Friday, June 28, 2013

Accelerometer Pedometers

I think of an accelerometer Pedometer as a souped up pedometer. There are distinct advantages to this type of a pedometer.

They are usually quite forgiving of position. If your belly causes an  accelerometer pedometer to  tilt forward it will still count your steps. This also means that they tend to be  more accurate. Some even advertise being accurate when placed in a pocket or your handbag you are carrying.

They are also silent so no - click - click - click - as you walk along.

Because they tend to be higher quality they usually - but not always - last longer than your run of the mill pedometer.

Some accelerometer pedometers will track running versus walking steps.

Now for the disadvantages - which I feel do not outweigh the advantages.

They tend to be more costly, though this is changing to some degree.

In my observation, the more accurate but less expensive APs tend to be bigger - though again, this is changing.

They tend to use more battery power - though many now use watch style batteries, which will last longer.

As far as T-Tapp workouts go they will track your Step Away the Inches workouts and also track sets of hoedowns, and Jog rocks. They may pick up steps during the standing and even floor workouts but I don't believe that it will be consistent. It can still be a great tool to get you moving more, especially if you set regular goals and then watch the pedometer to be sure you're meeting them.

I linked to an Omron pedometer, which I am not testing. I chose to test a different accelerometer pedometer and tomorrow I'll share which one, why I decided that it was the one to test and what I'm thinking so far.




 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pedometer Use: The good, The bad and The Ugly


I've long been a proponent of pedometer use. Used correctly a pedometer can be a wonderful movement awareness tool. They're also available in a variety of price points.

A pedometer is an accurately, inaccurate fitness tool. Even the most highly rated pedometer will miss some steps and pick up extra steps. If you're a "Type A" person it might not be the tool for you.

If you find yourself counting your steps in your head and constantly checking "the thing" to see if it's picked them up and then yelling at "the thing" when it's off by 10 steps it would be best to donate it to a friend.

In order to work properly a pedometer must sit vertically at your waist. This means that it can be problematic for someone who carries a good deal of weight in their midsection. When placed at the beltline it will tend to roll forward and stop counting.

I've heard of women wearing a pedometer on their bra. In most cases this is not truly accurate - especially if you have a less sensitive pedometer or a light step. It can be beneficial if you're ok with using it to simply compare general activity trends from one day to the next.

I've also heard of people strapping pedometers onto their shoe laces. Again, this isn't the most accuate way to use a pedometer other than to monitor general activity patterns UNLESS you're a foot jiggler/tapper and then its truly useless.

Classic pedometers can vary widely in price and accuracy. I've had a $2.50 pedometer that was spot on and a $20.00 pedometer that needed a remedial math class when it came to adding up steps.  I, personally, have had good luck with Sportline Pedometers, but your mileage may vary.

When choosing a wearing location for your pedometer I suggest that you start by placing it over one hip, clear it and then take about 20 steps. Check to see how many steps it picked up. If it picked up all, most, or a few extra you're probably good to go. If not try moving it to the side a few inches or put it over the other hip and try again.

The main thing to remember about pedometer use is that it's simply a tool to help you track your "walking." It's not going to track other activities and convert them accurately to steps.

If you T-Tapp a pedometer will really only be useful with the Step Away the Inches Workout.
Wearing a pedometer during one of the other floor or standing workouts isn't going to yield any truly useful information.

A pedometer can motivate you to do more walking. If you are very sedentary I would suggest that you begin by simply doing your normal activities for 5-7 days to see what your "movement baseline" is. You can add up the days totals and divide by the number of days or just eye ball it. Once you have a baseline you can set a goal to increase your steps by 10-15%.  It's tempting to double or triple your steps right away but that increases your risk for overuse injuries. Your body needs time to adjust to this new active you!

Please note that I am only talking about a true pedometer in this post. A pedometer is a different and a more simple movement tool than a accelerometer. I'll talk about accelerometers, their value and short comings tomorrow.

Your goal for today is to break away from the day for at least a 10 minute walk break.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tortellini Pasta Salad


This Tortellini pasta salad is a family favorite. Now that I have the recipe more or less memorized it takes less time to make than is stated on the recipe. It's super simple because you only use one pot.

