Wednesday, May 1, 2013

It Works! We tried it and it Really Does

Want to lose inches in a relatively short time?  We came across "It Works;" tried it and it does!  So we are now offering it on our site.  Special event coming up?  Need to tighten and tone?  It works -- called that "crazy" wrap thing" in Hollywood, we have to agree.  We find it helps get into those curve hugging skirts and dresses, and actually helps reduce the waist line.

Check it out on our page:  It Works

In the meantime here is a video from a news station to give you an idea.  PS... works great on getting rid of a double chin too : )

Monday, January 24, 2011

"Get up, work out, and feel better". Goodby Jack La Lanne

I thought he would live forever.  Jack La Lanne has died ata his California Home due to complications of pneumonia at the age of 96; 1/23/2011.   I remember sitting under my mother's ironing board while she ironed and worked out when I was a kid. 

From the NNDB Site (taken in it's entirety):  

Jack La Lanne was a juvenile delinquent, once attacking his brother with an axe, and setting his family's house on fire. In adulthood, he blamed his youthful misbehavior on being fed too many high-sugar foods. At 15, his mother dragged him to hear a speech by nutritionist Paul Bragg. Inspired, La Lanne reformed his eating habits, eliminating everything made with white flour or white sugar, and instead ate almost nothing but fruits, vegetables, and fish for the rest of his life. Healthy foods were hard to find, so La Lanne concocted his own recipes, and by the age of 18 he owned a health-food bakery.

At 21, he opened his first gym in Oakland, California. It was 1936, and most doctors at the time warned against working out with weights, believing it could cause a heart attack or ruin a man's sex drive. Considered a crackpot at the time, La Lanne eventually became America's foremost authority on fitness. His gym grew into a chain of fitness clubs, with no reports of members dying or losing interest in sex. To add variety to his customers' workouts, he devised such now-standard equipment as leg-extension machines and weights on pulleys for lifting. Over subsequent years, La Lanne was among the first to produce protein supplements and nutrition bars.

Beginning in 1951, La Lanne hosted and produced The Jack La Lanne Show, TV's first workout program. On his show, he performed calisthenics, usually with only a chair or table ledge as 'equipment', while cheerfully pointing at the camera and urging his audience to "Get up, work out, and feel better". At first, the show aired only in San Francisco, and La Lanne had to buy the air time, as TV executives were sure nobody would want to watch him do exercises. Within a few years, the program was nationally syndicated on ABC, where millions watched La Lanne do exercises until 1985.  (Including my mother and the neighbors.)  PS -- Remember the dog????

After his TV show ended, La Lanne remained in the public eye with a series of fitness stunts, usually performed on his birthday. In 1955, he swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco, while wearing handcuffs. In 1991, for his 70th birthday, he swam a mile while shackled to 70 boats carrying 70 people. Now in his 90s, La Lanne is still in excellent health, and works out two hours every day -- an hour in the gym, and an hour in the pool. He says he has not missed a day of workouts -- or had a sugary dessert -- since 1930. He still appears on television, selling his Jack La Lanne Power Juicers. "I don't care how old I live", he says, "I just want to be living while I am living!" In a 2004 interview, at the age of 90, he said he has "an active sex life".

La Lanne's Birthday Feats (As reported on Jack LaLanne's website)

1954 (age 40): swam the entire length of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, underwater, with 140 pounds (64 kg; 10 st) of equipment, including two air tanks. A world record.

1955 (age 41): swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco while handcuffed. When interviewed afterwards he was quoted as saying that the worst thing about the ordeal was being handcuffed, which reduced his chance to Star Jump significantly.

1956 (age 42): set a world record of 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes on You Asked For It,[28] a television program with Art Baker.

1957 (age 43): swam the Golden Gate channel while towing a 2,500-pound (1,100 kg; 180 st) cabin cruiser. The swift ocean currents turned this one-mile (1.6 km) swim into a swimming distance of 6.5 miles (10.5 km).

1958 (age 44): maneuvered a paddleboard nonstop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore. The 30-mile (48 km) trip took 9.5 hours.

1959 (age 45): did 1,000 star jumps and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hour, 22 minutes and The Jack LaLanne Show went nationwide.

1974 (age 60): For the second time, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf. Again, he was handcuffed, but this time he was also shackled and towed a 1,000-pound (450 kg; 71 st) boat.

