The Accountant's Garden

Scheduled non-accounting weeks: April 10-14, 2017 June 12-16, 2017 July 24-28, 2017

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wildflowers are starting to bloom on the hill and the iris are all starting to bloom in the circle flower bed. I'll try to get better close up photos later. I love Spring!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Hiking at Castle Rock Recreational Area:
This was a fun hike this time of year, because the creeks are still running, causing many places to be crossed with care. It would have been easier if I had remembered to bring the baby back pack, but we made a good go of it with the jogging stroller (even though my shoes got quite wet).

Helen was the only one with me today, but had a great time watching the horseback riders passing us and walking through a swarm of migrating butterflies. Elizabeth would have loved this hike as well, but she would have had to walk I think.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

I will not run today. I will not run today. I will run tomorrow, but I will not run today.

Oh, and I think that I will not make any more exercise-related posts here because (1) I think I am the only one who cares and (2) it probably imposes some sort of legal liability on me because no one should follow the stated routines without a doctor's consent and a bunch of other knowledge. I have another (private) blog to keep track of this, so I will return to posting just about my garden and food and maybe some hiking/bird watching.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Baby Boot Camp: 75 minute class

Running (lots today): close to 2 miles
Strength training: quads, glutes, calves, biceps, triceps, chest, shoulders, abs & obliques.

Tomorrow, I am taking the day off.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Baby Boot Camp: 55 minute class

Approximately 1.5 miles of running
Calf raises; lunge combination: skater lunge->curtsy lunge->add plie squat; at the fence - squats with bridge; bicep curls->rotater cuff ->w-bicep curls; push-ups and tricep dips (regular 1st set, then 4-count push-ups); shoulder/back presses with resistance band; tabletop crunches->double crunches->alternating oblique tabletop crunches->sky taps; side and center plank

I usually don't attend the Tuesday or Thursday classes, since I have both girls. Not only is their combined weight a factor, but Elizabeth tends to get bored nowadays. This was a make-up session, though, being that Monday's classes were canceled. The rain stopped for only the 60 minutes we were out today.

I read recently that one should take at least two days off every week from exercising, to let the muscles rest and revive. I totally agree and was forced to take Sunday off because of the rain.

Monday, March 2, it was still raining. Without success, I attempted to go to Baby Boot Camp, but class was canceled. I did run approximately 1 mile around Lake Temescal and got thoroughly soaked. I came home and completed a combination of squats with a shoulder press, lunges with some added side kicks, push-ups, and regular and oblique crunches. Each time I ran, it started pouring rain, so I again got thoroughly soaked, but I did manage to squeeze in two more 1/2 mile runs.

Will try to make it to Boot Camp today - again - but the large patch of dark clouds are not making me feel optimistic at this point.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Berry-Walnut Muffins

1/2 cup sliced walnuts
2 cups flour
1.5 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
.5 tsp. salt
2 eggs
.75 cups buttermilk
.75 cups packed brown sugar
.5 cups butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup raspberries, blackberries or blueberries

Mix wet ingredients. Incorporate dry ingredients (except walnuts and fruit). Stir in nuts & fruit. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Note: I used 1 cup of dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries and plums and I also substituted canola oil for the butter. Delicious and full of antioxidants!

Reference: Nuts, Sweet and Savory Recipes from Diamond of California, by Tina Salter with Steve Siegelman (Ten Speed Press, 2001)