My Weight Lifting Regime

By Laura Moncur @ 10:41 am — Filed under:

My Weight Lifting Regime

Every day I carry boxes from where they are to where they should be. I pack a few. I unpack a few. I get one step closer to making this new house feel like home. Lucky thing I’m exercising so much because my eating is out of control right now. It’s like my ability to control the beast within me is inversely proportional to how much stress I’m experiencing. It feels like my only hope is to finish this move and get my house in order so I can go back to the business of getting my body in order.


Anybody Can Have A Better Figure!

By Laura Moncur @ 11:52 am — Filed under:

I love this advertisement from Jantzen Girdles.

Jantzen Girdles

It reads:

Anybody can have a better figure!

Anybody can look better, feel better, wear clothes better, get around better, do bigger and better things!

It goes on to tell you that you can achieve all these things by buying a girdle that doesn’t pinch, bind or twist, but they missed the point. The truth of the matter is that any of us can do all of these things just by eating healthier and getting some exercise regularly.

You don’t have to wear tight undergarments to look better and feel better. You just have to tighten your eating regime and exercise habits.

And best of all, it’s free!

Jantzen advertisement via: Found in Mom’s Basement: Vintage ads for lingerie


Figure Magazine Defunct

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

Figure Magazine is defunctI heard the rumor on a comment from Christine on my entry about Figure Magazine:

I realize this post is ancient but I am crying. I just got notice today that Figure is being replaced by Ladies Home Journal of all magazines! NOOOOOOoooooo. If I wanted a saccharin magazine I’d buy one. I am SOOOOO bummed!!!! I overlooked the annoying fluff and was so inspired by the women and clothing. I have been anxiously awaiting my next issue and then instead I get this.

Was it true? Was Figure Magazine dead and gone? I checked the Figure Magazine website and this letter to the readers was there:

Dear Figure magazine readers,

Thank you for your extraordinary passion and support throughtout our years of publishing Figure magazine. We are saddened to announce that as of our March/April 2009 issue, we will be ceasing publication of the magazine and shutting down the website.

This was a painful decision to make. We have shared your vision to create an empowering, inclusive place for women of all shapes to come and celebrate fashion and themselves. However, we are facing unprecedented economic times and unfortunately are unable to continue publishing.

If you are a magazine subscriber, we will be contacting you regarding your remaining issues.

You all have made Figure an exciting and dynamic community. It has truly been a joy to serve the needs of today’s fashion-conscious woman through the magazine and website, and we look forward to continuing to serve you in our stores and online at www.lanebryant.com, www.fashionbug.com, and www.catherines.com. We hope to see you there.

The Publishers of Figure Magazine

Christine is right. Ladies Home Journal is no replacement for Figure Magazine and the best we can do in this situation is to find a replacement online. One good one is a blog I’ve found recently:

Posting there has slowed recently, but you can read their archives for some fun things and motivation to be fabulous no matter what size you are.

If you have a fashion fix, here is a GREAT list of online shops that cater to all sizes:

It seems like the magazine industry is blaming their demise on the economy instead of themselves for not adapting to the web world. Don’t let the death of Figure magazine be a blow to accepting yourself the way you are. It’s the first step toward a healthier life.


Twitter Updates for 2009-07-10

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  • Just sent out a bunch of Starling Fitness DVD and journal orders. If you ordered while I was moving, your orders are coming soon! #

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Age Is No Limit: Great Inspiration

By Laura Moncur @ 12:22 pm — Filed under:

Ray Zahab broke the speed record of the trek to the North Pole. He walked while dragging a sled in forty below weather. The most inspirational part of this story is that he started running when he was thirty-four years old after being a long-time smoker living a VERY sedentary lifestyle.

This video of his talk at TED is so inspirational that it’s worth the download time:

Not only did they trek for ten or fifteen hours at a time, they blogged the entire time. You can read them here:

He says:

“I remember thinking, ‘What do I take from this journey? That I’m this uber-endurance guy?’ As I stand here today talking to you guys, I’ve been running for the grand sum of five years and a year before that, I was a pack a day smoker living a very sedentary lifestyle. What I take from this journey is that in fact, within every fiber of my belief standing here, I know that we can make the impossible possible. I’m learning this at forty. Can you imagine being thirteen years old, hearing those words and believing it?”

No matter how old you are, BELIEVE it. If you have ever thought that being fit and healthy was impossible, it is POSSIBLE. You CAN do it. The only thing standing in your way is your head telling you that you can’t. If Ray Zahab can become an uber-endurance athlete at an age when most people think that their careers are over, then we can get to a healthy weight. We just have to keep on trudging through the snow, pulling our sleds of history behind us.


Muscle Pain? Don’t Waste Your Money on Bengay

By Laura Moncur @ 1:38 pm — Filed under:

BenGay-Ultra Strength Pain Relieving Cream at Amazon.comIf you’ve been exercising heavily lately, you might have been tempted to use a topical analgesic like BenGay, but according to a recent study, it might not help you much more than a placebo.

They looked at 16 studies involving nearly 1,300 patients using creams containing salicylate – a close drug relative of aspirin.

Results from four of the studies showed topical salicylates performed better than dummy creams against acute pain, but when lower quality studies were excluded, the results were not statistically significant.

When it comes to rubefacients they do not work well enough to take any notice of them.

