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I'm Kinda Tired...

Wednesday April 16, 2014

This post has nothing to do with sex but I laughed at this & some may relate!

Hi all! I know I have been all over the board on days I post. I almost did not even post today but thought I could share my things I make a little money on plus a couple other things.

Kinda mentally tired from just working on the job search & some other stuff. I also have not been as good with my love of Instagram but all we can do is do what we can do - right!  

Glad I work out! A great stress reliever EXCEPT when you are thinking about the wrong things & walk into a bar that hits you in the middle of your right quad & hurts like no tomorrow! The bruise has not come out yet but I am limping a bit - I was not walking slow so this one really hurt! DOH!

Wanted to share this Kickstarter campaign from PocketFuel Naturals who also works closely with providing their product to http://instagram.com/v_running - #runningforthosewhocant - cancer - Running for those who can't. I love following both of them on Instagram because they have amazing pics & stories!

This looks like some cool product too. It is "Delicious Pocketfuel Cold Brew Coffee with creamy coconut milk tastes like coffee pudding ready to enjoy anywhere, anytime." Flavors too!  I have not tried it yet but want to!!!! Follow them both on Instagram & elsewhere! I know, the picture is big but I am a coffee lover!!! It is from their site! Check out the site for all their products & the ingredients & stats as well! Anyone try this yet?

Photo-little Cold Brew Coffee Shots staggered

I also wanted to mention these great products I got from Bob's Red Mill. I won a gift card way too far back from the FunandFit twins. Love those ladies & they are oh so funny & smart! Anyway, I kept getting on the site, going over my allotted dollar amount, getting off & never finishing. I finally finished! By the way, gift cards have to be done on the phone. You can't do them online. I found out the hard way. Here is what I got:



Well, on the phone I asked a couple questions about products but received not quite what I asked for so I called back. Their customer service is amazing!!! They shipped out new items below at no charge & fast - 2 days!!! I of course immediately made my healthy granola with it & the dried berries!



You can see the granola pics - so friggin delish! Based on a recipe from Sarah who posts AMAZING HEALTHY RECIPES & I have posted about it many times. I make it every week! I also made the bottom right protein bars with the original hot cereal from Bob's Red Mill! The top protein bread was already made before my order came so...



AND I was going to write more but I am tired.... burning out a bit today so... let me just give you my Brand Love links. 

I will be writing a more extensive post on the Silk Athlete fitness apparel I wear & love but for now know that it is organic silk and...

***Get 10% off all orders with my discount code, silk-jody. Shipping is free worldwide! CLICK HERE & they now have men's items too! Maybe your man is not into the silk - well, he can certainly wear it under shorts or as a needed under layer cause it feels amazing, wicks sweat & NO ODOR!

Hey, we all have multiple apparel companies we love & same with nut butters & other products. We can't just love one.................

but I will say that I do love this brand & I really never fiddle with it when I work out in it.. it kinda flows on you. I work out very intensely as you all know & NO ODOR!!! THIS IS THE HONEST TRUTH - I WORE A COUPLE ITEMS ONCE 2 DAYS IN A ROW ON PURPOSE AS A TEST WITH NO WASHING & NO ODOR! It is the silk!


OK - all my brand love links! Thx for putting up with tired me post today!

1. Designer Whey Products - Full disclosure that I make a bit of money if you use my discount code ZDWHEY4 at online checkout for 20% off your total order - all products included and free shipping in continental US with orders of $50+! If you have a fit minded friend that loves their products, why not make up your own little gift cert, give it to them & let them know you will pay for it!

2. NEW COMMENT FROM ME - HONEST, after my hard core workouts, I stick these clothes up to my nose & NO SMELL - even the sports bra!!!! FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!  

NEW Partnership! Silk Athlete: Line of 100% organic silk fitness apparel! Get 10% off your online orders with Discount Code silk-jody. This line feels amazing on, wicks sweat beautifully! There is no weighted silk, acid dyes, wild silk, silk noil etc. They don’t finish their products with anything. The garments are hand cut, individually, and sewn by hand, in an innovative production system- in a special purpose built sportswear factory. The factory is certified for low waste, energy efficient, responsible employer- with good inspection process by authorities. It can take 6 months to develop a color- some colors can't be offered – for example white- given white is “made”- by coating the textile with a chemical. They don’t offer really deep colors that silk is renowned for as this requires acid.

3. NEW COMMENT - new colors on the site & available for pre-order! KnixWear. I am one of their "knixperts".  You get 15% off your order by putting my code knixpert25 when ordering online. I have tested the gusset lined ones for stopping "crotch sweat" - THEY DO!!! 

4. MixMyOwn Healthy Cereals: Full disclosure that I make a little money off them if you click my link but I LOVE THIS COMPANY & the idea of being able to make up your own special mix from 100+ choices! You can also buy gift certificates from their site for friends, family & coworkers!

Gratitude Monday, Wild Friends, YOU & More

Monday April 14, 2014



Welcome to Gratitude Monday. Each Monday, stop by & comment on what you are grateful for & how it will impact you to live a healthier life going forward. How it impacts you does not have to be food or exercise related. It can be in any way, shape or form! If you just want to write a grateful comment & nothing else, that is fine too. If your comment is the same as another one, so be it. Everything goes here.

Always thankful for my Sunday runs & especially with a sunrise like above! YES, started out with my black YMX top & Hoka OneOne running shoes ... showered & headed to Trader Joe's in another YMX top & my one other pair of Hoka OneOne running shoes. Hoka needs to sign me on! 

OH, by the way, here I am in a Hoka top given to me by the original management team while I was out & about yesterday.. that look says I am thinking cookies & coffee! We were at Peet's Coffee! The second pic was taken by hubby as I intently checked my love of Instagram! Those are over the counter reading glasses for my older age lack of being able to read tiny print! 

 

Many of you saw the pic below on Instagram & Facebook. Wild Friends was looking for people to help demo their nut butters in southern CA stores so I applied to help! Why not help a company selling amazing peanut, almond & sunflower nut butters expand their reach! Man, it is not hard at all to get people to try them! Of course some people have allergies but most want to get their hands on those nut butters! Have a look at their delicious flavors AND they have added 3 new sunflower nut butters!!! Their products are made & packed in the U.S. & are dairy free, gluten free, soy free & Non GMO. If you are addicted to Nutella which has 21 grams of sugar, try Wild Friends Chocolate Coconut PB or Chocolate Almond Butter with Sunflower Seeds as an alternative! Only 3-5 grams of sugar per serving so much better for you & your kids! Their Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter has only 2 grams of sugar per serving! I love that flavor!



FUN FACT: The name came from wild flavors, friendly ingredients! 

I also checked out Trader Joe's flavored nut butters. YES, I love TJs & their prices & they have 5 grams of sugar...... BUT READ THE INGREDIENTS! The Wild Friends ingredients are much better (friendlier) for you! 



Also TJs Cocoa Almond Spread has 19 grams of sugar & read the ingredients!



So I thought since Wild Friends posted on Instagram - which most of you know I LOVE, - I posted my "Looking for Employment" post there too. I love helping all my brands & thankful for them but doing it for free does not pay the bills. I give a lot of support to many of them so it never hurts to ask - right! I have sent emails but I thought this would be a unique avenue too! Here is what I posted.. I wanted to put more about my background but not enough room & if the verbiage gets too wordy, many do not read so I said to just DM me. You may have seen on my Facebook page & Instagram too.




Of course I am always always always thankful for cookies!!


OH! I wanted to tell you about this great webcast I took part in on Saturday. Dave Scott, a highly influential athlete/coach/legend in the sport of triathlon discussed some great points on endurance races & sports, pre & post eating, over 40 athletes & more! See the webcast at the previous link!

It was put on by X2Performance. You recall all my posts about them but check this one for a lot of the info & links to my other posts. It was very informative & if you decide you want to take advantage of the free trial, HERE IS THE LINK


Again, I am being paid to try it BUT all opinions are my own. Check my posts for that. I get no extra money if you try it with my link but it just shows them you found them thru me. The statements on the product have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I have to tell you that again!


WOW, this post got longer than expected!!!! Hope you had a wonderful last week & weekend! What are you thankful for today?

My Thoughts on Taking Supplements

Thursday April 10, 2014



Warning - long post so bookmark if you don't have time!

There are many different forms of supplements - digestive health, pre-workout, post workout, vitamins for every day health, vitamins for specific health problems and I could go on & on & on!

My opinion on legal supplements of any kind - TO EACH THEIR OWN just like what I say with exercise & food programs. Find what works for you. I think the caveat here is that you do your research on what you are taking to make sure there is well documented information & studies from reliable sources that the supplement is safe. 

**Also, make sure you pay attention to what is in each supplement - LABEL READ just like food - so that you don't take too much of anything which can be toxic. If you take a multi & also vitamin C or D or E - make sure to add it all up! 

**In addition, if you are taking prescribed medications, make sure from your doctor that anything over the counter is not going to negate or cause problems with your prescriptions!

So today's post is about pre-workout, post workout & just for workouts in general. I will touch a little on general health as well.

1. Let's start there - general health. I am talking about multi-vitamins, vitamins like C, D, E, calcium/magnesium, peri & menopausal supplements for that age group.. things like that. THIS IS GOING TO BE SPECIFIC TO THE INDIVIDUAL. Again, all my comments above apply here. 

Let's say you work out like a fiend or are a competitive athlete, maybe you don't get everything in your food OR you work off more than you eat & drink. In this case, a multi or supplements may help you. 

Even if the previous does not describe you, maybe you just don't get to eat all the colors of the rainbow with the vitamins & minerals needed for health - a multi or some other supplement may help you.

Maybe you do get all you need in food & drink to cover your bodies needs - a blood work up can help here too - a multi or other supplementation may not be necessary.

Talk about all the above with your doctor.


2. Let's talk me as well as workout supplements: As you recall, I did some amateur bodybuilding in my younger years. YUP, that is me late 30s. 


OR... check this out at my beginning stages of weight lifting love prior to competing thoughts. I was trying to win an Oxygen magazine contest in the early 1990's. I didn't win but I was proud of my accomplishments! More pics at the link post!
 

Anyway, back in my competing days, I took a ton of stuff - LEGAL stuff - but stuff they told you to take to be better, get more energy & all that good stuff. Truth be told, years later & not taking much of that stuff, I looked just as good at a smaller size (cause I was not lifting to get big).... BUT, in the months after as I transitioned off it, I really did not feel a lot different.

The supplements I did take then & still are worth the money to me are minimal. This is me personally - you have to decide what is right for you! Please note that I didn't take a ton of stuff that some of the fitness competitors take like BCAAs & glutamine & things like that even back when so I have no personal knowledge for me. I do know that a lot of competitors take them & swear by them. That is up to you to research yourself.

I do take a pre-workout with caffeine - my workouts are too early for me to make coffee - I just want to get going so this works for me. Lots of ones over the counter with different dosages.

I also took Kre-Alkalyn creatine powder in my early 40's by All American EFX & loved it! These newer formulas are great, do not make you retain water & do not upset my stomach at all. Through a blogger contest, I won a gift card to Swanson Health Products a while back. Part of what I got was a new version of creatine by All American EFX  called Kre-Alkalyn Pro. I love this stuff & no problems with it for me! I really felt the increase of energy & strength with it!

Other than that, I take what you see in the picture below PLUS I forgot to put my calcium/magnesium supplement in there. I have dairy issues so I take calcium/magnesium plus at my age, it is important too! I take the Move Free as preventative maintenance for this aging bod & joints. I did have an issue years back so being safe. I like that the cap is not huge too!



I won a gift card to GNC so I am trying the Neocell Super Collagen-C and liking it so far. I LOVE NEOCELL! I have tried some of their other less strong products & they did not work for me. I think for us older peeps, we need a bit more potent version of this supplement AND more time to see if it works for us. I read rave reviews from many of their less potent ones but a lot of those people were younger! 50+ is when the craziness started for me with skin & all that!  I will revisit this for you in a month or so!

You all know my love of Nutrex Hawaii & their spirulina & Bioastin! I also have the powder & their new green complete that I add to things. I do this for general health & the benefits of the products too! I wrote about them HERE & many other posts as well! By the way, below shows the 2 sizes of spirulina tabs. You can take 6 of the small or 3 of the large OR take what works for you. Maybe you don't need as many as suggested! AND THEY NOW HAVE A NEW SPEARMINT FLAVOR!




Last but not least, I want to mention again about X2Performance. I wrote about it HERE & HERE. I want to sum this up again for you now that I have had time to think back on the 4 workouts I did with those 4 bottles provided to me. 


