Tag: health


[ 0 ] July 1, 2013 |

Funeral for my FatUm, yeah.  So, I woke up this morning feeling like an Oompa Loompa.  I swear this theme song was playing (feel free to click on the link and listen along while you read…hilarious).  Anyway – I had an AWESOME weekend hanging with my husby and some friends – and when I say “awesome”, I mean I ate a disgusting amount of food.  Disgusting.

Mexican Dinner on Friday, followed by lunch on Saturday in Beacon Hill, followed by a huge Italian dinner at Monicas in the North End.  Oh, and in between those lovely feeding frenzies we had a Robert Downey Jr. sighting.  Yes ladies.  Ironman.  Walking his baby.  Not gonna lie – I probably could’ve eatin’ him (and his baby) too – but luckily I had just devoured lunch so it was gonna be tough to fit anything else in my belly.  I needed at least 7 minutes before I was to feed again.  And, by that time, he and his offspring had gone.

When all was said and done, the hub and I polished off a box (no, not 1, but a BOX) of Italian cookies from my fave North End bakery…Bovas. It’s as if the fat cells in my body were screaming for me to give em’ the goods – and, me (not wanting to see them suffer), obliged with lots of white bread and sugar. I’m gross-y Jocie.

Worse? It’s not even like I starve myself during the week…So I’m not sure why I couldn’t control myself this weekend. I eat healthy/work out all week and give myself 1 day (usually Saturday) to eat whatever my heart desires.  You know, 37 donuts, 18 cupcakes, a whole entire bag of Oreos…whatevs.   Either way, I awoke to the songs of my people (you know, the Oompa Loompas) and realized it was time to jump, I mean “roll” back into the action.


When I’m not stuffing my weekend-face, I’ve been addicted (and I mean ADDICTED) to the POPSUGAR Fitness channel on youtube.  Not only are the videos a-w-e-s-o-m-e, but they are F-R-E-E free and that’s pretty sweet for people like me who can’t stay motivated without variety. I’m such a 5 year old.

Anyway, while they have some 45 minute videos, most are 10 minutes so you can mix and match.  And, let me tell you – these chicks make you work for it in those shorty seshions.  Here’s a sampling of what I did today -

In addition to the Bootie Burning Workout from Sarah Jessica Parker’s trainer (above), I also did an Upper Body Workout and Flat Belly Workout - total of around 30 minutes.  I’ll be finishing it off with a lil’ power walk after work.  And, that’s how it’s done.

Moral of the story?  These work outs are awesome. Try em’.  You’ll like em’.

Let’s have a moment of silence…for my fat rolls.

Oh, and P.S.  I’ve decided that I need to be a dog owner, like pronto-saurus-rex. I’m ready for dog slobber and poop bags.  So, if you see this dog over the holidays, please let him know I want to be his best friend, like…yesterday.  Please & Thank you. Okay, bye.

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[ 2 ] September 26, 2012 |

It all started a couple of days ago when I noticed a “bruised” feeling in my right heel.  Desperate to learn the cause of the stabbing pain, I made a list of what it could be:

  • Flesh eating disease?
  • Blood clot?
  • Brown Recluse bite?

Ew. I mean, there is no possible way that I injured it while exercising or something simple like that.  It has to be an incurable lady fungus. Amputation?  probably inevitable.  If only I had something to ease my mind…

What the Fu..yuck? Did ya ever have one of those moments when a choir of angels came down from the sky singing that “Hallelujah!” song?  Yeah, me neither.  But it should have happened when I found this book.  It’s pretty much the answer to my prayers.  And, well…let’s face it – the answer to the prayers of anyone that has ever had to deal with my various “ailments” over the years (parents, husband, siblings, co-workers, friends)

What the Yuck?:  The Freaky and Fabulous Truth About Your Body, is a book that I need to have in my possession pronto-saures-rex.  I mean, I’m not sure about the “fabulous truth” part, but it carries some much needed “truths” no doubt.  Thanks to Dr. Raj (Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa, if you’re feelin’ proper-like)  all of your embarrassing lady questions are answered, so that you don’t have to feel like you’re a weirdo because one boob is a millimeter bigger than the other.  And so you don’t have to wonder if you’ve caught the birdy-flu after that bird pooped on your head.  I mean, I’ve always wondered.  Haven’t you?

