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I GOT IT !!!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Yup, It's here. It's been on my vision board for a long time, waiting to manifest itself in to my life. I can't believe it's here. It arrived yesterday looking all beautiful with the shiny stainless steel frame sparkling in the evening light. It was so simple to put together, only taking a few minutes. The pink bungee cords and mat are so PINK !!!! It looks great sitting in the living room or next to my purple yoga mat in the exercise room. It just looks so pretty.

My Bellicon came with a free workout DVD. It has many routines on it. I managed to get in the 20 min. beginner workout which is 25 min. Not only that I didn't fall off the trampoline. The size I ordered was 44", larger then a regular size rebounder. It totally made a world of difference at me being able to balance on it without bouncing off. I have a urban rebounder that I tended to bounce off of.

It feels like your flying when you jump, soaring towards heaven. It feels so much better than the bounce of the urban rebounder. There is no comparison in how good it feels. Now as it sits in the living room I get up and bounce for 5 min. every half hour to hour, soaring up in the air.

Having MS, it normally is hard for me to jump on the ground. My legs tend to feel heavy most of the time. When you jump on the rebounder there isn't that heavy legged feeling. Its gone so now I can do jumping jacks and well jump for Joy.

Oh, I can jog on the rebounder, something I normally can't do due to the MS affecting me. It makes it possible !!!

I love my new rebounder. If your wondering if it's worth the investment, IT IS!!!

It is on sale for $100 off until the end of the day 9-30-11. They also gave me another $50.00 off when I report back to them how much I like it.

Well I am off to bouncing, bouncing, bouncing !!!!

Got to go Bounce !!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/8/2011 1:07PM

    You sound so happy and excited, it is a joy to behold.

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BRITT831 10/7/2011 8:00AM

    How do u log 'trampoline jumping' in the tracker?! LOL - glad u found a fun way to MOVE!

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BUTTERFLYAT38 10/4/2011 10:06PM

    Trampolines are supposed to be awesome for your body to detox and workout. Hope you enjoy!! emoticon emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 10/4/2011 8:56PM

    emoticon That sounds like such a fun workout. I'm glad you are enjoying it! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon It looks like so much fun!

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ELVIRA882 10/2/2011 4:15PM

    What a great idea on the trampoline ! When you are oh so tired, or just happy that your workout is done, you can still jump for joy and feel lots of energy ! Thanks so much for commenting on my blog for my October challenge ! My best friend from college was diagnosed with MS a few years ago and hasn't let it slow her down one bit while doing everything she can to strengthen her body and her support system - you are both an inspiration !

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/2/2011 11:48AM

    totally awesome :o)

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TWNOMWE 10/2/2011 11:39AM

    emoticon emoticon any thing that keeps you moving is worth any price when you have MS.

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GOURMETLOSER 10/2/2011 6:39AM

    That is so excellent. I LOVE that they gave you the extra $50 off YAY

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STRONGLEGGS 10/2/2011 4:48AM

    Very nice... I am happy for you and it helps to improve your health, which is great. I have a rebounder that I am including in my many ventures of working out. I recently had to shake some dust off of it since I started being active in my self improvement. I have not fallen off but it does feel good when we "fly"...LOL


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RUNNERRACHEL 10/1/2011 4:40PM

    That's great! So exciting for you!!

Have fun jumping!! SP is doing a "Let's Jump" Event and you're off to a great start!!

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BLACKROSE_222 10/1/2011 12:14PM

    That is awesome! Woo hoo!

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GIRLINMOTION 10/1/2011 10:07AM

    It is exciting when a piece of exercise equipment can excite you to exercise. Glad to hear your enjoying it!

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NEW-CAZ 10/1/2011 2:56AM

    emoticon pleased for you!
And it's my fav colour!
Enjoy! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 10/1/2011 12:41AM

    emoticon They didn't have an emoticon jumping for joy, so this is as close as I could get. Enjoy! I love that it's pink too! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/30/2011 9:03PM

    very pretty! LOVE PINK!

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TYME2BME 9/30/2011 9:01PM

    Enjoy your new trampoline. I like the color. You will get lots of exercise on it.

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NATPLUMMER 9/30/2011 8:04PM

    Cool!! I want one of those mini trampolines, too. Have fun!!!

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LUVS2BIKE101 9/30/2011 7:47PM

    And I thought trampolines were just for kids! How exciting for you! I didn't know you could actually "jog" on it. Enjoy your workouts!

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CGARR442 9/30/2011 7:36PM

    emoticon I'm so happy to hear that you can now do some of the exercises that you haven't been able to do.

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NETTIEDEE 9/30/2011 7:27PM

    That is so awesome! Thanks for sharing the joy and the good news. :-)

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OLDERDANDRT 9/30/2011 6:22PM

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SUSIEPH1 9/30/2011 6:13PM

    Woo Hoo!! Way To Go!!!
I love that you love it!!
I love My stability Ball !! I use when on Spark rather than a chair my midriff has shrunk 2" since I have been using it !!
it is just great for balance and the core!!
Enjoy your rebounder my friend!!
hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARATHONMOM2014 9/30/2011 6:07PM

    Congrats! Sounds like you're having a bouncing good time1

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I did it !!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I am so proud of myself. Today I managed to drink down the last quart of the tomato green smoothie that I made yesterday. It tasted better today. I don't know why its hard for me to get over the color of it. It tastes just fine.

For my workouts I did restorative yoga for an hour and T-Tapp workout !!

Nothing like a good workout.

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SUPERFRAISE 9/26/2011 2:08PM

  Sounds great--and if tastes good, maybe all you need to do is close your eyes and take a big gulp? :)

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ARABIGAL 9/23/2011 1:34PM

    Green is my fav color too but I gotta tell ya....that sounds pretty disgusting! ROFL. Kinda like my nettle infusions I made that tasted like swamp water (if I knew what it tasted like but I can imagine). Eww!

T-Tapp, hmmmm, what's that?
Thanks for adding me as a friend.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/23/2011 1:15PM

    Never heard of T-Tapp Workout!

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AVERYRED 9/22/2011 12:23AM

    I make smoothies with hemp protein/fiber powder and soy milk. I will use your tale as something to aspire to!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 9/18/2011 8:45PM

    I really like letting my tomato, garlic, romaine smoothies sit overnight in the fridge before I drink them. They taste SO much better then. I actually like them then.

Still am not liking the Kale smoothies so much yet, though I'm not feeling like I'm gonna die any more when I taste them.


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BABYSTEPS84 9/18/2011 4:35PM

    Good job!

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SHAPNUP 9/17/2011 12:54PM

    Way to stick it out! Determination! emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 9/16/2011 9:58AM

    hmmm...green has always been my fave color so I dunno. I sometimes have a hard time with chocolate pudding because of what it looks like though so I guess I see where that could play havoc.


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SWTLISSA68 9/16/2011 9:00AM

    FANTASTIC! emoticon

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CRYMENIA 9/16/2011 12:19AM

    Go You! I don't think I could do it; Congrats on your exercise success. What is T-Tapp though? emoticon

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GODDESSHIPS 9/15/2011 1:22AM

    I could never handle that blue or green ketchup, could never get past the color. Great job working out!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/14/2011 3:59PM

    emoticon I haven't had the nerve to even say to DH, let's get some of these great freggies and make a smoothie out of them! He might go along, but refuse to try it! hehe emoticon

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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/14/2011 11:22AM

    It is true, color does play a role. You eat with your eyes first, then smell, then texture, then finally taste. You would think taste would be the first thing, but it really isn't.

