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Motivation Monday Make Yourself

You are responsible for yourself.

You can create a whole new you but it is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication.

And you have to want it. Really want it.

Getting in shape is a process. For some it takes small baby steps to get to ready and for others it is like a light switch – it just clicks. It doesn’t matter how you start because you will get there and the reward is a better, healthier you.

For me, it started with the baby steps then one day it all made sense and the light switch flipped. Initially, I was working out semi-regularly and eating okay. I would go through phases with my eating where I would eat healthy then I would eat a processed snack or two or five and sometimes I would even eat fast food. These choices were to my own detriment as I would often stall in my progress.

When I started truly eating completely clean and working out regularly is when my hard work and determination started paying off. I’m still a work in progress in many ways but I feel much better in my own skin. I feel like I look pretty close to my pre-pregnancy self with a few physical differences. I do not eat fast food ever and if I want something sweet I make it myself. I can control my own indulgences because I know what is in them.

You don’t have to start off perfect as long as you start. Just remember, you are the only one who can make YOU.

For you, is it baby steps or light switch?

Employee Rewards Regulations You Must Know

Employee Rewards Regulations You Must Know

Providing employee rewards for wellness program participation is becoming quite popular but knowing the “rules” of the game has been quite challening.? Employers need to be sure that they are in compliance with HIPAA’s non-discrimination rules as well as those set forth by the Department of Labor and the U.S. Treasury Department.

As I meet with clients, I continually get asked about employee reward program guidelines that need to be followed. To me, they have always been unclear and fuzzy!

As worksite health promotion programs continue to become increasingly popular its best that we? know and understand these rules so that we don’t get into too much trouble.

Here is what you need to know to be sure you are not breaking any “rules.”

Participation Rewards

These rewards employess for their participation in any wellness program or offering. They are OK as long as you do not penalize employees that do not participate. Below are examples of compliant rewards for participation:

Reimbursing employees for the cost of smoking-cessation programs without regard to the results.

Offering rewards tied to employees attending a monthly health education seminar or working with a health coach.

Encouraging preventive care by waiving the co-pays or deductibles for these services (i.e., prenatal care, routine exams, laboratory work)
inancial rewards for completing a health risk appraisal so long as the reward is based on participation and not the results.

Reimbursing all or a portion of the cost of fitness club memberships.

Conditional Rewards

These rewards are OK but these are very sensitive. Lets say you want to make the employee reward conditional upon employees meeting a specific health goal (example: giving an employee a 20% reduction in their health insurance premiums if they lower their body weight or blood pressure) it is fine but you must also meet other requirements including:

The reward can’t exceed 20% of the employee-only cost (or, if you allow dependents to participate, employee-plus-dependent) coverage under your health plan.

The standards must be reasonable (e.g. you can’t limit rewards to individuals who are already of normal weight or blood pressure). The rewards also can’t be used as a way to negatively single out certain employees (e.g., wellness incentives for only non-obeseemployees.)

Participants must have the opportunity to qualify for the reward at least once per year.

Rewards must be made available to all “similarly situated employees.”? You can’t make the company-paid weight loss program available to certain employees but not others.

Federal officials also say that if, for medical reasons, it is difficult for an employee to satisfy the conditions that are otherwise reasonable, employers must offer an alternative.? This might include a pregnant employee being unable to meet certain fitness requirements and employers must offer an alternative for this individual to qualify for the reward.

Negative Rewards that violate HIPAA.

Basically if you are punishing employees for certain health conditions you are violating the rules set forth by federal guidelines. The rules prohibit employers from charging different premiums, contributions, co-pays or deductibles based on personal health factors such as tobacco use, obesity, diabetes, etc. It is however OK to reimburse these expenses based on someone’s participation in the wellness program, unattached to their success.

Something new that has been added–an employers’ health plan can’t deny benefits for treatment of injuries resulting from a medical condition, even if the condition wasn’t diagnosed before the injury.

Tips to avoid seriousness

You have known that serious problems or stress environment is dangerous to your health. Sometime serious problem may have causes from hormones or environment.

When you must face with serious problems, you should try to be calm down and think of good things for getting rid of these serious problems.

