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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale Product Review: Accuracy without breaking the bank!

There's nothing like being on a diet, and finding out how much you weigh on your bathroom scales is totally different from what the doctor's scale said you weigh.  

On the bright side, you get to choose which of the two scales you want to believe.  If your scale says you weigh lighter, well then, that's obviously the correct one.  :)

Anyway, the one thing we all know about bathroom scales, and the weighing game is...(drum roll please) you get what you pay for.  The more expensive the scale, the more accurate the weight.  So, that lovely priced $9.97 bathroom scale from Walmart ,doesn't cut it.

So, let's take a gander at a bathroom scale that's price list is $49.95,  but sold on for a mere $28.95 (plus FREE shipping) - the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale w/ Extra Large Backlit 3.5" Display and "Step-On" Technology [2013 VERSION].  How's that for a long title!

So how good is this baby?  10,197 folks (nope, not a typo) have given it a 4.6/5 stars.  That's a record that's hard to beat.

Here's the specs on's #1 best selling digital bathroom scale:

1)  Top is made of 8 mm thick tempered glass.
2)  12 x 13 platform
3)  No slip feet to keep it from moving.
4)  3.5" lighted with Accubright blue backlight display.
5)  Holds up to 400 pounds.
6)  Autocalibrated
7)  Auto-off
8)  Uses 4 AAA batteries (included).
9)  4 high-gauge precision sensors
10)  Comes with free tape measure
11)  Plain ol' scale.  No bells and whistles.

Pros and cons gleamed from user reviews:

The Pros:

   • Attractive scale
   • Accurate
   • Great customer service.
   • Easy to read

The Cons:

   • Hard to turn on.
   • Takes about a minute for it to recalibrate itself.
   • Some claim it has a short life.
   • Others claim not accurate.

Here's my thoughts on the product.  Take a look at the stats.

5 star:  (8,223)
4 star:  (990)
3 star:  (363)
2 star:  (254)
1 star:  (369)

986 users gave it between 1 and 3 stars.  990 gave 4 stars.  And the biggie - 8,223 users gave it 5 stars!  Those kind of stats speak loud and clear to me - this is one really good bathroom scale. 

Is it perfect?  Nah.  Of course not.  No scale is.  But!  It sure beats a lot of other bathroom scales out there.

I can't see where we can go wrong with this one.  Like I mentioned earlier, it's not a bells and whistle kind of scale.  It's just a basic, good and reliable scale that does the job it's supposed to do, and does it better than a lot of it's competitors.  :) 

Oh!  And did I mention this is amazon's #1 best seller in digital scales!  :)

So, give a click here and check out the rest for yourself.  It's definitely an excellent buy, and easy on the budget.



A little inspiration…

Sometimes when we take on a fitness program to lose weight, we become lax after that, which means we usually put on a few pounds or more – all over again.

Why does that happen?  Because we set a goal that’s quite similar to a bunt in baseball.  A bunt requires no effort.  Just stick the bat out there and let the ball hit it.

But, it takes a lot of effort to hit that homerun.  I remember way back when I played softball.  If you were going to hit that homerun, all your focus had to be on that fence. 

Your eyes might have been on the ball, but your brain was on that fence – that was your goal.  Hitting the ball was the means of getting there.

That’s fitness.  Losing weight is a limited goal, and therefore nothing but a bunt.  Yeah, the struggle it takes to get there feels like shooting for a homer, but it’s not.

Getting in shape and staying there – well, that’s the homerun, girls!  The fitness plan is simply the means of getting there.


ballpark with my link


Monday, August 26, 2013

Beat stress with these 7 strategies!

Last week I posted a piece called, “Looking at Exercise for Stress Management.”  It was about 4 different ways exercise reduces stress.

Today, I got an email from Denise Austin (I’m on her list.), that had a terrific article that goes right along with the other!  It’s called, “7 Stress-Busting Strategies!”  It’s short, to the point, and a great fast read!  She also has a spot on her page to sign up for her daily email.  There’s lots of great stuff in it everyday.  Sign up, and if you don’t like it, you can always cancel the subscription.  Smile

Meanwhile, check out the article here:

7 Stress-Busting Strategies!

Had a run-in with your boss or a fight with your sister — and can't stop thinking about it? Are you overloaded with projects at work and errands at home? Our lives are jam-packed with stress — and that can take a toll on our body and health. Long-term uncontrolled stress can cause chronic conditions like high blood pressure, headaches,..


Friday, August 23, 2013

Do you know which size bike to buy for your kids? or yourself?

