Sunday, October 12, 2014
here). - Borshch (the hot, red version). - Herring in a fur coat. - Veggie platter: locally grown organic pink tomatoes, home-made sweet and tangy pickled cucumber spears; home-made savory pickled yellow squash with extra dill. - Iced tea: a mix of white herbal tea and black Russian tea.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
After trying a variety of things, adjusting, and moving things around, I have finally come up with a 12-week fitness schedule that's actually working for me. So, I finally gathered all my notes and put it into a summary that might be helpful to others. The easiest way to stick with it is print it out and cross off day after day, as you move through the schedule. Considerations and challenges: - I have a bad back - traditional ab challenges don't work for me, because most of them, with all those situps and crunches, are horrible for the back - As part of my 2015 Warrior Dash prep, I had to devote approximately equal times to strength training and cardio - since the dash involves both. - The extended version of the challenge includes regular visits to the gym for weight training. This version does not. This is for getting as much as possible out of very little time. What this schedule WILL NOT do: - Give you rock-hard abs, perfectly toned arms and legs and generally make you look like Cindy Crawford in that famous Pepsi commercial. - Make it possible for you to fly and fight villains a la "Crouching tiger, hidden dragon". - Be easy. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it, and I wouldn't need to write this down. - Get rid of all your health problems. If you have allergies, asthma, ulcer, joint aches, arthritis, or any other chronic ailment - see your doctor. This is an exercise schedule - not a panacea. If in doubt - consult your doctor before getting into this. What this schedule WILL do: - Strengthen your core, back, arms and legs. - Improve your balance. - Improve your walking and jogging stamina. - Tighten your middle. - Boost your energy and - to some extent - your metabolism. - Make you proud of yourself for doing something nice for your body and your general health.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
take care of its homeless. It's sad that this is necessary, but at least it's something. Having some sort of roof makes a huge difference. ========================================= What you can do with a tiny plot of land if you garden smart. ========================================= An on-going Big Little Change initiative - help one of the members to get a better home. ========================================= More efforts to help the less fortunate. ========================================= A great "make a difference" story from NBC. Public service announcements A highly comprehensive and educational piece on bees. New steps taken to prevent deforestation. San Francisco kicks out plastic bottles. Find your local garden swap. Positive trends (they do exist) over the last 5 years. California bans plastic bags. Recommended reading - What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter - Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Doctor Seuss - Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff - Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman