BelleCore HoneyBelle Review

 BelleCore  HoneyBelle Bodybuffer

I got a new toy!! Okay, so I’ve had it but I’ve just teased you with it on Facebook and Instagram.  It’s the BelleCore HoneyBelle BodyBuffer!   What is that you may ask? Well let me tell you!

The HoneyBelle Bodybuffer was introduced to the market in January 2010 after four years of development by M.I.T and Harvard engineers and input from four top Boston Doctors.   It was such a huge hit in the health and fitness industry that a demand for a more portable unit was made. Bellecore answered with BabyBelle!  Small enough to travel anywhere but packs the same huge effects as it’s big sister, HoneyBelle.

BelleCore Bodybuffers have been featured on shows such as Access Hollywood, ABCTV, The Kris Jenner Show and you also might have seen it in Vogue!  Seriously people, this thing has reached the masses but the nice thing is, ANYBODY can use it!  It’s not one of those tools that elites use and the rest of the world only dreams they had. You can have one and benefit from it!

The benefits are……….

  • Increases microcirculation and tissue oxygenation.
  • Warm up muscles pre-exercise without straining joints by stretching.
  • Facilitates flushing out of metabolic waste products in stressed muscles post work-out.
  • Enhances lymphatic drainage and decreases abnormal water retention/tissue swelling
  • Breaks up unseemly collagen bridges and dimples characteristic of cellulite.
  • Enhances collagen function, diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and stretch marks.
  • Enhances skin elasticity, smooths  the feel and appearance of skin surfaces.
  • Enhances uptake and penetration of Après Contouring Crème applied after use.

Yes, this unit was sent to me for me to use and review. HOWEVER, all opinions are mine. My opinion?!? I love it!! I think that my recovery time after my marathon improved because I used it. I know the quality of my skin on my body has improved.  I also kept small knots in the side my leg that I constantly had to work on. The knots are almost gone!!  Running is so hard on the body that self care is a must!  This gadget helps the cause!  I’m telling you, I’ve yet to find a negative about it.

You can check BelleCore out here

Let me know what you think!!

 

Repost: BodyMedia Review

I originally posted this last year.  Overtime, I get questions people asking “How does it work?” or “Is it really effective?” My answer to this is the same as it was a year ago, yes, it works if you wear it. You have to do the work but this is just the GPS to help you get where you’re going. The really cool thing is the folks at Bodymedia are constantly working and striving to improve their products. Since I’ve had it, I’ve gotten some great updates to it that were at no cost.  I’ve updated a few things  in the post  since some content was lost when I was having to make some website changes.

Yes, this unit was given to me but these are my own words. I was not paid by anyone to say anything positive. I choose to say these positive things because I love this product THAT MUCH! So without further ado,  I give you………..The BodyMedia Review.

Say hello to my friend!

Recently I acquired a Bodymedia from the fine folks at Bodymedia.  It was nice that it was gifted to me but I still get to give it my own stamp of approval.  However, I must say, I have very very little negative to say about it.
Here’s what it is and what it does………..
Included in the box:
*BodyMedia Wireless  LINK Armband
*Medium size Armband strap (grey/chrome)
*USB cable
*Manual and Quick Start 

    Your BodyMedia Link will help you track:

    • Total Calories Burned
    • Total Steps Taken
    • Total Physical Activity Time (Moderate and Vigorous)
    • Sleep Duration and Efficiency
    The Activity Manager will help you to set goals, and see how close you are to reaching them
    Getting Started:
    • When you first get your BodyMedia Link you’ll need to plug it into the  computer for it’s first initial charging for about 3 hours.
    • Next log into Bodymedia.com and click at the bottom of the page “Get Started”
    • Next you’ll fill out some information about yourself…..
    • Once you’ve given them a few key details about yourself you’ll set up your goals, the nice thing about this is this is adjustable if you decided later you want to change this.
    • You’ll need to download to you computer the BodyMedia  Activity Manager software so that your armband can communicate via USB with your computer.
    • After the detailed stuff is done then you get to have fun!  
    • Calories In can be tracked by the activity manager but it was a little slow for me and personally I like the feel of MyFitnessPal.com.  
    • Activity can be manually logged for times when you can’t wear your BodyMedia. For example, when you’ve been swimming.  
    • Sleep activity can be tracked. I normally don’t wear mine when I’m sleeping but if a person wanted to see how efficiently they’re sleeping this is a good tool for it.  Once again, you can click on the area to the right of sleep and you would see your sleeping activity like you would for calories burned.  For data geeks this could be fun!  
    • A person can also look at weekly and monthly views.  This can come in handy when a person is experiencing a plateau in their weight loss journey.  Also its a great way to give your coaches a snapshot at what’s going on.  
    • A app for your Iphone or Android can be installed to sync your BodyMedia Link to your phone or tablet. 
    The phone app will also tell you the battery life of your armband. Very handy if your not plugging it into your computer daily.

