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My Mom, Her Journey Through Dementia & the Lessons I Learned

We learn a lot from our moms, much of which we don’t come to appreciate until we’re older, and often until we have children of our own. While I learned a lot from my mom growing up, her lessons were even more powerful when she became sick. A strong pillar of pride, and a petite person full of sheer strength and determination, my mom raised five girls on her own. Six years ago she was diagnosed with dementia, a disease that ravishes the mind of the affected and the hearts of all who love them, and in July of 2013 she passed away. Unlike the movies, my mom wasn’t able to understand or accept her diagnosis. It came long after we knew that something was wrong, and far past the point of her bein

Three Questions to Ask to Lead You to a Life of Gratitude

Naikan Therapy is a method of daily self-reflection that originated in Japan. It encourages gratitude and self-awareness and it reinforces the value of our relationships, using them as the mirror through which we see ourselves. We learn to focus less on our day-to-day concerns and more on our interactions with others. Introspection is a key component, and through it we gain insight and a better understanding of ourselves; which leads to a happier, more fulfilling existence. Naikan Therapy is based on three simple questions: What did I receive from others today? (This could be perfect strangers or people you know.) What did I give to others today? What difficulties did I cause others today? W

Full Body Shape Up: Ten-Minute Toner

There’s no better time than Monday morning to challenge your body and brain with a time efficient, circuit style workout that will target every muscle in your body. The exercises, from my Crave Results DVD, are fun and functional. They’re designed to work multiple muscle groups, boosting your metabolism and making you stronger for everyday activity. Equipment: All you need for this full body toner is your body weight, one dumbbell, and a resistance band. EXERCISE ONE: Squat Targets: glutes, quads, hamstrings and core muscles Start position: Stand tall with your feet hip-distance apart. Secure the resistance tube under your feet and hold the handles at shoulder height. Movement: Bend at your

Tight Abs in 10 Minutes

When it comes to working out on a busy schedule, it's hard enough to fit in cardio, weights and stretching, much less spend more time trying to get enviably sculpted abs. With summer coming and swimsuit season around the corner, we’re all looking to tone up, trim down, and chisel our middle. Check out these four exercises from the Core & Pelvic Floor section of my Bedroom Body™ workout DVD, and you’ll be bikini ready in no time. 10-Minute Abs Workout: For each exercise, a mat or towel is the only equipment needed. EXERCISE ONE: Oblique Crunch Muscles worked: Obliques, transverse abdominis (a deep abdominal muscle), glutes and adductors (inner thighs). Start Position: Start out on the mat on

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