Tammy Stokes from West Coast Workout and Tammy Stokes Lifestyle is here to share her advice to relieve stress about fitness.

BSA -  Tammy StokesWhat are the most common fitness-related stressors people experience? 

Lack of time, cost, fear or failure and fear of getting hurt.

How can people reduce fitness stress? 

First, identify your stressor. Once you identify it, you can create a workable solution. If it’s a lack of time, work out whenever you can fit it in. Don’t fret about how long – just make sure you do something. If it’s cost, find an online workout you enjoy. If it’s fear of failure, be sure you ease into an exercise routine. If it’s the fear of getting hurt that stresses you, hire a qualified personal trainer who understands your fitness goals.

What phrase or quote can help people put their fitness routine into perspective? 

Make this your mantra: “Never miss more than twice.” We all have days when life gets in the way, but skipping two days is the limit. Successful people are good at getting back on track quickly.

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This month, the Advisory Board members share their journeys and words of wisdom for a rewarding career. 

IMG_6418 high resMolly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker

Livi Rae Lingerie  Breast Health/Self-Esteem

The inspiration to work in the lingerie industry was a logical one for Molly Hopkins, co-founder of Livi Rae Lingerie. Hopkins’ experience began in third grade, when she couldn’t find any undergarment options that weren’t black, beige or white. She remembers thinking, “This can’t be it!” After meeting Cynthia Decker while working at another lingerie shop, they decided to open their own boutique to meet the style and size needs for all women.

Go for it! Don’t let others discourage you. Sometimes the impossible is possible, but you will never know until you try.” 

At Livi Rae Lingerie, Decker says they are constantly surprised at how many people wear the wrong size bra. That’s particularly because women like Hopkins herself have few resources to find large-cup bras. Decker reveals, “We’re in the process of designing our own bra, and hopefully we’ll be able to satisfy the needs of somebody who’s 50 N besides just one style in four different colors.”

After years in this industry, Hopkins and Decker know one thing for sure: focusing on the customer herself is just as important as focusing on fit. After they’ve helped a client, Hopkins says, “They feel like we’ve really taken the time to cater to their needs. Our clients become our friends,” Hopkins adds, “I don’t know any place that I can go that I’ll get a hug from the person that helps me. We find that we hug a lot in our store  it’s very emotional, and it’s very bonding.” So whether you come in just for a bra or for some emotional support, Hopkins sums up the experience with the phrase. “Change your bra, change your life.”

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Each month, Best Self publisher Sherri Adair shares her favorite places, people and events from around Atlanta. Here are her picks for the month of April:

Healthy juiceJu-Tox Juice Bar & Wellness Center – This is one of the only juice bars I have  found that makes the juice from scratch while you wait. I haven’t found anything in years that makes me feel this good! My favorite mix is Ju-Shine.

Details: 3175 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (855)588-6963, jutox.com

BSA- Sherri's My Best List Luminara Real Flame Effect CandlesLuminara Real Flame-Effect Candles  My son got me one of these for Christmas, and I liked it so much I went out and bought more. I can enjoy the ambiance of candles without dealing with dripping wax or an open flame. Plus, these are scented just like a regular candle and are even remote controlled.

Details: Find your nearest retailer at luminara.com

BSA - Sherri's April My Best ListStephanie Johnson Miami Orange Cosmetic Bag  I love the color, and I especially love the shape of this bag. It’s perfect for a wonderful bag or suitcase. The material allows you to see the contents and keep everything dry in the shower or steam. I picked mine up at Health & Beauty Boutique for $32.

Details: 3655 Roswell Road NE, Suite #216, Atlanta, GA, (404) 228-7542, healthandbeautyboutique.com, stephaniejohnson.com


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Kate's Club Blog Post ImageAt the age of 12, Kate Atwood lost her mother to breast cancer, and knows all too well how it feels to experience grief as a child.  And while volunteering as a counselor to others at a bereavement camp in Virginia, it was then that Atwood noticed the positive impact someone could have with another individual who was also dealing with a similar circumstance.

In 2003, she founded the Atlanta based nonprofit Kate’s Club — an organization that helps children and teens face the death of a parent or sibling — and today, she is one of five extraordinary women nominated to receive this year’s 6th Annual DVF People’s Voice Award.