I use Buitoni whole wheat tortellini. It's a bit high in sodium. You can cut back on the olives to drop that number but in doing so you'll be losing some mufa. Homemade pesto will also cut that number.

If you don't drop the sodium be sure to watch your intake for the rest of the day.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sassy Water Recipe Plus More

http://www.asweetsimplelife.com/
Sassy Water has been around for quite a while.

It's part of the Flat Belly Diet!  The flat belly diet has been around for a while. While I generally do not like "Diets," this one has a few things that I do like.

I like the fact that the recipes are generally quite easy and make up small portions. Thanks to the fact that they center on MUFA (Monounsaturated Fatty Acids) they are somewhat Mediterranean in composition. When they encourage processed foods  (bread, pitas, cereals) they encourage that those foods be whole grain.

So while I can't say I follow the diet I do enjoy using the recipes in the various books.

So let me get back to Sassy water.... It's really refreshing on a hot humid day.

I like to add a splash of lemon juice to it on top of the sliced lemons that are part of the recipe. Some days I'll float a Tea ball with Tea Forte Skin Smart Cucumber Mint Tea in it for a little extra flavor. Yum!

Hint: save the cucumbers and throw them into your green smoothie the next day.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Foods that Heal, Foods that Hurt: The power to choose is yours...

THIS LINK will take you to Dr. Joel Fuhrman's online library and an article on the 10 best and worse foods for longevity

THIS LINK. will take you to Dr. Ann Kulze's Superstar Foods series of articles. I was thrilled beyond belief to have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Ann by phone the other day. She is as dynamic in real life as she is in her books and videos!

If you embrace even a bit of what they teach you will improve your health and vitality more than you thought possible. (It won't hurt your cholesterol numbers either. LOL)

The only thing that stands between getting on board with healthy eating and not is whether or not we believe that the control to do so is in our own two hands.

The challenge for today is to try to be aware of the choices we make and when you become aware that you're about to make a choice remind yourself that the power to choose health is yours and yours along.



Saturday, June 22, 2013

Thought for the Weekend

"The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof." - Barbara Kingsolver

 
Same old idea but a new quote and a new difference. Rather than just pondering I've been taking action. It feels good and it's moving things along.
 
Challenge for today: What action have you taken lately to live under the roof of the life you want to be living?

Friday, June 21, 2013

T-Tapp Warm Up Workout #1: A Review and TappClub

I'll begin by saying that T-Tapp Warm Up Workout #1 is only available for Tappclub members.
The good news is that becoming a member is free and is simple. In order to be a member you must own the T-Tapp Total workout or Teresa's book Fit and Fabulous.

Once you become a member your sign in on the site unlocks additional DVDs and an additional specials page. Last time I checked membership was free. How do you know you're a member? If you click on this link for Warm Up Workout #1 and you can see it after signing into the site you're a member.

All that said let me get to the review.

I love workouts that break up a workout to give you more flexibility in using a part or whole of the workout. This workout is divided into standing and Floor sections

The first is standing and warms-up and works the feet. Most people don't give their feet too much thought - unless they are painful - but your feet are your postural base and it's important to keep them limber and strong. My clients and patients are always surprised the first time they find out that I always devote part of each and every class to warming up the feet.  This DVD leaves them feeling wonderful and will definitely rebalance and strengthen them over time.

Like all of Teresa's workouts there's a bonus. Since you are standing in T-Tapp stance with your supporting leg WHILE you stretch and warm-up the feet you get an unbelievable isometric thigh work workout. By the time you finish you're in alignment and ready to face the day. This would be an excellent DVD for dancers, any one who walks or runs, or anyone who spends their work day on their feet.

The second part of this workout is done on the floor. Teresa is quite methodical and by the time I finished this section I found myself feeling balance and aware of the areas that had been opened up.
It's a very beneficial "treat" for the body.

Once again this workout was filmed at a retreat so it's chock full of form insights and tips. I consider this an important part of my "Warm Up Workout Bootcamp." (WUWOBC)

If you've done this workout I'd love to hear about your experiences with it. If you decide to try a WUWOBC I've love to hear about that as well.

This is a pressed DVD with studio quality sound.



 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Keeping it Clean While Keeping it Green

This is an interesting CBS News article. Basically they look at common not-so-green under the sink items and then substitute green items for them for about the same price point a little less even.

