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by larisa0001
Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:33 am
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: Slow Walking Burns More Calories, Easier on Joints
Replies: 5
Views: 13636

As someone who actually majored in biomechanics, I'd be very wary of changing anything about the biomechanics of one's gait in order to make it less efficient - it sounds like a recipe for injuring oneself. Those winged shoes that make you change your gait made me wince.
by larisa0001
Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:24 am
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: A different time schedule for Shovelglove
Replies: 4
Views: 7921

A longer-term report on the viability of this mod: I love it. Love it love it love it. It feels effortless, my arms and shoulders are looking better than they've ever looked in years, and I'm getting strong. Last week I did two pullups with no prior training. And I think I'm getting maybe 5 minutes ...
by larisa0001
Thu May 22, 2014 5:55 am
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: A different time schedule for Shovelglove
Replies: 4
Views: 7921

A different time schedule for Shovelglove

I've been crazy busy lately, and even 14 minutes is hard to find. Here's what I'm doing instead - every hour on the hour, I get up and do 10 reps of a Shovelglove exercise and 10 bodyweight squats. Sometimes I use dumbbells instead or do step-ups or deadlifts instead of squats. I try to vary things ...
by larisa0001
Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: "Read More" everyday system?
Replies: 2
Views: 8630

"Read More" everyday system?

I've come to realize that I spend way too much time online reading trash, rather than offline reading good books. I want to read more classics and fewer Buzzfeed articles. However, since I use Facebook and other online things as a social outlet, I'm unwilling to give it up altogether. This seems to ...
by larisa0001
Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:22 am
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: Shovelglove is a good 1/3 fitness solution ...
Replies: 7
Views: 11342

What I do is not "pure" Shovelglove - I alternate my Shovelglove exercises with kettlebell exercises, and do 1 minute of yoga at 7 minutes and at 14 minutes. I think that the kettlebell stuff is very good for cardio (as well as for legs and back strength), and the yoga takes care of flexibility. Oh,...
by larisa0001
Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:51 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: An (almost) 10-month report and thank you
Replies: 19
Views: 27271

As soon as it's ready, I'll let you know - heck, if you let me know your mailing address, I'll send you a copy.
by larisa0001
Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:14 pm
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: An (almost) 10-month report and thank you
Replies: 19
Views: 27271

Thanks! And seriously - the best way to beat clutter is just to think of putting a thing away as part of the activity. You're not "done" until you put it away. If you set up a really really strict rule, with no exceptions, ever, your subconscious will "get it" soon enough. If you think about it, the...
by larisa0001
Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:06 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: An (almost) 10-month report and thank you
Replies: 19
Views: 27271

An (almost) 10-month report and thank you

I thought I would write this, because it's been almost 10 months since I started practicing my various Everyday Systems and I wanted to publicly thank Reinhard for putting this information out there. For as long as I can remember, I thought of myself as a loser, lacking in willpower, someone who sta...
by larisa0001
Sat Jul 24, 2010 5:28 am
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: how about 3 times a week?
Replies: 7
Views: 10003

By the way, when I did a harder workout (1 hour of weights at a gym), I used a different "system" that I think is simpler - every other day, without fail. I was in school at the time, so the weekday/weekend division wasn't very meaningful to me, and this way the only question I had to ask myself was...
by larisa0001
Sat Jul 24, 2010 5:26 am
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: how about 3 times a week?
Replies: 7
Views: 10003

I've been doing the "14 minutes of anything" - I tend to get overenthusiastic about weight training and get injured, and I'm trying to avoid that now. Shovelglove is very hard on the hands, and my hands are not in the best of condition, so I'm being careful. I intersperse my Shovelgloving with some ...
by larisa0001
Sat Jul 24, 2010 5:20 am
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: Progress so far (2 mo).
Replies: 5
Views: 8371

I also do kettlebells as well as Shovelglove; I keep a kettlebell in my office at work, and do a few swings and other exercises in my office during the day, and then do the Shovelglove at night after I come home. I think the two complement each other very nicely. I agree about the two complimenting...
by larisa0001
Sun Jul 18, 2010 6:35 am
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: Normal Daily Walking
Replies: 4
Views: 8960