Seriousness can destroy many systems in your body and it is a cause of many diseases such as heart disease , diabetes , high blood pressure etc.

Moreover,according to Health QAs site stating, seriousness is the causes of headache , back pain and influenza because it makes you are sick due to weakness of body. If you are serious, you will have risk to have many diseases and because of seriousness make your hormones are abnormal so your body have many diseases too.

The first symptom of seriousness that is you will be weak , abnormal heart beat, stomachache and vomit. It can be dangerous to your mood such as nervousness and disappointment. So you should avoid serious problems or stress conditions such as traffic jam , work hard or living in harmful area.

Finally , you can avoid seriousness by acting in alternatives way such as loudly shout, listen to music , watch T.V and do your favorite activities. You will be happy. It is easy to have good health and better life.

Optifast Diet Reviews and Tips

Several diets are intentional with the morbidly weighty in intellectual. One of the most fashionable and made for this set is The Optifast Fast. This mean originated sanction in the 1970′s and should be victimized by those whose metric is exploit sincere eudaemonia risks.

But how does it energy?

Asymptomatic, the initial point of the fast involves intake victuals equivalent shakes that offer requirement nutrients for your body but are low calorie and leave ending in quick metric exit. Erst you have achieved epochal unit death, you give began the traveling aft toward concrete foods patch undergoing education on better choices.

This system is sequestered into a find of phases including display, metric death, transition, and fixture.

The showing phase involves you being examined by a adulterate to learn if The Optifast Weight Loss is an due prize for you. Persons who are considered ideal let those who are between the ages of 20 and 50 and are statesman than 50 pounds overweight. They should also be mentally and physically fit to oppose the rigors of a clear fasting.

The merchandise period, metric failure is the assignation of the counsel where you give actually be consumption the shakes. You faculty eat no sound content during this instance but instrument change three meals and 2 snacks that belong of the shakes.

The tertiary point, the passage state gift be your start hinder most into coagulated foods. The eld of these low fat foods testament be fruits, vegetables, and intact grains. Hold in deal that during this entire operation, you testament be low a physician’s superintendence.

The closing section is the fixing phase in which you testament see well intake habits and instruct how to affirm your new institute turn embody.

This diet is not for everyone apparently. It is for those who are extremely obese and could sustain upbeat consequences from that fatness in the nighest early. It is also an implausibly yobo operation with such a drastic reaction in your daily calories. In constituent, it is also real pricey and give be out of many dieters’ cost comprise at over $100 a week for the shakes unique.

Still, if you fit the ideal politico profile, you may need to resign this a try as you will pall around 10-20 pounds every period which can be a majuscule motivator to proceed with the software.

If you are morbidly rotund and know reached a status initiate, this is a viable option. All others should appease away from The Optifast Fasting.

Spiced Moroccan Salad

Having visited Morocco recently I was amazed how they combined flavors and textures to create a fantastic tasting and simple dish.

For Spiced Moroccan Salad you will need the following ingredients.

One rounded table spoon of harissa paste

Five tablespoons of olive oil plus another one tablespoon for frying

One tablespoon of lime juice

Two tablespoons of finely chopped coriander plus a handful of whole leaves

Eight mint leaves, finely chopped

Some black pepper

One hundred grams of whole blanched almonds

Two Romaine lettuce hearts

One bunch of spring onions, which need to be trimmed, halved lengthways and then sliced into thin shreds

One hundred grams of Kalamata olives

Method

First, you will need to whisk together the harissa paste with five tablespoons of olive oil and the lime juice.

It is best to do this in a small bowl into which you will then need to mix in the chopped coriander leaves, all of the mint and add plenty of the black pepper, preferably from a grinding mill. It is important to taste this mixture add a little bit more lime juice or harissa paste until you achieve the right taste for your taste buds.

The next thing you will need to do is to pour the remaining olive oil into a pan and heat it gently.

Into this pan you will need to add the almonds which need to be browned. Once completely golden drain them and remember to take off any excess oil from the nuts.

Then simply season with some salt and pepper and set to one side whilst you undertake the last stage of assembling the salad.

