Success Begins Within

Written by Monique Rider

Incorporating bodybuilding into my lifestyle has been one ofrepparttar best decisions I ever made. My early childhood was marred byrepparttar 131107 trauma of sexual abuse. Although these memories were repressed until just a few years ago, I spent most of my life suffering from allrepparttar 131108 classical symptoms of abuse: low self-esteem, low self-confidence, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and depression.

The cycle of abuse continued through my adolescence when, at age 16, I entered into an eight year abusive marriage. I endured daily emotional and verbal abuse, threats, and intimidation. My self-esteem continued to plummet and at age 24, when I finally divorced my husband, I was a physical and emotional wreck. I had never practiced a healthy lifestyle, had no self-respect, andrepparttar 131109 stress of my lifelong abuse had taken its toll. At 24 years old I weighed 97 pounds, was having daily chest pains, heart palpitations, panic attacks, and insomnia. I also suffered from TMJ Syndrome due to stress. My doctors advised me to begin an exercise program before my condition worsened.

I reluctantly began aerobics and then incorporated a mild strength-training program. I immediately noticedrepparttar 131110 physical and mental benefits of exercise. At that point in my life, toning and building muscle was not my goal. I needed an outlet for stress and an increased energy level. However, it didnít take long for me to develop an interest in nutrition, building muscle, and possibly competing. My self-esteem and general outlook on life improved tremendously as I continued my workouts.

In January 1998, at age 34, I took my love ofrepparttar 131111 sport one step further. I hired a professional bodybuilder to train me forrepparttar 131112 upcoming Belding Natural Classic Bodybuilding show in Belding, Michigan. Due torepparttar 131113 abuse I suffered, I have always had a terrible self-image. Even though I never had a weight problem, I have always been very embarrassed of my body. Competing was something I never thought I could do, because of this hang up.

Diet And Detox

Written by Namita Nayyar

Today we live at a pace that would have seemed unbelievable and indeed impossible to our grandparents.

Withrepparttar increasing demand of jobs, long travel, odd working hours, bringing up children and hectic social lives. We tend to become tired and rundown.

Besides our bodies are under constant assault from pollutions, stress, bad posture, sedentary jobs and own bad eating habits.

Over a period of time, these effects build up and emerge in many different forms-everything from passing infections, skin eruptions, headaches & digestive problems to serious conditions, such as ulcers, cancers and heart disease.

The more we overload over body,repparttar 131105 more it sinks underrepparttar 131106 strain. When we begin, detoxification-we give our bodiesrepparttar 131107 chance to repair and cleanse and restore a more balance state torepparttar 131108 entire system.

Detoxification shows up in number of ways. Besides achieving a healthy weight, you can expect to have a clearer skin, healthy looking hair, strong nails and more energy. Detox also has a very calming effect onrepparttar 131109 mind, particularly if it is combined with meditation. Above all this, it puts you onrepparttar 131110 right course of long term health.


Our bodies are completely complex organisms in a state of constant growth and renewal on cellular level. When we pour toxins into our bodies, it treats these as a matter of urgency and works on processing them to render them harmless. This leavesrepparttar 131111 body with less energy for everyday processes of cleaning, healing and renewal. With increasing demands over a period of time,repparttar 131112 body is unable to keep uprepparttar 131113 pace andrepparttar 131114 strain begins to show onrepparttar 131115 overworked liver and kidneys, leading to slowing down of body's performance.

When we detox, two thing happen. First, we stop overloadingrepparttar 131116 body with harmful substances and secondly, we give it plenty ofrepparttar 131117 right nutrients to actually speed uprepparttar 131118 elimination of old toxins and promote cell renewal.

As you rejuvenaterepparttar 131119 cells, become healthier and you look and feel younger!


The World Health Organisation (WHO) had clearly stated that Vitamin A, C & E are vital for health. These vitamins, together with mineral selenium are known as antioxidants.

They can protect us not only against minor infections but also serious degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart diseases, as well as conditions that come with premature ageing. They work by acting as scavengers for free radicals.

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