I have to put this down again so sorry:

They sent me a trial 4 pack for free. Being up front like I amI will be compensated for this campaign once I complete my test of the product & deliverables. In other words, a limited time for me paid sponsorship. The statements on the product have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. AS ALWAYS, all opinions are my own! I do say that for workouts & supplements, what works for me may not work for you but I am just giving my honest opinion on how it worked for me.

SO>>>> I still really liked this product. For me, I think it kicks in later rather than sooner so if I took it again, I would try to take it at least an hour++ before my workouts. 

As I look back, recall that I was really feeling it the more I got into the workout & my endurance stayed strong to the end & after. I just felt better for longer after the workout & thru the day- this is me & it may not be like that for all! From others that have tried it, it seems the endurance part is a big plus for them!

I think it would be great for endurance athletes, professional athletes, racers & if you have the money for general peeps. On the taste which is individual - I did not find it bad. Some thought it was not good but most trying this felt it was OK & it is a very small bottle so not hard to chug it down in 1-2 gulps.

**If you want to at least see how it feels, you can get a free trial pack & pay shipping only by clicking that previous link. Check out my posts on this again & see if you want to try it. 

ALSO check this out: On Saturday April 12th, 2014, X2PERFORMANCE will be hosting a live webcast featuring Dave Scott on the www.x2performance.com site at 5:00 PM EST, 4:00 PM CST, 2 PM PST. It will be 15-20 minutes long and Mr. Scott will answer five or so pre-submitted fan questions during the webcast.  

You can ask Dave Scott, a highly influential athlete/coach/legend in the sport of triathlon all your questions. He will provide expert level advice on strength training & nutrition!

X2PERFORMANCE will be providing prizes for randomly selected winners who sign up for the webcast!!! 

Register and submit your questions on training, nutrition or performance improvement to Dave Scott using the hashtag #AskDaveX2. I will be there & hope to see you there too! Reserve your seat to connect with elite strength and endurance coach and 6-time IRONMAN reg, World Champion Dave Scott during a live web event on Saturday, April 12th at 5pm EST presented by X2PERFORMANCE Pre-Workout Natural Sports Energy.

Please send him your questions by submitting your question on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #AskDave and @X2PERFORMANCE, 

HERE IS THE LINK AGAIN for the webcast!


Now for negatives - for me is the price. It is kinda expensive for a lot of us & for me right now. I can't afford it. I would think about using it more if I did have the money or if I was an endurance or pro athlete or racer... BUT again, you can try a free trial if you are curious about it

Don't forget, it is NSF CERTIFIED FOR SPORT® APPROVED: "X2PERFORMANCE® recentlyreceived two widely recognized and coveted product quality certifications, so athletes can be confident that what they’re taking is clean, safe and effective.X2PERFORMANCE® earned the NSF CERTIFIED for SPORT® designation, demonstrating the highest levels of product quality and approval for use by professional athletes." 

I know - so much info here today!!!! I will follow up on the Collagen & creatine products but loving them both so far!

Also, don't forget to check with your doctor if you are taking prescriptions & want to add in over the counter supplements OR if you want to get a blood work profile so you can see if you are deficient in anything.

Any questions for me?



Brand Love: Just ignore if not interested. 

1. Designer Whey Products - Full disclosure that I make a bit of money if you use my discount code ZDWHEY4 at online checkout for 20% off your total order - all products included and free shipping in continental US with orders of $50+! If you have a fit minded friend that loves their products, why not make up your own little gift cert, give it to them & let them know you will pay for it!

2. NEW COMMENT FROM ME - HONEST, after my hard core workouts, I stick these clothes up to my nose & NO SMELL - even the sports bra!!!! FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!  

NEW Partnership! Silk Athlete: Line of 100% organic silk fitness apparel! Get 10% off your online orders with Discount Code silk-jody. This line feels amazing on, wicks sweat beautifully! There is no weighted silk, acid dyes, wild silk, silk noil etc. They don’t finish their products with anything. The garments are hand cut, individually, and sewn by hand, in an innovative production system- in a special purpose built sportswear factory. The factory is certified for low waste, energy efficient, responsible employer- with good inspection process by authorities. It can take 6 months to develop a color- some colors can't be offered – for example white- given white is “made”- by coating the textile with a chemical. They don’t offer really deep colors that silk is renowned for as this requires acid.

3. NEW COMMENT - new colors on the site & available for pre-order! KnixWear. I am one of their "knixperts".  You get 15% off your order by putting my code knixpert25 when ordering online. I have tested the gusset lined ones for stopping "crotch sweat" - THEY DO!!! 

4. MixMyOwn Healthy Cereals: Full disclosure that I make a little money off them if you click my link but I LOVE THIS COMPANY & the idea of being able to make up your own special mix from 100+ choices! You can also buy gift certificates from their site for friends, family & coworkers!

Counting Repetitions for Weight Lifting; Happy Bday!

Tuesday April 8, 2014



First things first, happy happy bday to my oldest stepdaughterI would say her age but she might not like that. I think she looks way younger than her age! Always wish family was closer so we could celebrate with them!


On to counting repetitions (reps) when lifting weights:



OK, somebody is a hog in the gym! This is mild to some days I work out! In my defense, I do work out when few people are around AND I do keep an eye out to see if somebody looks like they need something I am hogging.

So, I know many of you have specific programs that you are on. You may want to do a certain number of reps for each exercise you do to accomplish your own personal goals.

Let's say you are not on a specific program but just learning OR looking to change it up OR drop setting OR just wanting to play around with something new. Here is what I do - I actually do this all the time for most of my exercises. It is just something I started doing years ago & never stopped. Don't get me wrong, I mix it up in the gym BUT this helps me AND MAY HELP YOU BLAST THRU A PLATEAU!

I have mentioned before in posts that I drop set A LOT! I have written a lot about drop sets & you can search my blog on the green side bar but I have also provided a couple links. This is an advanced move the way I do it so BE CAREFUL if you try it! For me to increase my weights & build muscle for the muscle groups I want bigger, I have to do this because I work out alone. I pick up a weight I can do 4-5 reps of with proper form & drop set from there. How many reps I do is by feel. If I can get 5 I take it. Maybe I can't one day & get 3. I just drop set from there. DO NOT push yourself to get the 5 if the form is going to be bad. You will end up injured!

For any of your exercises if you are doing straight sets or even drop sets,  don't just stop at 8 or 10 or 12, depending on the reps you planned to do, if you can get a couple more with good form! 

For example, I pretty much know what weight I can start at for me. If I am doing triceps cable push downs at a weight I think I can get 10 reps, I DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY STOP THERE. If the bod says I can ink out 1 or 2 or 3 more, I do that! I don't stop just because I get to a pre-planned rep count. This also gives you ammo to know that you can up your weight next time say if you actually got 5 more than you thought you could do! Bust that plateau!

Give this a try next time you work out. Don't stop just because.. if you can do some more reps with good form, go for it! Learn from it! Try this with straight or drop sets!

Have you ever tried my workout suggestion above? Are you stronger than you think?

Brand Love: Just ignore if not interested. 

1. Designer Whey Products - Full disclosure that I make a bit of money if you use my discount code ZDWHEY4 at online checkout for 20% off your total order - all products included and free shipping in continental US with orders of $50+! If you have a fit minded friend that loves their products, why not make up your own little gift cert, give it to them & let them know you will pay for it!

2. NEW COMMENT FROM ME - HONEST, after my hard core workouts, I stick these clothes up to my nose & NO SMELL - even the sports bra!!!! FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!  

NEW Partnership! Silk Athlete: Line of 100% organic silk fitness apparel! Get 10% off your online orders with Discount Code silk-jody. This line feels amazing on, wicks sweat beautifully! There is no weighted silk, acid dyes, wild silk, silk noil etc. They don’t finish their products with anything. The garments are hand cut, individually, and sewn by hand, in an innovative production system- in a special purpose built sportswear factory. The factory is certified for low waste, energy efficient, responsible employer- with good inspection process by authorities. It can take 6 months to develop a color- some colors can't be offered – for example white- given white is “made”- by coating the textile with a chemical. They don’t offer really deep colors that silk is renowned for as this requires acid.

3. NEW COMMENT - new colors on the site & available for pre-order! KnixWear. I am one of their "knixperts".  You get 15% off your order by putting my code knixpert25 when ordering online. I have tested the gusset lined ones for stopping "crotch sweat" - THEY DO!!! 

4. MixMyOwn Healthy Cereals: Full disclosure that I make a little money off them if you click my link but I LOVE THIS COMPANY & the idea of being able to make up your own special mix from 100+ choices! You can also buy gift certificates from their site for friends, family & coworkers!


Gratitude Monday, New Hair, Bread, Cookies & More!

Monday March 7, 2014



Welcome to Gratitude Monday. Each Monday, stop by & comment on what you are grateful for & how it will impact you to live a healthier life going forward. How it impacts you does not have to be food or exercise related. It can be in any way, shape or form! If you just want to write a grateful comment & nothing else, that is fine too. If your comment is the same as another one, so be it. Everything goes here.

Always thankful for a good Sunday outside run!!! After being sick with that flu a few weeks back & not able to get outside to run for 2 weeks. even not so great runs are good!

Well, after pushing my hair color out WAY WAY to far, I went in & got the gray covered! Many of you saw this on Facebook & Instagram but in case you did not, my new color below! It is a bit lighter for the warmer weather & of course my hairdresser pulls it out much nice that I can do myself! IT is getting back to being pretty curly & fizzy again so we shall see how long I can last at pulling it myself! I know most people like it this way best so.... OH YES, I wore a YMX top there - yes I did!



Also so thankful to Silver Hills Bakery for sending me this care package of their new Ancient Grains Sprouted bread!!! OMG, delicious!!!! Who wants to guess how quickly I can eat all that bread up! Not sure about sharing this.  I can't even decide which I like best - all so delish!!!! They have great ingredients & stats, organic, Non GMO, Vegan & Kosher!



Still loving my Fabletics outfits. ALSO showing how I go from Hoka OneOne shoes in the gym for cardio & how they saved my exercise & walking life so I can now wear regular workout shoes for my weights! AND of course the first pic with me wearing them for my outside run. I have turned SO many people on to these shoes from my endless posting of them & my story! Hoka OneOne - TIME TO ADD ME AS AN AMBASSADOR!!! Yup, plugging myself nonstop. Nothing from them yet but I will keep trying!


Remember this great nut butter company Wild Friends Foods & all these that I won below - well, I am getting to help them demo their delicious nut butters in Sprouts in Irvine, CA this coming Wednesday! I hope I don't eat all the samples! AND THEY HAVE 3 NEW SUNFLOWER NUT BUTTERS - Maple, Chocolate & Honey!!! I so love their Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter! They have almond butters, peanut butters & sunflower butters.... AND SINGLE SERVE TOO! Organic & Non GMO too!

Should I just take pics of cookies everywhere & post so you don't see the same ones every week! COOKIES!!!! Here is one of the cookies I ate this weekend. I had another Wholes Foods molasses the other day! April Fools late! I ate both of them each day without a picture!

Instead, here are a couple collages of my 2+ hour walk yesterday with hubby. I was pretty much NO social media & it was great! After my 90 minute run in the morn, we headed toward Newport Beach due to amazing weather! We ended up walking all thru the fancy home areas & over to Balboa Island & back - it was a long walk but beautiful! We picked out our new home & yacht! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I did a couple PhotoGrid Video slide shows with these pics!

 



OK - lots for me to talk about this week so don't miss out.

How was your weekend & last week if you only visit Monday? What are you thankful for today?

Blast the Belly Fat; Healthcare; X2Performance Energy Update

Thursday April 3, 2014

1. BLAST THE BELLY FAT!

 

Ummmmmmmmmmm, yeah sure! So much of this out there! It really is frustrating & people still believe this crap! People so badly want the quick fix or easy way out - it is NOT there!!! January starts this  up & then as we close in on bathing suit season, the headlines come out again! Dr. J wrote a great post on April Fool's Day about this! Please check it out HERE & all his other posts! Great reads!

OK, you all know that I have written endlessly about this! I had to work hard in my younger years & from 50 on it has been a constant re-evaluation of my exercise & food program to maintain my weight! It is hard work but it is worth it TO ME! We all have to decide how much we want to do to feel comfortable in our own skin. No one person is right or wrong. It is all about what is right FOR YOU!