    So you might be asking at this point, what’s the Pro’s to having one of these.
    1. Real time calorie output.  This means no second guessing about how many calories your burning while working out or even not working out. I still say Sundays are a diet killer for most people. Between sleeping in, eating with family, laying around; we tend to not realize how much we’re taking in but very little expenditure.
    2. Easy to use.  The hardest part is setting it up. Beyond that it’s pretty much pressing a button to sync with your phone or table OR plugging in a USB cord from your computer and logging in the activity manager online. Easy peasy!
    3. MOTIVATION!!!  I love being able to physically see what I’m doing (or not doing).  Seeing is believing!
      And the Cons?
    1. The cost of upkeep. Once a person gets past the three month free trial there is a $6.95 monthly fee.  The cost of the technology alone can be a bit  pricey ($149) BUT I personally feel like the $6.95 month is what one might spend on a meal at McDonalds and that’s not healthy or good for you. Also figure up how much you might be spending on take-out and fast-food and your Bodymedia might just pay for itself REAL fast. 
    2. The comments about wearing it.  I can’t count how many times someone has said, “So, trying to stop smoking huh?”
    Is the armband comfortable? Honestly, some days I forget I have it on.  So yes. 
    Can I wear it on my ankle? I have read somewhere that it’s not a good idea to do that but I can’t find the specific reason now. I just know it won’t be as accurate if you do. 
    Overall, I LOVE my Bodymedia!! It’s just a great tool to have on hand!! At any time if you have questions, please feel free to ask!  When I use it, my weight loss efforts are so much more effective. For me personally, if I try to watch my calories and not use it, I struggle to lose the pounds.

    Update: If you’re interested in purchasing, you can find more information here  

    Ultimate Sandbag Review Part 2

    Hey Guys! I really wanted to do this review via video but time hasn’t permitted it for me. In fact, this review has been my hardest to date because no matter what, it doesn’t feel like I’m doing the product justice.  I loved it!!!  It’s not  a barbell, kettlebell or free weight. It puts a whole new spin on a normal workout.

    The Inventor

    Josh Henkin is a Strength & Conditioning Coach in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is owner of Innovative Fitness Solutions (www.ifsstrength.com). He has trained professional athletes, composed creative fitness programs, and helped clients rehab from serious injuries. Coach Henkin is also the creator of the Ultimate Sandbag and author of two E-books on Sandbag training.

    What can I say……….he’s thorough and he knows what he’s talking about. I feel like I’m back in college listening to one of my professors!  Henkin was plagued with lower back problems after training and competing as a Division 1A athlete. Realizing that conventional physical therapy was not doing the trick Henkin took matters into his own hands.  After watching some friends workout with army duffel bags filled with sand he started doing similar workouts.  Before long, the pain he had endured in his lower back was beginning to subside

    Thanks to Henkin we now have the lovely little contraption, the Ulitmate Sandbag!!

    Now, I highly recommend you watch the DVD included with the USB because he goes through everything so well.  Another great source of USB workouts is his YouTube account.  It will be a source that I’ll regularly keep up with for ideas and workouts.  Henkin not only leads you through several workouts but he stresses proper form  as well.

