Posts tagged ‘Kim’

Clutter = Pounds?

Just to be clear, this isn't my clutter.

Just to be clear, this isn't my clutter.

Anyone who’s been to my apartment or office can attest to my horrible tendency towards clutter. “Organized chaos,” Courtney — one of the cool chicks who visits this site — called it last night, watching bemusedly as I burrowed through a pile of backpacks in an unfulfilled search for my heart rate monitor. I’m nothing like those crazy stories you see on the news, where people fill rooms with discarded pantyhose, newspapers and tinfoil balls. (Want to be horrified? Click here.) But I often pile papers to deal with later, stack books until they’re ready to fall on some unwitting bystander and toss just about anything into my gym bag until it’s a workout just to lift it on my shoulder. But could that clutter be holding me back in other ways?

This New York Times piece (which originally ran in January, a month famous for people trying to streamline their lives) suggests that clutter-free homes makes for healthier, happier people. Lynne Johnson, a professional organizer quoted in the piece, says organization sometimes equals weight loss. “I think someone decides, ‘I’m not going to live like this anymore. I’m not going to hold onto my stuff, I’m not going to hold onto my weight,’” she said. “I don’t know that one comes before the other. It’s part of that same life-change decision.”

Are you a Messy Molly or an Organized Olivia? Have you found a link between ordered living and your health?

April 14, 2009 at 6:30 pm 2 comments

Where’s Kim?

Here’s my schedule for this week:

Monday: 6:15 p.m. Arm Strength, 7 p.m. AbSolution, 7:45 Step at Palisades Sports and Fitness

Tuesday: 6 a.m. Spin at New York Sports Club in Butler, NJ; 6:30 p.m. Cardio Mix at  ExCel

Wednesday: Yvonne covers Step I at Feminine Fitness (thanks Yvonne!)

Thursday: 5:15 a.m. small group training (Boot Camp Spin), followed by 6:30 a.m. Step Blast at Feminine Fitness. Then, for the after-work crowd, 5:30 p.m. Hips/butts/guts and 6:30 p.m. Cardio Mix at ExCel

Friday: 6 a.m. Spin at Fitness Factory

Busy week! Come and keep me company!

April 13, 2009 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment

You really want that second helping of chocolate eggs?

easter_ferret1The Easter Ferret: Helping you keep your keister on the right bunny trail.  Happy holidays, everyone!

April 10, 2009 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

Feel The (Realistic) Burn

calories-main_fullIt’s easy, once you’re done being active for the day, to think you’ve burned enough calories to merit that extra scoop of ice cream on top of dessert. The frustrating truth is, you probably haven’t. Most people grossly overestimate how many calories they’ve burned while moving their bodies. But all hope is not lost: You can come pretty close to an estimate of what you’ve actually burned with sites like Fitness Jumpsite, which uses your weight and length of time you’d like to be active to generate a list of 222 activities and how many calories you can burn doing them. For instance, I found that a 45-minute run (at my weight) knocks off about 550 calories. Woohoo! And 45 minutes of gardening, if I actually had a garden, would burn around 250. However, all of the plants would die due to my black thumb, and then I’d burn even fewer calories tending to them.

Find out how many calories you burn (remember, it’s just a ballpark number; intensity counts for a lot) for the activities you do on a regular basis. How do they stack up? More than you thought? Less? Leave a comment and let us know!

April 10, 2009 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

Haul Buns, Bergen County!

Walk with -- or away from -- your co-workers!

Walk with -- or away from -- your co-workers!

This Wednesday is Walk At Work Day in Bergen County. It’s sponsored by the good people at the Bergen County Health Department, who basically just want us to get off our keisters and move around. You don’t have to raise money or do anything other than be active for 30 minutes, but you can register here. If you get a big enough group of walkers, you might get a prize!

April 6, 2009 at 1:08 am Leave a comment

Make Your Mat Matter


Yoga mats are awesome things: What else in your life allows you to lay on it, sweat on it, walk all over it with your stinky bare feet and then roll it up and stash it away until you’re ready to use it again? (If you have another answer for that question, it’s probably best kept to yourself, yes?) But the beating that our foamy friends take — especially if you’re a Pilates and/or yoga regular — means you’ll eventually need to replace them. If you’re thinking about tossing an old yoga mat, take a look at these creative, out-of-the-gym uses for mats past their prime. (I particularly love the coaster idea. Just think of the possibilities! When you’re hosting cocktails with friends, you can point to the coaster under your friend’s mojito and casually say, “Oh that old thing? Yeah, I was so hard-core about my fitness regimen that I wore out a yoga mat. Anyone’s drink need freshening up?”)

If being all Martha Stewart-ish doesn’t interest you, how about donating your mat to charity? This one takes mats made from all materials and either recycles them or gives them to community programs that need them — making you, as a donator, one of the coolest downward dogs around.

April 5, 2009 at 12:31 am Leave a comment

Haulin’ All Over The World

Hey everyone! I’m back from vacation in Costa Rica, which was every bit as awesome and fun as everyone told me it would be. The Boyfriend and I did a lot of hiking, nature-communing and delicious food-consuming on the Osa Peninsula. The photo is of me (on my birthday!) after we climbed down 500 feet from the rainforest to some tidal pools along the beach. Good times!

But those good times also meant that I came back to a higher number on the scale than when I left. Boo! So this week I’m focusing on getting back into the groove: resuming my workouts, filling the house with healthy groceries and (most importantly) posting on Haul Buns! But first I want to hear from you: When you’ve been a little too lax on vacation, how do YOU pull yourself back on track once you’re back in the real world?

Photo credit: The Boyfriend

Photo credit: The Boyfriend

April 4, 2009 at 3:22 am 1 comment

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