Last Day of The Month

Looking back at my calendar for the month of November I can see all of my documentation of workouts. It’s nice to know I did workout every day except for one day. I started off thinking I would try that two days a week break but honestly it’s just not my thing. I love working out and I really don’t like sitting on my butt and missing a day of working out.

I wake in the morning and working out is first on my list. Once I have given attention to my body and my health I can easily roll into working on writing, editing and all that other stuff that a writer has to do. Cooking is necessary too.

With the month almost over here I am looking forward to December. I wonder what I will add to the workouts next month. What about you; any workout plans for the end of the year?

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Birthday Wishes

Okay, so I’m not dishing wishes. I really don’t have any real wishes…um that is I don’t have any that don’t involve material things. I want to buy a freezer for my mother before the next hurricane; I want to buy something my mother has wanted all year. I want to buy her something great. Yeah…I didn’t say those material wants were for me. I am guilty of doing for everybody else and pushing myself to the back side of the stove, but I’m in need of getting over that.

So…I thought maybe do something that will help me get over a lifelong fear. Okay, that takes money too, and it’s going to be a long drive so I probably won’t do it. Hey, fears keep you alive right? No, sometimes they just keep you caged.

My sister always goes away for her birthday with friends. Everybody seems to have friends. I have bounced around this country so much and the one thing I realized is that “out of sight out of mind,” “absence makes the heart grow fonder” really is something where you cannot get both. Both cliche chants cannot happen at the same time. I got so used to being alone on that level that when people would say that no man is an island I would often think this woman is. Other than my parents I don’t really have that stable friend base.

While most people will probably have a party for their birthday I know I won’t. The religion I grew up in definitely made celebrating anything, including a birthday, against the rules. I have never in my entire life had a birthday party. I don’t even know what it’s like to have one. Are they fun? Do people really enjoy them. Could a person who doesn’t like parties have fun at one–even if it’s their own birthday party?

So after all these years what is it about this upcoming birthday that makes me want something different? I don’t know; I just do. With less than two weeks to go I think it’s safe to say it will be the same as always…working from home and washing the dishes. What do you do for your birthday?

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.

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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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I love working out. I have talked to people who hate it but that’s not me. I have always loved doing it even when I didn’t realize that’s what I was doing. Long walks, playing in the snow and bike riding in the summer were always fun to me.

Over the years I find that working out is more than just about keeping the body healthy; for me it’s about keeping my mind healthy too. I feel amazing after a hardcore workout. I can see the sweat glistening on my skin and still do the final stretches with a smile on my face.

No matter how bad my day or week is going working out seems to give me a calming breeze and somehow I’m able to put it all behind me and love the moment I’m in.

Coming down off being sick (a.k.a. still being sick at the time of workout) I managed to get a healthy dose of cardio plus toning. I feel great even while sick. I love working out.

What workouts do you do to keep moving and motivated?

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