Archive for September, 2012

Lady Gaga Responds To Weight Gain Criticism, Launches A Body Revolution 2013

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Copyright: Lady Gaga/Facebook


So, this week’s earlier Christina Aguilera-inspired post about loving rather than complaining about our bodies was super timely: Lady Gaga has launched a new campaign to do just that!

Following a week of open criticism about the weight she’s gained (by her count, more than 20 pounds), Lady Gaga did what she does best: Bared her soul

On Tuesday, the 26-year-old “Bad Romance” singer posted four pictures of herself to her fan website,, wearing only underwear (see left) under the blog title “A Body Revolution 2013″ and with the following captions:

Christina Aguilera Loves Her New Booty! What’s Your Favorite Body Part?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Still from “Your Body” set.

Be honest: Are you more likely to flaunt your toned legs or complain about your huge butt? Show off your flat belly or gripe about your flat chest?

If you chose complain and gripe, you’re probably in the majority. (Of course, this is just my opinion; I haven’t conducted a super scientific survey or anything). Too often, people complain about the body parts they hate the most, instead of enjoying and finding confidence in the body parts they love.

Of course, not everyone focuses on what they believe are the negatives, and one such well-known person is singer and actress Christina Aguilera.

Product Review: Road’s End Organics Gluten-Free Alfredo Mac and Chreese

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

When I first started my gluten-lite journey, it was easy to imagine some types of gluten-free foods.

For example, fruits and vegetables are gluten free, as are fresh eggs, meat, seeds and nuts, and most dairy products.

However, wrapping my brain around other gluten-free versions of certain foods, like breads and pastas, was a different story.

I’ve since discovered that I like some gluten-free bread, I’m not that fond of some kinds of gluten-free hot dog buns, and certain gluten-free pastries are delicious.

I’m just now getting around to gluten-free pasta with Road’s End Organics Gluten-Free Alfredo Mac & Chreese.

Tips For Exercising With Pets: Your Body, Your Mind Readers Sound Off!

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

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Since I gave up the treadmill for the great outdoors, I’ve realized my dog and I aren’t cut out for jogging together.

Sure, she likes to run and chase balls (or run away from ocean waves!), but she’d rather take her time on the track.

Because she gets plenty of exercise and fresh air each day, we’re both okay with that.

However, whether it’s walking, jogging, or running, lots of people prefer exercising outdoors with their pets.

So, last week I asked Your Body, Your Mind readers to chime in with their advice on exercising with pets. Below are the most helpful tips they offered.

POLL: Do You And Your Pet Exercise Together?

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

When the weather broke a couple weeks ago and I started walking and jogging outside, I thought I’d bring my dog with me. She’s a six-year-old medium-sized mixed breed in good health and I thought it’d be nice for both of us. She’d get some extended time outdoors (Smells! Sounds! Other doggies and people!) and I’d get a workout buddy. Someone to keep me company and keep me on track (no pun intended).

Boy, did I misjudge that.

Despite my longing for Chopper to behave like some of the other dogs I saw on the track (diligently walking or jogging beside their owners, never yanking their parents’ arms out of the socket to go investigate, you know, smells! Sounds! Other doggies and people!), it just wasn’t meant to be.

Granted, I gave it only a few days, but it was clear neither of us would benefit from it. She wasn’t interested in diligent exercise; she wanted to be a dog. I make sure she gets plenty of pet exercise as it is; I needed to take care of myself.

So, we shook paws and chalked it up to a lesson learned.

Of course, I still see the walkers and joggers with their dogs trotting beside them. Obviously, it can be done; though, that’s not my concern now. My concern now, for purposes of this blog and readers who DO want to give exercising with pets a shot, is advice others can offer about running with your dog – or, keeping your exercise and your pet’s exercise separate.

So, please take the time to answer the poll below and in the comments, let us know if you have any tips for exercising with pets or why you choose not to go walking, jogging, or running with your dog.

Your answer might be featured in an upcoming Your Body, You Mind post!

(UPDATE 9-15-22: Comments are now closed! Head over to Tips For Exercising With Pets: Your Body, Your Mind Readers Sound Off! for more information and to add any advice we might’ve …

Product Review: Udi’s Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Saturday, September 8th, 2012


It’s a nice, lazy kind of afternoon for brunch, isn’t it?

(Well, it would be if you’re reading this at the time of publishing, ha!)

If you’re looking for a gluten-free food for breakfast or brunch – one that will fill you up as well as satisfy your sweet tooth – might I suggest Udi’s Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls?

That’s right! It’s time for another review in my ongoing gluten-lite journey!

Your Treadmill SUCKS! 7 Reasons You Should Get Outside

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

My city has an absolutely fantastic park, and there’s a long track that extends from it along the edge of the town. It’s a gorgeous, tree-lined path perfect for everything from walking your dog to riding a bike to running.

Now that the temperatures are calming down a little here on the east coast (I’ve been waking up to 70-degree temperatures instead of 90), I’m moving some of my workouts outside again and, if you haven’t already guessed, that means hitting this track every morning.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m no stranger to treadmill walking and I know there are lots of great treadmill workouts out there. I also know that for some, treadmills are the only option for walking, jogging, or running.

However, for me, when it comes to walking on a treadmill vs. outside walking (or running!), I’m going to choose outside workouts every time.

Here’s why.


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