“All 205 questions come from real women; they cover everyday health concerns and thoroughly modern conundrums, such as H1N1 (Swine Flu), celebrity diets, and mobile phone dangers.”

I’m on it like, asap. Hopefully I get it in time to save my foot.  I mean, there’s nothing worse than amputating your own foot in haste. Find yours:  here for $14 bucks.  Happy healin’!


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[ 0 ] September 24, 2012 |

Guess who’s doin more awesome stuff in October?  Anatomy Naturals baby!  For those of you that don’t know, Anatomy Naturals is an absolutely awesome company that provides natural gourmet skin care to super cool peeps like you and me.  We met several months ago by chance and have been soul sistas ever since!  Oh, and they are also my first official Sponsor (see ad to the right…over there———> and treat your wallet to a 15% discount).  Your skin will probably high-five you a hundred times in a row for doin’ it.  Fo-shizzle!

So, in addition to being in KLUTCHclub this month, Anatomy Naturals will also be including a sample of their revitalizing dead sea mud mask  in the October Goodebox!  Hooray!  Two of my faves unite -super fab face mud and a killer subscription box.  It’s like heaven without any angels floating around.

Everything you need to know about the mud mask is in my previous post right here.  And, the deets on Goodebox (which is on my list to try) are below.  Happy shopping and congrats to my pal Kelly at Anatomy Naturals for another great partnership.

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Goodebox is a members only service providing trial sized healthy, eco-sensitive, innovative & effective beauty and personal care products, along with occasional samples of natural & organic health and wellness products.


  • You get 6-7 (occasionally more) trial sized products, expertly curated



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[ 12 ] September 20, 2012 |

Yey!  It’s snickity-snackity time!

Oh, sweet, crunchy, healthies delivered to my doorstep in a box.  Thanks to NatureBox, I got to try 5 new snacks for FREE this month.  P.S. they were SO good, I just signed up for a subscription myself.  But, before I blab about how lucky my belly is right now, I’ll give ya’ the scoop on this fab health-foodie box, so you can hook yourself up too:


NatureBox is a subscription service that offers the ability to discover and enjoy healthy snacks on a monthly basis.”  You get 4-6 full size all-natural snacks that are “made from wholesome ingredients and are Nutritionist-approved. We abide by our strict quality standards: No High Fructose Corn Syrup, No Partially Hydrogenated Oils, No Trans Fats, No Artificial Sweeteners, No Artificial Flavors, No Artificial Colors.”

And, in an effort to help feed over 14 million hungry children in America, NatureBox donates 1 meal for every box sent out! 


  • You get the box for $19.95 a month (including shipping)
  • Gift (or get) a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription!


Get 25% off your first box!  Just enter Promocode: APPLE25  at checkout. Note:  25% discount is only applicable to the month-to-month subscription.  The 6-month subscriptions receive 1 month free & 12-month subscriptions receive 3 months free.

Also:  Be on the lookout for special NatureBoxes that address dietary needs & personal prefs.  If you’re lookin’ for some Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan or Low-Sugar snacks, send an email to info@naturebox.com to be added to the mailing list & be notified once the custom boxes launch.

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Here’s a sneaky-peeky of what kinda stuff ya’ get:

1. Umami Roasted Nuts:  These nuts are a fab source of heart-healthy fats, and super-doop Umami (that means “yummy” for my non-Japanese readers).

2. Pistachio Power Clusters: It took everything I had not to eat this whole entire sweet & savory bag without letting the hub have a taste.  But since I’m not a total B-word, I saved him a couple.

3. Toasted Sesame Stix:  I’m eating these calcium rich sessy-stix as I type.  They’re fab.  Enough said.

4.Big Island Pineapple: When I opened the bag, that remake of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by that Hawaiian guy with the insanely long name started playing.  Then, I unexplainabley began to hula-dance.  Aloha!

