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My favorite fitness equipment

Thursday, March 08, 2012

My favorite exercise equipment is called the "owner leash". It's awesome. You just hold onto one end and attach the other to a furry animal. The key is to go outside and follow your furry friend around. Oh, the places it will take you. I've visited other furry friends, favorite rocks, little kids, and sometimes I say hello to cars passing by.

The great thing about this leash is that it can be used in the snow, rain, wind, and even on a beautiful sunny day. It's very popular in my neighborhood. I see a lot of owners getting walked.

It's an amazing piece of fitness equipment. Sometimes I can get led for hours but there are times I need a water and potty break.

Thank you my buddy for helping me get fit!

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IVYBUTTERFLY3 3/8/2012 10:06AM

    That is also my favorite piece of fitness equipment!! My husband always says you will be skinny when the dog doesn't want walk anymore!!!

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SKIRNIR 3/8/2012 9:22AM

    Heh, how cute! And yes, there isn't a better piece of exercise out there than a dog on a leash. :)

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GEMINISUE 3/8/2012 9:13AM

    picture says so many words!


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Foam torture roller of death

Friday, March 02, 2012

After two weeks of knee discomfort in both knees, I saw my personal trainer and he said my IT bands were way too tight. He showed me how to stretch out my IT bands using a foam roller.

All I have to say is:

Holy Smokes…
Oh man!....
(fill in the blank).....
I want my mommie!!!.....

I have a couple of spots that bring me to tears.

What is an IT band? The iliotibial band is a strong, thick band of fibrous tissue that runs along the outside of the leg. The IT band starts at the hip and runs along the outer thigh and attaches on the outside edge of the shin bone (tibia) just below the knee joint. The band works with the quadriceps (thigh muscles) to provide stability to the outside of the knee joint during movement.

Now what causes those pesky tight IT bands? According to my research this is a common problem with runners and cyclists. Well, I not a runner but I did add stationary biking to my gym workout a month ago. I think I’m going to hold off on biking for away until I can get my puppies under control.

Right after my torture session my knees were feeling almost back to normal, however the next couple of days my legs were inflamed and sore. I'm glad I had a full tube of Arnica gel in my house. If you have never heard of Arnica gel/ointment, look it up. I love this stuff for muscle soreness and bruising.

Myofascial IT Band Release Demonstration:


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AMOSHATCH 3/6/2012 2:33PM

    Hurts so good...I know what you mean. Stretch it out girl!

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PINKBEANBOO 3/2/2012 4:13PM

    I know it hurts now, but that foam roller is going to become your best friend. I got mine a year ago. It took a couple of weeks of using it everyday to make the pain go away. Now I only use it about 2x a week. I don't have any IT issues any more & rolling no longer hurts but I keep it up to be on the safe side.
And like someone else mentioned, it feels great to roll out your back.

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BERRY4 3/2/2012 2:39PM

    I am witness that if you keep using the foam roller, your IT bands WILL begin to feel better OVER TIME...think weeks or more...

Mine are much improved. (Now I have other issues. LOL)

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BLUE42DOWN 3/2/2012 12:34PM

    Love how the article on how to use the foam roller actually says:

== the more painful this release feels, the more your IT band needs to be worked on ==

The more it hurts, the more you need to do it. Is THIS where "no pain, no gain" came from?

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GIANNA345 3/2/2012 9:30AM

    I'm sorry you are in so much discomfort, but the foam roller will really help. I use a larger one for my back and shoulders and a smaller one for my neck. They're great.

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MISSG180 3/2/2012 8:54AM

    Yikes! Looks like there's the purchase of a foam roller in my future....

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CTUPTON 3/2/2012 8:47AM

    My big mistake:

Thank you for blogging about this. I have been doing lots for such sore places that I have. I did make the mistake of buying a roller the same shape as the foam roller. BUT it was made of hard rubber and had huge bumps on it, like the bottom of a truck tire. I mistakenly followed the advice of a spark team. The person said this roller was much better. I have since given it to my daughter. Live and learn! I will stick with foam rollers from now on. I am due to have a young fellow massage away these sore spots. He is young but very knowledgeable. Stretching in a warm therapeutic pool has also helped me. Chris

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JENNNY135 3/2/2012 8:13AM

    Yes the dreaded IT band. Been there done that with the roller and man does it hurt. Keep rolling on it, it really helps and do your streches.


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DDHEART 3/2/2012 7:56AM

    OMG! Have had IT band issues myself and I know first hand about the "hurts so good" foam roller. LOL Keep working it and you will be better then when you get back to your cycling, stretch, stretch, stretch!

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LANNIEMANUEL 3/2/2012 7:47AM

    sorry to hear this. but the end result will be great.

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I survived one week without SUGAR!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Over a week ago I listened to a snippet of a radio broadcast from a doctor saying that sugar should be classified as a drug. He feels that sugar has contributed to the obesity epidemic. Years ago during the low-fat craze when fat was removed from food, the food industry replace fat with sugar.

