How a Cancer Survivor Changed Her Diet and Lost 100 Lbs!

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Meet our January Ship Shape Challenge winner, Yvonne Shaver! Yvonne’s story is proof that willpower can go a long way in creating your ideal shape. Ten years ago, at age 40, Yvonne was diagnosed with breast cancer. She survived, but aggressive treatments and depression left her weak. “My body suffered from sore bones, muscles and […]

Do Your Workouts Make Your Dietary Habits Worse?

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Exercise and nutrition go together like peanut butter and jam. We need physical activity to complete our healthy lifestyle, and staying active motivates us to make other healthy choices. Or does it? Not always. According to a forthcoming study in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, sometimes our workouts actually cause us to choose […]

4 Things You Can Do Before 9am to Lose Weight

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What you do at breakfast time can send you soaring toward your weight loss goals or it can seriously set you back. Adopt these four morning habits and you’ll be well on your way to your ideal shape! 1. Forgo Sugary Foods The average American consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar a day! In addition to […]

Take Your Plank Workout to the Next Level


The plank is a great exercise for building core strength and stability. Both of these are important for good posture and can result in a toned core once you have reached your weight loss goals. However, there are many individuals who struggle with proper form when it comes to the plank. Because of this we […]

8 Bad Habits Fixed by a Meal Replacement Shake


It’s common knowledge that setting too many health goals can backfire. But since achieving your ideal shape will likely require changing at least a few bad habits, it helps to find one positive “anchor” change that paves the way for others. A meal replacement shake is more than just a low-calorie meal. With convenience, versatility […]

Use These Exercises to Improve Your Warm Up Routine


Warming up before working out is important. This is because it can help you avoid injury by ensuring that your muscles and joints are functioning properly. Especially during these cold winter months, it is important that you properly warm and get your blood flowing before starting your workout. Because warming up is so important, we […]

How Tiffany Lost Weight with a Newborn in Tow!


How do you achieve your ideal shape with three young kids, including a newborn? Ask our December Shape Up Challenge winner, Tiffany Tegman Kostecki! Tiffany lost 20 pounds on the 12-week challenge, kick-starting her mission to lose the baby weight and get in shape. She was so happy with her results, in fact, that she […]