Kate Atwood 1Featured as one of our My Best Self stories from 2011, although Kate has seen much success in her organization, founding this nonprofit wasn’t easy. One of the first programs offered was held at a local bowling alley with six children six adult volunteers. Today, Kate has a dedicated team, Board of Directors, advisors, ambassadors and an annual The Spirit of Kate’s Club Gala. This gala is a premier event held at Loews Atlanta hotel where more than 500 professionals and community leaders gather to celebrate others who embody the spirit of Kate’s Club.

Cast your vote by Sunday, March 29 at www.dvf.com.

For more information, visit www.katesclub.org

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New Camino Real pic_cred Charlie McCullersIf you haven’t been to the ballet in a while, let this show get you back to the theater. Atlanta Ballet’s “Camino Real,” choreographed by Helen Pickett, makes its world premiere at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on March 20. The show is inspired by Tennessee Williams’ play, and the story comes from the perspective of Kilroy, a patriotic WWII-era character. In 75 minutes the ballet introduces fictional and historical figures, such as Esmeralda from “Hunchback of Notre Dame” and the infamous 18th century Casanova. Pickett herself shares insight into the story and the characters on the Atlanta Ballet’s website, so you can learn their full backstory before it comes to life on stage.

Details: 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA, (770) 916-2800, atlantaballet.com

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BSA - Best Bites Culinary Local 2Apps like Urbanspoon, Foodspotting and even Yelp are great for finding a good restaurant, but what if you’re looking for more than just a good dinner? If you’re a foodie wanting information beyond simple restaurant listings, check out CulinaryLocal. This site provides details on upcoming local food events, farmers markets, cooking classes and more. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter for the latest tasty topics, and keep an eye out for their marketplace that’s currently in the works.

Details: culinarylocal.com

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jessica shopsFinancial management is essential when it comes to keeping your financial goals in line through the years. Atlanta-based financial planning firm Wela offers a variety of online tools to help plan for the future. Use their site to determine how much you need to save for the future, including 401K allocation and college savings plans. Find out if you can afford to buy the home you want based on your current income, and use their strategies to pay off current debt. The best part is that all these tools are free! Visit yourwela.com today to get started.

For more info on Jessica, visit www.jessicashops.com

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BSA - Atlanta Film FestivalThe Atlanta Film Festival runs from Mach 20 to 29, screening quality independent films for the 39th year. Many of this year’s directors focus on serious topics, such as in Danielle Beverly’s “Old South,” which explores racial tensions between a white fraternity in Athens, Georgia and a traditionally black neighborhood, or Nathalie Cools’ “Trans: A Documentary about Transboys,” delving into complex issues of gender identity. Still other directors are bringing comedies, musical programming and more to the screen. With a $50 MovieHopper pass, you can attend any of the festival’s regular screenings, or you can purchase $10 general admission tickets for specific shows. 

Details: Plaza Theater, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, atlantafilmfestival.com 

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Pure Pork AwesomenessIn Chef Kevin Gillespie’s newest cookbook, Pure Pork Awesomeness, he shares 100 recipes solely dedicated to his favorite meat. This former Bravo “Top Chef” contestant educates readers about different breeds of pig and their personalities, as well as how to make a more conscious decision when selecting pork. He explains the difference in color and flavor so that you can select – and then, with the help of his recipes, cook – the best pork you’ve ever had. Andrews McMeel Publishing will release the book nationwide at the end of this month.

Details: $29.99, andrewsmcmeel.com

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Maher_cred North Fulton Anesthesia AssociatesDr. Patrick Oliver Maher from North Fulton Anesthesia Associates answers a reader’s question about general anesthesia.

Q: I have to go under general anesthesia for a procedure. Is there anything I can do to make sure I stay safe?

New research found that the most frequent malpractice claims are related to teeth damage, death and nerve damage. To lower risks, patients should develop preoperative questions for their doctor. For example, ask about eating, drinking and taking medications or supplements before surgery. Patients should also provide their doctor with family medical history, allergy information and a list of medications, vitamins and supplements they take.

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