Icy Hot Extra Strength Pain Relieving Balm at Amazon.comAs a child, my grandmother used Icy Hot every night before going to sleep. The smell of that ointment reminds me of her to this day. It almost seemed like the act of rubbing in the balm was far more healing than the balm itself.

If you have been exercising heavily, take the time to give yourself a little massage and see if that helps ease the pain. If you feel any relief from using BenGay, it’s more likely coming from the act of rubbing it in than from the cream itself.

Via: Drop the Bengay and Aspercreme?


Cutting Carbs Can Ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

IBS is painful.A very small and unscientific study (no control group) has found what I found to be true when I tried Atkins. A low carbohydrate diet seems to ease the discomfort of Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

For the first two weeks, the participants ate a “standard diet” of 55% carbohydrate, 30% fat, and 15% protein. Then they were switched to a very-low-carb diet for the next four weeks, similar to the Atkins Induction phase. They were provided with the food to eat.

Of the 13 people in the study, 10 reported “adequate relief” from their symptoms all four weeks of the study. The other three reported relief on two or three of the weeks. The improvement was evident in Quality of Life measures as well as objective measures of stool frequency, etc.

Here is the link to the study:

The real question is why I don’t follow a low carbohydrate diet all the time. When I KNOW that relief from my stomach pain is within my reach, why do I keep eating foods that are high in carbs? I LOVED how I felt when I was eating a low carb diet, but I have found myself completely unable to follow the diet. Why?

The short answer is: because I’m nuts.

Any time a certain food is restricted, I find myself wanting it even more. Anyone who was starved as a child understands this reaction. Being told that I cannot have carbs made me want them even more, despite the fact that I felt so much better when I was on that diet. In the end, I have to find a balance between my psyche and my digestive tract. Somewhere in the middle is where I end up eating, so sometimes I still have severe abdominal pain, but at least now I know WHY.


How to React to a Flasher

By Laura Moncur @ 7:22 pm — Filed under:

Photo via: Fark GalleryWendy Bumgardener from About.com was flashed once while she was out walking on the trails. She didn’t look at the flasher and hurriedly walked away. Did she do the right thing?

While most flashers are not immediately dangerous, some do progress to accosting, groping, and even rape. Calling the police with a good description and photo when possible is the right thing to do to protect others.

Walking and running outside are the best and most inexpensive methods of getting exercise, but there ARE risks. Flashers are only one of them, but they are incredibly RARE, so don’t let fear of pervs in the park keep you from your daily walk.


PostSecret: Get Over It

By Laura Moncur @ 5:44 am — Filed under:

This postcard from PostSecret showed up yesterday. I feel that it’s the key to eating healthy and taking the time to exercise.

PostSecret: Get Over It

It reads:

To all the people I’ve tried pleasing during my lifetime:

I am finally going to please myself.

If this makes you unhappy…


The truth is, you can’t make other people happy. Sure, there are things that you can do to please them, but their happiness depends on THEM. The ONLY person you can control on this planet is YOU. Concentrate on making yourself happy and the rest of the people around you will follow suit or struggle as they always have.

You have to take care of yourself FIRST before you can take care of anyone else.

PostSecret‘s beneficiary is the National Hopeline Network. It is a 24-hour hotline (1 (800) SUICIDE) for anyone who is thinking about suicide or knows someone who is considering it.


How To Eat Healthy When You’re Moving

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

Exercising while I’m moving is EASY. All I have to do is haul all the boxes from the Sugarhouse house to the Daybreak house. All that lifting and carrying and climbing stairs is built in exercise and with every workout, I’m one step closer to being finished.

Eating healthy while I’m moving is a little more difficult.

Firstly, we had to move the fridge. Two weeks before the move, we stopped buying any groceries so that we could empty out the fridge. I ate up all the fresh fruit, veggies, and dairy within a couple of days. All that I was left with were condiments in the refrigerator. The freezer fed me the last week and a half, but there is only so many frozen dinners and halibut steaks I can eat before I feel like I can’t open the freezer door ever again.

Horizon Organic Reduced Fat Milk, 8-Ounce at Amazon.comHere’s what worked for me:

  • Tetra-pack milk: I’ve talked about this milk before (Travel Milk). I usually use it when I’m traveling at a hotel that doesn’t have a little refrigerator in the room. I was able to buy a case of milk, keep it in a box and not worry about it spoiling while the refrigerator was sitting without its doors in the middle of my kitchen because it couldn’t fit in the space without removing molding from the wall.

  • Canned veggies: Fresh veggies are always healthier, but canned do in a pinch and they don’t need to be refrigerated. Most cans have three to four servings of vegetables in each, so in a pinch, I was able to open a can and knock out three of my required veggies in one sitting. One note of caution, however, remember where you packed your can opener.

  • Eating out the healthy way: After three days in the new house, we still haven’t gone grocery shopping. I have been eating out at restaurants so that we can just focus on moving, unpacking and getting the pets acclimated to the new place. Instead of cooking food, I have been doing my best to choose healthy options while I’m eating out. I found the menu and nutrition facts for a bunch of restaurants online (See Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone), so I can choose wisely no matter where I go.

Just because I’m moving, doesn’t mean I have an excuse to binge on whatever food is nearby. There are ways to eat healthy, even when I can’t find my pots and pans. Eating healthy is easy when I plan ahead and know that it is possible.

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