Another DVD Workout Suggestion

Here’s what I would call a medium level difficulty DVD workout. This is one you take on after getting your muscles warmed up with Pilates and Yoga. This DVD definitely has more strenuous activity and more muscle strengthening. You can mix and match the four 10 minute routines or go through all four in one session. You need two hand weights. I started with three lb., then five  lb., now I use eight lbs. for certain intervals.

denise dvd#1 Kickboxing: throwing punches and kicking. You will feel it in your upper back, helps with back fat around your bra.

#2 Athletic training: AKA calisthenics. There are a few exercises that are harder like burpees.

#3 Kettle Bell : This uses one weight. You swing it down to the floor and over your head while keeping your back straight. I started with five lb. weights now I’m using eight lb. weights.

#4 Strength training: This uses two weights. The most effective exercise is the deadlift, it really works the back of your thighs and lifts your butt.

The workout DVD is hosted by Denise Austin, I’ve have always liked her. I started watching her back when she hosted a Weekday 6:30am show on Lifetime Channel. There isn’t a lot of instruction on form with this DVD. It’s important to have your abs and back muscles engaged the whole time so you don’t injure yourself. Buy it on Amazon or download it to your device.

Please don’t mistake me for an expert, I just know what works for me and the results I have seen. Listen to your body when you working out and always use good form. Do you have any DVD or home workouts to recommend?

Channing Tatum AMA and How He Became My New Pretend Boyfriend

Channing Tatum is one of those actors that I was vaguely aware of. Then I noticed he was being hired for good movies or making good decisions about picking movies hard to say which. When did this happen? He became very popular after “Step Up” of course. I figured his career would be all B Action Movies and “Step Up” sequels. Then Director Michael Mann cast him in a small part in “Public Enemies” and Steven Soderbergh cast him in “Haywire”. He started producing movies like “Magic Mike” based on his life story as directed by Steven Soderbergh. And he’s hanging out at George Clooney’s house in Italy.

Did Channing Tatum become more appealing and more effortlessly charming or has he always been this way and we’re just catching up? My point is I became a fan without realizing it. But now Channing Tatum’s historic AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit has pushed me over the edge and I will be devoted to him forever. I’m proud to say he’s my new Pretend Boyfriend.

Highlights from Channing Tatum AMA

Does you penis have a nickname?


How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?

Oh man. Crossbow straight up, and I’d want an army of ninja chimpanzees that crush people all around me. Or I would go to Sandra Bullock’s house as I’m sure she has all that stuff because she’s dope and kick ass. (Me: What the hell is at HER house? Did you realize they knew each other? Celebrity friendships are so fascinating!)

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re having a bad day?

Oh man I love Pinterest. swear to god. Just to not think about all the shit I have to do or what’s going wrong. I just go and look at Pinterest. Or flipboard.

Have you done anything recently that made you think “I can’t believe I did that”

I just went to Iceland and tried to do an expedition across the glacier and we didn’t make it. We had to be emergency evacuated as there was a white out blizzard which I got to take a poop in. It actually freezes before it hits the ground.

There you go, how can you not fall a little bit in love with that? Time to tell us about YOUR pretend boyfriend.

The Sexy Spinster Summer To Do List

So you’re a Sexy Spinster over 40, single and child free. What are your options for fun summer things to do? You want to be social, active, have fun and maybe find a summer romance (or two, or three). I’m going to throw out my ideas for things to do and I need your suggestions too. There’s a theme to all the list entries, and that theme is big crowds of similar aged like minded people. You’ll probably see good looking men you didn’t realize lived in your city

Top 5 Summer To Do List

1. Summer Festivals

Here in Madison, WI we have Summer Festival Season, and it starts this weekend! Your area probably has ethnic festivals like Italian or Greek. Check out neighborhood festivals too. The benefit of festivals is the sheer volume of people. There’s more eye candy than any bars or your friend’s house parties. Your odds of meeting a like minded person go way up. Go to a festival during the day with your nieces and nephews, go to festivals at night to meet and mingle with people your age.

2. Baseball Game

No I’m not a baseball fan, but I suck it up and go because there are always men of all ages (and sizes) to look at. If you’re sitting close enough you can ogle the baseball players. Some of them are even good looking. If you’re not close to a MLB Team go to your local non-professional team games.

