Quick update about my mission to move more, make healthier choices, and shed excess weight.

I still love rebounding, although with my schedule these past few weeks, I haven’t been able to jump as much as I want to. But, I definitely haven’t slacked on my eating healthier.

My definition of eating healthier has been: incorporating more organic food into my meals, always eating breakfast, and making sure I am eating enough calories.

I’ve realized that as long as I am eating balanced meals, I am feeling satiated and not overeating!  Breakfast is definitely important!

One of the other things I am doing parking farther away from my office and my house.  Although it is constantly tempting to park right out side my office or right in front of my house, I am parking in the further parking lot (which, I discovered is only a 3 minute walk so it is not going to make me late–which was the excuse I was giving myself for parking right outside the office) and I am parking a few blocks away from my house.  Sure, parking away from my house is often annoying, especially when I have to carry groceries, but every little bit of exercise counts!

Keep Movin’!


For Christmas, my boyfriend took me to Disney. Here are some shots from that adventure!

Landing in Orlando! I think technically I wasn't supposed to have my camera on at this time, but I couldn't pass up the chance to get such a great shot!


The Christmas Decor in Disney was so lovely!

Epcot on a chill sunny day



I Love The Magic Kingdom!



Fireworks display in EPCOT


Allie and Dave on the Toystory Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Such a fun vacation!

Hi Everyone,

I’ve now been rebounding for several consecutive days!  Woohooo!  Let’s see how I feel after several consecutive weeks, since I do get bored of exercises quickly!  Anyway, after all of those positive things I’ve discovered about rebounding, I thought I’d see if I could find any negative side effects of rebounding.  And, I have to say, much to my surprise it was hard to find anything negative.  All the negative comments I found result primarily from cheapo trampolines.  I guess I’ll have to wait and see if mine is considered in the “cheapo” category!  So far I’m still happy with it.  Anyway, I also wanted to say that I found a great blog that laid out the positive side effects and negative side effects really well!  You should check it out if you are seriously interested in rebounding 🙂

Check out Really Raw Food!  It’s a pretty cool site!

The  address that will take you to the rebounder page on Really Raw’s Site –>  (in case my link above is giving you trouble)   http://www.reallyrawfood.com/2009/03/26/rebounder-side-effects/

Have a wonderful Wednesday 🙂

I love exploring new and exciting ways to work out and keep in shape.  The reason for this is probably that I have an extremely short attention span and need fun exercises to keep me going.  One of the exercises I love doing is Zumba and another one I just recently discovered is the Exercise trampoline or Mini trampoline.

The Exercise Trampoline is a small trampoline only a few feet in diameter that rises only about 6″-9″ off of the ground.  Besides keeping my attention, being fun, and being is to use while watching TV, I love the mini trampoline because it is so small.  It can even comfortably fit in my tiny apartment.

For Christmas, I received one of these Exercise trampolines.  The one I got was the Gold’s Gym circuit trainer.  So far, I have not really utilized the “circuit training” aspects of it.  But it’s fun to be able to just bounce up and down while watching a show.  It is kind of reminiscent of being a little kid again and bouncing on your bed.  Furthermore, there are great benefits to exercising on a trampoline, also known as rebounding.

Here is a picture of the one I have, found on Walmart.com. You can see the little panel that keeps track of how many jumps you've done, the amount of time you've been jumping for, and the estimated amount of calories burned. There are also resistance bands for strength training.

The Benefits!

According to HolisticHealthTools.com, rebounding is considered a cellular exercise because it is the entire body moving at once.  This cellular exercise is beneficial to the immune system because unlike the circulatory system, that has the heart, the lymphatic system does not have any sort of pump.  The way the lymphatic system circulates is through body movements.  Rebounding is so great for this because it moves each body part at the same time.  You really use your whole body when rebounding and this allows not only for the lymphatic system to flow but it also aids it in getting rid of toxins.

Another nice thing about rebounding is that it is considered a low impact exercise and is sometimes recommended for people with joint problems and is sometimes considered therapeutic.

Because of the difference in forces experienced when rebounding, the weightlessness when reaching the peak of the bounce and the double force when reaching the bottom of the bounce, it has been cited as up to 68% more effective than other typical exercises.

