The Move of a Lounge

With the chaise lounge sofa moved just a little I was able to do a complete wheel barrel starting from right hand around without hitting the furniture but going left around I had to try to move my head a little to get around without hitting the furniture.  I think I move a bit while trying to start the other rotation.

Still, it was my first time in complete rotation for both sides and I have to say it is hard. It’s really hard. But it is worth trying so I will try it again and see if I can scale up to the suggested max of three rounds. I don’t know when,  but that’s the great thing about working out—you start low, aim high and have a lot of fun challenging yourself along the way.

Are you already good at the move? Are you planning to try it? Have fun. Stay safe. And as always…

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Loving It Every Day

Working out is great for keeping in shape, maintaining weight, and even reducing stress. One of the things I love about it is how great I feel when I’m done. There’s this thought of, “I did that,” that comes to my mind when I’m hot, sweaty and feeling a thrill of exhaustion. I don’t have enough room anywhere to do wheelbarrow but I can do what I think of as windshield wiper on my bed and I finally reached doing 18 if I only count in one direction and double that if I count doing it in the opposite direction separate. I even tried wheelbarrow again in the living room but that pesky couch always gets in my way. I did get farther on one side than the other but there is still the couch to deal with and my head simply won’t magically go through the barrier. Oh well, it’s still farther than I got the first time.

I really do love working out. It’s probably more than the fitness, more than the meeting the challenge, more than the physical goals and more than the toning up body; I think part of it is I always feel better after I do it—physically, mentally, emotionally.

Perhaps working out is my therapist. It’s super hard to think about the things going wrong when I’m pushing the workout harder than I did before. It’s like saying no matter what is going on outside of you, sometimes inside of you, you can make this happen. You can scale up and make it even if you can’t save the world.

Yeah; I love working out. Call it my therapist, call it my saving grace, call it whatever you want; I just know I love it.

Whatever your workout routine and goals are, have fun, stay safe and as always…

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Kitchen Time

I like the homemade bread and now that there is a working bread machine in the house again it’s easier than a lot of the sans machine bread so I can mix it, drop it and let it do what it needs in the machine while I work on something else. But I do still like to do it by hand too.

IMG_0603Make your own croutons with your homemade bread, add it to a salad mixed with rice and veggies for lunch, dinner or whatever meal you want and you have a healthy and delicious dish.

The great thing about getting up and cooking your own food is that you can get it your way all the way anytime you put in a little time on it. Leftovers are good too so if you make too much you have lunch or dinner for tomorrow too. I kind of don’t like leftovers. I always seem to want to do a different meal when I can but when busy there is nothing to stop me from going for the leftovers—well, except if somebody else ate them first.

What’s your favorite meal to make up?

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Switching It Up

I know I mentioned before that I was getting a little tired of my regular workout and that I wanted to mix some things up. I added a video I used to do but I rarely feel like it’s as good as what I do without videos. While reading Shape magazine (one of the free ones I was able to get for a year) I find workouts sometimes. Some of those workouts could be fun and some wouldn’t work for me. The one I kind of liked is when they mentioned doing martial arts. If you’re throwing punches or doing kicks you are using your abs too so you get a total body workout.

Have you come across any workouts you tried recently? Did you love them enough to try them again?

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Truth Be Told…

One of my favorite places for spinach is in green smoothies but I also love it in a naked salad. Naked salad means I’m not using dressing on it. The croutons in this salad are homemade from homemade bread. No animals involved…that’s good for a vegetarian/vegan.


What veggies do you like for your salads or smoothies?

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The Art of Not Being Sued

I often find product warnings funny—like when I saw on a hairdryer that it had ‘Do Not Use while in the shower.’  Who uses a hairdryer while in the shower? Seriously, people can’t possibly not know water and electricity do not mix. But somebody must have done it otherwise why would there be a need to be sure the warning is on all the paperwork that’s included.

So the other day I was looking at the bread machine book. I never used one as my mom used them (sporadically I think) when I was younger. I tend to just do it the old fashioned way. But where there is a bread machine there are recipes to be discovered in the product manual. I was reviewing the manual when I saw the Falling Object Hazard. ‘Breadmaker can wobble and walk during kneading cycle.’ That’s the way of saying it might fall off the counter. But the idea of wobble and walk makes me think of how people say pregnant women close to delivery time wobble when they walk. The bread machine wobbling and walking brings a completely new look at having a bun in the oven – one that doesn’t make me roll my eyes when people call a baby in the womb a bun in the oven.

