Things I’m Loving Lately

I am totally an Amazon Prime junkie. I buy way too much stuff on there. It’s just easy and convenient. I wanted to share some of the finds I’ve loved lately. Here is the list:

Omega Sunlight SAD Light Therapy (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Super Bright

This is the newest item and I’m still checking it out. I most definitely suffer from seasonal malaise. I am not a dark,gray,rainy kind of person. When the winter rain starts here in Oregon I just feel like a giant wet blanket has been thrown over me. It’s such a bummer. I know I need to live somewhere else and I’m reminded of this every winter. So either I need to move to like California (preferably near the beach) or win the lottery so I can move to Bali.

Since neither of those things are really going to happen any time soon, I bought a light therapy device. Finally. I’ve wanted one for years but never got around to getting one. I’m glad I did. I’ve only been using it for about a month now and I usually only use it Monday-Fridays. I plug it in on the kitchen counter and have it one while I make breakfast, eat breakfast and pack my lunch for work. So for about 20-35 minutes depending on the day.

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I don’t know that I’ve noticed a difference in the winter depression yet but what I did notice right away was that I felt more ALERT and awake in the morning after using the light. That’s huge. I am so NOT a morning person (my ideal work schedule would be like 10am-4pm–where is that job?!!). I am going to continue using the light to see if it effects the winter blues. Stay tuned.

Mueller Cold/hot Wrap, Elastic, Black, One Size

I bought this a few months ago and I’ve been using it a lot. Whenever I have a particularly difficult workout, I use it on my knees. It works GREAT. I like that the ice pack is separate and you just slip it into the wrap and then strap it on a body part and it doesn’t slide. For years I was using a traditional ice pack and it was annoying having to hold it in place. I love this thing.

Mueller Jumper’s Knee Strap, Black, One Size Fits Most, 1-Count Packages (Pack of 3)

Speaking of knees….

I think two things fixed my Runner’s Knee (or at least, made it tolerable). The first is the Warrior Room and strengthen my glutes to offset the muscle imbalance that causes my knee pain (the WR did more for me than physical therapy ever did). The second are these straps. I always use them when I run or use the elliptical now.

It’s so much better than taping my knees. I was taping for a long time, per my physical therapist, and while that worked okay it was really uncomfortable. My skin is super sensitive to begin with and using tape on my skin just irritated it beyond belief. It would be itchy, red, blotchy, nearly scarring me. I quit the tape and changed to the straps and never looked back. Such a better option.

Aikiou Stimulo Activity Food Center for Cats Grey/Green

I bought this earlier this year because Fat Kitty is a little piggy. He’s always been this way, even when I got him as a baby. You can read his history here:Β Fat Kitty Still Needs a Diet…The short story: he tends to binge eat and then throw up. I tried a LOT of different methods and different foods, different feeding methods, to try and get him to slow down. Nothing worked.

Finally I found this on Amazon and decided to give it a try. For the first two days the cats were both MAD. They were pissed. They sat in front of the feeder and meowed angrily. They refused to use it. Finally, they broke down and started using the feeder. It didn’t take them long to figure it out and it’s been great ever since! The cats love it (or at least they don’t complain anymore), they slowed down with their food and Fat Kitty did lose a little weight. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still a big boy. But he’s not bingeing and puking anymore, so I’m happy.

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If you have a cat with a weight issue, this thing works! Give it a try! It definitely slows them down and there is actually food left over sometimes. I highly recommend this item!

Have you found something you are loving lately and want to share?

8 Responses

  1. I will have to look into that cat feeder. I have a big boy, Cody, that looks exactly like Fat Kitty and shares his love of food! I work from home, so I feed him a measured amount three times a day to keep him in check. If I left the food out, he would eat it all. It’s hard if I need to be gone for the day or overnight though because if I give him more than usual, he will eat it all and then go the rest of the time I’m gone being hungry. His sister isn’t nearly as interested in food and she lets him eat all hers too. I wonder if it would work well if I only used it from time to time when I can’t be home to feed him all day.

    1. I tried doing the measured food thing and taking the food away after a certain amount of time. That didn’t work. The cats got REALLY angry. Protested and then spent hours complaining that they couldn’t graze. ALSO Maya is so shy that she would never eat before I could take the food away.

      Give this feeder a try. It has worked really well for us. The cats adjusted fairly quickly and don’t seem bothered by it. Even Maya, the shy kitty, eats from it. It did help Fat Kitty with his weight but not a ton. He’s still a big boy. But for cats, even a pound or two less is great!

      1. Thanks! I’m going to try it for sure! I feel bad sometimes doing the measured food. He really doesn’t like it either. If it’s getting close to food time, if I even look like I’m going to get up he jumps up and sprints over to the food area. I feel like I’m starving him.

        Oh, and I’m totally an Amazon Prime junkie too! I tried to cancel my membership last month when it was time to renew because I spend way too much money on there. I only made it about a week being Prime-less before I decided I couldn’t live without it! πŸ™‚

  2. I am totally with you on the SAD issue, here in the UK lots of people also suffer with it. What I didn’t expect was this Aikiou Stimulo Activity Food Center for Cats – wow, I never heard of something like that before. I have a friend who has not only 1 fat cat, but 3. I think in their case they put on weight once they were neutered. I am going to tell my friend about this post.

    Congratulations on your own weight loss and fitness regime. As a personal trainer, it’s always great to hear about (and help with) success stories like this.
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