I personally think that they could do better by mixing up their own window cleaner and mixing some Mrs. Meyer's cleaning solution into a spray bottle as a surface cleaner.

One product from their "green" list that I can vouch for is Twist - European Sponge Cloths . I use them to cut down on paper towel use. I keep one in the kitchen and one in each of our two bathrooms. Once a week I boil some water and disinfect them. The package states that one sponge will outlast 17 rolls of paper towels and I believe it!

I'm still working on the dish soap thing. We're without a dishwasher until we get to that point in the kitchen remodel and I'm washing a moderate amount of dishes. I'll let you know when I figure it out.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ideas on How to Use T-Tapp Warm-Up Workouts

After enjoying the warm-up workout on Senior Fit I've been wanting to review the other Warm-up workouts available on the T-Tapp site. I'm finally getting around to doing so but today I decided to share some ideas about potential uses for these workouts and the potential benefits you might receive by using them in the ways I suggest.

The idea that excites me most is t recommending these workouts to the person who was excited about the changes they were seeing with T-Tapp but then had those changes slow or even stop - Or for the rarer person who isn't really seeing changes. It's common to hear recommendations for form review when this happens and it's a valid recommendation. Moving to a brief Warm-up Workout Bootcamp and then interjecting a warm-up workout into the schedule weekly or biweekly has a ton of potential and merit.

Doing so allows for a subtle change in activity to act as stimulus for change. It also allows for a deeper understanding and appreciation for linear alignment and a self review of form. I believe that this would go on to allow the Tapper to get even greater benefit from a group or one on one T-Tapp class/form review.

If a bootcamp isn't your thing you could simply add one or two of these sessions into your weekly T-Tapp schedule in order to change things up..

If you're feeling exhausted due to the other physical or mental activity you happen to be doing you could use these workouts as active rehabilitative recovery.

These workouts could also be a very beneficial addition to a traditional exercise schedule.

When I used to do only traditional workouts I used to take a day off each week and/ or  make one day of the week more of a recovery type week. These workouts allow the traditional exerciser to have a T-Tapp recovery day each week while rebalancing the body and encouraging greater mind/body awareness.

For someone who is training for a marathon, half marathon or triathlon these workouts would be a wonderful training adjunct. T-Tapp is a wonderful training adjunct for these activities but as you get toward the end of your training you need more recovery time - though most people fail to take it - and the warm-up workouts could give you recovery that would be performance enhancing.

They would have similar benefits for someone who is training for figure competition.

Please understand that I'm not suggesting these DVDs as an alternative to Starter workouts. I've simply been enjoying them and wanted to share some of my ideas on how to use them both traditionally and non-traditionally. Less really can be More!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

T-Tapp Warm Up Stretches: A Review and Deep Discount Tuesday

O - M - G -OODNESS! My brain is seriously burning due to a major T-Tapp AHA moment - a bunch of them actually.

THIS DVD needs to be in every T-Tapper's workout arsenal. If you've clicked around the T-Tapp store lately you might have passed up the Warm Up Stretches DVD simply because it's marked down to $10.00 - Yes $10.00! This is one case where discount doesn't mean that a DVD isn't a bargain.

I've been told that Teresa marked this down because she's using a hand mike and puts the mike down for part of the workout. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that because there are some people for whom DVD production values are everything. There was a time when I sang harmony for the sentiment but I'm older and wiser now and I'm going to tell you that what the lead or cast is wearing, the set and the sound of any DVD pale compared to the benefits you are able to derive from the DVD. Of course if you can't hear what the lead is saying or understand them it's a whole other thing but with this DVD there are no issues with hearing Teresa's message and experiencing what that message delivers.

But let me get to the review...

This DVD is 71 minutes long but feels shorter. It starts off a little slowly but for good reason. You will basically be taking part in a filmed fitness retreat class from 2007.

Teresa takes you through this wonderful full body warm up/stretch workout and as she does she explains a variety of T-Tapp alignment, muscle activation and lymphatic pumping concepts.

She manages to do this in a way that has you participating in her explanation even as she is explaining and demonstrating. I learn really well by return demonstration while being coached through movement so this DVD was wonderfully mind/body stimulating even as it was calming.

