Monthly Archives: October 2008

“Fitness Is Fun” Initiative

A marketing person from Reebok contacted me last week as a blogger and asked me to participate in a Webinar about their new women’s fitness initiative. I believe I was selected because they read about my wogging regimen and thought I could turn it up a notch. Or maybe they noticed I haven’t posted about the joy of being at my ideal wieght. Or perhaps it’s because they are more serious about fitness than I am, seeing as this is my favorite fitness video (you will burn calories laughing if you watch this!) :

I was able to join the call yesterday because I was working on a repetitive task that didn’t require my full attention. (Well, at least I hope it didn’t!) I can say it was time well spent as I decided at the end of it that I am a slug and I got up and went for a RUN. Not a wog. Sara Haley did a good job of conveying some key points on the call. She loves to dance and teaches rebounding and all kinds of classes in New York City. (I didn’t even know what rebounding is.) She has taught in Chicago too and commented on the big difference in the fitness cultures. (Oh my- I don’t know if we even have a fitness culture in my area! LOL)

1) The best indication of a good cardio workout is that you become out of breath and sweaty. (I guess that means if you can still sing you’re not breathless. Ooops.)
2) Find music that motivates you. It can take your workout from average to amazing.
(Yep- I need some new music)
3) You have to change your workout to change your body. Your body will grow accustomed to the same movements – it is critical to vary your workout. (Oh- no wonder my body has not changed!)
4) Fitness can and should be fun. (I need some help here!)

They referenced “The Biggest Loser” as one of the fun ways people are getting into fitness. I love that show, but it sure doesn’t look like they’re having fun to me. But they are definitely losing weight.

Reebok’s fitness intitiative is all about making fitness fun and that indicates to me I’m not the only one that needs help with that. Sara Haley ended with the remark, “If you don’t try, you’ll never know.” So here’s to trying someting new this week!!

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The Untold Story in Breast Cancer Awareness

I’m sure that you all know by now that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Women are definitely aware!)  It’s a given that all of us know someone that has had breast cancer.  But do you know the “rest of the story” about causes of breast cancer?

I read a statistic yesterday that is a good news/bad news scenario.  The good news is that perhaps genetics are far less important than other factors in calculating the risk factor for breast cancer. This is good news to me, because genetic probabilities leave me feeling out of control.  The bad news is that toxins probably play a bigger role than we may have realized.

Dr. Bob DeMaria commented in his newsletter  that he had just read that “Only 10% of female breast cancer issues are genetically passed on.  The focus now and in the future for proactive providers will be on environmental toxins.” He also has a lot of information about the excess of estrogen in the body and where it comes from. He advises “I would not use Recyclable No. 7 containers.  Young moms – be aware that sippy cups are notorious for having No. 7 as a part of the constituents.  Cans have a lining in them sourced from BPA which has estrogen in the make up.  Do not burn scented candles in your house.  I am bringing all this up because of the magnitude of new patients that I have who are suffering with body signals that can be directly related to toxic exposure.”

Dr. Mercola also expresses concern about this issue. 

A holisitic nutritionist from Nebraska notes the following:
Xenohormones are causing enormous reproductive problems for men and women alike. Estrogen dominance causes progesterone deficiency. Some of the problems linked to estrogen deficiency are:
1-Breast and uterine cancers more frequently and at earlier ages
2-Early miscarriage and infertility
3-Breast fibrocysts are more common
4-PMS
5-Osteoporosis is more common and more severe
6-Fat and water retention

Knowledge is empowerment. We have a choice about what products we buy, ingest and use in our homes and on our bodies. Be aware. Be proactive in your health management.

My prayer for you is that “as your days, so shall your strength be.”

Eat Your Vegies

I came across an interesting article titled “The Green That KOs Blood Sugar Damage”. This vegetable is not expensive, in fact ‘tis the season you can grow some of your own. Broccoli is a good source of sulforaphane, which has wonderful protective properties.

Thought I’d share the quick reminder to eat your vegies. Your momma was right, you know.