Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pivotal Living Tracker Update Happy New Year!

This evening I charged and reset my band, uninstalled the old and installed the new software. I still can't set the alarm or activity reminders but the over all functionality of my band and the app is the best so far.

Tonight I received an email from David Donovick, CEO, Co-Founder of Pivital Living. It was an email sent out to all members. It is copyrighted or I would copy it here. Basically he acknowledged the challenges that members have faced with the release of the band and apps. He acknowledged that the response to their product was greater than the resources that they had in place.

He stated that they are increasing their resources and improving customer service. The company stands behind their product, the platform for the product and promises to work to perfect it.

He also stated, AND THIS IS IMPORTANT! - customers who purchase a band prior to 1/15/2015 will have their length of membership increased by 12 months for no additional charge. This means two years for $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping!

This is a good time to buy but I would still purchase through Amazon since their return policy is so good. If you would like to purchase this band you can do so through this link. Pivotal Tracker 1 Activity and Sleep Monitor [Amazon Exclusive]
Please note that the bands are presently out of stock. Amazon is still taking orders, which means that they should be available soon. Should the wait become too long you can always cancel your order.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Pivotal Living Tracker 1 Review!

Is a $12.00 fitness tracking device too good to be true?  The Pivotal living 1 promises to do what those brand name $100.00 fitness trackers do for $12.00/per year. Yes, you pay yearly for app access and the device is free. When I heard about this device there was no way I couldn't order one and it arrived today.

You can now order the Pivotal Tracker 1 Activity and Sleep Monitor [Amazon Exclusive]at Amazon. It's backordered but will be delivered via Prime shipping once available. It's a great way to try it while knowing you can return it hassle free if you're not pleased.

Initially this app was only available for Apple mobile devices. Then today Pivotal Living released the android version of the app. Be forewarned if you attempt to download the app from the google playstore you will most likely get a notice that your device is not compatible. Go to the Facebook page for pivotal living and look under comments. A direct dropbox download link has been posted. (I hope those links I just inserted work properly.)

I was able to download the app to both my HTC One Max and my Kindle Fire HDX 3rd Generation tablet. (I'm amazed and thrilled that it would download to the kindle.) I did a couple sets of hoedowns and it seemed to do them justice as far as step totals. :) I then signed into both apps, one after the other and my totals were there!

I can't figure out the hydration thing as of yet and others have been having the same problem but the company seems responsive and I believe they will be updating the app until it's 100%.

Tonight I'll check out the sleep function.

Honestly, for $12.00 it would be great to simply be able to read your step totals for the day. Having an app that stores them for multiple days is icing on the cake. Or make that soy yogurt on the fruit if you're looking for a healthier analogy.

I've got to go rack up some steps but I'll be updating this review as I give this baby a run for its money.

Editing this post to add a LINK that the company provided to explain tracking your hydration. Easy peasy! Who needs a $100.00 tracker!

Editing this post to state that the sleep function worked amazingly well. Also wanted to update that I wasn't able to get the alarm function to work but the company is aware and as responsive as they seem I'm assuming that they are working on it.

There's an additional function that reminds you to move every 10 minutes. It's not working yet but when the company does get everything up and working this band will be a thing of beauty for $15.00 shipped.

Editing to add an Android update link. Please note that while the previous update left some people with a fully functional app it didn't work for me. It left my app unable to update. I ended up uninstalling it and downloading the original version. I'm going to wait to see if it updates on its own.

Editing to share the fact that this band has gotten more and more problematic. The company seems to be trying to fix the issues but I'm wondering why they didn't do more testing pre-release. They've apparently fired their entire engineering team and are hiring another team. This sounds a bit like they're pushing off the blame. Was the original team working in a vacuum without oversight from higher ups? At this point I'm not bothering to wear my band but will watch for updates in case they get their app together.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Quintessential Bodyworks is expanding

I'm always providing stretches and exercises for clients but now I'll be able to take it a step further. We'll be outfitting and putting the final touches on our rehabilitative exercise room over the next month and a half. The room is small but my plan is to keep any group offerings small in order to allow for plenty of individualized attention. I'll also be offering our regular massage clients some freebies. More on that soon.

I am so incredibly blessed! I received an early Holiday gift of not only my Egoscue PAS courses but also the texts I need for the class and the promise of an Apple laptop that I've been told I'll need for the ePete student software along with the Egoscue box, tower and other props I'll need to open shop.

