Take Care of Your Liver!

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In a single word, the liver is VITAL!  The liver weighs about 3 pounds, is shaped like a football that’s got a flat, and is located on your right side under your rib cage.  The liver is the first line of defense against chemicals and toxins we ingest every day and it’s #TheSecondLargestOrganInYourBody.  A person can’t survive without a functioning liver.

The liver:

  • Filters blood coming from the digestive tract
  • Filters toxins out of the bloodstream
  • Digests and processes carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, & minerals
  • Recycles red blood cells
  • Helps the blood to clot
  • Stores energy for future use

The liver is highly susceptible to:

  • Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease:  Symptoms include fatigue, weakness, and pain in the right upper abdomen.  Liver enzymes may be elevated but liver function tests are often normal.  Many heavy drinkers have fatty liver disease.  Alcoholic fatty liver disease may be reversed if drinking of alcohol is stopped.
  • Alcoholic Hepatitis:  Liver swelling due to chronic alcoholism.
  • Cirrhosis:  Scarring of the liver caused mostly by chronic alcoholism, Hepatitis B & C , bile duct disease or iron overload resulting in liver failure.
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease:  Occurs as a result of fat metabolism problems in the liver – symptoms are high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol. #NAFLD is a risk for people who are overweight or obese or who have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides. Rapid weight loss and poor eating habits also may lead to NAFLD.
  • Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (#NASH):  The more severe form of NAFLD where people (more commonly women than men) between the ages of 40 and 60 who are overweight or obese, or who have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides, end up developing cirrhosis as a result of the swelling and scarring of the liver that occurs in response.
  • Viral Hepatitis: Strains A and E are caused by eating food contaminated with the virus, while B,C, and D are caused by contact with blood, body fluids or unprotected sexual contact with an infected person.
  • Cancer

NAFLD affects up to 25% of people in the United States.  Let that statistic sink in.

The great news about the liver is that it is one of the few organs in the body that has the ability to heal with something as simple as changing a behavior or two.

  • Hepatitis B has a vaccination available – GET IT!
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Control sodium intake (no more than 2,000-2,400 milligrams of salt daily). Excess sodium can cause abdominal water retention/inflammation and can overwork the liver
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid #UnhealthyFats like potato chips, large amounts of animal proteins, fast food, sugary drinks
  • Add Vitamins D, E and healthy fats like those found in fish, olive oil, nuts, and avocados
  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Only take medicines that you need and follow dosing recommendations
  • Drink coffee!  Coffee has been shown to keep liver enzymes low.  Coffee drinkers with hepatitis C had a better response to treatment, a lower risk of liver cancer, and slower progression to cirrhosis. #HMMM

Take care of your liver, you can’t live without it.  #ThingsThatMakeMeGoHmmm

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Hair. There. Everywhere.

IMG_1764It’s a fact of life when you own pets:  your pets will shed and their hair is EVERYWHERE!  #ThingsThatMakeMeGoHmmm

Try as you might to avoid it, in a house with English Labs & a Selkirk Rex kitty, the #FurIsFlying.  It’s on you, your furniture, your clothes, your floors, in your car, and it’s even on your friends…you get the picture.  The good news is there are many ways to combat the hair that leaves your pet(s) and deposits all around you.

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For my money, the two #iRobot Roombas that I have roaming my hardwood floors on #FurPatrol have more than earned their keep! #ExtremeBlondeMoments

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What You Eat Can Make You Look Old!

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When we were in our teens, twenties and maybe even our thirties, few of us really paid attention to warnings from our moms and others about things that could make us look, “old before our time.”  We were young, invincible and new beauty products were coming out daily that promised to, “turn back the hands of time,” so we threw caution to the wind and did exactly as we pleased, went out without sunscreen (gasp), ate and drank with abandon and if we missed a workout or ten, we’d “make them up later.”  Well, we’re in our 40’s now, and, NEWSFLASH, later has arrived.

