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Today Is World Vegan Day!

Monday, November 01, 2010

So, if you didnít hear, today is World Vegan Day. Itís celebrated November 1st every year. Itís a day, like other special days, dedicated to the cooking, lifestyle, and health of vegan eaters. Although Iím not what you would call a 100% vegan, if you had to classify me, Iím more vegan than anything else. Every year on World Vegan Day, I take time to talk to people about vegan meals, vegan recipes, vegan choices, and answer questions people have about maintain healthy eating. A few of them even vowed to give it a try. I never try to convert anybody, but itís nice (and rare) to meet omnivorous people who can appreciate my way of life without criticism.

For those who follow a vegan diet, Happy World Vegan Day. For everyone else, I wish you a great day as well.

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LILMAHOGANY 1/19/2011 3:25PM

    Had no idea about it cool

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MONETRUBY 11/1/2010 10:17PM

    I didn't know there was a World Vegan Day. Thanks for letting us know about it!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 11/1/2010 8:35PM

    I didn't realize today was World Vegan Day.

Happy Vegan Day!

Jackie



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Sparkpeople.com Resistance Bands Review

Friday, October 22, 2010



Several weeks ago I purchased some Sparkpeople.com Resistand Bands. I highly recommend. Most equipment tends to collect dust. But I really like these bands because they are so versatile. You can use them on your arms, your legs, and the things you can do with them is really immense. The greatest benefit is they can be dropped in a bag and taken with you whenever and wherever you go. These are one of the few consumer exercise items that I would recommend. Whether you order from the Spark Store or your local supplier of home exercise equipment, bands are something you can apply to any workout routine regardless of your current fitness level. I use my bands 3-4 times a week and I'm pleased with them completely.

  
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BAREADER 10/26/2010 3:47PM

    I have some and took them on vacation with me, I used them in the past more than I do now. I have a few videos that use them but I am doing Jilliam Michaels kick butt workout and useing dumbells now.

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MONETRUBY 10/24/2010 9:33PM

    Thanks for reminding me of why I need to replace those resistance bands I stupidly let go of years ago!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 10/23/2010 8:07PM

    Thanks for the review Will.

I do have some resistance bands but for some reason I haven't used them. I may have to get them out and try them.

Jackie

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LIV2RIDE 10/23/2010 8:33AM

    I love my resistance bands. The are great for vacations or business trips. They also give a great workout.

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My Shake Weight Review!

Friday, October 22, 2010



I got my Shake Weight today. This device, the Shake Weight for Men, is a 5-pound dumbbell (the version for women is a 2.5-pound dumbbell) with springs at the base of each end designed to strengthen and tone the arms, chest, and shoulders. An instructional DVD is included in the box that provides an elementary-level primer on how to get started. The Shake Weightís website promotional material claim it is based on a relatively new concept called ďDynamic InertiaĒ that tones muscles by creating multi-directional resistance. It is not motorized and does not use batteries. The loaded springs workout the muscles as you shake the weight.

The first thing I noticed is that the there werenít any useful written instructions on what to do to get started using the Shake Weight. The printed material references the DVD and website and includes some warnings on improper uses. The DVD is not bad, showing a shirtless fitness trainer (thatís him in the picture up there) completing a series of exercises with the Shake Weight. None of the printed material provided much detail on how to use it. My biggest complaint for the DVD is that it is too short. Being only nine minutes long, I donít think itís sufficient enough given that the cost was $29.99 (the ladiesí version is $19.99). You donít have to order it online or from the customer service fulfillment telephone hotline. I purchased mine from Bed, Bath & Beyond and Iíve seen them in Target, Walmart, and other brick and mortar stores.

Before I began using the Shake Weight, I watched the nine minute video, simulating the motions of the trainer pretending I was actually holding the gadget. The video shows three separate exercises: two arm front shake, two arm shake behind your head, and a single arm shake. I watched the video again, this time using the weight and following along with the video. It recommends you do a 30-second set with a 15-second rest in between. The trainer recommended two sets. I felt a moderate amount of soreness in my biceps and triceps and chest, but I donít think two sets are sufficient enough to reap the most benefits. I did it for four sets and I feel distinct muscle soreness in my arms and significant amounts of soreness in my chest.

Long-term, Iím not sure how effective the Shake Weight will be in developing the kind of muscles as suggested in the infomercial. Only time will tell. But The Shake Weight definitely gives a great workout and will leave you out of breath. I will blog again in a few months to let you know how well it works on toning up my muscles. Wish me luck!

  
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EDNATUBBS 3/17/2011 3:40AM

  I got mine today and I will use your advice and do more than two reps. I got it because I am new to exercising an I don't want to damage my muscle.

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STUFFEDPUPPET 12/29/2010 11:57AM

    Thanks for bloging this - I got one for Christmas from my daughter and was looking for someone who found something half way good about it. Thanks for the tip on adding reps.

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NOMOREDJ 12/26/2010 10:16PM

    I just got one as a Christmas present and was wondering if you were still using yours and what your thoughts were on it now....

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BAREADER 10/26/2010 3:45PM

    I was wondering if those things actually did anything or if it is just a "gadget". I would prefer it if there were an actual workout video to go with it, not just a short instructional video.