I just responded to a post yesterday with this: I live the fitness life & have for 30+++ years. From 50 to now 56.5, I can't tell you how many times I have changed up my food program! I always had to be careful - hard body type even with my hard core workouts. From peri to menopause, it really is challenging. The biggest mistakes - like you wrote but included in what I will note here: Consistency is so important. Patience - it is slow when we are young so age makes it even more so. YES, people sneak in these bites all thru the day & never count the calories. I once wrote a post on this & people can add 500+++ calories a day! 3500 calories is 1 pound - do the math & the weight comes on. People underestimate how much & how many calories they are eating & overestimate how many calories they are burning off - ya can't out exercise a bad diet. Special occasions. We just can't celebrate everything. Again, a post I did on this - people celebrate everything under the sun - ya have to choose your battles. AND it always comes down to how much a person wants to put into it.. it takes a lot to keep your weight down as we age so a person has to decide for themselves how important it is to them & what they are willing to do to maintain.  AND take the word diet out of the vocabulary.. 

2. ON to Healthcare - a touchy subject but I am going to put my two cents in here! 

For those that work for a business that provides healthcare, you may not realize some of this. For those that make tons of money & can afford anything, you may not realize this. The middle class & self employed are the ones that got the shaft with our old healthcare system. YES, it is not the best system BUT that is because our Congress fought with one another instead of working together to get the best system for all of us. Those that know me know my opinion on this but I will not put it down here. 

I just want to tell you how this new healthcare system helped me & hubby. Before this, we would have paid $350-$400 a month for basically emergency healthcare - meaning a $10,000 deductible before you ever can start using it. It also did NOT have free preventative care!!! Who wants to know how many years it has been since I have been to the doctor? With the new system, we could have had the above emergency care for $2 a month. Yes, we qualify for help thru the new system. What we did get was a plan that would have cost us close to $800 a month for $150 a month PLUS those free preventative office visits! This is still a lot of money for us & not sure where we will find it but since we have not been to the doc in a long time, best to go this way vs. less care - just in case.

No, it is not the best system out there but it is helping a lot of people! Not only that, you can't be denied for pre-existing conditions. With the high cost of education, kids being in the home & in college longer can stay on their parents plan longer. Yes, there are not so great things but for us, the pros outweigh the cons. I am really NOT HAPPY with companies trying to take advantage of this & not covering people any more OR cutting hours back so they don't have to provide healthcare. NOT GOOD!

That is my personal take. Many will disagree but this is my personal experience. I know there are stories that say the opposite.. this is just my story.

3. UPDATE on energy & endurance with X2Performance: So Tuesday I wrote a post about my experience with this product.

Again to refresh your memory OR if you have not read it:  They sent me a trial 4 pack for free. Being up front like I am, I will be compensated for this campaign once I complete my test of the product & deliverables. In other words, a limited time for me paid sponsorship. The statements on the product have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

I LOVE the product so far! I used it Sunday thru Tuesday with amazing results. TONS of energy & endurance & great recovery. I took off yesterday just to see what would happen. I think I may have had a little left over from Tuesday because I did have a lots of energy left over. I was not as strong finishing my workout without it but still did good. I will be taking it again for today's workout. It is leg day 2 so I wanted it for that! I am now out of the product & I think I will take advantage of the free trial offer below. I can do that once myself even though they sent me 4 free. I DO want to mention that price is a bit high if you want to use all month & on a monthly basis. I like it but can't afford right now but maybe something I took less than every workout .. they recommend every day but I would probably not do that due to price. Taste - forgot to mention that. Some thought it tasted so-so, others not great. Me - it is "OK". It is not bad or good TO ME. It is a small bottle it is a quick shot of it & you are done. You can always drink your own water or whatever you bring with you to the gym right after.

Again, it does have some caffeine in it BUT is NSF Certified for Sport Approved. Read my post for further details on this & ingredients. 

Here are the details again about the free trial offer:

Get free trial HERETry this for free! There is a limited time offer & you do have to select a subscription plan & pay $5.95 shipping charge -BUT YOU CAN CANCEL the subscription at any time and still receive your free trial - even before your first shipment. CLICK HERE to try it


So that is it for today - I know, lots of reading!  

Anyone have a deal on blasting the belly fat?  

Experiences with the new healthcare system? 

Want to try X2Performance? If you have further questions on that, just email me!


Have not shared this in a few posts but here it is for my brand love that I make a bit of money on:

Brand Love: Just ignore if not interested. 

1. Designer Whey Products - Full disclosure that I make a bit of money if you use my discount code ZDWHEY4 at online checkout for 20% off your total order - all products included and free shipping in continental US with orders of $50+! If you have a fit minded friend that loves their products, why not make up your own little gift cert, give it to them & let them know you will pay for it!

2. NEW COMMENT FROM ME - HONEST, after my hard core workouts, I stick these clothes up to my nose & NO SMELL - even the sports bra!!!! FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!  

NEW Partnership! Silk Athlete: Line of 100% organic silk fitness apparel! Get 10% off your online orders with Discount Code silk-jody. This line feels amazing on, wicks sweat beautifully! There is no weighted silk, acid dyes, wild silk, silk noil etc. They don’t finish their products with anything. The garments are hand cut, individually, and sewn by hand, in an innovative production system- in a special purpose built sportswear factory. The factory is certified for low waste, energy efficient, responsible employer- with good inspection process by authorities. It can take 6 months to develop a color- some colors can't be offered – for example white- given white is “made”- by coating the textile with a chemical. They don’t offer really deep colors that silk is renowned for as this requires acid.

3. NEW COMMENT - new colors on the site & available for pre-order! KnixWear. I am one of their "knixperts".  You get 15% off your order by putting my code knixpert25 when ordering online. I have tested the gusset lined ones for stopping "crotch sweat" - THEY DO!!! 

4. MixMyOwn Healthy Cereals: Full disclosure that I make a little money off them if you click my link but I LOVE THIS COMPANY & the idea of being able to make up your own special mix from 100+ choices! You can also buy gift certificates from their site for friends, family & coworkers!


I Have Been Wanting to Tell You About This & Now I Can! - UPDATE for Today!

Tuesday April 1, 2014

Read below for update on today's workout as well!


Get free trial HERETry this for free! There is a limited time offer & you do have to select a subscription plan & pay $5.95 shipping charge -BUT YOU CAN CANCEL the subscription at any time and still receive your free trial - even before your first shipment. CLICK HERE to try it! This is for real from me! Come back & click if you are interested in it! 


I know, a tease in a way - BUT A GOOD WAY!

You all know how hard core I am with my workouts! I do weights, cardio, core stretching, rumblerolling - all in my crazy way! I have never said how long I work out & I don't intend to because it either makes people think they are not doing enough OR they think I am doing it wrong OR they think I need to be sent to the crazy house.

ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT WE ALL FIND WHAT WORKS FOR US. What works for me is not what will work for you & vice versa. We have different bodies & lifestyles & views on life & exercise in general!

Saying that, I was given the opportunity to try out X2Performance. I was super excited about this product when I read about it & I will tell you why in my post below! 

They sent me a trial 4 pack for free. Being up front like I amI will be compensated for this campaign once I complete my test of the product & deliverables. In other words, a limited time for me paid sponsorship. The statements on the product have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

AS ALWAYS, all opinions are my own! You come to me for honest posts & honest reviews & I will never let you down! I do say that for workouts & supplements, what works for me may not work for you but I am just giving my honest opinion on how it worked for me.

SO - let's get to this! I tested the product both for my Sunday workout which is core & my outside run - close to 90 minute run as well as my gym workouts of core/cardio/weights. The literature does say that it may take up to 2 weeks for SOME to feel results but many testing this product - people that I trust - are feeling it right away and excited about it!



The first thing I did PRIOR to even agreeing to try this product is READ ALL ABOUT IT! I looked at the ingredients, checked the background of them, read other reviews, read all the links on their site about the product, the athletes that use it & more. Again, what I am fine with for me may not be OK for you. You have to make that decision for yourself! It does have some caffeine in it. 

Here is some additional info:



"X2PERFORMANCE® is the first supplement containing the patent-pending BIOIDS® advanced cellular compound, a proprietary combination which has been found effective to increase energy, enhance endurance and improve recovery†. ATP is also essential for amino acid activation during protein synthesis, which means X2PERFORMANCE® can also help your muscles recover faster and more effectively. Other performance-enhancing supplements may use excessive amounts of caffeine or other stimulants, providing a surge of energy many times followed by an inevitable crash. Each serving of X2PERFORMANCE® contains only 70mg of natural caffeine—less than a small cup of coffee—and works to support your body’s natural metabolism and protein synthesis on the cellular level. The result is no jitters, no crash and no unhealthy side effects."

I LOVE THIS PART! 

NSF CERTIFIED FOR SPORT® APPROVED: "X2PERFORMANCE® recently received two widely recognized and coveted product quality certifications, so athletes can be confident that what they’re taking is clean, safe and effective. X2PERFORMANCE® earned the NSF CERTIFIED for SPORT® designation, demonstrating the highest levels of product quality and approval for use by professional athletes." 

The athletes are all kinds of people like you & me & higher level as well. When you click over there to get your free trial, , click on the link to check out the athletes! Runners, bikers, triathletes, lifters & more! There are some hard core athletes!!! It does not matter your sport or exercise - this can help!

MY EXPERIENCE so far: I have taken it twice before this post so I still have more testing to do but so far, so good!

1. My outside Sunday run: I took X2Performance about 45 minutes before my run on an empty stomach per the directions. I do core work before I run. I usually have a Luna bar or healthy bites from Lindsay, but I didn't this day. For me, the run went about the same as usual .. I had no great spurge of energy yet NO jitters or let down either. WHAT I DID FEEL IS BETTER RECOVERY FOR THE REST OF THE DAY AFTER MY RUN.

2. YESTERDAY WAS MY ALL WEIGHTS DAY - very hard CORE. I do my hardest leg day of the week, shoulders, biceps, triceps & back. This is by far my hardest weight training day of the week!

HOLY COW! I could not stop myself - I felt amazing!!!! I was able to do a bit heavier on a lot of my exercises AND I just had ongoing energy & strength throughout the whole workout! In fact, I had to just stop myself at a point because I think I could have gone on for an hour more!  

My recovery is feeling fine as I write this but I will tell you more in a follow up post. I do core, cardio & weights on each day the rest of the week. 

UPDATE FOR TODAY'S WORKOUT!  AMAZING workout this morn! HONEST, I was like the Eveready bunny for BOTH CARDIO & WEIGHTS!!! Again, my bod is different than yours but it really seems to be working for me!

I am super excited about this supplement!

OH - I must tell you that another blogger looks for ANIMAL FREE ingredients & she endorsed this for that so if you are looking at that - feel fine about trying this!

Again - CLICK HERE for your limited time trial! Again, you pay shipping & have to sign up for a plan BUT you can cancel your subscription at any time even before shipping of your product!

OK - let me know your thoughts. Have you tried it or heard of it? Would you think about trying it?

ALSO, if you have social media presence, you can sign up TO BE A PAID TESTER yourself. If you do PLEASE SAY YOU HEARD ABOUT IT FROM ME. I GET CREDIT FOR THAT!


One last thing - HAPPY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to my youngest stepdaughter & her hubby! YES, they got married on April Fool's day!

Gratitude Monday, Quest Bars, Arctic Zero, Lemonesse & More!

Monday March 31, 2014



Welcome to Gratitude Monday. Each Monday, stop by & comment on what you are grateful for & how it will impact you to live a healthier life going forward. How it impacts you does not have to be food or exercise related. It can be in any way, shape or form! If you just want to write a grateful comment & nothing else, that is fine too. If your comment is the same as another one, so be it. Everything goes here.

Had a nice weekend! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen the pics below & above. The one above was at an Anaheim Ducks event at Whole Foods Saturday. Of course I had to take a pic by the cookies!!!! Do those cookies make my arm look big??? Yes, I am wearing a YMX top. NO, I did not work out before or after!!! This is the way I roll.

More pics from the Anaheim Ducks event at Whole Foods. FUN! My grandson posted on FB that my hubby was jealous of WildWing the mascot!


I posted about this organic lemon water on my FB page. This guy was hit by a drunk driver & it changed his life forever! Check out his Kickstarter campaign. I was able to get a bottle for free. It really tastes like lemon water! I had it both out of the bottle & in a glass & it tastes the same! I NEVER get lemons out in restaurants! If you have seen some of the news stories that show how many hands AND contaminated knives touch those lemons - don't get cut lemons at restaurants!!!


Support this Kickstarter project and receive a bottle of LÉMONESSE | Organic Lemon Water and a Tumbler Cup for a $25 pledge. Shipping included!




THANK YOU to Arctic Zero for this care package! OMG - love them all!!!! This stuff is so delicious!!! The Orange Cream - creamsicle flavor - LOVE. Can't wait till they release it in a pint version. It is in a bar version now. They also have coconut & sea salt caramel coming out soon. I tried both at ExpoWest - friggin amazing!!!!


