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Played Around With an Ad!

20 Jan





I tried my skills with an Advertisement using the free software GIMP!  I used the Marathon Stick and Hybrid Stick as my models!


The Stick and Zealous Vitality Welcome Ernie’s Fitness Experts

12 Oct

We would like to welcome Ernie’s Fitness Experts as a venue in which to purchase Stiff Sticks, Marathon Sticks and Travel Sticks in Grande Prairie, Alberta.


The Stick is on Pinterest!

27 Mar

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We are now on 

Get FIT in the LOOP

5 Jan

I am involved in this great event called, “Get FIT in the LOOP.  I am really excited about sharing my services/products and those of my colleagues.

 The Get FIT in the LOOP VIP card is only $15, and is packed with tons of savings, over $800 in value and includes such offerings as; Yoga, fitness and aquatic classes, reflexology, Reiki and Detox treatments, nutritional  education and a variety  of their specialized mind, body and spirit services and products.  Call 403-466-0467 to find out how you can get yours today!

Go to for a complete list of what this amazing event has to offer.

 I highly recommend it!

2010 in Review

2 Jan


The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: 

Healthy blog! 

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever. 

Crunchy numbers

Featured image 

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,300 times in 2010. That’s about 15 full 747s. 

In 2010, there were 16 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 110 posts. There were 14 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11mb. That’s about a picture per month. 

The busiest day of the year was September 26th with 60 views. The most popular post that day was Chasing Atlanta ** Stick 101** Post – Free Giveaway!

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for the stick massage, using the stick, massage sticks, back massage stick, and the stick it band

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010. 


Chasing Atlanta ** Stick 101** Post – Free Giveaway! September 2010


Choosing The Right Massage Stick April 2009


IT Band Syndrome November 2008


A New Back Massage Exercise With “The Stick”. March 2009


Using “The Stick” for Reducing Muscle Soreness February 2009

Embarrassing Moments in the Gym

16 Jan


Being embarrassed in the gym is nothing new, but I think this is funny stuff!  In fact, it got me thinking of my gym experiences like dumping my water bottle everywhere or not being able to figure out a machine or when I dropped a weight stack.

Anyway, here are 10 embarrassing moments in the gym:

1. Passing Gas

2. Falling off the Treadmill

3. Gym Machine Confusion

4. Wardrobe Malfunction

5. Tripping, Slipping or Hurting Yourself

6. Throwing Up

7. Lifting Too Much Weight

8. Sweating in Embarrassing Places

9. Seeing Your Boss Naked

10. Realizing You Have Two Left Feet

I would also like to add another one of mine – thinking that spending 45min on different tricep exercises would make my arms huge.   You see in University, our professor told my best Buddie and I that if you want big arms, then work on triceps because there are 3 heads, not 2 like biceps!!

I also think someone should start a list of embarrassing moments that you feel embarrassed for someone else!  I mean I remember the guy who would not stop grunting matter what weight he was lifting.  Or the the guy who insisted on walking around with his shirt off.  I even remember a lady breaking out her “workout gear” from 20 years earlier.

The 10 embarrassing moments are expanded on in this article.  In fact for each moment, the author offers suggestions on how to deal with it!

Fell free to make a comment below.

Part 2 Just came out!!

10 Most Annoying Gym Personalities: Tips on Proper Gym Etiquette Part 2

In no particular order, here is a list of the most annoying gym goers:

1. The American Idol

2. The Boneparte

3. The Kanye West

4. The Perez Hilton

5. The Screamer

6. The Backstage Ass

7. The Chris Benoit

8. The Uninvited Expert

9. The Rico Suave

10. The Bar Star

To read the full descriptions and how to deal with these annoying people click here!

Can’t Sleep? Try a Massage

3 Jan

Sleepless Nights? Try a Massage

By Daisy Sutherland

 Do you suffer from sleepless nights? You are not alone sleep disorders are very common. Most people do not realize that massage can in fact help improve your sleep. Massage therapy is a known method to reduce stress and tension, but can it actually help with your sleep disorders? Research shows that massage therapy can remedy your sleepless nights.

 Our bodies have an autonomic system that is made of two parts: the sympathetic and parasympathetic system. The parasympathetic system keeps the sympathetic system balanced. When you are stressed the sympathetic system is triggered and you will feel the sensation of fight or flight. The parasympathetic system is activated during a massage and allows your body to slow down and relax. If stress or tension are causes for your sleeplessness you will be relieved to know that one of the benefits of massage enhanced sleep patterns. Many actually fall asleep while having a professional massage.

