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What to do about exercise?

So, the hubby and I are not fit people.  Neither one of us was very athletic in school, though I did a couple of months in intramural soccer in college.  Until a quad injury sidelined me, that is. We get by, but, like many Americans, are far from being at the fitness level we’d like to be.  This affects me in my farm work and my husband in his hunting.  We’re setting out to change that, however.  In The Primal Blueprint, one thing that Mark Sisson discusses is fitness.  To that end, he has also put together a fitness program and made videos of what he calls “Five Essential Movements.” He also highly recommends moving around slowly a lot.  Aka, taking long walks, to the tune of 3-5 hours per week or more.  Lifting heavy things is another tenet, and that is where the Five Essential Movements fall. A final piece of this, and it is only once a week, is to sprint.  Developing an exercise program like this will take care of conditioning, endurance, and aerobic fitness needs – to the point where, Sisson claims that one could easily finish a triathlon without ever specifically training for it (provided, of course, that you knew how to  swim and bike).

So, our family now exercises together.  About 2-3 times a week, we will all get together and start doing the Five Essential Movements.  It is probably funny to watch 5 people spread out throughout the house doing wall pushups or seeing us pop up and down in squats. 🙂 Additionally, I do a Pilates video 2-3 times a week, as I really enjoy the 20-30 minutes of it that I do. Everybody’s goal for the quarter is to master their current ability level of each movement and start on the next level.

Here are the videos that show you how to perform each of the Five Essential Movements.

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Happy Birthday to me!

Happy birthday to me.

Happy birthday to me.

I live in a zoo.

With my hubs and 5 monkeys! 😀

Okay, in seriousness… It is my birthday.  I’m 34 – don’t mind people knowing that.  I’m happy with my age, who I am, what I look like. 🙂 For my birthday, I’m going to splurge a little with dairy and have this – Wellness Mama’s Spinach Artichoke Chicken with a Caesar Salad for supper.  Probably going to make those paleo carrot cake bites for my “cake.” I don’t want to have a lot of sugar because some of the minions/monkeys are sniffling and coughing.  We all know that sugar suppresses the immune system, right? If not, it does.  Trust me on this.  Ask my good friend Mr. Google about it, if you need to (or click on the linky 3 sentences ago where I’ve done it for you).

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Introduction to Ezekiel's Garden

This is my 3rd attempt at a blog. I may not blog every day or even every other day. But I will blog. This time around, I primarily want a place to chronicle the journey my family is taking into a paleo, or more properly Primal, lifestyle. I will include recipes, but also talking about different things that we’ve found on our journey, shopping lists, what our meals look like, etc.

I’m sure I’ll also eventually talk about our homeschool and what we’re learning, our faith, and even some about mourning the loss of our 4th son almost 5 years later. Maybe I’ll include some knitting projects (that I hope to finish so I can move on to other projects) and some home sewing projects as well.

I look forward to sharing my journey with you, my gentle reader.

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