Archive for January, 2010

Where’s Kim?

Let’s sweat! Here’s where I’ll be for the rest of this week:

Tuesday: 7:30 p.m. Body Sculpt at Excel

Wednesday: 8:15 a.m. Spinning at Feminine Fitness; 7 p.m. Intro to Step, followed by 7:15 p.m. Step I at Feminine Fitness

Thursday: 5:30 a.m. On The Attack small group training *LAST SESSION* followed by t6:30 a.m. Step Blast at Feminine Fitness; 6:30 p.m. Cycling Basics at New York Sports Club Butler

If you’re not a member of the gyms listed but would like to take a class, let me know and we’ll get you a guest pass. See you there!

January 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Shop Talk

I know it’s January, annual month of cutting back and taking stock… like when I was knee-deep in closet clutter a few weekends ago and called out to The Boyfriend — who was watching TV in the living room — in my despair, “I am NOT allowed to buy any more workout wear. I have enough!” and then the pile of sweaters that I had carefully sorted and folded fell over into a giant heap and I almost cried? And I really meant to stick to that plaintive cubby confession?

Yeah, not so much. All it took was a payday, a lunchtime trip to T.J. Maxx and a clearance rack to make me break that particular resolve.  Ah well, you can’t win them all. And while I can’t find an online picture of the comfy pink Prana workout top I scored for $5, I will share with you this pretty one I am now lusting after, thanks to a visit to the company’s site.

Not like I needed to look that far — not when  Steph, one of the cool chicks who visits this site, was sporting this cute number at this morning’s Spin class. She sweated a lot and still looked hot: the hallmark of good gym wear.

But seriously. I’m done buying stuff for a while. Seriously. I mean it.

January 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment

Spinning Tunes

This week’s Spinning playlist, hot off the Spinner! I tortured my Monday morning class with 40 seconds high effort/20 seconds low effort intervals and they really delivered — must’ve been the music. (heh) All songs available on iTunes.

Aouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

  1. Even Better Than The Real Thing — U2 (3:41)
  2. Loba — Shakira (3:10)
  3. Upgrade U — Beyoncé Feat. Jay-Z (4:33)
  4. Bad Romance — Lady Gaga (4:55)
  5. I Want You — Paris Hilton (3:12)
  6. Take On Me (De Lorean Radio Mix) — Ammonia (3:13)
  7. My Life Would Suck Without You — Kelly Clarkson (3:33)
  8. Drum Trip — Rusted Root (3:45)
  9. When I Grow Up — The Pussycat Dolls (4:05)
  10. Bonito — Jarabe de Palo (4:14)
  11. Love Lockdown — Kanye West (4:31)
  12. Get Right — Jennifer Lopez (3:51)
  13. Hard — Rihanna and Jeezy (4:11)
  14. Whataya Want From Me — Adam Lambert (3:47)
  15. If It Kills Me — Jason Mraz (4:34)

I’m always open to hearing what gets you into the zone when you’re working out. Post a comment and let us know, and it just may show up in a future playlist!

January 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment

You’re a Cookie Monster? Blame Your Friends

C is for control, right?

Pick your pals wisely: A new study says that the people you hang around with directly help — or hinder — your powers of self control. “If you spend time with people who exhibit self-control — resisting the death-by-chocolate cake after a restaurant meal, for instance — you can expect your own self-control to be pretty good, too, according to new research,” Kathleen Doheny writes on BusinessWeek.com. “But the opposite seems true, too: Spending time with people with less-than-ideal self-control will influence you negatively, the researchers found.” (Thanks to Heather at scienceandreligiontoday.com for the heads-up.)

How about in your own life? Do your friends help you toward your healthy goals, or do they block them?

January 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment

Fuel Yourself: Slow It Down Now

When I was in high school, my family got a bread-making machine. For weeks, we made tons and tons of hot, crusty bread. Then we put it in the closet, and it never came out again.

