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Friday, February 10, 2012

The Friday Report

I was told quite firmly that I had to report back what happened with the trainer today. First of all, I have a confession to make. My friend Kari asked me to go to the gym last night, so... I did. I took it easy though, because I didn't want to be too sore to work with the trainer today (or bawl through the workout because I knew she wouldn't let me use it as an excuse LOL). We did 15 minutes on the treadmill, and then tried to do 10 minutes on the bike. Now, this is a huge step for me. I have not successfully gotten on a bike since I was 18. I had a failed attempt from several years (*ahem* TEN) ago, so I wasn't looking forward to that bit. I managed to do 0.75 miles in 7 minutes! :D YEAH!

So then we did some nautilus weights and called it a day (about 50 minutes, all told... after a 1 hour yoga class earlier in the day!). Today, I was psyched. I was a bit sore, but nothing I can't handle. At lunch, I walked over to the gym, met Avril (trainer) and got started. I am now sore, but happy. She kept commenting on how strong I was for someone who didn't use weights and that she was surprised how well I was doing considering how critical I've been of my abilities :) I won't say it was easy, and I won't say I liked all of it (I did not like the ball, for instance... not great for someone with no balance, but I did it anyway), but it was pretty freaking awesome, and when it was all said and done, my workout was 1 hour, 15 minutes :)

I won't be going to the gym tomorrow, since I'm working a 7 1/2 hour shift at the store (being on my feet for 7 1/2 hours feels like enough of a workout anyway), but I'm going to try to get there on Sunday before work. I'm going to try not to obsess about food and calories, etc. I'm going to concentrate more on exercise and keeping myself moving instead of stagnating in a chair, and the weight loss will follow. As it is, I eat pretty well. I just need to remind myself that certain things are not to be eaten every day, and that treats are meant to be special. (for instance, I'd rather go out for a hand-made gelato rather than buy discount candy at the grocery store).

Fridays are Knit Nights for me, and I have very exciting news to share, but I'll wait until I get there (I don't want to scoop myself by blogging it). Rob will be here in three weeks, so I want to get started on blanket assembly this weekend, but that's not a knit night thing (it's a bit much to carry around), so I've got two scarves on the go. I'm hoping to finish one this weekend (so I can start another one... all part and parcel of the exciting thing I have to tell you all!).

The traffic here is growing by leaps and bounds. I'm amazed! I think a friend must have linked me somewhere, because I'm getting new followers, and new traffic (hi there!) and it's awesome! And now, I leave you with a small distraction:

I don't know why he's purple (probably someone was playing with photoshop), but my arms hurt, so I need to stop typing LOL


  1. Lynne, cute squirrel! I just saw a post of yours on another site, one for blood orange marmalade, where you mentioned making a cherry-lime jam. Would you consider sharing that recipe with me, please? It sounds wonderful!

    Thank you!

    1. To be honest, it was an accidental discovery. I was trying to make the standard Cherry Jam in the Bernardin book, thought lime juice would go better with cherries than lemon juice, and then used a bit too much :)

      Cherry Lime Jam

      4 cups prepared black cherries
      3 cups granulated sugar
      1/3 cup lime juice, plus zest of 1 lime
      1 pkg powdered fruit pectin

      Wash, stem, pit and finely chop cherries (your hands will be purple when you're done). Combine cherries, lime juice and zest in a large saucepan. Whisk pectin powder into fruit mixture until dissolved. Stirring frequently, bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Add sugar. Stirring constantly, return mixture to a full rolling boil that can't be stirred down. Boil hard for one minute. Remove from heat and skim foam. Ladle jam into a hot jar to within 1/4 inch of top rim. Wipe jar rim, removing any stickiness. Place lid on jar, tightening slightly (do not close all the way). Place jar in canner and boil for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool upright and undisturbed for 24 hours.

      This recipe makes 6 half-pint jars.

  2. Eeeee! SQUIRREL!

    Ooo, shiny!

  3. Happy everything went well for you at the gym! :o)

    Wish me luck! I start tomorrow. I went skating on the canal yesterday so that was my workout. Tonight, I'll do a yoga DVD at home.