorless thinner, while shaking off excess liquid by rapidly beating the brush against a post of the easel.He says:
  • Haha, and just beat the devil out of it.
  • I like to beat the brush.
  • You can use a brush rack to hit the brush on. Otherwise you will become unpopular real fast.
  • People might look at you a bit funny, but it’s okay. Artists are allowed to be a bit different.
  • Shwooop. Hehe. You have to make those little noises, or it just doesn’t work.
  • Talk to the tree, make friends with it.
  • I taught my son to paint mountains like these, and guess what? Now he paints the best damn mountains in the industry.
  • That’s a crooked tree. We’ll send him to Washington.
  • That’s where the crows will sit. But we’ll have to put an elevator to put them up there because they can’t fly, but they don’t know that, so they still try.
  • The only thing worse than yellow snow is green snow.
  • The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.
  • The trees are oh so soft, oh so soft I freakin’ love it.
  • There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.
  • Trees cover up a multitude of sins.
  • Try to imagine that you are a tree. How do you want to look out here?
  • Water’s like me. It’s laaazy… Boy, it always looks for the easiest way to do things.
  • We don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.
  • We tell people sometimes: we’re like drug dealers, come into town and get everybody absolutely addicted to painting. It doesn’t take much to get you addicted.
  • We want happy paintings. Happy paintings. If you want sad things, watch the news.
  • We’re gonna make some big decisions in our little world.
  • Well, the little clock on the wall says we’re just about out of time. God bless you my friend.
  • Well, the little clock on the wall says we’re just about out of time. Goodnight and God bless.
  • Well, the little clock on the wall says we’re just about out of time. Happy Painting and God bless
  • From all of us here I’d like to wish you happy painting…and God bless my friend.
  • When I was teaching my son Steve to paint, I used to tell him, just pretend he was a whisper, and he floated right across the mountain, that easy, gentle, make love to it, caress it.
  • You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.
  • I can’t go over 30 minutes, because we have a mean ol’ director with no sense of humor.
  • You can put as many or as few as you want in your world.
  • In reference to a variety of things including trees, clouds, mountains, hills, fence posts, rocks, etc.
  • Even if you’ve never painted before, this one you can do.

Artsy Quotesies 4/18/2011

I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products.
- Marcel Duchamp

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time. It is just that the others are behind the time.
- Martha Graham

Lord, let me always desire more then I think I can do.
- Michelangelo

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

"Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment."
- Claude Monet

"A Good artist has less time than ideas."
-Martin Kippenberger

"The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it immensely. All art is useless."
-Oscar Wilde

"Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new."
-Og Mandino

"I hate flowers.. I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move."
-Pablo Picasso

"Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know."

"Everyone has talent at 25. The difficulty is to have it at 50."
-Edgar Degas

"To finish a picture? What nonsense!"
-Pablo Picasso

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."-
-Pablo Picasso

Friday, April 15, 2011

Why the World Needs Artists by Carolyn Henderson on 3/1/2011 10:41:27 AM This article is by Carolyn Henderson, the managing half of Steve Henderson

Why the World Needs Artists

by Carolyn Henderson on 3/1/2011 10:41:27 AM

This article is by Carolyn Henderson, the managing half of Steve Henderson Fine Art. She is a regular contributing writer for FineArtViews and her freelance writing appears in regional newspapers, online magazines, and her humor blog, Middle-Aged Plague.

For the last two weeks on the FineArtViews site, there has been a lively discussion about whether or not artistic ability is an inborn talent. Because many respondents commented on the concept of God-given gifts, the issue segued smoothly into discussions of a religious nature, and I have followed the thread with interest, wondering when or if Clint Watson would have to step in and ask everyone to go paint now, please.

It is gratifying to see that such interpolation was not necessary, and that artists of varying religious persuasions have been able to communicate graciously with one another without resorting to shouting back and forth in capital letters. What is even more intriguing is to see that, regardless of the spiritual outlook of the various writers, a majority attribute their ability, talent, hard work, and discipline to some form of inner strength -- be it metaphysical, earth-based, self-based, Christ-based, God-based, or Higher-Power-based of some form.

What I see here extends beyond individual belief and doctrine to something more universal: an acceptance and pursuit of truth in its many forms.

When I was a teenager, I had a poster amongst the dozens on my walls that said, "The pursuit of truth will set you free -- even if you never find it."