The Romaine lettuce will probably require a quick wash under running cold water before it is cut.

For this dish you will need to cut chunky slices of lettuce around an inch thick but remembering to leave the leaves intact.

Now it is a simple matter of putting all the ingredients together. The lettuce is at the base of the bowl onto which you can scatter the browned almonds, spring onions, olives and the remainder of the coriander leaves. Pour over the dressing and stir if required.

If you would like to serve this dish then you might want to consider serving it alongside some cheese and tomato flatbreads.

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Kidless Parenting: A Week Without Kids

Between the dog owners in my neighbourhood, if you see someone just walking around by themselves, sans canine companion, it’s known as a “dogless dog walk.”

Some other dog owner will see me walking by myself to mail a letter, say, and say: “Oh, hey, out for a dogless dog-walk?”

“That’s right, dude. You too?”

“Yeah.”

And now, by the same token, you could say Ms. Daddy and I are embarking on an experiment in kidless parenting.

Mack’s mommy, the kids’ “nana” (you still with me?) aka grandma, is taking all three of my kids to Virginia for a week, to visit Mack’s sister, who lives there and works as a lawyer and has three kids of her own.

So Ms. Daddy and I will be all alone, left to our own devices, for an entire week.

It’s going to be weird. In 12 years, we have never been without the kids for this long.

I have literally no idea what we are going to do with ourselves. Could be an early hint of what it’s going to be like when we’re “empty nesters.”

Or maybe it’ll be like a return to our footloose and fancy-free twenties, when Ms. Daddy and I lived in a loft above a bar called The Devil’s Martini, which we called our “rec room,” because we went down there so often to play pool, and to get cheap drinks and food at “happy hour.”

Who knows? What should we do, my bloggies? Go see existentialist French art films? Read “War And Peace”? Stay up late and sleep in? Go to happy hours? Jump off the speakers at concerts?

I have no idea how it’s going to work out. I’ll keep you posted, my bloggies. Friday is Day 1.

Between now and then I am open to all suggestions. Make a suggestion, my bloggies, and– within reason, provided it does not cause undue harm to myself or others– I’ll do it, and let you know how it goes.

Let the Kidless Parenting Challenge begin!

Eat Your Cruciferous Vegetables!

The cruciferous family of vegetables is the edible segment of the larger brassicaceae family. The large cruciferous family is a curious lot due to its seemingly unrelated members. Broccoli has little in common with watercress, both in appearance or flavour, despite the fact that both belong to the cruciferous family.

Other members form a strange list – broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, arugula, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, daikon, bok choy, garden cress, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mizuna, mustard, radish, rapini, rutabaga, turnip, watercress, tatsoi and wasabi (the real stuff, not the dyed horseradish in sushi joints) all make up the cruciferous family.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Broccoli
High in vitamin C, vitamin K, soluble fibre and the cancer fighting element selenium, broccoli has been found to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity through its modulation of the immune system. Try cooking it only lightly by steaming or stir-frying to retain more of the vegetable’s nutrients.

Cabbage
Green, red, purple, nappa, savoy – there are many varieties of cabbage and all of them pack a hearty nutritional punch. Cabbage is a great source of riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin C and glutamine, an anti-inflammatory amino acid. It is the presence of this amino acid that may have given cabbage the reputation for being an anti-inflammatory in traditional folk remedies.

Cauliflower
Like its brothers and sisters in the cruciferous family, the nutritionally dense cauliflower is high in vitamin C. Cauliflower is also high in the phytonutrients known as glucosinolates, found to improve the detoxification abilities of the liver, particularly for carcinogenic substances. One glucosinolate known as sulfurophane is an anti-cancer compound which is activated when the vegetable is cut or chewed.

Arugula
Also known as rocket, particularly in England, arugula is a great source of potassium and vitamin C. Arugula was once thought to have aphrodisiac qualities.

Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are good sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid, zinc, calcium and dietary fibre. Along with the compounds common to all cruciferous vegetables, Brussels sprouts contain plant substances like chlorophyll, dithiolthiones, carotenoids and glucosinolates which have been shown to have cancer retarding properties.

