Fat plumps out my wrinkles. That was what I believed when I as five pounds above my "I like the way I look in my underwear" weight. But another cold winter added another five pounds. A shoulder injury and a surgery threw on another five. Opiods for the REALLY BAD post arthroscopy pain make me constipated. Let me add five more for that.
Spring starts this Friday and the big thaw has not even begun. That means
there will be a Holy Crap! moment when it is suddenly 85 degrees and I have to whip out my (sure to be really tight) tank tops and bare my arms. Oh well. Welcome to the BIG time.
I remember seeing two of my idols, Ann Margret and Tina Turner as middle aged women and wonder, will that happen to me? Those beauties left their skinny me bodies behind with their periods and traded them in for thicker wiser, sexier versions of themselves. Ok, I just convinced my self that I'm in good company.
50 is not the new 40 according to my knees and bladder. I believe them.
Ladies, let's all believe our bodies and lighten up on ourselves. That's when we realize we actually feel pretty damn god!
After the age fifty, one fattening (meaning it makes you gain weight - and get fat) high fat, high calorie meal- the type that could supply your body with all of the energy you will need for two days- will keep that scale stubbornly above what you have
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation has given “Get Fit To Go" their stamp of approval. It is now available at their online bookstore.
"In 1988 Laura O'Reilly was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. During her worst flares she experienced debilitating pain and excessive weight loss. She knows that by managing stress, diet and adapting good exercise habits, she has a better chance of preventing disease and illness. In her book she shares important strategies. Get Fit to Go is an easy to read, people friendly guide to better diet and exercise for anyone who is ready to take the bold first step toward improved health and fitness
Excerpt from "Get Fit To Go- Motivation to Exercise and be Healthy!" Unltd. Publishing LLC, Fit To Go H&F Copyright 2010 May not be reprinted without the author's permission.
Staying motivated is the biggest challenge
Every New Year’s Eve folks gather together to reflect on their lives and proclaim to make changes for the better. In between bites of cheesecake we ease our guilt with a firm promise that in the New Year we will lose weight and exercise once and for all. While the champagne is still bubbling, we look ahead to thinner, healthier days. More often than not, our good intentions are swept away in the morning with the confetti.
Have faith. Next year can be the year of your success. Starting now.
The key to getting fit is sticking with an exercise program year round. Do what you can, whenever you can, for the good of your health. Knowing that you can prevent a variety of diseases caused by a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle is a strong incentive to exercise.
Are you ready to kick the habit? Take this quiz and find out!
The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Great American Smokeout on November 15 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — Nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco. For more info go to Cancer.org -http://bitly.com/W2sCIL
Optimism is a virtue, but let's not believe that breast cancer cannot rear its ugly head and affect a member of our inner circles. Many people who have been diagnosed with it were blindsided. It was not in their family, they were 'health nuts' and exercise regularly. Sure we do all we can to live healthy lives but we need to be on the offense with regular screenings so we can detect and treat cancer in the early stages.
While preparing my various posts about breast cancer awareness this month I stopped my work and scheduled my annual visit with my physician who will write me a script for a mammogram. For once, I took my own advice! Nice move.
PLEASE take time out of your schedule and make an appointment with your physician and schedule a mammogram TODAY if you are due for one.
Remember to remind the women in your life to consult a health care professional to determine when they should start having regular mammograms.
Thanks to improvements in cancer treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today. Whether you’re worried about developing breast cancer, making decisions about treatment, or trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society has the information you need. Visit the American Cancer Society website for more information. http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/index?
The 5K Memorial Run/Walk, in honor of Officer Wargo, will be held on Saturday, October 6th, 2012. THAT IS LESS THAN ONE MONTH AWAY. Register before September 23rd to avoid late registration charges!!! It is going to be a great day. Hope to see you there!
Totally cracking up that GetFit to Go is in a demo w Carson. Thanks Harris.
Some footage off of Director Ron Harris' website. Get Fit To Go- the lifestyle series.
My BFF and Co-producer Sherie Fell does a cameo in the diner with my best cousin and wardrobe coordinator Toriann Gullo.
w/ Fred Fornicola at Easter Seals NJ
In my role as Health and Wellness Director for Easter Seals New Jersey I recently coordinated a Lunch and Learn Lecture for employees. The event was hosted by Linda Mayo, Chief Operating Officer, and our featured guest was Fred Fornicola, owner of Premier Personal Fitness in Asbury Park. Videographer Eric Altman shot portions of the lecture and I will be integrating the videoclips into upcoming Employee Lunch and Learn Webinars this Fall.