Have you read any warnings that make you wonder why they even bothered to place them, or think of how creative the writer was when they came up with the warning?

I find companies put the warnings so they can say, “the warning is on the label had you read it,” the moment somebody tries to sue them. Smart company; lucky writer. The writer has a job and the company cannot get taken for every cent they have. Win-Win for them and a win for you if you read the instructions before plugging everything in.

Oh My Gosh It’s Friday…

…Whatever shall I do?

Yes, I am still without Internet at home so I’m going to schedule things when I can so they will at least post.

I was supposed to take today off from working out after five days of doing the Walk Away The Pounds video miles 1-5 with one mile a day and the last two miles done yesterday, but you all probably know me and fitness by now–I just can’t seem to take a day off. I only did 20 minutes of jogging around my room though so that has to kind of count for a little break; right?

I haven’t planned much for the weekend but my spirit now is restless. I just want to get out and do something, go somewhere and sadly, the only place to go here is the library unless you want to spend a day at a fast food stop or something. I don’t want to shop, of which I’d have to go two cities south to even get to a mall, or two north to get to one, and the cities aren’t exactly close so I’d have to ask is it worth the gas. Right now it’s not.

So I have no idea what I’ll do this weekend but I might find my way back to the library and if I do I just might have something fitness inspired (or food) to blog about.

I did post a short fiction piece…very short, on my other blog this morning called Welcome Home. Check it out if you have time. It’s free. It’s totally fiction…I promise :).

I hope you all have a great weekend.

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New Workout Moves

The joy of signing up for all these free magazines is that sometimes you get something you can actually use. The travel mags make sense because I am studying more of the adventure travel business thing now, and the workout ones make sense because I love to workout. Cosmopolitan really didn’t make sense, but it was free so I took it. This month I found something about The Wheelbarrow Plannk. If you haven’t heard about it then look it up and try it.

I would love to give the details but this isn’t mine and being a writer myself I hate when people steal my work and give people the entire story with the ending included. With this Wheel Barrow move it’s coming up on page 100 of the November 2017 Cosmopolitan. You might be able to find this at your local library just don’t rip the page out because somebody else might want to know too.

They have it listed as flat abs, glorious glutes and strong arms. Have fun and as always…

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Wrapped in Sweat

When you’re deep into your workout, sweating like what my mom calls a six shooter (whatever that means) do you have to run for water or do you keep your water on your body?

For me, since I get the heaviest of my workout done in my room I have gotten in the habit of leaving water on the footboard of my bed. Of course I cannot take in a glass because with my luck I’ll knock it over and it will shatter on the tile of my floor. Seeing as though I workout barefoot (much like I seem to cook all the time too—avoid the barefoot and in the kitchen thoughts; okay?) if I were unlucky enough to shatter a glass full of water on the floor I would be more likely to end up tracking blood all the way back to the bathroom or kitchen—depending on what I need and where it is. In avoiding glass I like to use my fitness water bottle—it’s not likely to break…but everything breaks so maybe if I knocked it off the footboard it just might but at least there wouldn’t be any glass to worry about.

Of course my water bottle is empty so I’m keeping the water in the glass on the dining room table. It’s close and I can factor in jogging to get it.

Anyway, with a great workout behind me for today I am craving another. Addicted to working out? No, of course not. I just love doing it and I’m out of my mind bored right now. I could write something, knit something or bake something other than the farm bread rising for the first twenty-four of the forty-eight hour rise time in the refrigerator but I kind of don’t want to do that either. I’d rather workout.

Have fun with your weekend and start of a new week. Don’t forget to work up a sweat and burn some calories while you’re at it.

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Like it or Love it?

This week the workout is coming in hard and fast. I keep telling myself to just spend the week doing dance workouts but jogging around my room feels so good I just can’t seem to stop. A little longer here. A little longer there. Yes, I love this type of workout. I have to say there is something about dripping with sweat during the workout and seeing it glisten on my skin after I’m finished cooling down and stretching that let’s me look and say, “you did that; do it again.” I love working out.

Do any of you have a workout that you like doing? That you love doing? I hope so. It’s more fun when you love it.

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