I walk to work too, and it's about a 15-minute walk for me. I love my commute - I get to walk through a beautiful neighborhood full of gardens and pretty flowers every day. When I was picking a place to live, I drew a circle with a one-mile radius around my workplace and only considered homes within...
by larisa0001
Sun Jul 18, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: A different exercise-related everyday system
Replies: 6
Views: 10746

An update: once an hour was, in fact, too much. I tweaked my shoulder and had to take a couple of months off from kettlebelling (and most other exercise). Now I'm getting back into it, but being more cautious. For the first couple of weeks, I only did two "mini-workouts" a day. Now, I'm up to three....
by larisa0001
Sun Jul 18, 2010 6:17 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Podcast 38: 14 minutes of ANYTHING
Replies: 16
Views: 35706

Another construct that I have generalized from No-S I call "Five of Seven" (which sounds like a Borg name from Star Trek, and I'm geeky enough to be amused by that). Basically, that's the target to which I hold myself accountable for any new habit - five days out of seven. I don't mandate whether t...
by larisa0001
Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:05 am
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: "Active Couch Potatoes" vs. French Exercise
Replies: 7
Views: 11224

Here's a beta-microsystem to get in some more frequent movement throughout the day without adding much memory burden. It's [somewhat too] evocatively named: P-ups. Every time you go to the bathroom, bang out 21 pushups (or 5 pull-ups, if you have a bar available). Gets the blood flowing on a freque...
by larisa0001
Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:59 am
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: Progress so far (2 mo).
Replies: 5
Views: 8371

I also do kettlebells as well as Shovelglove; I keep a kettlebell in my office at work, and do a few swings and other exercises in my office during the day, and then do the Shovelglove at night after I come home. I think the two complement each other very nicely.
by larisa0001
Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:46 am
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: Need motivation to walk? Get a dog!
Replies: 3
Views: 7301

Re: Walk the dog

Your post reminded me of a piece of advice I read in an exercise book back in the seventies. " Walk the dog, even if you don't have a dog." Too bad I didn't take the advice back then.[/list] I've often thought of getting myself one of these : http://www.nightmarefactory.com/cgi-bin/shopper?preadd=a...
by larisa0001
Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:08 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: A different exercise-related everyday system
Replies: 6
Views: 10746

It certainly can't hurt. The last few years I've read and heard a lot about how getting 30 mins. a day of excersize can be done in spurts throughout the day is just as effective as all at once. It should at least help to clear your mind and get some oxygen to your brain. If nothing else, your work ...
by larisa0001
Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:56 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: A different exercise-related everyday system
Replies: 6
Views: 10746

A different exercise-related everyday system

I've been working crazy 80-hour weeks for the past couple of months. Needless to say, my exercise routine went by the wayside. I've been very good about my piano-related Everyday System (2 hours a day, 6 days a week, with certain exceptions) - and it took all my willpower to do my two hours of piano...
by larisa0001
Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:46 pm
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: The Nature of S-Days
Replies: 4
Views: 7412

I also like the idea of S-days, but I've made a significant tweak to it. It seems to work for me for my exercise routine (1 hour a day) and for my piano practice routine (2 hours a day). Basically, my rule is that I get to take one day off per week. Does not matter when, whether it's a weekend or a ...
by larisa0001
Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:18 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Larisa's Check-in
Replies: 15
Views: 9305

Well, I fell off the wagon. Fell off it totally and completely. If this were an AA report, I'd be talking about binge-drinking and rolling in the gutter. As it is, here is a description of the damage: Last Friday, I had some bad sushi. The resulting case of food poisoning consumed all of Friday and ...
by larisa0001
Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:07 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Morning Banana Diet
Replies: 9
Views: 6982

I actually rather like bananas, and one of my breakfast alternatives is coffee and a banana. I find that I'm never all that hungry in the morning, so I generally have a very light breakfast. Plus, bananas are good for you - high in potassium and all that stuff.
by larisa0001
Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:04 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Has anyone been successful with only a little to lose?
Replies: 7
Views: 5592

