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Kettlebell class?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Anyone know a kettlebell class in the Twin Cities area that's open to the public? I don't have a gym membership anywhere so can't take classes the traditional way.

A few coworkers use the kettlebell at home with a dvd program but I fear that if I bought a dvd and kettlebell, well, it would become another living room decoration! You know what I'm talking about! So it would be fun to try out a class- if anyone knows one, let me know! Maybe you saw it in a community ed brochure? Or your church offers fitness classes?
I'm in the NW Metro so prefer something north of 394, West of Hwy 100, etc.


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    I don't know of any classes personally, but I'll try to remember to ask my husband's uncle if he knows of any. I swear that man knows about everything happening in the Twin Cities. (I'll also ask the rest of the family.)

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Review of Two Brand Name Soups

Saturday, March 06, 2010

In my quest for quick and easy, shelf-stable lunches to keep on had at work, I picked up two "new to me" soups to try. Here's my opinion:

Chicken Tuscany from the "High Fiber" series
Ready-to-serve (1 can=2 servings= 260 calories)
I have to say, I'm typically not a fan of Progresso soups but the Chicken Tuscany was not your average soup flavor. My favorite ingredient was the great northern beans. I would say the chicken pieces seemed too fake tasting and to "hard" for my liking but, as in most canned soups, there wasn't that many pieces so not a big deal. The broth was unique, great taste, and I liked the spinach!

Zesty Tomato Bisque from the Select Harvest "Garden Recipe" series
Ready-to-serve (1 can=2 servings= 240 calories)
Campbell's! My go-to soup brand struck out on this one. I did not like the basil in the soup.. it was overpowering, and yet, I thought the the soup was bland. I ended up adding Sriracha (or Rooster Sauce as I like to call it! just to make it taste better. I felt the soup might be OK doctored up with mixed tomatoes, etc to make a nice pasta sauce. I would NOT buy this again as a soup.

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    Thanks for the reviews!

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2 out of 3 ain't bad.....

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Unless we are counting number of days I stuck to the weight watchers diet. I'll try again to reset day 1 tomorrow.


Wait on Weight Watchers

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I went to a Weight Watchers open house on Saturday to get a better idea of the meetings, the food plans, etc. I mean, Weight Watchers is Everywhere but I didn't know too much about it Turns out that my work will reimburse me for 50% of the cost for meetings, provided I go every week for 13 or 18 weeks. A nice deal but I didn't want to sign up and shell out for a plan that I might not like sooooo today I logged my points just like some one on ww would do. My first impression is that it is tough to master the points thing. With my handy android app WWDiary, I could figure out how many points I was allotted for the week, as well as calculate the real points value of food. It's trickier than say counting calories.... I found it difficult to know points on food not out of a box/can! And, my brain doesn't want to compute the points versus calories thing. since ww flies in the face of what I know to be the weightloss secret of " calories in versus calories out". But, I'm willing to see up my attempt. Ready for day 2


snowshoe race in uptown last saturday

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I signed up for the luminary loppet in Minneapolis last weekend and had a great time. I went as a group with my best bud, her husband, and their 7 and 2 year olds. Yes, even the kids have their own Snowshoes! I should mention that the race was open to cross-country skiers, too. The first leg of the race, we got to see snow sculptures done by local organizations. Next up, the luminary portion had ice candles lighting the path on the lake, with a candlelit ice castle in the middle. Not realizing the part was 2.5 miles, I didn't make it the whole way around because the little ones cheeks were getting too cold and windburned, so she and I headed to the warning house. I think I still got a little workout because I don't have running Snowshoes, just large aluminum ones that I was using and I was pulling a sled that at times carried two girls. I would do it again but would say that the race in uptown is more of a Snowshoe walk, not a race. It isn't timed

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RDARLING 2/10/2010 11:33AM

    Sounds beautiful. Can't wait to get a pair of snowshoes and learn how to do it. Buffalo State Park has some trails that they light up a couple times a year. Can't wait to check it out!

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SPUD1226 2/10/2010 9:53AM

    Anytime you get to snowshoe with others is fun. I bet it was pretty with the snow and lights.

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