Recycled Nurses™

THIS BLOG HAS MOVED TO – A Movement of Nurses who feel "tossed" around like an empty water bottle. We have "RECYCLED" our skills and life experiences to become Change Agents for those who want to change but they can't.

My Love Affair with Hard Manny (manual treadmill folks)

I asked my Fab5, if they have a piece of exercise equipment that they use regularly – You know, that was either garbage for someone else, you got it 10 cents on the dollar or is junk to anybody but you, that you have a love affair with.  Well this is mine.  I call it “Manny” the MANUAL treadmill.  And he’s hard all the time…

Manny was made in the early 1980's and is not like a regular manual treadmill. His tread does not move unless you "dig" deep, like running on sand.









I do 4 intervals with Manny.  I walk the first minute (but it’s hard walking, like manual steering from a parked position), the tread won’t easily move.  I recover for a minute.  Yes, recover.  Remember YOU ARE THE MOTOR, there’s no “switch” to turn on.  When you start, it starts… when you stop, it’s stops… no cool down.

I’ve had clients get on it and say, “O.K. what do I do?”  I say, “Start walking… heel first…”  It takes them a while to get the hang of it.  Sometimes they push so hard, their shoe comes off.  (I have to turn my head because I’m trying not to laugh and they’ll think I’m messing with them and I’m not!)

They have said, “I’ll work with you, if you DON’T make me get on THAT MACHINE!”  That’s when you know it’s a good one (piece of equipment).


Back to my love affair – Then I run like a pit bull is after me for 30 seconds – recover 2 minutes.  My heart rate is off the charts, I don’t even want to look at it until at least a minute into recovery.  I repeat the 30 second sprint- recovery 2 minutes, for 2 more intervals.  Then if I don’t throw up, (precisely why I exercise on a empty stomach, and so should you), I do some TRX moves, some thin thighs in 30 days moves, some hip flexor stretches with a small ball and chest and hamstring stretches and I’m done. 16 minutes.

I have a date every day with Manny except Mondays.  No exercise on Mondays.  A valuable lesson I’ll teach you if you stick with me.


What we want to teach you is to find a piece of equipment (your body will do also), that you can and will utilize and form a “love affair with it”.  Talk dirty to it if necessary.  Whatever it takes to get you in it’s presence and using it.


Every morning, I meet with Manny, I say “I’m only going one round (interval) with you today Manny… you wore me out yesterday.”  Then I end up doing them all.  It’s a love-hate relationship because some mornings I take a sneak a peak at myself in the mirror (you know, you pretend like you’re not looking at yourself) and my midsection is awesome.  And I love Manny.  When I have to run to catch a bus or after Pang Pang (my pug who thinks he can out run a kitty cat) and don’t feel like I’m going to die or lift babies or groceries and can eat more… I LOVE Manny.


At my age, I don’t want to teach 12 exercise classes a week or do endless cardio or body pump, or cross fit.  I just want to “zip my pants” and have enough energy to enjoy my life. And to do that, I’ve figured out that I have to have my love affair with Manny until one of us says good bye.


Leave comments below and share your favorite piece of exercise equipment, even if it’s your own body.  I’d love to know what it is.  Can you develop a love affair with it?  I hope you’ll try…

Fitness Nurse Heretic & Promoter meets Lisa Sasevich

This is an old entry of a couple of years ago.

But because of the new changes I have made I felt compelled to resurface it.

Why?  Because it was from theis experience, from Lisa’s lips to my ears, the advice that I decided to take and ride:

“Lori, don’t change your act; change your audience.”

So instead of talking to nurses interested in fitness and self-employment; my new audience are broken, under-appreciated nurses who need and want to improve their own bodies/health and “fix” themselves; so they can better serve others in what they KNOW THEY CAN DO… “fix” other people “at-risk” too. (And they can make some income in the process, they are hungrier!)


Yes, I met the great Lisa Sasevich.  Those of you who are saying, “Who is Lisa Sasevich?”  That’s coming.

First, I need your nursing assessment skills.  Can you please tell me what you think this is?  ( I know what it is now, just want you to put on your nursing cap)

These red, itchy bumps started to appear randomly, as soon as landed in Las Vegas...

If you thought, “hives” then you answered correctly my friend.
  • That morning before I left for the airport, I didn’t yet confirm with the ‘dog nanny’ to watch our beloved Pang Pang pug.
  • That morning before I left for the airport, I took an assignment to test some students in North Jersey (crazy traffic near Rutger’s U). I thought it would take a few hours.  The very first student took an hour and 20 minutes to test… oh boy.  Will I make my flight?  Security at Newark is atrocious.  What shoes should I wear?  Can I take a bottle of aspirin, can I take my vitamins on the plane? Should I just check my bag to be safe?  Too many questions rolling through my head!
  • That morning before I left for the airport, I was having trouble communicating with the driver of the car that was taking me to the airport, bad cell phone connection.
  • I wasn’t done packing.
  • I’m on a hormone rollercoaster. (lack of sleep, edgy, heart palpitations)
  • I’ve been to Las Vegas a couple of times before, but this time was different… I was going there to meet one of my mentors in a big way, by myself.
  • I thought of all the other reasons/ways I could spend this money on.
  • But underneath all this chaos going on internally… I knew that I had to do this for YOU… not just me.  I had to get more and more clear and get this infomation and share it with you so you can further your gift of fitness nursing to your tribe (that I’ll show you how to develop).
  • After rushing through the airport, waiting in security lines and finally boarding our late plane, I exhaled as I sat down in my seat and realized that I was alone.  Meaning the one person who I would’ve called at least 7-8 times by now, in my craziness, my mother, was gone… again.  But I had to do this.  Because I want to do this.  I knew that it was going to be o.k., but I still had that ‘knot’ in my tummy that never really left until I got back in Jersey.
  • Back to the hives.  All of this led up to me breaking out in hives.  (luckily none on my face!) I’m still breaking out today as I write this, but much better.  It was my nerves.  I stepped way out of my comfort zone… so much so, I broke out in hives!  But it didn’t kill me and I’d do it again, if the opportunity came up again.  I know that I can handle it.  What I did is what very few people do… ACT!  And it was well worth it – I was so thrilled to meet Lisa Sasevich as you will see below.  I also made some great connections from all the other ‘agents of change’ who were there… ‘doing’ instead of ‘wishing’.  It was an awesome experience, hives and all!:

    Lisa and Lori. She's "The Queen of Sales Conversion and The Invisible Close" and I'm, "The Promoter of Fix It! Fitness Nurses" See a trend here. Call yourself by what you do, so people can tell other people about you easily.

There’s so much to write about Lisa Sasevich.  Please go to to read, listen, watch her in action, you’ll be glad you did.

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Yours in Fitness & Nursing,

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