It’s hard to walk the stairs…
..while texting, emailing, surfing or talking on the phone
…with a winter coat, mittens, scarf, starbucks, umbrella, big ole boots, a purse and a computer bag (I am still carrying the laptop and iPad, I have to figure out how to stop this)
…and what I discovered today…skinny jeans. The good news is that I fit into my version of skinny jeans, the bad news is that it adds a new challenge to walking up the nine flights of stairs.
…Oh yeah, that was another new revelation today – no office building labels the 13th floor – so going from 8 to 18 is not ten flights, but rather nine flights. This “ah ha” was the most disturbing of all.
I will continue to milk the brief alone time and power up the nine flights while only using my iPhone for music.
I have been struggling for a while about finding the time to work out. I have always worked out in the morning, but after having my twins morning is the time for precious sleep. I get up at 6am so I can get the early train to work in order to get home for dinner time with the family. So working out in the morning means very early. I know people do it. I have been talking to many people to work up the motivation and conviction to do it.
So this past Tuesday I got up at 5am and did 45 minutes of Power Yoga in my kitchen/playroom/livingroom. I listened to a podcast of a yoga instructor in Chicago, but he was trained in Cambridge by Baron Baptiste so it is the same style of yoga I love. It felt great after.
Today I did it again. Today was harder. It is hard to stay focused. I miss the heat of the yoga studio. But there isn’t time to drive to a studio. So I’m sure I’ll get used to this.
But the other way I am milking time is walking stairs. At work I get off at the 8th floor and walk up to 18th where my office is located. My friend at work @soniachung turned me onto this. It is energizing. My goal is to do that three times a day – so far I have only made it twice a day. I should start scheduling meetings with Sonia and hold them in the stairwell. That is the easiest way to do the stairs – talking to someone the whole way up. The alternative way I have been doing this is listening to music very loud on my iPod. Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin and Ozzy are good for that.
So I am not working out like I used to, but I am milking the time I can to squeeze it in. I’m ok with this for now.
Here are some great apps for preschoolers and perhaps older children. For the most part I am cheap so I usually get the free app and if something is very good I upgrade. Most of the recommendations below are free or .99.
Angry Birds ( ok this one is for you, but you can get it under the guise of needing it for your child.)
Cut The Rope
Hidden Pix (think Highlights magazine from when you were a kid and email was 12 years in the future)
Uzu ( babies like this one, not that I encourage babies to use an iPad)
Yertle (dr suess book)
Toy Story ( part e-book and part coloring book )