The Ten Week Challenge Syllabus

I walked people through a ten week challenge, using the following syllabus.

Week 1 - Sugar-free
Week 2 - Whole grains
Week 3 - Wild-caught fish and grass-fed meats
Week 4 - Raw dairy
Week 5 - The microwave
Week 6 - Fats and oils
Week 7 - Cultured and fermented foods
Week 8 - Local and organic produce
Week 9 - Processed foods
Week 10 - Implementing lifestyle changes

Visit my Recipe Index over at Going Green in a Pink World.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Hump Day Exercise Feature: Curves

For those of you that feel intimidated by everything *gym*-- 'roid raging men, oodles of equipment that look like they might rip you in two, or rows of cardio machines that you couldn't possibly balance on, let alone want to be seen exercising next to that skinny blond who's barely breaking a sweat, enter: Curves.

Curves is an all-women's gym that features a 30 minute cardio and strength training workout based on resistance. There are machines set up, (they'll show you how to use them when you visit!) and you move through each one at regular intervals. There's music playing, and other women working through the same circuit. A voice tells you when to change machines, and thirty minutes later, you're done! The prices are reasonable, and my mom swears she sees results in just a few workouts. Her new favorite is the application that shows her how hard she's working, and tells her how many calories she's burned! (376 was her personal best last week - not bad for 30 minutes!!)

There are 10,000 Curves locations worldwide!! If you're interested in this kind of workout, check out their website. Even if Curves isn't for you (because you're a guy, or some other disqualifier), remember to get moving. It's going to be snowy all day, but that doesn't mean you can't take 20-30 minutes to stretch, pump some canned beans, or scrub the tub (it burns calories!).

1 comment:

  1. I am so happy to see awareness for Curves.

    Curves is so amazing because you can be at either end of the strength and endurance spectrum and still get
    the perfect workout.

    Especially now with Curves Smart there is no guessing if you worked out at a level right for you. And you are in and out in 30 minutes! To get the same results you will need to be in gym for 90 minutes! I love the time saved and the results that come so quickly.

    I see grandmothers, new mothers, kickboxers, hikers, marathoners, and folks who work long hard hours, all enjoying the same circuit but the machines only work each individual with the appropriate amount. It is amazing.

    I really wish I had taken Curves seriously much sooner than I did. I am a recovered exercise addict.. Prior to my recovery, my average workout week was 8-15 hours. I loved to move so the completion of an Ironman Triathlon (swim 2.5 miles, bicycle 112 miles then run a marathon, 26.2 miles) was a logical progresion. However, I hated going to the gym to do a weight workout 2 times a week. If I had gone to Curves I would have gotten much stronger and saved time!

    So lucky for me I found Curves again after menopause created a 5 year break where I lost all my energy, gained half again my body weight and almost died from anti-depression drugs. I can say that Curves help greatly to save my life.

    Today I don't need to have an over the top fitness lifestyle to get the good feelings, strong body and reasonable weight. I go to Curves 3 or 2 times a week, walk my dog almost daily and take the remaining energy into my day. After a little over a year my core strength is the best it has ever been and I am constantly amazed at what I can get done in a day that I never did befor!

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    Usually you can try out the Curves work out for a week befor you decide. Check out for a curves near you!