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Movement Monday: Standing Abs Challenge Check In & Green Beans

When the garden knocks…you answer…immediately.

The best time to preserve anything – whether canning, freezing or drying – is 24-hours within picking. Or sooner, if possible.

Waiting means the freshness and quality of the food is being compromised (tomatoes has been the only exception to this rule that I use simply because you want them to be as ripe as possible and that sometimes means having to wait a touch).

And what’s the point in putting in all the work if you aren’t going to have a high quality and fresh final product?

Yesterday before it warmed up I got out into the greenhouse and did a harvest.

Tomatoes and green beans galore!

Shortly after I set to work getting 8 pints (the max my pressure canner can hold at a time) of green beans canned and on the shelf for winter eats.

If you’re interested, here’s a post on how green beans come to be a delicious treat long after the garden is gone for the season.

It’s time consuming but oh-so worth it!

In other news…I wanted to check in with those who outreached either via the comments on the blog or personal message on FB with interest in the Standing Abs Challenge (<– link to challenge).

How are y’all doing?

Admittedly, I started off strong and have already fallen off the plan (weekends when there’s a lot going on KILL me!).

So I have some catching up to do.

As I mentioned previously, if you miss a day, you be the boss of you and figure out how you want to address those missed days.

Maybe you skip them all together.

Perhaps you double up a couple days until you’re caught up.

Another option is to exercise through rest days until back on track.

I’m for sure going to make up all the missed reps but haven’t quite decided if I’m going to double up or work through rest days.

If you didn’t jump in on Sept 1st, you’re still welcome to join the fun. For those who’ve started already….I’m interested to hear how you are doing…and if you did anything fun over the weekend. Shout out below!

And have a beautiful Monday!

Movement Monday: 10,000 an Arbitrary Number? And, Fitbit

I’ve always wondered where this rule of 10,000 steps per day came from. Because we, as humans, are not robots and come uniquely, wonderfully and specially made. How on earth can we expect a simple rule of 10,000 steps to fit for everyone?

This is the same for the rules of “8 hours of sleep”, or “2000 calories per day” and so on.

The simple truth for these simple rules is that this is not a “one size fits all”.

Some people need more or less sleep than 8 hours. Some people need more or less than 2000 calories. And 10,000 steps seems like a shot in the dark as everyone has differing fitness abilities.

10,000 might really challenge some on the daily and encourage things like taking the stairs or parking further out in the parking lot from the doors. But for others, 10,000 steps are logged by early afternoon. Still for others, who have maybe lived a more sedentary lifestyle for much of their lives, 10,000 is an unattainable goal (and therefore one folks are more likely to give up on).

I got to Googling to get an idea of where “rule of 10,000” got in the mix.

Maybe you will find this as amusing as I did…

10,000 steps hit the scene as a marketing strategy. Sometime around 1965 a Japanese company began manufacturing and selling pedometers that in Japanese had a name meaning “10,000 step meter”. It is further believed that the name was chosen because the Japanese character for 10,000 looks kind of like a man walking.

What I was unable to find is any scientific research specifically validating the rule of 10,000 as a guideline for the masses.

So there you have it!

I gave up on the rule of 10,000 long ago.

It was actually during a time when I worked a desk job and while I parked at the back of the parking lot, and got out for walks during my breaks twice a day and tried to squeeze in a bit of exercise before or after work hours, a vast majority of the time I simply couldn’t hit that 10,000 mark.

Here’s what made more sense for me (and maybe will for you as well):
1) assess how many steps are logged during an average day, doing routine tasks
2) set your goal out a little higher than that to encourage additional steps in the day
3) re-assess and adjust goal (i.e. once you begin parking further out in the parking lot that becomes part of “routine”. In order to encourage adjustments that lead to additional steps the goal must also be adjusted)

Orrrrr, scrap the goal of steps all together because maybe you achieve your fitness goals via swimming, cycling or other means of activity!

In full transparency: my daily step goal is 8,000 steps. Some days that comes easy and I end up logging in excess of 10,000. Other days it’s a struggle and I fall short.

And I keep track of my activity via my FitBit Blaze (<– Affiliate Link)

I appreciate that I can customize my goals and different details relating to health can are (or can be) tracked including stairs, miles, calories burned, heart rate, minutes of activity, how many active days a week I’ve had, how many hours I’ve been active in a day (250 steps or more)….plus water and food intake as well as women’s health details and sleep.

It’s nice to get a little buzzing reminder of how many more steps are needed to dub the hour “active”. It often gets me up and moving when I may not have gotten up to log a few more steps otherwise.

The market is FULL of fitness trackers with so many different tracking abilities. I’ve only ever used a FitBit but I’m curious, do you wear a fitness tracker? Which is your favorite…and why?

Oh and before I go….we started the 30-Day Standing Abs Challenge yesterday. It’s not too late to join in the fun (and give me a shout in the comments below if you are participating so I know to check in with peeps as the month progresses)! See details in This Post and jump on the bandwagon….no boring crunches going on here!

Happy Labor Day!

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Movement Monday: S is for September…and Standing Abs

I came across this standing abs workout many years ago in a magazine (Women’s Health Magazine <– you can find the workout posted online at this link, which includes a video of the moves in case pictures just aren’t your thing).

Intrigued with the idea of taking crunches off the table as part of an abs workout, I tore out the page.

Not because I have anything against crunches per-se.

But because crunches alone don’t give the whole core a good workout.

And because sometimes I simply just don’t wanna with the crunches.

I’ve come back to it time and again over the years.

I’m feeling the need to add a little somethin’ to my strollin’ the baby through the neighborhood routine, and in the spirit of sharing, I thought I might invite you to a Standing Abs Challenge for the month of September.

(September is just around the corner, if you can even believe it. I’m still in denial but attempting to push through…)

It’s simple – just follow the exercises per the reps/sets schedule.

We’ll start off slow and increase over time. Starting on Sept 1st!

If you miss a day, you be the boss of you and decide how you want to handle that.

Some suggestions:
1. Skip that day and keep plugging along with the workout as per schedule
2. Work through a “rest day” to catch up
3. Double up the following day to get all the reps/sets for the 30 days in

You also be the boss of you and make a decision on the amount of weight you are going to use (and maybe you start off with one weight and adjust).

One disclaimer: I am not an exercise science professional, nor am I a physician. I’m sharing both the exercise moves as well as the ‘schedule’ from other sources (Women’s Health Magazine, and Popsugar.com) and inviting you to join me as I take one step further in increasing my active lifestyle that I’ve been absolutely transparent about being a struggle for quite some time. You should use your judgment about what you can/can’t do as far as exercise is concerned in your life, and consult your physician if you have questions about your health and exercise.

With all that said, who is ready to join me?

Here’s the schedule:

And the moves (remember, these need to be done on each side):

Seriously, if you’re up for joining, give me a shout in the comments section below so I know if I’m going this alone (with is totally okay) or if there are others out there I can cheer along and check in with along the way!!

Oh, and before I go, chances to register for your chance to win some free trail mix are running out! See this post for how to enter!