staying motivated/change it up a bit

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Hello people. With winter ahead of us and cooler weather/cold fronts it is hard to stay motivated and stay on track. My usual exercise is a two mile walk followed with a cool down of stretching and yoga. But today or this morning I decided I wasn’t in the mood for a walk. When that happens it is better to change it up a bit.

I bought two new workout DVD’s last month and brought the stationary bike into the house. The other day I did what my husband calls “around the world”. It is a series of different types of exercises that became an inside cardio workout. Instead of lifting heavy weight you choose about three or four light weight exercises and do three-four sets of each. My routine went like this: one mile on stationary bike, twenty pushups (can do these on the knees), about twenty stretchy band exercises (I did bicep curls with my arms stretched out to the sides), and then I did about twenty squats using the doorknob for balance. I did about three sets of these. My husband reccamends four sets. Squats are real good for working out the butt and thighs. I try and follow up a workout with some gentle stretching and a little bit of yoga to cool down.

Yesterday I did my walk. But sometimes I don’t feel like walking. Like today so I used one of my new work out DVD’s by Denise Austin. She is such a charismatic, inspirational person. I just love her book, Fit and Fabulous after Fourty-and she has a slew of workout DVD’s on amazon-some very inexpensive.

I have made 7:00 pm my workout time in doors because I’m done with supper and I can work on bringing my blood sugar down so I won’t have to use so much insulin. Tonight I worked out with Denise’s bootcamp DVD and let me tell you it kicked my rear! A good investment. I highly reccamend spending some moola on some basic equipment to help you work out.

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These are an inexpensive alternative to dumbbells

These are an inexpensive alternative to dumbbells

You can do it! If you keep working at it you can reach your goals!

combining blogs

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I have tossed around the idea of combining my own blogs into one so all the traffic would be directed into one place.  The hard part would be which blog to direct all the traffic to.  Anyone have any input/suggestions on this?

Sleep and Health: The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

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Sleep is a major factor for good health.  Here recently I have had my days and nights mixed up. It started when I prepared for and studied for my cosmetology certificate. I started getting up around 3:00-4:00 am to study and did that for about 2 years and developed a habit of getting up that early. Well, lately I have been not able to sleep at all and it has led to a bought of depression, which is one of the consequences of lack of sleep. I also have been feeling tired and exhausted during the day.

My husband and best friend suggested I go for a walk. The lack of sleep has also made me slack off on exercise. We need to exert ourselves during the day so we will be tired when it’s time to go to bed. I felt so good that I took a long nap when I got back from walking. And I mean I slept like a rock. I had woke up the night before at 12:00 am and just stayed up, not even tried to go back to sleep and yesterday I just sat on the couch, miserable.

Well anyway-I thought this whole ordeal would make good blog material so I did a study on it and this is what I found….

The Benefits of a Good night’s sleep:

1. A healthier heart. About 7-9 hours of sleep each night will boost your heart health.

2. Reduce chances of getting cancer. Melantonin, a hormone that makes us sleepy, is thought to prevent cancer and is increased when the lights are out when sleeping.

3. Stress-you can easily get stressed out when your not getting the sleep you need, and that can lead to heart attack and stroke.

4. Inflamation- Inflamation is your bodie’s reaction to stress, which is your body’s reaction to lack of sleep. So sleep reduces inflammation.

5. Makes you energized, alert, and able to function mentaly. It makes you want to get out into the sunshine, and life, and exert yourself and use up that energy so you’ll be ready for a good night’s rest.

6. Helps booste your memory-lack of sleep is linked to memory loss. And as we get older we need more sleep. Our memory begins to decrease as we get old too, so taking naps as well as sleep at night proves to be benafitial as we age.

7. Sleep actually helps us loose weight. Who wants to exercise when they feel exhausted? My husband and best friend yesterday nearly begged me to get up and go for my usual 2 mile walk. I was just vegetating on the couch yesterday, not feeling like doing anything. When you lay around all day and have lack of sleep your body’s ability to balance certain hormones affect your appetite. You end up eating more and putting on extra pounds. Combine that with lack of exercise and then your headed for weight gain and obesity.

8. Naps help you feel energized and more alert, unless you over nap. And as I mentioned earlier, as we age we need naps.

9. You can actually prevent depression by making sure you get enough sleep.

10. Helps the body heal-Yes, because your cells produce more protein while sleeping, your body heals quicker. That’s good especially for diabetics like me since being diabetic causes slower healing.  And that’s something else to research:  Why diabetics heal slower.