Some of the things I was warned against were:

  • Smoking cigarettes:  Not just for the obvious reason that it’s bad for your lungs, but the tar/nicotine stains your fingertips, fingernails, yellows your teeth, gives you horrible breath, the odor sticks to your hair, the heat dries your lips & skin round your mouth and pursing your lips around the end of the cigarette to hold it in your mouth causes wrinkles to form.
  • Always drinking through a straw:  Similar to the cigarette argument, pursing your lips around a straw to hold it in your mouth causes wrinkles to form.
  • Going outside without sunglasses:  Squinting to read street signs or focus on anything in the bright glare of daylight causes the thin skin around your eyes to wrinkle.  It also causes the skin between your eyebrows to wrinkle which causes your nose to lose it’s perkiness and appear bulbous!
  • Not getting enough sleep:  Turns out Mom wasn’t just riding our asses on this one. When you don’t average at least 7 hours of sleep it can cause big-time negative effects on your health, such as weight gain, lowered immune system, decreased focus, pale skin, and memory issues.  NOTE REGARDING SLEEP:  Sleeping on your side can cause wrinkles too – to help avoid this, sleep on your back or buy the softest pillow cases you can afford (high thread count or silk) so that the fabric doesn’t wrinkle under your skin.

As if those warnings, added to the one we all got scolded with about needing to wear Sunscreen #SPF1000 (as if any of us listened to that one…), weren’t enough, apparently what we eat matters too.

These foods will age you faster than you will like:

  • Margarine:  When I was growing up my Mom & Grandma called it Oleo.  All I know is the brand they used was Parkay, my husband’s Mom only cooked with real butter and once I started cooking for him, so did I.  Both contain fats, but Butter comes from nature while Margarine is full of artificial ingredients, wrinkle producing and artery clogging trans-fats.  I just use it sparingly and exercise to move butter’s naturally occurring saturated fats.  Trans-fats are also hidden in things like baked goods (DONUTS).
  • Microwave Meals:  Microwave meals contain high levels of sodium and other preservatives that increase water retention, add water weight and a puffy appearance.
  • Energy Drinks (Red Bull, etc.):  Instead of giving you a shot of energy, these temporary energy boosters are full of sugar, sodium, caffeine, and are highly acidic. This combines to cause long term damage to the enamel of your teeth, can dehydrate you and add to wrinkles and make all of your skin look older.
  • Pre-packaged Baked Goods:  The added sugars, preservatives and fat contribute to weight gain, poor dental health and accelerated aging process.
  • Bacon, Ham & Sausage:  NO! NO! NO! I don’t care what the justification for this one is, I refuse to live without a vice or three! 😉  For anyone who cares, blah, blah, nitrites, preservatives, free radicals, cell oxidation, can lead to cancer in lab rats, blah, blah.  NO! NO! NO!
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup:  You can have this one.  I’m keeping my Easter Ham and Occasional Bacon!  Sugar (especially this one) is the worst thing for your skin because it damages your collagen and elastin which are the components needed to keep skin looking youthful and firm.  This includes candy and high sugar cocktails like Piña Cóladas too…  You don’t have to avoid all sugars though – Dark Chocolate (SUPERSTAR!) is a great and safe indulgence.
  • Alcohol:  Drinking sugary cocktails hurts collagen & elastin production, and alcohol also robs the body of vitamin A, an antioxidant that’s essential for cell renewal and turnover.  Drinks without added sugars, like wine, champagne, or a vodka/soda with lime are your best alternatives if you like to imbibe. WHEW!  I’m saved!  Also, stay hydrated and have some water between cocktails. 😉
  • Deep Fried Foods:  Exposing oil and fat to high temperatures lets the bad guy free radicals loose to wreck havoc on our internal organs and skin. #JustSayNo
  • Charred Meats:  Another bad guy that lets loose the free radicals out to storm our pristine cells and makes our skin look old and wrinkly.  #Boo! 
  • Flambé:  NOOOOO!  Bananas Foster and Cherries Jubilee are two of my favorite table side treats.  Now they are bad for me too.  The USDA warns that ‘foods flamed with alcohol appear to have all the added alcohol burned off, but the food actually still retains 75 percent of the added alcohol.’ And alcohol dries out the skin making us look OLD, AARGH!

