…and on a personal note


I’m not going to drone on; short and sweet, okay? Even bad grammar and fragmented sentences are a go, today.

I want to take a minute to thank you all for reading, commenting, sharing, subscribing, asking questions, and for the supportive emails! You’ve all been great and Galya and I are touched by your responses.


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Living Fit OC is a site dedicated to getting Orange County, California residents fitter and healthier, having fun, and living the OC “lifestyle” that’s really only portrayed on TV. We might have a larger proportion of fitter people than some areas, but we still have plenty to work on.

I’m proud to be a part of the Living Fit OC Team, and I’m thrilled to show you my first article for LFOC, which is all about reading the labels on those food packages.

The label(s)

When it comes to figuring out how “healthy” or “fattening” a food is, it’s not as simple as pointing someone to the nutrition label. First, there is more than one label, as you’ll see. Second, the labels are confusing, as you know if you’ve tried to read them before. Third, the labels can be misleading, as you’ll soon find out. Finally, many people look at the claims on the front of the box and assume that this labeling is designed to help them. Hint – it’s not.

Reading the Labels – Ingredients.



We got some great feedback on our “No-Time-To-Workout Workout.” I hope you don’t mind my sharing an excerpt from a recent email…


I DID get caught up in the idea that I needed to go to the gym 5 days a week or it wasn’t worth going or working out. Thanks for the book. I’ve already started and done each of the workout sessions once. On Saturday, I had a longer time at home to workout, so I did C and D back to back. I hope that’s ok? I plan to take Sunday and Monday off, and do A again before work on Tuesday?  Is this correct?

BTW, the tips in the book have put me back on track. Working out regularly, even when it’s just 30 minutes, gives me good motivation to keep on my food plan for the day so I don’t blow my hard work.

Thanks again,


my reply


Thanks for the feedback, and I’m glad you’re liking the workouts and tips in the book. To answer your question, your weekend plan is great! Putting two workouts back to back when you have the time is a great way to have a full body workout when you can squeeze one in, and taking a day or two off before the next one is just what you need to give your body time to recovery and let you have another great workout! Enjoy the weekend AND Tuesday morning’s workout!



Contests & giveaways

Galya is out of the country for a while, and her first weeks away have been spent traveling to remote, rural locales in Bulgaria and leading a fitness retreat on the Black Sea. While she’s been away, you’ve had to suffer through my writing exclusively, while she  is forced to take a break from the internet.

Galya and Diana at the Black Sea in Bulgaria

Galya and Diana – FORCED to take a break…

She and I have had enough time talking to plan a few contests and giveaways in the next few weeks. Should be fun, so make sure you’re subscribed to the newsletter (signup at bottom left of any of our pages) to get the first news about the whats, wheres, and hows! Oh, and one reason to subscribe NOW is that the first contest will have a winner drawn from current subscribers at the time of the contest kickoff!


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