Friday, December 29, 2006
I at first thought I was feeling "off" because I have a lot of deadlines next week, but that's not it. The only thing I can think of is that it is the caffeine.
From now on, I am going to drink nourishing nerve protecting herbal teas such as lemon balm, oatstraw, and chamomile.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
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1/2 c. epsom salt
5 drops peppermint essential oil
1 c. chamomile tea
Pour warm water into a foot basin. Add salt, essential oil, and tea. Soak for about ten minutes.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
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I run every day in tbe trails now, with Sundays off. The weather has been so gorgeous I almost can't resist.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Ever since I was a child, I have been interested in the stars. I once watched an entire lunar eclipse from start to finish... It took almost all night! Now, I continue the tradition of staring at the stars, especially when I visit the White Mountains.
For my star gazing, it would be nice if I had a telescope or other equipment. That is why astronomy classified is such a good thing. They specialize in used equipment. It is still high quality, just not as expensive.
Make stinging nettle infusion each night
Drink plenty of water
Refrain from eating simple carbohydrates
Monday- Trail run, full body strength, stretch
Tuesday- Trail run
Wednesday- Same as Monday
Thursday- Same as Tuesday
Friday- Dame as Monday
Saturday- Same as Tuesday
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I felt like the old outline was a little too cluttered. Plus, there were all kinds of scripts within the old template that I put in that I don't need any more. So now, I am starting with a clean slate.
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Sunday, December 17, 2006
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Saturday, December 16, 2006
Sometimes I wonder if I should get my online master degree? That is a question that I often consider. You see, I enjoy being in school. I like to learn, and I enjoy the structured setting. Sure, I can read and write papers without people telling me what to do. But I find that being in school offers me a great opportunity to learn about new things. For example, I probably never would have read Maus, a graphic novel, if it weren't for a class I took. Capella has the process down to a science and they have a great, accredited program. I would consider looking into them.
Here are some strategies:
-- drink only water and tea
-- don't give in to chocolate cravings when I have my period
-- use whole wheat flour to coat things before I pan sear scallops. I used white flour the other day and felt bad about that.
-- bring healthy whole grain breads with me when I go somewhere, such as the gym.
-- stay away from sports drinks and fitness bars (even though I run). These things are filled with sugar. If I do need a simple carb because of running, I will only consume honey either with water or in the form of a honey stick.
Friday, December 15, 2006
-- Drink plenty of water to combat dry skin. Hydration often happens from the inside out.
-- Apply lotion after coming in from the outside.
-- Apply oil to cuticles.
-- Purchase skin care products that have extra moisture.
If you do these things, you will have healthy skin for the winter.
- willow bark
- cat's claw
- chinese skullcap
I wish I had some ginger. That is my favorite from this list. But, I do have some willowbark so maybe I can give that a try.
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- go for a walk
- get a pet
- drink some relaxing tea, such as chamomile or lemon balm
- listen to classical music
- take a bubble bath
- do some stretches
- take a nap
- do something creative
- bake something healthy
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spread a single layer of kernels at the bottom of a pan. Put enough oil down to moisten each kernel. Set heat to medium and shake the pan every now and then to make sure the kernels don't stick. When it starts popping, after about a minute, turn off the heat as it continues to pop. Remove from pan when it is done popping.
Today I seasoned it with salt, seaweed, parmesan cheese, and onion powder. YUM.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
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Eating Well has some healthier recipes. The recipes are reader submitted contest winners. If you have a healthy recipe, why not enter the contest for next year?
One thing that I like to do is make a big trail mix. These are great because you can just keep adding ingredients. They are a good on the road snack and also great for hiking.
Things to put in the mix include:
cereal such as checks or cheerios
chocolate pieces (just a small amount)
-- whole grain breads and cereals
-- fruit and dried fruit
-- healthy sugar substitutes when sweetener is necessary
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I love the earthiness of roasted chicory root. It makes a great coffee substitute and has a lot of health benefits. Here are some of them:
- helpful for water retention
- loss of appetite
- digestive problems
- helps the body absorb more calcium
There are a few great blends out there with roasted chicory root in it. Look for coffee substitutes as well as roasted tea blends. Celestial Seasonings has a blend that I like that they carry in Whole Foods.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2006
-- do something for cardio each day
-- strength train 3x a week
I may change things around. This is a program that worked for me in Germany:
-- walk every day
-- strength twice a week
-- abs an additional 2 x a week.