1975 (age 61): Repeating his performance of 21 years earlier, he again swam the entire length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater and handcuffed, but this time he was shackled and towed a 1,000-pound (450 kg; 71 st) boat.

1976 (age 62): To commemorate the "Spirit of '76", United States Bicentennial, he swam one mile (1.6 km) in Long Beach Harbor. He was handcuffed and shackled, and he towed 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people.[29]

1979 (age 65): towed 65 boats in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan. He was handcuffed and shackled, and the boats were filled with 6,500 pounds (2,900 kg; 460 st) of Louisiana Pacific wood pulp.[19]

1980 (age 66): towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida. The boats carried 77 people, and he towed them for over one mile (1.6 km) in less than one hour.

1984 (age 70): Handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 rowboats, one with several guests, from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 mile.[30]


Thursday, January 20, 2011

We've Come Along Way Ladies ... The Girdle of Yester Year

We've come along way in comfort ladies ...
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jane Fonda is Back with the Jane Fonda Fit and Strong DVD

Jane Fonda: Prime Time - Fit & StrongYou can kick your New Year's Resolution into high gear ... Did you know that Jane Fonda has relaunched her  Jane Fonda Workout brand featuring not only Jane Fonda but also, a new team of young fitness leaders.  Fonda says that she wants to give a new generation of fitness leaders a platform. All the women on "Team Fonda" have their own brands, their own following and a great deal of expertise, and now ... they are on the Fonda Brand! 
Jane Fonda: Prime Time - Walkout

Jane Fonda, 72,  sprung back into her workout gear this fall to release two new DVDs designed for the generation that came of age feeling the burn from her first blockbuster workout tape, Jane Fonda’s Workout, debuted in 1982. “I’m very excited to be back in the fitness business,” Fonda told PEOPLE. “I know from experience and from my research how critical it is for boomers and seniors to be physically active. Even if they’ve never exercised in their lives, now’s the time and my programs are a good, safe way to do it.”   The two titles, Jane Fonda: Prime Time Walkout and Jane Fonda: Prime Time Fit & Strong — both  out Nov. 30 — are not only for the senior set. Fonda says she also hopes to inspire “people who think that they are too far unfit to get fit again.” Click for complete article:

You can also check out Jane's Official Blog.  Once again, like a chamelion, Jane Fonda is back (I don't think she ever left!

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Corset A Day Makes You Feel Full and Look Thinner

A little too much turkey yesterday?  Worried about a little too much party tomorrow?  These reshapers are of the finest quality and medical grade compression garments.  They hold you in ... and honestly, wearing one, you will feel full faster when you are eating.  I tried it yesterday ... and, yes ... it worked : )
Hold yourself in and up with our Corsett -- This reshaper will reduce your waist up to 2 sizes and straighten your torso and back for a great posture instantly. This helps you lose those few inches at the waist that just won’t go away with exercise or diets. Three rows of hooks allow you to adjust the corset to your comfort level to enable a continuous refinement of your figure. On each side, it incorporates a flexible rod that goes from below bust to the pelvis.

Corselette D’luxe  -- This reshaper is wonderfully designed for to help relieve back aches brought on by poor posture and weight of the bust. The cross-section designs in the back of the garment helps push the shoulders back and correct posture. Shoulder straps are adjustable with 3 rows of hooks in the front to adjust to your comfort.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Blog Love ... In Pursuit of My Inner Pinup!

Came across a fabulous blog today ... have to share.

Check out: In Pursuit of My Inner Pinup! A journal of a woman losing weight; finding herself and becoming her best "you." Fun facts, pictures, ideas and tips. A well written fun read! I love her Cat Diet -- so I'm going to share from her site!  (P.S.  ... Not sure if anyone can ever look as great as Julie Newmar ... but one can try : )  )

Cat Miracle Diet

Most diets fail because we stubbornly continue to think and eat like humans. For those us who have never had any success dieting there is the new Miracle Cat Diet! Except for cats that eat like people -- such as getting lots of table scraps -- most cats are long and lean (or tiny and petite). The Cat Miracle Diet will help you achieve the same lean, svelte figure as a cat. Just follow this diet for one week and you'll find that you not only look and feel better, but you will have a whole new outlook on what constitutes food. Good Luck!

Breakfast: Open can of expensive gourmet cat food. Any flavour as long as it cost more than seventy-five cents per can. Eat one bite of food then look around room disdainfully. Knock the rest on the floor. Stare at the wall for awhile before stalking off into the other room.

