Nothing specific to ramble on about today–just some bits and pieces of things really.
Note to the Universe
Some of you may remember a few years ago when, in a burst of positivity, I proudly announced I would be winning a Vitamix 5200 before I actually won it. I hadn’t realized I had that power, and I’ve tried really, really hard since then not to abuse it.
Until now. I would like to introduce you to my soon-to-be new toy, The Elliptigo:
[Update: Giveaway is over]
It’s part elliptical/part bicycle, and Sparkpeople is giving one away (to me)! In her comment on my pin, Lori wrote, “I saw one of these in action on the bike path. It really looks strange coming at you LOL!” Check out the virtual test ride on Ellptigo’s website and see if you agree that it just screams: CAMMY!? (Admittedly, I might be biased.)
Even though it’s a foregone conclusion that I’ll win, you should feel free to enter the contest. I think you have to sign up for an account to enter, but it’s free and IN THE FIVE YEARS I’VE BEEN A SEMI-DEVOTED MEMBER OF SPARKPEOPLE, I’ve never had any problem with excessive emails. (Once I figured out how to manage my subscriptions, that is.) Let me know if you enter so I can
pretend to cheer for you!
Seriously, if I can’t win it, I’d love for someone I know to win it. Especially if it happened to be someone near Memphis.
While I was toodling around Sparkpeople, imagining how tall I’m going to look on my new Elliptigo, I spotted this quickie video on some exercise cheats that might be holding us back:
In case you don’t have time for the video, the three cheats are as follows:
– holding onto the treadmill
– not using enough weight in resistance training
– doing the same workout routine all the time
Fortunately, these are all easily corrected! I know this for a fact, because once upon a time, I was guilty of a couple of them myself. I’ve never really had a problem with doing the same routine, mainly because I can’t remember it from one day to the next, but also because my trainers stressed the need for variety from Day One. (I really do miss my trainers. Hard to believe I’ve been on my own for over three years now!)
I was going to make some oatmeal muffin cups, but when I was assembling my ingredients, I noticed a bunch of…floaty stuff in my half-full bottle of maple syrup! It looked like…MOLD! Eeew!
According to the folks at Epler’s Maple Syrup (on a page titled “Fun Facts”–how the hell is mold fun, this is what I’m asking), maple syrup mold isn’t unusual:
This mold is a falsur mold and is seen often in maple syrups of all qualities and colors. It is not toxic to humans just unpleasant to the eye.
They then go on to give steps on how to remove the mold and use the remainder of the syrup! Like nothing ever happened!
I. Don’t. Think. So.
I’m not sure what I was thinking buying a full-sized bottle of maple syrup anyway. (I’m guessing there was a good sale.) I only use about 2-3 tablespoons a month (if that), but it’s difficult to find small bottles locally. Anyway, it’s back to the maple-ish syrup for me.
On that queasy note, I’ll sign off for the day. It was a long one with another planned for tomorrow. Hope you’re having a splendid week!