    The Workout

    The workout with USB is challenging in the sense that the inside of the bag is shifting around as you work with it therefore the abdominals instantly become engaged  so you instantly have a core workout as well! I felt awkward with it since it wasn’t a barbell or kettle bell or free weight. The shifting of the rice inside definitely caused a bit of soreness in my adominals (not to mention my entire body!) I also did a couple sets of bicep curls and tricep extensions with it as well. Very versatile.

     Summary

    I’ve said it once and I’ll keep saying it, I love the Ultimate Sandbag!! The quality in the  product is great but what you can do with it is limitless!  This is not the last time you’ll see a post on this.  It really allows me to get a great overall body workout at home without short-changing myself.  Think about it, with kettlebells and dumbells, you may have a a ton of those things laying around to get the best workout but with the USB, all you have to do is add some sand or take away!  That’s a no brainer to me!

    Now, what are you waiting for………go get one!!!!

    Ultimate Sandbag Review Part 1

    I have a video review up for the Ultimate Sandbag. Can’t wait to get down to business so I give you Part 2.

    p.s be kind, this is my first video I’ve shot (I think) so go easy on me!

    Review: BodyMedia

    Say hello to my friend!
    Recently I acquired a Bodymedia from the fine folks at Bodymedia.  It was nice that it was gifted to me but I still get to give it my own stamp of approval.  However, I must say, I have very very little negative to say about it.
    Here’s what it is and what it does………..
    Included in the box:

    *BodyMedia Wireless  LINK Armband
    *Medium size Armband strap (grey/chrome)
    *USB cable
    *Manual and Quick Start 

      Your BodyMedia Link will help you track:

      • Total Calories Burned
      • Total Steps Taken
      • Total Physical Activity Time (Moderate and Vigorous)
      • Sleep Duration and Efficiency
      The Activity Manager will help you to set goals, and see how close you are to reaching them
      Getting Started:
      • When you first get your BodyMedia Link you’ll need to plug it into the  computer for it’s first initial charging for about 3 hours.
      • Next log into Bodymedia.com and click at the bottom of the page “Get Started”
      • Next you’ll fill out some information about yourself…..
      • Once you’ve given them a few key details about yourself you’ll set up your goals, the nice thing about this is this is adjustable if you decided later you want to change this.
      • You’ll need to download to you computer the BodyMedia FIT Activity Manager software so that your armband can communicate via USB with your computer.
      • After the detailed stuff is done then you get to have fun!  
      • Calories In can be tracked by the activity manager but it was a little slow for me and personally I like the feel of MyFitnessPal.com.  
      • Activity can be manually logged for times when you can’t wear your BodyMedia. For example, when you’ve been swimming.  
      • Sleep activity can be tracked. I normally don’t wear mine when I’m sleeping but if a person wanted to see how efficiently they’re sleeping this is a good tool for it.  Once again, you can click on the area to the right of sleep and you would see your sleeping activity like you would for calories burned.  For data geeks this could be fun!  
      • A person can also look at weekly and monthly views.  This can come in handy when a person is experiencing a plateau in their weight loss journey.  Also its a great way to give your coaches a snapshot at what’s going on.  
      • A app for your Iphone or Android can be installed to sync your BodyMedia Link to your phone or tablet. 
      The phone app will also tell you the battery life of your armband. Very handy if your not plugging it into your computer daily.

      So you might be asking at this point, what’s the Pro’s to having one of these.
      1. Real time calorie output.  This means no second guessing about how many calories your burning while working out or even not working out. I still say Sundays are a diet killer for most people. Between sleeping in, eating with family, laying around; we tend to not realize how much we’re taking in but very little expenditure.
      2. Easy to use.  The hardest part is setting it up. Beyond that it’s pretty much pressing a button to sync with your phone or table OR plugging in a USB cord from your computer and logging in the activity manager online. Easy peasy!
      3. MOTIVATION!!!  I love being able to physically see what I’m doing (or not doing).  Seeing is believing!
        And the Cons?
      1. The cost of upkeep. Once a person gets past the three month free trial there is a $6.95 monthly fee.  The cost of the technology alone can be a bit  pricey ($149) BUT I personally feel like the $6.95 month is what one might spend on a meal at McDonalds and that’s not healthy or good for you. Also figure up how much you might be spending on take-out and fast-food and your Bodymedia might just pay for itself REAL fast. 
      2. The comments about wearing it.  I can’t count how many times someone has said, “So, trying to stop smoking huh?”
      Is the armband comfortable? Honestly, some days I forget I have it on.  So yes. 
      Can I wear it on my ankle? I have read somewhere that it’s not a good idea to do that but I can’t find the specific reason now. I just know it won’t be as accurate if you do. 
      Overall, I LOVE my Bodymedia!! It’s just a great tool to have on hand!! At any time if you have questions, please feel free to ask!  When I use it, my weight loss efforts are so much more effective. For me personally, if I try to watch my calories and not use it, I struggle to lose the pounds.

