Friday’s Five

Martin Ray Pinot Noir

Happy Friday!  I’m off to Florida for the long weekend!  Bob and I will be vacationing with my parents until Monday, and we cannot wait.  This little trip comes at a perfect time, as temperatures around here have really dropped lately.  But before I go, here’s my weekly round-up:« Continue »

Why I Now Love Yoga

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I was able to finally go back to my weekly yoga class this past weekend!  It was amazing.

Remember when I hurt my leg while hiking in Colorado a month ago?  Well, I’ve been taking care not to re-injure myself, and I was afraid too many warrior or low-lunge poses would aggravate my leg.  Last week, I was finally feeling confident that I could head back to class—and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Tabata Interval Workouts

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I’ve recently discovered tabata interval workouts . . . and I love them!  It’s fast and furious . . . and at the same time, effective and challenging.

In a nutshell, tabata interval workouts consist of  8 rounds of:  20 seconds of maximum effort followed by 10 seconds of rest.  So everything happens in a 4- minute time frame.  Take a longer break between each 4-minute set, and repeat the 8 rounds 3 to 4 times.  It’s a fantastic workout!

You can use all sorts of different exercises and modify the workout to be whatever you’d like.  Don’t forget to warm-up, cool-down, and keep good form.  Here are few ideas and resources that I’ve used:

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Colorado Road Trip: What’s That Smell?

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I love walking or running the towns we visit when on vacation.  It’s the perfect way to squeeze in some exercise, while seeing more of what the town has to offer.

The other day, while walking along the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs, CO, a pungent smell hit me.  It was like eggs . . . gone bad.  The stench was strong, too.

I kept walking, soaking up the sun, taking in the sights . . . but that smell just would not quit!  And then I came upon the source.

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Colorado Road Trip: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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For one of our last hikes in Estes Park, we went to Flattop Mountain.  We did this hike years ago (actually summited Hallett’s Peak as well–which you can see behind my head in the picture below) and have always talked about doing it again, but for one reason or another (weather, sprained ankles, etc.) it’s been pushed aside.

The good:  We did it!  And it was fantastic.  The bad:  The descent was painful and took forever.  It was also what had us in our condo like this a few hours later:

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