I am a very happy pale little Seattleite. Despite the lack of sun, there are so many things that I love about my city like the completely pointless Space Needle


The fact that we actually have a troll under one of our bridges… yep that is a real volkswagon bug in his hand.


The presence of both mountains and ocean.


Pike Place Market


The busses


… and my ability to walk from one job to another. I love living in a walking city. I lived in Los Angeles for a few years and I hated the fact that you had to drive everywhere. The busses sucked and it was always too far to walk to get anywhere. The only major obstacles here are the hills and the rain.

One can be overcome by not being lazy as is my nature and the other can be over come by cute galoshes. We don’t do umbrellas.

I’ve been walking from one job to the other for a while in the rain. I don’t mind so much except that my pants get wet. Yesterday, though, the weather was perfect for walking. I decided to change my walk just a little bit so that instead of taking the slightly longer but almost flat route, I took the .1 mile shorter but much steeper route to evening job and was happy to feel the burn in my booty that a good workout gives. True, it isn’t a long walk, but it’s what I can fit in right now. I am thinking that I should also work in 10 minutes of strength training 2-3 times per day. This way I can maximize my little snippets of time and hopefully start seeing faster changes in my body again.

I don’t yet have a complete plan for this and am hoping for some feedback on things that I can do in ten minutes first in the morning, then in the afternoon (in a more public area so nothing ridiculous looking), then possibly in the evening. I don’t know about that though… does it really effect your sleep if you workout before bed? Would ten minutes do that? So, any feedback would be super great! Just remember 1 & 3 can be ridiculous, 2 needs to have some dignity attached.

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Jennifer June 24, 2010, 12:29 am

Seattle looks amazing!! I have never been there (east coaster over here!). I am actually working on a 10 minute workout video for one of my classes. It should be done this weekend so I will post it for you! 🙂

Why no umbrellas?

aperfectversionofmyself June 24, 2010, 2:18 am

Push ups before bed! Start doing the girly kind and work up to doing them properly (from the toes). See how many you can do in ten minutes (or, at all like when I started) and then try to do more every week.

Nicole June 25, 2010, 3:54 am

hmm good question. Depends on what kind of exercises you like. If it was me, #1 would be push ups, squats, and lunges. #2 would be arm exercises, discrete butt clenching (Holly Madison suggests this LOL), and core awareness. #3 sit ups and yoga moves to calm down for bed (increasing the HR close to bedtime may make it harder to fall asleep).
PS- Does Seattle really have good coffee?