Saturday, November 28, 2015

T-Tapp First Step Workout 1 and Barre Warm-up

I reviewed this workout HERE.  I'm using it to complete the bootcamp that is the kickoff of my T-Tapp Model's Blitz/Firm 90 Day hybrid rotation. You can find out more about the specials HERE.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Overnight Oats

We tried THIS recipe for the first time for breakfast this morning. It's amazingly simple to make and tastes terrific.  Her website recipe is for one serving. I doubled the Chia, oats and almond milk and it made two to three servings depending upon how much fruit you add. You could also add dried cranberries and raisins or other dried fruit instead of fresh fruit. We also sprinkled ours with a tablespoon of raw sunflower seeds.  Delicious,healthy and satisfying.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Moving Toward Minimalism

At this point applying any word that has "minimal" as a root to our life would be a joke. We still have too darn much stuff.

But we're getting there. Every week another box of donations for our recycling center goes out the door and our possessions decrease by a bit.

It really is true that letting go of excess encourages you to let go of more excess.

Less IS more!

Monday, November 23, 2015

16 reasons why JRTs are the WORST indoor dog breeds EVER!

THIS brief article gave me the biggest chuckle this morning! Hope it makes you smile too! Remember that grinning is anti-aging face exercise in the form of joy!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Walking While We Can

The last two mornings have been beautiful and sunny but the temperatures have been in the 20s. Yesterday it occurred to me that our dog walks are going to get shorter and shorter as the weather gets colder and the days shorter.

So I ditched my rotation plan for the time being in order to use that time for longer morning walks with the dogs. Our afternoon walk start time has already been pushed back to 3 pm from 4:30 pm due to the earlier sunset.

I know I'll still get a couple T-Tapp sessions into my week and a little rebounding.

What can I say? You have to grab opportunities before they disappear.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Exercise Your Face?

In the past I've been faithful to facial exercise for a while and I do think it made a difference. The thing that always stopped me was time. It's hard enough to find the time to bend, tuck, stretch and strengthen your body let alone find a half an hour three times a week for your face!

Then a friend mentioned Eva Fraser and mentioned that her method takes very little time to accomplish.  This picture is Eva at 80! So I did what any bargain loving woman with a mission would do. I did an internet search and then visited amazon for a used copy of her book!

Well the book arrived and the exercises do take only minutes to accomplish. 
Interestingly enough some of the beginner exercises are variations on a smile.
Maybe I'll just work on doing more things that encourage me to smile. Sounds sensible.

Seriously though, here's Eva in a video. Pretty interesting lady.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Two Dogs on a Treadmill?

I put up an initial video of the dogs walking on the treadmill HERE. They've really improved even though they've only used it a few more times when it was pouring rain all day. Fionna doesn't even need a safety harness though one of us always stands by for safety's sake.

I'm pretty sure we could eventually get three of them on at once but four would probably be pushing it. And four dogs and a cat at the same time? Now that would be just plain crazy. ;)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Batch Cooking with the Happy Herbivore

Erin asked me to talk about batch cooking and how I go about it.

The meal plan actually makes it pretty easy. If you go to THE WEBSITE you can get a free sample meal plan and see what I'm talking about. When you subscribe to the meal plan you also have access to a video showing Lindsey batch cooking.  The first time I batch cooked it took me forever but with each subsequent week I get better and better at it. I also keep streamlining my kitchen setup. Here's my current routine.

On Wednesdays I download and print the meal plan for the following week. I'm a geek and will admit I can't wait to see what I'll be making and we'll be eating so I can't wait for Wednesday to dawn.

I print a separate copy of the grocery list, the ingredient batch cooking list, the ingredient prep list, and the once a week cooking order.

On Thursdays I tidy my fridges - I have two - one counter depth and medium sized and a dorm sized as well. Then I go through the printed grocery list and cross off anything I already have in my fridge, freezer, or pantry. As I follow the meal plan longer and longer I'm finding that I'm better prepared and cross off more and more. I add any extra produce and household stuff to the list. I also read through the recipes to see if there are changes I need to make to pull the recipes into Eat To Live compliance. This all sounds like it would take forever but it's actually pretty quick and easy.  As for changes, an example would be that when a recipe calls for ketchup I use tomato paste instead to avoid extra sugar. I can get Ketchup with no added sugar but tomato paste is cheaper and the end result is just as good.

On Fridays I do my grocery shopping and batch cook things like beans and whole grains. If I'm going to need a cup and a half of black beans I'll cook a pound and freeze the extras in one cup portions. That way the next time I need black beans I'll just pull them out of the freezer. My Instant Pot makes this process simple because I don't need to soak the beans before cooking. I just put them in the IP, cover them with water, set the IP and walk away. In about an hour I have perfect beans. Brown rice is even faster!

