November 12th, 2014

merlin - arthur hopeful: sallyna_smile

Mixing up exercising

I had a Doh! moment last night. See, we own an elliptical, and it's been my go to equipment for working out for the past two months. I'm on it 4-5 nights a week, slowly making it harder with longer times/more resistance to ensure that I'm constantly working and getting a good sweat.

Over that same period, my elbows and knees have been getting gradually more tender. And I couldn't figure out why. I've been feeling stronger in joints that were painful before, so it didn't make any sense.

Until I put the two together last night and realized how hard I was gripping the handles as I worked my upper body. After a little research about the possibilities of repetitive strains using an elliptical, it looks like I finally have a reason.

So basically, I really need to mix it up. I like the elliptical because it lets me watch TV at the time, so I can't say I'm excited about other kind of workouts. Listening to music isn't enough for me. I get bored beyond belief and quit before I should. I'm going to go back to the gym, but you need earbuds to listen to the TVs there and since I can't wear those...well, I'll figure something out.
cooking - cookie andrew: blond_bear

Soft pretzel bites

Alicia's high school has a food fair tomorrow for all the clubs. They had to submit their proposals for what they were going to sell for their fundraising last week. Alicia's new computer club asked to sell pretzel bites (pretzel bytes, which we thought was clever). Guess when they found out it was approved?

Lunchtime today.

Which means I have Alicia and her BFF in my kitchen currently making pretzel bites for a school of 2700 kids. Needless to say, we're not doing that many, but we were running around like madmen trying to get all the ingredients they were going to need.

None of us are very pleased with the organizer for failing to give adequate notice. They wouldn't be nearly as crazed as this if they'd found out even a day ago.

On the plus side, the first batch turned out really good. They're doing this recipe. I might have to make it again some time in the future.