It's one of those DVDs where you can do it over and over and pick up a different gem that pops out at you each and every time you do it. Like other T-Tapp DVDs - you won't outgrow it. As you get stronger you'll just take Teresa's message more deeply into your body and experience deeper mind/muscle connection and the AHA moments that come with that..

Some of the concepts covered on this DVD include:

  • The importance of Heel to knee to Hip linear alignment
  • The concept of personal point of position and why it's important
  • Two rarely spoken of ways to increase lymphatic drainage
  • How hamstrings literally tie into back pain
  • And a simple "point" that will activate your abs
There's more but that's where my notes ended because I was too busy connecting with my body to feel where it was off balance but being gently pulled back into balance.

I've read on various internet sites about people who have pain that they assume is from the T-Tapp tuck. While I believe that they experience pain when they do T-Tapp . I also believe that it may not be the tuck itself that is inducing the pain but rather the way the tuck is being executed.

For me, this DVD sheds some light on the tuck and how it's connected to the linear alignment of the heel to knee and knee to hip alignment. AND then going in the opposite direction hip to ribs, ribs to shoulder alignment. It's way more than just a tuck of the bottom.

If you're one of those folks and you decide to get this DVD I suggest a slow approach. You might even want to watch it and take some notes first before doing.

OH! There's also this delicious little nugget on rolling your shoulders up back and down but finding your neutral.

For now I have to finish this post but in a future post I look forward to describing how I think that this DVD could be used by Tappers with various goals and issues. I'm also going to be reviewing the other Warm-Up Workout DVDs.

Popping back to add one more thing : This DVD is a DVD-R. Doesn't bother me but I thought I'd mention it in the interest of full disclosure.

Deep Discount Tuesday - Today only! Gentle Transitions 50% off if you use the coupon code  DDT061813.

I've not tried this product but the reviews are great. I think that the Warm-up stretches DVD along with the Gentle Transitions and Healthy Hormones for Menopause Management  would be quite the arsenal.

 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Eco Nuts Organic Laundry Soap

I recently purchased these in an effort to streamline the impact of our laundry.

Eco Nuts Organic Laundry Soap comes in a small cardboard box containing two small cotton sacks with drawstrings. You place 4-5 eco nuts into a sack, tie the drawstring and throw it into your washer tub.

I didn't want to write about these until I'd done at least 10 loads. After having done so my opinion is very positive. This is a product I'll continue to use on a regular basis! My observation is that the laundry is clean and feels softer than with regular detergent - even the "green" detergents. Amazon also carries Eco Nuts Organic Laundry Soap Trial Size. I went for the 100 load box and I'm glad I did. Amazon also carries Eco Nuts Organic Laundry Soap, 360-Load Box. It's not an add-on so this is probably what I'll buy next time. There was some talk in the reviews about not getting the number of wash loads that is listed on the box; So far I've gotten 10-12 out of 5 nuts/bag. I have a HE front loader.

I've been adding some white vinegar to the fabric softener cup of my machine and then tossing one Mrs. Meyer's Dryer Sheets Geranium 80 Count into the dryer. I've also had good luck with using Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Bathroom Cleaner as a spray pre-spot treatment when needed.


I had read somewhere a method of making your own dryer sheets from fabric squares and liquid fabric softener. I'd like to try it using Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Fabric Softener. Now I just need to find the instructions on how to do it.

Eco nuts were investigated by ABC news. You can find that info HERE and HERE.

At one point I had been making my own detergent. This is way easier and may just be as cost effective.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pets: A word about responsibility

Everyone napping when Fionn and Fionna were small.
When I write about our pets I usually write about the joy that they bring into our life. I've been also meaning to write about the responsibility of owning so many pets because it's really important to think about it BEFORE you venture down this road.

You may wonder if 4 dogs are 4 times the work as 1 dog and I'd have to say that they are definitely not. They go out together, they are fed twice a day together. They tend to occupy each other though be warned that 4 bored, under exercised dogs will get into 8 times the mischief as one.

What I think that anyone who is considering this many pets should do is to make a conscious effort to take any time saved by group feeding, etc. and lavish that time in attention - group and individual time.

You also need to commit to truly knowing your dogs and cats for that matter. They are individuals and you help them to thrive when you treat them as such.

