Friday, March 11, 2016

How and Why I created my Tabata Leg Workout

I created this leg workout because, well for one if you have read any of my workout posts, you know how I have issues finding a good video that keeps me interested and second, my Internet isn't always the most reliable, so getting into a video to have it stop in the middle of a set is very disturbing.
I thought  "Hey, you can create something simple to use offline"

With all the videos I have done over the last 6 months I have created a list of favorite moves that I don't dread doing. Those got made into a workout and I tend to like the Tabata form better than just doing a certain number of sets, plus it gets in your cardio in case you don't have time for that.

My Tabata timer was set for 10 rounds so I picked out my 10 favorite and then added the cardio bit on the rest and then just typed it up to print for my wall.
Total time is 30 secs shy of a half hour if you do it 3 times.

You can also download it here if you would like. I just made it plain this time. No Picmonkey creation, I used Word so since it's not an image I can't figure out how to post it. I took a picture of it though so you can see it before downloading it.
I printed it on neon orange paper so it stands out to me.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Monday Meditation

I have been trying to get in the habit of meditating every day. Mornings work for some people but I do it when I shut down for the day, before I read.
I have been using a couple different apps just to see what works best.
You should read this article on the benefits of meditation.

I know for me, I can't have someone talking to me. It just seems to distract me. That is what I have found with Calm for android. The link is to the desktop version of this app. The desktop is a very simple version of the android app, the app has different programs you can choose from. So far though on the app, the lady interrupts your meditation to talk. I would look for something that doesn't break into your meditation.

I have had this app on my Kindle forever and it is my go to...when I remember that it's there. It's called Meditate Free. There is no link to it because there is no desktop version of it. It is available on tablet and phone. I like it because it is customization. You can start a plan and set all the sounds and times. I like that you don't have any interruption from someone talking.

There are so many ideas and opinions floating around cyber space about Meditation. It has become more mainstream than it use to be. People use to just attribute it to monks and maybe peace loving hippies, but know everyone does it.

I found this cute graphic with 10 steps to mindful meditation. I agree with all of them. It really does help to focus on your breath, especially if you get distracted. I can't sit with my legs crossed because I have a hip problem so I have one leg straight out and the other pulled up. I find it hard for me to stay in the upright position because I have horrible posture, but this has helped with that.

So if you are feeling stressed and do not want to take drugs to calm down, try meditating. Try out different apps or music to see what works best for YOU, and then make a habit of it. Search Pinterest for ways to make it something you love to do.

Picture courtesy of NYPL digital collection 

How I decorated my mantel with a St. Patrick's Day Printable

I have never been one to celebrate St. Patrick's Day but I do enjoy decorating for it. I do have some ancestry from Ireland so that makes it mean something to me, even if I just found this out. 

I created this printable for my mantle. You can download it here if you like it. 

It's hard to get to fancy with St. Patrick's since weeks later you have Easter and you have all the fun stuff for that.
That's why I just do my mantel and table top. 
I hope you enjoy.

    This is what I ended up doing with my printable. I usually don't put up a picture over the mantle but I had this frame just laying around, wanting to be used.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

How to create a sliding door from stuff found @ ReStore!

OK,  I have this opening into my kitchen that is wider than a normal door opening and I think it's a smidge shorter, anyway, every time I get up to go into the kitchen my dogs think I'm getting food. Very annoying!! When I'm trying to cook they are under my feet and it makes the process harder than it needs to be, so I had an epiphany the other night...close the opening!

This is what I did. First I measured the opening and the wall that the door would slide onto. Now my door does stick out a little over the opening because of a header that couldn't be moved, but that's just fine. 
With my measurements I headed off to the store. I always start at Menards just because I want to get a price comparison on how much my project would be if I bought everything new and to make sure that they have stuff if I need it.
I went to our local ReStore and found me 2 doors. They looks like closet doors maybe, but since my opening wasn't standard I got a 20' and a 24' to piece together. One was beat up and had holes but since I would have to fill the knob holes anyways, who cares. They didn't have anything else I needed! Boo
Back to Menards I go. I grab my pipe, now I'm thinking that it's ok they don't have my size because I can cupple them together since I was using a hook at the top....NO! Do not do that. Go to Home Depot and get a longer piece of pipe and have them cut it and re-thread it, way easier that lifting the door up and over the joined pieces. I also grabbed my casters, handle, joining braces and the hooks. I'm thinking I'm good to go.

This is what it looked like when I started joining the doors together. I couldn't come up with anything else and figured it wouldn't be to noticeable once it was painted.

I had already filled the knob holes when I decided to take a picture so I could share this. For that I just used hole patched and puddy. I doubled up on the patch so as to not loose all the puddy into the hole since there was nothing behind it.

After getting it snug together and 3 braces on each side. I attached the casters to the bottom and the hooks to the top. Now before I forget, DO NOT get moving casters!! I made that mistake and every time I would roll it back they would twist and I couldn't pull it back out. Plain, one way casters is what you need.

With all the pieces on it was time to put it in place and make sure I even would want it there and how it would look.

As you can see it sticks out a bit but there's nothing that can be done about it and it really just makes the door opening a normal sized door anyway. So I'm liking it and it needs pain to cover up the braces and the fact that they are 2 different doors. So I paint it and that's all that can be done until I have more hands. 
Now we put up the first pipe and realized that we needed to have a full piece of pipe so down it came. Then we noticed that the top hooks were not sliding that well, so down it came. Finally with different hooks, casters and pipe. It was complete!

And this is what it looks like slid closed.

You obviously can tell it's 2 different doors but they were 30$ as apposed to what I would've paid brand new for a couple doors, or even having to have one custom size the size was different. So with that I really don't care if you can tell that they are different. I was going to just paint them the same as the wall but then I thought the braces would stick out to much so I went dark.

I hope this inspires you to take on a project that you have wanted but weren't sure you could.