Collard Greens
Milder in flavour than its leafy green cousins, collard greens are a rich source of vitamins K, A and C, manganese, folate and calcium. Collards are also loaded with phytonutrients like glucosinolates, sulfurophanes and cysteine sulfoxides which activate the liver’s detoxifing enzymes which help neutralize carcinogens.

Daikon RadishM
This extremely versatile vegetable is a staple of Asian cuisines, but is less common in the West. It can be eaten raw in salads, grated as a condiment, pickled or cooked in any number of applications. Daikon is rich in vitamin C and contains active enzymes that aid digestion.

Kohlrabi
Upon first seeing this vegetable, you’d be forgiven for thinking it quite exotic. Kohlrabi may be white, green or purple in color and it can be eaten raw in salads or you can cook it as you would a turnip. A good source of thiamin, folate, magnesium and phosphorus, kohlrabi is also an excellent source of fibre, vitamin C, B6, potassium, copper and manganese.

Rapini
With the appearance of skinny, leafy broccoli, rapini (also known as broccoli rabe) is a staple in Italy but has never really caught on in North America. Rapini is a great source of vitamin A and C as well as calcium and iron. It’s also a good source of vitamin E, vitamin K, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and manganese.

Turnip
This fibre-rich root vegetable is a great source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, copper and magnesium. It also is a rich source of the phytonutrient lutein which has been found to prevent macular degeneration.

But one thing this oddball group has in common is their potent health benefits. Phytonutrients diindolylmethane (DIM) and indole-3-carbinol (I3C) are components of cruciferous vegetables which researchers believe may be the source of the vegetables’ potent cancer fighting abilities, for example. In fact, a quick perusal of Natural News shows cruciferous vegetables prevent breast cancer, induce cancer cell death, defend against bladder cancer and reduce risks of lung cancer by up to 50 Percent in smokers, (this study found that eating just 4.5 servings of raw cruciferous vegetables a month lead to a 22% – 50% decline in lung cancer among smokers!).

What follows is a partial list of some of the members of this amazing family of vegetables.

Broccoli – High in vitamin C, vitamin K, soluble fibre and the cancer fighting element selenium, broccoli has been found to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity through its modulation of the immune system. Try cooking it only lightly by steaming or stir-frying to retain more of the vegetable’s nutrients.

Cabbage – Green, red, purple, nappa, savoy – there are many varieties of cabbage and all of them pack a hearty nutritional punch. Cabbage is a great source of riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin C and glutamine, an anti-inflammatory amino acid. It is the presence of this amino acid that may have given cabbage the reputation for being an anti-inflammatory in traditional folk remedies.

Cauliflower – Like its brothers and sisters in the cruciferous family, the nutritionally dense cauliflower is high in vitamin C. Cauliflower is also high in the phytonutrients known as glucosinolates, found to improve the detoxification abilities of the liver’s, particularly for carcinogenic substances. One glucosinolate known as sulfurophane is an anti-cancer compound which is activated when the vegetable is cut or chewed.

Arugula – Also known as rocket, particularly in England, arugula is a great source of potassium and vitamin C. Arugula was once thought to have aphrodisiac qualities.

Brussels Sprouts – Brussels sprouts are good sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid, zinc, calcium and dietary fibre. Along with the compounds common to all cruciferous vegetables, Brussels sprouts contain plant substances like chlorophyll, dithiolthiones, carotenoids and glucosinolates which have been shown to have cancer retarding properties.

Collard Greens – Milder in flavour than its leafy green cousins, collard greens are a rich source of vitamins K, A and C, manganese, folate and calcium. Collards are also loaded with phytonutrients like glucosinolates, sulfurophanes and cysteine sulfoxides which activate the liver’s detoxifing enzymes which help neutralize carcinogens.

Daikon Radish – This extremely versatile vegetable is a staple of Asian cuisines, but is less common in the West. It can be eaten raw in salads, grated as a condiment, pickled or cooked in any number of applications. Daikon is rich in vitamin C and contains active enzymes that aid digestion.

