Your Weekly Reader, Including a Personality Test

Anyone remember the Weekly Reader from elementary school days? Or Highlights magazine? I loved those magazines! And the “Look-it-Up Club”…such happy memories.

But I digress…

First off, I must apologize for the absence of Rock Star tributes this week. I’m a bit behind in my reading and I basically have no idea who’s done what. I’ll get back on track next week, I hope. Meanwhile, feel free to nominate YOURSELF for the award. I know you did something awesome this week. You always do!

I’ve been positively ROCKING my exercise lately (more on that next week), but I tell you, it’s a good thing I got my gym workout in early this morning or I might have suffered a rock-free day. We’ve regressed a bit in our Springness and are having a cold and dreary spell that has me feeling sloggy and blech! (This is more mental than physical.) I’m reasonably certain that if a trip to the gym was still on my to-do list for today, I’d be trying everything I could think of to convince myself to avoid it, and I’d probably be successful.

In the event you are opting to stay in, or having it forced upon you by heaps of snow, and are looking for some interesting reading, here are a few items from my soon-to-be-defunct Google reader:

10 Reasons Why You’re Enough Just the Way You Are [Dumb Little Man]
Sneak peak: “Everyone’s a work­ in ­progress: Nobody’s perfect including yourself so stop putting so much pressure on yourself to be so.”

There’s a reason I listed this at the top. Each and every point was a gem, in my book.

20 Great Body Weight Exercises (and Why You Should Do Them) [Wisebread]
Sneak Peek: “[I’d] venture to say that being able to lift your own body weight — whether with your arms, your legs, or your core — is an important life skill. What better, more basic measure of fitness could there be? The best part of it is that most body weight exercises require little or no equipment of any kind, which means you can practice them anytime, anywhere.”

No reason to go to the gym at all with this comprehensive list of body weight exercises. If I hadn’t already worked out today (and have the jangly muscles to prove it), I’d be working through at least a few exercises from each group.

Or if I hadn’t been able to muster up the motivation for even that, according to the following article, I might have gotten enough of a workout just by taking care of a few household chores.

Stay Fit Without Ever Visiting the Gym [Yahoo Shine]
Sneak Peek: “Researchers from Oregon State University evaluated a federal survey of more than 6,000 American adults and their physical activity levels. All participants wore accelerometers to track their movement throughout the day. Part of the group took part in structured gym workouts, while the others simply stayed active throughout the day by doing simple chores around the house and running errands. After four consecutive days of wearing the device for at least 10 hours a day, the results were surprising: Small bouts of activity-even just one- and two-minute increments totaling 30 minutes per day-were deemed just as beneficial as longer bouts of exercise at the gym or elsewhere.”

The article doesn’t suggest giving up regular, or more vigorous, workouts for more comprehensive health benefits, but it supports the notion that virtually all movement is beneficial. I think many of us don’t realize (and don’t give ourselves credit for) how much we do every day just managing our life tasks.

Finally, here’s a fun little thing I found via MakeUseOf, a personality-type assessor based on your Facebook likes. I was up to the challenge (it was that or scrape wallpaper off the kitchen walls), and here’s what they had to say about me:

personality test from youarewhatyoulike.com

My first thought was that 3-out-of-5 wasn’t bad. They had the Openness, Stability, and Agreeableness parts right, but on first glance the other two seemed off. Further checking, though, revealed that their version of “well-organized” included planning, persistence, and reliability. They weren’t looking at my disheveled kitchen after all. :) As for extraversion, they blew it big time on that one. I do have some social anxiety, but I generally ignore it in favor of exchanging life stories with pretty much every one I meet. LOL

So, in the end, they were 4-for-5. Not bad for an unscientific, but fun, little “test”. (If you take the test, let us know how it worked for you. Unless you’re shy and reserved like me. LOL)

Happy Weekend, everyone! If you’re looking for me, I’ll be hanging around updating my FB likes, scraping wallpaper, catching up on my reader, and watching my March Madness bracket go up in flames. (Next year, no picking teams based on prior year grudges and/or team colors!)

What are you up to this weekend?



15 thoughts on “Your Weekly Reader, Including a Personality Test

  1. I love body-weight exercises!! I’m going to have to book mark that site and make sure I can do all of those exercises!!

  2. My FB test results were exactly the same as yours LOL! I don’t know about the organization thing, though, as I am sitting by my disheveled work area.

    • But you’re good at planning (ref: recent remodel) and goodness knows you’ve got the persistence thing nailed. LOL

  3. My results were exactly the same except for I’m Conservative (which is true). I don’t buy the Shy & Reserved or Organized! lol

    Thanks for the body weight exercise link. I was just talking to the girls at work about finding ways to incorporate body weight exercises into our day.

    • I worked with a great group of folks who were generally fitness minded. We used to do wall sits, walking lunges, calf raises (while waiting for the copy machine to finish), and even tricep dips holding on to the arms of our chairs. I organized a “top of the world challenge” in which we climbed stairs equivalent to landmarks around the world. Here’s a link to a full description of the program: http://tippytoediet.com/2008/07/reader-inquiries/ . We had a lot of fun with it. I still remember the day the VP of Finance came rushing into my office to claim his Empire State Building sticker! LOL

      You could do something similar with steps if your office doesn’t have a stairwell.

  4. I remember the Weekly Reader!! I loved the day those came!!

    Thank you for the body weight web site. I have that on my book mark and will definitely use it!!

    My test was the same as yours, except I had Conservative.

    • Even though I do most of my workouts at the gym, I still use body weight moves like squats and lunges in each workout. And, of course, whenever I do yard work or household projects. I’m amazed at how much MORE I’m able to do since I started using these types of exercises as my foundation.

  5. I loved the Weekly Reader and Highlights! Such a fun and entertaining post Cammy! I hope the sun shines on you this weekend and you can get outside and enjoy it. :)

  6. OK – I am already way behind in reading & now more to read! 😉 I do say always that I am always a work in progress – been saying that for a long time along with always learning – I get it!!!

    I am glad you rocked the exercise!!!! Hope you are having a great weekend so far!

    OH – LOVED Highlights!!!!!

  7. Haha that’s a fun little personality test! I’m exactly like you except instead of shy I’m “outgoing, friendly and active”. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Yes, I was the geek who couldn’t wait for the Weekly Reader and HIghlights. Of course, I was also the geek who rarely had to be punished by my parents, but when I was, it mostly likely was going to be for getting caught with a flashlight and a book under the covers after lights out.

  9. You’re like a character in a Jane Austen book, “Agreeable.” :) I don’t see a place for Geeklet, though! LOL

    I’m nominating Alice the Wonder Dog as a Rock Star because she’s figuring out the whole, “Oh…so you want me to go potty out HERE!” thing. That’s what I’m doing all weekend.

  10. I also remember the Weekly Reader fondly. Highlights I think was after my time although I’ve seen it in waiting rooms. I haven’t done the personality test, but I kind of know where I would fall in that. :)

  11. Well, I am obviously behind on reading as well (as I comment on a week old post *shame on me*) I love the ’10 reasons why you’re enough…’ I always leave here feeling better than when I came. Thank you :)

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