Marygrace, this is what I've been tracking, insofar as I'm tracking anything at all. My pants do appear to be getting looser, and my muscles are more visible. My weight is still hovering around the 130 mark, but I'm not sure I care, considering the other improvements.
by larisa0001
Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:44 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Eating like a caveman or starches as an S, working for me
Replies: 9
Views: 6008

This is kinda what I'm doing as well - I've mostly cut out bread on N-days, as well as any other baked goods. It's worked well for me - I've already lost some weight, and also noticed that my skin looks a lot better now. I've never had good skin, so this is a pleasant discovery to make, and very mot...
by larisa0001
Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:35 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Larisa's Check-in
Replies: 15
Views: 9305

LA_Loser, I did look at Reinhard's "Weekend Luddite" system, but mine is kinda the opposite - I'm a "weekday Luddite". I give myself permission to surf all I want on weekends*, but on weekdays, the only websites I allow myself to go to are the ones I need to check my email or the ones I need for sch...
by larisa0001
Sat Oct 25, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Larisa's Check-in
Replies: 15
Views: 9305

A week's worth of check-ins, because one of the "S" activities I am now banning on weekdays is "slacking" - defined as surfing the web for any reason except for checking email or anything required for studying. I tend to treat websurfing, and reading fiction, as addictive activities that cause me to...
by larisa0001
Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:24 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Larisa's Check-in
Replies: 15
Views: 9305

Today was an S-day, though I ended it at sunset (since I started my S-days on Friday night). No trouble with it, though I was eating way too many sweet things that I knew I wouldn't be able to have once the week started. Still, I don't think I overindulged too horribly. No exercise today, because I'...
by larisa0001
Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:39 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Larisa's Check-in
Replies: 15
Views: 9305

Ah well. Returning to no-S. It did not stick, last time around, as the long silence appears to indicate. I hope it sticks better now. I have just completed a week on the diet. It was hard going; I think I might need to make some adjustments. For example, I am not sure how useful the "no snacks" proh...
by larisa0001
Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:54 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Has anyone been successful with only a little to lose?
Replies: 7
Views: 5592

I've also only got 5 lbs. to lose - "vanity weight". But my problem is kinda the opposite - I have never dieted. Ever. I love food, I love to eat, and I'm not at all used to restricting my intake in any way at all. Even something as mild as no-S is hard for me to get used to. I eat fairly healthy fo...
by larisa0001
Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:28 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: OK, did I fail?
Replies: 5
Views: 4309

Thanks! I'm kinda new to this whole dieting thing, so still trying to figure things out. Today, I think I had things slightly better calibrated: meal 1: coffee and a turkey sandwich meal 2: 2 fried eggs, cherry tomatoes, bread, some fresh blackberries, an apple (I like fresh fruit...) meal 3: more o...
by larisa0001
Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:29 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: OK, did I fail?
Replies: 5
Views: 4309

Thanks. I guess my definition of "ideal weight" is not very medically sound. I am currently at 130 lbs. - well within "normal weight". But this is 5 lbs. more than I weighed before this summer, and I'd like to get rid of those 5 lbs., especially since they appear to be 5 lbs. of fat rather than musc...
by larisa0001
Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:58 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: OK, did I fail?
Replies: 5
Views: 4309

OK, did I fail?

I started on no-S again this week (expanding circumference and shrinking clothing... alas) Today, I had the following meals: 1 banana in the morning coffee and two Vietnamese spring rolls at noon plateful of beef+lentil+carrot+barley+mushroom stew, a grapefruit, and an apple at about 5 and then I wa...
by larisa0001
Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:22 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Small nitpick, about the word "vegan"
Replies: 17
Views: 15003

Re: Yeah...

Yeah, I have a niece who became a vegan/vegetarian on her own when she was like 4 or 5 and is now almost 18 and that is just the way she is! Her sister is definitely not a vegetarian... Some people do need to be a vegetarian. Their body chemistry just doesn't need or like the meat. It is usually bl...
by larisa0001
Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:24 pm
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Gradual Weekday/End Luddite
Replies: 4
Views: 8707

I've been thinking along the same lines, after doing a summer internship at a law firm while also playing the piano on a regular basis (as in, out-of-town performances). It was crazy intense, and gave me a different insight into simplifying my life. Before, I looked at "simplifying my life" as somet...
by larisa0001
Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:31 pm
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: getting up early and consistently tip
Replies: 17
Views: 19124

