29 Fri, 2011 § 5 Comments
(We’ve been having fun with Dave’s iPhone camera)
Dave recently introduced me to
the Turkish Get Up
with 25# bar
[I also practiced with the 45# bar, which required a bit of grunt — good grunt though.]
I like them! Core intensive. Full Body. Static.
It’s all in form & how you hold your body & use your arm & knee to stabilize as you roll up to sitting, to kneeling, to standing, then reverse the movements. You could also do these with a kettle bell, but then you lose some of the lateral stabilization the long bar offers. Keep the bar high & your arm engaged. *(update) Also, articulate through the spine as you lay back down, really engaging your deep core muscles. I think about making each vertebrae, especially in my low back, touch the mat as I “roll” back down.
I am just trying to figure out how to work them into workouts. Any suggestions?
27 Wed, 2011 § 10 Comments
Our new route to Indian Creek, Utah is one of my favorites. Monument Valley is stunning & diverse. Even though driving home & back to “reality” can be disheartening, I can think of worse views.
[photo by David Finch]
Clouds, often responsible for creating nice, filtered light & ominous skies for photos, plagued much of our camping trip.
Rainy days meant fewer climbing days, because wet rock should not be climbed, though many choose to ignore this common sense & decency law. The weather treated us to a lesson in Being & patience as we were left to fill more days than expected with “rest day” activities.
One morning we took advantage of National Park Week & the waived fees to trek into Canyonlands. We intended to hike to the confluence of the Colorado & Green Rivers. The longer-than-anticipated, already quick-paced hike was cut short when we turned & ran 3 – 4 miles back to our little, awaiting Eisley. I would definitely call this an advanced running trail & hope we actually make it to the confluence next time.
Another rainy afternoon, we retreated into the tent for card games. Much of our time was spent reading to each other though. We took turns reading chapters from Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, beautifully written & highly enlightening. I was tickled (yes, tickled) when Dave asked me to read aloud to him. The simple act of sharing a book felt fresh & intimate, especially because we were immersed in pages so fresh with passion & intimate with love for the desert.
Though the rain spoiled some of our “plans”, it offered us time to reflect inward, connect outward & recognize its precious presence in this beautiful desert.
Do you ever read aloud with others?
26 Tue, 2011 § 2 Comments
Did you miss us? No? Did you even notice we had left? No? 😛 Tricky aren’t we?
(even despite the rain.)
Are we really back?
We are, but now I can reminisce over our adventures with you.
We should always start with food though; don’t you agree?
I love quinoa granola & have found its perfect match: molasses. Try it. You’ll never look back.
Molasses is a rich source of iron & calcium — important for those following a plant-based diet — as well as magnesium & potassium, providing 20% of the daily recommended value for each of these nutrients.
Sprouted Quinoa & Pear Granola with Molasses & Nutmeg
Preheat oven to 250*F.
- 1 pear, diced
- 1 C quinoa, sprouted
- 1/2 C almonds, chopped
- 1/2 C ground flaxseeds
- 1/2 C black sesame seeds
- 1/4 C sunflower seeds
- 1/4 C pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 C buckwheat groats
- 1/2 C hemp protein powder
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- cinnamon, optional
- 1/4 C coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 C molasses
- 2 T apple juice
Stir together dry ingredients. Combine wet ingredients separately. Stir wet ingredients into the quinoa mixture & mix together. Spread granola onto a parchment-lined baking sheet & bake ~1 hour. Allow to cool completely before breaking into pieces & storing in an airtight container.
Homemade granola — especially quinoa granola — is great for camping, backpacking or hiking. It is the perfect way to cram a lot of nutrients into a light-weight, easy-to-pack & store snack. Along with pieces of banana, this was delicious, light fuel in the mornings. Dave enjoyed it so much, I’ll be sure to make enough to share next time. 😉
Do you cook with molasses?
25 Mon, 2011 § Leave a comment
There was always something different about you ~
…insightful & deep & talented but also silly & carefree…
We could talk for hours & never bore — we are still blessed with long, meaningful conversations (as well as silliness). You a strong man, & I have always cherished the beautiful person you are, full of love, compassion & openness to grow.
Every day is brighter with you in my life.
Our lives could have easily taken very different courses after we first met, but somehow — fortunately — reconnected. Even now, I am often overwhelmed with how amazingly & beautifully life has worked out.
I only wish I expressed how I truly feel better & more often.
Happy Birthday, my love.
22 Fri, 2011 § 6 Comments
One of my new, favorite moves.
Though the jump gives you some help with the pull up, this is still exhausting.
I like my burpees to be more dynamic than this & have a little more “pop” from the push up into the squat. I also want to work on jumping from the squat into the pull up more quickly, rather than pausing to establish my footing. Dave recorded me doing 8 of these after my workout last Sunday, so I am going to blame the lack of “oomph” on fatigue. 😉
Every day we push ourselves we get stronger, right?!
I like to do 3 sets of 10, which is fatiguing. Even more fatiguing is doing these as intervals like below.
Tuesday Morning HIIT
- Burpee to Pull Up : 10 sec rest; 30 sec max – 6 rounds = 4 minutes
- Hamstring Curls on yoga ball: 30 sec; 10 sec “rest” SWITCH TO Ball Pikes: 30 seconds – continue alternating 6 rounds = 3 xs each = 4 minutes
- Side Lying One-Arm Tricep Press Ups: 20 sec alternating each arm, no rests – 6 rounds = 6 xs each side = 4 minutes
- Hanging Knee Raises: 20 sec then Mt Climbers: 20 sec (no rests) – 6 rounds = 6 xs each = 4 minutes.