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 »

One of the pleasant surprises of the 14 months I spent with a trainer was how much I loved lifting weights. I even grew to love the tortuous squat routines from hell and the Ball of Death. Actually I’m lying about the last one. But I still had questions. How long should I train? How often should I train? How much weight? How could I survive without a personal trainer? Read the rest of this entry »

OK, so the first bump in the long and winding road of my new-and-improved-energized exercise plan is, my membership at the Big Box Gym (BBG) has been terminated, unbeknownst to me and without my consent. Yes, sports fans. Since November, 2009. WTF? I thought I’d been paying all this time. True, since I was training elsewhere, I didn’t actually ever set foot in the BBG, and most likely the term of my credit card expired, but that seems like a small detail, and couldn’t they have dropped a line? They claimed they sent me Read the rest of this entry »

So, I’m trying to puzzle through a new routine that incorporates what I‘ve learned from my year of weight training with a more varied fitness routine that includes more aerobic activity. I’ve done a lot of reading and a lot of thinking about this. In fact, I’ve probably over intellectualized the whole business. I’m one of these folks that won’t go on the golf course unless I have a minimum level of knowledge and training on how to swing the clubs, what the general rules are and how I can keep the little itty bitty golf ball on the fairway. [This is really a whole other story which I won’t bore you with right now. I just love to golf, even though I suck at it. I love to Read the rest of this entry »

Well, the truth is my fitness routines have gone to shit. Between the current demands of work, burnout and ambivalence about my current routine, not to mention the beastly and horrible heat, I have basically bailed from my year long routine and I’ve been taking a fix on the next phase of my program.  I started walking the canal in the early morning about a month ago, and ended up with a serious allergy attack, my first. The ozone around these parts is intense, even at 6:00 am.  Big Bummer. I do enjoy walking on the canals in the early morning, and I want to continue with this type of activity because I love to be outside, and know that aerobic activity is the key to fat burning, but I also don’t want to lose the muscle strength I have gained the hard way this past year. 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 »