I’m talking about FOOD. I think the key to staying in shape is making your own food. Nothing from a box like Lean Cuisine or Pasta Roni. I lived on that stuff in my 20’s and 30’s. Didn’t everybody? But when you’re over 40, your health isn’t something you can take for granted anymore. My grandma (mom’s mom) had a heart attack in her early 40’s. So I made up my mind to find healthy recipes and make 75% of the food I eat from scratch. If I have a salad, I make the dressing. If I’m making pasta I make the sauce. I don’t eat red meat, I do eat seafood, chicken, turkey, and pork. Two days a week are meat free. I am pretty good about eating vegetables every day. Fruit I’m lucky to get once or twice a week.
Orzo with Roasted Broccoli recipe
Here is a recipe I just found on Pinterest and I love it. See the actual picture of what I ate! Roast Broccoli and Chickpeas for around 20 minutes in the oven at 400, shake salt pepper and garlic powder over them too. I laid tin foil on a cookie sheet. Make 1 1/2 cups orzo according to directions. Put some pine nuts in a skillet over medium heat, shake them until they’re brownish. Mix it all together with Lemon juice from a lemon and a little but of olive oil. Here’s the link to the recipe.
What’s a healthy homemade recipe you enjoy making?
I HAD to post this and comment on it because this is precisely the type of subject matter I want to cover in this blog! My beloved Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette, Julia Louis-Dreyfus toasting Julia’s Last F**ckable Day as an actress, as seen on ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ on Comedy Central. This is nine kinds of genius because it finds a smart & humorous way to address the notion that women become sexually invisible in the real world and in make believe movies sometime in their 40’s. I can’t remember where I heard it or read it, but its been said there are 3 phases to an actress’s career: Hooker, Mom, District Attorney. But men remain desirable until they die.
Rationally not being sexually visible probably has to do with not being able to have babies and menopause and all of that. I plan on ignoring all those expectations and not dressing my age or acting my age and going against notions of what women are Supposed To Do. Here’s what’s expected: Let yourself go, lose your fashion sense, stop having sex and become uninteresting. Here’s what I propose you do; eat right and exercise, wear flattering current clothes, be interested so you’re interesting.
If You Don’t Use It You’ll Lose It
I saw on Dr. Oz that if you don’t “use it you’ll lose it”. The gynecologist on there said your vagina will close up if you don’t use it. So invest in a toy, buy it online so you don’t have to go to a store and use it! Also have actual fun sex whenever you can while being safe and don’t forget birth control. Sex is so good for you for so many reasons. Don’t stop pursuing it just because you think there’s some unwritten rule about being sexually invisible after a certain age. Get a good attitude about sex and go get it. What do you think?
As a sexy spinster, you have disposable income and vacation hours to spend at work. Plus you’re not married and don’t have kids, so you can vacation anywhere you want whenever you want. I am going to recommend New Orleans, LA. I took this trip with all ladies, but you would enjoy it with your SO too. My favorite way to travel is to rent a home, dig in, and live there for a long weekend or a week or more! I have used Vacation Rental By Owner five times, and it is extremely easy to use. Different owners have different approaches. Some like half up front, money order no checks. Some require you to scan and send your ID in advance. Someone will meet you at the house when you get there to collect the rest of the money and show you around the house or condo. I have never used it, but I know people who have used airbnb and have been very happy with it.
Advantages to vacation living in a home or condo are:
Laundry Room, Cook and Drink at home, Live Like a Local Experience.
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Rental
That’s the shotgun home we rented, five of us for a long weekend. I love shotgun homes, and they are everywhere. All of the rooms are in a straight line back from the from door; living room, bedroom, bedroom, kitchen. One or two bathrooms off the bedrooms. This house was between the Garden District and Tulane University if you’re traveling on the St. Charles street car away from French Quarter. That’s why I chose it; staying in close proximity to street cars is very helpful in getting around. Its a walking city for the most part, no need to rent a car. But you need to take the street car or cab as a back up if it gets too hot (spoiler alert: IT WILL BE HOT). You will want to walk though because you can walk around with To Go Cups of alcohol everywhere.