-- run three times a week
I have been thinking a lot about health lately, and I've realized that I am glad that I started drinking a lot of water. It is making me feel great!
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- red raspberry leaf- tones the system
- licorice root - balances hormones
- stinging nettle leaves - builds health, has iron
- lemon balm - for the nerves
- cramp bark- cramps
- ginger - also for cramps
- basil - this is actually my favorite remedy for cramps
- red clover - for breast tenderness
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Christmas shopping can be a pain. It can be expensive, too. That is why I like to shop for the latest deals from coupon sites and other places. dealking.com has some really great deals. The best one they have right now is a prepaid phone from T-mobile. But there are a lot of other offers. Check them out!
- I make it a rule to fill up half of my plate with fruits and vegetables. In the other half, I eat whatever I want. This goes for both desserts and main courses.
- I try to keep my plate small to begin with.
- Have a healthy snack before leaving the house.
- Drink plenty of water.
- the Plank (I just hold the position longer as I get stronger)
- Exercises on the fitness ball
- Ab toning dancing
Monday, December 11, 2006
- more energy
- smoother skin
- less congesion
Whether or not any of these things have to do with the water, I can't say. But I do know that water is very important and a lot of us ignore it without realizing it.
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Friday, December 08, 2006
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- add more spices and herbs when you use packaged foods
- put lemon or lime in your water
- use chopped, fresh herbs as a garnish
- top salads, soups, sandwiches, and stir-fries with sprouts
- add vegetables wherever possible
- have fruit for snacks
Thursday, December 07, 2006
- Ginger- I love it for its warming action. It can also lower fevers.
- Elderberry- A great herb for cold and flu.
- Peppermint- My favorite herb for sinus congestion. I love to drink peppermint tea when I have a sinus headache.
- Garlic- My favorite to combat germs and strengthen the immune system.
-- Inexpensive picture frames with a picture of the bride and groom.
-- Chocolates shaped in traditional wedding shapes.
-- A little scrap book filled with memories of the bride and groom.
-- Useful kitchen tools.
Make sure that even if it is inexpensive that it is also high quality. You want people to have something that reminds them of your wedding and your happiness, not something that will fall apart.
-- Prune your evergreen hedges and use the clippings as part of a centerpiece. Lay them across your table and finish off with long taper candles
-- Find a large branch with a lot of branches shooting from it and put it in a vase. Hnag bulb ornaments from it.
-- Build a manger scene using things found from outside such as moss and sticks
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Here are some ideas:
- cut down your own tree after hiking somewhere to find it
- go ice skating
- learn how to make healthier meals and holiday treats and cook with your kids
- make your own ornaments and decorations with your kids
- make a wreath out of items you find outside such as branches, grapevines, and evergreen boughs
As you set out to plan your trip, make a list of all the potential places you want to visit. After you figure out it out, you will need to book your airfare and your hotel. Then make a decision about how detailed you want to plan everything.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Starting with the next issue, I am adding a section on finding deals and discounts on products around the net. I will also start writing reviews on my favorite health books and healthy lifestyle gadgets, including exercise equipment.
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This licorice is in an AM blend. It has a little bit of a laxitive and cleansing property to it. I am mainly interested in it as a hormone balancer, though.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
I love living near Boston. But sometimes, I don't feel as if it is healthy. The Scottsdale Real Estate market is great because there are a lot of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. And, housing values are dwindling near Boston. In Scottsdale, it is still a great market.
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 slices pancetta, chopped
93% lean free range beef
a little wine
Basil, rosemary, oregano
1 can crushed tomatoes
Heat on medium a sautee pan with some olive oil. Add chooped garlic and onion. Sautee about thirty seconds. Add pancetta. Render for about three minutes. Add beef. Break into small pieces and render for about five minutes. Add salt and pepper and a little wine, about 1/2 cup. Let the wine evaporate for about three minutes. Add the herbs and 1 can crushed tomatoes. At this point, I transferred everything to a crock pot.
