Monday, April 20, 2009

98 Degrees and Rising

Today it reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit where I live. It was in the 90's even on the coast. We broke the high temp records everywhere! It. Was. Hot. So combine that with today being the day that that they waterproof our new shower with a "hot mop" of tar... our house was stuffy, hot, and stunk of tar when we got home. It was really gross. We quickly opened all the windows and turned on all the fans. Luckily the smell was much less strong after we got home from a Thai dinner and Target trip. I've decided to start regular strength training again. My shoulder is 95% recovered, so it was time. Every time that I've lost fat in the past, there was weight training involved. So, I'm going to try and not pay attention to the scale in pounds, but get my fat % down and muscle % up. I got myself a scale at Target that measures Fat%, Muscle %, Bone Density, and Water %. I'll record the progress once a week only, and not obsess about it. :) So, I brought my gym clothes today to work and went to my work gym after work. I'm quite fortunate that I have a gym at work, right downstairs and across the courtyard. It is VERY convenient and it costs me only around $13/month. It's not huge, but there's not that many people taking advantage of it, so it's quite enough. As you can see, there was nobody there when I arrived. A few minutes later, there were three other guys. I did a 10 minute stairmaster warm up. Then I did leg machines, then lat pulldowns, then arm machines, finishing up with some free weights for bicep curls and tricep lifts. I feel good that I'm taking this step. As you know, April is Autism Awareness Month. I may have mentioned in the past that my nephew is autistic and non-verbal. I know from personal experience from my sister how much therapy and biomedical treatments not covered by insurance can put a strain on a family's finances. That's why I need to tell you about what's going on at Pixel Gypsy Designs this month. Pixel Gypsy Designs has partnered with the National Autism Association to raise money for the Helping Hand program during Autism Awareness month. The Helping Hand program is a donation driven, financial aid program that provides grant money to families in need who have dependents with Autism to help pay for therapy, biomedical treatments and supplements. Donate $10 and receive the Uniquely You Mega Collab Kit: Donate over $10 and receive the Uniquely You Mega Collab Kit PLUS a PGD Gift Certificate equal to the amount that you donated over $10 (example: donate $50 to helping hand and receive the mega collab plus a $40 gift certificate)! You can read more and learn how to donate HERE. Please check it out. One important distinction that I want to point out is that you will be donating DIRECTLY to the Helping Hand Program at a special link provided at the Pixel Gypsy site. That way there is no question where your money has gone. You will receive an email receipt directly from the NAA, and your donation is tax-deductible. You will receive your download links for the kit within 24 hours after your donation. Thanks in advance for your support!


  1. The scrapping community is very into charity, and I think it is lovely. This is for a much needed cause, and the kit is absolutely fab!

    Great pic of your gym! Whis ours looked anything like that. Maybe I'll post a pic of ours soon, but it looks pathetic compared to this. Anyway, it does what it should, and it is possible to get a good work-out there. I'll prove it during my lunch hour today. =)

  2. OMG I couldn't even imagine it being 98 degrees in April! How cool that you have a gym right there.

  3. Oh, I hope you enjoy strength training!

  4. Fantastic charity kit!! It´s so am important reason.

    Great gym shot... It´s a reminder for me to do more sports....

    Have a good day!

  5. OMGosh!! It was hot all the way down the coast the other day! It was 105 yesterday and today here...but thankfully it cools off at night and I did run the air conditioner yesterday for a bit!

    Great charity kit!!

  6. 13 a month thats a deal girl!! The kit is beautiful and the cause is even more beautiful ;-)


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