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LAURELSPARK 9/14/2011 11:15AM

    Isn't it odd how color makes a difference. Green is good for broccoli but is odd for smoothies; I wish I could retrain myself.

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DEELYNNE1 9/14/2011 10:30AM

    The first time I made a smoothie with spinach, carrots and celery accompanying my usual fruits, the weird greenish brownish color almost made me gag before I even tasted it (it tasted fine, by the way; it's really true you taste mostly fruit and very little of the other stuff) so I can totally sympathize with your feelings. Congratulations on getting past that and drinking it down this morning. And a big "Way to go!" on the Yoga and T-tapp. You're doing great!

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PANSYLADY2 9/14/2011 9:46AM

    Isn't it interesting how affected we are by the color and smell of our food? Good for you for overcoming!!

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IDLETYME 9/14/2011 8:09AM

    Good for you!! emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 9/14/2011 6:21AM

    emoticon if you add cherries or blueberries it changes the color.

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APIRLRAIN888 9/14/2011 5:44AM

    woohooo good for you ;p

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SUSIEPH1 9/14/2011 2:00AM

    Thats just awesome!
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Yummy UKINESS !!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Yummy Green UKINESS !!! With great nervousness, I am taking a step each day to put down about a quart of Green UKINESS !!! It looks so gross, that I have to ignore the color and focus on the potential of how it can help give me a great amount on nutrition. How can something so ugly be so tasty? Why is it something my body craves?

So far my green smoothie experiment has involved drinking grapes, spinach, water, one whole avocado with the pit, and pineapple. YUM, so far its my favorite. Another recipe I tried called for watermelon with the rind, broccoli sprouts, kale, water smoothie. It was very filling but not as tasty as I added too many greens. Yesterday, was tomatoes fresh from the garden, cucumber, spinach, lime, cumin, onion powder, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper blended with water. It wasn't bad, kind of like soup. With all the fiber being blended in, its rather filling. It sure is hard though for me to get past the looks. I use a vitamix to blend up everything.

The tomato green smoothie idea came from the green smoothie book. It has all kinds of different recipes to try out. One man said he lost lots of weight drinking the tomato blend most of the day.

My husband is doing well. The x-rays and all the tests came back normal !!! Thank goodness. He is also taking part in drinking green smoothies. He has developed a hobby of bike riding. Yesterday he did 22 miles !!! The bike riding is making him feel much healthier.

Yesterday, I received the book Fierce Yoga written by Ana Forrest. Its about her style of Yoga which has helped to heal many people of there issues. The book is rather amazing, telling of Ana's journey of being abused as a child, her exploration of life and overcoming her challenges. The book has many unique, wonderful ways one can explore there life deeply to help make positive changes. Of course there are great example of yoga poses in the book. She demonstrates how to activate the abs by doing the cobra with a rolled up prop under your stomach to help the nerves reconnect with the muscles. I can't wait to try it out. My ab muscles are so hard to activate.

The book was so fascinating that I could barely stop to put it down. Last night I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning reading almost of it. It's one of those books you can spend hours under lining information and making notes on how you can apply techniques to improve your life. It simply is a life-changing book. Ana explains how she learned to become a healer and the techniques she uses.

Yesterday I got in the Total T-Tapp workout. I had to break up the workouts into several sessions during the day as my muscles weren't too cooperative. But I completed the whole workout. A few days before I was so weak I needed help dressing due to the MS symptoms being bad. My husband had to assist me when I needed to stand and walk. Even when my system acts up it doesn't stop me from getting in some for of workout. That day ended up being a rest day, then gradually I added in time daily so I could rebuild my strength.

Well, that is all for the updates !!! Keep on working out.

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MARYONAMISSION 9/21/2011 12:38PM

    Maybe I'm weird but I love the color of green smoothies. Makes me feel super healthy, lol. Great job on making and drinking all those interesting green smoothies!

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DS9KIE 9/13/2011 11:00PM

    smoothie sounds yummy

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TRAVELNISTA 9/13/2011 4:20PM

    emoticon emoticonA Green Smoothie a day keeps the doctor away!

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SEELESSME 9/13/2011 11:44AM

    Hmmm - what a commitment emoticon I think the green one in the picture looks yummy! Also like the sound of the ingredients and I have never ever done green smoothies. The others though don't do much for me. Doesn;t the kale taste bitter? But you definitely have my interest piqued... do you have a Vitamix?

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LIV2RIDE 9/12/2011 9:14PM

    I absolutely LOVE green smoothies. I've been having at least one every day since July 1 when I got my Vitamix. You should check out the books on Green Smoothie Revolution. She has a lot of really great recipes. I personally use frozen fruit so it's more like ice cream and top with some homemade granola. YUMMY! It's my go to breakfast these days.

I'm so glad you husband is feeling better. You both will continue to be in my prayers.

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NATPLUMMER 9/12/2011 7:56PM

    Sounds like you are both doing great!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/12/2011 7:35PM

    Thanks for the juicing tips, I like the idea of cumin!

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CGARR442 9/12/2011 7:33PM

    Great job getting your workout in! I liked what was in most of the drinks but the one you posted sure didn't look appetizing. I'm glad it was.

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SUSIEPH1 9/12/2011 7:27PM

    So Glad you are getting the benifits from blending .. I had a friend who had a really bad stroke and he was not supposed to recover but his wife had other ideas everyday she would take him a flask of vegetables she had blended up the the hospital and had him drink it during her visit the doctors were amazed on how quick his recovery was and he is still alive today that was 15 years ago!!.
Hugs emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/12/2011 7:26PM

    You are awesome!!

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FLAMENM 9/12/2011 6:55PM

    Keep on, keeping on!

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GIRLINMOTION 9/12/2011 5:38PM

    Glad to hear the good news about your husband and that he is joining you on your journey towards a healthier lifestyle and all the UKINESS.

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NEW-CAZ 9/12/2011 5:20PM


Glad hubby is doing okay, must be such a relief!
Sounds like the book is inspiring you.
Good for you for getting your workout in!

Have a fantastic week hun emoticon

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Heaven Sent !!!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

I wish this was my tub. Sigh.

Last night I slept the best I ever have in a long time. Before bed I took my first dead sea salt bath. Now I am not a bath girl at all since I don't have a deep soaking tub. I took a clock into the bathroom to make sure I soaked long enough to get the effects of the salt. In to the tub of water I added 1.5 cups of salt mixing it up with my hand. Its unscented so you can add any fragrance of essential oils to your pleasure. I lay back trying to get as much of my back and neck in the water as possible. The stiffness in my neck and back left. I was able to sleep pain free from the muscle spasms and sciatica that tend to plage me at night. I finally got sleep without the interruptions of stabbing and cramping back pain. By morning I could feel the stiffness creeping back in, but it was well worth it to take a soak last night.