Lunch: Four blades of grass and one lizard tail. Throw it back up on the most expensive carpet in your house.

Dinner: Catch a moth and play with it until it is almost dead. Eat one wing. Leave the rest to die.

Bedtime snack: Steal one green bean from your spouse's or partner's plate. Bat it around the floor until it goes under the refrigerator. Steal one small piece of chicken and eat half of it. Leave the other half on the sofa. Throw out the remaining gourmet cat food from the can you opened this morning.

Breakfast: Pick up the leftover chicken from the sofa. Knock it onto the carpet and bat it under the television set. Chew on the corner of the newspaper as your spouse/partner tries to read it.

Lunch: Break into the fresh French bread that you bought as your part of the dinner party on Saturday. Lick the top of it all over. Take one bite out of the middle of the loaf.

Afternoon snack: Catch a large beetle and bring it into the house. Play toss and catch with it until it is mushy and half dead. Allow it to escape under the bed.

Dinner: Open a fresh can of dark-coloured gourmet cat food -- tuna or beef works well. Eat it voraciously. Walk from your kitchen to the edge of the living room rug. Promptly throw up on the rug. Step into it as you leave. Track footprints across the entire room.

Breakfast: Drink part of the milk from your spouse's or partner's cereal bowl when no one is looking. Splatter part of it on the nearest polished aluminum appliance you can find.

Lunch: Catch a small bird and bring it into the house. Play with on top of your down filled comforter. Make sure the bird is seriously injured but not dead before you abandon it for someone else to have to deal with.

Dinner: Beg and cry until you are given some ice cream or milk in a bowl of your own. Take three licks/laps and then turn the bowl over on the floor.

Breakfast: Eat six bugs, assorted varieties, being sure to leave a collection of legs, wings, and antennae on the bathroom floor. Drink lots of water. Throw the bugs and all of the water up on your spouse's or partner's pillow.

Lunch: Remove the chicken skin from last night's chicken-to-go leftovers your spouse or partner placed in the trash can. Drag the skin across the floor several times. Chew it in a corner and then abandon.

Dinner: Open another can of expensive gourmet cat food. Select a flavour that is especially runny, like Chicken and Giblets in Gravy. Lick off all the gravy and leave the actual meat to dry and get hard.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Study: Wearing ShaToBu Garment During Light Workout Burns Extra Calories

ShaToBu Shaper, Waist To Knee Buff MAccording to a June 3rd article on WebMD, a study was done that shows, women who wear a tight girdle-like “shaper garment” while walking on a treadmill burn more calories than they would without it. The shaper garment, called ShaToBu Shaper, is designed to make muscles work harder when walking, University of Virginia researchers say.

Fifteen women, average age 39, took part in two 15-minute treadmill walking tests. In one test the women wore the shaper garment; in the other they wore their usual undergarments. There was a 15-minute rest period between the two tests. During testing the treadmill speed remained constant at 3 mph and the treadmill incline was varied every five minutes (0%, 5%, 10%).

According to the study:

  • Women burned between 3% and 16% more calories walking on a treadmill while wearing the
  • ShaToBu.
  • The most significant calorie-burning benefit came when the women wearing the garment were walking at a 10% incline.
  • “We tested this shapewear garment under controlled scientific conditions and showed that when women wore ShaToBu, the energy expenditure increased significantly during walking, which translates to more calories burned,” says Arthur Weltman, PhD, director of the graduate exercise physiology program at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.
  • The ShaToBu, which is not intended for use during vigorous exercise, contains seamless resistance bands designed to make muscles work a bit harder during natural movements, like climbing stairs or walking. This extra exertion burns more calories.
  • The research was supported in part by a grant from Mayfair Tech Inc., an affiliate of Doris Hosiery Mills, Ltd., in Canada. Mayfair Tech makes ShaToBu.
  • A public relations firm in Canada calls the ShaToBu the “workout you can wear” and says it can help women work increased calorie-burning efforts into their normal activities.
The research was presented during the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Baltimore ending June 5.

This study was presented at a medical conference. The findings should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

Note:  I am curious as to what the "real" difference is between the ShaToBu  shapewear versus Ardyss shapewear.  Both are medical compression garments and both pretty much sell the same styles.  Anyone out there know the answer to this one?

We offer Ardyss, which has been wonderful to wear, and produces fabulous results.