I'm trying to get my sleep schedule realigned, too. My class schedule this semester is very irregular - sometimes class starts at 10:30am and sometimes at 1pm - and I have a volunteer thing to do at 6:30am on Saturdays. As a result, my internal clock is all over the place, and I've decided that if I...
by larisa0001
Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:28 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Larisa's Check-in
Replies: 15
Views: 9305

I had a bit of a failure with the no-S diet. Some creme brulee was involved. I forgot that today was Monday. As far as exercise goes (and really, as far as everything goes), I'm declaring today an "S as in sick" day. I'm running a fever, I've got a horrible headache, and the general health and vital...
by larisa0001
Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:30 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Larisa's Check-in
Replies: 15
Views: 9305

Another S-day, and a pretty indulgent one. No snacks, but both sweets and seconds. An S-day as far as piano and exercise are concerned. The to-do list for today is done, though. (it wasn't a very long one - just two items - but I got both of them done) I've decided that I will only have one S-day fo...
by larisa0001
Sun Nov 04, 2007 2:00 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Larisa's Check-in
Replies: 15
Views: 9305

Actually, yesterday's "failure" was actually not a failure - I did get everything done on the list. The trick to these lists, I think, is to keep the tasks small enough to really be bite-sized pieces. Also, I am amazingly productive late at night - much more so than during the day. Diet-wise, today'...
by larisa0001
Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:30 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Larisa's Check-in
Replies: 15
Views: 9305

After spending the day thinking about an everyday system for Getting Stuff Done, I decided to go with the simple expedient - in the morning, I write down a to-do list for that day. I will keep track of when I have actually accomplished all the items on my list. Today's list had 4 items. Of those, tw...
by larisa0001
Fri Nov 02, 2007 11:19 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Larisa's Check-in
Replies: 15
Views: 9305

So, the no-S thing is still going well. No sweets today; breakfast included raspberries and tea with bread and cheese and lunch was coffee and a sandwich (non-sweet). I am baking pirozhki tonight, but they're not really sweet - they're basically bread rolls with a cabbage filling. Dinner will be som...
by larisa0001
Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:20 am
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: Flexcar or other car sharing
Replies: 3
Views: 7341

I use a local Philadelphia car-sharing system, and I love it. Lots more convenient than actually owning a car - if you don't drive a whole lot. I only need a car about once a month, so it works out great for me. And I get to drive a shiny new Prius. :)
by larisa0001
Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:16 am
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: Quantifying Urban Ranger for HabitCal
Replies: 22
Views: 22433

I used to keep track of my walking by figuring out how much money I was saving on cab fare or bus fare, and adding that to my "temptation account" - to be spent in a totally frivolous manner. I should really resume doing that; it was great at getting me to walk instead of being lazy and taking the b...
by larisa0001
Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:54 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Larisa's Check-in
Replies: 15
Views: 9305

Larisa's Check-in

I'm horribly bad at keeping logs of any kind, but I might as well try. I'm trying to do several things at the same time, so I'll be tracking all of them here. 1) Losing weight. I weighed in at 130 lbs. last week. I need to weigh between 5 and 10 lbs. less than that. To accomplish that, I'm doing the...
by larisa0001
Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:52 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Given infinite willpower...
Replies: 9
Views: 7119

Re: Given infinite willpower...

This is my second attempt at this post. The first kind of went off the rails and became rambling and strange, so I'll save the explanations and just ask the question I have in mind: If you could make any lifestyle changes you wanted, what would you change? Assume automatic success and no regrets. P...
by larisa0001
Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:57 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Happy Halloween!
Replies: 3
Views: 3490

How funny that I was boasting about not being tempted by Halloween candy last year. This year, it's an S-day. It's my son's birthday as well as Halloween. I think we had the party close enough to his b'day last year that we didn't bother with cake on the actual day... this year we're having cake. A...
by larisa0001
Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:14 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Grocery bill - going down
Replies: 7
Views: 5982

I'm saving quite a bit on coffeeshop pastries and mocha latte concoctions. That was really my only "S" - sweets.

