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Do the Body Good in 2013 with Rosalie Brown!

It’s the beginning of 2013 and we have a great year ahead of us! A new year brings the opportunity to do the body good! Let’s get on track (or back on track!) with the RIGHT tools to create the healthiest and strongest body possible!

One of my favorite fitness sayings is, “Being uncomfortable for 30 to 60 minutes a day exercising is better than being uncomfortable your whole life”.  Yes I said it; sometimes we need to get a little uncomfortable to achieve what is worthwhile.  Nobody knows better than Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser about how to get us a little uncomfortable. If you LOVE to workout at home with minimal tools, I recommend Jillian’s new Body Revolution DVD set.  There are 15 DVD’s to keep us inspired!

If you’re in need of new workout equipment, I suggest Fitglide! It works the whole body on a simple track and the two workout DVDs included are less than 20 minutes. Keep in mind that a one hour workout is only 4 per cent of your day; we all have time for a 20 - 30 minute workout!!

I have been a trainer for over 25 years and in my experience those who plan and have the right tools have the most success staying on track.  Let me and all the amazing fitness products that are available at The Shopping Channel help you achieve your goals.

Small daily improvements lead to staggering long term results!

Join me on Friday January 11, 2013 for my Facebook Chat at

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My “I’m worth it!” promise - update #1

Let me start off by saying a HUGE thank you for all the positive and supportive comments I have been receiving. It is motivating and really helps when I’m tired and feel like just collapsing onto the couch. I am in Week One of my commitment to better health and feeling good. I thought I would update you on the changes I have made so far.

One of the things I needed to get under control was my hormone levels. As a woman in my 40s things start to change and lack of sleep and exercise contributed to throwing my system out of control. I started taking our Vita Tree VitaWomen’s Formula to help balance things, along with our VitaTree VitaDetox. Even after one week I feel more energy.

I have been getting in my AeroPilates daily, alternating between cardio and the Level 1 workout. It is actually very relaxing to do. I did feel some stiff muscles my first few days and that encouraged me (knowing that it was working.)

This week I plan to tackle my diet. I eat fairly healthy, but I often skip meals. To get my metabolism working properly I have to eat small meals frequently. I am going to try to do between 1400 and 1800 calories each day. I have never counted calories or paid attention to them so it should be eye opening.

Please keep commenting with your own stories so we can cheer each other on. There is power in numbers and this week Tara W you motivated me too!

Renee Torrington
TV Host, The Shopping Channel

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Follow my “I’m worth it!” promise & progress

Follow my “I’m worth it!” promise & progress

Over the past 3 years my weight has been on a rollercoaster ride. As viewers, you have watched my weight go from 134lbs to 102lbs and back up again. We all have our own stories and stresses in life that effect how we feel and look. I thought I would share my story to encourage others to take time for themselves and realize they are worth it.

Late in 2007 I began an intense workout program to try to get my body back in shape. I saw amazing results and was motivated to keep working hard. The only issue was that I was doing this program while going through a very emotional time in my life. I was trying to lose weight and make changes for someone else,  not for myself. I dropped to a dangerously low weight of 102 lbs and was not eating enough to sustain that kind of workout program.  Stress had me skipping meals and not sleeping. After finally losing weight, I found myself being pressured to gain weight.

In the summer of 2008 my life underwent incredible change and I found myself a single mom of three daughters. I struggled with learning to balance everything life was throwing at me. I was overwhelmed and the first thing to go was my workout time. I was averaging 5 hours of sleep a night. I started to pack the pounds back on and I could not understand why. I am not a big eater - in fact eat quiet healthy. My weight was back up, my clothes were too tight and I felt awful.

I started getting tests done and after months of consulting with my doctor, I found out that my body and hormones were all out of whack. Lack of sleep and exercise were the main contributors.

So here I am now. I have learned to balance better and am in a happy place in my life. I am making changes and making time for me again. I realized that in order for me to be there for others, I also have to take care of myself.

I made an on-air commitment to Marjolein Brugman from AeroPilates to give myself two months of eating right and Pilates. I’d love to share this journey with you. I will be logging everything I am doing and keep you up-to-date on my progress.

Yes, I will even share my weight and measurements! I’m trying to lose 15 lbs, but most of all my goal is to have my clothes feel better on and get myself feeling good again. I hope you will join me and make time for yourself. We have excellent products and experts here at The Shopping Channel. Find something that works for you and commit.

Let’s do it together. We are all worth it.

Renee Torrington
TV Host, The Shopping Channel

PS - ok, here it is, my starting weight & measurements!!

Weight: 130lbs
Hips: 38″
Waist: 33″
Chest: 36″
Thigh: 21″

Spring into a healthy lifestyle, in time for summer

Celebrity fitness trainer, best-selling author and nutrition expert Harley Pasternak returns to The Shopping Channel today.

Harley brings with him all the tools & know-how you need to make healthy changes & choices, all centred around his world-renown 5-Factor Fitness Program.  So, if you’re looking to jump-start a change, get motivated and get educated on healthy life choices, tune in and watch Harley at 11am, 3pm, 8pm or 11pm EST.


Harley Pasternak’s Good for You Tip #1

Harley Pasternak Tells all to Chatelaine

Another Good for You Tip from Harley Pasternak

Your healthy summer lifestyle. 5 easy tips.

1. Exercise every day. Aim for 30 minutes alternating one day cardio and one day strength. Walking outdoors in the early morning, during a lunch break or in the cool evening hours doesn’t even feel like exercise.  Strength training can be done in minimal time when you have some basic fitness tools.  Choose 10 strength exercises and do each exercise for 1 minute.

2. Plan out your meals weekly. I find it is easier to make better food choices this time of year.  I swear the strawberries have never tasted better.  Lot of fresh available produce not only tastes great, it is low in calories.  Plan a 7 day menu such as: chicken on Monday, fish on Tuesday, steak on Wednesday, wraps on Thursday, chili on Friday, lean burgers on Saturday and pasta with protein on Sunday.

3. Choose lean protein. Start each meal with proteins such as eggs, turkey, chicken, lean beef, or fish.  Studies show that people who have more protein in their diet loose more weight.  I personally start every day (after my morning workout) with an egg white omelet.  With summer here, barbecuing chicken, lean burgers and fish are a personal favorite.  I always make extra so I have protein to throw in a salad for my next day’s lunch. 

4. Stay away from white foods. Rice, sugars, white bread and pasta.  I know you have heard this over and over, but if you want to see big results, say bye bye.

5. Make smart drink choices. Water, low fat milk, unsweetened tea and coffee are excellent beverage choices.  Minimize your juice intake by having the fruit instead.  You will gain more fiber and LESS calories.

My favorite summer drink is to blend fresh strawberries with crystal light pink lemonade.  So refreshing and low in calories!

Have a healthy, happy summer
Rosalie Brown

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