So, if you saw my post on this, I thought I won ONE box of these as part of an Instagram giveaway. TEN boxes showed up!!! OMG! I will be sharing with family/friends & maybe a giveaway coming up! THANK YOU Quest!!! These are pretty tasty. I liked them more the 2nd & third time I tried them. All these bars to me are better heated up but they are great as is too. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & White Chocolate Raspberry are still a couple of my faves along with a few others. I prefer the ones without the sugar alcohols cause sugar alcohols bother my tummy (bloat me) so I have to eat in small bites. The ones without sugar alcohols I can eat more at a time.


Another fun top from Fabletics!!! They have been great in sending me some of their newer items to test & review! I LOVE this topIt has bra inserts but they worked great for my hard core cardio. I am usually not a fan of inserts but tested & in this top, stayed put! Look at the cool asymmetrical straps, front & back.



Last but not least - the beauty of the weekend!


So much to be thankful for as always!!!!!

How was your week & weekend? What are you thankful for today?

How Much Do You Bench Press? How much do you Squat?

Friday March 28, 2014



Nope, don't have my ExpoWest post ready. I have some research I am still doing PLUS waiting for a couple emails so... next week some time. I am going to mention a couple favorite finds at the end of this post though!

I do want to approach the whole weight lifting subject & what some people feel is the end all for being the most knowledgeable or most experienced in lifting weights.

People obviously notice that I lift weights when they meet me. MANY TIMES the first questions are how much do you bench press and/or how much do you squat.

Let me just say that the answers to these questions have nothing to do with if you are going have more muscle than another person or look aesthetically better than another person. Of course lifting heavy CORRECTLY does help you make gains but it does not always mean you are the "better person to ask questions on lifting". Nothing against you guys BUT I have had times in my younger years when guys had me lifting in a way NOT right for me. What works for them is not always what works for another guy or another woman. As I always say - FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU OR a knowledgeable & reliable trainer!

What got me on this post. A couple Instagram comments. One was another best comment ever when a younger person tagged me to a couple other of her followers to show how much I had accomplished for my age. I am not bragging but it was how she wrote her comment to them - that I was more aesthetic than all the girls & most guys in her gym.. WOW! That sure made my day!!!

The second was a post by a very well built guy with a shirt on that said "I am Steroid Free" AND his post was that you don't have to throw around heavy weights to gain muscle & look good.

My comment to his post was this & how I roll always: YES! It is not how much weight you lift.... I DON'T LIFT HEAVY, I LIFT SMART.

Yes, I lifted heavier when I was younger but it was never as heavy as some thought I was lifting to look the way I did back then.

Another thing, I never really bench pressed that much back then. I did way more DB presses - all kinds - than bench press. I could lift more & safer with DB's than the bench press so I did more of the DB presses. Same with squats. I was better at the different leg press machines & the Smith Machine for squats (as much as many people poo poo that machine for squats). I had amazing legs when I was younger & lifting heavier so ... it worked for me. These days I still do the Smith Machine & leg press but I also do a lot of variations of DB squats & my Olympic Bar squats that I showed in videos on Instagram.

So.. I guess what I am saying is that what a person squats or bench presses is not a reflection of them being the best lifter or even being the best built in the gym... believe me! I see a lot of bad lifting in the gym with heavy weights & the people are not doing their body justice!

I have found what works for me to get this look. I have also been very focused on form & control & changing things thru time to make it all work from my 20's to now. I have had very few injuries thru these 30+++ years.

I am not saying lifting heavy will not get you great muscles or gains or the bod you want. I am saying---> that lifting heavy to lift heavy with no purpose behind it or doing it just to say you lifted a certain weight or lifting heavy incorrectly will not always be the path to the muscles or body look you want to obtain from your training.

OK- thoughts????

AND AS PROMISED - here are a couple favorite finds from ExpoWest 2014 for me. I will write more in another post but I will say about ExpoWest that there was a lot about organic, Non-GMO, gluten free, coconut everything, always too many bars & chips. Just because it was a Natural Products show does not mean everything was healthy. I found a booth serving up organic chicken & I almost moved in!


1. Essential Living Foods: Sprouted everything!!! I fell in love with sprouted when I found my love of Silver Hills Bakery Breads. Sprouted really helps my digestion! I saw this company & all their sprouted nuts & superfoods at the show & was all over them! Look for more info from me on them! They have fair trade practices. The support eco packaging - zero wasteThrough 1% for the Planet, they donate 1% of sales (not just profits) to projects that support the ecosystems & communities producing our exceptional foods. Below is some of the goodies I got to sample & they are amazing!!!



Also from their website & LOVED this:

WE ARE A B CORPORATION

Not all corporations are created equal.
B corporations (the B stands for “Benefit”) are created to be a little bit better. B corps don’t just exist to make money – b corps exist to do good in the world even as they do business and make profits.
The non-profit B Lab supervises and audits a growing roster of B corps from more than 28 countries, ensuring transparency, sustainability, accountability, and making sure they adhere to rigorous standards of social and environmental performance.

As they put it, “B Corp certification is to sustainable business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.”


2. Crunchies Food Company: These are freeze-dried fruits & vegetables. That is all! A great snack for kids & adults!!! I tasted quite a few. Here is a pic of Cinnamon apples I brought home. Apples & cinnamon only - DELICIOUS! You can even add to your favorite batters, cereal, yogurt, salad & eat just right out of the bag!



From their site below:

CRUNCHIES ARE A HEALTHY, CONVENIENT PRESERVATIVE-FREE SNACK FOOD. FRUITS CAN BE EATEN AS A SNACK, OR PUT IN HOT OR COLD CEREAL, YOGURT, OR PANCAKE AND WAFFLE BATTER. VEGGIES CAN BE EATEN AS A SNACK OR SPRINKLED OVER YOUR SALADS FOR ADDED VITAMINS AND NUTRIENTS!

Fresh fruits and veggies are harvested and frozen within 24 hours, and then through a refrigerated, cooling process, are freeze dried at the packing facilities.

97% of the moisture is removed, while maintaining 94% of the nutrient and enzyme level of the whole fruit. Only about 44% of the water is removed from dried fruit, and the heat process destroys the nutrients and enzymes.

Pineapples and Mangoes are grown in South America, all other fruits and vegetables are grown in United States.

Everything is processed and packed in the U.S.

Crunchies have a 24 month shelf life + re-sealable bags (which is very important, as air will re-hydrate and soften the fruit)

3. Nutrex Hawaii: You all know my love of this company & their products! Wanted to remind you of their new green complete powder! I tried in water & it was OK! I am not a fan of green powders unless mixed in things but it really was OK! I mixed some in my turkey meatloaf & you can mix it in your smoothies & more! Don't forget they also have new Spirulina tabs in Spearmint flavor! No chewing either - just a tab!

4. Silver Hills Bakery Bread: Yes, I talked about them before but had to again. New organic sprouted ancient grains bread! I tried the Big Red & it is amazing!!! I have more being sent my way so will have a review of those when they get here... BUT you all know I have their bread every single day!


OK, this post is getting too long! I will write more about the show another time!


Brand Love: Just ignore if not interested. 

1. Designer Whey Products - Full disclosure that I make a bit of money if you use my discount code ZDWHEY4 at online checkout for 20% off your total order - all products included and free shipping in continental US with orders of $50+! If you have a fit minded friend that loves their products, why not make up your own little gift cert, give it to them & let them know you will pay for it!

2. NEW COMMENT - new colors on the site & available for pre-order! KnixWear. I am one of their "knixperts".  You get 15% off your order by putting my code knixpert25 when ordering online. I have tested the gusset lined ones for stopping "crotch sweat" - THEY DO!!! 

3. MixMyOwn Healthy Cereals: Full disclosure that I make a little money off them if you click my link but I LOVE THIS COMPANY & the idea of being able to make up your own special mix from 100+ choices! You can also buy gift certificates from their site for friends, family & coworkers!

4. NEW COMMENT FROM ME - HONEST, after my hard core workouts, I stick these clothes up to my nose & NO SMELL - even the sports bra!!!! FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!  

NEW Partnership! Silk Athlete: Line of 100% organic silk fitness apparel! Get 10% off your online orders with Discount Code silk-jody. This line feels amazing on, wicks sweat beautifully! There is no weighted silk, acid dyes, wild silk, silk noil etc. They don’t finish their products with anything. The garments are hand cut, individually, and sewn by hand, in an innovative production system- in a special purpose built sportswear factory. The factory is certified for low waste, energy efficient, responsible employer- with good inspection process by authorities. It can take 6 months to develop a color- some colors can't be offered – for example white- given white is “made”- by coating the textile with a chemical. They don’t offer really deep colors that silk is renowned for as this requires acid.

This is a Touchy Subject but Writing About It Anyway!

Wednesday March 26, 2014




Hey, I was writing this long post about ExpoWest, all the goodies I saw, my thoughts about it, my favorite finds & more. What happened, it was more involved than I had time to write so leaving for MAYBE Friday. Because I got so sick after the show, I am behind in writing about it. Hey, the good thing, mine might be the only one out there now so you may be interested in reading it!

Instead, I am going to take a few minutes to discuss a very touchy subject on blogs, social media & Facebook pages. Here it goes!

I have read more than my share of posts about how people make too many grammatical & spelling mistakes on blog posts. Some even assume that the person does not take the time to reread their post or even care.

OK - here is the deal! I am not a literary or English major. I don't know or even remember all the stuff I learned when I was young about grammar, punctuation & all that good stuff. All I can do is try my best! If I am confused, I may Google it but if I really don't even know there is a problem, well, I don't know it & I write away!

I also spell check everything I do. I DO reread my posts a few times but I don't always catch everything - so sue me! Once I again, I try my best!

I have even read some posts about how "everyone thinks they are a writer" but they are really not that good so they should not write. This one really hurts me!

I have always said I am not a writer, I am a blabber. I want to help, inspire, share, give back, review new products and more. That is all I want to do & I don't have to "be a writer" to do that. Even if a site wants to share my blabbing, people should not put down others for not being a great writer. If the message is to share & help, that should be enough! I think I have plenty to offer up even if I am not a writer or even close to being a "writer".

When I read other posts, I am not picking them apart for grammar & spelling & all that. I am there to read the message & content - that is all!

OK, I may get disagreement here & that is fine but had to get this off my chest!




What are your thoughts on this? Have you seen posts like this?



Brand Love: Just ignore if not interested. 

1. Designer Whey Products - Full disclosure that I make a bit of money if you use my discount code ZDWHEY4 at online checkout for 20% off your total order - all products included and free shipping in continental US with orders of $50+! If you have a fit minded friend that loves their products, why not make up your own little gift cert, give it to them & let them know you will pay for it!

2. KnixWear. I am one of their "knixperts".  You get 15% off your order by putting my code knixpert25 when ordering online. I have tested the gusset lined ones for stopping "crotch sweat" - THEY DO!!! 

They now have a NEW CAMPAIGN on Indiegogo. It is their new FitKnix line!!!! SO EXCITING! You can click that link to see the video & learn/see more AND ORDER!  

FULL DISCLOSURE: The link is personalized for me so if people buy using my link, I get a LITTLE bit of money for all sales once my numbers reach a certain point. Would love you to help the company & me. I know you will love the undies!

3. MixMyOwn Healthy Cereals: Full disclosure that I make a little money off them if you click my link but I LOVE THIS COMPANY & the idea of being able to make up your own special mix from 100+ choices! You can also buy gift certificates from their site for friends, family & coworkers!

4. NEW Partnership! Silk Athlete: Line of 100% organic silk fitness apparel! Get 10% off your online orders with Discount Code silk-jody. This line feels amazing on, wicks sweat beautifully! There is no weighted silk, acid dyes, wild silk, silk noil etc. They don’t finish their products with anything. The garments are hand cut, individually, and sewn by hand, in an innovative production system- in a special purpose built sportswear factory. The factory is certified for low waste, energy efficient, responsible employer- with good inspection process by authorities. It can take 6 months to develop a color- some colors can't be offered – for example white- given white is “made”- by coating the textile with a chemical. They don’t offer really deep colors that silk is renowned for as this requires acid.

Gratitude Monday & Feeling Good! Cookies & Family too!

Monday March 24, 2014



Welcome to Gratitude Monday. Each Monday, stop by & comment on what you are grateful for & how it will impact you to live a healthier life going forward. How it impacts you does not have to be food or exercise related. It can be in any way, shape or form! If you just want to write a grateful comment & nothing else, that is fine too. If your comment is the same as another one, so be it. Everything goes here.

I really feel the way of that quote. I am not sure I am strong enough yet but it is definitely testing me!

I was thankful to have a meet with a friend Friday - always nice to sit, put the phone down & chat. The weather was beautiful too! First pic above was right after that meet.


