Saturday, January 15, 2011
Though I have had the Yaks Trax for over 6 years, there is no rust. The newer versions are probably made with stainless steel. I most recently saw them at Famous Footwear for around $12-13.
I bought the handwarmers at WalMart in the sporting goods section ($1.97 +tx for three sets). I've also seen them at Sam's Club in larger packages.
The funny thing I noticed with the handwarmers , they took a while to start warming up( 10-15 min). When I had gotten home and was done with the shoveling, they still had about 9 hours of heat left. What to do with them? I decided to put them down on a small patch of ice near my front door. Hours later, I went to check how much ice had melted. Nada, but the handwarmers were cold! Hmm, so I mushed them up again as I had before. They started to heat up again! The next time, after I use them, I'll put them into the freezer in a plastic bag and try to use them again. The scientist in me lives on!
Note on disposal of handwarmers-
Ingredients - Iron powder, water, salt, activated charcoal and vermiculite.
After use, dispose with regular garbage, All natural ingredients will not harm the environment!
Friday, January 14, 2011
I've had my YaksTrax for a number of years, my first pair was a gift from my school bus supervisor during my school bus driving days. That winter, I broke my left ankle thoroughly by stepping down onto snow covered glare ice. My first clue of impending trouble was the thought that then flitted through my mind, "Huh, I didn't know my ankle could turn that way." Well, it really couldn't! About 8 weeks after surgery to fix the ankle and install a permanent 6" x1/2" steel plate thereon, I returned to bus driving. My first day back I slipped on the ice in the bus lot! The next day I became the proud owner of the aformentioned YaksTrax. My boss had seen me fall and visions of 'workers comp' must have danced through his head.....................
They are bits of coiled wire connected with strecthy rubber that can be affixed to the soles of your shoes or boots.
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I had noticed during our first 18" snow that the limiting factor to shoveling time, was the bone-chilling cold in my hands. In and out to warn my hands. Today I went out to shovel some and then walked to the library to return some books in the falling snow. This time, I had HandWarmers between my two pairs of gloves. Wowser, what a difference! My whole body was toasty warm during the 41 minute walk and the pre- and postwalk shoveling sessions.
There is no stopping me now!
Saturday, January 08, 2011
I wrote this originally in response to questions about the safety of using microwaves and Splenda. I thought it might be of interest to my friends.....
I cook mostly veggies in my microwave, never meat. For meat I prefer to broil, bake or using a sauté pan with a daub of olive oil or spray.
I prefer to use Splenda, but I don't use it frequently. I do use some honey, but again, not often. Frequent use of any sweetener encourages us to prefer sweetened food too much. Similar to salt.
The less salt you use, the healthier you can become. At 71, I have no high blood pressure or heart problems. I rarely use processed foods or lunch meat either, because of too much salt and preservatives. I rarely eat fast food for the same reasons.
I rely on SparkPeople, Consumer Reports, and Center for Science in the Public Interest, whose publication is Nutrition Action, a monthly, just like Consumer Reports.
In the end we all must make the decisions for ourselves........
Friday, January 07, 2011
I finally got to Gold's tonight. I did ST and ran on the treadmill and achieved 43 aerobic minutes, including 33 Vigorous minutes and 7806 steps!
As I mentioned in my status report, I finally went to Gold's. They greeted me at the front desk. "Hello, Stranger!" My heart wasn't in this trip, I just kept mumbling to myself, "Just do it, Just do it, Just do it.....
I got changed and did just that. I spent 15 minutes on the T-mill getting sweaty, and then did some ST. I have to spend time to work up a routine similar to the exercises I did at Curves. I'll work on that tonight. After the ST I got even sweatier on the T-mill doing 1.5 miles of a 5K program on the machine. I'm going to try out more of their'programs' to add variety to my cardio and keep my body as confused as my mind is at times.
The ST included 3 sets of 12 reps of the 6 machines. At the end, I did plenty of stretches as I cooled down. The good news is that nothing hurt today when I got up! WooHoo!
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
I logged all my food again today.
I went fora 50 minute walk in the falling snow to the bank and to get my newspaper. The snow was crunchy under foot and the streets were otherwise pretty quiet. Fifty aerobic minutes, and 20 of them were even vigorous!
While watching the Biggest Looser - Where Are They Now? I fixed dinner and even got in another 20 minutes walking in place. Overall I had 7283 steps and 4.13 miles.
Tomorrow will be a challenge. I'm meeting friends for dinner at Red Lobster. I'll have to get to Gold's earlier in the day and rack up some steps and weight training. After dinner I will try to watch most of the new edition of Biggest Looser
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