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Friday, December 01, 2006
It is odd. But I guess the earth is changing. I wonder how much of this is normal, and how much of it was man-made.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
- warming- great in the winter for getting rid of the chills
- it can also lower fever. seems like ginger can do what your body needs it to do
- it is also an anti-inflammatory and good for helping withh injury
- great for menstrual cramps
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
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Exercise Monday - Saturday with Sunday as a rest day.
Each day, do at least thirty minutes of cardio. Then, strength train all six days, alternating upper body and lower body. Monday I worked my upper body, today I worked my lower, tomorrow I will work upper, etc.
Finish all that off with ab training each of the days.
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For each course- appetizer, main course, and dessert, I vow to fill each of my plates up with half fruits and vegetables and the other half whatever I want. Even those yummy, fatty desserts. And no, apple pie does not count as a fruit... I need to include the real deal!
But besides that, I love peeling them, especially when they are fresh. They release a burst of "sunshine" and it perks me up, even on the greyest of days. And they are high in Vitamin C, which is important for the immune system and the connective tissue.
Friday, November 17, 2006
I usually don't mind the rain. But it affected my forest walk today. Everything was flooded and I wasn't wearing waterproof shoes so I had to walk on the road instead. It was fine, but not as fun.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
My solution is to keep things simple. So, I have decided on an "add and take away" plan where I focus on one thing to add and one thing to take away at a time. Once one group becomes habit I will move on to another group.
Add- Ginseng extract supplement
Take Away- Caffeine
Add- Simple exercise plan of exercising six days a week, cardio each day, upper body and lower body alternating days
Take away- simple carbohydrates
I've mastered group one. Now I need to focus on group two.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
- put out a big fruit plate with dessert
- bake some sweet potatoes to have instead of mashed potatoes (but I will still have mashed)
- whole wheat rolls instead of white bread rolls (and I will still make cinnamon rolls)
- Salad and veggie crudites in addition to whatever else I have, so at least I have the choice to eat healthfully
I think the weather has been like this because of Global Warming. It is a problem that won't go away if we ignore it. It will get even worse! There are things we can do, even little things, such as recycle.
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Saturday, November 11, 2006
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-- mow the lawn
-- clean up the weeds on the sides of the house, throw away flower pots
-- plant bulbs
I can't do it all today but I'd say that the leaves are in priority. There were a lot more leaves last week, I think they blew away. HA! Wait long enough and you actually have less work to do.
Friday, November 10, 2006
1 part lemon balm
1 part stinging nettle leaves
1/2 part rubbed sage
Store in an airtight container and keep away from heat and light. Use 1 tsp. of the blend for every cup of hot water. Let it steep for at least ten minutes.
I have done study-at-home programs before when I became a Master Herbalist through the Australasian College of Health Sciences. I loved it. I loved how I could study and learn at home and adapt things to my schedule. I firmly believe in getting your college degree online because it means that you can sort of adapt it to your life. For example, if you have a full time job, you do not need to skip work to attend class, something that a lot of people need to do. Capella University has over seventy graduate and undergraduate programs to choose from and has a great system. It is also accredited, which is important. This is a great opportunity especially if you have good time management skills.
Somehow, I need to find a way to make the two things- writing and herbal medicine- merge. Here is one way I have merged them:
Use Medicinal Herbs
It is just in time for cold and flu season. There is a nice section on that and I teach you how to use common herbs to make simple home remedies.
- drinking lots of tea, herbal and green teas (green tea has caffeine and also burns fat)
- Going for walks when I need to rest my brain
- making sure I strength train a few times each week
Thursday, November 09, 2006
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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Goals for tomorrow:
45 minutes of cardio.
In fact, here are my goals for the rest of the week:
Thurs: 45 min cardio
Fri: 30 min strength, 45 min cardio
Sa- 45 minute cardio
Su- 30 min. strength, 45 min. cardio
I'll keep you posted. I still need to work my abs today.
