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Gym Etiquette


This blog post came into my inbox this week and it totally could have been written by me. I feel exactly the same way.

I also really like circuit classes. As I am not really coordinated enough to dance, Zumba classes are out. I don’t go with a group of girl friends, so the talking in groups, gets under my skin. All by myself, if you are able to have that much of a gossip session, you should be at the coffee shop or juice bar and besides you are definitely not working hard enough, so take it elsewhere. The perfume thing I really don’t get. You are heading to a gym to sweat. You are about to sweat. Sweat smells. Why do you put perfume on to go to a place to sweat? I don’t get it. At all. As for sweating, we all do it. Some people do it more than others. My husband is called SpongeBob at the gym because all he has to do is show up and he is sweating. Me, on the other hand, I don’t sweat that much. I just don’t. BUT, I still come with a towel, and still wipe my equipment down. I think we have become a culture of ‘its all about me’ and therefore ‘we’ don’t think about other people.

People, please be considerate. Use some etiquette, manners and common sense. Oh and by the way, on your way out of the parking lot, use your signal. Just saying.

Gym Etiquette


I’m Officially a Bag Lady


This post is simply put shameless self-promotion.

A few months ago, I was at one of those home parties that we, mostly women, seem to go to. You know, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Partylite, this one was Epicure. A great company that specializes in spices, spice combinations and other yummies. While the consultant was packing up, I noticed her bags that she was packing it all up into, and commented to her that they were really great looking bags. With that, she showed me a catalogue and I was hooked. In a few weeks, I had my first party and saw first hand how really great they were.

My 31 is the company that I have fallen in love with. Over the years, I have looked at all sorts of home-based businesses that really focus on other home parties. But I haven’t been interested enough to get involved, until now.


At first blush, it’s just a bunch of bags and purses with some accessories thrown in. But, when I really looked at them, the quality is all there. The company seems to really care about the quality and have been really easy to deal with. There are so many patterns. There are so many different sizes. And, most are able to be personalized. The embroidery is done with some great colours and options.

We have purchased many for ourselves and have been giving them for gifts. We have just gotten the new spring catalogue and the colours and patterns are really great.

One of the greatest things about our Q4fit.com site is that I have the honour and privilege of sharing products and companies that we really believe in. We do our homework, look into the company’s we endorse and then pass them on to you.

So, please look at the stuff on our store and let us know how we can include things that you would like to see.

Just get a bag and drop a dream in it, and you'll be surprised what happens. – Charles Nelson Reilly

An Apple a Day


We were all raised with the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and now there are some health and diet experts that are telling us to stop eating fruit. Let’s try to figure this out.

Where does this saying come from?

The original saying comes from the 1800’s and it was originally ‘Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” It wasn’t until 1922 that it evolved into the saying we still say today.

What does this saying mean?

The popularity of the phrase has not been lost on modern science. Researchers and doctors have conducted numerous studies on the health benefits of apples — exploring whether they can actually reduce trips to the doctor. As it was intended, it is telling you to eat an apple a day and it will keep you healthy. Apples are good for you.

Similar to other fruits, apples do benefit your health in many ways. First of all, an apple contains zero cholesterol, fat and sodium, and it is not harmful to your health in any way. It has a low calorie count of 80, and it is the perfect choice of food for you if you are trying to lose weight. Also, it provides 22 grams of carbohydrates, which make up 7% of recommended daily value, and some of these carbohydrates are complex carbohydrates that can give you a sustained energy boost. It is a good source of dietary fiber as well. An apple also has many great nutrients that perform various tasks to keep your body healthy, and these include vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

In 2012, an Ohio State University study found that eating an apple a day helped significantly lower levels of bad cholesterol in middle ­aged adults, and in 2011 a Dutch study found that eating apples and pears might help prevent strokes.

So, if apples are so good for you, why are we told not to eat them?

Here is one opinion: “The sugar contained in fruit hurts anyone's chances of losing weight, says Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat. “If it's the carbs that make you fat, then fruit's a problem,” he says, noting that two ­thirds of Americans are now overweight or obese. “That means that for two ­thirds of your population you're probably making the problem worse or at least stopping it from getting cured if you advocate fruit.” Not only are fruit carbs, but also the fructose they contain causes insulin levels to spike, and the body doesn't burn its own fat while insulin levels are elevated, Mr. Taubes says.”

This expert would be right except that in multiple studies we have learned that only 10% of Americans eat enough fruit and vegetables in a day. Sad, because they put veggies and fruit together and we still don’t eat enough. YIKES!

All fruits aren't the same, at least when it comes to how much sugar they pack. Anyone with diabetes or who is obese, or who wants to lose weight, needs to pay attention to the amount of sugar consumed, including fructose ­ the sugar found in fruit. If you want fruit that's low in sugar, put down that banana and pick up those raspberries.

So, as with so many other extremes out there, use your common sense. If you choose to eat an apple, and you should, don’t eat a whole bowl of them. Eating them in pie, sorry, it doesn’t count as a serving of fruit. But, get your servings of fruit and vegetables in each and every day. That is truly the easiest way to avoid the doctor.


Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit. – James Allen



I saw this video online and it has haunted me for days. I realize that it was meant to be uplifting, but it made me think about myself and the opportunities not taken.

I could dwell on that; wow look where I could have been had I taken some of the opportunities presented to myself over the years. Then I look at what I actually have done. Sure, I could have done all sorts of different and cool things. But, had I taken even just one, I may not be where I am today.

Right now, I have have the most amazing husband and family. I am about to be a grandma. I still have my parents and that, all by itself, is a blessing. I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver, and have traveled to some amazing places, Rome, London, Bora Bora, Cebu, Jamaica, Hong Kong, Vatican City. I have managed to climb out of my comfort zone, where I usually live and because I did, I have done and seen some really cool things. Like, travel on my own to Israel, jet ski in the open ocean in Monte Carlo, go to a Stanley Cup hockey game in Boston wearing a Vancouver Canucks jersey, send two of my kids away on their own for a year. Writing this blog was a huge leap of faith. Not as scary as learning to scuba dive in the open ocean, but I have had to live outside of my own little world and I truly had no idea whether what I was writing was any good. I had visions of being one of those people at the beginning of American Idol, thinking that I could write, but I really couldn’t.

Do yourself a huge favour, take that giant step out of your comfort zone and do what it is that has been nagging at you. Don’t be dumb about it, if your ‘thing’ happens to require lessons, do it, but don’t ignore what you really want to do just because you are afraid of failing. What is the worst that can happen? Truly, what is the worst part about trying? If nothing else, you will never be the same again.



Remember, a balloon once inflated, never goes back to its original shape and size.