So...I've been looking for something to amp up my workouts. I'm fit and healthy but I don't feel challenged and yall all know how I feel about running so no (it's just not for me...I'd lose too much weight and my shins hurt too bad after running). I've been doing the same thing for years and it works...but I wanted something MORE.
I met a lady who looked lean and strong like me...but she was SCULPTED and not in an icky body builder kinda way but in a feminine and strong kinda way. I like that. A LOT! She said she teaches the Bar Method and I started reading up on it and decided to go give it a try today. Well...I LURVED IT! LURVED IT! LURVED IT! LURVED IT! I think this is the exact thing I've been looking for to get out of my exercise rut!
The Robinator had mad jokes after I explained to him it's a mixture of Pilates, ballet and physical therapy. Dude was like...now...you know you're clumsy...do they make you fill out an emergency contact card before you start?
I was in Baltimore today and looked up and saw a guy on a roof with lots of plants.
I put the long lens on my camera because honestly...I was confused.
Dude was harvesting his veggies.
On a tiny roof.
Without rail the first.
Then...he started watering them with a hose he'd hooked onto a wire on side of his tiny roof.
I couldn't stop watching him because I was confused as to how he'd gotten out there. SERIOUSLY. It couldn't be through the window right? I mean...there was no door sure...but um...his shoulders looked bigger than the window so yeah...how'd he get up there? I didn't see a ladder or anything but his veggies were totally impressive.
And then...I looked up and he'd rehooked his hose and climbed back inside...THROUGH THE WINDOW.
I have to say...in a world where some people wouldn't eat veggies to save their life...it's refreshing to see someone go above and beyond to make sure they have fresh, organic veggies.
I mean really.
Eat some veggies. NON cooked to death or fried.
It will help your quality of life...provided you don't fall off a tiny roof growing 'em.
So...we had our annual physicals this morning and it looks like we're physically fit. The doctor was extremely impressed with Robby and how much he's focused on being healthy.
I was a mixture of proud and side eying the situation. LOL!
We started going together for our physicals because Robby would come home from his and I'd ask him what did the doctor say about A, B or C and he'd be like...I forgot to ask him about that and it just about drove me insane so yeah...I started scheduling them together so I could make sure to ask the questions Robby should have been asking. I'd be all like...what about this and what about that and the doctor would ask questions and Robby would answer them. BUT HE WOULDN'T INITIATE THE CONVERSATION!
Oh...but you'll complain to me about some weird skin tag but you won't tell the doctor about it?
I was talking to a girlfriend about that and she said her husband is the same way. Like...it must be some macho code or something to not come across as weak or whatnot in front of the doctor.
Made me go hmmmmm...
Do you think your S/O has the same type of issue? Does he come home from his doctor's appointments with all the bases covered?
Have you had your physical this year yet? You good?
This was said to me recently and I chewed the head off the person. You're never too old to start an exercise routine. You're never too old to learn something new. You're never too old to STOP BAD HABITS!
Now...you need to be extra careful so you don't hurt yourself but every gym I've ever been to has a trainer available to help and answer your questions. Also...the internet is chock full of information. Just find a trusted website and get your read on, open the front door and GET TO IT!
The Robinator works out no less than 5 times a week. He's lost a lot of weight and pretty much kept it all off for a minute. He had about 20 pounds (give or take) left to go that he was trying to get rid of and simply couldn't without starving himself and well...dude ain't about that starvation life.
He's currently in the best shape of his life and pretty much at his college athlete weight. In the past year he's finally lost the weight he's been trying to lose all this time.
The other day he was musing out loud that he's finally where he's always wanted to be but that he hasn't done much different. He was seriously puzzled and then I shared with him something that HAS changed that he hasn't really done much TO change.
Me: You've gone gluten-free by proxy.
Him: I'm not gluten-free.
Me: Yup...you kinda are. You eat what I cook and I pretty much only cook what I can eat. When you have business lunches and dinners, sure...you eat what you want but that's not all that often where it's considered the norm. So...basically...you're pretty much gluten-free.
And he was all hemming and hawing.
Later that week he finally admitted that it could be the reason he's finally gotten over that plateau. Says it probably changed his body chemistry up and restarted his metabolism in a healthy way.
I pretty much *YAWNED* in his direction because I already KNEW that's what went down but he didn't want to admit I was correct.
Increasingly I'm reading that sit ups and crunches don't work as well as we think they do. I do crunches all the time and well...I guess I don't agree with them. Sure planks burn more and the modified types of planks make you want to give up on life...but I honestly feel like I get a lot out of my crunches.
What about you? Do you do sit ups and crunches? (I stopped doing full sit ups forever ago because of my back.) Do you believe you benefit from doing them? In your opinion...what works best on YOUR abs?