Kohlrabi – Upon first seeing this vegetable, you’d be forgiven for thinking it quite exotic. Kohlrabi may be white, green or purple in color and they can be eaten raw in salads or you can cook them as you would a turnip. A good source of thiamin, folate, magnesium and phosphorus, kohlrabi is also an excellent source of fibre, vitamin C, B6, potassium, copper and manganese.

Rapini – With the appearance of skinny, leafy broccoli, rapini (also known as broccoli rabe) is a staple in Italy but has never really caught on in North America. Rapini is a great source of vitamin A and C as well as calcium and iron. It’s also a good source of vitamin E, vitamin K, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and manganese.

Turnip – This fibre-rich root vegetable is a great source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, copper and magnesium. It also is a rich source of the phytonutrient lutein which has been found to prevent macular degeneration.

Watercress – Thought by some to be a superfood due to its nutrient density, watercress gram for gram contains more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach. Watercress is actually a better source of vitamins B1 and B6, vitamin E, beta-carotene, iron, calcium and zinc than its sibling broccoli. It also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, phytonutrients important for eye health, and quercetin, an antioxidant powerhouse.

Breathing Better with Isometrics

Isometric exercises are great for strengthening your muscles, especially the most important muscle, the heart. You actually work your muscles against each other by tightening and then relaxing them. This makes the blood pump to the muscles, and taking deep breaths as you exercise will open your lungs and strengthen them. When breathing deep, the lungs fully expand, allowing us to take in more oxygen. Holding the breath for a few seconds and then releasing slowly will strengthen the heart and the lungs. Try this for ten minutes a day and see if you aren’t soon breathing better.

Does Isometric training work for your breathing better? They are non-intrusive and non-stressful; you can do them sitting at your desk and no one will even realize you are doing them. The improved breathing increases your energy level and gives you a sense of well-being. Along with your isometric exercise program, you need to include proper nutrition and adequate rest. These exercises should be preformed a minimum of three times a week for several months for the best results. Nothing comes easy, but isometric exercises are not hard to do.

Your body is all you need for these exercises. You just increase the tension in the muscles of the area you want to work on, in this case the muscles in your chest and your heart. If your tighten your abdominal muscles as well, you will then get two benefits from this exercise. You can also add these exercises when you are walking and get even more benefits. As with any exercise program, the key to isometrics is consistency.

What Do I Tell Them, and When?

Well, my oldest son is now the same age Mack was (12) when I first got to second base with a woman.

Which is an odd thought, for me. If you’ll pardon me for mentioning this, my bloggies, I had also already commenced…auto-erotic activities by this point.

I remember getting to second base like it was yesterday.

It was at the cinema at the Ontario Science Centre, my bloggies. I had my arm around my “girlfriend,” Lisa. We were watching an unbelievably boring documentary on mountain sheep. I finally got up the courage to get my hand under the bottom of her shirt, and with excruciating slowness– I think it took about 45 minutes, the longest 45 minutes of my life– finally worked my way up to her right breast.

She was both a little chubby, and small-breasted, so it took me a long time to realize it once I got there.

I thought I had just hit another roll of fat.

The theatre was hot, my hand and her torso were both sweaty. There was absolutely nothing erotic about the experience.

But it’s got me to thinking: when, and how, does one begin to acquaint one’s offspring about the, ahem, ins and outs of sex?

Of course I had “the talk” with my oldest– a couple of years ago– but it was an uncomfortable experience for both of us. He was squirrely and itching to leave the whole time, and to be honest I have to say not a whole lot of information was exchanged.

And there’s so much to know, everything from the internet to homosexuality, to birth control and masturbation– just everything.

I thought I knew a lot at his age. But I didn’t know what a lesbian was. My “girlfriend,” Lisa, the same one I got to second base with, laughed at my ignorance when I revealed this to her.

And I still remember the name of the guy who put up his hand in health class in grade 7 and said to our gym teacher (an ultra-fit bald guy who had actually been one of the “Mr. Clean”s, believe it or not): “Sir, what exactly is masturbation?”

