Archive | August, 2010

More Songs to Get the Booty Movin’

19 Aug

Here are 10 great songs that I am loving at the moment.  Loving, not for their lyrical value, but for their beat – as the title suggest – they make you want to MOVE IT, MOVE IT.

1. Start the Commotion – The Wiseguys (Thanks, Jen)

2. B.O.B. – OutKast

3. Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida

4. Technologic – Daft Punk

5. The Next Episode – Dr. Dre

6. 1901 – Phoenix

7. L.O.V.E. – VV Brown

8. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

9. This Instant – Sophia Fresh

10. Fancy Footwork – Chromeo

Now get out there and boogie!!!

All 10 Fingers – Check, All 10 Toes – Check

15 Aug

I’m baaaaaack!!!  And I had a wonderful time, yes you read that right – please don’t faint.

It turned out to be a 6.3 mile hike (each way) with a 7500 ft climb – and I think I did alright.  I didn’t bitch, or complain, or sit down on the edge of the trail and cry (which – I shit you not, we saw someone doing… okay it was like a 10-year-old, but still.)  I put in my headphones, and just went with it.  I didn’t see any snakes, or bears, so life was good.  My backpack was probably waaaaayyy heavier than it needed to be – maybe it had something to do with the large bottle of Gatorade and bottle of icy-hot that I smuggled in (much to Shiloh’s dismay – I wish I had a picture of his face when I took them out of my backpack).

I did end up buying some trail shoes and “not cotton” clothes, because I was told I was not allowed to go “atkinson” and show up at the trail with my shorts and flip-flops.  (because apparently only he has the special “hike in flip-flops skills” – and I have seen them with my own eyes and they are impressive). Whatever.  I think I would have been fine.  My new shoes were pretty great though, and I didn’t have any blisters – AND I didn’t need all those extra socks I packed.

As soon as we got to camp, and had a moment to sit down – a mosquito landed on Shiloh’s head.  So, I did what any loving wife would do – smacked him.  He was soooo not impressed.  Apparently saving someone from getting malaria isn’t proper camp etiquette and was followed by a big sigh from Shiloh – which I heard a lot of that trip.  Especially after I informed Shiloh that I was certain I spotted cougar tracks.  Shiloh informed me that they were dog tracks – because a) you could see nail marks (no, you couldn’t) and b) cats don’t like water.  I properly informed Shiloh that “cats” had to drink water or they would die.  Again, big sigh from Shiloh.

We did decide to come home a day early – mainly because both of us really like sleep – AND – I don’t care what anyone says, sleeping in a tent on the ground is the most miserable experience ever.  You can’t get comfortable, your limbs continually go to sleep, and the sleeping bag/sleeping pad combo I had was slicker than snot on a sunny day.

Aside from my hands and body swelling up like a Macy’s Day Parade balloon – I came out of the trip unscathed.  I am not sure why I was so swollen – although it seriously may have had something to do with either dehydration or the large amout of sodium I had consumed.  Either way – I am fine now.

I am not sure if I would ever be invited to hike with the boys, but I think I may be invited on another trip with Shiloh.  Hooray.

All in all – we both had a great time.  Shiloh even said he had a lot of fun, and was impressed with how well I did. (I can tell you, that coming from him, that is a huge compliment!)  We had lots of laughs and lots of memorable moments.  It was even complete with singing in the car on the way home… yes, from the both of us!!

From one happy camper to another,

Andrea

PS: next time I will leave the Gatorade and icy-hot at home and pack some ambien instead.

It’s official. Hell has frozen over.

11 Aug

Let’s begin by saying in the summer of 2000, I went on my one and only backpacking trip with my dear husband Shiloh.  There were three girls, and three guys on this trip – with me, at the time, being the smallest.  There I was hiking, uphill, 7 miles  – with not only my sleeping bag, clothes, food, and extras, but the tent poles and a tarp strapped to my 102 pound frame.  Let me also add the other girls only had to carry their sleeping bag, clothes, and food.  I vowed, that for as long as I lived, I wouldn’t be going again.  ever. ever ever.

Fast forward 10 years and 20-ish pounds.  The setting – my living room, the speaker – Shiloh.  “How come whenever we go on vacation we ALWAYS go where you want to go, and do what you want to do, and stay where you want to stay.” (I reminded him that Maui, and beach-side at the Marriott were not punishments… whatever).  So, I said – “Fine. (you know that voice) why don’t you plan a trip for us.  Plan where we are going, where we are staying, what we are eating – and I will go along without complaint.”  Big Mistake.  Big. Huge.

