Monday, July 26, 2010

My new toys and guilty pleasures

It's late. I'm sleepy. So this is going to be fast and not as flowery as my other posts.

I finally replaced my exercise ball and promptly learned that it is very possible to hurt yourself on one of those things. I also learned that once hurt, that it is possible to work the injury out by substituting a different exercise for the day. In this case I was so stiff and sore from not using my abs and obliques to balance myself that I could barely move. I opted for a mat workout instead and was able to move freely before the end of the workout and for the rest of the day.

I don't recommend trying to work out an injury unless you know with absolute certainty that you're not seriously hurt as in sprained muscles, slipped discs and the like. I was just very stiff and sore to the point I could hardly move. I was back on the ball the next day.

Sculpting/resistance bands ROCK! They only look easy to use. the exercises look easy. And they are easy unless you're 41 years old, overweight, and not used to such activity. You become stiff and sore. And addicted.

Hi, I'm Melissa, and I've become addicted to Power Sculpting with Mari Winsor, Winsor Pilates. It's one addiction I'm not likely to give up anytime soon.

Sunbathing. It's not a toy, allegedly dangerous, and sooooo very comforting after a rigorous workout. It helps your body more readily absorb nutrients like Vitamin D and in my case iron. I have psoriasis and sunlight has been proven to curb outbreaks. I've been routinely sunbathing since this time last year and have not had the first breakout since I started indulging in this guilty pleasure. I don't stay out more than 30 minutes unprotected. I have a healthy sun-kissed glow and a much improved disposition.

Soft smooth skin, a nice toy for my husband lol! Once I'm inside from the sun, I take a power nap. I don't shower, even if I got sweaty because natural vitamin d is absorbed through your skin and can take up to 30 minutes for your skin to absorb so if you go in from the sun and take a shower you just washed off all that natural goodness. After my power nap I shower and shave. I barely towel dry because my next tip requires damp skin. I put a thin layer of Vaseline on my damp tootsies and over that I pull on a thin cotton sock to help keep the moisture in. I rub in a good amount of lavender baby oil on my legs, shoulders, arms, hands, elbows and knees. Moisture form your still damp (not dripping wet) skin is under the oil. Even my kids rub my arms and say mom, you have really soft skin. Treat yourself to this pampering 5 days this week and you'll see an improvement in those dry as snakeskin legs and rough as a cob feet.

I've been know to use any excess baby oil on my hands to rub along my throat and face. Do this, tip your head back as far as you can, you'll feel your skin pull tightly along your chest, rub your oily hands in an upward motion and gently upward motion on your face. This does several things, helps stretch out those little used muscles along your throat, massages them too, and slowly whittles away at 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chins and you get a little moisture from the left over baby oil on your hands. I've done the above exercise for a while and the hubby says he can see the 2nd and 3rd chins are almost gone.

Fingernail polish is awesome. If my nails are painted then I don't want to mess them up by chewing them off, which I haven't done in a very long time. I have so many different colors now that I have a hard time choosing which to use. It's a pampering treat since I can't afford manicures and pedicures. Sally Hansen Insta Dry is my brand of choice.

Long hot baths after along day at work or a rough workout followed by the baby oil treatment...sigh...heaven...if it weren't almost 2 am I'd indulge. Instead, goodnight everyone!

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