Friday, November 12, 2010
I just thought of a great reward for me. Not too expensive but something I really do want. When I reach 135 lbs. I will shop for a black pencil skirt!
And this brings me to the history of me and MY BUTT.
I remember the exact moment I became self-conscious about my butt.
I was lying on my stomach on a neighbor's bed, talking to our neighbor and her daughter who was somewhat older than me, and all of a sudden one of them said, "Now THAT'S a rear end!" Until that exact moment, I had not really known I had a rear end bigger than anyone else's!
I knew that I was a couch potato and that I read all the time to escape having to listen to my mom's monologues and my dad's silences. It also helped me escape the teasing on the school bus, since after a while of vanishing into a book, most of the kids got bored with teasing me. I knew that I was different because I liked to find out about the world far away from where I lived, both in space and time. Most kids didn't give a crap. And I didn't give a crap about most of their preoccupations, so we were even.
BUT I did NOT want to have a BIG BUTT!
So I learned how to tuck it under, but somehow that didn't really help. My butt still looked big every time I walked past a storefront window and saw my own reflection. There were no full-length mirrors in our house...
I will spare you the long in-between journey of struggle with my butt.
BUT I will simply say that it has been a real joy, as I have walked with my camera, with Leslie, with weighted vest, and as I have learned to run intervals, to watch MY BUTT SHRINKING!
In fact, at this point, my tummy is a bit bigger than my butt, but IT IS SHRINKING TOO!
Pretty soon I will be in balance, top to bottom, front to back. That is all I care! I do not have to be skinny, or wear a bikini. But I would like to be non-bulgy, and have a butt proportionate to the rest of my self.
And you know, my SELF has been such a part of that journey. The me that loves to sit on the couch and read is still very much alive! But now she is more peripatetic and she loves to take breaks from reading and she loves to plan to MOVE! She is altogether happier because she has found friends, both here where I live and online, who share her interests and don't consider her odd when she doesn't particularly want to watch football...
BUTT SHRINKING, SELF EXPANDING!
Maybe that's how it works!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
All you folks who were interested in the Intensity Walk DVD (which may be hard to get now), listen up! The final segment of the Ultimate Collection is the same 4-mile super challenge walk that is on the Intensity DVD. However the other two Intensity segments that I liked so well are NOT here, and I don't know if they've been reissued or not.
However, this DVD is WORTH THE MONEY!
Even if you already have the other one, what it adds is great!
I the first 1-mile segment. BEST arms workout I have found on a Leslie DVD! She uses weighted balls but I used 2 lb. hand weights & by the end, my arms KNEW they had worked!
I like the fact that all these miles begin with warmup that's not too long (impatient me!) and end with cooldown that's equally time-efficient.
PLUS I like the bright blue tops that they're all wearing - AND I am happy that this is a different group of people. (Oh, I'm so judgmental - there's always one who irritates me & this time it's Mary Kay. But she's worse on the Intensity Walk DVD - or maybe it's just the goofy shorts she has on in that one...anyway, maybe you will like her!)
Second segment is 2-mile brisk walk, and they're all wearing hot pink. (Mary Kay is there!) This mile is not super-intense, just moderate -- good for a day when you're a little tired. They use the stretchy band for arms toward the middle of the 2nd mile, but they skip the triceps kickbacks. Some days, I don't WANT to do triceps kickbacks!
You can pump this mile up by doing the kicks with a boost - first time I did this segment, I found myself just doing that for fun! Amazing!
Third segment is 3-mile advanced walk. Aqua tops, and this one is from an older DVD, you can tell by the location. It's definitely advanced. Mile 2 really pumps it up. Pace slows down a bit in mile 3 where you get triceps kickbacks with the stretchy. Whew. Plus some deep chest work which could help your pushups... By the time she starts double kickbacks, you think, "Oh NO..." but and you usually survive! Slower pace helps.
Fourth segment is the 4-mile super challenge that I like so much from the Intensity Walk DVD. They're wearing black with a bit of white. This IS a challenge.
All in all, this DVD is a BEST BUY! You get 10 different miles, in very use-able combinations. Mile 1 is now my absolute fave mile for arms, which was my focus today.