Dear, dear, Shiloh has decided that we will be going backpacking – one more time – 6 miles into some lake, and if we are really lucky we will hike another 3 miles on Saturday to a new lake, and on Sunday “complete the loop.”  When I asked if I could bring my iPod – I received a death look, followed by eyes rolled, followed by “I guess you may need some sort of distraction.”  What is THAT supposed to mean.  I also reminded Shiloh that I only have sneakers to hike in – which was met with, “I hope you have A LOT of socks” *snicker, snicker*… again, huh??  What??

And now for the ever fleeting question… What should I wear??  Shiloh, “I don’t know – just not cotton.”  So, I am digging through my closet trying to find SOMETHING when I hear Shiloh, “I have looked at 5 different sweaters and all of them aren’t cotton.  Come down here and pick one of these.”

What is he talking about???  So, I bound down the stairs and lo and behold he has found some “not cotton” sweaters.  Yes, that Shiloh did… he found my J Crew Cashmere Sweaters and my J Crew Merino Wool Sweaters…  Super camping attire don’t you think???

Whatever!  So folks, for the second time in my life I will be going hiking, I will pack extra socks, I will bring my iPod (certainly my singing will have the bears running), I will pack a great book, and I WILL be the best dressed hiker in the woods.

(I will report back after the trip – just to let you know that I still have all 10 fingers and all 10 toes.)

PS – Wish me luck!!  OH, and please grant Shiloh the serenity to put up with my crazy antics for 72 hours straight.

Until next time,

Andrea (and all the mountain cooties)

Great Leg & Butt Workout!

11 Aug

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Pi5ptsa89g

Hello!  Here are 3 great leg/butt workouts you can do anywhere!  No equipment needed.  Some helpful tips to remember:

Squats- Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, feet slightly pointed out, weight in your heels, squat down and then come back up and be sure to really squeeze your glutes (butt) and your legs at the top. Don’t lock your knees!

Sumo Squats- Stand with feet wide apart, feet slightly pointed out, weight in your heels, squat down and then come back up and again, be sure to squeeze a the top and again don’t lock your knees!

Lunges- Feet/ spread- one in front of the other.    Bend down and be sure that your knee does not go past your foot.  Keep the weight in your heel of the front leg you are squeezing. Be sure to squeeze at the top and again, don’t lock your knee!

Aim for 10-15 reps/ 3 sets each

Once you get stronger, increase your rep range and amount of sets.  Do these exercises one right after the other.  You will really feel the burn!  Do these exercises together twice a week with at least 2 days in between for rest!  Good luck!!!

Karly

2010 Fitness Expo Recap- Look for Karly in the Red Bikini! 3rd Place Winner!

11 Aug

Click on the link below to see where Andrea I went this past May. I made it on the recap. video for the Bodybuilding.com Fitness Expo! Look for me after you see Jamie Eason- I am in the red suit!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okLUpTcgEFA

… and in my SPARE time.

8 Aug

I don’t know what it is about summer, but something deep within my soul has an unquenchable thirst to read.  During the summer months, I read more than I do the rest of the year combined.  It’s pretty ridiculous, and I am pretty sure it can’t be any other way.  Here is just a sampling of the books I have read, and some suggestions for you (if you are in need of a good read):

1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy – Yes, everyone else is doing it.  Yes, it is THAT good.

2. Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools – Really very inspiring.  One man’s mission to change the middle east, and his road to doing exactly that.

3. Heart Shaped Box – This was written by Stephen King’s son.  It was good, and a page turner at parts – but still not the “OMG, I can’t sleep at night” book I was looking for.

4. Omnivore’s Dilemma – Very interesting.  A bit boring towards the end, but certainly makes you think about the food industry.

5.  Bitter is the New Black – This was hilarious – I really couldn’t put this one down.  I love Jen Lancaster – I want to be her friend.

I did read others that were either a bit boring – “Where are the Children” – or not even worth remembering (some short book about the “Potato Girl”) – or just read for fun “The Pact” (although not a “fun” subject – a pretty decent book!)

I am currently reading “Atonement” – and so far, the movie did it heaps of justice – and then onto “Born to Run” a book recommended by Shiloh.  Yes, you read that right.

Anyone else have a page turner this summer??  I don’t want to miss out on any good books.  

Until next time –

Andrea