Wellness/Fitness thread 5/12/03

  1. Good morning!

    Here's a neat site with some basic toning exercises for those who are not already adding these into their workout.

    It's a little chilly this morning. Having some trouble working up to getting showered and dressed lol. I'd better save the workout for this afternoon. Still some mild shoulder soreness but it's back to the arm weights today.

    Things should be quieted down around town today - graduation was this weekend and the area population should be droppped by about 15-20,000 compared to last week. That increases my potential jogging routes with fewer cars to run me over . Variety is so important in your workouts, in part so you don't get bored, and partly so your body doesn't get bored - you need to shake things up so your body doesn't plateau, but continues to respond and benefit from the exercise.

    Have a great day today!

    Another reason to love exercise:

    "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

    - Noel Coward (1899 - 1973)


    Spicy Corn Chowder

    2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 medium onion, chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/2 bulb fennel, chopped (Guys - I HATE fennel because I hate licorice - I leave it out and throw in some green pepper with good results.)
    1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
    1 small can chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
    1 to 2 tsp. adobo sauce
    8 oz. red potato, diced (1 cup)
    1 can (14 oz) reduced sodium chicken broth
    1/2 cup dry white wine or additional broth
    1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
    1 cup skim milk
    2 Tbsp. nonfat dry milk powder
    2 tsp. cornstarch
    6 oz flake or chunk style imitation crabmeat, lobster, or scallops (tofu if you like)
    1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or 1 tblsp dried)
    1/4 to 1/2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper

    Heat olive oil, onion, garlic, fennel, and red pepper in a large heavy saucepan. Cook and stir over medium high heat for about 5 minutes or until tender. Add chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, potato, chicken broth, wine, 1/2 cup of the corn, and 1/4 cup water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to medium low. Simmer, covered, about 10 minutes or until potato is tender. Meanwhile, place remaining 1 cup of corn, milk, milk powder, and cornstarch in a blender container. Cover and blend until nearly smooth. Add to saucepan, cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly; cook 2 minutes more. Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through.
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    Originally posted by Nurse Ratched
    Good morning!

    It's a little chilly this morning. Having some trouble working up to getting showered and dressed lol

    Variety is so important in your workouts, in part so you don't get bored, and partly so your body doesn't get bored - you need to shake things up so your body doesn't plateau, but continues to respond and benefit from the exercise.
    Whew ! Here too ! Only 65 degrees.. a 20 degree drop from yesterday ! And a ripping wind out there, too ! Brrr.

    Agree with the VARIETY part ! I try to do a DIFFERENT excercise for the same bodyparts every so often for awhile, just so those don't get lulled into stagnation... or wake them up with fewer reps of a much heavier weight now and then... anything to jolt them a bit !

    Well, I think I'll get to mine while it's still cool... I hate sweat !
  4. by   jnette
    OH ! One MORE reason for me to be motivated ! My son told me on the phone yesterday he has started going to the gym...it has been a long time for him.. like several years. I remember when he was 15 or so I used to beat him at arm wrestling and it just REALLY peeved him off ! I had one of those Joe Weider weightbenches at the time, plus all kinds of dumbells, etc. and he used to laugh at me...'til the armwrestling incident !) :chuckle
    Then he started using the school gym and eneded up with a super bod !

    So I want to be in good shape when I see him in Tucson in a few weeks, since I was the one who turned him onto working out... can't let him see Mom out of shape, now, can I? And I'm sure he'll challenge me to an armwrestle ! No hopes of beating the boy since he's a "grown man" now... (geez, I hate to think of him that way.. where'd my BABY go !?)... but you can bet your bootie that I won't refuse ! I LOVE a good challenge, even if I know I'm going to lose ! Never, ever dare me to do anything !

    Yep, I'm one of those...
  5. by   AmyLiz
    52 degrees here at 11:25am. Brr.

    I've made myself a mini-goal...lose 10 more pounds by July 1st. I'm going to a Peter Gabriel concert with my best friend and it's an outdoor concert. I want to look good...we've got 7th row seats!

    Also, my baby cousin is getting married this fall. I would love to be close to goal weight by then. I've got just over 50 lbs to go)

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