Developed by Jaime Brenkus, the star of the 8 Minute Abs workout videos, Slim & Fit's 12-week nutrition and weight-loss program helps participants to lose up to 30 pounds through proper portions, customized diets, and nutritional counseling. A certified Slim Coach designs a tailored diet program for each participant, plotting out six healthy meals each day using the perfect-portion-plate system, which measures sustenance more easily than the metric system. By combining an effective meal plan based on each individual's lifestyle with unlimited advice from the knowledgeable nutrition counselors, participants can lose weight worry-free and with no ravenous midnight cravings or temptations of diving into chocolate rivers.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then comes 25 minutes of cardio: the trainers might start novice exercisers with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for enhanced results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
In high school and college, Veronica Williams's intense academic schedule soon gave way to art and photography classes, where her passion for taking pictures ultimately evolved into Portraits N More Photography . Today, she blends photojournalistic and artistic aesthetics to capture on-location or in-studio images of engaged couples, families, kids, and high-school seniors. Subjects strike poses in an array of outfits in front of natural backgrounds or special-effects backdrops that put guests right on the 10-yard line of a football field or among crashing waves at the beach.
After each session, Veronica assembles her shots into an online proofing gallery so clients can select their favorites to keep as prints, enlargements, or digital pictures on a CD. For weddings, Veronica teams up with a second photographer to cover the event before amassing a private online proofing gallery and a DVD of images free of blemishes.
Taiwan-native Sunny combines knowledge from her traditional Chinese upbringing and advanced science degree as she helps guests balance healthy lifestyles with delicious Asian recipes during three-hour, on-location cooking parties. As guests nibble on complimentary appetizers and desserts, Sunny's practiced hands transform organic ingredients from local vendors into traditional Asian dishes such as sweet-and-sour chicken, lettuce wraps, and shiitake-fried rice noodles. Adventurous guests can take a hands-on role if desired, assuming control of the wok or confidently renaming ingredients after favorite science-fiction characters. As fledgling chefs taste the fruits of Sunny's labor, taste buds are coaxed toward more nutritious food habits during a chat examining healthy eating and cooking.
The staff at Bronzed Memories molds exact replicas of children's handprints and footprints, creating keepsakes designed to trigger a flood of cherished recollections for years to come. In a two-step process, they make an impression of children's actual hands or feet, then fills that impression with bronze. The team mounts finished prints on plaques, on paperweights, or inside shadowboxes, providing parents tangible reminders of when their children were small enough to fit in a booster seat or in the comforting arms of a gorilla at the zoo. Though Bronzed Memories can work with kids of any age, the staff suggests bringing them in for impressions while they're still tiny, so that years later, family members will be astounded at how much they've grown.