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August 2014

From Carol: Let's call it 'Go Go Gail Grub'

I picked up my food haul from "Go Go Gail Grub" yesterday -- looking forward to see what someone else's cooking can do for me.

My plan is to have my typical breakfast at work (yogurt and oatmeal), a Go Go Grub for lunch and then a sensible meal for dinner. The grab-a-grub for lunch will be reviewed; look for my updates next week.

(She also threw in some new Organic Muscle Milk for afternoon snacks.)

Aug 3, 2014

Yoga Saturday: Yoga for the Neck and Upper Back, With Erin Motz (on Grokker)

image from erinmotz.files.wordpress.comI kept seeing the ads pop up wherever I went online, so I finally clicked on Wow -- very cool! The site is in beta but it's a repository of cooking, fitness and yoga videos. Perfect! 

While many of the videos can also be found on YouTube, the great thing about Grokker is that you can filter down the type of workout (or cuisine) you're looking for. I'm always interested in neck and upper back videos, because DUH

This one is an 18-minute video led by Erin Motz, who has a friendly, helpful demeanor. This isn't a fancy video -- it's basically one static camera -- but it's clear and concise (except for that common "my left your right" stuff that doesn't translate) and I really felt some good stretching in my neck and shoulders.

The video is part of a 30-day challenge, but you can jump in to any video you want.

I'm embedding the YouTube video, but I greatly encourage you to check out the Grokker site because there are a load of videos you can watch and save for later (after you sign up).

Weekend wrap: Fitbits, sports bras, scales and lots more!

I used to do a Weekend Wrap way back in the day at my Sun-Sentinel blog The Skinny (which still lives somewhere in the Internet and probably still racks up great pageviews for my former employer). 

So since newspapers still haven't figured out the Internet (yeesh) I figured I'd resurrect it over here, throwing in a mish-mash of things that aren't big enough for a full blog post.

Back to the Fitbit

I had been loving my Fitbit Force, despite the fact that it had been recalled. I wasn't having any problems with it and I'd been wearing it since the end of December.

And then ...

That rash started developing right under where the contact was. So I took it off and filled out the form to return it (boo hoo). I had a couple other fitness trackers in the house and I gave them the ol' college try but I really missed my Fitbit. I used one of my Dick's Sporting Goods $10 reward certificates and bought a Flex, along with some extra bands, because FUN!

Then I found something on Amazon that made the Flexes even more fun -- a set of "safety belts" and extra fasteners in a bunch of colors. (You can find 'em HERE.) You get five different color rings and seven fasteners, and they also throw in a few extra of each as a gift. 

Fitbit flex colors

Check that combo out -- I call it Old School Miami Dolphins.

While I wish I still had the time and my stats on my wrist, it Bluetooth-connects easily to my phone and my laptop so I can keep up pretty easily. And it still can buzz me awake.

'Do you even lift, bra?'

image from www.enell.comYesterday, I and 16 other women (most of whom I know through FitBloggin') found out that we were in the inaugural group of Enell ambassadors. Cool!

I'm really looking forward to working with the company and ditching a couple of seriously worn-out "other brand" sports bras that threaten to explode every time I put them on. Last year at FitBloggin' I had an opportunity to try Enell's new Lite bra (at right), which is a little more flexible than its Sport bra. I don't do a lot of super high-impact sports so the Lite seems like it'd be perfect for my endeavors.

Wanna hear a funny/awful sports bra story? Back in high school, I decided I was going to take up jogging. As I slowly ran down the main drag (which, coincidentally is my current main drag), a car full of boys slowed down and yelled at me "BOING-BOING-BOING!" Yeah, I could have used an Enell back then.

Prolonged scale holiday

I'm testing out something for my pal, Diet Free Life developer Robert Ferguson, so I restarted his 3-Week Clean Start program this week, which means that I won't be stepping back on the scale 'til the end of the Pisces-linesmonth. I'm trusting the process and hoping all goes well, but to make sure, I'm logging everything, even the 100 calories of seaweed snack that I'm crunching on while I finish this post (way too late). Did you know Costco has its own multipacks of roasted seaweed snacks? I love them -- perhaps it's because I'm a Pisces. 

Yeesh -- did that sound flaky or what?

Wait, did I say lots more?

Actually, I wanted to mention that my sister is starting her "Fed by Gail" meal-delivery plan next week. We decided we were going to start with lunches and I have five meals waiting in my freezer for her to pick up this weekend.

I also wanted to share a great way to enjoy hot dogs if you don't feel like spending your calories on a bun.

Hot dog lettuce wraps

I've seen carrots in hot dog buns but I much prefer hot dogs in lettuce buns. Make sure you find good-sized romaine lettuce leaves -- then you can load 'em up with sauerkraut and other fixin's. These were Jennie-O's new Jalapeno-Jack uncured turkey dogs, so they didn't need a lot of fancying up. They're really good and 80 calories apiece. I had two with a side of french fries green beans.

So, that's it (now that it's Saturday!).