Oh - and I lost 2 lbs. already. This no-S thing really does work.
by larisa0001
Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: not a metabolism problem
Replies: 12
Views: 9554

Of course people have different metabolic rates. athlete vs. couch potato etc. That is not what I wrote. But two people with the same metabolic rate that eat the same amount of food and the same exercise are not going to be 100 pounds apart. Fat people fool themselves all the time about how much th...
by larisa0001
Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:37 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Food and Philosophy
Replies: 32
Views: 17409

Mm... pleasure is a principle, but not the only one. So is health. When I eat decently, I have more energy for other aspects of my life. Moderation is a path to both. It sounds contradictory, but moderation can lead to greater pleasure than total indulgence. And it's better for you as well. Moderat...
by larisa0001
Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:40 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: not a metabolism problem
Replies: 12
Views: 9554

Metabolism issues are way overrated, mostly because they seem to provide: 1) a good excuse to not do anything 2) a magic bullet solution that does not involved will power if your metabolism can somehow be tricked. Self-deception regarding food intake is a far bigger problem. By forcing you to see w...
by larisa0001
Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:18 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Starting on No-S...
Replies: 2
Views: 2783

Welcome (to no-s) Larissa! Sorry about your injuries... I guess vertical urban ranger is out of the question for now? Reinhard For now, alas, I'm operating under the assumption that it is. I'll try it again after resting for a while and see if it goes any better. I'm still trying to figure out whet...
by larisa0001
Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:47 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Starting on No-S...
Replies: 2
Views: 2783

Starting on No-S...

I just weighed myself at the gym last night. Either the scale is broken, or I'm 10 lbs. heavier than I should be. And the annoying thing is that I can't exercise; I have managed to injure both my right wrist and my right knee, which makes both cardiovascular and weight-bearing exercise pretty much i...
by larisa0001
Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:42 pm
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Financial Everyday Systems
Replies: 27
Views: 30449

You're welcome to come any time. :)
by larisa0001
Sat Feb 10, 2007 5:28 am
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: The psychological benefits of Shovelglove...
Replies: 5
Views: 5902

Oy; I really do think I overdid it with that Shovelglove session, alas (I was doing "flip the lever" and I really should not have been). Haven't been able to get back to the sledgehammer all week, my wrists are so sore. Can't blame anyone for it - my own stupid fault. Hoping that after a week's rest...
by larisa0001
Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:20 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Financial Everyday Systems
Replies: 27
Views: 30449

Re: Financial Everyday Systems

I was just wondering, in general, what "everyday systems" people have come up with that deal with finances. I find that I've been using one all along and never knew that it qualified as an everyday system. So - are there any others out there? I'd be interested to know what your business is. I was l...
by larisa0001
Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:33 pm
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: The psychological benefits of Shovelglove...
Replies: 5
Views: 5902

The psychological benefits of Shovelglove...

I had a very disturbing phone call the other day; someone who upset me considerably and made me very angry (what is it about people who don't take "no" for an answer? Even after it's repeated for 20 minutes?). My Shovelglove session that evening was very martially oriented. Not that I know anything ...
by larisa0001
Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: My shovelglove arrived!
Replies: 17
Views: 12487

I think the problem is that I lack the wrist strength to prevent the hammer from swinging and hitting me in the back. Hoping that that will get fixed with more Shovelgloving.
by larisa0001
Sun Feb 04, 2007 6:41 pm
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: My shovelglove arrived!
Replies: 17
Views: 12487

I have carpeting, and I'm generally pretty careful (and do not have any children or pets underfoot) - so I thought i could get away with an unwrapped hammer. I generally can - but the "hoist the sack" thing does get pretty uncomfortable.
by larisa0001
Sun Feb 04, 2007 2:07 am
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: My shovelglove arrived!
Replies: 17
Views: 12487

I keep banging myself in the back with the hammer when I do that. I guess I should just wrap it up in a sweater or something. And ragtime really doesn't work as Shovelgloving music, alas. I love it, but for Shovelgloving, I think that something more serious is indicated. I wish I had my recording of...
by larisa0001
Sun Jan 28, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: My shovelglove arrived!
Replies: 17
Views: 12487