Just hit the jackpot!  Been trying to find something to help everyone figure out what size bicycle to buy for themselves or their kids, and came across this awesome piece!
The wonderful person who wrote it has charts for each type of bike to help you see which size bike is right for your height!

Totally worth checking out!

Bike 101: How To Find the Right Size Bike | Simply Bike
For now, here is my compilation of information on how to find the right size bike for you, be it a Dutch bike, a cruiser, a mountain bike, or a road bike… 1) Find Your Measurements. To figure out the right size for you, a few basic ...

Also check out the latest post called, "Do You Know Which Bike is Best for Your Child?"

Looking at exercise for stress management

Was looking around yesterday at stress management topics and ran across this little beauty that I think you’ll enjoy.  It’s a short, straight to the point article on 4 ways exercise reduces stress:

1)  Enhances your mood

2)  Is a form of meditation

3)  Boosts self-confidence

4)  Improves both mental health & ability to sleep better.

You can check out the article here:

Exercise for stress management - HealthWatchMD

If a slimmer figure and more energy aren't enough to inspire you to squeeze in a workout, perhaps another big exercise benefit will motivate you: stress reduction. Exercise reduces stress in a number of ways, says Jasmin ...

So, how does exercise help you deal with stress?  Stick it in the comments below.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Back on track!

Happy to announcement, my weight is back on track!  Last week, I gained 2.8 lbs while sick.  That put me starting this week at 123.2.  Ok, stop laughing.  Some of you are mumbling that you weighed that much when you were born.

The thing is – I don’t feel so great at that weight.  I feel my best around 118.  It has a lot to do with having Dystonia.  The lighter I am, the easier it is to move.

Anyway, this morning I weighed in at 121.4!  Talk about being a happy camper!  Smile

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Dumbbell Workouts: Grab your dumbbells and let’s get with it this morning! :)

Every morning I get a tips email from Denise Austin.  It has lots of cools  stuff in it, and yip, I’m encouraging you to sign up for it!  Smile

Anyway, if you haven’t gotten in a workout this morning – here’s 12 exercises to get you pumped up for the day!

Denise Austin’s Morning Stretch

These easy-to-do moves will help you shed pounds, build strength, and get toned from head to toe.


Fidgeting can help you lose weight? You gotta be kidding me.

Fidget definition: To behave or move nervously or restlessly.  To play or fuss; fiddle.  ( 


Common lines from parents:

“Would you stop fidgeting!  You’re getting on my nerves!”

“Stop fidgeting at the table.”

“Why on earth are you so nervous?”

“Can’t you hold still for 5 seconds?!”

“You’re gonna have a heart-attack someday if you don’t stop being so nervous.”

Welp, ladies!  Here’s a weird fitness tip for you – let your kids fidget all they want, and start fidgeting yourself.  Smile

We’re always looking for ways to burn off the calories, right?  And you can never have too many creative ways to do it.  Well, even though we tend to think of fidgeting as an annoying habit, it does burn up calories.  Not a ton, but every little bit helps.

Anyway, I don’t remember why I got curious about fidgeting when I was playing on the net, but I found this really cool article on it!  It’s short, sweet, and a fun read.  Hope you enjoy it!

PS:  So, what’s your favourite line to use on your kids when they’re fidgeting?



The next time someone tells you to "shake a leg," take their advice. Shaking your leg and fidgeting in your seat or with your hands can burn calories

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Day 2, Fit Yummy Mummy Update

Still shaky from being sick for a week, so once more, I stuck to only two super sets instead of the 3 or 4 I’m supposed to be doing. 

But that’s cool, because I’ve also been on the Gazelle for a bit, and when I went outside to hang with the cats, I did leg swings to the corner, steps, spiderman’s and mountain climbers.  The joy of bodyweight exercises – you can do them anywhere.  Smile



Good morning! I’ve got some healthy recipes to start the week!

I got this email from Craig, creator of Turbulence Training, yesterday.  Thought you guys might really enjoy it.  I made the better than ice cream last night.  Don’t have the protein powder, and used blueberries instead of the raspberries.  mmmm….

He included a couple more recipes: Portobello Mushroom Burger , and Paleo Pancakes.

Enjoy!  Smile

This is better than ice cream, and it's probably the only time I'll even encourage you to eat dessert for breakfast.

Now if you're like me, you probably love eating a big dinner. Most nights I have a large piece of fish or steak along with a mountain of vegetables. And then I follow that up with a cold, crisp apple.

