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Tuesday, January 6th:
I’m baaaacckkk! Meet me down at SBCC track this Tuesday at 8:30AM.
January 6th is Twelfth Night! Three Kings, making their way to Bethlehem, didn’t ask directions (big surprise) and what should have been a day and half trip took 12 days. But they showed up AND brought a gift, so it all turned out OK.
Give yourselves a gift, too. The gift of priority. Make your exercise time a priority. There really is no food, medication or supplement that can do as much as exercise, for just about every part of you – body and soul. And… you’re worth it.
Tuesday Blog Review:
First, in my haste last week to get out the important info on sugar substitutes, I neglected to give credit to my darlin’ daughter, Dina. Over 10 years ago she chose to do her high school AP Chemistry project on Aspartame. What she learned through that research started me on a quest of my own that assured I would never again eat the stuff. Thank you, my spawn 🙂
Also… in a past post I recommended a few bar soaps… one of which was Aveeno Moisturizing Bar. Apparently not everyone agrees with me. Some don’t mind it, others don’t like the slip/clay-type feel to it (that is what I did like about it, as it never left you feeling dry like other soaps) and at least one reader found the smell (a natural and somewhat earthy scent) objectionable. I barely smell it, but smell and taste are very individual, so you may find it good, bad, or neutral. Bottom line… it is not like most soaps you are used to. But I still like it.
And last week’s Organic Beauty magazine link wasn’t working at least part of the time. I have placed a link for the magazine’s site in the column on the right.
Tuesday Cosmetic Clean-up:
LOVE LOVE LOVE this product… and it was developed right here in sunny California: Organoderm Olive Cucumber and Watercress Fresh Foaming Cleanser. Certified organic. This is, by far, the best cleanser I have ever used. (I was a Cetaphil fan for many years.) Reviewers say that one bottle, assuming you are using 1 pump, twice a day, may last 3-4 months. At $22 a bottle, that may be as low as 9¢ per use. It rates a 1 on Cosmeticsdatabase.com. Shake before each use. Click on the picture to link to where you can buy. I will be shocked if you’re disappointed.
Tuesday 2009 Exercise Revamp:
A faithful Tuesday Tip reader confided that she has a really difficult time “dragging my ass to yoga”, or any other exercise. One hurdle that needs to be eliminated is the concept that exercise is only effective in 60 minute chunks. SO not true. 60 minutes is an arbitrary time frame that the fitness industry hopes will make it worth your time and effort to drive to their facility and pay them for their services. And if you ARE paying for it, 60 minutes makes sense. But, as I have stated before, just making up your own workout with some good tunes on your iPod can be VERY effective.
If you have a hard time motivating yourself to exercise, make 10 minutes your very doable goal at first. PLEASE try one of the 10 minute programs I have linked below. They are challenging, but quick! Do what you can at first. Slowly build on that. If you are feeling the need for more, you can do another 10 minute chunk later in the day, or string 3 of these together in one 30 minute set.
I ran across this article and the collection of 9 different 10 MINUTE WORKOUTS, all of which appears in the current January 2009 issue of Marie Claire magazine:
Your doc has said it all along: 30 minutes a day of moderate-intensity physical activity improves health and cardio fitness. But what if you barely have time to call your parents or squeeze in six hours of sleep? Here’s what trainers–and sports-medicine experts–have realized: You don’t have to do all 30 minutes in one stretch. In fact, you can do 20 or just 10 minutes a day to reap some of the benefits, from losing weight to toning to reducing stress and clearing your mind. The secret? In the case of weight loss, you’ve got to move fast and hard and circuit-train; in the case of building strength, you’ve got to do those moves slowly, precisely, and consistently every other day. Here, high-intensity 10-minute workouts that make the most of the time you’ve got. Do at least one each day, or if you’ve got time to spare, rotate up to four for maximum benefits.
THE GROUND RULES:
If you are target training (say, you want great arms), do the appropriate exercises for that body part consistently, every other day. If you want overall toning and fitness, mix and match the various workouts.
• How to know if you’re working hard enough: “If you were to hold a conversation during these segments, you should be breathing hard, but not be completely breathless,” says Gabriel Valencia, cofounder of Focus Integrated Fitness in Manhattan.
• The indicated time for each move is a suggestion. If you need more time to perform a move correctly, by all means take it.
Click on the clock below to access my server with each of the 9 workouts listed separately. They are great… no, really. You MUST have 10 minutes…. right? I have done a few of these, and have modified some of the instructions. I have not done them all, and if you read or try one and are confused, write or call me and I’ll try to clarify.
Tuesday Help Tip:
Picture this…. You’re on the phone. You have spent 6 minutes answering questions posed to you by a computer. At long last, you finally are connected to a living, breathing human. Now you have been relegated to the land of hold for another 2 minutes, waiting for the “Steve” (who is obviously talking to you from Bangalor) to get back to you with an answer as to why your camera won’t connect to your computer. At this point you’re thinking you would gladly pay for an answer if only you could get it quickly. And then you are disconnected.
Or… you just want to know what that rash on your leg might be.
Help and sanity have arrived in cyberspace. For anywhere from 50¢ (most tech support) to $3 (some doctors) a minute, you can connect with live experts in a wide variety of subjects. Before buying time with any of these people you can read the reviews submitted by previous users (some number over 1,000). Now… I’m not saying this would be the best way to diagnose a brain tumor, but getting pictures of that birthday party last week onto your computer for $5 and few minutes just might be worth it.
P.S. There are lots of “homework help” people, specializing in various fields. And apparently this service is used by many college and Grad students when they need help with projects and assignments.
Tuesday Brain Game:
Every Tuesday Matters:
Over the holidays I had the opportunity to begin browsing a book I purchased called “Every Monday Matters”. Great idea…. it outlines things we can all do each week to make the world (and our own lives) better. So, I figured why not share those ideas here each week this year 🙂
For Tuesday #1, Do what matters:
The average person spends:
- 100 hours a year commuting to work compared to 80 hours a year on vacation.
- 91 hours a week at work for dual-career couples.
- 1.8 hours a day doing household activities.
- 2.6 hours a day watching TV.
- 8.6 hours a day sleeping.
Time is a nonrenewable resource. Once it’s used up, you can’t get it back.
TAKE ACTION TODAY
- Stop and think … then make a list of What Matters Most to you.
- Take the Effectiveness Profile http://www.franklincovey.com/tc/mediaengine/public/files/7_habits_profile.pdf
- Create a list of how you currently spend your time each week.
- Organize your list of weekly activities and identify activities that are required and those that are optional or waste time.
- Take steps to rearrange your schedule or reduce the optional activities so you can spend time doing What Matters Most.
- Don’t waste time.
What really matters most to you? Your relationships with family, friends, and children? Helping others? Passions? Faith? Security? Health? At the end of each year, don’t you want to look back and see that you made a difference? That you matter? Today is the start of a new year. Start it off by making a difference in you, your life, and the lives of those you love. This is your opportunity. Time spent on What Matters Most is never wasted time.