Archives for December 2010

Happy Holidays 2010

I’m on a Holiday blogging hiatus for a couple of weeks. I’m only going to blog if I feel like it.


Tomorrow is the big day! In Finland Santa Claus brings gifts on Christmas Eve.

To me, the bright point of my Christmas is the chance to meet my two little nieces, aged 2 and 4. The are the apples of my eye! 🙂


Best wishes,


Workout Journal Week #49

Thank God, I didn’t have any “easy” days last week. 🙂

My workouts: I did Sansone’s walking workouts three times a week and strength trained once a week. My last week’s average was 8348 steps,  which is more than usual. On the negative side, I’m not happy with my strength training schedule. I should train at least two times a week, not just once.

My regular exercise regimen has started yielding results. I have  noticed that my aerobic fitness has improved, it’s definitely easier to do Sansone’s walking workouts.

Future plans: The year is nearing its end and I’m already planning what to do in 2011. I’m going to follow the official NEAT (non exercise activity thermogenesis) plan as it is laid out in James A. Levine’s book Move a Little, Lose a Lot. The program lasts 8 weeks and it focuses on increasing everyday physical activity. Following the program is requires drastic changes to my daily habits, so it’s the only thing I’m planning at the moment.

Note on weight loss progress


I have noticed that my stomach is flatter and my waist a lot thinner than when I started using a pedometer two months ago. It’s first time I would love to show some numbers, but because I don’t weigh myself and haven’t bothered taking any measurements, I have nothing to show. 🙁

One reason I haven’t bothered measuring myself is because I tried taking tape measurements before, but the numbers kept changing all the time, so I eventually gave up. If you’re forced to take your measurements yourself, it’s difficult to measure waist or arms at exactly the same spot every time. (Unless you tattoo some marks on your skin or something).

I was surfing on Amazon the other day when I discovered  someone has already solved my measuring problem. I stumbled upon MyoTape Body Tape Measure. It’ has been specifically designed for taking accurate measurements of body parts.

It’s only $6.48, so I’m going to get it when I next order books from Amazon.


There are lots and lots of snow in Southern Finland at the moment. If I had skis, I would ski cross-country at least every other day! 🙂


Three Wellness And Fitness Gift Ideas For Christmas 2010

It’s Christmas soon, so I spent some time  thinking about what would be my top three fitness or welness related gift recommendations for Christmas 2010. I chose my Christmas gift picks so that they won’t break the bank.

#1 Fitness Gift Idea – Omron Hj-113 Pocket Pedometer

Number One was really a no-brainer. Buying a good pedometer was my best fitness related purchase in 2010. It’s been responsible for my increasing energy levels and shrinking waist for the last 8 weeks. I believe it’s successful because it’s so simple and gives immediate feedback on your daily activity (and inactivity).

According to what I have been reading lately, pedometers have been very successful in helping people increase their daily physical acitivity.

So if you need a gift that’s good for you and your loved ones’ health, buy yourself a proper pedometer. Check also my review on Omron Hj-113 Digital Pedometer.

#2: Essential Reading For People Interested In Health and Fitness

My second pick is James A. Levines book Move a Little, Lose a lot.

The book  has completely changed the way I think about exercise and physical activity.  It’s essential reading for anyone who has a desk job and is constatly struggling with weight issues.  There are other ways than dieting to lose your extra pounds and get a better quality of life as a side effect!

P.S. The book comes with a eight week plan I intend to start following in mid-January 2011. If you’d like to join me, please send me a message using my contact form.

#3: Wellness Gift Idea – If You Want To Pamper Yourself

My wellness gift idea is HoMedics Therapist Select SP-10HD  Shiatsu Pillow.

When I used to suffer from chronic tension headaches and pains in my neck and shoulder muscles, I often wished I had married a massage therapist! 🙂 I wouldn’t mind enjoying this gift today either.

If you have no access to your personal massage therapist and still need someone to relieve tension and pain in your neck, shoulder and back muslces, get the HoMedics Shiatsu Pillow.

You just place the pillow under your body and let the massage heads knead your muscles. Some reviewers say that the pillow is even better than the actual massge cushions HoMedics sell.

Best wishes,


Workout Journal Week #48

Oops! If you look at the chart you can see that Friday sticks out like a sore thumb. I took only 1997 steps, which is way below sedentary lifestyle index of 5000 steps. Mostly because of the low activity on Friday my weekly average was as low as 7166 steps.

My Friday began innocently enough when I decided to take it easy. I spent the afternoon watching the BBC series North and South (or was it vice versa?). Then I somehow gravitated to my computer and before I knew it, I had spent the rest of the day surfing aimlessly. I certainly don’t remember doing anything useful, unless surfing and ruminating can be considered that.

I even woke up with a headache on Saturday morning! Yes, I know how to get a hangover without booze! 🙂

Otherwise I was as active as has been usual to me lately. I forgot to enter my workouts to service, but I think I did Sansone’s walks three times a week and strength-trained.


Weather has been very interesting here in Helsinki the last couple of days. I went walking earlier today and it was snowing so hard that I had to take my glasses away to see where I was going.

It was like walking in Winter Wonderland or Narnia.