Its The Small Successes That Keep Us Motivated
Sep30

Its The Small Successes That Keep Us Motivated

It was a cool fall morning; I woke up feeling refreshed and blessed to see another day. I walked into the bathroom & there it was….staring me in the face. My scale! For some reason, this morning the scale was all I could see or think about. Reminiscing on the previous weeks about all the bad foods I ate and all the exercise I did not do I dreaded stepping on that scale. It had to be done…I had to face my fears. I checked my weight loss chart and realized that my last weigh in put me at a 59 pound lost. I just knew I had gained some of that back. No need to cry about it…suck it up  & get on the scale (this is me talking to myself, lol). I stepped on the scale, close my eyes, took a deep breathe and look down. Wait…what?! Ok, something isn’t right. I step off the scale, let it reset and stepped back on. This time taking two deep breathes, I look down & it’s the same number. I LOST 2 POUNDS!! Happy is not the word to describe my feelings at that moment. Knowing that I did not exercise in almost 3 weeks nor was I making a lot of healthy food choices, I couldn’t believe I had lost weight! I couldn’t explain how I lost the two pounds and nor do I care to figure it out. I was finally over the 20 pound weight loss mark. I danced all morning, ate healthy the entire day & exercised later that night. Reaching that 59 pound mark gave me the confidence I needed to keep going. It has been a long difficult road but the feeling I felt made it all worth it.   My advice for everyone who is trying to reach that next goal…you will make it. It may be long and hard getting there but it will be so worth it once you reach it. Whatever you do, don’t give up! If you want it bad enough, you will do whatever it takes to get it. If you want to be a jean/dress size smaller – you will get there. If you want better health – keep on exercising – you will get there! If you want to tone up for your two piece – keep on doing resistance training – you will get there. If you are reading this because you want some inspiration – believe me – it is NOT easy, set a small goal and work toward that. You will get...

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Eradicating Double Chins: The Next Half-Billion Dollar Business?
Sep30

Eradicating Double Chins: The Next Half-Billion Dollar Business?

It’s no cure for cancer, but the researchers at at Kythera Biopharmaceuticals say they are getting closer to solving a problem that plenty of people would be happy to get rid of: The double chin. You can deal with with that extra chin via liposuction or a nip and tuck, but both of these are a little too invasive for many patients. Kythera’s product, currently named ATX-101, can be injected, making it comparable to a shot of botox. The company’s stock is up almost 25% today after it released some new results from clinical trials it expects will form the basis of its application for FDA approval. The results impressed analysts following the company: “We see a very high probability of a 2015 approval for ATX-101 in the US and Europe,” wrote J.P. Morgan, calling the new data “better than expected.” Dealing with double chins — which the people in white coats refer to as submental fat — could be big business. Here’s how Kythera’s CEO, Keith Leonard, explained the opportunity in an earnings call back in August:   The submental region is visually important and impacts overall facial harmony and balance. Research indicates a suboptimal chin profile resulting from excess submental fat is a hallmark of aging of the lower face and neck and can lead to negative self image. Further, an excess of submental fat may be coincident with other aging processes such as sagging and lipoatrophy of the lower face, and can also have dietary causes, or result from a genetic predisposition. Regardless of the cause, excessive submental fat and the resulting unsatisfactory submental profile can result in low self-esteem and dissatisfaction. Despite being visually and psychologically important, the submental region is often overlooked and undertreated. In fact, there are no current FDA-approved injectable drugs for the reduction of submental fat. While liposuction or lower face and neck lift can be effective for removing excess submental fat, we know that not everyone wants or is a candidate for surgery. If approved, ATX-101 will be the only nonsurgical, submental contouring drug to improve the appearance of the face and neck. Moreover, in our studies to date, we observed that the reduction in submental fat leads to significant positive changes in patient self-perception. We believe that if approved, ATX-101 will compete largely on the basis of the following competitive factors: Consistent, meaningful and durable results, a favorable safety profile, and a low barrier to physician adoption. We plan to target ATX-101 to a ready group of patients who are already receiving facial injectables, as well as facilitate physician practice expansion into patients who are naive to facial injectable....

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Jessica Simpson is dieting with Weight Watchers again
Sep08

Jessica Simpson is dieting with Weight Watchers again

Singer, actress, TV star and fashion designer, Jessica Simpson has decided to take off a few pounds since giving birth. In May of 2012 Jessica gave birth to her first child, Maxwell Johnson and her second child, Ace, in June of 2013. Since vowing to lose the baby weight she has gained much confidence. The 33-year-old first inked a deal with the weight loss company — for a reported $4 million — in May 2012 after having her first child, daughter Maxwell, with fiancé Eric Johnson. And while she lost more than 40 pounds by September of that year, showing off her bod and sharing her diet secrets on “Katie,” she — oops! — became pregnant again and had to hit the brakes on her big bucks deal as a diet company spokesperson. In December, Simpson appeared in a new Weight Watchers ad for the company in which she announced her second pregnancy. At the time, the company said she would stay on as a brand ambassador, but her dieting and point counting was put on hold until after she gave birth and her doctor gave her the green light.   The mum-of-two has made no secret of her weight loss struggles and even revealed her slimming-down wisdom in the Weight Watchers magazine last year. “I’m crazy about smoothies, so I bring fruit chopped up and ready to go,” she revealed at the time. “That way, I can sip the same smoothie all morning long between takes. If it thins out, I put it back in the blender with crushed ice for a few minutes.” Meanwhile Simpson, who is getting hitched to ex NFL player, Eric, will be wanting to slim down for the big day. “I am definitely one of those pregnant women who just gains a lot of weight,” the TV personality recently told Us Weekly. “I have really big boobs, I have my curves and I just gain weight. I can’t help it. “It’s OK to gain weight, and it will always come off,” she...

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