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FL residents receiving mailers with their names on it

Friday, October 31, 2014

This is such an invasion of privacy. Some SFriemds have asked why I don't post pics of myself on SP. I take such pains to keep my life private...I'm not even on Facebook...yes it's true....maybe I'm paranoid emoticon

Anyway yesterday I came home from work to a flier with my name and address, as well as all my neighbors listing who voted the last few years and who didn't vote this year yet. I was fureous and confused...

This morning on the local news they were talking about how people are upset by the flier as well as the threat...."vote or your neighbors will know." Who cares....but how dare they use my name without permission. emoticon

If you've received a flier or just want to weigh in...It's been sent out by the Fl Realtors Association...contact info below...I called and left a couple of rants on their v.m. I spoke with a woman before 5pm and she said, oh yeah they're getting calls.

Let them know they can't get away with this...

Here’s one way to stop the bullying: “Citizens for a Better Florida” can be reached at Florida Realtors, a lobbying and trade association. Phone: 407-438-1400. Contacts: Dave Garrison, Daveg@floridarealtors.org; and Richard Darling; rdarling1@cfl.rr.com and info@bluespringsrealty.com.

Check out the comments on this link:(cut and paste if it won't connect)

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JEANNETTE59 11/1/2014 6:19PM

  I live in New Jersey, the home of Gov. Christie, who thinks the way to talk to constituents is to tell them to Shut Up!

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LAC936 11/1/2014 2:09PM

    Yikes. I live in FL and did an absentee vote, but agree I'd be livid if my name was out there for anyone to see what I did or didn't do. Soon we'll have no privacy ... Big Brother is always watching.

How's the wrist today?

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123ELAINE456 10/31/2014 11:38PM

  This is an Invasion Of Privacy. And Must Be Stop Now. Thank You for sharing.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/31/2014 9:46PM

    They are doing something similar here. Calling you to tell you they see you haven't sent in your mail in vote yet. I usually tell them off.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/31/2014 9:11PM

    Oh man, that's bad. I hope people can get together, and stop this. Invasion of privacy for sure.

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MILLISMA 10/31/2014 9:10PM

    It seems as though nothing is private today and I find it a little scary. I feel that flier is a real invasion of privacy and I would have been upset also. Hope your weekend goes better.

hugs...Mary Anne and the golden girls

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How I Fractured my Wrist or . . . When NOT to trust a Personal Trainer

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

So, I finally got back on track-joined gym, walking on treadmill to get my body used to it for 2 weeks-eating right-signed up for series of 4 sessions with personal trainer...

Then my 1st session with the "Trainer" Saturday, 1st 5 mins...he has me doing DEEP squats, all the way down to floor - says do as many as you can, actually he first said to do 25... I said WHAT???...REALLY??? I don't know how many I actually did - maybe 6? Then immediately into side lunges...seriously???? Do you know how old I am, how overweight, not worked out hard in years. And how stupid of me to go along with it. emoticon

THEN, after my legs are like jelly - he has me step up on high stool-nothing to hold onto-not spotting me - as I stepped off, my legs just buckled under me and I fell hard on my tail bone emoticon

This could have been so much worse - hip...right hand instead of left - anyway, then sitting there I knew my hand was in bad shape - said I'm getting woozy. I put my head down and he kept talking, filling out the accident report.. Then I passed out and evidently hit my head on the way down. Well, you get the idea emoticon

Went to Urgent Care Clinic - idiots - I STILL HAVEN'T BEEN CALLED WITH XRAY RESULTS - I called all day on Monday. Turns out they didn't send the film STAT so everything else that went to Radiology took priority. I decided I'd better not play games and went to Orthopedic Hand specialist yesterday - yes, its fractured, he said - surgery - NO, I begged him - we can try a splint, he said - too swollen for cast. If I DO NOT LIFT ANYTHING - DO ANYTHING with hand. Sending me for catscan to be sure hasn't missed anything - back to him next week.

Please pray it heals without needing surgery.

I've managed to live this long without any breaks.

I'm not letting this deter my resolve I'm determined to stay my path back to health. I'm so grateful it wasn't worse!!! emoticon emoticon

I do not believe in frivolous law suits, but if the gym does not refund my training fee and if they are not willing to pay my medical bills, I will have no alternative but to turn it over to someone they will listen to. emoticon

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JANET552 11/15/2014 11:28AM

    How is your hand now?

