Sunday, March 29, 2009

100 Push ups... Let's try this again!

A while ago, I said I was going to start the 100 push up challenge again... and I lasted all of two days.

Well, this week is a good we for me to get back to it, I think. For one, I don't have class this week, so I have an entire day off on Wednesday! Woo hoo! Also, we don't have basketball this week either because it is the local high school's spring break. Next week starts the tournament... my team comes in with a 5-1 record and the #1 seed. We lost the first game by 4 and then proceeded to beat each of the other teams by about 25. We had a bit of a rocky game last Thursday... we only won by 6 and couldn't hit a free throw to seal the game, but still managed to run the clock out on top!

Anyway, I think the basketball is doing me good... I did the initial test and did 12, 7 more than last time, which is good enough for the third column. I did day 1, week 1 today. Certainly is more of a workout than the last time I did it!

I also started the 200 sit up challenge. I did 44... though I think that I might need to focus more on form than simply quantity... The site suggests you start off with week 3 if you did more than 30, but I think I'm going to start off with week 1 and build myself up with good form.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gearing up for another go... and Fitness Magazine highlight

Well, the couch to 5k plan was pretty good for me last fall... but it really only works if you actually do it! I missed too many days and tried to catch up, but it was to no avail. Through that program, though, and a few other changes (namely my job), I did manage to lose about 15 pounds. But honestly, it was more the work change than anything else. Amazing what happens when you go from a job where you sit on your duff all day to one where you're on your feet, running around for 8 hours!

Anyway, back to the running... I do have tentative plans to run a 5k in my hometown on June 6th (the good old Cosley run at the Cream of Wheaton!). I've thought about just restarting the couch to 5k again, but it didn't seem structured enough for me... It was just three days a week, and I feel like I need to do more than that, or I won't do it at all.

I just found out that Fitness Magazine has a running section complete with training guides. Now, yes, it is true that Fitness is geared towards that OTHER gender... but I looked at their beginning plans and they look good. The first one is similar to the couch to 5k, and it is found HERE. It is the same basic idea... but this one is a six week program instead of 9. Nine weeks is probably better in terms of working yourself up... but it is harder to keep going for 9 weeks than for 6, and it includes more days of the week with workouts (4 vs. 3). Part of the difficulty with this, though, is that my work schedule is so weird. I work a 9-5 on Monday and Thursday, but my Tuesday is 3-11, and Friday and Saturday can be anywhere from 9-5 to 3-11. That will make my work out schedule difficult and I will have to plan out my weeks before hand, making sure that I get my runs in before work on days where I need to... because running at 11:30 PM... yeah, not going to happen!

Anyway, back to Fitness Mag.... they've also got a 5k cardio training guide which would work out well when retraining for a race (after I've worked my way up to the initial 5k). I'm going to pencil in the Morton Arboretum run again in October again, and this year I really won't have too many excuses.

It's not a Thursday... but I don't have much time to post on Thursdays because I'm playing in a basketball league! So, the weigh-in comes today. I did one about a week and a half ago and did a couple of other ones... but I forgot the values, so we'll just pretend they didn't happen!

Not much difference... and the difference there is goes in the wrong direction!

Get your own graph at skinnyr

I was so close to getting below that 300 lb mark... and I wasn't hardly doing anything. I'm even working out more now, what with my Bball league and all... but it doesn't seem to be having that much of an impact. Perhaps if (ahem... WHEN!) I start walking/running again, I'll be able to jump below that barrier!

Website Review

And now for something completely different...

I was contacted to do a review of a website on my blog so here goes!

I am reviewing the website: and specifically the pages for:

Log Baskets:

Lamp Shades:

and Laundry Baskets:

This website is brand new to me, so I wanted to find out a bit about it. They have an "about us" tab at the bottom of the page, which is great! Turns out the owner lived in Jakarta, Indonesia and was inspired by Asian-designed furniture, so upon returning back to London, he decided to start a company that brought the beauty of this furniture to Great Britain and the world!

I love the general design of the website. The pieces are logically separated into appropriate living spaces for easy access and the always important search option is clear on the page but not overpowering. It's there if you need it but it doesn't draw attention from the subject of the pages... the furniture!

Now to the important parts... the log baskets, lamp shades, and laundry baskets.

First, the log baskets. I could see these fitting in just about any room with a fire place. The style transcends different looks and would work in a casual sense or a more formal setting. Unfortunately, these were out of stock at this writing so they were not currently available.

One thing that is a bit difficult for me is the pricing. Being an American, I want to see the prices in dollars, not pounds sterling. It was easy to look up a conversion online (today, one pound equals about $1.40), but I've seen sites that have different language options depending on where you're from (so it would be in English if you choose the "American" option, Spanish if you say you're from Spain, etc). This might work the same way for pricing, especially for pricing for continental Europe, on the Euro.

And while these are posted on a site that is decidedly Asian in style, there isn't anything particularly Asian in these baskets, though they do look very well made.

Now the lamp shades. There is quite of a variety in the lamp shades with traditional, as well as more contemporary styles. These, as well, don't seem particularly Asian inspired... but the materials are not the same as is typically sold in America (more silks, etc).

Finally, the laundry baskets. Actually, the Rattan basket is my favorite piece of all that I saw. It totally has an Eastern look that would bring some culture and flair to a home.

Overall, this is a great looking site that presents its wares in a visually appealing and unique way. It really stands out to me compared to other sites that I have seen that present furniture and it offers a product that is one of a kind.