      Mail Call!

      Very excited to find this at my front door!!

       

      And I’ve been holding out on this little package as well!

       

      I can’t wait to share my review!!

      GIVEAWAY!!

      I’m very excited about this!!  So the 22nd of January is my one year blogiversary!  I’ve made it one whole year!!!

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      So………………….

      Go Sport ID has passed on not one but TWO $25.00 gift cards to be given away!  I love my bracelet. I have “The Glide” with the multiple bands.  I must say the whole order was very quick arriving to me. Which I love because I’m so impatient!

      Sports ID glide

       

      Here’s the plus of it, they provide me with an extra layer of comfort knowing that if something happens to me and I’m alone, someone will know how to reach my hubby.  I run alone a lot and there’s always that “what if” of something happening to me.

      It also has just enough room to put in a motivational word or two (maybe even three). For me, mine was simply “RUN.”   It’s that little reminder to push when I get tired and to keep moving forward.    I’ve even been known to write motivational words on my forearm.  This keeps my temporary inking at bay!

       

      So how do you enter for a chance to get one?

      One vote per task

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      • Become a member of my blog

       

       

      • Facebook “I just entered Pounds to Miles giveaway for a chance to win a Go Sport ID bracelet” Be sure to tag Pounds To Miles and Go Sport ID

       

       

      • Twitter “I just entered @poundstomiles giveaway for a chance to win a @GoSportID bracelet”

       

       

      And of course leave a comment below  for every entry you make. One entry per task per person!  That’s a LOT of chances!!

      The drawing will be on Sunday, January 22, 2012. I will stop taking entries at midnight on the 23rd.   I will mail out the gift cards the next day.

      Thanks for making for this a successful year!  I look forward to the next one!

      It’s Here!!

      Okay so I LOVE free stuff.  One step further is I  love useful free stuff!  Well I recently won day 4 of Spi giveaway which was a free Spi Belt of my choice and………..drum roll please…………….$50!!  Oh yeah!!  That’s a lot of GU!  Or socks, or Vaseline for chaffing areas. Really a runner can do a lot with $50!

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      However I’m EXTREMELY excited about my Spi Belt, as my sweet friend Claire would call it, a glorified fanny pack.

      Spi Belt (Small Personal Items) is a “Sleek, expandable, secure and does not bounce. Can hold an iPod™, Blackberry™, cell, keys, up to five GU™ packs, and other small personal items. The SPIbelt does not bounce, ride or shift while running or doing other activities.  Made with pride in Austin, Texas.”  Also if you want to know, does it bounce well this is what they have to say about it “It does not bounce when used properly. For best results, position it below your waistband. The heavier the items (i.e. iPod & cellphone), the more snug you’ll want to adjust it. Place flat and larger items in first, so closer to your body. Be realistic when filling your SPIbelt. Although it stretches, don’t be tempted to max it out. It’s meant to replace your wallet, not hold your wallet. A standard load consists of an iPod, cell phone, money, i.d., car key. Guaranteed: As always, if you are not satisfied, we will gladly refund your money.”

      I’ll be happy to let you know after Saturday if it’s true or not. Also if you want to know………

      Will it hold your phone:

      Yes. We have not met a phone that did not fit in the SPIbelt, that includes ALL large PDA type phones. Not only will it fit, but you’ll have room for your nano and car key.

      WIll it hold your asthma inhaler?

      Yes, it will. The SPIbelt is a much more stylish way to carry your supplies.

