Oh, how the monkey wrenches keep coming… I just hope I can duck & dodge a little better this time around.

It would've been nicer if I'd been a little quicker on the "idea train" this morning, but oh well. There's always tomorrow. I had a good thing going with my exercise and eating schedule. Had a few missteps and some tweaks I needed to make, but nothing terrible. I was going along pretty well the … Continue reading Oh, how the monkey wrenches keep coming… I just hope I can duck & dodge a little better this time around.

My “financial diet” midpoint report card…

C+. That's the best I can realistically come with at the end of the first 15 days of what I call my "financial diet," and certainly some room for improvement. It would've been a far worse grade, except I did manage to figure out where I was going wrong and started to make changes, improving … Continue reading My “financial diet” midpoint report card…

Six months ago I bought some minimalist / barefoot shoes… & it turns out they were a very worthwhile investment.

I wanted to wait until I'd become a bit more consistent with my exercise routine and could adequately feel how these shoes were on my feet day in and day out. I wore them most of the time when out and about, so it's not like I bought them specifically for exercising. And I gotta … Continue reading Six months ago I bought some minimalist / barefoot shoes… & it turns out they were a very worthwhile investment.

Q#176: What are some good home remedies that can PREVENT chafing & other irritations during exercise (& not ruin your clothes or budget)?

Before anyone says anything, yes, I have several sticks of anti-chafe balm in my drawer. SEVERAL. However, like most anything meant to help with fitness or sports, it's gonna run the price up pretty bad. Though it's true a little can go a long way, they're gonna run out eventually and I hate the idea … Continue reading Q#176: What are some good home remedies that can PREVENT chafing & other irritations during exercise (& not ruin your clothes or budget)?

Using a Rowing Machine is Both Easier & Harder Than I Thought it Would Be

Yeah, being on a lake like that is something I'd love to do in the summer some day. I wanted to wait after a few days of using my machine before writing about it, because it took some time to get re-started on exercise and make it a habit (and adjust my schedule accordingly... exercise-wise, … Continue reading Using a Rowing Machine is Both Easier & Harder Than I Thought it Would Be

I tried out my first pair of “barefoot shoes” this weekend. Can’t wait for the rest to show up.

I don't remember what got me looking for these "barefoot" (or "minimalist") shoes in the first place, but I do know I went from knowing nothing to "I'd better get some" in record time. And I don't mean those weird "toe shoes" that look like slightly more complicated gloves for the feet. Those things wigged … Continue reading I tried out my first pair of “barefoot shoes” this weekend. Can’t wait for the rest to show up.

Oddly, I actually ended up eating dinner WITH my parakeets…

I just started working out again this week (not overdoing it because of congestion and such, and besides, it's hotter than hell out there), and also keeping a food journal. I had a rough start last week and decided to start over yesterday. I just ended up half-asleep this afternoon (benadryl sucks) and did my … Continue reading Oddly, I actually ended up eating dinner WITH my parakeets…

An off-kilter week leads to me buying workout clothes, which I never thought I’d do again. But I’ve learned some valuable things that will make my life a bit easier…

I knew I had to get a few things done while I was out and about before taking the dogs to the vet yesterday afternoon (man, that took forever). My trip took me by a big box sporting goods store. My initial intent was to finally get some propane canisters for the camping stove I … Continue reading An off-kilter week leads to me buying workout clothes, which I never thought I’d do again. But I’ve learned some valuable things that will make my life a bit easier…

Staving off those demons of food temptation with… moderation & good timing?

I've been trying to find new ways to eat healthier the past few days, and spent time making salads for myself (and the birds, so to speak) while getting my schedule back on track. Yesterday was a pretty good trial run, and today seems to have done pretty well. But I was worried because I … Continue reading Staving off those demons of food temptation with… moderation & good timing?