Exercise Products

I’m on the hunt for additional exercise products that will give me a good workout at home but are portable and easy to store since I don’t have an exercise room yet. I’ve been doing aerobics, weight lifting and my stationary bike, but I’m always looking for something new to throw into the mix so I don’t get too bored and so my body doesn’t get too used to my routine.

Recently, I’ve been looking at different kinds DVDs to give my workouts a little more variety. I picked up a boot camp DVD a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. It’s really hard to find a really good exercise DVD, especially since I’m somewhat limited because of my arthritis. I can’t do squats because they cause my knees to swell and hurt, and pushups are hard too from the amount of time my knees are on the ground.

I’ve been looking at the XFLOWSION DVD set. It’s more expensive than other programs, but when you keep in mind that it comes with three DVDs, two guidebooks and two CDs, the cost doesn’t seem to be as bad. I’ve liked what I’ve seen by far. The program was developed by a trainer who works with celebrities, and each workout includes martial arts, power yoga and dance, all of which are good for working out. This kind of high intensity, 3-in-1 program is what I think I need to really rev up my metabolism, which seems to be my major weight loss block. So, I’m thinking about trying it out. Do any of you guys do home workouts? If so, what do you do?

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I’ve Had a Bad Day

I didn’t have a great morning. Things happened that I don’t really want to get into, but it sucked.

Then, when I was leaving for work, my car wouldn’t start. So now I’m trying to find someone to tow it to Firestone so I can hopefully get it fixed. Of course, the pessimist in me is thinking worst case scenario and what I would do if they say it’s not worth it to get it fixed. Yikes.

Please tell me today can’t get any worse.

Make Your Own Calendar

I love taking pictures. You may or may not know that from the thousands of pictures I’ve taken and uploaded. My dad always teases me about how many pictures I take, but I love capturing as many moments as possible. It’s just too bad I’m running out of wall space to display all my favorites!

Last year, I made a 2008 wall calendar using a picture to represent the month it was taken. I absolutely love it, and my mom mentioned how neat it was the last time she and my dad were here. So, this year I’m thinking about doing a make your own calendar thing for Christmas and Hannukah presents for the moms. Instead of just using pictures of me and Joe, though, I’m going to use pictures of everyone in the family. For example, March could be a picture of Rachel and Dave’s wedding, and September could be a picture from our wedding. The neat thing is that you can change the layouts so you can use more than one picture for each month. If any of you are interested in doing the same kind of thing (because, really, what parent wouldn’t love a photo calendar?), I use VistaPrint, and there is a 25% off deal for wall calendars right now. Just use the coupon code o67592fklv.

So, that takes care of presents for the moms. Now, I just need to think of gift ideas for everyone else. Have you already started thinking about what you’re going to buy for Christmas gifts?

Ohio Weekend, Part 1: The Colonel and the Cincinnati Reds

Good afternoon! We pulled into the driveway at 6 a.m. and were up 5 hours later to head to Emory for my ultrasound. Needless to say, we are exhausted. Joe’s taking a quick power nap but, since we have to be up around 5 anyway to get ready to head to Kiwanis, I probably won’t join him. Quick, hour-long naps make me even more tired!

Since we had *such* a full weekend and took about 700 pictures, I thought I’d break up our trip into several posts. We left Wednesday after work and headed up to Collegedale to watch my brother’s softball game and meet his new girlfriend. We like her a lot!

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We headed out of town Thursday morning, and what should have taken us about 6 hours to get to Cincinnati took about 8 with the various stops we made. It’s ok, though, because we got to go to the original KFC and see where it all began.

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And, of course, we had to pose for pictures with Col. Sanders himself.

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We decided that Kentucky is one state we would *never* want to live in. We didn’t think anywhere could be as bad as south Georgia, but Kentucky proved us wrong. There was absolutely nothing there. It was a very boring drive. And, we discovered that Kentucky is quite proud of being southern.

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We arrived in Cincinnati with just enough time to check in at our hotel, drop off our bags and head to the stadium. It was very difficult to find The Great American Ball Park because, well, the signs were all faded. And, they told you to turn when you really needed to go straight. It was all very confusing. But, we made it, and we fell in love with the stadium. It is so much more open than Turner Field.

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The stadium is about two blocks from the Cincinnati Bengals stadium, so we we walked down there before the game to take a few pictures.

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The Reds lost that game, but we still had a blast. Coming up next: our stay in Warren (oh the stories I have to share) and the wedding!

Weekly Winners: The On the Road Edition

These are a few of my favorite pictures from our road trip to Ohio. I’ll have more to share next week, especially after our drive through Amish country today!!

Thanks, Ike.
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The birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken
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“Dude, you rock.”
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It’s Florence, Ky., ya’ll!
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The ceremony
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Just married!
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Do the hustle.
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Tights vs. Hose

I always dread the winter for one big reason: figuring out what kind of shoes to wear to work. I normally end up wearing my boots almost daily during the winter because all my dressy shoes are sandals or open toes, and I refuse to wear hose. I hate pantyhose with a passion. They run and tear *so* easily that I’m constantly buying new pairs.

I’m thinking about getting a pair of black tights and trying them out this winter. I have one pair of closed toe shoes that I can think of off hand, but I might need to get another pair. I figure tights are thicker than hose, so they probably won’t rip as easily. Plus, they’ll keep my legs warmer. What do you wear in the winter to work? Tights? Hose? Boots?