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Water Counter

Everyone knows that we should all be drinking more water; however, the actual doing of it leaves a lot of us at a loss.  For me, the big hang-up seems to be keeping track of how much I’ve drunk.  It’s all well to say, “I’m going to drink X amount today.”, but the fact is that after a while it all sort of runs together in my head.  Hence, my latest project: the water counter.

They have counters made from paracord and pony beads for almost everything, but I’ve never seen one for this.  It isn’t anything fancy or complicated.  You simply slide a bead down for every container of water you drink that day.  So far, I’ve drunk one and need a refill.

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It also gives me a heads up to where I should be depending on the time of day.  That’s a big one for me because as I said, I always start off with the best of intentions and then I’m like: “Did I drink one… No, I refilled it… Or was that BG’s water bottle?”  Of course you could just go with the theory: drink more, but hey…  It’s pretty, too!

 

On the practical side, you could use whatever kind of beads and cord you wanted.  I thought of making one for my friend with big chunky crystal beads because that’s more her thing and she’s always lamenting the lack of bling on her water bottle.  Also it makes a great leash for dragging the thing around.

Let me know what you do with it and if it works for you!

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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in Fitness

 

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A Whole New Kettle of Hope

I’ve been overweight most of my life and all of my adult life.  I usually run somewhere between 360 and 380 pounds.  Yeah! I’m almost 400 pounds.  Most people who know me wouldn’t believe it.  When they finally do, they say things like “it doesn’s look like it because you’re so tall” and “you carry it well”.  Well, yeah, I am tall and yes, I do carry it well the way they mean it, but it doesn’t change the fact that my body is breaking down due to the strain of carrying too much weight.  Then there is the issue of not being able to find clothes that fit, much less ones that I like.  Oh, and they cost more and never seem to last as long.  Let’s not even talk about chairs with arms on them!  Ever stood up and had to lever a chair off your ass with your back and thighs?  Ever seen the look of revulsion on someone’s face when you eat your piddling little portion of food even though smaller portions don’t make you lose weight.  Ever had someone look at you and actually have the balls to say, “why don’t you eat a salad?”

This sounds like a lot of whining, huh?

That isn’t the point of this post.  The point of this post is HOPE.  Want some?  I’ve got some to spare for you.  Why?  Because most of us have that “extra” that we’d like to get rid of.  What I’m suggesting isn’t going to be easy.  It isn’t going to be a magic pill that you take every morning with your milk chocolate mocha and donut and the pounds simply melt away.  Its going to be hard work, but you’ll love yourself for doing it.

I will say this: I have yet to break a sweat doing what I’m doing and I’ve been losing a steady five pounds a month.  (more now that I’ve incorporated phase two)

Before you whine, listen.

Five pounds a month isn’t all that much, but if you talk to everyone who has ever lost the weight and kept it off (and I know you have talked to them), they will tell you that long-term weight loss is the way to go.  The reason is because it means that you’re changing not only your scale readout, but also your body, mindset, and metabolism.

The first thing I did was go gluten-free.  Yes, yes…  I know everyone thinks that it is simply the latest excuse going around.  As someone who started losing the moment she stopped ingesting this crap I suggest you try to convince someone else.  What’s more, I don’t have the joint pain that I did.  I don’t have the moodiness that I did.  I don’t have the apathy that I did.

Wait a minute!  What?  Apathy?  What’s apathy?  Dictionary.com says:

Apathy
noun, plural apathies.
1.  absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.
2.  lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting.

Check out this link: Food Intolerance

Notice any symptoms that might be you?  I sure did.

So what happens when you get rid of those food intolerances?  You body tries to come back to normal.  It took MONTHS, but I’m proud to say, I’m happy.  Yeah, I know.  You ARE happy.  Lie to someone who hasn’t been there.  You have moments of happiness and optimism, but you live in a drudgery of just making it through the day.  I now live in a place of optimism and positive outlook and the only real difference in my life is the gluten.  Are you gluten intolerant?  I have no idea.  It might be something totally different, like dairy or nuts or…  Play around with your diet and find out.