      It’s washable, you can order a waterproof version, and they have a race belt version as well.  Amazing!

      I’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival because I picked out the one that holds Gu packs!  I know, this is exciting stuff!!  No longer will I have to stuff these things down my sports bra any more.

      Guys I’m just here to tell you. If any guy ever figures out how much stuff we really pack away in our sports bras, someone will come up with a male sports bra just for storage purpose. When they do, make sure you remember you heard it here first!! Phones, money, Gu, keys, heck on a good day we could probably fit a small Gnome in there!

      Being that I won’t really need Gu until this weekend I’m left with just randomly wearing it till Saturday. If all works out according to plan, this little guy is going to the Nike Women’s Marathon with me!

      By the way I highly recommend following Spi Belt on Facebook. They really do have some great products and giveaways. They didn’t pay me to say this………..but winning a really cool contest never hurt!! Thanks guys!

      26.2 with Tiffanys

      The Nike Womens Marathon was started in 2004, I started pursuing it in 2005. Since 2005 I have shamelessly chased after this race begging them to let me in. Every time I was rejected  I sort of felt like that kid from The Christmas Story who got shoved down the gigantic slide by Santa .

      With 4 weeks to go I’m like a kid getting closer to Christmas. I dream about it and sometimes pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. I know it sounds dramatic but for goodness sake, I have waited long enough! So far no dreams of missing the race or dreaming that I overslept and I’m late.  There’s still plenty time for that I’m sure.

      In 2006 I ran the Chicago Marathon and it was cold and wet that weekend.  I was traveling alone on that trip since my husband had to work a football game that weekend so I didn’t stay long in Chicago. I think I flew up on Saturday morning, raced on Sunday and flew back late Sunday night. I don’t recommend that being that I had to drive from New Orleans, LA to Hattiesburg, MS late at night after flying directly after a marathon. Dumb idea!  I’ve never really cramped after anything  but on that night, as I was driving my feet kept cramping as I was going down the interestate. Thank goodness for cruise control and minimal traffic. I was in a bad situation at the time.

      Anyways, after my marathon I had an hour or two to kill before I had to be at the airport so as I’m slumming around Chicago in my comfy yoga pants and Southern Miss sweatshirt I realized I had not been to Tiffanys.  You know, the fancy shamncy place. In case I’ve never mentioned it, Breakfast At Tiffanys is one of my favorite movies. So of course i had to go there. I just love Audrey Hepburn as well.  Piece of advice, DO NOT GO THERE IN YOUR YOGA PANTS AND SWEATSHIRT!  SECURITY WILL FOLLOW YOU EVERYWHERE IN THE STORE!   I’ll be honest, I had no idea how bad I looked. I just wanted to see all the pretty shiney stuff.  As I’m cruising through the store in my sneakers and sweats I just didn’t understand why the security guard was following me around like well I might steal something. Then I saw it. My reflection. I realized then as I looked up that I looked like poo warmed over. I was mortified! Here I was, in one of America’s most beloved jewelry store and I looked like I should have been in Wal-Mart!  Leave it to me.

      That really was a fun trip.  I hope San Francisco hold as many memories for me as Chicago did.  I know some of the pre-marathon jitters have set in. Mainly most of my concerns right now are whats the weather going to be like, what am I going to wear and will I be able to survive the pre jitter excitement.  I’m not trying to wish my life away but I’m really ready to be there already!

      Barefeet, Tomatoes and San Francisco

      Yes, I’m back.  Its amazing how today turns in tomorrow and so forth and so on till a month goes by and my blog is just a blob.  So what have I been up to you might be wondering (if not I’m going to tell you anyways)?  First off, lots of work.  Which is a good thing considering for about 9 months now the housing market has been playing havoc with my sales!  If anybody needs appliances feel free to give me a ring. Enough of my shameful attempt at advertising, now that the weather has warmed up recently I’ve been spending my evenings planting, decluttering the flower beds and weeding. I love planting flowers and caring for them.  I’m determined to make my backyard my own mini Havana!!  As always I have all the essentials I need to make salsa planted in my backyard.  I love fresh tomatoes, especially fresh tomato sandwiches.  I also have cilantro planted for the first time and that stuff is coming out my ears! Who knew that stuff could be so abundant and hardy?!