But recently I've been experimenting with a new dessert, thanks to my friend and Certified Turbulence Trainer, Dani Woodrum, from Charleston, South Carolina.

Dani has become quite famous on the TT Member's forums for his "Dani Boy Dessert Bowls", as I call them. He's mastered the art of creating amazingly healthy sweet potato desserts that other TT Members are raving about.

Although what really caught my eye was his "Dani Boy Fro-Pro Dessert Bowl".

You see, up in my hometown of Toronto, you can't go a block without stumbling into a line-up for one of those Fro-Yo places. Of course, those places tempt you to cover your otherwise healthy snack in more candy than what a 7-year old brings home for Halloween.

So, inspired by Dani, I put together this incredible "Better Than Ice Cream" dessert bowl that I've been having a few times per week. And plain Greek Yogurt is so darn low in calories, I'd be surprised if this big bowl comes out to be more than 500 calories (and that's with a lot of pecans).

Here's the "Before" photo...

Ingredients of my "better than Ice Cream Bowl"
- Greek yogurt (half of that tub - about 200 grams)
- 2 scoops
BioTrust Milk Chocolate protein
- 1-2 tablespoons of organic, unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1-2 oz of pecans
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries (must be frozen to make it ice creamy...otherwise, put in freezer for 10 minutes - but I have NO patience for that...LOLz)

And the "After - It tastes better than it looks" photo...

A big thanks to Dani Woodrum for the idea.

But he didn't stop there.

He recently posted two more recipes on the TT Member's Forum that everyone is raving about...this time, it was a dinner burger and a healthy pancake dessert.

(And yep, ol' Craig the Kitchen Clutz is going to try and make the pancake for Sunday out kitchen, here comes the clutz!!! Lulz)

Dani advertised this as "The Best Dinner Ever"...and here's what he wrote:

"I get home from a long day at the gym and boom - my girlfriend made an EPIC dinner. This one is for Craig, especially! She must have been inspired by your Portobello Mushroom Burger because here's the version she made:

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • Onions, peppers, tomatoes
  • Avocado and arugula
  • Feta cheese
  • And 2 gigantic Portobello mushrooms for the bun
Broccoli, asparagus, and spinach as a side
And that's not all... I must have her trained well because she also had a tasty dessert prepared. (You know I love my desserts). It was a Paleo Pancake! I think Mikey "Pancakes" Whitfield, CTT, would be impressed.
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • ½ banana
Mix and cook in skillet for one large pancake!

Topped with:

  • 1 scoop nut butter
  • 1 large scoop greek yogurt
  • strawberries

Now that's good eating.

I will be back later this week with Dani's top workouts to burn belly fat fast, especially when you combine his unique exercises with his dangerously delicious fat loss recipes.

Eat well and lose fat,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer


Check out Craig’s workout plans for women.  If you want a tough interval training workout – Craig’s got it!



Friday, August 16, 2013

Repeat Friday!

I wanted to put up a new Holly Rigsby workout video, but I really like the one I posted Tuesday.  It’s pretty tough, especially when you do stability ball stuff.

Btw, if you don’t have a stability ball, they’re pretty cheap and totally worth it.  Take a look in the column to your right at my “I recommend” in amazon, and order one.  You get a workout like no other.  If nothing else – it’s fun falling all over the floor when you’re first learning how to get your balance.  Smile

So, click the image to be transported back to Tuesday!


Enjoy!  And have a great weekend!



Finally getting to it!

After two days of being down with allergies, I finally got to begin my Holly Rigsby 4 week Fit-Fast- Workout. 

First off, here’s heads-up on what happens when I have any kind of headache – I eat, and eat, and eat.  Usually really salty stuff.  So, in the past couple days, I’ve gone from 121.6 to 122.8.  Still not bad, but I’m shooting for 118 again, and my waist down to 29”. 

I’m in phase 1 of the interval workout.  You’re supposed to do 3 – 4 supersets, with a 30 – 90 sec break at the end.  I’m still a bit weak from the headaches, and not sleeping well last night because of the continued headache, so I only did 2 supersets.

First set of supersets was: squats, spidermans, and jumping jacks.

Second set: steps, rows, and jumping jacks.

It’s a super fast workout, but you feel it.  If you don’t, you didn’t do it right.

If you don’t really understand intervals, check out the article and video from the other day:  Holly Rigsby Short Cut Cardio.  If you don’t have time to watch the vid, you’ll find the transcription I did under it.

Meanwhile, have a great weekend, and give the workout in the vid a go!  Smile




Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How about a 15 minute workout to wake you up this afternoon!

