Getting Your Groove Back

After taking a long hiatus from working out, for an injury, illness or pregnancy, many of my patients feel discouraged that they will never “get their groove back” and return to their previous fitness level.  This can create a downward spiral because you don’t feel motivated to get back to the gym, walk or start increasing your activity levels.  However, sitting on the couch because you’re depressed furthers the atrophy of your muscles and cardiovascular system, putting you one step further from your goal.  After all, you can’t do the same exercises or run as far as you used to, so what’s the point of working out anyway?

To break yourself of the cycle of fitness self-pity, start by defining your end goal (running a half marathon, being able to bike for 45 minutes, walking the length of the mall).  After you decide what that goal is, determine smaller steps that will help you achieve it. For instance, you want to bike for 45 minutes and you haven’t been on your bike for a year, you might want to start with cycling for 15 minutes your first day, followed by stretching and using your foam roller to loosen up muscles that have been a bit dormant.  Once you feel comfortable doing the 15 minutes, start lengthening your cycling by 5-10 minutes, as you feel able to gradually increase your fitness level.  The key is slow, steady progress. Not going Olympic the first day and retiring from the activity because you’re so sore or injured from going too far, too fast.

It’s okay to have some mild muscle soreness after starting (or restarting) a new physical activity.  What’s not okay is pain or soreness that doesn’t go away with stretching, icing and rest within 2 weeks. If you keep having discomfort and can’t seem to stretch it away, give our office a call and we’ll be glad to help you troubleshoot what’s holding you back from meeting your goals.

Dr. Erin Ducat is a mother of a 10 month old son and is in the process of getting her groove back too!  If you need help with pain from working out or if pain is keeping you from becoming active, find out more about her Bloomingdale chiropractic practice by going to


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Home Prices Rise for 5th Straight Month; Up 9.4% Annually

Shrinking Real Estate Inventory

Shrinking Inventory of Homes For Sale – Source: National Association of REALTOR via Calculated Risk blog.

Home prices across the U.S. rose for the fifth straight month in July, to a median price of $187,300. That was a 9.4 percent increase compared to one year ago, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtor

Sales of homes have also been continuing a strong trend, with a 10.4% increase in total sales since July of 2011. While total sales increases have been strong, most expected them to be even bigger until the inventories in most major cities dropped so drastically this year. Homes available for sale have shrunk by 24 percent in one year across the country, and up to 50 percent in some large metropolitan areas. The scarcity of homes for sale and the increased buyer pool continues to push prices upward, as greater home sales in a shrinking market make for a highly competitive atmosphere.

From Inman News and the NAR:

Although the number of existing homes on the market was up 1.3 percent from June to July, to 2.4 million, that represents a 6.4-month supply of homes at July’s faster pace of sales, down from 6.5 months of supply in June. And looking back a year, listing inventories were down 23.8 percent, when there was a 9.3-month supply of existing homes for sale.

Analysts generally consider a six-month supply of existing homes to be a healthy balance of supply and demand. More than that indicates that sellers significantly outnumber buyers, which puts downward pressure on prices.

“The total supply of housing inventory appears to be balanced in historic terms but there are notable shortages in the lower price ranges which are limiting opportunities for first-time buyers,” Yun said. “The low price ranges also are popular with investors, so entry-level buyers are at a disadvantage because many investors are making all-cash offers.”

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Great Article by George Monbiot in todays Guardian. He could have been writing about the General Chiropractic Council or the CHRE


The article below is from todays Guardian, Skeptics always assumed I was anti GCC because I wanted softer regulation, I am against the GCC because they are another Goverment quango not fit for purpose. Made up of people more interested in their own positions rather than performing the job they have been given.  Before reading the article read how the GCC was reformed in 2009 to be less democratic and maintain the status quo Britain’s shadow government: unelected, unbalanced and unaccountable Democracy itself is being undermined by publicly funded agencies crawling with conflicts of interest and devoid of scrutiny George Monbiot, Monday 12 March 2012 16.27 GMT‘From any single perspective’, Bertrand Russell said, “power always seems to be elsewhere”. This article is about one of those elsewheres. It is about the network of unelected committees, boards and commissions, operating below the public radar, through which governments pursue the aims that weren’t disclosed in their manifestos. The people they appoint are an index to the interests they serve. To list them is to expose the gulf between what a government claims to be and what it is. It would be misleading to suggest that the process I’m about to discuss is new. Blair […]

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RMLS Inventory in Review

Nine years of RMLS Inventory

When RMLS Market Action was released this afternoon the first thing I noticed was that December’s inventory is the lowest shown on the graphic.  The write-up doesn’t help as it just says it, “is the lowest in months.”  A quick dive back into the December 2006 & 2009 Market Actions helps paint a better picture (and show some evolution of the report).  It isn’t until we get to 2006 that we see inventory this low (so “lowest in months” equals 76 months).   In August of 2006 there were 10,544 active listings.  This December there were 6,352.  Since inventory is calculated as a ratio of Active Listings divided by closed sales we can see there more closed sales driving the August ’06 inventory numbers.  That means buyers had more homes to look at but they were being snapped up in larger quantities.  Today’s buyer has fewer homes to look at.

These are “Portland Metro” numbers, a five county area.  When we drill down a little we see:

  • North Portland: 3.5 months
  • NE Portland: 2.3 months
  • SE Portland 2.5 months
  • Lake Oswego/West Linn: 5.5 months
  • West Portland: 4.0 months
  • NW Washington County: 3.0 months
  • Beaverton/Aloha: 2.5 months
  • Tigard/Wilsonville: 2.75

We then notice that the low inventories aren’t just isolated to the close-in city center areas.  Beaverton and Tigard/Wilsonville also have really low numbers.

Rather than continuing with other market stats in review I’ll stop here and continue in another post shortly.




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Medina Waterfront Homes Sell Big In 2011: 167% Jump For Waterfront Real Estate Sales in Medina

Medina waterfront homesWaterfront home sales in Medina nearly tripled in 2011, another sign that buyers are returning to the luxury real estate market. Sales of luxury and waterfront homes in Greater Seattle have been on the rise since the bottoming out of luxury sales in 2008 and 2009.

After just threeMedina waterfront homes sold in 2010, that number jumped to eight in 2011. The multi-million dollar home sales in Medina were some of the highest-priced sales in the Puget Sound region, ranging from $1.8 million to $7.25 million.

Medina Waterfront Home Sales, 2011

8105 Overlake Drive W Medina $1,825,000
432 Overlake Dr E Medina $2,300,000
1651 73RD Ave NE Medina $2,500,000
3640 Evergreen Point Rd Medina $3,000,000
7944 NE 32nd St Medina $3,575,000
538 Overlake Dr E Medina $4,200,000
3645 Evergreen Point Rd Medina $4,500,000
3248 78th Place NE Medina $7,250,000
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Sam DeBord – Realtor | Managing Broker | | Coldwell Banker Danforth
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Source: NWMLS Data – This information was not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service


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