The salts are supposed to be very high in minerals which you skin absorbs to help calm down the muscles. My skin has chicken bumps on it. I am hoping over time it will help me get rid of them.

It came from the San Francisco Bath Salt Company. The store delivered it in only two days !!! Benefits: Regular use has been clinically proven to relieve the symptoms of psoriasis, skin allergies, arthritis, back pain, and is even recognized as a cure for stress, insomnia and many other related conditions. Wikipedia reports the following, Therapeutic benefits

The Dead Sea is a popular center for wellness and health today,[3] due to the fact that Dead Sea salts have been reported to have the following benefits:

Rheumatologic Conditions – Dead Sea salts can be effective in balneotherapy of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Osteoarthritis. The minerals are absorbed while soaking, stimulating blood circulation.[4]

Common Skin Ailments – Research has demonstrated that skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis are relieved by regular soaking in water with added Dead Sea salt. The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends Dead Sea and Dead Sea salts as effective treatments for psoriasis.[5] One study[6] concluded that the high concentration of magnesium in Dead Sea salt was instrumental in improving skin hydration and reducing inflammation.[7]

Allergies - The high concentration of bromide and magnesium in the Dead Sea salt can relieve allergic reactions by cleansing and detoxifying.[7]

Skin Aging – Further research into Dead Sea salt benefits has shown a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkling.[7]

This site has even more health benefits listed. http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/si_Benef
itsOfBokek.asp How is Bokek® Dead Sea Salt different from regular sea salt?

1. Bokek Dead Sea Salt contains 10 times more minerals than ordinary sea salt, minerals which assist in cleansing, detoxifying and restoring a healthy status quo to the body, especially the skin and muscles.

2. Bokek Dead Sea Salts are very dry and absorb essential oils with ease, enabling the oils to be easily released into the bath water as the salts dissolve. This is beneficial for those wishing to experience the benefits of Dead Sea salt and aromatherapy in the privacy of their own home.
Minerals and naturally occurring chemicals found in the Dead Sea:

Sulfur is necessary for the secretion of bile from the liver and for converting toxins into non-toxins. Sulfur is found in the amino acids cysteine, and methionine; as well as in cells, hemoglobin (of the blood), collagen (of the muscles), keratin (required for skin), insulin, heparin, biotin and co-enzyme A (required for healthy hair, skin, nails, among many other biological structures). Sulfur is necessary for synthesizing collagen. It is required for the adequate digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and a number of vitamins e.g. thiamin, biotin and pantothenic acid; It is also essential to enable cells to breathe.

Chlorine is necessary to maintain the correct balance of alkaline and acid in the body, together with being vital for cell metabolism

Iodine is necessary for the production of the hormone thyroxin, and is also vital for both energy and cell metabolism

Potassium is necessary to maintain the water balance in order for cell metabolism to take place, assisting the cells to absorb nourishment and expel waste products. An imbalance in potassium often leads to water retention. Potassium also plays a vital role in regulating muscle contractions and the nervous system.

Sodium, like potassium, plays a vital role in assisting the cells to absorb nourishment and expel waste.

Calcium is necessary in strengthening cell membranes and cleansing the pores. In addition it is vital for production and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones, together with regulating the heart muscles and nerves.

Magnesium is necessary in assisting the body to utilize other essential nutrients and in cell metabolism.

Bromine helps with the natural repair of the body together with cell metabolism and can be used as a natural antibiotic.

Skin conditions and Bokek™ Dead Sea Salt:

• Acne
• Aging & Skin Problems
• Arthritic Disorders
• Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema
• Cellulite

• Dandruff
• Dry Skin
• General Stress
• Hair Loss
• Insomnia

• Psoriasis
• Skin
• Skin Allergies
• Skin Problems
• Wrinkling


Acne is a skin condition involving inflammation due to excess oil or sebum (produced by the glands) mixing with dead skin cells and clogging the pores. This inflammation results in whiteheads or blackheads on the skin. If the inflamed or clogged pore runs deep into the skin, a cyst may form on the area. The cyst typically is only painful or colored when it becomes infected by bacteria. There are many causes of acne, but most fall into four categories: clogged pores, bacteria, hormones, and/or hereditary factors.

Acne typically affects 80-90% of adolescents and is usually more common in males than females. The sebaceous glands secrete oil naturally in response to an increase of testosterone in both men and women at puberty. Acne can also develop later in adult years. Acne can also be found in infants due to the activation of sebaceous glands in utero. Acne can be a chronic problem or may resolve itself spontaneously after 4-5 years, as noted in 70% of acne sufferers. The incidence of acne at age 40 years is about 1% for men and 5% for women.

Acne is not caused by dirt or a diet with too much sugar or caffeine, although these factors can aggravate the situation. Other factors include over exposure to certain weather conditions, stress, hormonal changes, oily skin, endocrine conditions, or certain medications or drugs. Acne usually affects the face, chest, back and sometimes the upper-arm.

Acne Treatment: Since acne is often hereditary it can not be prevented, but good skin care can improve the condition by reducing further lesions. Certain medicinal ointments and cleansers are recommended when the condition becomes uncomfortable or unsightly. These include sulfur, amongst other chemicals. Since Bokek® Dead Sea Salts have a high sulfur content, they are useful in the cleansing required to purify the skin of acne sufferers.

Antibiotics and hormonal or steroid medications are prescribed in severe cases. However other management is always advisable first as these medications have negative side effects.

Acne can have adverse psychological effects, as one's body image is greatly determined during puberty and adolescence. It is possible to assist the body in restoring a healthy balance with exercise, plenty of water, rest and a balanced diet, as all these assist in helping the body remove toxins and enhance spontaneous recovery from this condition.

Aging & Skin Problems:

Up to 20% of people over 70 years of age experience three to five skin problems that require medical attention. Some of these problems may be caused by a chronic illness such as diabetes, where poor healing and reduced sensation can adversely affect the condition of the skin, especially in the legs and feet. Diseases affecting or involving blood circulation also affect the skin. Certain medications prescribed for maintenance of chronic conditions (e.g. cortisone) also affect the skin, leading to thinning and dryness of the skin. Maintaining healthy skin involves regular exercise, a healthy diet with a low fat and sugar content, a balanced lifestyle and avoiding exposure to the sun.

Arthritic Disorders:

There are 1,000 or more different types of arthritic or rheumatological conditions known today. Of these some are inflammatory in nature and some are acquired (e.g. osteoarthritis is linked to mechanical overuse of certain joints). Some of the conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, poly arthritis, psoriatic arthritis (a combination of psoriasis and arthritis) ankylosing spondylosis, systemic lupus erathematosis, and more. The cause for these conditions is as yet unknown and there is no known cure for them using conventional or allopathic medicine.

Various studies have taken place at the Dead Sea using treatment programs combining the atmosphere of the Dead Sea with the Dead Sea mineral baths (Balneotherapy) with good results. Of particular interest is that heating the mud and applying it to sore or inflamed joints has proven to eliminate stiffness and pain. This is due to the minerals improving blood circulation necessary to reduce the inflammatory response, together with the detoxifying agent and general muscle relaxant. When the salt has been heated, the ability of the elements to penetrate and be absorbed into the system is increased.