Rebounding is not only a cardiovascular exercise but also helps to strengthen the muscle groups.

Some additional benefits associated with rebounding that  I read about include increase in the respiration capacity, aids in heart rehab, increases functionality of red bone marrow, improves metabolic rate, promotes tissue repair, improves balance, helps detox your body, relieves constipation, improves endurance, allows for easier relaxation, encourages deeper sleep, alleviates depression symptoms, improves self-image, keeps one feeling energized, and many, many more.

It really is an easy exercise to do.  And so far I am definitely enjoying it.  Furthermore, there are so many YouTube videos and workout suggestions on the web that I feel like I have an endless supply of tips and ideas for keeping my workouts beneficial and fun.

So whether you squeeze it in for the ten minutes before you need to leave for work, or 45 minutes while watching your favorite show, rebounding seems to be a fun and easy way to get some exercise into your daily routine.

Want to know more?  Here are a few of the places I checked out when considering the mini trampoline.


33 Ways the Body Responds to Rebounding  – This is ReboundAir.com’s article describing 33 effects rebounding has on the body

Rebounding Exercise – Getting a Jump on Great Health and Flexibility– This is HolisticHealingTool’s article discussing the benefits of Rebounding

Why Rebounding is So Beneficial– This article from Healing Daily discusses the benefits (with diagrams!) of why rebounding has a positive effect on the body.

The Surprising Health and Fitness Benefits of Rebounding– Busy Women Fitness article on Rebounding and its benefits.

Where to Buy:




Well, I’m sure the hot topic these past few days has been New Year’s Resolutions. How many of us have tried to make resolutions like lose a million lbs and wake up 2 hours early and blah blah blah.  Well, I was going to write this post about the statistics around New Year’s Resolutions and tips for making positive changes in the new year, but instead, I am going to post about one thing I want to emphasize in my life this year:

Taking more time to do what I want to do 

Taking more time to do what you want to do is really important.  My cousin, Gerard (photo below), and I had a big discussion about that this past week.  He firmly believes in allowing yourself a minimum of 1 hour per day to take time for YOU.  During that hour, you can do whatever you want to do as long as it is something that you truly want to do. Well, in this discussion, I realized that I don’t even come close to 7 hours a week just doing what I want to do.  Then it’s always cramming stuff in that I want to do when I can squeeze out some time in my life.  And, because I try to cram everything in during a short window of time, I wind up getting more stressed or exhausted.

As a freelancer, it’s really hard to find time to do things for me.  I can’t say “no” to gigs because I worry that I won’t make enough money or I won’t make the connection that I need for a breakthrough.  But really, after three years in the same city, I know deep down, what gigs I can pass up.   Now I just need to gain the courage to say NO to allow me time to do the things I value most.

The tip: Take time for yourself!  Aim for at least one hour per day!

Things I am hoping to make more time for: Crafting, photography, attending choir practice, cooking, relaxing, exercising, reading, spending time with family, spending time with friends, coursework.

This is going to be a good year.

BELOW: Photos of my cousins ringing in the new year with me!

Cousins on NEw YEars

My Cousins and Boyfriend celebrating New Year's Day. From left to right: Gerard (check out his band here), Katie, Erin, Christine, Jenny, and Dave

"The Train will be delayed due to ongoing signal work" That is what we heard as we sat on the Subway on New Year's Day 2012, waiting for it to take us to the Mummer's Parade! From left to right: Katie, Gerard, Erin, Jenny.

Gerard and Erin riding the Subway New Year's Day 2012

Gerard and Erin riding another subway on the way to the Mummer's Parade. Don't they look like they should be famous!?

Jenny blowing her horn on new Year's 2011-2012

Jenny blowing her horn on new Year's 2011-2012. Jenny is super creative and made the hat she is wearing. Notice the crazy neighbors on my block setting off GIGANTIC fireworks!? A few of them almost hit us.

Photo of the cousins on New Year's Eve 2011-2012

The photo we took in a mirror at my house. The goal was to send the parents a pic of all of us. From left to right: Jenny, Dave, Christine, Me, Gerard, Katie, Erin. Happy New Year!

I wish each of you a Happy New Year complete with time for YOU!