The good news is it’s never too late to remember to hydrate (inside and out), there ARE some great cosmetic products and procedures that have been developed to lessen the effects of time, and there are even some pharmaceutical products like SeroVital that help the body restore it’s youth naturally by boosting production of HGH (Human Growth Hormone).  HGH has been shown to help:

  • Stimulate the production of lean muscle
  • Reduce body fat
  • Stimulate production of collagen
  • Increases Energy
  • Improves Mood
  • Heightens Sex Drive

Whatever the answer, I know that it’s well beyond time to treat my body like less of a playground and more of a “temple.”  At least while it’s recovering a bit of it’s youthful glow…Hmmm!

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They Won’t Forget The Gift You Bought

That season is quickly approaching.  The dreaded Summer Wedding Season.  But before it arrives, there will be the obligatory bridal showers, couples showers and bachelor & bachelorette parties to attend.

Of course, you’ll be obligated to bring gifts to some of those gatherings, but have no fear, once you’ve purchased the mandatory registry item for the couple’s wedding, I’ve come across some gift ideas that will come as a very welcome change of pace when showering the bride and groom separately or together.

campfireironsFor the couple that’s always at the River, would rather be camping, loves bonfires at the beach, or spends nearly every weekend by their fireplace/fire pit in the backyard:  Courtesy of Etsy, give them this stainless steel couple with wood handles that are perfect for roasting a pair of fluffy marshmallows or a nice firm frank over the fire.  If you’re really splurging, throw in a package of jet-puffed marshmallows.

seensayrestaurantsFor the couple that rarely eats at home, has lots of choices, but can never decide where to eat, give them this genius idea that I saw on Pinterest:  Buy a See-And-Say type children’s talking toy.  Using stickers, write the name of area restaurant choices and apply the stickers over the (in this case) farm animals the arrow can land on.  Now your friends can stop arguing over where to eat. 😉

buttbeardpillowcasesAnother fun find from Etsy for that couple that never seems to leave the bedroom:  A pair of coordinating pillowcases – choices include:  I Love Her Butt / I Love His Beard;  Little Spoon/Big Spoon;  I’m Crazy/I Like Crazy;  I’m Weird/ I Like Weird

corkandbeercapsIf your friends are part of the drinking class, like to throw a few back and otherwise have a good time will having a beer or few and some wine:  This set of His and Her shadowbox frames for collecting corks and bottle caps should suit them just fine!

beachchairIf you’re showering your favorite river, lake or beach loving bride to be, bachelorette, or even birthday girl:  This ultimate beach chair is more than calling her name!  If the two of you share that passion then you better get one for yourself too!

doorhangerorganizerWould your favorite bride forget her head if it weren’t attached?  Poke a little good-natured fun at your forgetful Bridezilla if you dare with this door hanger organizer that reminds her not to forget things like her glasses, keys, phone, important papers, etc.

Some other things to consider giving a highly stressed bride-to-be would be a day of pampering of any kind: A massage at somewhere local like a Massage Envy; if you know where she gets her mani-pedis done, treat her;  has she been complaining about something she hasn’t been able to get done, like a pet grooming?  Get referrals for a local mobile groomer and buy her a gift card for her pampered pooch to get a treatment that she doesn’t have to leave the house for.  The key is to be creative.

These kind of gifts really work for any occasion and beat the routine gift card for dinner any day!

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20 Minute “Revenge Body” Workout

If you haven’t seen pictures or promo commercials for Khloe Kardashian’s newest reality series about her slimmer, stronger body, you are either really lucky (I am being entirely serious) or you don’t have cable/satellite TV, you avoid the magazines at the checkout lines, and you don’t use your computer for any social media at all.  Hmmm

Regardless, there is a new wave in fitness that is touting a faster and heavier workout regimen meant to sculpt muscle and burn the fat we girls all hate.  One of the trainers who worked with Khloe Kardashian shared her workout with Shape Magazine and even provided a video (click on the link below) to help keep those of us brave enough to give it a try from doing it wrong and getting hurt.

