Sunday, November 24, 2013
As your trusty nutrition blogger, I, TINIERTINA owe you guys a sequel.
I was playing around, skirting on my beginner's luck with the cost-effective, space-effective and tiny, technologically-challenged office-effective(most importantly, microwave oven-FREE) workaround for savoring the taste of fresh brewed-coffee without using a K Cup machine or hitting a Starbucks (I'm boycotting them--and don't like the taste and the price) ...
So, then, I'd just gotten overconfident and cut right through the bottom of the K Cup (see my previous blog post and the "official" instructions for this--especially the 2-cup method); and for the first time (to my knowledge) visibly piercing the built-in drip coffee filter in the K Cup ...
In order to preserve this K Cup, I used one half of a Kleenex Hand Towel (from-the dispenser-kind of paper towel) and then, another half when the first had gotten very heavy with these wet ultra-fine coffee grounds (that do not work with old fashioned cup-at-a-time manual drip-o-lators, I must add) ...
I'm sucking it up and deciding to stick with Gevalia's K Cups (while K Cups are still being manufactured before getting totally replaced by "True Vue" or whatever they're called)...
They are ridged for easy handling amidst hot water pouring ... and scored at around the 3/16" mark towards the bottom ...
The Swedish are not all manufacturing IKEA ... sometimes they DO manage to invent something do-it-yourselfer friendly, like Gevalia ...
Though, more's the pity, I'd gotten that Eight O'Clock coffee on sale at Key Food ...
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
My weight reads very low on the scale at home, compared to the doctor's office.
So, I just put in a number, based on my scale at home. My goal weight is a LOT lower than my "happy weight", but the tracker does not let me have "multiple" goal weights. And it does not REALLY let me post a weight I intend never to go below, DESPITE what it would do to my blood sugar levels (I have Diabetes - but NOT the kind where you could be at a desirably plump, juicy, pulchritudinous weight while managing it ...NO, it is NOT Type 1.5 ... but it is a humdinger ... for Type 2, that is) ... The tracker makes my weight look "overweight" from a goal weight--rather than underweight from a "happy weight" ...
Guess Sparks can't please everybody!
But it's still better than no tracker at all, and for that I'm grateful ...
Friday, September 27, 2013
E-mail Letter that will NOT be Sent:
Dear Pilates Studio--
I hope to see you at the Street Fair. I would very much like to know, in advance, if the Yoga class newly and now offered by The Soulful Yogini is more or less the same class as what I took from her just a few weeks ago. More specifically, but can include that the fact that the Studio has newly acquired large, plush props such as bolsters, pillows, and 3' x 7' Mexican blankets in order to execute a full, traditional and proper "Restorative" class. I had finally come to terms with what the class she taught has morphed into. And I appreciate it.*
Just that I have been busy and could not make it to class. In addition, I have acquired plushy (but small) props for my home yoga practice--perhaps what you may not have known about - those light green yoga "3 Minute Eggs".
*I appreciate a practice that still challenges. In a movement sense. I would like to know if I should be taking her Pilates class and drop out of the yoga class, in particular. Because I dance a lot - cardio dance - and am looking for and need movement (for my condition), anywhere and everywhere - and I certainly don't get it in 11 hour sedentary workdays including commute. In addition, employing "right speech" affirmations and encouragement is a certain, narrow taste of mine ...
Please answer this query as soon as you could, because I could miss less of the Fair (taking the one-hour-earlier Mat Pilates class she gives), if I know what the answer to this question is.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Home yoga practice overwhelmingly rules.
It started out being born of necessity. I can ill afford many live yoga classes, nor do any live teacher trainings, live workshops or live retreats … it had started out as a resentful, angry, unbalanced and inelegant highly-structured practice …
I'd needed more, better influences on it by live classes … Even in my limited, low-value-customer way … I’ve gone to a tiny handful of studios (in the New York City metropolitan area – 6 is a VERY tiny mumber) for 5 of the six years I’ve been practicing yoga regularly … (save for a period of 18 months when I regrouped PSYCHOLOGICALLY -bank account isn’t everything, you know!- practicing only at home …) and will continue …
However, I do not have my pick of studios. Only a tiny handful have generous expiry dates (by that I mean ONE CALENDAR YEAR or LONGER) on a discounted 10-class pack. I chose the one that just started offering such classes. So sue me if you think this studio shouldn't be a pilates studio ...well, it SURE IS...
By successive approximations, I now have the yoga practice that works for me … all the time at home ...
So, on to the dilemma ....
I’d taken over 100 studio yoga classes(the first BIG, big batch of classes deeply discounted) over the five year period, by the way, and maybe 2 asana workshops and a kirtan workshop. The one thing I miss about the classes – ironically, the woo-woo (possibly to others) -sounding patter (except I’d mostly hated ANY talk during savasana). Yes, the spirituality is important to me. As far as online, download and DVD sessions--been there done that for well over a year. I have to record a timed voice-over for my very own (and it's challenging!) yoga practice, soon. My sequence changes slightly each time, and semi-majorly over a very lengthy period of time.
So, I just bopped into a Radio Shack - I, who have never so much as owned an iPod need the handholding, not looking for cheapo bargains online; and -You know, I couldn't even stick to having a Smartphone ... I'm a latter Baby Boomer who's never had a bourgeois bohemian/academic/super high tech job so I've never needed mobile technology (nor had I ever been reimbursed by my employer one red cent for it!) ... but I've got a dedicated little mp3 recorder NOW!
Someone else's healthy plaything could be their Fitbit. Mine engages my creative side too (not everything I put, motivational wise HAS to be original [some can be quotes} but some would be), and will be used for healthy pastimes, too.
This is a memory tool. So at the end of an 11 hour day (including commute) I WOULDN'T HAVE TO THINK.
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