Also had a fun get together with hubby's family! It is hard to get together at times but fun when we do! BTW, hubby's brother's wife is doing great with her cancer treatment - over 2 years after a stage 4 diagnosis. We are so grateful for that! Hubby's uncle's wife is German so she served up this below. Not made for my tummy but I had the fruit & brought my own stuff - all the family is used to me so I am lucky!


 
Of course Scooter was trying to get some AND later in the eve he managed to get up on the kitchen table & eat the leftover "wieners" - I swear! I caught him at the very end - friggin hilarious! THEN he went after the sauerkraut!!!!


So we had to have some fun with him - The Flying Dachshund!


I have not been able to run outside on my weekend run for 2 weeks due to the flu since I got it on a Saturday morn & went thru the full week until Monday before I exercised again. I missed 2 outside weekend runs. THRILLED to get out yesterday! Wore my YMX top & Hoka OneOne running shoes of course! Fueled the run with Lindsay's healthy bites (YUM!) & then coffee & Silver Hills Bakery bread with Wild Friends nut butter afterwards - well, after my trip to Sprouts.


ALWAYS thankful for cookies!!!!!!  If you follow me on Instagram or FB, you saw the 2 pics below. In the first pic, I had that cookie before we got caught in southern CA traffic so I stayed happy PLUS I was not driving!


Here is cookie number 2 on Sunday! I think you can see in my eyes how happy I am - a molasses cookie & coffee!


How was your week & weekend? What are you thankful for today?

My Biceps Training

Friday March 21, 2014

 

Every time I post post workout pump pictures on Instagram, I always get tons of comments on my biceps. This makes me very happy because biceps used to be my worst body part when I was younger PLUS my muscle insertion & belly is short so I have to work very hard for what I get. Some people have that full muscle belly all the way to the elbow - not me.

So what do I do to work my biceps. I do work them twice per week.

Let me just outline the exercises I do every week & then other ones I rotate in on a revolving basis. As you know, I like to mix it up!

The exercises below I do EVERY week - not necessarily every workout but every week. I find these basics are what really has helped me improve my biceps. This works for me but it may not for you!

1. Standard DB curls & hammer curls - I do mine standing but you can do them seated. In order to improve, I start with the heaviest weight I can do with good form that usually gets me 4-5 reps & drop set from there either by 2.5 or 5 pounds per drop till I hit anywhere from 15-20 reps.

2. Seated Incline DB Curls & hammer curls- I tend to vary the incline a bit with each workout. Same rep range & drop set as above. You will need lighter weights for incline curls. PROPER FORM & don't lift heavier than you can without proper form or you are going to injure yourself.

3. Standing Barbell curls - same as above - working to improve my biceps, I do the heaviest I can with proper form for 4-5 reps & drop from there.

4. Standing EZ curl bar curls - same as above

5. Preacher Curls either on a preacher curl machine, free weights with barbell, ez curl bar or DBs on the preacher curl bench. I also do them on the straight side of the preacher curl bench. I used to do these more when I was younger but now I find the exercises above work my biceps better BUT I still throw them in there each week. With free weights, I do hammer curls on the preacher curl bench too.

Exercises I rotate in other than the above ones:

1. Cable incline curls & hammer incline curls seated & standing. I have done a video on Instagram on the seated ones. I really love the feel of these!

2. Lying cable straight bar, ez curl bar or rope curls. You can do these lying on the floor by the cable machine OR on the seated row machine that is usually used for back.

3. Standing cable curls with bars above & rope hammer curls. I also use the long lat pull down bar that you would normally use for back to do this & #2 above. You can also take a D handle & do them 1 arm at a time.

4. Weight plate curls - mimics a hammer curl but with weight plates.

5. Spider Curls - See video for bar & DB variations

6. 21s - You can do with barbell, ez curl bar or DBs.


This is definitely not everything I do but gives you some ideas to work from in your own program.

The thing to remember is that we all have different body types & muscle belly insertions so what works for me may not be what is best for you. I had to do a lot of playing around with my workouts to find what worked best for me. I had people tell me that this or that exercise was the best one out there but it did not always work for me. FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU! Saying that - I do stand by my top 5 to really help you build mass if that is what you are looking to do.

Also remember that you can do alternating curls, 1 arm at a time, both at the same time - mix it up! Doing 1 arm at a time will help make sure one arm is not stronger than the other.

Another thing I do is take a typical exercise that I do & find other ways to do it like DB curls with the cable, with weight plates, with kettlebells, with bands - think about how else you can do the exercise with the other equipment in the gym.

AND.. always get that mind muscle link & use proper form!

Hope you all liked this post - any questions?


Brand Love: Just ignore if not interested. 

1. Designer Whey Products - Full disclosure that I make a bit of money if you use my discount code ZDWHEY4 at online checkout for 20% off your total order - all products included and free shipping in continental US with orders of $50+! If you have a fit minded friend that loves their products, why not make up your own little gift cert, give it to them & let them know you will pay for it!

2. KnixWear. I am one of their "knixperts".  You get 15% off your order by putting my code knixpert25 when ordering online. I have tested the gusset lined ones for stopping "crotch sweat" - THEY DO!!! 

They now have a NEW CAMPAIGN on Indiegogo. It is their new FitKnix line!!!! SO EXCITING! You can click that link to see the video & learn/see more AND ORDER!  

FULL DISCLOSURE: The link is personalized for me so if people buy using my link, I get a LITTLE bit of money for all sales once my numbers reach a certain point. Would love you to help the company & me. I know you will love the undies!

3. MixMyOwn Healthy Cereals: Full disclosure that I make a little money off them if you click my link but I LOVE THIS COMPANY & the idea of being able to make up your own special mix from 100+ choices! You can also buy gift certificates from their site for friends, family & coworkers!

4. NEW Partnership! Silk Athlete: Line of 100% organic silk fitness apparel! Get 10% off your online orders with Discount Code silk-jody. This line feels amazing on, wicks sweat beautifully! There is no weighted silk, acid dyes, wild silk, silk noil etc. They don’t finish their products with anything. The garments are hand cut, individually, and sewn by hand, in an innovative production system- in a special purpose built sportswear factory. The factory is certified for low waste, energy efficient, responsible employer- with good inspection process by authorities. It can take 6 months to develop a color- some colors can't be offered – for example white- given white is “made”- by coating the textile with a chemical. They don’t offer really deep colors that silk is renowned for as this requires acid.

What Having the Flu Taught Me

Wednesday March 19, 2014


Thx to Fabletics for the very cute outfit above!

As most of you know, I have had the flu for the past 8 or so days. I felt not so great Friday night of ExpoWest. When I got up Saturday for the show I was still feeling UGH but as the day went on & I walked a billion miles, , I was feeling better. Come Saturday night when I got home, I was down for the count & never got back up until the end of last week!

I was smart about this. I did not run the Sunday morn after the show since I was feeling bad & as the week wore on, I stayed put & rested, slept A LOT, was careful about not overdoing - heck, I could barely do anything! I went out each day for a bit of Vitamin D to help me. On Sunday, I was still so-so & I probably could have tried my outside run but I listened to the bod some more, stayed home & decided to try my way back to exercise Monday morning with my all weight workout - pics above.

I was & am still hacking A LITTLE but the bod feels great! I had a fantastic weight workout Monday & my cardio (hardest cardio day of the week) & weights went well again yesterday.



To be honest with you, I was a bit scared going back. I had been gone 8 days doing basically nothing. I was nervous about the cardio more than anything but the weights were fine & cardio too! I was sure to listen to the bod!

What I learned having the flu:

1. I am so thankful for every day I can do my workouts & especially at 56 years old. Many bitch & complain about having to work out - heck, I do at times with the cardio. So many people can't even do anything due to disabilities, illness & more. I am thankful for my workouts!

2. Life goes on - In my head, everything is going to go down south & bad if I can't work out. It is in the head! I even almost did some core work when I was too sick but I didn't! I would not prefer to be out of it more than I was but life went on, I was fine & all is good now!



3. Being sick like this & not being able to do your normal routine provides a whole new perspective on life. Sure I should have learned this multiple times but I hope to really learn it this time. I am not going to stress about not getting to reading & responding to blogs. I love you all but I can only do what I can do. I have a life to figure out here, I need to pay bills & more so I need to focus more on my own priorities as hard as that will be for me to do when it comes to blogging friends! I am not going to stress about posting either so if you want to read all my posts - maybe subscribe if you have not because I am really not sure which days & how many days a week I will be posting. I am going to play it by ear. If I have more things to say, I may post more than 3 times a week or if not, maybe less. If life needs living - I am going to do that vs. reading & posting.


Yes, shameless plug for my love of Knixwear but do love the quote!

4. I still have lots to say so I have some recap posts of ExpoWest coming up, reviews of products, things going on in my life & more. I am not disappearing BUT if I have to for any reason, I will sure let you know first! I will say that getting paying gigs is the priority & since that does not seem to be happening in the fitness realm, I may have to move onward eventually but time will tell on that - I have some interviews in April NOT in the fitness arena & right now, paying bills is the priority for me. 

If any of you can help me get paying gigs in the health/fitness area, work from home, anything like that - please let me know. I usually don't ask for help but a couple blogging friends said I was not asking for enough help so I am asking! I do have a Business degree but I want to stay within health & fitness & preferably be able to work from home BUT all depends on any help offered - thank you!

5. I am thankful for all of you! That is a for sure!!!

Anything you want to hear about from me? Anything you want to share?


Brand Love: Just ignore if not interested. 

1. Designer Whey Products - Full disclosure that I make a bit of money if you use my discount code ZDWHEY4 at online checkout for 20% off your total order - all products included and free shipping in continental US with orders of $50+! If you have a fit minded friend that loves their products, why not make up your own little gift cert, give it to them & let them know you will pay for it!

2. KnixWear. I am one of their "knixperts".  You get 15% off your order by putting my code knixpert25 when ordering online. I have tested the gusset lined ones for stopping "crotch sweat" - THEY DO!!! 

They now have a NEW CAMPAIGN on Indiegogo. It is their new FitKnix line!!!! SO EXCITING! You can click that link to see the video & learn/see more AND ORDER!  

FULL DISCLOSURE: The link is personalized for me so if people buy using my link, I get a LITTLE bit of money for all sales once my numbers reach a certain point. Would love you to help the company & me. I know you will love the undies!

3. MixMyOwn Healthy Cereals: Full disclosure that I make a little money off them if you click my link but I LOVE THIS COMPANY & the idea of being able to make up your own special mix from 100+ choices! You can also buy gift certificates from their site for friends, family & coworkers!

4. NEW Partnership! Silk Athlete: Line of 100% organic silk fitness apparel! Get 10% off your online orders with Discount Code silk-jody. This line feels amazing on, wicks sweat beautifully! There is no weighted silk, acid dyes, wild silk, silk noil etc. They don’t finish their products with anything. The garments are hand cut, individually, and sewn by hand, in an innovative production system- in a special purpose built sportswear factory. The factory is certified for low waste, energy efficient, responsible employer- with good inspection process by authorities. It can take 6 months to develop a color- some colors can't be offered – for example white- given white is “made”- by coating the textile with a chemical. They don’t offer really deep colors that silk is renowned for as this requires acid.

Gratitude Monday & Flu Update

Monday March 17, 2014



Welcome to Gratitude Monday. Each Monday, stop by & comment on what you are grateful for & how it will impact you to live a healthier life going forward. How it impacts you does not have to be food or exercise related. It can be in any way, shape or form! If you just want to write a grateful comment & nothing else, that is fine too. If your comment is the same as another one, so be it. Everything goes here.

So if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you have seen that my absence is due to a very bad case of the flu. I got both the body aches/fever version AND the cold/cough/sniffles one at the same time. I hope this means that when I get rid of it, I am done for the year! I have been down since last Monday. I seem to be hacking now which I did not have the first week but the body aches & fever are gone. I really have no idea if I am still sick or not!  I am going to be very careful getting back to the gym & take it slowly so I do not relapse! I am trying this morn to see how I feel.

So, thankful to be on the mend - really really thankful!!! I like to eat & not feeling like eating is no fun!

Here are some things I have not shown you while I have been sick & hope you do not mind me using my Gratitude Monday to catch up.

Fabletics sent me some beautiful new pieces from their new line! I can't wait to wear in the gym!


My fave stevia company, NuNaturals, sent me this goodie box! I hope to have a giveaway in the future!


I saw this nut butter & chocolate spreads line from Artisana Foods at ExpoWest. EXCITED!!!


We have had some beautiful weather & even though I was sick, I did take a little time each day to get my Vitamin D hoping to feel better!


This was Saturday.


Sunday errands.
 