A few weeks ago I was broiling something in the oven. The skillet I'd used to sear it was on TOP of the stove. I was cleaning the kitchen as I cooked and reached for the skillet to clean it. The handle was near the back of the stove and the heat from the broiler made it HOT.AS.HELL.
I burned 4 fingers and yall...it hurt.
I immediately ran cold water over it until it was bearable and The Robinator gave me some Advil and put Neosporin on it. It hurt for days after with two blisters. I kept putting Neosporin on them daily and I let the blisters do their thing. Basically, the liquid you see inside of the blisters is the body's own medicine that helps to heal the skin under the blister. Before long, the blister turned white and got flat and now I'm just waiting for the skin that was around the blister to dry up and come off. This way...I don't have scaring.
I was telling a friend about it and she asked me why didn't I put butter on it and I told her because that's not how you should treat a burn. She shared that's how she always treats it and how her mother treated them as well. I said okay.
I had a meeting in DC last week at the Dean Wood Community Center & Library. While in wait mode, I took a walk around the facility. To say I was impressed with it is the least I could say because the place truly blew me away.
I kept asking questions because I couldn't believe it was free to the public with minimal fees for use of services like the fitness center and the pool. There was a full blown senior center with a VERY active senior population, meeting rooms, quiet rooms, computer room, etc.
And it was all free.
I walked outside and walked around a bit stopping in my tracks when I saw this:
With apologies to the menfolk, but does anyone else have pain in their thighs and hips during Midol week? I mean like bent over shuffling like an old woman pain? I've never had this before and it's insane.
What do YOU think about Angelina cutting off her boobies to prevent possible cancer in her future? If you had the money for the genetic testing and your results were the same...would YOU have cut off YOUR boobies?
A friend told me that she's pays attention to what I eat when we're together and eating. She said it was an eye opener that there are so many healthy choices that taste good and that she's been shaking up her weekly menu at home in her weight loss journey.
She made me wonder about some of the other conversations I've had with friends about how we all have regular rotation menus during busy work weeks and I thought...hmmmmm...maybe that's it. Maybe people kinda get stuck with making what they make weekly and never change up.
During the week I go for quick dishes but still healthy and flavorful. You know...fast food at home. Everything in moderation.
So I'm going to make a quick video (shooting for under two minutes) of some of the foods we eat all week.
Do you find that YOU stick with the same menu during the week? Or do you mix it up too?
This is Chicken Piccata. It takes a full 20 minutes to make and it's delicious.
Any dishes you'd like to see made into a quick video?
Last weekend I was showing a couple of girlfriends how to do a proper plank. One of them scrunched her face up and was like..."That looks like it's hard to do. What else ya got?"
And I told her that this is why she is not allowed to workout with me because I'd spend too much time side eyeing her instead of my hit it quick strength training.
Yall know I'm 43 years old and I'm vain as hell. I go out of my way to try and keep my stride as STANK as possible, MY WAY.
I LURVE planks. I love how hard it makes my abs feel. Like...I can seriously feel my personal strength in the direct center of me. SO HOT! Working out for me is my mediation. You know...my quiet time. I like to do it alone and get it out of the way quickly.
I have a friend that I made at the gym who has been trying to get me to "train" her for a minute now. I constantly tell her that I don't have any initials behind my name so I can't train nobody for nothing and I'm not trying to get sued. LOL! She says she'd never sue me and I stick with it cuz the only body I'm confident I know well enough to keep in shape is MINE. Oh...and once you leave the gym...you're on your own. I can't control what you're eating so there is no telling how you're stacking up the odds AGAINST keeping your stride STANK with your diet.
Too many factors. TOO.MANY.FACTORS. I can't train nobody nuttin. Hell...I can't even train Jaru and Lucy to sit.
SIP: Unruly azz dogs.
Do you do planks? Do you understand that strength feeling I'm talking about? Those of you who workout regularly...do you prefer working out with friends or solo? Would you be comfortable training someone?
Every single day I look forward to taking my Fish Oil vitamins. Seriously. It's like a party in my mouth. LOL! I feel like a kid when I'm chewing up my mango/pineapple/orange/peach candy. LOL! I am SUCH a kid!
I got happy when I found these because The Robinator can't take his vitamins without breaking them up and you can't break up the fish oil ones because well...um...erra...they are capsules with oil in them. LOL! So yeah...I solved that problem when I found these. I buy mine at Target but heck...it's $2 cheaper on Amazon so yeah...Amazon it shall be from now on!
Do you take fish oil supplements? Do you take any supplements in gummy form?
I was on the phone conversating with someone I don't speak to often recently. She'd watch "The Coalition" and called to tell me how much she enjoyed it. We're friends on Facebook so she'd taken an opportunity to look through some of my pictures and commented on how I look at age 43. Basically...she thinks I look really good for my age and stated she wished she could look the same.
Her: But I can't be eating bird seeds like you do. *Giggle.Giggle*