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Saturday Downtown Triathlon equipment check: Cruiser, Yoga mat, Shopping tote

First Event: Bicycling the Greenbelt

Second Event: Yoga at Capitol Park

Refueling

Third Event: Browsing the downtown farmer's market

Finish Line: Strawberries are in the bag

Hydrating

Pedaling home, we spot local fishermen (Jen's husband Dan and his friend Greg)

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Most people acknowledge physical health and emotional health is important. Is it possible there is a third element of equal importance?

I had lunch today with a former colleague of mine, Ron Gambassi, who has a financial consulting business. I shared with him that many times I feel overwhelmed when working on my personal finances and planning…am I doing enough, what should I investigate, what should I do? Ron told me many of his clients feel anxiety, and sometimes even paralysis, especially the educated, career-oriented women. This, of course, made me feel a little better (Thanks, Ron). He then mentioned he thinks of it as a 3-legged stool: one leg is physical health, one leg is emotional health and the third leg is financial health. Ultimately, a person needs all 3 legs to have balanced health.

Now that was thought-provoking, and sure made sense to me.

Is it easier to have a healthy body if one has financial health — access to good healthcare (not trying to start a political discussion here), fresh food, clean water, and a safe environment for exercise?

Is it easier to have strong emotional health when one does not feel financial stress?

This definitely has me pondering, and I’m curious…what do you think? Do you think financial health is an essential part of balanced health?

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Please share, as I’d like to explore this further.

What might my perfect morning at the Farmer’s Market look like?

First, a little yoga in the park. One block from the Downtown Farmer’s Market and directly in front of the Idaho Capital.

 Second, a quick stop by a statue. I think Mr. Clark and I make quite a pair.

Mr Lewis? Or is it Mr. Clark? (Hospitality of the Nez Perce statue)

Next, coffee and a little political conversation about education “reform” (don’t get me started!?)
Then, finally … the rows of veggies, fruits, plants, homemade soaps, honey, arts and crafts, and more! I was so engrossed in all the colors, flavors, and conversation that I completely forgot to take pictures. BUT, one of the highlights was learning about new plants … for instance a thick-leaved spinach plant that looks a bit like a cactus (Jennifer and I both purchased one) and a milk thistle plant which I purchased. Apparently, the milk thistle will bloom multiple times this summer, and the seeds can be eaten and are good for the liver. Who knew? (Disclaimer: please make sure to read more about it before ingesting.)

A Milk Thistle in bloom

All in all, a terrific morning.

Question:

If a 140 lb woman walks 15 minutes at lunch and 15 minutes in the evening (perhaps walking a puppy named Pablo?), and she does this every week,  Monday – Friday, how much weight will she lose in a year? Please state your answer in pounds.

Answer: 8.9 pounds!

The math

And for those who like to show their math work:

  • 15 minutes x 2 times per day x 5 days per week x 52 weeks = 7800 minutes
  • Calories burned by 140 lb woman with 1 minute of leisurely walking: 4 calories
  • Number of calories required to lose 1 pound: 3500
  • 7800 minutes x 4 calories = 31,200 calories burned divided by 3500 calories per pound = 8.9 pounds

EXTRA CREDIT: If that same woman walked an hour each weekend, how much extra weight could she lose in that year? (60 min x 4 calories x 52 weeks/3500) = 3.5 additional pounds!

Leisurely walk, anyone?

All the grey winter weather we’ve been having lately has caused me to seek comfort in foods that are warm and gooey. While snacking on a plate of cheddar-covered nachos yesterday, though, it dawned on me: I have been invited to a pool party.

Four weeks from now I will be baring my flabby thighs to a dozen friends.

Or, I could bare my thighs toned, instead, if I forsake fattening snack foods for 28 days and hit the gym.

I’m going to do the later. Now I’ve got to choose: bikini or one-piece?

Running on the gym’s treadmill this afternoon I visualized myself modeling both styles of swimwear, then gracefully diving into a steaming swimming pool set amid drifts of snow. Definitely one-piece. As my iPod blasted out a high-energy playlist, I determined to achieve bathing beauty status the old fashioned way: through exercise and diet.

When I got home from the gym today my refueling snack consisted of a heap of quinoa topped with baked sweet potato, raw pecans, and a dusting of fragrant cinnamon instead of the warm familiarity of those salty, crunchy nachos that are so good at easing the greyness of winter days.

Like my co-blogger, Susan, who is having her rear end whupped by her bootcamp classes, I, too, have a one-month goal for whipping my tush into bathing suit-ready shape.

I’ll post the little victories along the way — like substituting a bowl of whole grain for a pile of oily tortilla chips, and chunks of aromatic sweet potato for lava-like flows of melted cheese — as I work toward firming my thighs and focusing on eating more seasonal produce, like sweet potatoes and the swiss chard I had tonight for dinner.

Pool party prep has begun.

I have now! (BTW this tired gal is not me, but you get the point.) 

I’m starting week two of a “lose a dress size in 21 days” boot camp, and the three — yes, that’s right, only three — workouts a week are … well, the expression that comes to mind isn’t really blog-appropriate, but let’s just say it has to do with kicking my “something.”

And, to really top things off from an ego standpoint, the workouts are only 30 minutes long (not including pre-workout stretching, which is highly encouraged).

The workouts vary each time, but the basic concept is to do quick bursts of exercise (sometimes 10 seconds, sometimes 50 seconds) and then take a very short rest. Ten seconds of intense exercise/three seconds of rest, or 50 seconds of intense exercise/10 seconds of  rest. By the end of a set, which is usually less than two minutes, I can barely move, or breathe!

So … I’ll keep you posted on

a)      If I see results.

b)      If I feel stronger … it is the start of ski season, and I’m interested to see if I can tell a difference.

c)      The eating plan and the science behind why this type of exercise/eating works. We’ll be learning more over the next few weeks.

A toast to health and happiness!

Cheers!

I’m freaked out about all the weight loss approaches my friends share with me … especially the one with the injected hormone from pregnant womens’ urine. (Eek!)

I have 15 pounds to lose, and I have decided to lose it the old-fashioned way.

  1. Eat less
  2. Exercise more
  3. Be patient

I’ll keep you updated weekly on my progress. If it works (which it will), then let’s spread the word to our friends and stop doing crazy diets. Sound good?