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Workout hard, mix it up and eat your vegetables.

I workout at least five times a week and I do something different every day. When I am in the 'gym' routine, I do an intense weight lifting workout one day, then a killer kick box or power yoga class the next, Spinning the next day, yoga following and on my last day either a dance class or I lift again. I do at least 1500 abs a week. I have been a fitness instructor for almost 30 years but I got into my best shape ever following this routine. Plus I eat a lot less than I used to.

My best advice for people wanting to change their body with exercise: you MUST work hard to see changes. Most workouts leave me feeling like a rung out towel. But I see so many people in the gym doing the same workout day in day out and their body NEVER changes.

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Chicken Little ran around scaring everyone with his cry about the sky falling and sometimes we do the same.
With access to media and viral emails we often extrapolate more fear than is necessary and the radiation fall out from Japan is one such topic.

In today’s New York Times, an article discusses the amounts of radio active material from the reactors in Japan versus the amounts after Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the effects on people.

“Dr. Douple emphasized that at very low doses, the risk was also very low. But he also said that there was no indication of a threshold, or a level below which acute radiation exposure would have no effect, or a smaller effect than would be predicted based on higher exposures,” according to the article, read more here.

The article goes on to point out that,

“Outof 120,000 survivors in one study group, 219 with radiation exposure had died of leukemia from 1950 through 2002, the latest year with published data. But only 98 of those cases, or 45 percent, were excess deaths attributed to radiation.”

Granted to the relatives of those patients and the patients themselves this is little consolation and as a cancer survivor I truly do understand. But as a scientist and journalist the point is, in the big picture it is not “the sky falling.”

So the next time a disaster strikes or fear sets in, take a few moments to read solid information. Seek out smart, educated, scholarly and well documented research before you let your imagination run away with you, your heart, lungs and all your cells will thank you for it.

 

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One place it seems that I have finally gotten down to a science, and hence more organized is in my clothing choices for my trips.

I have a “uniform” of sorts, and most things are in the same color hughes. This really helps when trying to squeeze four outfits into one small suitcase, especially since I need to have my workout clothes, pajamas, lounging clothes and something to go out in. Seems like a lot of clothes for just 36 hours doesn’t it? I think so so too and I keep trying to pair it down more.

But it seems so hard, or is that the “umbilical” cord of fear of not having what I need/want?

I like to do things on my layovers, I like to run/hike or take the most amazing heart thumping, butt shaking Zumba class on the planet (that’s Wendy’s class in Honolulu at 24 Hour Fitness on Thursdays at 5:30 – for the adventurous!). Then I need a suit to swim and layout in.

Yes I know tanning is bad for you – don’t care – I do it anyway.

And well, I like to be super comfy in my hotel room when I’m lounging or reading or what have you. So I need sweats or tights, those seem to be the most comfortable to me.

Finally the ocean air is always chilly and I need a long sleeve t-shirt or jacket and cute clothes to go to dinner, drinks or walking the town in. I LOVE clothes – can’t eco me out of that one! I love them, always have, always will. And I’ve worked really, really, really hard to get this body and I like to dress in fun and flattering stuff.

So all that being said – I think I am pretty organized for travel. I don’t even unpack my toiletries bag, I just replace what is empty.

I still want to try just packing a suit, shorts and pajamas some day, I think it would be daring and exciting.

Hmmmm…. maybe my next Honolulu, you know¬†cause I can always cross the street and pick up what I need at Forever 21, just in case ūüėČ

~BjW

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Well I didn’t expect to be thinking about organizing my CDs and music just yet. In fact I’d even forgotten I owned music CDs, sorta.

Until tonight.

As I was preparing for the two fitness classes I have to teach tomorrow, I went in search of my old aerobics CDs.

Well this is what I found & happily techno/club music doesn’t really change much….

Holy crap!!! This is my first time posting to my blog via my iPhone, guess I should’ve done a dry run huh?!?

Think I’ll just leave it – typos & all.

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Too Tired

by Barbi J Walsh

To post. But keeping with the 365 days of posting, I am here. I came, I typed, and I logged off.

But before I go, I want to mention that my theme for the month is: uncluttering.

I tossed out three (maybe four) bags per my “instructor.” I took photos and will post tomorrow.

But for now I am thinking BIG in terms of uncluttering my life – every day the subject is forefront so this is good.

And, as they say on Top Gear, with that bombshell, goodnight.

~BjW

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I just interviewed Kimber Lanning, owner of Stinkweeds and founder of Local First Arizona, because my next article is about supporting local musicians and how doing so creates community involvement.

Interestingly enough, what I went in to ask about got shelved some when after talking to her, it became more a question of why don’t the people of Phoenix and the ‘burbs attend local musical events more.

I speculate it’s because we Phonecians and the like don’t know about such events and venues, Lanning thinks it’s because parenthood takes over.

Either way, there aren’t enough medium sized venues for said local talent to play. Places that new talent can sell about 300 to 500 seats.

So, I wonder…

“If they¬†build it, will we come?”

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I am not a big believer in New Year’s Resolutions, so I don’t make them. I am, however, a big believer in retrospection and that’s where change really starts.

I decided I didn’t like the way I felt when I didn’t keep my resolutions. I felt like a failure – so I quit.

And I felt better.

And I accomplished things.

Some had been on my “Resolutions” list for years.

Taking the pressure off of keeping to something I wasn’t really ready to commit to and feeling successful worked for me, not against me.

When we look at the motivation (or lack of) for our actions, reactions and behaviors we can see why we do what we do or did. Then if we want to make the change we have a starting point.

But that’s just the beginning. To make changes, “you must do, not try,” as Yoda says.

That’s what this post is all about: doing. I am “doing” blogging, not thinking about it, not wondering what I should write, not worrying about what my blog should be about, not surfing the net for the next big blog on how to blog successfully.

I’m just blogging.

I’m just doing.

So there you have it. No resolution, no plan, but a post.

Hope your year is off to a great start.

Happy New Year.

~BjW

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So I have, honestly, ¬†I can’t remember how many blogs. I’ve been trying to find my blog “voice” if you will. I’m still not sure what I want to officially blog about, which is why I came up with the name BJW Post, my initials tied in with post in an homage to ¬†Arriangton Huffington, Huffingtonpost.com.

Not that I think I am her in the least, but not only is she an icon, but she is a journalist that I admire and respect. So here with my first post with my official new name, I think I will just blog. Whatever comes out, comes out. So be it.

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