For instance Reilly, is our little "Dandy." He's a gentle soul and he craves individual lap time with me. Reilly is on my lap right now happily soaking up some one on one snuggles. He knows that there are specific times each day when he'll spend time with me away from the other dogs (They're all having "chew" time right now.) Reilly loves being danced around to Celtic tunes. (Celtic doggy dancing if you will.)

Hutch is action oriented. He loves lap time - prefers Reed's lap and lives to have you throw him sticks and walk him.

Fionna is the Queen. She knows it's only a matter of time until the Kingdom is hers even though the official coronation ceremony hasn't taken place. She just doesn't quite understand that Starsky the cat is not willing to relinquish his throne. (I suspect they'll tandem rule together.) She is gentle and loves to be snuggled but only when she is in the mood to be snuggled. She'd rather spend time in the garden with you than anything else.

Fionn just makes you smile. He's this gentle "giant" of a terrier who wouldn't hurt a fly. He's also an attention hound. He wants our attention and the attention of the other pets and he generally gets it. Despite that he's not one to allow a ton of cuddling activity. He's more one to go off to his own activities but "check in" with you quite regularly.

I could actually go right down the list and describe each of our pets, their personalities and their attention needs and preferences in even more detail but time but time is short. My point is that you need to be committed to seeing them as more than a bunch of animals. If you aren't then I'm quite sure this multiple pet thing is not for you.

Because we love having multiple pets we've committed our time to them. That means that the TV is not often on - Who needs TV when you have the 24 hour "pet" channel to experience?

Vet bills will be higher but we don't spend a ton on other activities because again, we love to spend time with these guys.

Food costs are higher. We spend a lot on food because they deserve the best! It helps insure their health. We make some of their food. We have huge stainless steel bowls Reed uses to make it up and we have a small freezer devoted to their food and meaty bones.

I've actually run out of time for now. I may add to this post in the future. I'll simply finish by saying that these guys, and girl bring up an incredible amount of joy.

So I previously talked about gratitude. Today about joy. What brings you joy? Walk through your day today looking for any tidbits of joy that the Universe sends your way. Are their changes you could make to add more joy to your life?



 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Thought for Today

http://awakenyoursleepingbeautyedgarcayce.blogspot.com/2012/11
/gratitude-and-attitude-c-by-polly-guerin.html
Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there's always something we could be grateful for.

Barry Neil Kaufman


I'm sure that readers are getting tired of the endless stream of quotes. I thank you for reading the blog despite the "pause" in the action. My blogging  time has been really limited lately for a variety of reasons. At the same time I've had this string of unconnected and yet connected quotes come my way - not all from the same source - and I decided it was a good time to share them.

I filed this quote on gratitude to use on the blog over a week ago. I knew it was going to roll out today and was thinking about it on and off yesterday. Imagine my surprise when during a management meeting one of the topics brought up by one of the presenting nurse managers was gratitude.

Gratitude is like a healing balm and it can be healing in so many different ways. The quote before this one spoke about discovering who you are and creating the life you wish to live. The process can begin with gratitude. The simple act of being thankful for who we are and the good things that are a part of our life can open the doors to allow us to begin the journey of discovery and creation.

The first quote I put up for the week was about losing the people we love. Loss is inevitable. It's a part of life. Spending time in gratitude for who the person we have lost was and feeling grateful for the many ways they touched and in many cases molded out lives can be a very healing activity. It can be the first step in the process of keeping the love alive.

The challenge for today is to find at least 5 things for which you are grateful today. If you slip into overachievement and find more it's fine but try to find  at least 5 and feel how good it makes you feel.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Thought for the Weekend

"The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek, therefore, not to find out Who You Are, seek to determine Who You Want to Be." - Neale Donald Walsh

 
This popped into my box the other morning and just felt so darn appropriate to where my self journey has been taking me. Lately the idea of "discovering who I am" and what I want my life to look like has just felt too darn passive to me. That has prompted me to stir the pot and actively make changes and that's been a really good thing.
 
The challenge for today is to stir your pot. What small change could you make today, if not this second that would push you in a direction that feels good?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thought for the Day



If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever. ~The Crow, written by James O'Barr, David J. Schow, and John Shirley, 1994





 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Mrs. Meyer's Cleaning Products!