I've been doing an every-other-day sort of thing with the Shovelglove; that's what I normally do for weight training exercise, and I find that it works well for me - this way I don't need to keep track of what day of the week it is. So last night, I picked up the Shovelglove again. Yipes. This morni...
by larisa0001
Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:53 pm
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: 21 day club for Urban Ranger
Replies: 43
Views: 40012

I think I've hit the 21 day mark this year. I haven't used the elevator, or public transit, or a cab, since the new semester started - except for things like job interviews and dress-up occasions (I don't want to climb stairs in high heels - that can't possibly be good for you). I've got a financial...
by larisa0001
Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:40 pm
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: My shovelglove arrived!
Replies: 17
Views: 12487

OK, it's the next morning and I've barely managed to crawl up to the computer. Yipes. This is some seriously intense stuff. My biceps are falling off, as are my deltoids and my back muscles. And I only did 7 minutes to start with (mostly because of paranoia about my wrists than anything else) Alas, ...
by larisa0001
Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:31 pm
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: My shovelglove arrived!
Replies: 17
Views: 12487

My shovelglove arrived!

I kept being unable to make the time to actually go to the hardware store and get one, so I finally ordered one online. It arrived today. I ordered the 8-lb hammer, and I'm somewhat regretting it now - I should have gone with a 6-pounder. Still, I'm hoping that my muscles adapt to it, and I might go...
by larisa0001
Sun Jan 21, 2007 4:23 am
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: My vertical urban rangering is paying off
Replies: 3
Views: 9163

My vertical urban rangering is paying off

Today, I ran up to the 10th floor. When I started, I could only run up to the 5th floor before slowing to a walk. It's working...

LM
by larisa0001
Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:28 pm
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: My newest exercise-related "everyday system".
Replies: 4
Views: 9394

I'm really amazed at how well it's working. I was trying to do some kind of exercise in my room - calisthenics and such - but it was a hassle to make myself do them (and I do not own a sledgehammer, alas); and then I had this epiphany. As for music - well, I do have a CD out: www.cdbaby.com/migachyo...
by larisa0001
Fri Dec 22, 2006 3:39 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: My newest exercise-related "everyday system".
Replies: 4
Views: 9394

My newest exercise-related "everyday system".

One phrase: "If you can't afford a gym, you can't afford to take the elevator".

I live on the 13th floor.

I've been getting lots and lots of cardiovascular exercise lately...
by larisa0001
Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:29 pm
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: Fsck the gym!
Replies: 27
Views: 22854

I wish I could do Hindu squats... <sigh> Stupid knee.
by larisa0001
Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:35 am
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: Making your own shovelglove?
Replies: 7
Views: 7967

Making your own shovelglove?

Has anyone tried to make a "shovelglove" out of something other than a sledgehammer, and what were the results? I've got a handle of about the right length - about a yard long - but I'm not sure what heavy object I can affix to it and how it is to be affixed. Can someone suggest something? I'd like ...
by larisa0001
Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:45 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: An introduction and a couple of new systems.
Replies: 3
Views: 7024

I've been struggling with a financial system myself; I'm back in school and on a very strict budget, so $20/day is beyond my limit. Haven't yet found a workable system that will keep my spending in check while still allowing me a cup of coffee every so often. Problem is, the "every so often" has a w...
by larisa0001
Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:38 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: getting out of the bed
Replies: 9
Views: 14817

Rewarding yourself?

I've been having fairly good success with setting my alarm for 7:30 and getting up at 8; this way, I get 1/2 hour to read in bed in the morning. Admittedly, sometimes I let things slide till 8:05, but not usually later than that.
by larisa0001
Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:33 pm
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: New urban ranger
Replies: 3
Views: 7310

I'm not really sure how many calories this is, but I know that even walking, I'm still about ready to collapse by the time I get to the 13th floor. Today, I did it with a full backpack (about 30 lbs.) and carrying a package; yipes. The vertical urban rangering in my case is partially motivated by ne...
by larisa0001
Mon Sep 11, 2006 9:26 pm
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Any ideas for an everyday system for this...
Replies: 20
Views: 26794

I'm making that change myself (for financial reasons - I'm a starving student now). Haven't come up with a good rule yet; but here's what I've got so far: - when eating alone, no purchased meal should exceed $2 in price. This covers the possibility that I may be out wandering somewhere, and need to ...
by larisa0001
Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:55 pm
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Creative work "everyday system"?
Replies: 23
Views: 22423

Well... since you asked.... <blushing wildly> Here goes:

www.geocities.com/ragtimelarisa/music.html

This was recorded in my living room, so I apologize in advance for the sound quality.