Another plus is that some of the walkers chime in with remarks on this one, it's not just all Leslie. Although her patter on this one is mostly very much to the point and helpful - not quite as "folksy" as it can get.
The only down for me on this one is that stupid "WalkPowerWalk" song which begins segments 3 & 4. I'm glad she put that one to bed on later DVDs!
Leslie for another DVD!
Saturday, November 06, 2010
This one's for CHIPPEE! I made this a few nights ago and she asked how it was done. Turns out there are lots of different variations.
I used a recipe on Eating Well but changed it somewhat - maybe not for the better - but the peels still turned out yummy!
Here is a link to an even more complete recipe, with variations for peels in syrup and dried peels coated with sugar.
My approach was a bit easier and quicker.
I used 3 pink grapefruit, approx. 2 cups sugar, and 1/4 cup liquid (half reconstituted lemon juice, half water).
The original recipe said to use only 2 tsp. lemon juice - but I was afraid this would not be enough. I'll try this small amount the next time...
Scrub the grapefruit. Divide the peel into quarters by scoring the peel and then peeling it away from the fruit. I left the white pith since I like to eat that too, but some like to remove the pith. Save the fruit for breakfast!
Cut each quarter into 6-8 lengthwise strips.
Put peels in a large saucepan or wok and cover with cold water.
Bring to a boil, blanch for 1 minute, then drain. Repeat this 2 more times.
Here's what the blanched peels look like.
Then combine 1 cup of the sugar with lemon juice mixture and peels in the same pan.
Cook, stirring, over low heat until sugar is dissolved.
Simmer, stirring fairly often, until most liquid has evaporated - 30 to 45 minutes.
Let peels cool for several hours, on either a wire rack or wax paper. Wire rack would be better but I don't have one. so I layered wax paper in a square pan.
Roll in remaining sugar. You can do this after drying them - or after cooling them overnight in the fridge - or you actually could just eat them as they are!
I like the tartness that remains when you blanch them for only one minute. Others might prefer to cook them longer to get rid of that taste.
I think they would be very nice dried, but I am afraid to leave them overnight to dry, I think I might have a counter full of bugs feasting on the sugar!
Calories per piece: 25. 7 g carbs. 2 mg potassium.
I must admit they don't last me very long!
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
OK, so I'm Leslie-Sansone-indoor-walking-obsessed! There could be worse things! Replacing one obsession with another is called a healthy substitution...I think!
At any rate, I've discovered another of her DVDs that works for me. I was so fortunate to have a friend lend me some of her old ones, so this is an old DVD. You can find it on Amazon, however, and one of the reviewers points out the title of a newer version which includes some additional materials.
I'm going to just do a brief synopsis of this one, in case you are looking for something similar.
Today I did segment 1, the Super Challenge (apologies to CLAUDECF!), which was 4 fast miles. Mile 1 - a nice warmup, gradually increasing in speed. Miles 2 & 3 - quite brisk! You can add a little jog here & there to bump it up even more. Mile 4 - a nice gradual slowing down. Segment ends with stretching, using a fairly easy yoga pose (there's no emoticon, sorry!)
Variations include double kickbacks and an introduction to the grapevine step.
But you can ignore these if they are too much, of course!
Leslie is one of the few fitness teachers who makes the distinction between tightening the tummy area and sucking it in all the way. I used to have a Pilates video which recommended the "suck-in" approach - as a singer, I said "YUCK!" No need to cut off your breath with such an extreme approach, and tightening does plenty for your abs.
Segment 2 is my complete fave. No frills, 2.5 miles, with 5 2-3 minute jogging segments worked in. This is perfect if I have extra energy & the weather's nasty. And it only takes 25-28 minutes, depending how long you warm up or cool down.
Segment 3 is something called a muscle mile. 10 minutes, that's all. Works the arms quite nicely with 2 lb. weights, but pretty wimpy for the legs. I doubt that it's actually a mile because the pace is not that fast. But my arms really felt tired afterward!
I'm working my way through these DVDs so that in the winter I will be able to pull out the ones which will help me to keep building strength. WOW, it was fun today to feel how much more energy I had to SING AND to move my microphones around!
Not to mention that I can now wear a cute little black wool skirt that has been languishing in the closet!
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