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I plan on moving and jumping as much as possible while I hang things up and fold. Hey, it sounds odd, but it works for me.
Cardio- 45 minutes, 5-6 times a week
Strength- 30 minutes, 3 times a week
Since it is raining today, I will have to do my cardio indoors.
Here is my tally for the week so far:
So, I have some work to do that's for sure! I am about to go and do that now.
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I guess that certain fragrances are seasonal, just like produce. The growing season is ending I am thinking of baking so perhaps that is why I want to wear spicier fragrances.
Here are some things I will wear now but couldn't in the summer:
-- french vanilla fragrance
-- Coco Chanel
Those are my favorite all time winter fragrances.
- Run up and down the stairs
- Do a jumping/plyometrics routine
- Do an exercise DVD or find something at On Demand
I think I will dance. I can incorporate that with some ab work. Sounds good to me!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Add fosamax to the list of medicines that cause problems in addition to fixing others. It is used to treat osteoporosis but instead causes a condition that brings on the death of jaw tissue. This is not a good thing. Parker & Waichman is a law firm that has been contacted by victims from the side affects of the drug and they are set on helping them. If you need a fosamax attorney then they are worth contacting because they can help you out. It is really bad when something that is supposed to help you actually can harm you. When you take a druf for a problem you expect it to work well without making you sicker. It seems like this happens a lot. A "miracle" drug comes out and then it has problems. This is not a good thing for the victims, especially since they were already sick in the first place.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Being in the woods is soothing. It is a nice way to help your mind relax. As a writer, I always need some time to rest my brain so I can get my work done. Now, I can add taking a bath to the things that relax me.
Other than walking around in the woods at a leisurely pace and shooting my bow, I didn't do anything else physical.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
I believe that once your exercise routine is in place, good eating habits will follow.
Each day: 20-30 minute walk in the wood, ab exercises, isolateion exercises
Monday- total body strength, cardio such as running
Tuesday- jump/plyometrics routine, stretching
Wed- same as monday
Thurs- same as tuesday
Friday- Same as monday
Saturday- Some kind of cardio but for a longer duration
I will keep you posted on my progress.
- Whole wheat crepes with cranberry compote
- fresh mozzerella cheese and garden tomato salad
- dried fruit such as dates
- fruits such as bananas, pears, and apples
- the promise of cooking a healthy meal
- whole wheat bread
- comfortaing whole grain starch meals such as oatmeal for breakfast
Exercise also helps because it helps release cortisol and mitigates my need for carbohydrates.
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Friday, October 27, 2006
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Thursday, October 26, 2006
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Healthier Mac and Cheese. I love this dish. I don't have a recipe for a healthier version yet. If I figure one out, I'll post it. I love the made from scratch way, but in a pinch the boxed kind will do. I think the boxed mac and cheese has a lower fat version on it. (But I could be imagining that). I try not to eat the boxed kind because they usually use orange cheese which I find disturbing and unnatural.
Stir fries. I like to keep my vegetables slightly crunchy. This seems to be a good transition food into winter. It is both warming and filled with vitality due to the firmness of the vegetables. Seems to be a good "in between" summer and winter dish.
Soups. Actually, I could eat warm soups all the time, even in summer. My favorites are minestrone, bean soups such as lentil, and creamy soups such as pumpkin and tomato. Soup for me is all about the technique and I don't have recipes, just vague ideas. I see what's in the house, and I through ingredients in a pot. I should start writing my soup recipes down.
Potatoes. As soon as the weather turns colder I start to think about roasted potatoes. I roasted a chicken with some potatoes the other day. There's no more chicken left, but the leftover potatoes with gravy makes an incredible supper. Yes. Occasionally I only eat potatoes for supper!
Monday, October 16, 2006
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Saturday, September 30, 2006
Money is a good thing. If you have enough, that can certainly make your life easier. But to be a billionare? Oh my gosh, I can't even imagine having that much money. Whaqt would we do with it? There is a billionaire list. George Lindemann on List of Billionaires is one. And of course there are the people like Bill Gates who are billionaires. If you had all that money what would you do? Well, I would certainly quit my job that's for sure!
