Fashion/Beauty

Fat Burners and Metabolism, My Intrinsic Link

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fat burners and energy

Fat burners and metabolism my intrinsic link was something I discovered rather by accident. Again I’ve made it no secret that I’m no spring chicken. The struggle to accept that youth truly is wasted on the young. Learning to welcome the fact we all age, is a constant struggle I’d rather live without.

What I was able to accomplish in my younger times, seemed so easy, but as the years pass by, it’s a constant, now conscious struggle. My body slowing down, my mind and energy tiring, and the ever present struggle with weight management. My physical fitness routine, once accomplished with an element of ease to gain the results I so wanted, and got, is now a small battle of the bulge. 

Muscles get softer and harder to maintain, and my time spent at the gym, is just that little bit longer. Ho hum, it’s all of our realities, not just me. A slowing metabolism, that makes you listless, and gain that weight, even with all that careful dietary control and lifestyle changes. 

The reality is, we need to make some slight adjustments. I upped my time at the gym, modified my diet, not only what I eat, but how much, and chilled a bit more on the lavish life of consuming copious amounts of caviar and champagne. Ok, a lot! I’m not suggesting get boring, but everything in moderation.

But…..grappling with these changes, although I was steadfast, didn’t give me the results I was hoping for, at least not at the pace I was. So I started to ask around for advice on what those in my age group were doing. Quick fixes that seemed more like snake oils to me, answers that didn’t make sense, and as I knew, wouldn’t work for me.

So over a cup of coffee before my morning trip to the gym, I got to thinking….. coffee…. caffeine…. energy…. cognitive function? The answer was right there before me all along, all I need to do was think out side the box a little further and do my more of my own research.

body energy clubCaffeine, Green tea extract, Capsaicin (the hot in Jalapeños), Amino acids, Linoleic acids, L-carnitine, Hydroxy Methylbutyrate, an almost confusing endless list that seemed to get more complex the deeper I got. Ingredients I found in those products billed as “fat burners”or “performance enhancers”. So I tried them. My gang at Body Energy Club certainly have a selection you can choose from.

I’m not sure if the products I tried actually did lead to burning more fat, but they did give me renewed energy. Giving me vitality not only for the gym, but for my busy daily life. Quite possibly the extra zest, was burning more fat.

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I’ll be honest, I love the extra energy I get from these supplements added to my daily food intake. Note; added to my daily food intake, not substituted because I very much so believe in a healthy well rounded diet each and every day, throughout the day. These are exactly that, supplements!

What I’ve done is added L-carnitine to my diet along CLA Plus, and some HMB 1000 for my time at the gym. Again I’ll say it, that I try to get as much as I can from that well rounded diet, but I have no aversion to a little added help. I also believe if you want to shed excess pounds, cutting calories from your diet and exercising more regularly won’t hurt. 

However what worked for me, may work for you, or not. I’ve tried and tested quite a bit, and made sure to consult with my doctor along the way. A progressive practitioner who actually listens to me.

I know that as I continue to age in this life, I want to feel, look and be as happy and youthful as I can. It’s my choice, make it yours, get out there and see what works for you. You won’t know till you try.

Collagen, The Long Forgotten Protein Essential For Our Wellbeing!

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Collagen, the long forgotten protein essential for our wellbeing!

In 2015, I took it upon myself to do something a little different. Thought a little crazy by many, but to compete in a figure competition. It wasn’t so much a no brainer for me, but more the careful encouragement of my small group of close friends who believe in me.

I was already well into my physical fitness lifestyle of high cardio and weight lifting, but to be on a stage I needed to step up my game. If I was to get anywhere near what those career competitors were doing, buckling down, was something I had to get serious about.

So…..I decided to take the plunge after I got over my initial anxiety. Yes, my apprehension wasn’t just about looking good and being able to pass, but if I was truly capable of upping my game at the gym. 

For those of you that know my history, I’m careful to take great care of my appearance, and how I present myself to the world. I’m tall, and at 6’1” (however when I measured at the contest sign in, I was 5’11 3/4”, clearly I’d shrunk) consider myself to be fortunate in the gene department, making for what I call, an amazon. Better yet, a “glamazon”.

Not only did I have to lose some weight to fit within the designated classes, I also had to increase my muscle tone. Something most folks outside the world of body building just don’t understand. Almost all believe you need too seriously bulk to gain that muscle. Well I can honestly tell you, that’s not the case.

I got to it!

I upped my cardio, varying the activity within my 30 minute routine from the stationary bike, to the elliptical machine, rowing, and whatever else activity I could fluctuate between. If I wasn’t drenched in sweat, I just hadn’t reached my peak performance. When I couldn’t fit in a cardio session, which I did with every training, I opted to interval train. I upped the intensity during my training so I perspired as though I had used the cardio machines. 