Finally felt well enough to have cookies!!!!! OH, there was a first one on Saturday too! Don't care if I did not work out - I lost weight with the flu & had my cookies once I felt well enough!



How are you doing? I have missed you!!! What are your thankful for today?

I Wanted to Post Today but I am Sick. :(

Tuesday March 11, 2014


I had hoped to post more this week with so many ExpoWest 2014 items to write about BUT the head had a different idea. I am not feeling the best so I guess an unplanned break from the gym. It might be for the best since my legs & arms & shoulders are so sore from the 8+++ hours of walking or standing 2 days straight carrying around the bags below.


I also am trying to get thru umpteen pages of backed up email from Friday. I hate to say but I might have to give in & just not read the older posts. My head is a mess & trying to even read what I did today was an effort!

I do want to tell you about a couple of my fave brands & new products of theirs due out soon. I am not going to write all the details in this post cause I am just too tired & my head is hurting big time - not coherent enough & just too tired. ... BUT check out these 2 products:

1. Green Complete from Nutrex Hawaii. This is a new product not available yet but soon. I tasted it with water only it is was pretty dang good! I am not a fan of straight greens - I like to mask the flavor - but this was really good! Of course you can mix it in your favorite smoothie or milk of choice. I was able to get some sample packs below & also showing that stats on the back of it. Very excited for this product! You can see the  new container & the sample packs below. Nutrex Hawaii also gave me a goody bag - thank you! LOVE them & their products! Read more HERE about my past reviews on the products. Have you seem their new Spearmint Spirulina!







2. The second one is my LOVE of Silver Hills Bakery Sprouted Bread - no secret there since I write & Instagram about it all the time! They have 3 new breads - Power Grains to be launched in a month or so - I CAN"T WAIT!!!!! I love their bread! Read more here!



So that is all I have in me for today - sorry - fading fast! If you find mistakes - sorry! I did spell check & reread a few times but my head is long gone!

Hope you have a great day!

Gratitude Monday & ExpoWest 2014; Happy Bday Time Again!

Monday March 10, 2014





First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my oldest granddaughter!!! Today she is - wait, how old is she now - 15!!!!!! She is the oldest girl in the crazy kids group pic.  Isn't she beautiful! Holy crap, where did the time go! So wish we were there to celebrate with her!!! Love & miss you & all the crazy kids & the parents too!


Before I start, very thankful for the below - I won the Blue Diamond nuts from Brooklynfitchick, Margo & I love me nuts & nut butters! The coffee from Funkygine an Instagram contest & very excited to try it! This mom is amazing & you moms need to check out her workouts using her kids as resistnce on Instagram!  Slap Nutrition sent me these samples & I can't wait to try them! YAHOO!



On to ExpoWest 2014! I know many of you have seen some of myInstagram & Facebook pictures. This is a rehash of them & a couple more.  I am so behind in general from that & other things going on..  I also caught a cold from the hubby. Saturday night I was feeling pretty bad so I slept in Sunday - no run as listened to my bod - and hope to be back in the gym tomorrow for weights! Just a very leaky nose right now.

I will talk more about the products in depth as the days go on but want to show you pics first. I also had such a great time meeting people in person!!! The best part of course! 





     





Feedmeimcranky - Annabel!!!!


Alyssa from DoubleChinDiary & Lisa from Kettlebellbombshell!!


Alexandra & Kymberly from funandfit and Tiffany from Runninhhutch!




So much fun & very thankful for it all & meeting people in person! Just not too happy about the cold I got..

How was your weekend & what are you thankful for today!


Brand Love: Just ignore if not interested. 

1. Designer Whey Products - Full disclosure that I make a bit of money if you use my discount code ZDWHEY4 at online checkout for 20% off your total order - all products included and free shipping in continental US with orders of $50+! If you have a fit minded friend that loves their products, why not make up your own little gift cert, give it to them & let them know you will pay for it!

2. KnixWear. I am one of their "knixperts".  You get 15% off your order by putting my code knixpert25 when ordering online. I have tested the gusset lined ones for stopping "crotch sweat" - THEY DO!!!  Wore them both days of show!

They now have a NEW CAMPAIGN on Indiegogo. It is their new FitKnix line!!!! SO EXCITING! You can click that link to see the video & learn/see more AND ORDER!  

FULL DISCLOSURE: TThe link is personalized for me so if people buy using my link, I get a LITTLE bit of money for all sales once my numbers reach a certain point. Would love you to help the company & me. I know you will love the undies!

3. MixMyOwn Healthy Cereals: Full disclosure that I make a little money off them if you click my link but I LOVE THIS COMPANY & the idea of being able to make up your own special mix from 100+ choices! You can also buy gift certificates from their site for friends, family & coworkers!

4. NEW Partnership! Silk Athlete: Line of 100% organic silk fitness apparel! Get 10% off your online orders with Discount Code silk-jody. This line feels amazing on, wicks sweat beautifully! There is no weighted silk, acid dyes, wild silk, silk noil etc. They don’t finish their products with anything. The garments are hand cut, individually, and sewn by hand, in an innovative production system- in a special purpose built sportswear factory. The factory is certified for low waste, energy efficient, responsible employer- with good inspection process by authorities. It can take 6 months to develop a color- some colors can't be offered – for example white- given white is “made”- by coating the textile with a chemical. They don’t offer really deep colors that silk is renowned for as this requires acid. - I am in the capris, top & sports bra in 3rd row pic - very comfy all day long!

Natural Products Expo West This Weekend!

Friday March 7, 2014



Hi all! I wanted to let you know how excited I am to be headed to Natural Products Expo West 2014 today thru the weekend! I am obviously going to be on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram less because I want to enjoy the show & talk to companies. I posted about last year HERE.

As part of the show, I also was invited to this below & so excited about it!!!

"An exclusive film premiere celebrating conscious business, Whole Planet Foundation and the microcredit programs that are helping women to change their own lives. Learn about the hottest retail trends, taste innovative new products and meet brands that are leading the charge to give back to others around the globe. CEO and founder of thinkThin products Lizanne Falsetto will host the evening along with socially conscious brand partners. Guest speakers from Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Foods Market and Grameen America will share impactful stories and insight into the growing trend of conscious consumerism. This event will feature think Sisterhood, a film highlighting Whole Planet Foundation and the nonprofit’s work empowering women entrepreneurs around the world. Participating brands will sample new products and share how smart product choices can make a difference for women everywhere."


I have already scheduled quite a few meeting with some of my favorite companies & along with new ones. I can't wait to share it all with you

Some of the brand love headed my way:

1. Nutrex Hawaii - You all know I love this company! I love their products & their newest Spearmint Spirulina tabs. LOVE! They also have a new Green Complete SuperFood Powder that I am eager to get my hands on to try out for you all!

2. NuNaturals - I love their stevia & baking products!!!! A must try in my book! I am meeting up with them & also have some new products on the way to me now to try & write about for you!

3. Carrington Farms - A new to me comprehensive line of 100% organic, non-genetically modified health food products. I will see them Friday!

4. Arctic Zero Frozen Desserts - I know many of you already know about these pints & bars of deliciousness! They have new flavors too!

5. Twinlab asked me to come by too so eager to see what is new with them. I have not used their products in years so eager to learn more!

6. Ginnybakes: If it involves cookies - I need to check it out! Gluten free, organic, kosher, vegan!

Ginnybakes: ginny•bakes noun \’gin\ ‘bākes\ Mindful indulgences for the health conscious and for “anyone else who loves a scrumptious bite.”

Cookie: ginnybakes, ginnyminis, cookie go packs. - certified gluten free, organic, kosher dairy, *vegan.

Ginnybar: love&nuts; peace,love & apple; karma,love & apricot and happy chocolate bliss -certified gluten free, organic, kosher dairy,*vegan

Bake mixes: scrumptious cookies, muffins and brownies -certified organic, gluten free, kosher dairy and non-gmo project verified.

7. Silver Hills Bakery: You all know my love of bread! I have written & posted on Instagram numerous times about my love of this company & their sprouted, organic whole grains bread. Silver Hills breads and bagels are loaded with fiber, protein and fantastic flavor. Their products are organic, vegan, dairy free & Non GMO! They even have 2 flavors of gluten free bread! 

8. Quest Nutrition of the infamous Quest bars! OF COURSE I will stop by there!!!

9. I really want to check out the home goods too which I missed a lot of last year. I got those dryer balls from this show & I LOVE THEM!!!

10. MOST IMPORTANT - I want to meet up with online & virtual friends - I can't wait!!!!!


I will be writing some follow up posts over the next few weeks - a lot going on with me so will do my best to get them out to you. I imagine most of you will be interested in the food items??

I will be MIA for the nest few days in terms of responses to email & such - Thank you for understanding!

Biggest Fitness Mistakes People Make in Losing Weight & Getting Healthier & Fitter

Wednesday March 5, 2014

LOVE THE ABOVE!

Hi all! First off, I have not been great at getting back to responding to comments. I do want to thank you all for your amazing comments to my I'm OK, You're OK - Wait I am not OK post. It seems like this really resonated with many people! I really appreciated all your thoughtful comments!

Secondly, I have to thank Crabby over at Cranky Fitness for asking me to take part in her 3 Annoying Questions Series. So much fun - all of them! In fact all her posts are fun yet informative! A must read! Check out my contribution HERE. In it, you will recognize some of what I think are the biggest mistakes there too. 

I am highlighting just a few more below because I was discussing with a knowledgeable guy at the gym the other day. It made me think again how we have to realize it is all about finding what works for you! People will say don't do this or that. It may be right for them BUT it may not be right for you! I also encourage you to read THIS POST from Crabby - GREAT! Blow Your Own Horn!

Don't forget to read read my post over at Crabby's place if you have not already though.

BIGGEST MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE: The biggest one I can think of to start with is this -> PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATE HOW MUCH OR HOW MANY CALORIES THEY ARE EATING AND OVERESTIMATE HOW MANY CALORIES THEY ARE BURNING OFF THRU THEIR EXERCISE. You just can't out-train a bad "diet" or food plan!

1. Thinking that don't have to do any cardio or maybe not doing enough cardio. I have written about how much cardio I do numerous times. Even when I was young, I still had to do more cardio so it is not just the aging. We are all different. Depending on your goals, you may have to get the food right, lift weights AND do more than you think cardio to be leaner. Again - this is based on YOUR GOALS!

2. Thinking you can't build muscle & lean out at the same time. I have done this for years. It is all about developing a program that works to do this AND the food! I was chatting with a guy that is trying to build & lean out. He does a circuit training routine that has him doing a couple sets of lifting, 2+ minutes high intensity cardio (equipment of choice), weights & back & forth for 45 minutes to an hour. Guys have to do cardio too! Some just do not stay as lean as others - even young ones & this guy is young. He also has an eating program he is on that works to help him achieve this goal - like me - I eat & train to build/maintain but also stay leaner. WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT! PLUS, it is all about about what you are willing to do to accomplish your own personal goals.

3. Signing up for or following every "diet" or "workout program" you see on Facebook, Instagram, posts Pinterest & more. Most important, you have to at least follow a program for a few weeks to even see if it works for you or feels right for you. Changing food & exercise protocols all the time does not allow you to focus in on what is right for your own body. In addition, your life & lifestyle is different from others. Whatever you do needs to fit with your every day life!

4. Eating too many of the "healthy recipes" you see on Facebook, Instagram, posts & Pinterest. I posted about this HERE. Just because somebody can put 5 toppings on top of their Greek yogurt or eat paleo or any other program & do fine or eat a stack of healthy pancakes with multiple toppings on it does not mean that you can do it & not gain. You really need to evaluate &  know what you are putting in your body. See #5 below.

5. Not taking into account your own personal lifestyle, job, family obligations & more. Again like in #3 above. You read about what everyone else is doing BUT you don't know their life. Are they active all the time? Do they work at an active job or a sedentary job? Do they have kids? Do you have kids? Can you maintain what you are reading long term? Does it fit with your every day life, lifestyle, job? So many questions to ask yourself & evaluate before signing on to something that may not work for you or fit into a busier life.

AND... check out this great post from the FunandFit twins about reaching your fitness goals! 

Thoughts? Do you have one biggest mistake people do that you want to share here?


Brand Love: Just ignore if not interested. 

1. Designer Whey Products - Full disclosure that I make a bit of money if you use my discount code ZDWHEY4 at online checkout for 20% off your total order - all products included and free shipping in continental US with orders of $50+! If you have a fit minded friend that loves their products, why not make up your own little gift cert, give it to them & let them know you will pay for it!

2. KnixWear. I am one of their "knixperts".  You get 15% off your order by putting my code knixpert25 when ordering online. I have tested the gusset lined ones for stopping "crotch sweat" - THEY DO!!! 

