Rowing, Cakes, and Pizza

by Joanne on April 8, 2009

Beginning with Rowing….Great Exercise Tip from Sparkpeople.com

Using the Rowing Machine


Rowing is a great aerobic exercise because the smooth, low-impact, and non-load bearing movement works the whole body and can challenge almost any fitness level. With the proper technique, rowing will evenly target all your major muscle groups (legs, arms, and torso). Be sure to warm up and stretch before your workout, and do not continue your exercise if you feel pain in your lower back.

 

  • Sit on the seat and fully extend your legs onto the foot pads.
  • Grab the handles with an overhand grip, pulling it towards your abdomen while leaning back slightly.
  • Without bending your knees, tilt your upper body forward from the hips to a comfortable forward-leaning position.
  • Slowly bend your knees and slide forward into the “catch” position.
  • To stroke, simultaneously extend your legs as you lean back and pull the handles toward your chest.
  • After the stroke, return to the “catch” position by smoothly extending your arms, bending your legs, and leaning forward.
  • Repeat for several continuous strokes.
    Time Involved: Usually 15-45 minutes. Body Benefit: More energy and a healthy heart.

Cake? Did someone say “Cake”???

We did say “cake”. It’s Jaine’s 4th Birthday tomorrow and this is the cake Apple Crumbles prepared for her special day.

Jaine's 4th Birthday Cake

Jaine's 4th Birthday Cake

 

 

Happy Birthday, Jaine!

Happy Birthday, Jaine!

 

 

So what’s with the Pizza?

As you can see, the cake was quite a bit of work and after hanging my head and detailing the decorations, the last thing this body felt like doing was cooking.  Ted suggested our all time favorite “upside down” pizza from O’Scugnizzo’s.  For him: meatball. For her: mushroom and peppers.  A nice baby spinach salad on the side.

Upside down pizza: sauce on top, cheese and toppings underneath

Upside down pizza: sauce on top, cheese and toppings underneath

 

 

Baby spinach salad with Newman's Own Lite Balsamic Dressing

Baby spinach salad with Newman's Own Lite Balsamic Dressing

 

One more item to share with you tonight.  When walking into my office at work today, look what was on my desk:

A gift from Anna

A gift from Anna

 

Beautiful!  Thank you, Anna!

Take care all and make sure to come back tomorrow for CEimB.

 
 

 

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3 Comments

  • At 2009.04.09 10:02, Bonnie said:

    Jaine’s cake is beautiful. She will love it – pink and purple are her very favorite colors.

    • At 2009.04.09 13:15, Hélène said:

      What a beautiful cake.

      • At 2009.04.09 16:10, Talita said:

        Cute cake!

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