Monday, March 28, 2011

The Zoo was GREAT!

The hubby and I had so much fun on Saturday when we went to the zoo. The weather was pretty much perfect, and even though there were TONS of people, we didn't have too much trouble getting around. I have exercise-induced asthma, and hubby has arthritis in his knee, so I was shocked that we only had to sit down twice, and they were brief stops. The new Museum of Living Art was very cool. I wanted to post a few of the pics I took while I was there. Bear in mind that I am not a fantastic photographer, but these aren't bad.

Hyacinth Macaw
Red Fronted Macaw
Front: Hyacinth Macaw
Rear: Blue and Gold Macaw
Flamingo
Cockatiel
Penguin
Panamanian Golden Frog

This one is pretty blurry, but I think he was one of my favorite frogs out there. I even brought a stuffed version of him home :)
Pigeon
Zebras
Mohawk Duck!
Scarlet Ibis


I have come to the realization that I love birds just as much as I love frogs. The best pictures I have from the zoo are the ones of the birds, and I have lots of pictures from birdwatching on my porch. I have 2 birds as pets at home, as well as several bird feeders and bird baths outside on my patio. Hubby and I plan on building an aviary when we have a place of our own, and we will be adding to our bird family :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Exercise can be fun!

The weekend is always the best time for me to get my exercise, simply because I don't have to work. Although I love my Wii workout, that's really more for the middle of the week. I've started planning my weekends to include lots of physical activities, without the dread of actual exercise. Weight Watchers stresses that you don't use the term 'exercise', but rather 'activity'. I would agree. 'Exercise' can strike fear into the hearts of even the healthy, whereas 'activity' implies something fun.

So here's what I have planned for the next few weekends as 'activity':

Friday, Mar 25: Weeding My Garden
Oh my goodness, the weeds have just taken over! I have 3 birdfeeders very close to the garden, so seeds get thrown in it all the time. The seeds have started growing plants, so I will be digging around tonight, pulling all of them out.

Saturday, Mar 26: Fort Worth Zoo
specifically for the new Museum of Living Art. Last time we went, MOLA was still under construction. That zoo has been in desperate need of a new herpetarium for eons, and I'm so glad it's finally here! My husband is overly excited and has been asking me to go to the zoo for 6 months. The weather is perfect right now, so I think it's about time we go :) (Fort Worth Zoo)

Sunday, March 27: Fort Worth Botanical Gardens 
I have yet to discuss this much, but I LOVE GROUPON. I am signed up for deals in 3 different cities, and I purchase at least 1 Groupon a week. One of the ones I am most excited about was the discount Couple's Membership to the Botanical Gardens. Although most of the Gardens are free, the Conservatory and Japanese Garden are not. I paid $20 for a $60 membership, and I can't wait to use it! We'll be going to the Japanese Garden on this trip, and I'll be taking my camera with me :) My goal is to start visiting the Gardens at least every other weekend, to make full use of the membership, as well as relax in a serene setting before I have to head back to work for the week. (Fort Worth Botanical Gardens)

Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3: Tommi's Coming to Visit!
One of my husband's best friends is coming over for the weekend! He was one of the groomsmen at our wedding, and we really don't get to see him often enough. This weekend is the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. I just love free stuff like this! Live music, plenty of local art, and alcohol. (Although I'll be good and not drink very much...) I'm looking forward to exploring the festival with the guys, and finding a club to hang out at after the festival closes. (Deep Ellum Arts Festival)

Saturday, April 9: Dallas Auto Show
Woohoo! Another awesome Groupon find. Tickets for adults to the Dallas Auto Show are normally $12 a piece. Today's Groupon was $6 for two tickets! Of course I bought them. I'll get plenty of exercise walking around the huge show, drooling over all the cars :) (Dallas Auto Show)

Sunday, April 10: Botanical Gardens
Okay, if I'm not completely exhausted from the Auto Show on Saturday, then I think we'll head back to Fort Worth for another visit to the Gardens.

