It’s beginning to be that season again when the gym fills up with people who have new years resolutions. Here are some tips for people getting back into it that can help your routine!
Many people think that it’s all about hitting the gym. But most people knowledgeable in fitness know that it’s not just about lifting weights but diet and sleep.
So don’t fret over a missed day at the gym. It’s important to have a balance. Work hard and focus when you’re there. But remember to relax also.
Weightlifting isn’t just for men. Gaining muscle like this as a women is very challenging and takes a lot of effort. Some women think that lifting will make them bulk up in reality it mostly just tones muscles. Weight training is beneficial for woman to help strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis, especially those over 40.
Yes. Cold water technically burn more calories. No. It won’t flatten your stomach into a 6-pack. But studies do show it helps with energy production, digestion, hunger cravings and recovery. So drink up! Not sure how much to drink? Medical experts say to simply drink enough water so that your urine is clear.
Everyone knows it. We all ignore it. Proper form is crucial, which also means lowering the weight and being in control. While it looks and feels great to throw around heavy weights, you may also be cheating yourself out of gains/progress.
We truly are unique in so many ways. While it ca be good to take note of what others do to achieve their goals, always remember that your body will respond to it’s own stimuli. So don’t think you need to be bench pressing 305lbs to get a barrel chest. Start slow and work smarter, not harder.
Water conservation has become important in all regions, even rainy one’s such as my home in Seattle. Water is not an unlimited resource and everyone uses a lot of water per day. There are a few really easy tricks that won’t be difficult to work into your daily life. By doing all of these you could save literally hundreds of gallons per week. This can decrease your utility bill and make you feel good for caring for the environment. Give them a shot.
If you use a low-flow shower head, you can save 15 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower
Every time you shave minutes off your use of hot water, you also save energy and keep dollars in your pocket
It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub, so showers are generally the more water-efficient way to bathe.
Nearly 22% of indoor home water use comes from doing laundry. Save water by making sure to adjust the settings on your machine to the proper load size.
Energy Star dishwashers use about 4 gallons of water per load, and even standard machines use only about 6 gallons. Hand washing generally uses about 20 gallons of water each time.
Fix those leaky faucets. A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.
Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
Keep a jug of water in the fridge, that way you don’t have to run the tap for the water to get cold.
Collect the water when waiting for it to warm up before your shower then use it to water your plants.
Perfect for those Sunday mornings when you are feeling a bid decisive. I haven’t tried this recipe but will this weekend for sure.
Prep time 25 minutes, cook time 10
CINNAMON FILLING: 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, just melted (not boiling) 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
CREAM CHEESE GLAZE: 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 2-ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 3/4 cup powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
PANCAKES: 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
Prepare the cinnamon filling: In a medium bowl, stir together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Scoop the filling into a quart-sized heavy zip baggie and set it aside (see *Tips below).
Prepare the glaze: In a small pan, heat the butter over low heat until melted. Turn off the heat and whisk in the cream cheese until it is almost smooth. Sift the powdered sugar into the pan, stir and add in vanilla extract. Set the pan aside while you make the pancakes.
Prepare the pancake batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in the milk, egg and oil, just until the batter is moistened (a few small lumps are fine).
Cook the pancakes: Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-heat and spray with nonstick spray. Use an ice cream scoop (or 1/3 cup measuring cup) to add the batter to the pan. Use the bottom of the scoop or cup to spread the batter into a circle (about 4-inches in diameter). Reduce the heat to medium low. Snip the corner of your baggie of cinnamon filling and squeeze the filling into the open corner. When your pancake begins to form bubbles, add the filling. Starting at the center of the pancake, squeeze the filling on top of the pancake batter in a swirl (just as you see in a regular cinnamon roll). Cook the pancake 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bubbles begin popping on top of the pancake and it’s golden brown on the bottom. Slide a thin, wide metal spatula underneath the pancake and gently but quickly flip it over. Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, until the other side is golden as well. When you flip the pancake onto a plate, you will see that the cinnamon filling has created a crater-swirl of cinnamon. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel, and repeat with the remaining pancake batter and cinnamon filling. Re-warm the glaze briefly, if needed. Serve pancakes topped with a drizzle of glaze.
*Quick and easy tip: Use a boxed pancake mix as the base for this recipe. *Tips for the cinnamon filling: Before swirling, open up the baggie again and give it a good stir to re-incorporate any butter that may have separated from the sugar. You want the mixture to thicken a bit- it’s best when it’s similar to the squeezing texture of a tube of toothpaste, which will happen if you leave it at room temperature for several minutes. Don’t try to use the filling for the pancake swirl unless it has thickened as it will be too runny to make a solid swirl.
*Keep the heat low or your pancakes might cook up too quickly. Don’t flip them until you see those bubbles starting to pop on top. Flip them with a wide spatula so you can grasp the whole thing without batter and filling dripping all over the place!
The four started out as 15 as the first to volunteer for a Marine Corps Pilot course.
An announcement made in January by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey was that there would be integration of women into combat jobs that used to only allow men. This decision covers all service branches.
These women had to keep up with the men during training and were able to do so.
For now, they won’t be assigned to a unit, but go back to a non-combative unit.
More women will be put through training like this in the next year and others are close to completing. It’s a very exciting story for women in general and a big step for the military.
The women who want to join the ranks of the men will have to fight hard for their place. It will be exhausting physically, mentally and emotionally but it will be a good change for the country.
Here is a photo of the four women and a link below to read more.
Moving out on my own has been quite the experience. Shopping for food is quite the learning process. I either buy way too much food for the week or not even close to enough. I am finding that I really don’t know much about food and how much it lasts. I am always smelling things to see if it’s still ‘good.’
I found this diagram that seems helpful and that I plan on using in the future to help me out.
I had always thought this picture was a painting till I found more information on it. It is a photograph taken in the slowly sinking city in the desert of southern Namibia, Africa, a ghost town called Kolmanskop.
In the 1900’s, diamonds were found just sitting on the sand and people flocked to the desert. Kolmanskop became a mining town but after WW1, sales prices for diamonds dropped significantly and the town turned into a ghost town.
For more information and the rest of the pictures:
Currently, I am teaching myself Photoshop because it’s a very valuable tool for the field I want to go into. I found an interesting collection of pictures from one of my favorite websites Imgur.com which is kind of like Reddit.
The following are movie posters created by an artist named Drew Struzan. Before technology was as it is today, creating movie posters was done by some really talented artists from around the world. I feel all of these are far more interesting than the movie posters we see today which seem to always just be pictures of the main actor from the film.
This is a rare concept piece from Struzan that was not used but looks awesome.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(Great movie by the way)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The Great Muppet Caper
Back to the Future Trilogy
Duck Tales: The Movie – Treasure of the Lost Lamp
I looks so much like a photo!
This poster was unused, and switched to a different poster.
Star Wars: Episode 1
The poster is much better than the movie. 😦
This was the one similar to Jumanji.
Anyone can appreciate these posters. I really hope he continues to work because they are simply amazing.
I worked as a server for 6 years and was so surprised by the amount of people who don’t understand tipping. All the time I’d overhear “Is that enough?”. I am not sure honestly how many don’t understand the 15% rule but it is there for a reason. What some of the bad tippers may not know is that I am taxed as if I receive those tips. If I sell… let’s say $1000 in sales, (which would be a great night, but it is an easy number so I’m using it) I’d make $150 in tips HOPEFULLY… But I am not taxed straight from my pocket but my paycheck. So technically, if you don’t tip your server, they are paying a small amount to serve you. This applies to all jobs that have tips.
I do wish it was like in other places, but we use tips in America, so that’s just how it is.