As an adult, I look at this saying and think, "Sounds good at first, but actually it's kind of stupid."

There are so many truths in this world down here, that if you set out to find them and can't, then you're looking for baby formula in the liquor store.

Truth: Gravity. It exists; it's a law; it won't be defied. It's not difficult to find.

Truth: Death. Same qualifications as gravity.

Truth: Life forms need water in order to continue to be living life forms.

Truth: Honesty, integrity, compassion, beauty, patience, perseverance, determination, loyalty, peace, hope -- these are good things, and when we as humans strive for them, good things abound. These good truths are the basis of all religions worth following.

Conversely, the polar opposites of the aforementioned truths -- envy, hate, bitterness, laziness, despair, slyness, manipulation, horror, pride, and fear -- are traps that we can fall into regardless of what we believe, and pursuing these counter truths draws out the worst in us, mitigating or eliminating the good in any spiritually derived teaching.

Artists -- because of their sensitive, analytical, observant, and creative nature -- are uniquely poised to present truth to a world that cries out for it. While there is the stereotype that artists are flakey people, self-absorbed and mumbling to themselves in their garret studios, there is a streak of level-headed common sense that runs through their veins, and when they paint or sculpt or otherwise create images of the world around them, they are presenting the truths, or absence thereof, that they see.

Artists are the canaries in the mine, warning society that it is on the wrong track. They see where we are going before we get there; they see the good truths that can be and the bad options that entice. They promote and elevate the good truths so that others can grasp and understand it.

“What is art?” is one of those mystery questions that is as unsolvable as “Why do innocent children suffer?”

“What is not art?” however, is vaguely answerable:

Art is not something that promotes the counter truths, simply to glorify them or shock the senses.

With this in mind, it can be strongly argued that a "sculpture" of a crucifix soaking in a container of urine is not art, because its sole purpose is to dismay and damage. Ripping into another's core beliefs with such unbridled contempt and hate produces only more contempt and hate, something we don't need more of in this world.

If you are an artist, you have a divine commission, whether or not you believe in a divine power: You see truth.

You are uniquely capable of translating abstract truths onto canvas (or bronze, or into fine jewelry, or into words -- art is broad and far reaching).

In a society that promotes engineers and scientists as the highest forms of helpers to mankind, artists are not valued for the deep and abiding contributions they make to the human race, but don't be deceived: building bridges and developing treatments for cancer are vitally important -- but so is creating art.

The engineers and the scientists can't do it.

Only the artists can.

Chickens and Artists

Chickens and Artists

by Luann Udell

This post is by Luann Udell, regular contributing author for FineArtViews. Luann also writes a column ("Craft Matters") for The Crafts Report magazine (a monthly business resource for the crafts professional) where she explores the funnier side of her life in craft. She's a double-juried member of the prestigious League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (fiber & art jewelry). Her work has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers across the country and she is a published writer. She's blogged since 2002 about the business side--and the spiritual inside--of art. She says, "I share my experiences so you won't have to make ALL the same mistakes I did...." You should submit an article and share your views as a guest author by clicking here.

Another artistic insight from watching my funny pets.

Our chicken flock was devastated by a dog last fall. The sad part was the loss of our silly pets and no good eggs for awhile. The happy part is—we get to start out with new chicks this season!

Chickens are fun to watch, especially when they’re little. They grow astonishingly fast. Ours are barely two weeks old, and yet, they exhibit all the normal chicken behaviors.

In fact, one of these behaviors got me thinking this morning...

Nine chicks sharing one food bowl created havoc, made worse by one chick actually sitting in the food dish and not letting the others eat. At first, I thought she’d figured out how to hog ALL the food for herself. But as I watched, I realized she was using the ground corn meal to ‘dust’ herself. Chickens often roll and thrash in dust. It helps protect them against mites. My little chick wasn’t being piggy. She’d found some stuff that acted like dust and she was using it instinctively.

So the humanity lesson learned was, things aren’t always what they seem. But the artistic lesson was right behind.

These chickens come out of the shell already knowing everything they need to know about being a chicken.

Wouldn’t it be nice if artists had all that knowledge from birth, too?

We often have the traits. We may be keen observers of the world, in a slightly cock-eyed fashion (excuse the pun.) Noting that shadows on snow are blue, not gray. And faraway mountains are actually purple-ish.