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LAC936 10/31/2014 3:31PM

    Nancy what a day you had! When I do exercises I keep my own pace and don't use trainers because they think they're going to turn you into a superstar overnight. Well I guess when you heal you'll work at your own pace. Feel better soon my friend. Hope it's not your dominant hand.

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THROOPER62 10/30/2014 5:19PM

    emoticon emoticon you got hurt, hope you don't need surgery

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123ELAINE456 10/30/2014 12:01PM

  I agree with the others too that the trainer is incompetent and lack professional judgment which resulted in you being injured. Did you meet and talk to him before the session so he knew you was just starting an exercise program? He should have started you out as someone new to the program. They should have called 911 and got paramedics out there to check you out and taken you to the hospital for x-rays of your tailbone, head and arms. You could have fractured your tailbone, got a head concussion and as you said you broke your hand. The Gym does not take care of people that goes their at all. Tell everyone you know to stay away from that Gym. I'm glad that you went to a Orthopedic Hand Specialist for care of the hand. Let us know what happens. I would see an attorney too. So sorry this happen to you.
Now to get back to your Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle. Stay on track and do exercises for someone just starting out. Try walking 10 minutes a day 3-4 time a week to start out. And add other things as time goes on. You can Do It. We are here for you. Never Quit or Give Up. Keep Pushing Forward. WTG!!! ( WAY To Go). God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Good Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!C
oming You Way. Take Good Care of Yourself and Stay Healthy.

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LEANNAW4 10/30/2014 9:38AM

    Wow! I tend to agree with the others that the trainer's incompetence and lack of professional judgment is to blame for your injury, and the response was lacking as well. Keep us posted on what happens, if they agree to pay without litigation, etc. I'll keep my fingers crossed!


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MILLISMA 10/29/2014 9:39PM

    So sorry to hear, Nancy. Not very impressed with that trainer. He should have started you off a little lighter. Hope you don't have to have surgery. Will keep you in my prayers.

hugs...Mary Anne

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MARIWELL 10/29/2014 7:44PM

    Wow Nancy that was some session! It's amazing you didn't have any more serious injuries. You would think that a personal trainer would start each individual at the level that is appropriate. I think yours thought you were training for the NFL. I hope you get satisfaction in dealing with this mess. Take care and do what you have to do to resolve everything and heal properly.
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DEBBLO 10/29/2014 4:53PM

    Oh my gosh Nancy! You even passed out!!! How stupid of that trainer to push you too far. I don't usually sue either but I would if they don't refund your money.
And that "Urgent Care"??? When my mom went to one years ago for her wrist fracture, they told her right then and there. She called an orthopedic early Mon AM and had the cast that day! I would consider them in the lawsuit too!!! Negligence all around!
I pray your wrist heals without the surgery, that you are not in too much pain, that you can do the daily activities you need to do, and that you keep up the good work. You have been on track for a good streak now so don't let it get to you.
Many good vibes heading your way!!!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/29/2014 4:35PM

    Oh my gosh!! That is horrible. The guy sounds like an idiot! I hope you have a speedy recovery!

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PROPMAN1 10/29/2014 4:26PM

  emoticon I'm sorry you got hurt. What was that trainer thinking? I'm not one for suing but think in this case you are justified. Let's hope, at the very least, they take care of the medical bills and give you a refund. emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 10/29/2014 4:25PM

  This is what is called Gross Negligence and Reckless Endangerment and certainly would not be a frivolous lawsuit. Consider all the possibilities. I am not someone who believes in suing just because you stand a good chance of winning a monetary judgement.
Consider what a danger this trainer is to the gym's clients and consider the quality of a gym that would hire such a trainer.
I pray that your injuries cause you no long term consequences and that you will not require surgery.

Sorry if this sounds like a rant, but it is very upsetting that that you were injured due to your trainer's lack of professionalism and just plain old common sense. emoticon

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KAYDE53 10/29/2014 4:14PM

    I can't believe they would not have their trainers adjust exercise plans for each individual depending on age, health history, etc.; how ignorant!!! They deserve to be sued for that alone. I don't believe in suing much either, but in this case, I probably would. Ouch! Hope you don't have to have surgery, Nancy, and that you're alright everywhere else too.