3. Roadtrip to Chicagohancock-center-345415_1280

The best summer city in America period. Go to a Cubs or White Sox game, go to the Art Institute, hang out at Oak Street Beach, see a Second City improv show, Navy Pier boat cruise, dinner and drinks in The Viagra Triangle. Time your trip for Taste of Chicago around Fourth of July. The Viagra Triangle is on Division Street and Rush Street; Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse is probably the main attraction in that area. Plus : shopping shopping shopping.


If you don’t have a boat, find a friend with a boat, make new friends with someone who has a boat. Find a place that will rent a boat to you. There’s a whole alternate reality/universe Boat Society going on during the summer that you’re not a part of. You need to get in there and check it out. Bonus: you can act out the “I’M ON A BOAT” video!

5. Day Drinking

Start with a Bloody Mary during brunch and don’t stop. Play a board game or card game outside all day, go shopping, or people watching. You could play volleyball I guess. Here’s the best advice: combine #5 with Summer To Do List items #1-#4.

Best Links in the Whole World This Week

Best Links

These are a few of the blogs I read daily for entertainment, for information, or to laugh. Here’s some the Best Links in the Whole World This Week.

Behold your New Supreme. Jessica Lange’s long lost twin Caitlyn Jenner tells us where she got her name — Vanity Fair

Here’s a magazine article length feature about a new book release. Interview with Wednesday Martin the marketing genius/author of ‘Primates of Park Avenue’ — Jezebel

Have you been keeping up with the Katy Perry vs. Taylor Swift feud? There’s a new chapter unfolding with certain individuals crossing enemy lines — Lainey Gossip

I suppose there are real life relationships between people that have significant age differences. But I don’t want to see it in movies. 10 age appropriate actors Hollywood can pair with Emma Stone — Pajiba

No explanation necessary. ‘Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequences’ — The Onion

I love looking at pretty clothes. This is the only blog you go to for best dressed & worst dressed opinions. Well Played Diane Kruger in Prabal Gurung — Go Fug Yourself

Ayn Rand, Shirley Jackson, William Styron and more. 8 New Offerings from Dead Authors — Vulture

This guy is on a tear and I don’t know if its real or drugs. Shia LaBeouf Motivational Video — Dlisted

AND to round out the Link List this will make your heart explode in rainbows. Dick Van Dyke 89 years young doing a dance with the Bert Hat from ‘Mary Poppins’. Joy and Happiness (also found on Dlisted)

JUNE: What to Binge Watch on Netflix

There will be crappy weather days even in the summer. There will be days and nights when you don’t have anything better to do. You know it, I know it. That is why you binge watch shows and movies on Netflix. I am only recently getting around to watching PBS Mysteries. “Antiques Roadshow” and “Downton Abbey” were the gateway drug, now I have to binge all the PBS Mysteries too. The show I’m going to recommend to you stars an actual SEXY SPINSTER character. Then there’s a summer comedy set in the 80’s you need to watch again if you’ve watched it before, or watch it for the first time.

1) Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – 26 episodes

Essie Davis stars as Phryne Fisher living in 1920’s Melbourne Australia. Phryne (pronounced FRY-nee) is your second favorite Sexy Spinster. She’s never been married, never had children, she’s independently wealthy and has lots of affairs and sex and solves murder mysteries. She’s assertive and is the master of her own destiny at a time when women didn’t do that. Of course she has the luxury of choosing that life because she has the money to do it. More power to her. In addition to various lovers, there’s a ‘will they or won’t they’ story line with the local detective in charge. I feel like she has more chemistry with her fly-by-night lovers.

2) Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – Comedy

See if you recognize any of these names: Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, David Hyde Pierce, Elizabeth Banks. All of them appear in this hilarious comedy set in 1981, the year I think I went to sleepaway Girl Scout Camp. In the movie its the last day before everyone goes home and there’s unfinished business. Love triangles, unrequited love, daring rescues, broke down vans, runaways, a mentally ill mess hall cook, and The Big Talent Show. On July 31, 2015 you can binge watch new episodes of the new Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer”, all the same people from the movie are back.