Volunteering for a Healthier Life


I had never thought much about visiting a chiropractor. It’s something that had never crossed my mind until several weeks ago. I was enjoying an outdoor festival and was approached about a chiropractic screening with the promise of a free hydro massage so reluctantly I gave my information.

A few days later I received a phone call to schedule my appointment. I wasn’t ready. After additional calls I finally set a date. As the scheduled date approached I received two confirmation calls and then I started to both dread and anticipate my visit. That’s when I decided to go on line and research the benefits of a chiropractor. Not bad, in fact, it was downright impressive. Dread soon turned into anticipation alone.

The big day arrived, and in the mist of heavy rain showers I kept my appointment. Once I entered the office the dread returned. I was a little startled by how busy it was. I guess I had envisioned a lonely office in need of customers with the amount of calls that I had received prior to scheduling. Yep, all that badgering made me think I was the only target.

The women manning the reception area seemed nice enough. One lady gave me a lot of paperwork to fill out and then asked for my ID. She said she would come out and return it, but once I was finished with the paperwork I had to ask for it to be returned. I guess she forgot. Okay, no big deal, or was it a forewarning of things to come.

I was then whisked away to a private room with a little lady asking me if I was experiencing any problems. She asked if I wanted X-rays done. I told her that I was only here for the free hydro massage. I asked her what other services I was entitled to and she said an adjustment. Not really knowing what that was, I agreed, and was taken to a room that resembled more of an open massage /physical therapy center. She told me to lie down and then she turned the hydro massage on. It felt okay, nothing to die for. My neck started to feel a little uncomfortable. I felt as if I was lying on a washing machine. I couldn’t relax enough to experience any real enjoyment because there were all these employees walking really close to me. One employee was standing over me talking to another co-worker as if I were not lying in the middle of their conversation. Who does that? I felt that my personal space was being invaded.

This same guy turned my machine off after what seemed like 5 minutes and motioned for me to rise (without introducing himself) and took me into another room. He told me to wait and that he’d be right back. In this room, on the computer screen were x-rays of another patient’s legs. This was when the visit started to feel kind of creepy. Suddenly the door flew open and in walked this young girl with a syringe in her hand. I’m like you must have the wrong room. She said that it was a vitamin B12 shot. I informed her that I was only there for the free massage and that I was supposed to get an adjustment. She goes on to explain the benefits of B12 and that it is just a vitamin which can help me with energy. I asked her if it was free and she said yes, but normally it costs $7. I guess that was for future reference.

After she left in walked another lady to escort me back to the massage /physical therapy center. She led me over to a doctor who did not seem too friendly. He asked me to lie down. The he asked if there was any specific area that needed addressing. I told him my lower back; he then proceeds to tap my lower back with some type of instrument. It was kind of painful but I endured. I guess it lasted about 2 minutes and then he was done. I guess that was my adjustment! He said that I may want to apply an ice pack when I get back as it had loosened up my muscle and I might experience inflammation. Okay, so now I am feeling some kind of way. I got there at 4:30 and was out by 5pm. I felt like it was not worth my gas to get there. I also felt that as a first time visitor I was not wowed, and unless I just happened upon the wrong chiropractor’s office would probably never visit one again.

I need someone out there to tell me that is not how the visit was supposed to go. Someone please restore my faith.

Below is an article that I had Googled earlier on the benefits of seeing a Chiropractor. Maybe they were just too busy for me that day.


Short article on things each of us can do to become more innovative. I hope you enjoy.




I remember all those age defying beauties that I studied carefully on the pages of Essence and Ebony magazine in years past. When asked how they managed to look so young they all said limited or no sugar intake. Some even said that they never touch white flour. With a nation on a sugar high it seems almost impossible. Lately I have seen many Facebook posts from friends and family stating that they’re doing a 10 day sugar detox, or giving up sugar cold turkey.

Whatever your reason for giving up sugar please note that one of the benefits will be younger looking skin.

