We all know that I am super tentative about my foot right now even though it currently doesn’t hurt but I  still needed a workout since I have eaten everything in sight for 2+ weeks so I decided on a little cross training last night.  My absolute favorite machine is the StairMaster.  I like the old school ones like Lisa E. and I busted ass on used in the Hanover gym for years while I was in college.  On February 1, 2005, I purchased one of those old school StairMaster 4000PT‘s from to get rid of 10 plus years of excessive eating and drinking lose some weight.  At the time, going to the gym was OUT.  Aby was a little over 3 at the time, I was working/commuting, etc. and time was tight.  I also, didn’t have the $$ for gym quality equipment but couldn’t live without this model so I purchased a refurbished one.  It has worked out really well for me and I would not hesitate to go with a refurbished product again.  It even broke once, within the first year, and they came out and replaced the motherboard…..over a $1000 between the service call and the replacement “part” and I didn’t have to pay a dime.  Yes, I’m a fan.    In fact, if I ever took the plunge on a dreadmill, I would go back to globalfitness for a refurbished gym model.  I made the mistake of purchasing an elliptical machine at a “big box store” in 2006 and that thing is a piece of shit lacking a lot in the quality department.  Lesson learned.

Okay, let’s do it….Aby try to grab a photo, okay? 

Just the beginning…..

Fast Feet!

My view, yes, the dining room is my gym, and the Christmas Room. 

My bike and the elliptical will come back to the dining room gym as soon as Christmas is over.  We attempted to sell the house last year because we can’t afford it wanted to change school districts; therefore, everything we loved personal was banished to the basement or barn.  Thank goodness, my StairMaster wouldn’t fit thru any of the doors during Operation Banishment.

If you like to sweat, the StairMaster is the machine for you!  I normally don’t sweat unless I’m vacuuming running hard or it’s super hot out (and I’m running) but this machine brings the sweat immediately!

I always recommend the StairMaster to anyone who wants to lose weight.  It’s not fun but you will sweat out all the alcohol chocolate you ate/drank over the last month in just one session.  So if you want to lose weight, put down the HO-HO’s NOW  jump on the StairMaster and make it a happen, then go back and do it again tomorrow, and the next day and you will lose that ass weight.  If you need a kickstart, you can also try the AdvoCare Trim line to help boost your metabolism and give you more energy to hit the daily workouts.  But you still have to workout.  If you see an ad or hear somebody tell you that you will lose weight without working out they are lying you aren’t getting the full story.  You must sweat to lose.  Promise.  Been There, Done That.

Thirty minutes of sweat and I’m done.  I didn’t have any much time tonight but squeezed in a short one.  It was 4.xx miles.  Not exactly sure how far because Michael kept saying, “Mommy, what you doing?   Mommy, what you doing?  Mommy on StairMatter?  Mommy all done?  Mommy, what you doing?”  It broke my concentration even though I was really trying to remember the mileage so that I could post it on DailyMile.

So I got in a workout, I made something happen.  May not be much of a workout to most of you but I was moving.

“Run”way Fashion:  I was totally rocking the sale rack.  The Signature Tee was on sale a month or so ago for $12 and I snapped one up, then had RaceExpressions add the TooTallFritz logo front/back.  Love this shirt, it’s my second one, is super soft and just a perfect shirt for workouts and life.  I think it runs big, that being said, it’s a regular shirt size.  If you buy a M at Kohl’s, then get an M here.  I have to size up for Nike some big name running brands.  This shirt is now on sale with the 12 Days of Skirtmas Sale for $15.  Signature Tee

I also picked up a pair of the Under the Skirt Leggings thru the 12 Days of Skirtmas Sale!  Normally $55 they are currently on sale for $27.50.  I’ve been wanting these for a long time and I was not disappointed.  They are soft, smooth and perfect.  Flare at foot/ankle, pocket on each side.  LOVE.  Super stylish! Under Skirt Leggings

