Where to start today? Lots of little things to blog about…
1) Haircut. I didn’t just get a hair cut – I got them all cut! [Rim Shot]. I’ve been going to Heather at the Glendale Salon Spa for a couple of years now, and have always walked away happy. Here’s what I looked like before Heather and her scissors worked their magic:
And the end result:
2) Produce. Had to go grocery shopping today, and had to be thoughtful about it. Today is Friday, and on Monday evening I’m leaving on a jet plane to Colorado to visit my sister and her family for Thanksgiving week. I’ll be gone for 5 days (though I plan to blog from Colorado, and my sister is excited to help me), so the challenge was this: buy enough fruits and veggies to last exactly until Monday, and if I happen to buy too many, make sure I buy kinds that will last until I get back. I don’t like buying produce and throwing it away, like I did with that disgusting Yali pear.
So I was off to one of my favorite grocery stores, Jon’s. I looked up their weekly ad online, and saw that they had grapes on sale (99 cents a pound), which is perfect for my situation, because I can freeze them, and whatever I don’t eat in the next few days will keep for the next few weeks (read about the benefits of freezing grapes here). Other good produce that will keep if I need it to include apples, carrots, and celery, so all those went into my basket. Here’s what I walked away with:
1 head of celery, 1 yam, 1 zucchini, 1 pound of carrots, 1 bag of red seedless grapes (brand name: Supergrape!), 2 bananas, 1 green pepper, 1 Rome apple, and 2 Granny Smith apples. I haven’t had a green apple since I don’t know when, and plus the Granny Smiths were on sale for 50 cents a pound, so I bought a couple.
The grand total? $5.34! Some pricing highlights include the yam for 9 cents, the zucchini for 24 cents, and the bell pepper for 34 cents. Even on sale, the grapes were nearly 1/2 of my bill, at $2.48 – but still a great price for 2 1/2 pounds of grapes!
3) Flat Tire Update. I posed a question in the title of my last post: How Many Calories Do You Burn Changing A Flat Tire? I asked the question rhetorically, but earlier today, I snooped around to see if anyone actually knew the answer. Lo and behold, someone did! Eric Lupher, a reporter for KKTV, the CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs, posted a blog in April (you can read it here) claiming he burned 367 calories changing his tire! Seems like a lot to me, but who am I to argue?
4) Workout. Was up early today for my 3rd session in the park with Oscar and Joe, although Joe couldn’t make it today, so it was just me and Oscar. Oscar had me do a workout similar to the one I did on Wednesday (read about it and see pictures here), and he added a new piece of equipment into the routine: the kettlebell. I like Wikipedia’s description: a “weight looking somewhat like a cannonball with a handle, used to perform ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.” Oscar’s kettlebell is a little more sophisticated than that, with plates that slide in and out so you can adjust the weight. Oscar had me do kettlebell swings, where I start in a squat position, and simultaneously stand up, thrust my hips forward, and swing the kettlebell from between my legs to straight up in front of me. You can watch what the movement looks like here (starting at 2 min, 30 sec into the video), except that I did them with each arm individually, instead of both. I felt ready to collapse when the workout was over – a good thing!
Keep it up, David!