So I thought this was very interesting and since I was feeling horrible after a 4 day sugar binge around Valentines days, I was curious to see how I would feel to go without sugar for a week. I focused on eliminating caloric and non-caloric sugar.

I was really more interested to find out if I had the willpower to do this. Luckily my daughter did this challenge with me, so I had support.

Going in I knew I would have to eliminate the following:
• Starbuck's skinny vanilla lattes
• Skinny cow ice cream sandwiches
• Fiber 1 brownies
• Most frozen meals
• Granola bars
• Coke Zero
• Bran buds cereal (favorite yogurt parfait topping)

My biggest challenge was reading the food label carefully for added sugar. Here are some of my surprises during the week:

• Whole wheat English muffin (6th ingredient – sugar)
• Pike Place fish rub seasoning (1st ingredient – brown sugar)
• Low-fat chocolate milk (my post-workout drink)
• All bread in my house (bummer…)
• Salad toppings mix

I didn't realize when I started that not only was I going sugar-free, but also gluten free and low-sodium.

How I felt:
• Energized
• Less achy (I had terrible body aches after 4 day sugar binge)
• Clear headed

I lost 3.2 lbs!!!!!! This is huge for me since I'm on the tail end of my weigh loss journey. I average 5 pounds a month and to lose over 3 pounds in one week is incredible.

The following are some of my meals for the week:

Breakfast: Egg white omelet (spinach, mushrooms, onions) with skim milk
Lunch: Green smoothie (Fage 0 plan yogurt, spinach, apple, pineapple, grapes)
Lunch: Fage fruit parfait (puffed rice instead of my bran buds)
Dinner: Salmon and couscous/or steamed veggies
Dinner: Large salad (w/ lima beans, kidney beans, cucumbers, onions, olive oil, balsamic vinegar).
Snack: Banana with almond butter
Snack: Handful of walnuts
Snack: Rice crackers

To be honest I didn't feel deprived. I think my smoothie and fruit parfait satisfied my sweet tooth. I actually stayed at the lower end of my calorie range.

I will continue reading labels for added sugar and make better choices. I will add back in my bread and my post workout chocolate milk. I can't give those up.

You should give it a try…I dare you!

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AMOSHATCH 3/6/2012 2:31PM

    Good for you! I am currently trying to cut sugar out of my diet as well. It's hard when sugar is in everything! The first few days are the hardest, then I find my cravings dissipate...but when I am on a sugar binge, watch out! I raid every cabinet looking for something sweet!

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BESTCK 3/2/2012 10:56AM

    This is great! Yay, you. I know that I've had the most difficult time kicking the sugar habit since the holidays. And I remember how surprised I was to find out that Lawry's Seasoned Salt has sugar as one of its main ingredients.

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PINKBEANBOO 2/28/2012 11:09AM

    Way to go!
Thank you for posting this blog. I've been TRYING to eliminate sugar for the last several days. The evening is when my brain goes on hiatus & I end up eating something that has sugar.
It seems like if I can make it through just one day the next day should be a little easier. Wish me luck!

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SPARKLE_SHINE66 2/28/2012 8:39AM

    I'm glad you were successful. I know personally for me it would be very challenging. I think I would need to do it gradually. Eliminate certain sugary foods gradually--like plain yogurt instead of yogurt with added sugar and fruit. Then move on to something else. But there's definitely truth in the sugar problem. And it's in so many things. Especially foods labeled as low-fat. The fat is reduced but the sugar content has been increased. There is no health benefit to that.
But good for you and your weight loss for the week is fantastic. And the fact that your energy increased and you just felt better are great reasons to consider decreasing the sugar intake.
Have a great week and congrats!!!

Comment edited on: 2/28/2012 8:41:18 AM

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SETAGOAL1 2/27/2012 10:53PM

    You have not given up on yourself. You now know you are the only one that can make it happen for you.

You have the power to succeed or fail.

You have chosen to succeed. emoticon


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TWNOMWE 2/27/2012 4:25PM

    There is hidden sugar in almost every packaged food.
emoticon on weight loss and emoticon

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BERRY4 2/27/2012 4:18PM

    Way to go, Lori!
-- I'm currently finishing the book: "Beat Sugar Addiction Now!: The Cutting-Edge Program That Cures Your Type of Sugar Addiction & Puts You on the Road to Feeling Great--and Losing Weight!" by Jacob Teitelbaum M.D. and Chrystle Fiedler (Paperback - Mar 1, 2010)

I picked it up at my local library. The author is both an internal medicine specialist AND a survivor of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. -- He has some good info. on how to treat the cravings and the isses caused by sugar.

Side note: I was surprised that on the questionnaires for 4 types of sugar addictions, I lined up w/ 3 of the 4 as "issues". Sounds like I need to take steps to corrective behavior...even as you have.