Before you throw what I’m saying out the window, try it.  One week just cutting back on the gluten was enough to convince me, but everyone I talk to, says give it two weeks.  Two weeks of cutting something out of your diet?  You’ve done stupid fad diets for longer than that.  You’ve given up sugar for longer than that!  Haven’t I done that stupid heart healthy diet too?  Grapefruit every blessed morning?  Bleck!  I HATE grapefruit.

All that being said, I now get to the hard work phase (as if giving up gluten is easy, that crap is in EVERYTHING!). Does anyone know what these are?

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The two smaller ones are kettle bells.  (The big purple one is a bouncy ball that BG thinks is her kettle bell.)  The little puny one is mine.  The not much bigger one is CC’s.  I’ll let CC tell you about his experience.  I’m telling your about mine.

My kettle bell weighs 15 pounds.  BG weighed more than half that when she was born!  I use a fifteen because my wrists aren’t strong enough handle a heavier one without hurting myself.  Eventually, I will move up to the 25 pound (red) one, but for now I use the little one.  They make smaller ones for those of you who need something even smaller.

Here’s the deal.  Kettle bells are NOT a NEW thing.  The Russians have been using them for a VERY long time with huge success.  You DO NOT have to do endless reps.  You DO NOT have to do impossible weights (15# remember!).  I DO NOT sweat when I do mine (big issue for me; I HATE to sweat).

What you DO HAVE TO DO is not drop it on your head or foot!  These are solid iron.  Take the time to research how to do the exercises correctly.  I know you know someone who is doing this, but are they doing it correctly?  Probably not.  Go online and look up a guy named Pavel Tsatsouline.  This guy might be weird, but he knows what he’s doing. Click on his name to go straight to his website or hit YouTube for videos of him doing his thing.

Since I’ve started doing kettle bells, the fat is melting off me. (Yesterday was the start of week 2 and yeah!  I’ve already noticed a HUGE difference.)  I don’t know how much I’ve lost because they don’t really make an affordable scale that will weigh me, so I don’t have one (the five pounds a month thing is from the doctor’s office).  I do know that since I’ve started doing kettle bells, my pants are starting to fall down and my shirt no longer tried to pop a button over my belly when I sit down.  I can SEE the difference in the mirror.

I do recommend that you do some serious stretching after working with kettle bells.  It seems to help with muscle soreness.  Yoga has been my friend for years and I find that combining it with kettle bells is a wonderful synergy, but FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in Fitness

 

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Death by Boobs!

I’m not getting any younger, but I almost didn’t get any older.  As I have aged (like many other people), my younger stupidity has caught up with me in the form of aches and pains; creaks and strange gravelly grinding noises.  To stave off the worst of some of these, I have tried running, jogging(the only thing worse than running), walking, tai chi, yoga, swimming, weight lifting, and a million other things that are guaranteed to help you feel young again.

What a load of garden compost!

I don’t know anyone that feels younger for having done any of these things.  I have, however, found that I do creak and ache less if I swim regularly and maintain a certain flexibility with yoga and tai chi, which is what brought me to the place of writing this post.

It all started with Pinterest.  I’ve been having some work related aches and pains in my back and decided I’d try their handy-dandy yoga back stretch for neck and back pain.  See link Yoga

Do NOT do this if you are well endowed!  My boobs almost smothered me!  Luckily, I had sense enough to realize I was endangering my own life and stop before I passed out.

All that being said, it did lead to me finding a better way to store my yoga mat.  It had been lurking in the bottom of my closet, but today I had a lightbulb go off and thought about all the unused space in the TOP of my foyer coat closet.  Sure enough one nail later I was in business, except for the “it wouldn’t stay on the nail” part.  Once again, Pinterest came to mind.  This time in a good way.  I’d seen where people have used those cheap plastic shower curtain rings for hanging scarves and belts and such, so…

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Here it is hung on the door so you can better see how I have it attached.  The picture for the unused space isn’t as good, but you get the idea.

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Posted by on November 22, 2014 in Fitness

 

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