When it comes to politics, there is a lot going on. There are polics on the national level, the state level, and even on a town and county level. George Lindemann, George Bush, all the senators and representatives. It can be hard to keep track. But what happens when things go wrong with politicians? Maybe they said something wrong. Or maybe they simply made a mistake. Yes, people make errors in judgement. But that doesn't excuse the situation or the fact that the mistakes potentially affect a lot of lives.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
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Monday, September 25, 2006
- Red raspberry leaves- When preparing the infusion, mix one cup dried red raspberry with 1 tsp. dried mint. Red raspberry is high in tannic acid which can taste bitter. Red raspberry is a great herb for the female reproductive system.
- Oatstraw- This is another great infusion herb. It is particularly good for the nervous system. Prepare the same way as the stinging nettle infusion. No mint is required because it has a mild taste.
- Mullein- Mullein is also high in tannic acid so you will want to prepare this infusion the same way with mint, as described above. This is the herb to use if you have lung complaints such as asthma and chronic coughs.
Burdock is known for being great for the liver and the skin.
Nettle is a blood cleaner and also great for the skin.
I am not sure what role dandelion would play in helping the skin.
- dip apple wedges in chocolate
- make a pancake syrup out of the apples
- dip rings in batter and fry them
- make apple slaw and season with lemon juice, cumin seeds, and nutmeg
- cut in pieces then bake with goat cheese and serve on top of arugula
Stinging Nettle infusion brings out the best in the nettle plant. Since it steeps for a while, more minerals come out of the plant and are available for absorption into your body. You can drink the finished infusion over ice, warm, or use it as a soup stock.
Here's how to make stinging nettle infusion:
- Put one cup of dried stinging nettle herb in a one quart jar
- Pour boiling water over the herbs.
- Cover and let steep on the counter 4-8 hours.
- After at least 4 hours, you can refrigerate, drink it, cook with it, etc.
I find that nettle is great for the adrenal glands, the connective tissue, and helps keep me energized.
So, I have been taking tinctures of burdock and dandelion, and drinking gallons of stinging nettle infusion. I'll put information about how to make stinging nettle infusion in another post. It's yummy!
Saturday, September 23, 2006
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Friday, September 22, 2006
When it comes to your success as a business online, you want to get people to visit your site. Search engine optimization is an important part of this. Google is in the beta testing stages for a program for the visually challenged. US Web is a proven industry leader for helping sites get great search engine rankings. The future seems to be working with google with the standards for the visually challenged. Is this the next direction for US Web? So far, US Web's strategy has worked out very well because when you look up something like "flowers" the pages attached to clients of US Web's are ranked really high.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
I am going on vacation soon. It's fun to visit other places, experience other cultures, and do something completely fun. When you are considering places for your next trip, perhaps Orlando is on your list. Home to Disney World and plenty of other attractions, it makes a great place to go for all ages. When you buy or rent an Orlando vacation rental you have the best of both worlds- a vacation destination and a homey atmosphere. Vacation rentals give you all the comforts of home without the hassle and stress that your home life can often bring. Not to mention the fact that tourism in Orlando is hot and prospering so when you make a property investment, it could prove to be very profitable. And you have your choice of homes- there are so many choices from condos to historical homes.
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On the one hand, you want to invest your money. On the other, you don't agree with some of the business practices of certain companies so you don't want to do anything to help them out. This includes buying stocks from companies that do animal testing, for example. It may go against your beliefs. Gold is a great choice for you. The Monex company is devoted to help you invest in this and other precious metals and also arranges for safe delivery and storage. Gold is interesting because it is both a great investment and a thing of beauty.
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Monday, September 04, 2006
- Wildcraft fresh herbs at my parent's house. Pick what I can, especially spearmint and plantain.
- Using these fresh herbs, make some herbal honeys. Namely, a honey from spearmint and other aromatic herbs like oregano and rosemary and sage.
- Get enough plantain from the house to experiment with in cooking.