I’m sure there are more benefits, this is just the tip of the iceberg I’m sure. It is worth researching.

QW

Easy Spanish tortilla

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    A quick filling breakfast or lunch or light supper dish

    A quick filling breakfast or lunch or light supper dish

    I love this recipe! It is so quick, nutricous, and man pleasing.
    My mother in law, who is from Spain, taught me how to make these. In Spain the tortilla is an egg dish cooked in a frying pan. I use a cast iron skillet for mine and I will tell you why later.

    First we need to gather the ingredients…

    Four eggs, olive oil, potatos, onion, salt, pepper, parmeson cheese

    First you need to cut up the onion and potato’s into a bowl. Cut the potato’s country style. Just cut the onions kind of like you were cutting an orange (not diced). Add salt and pepper and mix with hands.

    Put about four TBS. Of the oil and add the potato mixture. Heat with a lid on, stirring occationaly . the goal is to get tender potato’s, not browned.

    Cook until onion and potato’s are done and tender.

    Beat eggs with a fork and add salt and pepper. Pour over the cooked potatos and onion. Cook until bottom has set but the top is not done. Most people would flip tortilla at this point by using a plate to slide the partially cooked tortilla on but I cheat by putting it under the broiler to cook the top. This is why I use my cast iron skillet.

    Sprinkle a little parmeson cheese on top and put under the broiler until top is done an slightly brown. Cut into wedges and serve. Enjoy!

    And here we have the finished tortilla.

    And here we have the finished tortilla.

Easy Spanish tortilla and life on the farm

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IMG_20141123_131938IMG_20141123_131655First I’m going to show you where I live and then we’ll get to the tortilla.

This is our little cabin in the country and some of the scenary and animals.

My husband and our cat big tiger and our snouzer we affectionately call little guy and our mamma cat I call loveables.

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She had kittens in July and we gave them all away except big tiger.

She had kittens in July and we gave them all away except big tiger.

A few more pics around the house..

Our workout equipment.

Our workout equipment.

Kelly already tilled up our garden spot for the spring.

Kelly already tilled up our garden spot for the spring.

Little guy

Little guy

More pics around the house….

Big tiger stretched out on the sofa.  He is already bigger than his mamma and he's only four months!

Big tiger stretched out on the sofa. He is already bigger than his mamma and he’s only four months!

Here's my little fiber nook where I do all my reading, knitting, crochet, dreaming.

Here’s my little fiber nook where I do all my reading, knitting, crochet, dreaming.

I’m a bit unorganized and messy. I probably clean out my corner once or twice a week but it always messes back up the next day…like it has a mind of its own.lol

And here is me, the new found health guru and fiber fanatic….

Me , the not so quiet quietwoman

Me , the not so quiet quietwoman

Well, this is enough for now. I’m about to run out of juice on my notebook so I will continue with the tortilla next post. Have a blast today!!!

Just an update-exercise *does* make a difference.

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I thought I would post an update on my progress. This will be a short post just to get caught up. I took yesterday and the day before and worked on my rugs. I ran into some photo/camera problems and I can’t post on my fiber nook so I thought I’d write a little more on this blog since it is everyone’s favorite so far with my blogs. Eventually, I think I might combine the blogs that way I can make only one or two posts a/ day and have everything right there for people to read.

Since I got back to exercising my blood sugar has been pretty awesome. I have been taking less insulin since the little bit of activity has reduced my blood sugar considerably. Day before yesterday it was 140 in the morning and today it was 100! What my normal b.s. reading is without exercise is over 200. And when I skip exercise in the evening my blood sugar before bed is over 300-400. However, when I workout it comes down to around 200, so I get to take less insulin. So if your diabetic I *strongly* encourage you to put in those exercise dvd’s, get that jump rope, lift those weights, go for that walk or swim; do what ever it is you want to do to bring that blood sugar down. It *does* make a difference.

QW

on second thought…..I don’t like counting calories.

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I found out after trying it all day that counting calories is not for me. Its monotonous and tiring. Instead, I will focus on eating healthy food only half as much. For breakfast instead of eating my normal two eggs and two pieces of toast I will cut back to only one egg and one piece of toast, of course with butter and preserves or jam (moderation in all things).

I will continue to exercise at least once a day for thirty minutes. I can break the exercise up or choose to do it all at once. I can combine different types of exercise as I work towards my goal of loosing 100 pounds. Eventually I will add some strength training to my routine, but I’m not ready for that yet.

Rhonda