Atopic Dermatitis / Eczema:

Patients with atopic dermatitis (neurodermatitis or neurodermitis) form the second largest group of people who use Bokek® Dead Sea Salt for dermatological treatment.

Atopic dermatitis is chronic skin disease of unknown cause with the following main characteristics:

1. Severe itching. This is an inherent aspect of the disease. Most of the visible skin changes are due to the persistent scratching.

2. Frequently starts in early infancy. In the early stages the lesions are usually acute, "weeping" and crusted. Later, the skin becomes thickened with an exaggeration of its natural lines ("lichenification"). This occurs especially in the folds of the knees and elbows, and on the wrists, ankles and neck.

3. A sensitive, reactive skin. The skin is dry, easily irritated by mechanical or chemical stimuli and tends to become allergic to external, ingested or inhaled substances (e.g. pollens, bee stings, house dust, foods, drugs). It is more prone to some bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Psychological and climatic factors sometimes play a dominant role in exacerbating or soothing the disease.

4. A family history of Atophy. Atophy is a genetic susceptibility to certain diseases, which include atopic dermatitis, asthma and hay fever. The blood of atopic individuals usually has high levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin E, or IgE.

Results of Dead Sea Salt Treatment: Clearing is usually good to excellent, and for many sufferers undoubtedly exceeds that achieved by other therapies. The severe itching frequently subsides relatively early, even if the skin has not yet shown much response. The process is usually slower and less dramatic than with psoriasis, and for many patients treatment for 6 rather than 4 weeks may be more effective.


Cellulite is experienced by 90% of all women over the age of 20 years. The appearance of cellulite is typically described as a dimpled, cottage cheese-like appearance, due to lumpy deposits of fat below the skin on the thighs, hips and buttocks of women that cause it. Since the fat becomes trapped in compartments of the tissue where there is poor circulation, cellulite is a condition that is difficult to eliminate.

Although exercise is recommended to improve muscle tone and circulation to the area, and a good diet to remove toxins and provide the necessary nutrients, these do not cure cellulite. Bokek® Dead Sea Salt can assist in detoxifying, which can improve circulation in and suppleness of the skin. The bath salts can also assist in general cleansing of the skin, which is necessary to remove impurities that are otherwise trapped within the tissue.


Shedding of dead skin cells is a natural part of the daily regeneration of the skin, which is shed every 24 days. An excessive shedding of the skin cells of the scalp resulting in white flakes, and sometimes itchiness is known as dandruff. Dandruff, although a natural growth process of the skin, is caused by excess oiliness of the scalp and is therefore seasonal. Contrary to common belief that it would be more severe in summer due to sweating or dryness, dandruff is worse during the winter months. There is no known cure for dandruff.

Dandruff is affected by:
- Use of hairspray and gels
- Overuse of chemical hair treatments
- Use of curling irons and curlers
- Exposure to cold dry weather or dry indoor air
- Tight fitting hats or head scarves
- Stress, anxiety, trauma and tension
- Personal hygiene

Since dandruff is part of the natural growth process of cells, it can not be cured but only managed. There are various shampoos are on the market that claim to reduce or eliminate dandruff. They contain various chemicals, including sulfur. Bokek® Dead Sea Salts contain sulfur in a natural form. In addition, the other minerals assist in detoxifying and cleansing which is vital to restore the balance of cells to reduce the oiliness of the scalp.

Dry skin:

Dry skin is a common aspect of the aging process and is seen in most people over the age of 70 years. As skin ages, the physiological changes leading to dryness result in itching and flaking, especially when the weather is cold and dry. This is due both to a decrease in secretions from the oil glands and a reduction in the skin barrier leading to quicker skin irritation.

Other than aging, severely dry skin can indicate various condition such as psoriasis, diabetes, liver or kidney disease, or an overactive thyroid gland. Itching can also indicate a reaction to a number of medication or drugs, including anticancer drugs.

As one ages, our skin also becomes more susceptible to irritation from contact with various materials, a condition known as contact dermatitis. This could indicate an allergy has developed to any substance including: wool, lanolin (the oil in wool), soap, detergent, or bleach used in the wash. Prevention of contact dermatitis includes wearing loose fitting clothing, changing your laundry detergent and washing new clothes before wearing them.

Regular soaking with Dead Sea bath salts and then applying a moisturizer recommended by your doctor can also alleviate uncomfortable symptoms. This is due to the high mineral content in the Dead Sea salt, which helps both in cleansing and replacing required electrolytes necessary for healthy skin.

General Stress:

Stress has become one of those buzzwords typical of the modern times we live in. It is typically seen as being a negative conjuring up images of difficulty, chaos etc. Stress in actual fact is the body’s response to any situation that necessitates change of one form or another, both negative and positive. It is the trigger or motivator to move forward, act or react to a given set of circumstances. Without stress our lives would stagnate.

So if we need stress in order to progress in life, why the focus on the negative impact of stress on our lives?

When in a situation requiring change, our body prepares itself for what is known as a fight or flight response. A common example used in stress management is that of facing a lion. If one were to see a lion in the jungle, your immediate reaction would be of impending danger necessitating a decision to stay and fight or to run for your life. The same is true for any situation requiring change, you need to decide how to continue or respond to the given facts presenting themselves to you.

The body reads each new situation as impending danger and thus sets up a hormonal response to ensure that your body will be in a state ready to react quickly, to be alert and obtain the result necessary to keep you out of danger. This includes an outpouring of adrenaline, a stimulant hormone, into the blood stream. This begins a chain reaction within your body, together with certain other stress hormones, which are intended to be protective. the changes include an increase in heart rate and blood pressure (to get more blood to the muscles, brain and heart), faster breathing (to take in more oxygen needed by the brain and muscles for quick reactions), tensing of muscles (preparation for action), increased mental alertness and sensitivity of sense organs (to assess the situation and act quickly), increased blood flow to the brain, heart and muscles (the organs that are most important in dealing with danger) and less blood to the skin, digestive tract, kidneys and liver (where it is least needed in times of crisis). In addition, there is an increase in blood sugar, fats and cholesterol (for extra energy) and a rise in platelets and blood clotting factors (to prevent hemorrhage in case of injury).

Utilizing these changes within your system at the correct time for the desired response is positive. For example fleeing from impending danger. More positive examples include giving a lecture, a presentation, getting married, moving etc.

When looking at the physiological changes that occur in the body in response to the body’s concept of danger or the stress or, it makes sense why repeated stress will lead to physical changes which if occurring over an extended period of time results in illness.

The physical changes or symptoms resulting from stress include but are not limited to: increased heart rate; pounding heart; elevated blood pressure; sweaty palms; tightness of the chest, neck, jaw and back muscles; headache; diarrhea; constipation; urinary hesitancy; trembling, twitching; stuttering and other speech difficulties; nausea; vomiting; sleep disturbances; fatigue; shallow breathing; dryness of the mouth or throat; susceptibility to minor illness, cold hands, itching; being easily startled; chronic pain and dysponesis.

