Drop Dead Healthy

So I am finishing up this book tonight and wanted to give my two cents on it, in case anyone was wondering about it.  I saw it in Barnes & Noble when I was looking for “how to” books, that I am somehow addicted to right now.  I also kept seeing it pop up in my Fitness and Shape magazines too.  Advertising does work!  Then a blogger that I follow used it as her June Book Club book, so I figured I may as well see what it’s all about.

Like I said, I am really into “how to” books, so this book actually intrigued me. The author spends two years of his life using techniques that people use to be healthier in ALL aspects of life. Some of the techniques to be healthier were a little strange, like running barefoot or wearing “sound proof” headphones around the house, but I recognized a lot of the things he tried out that I have been reading in fitness magazines and health books.  Being a science teacher, I like how each chapter focuses on a “body system”, like the chapter on the immune system and the amount of time to hand wash or the whole chapter on the stomach where he focused on being aware of his own chewing for digestive purposes.  My kids always ask me ideas on how to take care of themselves, so this book gave me some ideas.

I admit is was a little overwhelming.  I don’t know how he spent two years and was able to keep everything straight and organized.   He was “real” in the sense that he slacked on things and I liked all the humor he used to tell stories.  All in all, he pretty much tried every diet, fad, exercise class, doctor’s advice, or whatever people suggested.  When I got about mid-way through the book, I started jotting down things I liked and then pretty much skimmed through the things I thought were ridiculous.  I could see some people getting bored with it, but since I’m really into trying new ideas, I was excited to make a list of things I could work on.

Things I liked: using tiny amounts of salad dressing or no dressing on salads; 60 minutes of exercise a day; setting out gym clothes the night before a workout to motivate; drink a gallon of water a day; get 7 hours of sleep a night; stand and walk around the house more often than sitting (I often type on my laptop from the counter.); more than 30 grams of fiber intake a day; drinking water with lemon; have one girls day a week (social health); learn a new language; floss daily; get a dermatologist appointment…pronto!; be aware of my chewing; etc..

Honestly, I don’t know how to review this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is trying to think of ideas of how to be healthier.  I don’t think you would want to do EVERYTHING, but it explains concepts that people believe in and then you can take it from there.  Pretty much it got me to be more aware of certain parts of my body I never thought needed exercise, like my brain. 

I could also see people not liking it very much, because it doesn’t have a “story” in it (even though he used his grandfather’s life as a storyline a lot).  If you were to read it and lose attention, I would again recommend scanning the book.  It definitely reminds us how big the health industry is and all the people out there (including myself) that are desperate to find healthy things to do to improve our bodies.  It’s funny how we all are fighting every day to start good habits and break the bad habits we have. 

 That is my life in a nutshell. 

Question: Did anyone read the book?  What did you think of it? 

My Heroes

 I picked up my latest copy of Fitness Magazine over the weekend and noticed it was an Olympic Games issue.  I love the Olympics!  Four years ago, Mike and I were dating long distance and it was a fun way for us to get on the phone and cheer on people we were going for.

These two awesome athletes are in their 30’s and still going strong.  Kerri Walsh (on the left) has two little girls and plays for the Olympic Women’s volleyball team.  Hope Solo (on the right) plays for the United States Women’s Soccer Team.  I love how they don’t let age stop them and they both are in such great shape.  It makes me so pumped to go out and be more healthy in my thirties than I was in my twenties.

Question:  Which Olympic events are you looking forward to this summer?

I just got done running the dog in the heat and now off to hopefully get my sink done today!

The Start Of The Summer Of Fitness

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So I have said goodbye to my classroom for another summer. It was a really hard year and it feels like a breath of fresh air ending a chapter of my tenth year of teaching. I have now dedicated this summer to My Summer of Fitness. I am so excited to get my fitness on and lose that ten pounds I gained this school year. Hello summer!

May 2012 Issue of Glamour

Lauren Conrad is my absolute favorite fashionista.  I rarely have in mind someone who I admire.  People always ask “Who is your favorite actress?” and I never have an answer.  I would say that I absolutely love Lauren’s style.  So of course, any time she is on a magazine I buy it, so I picked up  copy of Glamour for May when I saw she had an article!
 I also have her on facebook and she puts great ideas on her blog.  Today she had this idea:
I put the plan on my wipeboard in my room and I am going to see if I can do it!

Race Critique of High Altitude Race 2012

So I want to critique myself after my last race in Cloudcroft.  I really want to write down what I was thinking during a race, but I always forget.  I really suggest to anyone that you keep a notebook of any kind of racing you do.  I really regret not doing that the past three years.
The HUGE thing I regret is not practicing for the race. One week of training is not enough.  This winter I was really behind on riding.  I felt lke I lost a whole year of riding and I know in any situation its quicker to lose your abilities faster than you gaining an athletic ability.
It started out great.  I pushed really hard, but the race had a lot of uphill.  I am glad I stayed at the front of the pack, but I really think I should have backed off a little just to make sure my legs didn’t burn out.  Believe it or not (if anyone knew how I rode), I was better on the downhill than the uphill.  I am known for my hill climbs, but I think I was having a hard time because I pushed too hard.
This is what I looked like at the end.  Hot.  Zipper down on my jersey.  Out of breath. Fish face (see Fitness Topics). And not happy.
But hey, I was second in my category at least.