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The Best Way to Recover from the Gym


Here it is the middle of February and you are still working out and being one of the few people that are still trying to stay healthy.  

  • You are in the gym or outside.  
  • You are watching your calories.  
  • Measuring your steps.  
  • Feeling like this is it, you are the road to a healthier you.  
  • BUT… you are sore.  If you are like me, you are not in your early 20’s, or even 30’s.  You are doing your best to stay ahead of that middle age spread everyone talks about.  The problem is that with this freedom of time to work out more, you do and your body, although is getting leaner, is aching.


We are in the gym 3 mornings a week where we see some amazingly fit people.  We watch them, try to do what they do.  Try to lift, push, pull what they do.  Except that I am old enough to be their mother, or at least their young aunt, lol.  And, low and behold, I can do it.  I have been in the gym long enough that I can lift pretty heavy, BUT.  There is that but again.  At the end of the day, week, hour even, I am sore.  Why are ‘they’ not sore?  Well, they may be but age has played a cruel trick on us.  As we age, doing this physical stuff hurts.  Everywhere!  I ache in places that I didn’t know that I even worked.  

I try hard not to live in the painkiller aisle in the drug store.  I try to put up with a lot of uncomfortable aches.  Some of the aches, I actually enjoy because it tells me that, yes, I did work that hard.  But why hurt if you don’t have to.  I have recently turned to a very old remedy, Epsom salt.

There is something really comforting in having a natural remedy readily available, is not expensive and is really simple to get and use.  Like our food, we try to be as whole and natural as we can and this totally fits that role for us.

What is Epsom salt?

Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.  Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the associated health benefits

There is a great list of benefits to this amazing compound,

  • Eases stress and relaxes the body
  • Relieves pain and muscle cramps
  • Helps muscles and nerves function properly
  • Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots
  • Makes insulin more effective
  • Relieves constipation
  • Eliminates toxins from the body
  • Exfoliate dead skin
  • Exfoliating face cleanser
  • Dislodge blackheads
  • Remove foot odor
  • Remove hairspray
  • Hair volumizer

There are even more uses for Epsom salt in some unexpected ways.

  • Clean bathroom tiles
  • Prevent slugs
  • As a hand wash
  • Clean detergent build-up on washing machines
  • Fertilize your houseplants
  • Keep your lawn green
  • Insecticide spray.

I know that it kind sounds like something that works for everything.  Well, I have found that a lot of the old remedies really did work and we should take a good hard look at why our grandparents and their grandparents relied on them.  

So, if you are feeling sore and achy, try an Epsom salt bath.  If the simple fact that you are lying in a nice warm tub for 10-20 minutes is all you get out of it, then you will at the very least be more relaxed and that is always a good thing.

I'm really old-fashioned. An Epsom salt bath, that's genuinely better than any massage. – Emilia Clarke


Smoothies vs Juice: What Shreds Fat Faster?


Part of the process of changing your lifestyle is that you should be always learning new things.  

Part of that process is that there is always new studies being published and so there are either affirmations or confirmations or absolute fables being debunked.

Some people in the health and fitness world are really against fruits and the sugar they have.  In all the reading I have done, I think those people are wrong.  It doesn’t mean that you can eat all you want all the time, it means, be smart and use moderation.

This article is simple and straight to the point.  Taking only part to eat and leaving the rest out means that you are not getting the full value of your food unless you are prepared to consume more.

The point here is clear: eat your veggies and fruit!

Don’t Clean out Your Closet WhenYou are Feeling Fat


It’s the start of a new year and it’s time to have an honest look into your closet.  Or is it???

We are well into the winter season, so summer clothes are in boxes under the bed or just stuffed in the back of the closet or dresser.  Unless you are one of the fortune ones who travel in the winter.  So the weather is the perfect time to spend a Saturday going through your closet making room for the boxing day sale clothes and putting the old stuff to the back.

I don’t know about you, but there are days when this is the last thing I should be doing.  I am feeling the same as the weather, just kind of blah.  The problem with cleaning out your closet on days like that is that you won’t be very honest with yourself.  You will become overly critical of the way absolutely everything fits.  Believe me all of a sudden, nothing will fit the way I will want it to.  Everything will be itchy, too small, all twisted, just yucky.  If I give in to those days and feeling, I would end up with a closet of oversized sweats, pajamas, and stuff that should have gone to the trash a very long time ago.

On those days, I am just way too hard on myself.  I judge way too harshly and end the day in a bag of chips or a giant bowl of ice cream and then feel even worse than when I started.

We all have days that we feel blah.  Just blah, that is ok, it happens, but that is not the day to clean out the closet.  If though, that is what you have decided to do, then spend a few minutes in prep mode.  Sounds weird, but it may be just what you need.

  •  Spend some time getting your head into a much better space.  
  • Find something that will help with the blahs.  
  • Sometimes for me, it’s a nice cup of tea.  
  • Sometimes it’s a walk outside, no destination, just fresh air.  
  • Sometimes it's flipping through one of my favorite coffee table books with great pics.  
  • Sometimes it looking at old trip pics, past places, past happy times.  
  • Sometimes it’s putting on my favorite playlist.  
  • If at the end of all that, you are still feeling like this will be a very destructive event, please, don’t do it.

If after all the attempts to get yourself in a better mind space, you are still feeling blah then, walk away! You may just have to leave it for another day.  It also may seem silly that you can’t just ‘get ‘er done’ but if you do something like a little purging with the wrong head space, you may regret getting rid of too much, or keeping all the wrong things.  That’s ok.  Give yourself a break.  There will be another day to do this, there will be a better time to do this.  The closet full of clothes won’t go anywhere without you.

But, if you actually do manage to get yourself in a great mood for some healthy purging, then good for you.  You should be proud of yourself.  For me, purging my closet and cupboards is harder than it needs to be.  I hang onto things way longer than I should so spring cleaning takes way more energy than I first plan for it.

You are not as fat as you think you are.  People are way too self-absorbed to be that critical of what you are wearing. So it’s time you are not quite so hard on yourself.  If you do manage to get your closet cleaned out and are happy with the ‘out with old’ then don’t forget the other half of that expression. ‘In with the new’.  Give yourself permission to go get yourself something that makes you feel as special as you are.


Your closet needs to be a place of joy and celebration of who are you now – not who you were. – Stacy London

5 Habits for Weight Loss and Health


Sometimes the best advice is just really simple.  

We think we have a handle on things and then you get some really simple advice and realize that you have totally missed the obvious.  

This article is from a website that I really like.  The biggest reason is that it is simple and tries not to overcomplicate things.

These tips are just straight forward and putting these small, simple steps into your routine can, in the long run, make a large difference.  

It will also help to put small simple changes into your routine just to see if you are ready for some bigger ones.