OK, so wait. It gets better. I was also gifted with the first year of Katy Bowman's new certification program plus the text books I'll need for it!

To be honest I was initially worried about attempting the two together but once I downloaded the first Egoscue lesson and found that the two really align beautifully. The best part of all this is that they also sync so perfectly with my massage style. There are already subtle responses I'll be on the lookout for during a massage session that I hadn't thought about before.

But what about T-Tapp you may ask? Well, one lesson and I am already aware of several key ways in which someone can look as if their T-Tapp is correct and yet have almost invisible deviations that certainly would impact muscle activation and  by extension their results. In other words, these courses will no doubt make me a better trainer.

The coolest thing is that none of this would be possible had I not committed to The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life and nourished my body so completely. I really believe that! ETL keeps my head clear, my stress level low and my muscles stronger. We really are what we eat.

I'll be sharing more soon.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cute Dog Drawing

Our son Beau created this pencil drawing for Reed for his birthday. Beau used one of our favorite pictures of Reilly and Fionna plus a couple of other pictures for reference to create it. The picture actually doesn't do it justice mostly because I'm no photographer!


Sunday, September 7, 2014


I can't believe how long it's been since I posted to this blog! Life has been way too busy. Most days I'm up just before 4 am for a quick exercise session. I'm out the door no later than 6 am and often not home until 7:30 or 8:00 pm. So much for work/life balance!

Even my Mother has been beating the bushes trying to contact me. Mom, I plan on replying to your email tonight and will explain about the comments on this blog.

Anyway, the busy will slow down in the next two weeks and when it does I have a backlog of reviews - T-Tapp and traditional exercise to get up here. I also have some nifty appliance reviews to share.

The Maddens are on a "This is the last ______ we'll ever buy!" roll. We're tired of replacing household things every few years so we're thinking through each and every replacement, buying the highest quality we can afford and keeping our $$$ in the good old US of A whenever possible. It's a wonderful feeling. I only wish we had done this years ago.

Hope to also share some new pet pics and videos.

That's all I have time for right now. Over and out.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

But how do you get your protein?

It's a question I field rather often so when I this video came across my path not just once but twice today I decided I'd share it on this blog.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Thought for the Weekend

I used to love motivational quotes. In fact I still have a quote delivered to my inbox every day. Today I realized that I'm not reading those quotes every day like I used to.

It's not because I'm too busy to read them. It's because I no longer need a steady stream of quotes to be motivated. Living my life is my motivation.

Having just written that, I am going to share a quote I did take the time to open.

No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” - Bob Moawad

I opened the email that contained this quote after realizing that I had deleted at least 12 without reading them. I like this one because I think it totally relates to our Healthy Lifestyle  journey.

Every day is a new day, every meal is a new meal so if you mess up it's easy to step back on track. But, if we allow that idea to give us permission to cheat on a regular basis- a little this, a little that......Well then, according to this quote we continually set off on the first day of our life but never really get to live it!

I don't know about you but now that I've had a taste of living the 100% Eat To Live  lifestyle I'm not going to settle for having to start over.

Monday, March 31, 2014

How to tell the difference between a craving and true hunger.

This is so simple and it never fails.

True hunger can be satisfied with pretty much any healthy food. A craving on the other hand will demand to be satisfied with the food or type of food you're craving.

In other words, If you want a piece of pie or a gooey sundae or a platter of spaghetti or a piece of bread and butter, or some eggs or some bacon or pretty much any other food that you would prefer to limit but can't seem to and a healthy snack or meal won't fill the hunger then it's a craving.

It might be tempting to tell yourself that you "just need the carbs" or "it's ok to have sweets now and then" or "you need the protein" or that "it's just this once" but if you've already identified that you eat too much of this food or this type of food then all the rationalization in the word won't turn that craving into true hunger.

Also, if you're trying to lose weight and it's just not happening then there's a good chance that your self identified cravings just could be doing you in.

With that said, I'll share that identifying my true hunger has made a world of difference for me. I'm down 2 more pounds this week and down a half a size in the last two weeks.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Finished the Dr. Fuhrman 5-Day Diet-Cleanse Challenge

I've finished the 5-Day challenge and I feel wonderful! I've also come up with a plan to allow me to progress my eating, while hopefully continuing to lose weight. I realized yesterday that this is the mid-point in what I think of as my "transformation." To that end I had DH snap a mid-point photo.