They now have a NEW CAMPAIGN on Indiegogo. It is their new FitKnix line!!!! SO EXCITING! You can click that link to see the video & learn/see more AND ORDER!  

FULL DISCLOSURE: TThe link is personalized for me so if people buy using my link, I get a LITTLE bit of money for all sales once my numbers reach a certain point. Would love you to help the company & me. I know you will love the undies!

3. MixMyOwn Healthy Cereals: Full disclosure that I make a little money off them if you click my link but I LOVE THIS COMPANY & the idea of being able to make up your own special mix from 100+ choices! You can also buy gift certificates from their site for friends, family & coworkers!

4. NEW Partnership! Silk Athlete: Line of 100% organic silk fitness apparel! Get 10% off your online orders with Discount Code silk-jody. This line feels amazing on, wicks sweat beautifully! There is no weighted silk, acid dyes, wild silk, silk noil etc. They don’t finish their products with anything. The garments are hand cut, individually, and sewn by hand, in an innovative production system- in a special purpose built sportswear factory. The factory is certified for low waste, energy efficient, responsible employer- with good inspection process by authorities. It can take 6 months to develop a color- some colors can't be offered – for example white- given white is “made”- by coating the textile with a chemical. They don’t offer really deep colors that silk is renowned for as this requires acid.

Gratitude Monday & Family Fun in the Rain

Monday March 3, 2014

Photo: Ewa Bialkowski - this is for you - it was raining like crazy last night & this was this afternoon although hard to see how hard it was raining from my cell phone pic.. <img src=">

Welcome to Gratitude Monday. Each Monday, stop by & comment on what you are grateful for & how it will impact you to live a healthier life going forward. How it impacts you does not have to be food or exercise related. It can be in any way, shape or form! If you just want to write a grateful comment & nothing else, that is fine too. If your comment is the same as another one, so be it. Everything goes here.

For those not in California, all hell broke loose - it rained!!!! People forget how to drive, walk, live & we have a 24 hour news cycle about storm watch! To be fair, when it has not rained for way too long & we are in a drought, too much rain at once can cause all sorts of problems on the road, burn areas & more .. and it did cause many issues for a lot of areas.

As much as we need the rain, we had a lot of plans for this weekend since my oldest stepdaughter & oldest grandson came to town. It did mess up some of your plans but we survived.  I did get my Sunday outside run in though. It started to shower on me about 10 minutes before I was done but all was fine!

Some pics for your viewing & thankful to get to see them!


I put on street clothes for our dinner out. That top is a Silk Athlete Robusto top & I LOVE IT!!! Feels AMAZING on! Got my Ahnu shoes on too - love!


Oldest stepdaughter & son - oldest grandson below. We went to Selanne Steak Tavern owned by Anaheim Ducks player Teemu Selanne. My husband said it was one of the best meals he ever had out! We saw 2 or 3 HOUSEWIVES for those that watch that reality show. I don't because I pretty much see people that look like that on a daily basis. One of them is married to a plastic surgeon that was on The Swan for those that watched that show. We have seen him & his wife a few times out. Very weird that we see them since we don't run in their circles!


Youngest stepdaughter & her hubby. She got the fancy tickets to the Ducks game from one of her clients. I did not go.


Some of dinner & dessert below & the couple above had wine.
 

Grandson & a replica of The Stanley Cup!


Get together on Sunday with them & also my hubby's bro & his wife! Somebody got some cookies from stepdaughter.


The cute visitors again!


There they are at the Ducks game right by the ice!!!!


I was pretty much off social media this weekend - very nice! In fact, the visitors are still here till Monday afternoon so you may not hear much from me today either!

How was your weekend & what are you thankful for today?



Brand Love: Just ignore if not interested. 

1. Designer Whey Products - Full disclosure that I make a bit of money if you use my discount code ZDWHEY4 at online checkout for 20% off your total order - all products included and free shipping in continental US with orders of $50+! If you have a fit minded friend that loves their products, why not make up your own little gift cert, give it to them & let them know you will pay for it!

2. KnixWear. I am one of their "knixperts".  You get 15% off your order by putting my code knixpert25 when ordering online. I have tested the gusset lined ones for stopping "crotch sweat" - THEY DO!!! 

They now have a NEW CAMPAIGN on Indiegogo. It is their new FitKnix line!!!! SO EXCITING! You can click that link to see the video & learn/see more AND ORDER!  

FULL DISCLOSURE: TThe link is personalized for me so if people buy using my link, I get a LITTLE bit of money for all sales once my numbers reach a certain point. Would love you to help the company & me. I know you will love the undies!

3. MixMyOwn Healthy Cereals: Full disclosure that I make a little money off them if you click my link but I LOVE THIS COMPANY & the idea of being able to make up your own special mix from 100+ choices! You can also buy gift certificates from their site for friends, family & coworkers!

4. NEW Partnership! Silk Athlete: Line of 100% organic silk fitness apparel! Get 10% off your online orders with Discount Code silk-jody. This line feels amazing on, wicks sweat beautifully! There is no weighted silk, acid dyes, wild silk, silk noil etc. They don’t finish their products with anything. The garments are hand cut, individually, and sewn by hand, in an innovative production system- in a special purpose built sportswear factory. The factory is certified for low waste, energy efficient, responsible employer- with good inspection process by authorities. It can take 6 months to develop a color- some colors can't be offered – for example white- given white is “made”- by coating the textile with a chemical. They don’t offer really deep colors that silk is renowned for as this requires acid.

I'm OK, You're OK - Wait I am NOT OK - Social Media Pressure

Friday February 28, 2014



I had been mulling around in my mind this post for weeks now. It stems from so many Instagram posts I see each day as well as some blog posts & Facebook posts.

I think the need to tell people it is NOT OK to feel bad or sad or depressed or unhappy has gotten a bit out of hand in some circles.

IT IS OK TO FEEL!!!

I mean, life is life! It is not perfect by any means & anyone that writes or tells you they are having a perfect life, are happy all the time - HOLY CRAP, I want whatever pill they are taking for that OR whatever they are eating like my favorite clip from When Harry Met Sally - I'll have what she is having!!

We all have bad days or even bad weeks. Many of us have family or money stresses. We may get down about things happening  at home, work, with family.

I see this especially on Instagram - as much as I love IG, it does have its not so great parts to it - this being one of them. Post upon posts of people telling you to just buck up, get over it, be happy, you are lucky to be alive & healthy!

YES, I know I am lucky to be healthy & alive. I am thankful for many things BUT I am not perfect, my life is not perfect & life is life

Perfection is over rated!!!! Did you read my post on The Beauty of Imperfection?  

         

 

I mean, we all have our times! It is when it goes on for weeks on end or your thoughts turn to something beyond just sad or hurt that you may want to seek out help... and hopefully close people around you will see your need for that - hopefully!

BUT, this is how I feel about days like this - It is OK to not be OK every day:



What are your thoughts on this? Do you think there is too much social media pressure on people to always say they are OK or happy when in reality they are sad or hurt or depressed about something in life? Have you seen or witnessed this on any of the social media platforms?

I want to thank Brendon at Sequel Life for giving me the push to write this per his Instagram post Thursday. Also Nicole at Making Good Choices for this post.

Benefits Old School Weight Lifting

Wednesday February 26, 2014



I know there are so many ways to work out these days when it comes to weightlifting & resistance training. People do Crossfit, functional training, Tabata, HIIT, body pump classes & more!

The purpose of this post is not to tell you how to do your resistance training but to tell you why I prefer my old school weight lifting training with my Jody twist! If I had to box it, though, I would call it an old school way of weight lifting.

I do have my own twist on my weight training sessions. I do a form of circuit training when I lift specific to my needs with minimal rest between sets. Mine is still a weight training session that works certain body parts each day & all muscle groups are trained separately for the most part. My goal is to focus on developing each body part with the end result - to have a symmetrical body shape. 

It is not that I never throw in multi-group or functional fitness resistance training, it is just that is not my main lifting workout. I do HIIT & intervals in my cardio. My circuit training style of lifting keeps me breathing heavy too!

 
Yes, I am wearing a YMX by Yellowman top! Love being a YMX brand ambassador!


For example, when people do a squat to shoulder press or squat to dumbbell curls to shoulder press, the weight used is going to be that which the weakest body part can lift the most. If you can only curl 15 pounds for the selected repetitions but say your shoulders & legs could have taken more resistance, you are kinda cheating those body parts from getting the maximum results possible if your goal is to say build up your legs or shoulders. Normally, people are going to be able to lift heavier for shoulders & legs.


Above is my new fitness apparel line, Silk Athlete. 100% organic silk! Post coming soon but I can offer 10% off online ordering with discount code silk-jody. Yes, I make a little off each order. Cheap plug for my new brand love - more at end of post.


I do know many lifters work the largest muscle groups first & smaller last. NOT ME. I typically work my weakest muscle group first so that I have the most energy & strength for it. I don't care if that is biceps instead of back. My back develops easy so if I happen to work both these parts on the same day, biceps will come first. 

NOW, I am an ADVANCED LIFTER SO THIS IS NOT FOR NEWBIES!! You have to learn to lift correctly before you progress to this type of workout.

I develop my personal program for MY GOALS. I want to have each muscle worked to the maximum effort to meet my goals of symmetry. If I see that 1 body part that I had been working first is looking good & another lagging, I will change up the order of which body part gets worked first. I also may change which body parts are worked together each day. 

I have done the above for many years - changing the order & which days I work which muscle groups as well as which muscles are trained on the same day. In fact, I may just change my weekly or daily workout based on how I am feeling & the muscles are feeling that week. This takes time to learn to know your body & get in tune with the mind/muscle link - learning to listen to your body!

I am NOT saying mine is better than any other type of workout!!! I am just providing an explanation as to the benefits of old school weight lifting & how it may benefit you to throw in 1 or 2 of these types of workouts per week if you don't already.

Do you do any form of old school weight training? Does this post make you think about maybe adding it in to your workout week?


Brand Love: Just ignore if not interested.

1. Designer Whey Products - Full disclosure that I make a bit of money if you use my discount code ZDWHEY4 at online checkout for 20% off your total order - all products included and free shipping in continental US with orders of $50+! If you have a fit minded friend that loves their products, why not make up your own little gift cert, give it to them & let them know you will pay for it!

2. KnixWear. I am one of their "knixperts".  You get 15% off your order by putting my code knixpert25 when ordering online. I have tested the gusset lined ones for stopping "crotch sweat" - THEY DO!!! 

They now have a NEW CAMPAIGN on Indiegogo. It is their new FitKnix line!!!! SO EXCITING! You can click that link to see the video & learn/see more AND ORDER!  

FULL DISCLOSURE: TThe link is personalized for me so if people buy using my link, I get a LITTLE bit of money for all sales once my numbers reach a certain point. Would love you to help the company & me. I know you will love the undies!

3. MixMyOwn Healthy Cereals: Full disclosure that I make a little money off them if you click my link but I LOVE THIS COMPANY & the idea of being able to make up your own special mix from 100+ choices! You can also buy gift certificates from their site for friends, family & coworkers!

4. NEW Partnership! Silk Athlete: Line of 100% organic silk fitness apparel! Get 10% off your online orders with Discount Code silk-jody. This line feels amazing on, wicks sweat beautifully! There is no weighted silk, acid dyes, wild silk, silk noil etc. They don’t finish their products with anything. The garments are hand cut, individually, and sewn by hand, in an innovative production system- in a special purpose built sportswear factory. The factory is certified for low waste, energy efficient, responsible employer- with good inspection process by authorities. It can take 6 months to develop a color- some colors can't be offered – for example white- given white is “made”- by coating the textile with a chemical. They don’t offer really deep colors that silk is renowned for as this requires acid.

Gratitude Monday & THIS! SuperSeedz Giveaway Winner

Monday February 24, 2014


LOVE THIS QUOTE!!!!

Welcome to Gratitude Monday. Each Monday, stop by & comment on what you are grateful for & how it will impact you to live a healthier life going forward. How it impacts you does not have to be food or exercise related. It can be in any way, shape or form! If you just want to write a grateful comment & nothing else, that is fine too. If your comment is the same as another one, so be it. Everything goes here.

Here are some pics from the weekend. I stayed away from the phone a lot of Saturday and some of Sunday too! Ah, my love of Instagram, but did post some pics of my days. I need to do this away from the phone more often!

I visited my parents Saturday. This is the bench by the grave. On the bench, we have a quote from The Little Price & the other quote that many of you know already of read before. It is hard to see the gravestone so I put a separate pic below. My Dad would always say that sentence under his name - his version of "G*d - was a she & just more what any person felt was right for them. We chose that because he really did say it EVERY week! His death was not expected so we had to chose what to put on thereMy mom was the same about G*d. I love them for this because it made us respect others for their beliefs & not say one way is the only way. My mom loved acting & drama thus the saying under her name. I LOVE THAT SAYING! It was hard because she died of cancer so we had to ask her what she wanted on her the gravestone.




