Monday, September 05, 2011
This wonderful web site is so full of great information. I love reading about health issues, health news. One of my favorite areas is one the is written by members: Secrets of Success. The other day when browsing through the "secrets" I found a reference to a phone app. I decided to give it a try. The app is free and is called Endomondo and is free. There is an excellent list of activities to choose from Aerobics to Yoga. You put in your gender and weight. Then press start and the app keep track of the duration, distance, speed and calories of your activity. In addition you can play music you have stored and have a "coach." In addition you can choose a basic workout , set a goal in terms of time, distance or calories, beat a friend, compete on a route, beat yourself, or enter your own workout.
The app automatically stores your history so you can see what you have done over time You can connect with friend and even post your results to Facebook if you want. I don't. You also set it to automatically pause if you pause in your workout. If you have bluetooth heart monitor, it can connect to that as well.
Technology..... I can remember dial phones and 5 digit phone numbers, cameras with film, I guess it's like everything... depending on your viewpoint and your own choice about your response, things have good sides and bad sides...
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Each day I read one of the articles in the Health A-Z section of Spark. I was just being random about it, then I read someone's suggestions to go through A-Z. I am now on S's, Yesterday I read the articles about Sjogren's syndrome. It was interesting, but I didn't think too much about until a few hours later.
My DH and I are avid tennis fans and during the U.S. Open the TV is on from noon to the last ball of the day.... sometimes around midnight. Yesterday the surprising announcement was made that Venus Williams was bowing out of the tournament after only one match. It took a while until it was announced that she had been diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome. I couldn't believe it. I knew exactly what her problems were and that she was very young to have it... usually doesn't occur until mid 40's or later.
I feel smart and smug.... especially when I could tell my DH exactly what was wrong with Venus.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
We joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) and have been trying lots of new vegetables. This week we had crook neck squash, zucchini, small onions, red peppers, jalepeno peppers, garlic among other things. I looked through a variety of recipes and just decided to try my own hand.
I sauteed the chopped onion in some olive oil, as it became translucent, I added the garlic and jalepeno. I sliced the other vegetables up and added them to the pot and then poured in about 2 cups of chicken broth with salt and pepper. I covered it and cooked until the veggies were soft. Then I pureed the whole thing with the new immersion blender. When I served it, I added a dollop of Greek yogurt and some chopped basil. YUM!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Earlier this week a good friend and I planned to go on a bike ride this week. There is a new ride that is gorgeous... each of us had been on parts of it, but neither on the whole thing. We were going to start int he morning, but there was a chance of rain. So began the day with breakfast with DH and some time with the paper.
Friend arrived, we got the bikes mounted on her truck and took off for a nearby small town. Found a lovely little place to eat called the Back Porch, it was the back porch of a lovely gift shop. We then took off on our ride. The sky was a gorgeous blue with a few scattered, slender clouds, a slight breeze, not enough make a headwind that affected our ride. After we crossed the bridge close the the halfway point in the ride, we stopped, drank water and chatted.... you know one of the those great talks where you solve the problems of the world. The entire ride was just shy of 38 miles and I hadn't been on my bike since June. When we got back to the parking lot, I was really worried about leg cramps. So instead of getting right back into the truck, I walked about the parking lot and listened to my body. Do yoga poses triangle and wide leg forward fold stretch out the quads and hamstrings. Got a chocolate milk to revitalize and home to relax with DH. No sore muscle, a little "glow" from a small sun burn area on my chest, but also a glow of a day spent outside with a body that tells me how to treat it.
Monday, August 08, 2011
I have recently become very interested in meditation. Everything I have read about it, heard from serious practitioners and the little I tried myself seemed to be very positive. So tonight I went to a introductory talk about Vedic Meditation. Vedic meditation takes 20 minutes twice a day... once upon arising and once late afternoon or early evening. The process involves being "given" a mantra from a teacher who has trained with a teacher, who trained with a teacher, etc. going back to a Guru Dev who brought this meditation back to the mainstream in India after it attained independence.
The "cost" for the 4 day course (90 minutes per day) is the following: flowers, a few pieces of whole fresh fruit, a piece of white fabric and one week's wages. That complicates things as I am retired and my yoga "income" is used to feed my yoga habit. I was intrigued by the presentation, but couldn't get myself to commit. My gut said yes, my mind said no and my heart said.... nothing for a while. Then i decided to wait until the next time the teacher is in town. Between now and then I will save what I think the course if worth to me and see if next time heart, mind and gut agree.
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