Jeers and Cheers

17 03 2008

Well, its Sunday which means I have been running around all day trying to get as much stuff done as possible before the work week. I got to the gym today and did about 20 minutes on the eliptical until Aunt Flow stopped by for a visit and punched me in the uterus. So I did some heavy duty stretching, then some upper body work and went home to watch a movie with the boy. Im only at about 6000 steps right now, so I will take the dog for a walk later and call it a night.

So I bought this little balance board thing at Marshalls, thinking it would be like the poor woman’s bosu:


it was not.

So I pull it out of the box and see these little “massaging” nubs.


 I figured they couldn’t massage me if I had shoes on, so I took them off. They just hurt. So I put them right back on. It seemed kind of flimsy so I stepped on it and there was barely any air in, but no pump to fill it up further. Its also no bigger than a record, so I couldn’t do any sort of squats with it because I couldn’t get my feet shoulder width apart.

Needless to say, I am taking it back tomorrow.

I was just looking at the NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) website and they have an interesting program they call “Media Watchdogs.” They write letters either praising or protesting the companies or different advertisers for their portrail of body image in the media. I think this would be a great idea of something to do with a young child, especially a girl. It would be empowering for her to tell those magazines or tv shows with stick thin girls that they are wrong for how they are showing beauty, not the child, and they should never appologize for how they look.

They also lobby to make sure that treatment for eating disorders is covered by insurance, because it is a disease.

If you want to donate or find out how you can be involved, visit the website.

I will get the FAQs page up and running tomorrow. I know, but try and get some sleep.


Dome of Genius

14 03 2008

If I could recommend one piece of home workout equiptment, it would be the BOSU. 



Bosus are like the top quart of a stability ball with a flat plastic base. Their function is to provide a consistantly unstable surface for you to work on so your core and whatever muscle group you are working is constantly engaged.  So not only can you do the same exercises you would on a stability ball, but you can also stand on it to do squats, lunges, plyometrics, holds, or you can stand on it while doing upper body exercises, too.  You can also flip it over, and use the black flat side to hold onto for pushups, burpees (aka. squat thrusts) or mountain climbers.

They are about $90, which is kind of pricey, but its uses are unlimited.  They have a lot of them on ebay, so you could probably find on for cheaper. And while you are there, you can also pick up your very own velvet jesus portrait.  Oh, how I love the ebay.

 No gym today.  Its the boy and I’s anniversaryso we are soon taking Seattle by storm.  And by that, I mean going to an all you can eat Japanese buffet, drinking our weight in sake (which by the 4th bottle is pronounce sock-AYYY!) and wandering downtown trying not to step on degenerates or their urine.  Romantic.

So in preparation for the night, I adjusted my cals accordingly, but still remainede balanced.

Breakfast: 1 banana, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 1 organic cliff bar

Snack: 1 light yogurt with 1 packet Bear Naked granola

Lunch: Subway 6 inch turkey on wheat with veggies, no mayo or oil, diet coke

Dinner: TBA but I know it will involve sushi, crab legs and tempura. And sake.

Yesterday’s steps: 11089. My pedometer fell off around 7 which I didnt notice until later, so I’m sure I hit 12,000.

Happy Friday. Do something fun. Kiala, do your crunches.