I know I'm late to this party but maybe you are too so I thought I'd share.

With our kitchen remodel going full tilt ahead I've been doing a lot of cleaning. Remodeling just seems to bring out the dust and grime and spring always makes me feel like sprucing up the old nest.

I'd had a pack of  Mrs. Meyers Clean Day surface wipes for a long time. They were a gift I'd just not gotten around to using. I was straightening up our makeshift kitchen area and decided to pull them out and was instantly in love!

How can anything that's this natural work this well? They seriously cut through kitchen grime and smell wonderful while doing it! I love being able to get my aromatherapy fix while I'm cleaning.

So I read a few reviews and one of the reviewers mentioned that you can use the All Purpose Cleaner to make your own counter spray. I want to keep a pack of the surface wipes around for when I'm super busy and because the texture of the cloths seems to somehow help loosen grime but I've ordered a bottle of the All Purpose Cleaner to make my own cleaning spray.

I'd love to hear from you if you use Mrs. Meyer's for any other natural cleaning products. What do you use and why do you like it?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Crockpot Lasagna Revamp

The electrician connected my new stove and refrigerator yesterday but I wanted to share a recipe for crockpot lasagna that my family really enjoyed while the kitchen was being gutted and readied to its update.

I found the recipe HERE. It wasn't what I would consider "healthy" but I liked the fact that it's light on pasta. I made a few changes to lighten it up and my family raved about how good it was.

The changes I made:
1. I subbed ground turkey breast to lighten the saturated fat load.

2. I used whole wheat pasta to make it "whole grain." I believe that brown rice pasta could also work but I'm not sure how that would change the cooking times.

3. I used fat free ricotta and part skim mozzarella - again to lighten the saturated fat load.

4. I used a whole egg but two egg whites would also work.

5. I did actually use a jar of marinara sauce. I can't remember the brand but it's pricey and there is a whole lot less salt than in other jarred sauces.

6. I added my own mix of herbs to add flavor.

7. I also subbed asiago cheese for the parmesan and probably used about half as much as called for. Since asiago is so flavorful this didn't hurt the taste of the finished product.

It literally takes minutes to throw together. It was ready after 3 hours. The recipe doesn't make so much that you're eating up lasagna forever. I think that you could increase the number of noodles but I honestly liked the fact that this recipe wasn't total carb overload.

Add a tossed salad with a light oil and vinegar dressing and a nice variety of raw vegetables and  you have a fast and easy meal for a busy day. Add a glass of good red wine and good conversation and you feel like its a special occasion.

I'll probably make this again even when our kitchen is back to fully functional. When I do I'll try using our own homemade sauce and will add a thin layer of organic baby spinach leaves over top of each layer of the ricotta mixture. Hopefully I'll be able to use our own home grown tomatoes and spinach later this summer. I already was able to snip the herbs from the square foot herb garden we put in earlier this spring.

Enjoy!

 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Shopping Like I Live in Europe

It's been interesting around here because we've been without a full kitchen and are limited to a small refrigerator. That means that my normal healthy eating MO of preparing several healthy dishes on the weekend and prepackaging lunches and evening meals is out the window. Well, the several meals part of the plan doesn't work because there isn't enough room to refrigerate more than a few extra meals at a time.

This has led me to look at shopping and food prep in a whole different light. It hasn't necessarily been a bad thing. It's actually been more of a learning experience.

I've learned that:

1. The crockpot can be my friend and there are a lot of great recipes out there that can be easily converted from high fat, white carb and sodium to a healthier balance.

2. Stopping at the grocery store more than once a week can be a good thing as long as you don't indulge in impulse buying. You catch unadvertised specials and finds you would have otherwise missed. You just need to be able to think on your feet and decide what you can do with the "find" and how quickly you'll be able to use it.

3. I thought I might become a "grazer" but I'm still a two to three squares a day kind of gal.

4. My green smoothies and healthy blenderized "creamed" soups provide me with a lot of hydration! When I am limited on being able to consume them as usual I get really thirsty unless I glug down a ton of water!

5. I'm not sure I'm cut out of a pioneer life. I am SO ready to be reconnected to our new fridge and stove!