Plantain, A Modern Herbal - Plantain plant profile from A Modern Herbal
Wild Man Steve Brill- Link takes you to his main page but if you click on plants, Common Plantain is listed. Very good photographs.
Plantain Plant Profile
Profile and Salve Recipe
The amount of information out there is nearly overwhelming. So, I am limiting my links to this. If you have a link you would like to share, feel free to leave it in the comments.
Each Herb of the Week lesson will include links, herbal information, recipes, and personal experience. So, that is four posts per week on the different herbs. Posting on my blog is a great way for me to keep my files organized, too.
Susun Weed - Herbalist
Rosemary Gladstar - Herbalist site and retreat center
A Modern Herbal - Online version
Steve Brill - All about wildcrafting
It took me a little over two years to complete the program. It is their most advanced program, and I am now a Master Herbalist. I've learned much from the course and much on my own. For example, one of my favorite plants, stinging nettle, was touched on only briefly in the course.
That's okay, I don't fault them for that. I learned about forty herbs in detail through the program. It just so happens that I have a few herbs that I've gotten attached to and am inspired to learn in depth.
I just wish I didn't have a deadline tomorrow, and one on wednesday. I would much rather be working on my fun projects than writing articles on guitar companies and time management.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
1 part Borax
1 part baking soda
1 part grated castile soap
10 drops essential oil of choice
Combine ingredients in a bowl and transfer to a paper bag or glass jar. Store away from heat and light. Use 1/2 c. for every medium sized load. Add or subtract amounts depending on how much you are washing.
My project this week? To give my home some TLC. And maybe have my housecleaner come.
So, I needed to go food shopping. Instead of waiting to take the car, I decided to walk. I think I may walk 5-6 miles each day- that's how much fun I had!
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
6 Large Eggs
2 T water
2 T olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 small pepper, chopped
8 olives, pitted and chopped
1/2 tomato, chopped
2 Scallions, chopped
1 t dried dill
In a medium bowl, crack eggs. Add 2 T water. Scramble. Heat nonstick skillet on medium high heat. When pan is hot, add olive oil. Warm the olive oil then add peppers and garlic. Sautee about 2 minutes. Add olives and tomatoes and sautee for another minute. Add eggs, pinch of salt, and some pepper. Lower heat to medium and cook as you would scrambled eggs. Add scallions when scramble is nearly done. When eggs are cooked through, turn off the heat. Sprinkle dill just before serving.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Walking. Walk 30 minutes 3-4 times a week at a pace that's comfortable. Don't be afraid to push yourself a little, though. But make sure you are going at a pace that will allow you to finish 30 minutes. Increase your pace and the time you spend walking as you are able.
Abs. Situps are great. Do as many as you can, but aim for 3 sets of 15. Make that your goal!
Pushups are a great upper body toner. Do them against a wall, on your knees, or on your toes depending on your ability. Aim for 3 sets of 15 as a goal.
Add things to your routine as comfortable. But this will provide you a good base once you want to up the intensity.
As a result, I had problems with pain and blisters and my joints through the entire training. In order to train for and run a marathon successfully, you really need to have a base of at least 15 miles a week during a consistent running program for at least 6 months.
My knees STILL hurt, and the marathon was last October. Still, I love running. I just can't get the same workout from biking or aerobics classes or anything like that.
When I went to the REI flagship store in Seattle, I happened to see an announcement for a class on trail running. The description boasted that trail running was pretty joint friendly. I was intrigued but only passing through so I didn't attend the class. Still it stayed with me.
When we got back from our vacation, I bought a pair of trail running shoes. And I've been doing it ever since. I went for a run today. :-)
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Fact 1- I am at a healthy weight even though I gained some so that's good. If I give my body the proper amount of exercise and the right kind of fuel, I am sure it will all work out.
Fact 2- I am going to focus on my workout routine and eating healthy foods and drinking lots of tea. Period.
My Goal then is to enhance my state of health. Period. And that's what the rest of this blog will be about. Enhancing health. Enhancing yours, enhancing mine, enhancing everyone!
Now, we're going to have some fun. How about some more recipes? :)
Monday, August 14, 2006
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