As you can see I still have a way to go.  I know that continued ETL eating and T-Tapp along with walking and some running or hiking will help me lose the little pot belly and trim down my thighs and butt.

According to Dr. Fuhrman I could have as many as 19 additional pounds to lose. If  I continue to eat well and exercise regularly I should naturally stop losing weight when I hit "my perfect for me" weight. If I get too thin it will be a simple matter to add in a few more nuts or more food to increase my weight a little.

I'm happy to say that no matter what age you are you are never to old to either get in shape or get back in shape!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dr. Fuhrman's Five-Day Super-Diet Challenge

It's not like any diet you've ever tried and it only lasts 5 days. I consider it more of a detox using healthy food. I'll be finishing it up tomorrow and wish I could stay on it another week. It's really helped me get in touch with how much food I "need" to eat and left me feeling great!

You can find the plan HERE.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

If You Can't Exercise a lot then Exercise a Little, a lot of times!

It makes total sense if you think about it. If you're out of shape or you have health concerns you may not be able to exercise for more than 5 or 10 minutes at one go. Often people will feel that it's no use exercising if you can't go for a solid 30 minutes or an hour but that's sooo not true.

There's nothing wrong with exercising for 5 minutes 3-6 times a day and then graduating to exercising for 10 minutes 3-6 times a day. You won't make yourself crazy and you'll have less chance of injuring yourself as well.

That exercise can be a brisk walk or 5 minutes on a treadmill or stationary bike. You could also sub in a set of hoedowns or part of the T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus workout.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Eating Green for St. Patty's Day!

HA! When you're a nutritarian eating green comes naturally.

Green smoothie for breakfast! Simply delicious!
Green salad for lunch! Crunchy and luscious!
Green soup for dinner! Stupendously Creamy!

The only thing missing is the Green Beer, which I'll skip thank you very much!

As you slide down the banister of life,
May the splinters never point the wrong way.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Back and Belly Butter Burner!

3/1/2015 - In THIS POST  I mentioned feeling compelled to update older posts on this blog. This is one of those posts!
The jist of my update is that I've fallen out of love with the cue "lift your ribs." It's fine to lift your chest up if your rounded shoulders have allowed it to slump forward. Using the cue "lift your ribs" usually achieves this quite quickly but sometimes at a price. If you get all over enthusiastic and lift your ribs beyond normal position you are then thrusting your ribs and that can create an entire bundle of issues in and of itself!

Thrusted ribs are often hiding a kypnosis and tend to make your abs look flatter - but the price you pay is steep! Rib thrusting will increase lumbar disk compression and pelvic mal-alignment. It's also going to weaken your core over time.

So long story short, lift your chest and ribs into proper position but never thrust you ribs forward. Oh! You'll know you're thrusting your ribs if the are sticking forward (front ribs not the sides) and you can run your fingers down over them and poke under them a little bit. When they're in proper position they're flat (even if they're bony) and you really have to dig - thrust them - to get under them. Ok that's my update!

I've talked about this before.

It's so simple. When you're walking or running outside or on a treadmill keep your ribs lifted high and "set" your lats as well.

To find your lats and feel them contract in the way I'm talking about simply stand or sit up straight, bend your elbows at right angles and pull them back until your chest arches forward a bit. Feel the muscular contraction on  the sides of your mid to lower back? Those are your lats and keeping them slightly fired helps keep your chest and shoulders open. Lifting your ribs automatically makes it easier to contract them slightly. I'm not talking about holding your elbows back for your entire walk or run, that was just a way to initially connect with those muscles.

Thinking in terms of a heavy tailbone also helps me beef my "on the run" midsection workout.

Try it, you'll be amazed at how much you'll feel it the next day.  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

I cannot tell a lie

Pretty much 6 months to the date I realized that whether I feel it or not I'm getting older. To be honest, at that point I was actually feeling older or at least feeling my age, which is 58.

I also decided that while I'm not too worried if I look my age when I hit 60, I certainly do not want to feel my age when I hit 60.

So based upon the outstanding results I had with Dr. Ann Kulz' "Eat Right For Life" Program I decided to tighten it up a notch and give Dr. Joel Fuhrman's "Eat To Live" program another chance.