Roman Waschuck. Poor bastard. The laughter was harsh, loud, and unanimous. I think our gym teacher even joined in– even though he had previously assured us there were no dumb questions and we should feel free to ask whatever we liked. Life is cruel, and unfair– especially at that age. Poor Waschuck’s reputation never really recovered, poor guy. Nerdy in the first place, he became an outcast, a loner.

Who knows how different things might have been had his father taken him aside and given him the 4-1-1 on this score.

And I don’t want my kids to pick up their information on the street (like I mostly did), partially because so much of it, as I recall, is just flat-out wrong.

But to be honest it feels weird talking to them about it.

How much do they know? Recently on this site there was some controversy over a relatively innocuous picture portraying two pairs of stockinged feet, one pointing upwards, one pointing down, popping out of the bottom of a duvet.

A fairly tame picture– but many aol subscribers were upset, because their children might see it. The idea being, since it is not a pornographic image, kids do not, and should not know about sex.

I wonder. It’s unspoken, but I’m fairly sure my two oldest (12 and 9, respectively), are aware Ms. Daddy and I are sexual beings and have sex.

Does the youngest, age 6? I don’t have a clue. I would guess, probably…not, all things considered. He’s very innocent. I don’t know if he even knows what sex is.

I don’t even want to ask him about it, to be honest. Should I?

What do you think, my bloggies? When should a kid know what? Should I have “the talk” with my 9-year-old soon? Should I have a secondary talk with my 11-year-old?

What about the 6-year-old? How young is too young?

A Sick and Perverted Generation! – People French Kissing Dogs?’

I am literally, sick to my stomach!

I just read an article, if you can call it that, by David Romanelli about people that actually French Kiss their dogs! I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I know that I’ve seen people that let their dogs lick them in the face and around the mouth, which by the way, I’ve always found to be disgusting and weird. But this was about a lady that actually stuck out her tongue and intentionally kissed the dog! I’m sorry, but this is sick! This woman has a perversion. If she could French Kiss a dog in public and think that nothing is wrong with it, I don’t even want to imagine what she does with dogs in the privacy of her home! Is she married? Does her husband know? Does he approve? Does she have children? Does she teach them that this is normal behavior? This IS Beastiality plain and simple! Whether it’s with a dog, cat, sheep, pig, snake, whatever, it’s Beastiality! This is spoken of in the Old Testament of the Bible and people were put to DEATH!

God wanted the beast and the person KILLED! Yes, it is that serious! She, or anyone else that may think this is okay, should read Exodus 22:19. I almost said I don’t know how anyone could think this was normal, but I just remembered another scripture in the Bible, Romans 1:28 that reads: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”I truly feel sorry for this woman, and everyone else that feels that this is normal, good, or okay behavior.

  • Look, if you don’t believe in the Bible and what it teaches, don’t even bother commenting. We don’t even speak the same language. But, if you do, I’d like to hear from you.

Another Reason Stress May Make You Sick

It has long been known that stress suppresses the immune system and can lead one to more easily get sick. But new research out of UT Southwestern Medical Center has discovered another reason for stress to make one sick – stress can actually signal gene switches in bacteria which turn them from something relatively harmless to something hostile to the host organism.

A newly discovered receptor in a strain of Escherichia coli (E coli) is the key to the specific gene signal that causes it to change into a hostile organism. The receptor senses the stress hormones epinephrine (adrenaline) and phosphate which signal the bacteria to release toxins. Without this signal potentially harmful bacteria pass through the digestive tract without infecting cells.

Here is another article, read – The New Age of Stress at Work.

“The problem may not only be that the stress signals are weakening your immune system, but that you’re also priming some pathogens at the same time,” says Dr. Vanessa Sperandio, associate professor of microbiology at UT Southwestern and the study’s senior author. “Then it’s a double-edged sword. You have a weakened immune system and pathogens exploiting it.”

While this receptor has only been found on E. coli bacteria, the implications of this study are far reaching. Says nutritionist Byron Richards, “We are just beginning to learn the complex nature of interactions that take place in our digestive tracts. This information is likely to apply to many more organisms than E coli, as stress is a common theme related to survival… I have seen Candida albicans flare up from stress in many people – even when they are doing their best to keep sugar and junk food in check.”