      Anyways, on the exercise end of things I’ve been running some on the horse trails at the Trace.  I’m toying with the idea of doing an ultra marathon. I hear it’s more fun than road races.  I get bored with regular marathons because it’s on a road and you just put one foot in front of another. At least with ultras you have to watch where you’re going.  I haven’t found a race yet and I have a couple other things going on right now as well.

      First I have to get this body ready for the Tupelo marathon which is Labor Day weekend.  Then I get to go to San Francisco in October to run the Nike Women’s Marathon. Words cannot described how pumped I am about this!!  The Nike Women’s Marathon (NWM) is a lottery based entry that has shot me down over the last couple of years.  Other than saying I ran a marathon in California it’s the finishers medal is the reason I want to run this.  A Tiffany’s necklace! Oh yeah!! Yes I could buy one and save myself 26.2 miles of trouble but I would rather earn it.

      I realized this weekend when I was running that every run between now and October 16, 2011 is all about San Francisco.  In some ways it’s bitter sweet. Since I ran the half marathon in Tupelo in 2007 I swore I would go back and get my finishers medal for the marathon portion which is designed with skull and cross bones.  It would be cool to have it with the rest of the collection. Of course I decided this was the year to go after it. I attempted it last year but during the summer my body fell apart and I had to spend the next six months babying myself.  I’m committed to both marathons however but San Francisco is the overall goal.  I need to run Tupelo just to get some hills in anyways. I’ve already had several people stress to me how important it is to run hills going to San Francisco. I can only imagine!

      Physical training for all of this is one thing but for me it’s going to be just as tough mentally. I mean, I’m training for two relatively tough races in the hottest time of the year in South Mississippi.  I must be crazier than I originally thought! Plus when the going gets tough I get whiney.  I’m trying hard to not be so whiney BUT when your feet hurt, back hurts, and your clothes are soaking wet and reeking of horrible odors, my ability to stay positive diminishes.  I have a running buddy, Thu (pronounced TWO) who is so super patient with me.  God has a special place in heaven for her just for putting up with me.  At the same time she is so much fun to run with.  It makes those hours go by faster and I get more than just a run out of it. A lot of time I get my Thu-isims for the day.  For example:  “Brandy, what’s wrong with you? You’re doing so good. Are you okay?”

      So I feel like on the running front I will have a lot to share over the next couple of months.  I’m so excited about this.  I’ve already bought my plane ticket. That’s another thing that just blew me away was the price. I actually found it on Friday for a very good price (in my opinion) but procrastinated booking till Monday night. Monday night Marty and I looked at packages and pricing for about 30 minutes together and within those 30 minutes the price shot up $200!! I almost had a mini stroke! Thanks to Orbitz I found it at the original price that I intended on paying in the first place.  Trip planning stresses me out!

      Also while I was out and about I got to speak to and listen to the writer and contributors to  the book Born To Run.  It’s such a great book.  “Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.”  Inspired me enough to go buy Vibram  Five Finger shoes.  I really believe that a lot of my problems have been too much padding in my shoes which led to a really horrible running gait.  I digress!  So the author (Christopher McDougall) and contributors (Eric Orton and Scott Jurek) is on a book tour called The Naked Tour.  They rolled through Hattiesburg on April 27th by starting their time with a 45 minute run through town with anyone willing to join them.  I unfortunately did not get to run with them but I did get to speak with them afterwards and listen to them speak.  I was especially excited to talk to Eric Orton who has some really good training programs that really emphasize strengthening the feet, calves in order to be a better runner before adding endurance. I also could have listen to Scott Jurek all evening considering I’m extremely interested in ultra marathons right now.  I guess the biggest piece of information I came away with from Scott Jurek is when running long distances you can’t think. Thinking eventually leads to “why am I doing this” and then “man, my feet hurt” and pretty soon your mental strength fails you. This is going to be hard considering, I’m a worrier/thinker.  I can’t say it’s anything profound I think about but I do it anyways!  The event was hosted by Sack’s Outdoors. In addition to spending an evening with some really interesting and inspiring people Sack’s also gave away some fantastic door prizes. I walked away with a Carhart backpack and my hubby won some Vibram Five Finger Shoes.  I know the shoes retail for like a $100.00.  It was also hosted at The Venue. That was my first time there and I must say it was very nice.  It had beautiful hard wood floors and really held true to the downtown Hattiesburg atmosphere.  I would definitely consider having a function there.

