Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Workout Wednesdays - WOW! #38

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  6 classes for $100.00


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WORKOUT WEDNESDAY (WOW)

 LINK UP!

BROUGHT TO YOU BY YOUR HOSTESSES 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.






JOINING US ARE OUR CO-HOSTESSES:

Link up co-hostesses
They both have really cool blogs full of their fitness adventures so stop by there, read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe of course so you constantly receive their latest and greatest blog posts.  We are very happy to have them co-host this Workout Wednesday link up party with us. 

You can also check them out on the social media scene.
Amanda | Blog | Twitter | Instagram
Natalie | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Jenn Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


LET’S PARTY!!

DISCLOSURE:  REGARDLESS OF WHICH BLOG YOU POST YOUR LINK, IT WILL DISPLAY ONFEMME FITALE FIT CLUB,  THE FRUGAL EXERCISEREAT HARD WORK HARDCOMEBACK MOMMA, AND MEAN, GREEN, CLEAN EATING TEEN BLOGS. 

Point & Purpose:

The purpose of this link up party is to mix and mingle and support each other’s sites by visiting, subscribing and/or leaving a comment.  Please do not drop a link here, disappear and not follow through by visiting other party goers’ sites.  

THEME:

We are linking up blog postsGoogle+ posts or Facebook posts related to FITNESS, RUNNING, HEALTH or WELLNESS.  

SIMPLE RULES:

1. Follow, Like and/or Subscribe to your hostesses and co-hostesses:
2.   Don’t be a wallflower.  I can not stress this enough.  Show some comment luv and support to other party goers of this link up by visiting their blogs and either leave a comment on a post, subscribe or both!  Visit at least others who have joined the party.
3.  Also join our WOW Link Up Pinterest Board so you can PIN your post to it.
4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-)
5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post for easy identification.
6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Using Walgreens Balance Rewards To Buy Fitness Gifts - Part 1



Yes, I'm already preparing my shopping list for Christmas.  This year I won't be spending a lot of money because I will be using my Walgreens' Balance Rewards to buy fitness gifts.

What are Balance Rewards? This is a customer loyalty program that allows you to earn points on certain products purchased at Walgreens.  You can sign up online or at your local Walgreens and you will receive a physical card.  I tend to rack up a lot points because I have to buy medications for my hypothyroidism and the local Walgreens is a block away from my home.

Once you reach 1000 points, you can cash(redeem) them in.  Here is the breakdown of the point system:
(1) 1,000 Points = $1.00
(2) 2,000 Points = $2.00
(3) 3,000 Points = $3.00
(4) 5,000 Points = $5.00
(5) 10,000 Points = $10.00
(6) 18,000 Points = $20.00
(7) 30,000 Points = $35.00
(8) 40,000 Points = $50.00

Presently, I have 40,000 points but my goal is to reach 80,000 by the first week of December.  I would have had more but I used a few of my points the first part of the year.  To reach my goal, I will be paying attention to the weekly sales for items I need.

Some of you might be scratching your head wondering where to find these fitness and health items at Walgreens.  You must go online to Walgreens.com to find the complete line of fitness, diet and health products that are not usually found at Walgreens stores.

Here are some of the fitness and diet products, you can find online:


Jillian Michaels Vinyl Kettlebell Set

Gaiam Restore Strength and Flexibility Kit
Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker Magenta 
GoFit Ultimate Foam Massage 


In part two of this series, I will show you how to get extra Balance Reward points without purchasing an item.


Do you give fitness items for presents? Are you a Walgreens Balance card holder? If so, have you ever redeemed your points?


   

Friday, July 25, 2014

Rock Your Workout Event Blog Opportunity


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Workout Wednesdays #37 WOW!

On Sale

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WORKOUT WEDNESDAY (WOW)

 LINK UP!

BROUGHT TO YOU BY YOUR HOSTESSES 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.







JOINING US ARE OUR CO-HOSTESSES:

Link up co-hostesses
They both have really cool blogs full of their fitness adventures so stop by there, read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe of course so you constantly receive their latest and greatest blog posts.  We are very happy to have them co-host this Workout Wednesday link up party with us. 

You can also check them out on the social media scene.
Amanda | Blog | Twitter | Instagram
Natalie | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Jenn Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


LET’S PARTY!!

DISCLOSURE:  REGARDLESS OF WHICH BLOG YOU POST YOUR LINK, IT WILL DISPLAY ONFEMME FITALE FIT CLUB,  THE FRUGAL EXERCISEREAT HARD WORK HARDCOMEBACK MOMMA, AND MEAN, GREEN, CLEAN EATING TEEN BLOGS. 

Point & Purpose:

The purpose of this link up party is to mix and mingle and support each other’s sites by visiting, subscribing and/or leaving a comment.  Please do not drop a link here, disappear and not follow through by visiting other party goers’ sites.  

THEME:

We are linking up blog postsGoogle+ posts or Facebook posts related to FITNESS, RUNNING, HEALTH or WELLNESS.  

SIMPLE RULES:

1. Follow, Like and/or Subscribe to your hostesses and co-hostesses:
2.   Don’t be a wallflower.  I can not stress this enough.  Show some comment luv and support to other party goers of this link up by visiting their blogs and either leave a comment on a post, subscribe or both!  Visit at least others who have joined the party.
3.  Also join our WOW Link Up Pinterest Board so you can PIN your post to it.
4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-)
5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post for easy identification.
6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Should It Be Required That Food Stamps Recipients Grow Their Own Vegetable Gardens?




