Sunday, November 28, 2010

Trim It Down

My leisurely days of working out have come to a close, because I have a job! I have calculated that I have about 30 minutes to workout each morning. I took a look at my normal strength training program and have cut anything that was redundant. I tested it today, and it took me about 30 minutes.

Here it is:

5 minutes of warm up (dancing, jumping around etc.)
Forward Lunge Raise (6 lb medicine ball)
Chest Press Crunch (black resistance band, 2 lb hand weights)
Triceps-3 Way (black resistance band)
Scorpion Planks
Walk Out Push Ups
Raised Kicks
Oblique Crunch on Stability Ball

I will do this routine 3x a week (M, W, F) and each week I will add 2 reps. For example: Week 1: 15 reps, Week 2: 17 reps, Week 3: 19 reps and so on until I hit the end of six weeks. Then I will create a new program to follow.

So my full exercise program now includes:
Strength training: 3x week (30 minutes at a time)
Cardio 6x week (30 minutes at a time, 2 in the morning: T,TH and 4 at work: M,T,W,TH)
Optional: 2 hour hike/cross country skiing

I've 10 lbs to go to hit my "goal" weight, so this ought to do it, plus, it's so FUN!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

If You Can't Wear A Uniform At Least Plan Ahead

I am child of Catholic high school which means for 2 glorious years (I transferred in from public high school) I got to wear a uniform. I truly enjoyed my sleep when I was younger and any excuse to get more was a good thing. All I had to do was grab a fresh shirt and underwear and pick up the skirt I had thrown on the floor the night before.

As I begin my new full time job, I don't plan on being able to sleep in, but I do plan on working out before I head out the door. And in order to do that without having to get up at 4 am, I need to eliminate time wasters. Therefore, I went ahead and laid out my work outfits for the next 2 weeks. (I work a 4 day week, 10 hours per day.)

(Outfits Are To The Right Of The Red Line)

To make it even simpler, I added jewelry, stockings (in a plastic bag) and clipped an index card (suggesting a shoe) to the outfit with a clothespin.

I may just rotate these 8 outfits over and over or perhaps I'll swap some things around. Either way, I don't have to think about it until 2 weeks from now.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Follow The Madrid Protocol

Martin and I were visiting his family in Madrid, Spain a few months ago and within six hours of touchdown at the airport I already had to pee really badly with no bathroom in sight. (Public bathrooms are not as plentiful in Spain as they are in the United States and bar owners aren't keen on drop ins.) We eventually tracked down a bathroom in a supermarket. The toilet had no seat, but hey, at that point I was not picky, but I learned my lesson. After that, I enforced, what I call, The Madrid Protocol. Simply put: if there is a bathroom where you are, use it before you leave.

We have carried this protocol back with us to the United States. We often visit Portland, Oregon, as it's just a 15 minute drive away from our house, but sometimes the bridge connecting Oregon and Washington is raised, or there is an accident, or a truck of snack goods has overturned, so I often invoke the Madrid Protocol before leaving.

So far, so good. Although I do have a bladder made of steel, I'd really rather not test it's true strength.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Make It Real Simple

While heading toward the library self check, I happened to see this book on the NEW! shelf.

Real Simple: 869 new uses for old things

Both my mother and I had been Real Simple magazine subscribers back when the magazine launched. Our interested waned after it turned into a big shopping catalog (to be fair, most magazines are just big shopping catalogs) so I was delighted to see a collection of what I actually like about the magazine: new uses for old things.

I had already heard of many of the tips. For example, I've been clipping my earrings through the holes of my watch band (when going to the gym) since Field Hockey practice in High School (you can also loop your bracelet or rings through the watch straps to keep them contained).

But I like reading through the examples because it encourages me to think up even more ideas on how to use things different ways.

I won't buy the book (because I don't really buy books) but I highly suggest you give it a look see. The last section: 10 New Uses For This Book, is especially clever.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Green Book Review: Spice (45 illustrated reference cards)

"This review is part of the Green Books campaign.Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.

The campaign is organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to make reading more sustainable. We invite you to join the discussion on "green" books and support books printed in an eco-friendly manner! A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on the Eco-Libris website." --Text suggested by Eco-Libris campaign.


I received the Spice deck from Ghigo Press. The deck is made with 20% recycled paper and printed with soy ink.

While the deck is beautiful: glossy box and cards, sharp color photographs of the various spices on the front, the real gem was the witty and informative writing on the back of the cards.

As I perused the cards, I found myself quietly laughing from such statements as:
"BAY LEAF Indigenous to the Mediterranean region, bay leaves come from the branches of the tall laurel tree. In the ancient Greek world the highest honor for a champion athlete was to be crowned with a laurel wreath. In Rome, Caesar was said to have found the ritual appealing as it concealed his creeping baldness..."


"... The Aztec King Montezuma first introduced the glories of the cold cacao drink to Cortes and the Spanish Conquistadors. After destroying his empire, they returned to Europe with the wonderful spice in tow..."

The Spice cards also inspired me to add Cinnamon to my morning smoothie, and I look forward to learning more about and experimenting with the spices described in the deck.

The Spice deck would make a great gift for anyone interested in food (so, pretty much everyone) and it's only $15.95.

Ghigo Press also makes beautiful decks for Wine and Coffee lovers. (All 3 decks also come in a full size calendar version.)

Everything Ghigo Press sent is beautiful and I'm grateful to have been part of this campaign.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Give A Wave

I wave hello to my former neighbor when I drive by his grave in the Veteran's Cemetery.

I wave hello when I drive by the surgery center in the hospital where I had my back surgery almost one year ago.

I wave hello when I pass by the exit off the highway to my husband's office.

My husband says I'm adorable, but I know I'm a little goofy.

It makes me smile to take a moment and be grateful for what I have.

Good thing I learned to drive on a standard car, since my right arm is waving so much.