Sunday, January 22, 2017

Make Money With Clinical Research Studies

I got lucky and got accepted into an arthritis study. My knees started bothering me 2 years ago and I was diagnosed with moderate arthritis in both knees. I'm excited because it might help but there is a chance that I might be put in the placebo group, and my on and off pain will continue.

With that said, I will be getting paid for participating in the study. I forget how much but I think it is between $800 and $1000. The study will last 11 months and I check in once a month with the first visit being the longest. 

There are some pros and cons in participating in clinical studies that I won't get into here, but you can read a wonderful article from The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

If you want to be involved in a few clinical research studies, they can be found on Acurian Health, Biofortis Clinical Research(Chicago Area) or your local hospital that is associated with a University.

If you have arthritis or Rheumatoid arthritis, you can apply to see if you qualify.

Arthritis: Get a chance to participate in a Free Clinical Research Opportunity & get a compensation up to $1000 for sharing your thoughts and opinions.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Get a chance to participate in a Free Clinical Research Opportunity & get a compensation up to $625 for sharing your thoughts and opinions.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: (Quebec Canada): Get a chance to participate in a Free Clinical Research Opportunity & get a compensation up to $1450 for sharing your thoughts and opinions!! 


Dietary Fiber Study: Looking for males and females between 40 and 60 years old. Get a compensation up to $1220 for participating for sharing your thoughts and opinion.

Cholesterol Study: Looking for overweight or obese males or females between 18 and 79 years old. Get compensated up to $550 for sharing your thoughts and opinions.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Black Women Do Workout 100K Giveaway + New You!

To help you celebrate the new you, Black Women Do Workout in partnership with Divas In Transition is celebrating Black Women Do Workout’s 100 K Instagram.
Ends 2/17/2017 12:00 PM CST

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Intermittent Fasting Results - 13 Pounds Down

13 Pounds Down

Happy New Year everyone and I have some exciting news, I lost four more pounds over the holidays. I was doing my calorie counting and intermittent fasting eating program. In December, I wasn't as strict on counting calories as I was in November and I still lost weight and it surprised me. I got on the scale on Saturday just before going out to dinner to celebrate my wedding anniversary. The scale read 140.3 pounds, I was totally shocked. I guess intermittent fasting is a real fat burner.

I fast 3 days a week and the fasting time can range from 14 to 20 hours. I did a few 20 hour fasts on days I ate a holiday meal or went to a holiday party. Most of the time, the fasts lasted 14 - 16 hours. I eat clean but I don't worry about having a dessert after dinner. This isn't a diet for me but a lifestyle change. I started fasting to lower my cholesterol. Read about my results and journey here. It has been proven that intermittent fasting can help with lowering total and LDL cholesterol levels. My total cholesterol has dropped 30 points but I haven't gone back to my primary care doctor to get my complete lipid panel. I will do that soon.

Why does intermittent fasting burn fat?

After consuming your last meal up to eight hours, you body uses glucose and glycogen as fuel but after 8 hours your body switches over to fat as the main fuel source. With the fasting lifestyle, you are eliminating one meal so you are consuming less calories, so this is the other reason one loses weight with intermittent fasting. You can read more about fat loss and intermittent fasting, I won't go into here. Read: Lose Weight Using Intermittent Fasting. If you are a woman of childbearing years, a 12-14 hour fast tends to work better for some reason. If you want to get started, start with this fasting range to see how your body responds.

Who shouldn't do intermittent fasting

If you have an eating disorder, you shouldn't practice intermittent fasting. If you are medication(s), talk to your doctor first and try another form of fasting. There are a few different models of intermittent fasting. If you are breastfeeding, you can't do intermittent fasting. Remember to always work with your doctor or nutritionist before changing your eating habits.

Have you ever tried intermittent fasting?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Diet Programs On Sale For 2017

It's that time of year to start thinking about making lifestyle changes. Will it be your year to completely change your bad habits for good? Below are some great deals so you won't spend too much money after this holiday season.

DeliverLean is a healthy gourmet meal delivery service that combines the two things everyone wants from a meal – flavor and quality – with the two things most Americans struggle with when eating any meal – balance and portion control.

Deal: Get 3 days free.

Nutrisystem is a leader in the weight loss industry, having helped millions of people lose weight over the course of more than 40 years. For 2017, Nutrisystem introduces the clinically tested Lean13, designed to deliver weight loss up to 13 pounds and 7 inches overall in the first month.

Deal: Purchase new program Lean 13 and receive 40% off.

Start your Atkins journey today and kick-start your weight loss program by registering for our FREE quick-start kit online, equipped with a Mobile APP and a number of different diet tools available to help you track your weight loss goals and progress. Signing up gets you access to a unique set of resources like a list of low carb meals, foods, and recipes designed to help you lose weight fast on the Atkins 20 and Atkins 40 diet. Get the resources you need to begin your low carb diet now!

Deal: Free quick-start kit upon registering online(fee).

I offer two weight loss printables, The Smoothie Jumpstart diet and the 6 Day Food Challenge. The Smoothie Jumpstart is like it says, a jumpstart. The program is 7 to 14 days and you drink 2 smoothies a day with one meal. The 6 Day Food Challenge is a lean and clean eating program for 6 days with one to two cheat meals a week, if you desire. Both programs show meal plan examples and the Smoothie Jumpstart diet is also available in Spanish. It is a printable so once you pay, it is an instant download to your computer, which you print out. There is no wait to get started.

Deal: Low price of $8.95.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Fitness Everyone

Merry Fitness Frugal Exercisers. I hope your holiday is a happy healthy one and you will have a prosperous New Year.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Win A $125 Columbia Sportswear Gift Card


Do you need a new winter coat? Has your running gear need to be retired? You need to check out my latest giveaway. You could win a Columbia Sportswear gift card. If you aren't familiar with what they sell, please check out their online shop. The contest is open to anyone 18+ and residents of the USA only. The giveaway begins on 12/15/2016 and will end 01/05/2017 and good luck to all.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

An Update On My Cholesterol Levels

In November, I reported here that I decided to lose some weight in order to see if that would bring down my cholesterol levels. On that same post, someone commented that intermittent fasting has been shown to lower LDL and total cholesterol levels. I decided to lose weight and also practice intermittent fasting at the same time. 

I joined a DietBet and I lost 7.2 pounds by Thanksgiving by counting my calories on non-fasting days. Two to three times per week, I went on 16 hour fasts. I found this easiest to do because if you finish eating by 8pm, you don't eat again by 12pm the next day. 

Two weeks into the fast and weight loss program, I joined an arthritis study and they checked my cholesterol. The research group told me that my total cholesterol dropped from 280 to 252! They didn't check the LDL cholesterol. I was overjoyed with my results. I can't wait until this week, because I will return to see my doctor to redo my lipid test. I'm sure it would even be lower because with the arthritis study blood test, I had just begun fasting and losing weight.

If you are looking to lower your cholesterol by intermittent fasting, read the following articles I have posted below.  I will be back in a couple of weeks with my final results and no meds for me :-).

Could You Benefit From Intermittent Fasting?