October 11, 2012

Still Doing It

86-year-old gymnast, Johanna Quaas, pulled off some moves most people don't ever come close to achieving at the Pre-Olympic German gymnastics trials. She now holds the world record for being the oldest gymnast in history.

Holy smokes missy. Talk about keeping your groove on.

Here is her floor routine, which has also received over 3 million hits.

I've been meaning to write about someone I know who has been struggling with both weight and knee issues over the passed several years. The good news is that before she launched into what she knew was going to be a very stressful summer for her logistically, because of her life being tipped upside-down temporarily, she decided to greatly reduce the amount of sugar she ate. She also cut out white flour. So instead of potentially putting on more weight and experiencing more knee pain with all the stress, she lost twenty pounds over the summer. And don't you know her knee problem resolved itself? Like magic.

Eating sugar, as you may already know, causes inflammation.

I always say that sugar is like poison.

And the more we eat it, the more we crave it.

Sugar is kind of like crack and is bad for us in so many ways.

For further reading, about not feeling like a rusty old bike, see my post called The Sweet Stuff.

And have a wonderful fall weekend, dear readers of mine,

XO, Louise


  1. It can’t really be said too often: Sugar is really, really bad for us. For a 60 Minutes story on April 1, 2012, Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed Dr. Robert Lusting who called sugar toxic. I have read/heard other experts call it “poison”. Sugar is the basis for glycation, which occurs when sugar molecules attach themselves to proteins and fats,forming AGE’s.

    Numerous aging experts talk about the role of AGE’s and how they age us. I had no idea before I did my book research what AGE's were or how impactful they are in the aging process. Some of the harmful effects include eye damage, kidney damage, peripheral nerves and blood vessels damage; malfunction of the immune system; and failure of insulin to store glucose as energy with resulting muscle fatigue, high cholesterol, and added risk of heart attack and stroke. In addition, wrinkles are a visible appearance of AGE’s because of the glucose (sugar) binding to protein.

  2. Cheryl thank you so much for this helpful info. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

    I also found this online this week after posting which is full of other good tidbits of info: http://news.health.com/2012/10/12/anti-inflammatory-diet/

  3. Here is Cheryl's feature on Lines of Beauty for anyone who missed it: