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Na Pali TrailSometimes, when I’m working out, it seems like this or that silly exercise that Trainer Andrew is demanding that I perform just doesn’t make sense.  Why do I need to be able to do a lateral lunge while heaving a dumbbell up and down, from one side to the other?  I mean, other than ’cause Andrew said so.

Reason One — life skills.  If you read the article I posted on the 50, Fit and Fab Facebook page about functional fitness, then you know that being fit means being able to do all the things we have to do every day WITHOUT injury:  chop wood, carry water, lift baby, heave overstuffed bag into overhead compartment, move sofa, hold door with foot while carrying two arms full of Read the rest of this entry »

Admit it, you’ve made excuses.  We all have.  Right now my favorite is ~  I’m too HOT to exercise.  Granted, right now it is 109 degrees in the shade on my home patio.  And it’s 86 degrees in my pool, so I think I may be making excuses about  not getting my cardio on.  You can breathe heavy in a pool, too, right?

So this blog is about excuses (we all have them) versus reasons (we have these too, just less of them), how to distinguish the two and, most important, how to put your excuses aside and do the right Read the rest of this entry »

Quinoa
Here’s a crazy good and super simple recipe from the Center for Personalized Medicine that is easily modifiable to use local, in-season fruit.

Ingredients:
1 cup dry quinoa
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey or agave
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup pineapple diced
1/2 cup chopped nuts, pecans

How to make it:
Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, honey or agave (GenoType dependent), and salt. Stir until well mixed.
Add the pineapple and pecans. Toss gently to coat with dressing.
Stir in the quinoa and toss to mix well.
Serve warm or refrigerate for at least several hours to serve cold.

Puff’s Kitchen Notes:  I used a 20 oz. can of Dole pineapple chunks (no sugar added), drained and it seemed like the right amount of pineapple.  Also, I didn’t have pecans in the cupboard so I used raw slivered almonds.  To kick it up a notch, I topped it with a couple of teaspoons of CocoChia right before serving.  This was surprisingly good, with just the right amount of sweet, tangy, salty, and crunchy.

Find out more about the amazing little seed known as quinoa here, at the Nutrition Data site. Enjoy!

Cooking for health ~ Puff

Detox2
Last time, I touched on the controversy about detoxing (or cleansing, as some prefer to call it) and why some are in the “nay” camp, while others are in the “aye” camp.  Hopefully you have done a bit of research of your own.  Like all health decisions, this is a personal decision and only YOU can determine what works (or doesn’t) for your constitution.  And, like so many old ideas, many modern medicine practitioners will poo-poo it as bunk.  Rather than rely on my opinion, or anyone else’s, do your own homework and decide for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Detox ControversyAs you know if you’ve been following along, Huff and I have been decluttering our homes, our offices, our thoughts, and our bodies.  It makes sense that as we Shed That Which No Longer Serves Us, we would eventually bump up against the idea of cleansing the physical body from the inside out.

I’m sure that this will piss off a few people, alienate a few more, and give inspiration and (dare I say it) hope to a few others.  So be it.  If you don’t like the detox idea, you don’t have to try it, that’s all!  It’s sort of like lima beans.  Some love them, some don’t, neither are wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Hey Fabulous Friends ~ Sometimes we need a quick little pick me up and here are a few Healthy Habits to perk up your day.

Healthy Habit:  Drink another glass of water.  Right now.  Tired?  Hungry?  Headache?  Sore muscles?  Hydrating can help!  Before you reach for coffee, sugary snacks, or painkillers, drink about 12 ounces of cool or room temperature water (not cold).  If plain H2O is too blah, make a pitcher of spa water: add slices of Read the rest of this entry »

Many moons ago, I worked for a publishing company and one of our specialty areas were materials geared to professionals who work with special needs kids with feeding problems.  At that time, one of the people we worked with — and a recognized expert in the field — was (and is) Ellyn Satter

Fast forward 15 years and I was reading the New York Times  (she’s a frequent contributor, it turns out) when I saw her name associated with the “Well” section talking about food.  I was delighted to see an old “friend” in print and we connected once again.  Now that I’m blogging on a regular basis, it’s fun to read other people’s blogs and to share the vast stores of wisdom that is available to us through friends, colleagues, and long-ago acquaintances.

Ellyn’s is one of those sites that is rich with information and inspiration for eating well and I encourage you to visit and poke around.  I’ll be talking about what I’m learning from Ellyn in future posts and I hope we can have a good chat about what we all find there.

And to you, Ellyn, thank you for continuing your life’s work — not only for all those kids in the world with feeding difficulties but for the rest of us, looking for a healthy relationship with what’s on the plate.

Eating towards health ~ Puff

Compare and despair or admire and acquire?

Lately, Andrew has been sort of joking about the Karate Kid montage, set to the tune of “You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito, as a motivational tool.  Now, personally, that would not be very motivating to me, but you get the gist.  So it got me to thinking about vision boards, mind maps, positive intentions, and Olympic athletes who use guided imagery to compete at the highest level. Read the rest of this entry »

Where does the time go?As of April 24 there were 6024 hours and 251 days left in the year. 

If you spend only one hour per day on your fitness, that leaves another 5773 hours in this year for other things.

So where does the time go?   How is it that I can start early, end late, and still not get my cardio done?  How can it be that I have all these thousands of hours stretching before me, lined up like expectant little soldiers, waiting to sacrifice themselves to my never-ending to-do list, and still fail to finish my fitness goals?   Some of the hours must simply lie down … I have to sleep, after all.  Some of them are spent chewing things.  Okay, maybe too many are spent chewing things, but it must be done.  Some are spent in the pursuit of important and worthy goals.  Some are spent at the gym and some are spent here, blogging.  I’m pretty sure that accounts for most, but not all, of the those precious hours of my life.

As we get older, our time here shortens and, at the same time, it seems like we’re in a time warp … everything is moving in slightly quick-time motion.  I won’t go into physics and the space-time continuum in this post (maybe another time), but I’m feeling the pressure of an ever-quickening clock and truly don’t know how to squeeze more things (like that pesky 90 minutes of slow cardio) into my days.

There are about a zillion books on time management, but it appears that the winner of that contest is David Allens’ “Getting Things Done.”  I’ll let you know when I’ve had time to read it.  In the meantime, how do you manage your time to get fitness checked off the to-do list each day?

Healthy Times! ~ Puff

Choosing a GymWell, Huff, you know that I took my cue from you.  I figured that if you were going to be brave and step into the abyss, the least I could do is bring up the rear, so to speak.  When I embarked on this adventure, I knew that I would not (could not, will not, ever) go back to the BBG.  I’ve paid for several of those memberships in my lifetime, and don’t think I’ve ever lasted more than a month before losing faith/interest/nerve.  So, knowing that I needed a different experience and knowing that I am a world class procrastinator, I thought it best to commit to a trainer who would hold me accountable. 

I looked on the internet and in the local healthy news mag and found 4 or 5 trainers that looked promising.  I called and emailed them all and immediately weeded out 2:  one was a jerk and the other never returned my call or email.  Number 3 was the frontrunner as her private gym was literally steps from my office.  When I met with her and her Amazing Body, she was dismissive, didn’t listen to a word I said, and insisted that I would do just fine in her intense bridal boot camp group workout — without any assessment of my health whatsoever.  Number 4 was a good choice, and she is in-home only, which is very attractive.  Unfortunately, she didn’t give good phone and was concerned about how far my house was from hers.  Number 5 was Andrew Fodge (Fitness by Andrew), and he was not only professional and courteous, but he was also knowledgeable and experienced.   We have a lot of laughs but he also works me very hard (ouch ouch ouch) which is exactly why I hired him in the first place.  

I like being in a private gym, mainly because it’s small and it’s not populated by the under 30 crowd cruising for potential mates.  For the most part, the people at my gym are between 35-65 and are there to work out because they are all with trainers.  There’s not much hanging out and chatting … well, not TOO much and certainly not by me!

And yes, there are things I would change — namely MUSIC.  They always have 2 tvs and a boom box blaring, which is not motivating — it’s highly annoying.  I would love to hear consistent subscription radio (no ads on Sirius!) with an energetic beat —  no gangsta rap or thrash metal screamers, please.  And lose the tvs — we need to focus on destressing and moving our bodies, not on defending against aural onslaughts.

The most important thing is — do you like it there?  If you like your gym and trainer, you’re much more likely to keep on going, so yes, it’s important.

Keep working on your health ~ Puff