Sunday, October 18, 2020

Workout Hacks with CAT

I love creating workouts for my dancers at a local studio and my friends and I decided to workout to get into shape with the new year. My friends trusted me to come up with some great workouts that would help us build some muscle, lost some weight, and feel good about ourselves. I call our workouts "Workout Hacks with CAT," because I take exercises and adapt the for our more mature bodies and how I want to tone the muscles.

So I created workouts that include a warm-up, workout, stretch and cool down in 30 minutes. Low intensity and modifications provided as needed (no jumping or running.) I have not cut much of the video or done anything fancy to this recording, so you are getting me, my friends and this workout in all our imperfect glory. I teach conditioning at a local dance studio and have a background in sports medicine that I use to come up with some fun & effective routines. Watch my journey as my friends and I tone up and lose weight.

Watch my journey as my friends and I tone up and lose weight. We started working out once a week in January of 2020. When we went into quarantine, we started working out on zoom 2x a week. We have watched each other slim down, tone up, and increase flexibility over the year. Sometimes we are sore, and sometimes we are not, but we notice the muscles changing on our bodies and that is our true focus. Exercise shouldn't be something we dread or hate as we get older, but a way to connect with each other and improve our body image. We also didn't want anything that would hurt our backs, knees, etc. so my focus became creating low impact workouts. At some point I got the smart of idea of recording our workouts. If you like the videos, please subscribe to my youtube channel.
Not all exercises are suitable for everyone. If you are concerned about whether the exercise in this or any other diet or exercise program are right for you, do not do them unless you’ve been cleared it with your physician. This is a particularly important if you are overweight, pregnant, nursing, taking regular medication or have any existing medical or healthy conditions. The workout tips and instructions included in this video are not a substitute for medical counseling. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel dizzy, faint, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately. You are responsible for exercising within your limits and seeking medical advice and attention as appropriate. My workouts, subsidiaries, and affiliates are not responsible for any injuries that result from participating the exercises shown in this program. Enjoy your workout!

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Let’s create a rock scavenger hunt in your neighborhood for $15

Want to create some fun in your neighborhood for $15?

Let’s create a rock scavenger hunt!

I went to the 99 cent store and dollar store and bought different colors of acrylic paint and paint brushes and mod podge. (Other stores to look at are Michaels and Walmart.) Then I had a neighbor redoing their yard, so we scavenged for smooth, large rocks and brought them home. (You can buy rocks from garden center or Amazon that work well for painting rocks).

I made a sign on the computer that read (place online for your neighborhood or post around the community):

Let’s Rock the Enclave!

Rock Scavenger Hunt

 ·       Painted rocks (like a strawberry painted rock) have been hidden in public spaces throughout the Enclave (like parkways, parks, trees, etc.)

·       If there is not a number on the bottom of the rock, move it to a new hiding spot in the Enclave (avoid private property).

·       If you find a number on the bottom, keep it as a souvenir!

·       Post messages and pictures on Nextdoor (online app) to show off the fun!

·       Feel free to add your own rocks to the scavenger hunt (acrylic pain, mode podge, and smooth rocks are the easiest ways to start).

  1.  Then we on our daily walk and hid the rocks along public land.
  2.  Now when we walk in the morning it’s fun to see what rocks were found or if any were hidden in a different location.

 There are some websites that help for those who really get into this hobby. Pinterest and google have lots of pictures, which is what I started with.

 50 Easy Rock Painting Ideas for Beginners

 RockPainting 101

 AcrylicPaint Pens

 Rocks to paint

Christmas Morning Veggie and Egg Recipe Plan

Its Christmas morning and I’m going to make a yummy breakfast but I’m not going to spend hours doing it. So I’ve collected recipes over the years and over time have come up with a menu that works for me and my family. Something simple, healthy, and yummy and works well for those on special diets. No matter what I choose for my breakfast morning, I always include this recipe!

Sheet Pan Veggies and Eggs

Prep 10 minutes (especially if you buy everything pre-packaged- which I do!)

Cook 20 minutes (10 minutes plus 10 minutes equals 20 minutes- I can do math!)

Ingredients: (amount doesn’t have to be exact)

Package of mushrooms 8oz

Package of broccoli florets 12 oz

1 red bell pepper, chopped

3 Tbsp avocado oil

¼ tsp dried thyme

8 large eggs


1.       Preheat oven to 400 F.

2.       Combine mushrooms, broccoli, pepper, oil, thyme, salt, pepper, and any other veggies you want to throw in there- on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (Parchment paper should work up to 425 F).

3.       Spread veggies into a single later and bake for 10 minutes or until veggies brown. Stir

4.       Make 8 indentations (or however many eggs you want to squeeze in) in vegetables.

5.       Crack an egg into each indentation and sprinkle with salt and pepper to preferred taste.

6.       Bake 8-10 minutes or until eggs are done as desired. They won’t looked “cooked” so check firmness.


Free Online Games to Play With Friends

During this pandemic time, my friends and I have come up with some fun ways to stay busy with a game night! We meet up on Zoom and then we choose a game, I share my screen, and “presto”- we have game night!

Most games will require two devices, the computer to see the game, and your phone to write your answers in. 

All games are free online except Jackbox TV, which has party packs of 6 games for around $20. Our favorite Jackbox games are Fibbage, Drawful, You Don’t Know Jack, Quiplash, Dictionarium, Push the Button, and Joke Boat. Check the games for numbers of players allowed and if it allows audience members to join. 

We've been playing games every Friday night for three months and cycle through different games online depending on our mood. Enjoy!

Online Games
Cards Against Humanities (Adults only) takes up to 50 players

Scattegories - (as many players as was you want). Everyone will need a pad of paper.

Code Names - (as many as you want for two teams)

Jackbox TV - (games take 2-10 players, some accept audience members too)