Emotional signs and symptoms of stress, including but not limited to: irritability, angry outbursts, hostility, depression, jealously, restlessness, withdrawal, anxiousness, diminished initiative, feelings of unreality or over alertness, reduction of personal involvement with others, lack of interest, tendency to cry, being critical of others, self-deprecation, nightmares, impatience, decreased perception of positive experience opportunities, narrowed focus, obsessive rumination, reduced self-esteem, insomnia, changes in eating habits and weakened positive emotional response reflexes.

Cognitive/perceptual signs and symptoms of stress, including but not limited to: forgetfulness, preoccupation, blocking, blurred vision, errors in judging distance, diminished or exaggerated fantasy life, reduced creativity, lack of concentration, diminished productivity, lack of attention to detail, orientation to the past, decreased psychomotor reactivity and coordination, attention deficit, disorganization of thought, negative self-esteem, diminished sense of meaning in life, lack of control/need for too much control, negative self-statements and negative evaluation of experiences.

Behavioral signs and symptoms of stress, including but not limited to: increased smoking, aggressive behaviors (such as driving), increased alcohol or drug use, carelessness, under-eating, over-eating, withdrawal, listlessness, hostility, accident-proneness, nervous laughter, compulsive behavior and impatience.

From the above lists doctors have now found a link between continued stress or stress symptoms and illness or diseases e.g. heart disease, diabetes, asthma, mental problems, lack of sleep, loss of resistance to illness, and even allergies, amongst others. For this reason it is important to learn to manage our stress and to reduce our stress symptoms.

Some of the methods or reducing stress and the effects it has on our health include: relaxation, exercise, diet, forming a healthy sleep pattern, developing good communication and inter personal relationships, balanced lifestyle, amongst others.

The bath salts and mud packs offer wonderful relief of the symptoms by increasing circulation and detoxification necessary to remove the by products from the stress cycle thereby freeing your cells from these toxins. They also moisturize the skin and enhance relaxation of the body, which in turn enables one to obtain adequate sleep, necessary for regeneration of the body.

Hair Loss:

Hair loss is a common occurrence of daily life with up to 100 hairs a day being regarded as normal. However, when the quantity increases it becomes an understandable cause for concern. The incidence of hair loss is as much as 4 out of 5 people as some stage of their lives.

There are many causes listed as to why hair loss occurs, including: heredity, stress and trauma, local scalp infection, certain diseases or infections which result in a high fever e.g. flu, pneumonia or typhoid; certain mediations e.g. antibiotics, contraceptives, blood thinning drugs, certain antipsychotic drugs; thyroid medication or strong drugs, chemical therapies e.g. those used for cancer treatments; thyroid problems; emotional or environmental stress; hormonal imbalances; following child birth as the hormones change; menopause. Iron deficiency anemia and lupus can also cause hair loss.

In the body, a compound called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), made up of water, cholesterol, testosterone and an enzyme can have an adverse effect on the growth receptors in the hair follicle. It can cause the tiny blood vessels in the papilla to shrink, restricting food and oxygen to the matrix that produces hair protein. DHT also blocks certain receptors in the sebaceous gland, which then can produce a heavy sebum that later hardens in the follicle to form a hard deposit. The hair restricted in both areas atrophies and falls out prematurely. The cycle repeats itself until the follicle is only capable of producing a short hair, that falls out and the follicle itself atrophies. This is then the sad state, which we term as baldness. It is important to note the pattern of hair fall and quantity over what time period to assist in determining if there is an illness causing the hair loss. Typically hair loss is preceded by an excessive production of sebum from the glands known as seborrhea. Sebum is secreted naturally by the body from the ages of 16 or 18, however when the quantities of sebum secreted become excessive, the hair follicle has difficulty breathing and producing healthy hair, resulting in the hair falling out.

Baldness in men is noted to be as high as 30 million males in the USA. Female baldness is less common and usually occurs centrally on the head. Women usually only develop balding after cancer treatments, when experiencing hormonal changes as in during adrenal or ovarian growths, menopause or after crash dieting or fasting over an extended period of time.

By using Bokek® Dead Sea Salts in cleansing the scalp, it improves the hair follicles ability to allow hair to growth. This in turn helps reduces hair loss.

The T-Tapp workouts are very helpful at helping my neurokinetic development. Since I started doing them when I am done my walking and balance improves. Over the last month I have had decreased swelling in my breasts. Its supposed to help with moving the lymphatic system. Other workouts have not affected the monthly swelling in my chest that make the breasts and arms swell up with fluid so my chest feels like I am carrying around giant watermelons. The tenderness that went along with it is almost gone.

T-Tapp is supposed to help with the hormones too. I noticed that I don't have as severe cramping in comparison to before. I am very hopeful as I continue with the workouts, my nerves will rewire themselves improving my ability to move. It seems to have a very healing effect on my body. When I consistently do the workouts my back pain decreases greatly. The workouts while are very simple being filmed in Teresa Tapps home are very effective for my body. Her movements look so simple and easy, yet they challenge me in so many ways. My muscles scream for mercy during the workout. She teaches you all about form and muscle activation. When you have the right form, the workout gets harder.

She advocates skin brushing which I have added in to my daily routine. It helps to move the lymphatic system and help restore skin elasticity. I can't say enough good things about T-Tapp.

Yesterday's workout was 55 min. of T-Tapp Total workout and 43 min. of Yoga.

Thanks for all the support and hugs. Unfortunately the idea of the recumbent trike is one I will have to let go of. The cost of it is too high for me at the moment. Maybe one day. For now I will have to be content with working out with my DVDS.


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BAKER1009 9/7/2011 2:48PM

    Thanks for all the information! This sounds exactly like what I need right now!!

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    I have used epsom salts in the bath. I have also made a mini salt bath for the shower. I use a large container of water with celtic sea salt dissolved into it. I pour the salt water over the aching joints. It is not as good as a soak. will check out the bokek. I also use emu oil/lotion at night. thanks for adding me as a friend. emoticon

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 9/5/2011 8:19PM

    Really good information. I have bookmarked the link and will be checking it out myself. Thanks so much for the information and the link.


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CGARR442 9/5/2011 8:05PM

    I love it when I can soak in my bathtub. I have a wonderful jaccuzi bath that I try to use a couple times a month. Thank you for all the great information that you posted. I'll have to look into using the salts.

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    I am so glad you were able to sleep well.

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    wow, this is a very informative blog. Thanks. Glad that you're getting some good sleep & pain free time thanks to the salt. emoticon emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 9/4/2011 8:53PM

    woah! glad you had a great bath!!!

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DGFOWLER 9/4/2011 6:11PM

    Glad you finally got some much needed rest. Thanks for the added information, very imformative Donna

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PANSYLADY2 9/4/2011 4:33PM

    Great information!! Thanks.

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DAWNDMOORE40 9/4/2011 4:27PM

    emoticon emoticonVery informative blog! I didn't know dead sea salt worked to cure acne. I don't have it bad, but I am certainly going to consider trying it! You must have done a lot of research! Good for you! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/4/2011 4:09PM

    Thank you for making time to make this informative blog!

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SUSIEPH1 9/4/2011 3:16PM

    Thank you so much for all the information...
I actually use Epsom Salts in a bath .. I have only recently been able to get in and out of our Bath and it is a real treat for me to be able to soak!!
I will check the internet and see if I can purchase some of those Salts.
Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 9/4/2011 3:01PM

    Very informative blog, thank you for taking the time to share the info.

