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Thursday2Q: Exercise/Diet

 


Hello Kittens & Dawgs, I can’t believe it’s almost mid-January. This morning’s feature artist is new-to-me. I like asking Google for  suggestions and discovered this girl, Dua Lipa. She’s an English singer, songwriter, and model who started her career at the age of 14. The above YouTube playlist consists of two of her best songs, # 1, “New Rules” was a number one single in the UK and #5 “Be The One” hit the UK top 10 singles chart.

Over the weekend I wanted to share 5 goals for this week in my Sunspiration slot but failed due to a shortage on time. Anywho, I decided to share them now.

  1. Exercise daily. I stopped sometime around Halloween after getting consumed with holiday prep and never returned. WomensHealthMag says, the National Institute of Health recommends to lose weigh you need to do moderate aerobic activity for 30-45 minutes at least three times per week. I will shoot for my normal routine of 60-minutes for 4-5 days this week which is totally doable.
  2. Food journal. Okay, this stinks but I know I need to do it for at least two weeks. This forces me to focus on my diet causing me to question every bit. Am I hungry? Am I thirst? FYI: Being thirsty sends mixed signals to the brain making you think you’re hungry. Learn how to tell the difference, here. Am I bored?
  3. Stand often. I do way too much sitting down. There are so many studies showing that’s bad for you. Duh, like I need someone to tell me why? That’s just common sense but what I didn’t realize is that standing burns significant calories. Lifehacker.com says this about standing versus sitting for three hours per day….Standing caused the volunteers to have a higher heart rate (around 10 beats per minute higher), which adds up to burning about 50 calories more per hour versus sitting. Over a year, that adds up to about 30,000 more calories or 8 pounds of fat.
  4. Lose the junk. This is an ongoing chore 365 days and after nearly 39 years of marriage we have stuff that needs to go. However, after reading this article, I think I will dedicate 5 mintues each day to finding items to toss with the hopes of filling at least one trash bag per week. Sounds like a good plan to declutter our home!
  5. Create. Last year, I discovered by forcing myself to sketch it revealed I had some hidden talent but another thing I found out is by creating it releaved stress and boosted my mood. My goal is to do something creative every day. There are many mental health benefits for everyone to take advantage of if one is willing to unlock his/her ability to test the waters.

Sketch created on iPad Pro using Apple Pencil in Procreate following YouTube illustrator.

Next week, I’ll report how my progress went with working these steps into my day. I’m sure I will struggle to get going but I know I will eventually get back into the groove of doing the things that I’ve allowed to slide.

I’m trying to find that happy balance between the blog world and life after the holidays. I haven’t quite gotten it just yet. This week I made a concerted effort to get back into using the elliptical for an hour every day.  That’s one of the goals I set over the weekend and I hope to bump that to two hours after I my building my stamia. I haven’t exercised since…gosh, I can’t remember maybe Halloween. There’s no excuse for dropping the ball on keeping active and I seriously don’t think raising my fork and spoon to my lips qualifies as weightlifting. *smack forehead*

I love my Zumba videos but haven’t used them in years. Our living room is small and when we got the elliptical it made it even smaller, so I’m hoping when we move this year, I know that’s not guaranteed but if I keep saying it enough then maybe it will happen, we can find a home that will accommodate this need.  An unfinished basement is an ideal place for a workout room, don’t you think?

In keeping with getting back my blogging basics, here are this week’s Thursday Two Questions. Feel free to answer these in comments, borrow to create your own T2Q post or come up with your own. This is a great way to initate conversation while learning new things about one another.

1. Do you exercise more for weight loss or just for general health?

It took me years to figure this out but exercise isn’t the key to weight loss as much as it is my diet. So, now I exercise mostly for my overall health. Using my elliptical is about the only way I get some serious aerobic activity and while it’s important to keep the heart rate up, I think it’s essential to keep your body moving to prevent muscles and joints from growing weak and stiff.  That makes a person feel old.

2. What’s the best diet tip you found works for you?

The best thing I found that works for me is realizing how many calories I’m consuming each day. Unless you’re a highly motivated person who always makes the right food choices then this isn’t a problem but if you aren’t like me then keeping a diary ensures I don’t over eat.  After a long break away from my normal diet routine, I found keeping a food journal for a couple of weeks is a huge help to reset my diet habits.

 

Speaking of diet/exercise, you may want to check out the “Dear Diet Diary” funny I shared last Friday. I hope you enjoyed my little Q&A session. Eventually, I hope to include other Thursday hop connections. If you visit my Daily Blog Hop page you’ll find a few listed. Some of which I participated in last year but my timing was off and I couldn’t latch on to them properly. I hope to change that this year. Wish me luck! I invite you to stroll back over tomorrow for some giggles and a whole lot more of Friday Fun Stuff!

X💋X💋, Cathy

 

 

Everyday is Christmas #Sia #music

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! I kicked off a new-to-me mewsic discovery on the first Tuesday of this month and I decided to continue my posting craze every Thursday throughout December, so there’s gonna be a whole lot of Christmas mewsic. No bah-hum-bugs allowed so if you’re not onboard then move on Scrooge! Today’s featured artist/album is Sia with Everyday Is Christmas!

 

X💋X💋, Cathy

 

 

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#4M Band Names or Song Titles with the Word ‘Air’

 

K.D. Lang is a Canadian pop, country singer/songwriter with an eerie sorta resemblance to the late Karen Carpenter that I found a bit mesmerizing in her cover of the classic hit made popular by The Hollies (1974) and landing them in at #2 on the UK and #6 on the US mewsic charts, but what I found it interesting is that the songwriter, Albert Hammond, first recorded “The Air That I Breathe” in 1973.

Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! ? It’s great to be back as co-host to the best dance party in Blogosphere with the “Monday’s Music Moves Me” gals! Thank you, XmasDolly, Stacy, and Colette for having me back after a long hiatus.  Now, I invite you to hit the dance floor.  This week’s theme is “Band Names or Song Titles with the Word ‘Air'”



 

 

What mewsic moves you today? ?

 

I hope to see back for Tuesday Tunesation!!

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Smoother than Chocolate Love Mewsic

Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! ? My friend, XmasDolly puts together the Monday’s Music Moves Me ? linky party. Recently I volunteered to co-host to fill-in while Stacy Uncorked moved into her new home who’s now back. Welcome back, Stacy! But, guess what? So am I! I’m back to full capacity doing my old gig again with the 4M crew. Stacy suggested today’s theme, “Trains or railroads – song titles, lyrics, or anything relating to both”!

 

 

I invite you to hit the dance floor!



 

 

 

Although Stacy’s theme is fabulous. I had this post done ahead. I hope you enjoy my Valentine’s Day theme, Smoother than chocolate Love Mewsic!

 

 

 

 

 

Share your photography, crafts, mewsic, and more posts with Charles on Mondays with Feeling Inspired?

 

What mewsic are you listening to lately? ?

 

Did you catch last week’s Simple hand-drawn Valentine’s Day cards & other V-Day Ideas? If not, you’re invited to take a peek and don’t forget to join me tomorrow for another edition of Tuesday Tunesation!

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Where is My Sweetie Jenni Vartiainen

Good morning, kittens & dawgs! These past two Saturdays I featured mewsic talent from Finland. Today I continue the trend with a female pop recording artist.  Jenni Vartiainen.

Prior to Jenni’s singing career, she was a figure skater in her teens and after winning the talent show Popstars in 2002, she joined a girl band who called themselves, Gimmel. Once the group broke up, Jenni embarked a solo career.  Selling more than 330K records, Jenni is regarded as one of the 50 best selling Finnish artists of all time.

 

 

At night I went again to sleep to the balcony,
So he would be closer to me
I saw the sky from my bed, I began to wait,
That I could see a star flying
They say: if you notice somewhere a falling star
Then you can wish for anything you want
For the night sky I whispered a request:
I hope it could wind soon
Ref.
Wind, wind there where’s my sweetie
Play with his hair for a while
Tell him that I love, that I miss
Tell him that I’m still waiting for him
Yesterday the night was calm
but then
wind breathed and I got the feeling
That someone moved near to me
Touched my cheek
I felt the known hand on my skin
I didn’t suspect anymore
I knew that I can
Fall asleep like a little child
We breath the same air
And we have the same ground under our feet
Ref.
Wind, wind there where’s my sweetie
Play with his hair for a while
Tell him that I love, that I miss
Tell him that I’m still waiting for him

 

English lyrics for Ihmisten edessä

 English lyrics for Duran Duran

 English lyrics for Minä ja hän

The site where I got the English translated lyrics from above have several song titles and most have accompanying YouTube mewsic videos. My favorite song featured today is “Missä muruseni on (Where is my Sweetie?)”  I really wanted to buy it from iTunes but sadly she has only one song listed which I did not share. 🙁

You can follow Jenni on Twitter & Facebook.

 

What did you think of today’s mewsic? If you liked, then share your discovery with your friends! 😉

 

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That’s a wrap for this week. I hope you enjoyed your visit and I appreciate you including me in your weekend. I’ll see ya on Monday for Mewsic Moves Me. Have a songsational Saturday!

 

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Oh, Child Let It Go because it’s time to Start Over Again + #BoTB results

 

Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! ? My friend, XmasDolly who puts on the Monday’s Music Moves Me ? linky party is a bit short-handed and I volunteered to co-host as long for as long as she needs me.  You’re invited to hit the dance floor.  The theme this week is “your choice”.



 

 

How’s the new year treating you so far? What mewsic are you tuned into today? ?

One more thing, if you’re the creative type and looking for more memes to connect with then Impulsive Artistry hosts the Monday meme Feeling Inspired? where you can share your photography, crafts, mewsic, and more posts.

In last week’s June in January #BoTB showdown it really wasn’t much of a battle because one artist led the entire time.  I appreciate everyone who took the time to vote.  The outcome between Julie London and Dean Martin swung heavily in favor of Ms. London giving her a decisive victory! Apparently, the majority including myself were swayed by her vocal charm! 😉 This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with one more vintage recording by Julie.

 

I hope to see y’all back for a not-so Wordless Wednesday!

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Finish pop artist – Anna Eriksson!

Good morning, kittens & dawgs!  I’m taking a new direction with my mewsic listening and I hope you enjoy the change.  Let’s broaden our mewsic listening pleasures for a taste from Finland as I present to you, Anna Eriksson!

 

Listen to the entire playlist while you do other things and you can subscribe to Anna’s YouTube channel to stay connected.

Anna has a beautiful voice, doesn’t she? There’s something special about foreign mewsic and enjoy listening to her songs in her native language.  After digging around I finally found Anna on Facebook where I found two lovely mewsic videos.

 

 

She does an equally lovely job in English, doesn’t she?

I invite you to tweet the mews, if you enjoyed today’s mewsic with your friends.

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That’s a wrap for this week. I hope you enjoyed your visit and I appreciate you including me in your weekend.  I’ll see ya on Monday for Mewsic Moves Me.

 

 

 

Have a songsational Saturday!

Hugs & Purrs,

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