If you haven’t gotten a workout in yet today, give this one a shot!  You can do it in 10 – 15 minutes, depending on how many cycles you do.

Here’s the skinny (pun intended):

Squat Thrusts 8 – 10 (5 – 20LB DB)

Stability Ball Leg Curl 8 – 10

DB T-ups 8 – 10 (0 – 20LB DB)

Bulgarian Split Squats 8 –10 (5 – 20LB DB)

Wrap up with Planks Plus!  

If you don't have a stability ball, no sweat.  Check out this cool website I found that has a variety of ways to do leg curls without a ball!  Click here! 

Dang waistline! Fit Yummy Mummy and Turbulence Training to the rescue!

Let's play humiliate myself.  smiley  Ok, my weight is perfectly fine for 5' 2'.  Naked (that's a horrifying vision), I weigh 121.6.  The embarrassing part is...drum roll measurements.

Waist - 31.5 

Stomach - 34.5

The only two that are fine is:

Top - 36

Hips - 36  (Yippee!  No 'computer butt!')

My waist, even years ago with a flat 6-pack,  has never seen below 28' or 29'.  Can't be done, and that's cool with me.  

However! My waistline has a big problem. The maximum your waistline should be (without putting yourself in the health damage zone) is your height in inches divided by 2.

So, my waist is a half-inch larger than allowed.  My goal: Get it back down to 29'!  It's going to be a bit tough, because I discovered the only way to keep from having migraines is to drink 1 coke a day.  

I know it sound crazy, but it really works!  I haven't had a headache since I started doing it, and it's been over a month now.  Totally unheard of for my body!  So, I refuse to surrender that one coke a day.

So, what's my plan?  For the next 4 weeks, I'm going to be doing the Fit Yummy Mummy program.  I really like it because it stems from the Turbulence Training program.  

After the 4 weeks with Fit Yummy Mummy - it's off to the Turbulence Training for Women 4 week program!  So my next 8 weeks are set, and I'm going to be recording the trip here.

Check out both programs and join me in my adventure to drop my waistline!

Meanwhile, what are you doing in your fat loss adventure?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Getting rid of fat around the c-section scar!

Found this priceless little gem for those of you who have had a c-section.  Holly Rigsby was interviewed by one of my other favourite trainers, Craig Ballantyne of Turbulence Training, about questions he gets asked the most from women.

1.  Losing the belly fat after a baby.

2.  Getting rid of the fat around the c-section scar.

3.  What to do when your workout isn’t working anymore.

4.  Bloating from food intolerance

5.  Loose skin, and more!

Click to read part 1 of the 4 part interview:

How To Get Flat Abs After Having A Baby!

PS:  Craig has some great workouts for women.  I’ve got a number of them and they’re pretty darn tough.  I’ll put up some of his free reports tomorrow.  Meanwhile, click on the “TT for Women” tab to see a really cool deal he has! 

PPS:  I was gonna post a pic of a c-section scar to go with this post, but I got queasy looking at it. 




Check Out Holly Rigsby’s Short Cut Cardio!

I’m doing something a bit different this time.  I thought it’d be nice to transcribe Holly’s video because there’s so much great stuff she said, and this way you can go back and review without having to watch the video again.

Holly explains the difference between traditional cardio and intervals.  If you don’t know what intervals are, you will definitely know by the end of the video!  Smile

She also gives us an interval training set that we can start using immediately.  

Anyway, I hope you find the transcription helpful.  Smile

 Hey it's Holly Rigsby, the authour of Fit Yummy and I have one of my favourite workout shortcuts today, cardio short cuts. But let me just say that if you enjoy doing long duration cardio, and you are happy with the results you are getting, then this video is not for you, and the strategies that I'm going to share do not apply to you.

However, if you are as busy as I am, if you are frustrated with the lack of results, and you want results, but you want to do it quickly.  Then listen up.  Because intervals are your solution. 

Why? Why doesn't traditional cardio work.  Well, first of all, it is long and tedious.  We are all talking about how busy we are, and we want shortcuts and we want something that works fast.  Then why are you spending all this time doing long duration cardio?

Another reason, it's frustrating.  It seems like the more cardio you do, the less and less results you get.  Hello?  What's the definition of insanity?  Why do you keep doing the same things over and over again if you're not getting the results that you want?

And lastly, traditional cardio is just plain boring.  And if you don't like what you're doing, why do you keep torturing yourself and putting yourself through it.

