ROM by the Numbers: Jubilee Lifts

IMG_1491Imagine having a little girl who very much likes to ‘fly’ by jumping on her daddies shins and being propelled into the air.

WHEEE!

Back in the day, pre-ROM, I could do maybe three or four of these before my abs felt like they were going to rip out of my torso. It’s basically like doing crunches with a little person attached to you. But now, six months in, guess how many I can do comfortably?

21.

And she’s only getting heavier, folks. : ) IMG_1492

So My Neighbor Breaks Into My Garage…

garage_openShocking, I know. He’s someone I’ve known and trusted for years, since college. But sometimes, at 7 in the morning (whenever I’m up that early), I hear a sound in my garage. By the time I check, I usually see a car whizzing around the cul-de-sac. For you see, my neighbor has been breaking into my garage every morning for months.

Now it helps that he has a key – very clever of him. And it also helps that he doesn’t take anything – except for some time and usage of my ROM. I asked my regular intruder what this surreptitious experience has been like for him thus far – here’s what he’s got to say for himself:

I am an insurance agent and my days are busy most every day until it’s dark. I find it hard to get out and get a run in or go workout. I was looking for something to start my day, but without having to pay a gym fee and get up at 5am since I am not really a morning person. Mike had mentioned trying this range of motion thing and I was not sure it would work but I wanted to try. He said if I worked out for four minutes, I would become more toned and loss weight. So I started using the Rom after the first of the year and at that time I weighed close 180 lbs. I also started a “no sweets diet” for about a month and a half. After the diet and using the ROM almost every weekday and playing ultimate frisbee on the weekends I was down to 170 by April 20! Currently I am back to eating fairly normal, which for me is a lot, and I have maintained weight at 170. My next goal is to see if I can drop another five pounds by the end of July. If nothing else the ROM has been a great way to start my day!

Not a morning person and yet in my garage around 6 or 7 every morning? You could’ve fooled me, neighbor.

Medieval Torture or Spinal Rejuvenation?

TortureIn addition to ROMming for my exercise, I’ve been on the lookout for potentially related natural services or vistas being offered that aid others on their whole-health journeys. One I kept on hearing about was the Spinal Rejuvenation Table, something that would relieve disc pressure and aid the healing and relaxation of old discs. Having received chiropractic care since childhood (with no serious injuries sustained), my low-back is in great shape – but I was curious as to what the experience might be for others. I asked Dr. Joe Harris at North Raleigh Chiropractic if I could film a Spinal Rejuvenation procedure & speak to a patient about their experience. He agreed, and we found a patient brave enough to be a YouTube star. This is the result:

I became pretty interested in the procedure myself, and underwent my own session. (I filmed it, but the tripod positioned my camera in the wrong place so it cut off most of the procedure. Alas, this film shall never see the light of day) My experience is much like that of the patient’s I interviewed: It feels uncomfortable at first, but then strangely right. Afterward, I felt a definite difference in my spine – a certain ‘lightness.’ I won’t be continuing Spinal Rejuvenation therapy in Raleigh as we’re moving this summer, but when I get to Atlanta, who knows?

ROM: Ohh Yeah!

Welcome to my wildest ROM video yet. Really, I’m stepping up my game here – trying to bring some of the zaniness and energy into my videos that the ROM itself gives. I’m slowly becoming better at some of the technical aspects of video production, and hopefully the better sound quality will show in this vid.

http://zoecarnate.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/atlas.jpg?w=217I promised last week to have updates of bench-marking, body fat analysis, etc…but then my family & I got some kind of flu. (Zombie swine flu, perhaps? Well, I’m not undead yet…) So, in light of my renewed blogging vows, you’ll see this coming next week – and far more consistently after that. I want to emphasize that the ROM has revolutionized my fitness, forever as far as I’m concerned since it’s so…freakin’…easy. I don’t have a Charles Atlas body yet, but I’m steadily getting there. If you’re tuning in today for the first time (or the first time in awhile), you can see my whole-health journey-to-date here.

The music this time around is just breathtaking; it’s from Aaron Strumpel‘s hot new album Elephants, which reminds me of Joseph Arthur meets Wovenhand/16 Horsepower – the most ecstatically awesome mashup I can imagine at the moment. And for a limited time, those joining the uber-creative Love Is Concrete artists’ circle are getting a free download of the full album, courtesy of Aaron’s generosity & that of his producer, Todd Fadel of Agents of Future notoriety. Love Is Concrete is also 100% free so check it out & feel the love! ElephantManFINAL

A question for my techie friends: Do you have any idea how to view YouTube’s AudioSwap playlist without being in edit mode? I want to browse their database of pre-approved music to avoid the Cher muting snafu I suffered a coupla months back, but I want to see their offerings enough in advance that I can do themed recordings. Lemme know if you have any insights…