Category Archives: Fitness

On a Whim.

We’ve been busy the last few days; Friday I had another long and unproductive (well, not completely) work meeting. This nursery is becoming a bit of a headache for me. I’m expected to have answers to unexpected questions- like final costs, that I just don’t have yet. We also went out and looked at the property yesterday with the boss. He wants Gabe to help with the clearing, and of course since it requires the use of a chainsaw, he’s on board. I’m a little hesitant about my work and private lives overlapping. Not that they haven’t spent time together, but its usually at a work function not in a true work setting. Luckily for me, nursery managers aren’t necessary for land clearing. I hope anyway.

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This is not my nursery, but it’s what we are going for.

More Nonsense!

Yoga, Tabata and Carbs.

Mother Nature brought winter back today. It’s snowing outside, and I’m glad I did my errands this morning before it got worse. By 9 it was already starting to come down so I abandoned my walk and replaced my cardio with this– one of those quick workouts that is supposed to get your heart rate up and kick everything else into gear for the day. There are all kinds of links to these workouts on Pinterest. They are based on a Japanese style called “Tabata”. In this type of exercise you do one type of exercise (jumping jacks, high knees, mountain climbers, etc.) for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds and do another. The point is that you go all out in those 20 seconds and feel like you are going to die at the end. I did, but I’m not in tip-top athletic shape. The girl in the video is winded at the end and she says that she runs regularly. Also, they say that this will keep your heart rate and metabolism up for the next 24 hours or so. If my current feeling (like I drank a large coffee with extra sugar and a turbo shot) is any indication this might be true. I also did yoga and of course today’s episode instead of being a nice, gentle stretch- made me sweat too.  The weather is not supposed to improve until Thursday so I think I’ll keep doing it and see how I feel. I’ll let you know. 🙂

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Menu Planning

A Cluster

I’m husband-less this weekend, Gabe is away visiting some college buddies. Yesterday I met a co-worker (was supposed to be two, but someone flaked out..) for a late lunch and some beers. Today I don’t have much planned; I already did yoga (walked yesterday) and some strength training. The first of the year is prime time to buy anything fitness related because its on sale. I bought 2 5-lb. weights at Target this week and have been doing some arm moves with them. And then I ate a cupcake.. I’m taking a more relaxed approach to the whole “diet” thing, mostly because as soon as I say I can’t eat something, its the only thing I WANT to eat.

Speaking of food, I made a ond dish- stovetop baked ziti (except I used penne) for dinner the other night that was great. Honestly, I’m a huge fan of the slightly burned, chewy top layer of traditional baked zit, but this was really good! Its super easy- another winning recipe from America’s Test Kitchen.

Recipe!

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Yoga Foundations

Yoga Foundations

Part of my new routine is to alternate yoga and a 4 mile daily walk. I’m walking the weir along the reservoir nearby- which makes it both scenic and free. I looked into joining a gym but..I’m really not the gym type. Anyway, the link is to an Amazon description of the Yoga DVD set I use, and absolutely love. I actually bought mine at Target awhile ago, Gabe decided at one point that he needed to start stretching and I suggested yoga. Each episode (there are 4 per disc, and 4 discs) is about 20 minutes long and are easy to follow. I like that they are short because I can squeeze one in during my mornings, or if I don’t have time in the am they can be done before dinner. When I was doing yoga daily, (before I broke my leg) I was noticing differences within about a week; my posture was much better (I’m a total sloucher) and I felt stronger and more flexible. I definitely recommend yoga to everyone!