I hope you enjoy this article:



#Repost. I thought this was worthy of sharing once more. Enjoy!


The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz was one of my favorite reads of 2013.  It seemed like everyone I know had read the book but me so I decided to dive in myself to see what the buzz was about. I read it and loved it! Based on traditional Toltec beliefs, the author, who is a shamanic teacher and healer, believes that we will become filled with unconditional love, grace and peace if we apply the agreements to our lives.

Being the fitness minded person that I am I naturally wondered how I could apply this to my workouts.  I decided to take the same principals and apply them to my personal journey. The following outlines my thought process.

1.    Be impeccable with your word: If you say that you’re going to make a change to your health and fitness then make it. If you say that you’re going…

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For all my friends seeking jobs, here is some good information.


While checking emails today I ran across one that I thought was just spam. Upon closer inspection I had run upon a rare gem. It was an email advertising a movie called FED UP. The movie is about revealing food industry lies.  Looks like we’ve been hoodwinked, bamboozled, and all at the sake of our health. This movie says that that everything we’ve learned about food and exercise is a lie.  Is the food industry just out to make a dollar on impressionable consumers, namely our children?  Is there a social responsibility that they should adhere to? Is sugar really the silent killer? Most importantly are we up to the challenge of re-learning, or are we too old to re-learn or even care? I say that we’re not, and in fact, it’s our obligation to be worthy stewards of our temples.  My hope is that this movie will start a revolution!  It hits the Knoxville Theater next Friday, May 16, 2014. I think our children need to watch this film right alongside us.  Me and my girlfriends plan to catch it opening weekend.  I can’t wait!  Who’s in?


Why Women should lift weights

Hey guys, as I seek motivation to “Turn Up’ the weights I came across this article that has added to my inspiration. I’m a reader by nature and need to find a reason to do everything, although I’m self motivated, cardio has always been my “go to”, because it’s so mindless. It’s weight training that I aspire to, but lack motivation in!

I hope this article inspires you as well!


Happy weight training!



March, 30, 2014 marked the end of my 28 day journey on the Fast Metabolism Diet. I lost a total of 7 pounds and while that might not seem significant to most it made a tremendous difference in the way I feel and the way my clothes fit. The more you weigh the more you lose, so I’d like to think that I am on track. I took the journey to repair my metabolism, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. I have a new perspective on how to eat as well as what type of food my body enjoys.

The Monday after I completed this journey I knew I would dive into a glass of wine, or succumb to any refined sugars that had been forbidden for 28 days. However, Monday found me following the same routine. Of course I incorporated other foods from the different phases but other than that I did not deviate. My body felt so alive that I was scared to hate on it again with processed foods. Even though I’m off the plan I’m still eating the same way, but this time it’s because I choose to.

My diet consists of fruits, vegetables, sprouted grain breads, quinoa, steel-cut oats, coconut oil, raw nuts, salmon, shrimp and tuna. I attended a luncheon last week and asked for a veggie plate and was offended that it included white rice. Famished I ate it only after saying a quick pray willing my metabolism to do what it had been in training for and that was to burn baby burn. I did, however, dive into a decadent piece of chocolate cake but I only ate half. I was so proud of myself. As of right now, food does not have the same hold on me as it once did. If I ever find myself getting out of control in the future I’m sure I will do the Fast Metabolism diet again. I will probably do it twice a year as a tune-up. Not only do I feel good, but it taught me discipline and nutrition survival skills.

I would recommend this diet to anyone. Did I mention that I lost an extra pound the week after? Yep, I could not believe it! Now it’s 8 pounds total!!

Give it a try if you need a quick metabolism fix. 28 days of clean eating is a must!



Are you in a job that drives you crazy? Do you ever get that sinking feeling on Sunday night about having to go to work on Monday? Well, this article from Jack and Suzy Welch is for you? Check it out and let us know what you think.


The Cost of Eating Healthy


I came across this article and was in total agreement so I thought I would share.