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REDHEADMOM2U 9/4/2011 2:46PM

    Sounds like a great bath!

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GODDESSHIPS 9/4/2011 2:11PM

    Great blog! Makes me want to go out and get some sea salts today...I just might...

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I'M SO Angry and Sad

Saturday, September 03, 2011

People can be so mean, insensitive, and uncaring. They cause emotional pain with their words. Like a sword stabbing my heart, chopping it to pieces, I lay bleeding.
Today I am trying to recover from the sense of hopelessness from the POISONOUS words that were spoken.

Over the last few weeks I have gone to some local bike shops in Redding Ca. looking for a recumbent trike. The first shop looked at me and ignored my presence since I was hobbling around with a cane and had troubles walking that day. Sure it wasn't my best day health wise, but I was a customer. They ignored my questions and desire to know more about the bikes. I wanted to find one that is light weight, one that is easy to ride, comfortable, and learn all the ins and outs of bike riding. Biking is supposed to be a good way for people with MS to get in shape. Instead because I walked with a cane with a limp, I was snubbed.

Shop two was today. The owner kept trying to convince me that really should get a regular bike. Excuse me, I know what is best for my body. Due to balance issues I want a bike that I won't fall over on. As a child I didn't have a bike so I don't want to learn how to ride a two wheeler now, when they have really cool recumbent trikes that look comfortable. When I told her I have MS she said I needed to take up yoga from a RN downtown. She said at least you won't fall over doing yoga. LOL. Yes you can. I have many times and I am a RN. $^^@%&^#&%$

What stupidity !!! Ok, I get it she won't order me a Recumbent Trike. I understand. Then she says, you really shouldn't be riding a bike in your condition. _*(&&&_*&^%^%*$*!!! That just pisses me off. Who is she to decide if I should or shouldn't ride a bike !!!

It reminds me of the Physical therapists and neurologists I have had in the past who tell me to basically give up. You have MS, its a progressive disease, don't bother trying to exercise. That is like saying life isn't worth living. Excuse me !!! Why would you tell someone it isn't worth exercising!!! I don't understand people like that.

Then at home I commented on people like that who discourage people shouldn't be allowed to say mean things. The reply at home was, well it might be too hard for you. . . . More discouragement. Now I feel so sad. Ok, I guess it means since I am not supported I won't be able to get one. It was at home my DH had suggested the idea of going for bike rides together would be a fun. Well, ok I give up. They win. I can't afford to get one on my own. I guess I will sit at home alone. While he goes for his bike rides alone. It's ok. He can go have fun alone, without me.

Who are these people who try to make up there minds of what I should be doing? Isn't it MY BODY that they are trying to decide the fate of??? I don't tell them what they should be doing with there body. Who are they to try to tell me what to do with mine???

When one has a chronic illness, one has to experiment with what there body can do. Its up to the individual to decide what is best for each's own body. No one else can decide for them or make that choice. Its a personal decision. I was unable to find a physical therapist who knew how to best work with MS. It became my work over the last two years to DISCOVER what is best for my body.

So to celebrate my free-time ALONE, it's all about self-love. I will NURTURE my SPIRIT. Yes, I will enjoy my time spent in meditation, doing yoga, chi gong, Pilates, T-Tapp, and other workouts. In the workout room I will light incense to purify the atmosphere, driving away any negativity.

Special treatment continues after a good workout. First I undress in the flickering candlelight, breathing in the lavender scented fragrance. A vegetable fiber brush will brush my dry skin, gently moving lymph fluids, promoting circulation, gently removing old skin cells, creating a pink flush to my skin. Then follows SOAKING my body in a tub of warm water embellished with dead sea salts and lavender oil. As I soak, I read one of my many books from my personal library.

Sigh. Pure BLISS !!!

My mind will be refreshed as I emerge from the heated waters. Once again I will feel joyful, peaceful, energized, and relaxed.

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DEEO12 6/12/2012 7:14AM

    I hate retailers that treat you like crap. After i read this blog, i looked to see if you were able to over come the pain of this. You did your still with SP!. I did a search on being sad because i am sad right now and am trying to snap out of it. That is how i found your blog post. Thank you for sharing. I myself don't have MS but feelings were hurt nevertheless. Time to snap out of this slump of wanting to hide and turn back into that couch potato. I am not going to let that happen.

You showed me that one can boucne out of this being sad stuff. Thank you!

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SUPERFRAISE 9/26/2011 2:13PM

  While I'm very sorry you had this experience (and as someone who has had really varied experiences shopping for bikes recently, all I can tell you is--bicycle shops tend to mean well and want to be helpful, but they can be a very homogenous community and not always great at...communicating with people), I am so impressed and heartened by the advice from the people who have reached out to you from this blog.

Your attitude is inspiring. I love that, while other people complain about having to exercise, you can't WAIT to exercise! I love it, it's making me want to exercise too, when it really would just be easier to sit at home and eat cheese. Clearly, you have so much spirit and ability and are not to be stopped. :) Best wishes, I hope you get that recumbent bike!

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AVERYRED 9/22/2011 12:32AM

    I have MS and I have a recumbent trike. I'll try to blog a little about it in the next few days so you can see the good and bad things about the one that I have. One thing for sure is that my feet will not stay on the pedals so I use bike shoes that lock my feet in. I have to be careful not to let my knees get wacky with feet locked in - but what I'm saying is that there are ways to find a work-around for some issues. People can be very insensitive and I know you were hurt and disgusted by the process. You are fine - they have wrong motivation and mixed up thinking. I see your positive spirit in your profile - it is infectious!

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BAKER1009 9/7/2011 2:50PM

    YIKES! I hope you have some success with the bike shopping. Yes, often times people feel like they know way more than they do. And oh how I hate the judging of a book by it's cover.
You're awesome...you know it, I know it, and that's all that really matters!!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 9/5/2011 8:29PM

    Forget those who try to tell you what you can and can't do. You know your body - and your determination - more than anybody.

Shoot, if I listened to all the doctors who told me I couldn't do this or that, or even that I was supposed to die 12 years ago... Well, I either would be sitting in my chair 24/7 or 6 foot under. Them telling me NOT to do something doesn't cut it. Them telling me to go home and die didn't cut it either. I listen to my body and do as much with it that I possibly can do.

You can do the same. In fact, knowing you, I am sure you won't let them influence what you are going to do - or not going to do - for very long. If you want a recumbant bike go buy one. If you can't get someone to wait on you go demand service from someone higher up. Cause you deserve to do any dang thing you want to do.


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TSISQUAUSDI 9/5/2011 8:07PM

    A wonderful sales trainer and motivator tells a story about a jewish family in Canada that wanted to badly to have a son. They had two daughters and just wanted "round out" their family with a son. They finally conceived a child and when the son was born, he had a birth defect - muscular distrophy, I think. Anyway they had noticed that the child simple didn't respond the was a child at his development stage should respond. They took the child to a specialist and he told the bad news. With this disease, he would never be "normal" - he would never walk or talk or ride a bicycle. Just do the kind thing and put him in a home where he's comfortable. The family was devasted, but they wouldn't give up. They took the boy to specialist after specialist who all said the same thing, until they took him to a specialist here in the States. The doctor examined the boy and told the family, "This child has a dibilitating, progressive disease - With this disease, he would never be "normal" - he would never walk or talk or ride a bicycle IF you listen to everything everyone else told you. First, never let him be around anyone that has this disease, because he will naturally emulate them. Next, he must be on a very strick physical regime, and a very special healthy and pure diet. Mr. Ziglar had the pleasure of watching this child walk on his own down the isle for his bar mitvah at 13, and said that the young man now ran 6 miles per day and had graduated from college with honors. Isn't it wonderful that a child born with so little could attain so much?

