Saturday, July 18, 2009

Weighty Matters

Well, I've begun a new fitness program that centers around...weight training!

Yes!!! The cardio queen has traded her running shoes for dumbells. I'm even going to take a "before" picture in my two piece suit that I only wore during my slimmest days.

Don't worry. That picture will not be shown here, or anywhere else on God's planet. I would not want to be reponsible for burning your eyeballs out of their sockets.

Here's a substitute:

I've given this a lot of thought. I must find a fitness routine that I can sustain throughout the year, not just in the summer. While running is fun for me, it takes a huge chunck of time and requires (at least for me), nice weather.

That lets out three fourths of the year (mostly because of school, not weather).

After doing some research, I found a program that I and Norm are committed to where you weight train for three days, and do 20 minutes of aerobics for three days, with one day off.

Wow, 20 minutes of aerobics instead of an hour? HA!!!!!

Believe it or not, the way we're going it on this program, it kicks butt (and I've got a lot to kick as seen in the picture above). During the 20 minutes you vary intense levels with less intense levels of effort (pretty much interval training). Tough stuff but strangely satisfying.

Of course, we're also following a healthier eating program too. This is such a great time of year to do that with all the gorgeous fresh produce! (For those of us who live on the west coast, that is. "Go west, young man" should say "Come west, dear sister!!!". I'll share some of my more successful recipes. Here's one that I made up:

White Bean, Clams, and Spinach Saute

Take 1/2 of an onion (give or take), and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic (give or take) . Saute in a pan with 1 tsp. of olive oil (give or take) for about a minute or so. Add 1 can of drained white beans and 1 can of drained clams (save the juice).

Saute for about 2 minutes or so. Add several handfuls of baby spinach (I add as much as will fit in my 12" saute pan because I love spinach). If you need to, add some of the clam juice to keep things going). Saute until spinach is wilted. Season with salt and pepper and serve. (Serves 2)

Fast, easy, and yummy.

Speaking of yummy, Kashi has come out with a Heart to Heart whole grain cracker that is fabulous. I love the roasted garlic version.

Bruising is a little better, but still waking up with what I think are nose related headaches EVERY STINKING MORNING!!!! I think I'm a little congested and the sinus pressure hurts my nose which then radiates throughout my face.
Oh well. After taking a lot of Advil which doesn't help, I've decided to ignore it.

Good to be home, but miss you all!!!

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