There has been a lot of talk lately about bloggers making $$ on product reviews.  Just an FYI….all of the products that I have reviewed to date are those which I have purchased with my own $$.  I have not received any free items, nor do I profit if you purchase any of the things I “love”.  I review the products because I do spend a lot of $$ on fitness/running gear/clothes/shoes and I personally enjoy hearing what other think about things before I spend my hard-earned $$.  I try to help you out with the same.  If I am ever fortunate enough to receive anything FREE with the obligatory review to follow, I will be sure to mention it at the time.  However, it’s not an issue at this point.  But by all means, if you want to send me something to review, I’m more than happy to do it!

How are you doing with the extra holiday treats?  Do you work in an office where all of the goodies which you deny yourself throughout the year show up on your desk or in the kitchen between Dec 10th & 24th?  I’m struggling!  Can’t seem to control the junk food intake which I am normally so good at ignoring!  UGH!

Happy Eating Holidays!                                                                                                Amanda – TooTallFritz


7 thoughts on “StairMaster….BABY!

  1. “Luckily” we don’t get as many treats as we used to. I remember a few years ago, the counter in the office kitchen would be overflowing with Harry & David gift baskets. So far we’ve only received one. However, my office has the fun tradition of bringing in treats on your own birthday (that way you get what you want and can’t blame anyone else if your birthday is overlooked). So we’re still getting those treats. Someone brought two chocolate-pecan pies the other day.

  2. Also, when it comes to bloggers making money, I have no problem with it – even if someone’s blog is 99% product reviews and giveaways. I just don’t read those blogs. (Although I will enter their giveaways … I mean, I like free stuff too!) Magazines are compensated for their product placements. So I have no problem with bloggers getting payments or freebies. (Plus I like winning their freebies.) So far anything I’ve “given away” on my blog has been to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Some of that stuff was donated by the company, but some of it I bought myself with a coupon code. I wouldn’t mind doing a giveaway for a product I truly liked.

    • I’ve been seeing people get really upset about it and it’s just not even in my nature to question why somebody writes up what they do…. or why they post on products. I like the reviews (and the coupon codes!) and heck, yeah, I’d love to win something. Did you see that RunFasterMommy is giving away InkNBurn stuff? Super cool! I’d like to win any of that stuff! LOL!

      And you’re so right, if you don’t like “today’s content”, whatever that is, then skip it….products or not.

      Lastly, if somebody can make $$ or get free stuff doing what they LOVE….more power to them. Shouldn’t we be happy for them and celebrate that? LOL!

      • I wonder if some are upset because they view blogs as these personal things – like diaries – and by bringing sponsored content into it, it’s exploiting the reader’s trust somehow. Like blogs should be sacred, unbiased territory. But I work in marketing so stuff like this doesn’t surprise me at all, I almost expect it. And a lot of my job is social media, so I’m right with there with the companies thinking of ways to use this stuff to our advantage (in a non-exploitative way of course).

  3. TTF…well I hope ya get that caloric intake under control…Last time I saw ya on OPRT on that arctic-cold run last Saturday ya looked lean and mean to me! I have no concerns if you get any compensation in dollars or gifts from the products ya review…I would think as good a job ya do ya deserve some. That’s great ya raising money for not-for-profits like ACS. Keep it up and keep up on those 30-min “burn sessions.”

    Good to hear ya foot responded so quickly to that Cortisone injection – saw some references of adverse reactions to them that caused some degeneration to tendon/fascia tissue that required a period of several weeks non-running to repair. My ortho stipulated if he gave me the cortisone that he would prefer that I not run on it for 2-4 weeks….hence I opted not to try it and went with the Zeel. But in your case…sounds like you responded favorably if ya experiencing no pain and can run on it.

    Lay low on the cookies, candy, chocolate and such…unless ya running long Saturday or doing more longer duration runs up to 1-hr during mid-week. Eat some veggies!

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