Let’s chew the fat, shall we? If you ask me, that’s all I’ve been doing lately. And by this I actually mean trying to get rid of the saggy bits on my body, if you know what I mean.
It all started with my friend, Clare.
It all really started with my doctor who at a recent checkup said, that a certain you-know-who should think about losing a few, well, we don’t have to go into details here, do we? You can figure it out.
So, where was I?
Clare inadvertently started a little business on the side, making healthy smoothies that she serves in mason jars. Folks at work, have been guzzling them up everyday, including me. There’s a pink one for the morning. It’s jam packed with berries, spinach and something called probiotics.
At lunch she gives me a green smoothie which someone, who shall remain nameless once called a “lab experiment.” (It wasn’t me, Clare. Honest!)
Actually, considering it’s comprised of mostly vegetables, including kale–which is all the rage these days–and a little pineapple and kiwi, too, it’s quite palatable.
So now that I’m taking in all this good stuff, I figured it was time to get moving again.
Thankfully, I’m no longer out of commission. For nearly two months, I’ve been living with a bad knee. Yes, a rotten one, in fact. But physical therapy has helped big time.
So I’ve been able to return to my Zumba classes, with my favorite instructors, Zuliya (who you may recall is a recipient of the first annual Monica’s Tangled Web Award) and Barbara. I adore my teachers! So beautiful, on the inside and out. Barbara teaches a Zumba class for folks who want to take it a little easier. Whose knees ain’t what they used to be, if you know what I mean. I’m so glad to be back in class and exercising again. I love Zumba!
And now that I’m moving again, I got myself a Fitbit! What’s a Fitbit?
That’s what I asked myself when I first heard about it not too long ago. I was interviewing Lorraine Hutchinson, an African-American female fire chief and breast cancer survivor, for a story in the San Diego Uptown News. Lorraine is one tough lady, let me tell you, who is completely devoted to her work and saving lives.
Well, about two years ago, she got hit with a one-two punch when she was diagnosed, first with diabetes and then with breast cancer in the space of a few months. But she’s a survivor, and you can read more about her in her story, “Against All Odds.”
Anyway, Lorraine got herself a Fitbit (this is not a paid endorsement, by the way) because she wanted to lose weight to help manage the diabetes. You wear the Fitbit like a bracelet. It’s made of rubber and you can keep track of how you’re doing on your computer and also on your phone. The darn thing keeps track of your steps, calories burned and calorie intake and a whole lot more. It even tells you how well and how long your sleeping, and how many times you were restless during the night.
Needless to say, with her Fitbit Lorraine walks 20,000 steps every single day. Bottom line? She doesn’t have diabetes anymore!
I was so inspired, I ordered a Fitbit and now I’m walking everyday, aiming for 12,000 steps, which I happily reach most days.
I’m feeling good, having made all these little changes in my life. Like I told Clare, ever since I started drinking her juicy jars of goodness, I swear there’s a new spring to my step!
So, wish me luck as I walk, shimmy and bike myself on the path to better health.
And while you’re at it, tell me what you do to stay healthy.
Let’s chew the fat some more!