Saturdays I do my cooking marathon usually while doing laundry at the same time. Doesn't sound exciting? It isn't but the excitement comes each night at dinner time when I don't have to cook.

Before I start cooking I set up my kitchen. I have a cutting board next to the sink. I fill a dish pan with warm soapy water so I can wash up as I go. If I'll need the food processor I set it up now. I also set up my 360 Cutter. I got mine for much less as part of a now discontinued bundle but this thing is worth every penny! I found THIS KNOCKOFF but I'm not sure how long it would last. I really don't need to use the Ingredient prep list because I can dice an onion or squash or slice vegetables in no time. I just set it up and put a big stainless steel bowl under it and consider it my chopping station.

Once the kitchen is set up I begin cooking. I use the "Once a week cooking order" sheet that comes with the meal plan on Wednesdays. I pretty much follow it as written though yesterday I threw together the last recipe as the next to last recipe was simmering.

When you first start doing this your inclination is to do only one recipe at a time but eventually you find yourself simultaneously making 4 or even 5 recipes at the same time and that saves time.

I also recommend doing clean up as you go. That way you end up with a full fridge and a clean kitchen when you are done.

Basically, that's it! I hope it makes sense. If you have questions please feel free to ask them. I don't consider myself an expert yet but I'll try to answer them.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Curly Girl

After a year of Deva cuts and products
This was three days after washing.
I thought I had done a review of this book and of the Deva hair products and the Deva cut on Serendipity! but a search didn't turn anything up.

THIS BOOK, THESE PRODUCTS, and a Deva Cut by a certified Deva Stylist was the best thing that has ever happened to my hair!

In my current avatar my hair is curly-ish but my oh my what I had to do to get those curls and after about 6 hours they would begin to fall. In part that was because of the coating traditional products leave on hair.

These days, thanks to my cut, products and styling techniques my hair has more curls, styling it takes minutes and the abundant curls stay all winter.

Dry cold is the enemy of curls but I just got THIS Deva set for Winter and it's fantastic! I thought the coconut cream would be too heavy but I can just use less and it really locks in the moisture.

The biggest change for me was not shampooing daily. What a time saver! I shampoo 2-3 times a week and in between simply wet my hands, turn my head upside down, scrunch and go.

Another crazy factoid. I'm 60 but don't color my hair. My healthy eating reversed my grey hair to the point of just a few blowfish looking strands. Freaky, eh?
This was after cut number 1
I was still coloring my hair too.

Friday, November 13, 2015

What if you combined....

The T-Tapp Model's Blitz with The Firm 90 Day Rotation and then simplified the whole thing in order to provide flexibility while avoiding over training?

I'm thinking of doing this very thing. I have some concrete approaches and just need to flesh it out on paper.

Sunday, November 8, 2015


That's the blog attached to our massage therapy website. I'm trying to keep the posts there more about Therapeutic Massage and Restorative Exercise and the posts here more personal. Sometimes the two intersect. For those times I'll share under the label of Serendipity!

I'm starting new series of posts on Serendipity. I'm calling it the "Fixing"  series. It will deal with the positive aesthetic body changes that often accompany improved body alignment. In other words, those pudgy inner knees you dislike could very well be connected to your knee or hip pain. They may also magically melt away (along with the pain) once you become better aligned. If you're interested in reading the you can follow the first link above.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Quick Check in

I've been MIA because life has been busy but I thought I'd do a quick check in.

I've continued my switch up rotation and have been enjoying it. I'll probably switch things up again this coming week. I have to flesh out the plan.

I want to make note that when I list multiple DVDS and fitness activities I am only doing 15-25 minutes of each. My "workouts" (I think of them as play.) Never exceed 50-70 minutes total. The dog walks are extra but usually don't exceed 2-3 miles total, rarely 4.

We're still loving the food plan. Later today I'll shop, make some beans for the freezer and for this week's recipes. Friday evening and Saturdays are busy days around here!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Switch up!

Saturday I had an urge to do Calanetics - another oldie but goodie - it felt wonderful and left me sooo relaxed! Yesterday I decided to switch things up. I did T-Tapp UB, Joyce Vedral's Quick Quartet UB and a Bellicon Warm-up that bounced out my tight spots. Today I did T-Tapp PBS and T-Tapp Twist as a warm-up then Hit the Floor in the morning and then a Charlene Prickett low impact aerobics session on my Bellicon after dinner.  Also 12 one-on-one sessions with the dogs. Extremely time consuming but so much fun! They are doing so well! It's a ton of fun to train them!!