      I’ve also been busy spending time with friends and family.  I say this a lot but it just doesn’t feel like there’s enough time in the day.  Between working, gardening, running, cleaning house and visiting with loved ones before you know it it’s my bed time and I’m exhausted.

      I am also guilty of having not such a good diet while I’m having fun.  I normally do better with my diet in the summer with fresh vegetables. Besides, who wants to eat a heavy meal when it’s on the brink of a hundred degrees outside and the humidity is beyond insane? Not me.  So I’m looking forward to the warmer weather being here.  Check back with me in August and I might be singing a different tune.

      I apologize for such a long post but a girl has to start somewhere. Besides I’ve had things going on that I wanted to share! Have a great day!!

      Mobility, low tech and high tech

      For several months (June will be a year) I have been dealing with a nagging hip/lower back/hamstring issue (it’s always something right?).  Just depends on what day it is and what the weather is like.  Then some days it never bothers me.  Since I’ve started doing more general cardio workouts (walking, elliptical trainer, rowing, etc.) the tightness and the dull ache has become less and less. I wish I could afford a massage a week and trips to the physical therapist but instead I’ve done what I could to heal myself. I have some great friends that are physical therapist and athletic trainers but at some point I start feeling horrible for constantly asking for advice. Knowledge is power. Geeky but true.  One website I really like, which is geared towards Crossfit but the guy has a lot great information, is Mobility WOD (workout of the day).  One of my recent personal favorites is Open Up Your Hips.

      Another personal favorite which is somewhat of a guilty pleasure is Trigger Point Performance Therapy.  They  are fantastic at self-care!  Huge fan!  Anyways, I am guilty of investing in the  Ultimate 6 Kit w/ Book & DVD (it was a birthday present) and The Grid.  Now some might argue the small balls that come with the Ultimate 6 kit are excessive and to  just use tennis balls. No.  Those guys are harder than a tennis ball. Very Very dense. They can get under a shoulder blade or in a hip and work magic.

      Also another favorite in the Ultimate 6 kit is the quad baller.  IT’S PHENOMENAL!  It hurts so bad it feels good.  If your really sore it can take your breath away. But thats a good thing!  I honestly love this product. It seems pricey but the quality is there. The wheels on the quad baller are the same wheels they use on roller blades!  “The TP Quadballer allows you to roll completely through the quads, IT band, lower back, hamstrings and neck in a safe effective manner, ON YOUR OWN and HANDS FREE!”

      In fact here’s the bigger picture of what all of this is, “Trigger Point started as a research project for Cassidy Phillips, who suffers from fibromyalgia. Phillips needed to find a solution for the continuous pain throughout his body. The well-trained athlete spent years researching his condition and refused to settle with doctor’s recommendations of never training again. During his research, Phillips worked heavily in trigger point therapy, which utilizes key areas of the body to release tension and create blood flow to the area. The therapy was working for him except that it was difficult to work on himself. His solution was to find a material that mimicked the pressure and accuracy of a thumb. He needed a material with significant denseness that could change shape and manipulate the muscle. Through two years of intense research and development, Phillips created Trigger Point. The company is based on a patented material that changes shape after five to seven seconds, thus aiding in (massaging) penetrating the belly of the muscle safely and effectively when ample pressure is applied, much like traditional massage. Today Trigger Point features four products: TP Massage Ball, Footballer, Quadballer, and Baller Block.  The TP Massage Ball, Footballer, and Quadballer’s dense materials mirror the feeling the human hand and change shape after five to seven seconds of pressure. Many people use devices filled with air like a tennis ball, which will collapse and thus fail to penetrate the belly of the muscle; or using a device made of a hard material such as plastic or wood, which will be traumatic to the muscle and cause more damage. Trigger Point’s tools, the TP Massage Ball,Footballer, and Quadballer are able to self massage safely and effectively.”