So intervals are your solution.  Why?  What is so fantastic about intervals?  Well, they are short and their sweet.  And I say sweet with a smile because every  body else that's out there who knows, all the fit yummy mummys, smile too when I say that, because sweet is not exactly the word they would have used to describe how effective these workouts feel when they're doing them.

There are four reasons why intervals are the preferred choice.  for all the busy moms and women out there who are wanting results and fast. 

  1. It will cut your cardio session in 1/2, if not by more.
  2. It is going to give you a tremendous metabolic blast which means you're not only going to burning more calories during your intervals but long after, whereas, while traditional cardio, you burn calories while you're doing it, and shortly after you finish your traditional cardio session, that calorie burn stops.  But not with intervals, and in fact, you preserve lean muscle when you do intervals.  Muscle is your metabolism.  The longer you do cardio the more you put yourself at risk for burning up that lean muscle.
  3. Hello!  They're quick.  Your interval sessions are a max of 10-15 minutes and you just need to do them 2 - 4 times a week.  And of course, the variety. 
  4. Reason number 4.  You have so many different options when it comes when it comes to using intervals for your cardio solution.  Now, the options that you have are really endless.  And you don't need any special equipment.  Just your own body and I'll show you an example here in a minute.

Oh yeah, and for all the busy  mom's out there, you can do them right at home.  I came out here to my driveway just to prove it.  So four reasons:

1.  Less time
2.  A higher metabolic blast.
3.  You can do them anywhere.
4.  And they're fun.

What in the world would all this do if you put them together, it's going to promote consistency.  Cause you know what?  No matter how awesome your fat loss plan is, if you are not sticking to it, if it is not doable for your life style,  you will not get results.  This  is one of the main reasons intervals rock when you add them to your fat loss plan. 

So, if intervals are so fabulous, and they're this secret cardio shortcut,  then why aren't more people doing them?  Well, there's a couple problems with intervals, and I will admit, the first one is they can be confusing. 

Let me just explain what intervals are again for those of you who do not know.  Intervals are basically, you are alternating short bursts of work with short bursts of rest.  And you will rotate through this interval, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 times.  And that will get you to that total of 10 - 15 minute interval session. 

Now, how do you know how to rotate through that?  Well, you could do 1 minute on and one minute off.  30 seconds on, 30 seconds off.  60 seconds on, 30 seconds off.  20 seconds on, 10 seconds off.  See what I'm sayin'?

So it's like, ok how do I know which one to start with and which one's gong to be most effective for me.  So, all of this variety can lead to confusion.  Plus, how do you now which movement to use. 

A lot of people tend to think of cardio - treadmill.  Well, a lot of people will be like I don't have a treadmill, what'll I do.  Well, guess what, you don't need a treadmill....

Now, when I talk about bursts of intensity.  I'm talking about working on a scale of 1 - 10 with a perceived rate of exertion. You want to be around a 7, 8. 9.  You want to do that for that full timed interval until it's time to rest. 

I'm just going to say that the easiest one to start with is 1minute on 1 minute off, and you can do something as simple as pretend jump rope.  And you want to work to intensity and you want to do this for one minute. 

And after that one minute has past, I just want you to march it out.  Just long enough at a pace that you can catch your breath,  before that one minute is up of rest.  You go back into that one minute of work. 

And you’re going to rotate through this for the designated amount of time that you need. No more than 15 minutes If you can go longer than 15 minutes, then you're not truly working hard enough. 

Your intervals are not intense enough for it to count.  It just turns into traditional cardio.  And that's the key with intervals - intensity  you want to be during those work periods.  You want to work intensely. 

The second problem with intervals in the timing.  Like I said, the variety can be confusing enough how do you know which one to start with.  Well, once you pick something - that's great!  Now you can watch the clock set a timer, start and stop the music.  Pick the right type of music. 

And you can do all of this, however, this is really diverting your attention and focus from working intensely during the workout.  Don't' worry, there is an easier way. 

I do have a shortcut when it comes to intervals.  I actually created FYM soundtracks.These are done for you music soundtracks.  The right type of music, You hear my voice coaching you when to start and stop.  the tempo of the music keeps it up so that way you can focus on the intensity of the workout.

Not worried about when you have to stop.  Watching the clock.  letting your focus get diverted from the fact that you want to focus and get a really good workout in that short period of time,  and I even created a complete interval training workout guide  filled with dozens and dozens of possibilities on how to create the best interval training workout suited for you. 

All you have to do is click on the link below to download your interval soundtracks today You get instant access.  Get 'em downloaded.  Increase the intensity of your intervals and accelerate your results. 