Now, isn't it a real shame how so many of us are born with so much and attain so little? Don't let anyone SNIOP you (SNIOP - Suseptible to the Negative Influence of Other People.) They will steal your dreams. Get on the internet and learn about that bike you want, and I'll bet money you'll find a way or make a way to get the one you want. I understand that exercise,while difficult, is very good for those with MS. So, my friend, I will look forward to hearing about your bike rides and look forward to pictures of you and your bike!

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BOOKWERME 9/5/2011 10:55AM

    Next time you encounter a salesperson, ignorant or deliberately rude...ask to see the manager. If not available, call or write the store owner. That IS discrimination, that IS insensitive and they are losing sales.

I saw the post for the person shopping for a little red sports car. I had a similar experience...I am not a cute little chick...and DH is not a stud...but we were looking at a truck. The salesperson was a woman (def. NOT a lady!) who kept pushing herself between my husband and me and then turning her back towards me to push my DH into buying...and I was the one looking for the truck! Her little white booted self lost customers forever for her employers! I deeply regret not reporting it to her manager!

Now, You have run into some stone walls re finding the treatments you need and the support you should have. Your attitude about the caring for yourself alone is terrific but..what about DH...HE suggested the bike rides..where is HE in supporting your effort to shop for and use a bike? Remind him! Make it a do-together project!

I have friends with MS. I know most folks are clueless..and don't intend to be judgemental...but they see what they think they see and make wrong assumptions. Their ignorance doesn't define YOU. Hope you will keep shopping for that bike, keep searching for what works for YOU...and find success.

BTW..you may want to look into T-Tapp exercises...

Wishing you success as you move forward. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 9/4/2011 8:10PM

    Maybe I should try some of that salt for my bath. Thanks for the info.

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GREENMAMA 9/4/2011 2:38PM

    So I'm guessing that you'd just like some support to achieve your dreams and goals? And you'd just love to receive the respect and dignity to make your own choices.

Frankly, I'm shocked that the people in these shops don't want the sale?!?

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NTSOHLTHNT 9/4/2011 1:27PM

    I'm so sorry you've had to deal with people who think they know everything about everything and who have no tact. Grrr!!!
I hope you were able to relax and get that soaking bath.

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SUSIEPH1 9/4/2011 3:25AM

    I am so sorry you had such a bad experience ..
People can be so cruel ... I think it is more likely thoughlessness that deliberate .

I would like to think so any way ..
continue to pamper yourself and have you thought of buying a bike on line?? there are some really cool ones available.. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IN_IT_2B_FIT 9/3/2011 11:53PM

    I'm sorry you had that experience. Far too often people make snap decisions based on stereotypes and what they think they know. People are ignorant.
You're the one who lives with MS and knows what's right for you. People are always going to give their opinions, whether it's what you should or shouldn't be eating or what kind of exercise you should do. Each of us needs to make the decisions for our own life. If this is something you want to do, don't let anyone tell you that you can't. Keep your positive attitude!

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ALPHASENIOR 9/3/2011 10:43PM

    I agree, that you should report those insensitive people. They obviously don't know much about their merchandise, either, or they would have explained it to you. And they were too lazy to check with hq.
A few years ago I wanted to buy myself a sporty little car, so I stopped at a dealership and got a salesman who looked about twelve years old. He asked me who I was buying it for. Too bad for him, he wasn't the only dealer in town.
So here's the thing: when people act so immature, consider the source. Its not you, its them. If you came on crutches or in a wheelchair, you deserved consideration. I'm sorry you had to be treated like that, but really jealous of your healing bath and scents.

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HARRINGTON5 9/3/2011 10:06PM

    It made me sad to read you story, but it just shows that there are a lot of ignorant people in the world. I hope you are able to get the bike you are looking for. I applaud you for taking steps to help yourself and knowing your body and what it needs. That bath sounds fantastic and really refreshing. I wish you all the best.

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GODDESSHIPS 9/3/2011 10:02PM

    Poop on them! Don't give up. I think you should call around. Check online. But don't let them bring you down. You are too uplifting for that!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/3/2011 9:36PM

    I am so sorry you had to go through that!!!! that is discrimination no?
hope you find a bike shop that would be more helpful! maybe CALL first, bef going to them

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REDRUNNERMOM713 9/3/2011 8:41PM

    I am so sorry you have had to deal with such ignorant and naive people. You are absolutely right in that NO ONE should TELL you what you can or can not do. YOU know yourself best. I agree with the others to either check with your local MS society or shop online. If it's something you really want to do, then GO FOR IT!!! emoticon

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    You've already gotten a lot of good info about finding a recumbent bike, so I have nothing new to add there. We have an older lady in our neighborhood who has one, and I've thought about researching them since a regular bike really hurts my back since I have such a long torso. Don't let them discourage you and don't give in! Somehow you can make this work, I just know it.

As for the bath and nurturing your spirit, what a great idea! I'm envious! I hope you enjoy that often and make it a ritual...you deserve it!

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REDHEADMOM2U 9/3/2011 7:50PM

    The bath sounds great. Order the bike online...or call ahead and make an a ppt to go in...so they will know you are a customer.

I'd also call the manager and explain what happened. Save the next person!


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FUNKYG1 9/3/2011 7:16PM


First of all emoticon. Have you tried contacting your local MS Society? They may be able to get you a recumbant trike for less or even let you use it free. I know that my MS Society has different equipment that is loaned out or given to. Please do not give up though, we are here to support you.


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  So sorry you had such a bad couple of days. I agree you should shop on line. I think its wonderful you want to stay active and not give up. God Bless You! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 9/3/2011 6:51PM

    Maybe you should try online shopping for your recumbant trike! You have every right to get out and pedal if it's something you WANT to do!!! You might get lucky. There might be a site to help out folks with MS and such and maybe at affordable prices! You won't know till you check and it won't cost you a thing to check it out!
I love your bedtime routine! Sounds so relazing!
Stiff upper lip as they say. You'll figure something out! emoticon Too many people have never been taught that if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all......I guess. Well, POO! on them!
Take care, my friend. Have a lovely Labor Day weekend and be safe!

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CGARR442 9/3/2011 6:51PM

    Don't let those people bring you down. They obviously don't know what they are talking about. Try to look for another place that sells the type of bike you are looking for or maybe call a few places to ask your questions so they don't judge you before giving you your answers.
You keep doing what you're doing, you know your body and what it needs. Don't give up!!

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LHLADY517 9/3/2011 6:47PM

    Good words to listen to have already been written. God bless you.

