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Stair Climbing

July 9, 2010 Leave a comment

I got out the door relatively early today (9:15am) to beat the summer heat. Headed over to my favourite set of stairs and ran 7 sets of 148 steps with my dog (1036 stairs). It’s a shaping up to be a very hot day here in Calgary and a perfect day for the official start of Stampede. YAHOO!!

Here’s a song for this wonderful day – Willie Nelson’s version of “Bring Me Sunshine”. 🙂

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A Ripped 1000 Day

May 4, 2010 2 comments

I’ve emerged from yesterday’s ALLERGY HELL unscathed and other than mild itchiness all my symptoms have disappeared. Feeling much more energetic today, even after a night of disturbed sleep due to strong winds (gusting to 85 km/h) here in Calgary.

It’s amazing what good nutrition will do to alleviate illness. In my opinion real, nutritious food works better than drugs. Following is my FitDay nutrition breakdown for yesterday. Very high on good fats (59%). I truly believe that getting rid of the bad carbs and replacing them with good fats and moderate protein is the key to feeling great. Totally the opposite of what most doctors and dietitians are still recommending.

Today’s workout was Jari Love’s, Ripped 1000 DVD. This is one of the most intense workouts I have ever done and it never seems to get easier. I decided to wear a heart rate monitor during this one hour workout so that I could track my heart rate and calories burned. Following are the details from my Timex HR Monitor:

  • 112 bpm average heart rate
  • 144 bpm peak heart rate
  • 66 bpm minimum heart rate
  • just over 400 calories burned

Thought I would burn more calories but judging by my heart rate I guess I wasn’t really working that hard (sure felt like I was). However, I burned far more calories during this workout than I ever did during an hour long run.

May the 4th be with you! Happy Star Wars Day!

Weight Loss (and Better Health) Guaranteed With The Primal Blueprint

January 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, of Marks’s Daily Apple is my top pick for a diet book. Not really a diet book per se but a total Primal Lifestyle book. Mark’s Daily Apple is where I started my research about primal eating and fitness and remains my favourite source for Primal lifestyle knowledge, to this day.

Sisson believes that we evolved to eat and exercise the way we (humans) did, pre-agriculture. “Family Grok” and “Family Korg” are used as comparisons between the Primal Lifestyle vs Conventional Wisdom – modern- lifestyle. At the end of each chapter is a summary, so a reader can skip to the summary for a quick read/review. Although some readers may think that Sisson’s approach is hard core, (some followers are) that is not my take. My opinion, from following his blog and reading his book is that he believes and lives what he says but also believes we should all find what works for us as individuals, as evidenced by his wife, Carrie, who lives her own version of the Primal Blueprint and his son, who is a vegetarian (not so primal).

My husband was one of the first people to purchase the Primal Blueprint, in fact he purchased five, when it became available in mid 2009. We gave the extra 4 copies away to family and friends who expressed interest and each one of them has experienced positive and dramatic results.

The Primal Blueprint lays out the 10 laws of  the Primal Lifestyle in an easy to understand, humorous and concise fashion and it’s obvious that the Primal Lifestyle is Sisson’s passion. (Sisson feels so strongly about the Primal Blueprint that he even guarantees results – buy his book, read it and after implementing the recommendations, if you don’t get results, you can return the book for a full refund.)

The Primal Blueprint doesn’t disappoint and it’s the primary reference that I recommend to family and friends to start their journey on the right path.

Take a listen to Jimmy Moore’s podcast interview with Marc Sisson.