I Quit the Gym and Workout More!

by Emmy on November 24, 2015


I really love lifting weights. Because I love lifting, I am one of those people who actually enjoys going to the gym most of the time. But, I recently quit my gym, and an odd thing happened…I started working out more!  I was going to a really cheap gym so that I wouldn’t feel guilty if I wasn’t able to go that much. My few visits assured that I got my money’s worth.

But I only worked out on the days that I could get there. The gym was a bit of a distance from my house, so quite often I found myself not going because if I didn’t get up and out of the house by a certain time, I wouldn’t have time to get my workout in and get to work. Far too often I would just sleep in because I’d already missed my window. If I was lucky I’d get in one or two workouts a week, and if I couldn’t go, I wouldn’t move much at all most days.

So I just cancelled my membership, and the strangest thing happened. I started working out, or getting some sort of activity almost every day. I have a ton of workout DVD’s and I found that without as much pressure to get up at a certain time, no driving, and no need to be sure I was presentable to the outside world, I would get up and do something most days.

Around the same time a friend of mine got a Fitbit and we started a little daily competition with each other to see if we would hit 10,000 steps each day. That means that some days I’ll do a DVD in the morning, and then squeeze in a walk with my dog in the evening. I’m even trying to find more reasons to move throughout the day as well. Now that it is getting colder (and I hate cold) the walks may get a little harder, but I won’t have the excuse of not wanting to go out in the cold or wait for my car to warm up. I’ve created an environment that works for me.

Some day I will probably join a gym again because I do miss all of the free weights. But for now this fits into my schedule in a way the gym can’t and so it is working for me. That’s the key to fitness…make it work for you!

How do you fit workouts into your life? Are you a gym rat, or do you prefer the privacy of your home?


Everything in Moderation Right?

by Emmy on October 27, 2015


I recently posted a link to an article over on my Facebook page, about the announcement that processed and red meats are as bad for you as smoking. I shared the article because it was pretty balanced, and gave the facts of the announcement. As a vegetarian, I never enjoy sensationalized headlines about the effects of eating meat. I don’t really enjoy them about any topic to be honest, but I think it makes convincing people to give up, or limit their intake of meat that much harder. I like the information to be given in a fair manner.

After sharing it, and reading many other posts on the subject, I saw one word repeated over and over from the article. Moderation. That’s a popular word when we’re talking about our diets. The common belief is that any food can be enjoyed in moderation and not harm us. But is that really true? I don’t think that it is. I’m not alone in this feeling either, I’m linking to two articles that explain why moderation actually adds up, and does cause us harm.

Why “Everything in Moderation” Doesn’t Work  by Jonathan Ross

The Myth of Moderation by Dr. Scott Stoll

The findings that red and processed meats are linked to cancer is not negligible. While it may not really be as high as the correlation between smoking and cancer, it is still a significant correlation. But moderation right? Well, for many people following the paleo diet, these foods are on their plate at least once a day. For people on the Standard American Diet they are often consumed several times a day. Neither one of those things seems moderate to me when looking at the findings of this research. I would think of once a month or less as a moderate consumption of foods with such a strong link to cancer.

But when it comes to cancer, why risk it? Every one of us knows someone who has, or has had cancer. It is an awful disease, and there are so many factors that go int whether or not you will develop some form in your lifetime. Many of those factors are out of our control, or haven’t even been studied enough to fully understand. Lots of people I know who consumed the meats mentioned in this study say “well I love them”, or they swear that including them in their diet is the key to their weight loss or athletic performance. That’s great, I love a lot of foods. I also want to be thin, and have the ability to move my body any way I desire. But the trade off is simply not worth it to me. There are many other foods that I could consume that would give me the same results that have not been linked to cancer. What good does a thin body do me, if it’s ravaged with disease?

I know you may be thinking that I’m saying all of this because I’m a vegetarian and I just want to save animals and ruin everyone’s day. That’s not the case here. While I’d love it if everyone went vegetarian, I recognize that is probably never going to happen. But I do want everyone to live a long, disease free life. I think that when the evidence is in front of you, it is difficult to ignore. I used to eat meat, and I remember that it tasted good. But if I were still a meat eater, I couldn’t look at this data and say “yep, bacon is totally worth the risk”…because it just wouldn’t be for me.

Only you know what level of consumption you feel comfortable with. I do encourage you to read the data despite all of the crazy headlines, and make your choice from that and your own familial and environmental risks. Stay healthy everyone!


Oprah Joins Weight Watchers

October 25, 2015

Even if you’re not a Weight Watchers member, you’ve probably heard that Oprah recently purchased 10% of the company. Not only that, she will be on their board, and serve as an adviser. There’s not been any real mention yet about how much endorsement she will be giving publicly, but it’s very important to note […]

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Book Review: It Was Me All Along

September 15, 2015

I recently finished reading It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell and thought I’d share my thoughts on it with you. This book was suggested to me by a woman I used to see at Weight Watchers meetings. She had been following the authors blog, and said that she really liked the book, […]

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Freekeh Review and Giveaway

September 10, 2015

The great people over at Freekeh Foods sent me a few packages of their product to try out, and let me tell you, you’re going to want to get your hands on this stuff! What is Freekeh you ask? “Freekeh is an ancient roasted grain that is a great improvement to rice or other grains. It […]

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#LoveBulu Bulu Box Review

August 30, 2015

As a proud member of the #SweatPink community, I was recently given the opportunity to review a Bulu Box. Bulu Box is a health and fitness subscription box that contains four or five samples each month. It is designed to let you try new products before you buy them. Once you have tried the products […]

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Melissa McCarthy’s New Clothing Line

August 19, 2015

News of actress Melissa McCarthy’s new clothing line is all over my Facebook news feed right now. Her line Melissa McCarthy Seven7 will range in sizes from four to 28. She says that her reason for creating the line is that she’s tired of women’s retailers ignoring the fact that the majority of women wear […]

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What’s New at Spartan Race!

August 13, 2015

You all know my love for the folks over at Spartan Race by now! Well, they’re at it again! They are offering an awesome promotion right now that helps you and your friends! If you recruit three of your friends to sign up for a Spartan Race, not only will they save $20 on their […]

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New Name!

July 24, 2015

Well I gave a little warning over on my Facebook page, but then Facebook worked much faster than anticipated, so the name change went through within minutes. I’ve decided to change the name of the blog to Life by Emmy! Overall the main theme of the blog is still going to be health and fitness. […]

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All the Pieces

July 21, 2015

Hope everyone is having a fantastic day so far. I decided I wanted to write about something that I’m struggling with right now, so that you’ll understand why I’m still not posting very much. Blogging and social media are fabulous things. You have the ability to connect with people all over the world, share information, […]

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