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LYNNA7499 9/3/2011 6:25PM

  Don't let the jerks tell you that you can't ride a bike. Go to more stores or talk to different sales clerks. You will find someone who will support you or ask your husband to go with you.

Those shops can be annoying. The next time they tell you that you shouldn't be riding a bike, ask to speak to a more qualified sales rep - someone who actually knows what they are talking about. They are obviously not qualified enough to sell you a bike. Don't let them make you feel inadequate. Turn it around on them and make THEM feel inadequate.

I'm really sorry you have to deal with these type of people.


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COOKWITHME65 9/3/2011 6:21PM

    Don't give up your dream of wanting one. It would b e nice to go out with your husband or just by your yourself. Those retailers don't deserve your business. Keep looking. I google these bikes in the N. CA area and found several venders with trials available.

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    I am sorry you had such an unpleasant experience. Please oh please don't give up.

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LIV2RIDE 9/3/2011 6:10PM

    Why are you letting them beat you? You aren't letting MS win so I'm not sure why you would let insensitive people get the best of you. If you are still interested in getting a bike check your local Craigslist for someone selling theirs. Also call local bike shops to get your information. When you are able to afford it you can just walk in and buy what you want without anyone telling you what you can and can't do. I hope that your workout and bath relaxes you. Meditate on healing your mind and spirit. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 9/3/2011 5:49PM

    Sorry you had that kind of experience.

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GINA180847 9/3/2011 5:48PM

    Those ahead of me have said it all and said it well. Of course you can do anything you know you can do. How people speak to each other is a constant thorn in our sides. That is why I love my dog so much.

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MISTYBLUE716 9/3/2011 5:38PM

    people are RIDICULOUS. You did not deserve that at all...good for you for knowing your own body and treating it well!

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PANSYLADY2 9/3/2011 5:31PM

    Good for you!! The bath/soaking sounds WONDERFUL. When you start shopping for a bike again, try letting your fingers do the walking and aske questions over the phone, get whatever information you need, head for the computer and find a bike online! As you said, you know your body best. I love it that you keep striving to work out and imprive your condition.

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    If you give up - you lose - ask your DH to go with you to purchase your recumbent trike and demand to see the owner of the store if you are ignored.

There is no excuse for rude sales persons. Your money is just as good as anyone else's.

You can even threaten to report them for unfair harassment towards disabled persons. Forgive me if this sounds wrong - I am not sure where but I do know you can report the lack of attention of sales persons. As a human being you have the right to purchase anything you can afford.

I am interested in DEELYNNE1's comment - I am willing to bet you can purchase the Walmart Trike online!

Good Luck and keep on trying!

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NEW-CAZ 9/3/2011 5:15PM

    Some people just don't get it do they. Like you I came up against the doctors saying don't do this, maybe you should try.
Hey! Who inhabits your body 24/7/365 and knows what it feels capable of doing and what it yearns to do.
You are an inspiration (and I MEAN THAT) you do an amazing job taking care of you.
Don't ever give up on you, go for it! emoticon

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DEELYNNE1 9/3/2011 5:07PM

    Don't give up on the bike - you can find one! Even Wal-mart carries recumbent tricycles - they had one in the $350.00 range when I looked there. And I know you can find them on-line, because I've looked there quite a lot. I think a recumbent three-wheeler is a great idea. I want one because of a stroke that left me with really awful balance so i can't do a two-wheeler any more, so although I don't have your condition I know a little of what you are talking about. I also know what it's like to KNOW you can do stuff the "experts" say you can't, and to have to listen to discouraging words from people who ought to know better. I hope you just tell 'em all to go blow it out their whatevers! Don't give up! You CAN do it!

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MISTRUNNER 9/3/2011 4:48PM

  I wish people would learn that no matter what our opion may be we do not have the right to tell someone they can not do something.

My husband was diagnosed 2 years ago with MS. It took 6 months for him to return to 98% of what he was capable of before. He still walks with a slight limp on his right side ( I probably would not notice if I did not know to look for it.)

The DRs told him that he would keep gettign worse and that there was really no way to return to his job (He is a plumber)well he returned to work in August of 2009 and has had no set back and keeps improving.

You may want to check with the local gyms - see if one has a stationary rec. bike. Most gyms have trial memberships that will let you bike and show everyone that you can do anything

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MEEBELO 9/3/2011 4:48PM

    It is unbelievable the lack of consideration and basic courtesy that we encounter on a regular basis at establishments that are supposed to cater to the customer. Companies just hire anyone and don't bother with customer service training. It is shameful. I'm sorry you have to deal with such disrespect. emoticon

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    Wow. I didn't even know there was such a thing as a recumbent trike before reading your blog. Don't let the doubters into your head!

I don't know how much shopping you do online, but anything is available on the internet! If you really want a trike, buy one!

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ACIMPEGGY 9/3/2011 4:41PM

    Sweetie, of course you felt angry and sad...at first. You are into Spirituality, too, though so I hope this will help: as a student of A Course in Miracles, I realize that it IS all about me...that is All There Is. In Spirit, we are one. These 'other' people, their words and our interactions with them (yes, that includes our Spark Friends) are just for us to learn that very fact.

You know that you CHOOSE how you feel...helpless, angry, hurt...etc. ACIM also teaches that when the mind is healed, so will be the body. I'm still waiting for that to happen myself.

I have a tricycle, but it's an exercise bike. It has handle bars that go back and forth, too, if I want them to...I pedal in front of my (ahem) country music videos to make the routine interesting. One song faster, one song slower, and I pedal/push to the music. Days my knees hurt, I either don't do it, ease up the resistance or just do less.

My Susie with her balance problems (ruptured cerebral aneurysm that caused her to need brain surgeries resulting in strokes and brain damage) has a Schwinn upright trike. There is a basket on the back. She has a tarp in there. When she takes our little puggle on her afternoon run (a la Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer on NGC), if the doggie gets tired before Susie does, she goes in the basket and the leash is secured so she won't fall out.

I'll see if I can find some links for you.

I'd also advise letting the store owner/managers know about your treatment. In the nicest possible way, of course. Kinda like, "Your store would do more business if your sales people had some customer service training and people skills."

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DS9KIE 9/3/2011 4:39PM

    good grief sales people asking no to a sale?????????Usally they don't care if your buying something for an elephant, they want the sale.

Well just go in there and say (loudly) I want a recumbent bike and hears the money and see what they say.

good luck

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 9/3/2011 4:30PM

    I wish I could fix things for you but I can't. All I can do is send some love & encouragement your way...

So here goes...
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Don't Give Up..

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/3/2011 4:29PM

    Goodness !! What is wrong with those people ?? I think a three wheel recumbent bike would be fantastic ! You know, in this economy, I'm a little surprized by their behavior. You'd think they'd WANT to make a sale !!

Have you considered looking online ? If your local bike shops don't want to make a sale (idiots) then do your business online. Check out online sources for that bike. Amazon had this really cool model listed. You might want to check it out and see if it's something that might suit you.



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1GR8FULGAL 9/3/2011 4:28PM

    Hugs to you! You are special and loved very much!! Take good care of yourself!!

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NOMUFFINTOP3 9/3/2011 4:27PM

People just don't understand! I'm sorry you had to go through that, I wish you well on your recumbent biking. emoticon

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