Spray Tan, How Long Does it Last?

Spray tans will last between 5 and 14 days depending on how well you maintain it and the genetics of your skin. There’s no way to change your genetics, but there are a few things you can do in make your spray tan last longer. The things you should focus on doing before and after you plan to get the machine are exfoliating, showering, and moisturizing. If you do one you might increase the length of time you stay tan by a day, but when you focus on doing all three together you can significantly increase how long your tan lasts. I’ve broken this down into three brief sections about each of the three things you should focus on doing to make your tan last longer.

Exfoliate Before You Spray Tan

Exfoliating before you get it is one of the most critical things you can do when you’re worried about how long this machine lasts. What exfoliating does is remove the top layer of your skin to expose the lower layers. This helps with the spray tanning process because your skin is constantly replacing itself in layers, and when you remove the outer layer that would be the next to fall off you essentially remove one layer of skin that it isn’t worth wasting the tan on. With the outer layer gone the chemicals in the tan will penetrate deeper into the layers of your skin, so as each layer is lost over the next week or so you will have more layers that absorbed the tan and should keep the tanning program longer because of it. When you exfoliate before getting the machine you will also get a slightly darker tan than if you didn’t because the outer layer that absorbed the tan and then fell right off before isn’t there so more of the tan gets absorbed into the remaining skin cells on your body.

Showering

You should shower before your spray tan, but after you exfoliate because it will remove any excess dead skin that might have stuck to you during exfoliation as well as getting rid of any dirt or oil that could remain on the surface of your skin and impede the spray tan being absorbed. After you’ve gotten it, The time it lasts will be determined by the amount of time you wait before taking your first shower. Before you take your first shower after tanning the chemicals are still sitting on your skin and being absorbed into your skin cells, making you tanner. If you wash those chemicals off right away then your skin won’t have absorbed the maximum amount of tan, but if you wait at least 6 hours before showering your skin should’ve taken in very close to the maximum amount of the chemicals which will make your tan last much longer. Ideally you would want to sleep without showering because that will allow your skin to take in even more chemicals, but you also risk staining your bed orange.

Keep Moisturizing

After you’ve gotten it and taken your first shower afterwards, keeping your skin properly moisturized should become your number one priority. Dry skin will flake off and be replaced by new skin much faster than moisturized skin. Normally this is perfectly fine, but since you have spent money spray tanning the skin cells you have now it would be a shame if they just flaked off and your tan disappeared, so keep your skin moisturized and your tan will last much longer. Make sure to moisturize before you go to bed and after every shower you take and people that know it will be wondering the time of tanning because they’ll see you keep your perfect tan almost 2 weeks after every appointment. Remember that each of these methods will help it last longer, but using all three together will greatly increase the length of time. Good luck in all of your tanning endeavors.

The Day in a Word: Temptation

Weight: 203 lb

Ailments of the Day: Slight headache, a few hunger pangs, wanting to chew

Today turned out much better than the first day of my last juice fast.  That’s mostly due to the fact that I had some caffeine.  I’m slowly trying to ween myself off (when I cut it out cold turkey the first time around I had a migraine that only got worse as the day wore on) but I’m finding it harder this time.  I had to go to work today though, so that wasn’t really an option.  Hopefully a good night’s sleep will fix the slightly lingering headache I have now, and I can be caffeine free tomorrow.

The toughest part of the day was definitely the temptation and desire to eat.  The smells wafting about seemed magnified.  Typically, I love the smell of my office on Friday mornings.  Bagel Fridays.  Today was a bit tortuous though, wanting the usual everything with cream cheese.  But I overcame it.  I drank my juice, had a cup of tea (and later a cup of coffee – which I’ll probably pay for tomorrow) and water and made it through the day.

Speaking of the juice, it came out pretty tasty.  Per the sage advice of Dr. Foster, I added some nutritional yeast to make sure I’m getting my necessary amino acids and vitamin Bs (plus a little bit of protein).  And since this is a blog about bowels, though this is not technically of that tract, let me tell you, in the name of full disclosure: nutritional yeast will make your pee smell.