Friday, June 25, 2010

Bee Pollen Ineffective

7am... Can you believe I've already finished all 5 magazines? There's a couple good looking recipes I'll be trying next week :-)  And I found a great shoulder workout in Muscle & Fitness Hers that I can't wait to try, but have to wait until I can bear weight over my head (darned back!). 

I love to read about the supplement reviews and news, and this time bee pollen came up.... Now, I used bee pollen faithfully for about 3 years, then decided it was too pricey to keep up and I didn't think there were any benefits... I went off it, and sure enough, no difference. Well, a new study has shown that the nutritional value is nil! And that it has ZERO impact on seasonal allergies! Ha! I'm better off with my local honey! Another study showed that there is significant value in adding coconut oil to the diet (color me surprised! LOL!). I love my coconut oil and all it's varied uses.

I skipped the gym last night. My back was giving me fits as I drove home, so better safe than sorry. It feels good today, so I'll be heading to the gym soon. I was planning to try a new recipe last night for dinner, but didn't feel like driving across town to pick up the quinoa pasta (stupid back), so the family enjoyed a frozen pasta dinner (there are some battles I will not win, yet) while I baked up some tilapia filets.

It was a whopping 115° yesterday! And so very dry! Just sucks the moisture right out of  you! This morning it's a very breezy and balmy 90°. Smelled like rain when Bill and I stepped out on the patio this morning at 6am, but it's looking like it'll clear up and be another scorcher! Supposed to be a high of 107. We'll see! This is about the time of year, us Arizonans start wondering what the heck we're doing her! Lol! I gotta say, I'm dreaming of Mexico! We've simply got to get our passports. It used to be so easy, didn't need a passport to cross the border, but with the new laws... It wouldn't be a big deal, but it's not 2 passports we have to pay for, it's 6. And there's always something else that needs financial attention. We've agreed, though, that we need to make it a priority. Puerto Penasco is so close (only 2.5 hours) and it's an inexpensive getaway for the whole family. It's been a long time since we've had any kind of vacation, and we're all missing the beach. It seems crazy to me that we can vacation for several days in Mexico significantly cheaper than if we were to drive to San Diego for the same time period.  So into my wish box goes a set of 6 passports and a trip to Rocky Point. :-)  Yes, this is the same wish box that houses my desire for a tummy tuck and boobs, lol!

My daughter, Shiloh, sent me a million photos yesterday from the Flagstaff trip (her boyfriend is working up there this summer, so she, her best bud Olivia, and Bethany - my youngest, drove up for the day). While there are a lot of great ones, here's my favorite.... aren't they adorable? :-)

8:30pm. I had a great upper body workout, plus my 30 min of stairmaster, and.... I did abs!!! No back pain!!! Wooohooo!!! I tried super hard to not over-do it, but I guess I'll know tomorrow, lol.  I was so excited to do some abs! 

My upper body workout was:

Round 1 - No Rest between exercises. 15 reps each, 3 times.

Chest Press on bench with 20# dumbbells.
Flyes on bench with 15# dumbbells
Reclining Overhead Tricep Extensions with 30# dumbbells

Round 2 - No Rest between exercises. 2 times.
Assisted wide grip pull up - 10
Low Row, stationary (no leaning fwd into the row, straight back - because of my injury)-15
Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns - 15
Narrow Reverse Grip Lat Pulldowns - 15
Wall crunches with twists, using 8# medicine ball - 10 crunches, 20 twists

Tonight, Bill and I went out to dinner. Blue Adobe... I had the very yummy (and not saucy) seafood enchiladas (shrimp, halibut, salmon all mixed). It was a terrific treat meal, though after my plate arrived I realized I have eaten a lot of fish in the last two days. Woops!

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