Years ago, when it wasn't popular to have a vegetable garden and when Chicago still had housing projects, I stumbled into a neighborhood near my apartment called the Ida B. Wells, housing projects.  The homes at that time were dilapidated row houses with dirt instead of lawns in most of the front yards.  In the midst of dirt and trash on the curb were a few homes that had replaced their dirt yards with full blown vegetable gardens. If I remember correctly, these gardens had bell peppers, collards, cabbage, corn, lettuce, beans and probably a few more things I may not recall at this time. This really got my attention because when I was a teenager, I tried my hand at growing vegetables in my parent's backyard.  Eventually, I stopped and talk to two elderly ladies tending their gardens.

I asked what they were growing and when would they harvest their food.  Then I asked;  "Why aren't your neighbors growing vegetable as you are doing?" They told me they tried to get them involved but they simply weren't interested.  For those who remember; during those early 1990's years, the country was at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, and I spotted a few people walking around that looked quite spent.  I nodded and expressed how much I had wanted a garden but unfortunately I lived in an apartment located on the 22nd floor of a building -- not exactly a prime location to grow zucchini!

Fast forward to 2014 -- I have maintained a vegetable garden every year since I moved into my home over a decade ago.  It wasn't until a couple of years back that I thought about the Ida B. Wells gardeners and how growing a garden could be beneficial to a family, especially a poor one. Should food stamp recipients who have adequate space be encouraged to maintain seasonal vegetable gardens?


If they own a home and have the space, I think they should consider vegetable garden.  Consuming more fruits and vegetable is known to contribute to a healthier diet.  Why spend precious money in a store buying vegetable when they can be produced cheaply at home?

Growing your own food can supplement your groceries and allow you to save a reasonable amount of money.  I have a kale salad for lunch almost everyday in the summer and it's more or less free because kale and tomatoes are some of the many plants I grow each year.

I think a simple lifestyle change that incorporates gardening could be a great way for people living below the poverty line to improve their diet and enjoy a more sustainable existence.

Let me know what you think?





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Workout Wednesdays - WOW! #36

WORKOUT WEDNESDAY (WOW)

 LINK UP!

BROUGHT TO YOU BY YOUR HOSTESSES 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.







JOINING US ARE OUR CO-HOSTESSES:

Link up co-hostesses
They both have really cool blogs full of their fitness adventures so stop by there, read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe of course so you constantly receive their latest and greatest blog posts.  We are very happy to have them co-host this Workout Wednesday link up party with us. 

You can also check them out on the social media scene.
Amanda | Blog | Twitter | Instagram
Natalie | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Jenn Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


LET’S PARTY!!

DISCLOSURE:  REGARDLESS OF WHICH BLOG YOU POST YOUR LINK, IT WILL DISPLAY ONFEMME FITALE FIT CLUB,  THE FRUGAL EXERCISEREAT HARD WORK HARDCOMEBACK MOMMA, AND MEAN, GREEN, CLEAN EATING TEEN BLOGS. 

Point & Purpose:

The purpose of this link up party is to mix and mingle and support each other’s sites by visiting, subscribing and/or leaving a comment.  Please do not drop a link here, disappear and not follow through by visiting other party goers’ sites.  

THEME:

We are linking up blog postsGoogle+ posts or Facebook posts related to FITNESS, RUNNING, HEALTH or WELLNESS.  

SIMPLE RULES:

1. Follow, Like and/or Subscribe to your hostesses and co-hostesses:
2.   Don’t be a wallflower.  I can not stress this enough.  Show some comment luv and support to other party goers of this link up by visiting their blogs and either leave a comment on a post, subscribe or both!  Visit at least others who have joined the party.
3.  Also join our WOW Link Up Pinterest Board so you can PIN your post to it.
4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-)
5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post for easy identification.
6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Surpahs Digital Body Fat Scale Review

Surpah-scale



I received an email from C8KE Inc. about trying out their Surpahs Digital Body Fat Scale and I have to tell you, I was kind of weary about doing it.  Being an exercise physiologist, I have tested hundreds of people over the years using the skinfold calipers. I have found when I use the bio-electrical impedance method, which is what the Surpahs scale uses, it tends to under predict and over predict the amount of body fat in individuals.

I actually have a Tanita scale at home and it too uses bioelectrical impedance to measure body fat.  The body fat measurements with the Tanita scale are so off, I ended up using the scale for only measuring my weight.  At the time, I was about 20% body fat and when I would take my weight, it read about 28-30%, which was way off. As you can see, this is the reason why I was hesitant upon receiving the Surpahs Digital Body Fat Scale. I decided to put this scale through a test and below are my results.

Test subject 1  Female 5'4" or 167.64 cm  
Surpah body fat reading 20.6%  skinfold body fat test 23.4%

Test subject 2  Female 5'7" or 173.736 cm
Surpahs body fat reading 24.3%  skinfold body fat test 25.5%

Test subject 3 Male 6'1" or 185.928 cm
Surpahs body fat reading 17% skinfold body fat test 15%

As you can see, the difference between the skinfold caliper readings and the Surpahs body fat measurements were not that far apart. It is much better than many of the bioelectrical machines I have used in the past.  However, if you want to most accurate body fat measurement, you will have to find a sports clinic that does underwater weighing.  Underwater weighing is still consider the gold standard when measuring the body fat.

The Surpahs Digital Body Fat Scale also measures the weight, total body water, muscle mass and bone mass.  In conclusion, it is a great scale for finding your weight and body fat but if you want the most accurate body fat reading, then you will have to find a professional sports clinic.

NOTE: I received this product from the manufacturer in exchange for my unpaid, honest opinion of the product.