Before and After

One key element to my workout I changed, was switching to body weight training. I did this to maximize my muscle tone development, and accelerate my weight loss. It worked like a charm. Trx straps, stretch bands, glide pads, cables, barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, floor work, any activity that forced me to engage my core muscles. NO SEATED MACHINES!

What I hadn’t anticipated, was the dull ache in my joints that started to occur. First my big toes, then ankles, knees, lower spine, shoulder caps and finally fingers. It was this strange progression through my body that started in my feet.  A wearisome throb that took some time to dissipate after I had left the gym.

This just wasn’t going to work, especially if I was to traipse across a stage in 4” lucite heels, clad only in a bikini and a fake tan. 

Research,  so I got to work doing my homework on what I could do to alleviate this nuisance soreness. Thinking of my joints, the source of my burn, I came across Collagen. You know, Collagen?  

Wikipedia has it all for you here.  

The most abundant protein in the human body, found in the bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. The substance that holds the body together. Forming the framework to provide strength and structure. Wikipedia spells it all out for you!

It occurred to me, that this could quite possibly be the source of my aches and pains. The lack thereof, not from my diet alone, but from the natural aging process of the body. Yes I’m no spring chicken, but as my father says; “I want to live a healthy active life until my shoes are permanently parked by the front door”!

He’s right, a mantra to live by. 

With the help of my gang at Body Energy Club, I started supplementing with Collagen in my morning shakes, cereal and or coffee. Learning and sampling what the different kinds do, or can do. Getting the right one for me. Upping my doses to twice a day, once in the morning, and at night, usually before bed. Slowly but surely, over the span of a 3-4 weeks that nagging soreness gradually began to fade. 

My training got better, more intense, I got stronger, lost the weight, and gained the muscle tone I so desperately needed. Not only for the competition, but my everyday life. I feel more active and capable, quite possibly I could say refreshed. 

It’s a supplement I plan to keep in my routine, you should too. It works!

Figure Competition

Fashion and Beauty, Epoch Baobab Body Butter

Baobab Body butter skin creme for soft smooth skin

A Fashion and Beauty review of Epoch Baobab Body Butter by Nuskin from 4Evvabeauty Steals and Deals.

I love cremes, in this case “body butter”, and I’ve been using them for a long time. As a matter of fact since I learned all those years ago about looking after my skin after a cancer scare from a last minute trip to Greece when I was 22.

Epoch Baobab Body Butter

This creme is moisturizes and certainly promotes softer, smoother skin. Skin that looks more toned formulated for all ages. It’s light, and feels velvety smooth going on the skin, and on the skin. It really feels quite lovely! 

I used this on my legs, because I have serious problems with dryness and cracked skin around my ankles and shins. Applied once in the morning before I head out for my day, I can honestly say it lasts for a good portion of the day.

It has a mild scent of vanilla in a mix of Baobab Fruit Pulp Extract, Shea Butter, and Macadamia Nut Oil. It’s also loaded with antoxidants ethnobotanicals

Baobab Fruit Pulp Extract (adansonia digitata pulp extract), is a natural humectant and emollient. This moisturizing fruit extract reduces dry skin, improves the skin’s appearance, and conditions skin for long-lasting moisturization.

Epoch Baobab Body Butter

Shea Butter is the a rich emollient that enhances the skin’s natural barrier functions and increases moisture levels.

Macadamia Nut Oil, high in monounsaturated fatty acids, this unique oil closely resembles sebum (oil naturally produced by the skin for moisture and protection), is easily absorbed by the skin, and helps maintain the skin’s water barrier functions.

It lasts a quite awhile, if used moderately, not in globs. It spreads easily, and does what it sets out to do, moisturize. All without breaking the bank. 

For yours check out 4Evvabeauty Steals and Deals you’ll love it!

Beauty with The AnteAGE Home Micro Needling System

The AnteAGE Home Micro Needling system for reduction in fine lines, smooth skin, youthful appearance

Beauty with the AnteAGE Home Micro Needling system is a treatment you can do in the comfort of your own home.

I got my system from the wonderful and knowledgeable women here in Canada, at Timeless Beauty Aesthetics. A 4-6 week program, that contains the roller, and 5 mini roll-on vials to use after each treatment. Time for each application is about 5-10 minutes, depending on your own threshold. 

