Wellness/Fitness thread 5/1/03 - first day of the month!

  1. And a new chance to start over. Good morning! People are funny - we can't just start new on a Wednesday or on the 11th of a month. It has to be New Year's or a birthday or a Monday. If you are one of those people who needs a symbolic day on which to declare your changes, then why not the first beautiful day of a new month? Join us .

    Thanks for all the great info on the exercise equipment. (for Jnette - I think the exercise balls run about $20 at Target/KMart/WalMart. It really does make a difference on the back.) I had a stairclimber at home for a long time that was a nifty clothes rack, but didn't really inspire me to move. We are a little short of extra space being in an apartment, but one of our goals when we buy a house is to build a little gym in the basement.

    Do you have your water in hand?

    Have a great day!

    "Good friends are good for your health."

    - Dr Irwin Sarason, psychologist, University of Washington

    3 bean salad (like Grandma's, but not swimming in oil!)

    1 (16 oz.) pkg frozen green beans (or 1 pound of fresh beans, trimmed and snapped if you're feeling particularly domestic!)
    1 1 pound can of garbanzo beans/chick peas
    1 1 pound can kidney beans
    1/2 c diced green pepper
    1/3 C. diced onion
    1/2 tsp salt

    Cook the frozen green beans as directed but for only 10 minutes. Plunge the green beans into ice water until cool and drain, set aside to cool.


    1/2 C. Red Wine Vinegar
    1 Tbsp. Sugar
    1/4 tsp. Freshly Ground Pepper
    1/4 tsp. Salt

    Rinse and drain canned beans. Pour all beans in a bowl and add bell pepper and onion. Pour dressing on salad and mix well. Salad should set in refrigerate overnight so that the vegetables may marinate. If salad is a little too sharp for your taste after marinating, a little sugar may be added. 1/2 - 1 tsp. mix well.
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   kimmicoobug
    I have an exercise ball, and it really is great on the back. It is amazing all of the great exercises you can do with this ball.
  4. by   jnette
    Originally posted by kimmicoobug
    I have an exercise ball, and it really is great on the back. It is amazing all of the great exercises you can do with this ball.
    Tell me ! Tell me ! Like what ? What all do you do with it? If I'm going to get one, I want it to be worth the 20 bucks or so I give for it.... want to be sure I'll USE it !
  5. by   Nurse Ratched

    Here's a few examples of things you can do with the ball, Jnette. The thought on it is that it is constantly working your abs a little just to keep you upright ("stabilizing your core" or some such nonsense .) I like mine.
  6. by   jnette
    Thanx !!!

    uess I'll have to go check one out at the store next time... might be pretty neat!

    Now...... where to PUT it... ??? Arrgh...
  7. by   kimmicoobug
    Where to put it? That is a hard question. I live in a small apartment and have NO where to put it. It is in my room just taking space.

    I bought my ball from Kmart. It came with a really cheesy exercise video, but found it really effective when I first started it. Now, my body has gotten used to it, but there are still a few exercises that I like. Pushups are good, and inner thigh squeezes. With the squeezes, you try to squeeze it flat like a pancake with your inner thighs. I love that exercise.
  8. by   passing thru
    That three bean salad is great for dieters. I prepare it about 3 times a week...it is also sooooooooo good for us.