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Be careful when using personal email address

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I received this a little while ago as a comment on my profile photo. I was going to reply when I saw there was no link to a spark page, no way to send a personal reply or any other way to respond other than sending an email from my personal email address. Perhaps Jessica is legitimate...Perhaps it's a not so innocent way to pitch a sale...Maybe something more sinister...either way...I posted a response as a status which you can read. Be careful who you share your personal information of any kind. Here was the message...Please weigh in and tell me if you think I'm being paranoid...

My name is Jessica, I saw you as I was searching online and
became interested in you, I will also like to know you more, I have a very
good reason for contacting you which I will tell you in my next mail. Here is my
email Address (jessicaduncan1@hotmail.com) I will be waiting for your mail because I have
very important thing to tell you.I wait for your mail bye.
jessicaduncan1@hotmail.com "

I will reply to this message via Spark People's safe personal email system. That's what it's there for.

Update: Quite a few people received this email. Just delete it if you get it. The account should be closed now but there's no guarantees some more won't get through. It's the times we're living in. It's also why I'm leary about posting my picture on line or giving away to much personal info. Be careful SFriends!

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DEBBLO 10/29/2014 4:55PM

    I got it too and deleted it! Thanks for the heads up!

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NASFKAB 10/28/2014 6:59AM

  thanks for sharing then there is the other one where its supposed to be from a friend that they are stranded abroad & need money please be very careful

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GOOZLEBEAR 10/27/2014 7:51PM

    I haven't gotten one yet but thanks for letting us know. emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 10/27/2014 12:33PM

  Thanks for sharing. This type of email is almost if not always a scam!

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CANDOIT54 10/27/2014 11:28AM

    I received this email today-10/27. Thanks for posting this

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123ELAINE456 10/27/2014 11:00AM

  How do we report this to SP? We don't need things like this at all. Is our Facebook Accounts Okay or not?. This is scary to say the least. Please let us know what else we can do to protect ourselves, our Facebook Accounts and Spark People. Thank You KAREN608 FOR LETTING US KNOW IT IS SPAM. Thank You LOIE_LILY for letting us know too. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 10/27/2014 10:43AM

    Thank you for the posting. I did not get this email but will be on the look-out.

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LOUIE-LILY 10/27/2014 8:12AM

    Update: I have reported as well and asked SP tho delete account. For the most part I think SP does a good job on their security, but It's up to all of us to be vigilant as well. Thank you all for your responses and help!

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JANET552 10/27/2014 7:38AM

    I wouldn't respond. It sounds suspicious!

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MARITIMER3 10/27/2014 7:38AM

    I've reported it to SP technical support message boars, and they have deleted the account. Do not respond to any messages like this one.

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LEANJEAN6 10/27/2014 6:37AM

    I got the same email======but--How do I report this to Sparkpeople?----It upset me too-- emoticon

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IOEINC 10/27/2014 6:17AM

    Definitely do not respond. Sounds like a scam. You should report it to Sparkpeople.

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RD03875 10/27/2014 2:53AM

    I thought Spark people e-mail was just for use within the Spark People site. I didn't know you could use it for outside site to site e-mail. Is this something new?

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KAYDE53 10/26/2014 10:41PM

    Sounds scary, I'd stay away! emoticon

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KAREN608 10/26/2014 10:21PM

    Just googled that email address: the same message repeated dozens of times on Facebook and other sites. It is SPAM. It is not a legit person. So ignore them. Too bad they made it to Sparkpeople. Report it to Sparkpeople please.

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KAREN608 10/26/2014 10:13PM

    Too vague, definitely sounds spammy to me.

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ARNETTELEE 10/26/2014 9:50PM

  hmmmmm.....be careful.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/26/2014 9:48PM

    I would not respond to it. It sounds off to me.

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Getting Healthy Again

Monday, October 13, 2014

For months I've been eating horribly and not really exercising. I stopped checking my blood sugar and just buried my head in the sand. Due to life circumstances and the in-actions I just mentioned, I have also been sinking deeper and deeper into depression. I'm also sure I've been no joy to be around...and indeed I felt as if my own joy had been robbed. I couldn't have more purposely been putting myself in an early grave.