Another email group that follows lots of health & fitness along w/ food allergy issues is: http://www.peertrainer.com/

Keep that momentum going. It has been shown by some that say most of our "belly fat" is sugar related (think book: "The Belly Fat Cure"). So, keep on the course you are on! emoticon

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STSCOTT11 2/27/2012 1:44PM

    THAT is something to be VERY PROUD OF!
I think people take sugar as just a lovely fluffy white additive that makes food tastier...but the truth is it is ADDICTIVE. We crave it and go through withdrawals similar to people who try to qwit smoking when we reduce intake or try to eliminate it all together.
There is a great article about it:
For ANYONE who reads it, please let me know yourthoughts.

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 2/27/2012 1:38PM

    Wow--great job! Something to think about and be MORE aware of in the food choices we make. A whole week, huh?? Major undertaking!

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SKIRNIR 2/27/2012 12:49PM

    Gemini: There is no added sugar in milk though, just natural sugar, like in the fruits she listed. One can't eliminate all sugar in their diet.

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SKIRNIR 2/27/2012 12:46PM

    Yeast breads must have some sort of sweetener, or the yeast won't do it's thing. So unless it is unleavened bread it will have a sweetener, or maybe leavened with baking soda or baking powder.

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GEMINISUE 2/27/2012 11:39AM

    You are doing great, and a great weight lost for one week.

There is sugar in milk, can make almond milk

1 cup almonds
2 cups water

make in blender, or vitamix, can strain and use pulp in crackers. If you want it to be white milk (first pour boiling water over almonds, wait a few minutes, empty and brown comes right off with your fingers)

also check the salt box second ingredient is usually sugar.

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JAZZEJR 2/27/2012 10:40AM

    That's big. Guess I'll try that next. Ha, ha. I just substituted real sugar for the Splenda I'd been using since I discovered how awful that is for us. Oh well....

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WINTERJEWEL39 2/27/2012 8:42AM

    that's pretty eye opening that you lost so much just eliminating sugar like that. I'm really surprised. i will have to check out out labels and see what I'm really feeding my kids

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NANCYBOAT 2/27/2012 8:15AM

    Wow - good for you! I'm not sure I'd be able to do that :-)

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JENNNY135 2/27/2012 8:05AM

    It's amazing how much sugar is in our foods. Did you know that low fat foods are made with more sugar in them?

My strategy is to eat less processed foods, no pop (soda) and eat more fruits and vegetables.


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TASNIM81 2/27/2012 7:22AM

    Well done! :) I did that too, and felt horrible. Shaky, tired, cold. But so worth it! After a few days I felt great and it was so much easier to stick to my calories.

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What a great surprise today

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Last week was a rough week. My dog and I were having some issues. My dog has a pinched nerve in his neck and I’ve been having knee problems. So we didn't do our normal daily outdoor walking. I also cut back on my gym workouts last week. To add to that, I took a break and gave up on tracking my food. I still tried to eat a good healthy breakfast and lunch but lost it around dinner time.

So today I got the courage up to get on the scales. I jumped on the scale and lost .4 pounds. I actually made it out of 170-ville today. I'll take it. I thought I would gain 5 pounds.

I'm back to tracking today and heading to my chiropractor next week to get my knee looked at.

BTW – My furry buddy is doing much better. I went out and bought him a harness so I can protect his neck. We need our walks!


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MARGEMF 2/22/2012 11:47AM

    Here's wishing both you & you fury buddy are fit & fine in no time.

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SHEENADEE 2/21/2012 2:21PM


Sounds like things are turning around.

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BESTCK 2/20/2012 12:59PM

    That's great news, Lori! Glad your puppy is feeling better, too.

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KINEPS 2/19/2012 10:53PM

    Hope the knee is okay -- glad your walking buddy is feeling better!

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KEEPITUP05 2/19/2012 9:32PM

    WTG! Glad the furry one is feeling better! Take it easy on that knee. emoticon

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JENNIFER_67 2/19/2012 11:02AM

    Sounds like you are doing great!! Glad your dog is feeling better too. I think he'll like the harness. I use them all the time with my dogs.

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Top 10 Favorite Bruce Lee Quotes

Thursday, February 16, 2012

emoticon "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."

emoticon "Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind."

emoticon "The measure of the moral worth of a man is his happiness. The better the man, the more happiness. Happiness is the synonym of well-being"

emoticon "Real living is living for others."

emoticon "Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality."

emoticon "Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts, all problems are brought into existence -drop them."

emoticon "Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light."

emoticon "To grow, to discover, we need involvement which is something I experience everyday, sometimes good, sometimes frustrating."

emoticon "Zen is not 'attained' by mirror-wiping mediation, but by self-forgetfulness in the existential 'present' of life here and now." We do not 'come', we are. Don't strive to become, but be."

emoticon "The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be"

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BUSYGRANNY5 2/18/2012 8:23AM

    Awesome quotes! Thanks for sharing!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/17/2012 4:05PM

    My favorite is the first one...it reminds me of another one that goes something like "complaining about something isn't the same as DOING something about it!"

Thanks for sharing the quotes. I agree with Leslielenore, we don't get enough Bruce Lee!

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TWNOMWE 2/17/2012 2:01PM

    great quotes!! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 2/16/2012 9:53PM

    Cool! We don't get enough Bruce Lee.

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