Neglecting the Back

I know that some people are so obsessed with their abs, arms, thighs, butt or other body parts that they sometimes, if not all the time, forget that the back muscles need work too. Neglecting the back can lead to back pain since the muscles are too weak to support all those other muscles you have been working so hard to strengthen. So don’t forget to do something to work your back muscles too.

This 6 Exercises to Strengthen Your Back video is just a starter type video but you can find so much stuff for free online so you should be able to find other moves to help you get the work in and keep your body healthy on all fronts.

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Scale it Up

I like the idea of scaling up the workout instead of giving up on it. So far this month for me I have taken my usual and bumped it up by about ten for everything from jogging-running to leg raises and toning exercises. It feels really good. There is something uplifting when I look at the clock and realize I put in the extra ten minutes when I had only planned to do ten less.

One of the things I like about the “scale up” mentality is that even if you cannot do it right now you can work hard to be able to do it one day. Those stretches that were too difficult will soon feel so natural. That extra mile run/walk/jog, will feel invigorating instead of draining. If you scale up you’ll find that even the hardest things are doable.

As always, don’t forget to cool down and stretch after a workout. No matter how intense the workout was the body still likes a little love with stretches since it carried you trough the entire workout in the first place.

Whatever it is you’re doing (fitness or life in general) don’t give up, just scale it up.

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Vegetable Basket

Things Worth Knowing

I already knew this because years ago doing basic research I found out that a tomato is technically a fruit, not a vegetable. Today while doing other research that led me to finding out once again that a watermelon is a vegetable not a fruit (at least some of the college scientists say)  I decided just to play around for fun. When I found this site I thought I would share for those of you interested in the fruit and vegetable boxes.

Tomato as a Fruit

Another site that looks at it from a botanist and culinary take on what makes it a fruit can be found here.

So if it really comes to how the fruit is produced what makes a watermelon a vegetable?

Well now I guess it depends on which “experts” you look at but I can see why it kind of falls into fruit from the botanist standards of the “having seeds” part and the vegetable standard from the fact that many science articles state that a vegetable is part of the plant that is eaten but not part of the reproduction. Even in this article: Watermelon: Fruit or Vegetable the writer mentions that a botanist would label it a fruit but…there is always a but…

One question asked was this:

“…in some Asian cultures, watermelon rinds are pickled with savory spices and the flesh is used in stir-fries, where it resembles a vegetable. So, is watermelon a fruit in one culture and a vegetable in another?”

Another article that looks at how it is a fruit and a vegetable is here.

So I guess it depends on how you grow it and eat it, but technically it’s a fruit on some level and a vegetable (I guess) on another since it can also be eaten as a vegetable.

Humans–We sure have a way of complicating things. We should probably stop trying to put everything in boxes and just eat it however we want it.

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New Release ~ 24 Weeks of Health

New health journal to help document your health journey. Check it out.

Capri Montgomery

It’s officially on Create Space and Lulu. Lulu has the spiral binding for the book. It is on Amazon now too. (updated since yesterday for Amazon addition.

health journal cover to use

24 Weeks of Health

A dateless compilation of journal, organized planning aids and original art. Start your record keeping on any date, at any time and easily keep track of your health journey.

Create Space

Lulu

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Yummy and Cold

This is a very simple to make treat. I like using the sorbet recipe that my mom created sometimes but this one is more cream than sorbet and since it was my first time trying to come up with this one in a way we could both enjoy and benefit from I’m glad it turned out right. There aren’t any added sugars but it is still tasteful and the level of sweetness will depend on how ripe the bananas are. The more brown spots the sweeter it is.

The recipe and instructions are below.

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Banana Walnut Cream Recipe

One Last Month

Time really seems to fly when one is busy living life. Can you believe we’re almost to the half year point? This is the last month of the first half. Soon summer storm seasons will approach, heat waves and humidity will torture natural hair and sunscreen will rise from the cold, dark, indoor winters for the outdoor festivals, games and beach vacation days. Yeah, soon we will be going into the last six months of 2017; how has your first five months been going so far? Have you met those health and fitness goals you swore to master on New Years day? Are you finding things that make you happy? I hope things are going well for all of you.

girl-163537_1280Personally, I’m loving my workouts. Jogging around my room feels good in the mornings and the toning and stretching exercises feel good too. I’m happy with the first half of the year so far and hoping by the end of the second half my body fat will be reduced in greater amounts (yeah…the abs still).

But as we all know life is not just about working out so I have other goals for this month and I hope I get off my butt and make them all happen.

  1. Sketch out the dress I want to create and sew. I have the pattern paper I can start if only I pull it out, clear off the table and get to work on the design. With hopes I will accomplish that this month.
  2. Get the knitted sweater I’m making finished.
  3. Release my new health journal ~ 24 Weeks of Health.
  4. Get my fiction book ~ Collateral Damage uploaded for e-book end of May/1st of June.

I think four things on the list is enough since I know I’ll have to do more things than those every day, but it doesn’t hurt to make a list and hope for the best. What is that quote–“hope for the best; prepare for the worst.”

Have a happy May you all.

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