Love this quote from fitncookies. Appropriate blog name for me to love with my love of cookies! The clouds & sun were the beauty we saw Saturday!


Ah, my Sunday run . I had my healthy bites from Lindsay over at Cotter Crunch! You must check her out & those bites!!! She sells them but I won these & they are DELICIOUS!!!!! Closer pic of the bites below! Course I had coffee as always!




Of course COOKIES were part of the weekend - no surprise there!  Thx to Monica at RunEatRepeat for the great quote! I had the 2nd cookie on Saturday - this pic is from Sunday. It was a beautiful weekend! I have added my hubby's weekend treat below too. His kids give him gift cards for that place. He is an ice cream lover!





AND THE WINNER OF THE AMAZING SuperSeedz Pumpkin Seeds in 8 flavors is: littlemisssaira littlemisssaira

Please email me a shipping address. If you want to read more about Superseedz again, my post is HERE.

How was your weekend & what are you thankful for today?

The Beauty of Imperfection

Friday February 21, 2014



So, many of you have seen some of my threads AND POSTS on me not keeping up with you all as much as I want to - feeling bad for it.

...BUT, like Roni & Carla have been posting about, #wycwyc, whatever you can do, whenever you can, I am posting this in terms of the social media world for me. I am at least going to try to not feel bad - always a work in progress for me in the social media realm!

I see so many great threads on Facebook pages that I want to keep up with - I just don't have the time. I still don't get how people get to so many FB pages to contribute to these threads of wisdom. I don't have a laptop or iPad so maybe some of you do it on them while you are out & about. On a phone, well, I find it very difficult. The screen is small & my phone tends to have "issues" so.. it is just very hard to do it on the phone. Instagram is made for the phone so that is easier plus the threads are not like FB spreads - well for the most part but some do write "books" & I have yet to figure that out!

I want to read all the blog posts & comment & tweet for people. I want to visit their Instagram pages. The reality is that I am going to have to cut back somehow to  get it all done along with my first priority - job search & find.

I am thinking that some days I may do more blog reading, other days Instagram & other days FB with all days having job search & writing blog posts as part of it. I know this will be a work in progress so we shall see  how it goes.


What I will do  is try my best. That is all I can do. I also want all of you out there that struggle with this OR struggle with this in other realms of life like food or exercise or your job, IMPERFECTION IS FINE - IT IS GOOD! Why - See below:
















I hope this has helped just on person - if it has, I have done my part today. I hope you all understand that I will not be able to do it all - it does not mean I am not thinking about you or care. It is just a crazy time. 

I am working with a couple brands that I love and promote here on my blog as you know. I have a new one coming up soon that I am excited to introduce to you that is a fitness apparel line. With all that, I still have to find a job that brings in steady money every week.

SO... at the end of each post I write, I am going to put the same verbiage about the brands I love & represent & make either a little money or maybe get free goods from working with them. You can ignore it OR if you decide you want to try & buy, the information will be there. Like I said, just ignore if if you don't care. I also have links on the side bar of my blog to some of them. I will be writing about a new brand venture very soon - a fitness apparel line I really love - the suspense!

I am trying to find a way to change the blog to a better format. Hubby does not do Wordpress & I am technically challenged in that realm so I have yet to decide how I will do this. Will keep you posted! 

Happy Friday to you all & HUGS!

***AND, don't forget my SuperSeedz Giveaway on Instagram. Read more about it HERE! Last day to enter is Sunday!


Brand Love:

1. Designer Whey Products - Full disclosure that I make a bit of money if you use my discount code ZDWHEY4 at online checkout for 20% off your total order - all products included and free shipping in continental US with orders of $50+! If you have a fit minded friend that loves their products, why not make up your own little gift cert, give it to them & let them know you will pay for it!

2. KnixWear. I am one of their "knixperts".  You get 15% off your order by putting my code knixpert25 when ordering online. I have tested the gusset lined ones for stopping "crotch sweat" - THEY DO!!!

They now have a NEW CAMPAIGN on Indiegogo. It is their new FitKnix line!!!! SO EXCITING! You can click that link to see the video & learn/see more AND ORDER!  

FULL DISCLOSURE: The link is personalized for me so if people buy using my link, I get a LITTLE bit of money for all sales once my numbers reach a certain point. Would love you to help the company & me. I know you will love the undies!

3. MixMyOwn Healthy Cereals: Full disclosure that I make a little money off them if you click my link but I LOVE THIS COMPANY & the idea of being able to make up your own special mix from 100+ choices! You can also buy gift certificates from their site for friends, family & coworkers!

Help for Snack Attacks! Healthy Snacking GIVEAWAY!!

Wednesday February 19, 2014



I know there are very few out there that don't have problems with snacking OR the wanting to snack. Most of us want to snack more than we should snack. I am a mini meal eater & take those meals & break them up in to smaller meals sometimes if I have that need to snack more.

There are many healthy choices for snacking:

1. PORTION CONTROL nuts & dried fruit

2. Veggies dipped in Greek yogurt mix made with your own combo of spices & herbs.

3. Berries or fruit dipped in Greek yogurt & then frozen for a quick yummy bite of heaven.

4. Frozen Greek yogurt mixed with a flavored stevia or protein powder or anything you like made into an "ice cream"  topped with a portion control of your choice - healthy granola, heated berries or fruit, nuts, nut butter - whatever is your thing.

5. Microwave protein mug cakes - soooo many recipes out there - Google it!

6. Healthy bars - there are some out there like a Kind bar, Quest bars & others - JUST BE A LABEL reader & find what you are OK with for you.

7. Make your own healthy fries by slicing sweet or regular potatoes & sprinkle with your spice of choice and bake.

8. Healthy chips by cutting up a healthy pita bread or flat bread of choice & once again sprinkle with spice of choice and bake.


There are many more choices BUT I am showing you these amazing pumpkin seeds that I received for review from SuperSeedz! You see them in the picture at the beginning of this post.

Thank you Nicole at Making Good Choices Blog for introducing me to this brand! There will also a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!

These seeds are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, tree nut free, peanut free, no additives, no preservatives, no cholesterol & no trans fats. They are have very low net carbs. SuperSeedz are high in heart healthy proteins and omega 3 oil plus they are rich in zinc and a great source of iron, phosphorous, vitamin E and tryptophan.

There are 8 flavors: Really Naked, Sea Salt, Coco Joe, Sugar & Cinnamon, Curry, Somewhat Spicy, Super Spicy & Tomato Italiano! Something for everyone!



The nutritional stats are great too! 

* A serving size for all of them is 1/3 cup! That is pretty good if you eat them a little at a time vs stuffing a ton in your mouth at once. They should last you for a nice snack. Like any nut, they are higher in calories & fat so that is why I stress the portion control.

* All the flavors have similar profiles in terms of calories, fat, sugars, sodium, carbs & protein. 

130-160 calories per portion

9-12g of fat

25-180mg of sodium per serving size with Sea Salt & Tomato Italiano the only ones over 100mg.

0-2g of sugar

4-6g carbs

8-9g protein

In my opinion, a great snack! I tasted them all except Curry because I did not receive that one for some reason. I really liked them all!!! 

The Super Spicy IS spicy! It definitely has a bite! The Somewhat Spicy still has a bite but a little less - still spicy though. The Coco Joe has some coffee & vanilla flavor in there too so - YUM! Of course I love the cinnamon & sugar - I LOVE Cinnamon! HONESTLY, I like them all! Hubby is loving them too!

I took the Really Naked & made Sarah's Cranberry Pecan Granola with them instead of the other nuts in the recipe. Can you say OMG - DELISH!



I am thinking of other ways to use these SuperSeedz too. If you go back to the beginning of my post, you can use them in many of those suggestions - sprinkle on oatmeal, yogurt, frozen yogurt, mix in with other nuts & dried fruits & more!

You can also put them between wax paper & use a rolling pin to crush them up 

---> Add them to homemade bars or muffins or protein bread any baked good OR sprinkle on top.

--> How about crushing up certain of the flavors & use as a rub or coating for chicken or meat or turkey burgers/breasts or any vegan meal. I would add them to my homemade turkey meatloaf.

--> I saw this one on Instagram: Frozen Greek Yogurt bark with extras - spread Greek yogurt somewhat thinly on parchment paper (thickness to your liking) & add any type of seed or nut or fruit or whatever you like on the yogurt. Press the add-ons into the yogurt, freeze & then break apart like that "bark" you can buy at the store - how clever is that!!!

--> OR JUST EAT AS IS!!!!!

OK - I think I have made my point - LOVE these SuperSeedz! You can buy them online here, check THIS LINK for where to buy, follow on Facebook here, follow on Twitter here.

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

1. One person will be chosen AT RANDOM to win a package of all 8 flavors!

2. This is an Instagram giveaway - If you are not on Instagram (IG), please leave me a comment on this post & I will add it in to my Instagram feed myself. The Instagram pic will go up tomorrow morning.

**Mandatory is to leave a comment on Instagram (or here if no IG account) on which flavor you think you are going to like the most.

**Extra Entry: Tweet out: "I want to win some @SuperSeedzz from @truth2beingfit http://truth2beingfit.com/2014/02/18/help-for-snack-attacks-healthy-snacking-giveaway.aspx"

**Another extra entry: Repost my Instagram post saying you want to win some @SuperSeedzz from @truth2beingfit.

3. You must follow me on Instagram to enter & win with the exception of those that are not on Instagram & leave me a comment per the above rules.

4. Contest open to continental US residents only - sorry my Canada & other country friends.

5. Giveaway is from Wednesday February 18, 2014 starting at time of my Instagram post through Sunday February 23, 2014. Winner will be announced Monday, February 24, 2014.

FTC: I received these items for free but all opinions are my own!!!

Gratitude Monday & Thanks

Monday February 17, 2014



Welcome to Gratitude Monday. Each Monday, stop by & comment on what you are grateful for & how it will impact you to live a healthier life going forward. How it impacts you does not have to be food or exercise related. It can be in any way, shape or form! If you just want to write a grateful comment & nothing else, that is fine too. If your comment is the same as another one, so be it. Everything goes here.

Today I just want to share a thank you to Lori from Get-Fit-Naturally. She buys Designer Whey with my discount code & always tweets something out afterward. It really warms my heart that she does this so I just want to say a special - I am thankful to you Lori- today! Honestly, she has the funniest coffee & wine FB & Instagram posts too so you need to check that out as well!!! I am a coffee lover so perfect for me AND I know there are many wine lovers out there!


THANK YOU Lori!!!

Also thankful for some hot water. I got in the shower Thursday night to a cold shower - YIKES! Lucky I found out then so we could get our landlords to get it fixed for us Friday morning. I had my hair in a crazed state ready for root touch-up via Clairol root touch-up, . That happened Friday after we once again had hot water. My hair grows fast & who can afford to get gray covered every 4 weeks so I do this once or twice in between getting it done professionally to save money. I actually leave this stuff on 1 hour with age - I have stubborn gray. When I was younger, the 15-20 minutes worked but now - well.. that is what I have to do! YIKES! It is not the best but it works for now until I win the lotto.

AND with that, I was really thankful my hair came out pretty good that day. First pic above is the day after but I kinda just pulled the hair in the front bangs & up top & left some curl below & in the back which you can't see in the pic.

For those wondering about the Keratin Treatment, I do love it BUT it is does not seem as strong as the Brazilian Blowout I had many years ago - hard to say for sure cause my hair has changed with age so if anyone wants to pay for a Brazilian Blowout for me when this is gone, I will let you know for sure! It is already starting to frizz in more humid weather BUT I still can pull it without too much trouble in the front part like in the pic. I have been using the Keratin specific shampoo/conditioner BUT some Phytodefrisant products for styling. 

We have had some wonderful weather lately & I love that. I know we need rain though but I do love these 70's temps. Here is a pic from a walk I took last week.



We also found this very cool spice shop while we were out & about Sunday. I bought the Cajun Blackening Seasoning - salt free - and very reasonably priced - comparable to stores so I was happy! I am going to put it on everything!



Cookies always!!!!!  The cookies below are from Peets. I did not eat them but had my normal Whole Foods molasses & one of their oatmeal cranberry raisin too but wanted to give you a different pic! I also am sharing a pic of what is being offered in Peets these days plus a pic of our view while we were out Sunday. I just got my coffee with sugar free vanilla flavor in it.

 


How was your weekend & what are you thankful for today?

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