To be honest with you there was a part of me that was whispering the definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting a different outcome - or however that witty saying goes because this would mark my third or fourth attempt - but then who's counting - at mastering this program.

Luckily for me there was another part of me whispering that if I just did this according to Dr. Fuhrman's plan - really according to his plan it would work. And it has!

Six months later I sit here somewhat amazed at what has transpired.

I'm a vegan - again - but this time I know it's going to stick. I'm caffeine free - again this time I know it's going to stick. As of this morning there's 16 pounds less of me than 6 months ago. Hardly the stuff of infomercials - EXCEPT - that if I don't weigh myself, don't portion my food, simply eat according to plan I don't gain weight, in fact I continue to slowly lose weight. How amazingly, awesomely freeing is that?

I also have absolutely no cravings NONE! In fact I ended up throwing away some of the legal sweets I made for the Christmas holidays because we didn't feel compelled to eat them and they got stale. And let me tell you they were darn tasty before they were stale.

Working out regularly has never been an issue for me and it still isn't. T-Tapp is still the cornerstone of my plan but last week I got an awesome treadmill and I've fallen in love with running again.

I've been ignoring this blog as we finished remodeling our kitchen and then I learned a whole bunch of new kitchen tricks. I can't honestly say I'll be writing in the blog on a regular basis. Time will tell. But I will promise that I'll share some of the books, kitchen tools and inspirations that have and are fueling my enthusiasm for what has basically turned into a life makeover.

This post is more than long enough but I'll leave you with three thoughts that occurred to me today.

1. Adding a half a cup of beans to my morning smoothie truly elevates it to a meal.

2. It's important to succeed but it's far more important to take the time to understand why you are succeeding. Understanding why you're succeeding this time as opposed to other times when you failed creates an ever growing safety net to protect against future failures.

3. "I don't eat _______ anymore." are 5 of the most powerful words I've ever experienced.

Wishing you the same amazing life changes that I'm experiencing.

Coming in to add that the running had nothing to do with the first 15 pounds of weight loss (wasn't running, just using step away the inches) and only slightly impacted my last pound of weight loss.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Healthy Greens ready to serve in only minutes

Today is Instant Pot day! I've decided that I'm under utilizing this kitchen tool and need to start using it so I can become more proficient with it. So far I cooked up a batch of collard greens and one of Swiss chard. I'm lazy so I used the same base for both.

1cup of low sodium vegetable broth, 2 tablespoons tomato sauce and 2 tablespoons tomato paste (both no salt added) then a dash of garlic and onion powder and a good sprinkle of basil and oregano. I cooked the collards for 1 minute and they turned out very nicely cooked but tender crisp. I cooked the chard for 2 minutes and it turned out "melt in your mouth' Tender.

I think I could easily "main course" them by adding cooked beans, a few chunks of oven fried sweet potatoes and some baked tofu or the vegan sausage if I care to. (Have to admit that I'm shying away from too much vegan sausage because of the wheat gluten it contains.)

I also think they would be excellent as a side dish or poured over salad greens, with added beans, cherry tomatoes and other chopped veggies using the sauce as a dressing. (This will be lunch today.)

Collard greens rank 1000 on the ANDI and Swiss Chard ranks 670 so they're amazing nutritious in addition to being amazingly delicious!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

An Amazing Cookbook that Happens to Be Vegan

For Christmas I received Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week. It quickly became a favorite of both mine and my husband. What's surprising about that is the fact that my husband isn't a vegan.

I don't think we've prepared a single dish in this book that wasn't absolutely wonderful! Isa cooks using salt and oil and since I'm following Dr. Joel Fuhrman's guidelines for healthy eating I leave the oil, salt and salty ingredients out of the recipes I make from the book - yet the food still tastes wonderful!

Today we had a breakfast scramble with vegan bean sausage, oven fried Sweet Potatoes and fruit. It was delicious and equally healthy. It was also simple and fast to make even though I made the sausage from scratch.

If you aren't vegan it would be very easy to make the recipes and add in your favorite animal foods, but don't be surprised if you decide you don't need to.  

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thought for the Weekend

“It takes 6 months to get into shape and 2 weeks to get out of shape. Once you know this you can stop being angry about other things in life and only be angry about this.” - Rita Rudner, comedienne

Even better yet stay in shape and avoid being angry at all. :)