Easter Seals is dedicated to the development and sustainability of Health and Wellness programs for employees and the consumers we serve. We are all unique individuals and one exercise and nutrition program does not fit all. We collaborate with consumers, families, care providers and physicians to ensure the succcess of all of our class participants. This summer we are introducing Health and Wellness education classes to our consumers in every county in New Jersey. We are excited about our programs and honored to provide individuals with special needs and their families with tools for a healthy lifestyle, further enabling them to live with "Equality, Dignity and Independence".
Open the below link to read about Fitess Professional and author Fred Fornicola in a recent article in the Asbury Park press.
By Jean Graham
If writers still used manual typewriters, there would be a steady clickety-clack, clickety-clack, DING! throughout the Garden State. If they were still using electric typewriters, New Jersey would hum from Stokes State Forest to Wildwood Crest.
Computers being virtually silent, there is barely auditory evidence of this. But rest assured that local writers are producing a bumper crop of books, and their content is as diverse as the state itself. Self-help books. Journals. History books. Nature guides. Poetry and humor, and short-story collections. Fiction for young adults and fiction for not-so-young adults.
Although the following books that have poured into The Star-Ledger’s office over the past year by New Jersey writers is impressive, it is by no means complete; homegrown writers are constantly adding to the list. Herewith, a mere sampling.
Advice from educators includes Maureen Baldwin’s “Colleges at a Glance: A Concise Country-Wide College Search Guide for Average Students” (Maureen Baldwin) and Andrew Aloysius McCabe’s “The Gifted One: The Journey Begins” (Balboa Press).
“So You Want to Be a Landlord: Tales from the Crypt” (djv murphy), by High Bridge’s DJV Murphy, examines the pitfalls of managing rental properties.
And Midland Park’s Les and Sue Fox find masterpieces in unlikely places in “The Art Hunters Handbook: How To Buy Art for $5 and Sell It for $1,000,000” (West Highland Fine Art & Publishing).
CPA Thomas Corley tells how to improve your finances in “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals” (Langdon Street Press), and Red Bank’s Chris Ruisi tells how to maximize your potential in “Step Up and Play Big” (Advantage Media Group).
Liz DiMarco Weinmann empowers women over 40 in “Get DARE (Drive, Advance, Rule, Express) From Here!” (Liz DiMarco Weinmann); and Morris County’s Laura O’Reilly provides diet and exercise motivation in “Get Fit To Go” (Unlimited Publishing).
Former prisoner and current Newark community activist Rickey Samad Danzey delivers a short but powerful message to young people in “Caution: A Message to Our Youth, Our Future” (Ambitious Publishing).
To read the entire article go to http://bitly.com/JhCDXR
Get Fit to Go is avalable in print, on kindle and for Android.
If food is fuel for the body why not treat your body like a Mercedes?
Excerpt from "Get Fit To Go: Motivation to Exercise and Get Healthy"
Would you drive your car with sludge in the engine, knowing it could break down at any time because you didn’t make an effort to have the oil changed? Of course not! Exercise is about maintenance. Maintaining your body is the best resolution you can make on New Year’s Day and straight through the seasons.
Thanks to all who generously participated in my last survey, "Health Into The Future". Here are the results.
Male under 40
Male over 40
Female under 40
Female over 40
Here's what they had to say:
1. Have you ever given thought to your health and mobility
20 years into the
Have you ever considered the fact that one day to you would need long
Do you choose your foods with the understanding that nutrition may have an
on your long-term health?
I am aware of the value of nutrition and eat healthy foods most of the
I do not pay attention to the nutrition content in foods
4. In a typical week,
how many times do you exercise?
Among 29 participants who
answered this question: 3/29 - 0 days, 1/29 - not enough,
5/29 - 2 days,
6/29 -3 days, 7/29 - 4 days, 4/29 - 5 days, 1/29 - 7 days, 2/29
- 7 days (a
little), 7 days (short duration workouts)
(LO comments- Based on the
different responses it is evident that those who are
have differing routines. Some exercise everyday for
shorter periods, while
others exercise a few times a week hitting it a little
works and is enjoyable becomes your way of life. Those who are
exercising at all- if your endurance is low or you just do not enjoy
exercise even small and moderate amounts of daily physical activity lead tom
improved health. It does not have to be structured, but you need to move your
6. Do you think of
your long term health when you
Do you eat food for improved mental
8. Do you drink diet
9. How much water do you
One 8 oz. cup per day
Two-Three 8 Oz. cups
Four to Six 8 Oz. cups per day
At least Eight 8
Oz. cups per day
10. Do you eat
white or whole grain bread on a regular basis?