Be sure and stop by and tell me what a difference it makes for you.  This is your friend and coach, Holly Rigsby.


Cat, messes, and my Gazelle Edge…

This morning, as I stared at the dried spot on the futon where Jeffie the Cat sprayed last night because I didn’t give him attention when he wanted it, I couldn’t help but think about my blog post called, “A Single Mom of Cats.”


Last week, he got mad at me for the same thing, sprayed my futon, and peed on my sleeping bag.  He’s a spiteful little dickens.   Sunday, the little sneak nailed my cot mattress.

Meanwhile, there was a lot of hissing going on from the more unsociable felines after they were fed.  I was on high alert, because that’s when a fight will break out.

As the cats were doing their thing, I kept glancing over at my Gazelle wanting to get in a quick workout before sitting down to work.  Delay three, Martin decides he wants in the kitchen to eat his hypoallergenic food.

Delay four, River keeps crying and won’t shut up.  Nothing works.

Delay five, looking for the eye ointment because we have an outbreak of  pink-eye among the kittens.  Didn’t find it.  So, another trip to the vet today.

Finally, an hour off schedule – I managed to get in 5 minutes on the Gazelle, before River made her grand reappearance.  I grab a quick bite to eat, sit down, she’s still crying and keeps it up till I let her on my lap.  (She’s happy now.)

Some mornings, I miss my workout altogether and have to wait till afternoon when everyone has crashed. 

Anyway, it all got me wondering, how do mom’s with bipeds get in their workouts when everything around them begins dictating their day.

So, how do you guys do it?



Friday, August 9, 2013

FitDesk Semi-Recumbent Pedal Desk Product Review: One terrific bike desk

Something I’ve found to be totally off is when fitness instructors say that exercise without really focusing on what you’re doing is a waste.  You need to really be focused on the muscles you’re working out, etc.

It’s true, but that’s not what us desk rats are about when it comes to getting some exercise time in.  Like right now, I’m going to be sitting for about an hour and a half doing this product review.  I’m peddling with my under the desk bike as I research and watch videos of the FitDesk Semi-Recumbent Pedal Desk.  It feels good sitting here not being dormant at my desk.

True, I could sit here and just bounce my knees up and down and still burn up calories, but what I really want is to feel like I’m doing something other than burn calories fidgeting.  I want my heart rate up higher, even if it’s not rocking high. 

The workout I’m getting right now would be equivalent to walking or a casual ride through the park where I can adjust the tension as I’m going along.girl on fitdesk

The FitDesk is even better, and one I’d really love to have.  My under the desk bike is great, but the more I look at the FitDesk, the more I see the advantage of it over what I have.

First of all, you don’t have to worry about banging your knees into the desk.  Smile  On the other hand, your boss won’t care if you bring your under desk bike to work, whereas, he/she probably won’t be so keen on you bringing your FitDesk.

stamina in-motion elliptical trainer

On the other hand, (yes, I like that phrase), the FitDesk is awesome for anyone who works at home! AND!  Yes, AND!  Students!  College students in particular!  They have a known habit of gaining weight.  (I can relate to that one. I did.)

A Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer would make a really good addition to their back to college gear.  It’s a small compact little bugger and won’t take up much space.  The only downside, is that it lacks the “cool” factor.  It screams middle-aged.

The FitDesk Semi-Recumbent Pedal Desk is pretty compact in and of itself.  It’s a mere 27 x 16 x 45 inches, and has the “cool” factor. 

The main thing that I’ve seen is that some folks don’t like is the seat.  Then again, I’ve never met a bike seat I’ve ever liked.  However, the newest edition of the FitDesk has a new and improved seat.  It’s bigger and more comfortable compared to the earlier editions. 

Amazon suggests a replacement seat from Schwinn, of which one consumer said not to do, because it won’t work. The stem post is too different.  So, bad idea. 

All in all, you really can’t go wrong with either one.  They’re two favourites among buyers, and that’s good news.

Price-wise, the FitDesk is only $249.00 with free shipping, and the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer is just $89.00 at 

Head over and check them out!  It’s a good investment not just for yourself, but your mate, and especially you kids who will be heading off to school.  You might not be there to watch what they eat, but you can at least provide them with a cool tool to help them keep the extra pounds off.  Open-mouthed smile





Thursday, August 8, 2013

15 minute interval training! Ready, Set, Go!