So, looking at 10 days off from work I knew I could put the nails in my coffin, sitting around and eating...or I could start fresh...which is what I finally decided it was time to do. The first step was to find out at least how bad my blood sugar was...So I took a deep breath and tested. It was as bad as I was afraid it would be...over 300 (for those who are unfamiliar with T2 diabetes, normal is well under 100). I didn't make drastic changes immediately. I prayed for strength and wisdom and the fortitude to not quit this time. I started formulating a plan. Clearly I could not be trusted to continue working out on my own. I needed help again. Time to stop talking about when I worked my way up to almost a black belt in TaeKwondo when I was in my 40's or how I used to do Yoga. Time to stop bragging about taking up Tai Chi and healing myself when the Drs wanted to do surgery on my rotated vertebrates and tilted hip from an accident. That was in my mid-20's and when I started studying health and nutrition and started eating right and lost 45 lbs and kept it off for 8 years.

But slowly, life beat me up and I kept waving the white flag, until I find myself in the worst shape of my life, and it's not due to age!

So...For 4 days now, I've been going to the gym, eating well...For me that means little to no sugar, very few carbs, very little if any wheat products. I've continued drinking my water.

I kept getting on the scale, wanting so badly to see it go down...But nothing... in fact...I actually gained a lb.!

But I had a thought...I'm doing this first and foremost for health...and for me, right now, that means getting my numbers down. So I tested, and lo and behold...I was at 100!!! WOW!!! What encouragement!

So my plan is to keep going...to ask for prayer from those that are inclined and believe in it...to not be so hard on myself anymore...to be as kind as I would want to be to someone else...to remember that with consistency comes success...and to always remember this life long challenge is not made up of one big war but of many battles.

Thank you all for your encouragement

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/15/2014 4:18AM

    The blood sugar level is a big encouragement. I know you can do this, and we will help you along the way. emoticon

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EABL81 10/14/2014 9:07PM

    That's fabulous, Nancy! You should be really proud of yourself! And don't worry about the pound. Weight fluctuations like that are temporary. It's not unusual to gain when you first get back to exercising. You've got your priorities straight. This is about a healthful life, not about a number on a scale.

Congratulations, girlfriend! You're doing this!

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PGHP31CK 10/14/2014 2:02PM

    Nancy -- that's a GREAT non-scale victory!!

I am inclined, and I believe, and I WILL be praying for you. Will you please pray the same for me?

You've got this!

Cheering you on!

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JANET552 10/14/2014 8:14AM

    Wow, Nancy -- that was a super change in blood sugars. emoticon
I'm sending prayers your way that you continue to believe in yourself and your ability to do healthy things. emoticon

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MARIWELL 10/13/2014 10:15PM

It's wonderful that you were able to get your numbers down. Keep up the great work. We all have setbacks, but it sounds like you are motivated and on the right track now. I'm cheering you on.
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SDTOHIO 10/13/2014 10:02PM

    emoticon on taking control and embracing change! I willalways keep you in my thoughts and prayers! emoticon

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KAREN608 10/13/2014 9:18PM

    Restarts are so important, and your great blood sugar level proves you are helping yourself by the steps you are doing! May a new motivation sweep over you like gentle warm waves and you feel all of us with you, and cheering you on.

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KAYDE53 10/13/2014 8:40PM

    emoticon Great job getting your blood sugar down. Hopefully it will continue that trend and you'll be on your way to better health. As far as the weight, I'm sure it will follow. Never give up!! emoticon emoticon

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MILLISMA 10/13/2014 8:28PM

    Nancy, how amazing is that!!! What a great job you did getting you numbers down. I am so impressed. You will do this plus I am sending prayers and healthy vibes.

big hugs.....Mary Anne

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DEBBLO 10/13/2014 6:25PM

    Take it one step at a time, one day at a time.
Don't give up! If you should slip, pick yourself up and keep on trying.

When I joined SparkPeople years ago, I lost over 50 lbs. and was exercising 3x a week. Then the stress got to me the past 3 years. I didn't exercise and gained back 35! I am losing VERY slowly now and took small steps to get myself back to exercising (I joined the 10 minute a day challenge and increased little by little)

The best news is that in just a few days, your glucose numbers changed dramatically! Just keep that in mind!
Sending a TON of hugs and prayers to you Nancy!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/13/2014 5:33PM

    You have my prayers! I hope you continue to do well!!

