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Should you exercise when you’re sick?


This makes me laugh so I wanted to share. I needed a chuckle today. Hope it works for you, too!

I came down with a bad cold this past weekend, just as I was getting on a roll again with my “Lori in the equation healthy living.” This includes a 5-6x per week exercise routine. So I didn’t want to stop.

On Sunday, I trained and it wasn’t pretty. I was slow and lethargic throughout my workout, but surprisingly felt better after. This morning was definitely a no go. I went to bed last night with a fever, chills and aches all over — this on top of the basic cold symptoms.

This left me wondering, “Should you work out when you’re sick? What do the professionals say?” I am in a no-excuses mode of healthy living so I don’t want to use being sick as an excuse. But I don’t want to be stupid either. Read more

Carbs trigger food cravings…YEP!

sugar-addictionMy personal battle with sugar and how I am winning!

Okay, I don’t mean to be a cynic — but, really?! Some of us know this and live it every day.

The June 27, 2013 New York Times article titled: How Carbs Can Trigger Food Cravings, seems a bit late to the party. It reports a new study that shows all calories are not created equal and that “sugary foods and drinks, white bread and other processed carbohydrates that are known to cause abrupt spikes and falls in blood sugar appear to stimulate parts of the brain involved in hunger, craving, and reward.”
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Food and addiction. Research and hope. Yes!

I want to bust a few myths that some people have about obese people. First off, we don’t choose to be obese. We are not lazy and unmotivated. It is not about lack of willpower or lack of desire to get healthy. Read more

Going a little “sciency” on you

For those of you that have a limited tolerance and attention span for the “science” behind your health and wellness program – or more specifically, what you put in your body – I have two thoughts. Read more

Her secret is patience

It’s been one week since my first half marathon and I am in a very different place today than I was a week ago. Last Sunday I was on an emotional and physical high after completing the Women’s Half Marathon in Bloomington. I was feeling strong and fit, and planning future races. My body didn’t ache like I expected. While there was some minor muscle fatigue, I felt great and was back race walking and strength training three days post marathon…and grinning from ear to ear. Read more

Think twice before that glass of wine with dinner

Last week I had a great week on my nutritional plan and a fabulous week of fitness. I got back on my surgery leg in full training mode and completed a long “powerwalk” this past weekend to get my distance and speed up before the half marathon Aug. 26. That said, my plan week was not “perfect” (when are they ever perfect?) and it was not without struggle. Read more

Healing…sans 200 pounds.

There have been lots of exciting changes in my life sans 200 pounds. But, the one I am experiencing right now might be the best to date. For those of you who know me, you will be shocked to learn this one is medical related. The physical healing I have experienced this past week post leg surgery and the speed of my recovery — as compared to the only other surgery I’ve have had in my life in 2008 — is quite remarkable. However, the real difference is that my emotional well being is off the charts! Read more

Transformation Confirmed. Whooo Hooo!

Healthy inside and out. Confirmed by hard numbers.

This past week was monumental in my transformation journey. I am basking in the glow of some great numbers that confirm how far I’ve come in just over one year.

On April 1, I received my first body composition analysis via the bod poda state of the art tool that measures and tracks lean body mass. Body-composition testing identifies your body fat and lean mass (muscles, bones, etc.). A person’s body fat percentage is the total weight of your fat divided by your total weight, and consists of both essential body fat and stored body fat. Read more


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