Saturday, August 5, 2017

New Board

I just put together Living Life Lighter.   I've been wanting to write reviews of various Callanetics, Essentrics, Pilates, Pilatesology, Rebounding and yes even T-Tapp workouts. I may even throw a few weight training and cardio reviews in there and eventually books too. The thing is, I want them easily accessible for myself.

I also wanted a new place to share my workouts, rotations and healthy recipes, again, easily accessible.  

I decided upon a message board. You can find it HERE. I only left two forums totally open because I don't need trolls or other internet nasties messing things up. That means you need to become a member to see all of the different areas and add your thoughts, reviews, recipes and questions or answers to others' questions - but it's free and hopefully fun.

If you've fallen off the workout wagon I challenge you to post a check in thread and get right back on! If you're trying to eat better or lose weight it's ok to post a thread for that or combine food and workout check ins. There's also a place to talk about various self care modalities.

I just got started 24 hours ago so it's pretty bare bones but I hope to see you there! 

Monday, May 29, 2017


Definition isn't going to show up as long as you're doing heavy load, high reps with your fork and spoon. You can't out run what you can eat! Rome wasn't built in a day! Patience grasshopper, patience.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Great Video on Eating and Enjoying Plant Based Foods

I hope THIS LINK works.

If you are curious about the down dirty and real facts about health and either plant foods or animal foods this website is the only truly and 100% unbiased source that I'm aware of. You owe it to your health to at least check it out!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Gym

I finally grabbed some pictures of the gym. It looks pretty cluttered but the cool thing is that I can set up any of the equipment shown in less than two minutes - and I frequently do. :)

The blinds aren't normally closed except on really cold nights.



Thursday, September 1, 2016

New, improved space

It's still a work in progress and this isn't the best video but it gives you an idea. I'll try to post another with more light later.


Friday, July 1, 2016

Nice Free Meal Planning Site




It's called Lighter and you can find it HERE. There are pay versions but I chose to test run the free version.

There are several things that I really like. You are able to choose your appetite size. You're able to choose the number of people you're feeding and their appetite sizes. You may choose which meals you want recipes for and which foods you do not want included, for example meat alternatives or soy. You can even choose people, athletes, health gurus, etc. and follow the the way that they eat. (Drs. Neil Barnard and Michael Greger are included.) It provides you with a grocery list. You may trade out recipes. Best of all you may choose the amount of time you have for prepping and cooking each meal!

Definitely a site worth checking out. It is plant based eating but if nothing else you can use it to plan meatless Mondays! :) 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

LiveFit Revolution Update

Yes, I'm still swinging kettlebells (KBs) and enjoying it. I've wanted to write an update  but haven't had time until this morning.

So here it is:

The workouts start at a beginner's level but can be amped up by using heavier KBS. I'm using the videos along with the paper often taking shorter breaks than the participants.

You are told that you'll make fast strength gains and I appear to have done so though perhaps it's more a function of learning better form than real strength. As of today I'm halfway through week 3. I started Week 1 with a 10# KB and am now using 20# for most moves. I'm flirting with moving up to 26# - at least for swings - next week. (The full warm up, which we built up to as of yesterday consists of a total of 120 swings) This sounds like it would be hard to accomplish but it was done so systematically that you hardly notice it.

If you have a question about form you can post and Jason comes in and answers - I needed guidance with snatches. No sign of Alysia so far.

I think for me having a progressive program where each workout was filmed live and is different is the ticket. I also don't feel the need to do the hardest workouts out there so that helps.

For the first 6 weeks you do four KB WOs a week with daily cardio (30 minutes) and one Cardio Challenge. So far I've used my Bellicon for daily cardio and did a Cathe Step DVD in place of a stair climbing challenge. I've also snuck in some T-Tapp. I'm no KB expert - not even close - but it feels as though we're simultaneously building up a repertoire of moves while perfecting form and building base strength.

After 6 weeks you do two planned KB WOs, add another type of WO and are supposed to choose a previous KB WO from the site. If I make it that long - taking this a week at a time - I may try pulling out some of my older KB DVDs to see how they feel. The daily cardio and weekly cardio challenge continues.

There are a total of 30 weeks of workouts on the site. I do not know if there is repetition in later weeks.


Anyway a shout out to Bee! Thanks so much for introducing me to this site!