LM
by larisa0001
Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:52 pm
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: New urban ranger
Replies: 3
Views: 7310

New urban ranger

I have recently moved to Philadelphia to go back to school, and found myself an urban ranger by default; I do not own a car and walk everywhere. I am rather enjoying this; it's a great way to get exercise and to be environmentally conscious and all that. Is anyone here extending "urban rangering" to...
by larisa0001
Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:07 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Creative work "everyday system"?
Replies: 23
Views: 22423

Well, I guess something worked...

It is a relatively ancient post - and what worked for me (sorry Reinhart!) was not any kind of "everyday system", but a new challenge. In the past 2 years, I started getting interested in ragtime piano music - joined a ragtime society, started playing it a lot, and eventually, began to write my own ...
by larisa0001
Mon May 02, 2005 11:19 pm
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Financial Everyday Systems
Replies: 27
Views: 30449

Hi Larisa, You're right, there is an element of "penny wise..." about Latte factor. Besides potentially misdirecting your energies from bigger more important issues, there's a self righteous aesthetic selfishness about it, as if denying yourself all pleasure for the sake of your bank account were s...
by larisa0001
Mon May 02, 2005 11:02 pm
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Creative work "everyday system"?
Replies: 23
Views: 22423

Reinhard, I love your comment, "Poke around the net. Everybody's local now." Awesome, and so true! It really is. Especially when I think about my small business - I've very consciously set it up so that it would not matter where I am, physically. My email address is the same and so is my cell-phone...
by larisa0001
Fri Apr 29, 2005 5:20 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Creative work "everyday system"?
Replies: 23
Views: 22423

true...

And now that I think about it, when I was a piano accompanist at a ballet school, I had no trouble improvising dance music for 1.5 hours at a time, twice a week. It was all different; I had to make it fit the dancers' movements, and suit the mood of the dance, etc etc etc. Somehow, "inspiration" or ...
by larisa0001
Wed Apr 27, 2005 12:45 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Financial Everyday Systems
Replies: 27
Views: 30449

Re: I'm glad this site is free!

Hey Larissa, Navin and Sandie :) Thank you friends, for your recent posts... I am feeling too lesuired and lethargic to respond yet... I will though, when the caffeine, inspiration and the right words come to my feeble morning brain. Larissa, are you new? If so welcome and enjoy our group! Would it...
by larisa0001
Wed Apr 27, 2005 12:40 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Financial Everyday Systems
Replies: 27
Views: 30449

Hi Larisa, Tell us more about your system! I haven't come up with much financially myself, but one I'm impressed with that someone else came up with (David Bach in the Automatic Millionaire, which I have to confess I haven't actually read), and you may have heard of, is the "Latte factor." Basicall...
by larisa0001
Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:23 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Creative work "everyday system"?
Replies: 23
Views: 22423

Creative work "everyday system"?

I apologize for besieging this board with questions, but I'm absolutely delighted that someone out there is also thinking the way I do about "everyday systems" - and not only thinking this way, but creating a website for it. I've been thinking this way all my life, but I always thought I was the onl...
by larisa0001
Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:15 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Financial Everyday Systems
Replies: 27
Views: 30449

Financial Everyday Systems

I was just wondering, in general, what "everyday systems" people have come up with that deal with finances. I find that I've been using one all along and never knew that it qualified as an everyday system. So - are there any others out there?

LM
by larisa0001
Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:06 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Impulse spending- How (not) to...
Replies: 11
Views: 14000

Re: Impulse spending- How (not) to...

Here's the system I used for managing spending, which enabled me to pay back about $16,000 worth of credit card debt while unemployed. Alas, I do not have a fancy name for it, but I know it works. It worked for me. a) Record every penny you spend or earn. Know exactly how much you've got in the bank...