I'll be posting pictures as these events occur. My challenge to you? Get out there and find some activity of your own!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wii Workout :)

I ordered some workout goodies for my Wii, and they came in yesterday! I splurged and bought 2lb dumbbell attachments for my wiimote and a silicone cover for the balance board. The cover has little nubs in the shape of a foot. It makes it much easier for me to stay in the same position for the whole workout, and they massage my feet, too!



The dumbbells, although only 2 lbs each, sure did increase the intensity of my workout. Of course, I'm sure you are wondering what my workout routine is. My custom routine mixes yoga and strength training. I use the dumbbells when I do the strength training and some of the balance games.

1. Yoga - Warrior: I love this pose, because it really stretches and tones my thighs.
2. Strength Training(ST) - Torso Twists: These stretch your ab muscles, and it isn't crunches!
3. Yoga - Sun Salutation: This pose has helped me touch my toes again!
4. ST - Triceps Extension: This is great for my upper arms, especially with the new weights.
5. Yoga - Half-Moon: This stretches the sides of my abs.
6. ST - Sideways Leg Lift: I really feel this is my tush.
7. Yoga - Palm Tree: This works my calf muscles out.

If I want a full workout instead of a quickie - I add these two as well:
8. ST - Plank: Like a pushup, but with no going down. You balance on your forearms and toes for 30 seconds. I still can't make it all the way through without starting to shake.
9. Yoga - Triangle: I haven't been able to really get this pose right, but I sure am trying!


I also love the Rhythm Boxing in the Balance Games, and Rhythm Kung-Fu in Training Plus. I like the Kung-Fu because one of my all-time favorite movies is the Matrix - and one of my favorite scenes in Matrix 1 is just after Neo gets done with a day of training downloads. He looks over at Morpheus and says "I know Kung-Fu." I don't know why I like that scene so much - I guess it's just sort of funny to me. And guess what? YouTube has a clip of it :)



Of course I do play the other games on Wii Fit from time to time, but these are the ones I do most frequently. Extra bonus from yesterday - My Wii Fit Age was 20 instead of 28-35. Yay!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Local Support Group!

When I'm not working and I'm not gardening, I'm promoting PCOS Awareness. For several years I have been looking for a support group in my local area, so I could meet other women with PCOS face-to-face. Although I love all of my cysters around the world, being able to hug another cyster when you need a shoulder to cry on can be a very important tool in surviving this epic battle against PCOS.

I finally gave up my search and decided to create a group myself. I am very excited to see how well this goes, since the DFW area has such a large population. We are the 'DFW PCOS Cysters' support group. We can be found at our website: http://dfwpcoscysters.webs.com/
Or at our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/DFW-PCOS-Cysters/198476810176802



If you know of anyone in the DFW area that might be interested in joining, please send them our way! One step at a time, we will fight this disease and win!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Reasons for the re-design :)

I decided that I needed a new template for my blog. The pink and black one I had just didn't really fit me like I thought it did. Now I have this pretty gardening one! This fits a lot better because that's what I've really started doing!

I have a one garden at my home and one at my grandmother's. I'm limited on space due to living in an apartment, so I have hanging planters holding 3 types of tomatoes (upside down), a pot of strawberries, and a TON of flowers. There is a large space that looks empty in my garden right now, but that's only until all my bulbs come up!



The garden at my grandmother's is significantly bigger. It's not quite finished yet, so I don't have pictures. We have planted everything from arugula to zucchini. We started a trade group with some other family and friends. Everyone is growing different fruits and veggies, and we are trading some of ours for some of theirs. If the crops turn out as well as we hope, we are also expecting to be able to sell some to the neighbors! With the way prices have been soaring for gas lately, it's only a matter of time before everything else gets really expensive as well. Growing our own is going to save us so much money!

Even better yet, when you grow your own food, it's organic. You control what you put on each and every plant. We will be using organic pesticides, such as orange oil, to keep the plants healthy, happy and bug-free.

Organic fruits and veggies have higher vitamin and mineral contents than regular produce does. Women with PCOS need more vitamins and nutrients than women without, due to hormonal imbalances. Therefore - organic produce is much better for Cysters. What better way to get them than picking them right out of your garden?