 Massage helps to reduce stress, improve circulation, soothe aching muscles, release tension and reduce or lower your blood pressure. It is thought that it can also stimulate the immune system. These relaxing results may therefore make massage a helpful aid in restoring restful sleep. Massage is even more beneficial when restless nights stem from stress, migraine headaches, and pain and muscle stiffness. Several studies have shown massage therapy to not only lessen lower back pain and headaches, but also by reducing the stress, anxiety and depression making restful sleep achievable. (Hernandez-Reif et al, 2001; Sunshine et al, 1996; Field et al, 2002; Hernandez-Reif et al, 1998)

 Sleep is required for the immune system to work at its optimum level. If the immune system is compromised, the ability of our body to heal itself is also compromised. If we are stressed or sleep deprived, our health is seriously compromised. Massage can help relieve the stress and tension. Massage does not necessarily need to be done by a professional to capture all its benefits. You can ask your friend, partner, spouse or family member for a soothing rubdown. You can also give yourself a mini massage, concentrating on the muscle groups you can reach.

 Relaxation techniques, such as massage therapy can definitely reduce stresses, and frustrations leading to the tossing and turning and anxiety of sleepless nights. Therapeutic massage can have not only external physical benefits but internal benefits as well. Massage and aromatherapy can relax your muscles and help with blood and lymph circulation. A massage can help reduce the nerve irritation and can help with increased production of pain-killing endorphins. There are many sweet smelling balms and massage oils on the market used to relieve stress. The aroma and the feel of the oils offer a calming and relaxing environment.

 There are different types of therapeutic massage techniques that can help and some are listed below.

Reflexology: This type of massage focuses on specific ‘reflex zones’ on your feet. This type of massage relieves  tension and pain and improves circulation in the areas of your body that corresponds to the reflex zones of the feet.

Sports Massage: This type of massage improves athletic performance and endurance by massaging specific  muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Neuromuscular Massage: This massage type focuses on the connective tissues, tendons and ligaments and nerves. This particular massage focuses on the tension areas called ‘trigger points’.

Swedish Massage: This massage has a smooth and flowing style. It focuses on overall relaxation, circulation, and range of motion and relieves muscular tension.

Rolfing: This massage is not as relaxing it tends to be more painful. IT is painful because it focuses on the deeper soft tissues of the joints.

 Some areas to concentrate on when massaging to promote relaxation and restful sleep are the temples of the head. The motion should be small circular movement done with fingers and hands. Another areas to promote relaxation are the scalp, forehead, face, neck and upper shoulders. Much of our stress is carried in the shoulder area, so relaxing and massaging this area will definitely create relief.

 There are many reasons that massage and sleep make a perfect match: 

  • Eliminates headaches
  • Relieves stress
  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Reduces lower pain and strain
  • Relaxes nervous tension
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Eases chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Assists with weight control

 After a relaxing massage, sleep will be restored as a time of rest instead as a time of restlessness. Be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and help with the release and filtration of toxins. You will feel more relaxed with reduced stress and tension and be able to sleep all night long. You will wake up refreshed and ready to start a new day.

Dr. Mommy (aka Dr. Daisy) is a Doctor of Chiropractic by profession, wife, mom to 5 beautiful children, freelance and content writer, speaker and Health/Wellness Advocate. Her passion is to teach the public how to live healthier and happier lives. Visit her site for health tips: Dr. Mommy Health Tips

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 Tip: The Stick is an excellent tool for self-massage.  Try rolling out before you go to bed!

The Stick Makes a Great Gift! FREE SHIPPING!!

1 Dec

Members of Zealous Vitality Inc. can get any product with FREE SHIPPING for the next 15 days!!

There are two catches. Your shipping address must be in Canada, but not in BC.  The other catch is to provide us with a testimonial or a couple of tips about using The Stick.  Your testimonial or tips can be added to the purchase order form under the customer notes section when you submit your order.

The Stick and specialty products make excellent gifts!  The best thing is people will never guess what it is when you wrap a Stick up!

Happy Holidays!!!

You Will Not Be Left With The Short End of The Stick.

29 Nov

In just a day or so, I will be providing details on how you can get The Stick with Free Shipping!!  There will be some fine details, but check back soon.

I will give you a hint:  Membership has it’s privileges @ Zealous Vitality Inc.

Video About An Amazing Kid Who Can See Without His Eyes

31 Aug

Amazing kid!  Love the mom!!



So sad to do more research and find out he passed away from cancer on Jan 19th, 2009.  You can see his website here – Ben Underwood

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