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Lacey Stone’s 20 Minute Revenge Body Workout 

How it works: Perform all six exercises in a row, then repeat two more times. (This is what Stone calls a ‘Max Monster Set’). Take up to 2 minutes of rest during the workout, either in the middle or at the end.

You will need: An aerobic stepper with risers, one 30-pound dumbbell, and one 20-pound dumbbell (“If you feel you can do more reps—the weight isn’t heavy enough!,” Stone says.)

1. Bench Press with Leg Lift 

Laying on a weight bench with a 30-pound dumbbell in your right hand and your knees at a 90-degree angle, simultaneously lift your left leg up and perform a dumbbell press, reaching your right arm towards your ankle at the top. Perform 10 reps on each side.

2. Alternating Reverse Lunge 

backward-lungeWith your feet shoulder-width apart and a 30 to 35-pound dumbbell in each hand, step your left leg back to come into a lunge position going as low as you can to bring your right thigh parallel to the ground, while making sure to keep your right knee over your right ankle. Push off your toes to come back to starting position. Perform 10 reps on each side.

3. Plank Row 

plank-row-with-db_2Start in a plank position with your upper body elevated on a bench and your feet a bit wider than hip-distance apart. With a 20-pound dumbbell in your right hand, perform a row, lifting your elbow up towards the ceiling as you keep your core tight and glutes engaged. Perform 12 reps on each side. 

4. Speed In and Outs

speedupoversBegin standing with both feet on the riser, then step each foot off and back on as quickly as you can. Perform AMRAP for 1 minute (30 seconds leading with right leg and 30 seconds leading with left leg).

5. Reverse Lunge with Shoulder Press 

1103-lunge-to-pressBegin with both feet on the riser, and a 20-pound dumbbell in your right hand. Perform a shoulder press, then bring your right foot back to perform a reverse lunge. Perform 10 reps on each side.

6. Biceps/Triceps Combo 

Using 20-pound dumbbells, perform 10 bicep curls, then immediately begin triceps dips using the stepper, performing AMRAP for 1 minute. 

 

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Idea

rosesI’m not about Valentine’s Day.  As a kid I loved the whole exchange of cards in the classroom, in High School there was flower delivery in home room, but as I grew into adulthood, I realized Valentine’s Day is a number of things I really hate:

  • A Hallmark Holiday: A commercialized date for guilting lovers into showing their affection with cards, flowers and other red/pink/heart shaped gift items that are way too expensive;
  • Amateur Night: A night when restaurants overbook, overcharge and make you eat off of a prix-fixe menu of things you don’t want to eat; and
  • A Day of Overblown Expectations: If you are in a new relationship you could be with someone who wants far too early declarations of love, if you’ve been together a while you could be with someone wanting more of a “real commitment” like moving in together or meeting parents , or even worse, if you’ve been exclusive for quite a while, you could be with someone looking for that cliché “Valentine’s marriage proposal.”

I’m not your normal hearts and flowers girl.  Don’t get me wrong, I love romance, but when it comes to the Hallmark holidays, I’m not the girl that wants a guy to go spend excessive money on that stuff.  I did see something simple and thoughtful that I (and pretty much any girl, I think) would love though!

Wrap a Bottle of Wine in a Scarf!  Two Gifts in One!

When making a wine bottle wrap, Bordeaux-style bottles, like those used for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and other medium- to full-bodied red wines, are easiest to wrap because they have higher shoulders. It’s also important to use a fabric another than silk due to the weight of the bottles. A pashmina style, like the Jones pink or Collection XIIX paisley from Macys.com, will work beautifully for under $40. Next time you’re out shopping for wrapping paper, just pick up a few scarves instead and keep them stored at home until it’s time to wrap that next wine bottle or gift box.