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LADYDI2049 10/22/2010 10:11PM

    Good luck, I hope you get some kind of positive results. It will be interesting to see what happens.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 10/22/2010 10:01PM

    I had just seen this commercial earlier tonight and was wondering if they actually worked. Then I saw your blog.
It might be a fun little workout every now and then. I am anxious to see your follow up in a couple of months to find out if it "pumped you up". Sorry, couldn't help but use the Hans and Franz saying. emoticon

Jackie


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RENA1965 10/22/2010 9:47PM

    If you want muscles like that photo, sorry men need to lift more than 5lbs. A set of interchangeable dumbbells is a more wise investiment. As we get stronger you will find out quickly this was a bad investiment.. emoticon
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Food Recall

Tuesday, September 07, 2010



Morningland Dairy and Ozark Hills Farm Cheese, sold at Whole Foods Markets, is being recalled related to a possible ďListeria and Staphylococcus aureusĒ contamination. The products have been reported in markets in Connecticut and Massachusetts in the cheese section. Even though there are only reported incidents in three stores so far, people need to be aware. Customers may return the products to their Whole Foods Markets for a refund. For information about the recall and about the bacteria, visit the following FDA recall site.

www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm224797
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LADYDI2049 9/7/2010 9:43PM

    Sure glad I don't eat animal products. Eggs and now cheese, yikes! Thanks for the information.

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MONETRUBY 9/7/2010 9:12PM

    Thanks for the information.

Sheesh, pretty soon, we'll have to make all our own food if we want to feel safe when we eat.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/7/2010 8:25PM

    Thanks Will.
There has been way too many food recalls lately. Pretty scary.

Jackie

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 9/7/2010 7:12PM

    Really great that you posted this.

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MISS_VIV 9/7/2010 1:48PM

    Thanks for posting this alert so we can watch for it here on the West Coast. Hopefully the recall is limited to that North Atlantic region.

Hugs

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Don't Be A Slacker!!!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Donít Be A Slacker!

In case you havenít noticed, the days are getting shorter. You know what that means: fall is approaching and most people tend to 'fall' off the wagon beginning in fall and throughout winter. Itís pretty common, and many of us slack not only with our physical activity but also in the way in which we eat. But we do need to be mindful of it NOW Ė before it happens Ė so that we can continue to reach our goals.

First, physical activity is simpler than we think it is. Like I always say, if you donít want to go to a gym, there are things you can do at home. Turn on some music and dance. You can get in some great cardio. When youíre sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming, do it to the beat of the music. Gardening and dusting furniture are also other ways to get exercise. If you want something more structured, do a simple search through the Sparkpeople.com exercise videos or go to Youtube.com. There are plenty of different exercises from novice to expert to keep you busy for months.

Second, continue to plan your meals, especially when eating out or going to a party. To minimize how much you eat, try eating something healthy and filling at home. That will help you cut down on your eyes lusting after a cheesy pasta dish and the sugary dessert.

Finally, relish at each accomplishment, even the small minute ones. Every little step you take puts you one step closer to where you want to be. So, count them all joy and let even the smallest of achievements inspire you. And if you mess up, well, donít stress about it. Learn from it and take steps to prevent it from happening again.

Good luck and stay with it.

  
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HALLALUYAH 11/13/2010 12:40PM

   


Hello old friend, I tried to send you some mail (to no avail)....It's Luyah, how are you? I pray that all is well with you and yours....I know that it has been a while so I am reaching out to all of my Spark friends that left comments on my blogs for The Love Letters from Unhealthy Foods for Women/Men to let them know just how much I appreciated their comments and support along the way.

My book is in production as we speak...."God is good". Please join me as I move forward into my future, I would love to have you with me...lol. May God bless you, and always remember to...." Treat yourself a little bit better than you did Yesterday" and before you know it you will be treating yourself like the King or Queen...... that God's word said you were. See you around.
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Divorcing Unhealthy Foods
http://www.jivey.blog.com

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LIV2RIDE 9/3/2010 7:30AM

    Awesome reminders. Thanks Will!

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MONETRUBY 9/2/2010 11:27PM

    Thank you for the reminder not to "fall" off the wagon and negate our progress. This is just what I needed to hear today, as I've found myself slacking quite a bit lately. I think it's been the heat, and cooler temps will be just what I need to get some of my mojo back.

Thanks, Will!

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SUNNYH99 9/2/2010 9:42PM

    What a wonderful thing to read today, Will! I tend to beat up on myself for not going to the gym as often as I think I should. I called my trainer to see if she had time free when I did, and she didn't. Too short notice. I could have gone and just done a workout alone, but I didn't. You reminded me that I can be and am quite active in other ways. It's also been so hot and humid in the east, so what we can do varies sometimes. I love the idea of you dancing while you dust! Brought a smile to my face!
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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/2/2010 7:25PM

    Thanks Will.
Great post as always.
And a reminder that we can't rest on our laurels.

Jackie


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_VALEO_ 9/2/2010 2:52PM

    Good luck to you too!

To me, fall is the season where everything starts again: my yoga group, my Nordic walking group, my Tai Chi lessons, golf classes. I love this season! I can't wait for it, especially since I was almost inactive during summer due to my cast, then my splint.

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MISS_VIV 9/2/2010 10:09AM

    This is just what I need TODAY of all days. I am in a lull between summer and fall. I know as the mornings get cooler I will be more tempted to get out and 'work it off' but for the next week or so, as the temperatures remind us that summer is NOT QUITE over yet, I am tending to slack. So THANKS WILL.............I needed that.

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LADYDI2049 9/2/2010 8:47AM

    Thanks for reminding us all that we need to stay vigilant all year long with diet and exercise. I'm one who doesn't go to a gym, my main exercise is walking but I do use 5 lb hand weights, a weighted hula hoop and a 7 lb kettle bell to work out at home. Congratulations on the progress you have made. Stay Plant Strong and keep Sparkin'.

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