Thursday, January 24, 2008

Free Martian Smoothie Recipe

Today I dubbed this a martian smoothie.
Raw and fresh are my new nutritional goal.

Martian Smoothie

1/4 C apple/grape juice
3 ice cubes
1 medium banana
1 generous handful of spinach
1/3 of a fresh apple
Opt. handful of raisins

Blend until you like the texture.
Yes, it is lumpy. That is the fibery goodness.

And it is sweet and delicious even if it takes some time to get used to the color. I promise.


Yesterday I weighed myself after breakfast (always before I weighed myself before so it wouldn't be too depressing). Well, even after breakfast, I had lost 4 pounds! I was stoked! Finally a bit of progress.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Small Victory

Today I made the best smoothie yet. It was about 1/4 cup of apple/grape juice, a banana, 3 ice cubes, 1/2 apple, and a big handful of spinach. Even though it was still bright green, I didn't freak out about it this time. And I measured right for once and made exactly one glass. The only thing I might possibly do differently is peel the apple first.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sometimes the people that should be on your side get in the way the most.

Today when we got home my boyfriend put all his crap in my belly dancing space. When I asked him to help me put it away he made some excuses about 'well this goes outside' and 'I don't know where to put that'. Well where was it before we took it with us today? So I shoved it aside into the dead center of the hallway and I did my dance practice anyway. He can trip over it when he goes to work tomorrow. Is that passive aggression on his part or what? He complimented me two nights ago for cleaning the space, and now this? Plus my practice wasn't much fun because I was mad by then.

That's the same thing that happened to the counter space I cleared. He set his Christmas cooking stuff there and it's still there. And he wonders why we never have a clean house.

I did a lot of schlepping of stuff at the archery workshop today, so I got some exercise that way. But my knees were not happy tonight. Basically I want to dance like the Pussy Cat Dolls and I look more like a lame St.Bernard.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Belly dancing, yoga and jumping rope

Yesterday I cleared a 6x6' square in my living room for yoga, bellydancing and stretching. I used it last night and today and it made a world of difference. Each day I'll clear a bit more out of there until I have a bigger dance space again. I took some photos to celebrate.

Today I went outside and got the local rugrats involved in some jumproping. I was just the spinner. I don't think my knees can handle jumping on sidewalks. But it was good to be part of getting kids to exercise. I wasn't sure if they'd even know how to jump rope, but to my surprise they knew rhymes and everything.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Daily walk

A photo I took today.

My ankle seems to have healed and my pinched nerve isn't hurting nearly so much so I was able to take my daily walk for the first time in days. And this Sunday is archery so I know I'll get plenty of exercise on that day.
My back feels stiff and my hip joints hurt when I was walking. That just shows how quickly I go downhill when I have to lay off of walking for a few days.

Also I heard that we need sunshine on our retinas each day. It produces seratonin, a mood stabilizer. So I need to make sure I get out in the sun 30 min. a day from now on. Word.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Day 2

Today was Day 2 of my 'change your eating' project inspired by Montel Williams.
Today's smoothie was 1/2 cup of fruit juice, 1 banana, 1 apple, and a handful of spinach. The color is disturbing, and I still have to eat regular food with it. It takes 21 days to form a new habit, so hopefully it will grow on me. My bf took one drink and said it was too 'chewy' for him. But that is rather the point...unlike a juicer that removes fiber, the blender method leaves in all the fiber, and we all need more fiber. And yes, it is very filling. The look of it is disturbing, so I need to put it in an opaque class with a lid.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Well ouch

Two days ago I woke up with a pinched nerve in my shoulder area. That sure put the kibosh into working out. I've been married to the heating pad all day. Oh well, at least I'm taking the time to learn about making vegetable and fruit smoothies ala montel. Putting the fruit in with the vegetables in the blender masks the flavors of the greens. I even like it.

Friday, January 11, 2008

And just when I had all this motivation

Day before yesterday I was cleaning house and my ankle started hurting for no apparent reason. So this is my third day of hobbling around. Unthwarted, I'm still working on upper body exercises until my ankle feels better.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Fitness on the cheap.

This is the time of year when the big fitness corporations spend millions of dollars trying to get us to join a gym. I firmly believe that you don't need to belong to a gym to get fit. Save that money for a trip to Europe or something. I have heard more people than I can count say they joined a gym, went two or three times, didn't like being the only fat person there, didn't like being stared at, didn't like the fact that everytime they arrived the place was crowded with lines to get on their favorite equipment, didn't like the men trying to pick them up and so on.

Now if you have a passion, like belly dancing, or fixed gear bicycles, by all means invest your money there. But once you have a vocabulary of dance steps, or a functional bike, you don't have to keep spending on more and more accessories.

And the beauty of it is people are always getting out of those things, so you can buy used equipment, videos, costume bits and all kinds of things used either on craigs list, freecycle, local yard sales, dance studio swap meets and so on. I got a great set of used silver toned finger cymbals for less than half the new price because the dancer decided she liked the bronze color better. Keep your measurements and your tape measure handy so you can snap up those great deals.
And remember if you have skills like sewing, you can trade services for goods sometimes. It doesn't hurt to ask.

I used some of my Christmas money to buy a new frisbee with a California surfer girl on it. My boyfriend promised to toss a frisbee with me from time to time. So yay, another cheap way to work out! My local park has a frisbee golf course as well.