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You Don’t Need Cardio to Sculpt Hard Abs?

absWhen my jeans are a touch too tight I pull out the food scale, cut calories, and make myself miserable by piling on the cardio.  That just gives me a headache, makes me grumpy, and leaves me hungry.

I get that adding more fruits and vegetables is a good thing to do when you want to lose a few, and those are things I already enjoy, but no matter how hard I try, the joy of eating like something other than a rabbit and the desire to lose a few pounds always seem to stay at cross purposes.

I have always believed you can’t lose weight while still enjoying an unrestricted diet.  I’m not good at starving myself, sticking to a diet or counting calories.  I don’t  overeat, but I do like to eat food that tastes good.  To be perfectly honest, it isn’t even always about wanting to lose weight. Most of the time I just want to tighten up.

The blogger profiled in an article I read today in Shape Magazine makes more sense to me than cutting carbs, logging hundreds of miles on the treadmill, doing hours upon hours of crunches, sit-ups and other ab focused exercises that just seemed to leave me hungry and with an aching back, ever did!

Faith Brar profiled 24 year old Instagram fitness blogger, @Lindseylivingwell, who had open heart surgery at only 7 years old.  With her history, she has great inspiration to keep herself fit and healthy.  Like many others, she has tried many approaches to do that, finally settling on something that worked for her, and I think, works for me too!

#transformationtuesday “skinny” v. strong 💪🏼 and sorry, I’m about to get sassy. • first of all, I hate the word skinny. I hate that people tell me I was “skinny” in my before pictures – I didn’t need to lose weight. and maybe they’re right. but the truth is I don’t give two shits about being skinny 👋🏼👋🏼 I don’t care if I have a fast metabolism. at the end of the day, if I’m not eating to fuel my body, it doesn’t matter if I’m skinny if I’m not healthy. • the girl on the left was doing whatever she could to keep a flat stomach. endless hours of cardio, restricting carbs and other food groups, limiting calories to 1100/day. weight loss was her number one goal. and honestly, she felt awful. • FLASH FORWARD to the girl on the right. hi, that’s me 🙋🏼 present day. that girl is lifting weights 3-4x a week. yes I still do cardio, but my main goal is to gain muscle, not lose weight. I count macros, consume 400+ more calories, AND still eat an occasional donut 🍩 I don’t care that I don’t weigh any less. I feel good. I don’t care that my thighs look bigger. it’s MUSCLE. I don’t want to look skinny, I want to be strong 💥 • my point is, don’t fixate yourself and your fitness journey on some skinny bullshit (sorry for the language). and if you’re one of those people messaging me, or anyone else, saying I “don’t need to workout,” shame on you. do whatever routine works for you and helps to be your best, HEALTHY self. healthy looks different on everyone 👊🏼 you got this. #YouKnowILoveAGoodRant #SorryNotSorry

Posted by l i n d s e y ❃ 24 (@lindseylivingwell) on Jan 31, 2017 at 4:39am PST


And, lest I fall down on my own blogger job, speaking of traditional ab routines that leave you with an aching back:

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magnets_productKeeping Lindsey’s lessons in changing my mind set at the top of my list, I’m off to the rowing machine to burn some calories and build some muscle at the same time.  Then I’m texting my husband and asking him to stop at In-N-Out on his way home.  What?  I’m not having him bring me a shake 😦 or a soda.

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My Pup’s Bad Breath Has Got to Go!

I love my fur babies, but my male lab has got baaaaad puppy breath.  His teeth are healthy, he takes probiotics, eats healthy, grain free food, and I regularly use my fingertip doggy toothbrush on him, but I’m looking for some new ways to sweeten up my sweet boy’s breath pronto!