      The Grid is a foam roller on steriods.  I’ve had a foam roller and used it so much that I put a dent in it.  This is constructed with less foam than traditional foam rollers, designed to withstand constant, heavy, and repeated use without breaking down, and built from EVA foam. This is a “foam” roller you won’t be replacing anytime soon.  They even have full body workouts built around it.  For me personally, I use it to get the kinks out of the back.

      Can you tell I’m a fan?!  I saw them a couple of years ago at a race expo and was curious but just kind of blew it off. After being extremely tight in the my lower back for months I had enough and started researching self-help tips.  Next thing you know I’m begging my hubby for the Ultimate 6 Kit like it’s a Red Ryder BB Gun!  It’s a purchase I haven’t regretted.

      I’ll be honest I will be so glad when I’m not writing post about my diet or my gimped up hip/back. The day I can write a solid post about a killer workout will be the best day eva!!  It’s on the horizon.  It’s going to take some time but it’s coming.  Just be patient with me.  Bigger and better things are yet to come (or at least I hope). Ciao!

      BodyBugg & SparkPeople

      So last week I mentioned BodyBugg and Sparkpeople, if not I meant to!  Anyways it’s two items I highly recommend.  BodyBugg is a bit of a splurge but a phenomenal piece of equipment to have in your arsenal. http://www.bodybugg.com/

      The bodybugg system uses a patented process to measure calorie burn.
      The process is based on:

      • Motion: The armband contains an accelerometer that measures motion from multiple perspectives.
      • Steps: The accelerometer counts steps by measuring the distinct patterns created by running or walking.
      • Galvanic skin response: When you sweat, your skin becomes more electrically conductive. This measurement helps the device understand how active you are.
      • Skin temperature: There’s an electronic thermometer inside your armband that monitors how hot you are.
      • Heat flux: When you move, your muscles produce heat. Your armband measures the heat that’s flowing from your body into the environment

      Unfornately the down side is after a couple of months you do have to pay a monthly fee in order to upload the information from the sensor to the online application.  I’ve personally had mine for 67 weeks now.  In the 67 weeks I’ve been on a bit of a weight loss roller coaster.  Due to my hamstring injury I haven’t used mine like I should have.  But I have to say the weeks I did use it I lost weight. It’s great to be able to see exactly how many calories I’ve burned.  Theres no guessing game.  Like I said, it’s a splurge item but highly recommended.

      In fact here’s a snap shot of what the upload looks like online.

      The second part to this is http://www.sparkpeople.com

      It’s free!!  You can log your calories,  get weekly meal plans with a handy weekly shopping list provided.  I know my major complaint is I hate thinking about what to eat. If I think about it too much then I obsess about it. When I obsess about it then I make wrong choices.  If I have a plan then I can make better decisions.  Remember, everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial.  Sure I could eat 1700 calories worth of chips and Oreos but it’s not heart healthy and I can’t imagine that I would feel very good just eating that.    Sparkpeople is a nice tool that not only helps but educates as well.

      How and Why is SparkPeople Free?

      SparkPeople can be free because Chris Downie and his wife were very early eBay employees and are now using their earnings from its success to make the world a healthier place. This is their way to give back and help the world. Thousands of new people join every day and don’t pay a single penny. In fact, the majority of our new members join SparkPeople after hearing about it from their friends.

      Another webiste  that I love but unfortunately I can only have so many splurges  is http://www.calorieking.com/ which is great and I highly recommend if you don’t mind spending the extra money.

      With all that being said if you have any questions regarding the BodyBugg system please feel free to ask. I love mine.   Some people bedazzle the arm bands.  I’m not going there just yet.  However, in order to get healthy you don’t have to spend the money.  Remember as a general rule,  a mile is a 100 calories whether you walk it or jog it.

      “I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I’m damned if I’m going to use up mine running up and down a street.  ~Neil Armstrong on jogging, in an interview with Walter Cronkite”

      On a side note……..I had no sodas today!!  I really, truly believe that sodas make me crave stuff that I actually don’t want.