If you’ve never heard of micro needling before, from the folks at AnteAGE, is commonly known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), microneedling. An advanced skin technique that uses shallow needles of varying depth (.25mm-3mm) to stimulate the layers of the skin. From the top layer to the deeper dermis, of which needles of a .5mm or longer are generally used in professional applications. The treatments create a release of natural growth factors (utilizing your skin’s native regenerative proteins), to naturally stimulate and encourage rebuilding your own collagen and elastin. Thus creating a more youthful appearance.There’s more to read on their site, but the gist of it is that regular Home Microneedling has been shown to improve the appearance of:

  • Fine Lines & wrinkles
  • Sagging Skin
  • Texture & Tone
  • Pore Size & Discolouration
a reduction in fine lines with AnteAGE Home Microneedling System
fine line reduction
skin tone with AnteAGE Home Microneedling System
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skin tone improvement
skin tone

A more aggressive approach with Professional Microneedling helps reduce;

  • Scar Tissue
  • Target deep lines and wrinkles
  • Improve skin volume
  • Best for damaged skin

This particular system is recommended to be used in conjunction with a professional treatment. The idea? To keep the healing and rejuvenation taking place during the “downtown” between the more aggressive pro-treatments.

AnteAGE Home Microneedling System

Does it hurt? The most common question asked, you betcha! However with what I’ve put this body through, I can handle it! Truthfully, it’s not at all that bad. It’s done a few times week by a simple roll-over the skin’s surface 4-5 times in both directions during each session; up and down, side to side, or diagonally, your choice. The idea is to let the roller move over the skin on its own with gentle pressure. I on the other hand, am more aggressive, and I know for a fact, I apply more pressure than the average person. No pain no gain!

However, don’t go thinking a professional treatment is the same. Those treatments truly do require a good numbing, and will leave your face a bloody mess! Trust me on that one.

Does it work? Well when they boast ingredients like Human Bone Marrow Stem Cell Conditioned Media, you damn well better believe it better work. Actually the truth is in the pudding, I can see the differences. Smoother skin, reduced pore sizes, better skin tone a serious reduction in fine lines. The best, comments are from friends and family, even strangers; what have you done different? You look refreshed! Have you had work done? LOL!

Done morning or night, the choice is yours. I can tell you that done in the morning, your skin is left a little sensitive, even after the application of the solution from the mini roll-on applicator.

Even a cool breeze activates your skin’s surface and or the sun. It’s some what like your skin is “breathing”. Your skin can be red, and feel possibly like a mild sun burn.

I do suggest a night time treatment before bed, freshly washed, use the needle roller, roll on the solution, and head to bed after it has all absorbed. The dark helps it heal faster, while the sun, as we know, activates your skin. You’ll wake up not feeling a thing and can apply your make-up without a problem.

I highly recommend you check it out, and if you have any more questions, ask me. You’ll see visible results. Better yet, head over to the lovely ladies at Timeless Beauty Aesthetics, they’d be happy to answer your questions, and or, provide you with your own kit.

Enticingly Yours

Velvet Steele

Sex, Health, Beauty and Lifestyle, My Mantra

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Sex, health, beauty and lifestyle. I’m all about them, call me shameless, see if I care? Unbeknownst to me they’ve been my mantra for quite some time, I’ve just never consciously put words to it. Why even in my own “dazed confusions” I’ve branded myself around those four ideologies. Jokingly I’ve proclaimed of myself as having said many times “I was never deep”, but humour aside, and for those that know me, I’m deeper than the oceans blue. So……. let me tell you what I’m up to, and I’ll break it down under each of those four principles .

SEX

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In all my years of service provision as a pro domina I’ve had the pleasure, and displeasure, of handling a lot of sex toys. Let me tell you, there is a lot of crap out there. I just don’t know who these folks are that come up with some of that stuff. If it’s just to make money, they’ve certainly succeeded in duping the unsuspecting consumer. Hopefully I’ll be able to shed some light on that with the reviews I plan to continue on.

However it’s not just about sex toys, lubes, lotions and potions, with sex, there is so much more. Sexuality, sexual identity, preference, activities, growth and healing, all kinds of aspects, and my opinions and musings to share. I think you get my drift.

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The Beautiful Colours of Springtime, That’s What’s Sexy This Week

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The beautiful colours of springtime, that’s what’s sexy this week.

I’m an old punk rocker from way back. Goth, alternative, new age, new wave, but one thing that was consistent was my trade mark black. My black wardrobe from head to toe! It made me feel strong and confident, slim and sexy, and it looked cool! It still makes me feel all those things, and I know I look good in black, and I know, I wear it well. Trust me there is nothing like sexy black and I still love to wear it.

However, over the last 10 years or so, for reasons I have no answers to, I started to introduce colours into my wardrobe. Beautiful colours to reflect my ever changing emotions, passions, and personality. Colours that are also a reflection of the ever changing seasons that we have in this beautiful country I call home, Canada.

As I’ve written before, I find it interesting how the fashion world for the most part dictates when colours are to be worn, keeping the darker months dark and the brighter months bright. I wear what I want and when I want, all year long, and not because someone tells me to or that it is written in a book somewhere as gospel, but because……I……want….to!

How about you?

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Lip Prints

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