Alright.  This is the holiday season folks.  It’s notoriously the season of giving.  So, why,  is it also notoriously the season of headache shopping?

Yesterday I was trying to return a gift I bought someone at the mall near my job. After talking with them, and finding a WAAAAYYYYY better gift for them, I realized it should be returned.  The parking lot was a madhouse!  And I went early in the day!  Anyway, as per usual as I was walking to my car I realized I had no clue where I parked.  And to make matters worse, it was raining.  As I walked through the parking lot, a car honked at me angrily as if to say “how dare you try to walk around in the rain and try to find your car!” I was angry and I thought of yelling nasty things at them.  But I didn’t.  Or maybe I did, but under my breath. Then, as I was pulling my finally-found car out of its parking space, I saw the girl who had honked at me crossing the parking lot just like I had done a few minutes prior. I thought about delaying her in the rain by quickly pulling my car out of the parking spot so she couldn’t cross behind.    And then I remembered why I was at the store in the first place.  I was there because I wanted to get the perfect gift for each person on my list.  I was inhabited by that spirit of giving.  And, reluctantly, I decided I would forgive and forget and really make an effort to wholly embody that spirit of giving and give the 2 seconds of my time it would take for that girl to cross behind my car.  Afterall, it shouldn’t just be about giving material things, but also giving of one’s self.  And that is something the masses seem to forget.  If the crazy holiday shoppers could remember that in the first place, shopping for those items on your list would definitely  be much more pleasant experience.


Side note: Forgetting where I park is no new thing to me. and on that note, let me just tell you, I did the same thing when I bought this gift. This gift happened to be really heavy-  a cast iron panini pan with a lid.  And of course, I had forgotten where I parked.  But this was the worst kind of forgetting.  In fact, it’s a split level Target inside a mall and I parked on the wrong level!  So, afraid of being accused of shoplifting, I didn’t want to take the shortcut through the store, so I lugged the cast iron pan and the million other gifts I had bundled up all around the parking lot, up the hill until I finally found my car.  I had no choice but to find the pathetic humor in that situation.  Even so, I vowed to remember where I parked from now on…though I hear there’s an ap for that….

As my tip for Tuesday this week, I thought I would share a blogpost from PositivelyPositive.com with you.  I do not claim any credit for this post and I have not been diagnosed with Dystonia.  But I did find this post thought-provoking and wanted to share it.  I found this tip in a post that I found on someone’s Facebook page.  I thought it carried some nice words and helped to put things into perspective.  It carries the great tip of really focusing on the positive in life– because when you focus on the negative you wind up in a horrible downward spiral.  Please check out PositivelyPositive’s website when you have a chance!  It’s inspiring 🙂

The following is reposted from http://www.positivelypositive.com/2011/12/17/positive-side-effects-blog/

remember a different me.

I remember this incredibly active agent, manager, and producer in the film and television business. I remember effortlessly walking my dogs, Lincoln and Wesley, while they sniffed everything imaginable. I remember playing softball and tennis. I remember shopping up a storm.

In April of 2007 I woke up with a crick in my neck. It didn’t seem like a big deal, I was just feeling not quite right. I assigned stress as the culprit and expected it to dissipate after a day or two. It did not. The crick lingered like an unwanted houseguest and began to affect my torso, as well.  Before I knew it I was tilting to the right at a ninety-degree angle.

After months of struggling with difficulty standing up straight and walking, and a lifelong fear of doctors, I finally sought treatment. It was a long road that I could have never foreseen. No one knew what was wrong with me.

Following a litany of indescribable cognitive tests and blood work, I found a specialist who was able to pinpoint my condition. I was diagnosed with Dystonia.

Dystonia is the disorder version of Parkinson’s. I did not view it as a life sentence; I viewed it as a takeaway—an opportunity.  An opportunity to grow and help others.

I learned quickly that millions of people have Dystonia, but were not diagnosed. This came after appearing on Oprah with Michael J. Fox, and then the Today Show with Meredith Vieira, whose husband also has Dystonia. Mike Fox has Dystonia, too, but his platform is Parkinson’s.

It was then that I realized that I had become The Dystonia Girl, the poster-child for something I knew nothing about mere months prior. Fortunately, my sense of humor was still intact, so I thanked God I was not also donning an eye-patch and hook for a hand.