Or maybe we ‘see’ things that aren’t really there. In fourth grade, I painted autumn trees with purple leaves. My teacher corrected me—had I ever seen a tree with purple leaves? But purple seemed to fit right in with the russets, golds and oranges. It just looked good.

We may have loved sitting quietly and really, deeply looking at an object as we draw. Or perhaps we always had to be moving—rolling clay, splashing paint, gathering pretty pebbles and sticks.

So many different ways to be creative and so many artistic paths to follow.

But many artists and potential artists get lost along the way. Perhaps that happens because there are many important things about becoming an artist we aren’tborn with.

We may have traits and potential. But if we don’t master the techniques, we can’t put them into practice.

We may be born to love drawing, but we aren’t born knowing how to draw.

We may be born wanting to express our personal vision of the world. But if we don’t know how to set aside time and resources to do that, our vision won’t get very far.

We may crave attention, recognition and rewards from making our art. But if we don’t know how to get it out into the world, or get it in front of the people who might love it, it may feel like nobody cares.

Today’s modern world creates many hindrances to making and marketing art. Jobs, family, school, social obligations, telephones and email, illness and hardship, all create demands on our time and energy. It can be hard to create a space to simply make our work, let along time to figure out how to market it.

But today’s modern world also provides resources and opportunities not available in the past. We can now use the internet to display our work, talk about our inspiration and processes, apply to shows, sign up for a class, research galleries and explore endless opportunities.

Our little chicks have all the need to know about being a chicken and, sometimes, I envy them that.

But I believe we’re far better off for having so many, many different ways of being an artist. Even if it takes a little longer for some of us to get there.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Have a Weight Loss Plateau? Let Me Help By Jillian Michaels

Have a Weight Loss Plateau? Let Me Help
By Jillian Michaels
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There is nothing more discouraging than stepping on the scale after a week of diligent dieting and grueling workouts and not seeing any drop in the number. The plateau is a common problem among dieters and can typically be waited out, but there are measures you can take to keep your metabolism fired up even as you reduce your caloric intake.

The best way to break a plateau is to keep your salt intake below 2,000 milligrams a day and drink lots of water. Make sure you're not eating any processed carbs, period. That's right — no chips, sugar, white flour, and so on. And hit the gym hard! The boost in exercise will make your body swell and hold fluids for a few days, but after a week you should see the benefits on the scale.

You can also try playing around with your caloric intake a bit, varying it from day to day throughout the week while keeping the same weekly total. The body can't slow its metabolism to adjust to a reduced caloric intake if the intake isn't fixed from one day to the next. For instance, to bust my plateau, I might have 1,200 calories on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and then eat 1,500 calories on Tuesday, 1,600 on Thursday, 1,400 on Saturday, and 1,700 on Sunday. Get it?

The plateau effect can sometimes simply be a matter of flagging resolve. If mixing up your caloric intake just isn't working, make sure you're not slipping up on your diet or slacking off in your workouts. I'm serious; it happens.

As with any program, there will be highs and lows, but stay with it. Your body is trying to adjust to the weight loss. Don't get scared or discouraged. Just be patient and know that you are worth it!

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Q: I love that I have the information I need to lose 2 pounds a week; however, I would like to lose more than that. How can I lose 4 to 5 pounds a week? I have a total of 96 more pounds to lose.
To lose a pound, you must burn 3,500 calories. As I've said before, it's all about the math — how to burn more calories in the most effective way.

You can only do so much resistance training without damaging your muscles and impeding your results. Additionally, you can't starve the weight off: If you eat fewer than 1,200 calories a day, you will sabotage your optimal results. Therefore, cardio is weight loss extra credit. It allows you to burn additional calories without overtraining. This is one of the reasons some Biggest Loser players can still lose 20 pounds a week, even 7 weeks into the program.

Think about the math: If you are eating 1,500 calories a day — we assume your BMR without exercise is 1,600 (this is actually my BMR) — and you do two 1-hour cardio sessions that burn 500 calories each (one in the morning and one at night), the two sessions, along with your regular daily activity, will speed up your base metabolism to at least 2,000. As a result, you will have burned about 1,500 calories that day — that is, almost half a pound. At that rate you will be losing up to 3.5 pounds a week.

That said, you are bound to lose more weight during the first two weeks of any weight loss regimen because of the dramatic change in your diet and the loss of excess fluid. After that, it's all about crunching the numbers, and cardio is the key.

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