Category Archives: Setbacks

Review: Garcinia Cambogia, The Newest “Diet” Scam on Facebook

I usually try to ignore the advertisements on Facebook, but this one caught my eye a while back:

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Notice the wording and syntax in the ad. It’s obviously not aimed at middle-aged men. The use of the hyperbolic “tons” and the pleonastic “super fast” makes me want to throw up… because it reminds me of when I was a teenager and I was told that I could throw up food and it was a “super fast” way to lose a “ton” of weight by one of the girls on my cheerleading squad. I’m guessing young women are intended demographic (i.e. attractive white girl, fun colored hair, bright pink bubble, “crazy skinny,” etc.)

The ad seems to point you to “yogamixalot.com.” Ok, so I’m gleaning that Kelly Osbourne (who I think looks great, by the way) used this unknown product that may have something to do with a yoga program, and she lost a lot of weight without having to change her diet.

Clicking on the advertisement lead me to what looked like a Women’s Health Magazine article on Garcinia Cambogia extract and something called the Raspberry Keytone Diet.

This is a screenshot from the yogamixalot site on October 2nd:

looks a little like it's an article, or at least an actual cleared "advertisement article" from Women's Health Magazine. It's not.

It looks a little like it’s an article, or at least an actual cleared “advertisement article” from Women’s Health Magazine.

The page features a reporter and writer named Hannah Richards who “recently put an emerging diet trend to the test. We had to see for ourselves what this diet was all about.”

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Dirty Dancing on Plantar Fasciitis

I’m sorry I’ve not been posting the past two days… I’m choreographing a concert down south, and I have 13 hour rehearsal days. It’s been nuts, and I haven’t had a moment to really sit down and think about anything but dance moves to “CC Rider” and “Spider-Man” (the concert is quite eclectic.)

The choreography is fabulous dirty southern soul, which really takes a toll on the body after a few hours.

Anyway, dancing for the better part of 13 hours with plantar fasciitis has been surprisingly fine. I’ve felt tightness. I’ve felt fatigue and slight pain in my heel, but with the rolling and icing and stretching, I’ve been completely focused on my job and not on annoying sensations in my legs and feet.

I keep on thinking about when I was dealing with PF for the first time and had no idea what was happening to me. I hadn’t even heard of plantar fasciitis. The slow decline over the months was horrific. Now, after the first hint of pain in my heel, I’ve got a game plan that not only works but QUICKLY works. Sweeeeeeeet!

Wishing all of you health and happiness!

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Turbo Healing: Plantar Fasciitis, Get Out Of Here!

Day four of my recurring plantar fasciitis struggle, (Click here to go back to day one and two) and I’m feeling absolutely no pain. None. How?

I’m icing, rolling, stretching, and checking my running/walking form all day long.

I wake up and use a tennis-sized TP Therapy ball to apply pressure and roll out my heel (where I usually feel pain first thing in the morning). I then lean against a wall and stretch my calves. Then, I head over to the staircase and hang my heels off the last step to stretch my achilles. Then, I get the hell on with my day.

At some point, I pull the frozen water bottle out of my freezer and roll/ice the bottom of my foot and heel. Later, while I’m watching a movie with my boyfriend, I’ll use my TP Therapy roller to roll out my calves, hamstrings, and glutes. Finally, I’ll ice the heels and arches of my feet while elevating them.

The next day, I’ll do it all again. And I’ll keep on doing it for as long as I think my good luck won’t run out.

I wish I had known what was going on with me the first time I got plantar fasciitis symptoms. I wasted months of my life confused and in pain, and I had no clue what was going on. This time around, being proactive has had such an extraordinary effect. I have some tightness in my calves that I’m stretching out, and there is tenderness when I roll out my feet and legs. However, there is no pain when I’m walking or running, and I don’t wake up with that acute heel pain that I’ve learned to expect.