I immediately founded the non-profit organization: BEAT DYSTONIA. Only to discover that some of the non-profit world was often corrupt, vicious, and often for profit. I refused to go that route.

My goals were to support others, refer them to specialists, and raise money for research through the National Institute of Health. I did not want that money going toward trips overseas, or extravagant events that often just offset the costs of what could go to scientists in the labs. I wanted to be on the ground floor of beating Dystonia. This did not go over well with many. But I did not care.

Physically, I fought my way from walker to wheelchair to cane to no cane.

Mentally, I fought my way from the comfortable realm of who I once was, to the terrifying uncertainty of what I was to be. Adding to the three-ring circus that was my life, was the overwhelming press that had ensued following the Oprah and The Today Show appearances—hello, huge new hat collection accompanied by large sunglasses.

In the midst of all of this, my partner ended our relationship abruptly. I was devastated, but picked myself up again.

I had no choice but to view life—literally and figuratively—from a whole new angle. And I aimed to get through a meal in public without people approaching me to inevitably tear up. I was not tearing up. I was eating my sushi and enjoying a glass of Merlot.

In spite of all of this, I managed to remain positive. I knew I could beat this “incurable” brain disorder that afflicts so many worldwide. The outpouring of those who wanted my story, advice, or other attentions was unbelievable. I could not keep up, but somehow I did. From talking people out of suicide to simply listening and relating to others’ pain, helping them to feel heard in a healing, often humorous way.

I began to compile a list of outstanding movement disorder specialists from all over the world. To my amazement, I got many of them on the phone and explained to them what I was doing, and expressed my impression that far more people have Dystonia than is recognized by the US government. I became the go-to gal for referrals and advice about how to forge your own path to wellness. I feel strongly that you should work WITH your doctor making them your teammate. Ask questions. Express your truth. Take notes. Take a friend, friends, or family members.

In my own life, I was still championing the daily battle of wellness. This took commitment. Physical therapy was grueling—beneficial—but grueling. Yoga and meditation also helped physically, as well as helped to maintain an overall positive attitude.

I realized that I had begun to laugh more than I ever have in my life. If I hit my head, I laughed, and the pain dissipated much faster than if I were to take to my quarters and sulk. I left the pain behind. I took my lumps and moved on.

I had to be in touch with reality. I had Dystonia and there is no cure (yet). So, there it was. The way I decided to see it was,

YOU CAN’T ARGUE WITH RAINDROPS, so what is the point?

Dystonia was a part of my life, but I would not let it define me. I deeply refused to curl up into a ball and cry about it. And trust me, it is painful, but if I focused on the pain I would be headed down the wrong path. I had witnessed so many people who were headed down that path, and I did all I could to point out the road less traveled. I encouraged people to find the humor in the ridiculous situations that many “Dysto-friends” were experiencing. So, you fell getting off the escalator—let people help you get up, and laugh your ass off while doing it.

At one point, I fell into the bushes outside of my local pharmacy. It was in the dark of night and no one could hear me calling for help. Without hesitation, I started laughing and just lay there in the shrubs. At the time, I did not know I had broken my leg and I walked around on it for two full weeks. My leg looked like something from a monster movie, but my pain threshold was so high that it never occurred to me that I had a major broken bone. Finally, I had my millionth X-ray and was in a boot for months. I didn’t care—I thought it looked rather Star Wars-inspired and, most importantly, it fit with my naughtily large collection of jeans.

Every day has its challenges as I learn to adapt and redefine myself. I continue on my original track and do my very best to help others who need a turnaround in attitude, and it seems to work. I have stayed in touch with everyone, and have met many of the people I have helped, and will continue to help, from around the world. Because the healing goes both ways. When they feel better—I feel better. That is the great side effect of helping others.

Oh, and like everything else in life, my broken leg healed. And ever since, unlike most actual meteorologists, I can tell you when it is actually going to rain.

They should call me.

Rogers Hartmann is a longtime literary manager, and now producer, writer, and activist. She has appeared on OPRAH with Michael J. Fox, THE TODAY SHOW with Meredith Vieira, TED, and countless other network programs. She speaks to kids and adults alike across around the world about her journey to wellness while battling Dystonia.

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