What to do:
Eat eat eat. My two favorite places are Napoleon House, and Antoine’s. There are too many great and famous restaurants to get into but this is a Food City.
Take a Ghost Tour, Cemetery Tour, Garden District Tour
The big selling point to get you in the door is COACH TAYLOR (Kyle Chandler) from ‘Friday Night Lights’, he plays John Rayburn, but you’ll stay for the guy who plays John’s brother Danny. The other supporting cast will look familiar, but you might not know them by name. Except Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard are Mom and Dad Rayburn. The rest of the family includes Meg (Linda Carellini), Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) and Danny (Ben Mendelsohn). The whole thing starts with John narrating that the Rayburns aren’t bad people they did a bad thing, whoops. The resulting episodes show us what the Rayburns did and why they did it.
When you get half way into the episodes the most compelling thing about the whole show becomes Creepy Danny. You’ll start out having some sympathy for him, because we’re told he’s the outcast loser of the family. But half way through the 13 episodes, the actor Ben Mendelsohn who plays Danny conveys absolute menace, terror, and fear without saying a word. He does some awful stuff, but the way he looks at people, it will make you truly believe that he’s capable of anything. The only comparison I can make is what Anthony Hopkins did with Hannibal Lector when we first saw him looking at the camera in “Silence of the Lambs”. THAT GOOD.
*You have my permission to go ahead and binge on beer & potato chips while you binge watch Netflix
2.FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS – 76 Episodes on Netflix
Since I brought up this show in Netflix binge watch suggestion #1, here it is again. If you’ve seen this show, you KNOW its not just about High School Texas Football. Football is just the backdrop needed to tell us the story of The Taylors and the people of Dillon, TX. It’s the common thread that ties the community together and gives us a chance to follow them around and find out what they’re up to. The most important thing for you to know is that this show is for adults its not aimed at ‘teens’.
‘Friday Night Lights’ happens to have two of the greatest characters in the history of television – Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife Tami Taylor (Connie Britton). Yes they are up there with JR Ewing, Homer Simpson, Archie Bunker, Hawkeye Pierce, Alexis Carrington…etc. I can’t praise this show enough. And I want to be Tami Taylor when I grow up. Or even more interesting, Connie Britton should host a talk show on Lifetime in character as Tami Taylor. I would watch the shit out of that.
This trailer hits plot points from the entire run of the series, so you’ll get a good idea. There’s not enough Tami Taylor in the trailer. I would have fixed that if I was editing. “Clear Eyes Full Hearts Can’t Lose!”
The great benefit of a DVD workout at home is that it’s easy. I need to remove all barriers to working out if I’m going to succeed at exercising. For me that means working out first thing in the morning, so I don’t let anything get in the way. I workout here at my house instead of getting in a car and driving to a club. I don’t worry about what I look like or worry about what I’m wearing.
My opinion is that if you’re over 40, you have to do cardio + strength training at least 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes. I shoot for 40-45 minutes per day 4 or 5 times per week. On the days I don’t do those workouts, I walk my spinster dog or clean my house, or do yard work. Metabolism slows down as you age, you have to build more muscle to burn more calories at rest. So I use weights, and increase the weights as the workouts get easier.
The Method Pilates Target Specifics
I used this workout when I was out of shape and wanted to begin again and shape up. Its four 10 minute workouts. I always did at least 3, sometimes all four. There’s two legs workouts. One leg workout is ballet, one leg workout is active yoga sun salutations. The arms workout uses weights, the abs workout is Pilates on a mat. I found that the ballet workout for hips really helped me fit into my jeans. It works fast. I always did both leg workouts because they engage the biggest muscle group and burn the most calories. Then I rotated in the arms and abs. This DVD helped me get ready for tackling the more challenging workouts. When I was starting out I didn’t use weights, then I used 1.5 lbs, then 3 lbs. Sometimes I marched while they are working out if I couldn’t keep up. I always finished the DVD, so I always had the sense of success and accomplishment.
All the usual disclaimers apply, I’m not a doctor, I don’t know what your capabilities are, only you and your doctor can determine that. The most important thing is to listen to your body.