Ready to have some fun?  This morning's workout:
  • 30 sec jumping split squat (or lunges)
  • 30 sec rest
  • 30 sec jumping jacks
  • 30 sec rest
Do 7 rounds = 14 minutes.
If you have to take a longer rest period, do it.  If you need inspiration to take those longer rest periods, watch the other video I posted this morning.  smiley

You can do it with or without watching the video, but I really, really recommend watching it. There's great tips that will help you get the most out of your workout, and watching her son is a heck of a lot of fun. laugh

What's the #1 Mistake Women Make When Starting A Workout?

Good morning folks!  Starting out with a great tip from Holly Rigsby this morning.  Everyone who knows me knows I tend to do exactly what she's talking about - too much, too soon.

It's not a problem I've always had.  When I was younger, it didn't matter how much I threw at myself I could handle it.  I worked out at the gym three times a week, ran milers and 5K's, and rode my bike to and from work.  It was no big deal.

After my strokes, I tried pushing myself and failed repeatedly.  One, it wasn't just because you can't do that after a stroke, and the other was forgetting I was in my 40's at that time.  Man, does your body change.  laugh
I'm 52 now, and happily accept that you can't do what you did in your 30's and 40's.  I don't even want to. LOL  All I want is to tone up again and feel stronger.  I'm happy with that.  

Unfortunately, there's a lot of peer pressure out there for people to do more, and push the limits of their bodies.  Take P90X for example. There's folks my age who are doing it.  Sometimes it makes you feel like a wimp, that you can't pull it off.

Then I think about all the folks my age who are doing it, and end up at the chiropractor.  It's not worth it.   

If you feel the same way at times, and even if you don't, you'll really like this vid.  

By the way, I like the fact that at the end they mention that despite her program being called 'Fit Yummy Mummy,' it's not just for mom's.  laugh

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

If you find walking boring, how about adding some of these ideas to your workout!

I just got back a short bit ago from a walk through the field.  It’s a little over a 1/2 there and back again (Not to be confused with the title of Frodo Baggins’ book he wrote after his adventures.)

We’re having such a beautiful August that it was hard to resist.  Found some new flowers I’ve never seen before.  One was horse nettle.  Not sure what the others are yet.

horse nettle

Anyway!  That’s my way of making the most out of a walking workout.  Smile  That, and watching the cats zip past me at the speed of a cheetah.


How to Make the Most of a Walking Workout | Denise Austin ...

Whether you're 8 or 88, you can hit the roads at a pace that works for you and your fitness level. You'll rev your ... Even a leisurely stroll through town will help you burn calories, but to really make the most of every moment you're walking, try these tips…



Check out Denise Austin's 8 Tips For Burning More Calories!

Denise mentions doing mini-workouts throughout the day.  That's what I like to do.  I'm at the computer for at least 5 hours or more every day working on things, so it's much easier for me to do the mini's.
Here's my list:
  • 10 minutes gazelle (I might do this several times a day.)
  • 10 minutes Holly Rigsby's Fit Fast 4 week workout plan.
  • 15 minute Fit Yummy Mummy Sample Workout (see free pdf) 
  • 5 minutes Iron Gym: chin ups, pushups, dips, abs
It's working, and helping me stay awake at the desk.  It also keeps my tush from getting sore.  My chair's really hard.  smiley

Denise Austin's 8 Ways to Burn More Calories Every Day
Denise Austin's has suggested 8 ways to burn more calories every day such as climbing the stairs instead of taking the lift; taking the dog for a longer walk; planning more outdoor activities with your family; lifting dumbbells or ...

Morning Ab Workout With Holly Rigsby!

Morning brutal workout.  The first part with the V's and plank aren't so bad - it's the burpees that get ya.  laugh

Enjoy!  And let me know what you think.  The rest of the week is all Holly Rigsby workouts! 

Don't forget if you haven't picked up her Freebie workout that she made you, click here.

Monday, August 5, 2013

A single mom of cats…

Last night I was lying in bed thinking about my fitness blog, and that I’m gearing it toward moms.  Here I am, Miss Single, and I’m creating a blog for the mom crowd.  I wondered about my sanity.

Then, this morning I got up, shooed 3 cats off my cot (the cot is the only thing that keeps my back from hurting), went to fold it up and discovered one of them had injured themselves and bled on my mattress.

Toss mattress aside to clean later.  Then it was off to feed the cats, break up a fight (which more often than not, has ended in a vet bill), run the sweeper to clean up any fleas that had escaped their bodies in the middle of the night, not too mention cat hair.


Vacuuming is more than just running it over the carpet.  I also have to use the extended attachment and hose to get between the cracks in the boards.  Fleas love to  hide and lay eggs there.