5.  Apple Orchards Granola:  I truly saved the very best for last.  I have never tasted granola that was as soft & chewy as an apple pie.  NatureBox?  Let’s start a serious relationship.  Like, yesterday.

Wanna try awesome NatureBox snackies too?  Of course you do!  Thankfully, they are giving away a future box to one lucky 5-style-high reader!  Who-hoo!  Be sure to get forty million, bazillion entries & spread the word via the Rafflecopter entry form below.    My the force be with you…ha-ha.  I have no clue why I just said that.  Good luck!

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KARMA IS SO KOOKIE {mmmm..cookies}

[ 0 ] September 18, 2012 |

Here’s where I’m at today:

Keep readin’ to find out why it’s totally NOT a bitch…

If you are anything like me, you have two little devils on your shoulder.  One, that is telling you to stuff your face with everything your heart desires, good or bad.  And, the other? He’s sprinkling chocolate chips directly into your mouth, while singing the “I like big butts” song.

You know it’s wrong.  You know that a millisecond on the lips is like, 40 bazillion years on your hips (and everything in between).  But, you do it anyway, because that Angel who is supposed to be on your other shoulder helping you through this, is nowhere to be found.  She does eventually come around though -  right about the same time Karma does.  And then the vicious circle continues to repeat:  Start diet.  Fall off wagon.  Start diet (karma).  Fall off wagon..baby got back, infinity (karma, ew).

Recently, I’ve decided to tell the vicious circle (and the stupid diet) to shove it, by living a healthier life.  I realize that this is really just a diet in disguise, but by changin’ the rules a lil’ bit, it feels a whole lot better (and my bod is whippin into shape!) Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a ravenous food whore, BUT, I’m exercising 6 out of 7 days a week, while paying attention to my portions and more importantly, the ingredients within.  I’ve learned that living like a shipwreck survivor does not work with my wacked personality.  I need options and I need good, ol’ fashion rewards.  Cue, my new, sweet, intoxicating “Karma”

I feel so lucky  (or was it fate?) that I received one of these fiercely magnificent cookies  in my Sprig Box this month (I will be blabbin’ about Sprig later this week, P.S.).

Anyway, last night the hub and I decided that it was “reward” time, and decided to split our vegan, gluten free, high protein, no soy, low-glycemic, low net carbs Holistic Chocolate Chip Kookie.  Is your tongue twisted from saying that out loud?  Yeah, mine too, and I LOVE it.

The Kookie itself was euphoric.  Wonderous.   So delicious, I wished there were 500 more falling from the heavens directly into my belly (that’s the devil talking, obviously).  The angel… she is super-stoked about what’s inside this fancy lil’ cookie treat (see awesome ingredients list below).  And, I personally love the brand messaging:

When you make the right choice – take the higher road – even when nobody else is around and/or nobody else notices, the Universe still rewards you in ways you may not even realize.”

You can thank founder, Juli Novotny for that awesome quote.  And you can thank the whole Kookie Karma team for these awesome snacka-doodles to add to your shoppin’ list:

HOLISTIC CHOCOLATE CHIP (12 Kookies for $30 bucks)

These are one their best-sellers and I know why.  I’ll take 4,000 of these please.  Find em’:  here

INGREDIENTS: Holistic Dry Mix [Almond Meal, Xylitol, Coconut*, Brown Rice*, Psyllium, Rice Protein*, Sea Salt], Almond Butter, Agave Nectar*, Chocolate Chips* (non dairy), Chia Seeds    * =  Organic

P.S.  They have 8 flavors total (including Raw Banana Bread, Cherry Cashew & Lemon Fig) so you might wanna try the Sampler Pack (find it: here for $30 bucks)

BONUS (as if it couldn’t get any better), they also make Krackers, Krunchies & Kokos.  I suggest you stalk em’ to get the full scoop:


Yey snacks!



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