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LEANNAW4 10/13/2014 5:11PM

    Ya-HOOO! I'm so happy to read this, Nancy! I'm so glad you're taking these steps for your health and to get those pesky B.S. numbers down. Definitely keep going! Consistency is the key to every successful endeavor and your numbers will all get back in line if you keep practicing these healthy habits.

The furry Louie and Lily are your cheering squad, as are the Moo and me!

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JEANNETTE59 10/13/2014 4:50PM

  Of course you have my prayers.

That old demon called Slippery Slope gets the better of us sometimes and when it does we end up hurting ourselves most of all. emoticon emoticon

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SUE5007 10/13/2014 4:30PM

    Good for you! emoticon emoticon back.

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WBV - Whole Body Vibration

Friday, June 20, 2014

Back on 9/4/2013 I wrote a blog called “Does the Easy Way Out Ever Work?” It was about how I had gotten suckered into a weight loss scam – They wrap you up in gauze and leave you that way for a period of time. They promise you will lose inches from all over your body in one session… of course, if you do lose anything it will be water weight . . . but more likely your dignity.
Anyway, when a co-worker came in talking about how she had joined a “Vibology Studio” for weight loss, where she said you stand on a platform that shakes you up .. . I thought to myself, “Oh, no – you did not fall for that, and I’m sure not going to fall for a stupid scam again.” I had visions of I Love Lucy, with Lucy stuck on one of those things with a belt around her waist while she got shook up like crazy.
But then I did my research – WOW! Not particularly beneficial for weight loss, although they’ll try to make you think it is and tell you you’ll lose lots of inches, however, I started reading the reviews on the medical sites about how beneficial this “new” vibration platform is good for Bone Density, reversing Osteoporosis, and more.

“They started researching this in the 60’s to help astronauts maintain muscle mass. They’ve since found it helps strength and balance, and decreases sway in the elderly, and found it especially beneficial in rehab to increase circulation. It has also been shown to improve and maintain bone mineral density in postmenopausal women and the tactic is being studied for its therapeutic potential, such as increasing older women's bone mass – a far better alternative than the dangerous osteoporosis drugs currently on the market.” I took the excerpts in the preceding paragraph from Dr. Mercola’s website. I’ll try to attach the link below.

I starting researching how much the platforms cost, and of course they can be costly. Well, at the Dr. yesterday I asked her if she knew about them and what her opinion was . . . and to my surprise she said, “yes, I go myself 4-5x a week for osteoporosis,” and she recommended it to me for my osteopenia (precursor to osteoporosis). She suggested I try it for a month first, at the studio - like a small gym, to see how I felt about it before making the investment in a machine. So I joined for a month – found a coupon on line to bring the $60/month cost down to $27/month trial for unlimited visits and went today for the first time. Pretty neat . . . I had it on the lowest setting and I could really see how it can work to strengthen bones. They say 10 minutes is equal to 1 hour of exercise . . . uhhh, not sure about that, but it definitely gave me some kind of workout. As I said, I'm not expecting anything on the weight loss side, but I do believe it can help reverse bone density issues, and that's a good thing!

Below is a link of a funny demonstration a few years ago, on The Doctors with Fran Drescher of what it looks like – it’s much better than me trying to explain it!




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LEW0213 6/25/2014 8:26PM

    I'm late, so what else is new? This was very interesting. I have pain every day due to my osteoporosis. I'm going to ask my doctor about using this when I go to see him. I've got to do something and you can take just so much meds. Thanks for posting this, hon. Hugs, Linda

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/23/2014 6:54PM

    That's interesting. I haven't heard about that machine for years, and like you, thought it was a scam. Let us know how it goes!

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KAREN608 6/21/2014 4:37PM

    Maybe I can just strap myself to the washing machine on spin cycle. Hope it helps you.

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JEANNETTE59 6/21/2014 4:18PM

  Going to check it out. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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KAYDE53 6/20/2014 10:58PM

    Wow, that's something else! Never heard of that one; thanks for sharing, don't know of any place around here with that machine, will have to Google it!! Have fun shaking!! emoticon

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