I’ve been thinking a lot about why this is happening to me… why this happens to a lot of people. My friend Mac from The Running Company in NYC said it’s tightness in my calves and hamstrings that is to blame, but WHY are my calves and hamstrings tight? Why are my heels and the backs of my legs screwed up? Continue reading

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Plantar Fasciitis: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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In September of 2012, I noticed a strange pain in my heel when I woke up and started to walk around. I didn’t tell anyone because it didn’t seem like a big deal. I didn’t think too much of it and figured that it would go away if I stopped abusing it. Then, the pain got worse. I started to really rest it (which meant I stopped running and working out… but I still had to dance on it for work.) I thought to myself, “Do I have a bone spur or a hairline fracture? What is going on?”

Then, it spread to the other heel.

WHAT. THE. HELL?!?

I didn’t know injuries could travel like that… just jump from one foot to the other.

It was now December 2012, and I was in so much pain it was affecting just walking around my apartment (not to mention my inability to properly do my job as a dancer.) Finally, I went to see an orthopedic specialist at the Campbell’s Clinic in Memphis, TN. It was around Christmas, and I was visiting family. I had been dealing with a pain that started as annoying and progressed to unable to painlessly walk in three months.

They did X-rays and some other minor tests. I was shown to a room. The doctor eventually came in, listened to what I had to say, and then told me he knew exactly what it was: plantar fasciitis. (P.S. my X-ray came back clean without any fracture, so he was quite confident.)

He gave me a sheet of paper with a few guidelines and sent me on my way. I was slightly in shock about the entire thing. I’d been trying desperately to fix and rest my foot, and this paper said all I needed were a few stretches and ice. Oh, and the doctor said I could start running again. That seemed crazy to me… I could barely walk. Continue reading

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Super Fun “Turbo Jam Fat Blaster” Time

So, it ends up that I am unfortunately sore from my first spinning class. Not in a good “I really feel my quads and glutes” way. In a “I KNEW that seat was doing damage” way.

I was running low on energy and time, so I decided to pop on my old faithful: Turbo Jam Fat Blaster.

This is Chalene and the crew from "Turbo Jam: Fat Blaster." As you do it over the years, as I have done, you'll get to know "Take it Easy" Mindy, Fierce Tranny in the Back, and The Gloved Latin Lover.

This is Chalene and the crew from “Turbo Jam: Fat Blaster.” As you do it over the years, as I have done, you’ll get to know “Take it Easy” Mindy, Fierce Tranny in the Back, and The Gloved Latin Lover.

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Circuits and Running

I’ve been stuck being a bit inactive after a quad injury from teaching Zumba last Monday. It has been absolutely frustrating. I could do arms Tuesday morning, but then found myself needing to rest for the last part of the week to heal up.

Finally, after the quad fully healed, I was able to get to the gym this Sunday with my boyfriend. We both did a separate cardio warm-up for ten minutes, then I created four circuits that we went through three times. At the end, he took me through some free-weight arm and shoulder stuff that I felt totally badass doing because I was wearing my lady gym-gloves.

Here’s the workout plan:

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Zumba and Quad Fail.

In the Fall of 2012, I decided that instead of paying for Zumba classes, that I’d just get certified and teach them myself. I’ve taught hundreds of dance classes over the years, this would be a snap. I’d get a workout AND get paid. Totally brilliant, right?

That's me in the green, going through some toning sumo-squats in the middle of my Zumba class. This is the point in my class where I scream, "KNEES OVER TOES, LADIES!"

That’s me in the green, going through some toning sumo-squats in the middle of my Zumba class. This is the point in my class where I scream, “KNEES OVER TOES, LADIES!”

Ok, let me just say that preparing 60 minutes choreography that you are executing AND teaching AT THE SAME TIME is hard. Even for me. It was really hard getting my lesson-plan memorized to the point I could cue steps before the steps came up, while doing another step. And, I’ll admit, the first two full Zumba classes I taught were good but not amazing.

Now, I feel like I’ve hit my stride. My classes have gone from being an acceptable 55 minutes of cardio to being really good fun and a great workout. I feel like I’ve got a good mix of toning and heavy cardio.

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