Mostly whole grain bread
This site is dedicated to providing sound advice for healthy living. Please check in for tips to help you to live a fitter, healthier lifestyle.
TODAY I write in the truest fashion of the blogger- to spill my guts, rant, and get some stuff off my chest.
We don't all need to be skinny minnies but we do all need to treat our God given bodies with respect and nurture it with foods that promote health- these foods are: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protiens and a minimal amount of junk foods and sweets.
Regular exercise is not just about wearing a swimsuit in public. It is about conditioning your heart- the very heart that has the life sustaining, formidable task of keeping us alive. Respect it. Love it. Give it exercise and feed it healthy foods. Don't clog the highways it needs to do its job to circulate your blood. (Think about a bus trying to get around double parked cars on Lexington Avenue.) Clogged arteries disrupt the flow of blood- sometimes taking it to a complete stop- hence a heart attack or stroke!!
FOOD IS FUEL FOR THE BODY. Nutrition makes every cell in the body do its job.
It REALLY is Simple- The body is alive and needs live nutrients. PERIOD. Your car doesn't run on milk- it runs on gas. Our bodies cannot run on junk! We need to provide it with nutrients.
Years ago a doctor in Italy told me- (no one can dispute the fact that the Italians have it right when it comes to food) DO NOT EAT PROCESSED FOODS. That advice is better than any medicine anyone can ever prescribe me after I am already ill. AFTER THE FACT can be too late. After we have cancer (the types that can be prevented) After we have diabetes (the type that can be prevented) After we (with healthy thyroids and metabolism) gain so much weight that it is impossible to exercise and we compromises our quality of life and put our health in jeopardy.
Thank God there is medication to treat disease and save lives, but prevention keeps the quality of life going and avoids the need for medications we need after we are already ill. After is complicated, painful, stressful and costly. Before- can make a difference. Before- we can prevent. Before- is NOW.
WHO DO WE BLAME? THE MEDIA? THE MEDICAL PROFESSION? OURSELVES? OUR PARENTS?
Let's stop blaming and start changing.
Medical professionals need to be educators and facilitators of heathy lifestyles. Some physicians could play a larger role by advocating for a healthy lifestlye before handing out prescriptions. Just saying to your patient "You should lose weight" is NOT ENOUGH. Nurses are so overworked with being assigned too many patients for one person to handle and doing medication pass on hospital floors that they do not have time to do important counseling and lifestyle education upon discharge. I know this from experience.
I am a girl on a mission and my mission is to get the word out. It starts at home, in the schools, in the work place. It starts in our own refrigerators.
I wrote a really good book on the subject. It doesn't have any steamy sex scenes, but being healthy and fit can definitely help your sex life! (Since sex sells I figured I'd throw that in!)
Friday, February 3rd is National WEAR RED DAY. Wear Red and show your support for women’s heart health. Make it your mission to fight heart disease in women.
While women get yearly pap smears and mammos they do not often associate themselves as having risk for heart disease and stroke. Women work hard and in many cases manage the household and family affairs while holding down a fulltime job. WE ARE AT RISK. When I saw this video I guiltily acknowleged that I have cooked dinner, and thrown laundry in the washer while making business calls. I realized that I, like the woman in the video might consider delaying a call for myself to 911 for because I wouldn't want the EMT''s to think I am sloppy. (Heaven forbid!) I know this because I straighten the house before going out in case we get robbed. ( ??? ) I know.
Check out Elizabeth Banks, director and star of “Just a Little Heart Attack,” a new short film from Go Red For Women. The little film is about a supermom who takes care of everyone but herself, and learns the lesson that she better look at herself as well. Just a Little Heart Attack http://www.goredforwomen.org/?popup=little-heart-attack
Sign up with the Americna Heart Association for newsletters and a free Red Dress Pin to wear every year on National GO RED DAY by opening this link. https://www.goredforwomen.org/registration.aspx
Heart disease can affect women of any age. That’s why it’s so important to make healthy lifestyle choices to reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Learn how to reduce your risk for heart disease http://www.goredforwomen.org/ReduceYourRisk/index.aspx