Once I’ve cleaned up all their little night-time messes, I finally get to put my water for tea in the microwave, and get my Denise Daily Dose in (10 exercises/5 minutes). But, wait!  Once more, tea is on hold.  Martin wants in the kitchen to eat.

So much for tea and sitting down to work at the laptop.  Martin can’t be left alone.  He has chronic allergies and sneezes on everything. 

So, I have to keep an eye on him, to make sure he doesn’t sneeze on the counter-tops, the stools, the microwave, the convection oven, the potato bag on the floor (threw out one once.  Just couldn’t stand the thought of whipping the slime off.), or on my seforim (books) on the shtender shelf, or run behind the hot water tank and pee.

Yippie!  Martin is finally finished.  No.  Not yet.  I look at the microwave, longing for my tea, and hear a little kitten crying for food.  It’s the runt of the litter and struggling to survive.  So…….bottle time!

No.  Not just yet.  The kitten is cold, and you can’t feed a cold kitten.  Off to grab a big jug, fill it with warm water, gently put the kitten in a plastic zip lock bag (no I don’t zip it shut), and place it in the water to warm him up. 

Yes!  Kitten is finally warm.  Wrap up kitten.  Time to feed.  But, no, the kitten doesn’t want the bottle and cries and pushes it away.  Meantime, it’s starving. 

We go on like this for some 15 minutes till I surrender and decide nature will just have to have it’s way.  You can lead a kitten to the bottle, but you can’t make him drink.  Smile

Ah, at last, I finally get to make my tea. Nope, gotta reheat the water.

Several minutes later, I sat at the kitchen table and breathed a sigh of relief.  I’d wondered  if I was nuts gearing my blog toward moms.  I thought of mother’s being up at all hours of the night feeding the rascals, handling puke flying everywhere, etc., then I realised that last night was the first time in a week I’d managed to sleep all night without the kittens crying, and me having to get up to see what was wrong.

Nope.  It’s perfectly fine for me to do a blog focused on moms,  because I have kids myself.  They just happen to be quadrupeds.  Smile 



Welcome to the Monday morning workout!

I admit, I’m more of a Denise Austin person since I’ve crossed the 50 mark.  I liked her when I was younger, but even more now. 

But for those of you who find her annoying – this week’s for you! Open-mouthed smile We’re going with Jillian Michaels and Fit Yummy Mummy!   I thought it’d be fun to do the 30 Day Shred this morning.  So, hope you enjoy it!


Friday, August 2, 2013

Does running hurt your knees or not?

Came across this earlier today when I was working on a new squid lens.  I dropped out of the running game years ago when my Dystonia kicked in and made it unbearable.  So, I haven’t really kept up with the latest research like I did when I ran. 

So, I was a bit surprised when I discovered that now they’re saying running isn’t bad for your knees.  From my own experience, and I’m sure others would say the same, it does a lot of damage to the knees in time.

One of the things that worries me when new research like this comes out, is that people might believe it applies to everyone, and they’ll head out the door and start running.

Dr. Roberts nips that in the bud by explaining this doesn’t apply to you if you already have knee problems from injuries, and the like.   He also brings a persons family history into play. 

It’s a good, short read, and worth checking out!


How Bad Is Running For Your Knees?

The old school of thought on running was that it is bad for your knees. There are studies showing that runners are not at greater risk and some suggesting that runners have less risk of degenerative knee problems. I do not know of studies comparing the incidence or rate of degenerative knee problems in runners compared to other sports like swimming…”



It’s a freebie from Holly Rigsby!!!

If you take a look at my banner, you’ll see my ad for Fit Yummy Mummy with a pic of Holly on it.  I wrote her this morning and asked if she had anything free I could give you guys.  So, she made one up for me to give you!  How cool is that!

I love her workouts, and I think you’ll really enjoy this.  They’re tough, and fast, because you mom’s don’t have all the extra time you’d like.  Then, there’s the rest of us who just don’t like to spend forever working out. 

So, click the pic to download your free pdf mini-workout, and let me know what you think! 

PS:  Next week I’ll be putting up some Fit Yummy Mummy vids!  Smile

freebie cover



Let’s go retro!

This is the last of my Denise Austin workout videos for the week.  Hope you’ve enjoyed the past several days.  Smile

Next week, I’m shooting to post vids by Jullian Michaels and Fit Yummy Mummy.  Meanwhile – enjoy!



Thursday, August 1, 2013

This morning we’re going kickboxing!

Guess this is going to be Denise Austin Week!  Smile

Whether you like her or find her annoying,  her videos are always fun and work like a charm.