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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.
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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.
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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!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KviOYEGpkmg

articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/
archive/2008/07/01/whole-body-vibratio
n-does-your-bones-and-muscles-good.aspx


Hugs,
Nancy
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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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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/22/2014 10:42PM

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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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SIOL55 6/21/2014 10:38AM

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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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Grateful pups

Sunday, May 11, 2014

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Nancy

www.godvine.com/next-time-my-dog-gob
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LEW0213 5/14/2014 11:26AM

    This was just adorable. Especially when they bring their dishes around the table to the lady. We feed all 9(use to be 12)of our dogs in the kitchen and they are all very polite but they don't bring their dish to us when they finish. Another rule is that they can't bother another dog if that dog is still eating. They have to wait until that dog walks away from his dish before they can lick the dish clean. It's really cute to see how good they all are.

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SDTOHIO 5/12/2014 8:35AM

    Oh my how cute! emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 5/12/2014 3:47AM

    Such adorable doggies - thank you for sharing!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/12/2014 12:33AM

    emoticon Happy Mother's Day, Nancy!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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KAYDE53 5/11/2014 11:13PM

    How adorable; makes me embarrassed about my poorly trained dogs, no manners or prayers. emoticon emoticon

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EABL81 5/11/2014 9:30PM

    How cute!!

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JEANNETTE59 5/11/2014 12:26PM

  emoticon Happy Mother's Day!

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BOB5148 5/11/2014 10:25AM

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JOHNMARTINMILES 5/11/2014 9:41AM

    Make today a great day!

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ELRIDDICK 5/11/2014 9:38AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Allergic reaction

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The last couple of days I've been a bit under the weather...and the weather has been beautiful, so I have to go pretty deep to get under it emoticon
Thursday night I woke up a few times with mildly itchy palms. It wasn't bad though so didn't think much of it.

By Friday afternoon though, I had chills and the itching had gone from mild to wild, spread up the inside of my arms and I was scratching like crazy and icing the areas alternately. emoticon
I took a Benedryl and went to sleep. I've been racking my brains to figure out what I had done differently. Clearly this was a reaction to something. I kept thinking of two things... shampoo, it wasn't new but my head had started itching...and the other thing was an organic lavender hand sanitizer that I used on Thursday for the first time and then again on Friday.

Here is one side reaction pulled from a med site:
"Some people may develop an allergic reaction to lavender. Nausea, vomiting, headache, and chills have also been reported in some people after inhaling or absorbing lavender through the skin. Lavender applied to skin may cause irritation in some people."

So, I'm pretty certain it was the lavender. Hoping after the detox tea and lots of water it will work it's way out of my system.

Lesson: remember not all things organic are good for all of us...cyanide, poison ivy, and countless poison plants are organic...but not necessarily beneficial.
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JANETELIZABETH1 4/13/2014 5:36PM

    Maybe look at the list of ingredients in that product...I doubt it will say 100% lavender.
Wishing you better real soon.

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LEW0213 4/13/2014 9:57AM

    I'm so glad you've figured it out before it really knocked you out. You just never know what things can affect you, even "organic" products.

Hugs to you and L&L, Linda

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STARTINGINLIMBO 4/13/2014 9:06AM

    Ugh, I feel so bad for you. It sounds awful. Sounds like God is giving you some good wisdom on what to do. I'm praying that the itchiness will go away quickly now.

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/13/2014 8:21AM

    I used to get hives bad, when I discovered it was from a medication I was on. I had taken it for a few years, but for some reason my system said no more. Odd how that can happen. Hope your feeling better.

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JANET552 4/13/2014 7:33AM

    I hope you're feeling better. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 4/13/2014 6:13AM

    lI am really sorry that lavender and you are a no, no. I think one of my granddaughters may have that problem.

Jane

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EABL81 4/12/2014 10:45PM

    Poor thing! Contact allergies are NOT pleasant! I'm glad you figured it out. Feel better soon!

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SDTOHIO 4/12/2014 10:44PM

    Hope you feel better real soon! emoticon emoticon

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MARIWELL 4/12/2014 7:07PM

    Wow Nancy,
That sounds like some nasty reaction. I hope you've gotten some relief.
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LEANNAW4 4/12/2014 5:47PM

    Great reminder, Nancy! Just because it's natural, doesn't mean it's good for us. I'm so sorry you had to experience this first hand (no pun intended!) and hope you feel better ASAP! Hugs from me and Moosie.

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DEBBLO 4/12/2014 4:25PM

    Glad you found out what caused the reaction. You never know what can trigger reactions. I've had reactions to things I have used or eaten for years. Suddenly one day, my body is sensitive to it. Hope you don't itch too much longer.
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KAREN608 4/12/2014 4:16PM

    Oh my! Glad you figured it out. Allergies can start at any time, too. This is a good head's up for us to pay attention to what we are using.

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JEANNETTE59 4/12/2014 4:09PM

  emoticon Feel better soon.

I have contact allergies that bring on severe asthma attacks.

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Can You See Friday Yet?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Happy Hump Day everyone!
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Nancy

  
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PCOH051610 4/11/2014 6:23PM

    Yay, it's Friday!

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MARIWELL 4/9/2014 8:05PM

    Good one!!!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/9/2014 2:56PM

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I can see it better today than yesterday!
Enjoy a wonderful Wednesday!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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JEANNETTE59 4/9/2014 11:39AM

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NHES220 4/9/2014 11:36AM

    Too funny, I can almost see it!

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RHOOK20047 4/9/2014 9:35AM

    That was good! I like that!