Hopefully this info graphic will help:


Since I already give him carrots to nibble on, it looks like my boy has some daily doses of coconut oil and brown rice with parsley & lemon juice straight from my garden in his future! 👍🏻

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Pairing TRX Straps With My Workout Foe, The Kettlebell

TRX, for anyone who is unfamiliar with the workout system, is a highly effective body weight training system using only straps to perform a whole body workout.  TRX was developed by the Navy Seals, who couldn’t tote a gym with them into the secret places they were sent.  I am convinced that they only shared it with the public to prove what wusses we regular people are.

Like anyone who works out, I get bored doing the same thing day after day, so I change up my routine.  I rotate PiYo, Rowing Machine, Kettlebells, TRX Rip Trainer and TRX Straps, but the TRX and I, because it kicks my ass, have a particularly rocky relationship. 😉 HMMM

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Today I came across a trainer in Colorado using a few moves I haven’t tried, combining the TRX with my other workout foe, that Bitch, the Kettlebell.  You think I’m being facetious, but have YOU tried to rise from a sitting position (or up from the toilet, especially an old school low one) the day after doing kettle bell figure 8’s?  Laugh now, but you’ll agree with me the day after 3 sets of 30 with a 15 lb Kettlebell, trust me.

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  • Position one foot in the strap.
  • Begin standing with your arms out at your sides.
  • As you come into a squat (pay attention to your alignment – be sure the knee isn’t coming in front of the toes), cross your right arm in front of you to touch your left foot.
  • Allow your back leg to bend slightly as you come down.
  • Repeat for 15, then switch sides

Kettlebell Row with TRX Single Leg Squat

  • Position one foot in the strap scissored out to your side.
  • Begin in a single leg squat holding a kettlebell with two hands.
  • As you straighten your standing leg, bring the kettlebell up to a row.
  • Keep the leg in the TRX straight as you lift and lower, and maintain a flat back.
  • Keep your chest lifted when you’re holding the kettlebell and squeeze your shoulder blades together as you come up into the row.
  • Modify this by doing it without the kettlebell until you feel comfortable with the extra weight.

TRX Bicycle Straddle Combo

  • Both feet in the straps, lay on your back.
  • Lift your hips and engage your core without arching your back.
  • Do 1 bicycle pull in with each leg followed by abduction (legs apart).
  • Return to beginning and repeat.
  • Do 15 of that series in a row

Twenty minutes of cardio (mine will be on the rowing machine) plus three sets of this circuit and you should be a quivering mess like I was.  If you aren’t then you are in much better shape than I am and need to add a heavier Kettlebell and more reps then tell me how standing up from sitting on that toilet feels. 😉

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Soft to Shredded in 60 Days

shoppingI’m skeptical but that’s what PiYo promises.

Foot surgery to install plates & screws in my right foot, immediately followed by a 3 1/2 week bout with bronchitis/pneumonia/strep has left me feeling weak and soft.

I bought the PiYo videos before my surgery, exactly 20 weeks ago tomorrow, because it promised that I’d be able to get definition without weights or jumping.  The weights don’t bother me, but impact isn’t my friend right now, and I’m not exactly sure when it will be again…

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So I am prepared to start my 60 days.  The first thing I’m supposed to do is measure myself, weigh myself, and review the diet suggestions to get the best results.  All in all, it looks like something I can manage.

  • I already follow many of the diet guidelines
  • I just need to find the motivation to get started
  • I know that there will be pain in my foot
  • I realize that modifications in some of the movements will be necessary to accommodate the changed angles my foot can achieve
  • I need to stop the excuses and start today

All of this was spurred on by an article in Shape Magazine with a picture of a girl with ripped abs under a headline: How Long Should it Take to See Muscle Definition? Their answer was anywhere from 4-8 weeks depending on your intensity and diet.  Well THAT was vague.  Starvation would make it happen even faster….duh!

The article did remind me that I have the PiYo videos, that I have been sitting around for 5 months, and it’s time to stop doing that so I can get back into my favorite jeans, so I guess it served a purpose.  Of course I probably should first remember where I put those videos I bought.  :0  HMMM

Good thing it’s still early afternoon.  I have a couple of hours to remember where I put them before my workout time is scheduled.  UG! #OneDayAtATime

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