This Christmas, I got my first slow cooker. Since then, I’ve used it every week. I’m more than willing to admit that there may come a time when the cooker goes the way of the bread machine, but until then, I AM IN SLOW-COOKER HEAVEN. I’ve made soup and oatmeal in my ceramic oven of joy, as well as some entrees that were amazing. Here’s one, courtesy of Weight Watchers:

Provencal Beef Stew

Ingredients:

1 pound(s) lean beef round, cut into 1-inch cubes (London Broil)

1 small onion(s), chopped

2 cup(s) mushroom(s), sliced

2 medium garlic clove(s), minced

2 large carrot(s), sliced

15 oz canned pinto beans, drained and rinsed, divided

1 1/2 cup(s) canned beef broth, divided

14 1/2 oz canned crushed tomatoes

1/2 tsp dried oregano, crushed

1/4 tsp dried thyme, crushed

1/2 tsp table salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

2 Tbsp thyme, or 2 whole sprigs, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Put raw beef in a five-quart slow cooker. Coat a skillet with cooking spray or misted olive oil, then add onion, mushrooms and garlic. Sauté over medium-high heat until the onion mixture is nice and soft, then add the mixture to the slow cooker. Throw the carrots and half of the beans in, too. Put the other half of the beans in a blender with half a cup of broth, then blend. (I did it in a bowl with an immersion blender. Aside from a small spatter on The Boyfriend’s shirt — he was helping me cook — it worked just fine.) Once the puree is done, add to slow cooker. Add remaining broth, tomatoes, oregano, dried thyme, some fresh thyme, salt and pepper to cooker. Cover and cook on high five to seven hours. Garnish with fresh thyme before serving, if desired.

Makes six one-and-a-quarter-cup servings. If you’re counting, it’s four Points per serving.

I had this over a small baked Yukon Gold potato for lunch. Insanely delicious, and there’s no way to tell that it’s not the full-fat version.

January 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Where’s Kim?

When will you fit in your workouts this week? Maybe with me? (bats eyelashes)

Monday: 6 a.m. Spinning at New York Sports Club Butler

Tuesday: 7:30 p.m. Body Sculpt at Excel

Wednesday: 7 p.m. Intro to Step, followed by 7:15 p.m. Step I at Feminine Fitness

Thursday: 5:30 a.m. On The Attack small group training followed by 6:30 a.m. Step Blast at Feminine Fitness; 6:30 p.m. Cycling Basics at New York Sports Club Butler

If you’re not a member of the gyms listed but would like to take a class, let me know and we’ll get you a guest pass. See you there!

January 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

Try This At Home

During my attempts to straighten up my apartment at the beginning of the year, I realized that I have a heck of a lot of fitness DVDs and tapes. I also realized that I can’t remember the last time I actually did one of them. Some of the seals are still intact on the cases, indicating that though I might’ve thrown them into my shopping cart during a post-holiday-eating guiltfest best-intentions impulse at Target, they never actually made it into the player. For the ones that had been used, I couldn’t even recall whether I’d liked them or not.

So in the name of resourcefulness, re-committing to goals and the recession, I’ll be your fitness guinea pig. Every week, I’ll do one of the workouts from my stash and then tell you what I think. If you’ve done that particular DVD/tape before and have some input, I’d love to hear it in the comments section. And then I’ll let you know what workout I’ll do in the following week, so you can join me in a virtual class if you like. We’ll save money. We’ll be productive. Most importantly, we’ll try these things in the privacy of our own homes where no one can gawk.

First up, Prevention Fitness Systems’ Dance Yourself Thin with Marie Forleo

Format: Warm-up, isolations, 30 minutes of cardio dance and a cool-down

Instructor annoyance level: Very low. Forleo isn’t too perky or chirpy, and her breakdowns of the steps are pretty easy to follow if you’ve ever taken any kind of choreographed class. (If you haven’t, there’ll be a bit of a learning curve.) I kept staring at her abs, though. They’re very nice. If I had abs like that, I would probably bare my midriff to anyone who passed by. “Here’s your mail, ma’am.” “Why thanks! Look at my abs!” or “How would you like your coffee?” “Skim and Splenda, and take a look at these abs!” But I digress…

Sweat factor: Low. I was warm and slightly glistening during the two dance segments, but nowhere near as sweaty as I get during my regular workout. The steps were fun, particularly in the Afro-Latin segment. Lots of big arm swoops, hip rolls and tush pops —  my default club moves. I didn’t feel silly until the reggae-funk segment, where my white-girl coordination made it hard to get up the proper Rasta swagger, but I kept at it anyway.

Worth it?: Dance Yourself Thin is a perfectly lovely way to spend  half an hour, but like most dance dvds, it’s difficult to sustain an increased heart rate throughout. If you want to try out a few moves before making your Zumba class debut, though, this may be the disc for you. And if I were going for a real burn, I might use it as an extended warm-up for a toning workout

Next week’s workout: Fat-Blasting Yoga: 21 Days To A Yoga Body with Denise Austin

January 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm 1 comment

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