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LEW0213 4/9/2014 9:01AM

    Just 2.5 days to go!

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SDTOHIO 4/9/2014 8:20AM

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One year since my nephew's suicide

Friday, April 04, 2014

This weekend marks one year since my 25 year old nephew took his own life. What is there really to say? His parents were and still are, devastated. I felt and still do feel, awful. His sister, although having a new baby who turns one year old next month, also went through, and continues to go through, her own sense of loss. I was grateful at the time that my parents were both gone and would not have to endure the pain and misery of the loss of their grandchild.

I am no longer in the same part of the country as my family, and in one sense maybe I am removed from the intense pain that close physical proximity might bring. I feel sadness and even guilt over this. Yes, I know I have “nothing” to “be” guilty over. But this not change the “feeling,” the sense that if I was closer perhaps I could help somehow . . . that perhaps if I was still there, I could have even helped prevent the tragedy. I know “realistically” this is not so. Scott knew he was loved. He had other “issues” that made him feel hopeless. He was in therapy and the therapist was saying all the “right things.” My brother knew in a sense, Scott was in trouble, because they had cancelled a vacation they were planning to go on, but didn’t want to leave him home alone.

But Scott was determined. He planned his end carefully and meticulously, searching all the websites that gave him details on the best methods and what might foil his plans. He did not want to “fail” at this. He had the rope ready and already knew which pipe in the basement was the strongest to not give way from his weight. He planned for the time that he knew his parents would be gone for at least a couple hours and had everything ready to put an end to his poor, sad and hopeless life. He waited until his sister was 1 month away from giving birth to the family’s first grandchild. My brother is absolutely convinced this was his plan, Scott’s way of helping his mother especially, to get through his loss. He knew what this baby would mean to his mom and dad…he was right in that respect. Little Olivia bears a heavy burden for such a tiny baby and she is unaware of it yet. All the hope and love for the future to carry her grandparents through this tragedy has come from her. . . and of course from my niece. I do what I can from a distance.

Scott was too young, didn’t have enough Faith . . . in God, or himself . . . to know that “this too, shall pass.” He could not “see” how things can change in an instant. Scott didn’t see that although little Olivia would bring love and comfort, that nothing will ever replace him. . . That his parents will NEVER stop grieving for him.

What else is there really to say? For those of you that made it through this blog and believe in prayer, I would be grateful if you would lift up my family in prayer this weekend as they remember their terrible loss. Thank you!

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Psalm 119:76
May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. (NIV)

  
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PCOH051610 4/11/2014 6:22PM

    I've been suicidal so I know something of the horrible emotional turmoil it can have on the person and family. Thankfully, I received a lot of therapy and NEVER EVER want to feel that way again.

Sending loving thoughts your way.

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PAPAMIKIE 4/9/2014 6:32AM

    I hope you and your family can find a way to move on. Not to forget, but to move on. You have my thoughts and prayer for you and yours.

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SDTOHIO 4/8/2014 8:53AM

    Nancy, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong my friend I am truly sorry for your loss.Blessing to you always. emoticon

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EABL81 4/5/2014 10:22PM

    emoticon Stay strong, my friend. You and your family are in my thoughts during this sad anniversary.

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LEANNAW4 4/5/2014 6:48PM

    Nancy, sending you and your family much love during this sad time. I hope you and yours can find some peace and comfort. I will be thinking of you and sending hugs and prayers your way.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/5/2014 7:32AM

    Prayers for you and your family that God will continue to comfort you and help you to understand. So much sadness. Just remember there really was nothing you could do. God bless you and bring peace to your heart.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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KAYDE53 4/5/2014 12:45AM

    I will certainly have your family in my thoughts and prayers this weekend. It's so sad when a young life ends like that, but if the person is truly determined, they usually find a way. I pray that God will give you all the peace and assurance that you did everything that you could do. emoticon emoticon

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KAREN608 4/4/2014 4:33PM

    Saddest anniversary. I know people who plan this are not thinking clearly. If only they could have known the lingering pain they would give to their family, so they try a different option.

Said a prayer and will pray for the ones suffering in this world.

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LEW0213 4/4/2014 4:11PM

    Ahhhh, Nancy, I don't think there is anything I can say to ease the pain you and your family have. Just know that I am there for you and will add you and your family in my prayers. Hugs, Linda

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PGHP31CK 4/4/2014 1:35PM

    Praying for all of you.

Hugs,
Susan

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JANETELIZABETH1 4/4/2014 12:25PM

    emoticon Praying for you all Nancy. That was so sad for you all and I'm afraid these days we hear about too many of these incidents.

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NHES220 4/4/2014 11:43AM

    Keeping your family in my prayers. So sad that your nephew reached such a dark place and could not see a way out. It seems like everyone was doing the right things - therepay, providing support and love. Sometimes it just is not enough. I wish your family peace.

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JEANNETTE59 4/4/2014 10:36AM

  Keeping you and your family in prayer. God is the Sustainer in Him may you find comfort emoticon

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DEBBLO 4/4/2014 10:23AM

    Sending all of you my thoughts and prayers. Sometimes we can never understand what goes on in another person's mind and why they choose such a drastic course. I hope you truly believe that there was nothing you or your family could do. When someone is so determined, they will unfortunately find a way. Hope little Olivia brings all of you much joy. God Bless you all.
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RRIGBY1 4/4/2014 10:13AM

    Praying that the Father would comfort your hearts in the way the only He can. That you & your family will feel the Everlasting Arms surrounding you & wrapping you in His love & bring you a peace that passes all understanding.


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