The “Magic Carpet Ride” Left Me With A Rug Burn!

I was eating my oatmeal for breakfast and thinking about how much I sit at my desk and write. I decided to Google search  “Best Exercises To Do At Your Desk”.

I found a great article that listed random things I could do… one being the “Magic Carpet Ride”.

I don’t know if it was the oatmeal clogging my brain or the idea of being Aladdin at my desk, but I got so excited I did just as the instructions told me:

The “Magic Carpet Ride” works your core and arms.

  1. Sit in your chair with your legs crossed and your feet on the seat.
  2. Then place your hands on the armrests, suck in your gut and raise yourself a few inches above the seat, using your belly, muscles and hands.
  3. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds. Repeat five times.

This is where I hovered above my seat for 3 seconds, flipped the chair over and ended up rug burning my elbows.

So much for channeling my inner Aladdin. My Magic Carpet needs a tune up.

“I Suppose Giving Someone The Finger Is Always Better When A Butterfly Is Involved.”

Over the years Grandma had a purple binder that she always kept close to her chest.  (She would literally hold it against her chest so no one could see.) We thought it may have been some housewife porn, so we never really asked about it.

After her passing in July, we were boxing up her things and found the purple binder next to her recliner. We carefully opened it up and found hundreds of handwritten book reports (some were repeated due to her Alzheimer’s), random notes and a diary she had started in order to keep track of her days.

As we read through some of the book reports, notes and diary, we couldn’t help but laugh and cry. This 90-year-old had innocently put a humorous spin on her life in assisted living, and living with Alzheimer’s.

We hope that you get a chuckle out of her random thoughts and join us at in sharing the memories of her life one post at a time.

If I Eat Oatmeal Will I Look Like This?

When I say I want to look like “Lincoln”, I didn’t mean this…

But if I eat oatmeal for breakfast, will I look like this?

Lincoln Stebbins, trainer at Better Bodies, 3122 N. Campbell Ave., does lat pulldowns.

Name: Lincoln Stebbins,Trainer at Better Bodies

Breakfast: a cup of oatmeal

Morning snack: protein shake

Lunch: Chicken breast with broccoli

After-lunch snack: string cheese with a piece of fruit

Dinner: fish, baked yams and a small salad with vinaigrette. If I work out in the evening I will have another protein shake. I also make sure I drink a gallon of water a day.

I work out seven days a week.

> For three days of the week I spend one hour lifting weights. I will usually work one large muscle group along with a small muscle group at a time (for example: chest muscles with triceps).

> When I’m not lifting weights, I do an hour and a half of cardio, usually hiking. I like the stimulation.

Weight when you started bodybuilding: 125 pounds (21 years ago)

Weight when not competing (offseason): 118

Weight during a competition (in season): 106

Health/Fitness accomplishment: Brought my body fat percentage from 20 percent to 13 percent. Taught myself to eat right and stay healthy while increasing my lean muscle mass, allowing me to compete in bodybuilding competitions including the Team USA Amateur Bodybuilding Association’s Junior Masters Short division.

How long did it take you to reach your goal: I competed in my first amateur competition seven years ago. After taking first place, I wanted to do more competitions.

Background: I moved to Tucson from California in 1994 to be with my mother, who was sick, to take care of her. I have four daughters; 8, 14, 17 and 20.

What finally got you motivated to work out and then bodybuild: I wanted my daughters to see their mom do something different. I bartended for years and I wanted to do something more with my life. I have always been interested in fitness and the benefits that being healthy can give me. It started out as a preventive measure because of my mother’s illness, but it soon led me to bodybuild competitively. After I saw that first muscle, I thought it was so cool and wanted to continue.

How did you start? I started by finding time to wake up early and go for a run and eat healthier. I then began to lift weights, but not at the maximum amount I can lift. The goal was to lift 80 percent of my maximum weight to break down the muscle so it can rebuild itself, giving me a more toned look.

When I first started, I could do a 15-pound bicep curl; now I can curl 25 pounds. The most important thing for me was the consistency of my workouts; I even worked out during each of my pregnancies!

Did anyone help you reach your goals? I taught myself the majority of my training. However, I was lucky enough to meet Johnny Peña at APEX Hardbody Nutrition. I asked him tons of questions about bodybuilding and he mentored me, teaching me the poses I needed to compete. I couldn’t have done anything without his help.

Were you intimidated entering this male- dominated field? I was a little intimidated at first. But I finally bit the bullet and went to the free weights in my gym and started lifting. I came to realize that while I can’t get as big as a man, I can work just as hard and I have more passion because I have something to prove.

What was your first competition like? I was panicky and excited. It’s difficult to be on a stage and in the spotlight. I couldn’t wait for it to be over, but the energy was good and I knew everyone else was feeling the same way. I loved it!

Do you take any supplements? I take a daily multi-vitamin, vitamin C and flax seed oil or hemp oil if I didn’t get enough good fats that day. I absolutely DO NOT take any bodybuilding supplements. They’re not healthy and the Amateur Bodybuilding Association drug tests excessively. The only thing I can take for a competition is a diuretic.

How would you encourage other women to start bodybuilding? First, you need the dedication, the discipline and the passion to accomplish this goal. Commitment is the key and any woman should first research the changes that bodybuilding will have to their body because once you gain the muscle, it won’t go away. It’s very important to find a gym with a nurturing atmosphere and if you’re really serious, get a personal trainer who can mentor you and motivate you. While there is some intimidation, it is best to work with it. It can’t hurt you, only make you that much more dedicated.

What is your new goal? A personal goal of mine is to gain 2 to 3 more pounds of lean muscle mass and possibly moving on to compete in professional competitions.

What is the difference between amateur competitions and professional competitions? The only difference is the size of the trophies. The same passion that goes into an amateur competition is the same found in a professional competition.

Any food weakness? Oh, god, yes. I’m normal and when I crave something, I will eat it. I love Flaming Hot Cheetos, cheese, wine and sometimes, fried chicken!

Stebbins in competitive mode.Stebbins in competitive mode.

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I’ll See Your Marsh Mellow Arms And Raise You My Beer Koozie Thighs

It’s always fun getting the ladies together for lunch. We were talking about working out and firm bodies when someone said she had marsh mellow arms.  I told the woman in true poker playing fashion, “I’ll see your marsh mellow arms and raise you my beer koozie thighs.” Well that comment broke the fat levee, and the conversation quickly turned to all things thunder thighs, squishy parts and nasty things related. Things that no person should ever blog about… except for me, because I am gross and I don’t care. (Isn’t that a song? “Heather is gross and I don’t care!”) Anyhow…

I haven’t done lunges or wall squats in a long time. Why? Because when I do I look like a bear taking a dump in the forest. Okay, to be fair, I’ve never seen that. But if they did look anything like me while lunging or wall squatting, I would point and laugh! Now that I am back on the work out or die regimen, I am doing the dreaded lunges and wall squats to turn my koozie thighs into stone.

With that being said, this is fair warning to put your hunting permit away if you see me at the gym. That ain’t no bear!

No Matter What Obstacles Stand In Your Way, Always Remember To Keep Pedaling!

I took this picture near the Point Robinson Lighthouse. The bicycle embedded in a tree on Vashon Island is real and has not been photo shopped. The true story is revealed in this article from the December 30th, 2009 Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomer. The bike dates back to the 1950s and the kid who left the bike went on to be a King County Sheriff’s deputy. Special thanks to Kent’s Bike Blog for the article above.